“What is this rural-urban divide he (Gandhi) is talking about? First, Kalavati speech, then something else. It is just speeches.” says Surjit Bhalla.
India Inc's unease over central government's strong arm tactics must be worrying the Grand Old Party's leadership.
Every second voter in the two states is seen rooting for Modi’s PM bid & surge in his approval ratings is in stark contrast with the numbers for Rahul Gandhi.
Shinde said President’s rule is not being contemplated, but Congress strategists said this option is very much on the table.
Union ministers Pallam Raju and K Sambasiva Rao, both from Seemandhra, spoke out against the Cabinet move and termed it inimical to the interests of the state.
Rahul Gandhi miscalculated that his dramatic intervention would not offend the PM. Manmohan Singh, had even expressed his willingness to work for Rahul .
Negotiations have almost concluded with the N Chandrababu Naidu-led party and an electoral pact will be announced soon, a BJP leader told ET.
In an interview with ET, N Chandrababu Naidu, Telugu Desam Party Chief, said that he is open to discussions with parties that want to end the Congress rule. Excerpts:
“narendra Modi's rallies are being planned in Agra, Bareilly, Gorakhpur, Varanasi, Baharaich, Kanpur, Lucknow. It will be spread over 45 days,”
Advani stares at the humbling prospect of adjusting to the tectonic power shift in the BJP after he failed to exercise a veto on Modi's selection.
Advani’s political calculus stir up problems for NaMo
NEW DELHI: Senior BJP leader LK Advani has once again grafted Vajpayee-like qualities, this time on Madhya Pradesh CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan, in yet another attempt to stir up problems for the party’s presumptive prime...
Manmohan Singh’s 10th year in office: UPA govt squanders 2009 goodwill
Last Thursday, India witnessed two starkly contrasting leadership styles: When three IPL players were arrested for alleged spot-fixing, Rahul Dravid stepped forward to say that as captain he would not countenance deviant behaviour. “I have...
UPA-II: How to lose the plot and still be arrogant
An orgy of self-destruction is underway in the nation’s capital. A Prime Minister energetically backs his law minister who brazenly intervened in the CBI’s investigations into the coal scam. A loose-lipped foreign minister describes Chinese...
BJP is playing deaf, dumb and blind
It is now clear that the RSS wants its offspring, the BJP to act like the proverbial three monkeys—deaf, dumb and blind. The wise men of Nagpur, anxious to defend scandal-tainted Nitin Gadkari, the political...
Salman Khurshid will be the new external affairs minister — a slot vacated by SM Krishna. Khurshid, who had functioned as a junior minister in the external affairs ministry during PV Narasimha Rao’s tenure, will...
Virbhadra’s apple economy for mango man
In a prime-time television address to the nation last month, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said “money does not grow on trees”. This admonition was aimed at political leaders who were asking the government to convert...
Sonia wants credit for RTI but can’t face truths it unearths
We all know corruption is a disease, a cancer. Who does it affect the most, it is the poor.” You would be mistaken if you think this statement emanated from the activist corner or was...
BSP more likely to continue being a prop for the UPA government
It is now clear that Mayawati’s sabre-rattling before a 2-lakh strong crowd at Lucknow’s Ramabai Maidan on Tuesday was just that: sabre-rattling and nothing more. At the rally, she made threatening noises against the Congress;...
Budget 2012 to let Pranab Mukherjee get back to promised reforms
To dig the Centre out of the deepening hole, the government will have to begin some outreach and backchannel communication with its allies.
Union Budget 2009-’10: Pranab executes task entrusted to him with precision
FM packed announcements with initiatives to provide political pay-off to Cong.
Congress’ spoilt for choice
NEW DELHI: The Congress on Tuesday was on a roll, with even rival formations queuing up outside its door with letters of support. The two UP parties — the BSP and the SP — whose...
Manmohan to expand ministry next week
The prime minister will undertake the expansion of his team next week.
Sulking DMK gives Congress a hard time
Karunanidhi's unreasonable demands cause of deadlock, Cong said.
