Akhilesh Yadav’s development initiatives could give him an edge, anti-incumbency notwithstanding, while Narendra Modi’s development agenda retains some aura despite the demonetisation debacle.
Manipur faces a tough choice between the BJP, a party that has a track record of dividing people on religious lines, and the Congress, whose 15-year rule in the state has been marred by corruption and misgovernance.
The BJP and its supporters, who sparked and sustained the pro-Jallikattu protests, do not seem to take the very real dangers associated with the sport seriously.
While demonetisation and the resultant hardships have tarnished the reputation of the BJP-led central government, the Samajwadi Party’s record of criminalised politics may become a roadblock for it.
What bearing will a loss in the assembly elections have on the BJP ? Narendra Modi’s position remains unassailable, but will Amit Shah be safe?
Political fallout from the selection of candidates and the realignment of voter communities is making a Samajwadi Party victory unlikely in phase three of the assembly elections.
Dalit Mahila Samiti members are far from impressed with the decline in public services and safety that accompanied Akhilesh Yadav’s rule in Uttar Pradesh.
India has, over time, cultivated a culture of exerting no effort towards justice for the survivors of communal violence, finds Warisha Farasat and Prita Jha’s book.
A look at how the BJP’s cadres are canvassing for votes in UP’s Farrukhabad district.
Large-scale hydropower and other projects are destroying both the livelihoods and culture of local people.
The Union minister’s latest statement on conversions is part of a long list of efforts to endear himself to the Hindu right.
Severe disenchantment and rebellion in the BJP’s ranks may give the Congress an easy victory in Nainital.
When it comes to the art of enjoying a shower without getting wet, Narendra Modi is many shades better than Manmohan Singh.
The BJP Manipur chief discusses the core issues the party is raising in the elections, why the party hasn’t declared a chief ministerial candidate for the state and more.
Mamata Banerjee makes an old law even tougher to create an Orwellian world of surveillance of dissenters.
As India’s most populous state votes, The Wire takes you through the history of elections, party politics and power shifts in Uttar Pradesh.
Instead of relying on emotive religious issues, the AIMIM’s leaders use statistics and facts to drive home their point.
People alleged that political parties have consistently ignored their issues, from the lack of clean water to flood relief.
“Amma gave him several opportunities when she was alive. Which is why I gave him an opportunity as well,” Sasikala on Pannerselvam.
Based on people’s demands, the elections in Tehri Garhwal are being fought on the issues of increasing employment opportunities, more tourism and promoting fruit cultivation.
The major parties are fielding many new faces related to established political names in the upcoming UP polls.
While the election is being fought on the performance of the chief minister and sitting MLAs, there are differing perceptions of the large number of rebels and turncoats.
For the government to truly fight black money and ensure complete transparency in political funding, the ambit of the Right to Information Act must be expanded to include political parties.
The unequal distribution of government welfare schemes, and caste and sub-caste factors are going to play a key role in the assembly polls.
“I want to see Narendra Modi coming to Mumbai and campaign for BMC polls. I want to see Sena’s win after his rally here,” Thackeray said
There’s very little sensitivity being shown in forcefully shoving India’s small traders and producers into the formal economy. To what extent will this affect the BJP’s support base?
Using military activities to shop for votes will lead to political mud-slinging, to the detriment of the honour and sanctity of the special forces.
Proposed amendments to the IT Act and the RBI Act will exempt political parties from keeping records of donations made through electoral bonds.
The BJP and the BSP have made inroads into several districts across the phase two region, a Samajwadi Party stronghold since the 2012 elections.
A look at the various factors that may impact the Goa assembly elections.
The Wire takes you through Punjab’s political landscape and its history of power shifts.
Nagas rage violently against chief minister T.R. Zeliang’s refusal to meet their demand on local body polls after two people were killed in a police firing.
Social Security Provisions for Assam’s Tea Garden Workers in Budget a Step Towards Amending Plantations Act
Centre has allocated Rs 771.10 crore for a social security scheme, which is likely a move towards doing away with the ‘in kind’ component of wages paid to the plantation labourers.
While the Budget’s effort to include electoral funding issues is commendable, a closer look at the provisions tells a different story.
The government must announce fiscal measures to stimulate demand if it wishes to repair some of the damage it has willfully wreaked upon the economy via demonetisation.
Shivpal’s announcement comes at crucial juncture as the SP-Congress alliance has taken off well and Akhilesh is the leading candidate in many opinion polls.
Dalits have become a bargaining force in Punjab politics but they have failed as a credible political front. Jat Sikh dominance is unlikely to be impacted in the upcoming polls.
In poll-bound Uttar Pradesh, politicians who were hoarding black money for campaign purposes found several loopholes to get around demonetisation.
Now that promises of progress and development haven’t played out as they hoped, the BJP’s top duo are turning back to communal polarisation.
This extract from ‘Fatal Accidents of Birth’ delves into Rohit Vemula’s story, tracing the chain of events that led to his death, and shines a light on casteism in India’s educational institutions.