Vandita is The Indian Express National Opinion Editor
It’s not about corruption, contradictions, or the Centre. Lalu bastion Raghopur’s sense of betrayal regarding Nitish comes from that fleeting promise of development.
By breaking with Lalu, and joining hands with BJP again, Nitish could be trying to break the stasis, regain room for manoeuvre in his government - Modi is the domineering presence in the BJP today but the state BJP continues to lack a leader of Lalu’s stature — while counting on Central assistance to help get things moving in Bihar again.
UP is seen as — and it sees itself as — India’s heartland. All the main faultlines of India’s politics, along the axes of caste, class and community, are etched here.
UP chief minister and SP chief on the CM vs PM clash, alliance with Congress and the power of political messaging. Excerpts from a conversation on the last day of campaigning.
The BJP would have been “wiped out” in UP had Prime Minister Narendra Modi not campaigned, Akhilesh says.
The Varanasi Congress may appear to be clutching at straws, but by all accounts, it is better placed than its party in most places in UP.
UP elections 2017: Modi’s BJP is also capturing the yearning for “badlav” and “parivartan” (change) — in this, it is helped by its decision not to project a frayed or closer-to-home CM candidate.
Mayawati, at her rally in Gorakhpur on Sunday, reiterated her main message of a strong and firm administration.
What bothers the voter in spite of new infrastructure, from local power networks in villages to growth priorities in towns and cities.
NRI enthusiasm, candidate freshness and what else AAP introduces to an election traditionally fought between Cong and SAD-BJP.
Netaji may be old now, it is also said, but he hasn’t forgotten the names of people, or the way to their village — that is how he built the party, brick by brick.
As the political family drama in the SP turns and twists every day, distance between two houses is being measured every day and party leaders are calibrating their positions accordingly.
The don who ruled Siwan with fear, whose clout remains undimmed after 11 years of jail, is out and has already stirred Bihar’s politics. Vandita Mishra meets him in Siwan
Nitish is being seen as the prime mover, in partnership with the Congress and Left, in forging a national alliance to take on the BJP.
Within the Mahagathbandhan, RJD chief Lalu Prasad is the more keenly tracked partner, and his son, Tejashwi, a first time MLA and deputy chief minister in the Nitish government, is increasingly being seen as an important stakeholder in, even guarantor of, the alliance's stability.
At a moment when Nitish Kumar looks out at the larger political horizon, his old rival and competitor Lalu Yadav is being cast in the role of stay-at-home dad.
The Yadavs of Raghopur acknowledge Lalu for giving them a voice and political power but in 2016, that gratitude is not an unmixed thing.
As the BJP tries to draw a broader polarisation between “us” the nationalists and “them” the anti-nationals/ Leftists/ Islamists/ political opponents of the Modi regime/ Indian Muslims, non-BJP parties can be said to be looking on, at best.
As Kanhaiya and Rohith get twinned in the political discourse, what is also becoming visible is this: This linkage is causing discomfort in the BJP-ABVP.
Today it’s India vs Pak within country, not just on borders, says BJP MLA.
The Indian Express travels to Ayodhya, Varanasi, Muzaffarnagar to find a new, harder Hindutva.
Arhar dal to khichdi, cow to quota, ‘jungle raj’ to vikas vote. Vandita Mishra lists the A to Z of one of India’s most watched polls.
BJP chief Amit Shah may have misunderstood the nature of the political opportunity for the Modi-led party in Bihar
In Lalu's stronghold, his ally's governance record could be a stronger factor in consolidating backward caste support for the Mahagathbandhan than insecurities stoked by opponent Bhagwat
Here, Nitish is damned by faint praise, there is an overriding fear of Lalu and unease with the policy of backward caste reservations
For both camps, it’s Shahabuddin who matters in Siwan; his former ‘shooter’ faces his current ‘choice’.
That’s how poll talk begins before it touches on the price of dal, asks why Lalu, shows a new Nitish vote bank — and pits Modi 2014 vs Modi 2015.
A swayamsevak who trained and worked as a molecular biologist until he joined the BJP, Chauthaiwale heads its foreign policy department.
The schoolgirls of Pipalda were demanding more teachers and said they would call off their demonstration only if the 'shiksha mantri' himself gave them a hearing.
The schoolgirls said they would call off their demonstration only if the 'shiksha mantri' himself gave them a hearing,
A room in 7 Strand Road, Patna, is the nerve centre of Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar’s election campaign. This is where a core team is working on a strategy that is focused on Brand Nitish, without the distractions of party and ideology.
The ambitious campaign, designed by team that worked for Narendra Modi, will kick off on July 2, simultaneously from 10,000 locations in Bihar.
Civil society raised hopes only to disappoint...(it’s) the judiciary (that) is more responsible than the others, says BJP veteran L K Advani.
Ahead of the 40th anniversary of the imposition of the Emergency on June 25, L K Advani remembers it as the crime that has not yet been confessed to.
MJ Akbar turns a merciless eye on those in power, except when he looks at Modi.
Mahkar's gains have sparked some envy, even resentment, in this area of deprivation.