'Rahul Gandhi has shown that he can field questions on the fly -- something the frontrunner in this election has failed to do in the last five years -- but does it mean he can survive another bout with a primed-up ArGo?' asks Saisuresh Sivaswamy. Photograph: Vijay Verma/PTI Photo Interviews, genuine interviews -- not scripted ones with predetermined questions and answers that we have become all too familiar with in this election season -- sometimes don't go the way they are expected to. The interviewer approaches it with one set of expectations -- usually hoping to be counted as the definitive interview -- while the interviewee approaches with a different set of expectations -- ranging from saying what s/he wants to get across, to giving a good account of oneself when faced with uncomfortable questions. The problem for the interviewer is when he has not done his homework and doesn't ask the questions that need to be asked, instead focusing on aam questions, while for the interviewee it … [Read more...] about Sai’s Take: Has RaGa gotten over ArGo?
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Lucknow: Soon after announcing the formation of a political outfit, the Bhim Army said it will enter the fray in Delhi by fielding candidates in 15 Dalit and Muslim Assembly seats in the upcoming election. Party chief Chandrashekhar Azad is expected to make the announcement on December 17 at the Delhi Press Club. On Thursday, Aazad had taken to Twitter, vowing to form a political entity for the interests of the Bahujan community, exhorting honest and hardworking youth to contribute towards it. Bhim Army spokesperson Kush confirmed that the party would contest the upcoming Assembly elections in Delhi. He said, "We have finalised about 15 seats in Delhi from where we will be fielding our candidates in the upcoming assembly polls. We will be targeting mostly Dalit and Muslim dominated seats." He further added that the party will then focus on the Panchayat elections in Uttar Pradesh. Asked about hurting the interests of the Mayawati-led Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) with the formation of the … [Read more...] about From Delhi to Uttar Pradesh, Bhim Army’s Big Plan as Chandrashekhar Azad Readies to Enter Poll Fray
New Delhi: (ABP Exit Poll): The ruling BJP is bracing for a landslide victory in Haryana, according to ABP News-C Voter Exit Poll. The Exit Poll has predicted that the saffron party will clinch 70 of the 90 seats in the assembly. The Congress continuing its dismal run is projected to win mere 8 seats, while other parties are limited to 12 seats. The Exit Poll has found that BJP may get 42% vote share, while Congress is tipped to get 26%, JJP 19% & Others 13%. The state recorded a turnout of 65 per cent for 90 constituencies in the assembly elections by 6 pm on Monday, the Election Commission said this evening. Though the main contest is between the BJP and Congress on several seats in the state JJP, which broke away from the Indian National Lok Dal (INLD), is also being closely watched. Other parties in the running are the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), AAP and Swaraj India party. All through the campaign trail, the Congress felt that Haryana … [Read more...] about ABP Exit Poll: Landslide Win Predicted For BJP In Haryana With 70 Seats
'The moment the BJP loses a state, it announces some policy which never takes off.' Photograph: Shailendra Bhojak/PTI Photo When President Ram Nath Kovind gave his assent to the 124th Constitutional Amendment providing 10% reservations to the economically backward section in the general category in government jobs and education, reservations for the economically weaker among general category became a law. To enable this provision, Articles 15 and 16 of the Constitution were amended by adding a clause that allows the State to make 'special provision for the advancement of economically weaker sections of citizens', Professor P Radhakrishnan, a former professor at the Madras Institute of Development Studies and a renowned expert on reservations, believes that apart from opening a Pandora's Box which the Act has already done, the Supreme Court could strike it down. "Even if the Supreme Court approves it, it is not possible to implement it as there is no yardstick. How are you going to … [Read more...] about ‘Quota bill is Modi’s desperate attempt to come back to power’
New Delhi: Bahujan Samaj Party chief Mayawati on Sunday launched a scathing on the Congress accusing the party of carrying a double standard on the issue of Veer Savarkar. In a series of tweets which she shared in Hindi, the BSP supremo questioned why Congress is still with the Shiv Sena in Maharashtra which toed a totally different line on Savarkar. "The Shiv Sena is still with its core agenda. The party backed the Centre on Citizenship (Amendment) Bill. The party is now opposed to the Congress’ stand on Savarkar. But the Congress party is still with the Shiv Sena in Maharashtra. This act only shows Congress’s double standard," she tweeted. Mayawati said that it will hurt the Congress' most and termed it as a drama to divert the public's attention. "Therefore, the Congress should clarify its stand on alliance with the Shiv Sena, otherwise it will be considered a diversionary tactic by them to divert the public's attention from their very own party’s weaknesses," she … [Read more...] about Congress must clear stand on alliance with Shiv Sena, Mayawati on Rahul Gandhi’s Savarkar jibe