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Rajnath Singh: Govt will bridge any trust deficit with minorities
Fri, May 27, 2016

Even though he remained non-committal on whether BJP would announce a chief ministerial candidate for UP, Singh said his party would win comfortably.

Interview with Rajnath Singh: ‘Even if we could benefit from polarisation, we wouldn’t want to derive such benefits’
Fri, May 27, 2016

The day his government completes two years in power, the Union Home Minister discusses achievements and targets, the UP elections, Pathankot and Delhi police.

2017 Uttar Pradesh polls: To add momentum, BJP to hold its national executive meet in Allahabad
Fri, May 27, 2016

All ministers and senior party leaders have already been directed to “concentrate” on UP in the coming months.

Faction feuds, blame game in Kerala BJP
Tue, May 24, 2016

A section of BJP central leaders said that many strategies adopted by the Kerala unit prevented the party from winning more seats and getting more than 20 per cent votes.

As govt boosts border trade, BJP hopes for gains in North East
Mon, May 23, 2016

Centre keen on simplifying process, setting up more border haats in region

‘We started working on Assam even before 2014 polls’
Sun, May 22, 2016

BJP general secretary Ram Madhav has been the architect of the BJP’s successful strategy in Assam. Here, Madhav talks about the “rainbow coalition” the party put together, says the Congress defeat was “imminent” and explains how the RSS’s work in the state helped BJP.

Ideology accepted, says PM Narendra Modi; stage set for 2019, says Amit Shah
Fri, May 20, 2016

“The polls have made it clear that the BJP’s ideology is being accepted, appreciated and supported by more and more people in the country. It is great for democracy,” Modi said.

Kerala: Looking Forward BJP wins one seat, is first runner-up in seven others
Fri, May 20, 2016

Several times in the past, Rajagopal has come close to winning, only to end up disappointed. He was runner-up in the 2011 Assembly election and the 2014 Lok Sabha polls.

This is O Rajagopal, BJP’s first legislator ever in Kerala
Thu, May 19, 2016

The BJP will thank Rajagopal for opening its account in the state assembly where bipolar politics have so far kept the party out of the reckoning.

With rural support, Mamata and Jayalalithaa buck anti-incumbency
Thu, May 19, 2016

In the case of West Bengal and Tamil Nadu, it appears that both the ruling dispensations managed to overcome negative feeling towards their governments by focussing their government’s policies on the rural population.

Uttarakhand: Vijay Bahuguna, 8 other rebel Cong MLAs join BJP
Thu, May 19, 2016

Former Uttarakhand Chief Minister M Vijay Bahuguna and eight other rebel MLAs of the Congress joined the BJP on Wednesday. The fate of these MLAs were in lurch after Congress won the floor test in Uttarakhand assembly.

Agusta sparks fly at PAC meet
Thu, May 19, 2016

BJP said PAC must examine CAG report on the chopper deal in the wake of recent controversies. Cong said the panel took up the issue in 2013

Kerala polls: Caste and community leaders could hold the key this time
Sun, May 15, 2016

In Kerala, a state whose political narrative is defined by its bipolar contests between the CPM-led LDF and the Congress-led UDF, the role played by community leaders — of Muslims, Christians, Ezhavas and Nairs — provides for an interesting subtext.

Politics at Kumbh: Amid controversy, Amit Shah takes holy dip with Dalit sadhus
Thu, May 12, 2016

Shah, initially scheduled to take the “Samrasta Snan” along with sadhus from backward communities at Ram Ghat, the main ghat, had to change his plan at the last minute due to protests from a section of sants and Sangh leaders.

BJP after Uttarakhand: UP challenge looms as other parties fear Big Brother
Tue, May 10, 2016

Destabilizing tactics used in Uttarakhand will worry smaller parties and legislative governance requiring their cooperation will become tougher for the BJP.

Lok Sabha passes Uttarakhand budget amid Congress walkout
Tue, May 10, 2016

Congress members walked out of the lower house after their leader Mallikarjun Kharge said that the government could have waited till Tuesday for the trial of strength for the Harish Rawat government.

Sonia a ‘sherni’, will make you repent: Scindia leads Congress charge
Sat, May 07, 2016

Participating in a calling attention motion in the Lok Sabha on the issue, the Opposition also sought a Supreme Court-monitored probe into the deal.

BJP’s rise in Kerala: A surge in popularity worries Congress and the Left
Sat, May 07, 2016

Had there been no Dadri or campaign on love jihaad and ghar wapsi, the party would have found more fans in the state.

