We travelled to Tripura where the Left Front government has been in power for the past 25 years. Watch what voters have to say about CM Manik Sarkar’s governance and the problem of unemployment.
The resolution proves that the difference between the two factions – Sitaram Yechury’s and Prakash Karat’s – is only semantic and not the big rift it was made out to be.
Speaking to The Wire, the four-time Tripura chief minister discusses the Left Front’s strategy to fight the BJP, the possible impact of anti-incumbency in the assembly elections, unemployment in the state and more.
In conversation with political scientist Ranabir Sammadar on the strategies deployed by Banerjee to enhance TMC’s electoral base, her big victory in the bypolls, and the reasons for BJP’s sudden popularity.
The Trinamool Congress today was ahead of its rivals in all seven urban local bodies, where elections were held on August 13.
The Supreme Court’s order returning land to the farmers comes at a time when the Trinamool Congress needed a political boost.
Congress and the Left Front fear that helping the US military, even logistically, would draw India into wars that the US is fighting in Asia Pacific and West Asia.
As much as the urban middle class hates to admit it, says political scientist Ranabir Samaddar, the Trinamool Congress’s range of welfare measures earned the party its second consecutive win, reflecting a larger socio-political churning in West Bengal.
The recent political transformation in Bengal and the way the campaigns have played out have made it difficult for commentators to have a conclusive stand.
Voters have the option of making a rational choice based on direct, lived experiences of two regimes.
The success of the opposition alliance will be dependent on its ability to mobilise anti-Trinamool Congress votes in south Bengal, especially those that may favour the BJP, while retaining their own supporters.
Notwithstanding the political demagoguery and an undercurrent of anti-incumbency, Mamata Banerjee and her party still have a strong hold over a large section of voters across the state.
Amit Shah getting a second term as Bharatiya Janata Party president is proof that Prime Minister Narendra Modi retains complete control of the party organisation.
Instead of focussing on people’s issues and movements outside the parliamentary arena, the CPI(M) leadership has continued to preoccupy itself with a sterile debate over an electoral alliance with the Congress in Bengal.