Congress not to part with key ministries
Cong has begun negotiating power-sharing agreement with pre-poll allies.
Congress seeks the right mix, reaches out to old friends
Cong is now engaged in political fence mending with its estranged allies.
Big Brothers wooing tiny players for upper hand
Congress dials SP no., BJP excited about Jayalalithaa.
Action shifts from wooing voters to running mates
When the EVMs release the winners and losers, it will be about winning political friends.
Congress steps on gas, sends out friendly feelers
Cong sent out a “we-share-the-same-values” message to shop for allies.
No alliance in controlling position
NEW DELHI: With the Lok Sabha elections expected to go down the wire, every party or combination thinks power is within grasp. Efforts are, therefore, on now to ensure power shift in their respective favour....
Lalu, Paswan join hands with Mulayam
NEW DELHI: The UPA government’s attempts to retain power at the Centre appeared to be in total disarray as it faced a double whammy on Thursday: PMK, a key ally in Tamil Nadu quit the...
Lalu, Paswan join hands with Mulayam
With PMK too leaving UPA, Congress suddenly finds itself without friends.
Lalu labels Congress spent force in cow belt
Congress allies engaged in political trapeze to pull down each other.
Case of tail wagging dog
Cardinal rules of politics is never to count chickens before they hatch.
BJD effect: Regional parties to benefit
In case where no single party crosses the halfway mark, parties, irrespective of size, are certain to make huge demands.
At the great Indian carnival, every vote counts
The impending elections will certainly be a bookie's delight.
2009 Lok Sabha polls may be a re-run of 2004
Experience shows that no two general elections are similar. As issues and dynamics that decide the outcome of polls differ, every election throws up a new pattern.
Satyam scam: Govt bailout may fly into web of lies
The truth in Satyam is caught up in such a tangled web of falsehood and forgery that the government now finds it difficult to move ahead with a rescue plan.
Dmocracies demand leadership in times of crisis
In a political situation where either side does not have the required depth to win polls, credibility on issues will clinch the battle.
On the wrong road, as usual
Pseudo-secular mindset believes it has a monopoly on compassion.
Inflation, national security issues remain relevant
Issues like inflation and national security still remain relevant.
Can Singh become King again?
Congress loss would have put questions on Manmohan Singh's govt.
Just cosmetic surgery won’t do, Doctor
Finally the Manmohan Singh government has conceded that it does not have a favourable national security image. More from the author | More Opinions
Things falling apart, Centre cannot hold
The Centre and leadership can be expected to lay the blame on the lack of “actionable intelligence” from the agencies.
Road to more death & destruction
Political parties are playing a dangerous game with terrorism.
A litany of horrors
Is constitutional protection only for those who want others dead?
Of thick hides and soft underbelly
Can Patil alone be blamed for the nation’s vulnerability to terror?
Liberal road to disaster
Liberals have gone on an overdrive to obstruct terror investigations.
Why is the govt supping with the devils?
PM needs to tell us why so many of our young men are getting killed every day while defending our borders that to him, have become irrelevant?
Hard battles, soft marshals
Congress is steadily losing the trust of the electorate.
Job done, SP may give Manmohan company in govt
SP is reconsidering its decision to stay out of Manmohan Singh govt.
It’s crunch time for UPA
Govt is weak on issues ranging from economy to national security.
Living in a make-believe world
The worst that can happen to any govt is to believe its own propaganda.
The wages of political ineptness
Cong will have to overcome its image of being unreliable.
Congress in Karnataka
Ideally, the Congress should have been on a roll in Karnataka.
Running on empty
In India, there is no hotter political potato than the issue of price rise.
Rising prices, deeper troubles
Opposition will now paint Congress as a sadistic torturer of the aam admi.
The liberals and leftists are ecstatic over “anti-terror fatwa” from Deoband.
A ballot box budget
Politicians cannot be faulted for their dependence on populism.
Get back home, Mr Patil
Has anyone seen or heard of a man who goes by the name Shivraj Patil?
Heads I lose, tails you win
Congress may end up paying a heavy price for adopting policies.