Left and Congress, two JNU students invoke Kanhaiya in Kerala
Fri, May 06, 2016

The politics over recent controversies might have given some people the impression that JNU carries an anti-national tag but Mohsin and John believe it gives them an advantage against their opponents.

Govt ‘sorry’ for ministers’ absence in Question Hour
Thu, May 05, 2016

Seeing that both the ministers were absent, Congress members led by Mallikarjun Kharge began protesting.

BJP will not stoop to level of politicising the issue for poll advantage: Richard Hay on Kerala Dalit woman rape
Thu, May 05, 2016

Richard Hay, nominated Anglo Indian MP speaks to LIZ MATHEW on the rape and murder of a Dalit woman in Kerala.

Congress sports young new face in Kerala
Wed, May 04, 2016

30 of its 83 candidates are aged 42 or under as party seeks image makeover, targets young voter.

Kerala: Work in panchayat won him a ticket to Vadakkanchery
Wed, May 04, 2016

Every household in Adat, which has a population of 40,000, gets drinking water, is self-reliant in agriculture, has its own brand of organic rice and coconut oil, and owns a “tourism village”.

BJP Parliamentary Party Meeting: Spread word of govt’s welfare schemes, says PM
Wed, May 04, 2016

The Prime Minister’s message, which he had sent out in two other meetings earlier, came at the BJP parliamentary party meeting, attended by the government and party top brass, including BJP president Amit Shah.

Government says ready for quota in promotions
Tue, May 03, 2016

The minister’s response came after Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge asked the government to “make use of its majority in the Lok Sabha” and push the Bill.

BJP has different faces; under Vajpayee it was different: Joseph Powathil
Sat, Apr 30, 2016

Joseph Powathil, Archbishop Emeritus of Changanacherry archdiocese had been the voice of Kerala’s Catholic church for long. Powathil, 85, on why BJP is unlikely to get traction in the state.

For whom the vote goes: looking beyond UDF
Sat, Apr 30, 2016

But this time, Mani may be up for a tough fight owing to anti-incumbency, factionalism in his party, acute agrarian crisis in the region, and corruption charges against him.

Choice of BJP candidates upsets many supporters in Kerala
Thu, Apr 28, 2016

BJP insiders at the national level conceded their seat distribution has been flawed. And in Palakkad, a local leader questioned the choice of Sobha Surendran, an Ezhava.

Left, Congress or IUML? Kerala’s 29% Muslim vote remains divided
Wed, Apr 27, 2016

The Muslim vote had gone largely with the CPI-M-led LDF in 2006 and then in the recent local body elections.

Still to open account in Kerala, a familiar face gives BJP an unfamiliar edge this time
Mon, Apr 25, 2016

Indeed, as Kerala goes to polls on May 16, the BJP is banking heavily on this image of former Union minister O Rajagopal.

Kerala CM Oommen Chandy: If I started worrying about mistakes, I wouldn’t be an efficient administrator
Mon, Apr 25, 2016

"The Opposition did not let the issue be discussed in the assembly, because they did not want to face the reply I would give," said Kerala CM Oomen Chandy.

Batting for the BJP in Thiruvananthapuram Central: Tough test, but Sreesanth sees many ‘swinging towards BJP’
Sat, Apr 23, 2016

“Chetta (elder brother), you have taken the World Cup catch. We know we are safe in your hands.” The seven-year-old boy’s words may be a confidence booster, but S Sreesanth, who took the catch that won India their maiden World Twenty20 title in 2007, knows he is in the middle of a trying Test match […]

Pinarayi Vijayan: Haven’t thought of CM candidate; if we get a majority, party will decide
Fri, Apr 22, 2016

The politburo member, formerly CPM Kerala state secretary, discusses new political equations in Kerala and West Bengal.

Assam election: Behind the optimism, BJP frets over voter turnout
Wed, Apr 13, 2016

The BJP had gone into the elections hoping that a Muslim vote split would bring some of those seats to its ally the AGP.

All polls together: Which way does the vote swing?
Mon, Apr 11, 2016

PM Modi has backed simultaneous national, state and local body elections. Indian Express summarises the advantages and challenges of the proposal.

Tripura Governor Tathagata Roy : ‘Other Governors also visit RSS shakhas’
Sun, Apr 10, 2016

“I believe other Governors also visit RSS shakhas. Just that they do not tweet about it, so nobody comes to know. Being a committed swayamsevak, I have done nothing wrong,” Roy told The Sunday Express.