Coomi Kapoor has been a journalist for the last four decades. Her forte has been political reporting. She has witnessed the shifting power equations in the capital -- from Indira Gandhi’s regime to the rise of the Aam Aadmi Party. She is presently contributing editor to The Indian Express. Earlier, she worked for the newspaper as chief reporter, special correspondent and editor, Delhi. Coomi has worked in several publications in different capacities. She was principal correspondent, India Today, editor news, Sunday Mail, bureau chief, Indian Post and political editor, Illustrated Weekly. She has been writing a political diary in a lighter vein since 1985 and her syndicated column was carried by many newspapers. She was also stringer for The Times, London, and columnist for The Star, Malaysia.
Since the BJP won 312 of the 403 seats in Uttar Pradesh, it is expected to win at least eight seats. There is speculation whether Jaya Bachchan, an active and conscientious MP unlike others, will return since her party, the Samajwadi Party, can win only one seat
A leading Congress leader even suggested that a less autocratic and more affable BJP leader, such as Rajnath Singh, could be acceptable to potential allies in case of a hung parliament.
West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee pointed out that her books had fared much better in sales without any self-publicity or gifting of free copies to fellow MPs.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu did not meet Rahul or Sonia Gandhi during his recent trip to India although it is customary in diplomacy for visiting heads of states to also speak to the leader of Opposition.
Whether it is the scare over the Gujarat elections or the coming Lok Sabha polls in 2019, both Narendra Modi and Amit Shah appear keen to mend fences with the media.
Rahul and Shah are clearly still to imbibe the spirit of bonhomie in Parliament, where ideological differences do not translate into personal enmities
Congress leaders in Maharashtra and Gujarat apprehend that Rahul was egged on by the newly elected Independent MLA Jignesh Mewani, who is fond of displaying the many WhatsApp messages he exchanges with the Congress president.
Elections to the prestigious RK Nagar seat, once represented by the late Jayalalithaa, were countermanded twice since cash running into tens of crores was recovered during the campaign.
With the fiery Patel youth leader supporting the Congress, anti-Patel OBC communities such as Thakors and Kolis voted in large numbers for the BJP
The Gujarat results will indicate how seriously the voters of the state take Rahul Gandhi. But Prime Minister Narendra Modi certainly does.
Apprehending that Amethi could be chancy in 2019, the Congress is contemplating fielding Rahul from two constituencies.
Following Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to an ailing M Karunanidhi, political allegiances in Tamil Nadu have gone topsy turvy; nobody is quite sure just who is with whom.
Advani has been an MP from Gujarat for over two decades. Yet, for the first time, he has not been invited to campaign in the state
Mukim, Additional Chief Secretary, Gujarat will follow in the footsteps of a string of Gujarat-cadre officers who have been accommodated in powerful posts in Delhi
Hardik, who wants to have sole control over the Patel reservation campaign, is so self-important that he is unwilling to talk to anyone in the Congress other than Rahul.
Maneka Gandhi, when she left her mother-in-law Indira Gandhi’s Safdarjung Road residence, was accompanied by her two dogs, one a particularly large and generally uncontrollable canine.
In her later years, Dina lived mostly in New York though she made an annual trip to Mumbai to meet her family and friends. She was extremely close to son Nusli who visited her often.
Either someone from the Rashtrapati Bhavan media department who wrote the speech’s first draft was ignorant of the confrontation between the BJP and Congress over Tipu Sultan’s legacy, or else, as seems rather unlikely, President Ram Nath Kovind is genuinely appreciative of Tipu’s role in Indian history.
The announcement of Rahul Gandhi’s name as Congress president could be sooner than most in the party assume.
The third instalment of former President Pranab Mukherjee’s autobiography is a candid glimpse into the behind-the-scenes maneuvering in the government and the Congress party
Interestingly, while there have been detailed responses to the article’s allegations and a defamation suit by Jay’s lawyers, his defenders have avoided mentioning the obvious inaccuracy in the headline, ‘The Golden Touch of Jay Amit Shah’
Yogi’s ministers also grumble that the CM is frequently inaccessible. Some joke privately that perhaps he spends a lot of his time in the yogic position called tandra, which means he is neither sleeping nor awake. He is in a trance.
Digvijaya's son Jaivardhan Singh, an MLA, is still not reconciled to his marriage
Along with their heavy duties as Railway Minister and HRD Minister respectively, Piyush Goyal and Prakash Javadekar have another weighty responsibility. In fact they could end up spending as much time on party work as they do on official duties.
No time limit was set for the Speaker of an Assembly to decide if a legislator should be disqualified for defecting.
The big question is how Nirmala Sitharaman pipped everyone to the post and bagged the heavyweight Defence portfolio. The PM may be pleased with Sitharaman’s honesty, hard work, draftsmanship and ability to give a précis of lengthy documents, but other factors also weighed in her favour.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi is wary of journalists. The moment he took over as PM, he stopped the media, other than Doordarshan, from accompanying him on his aircraft within India and abroad. Now that BJP nominee Ram Nath Kovind is President of India, the same rules apply.
Singh, a Kurmi from the same region as Nitish, is a retired Uttar Pradesh IAS officer who worked with Nitish both when he was railway minister and later CM. After Singh retired, the JD(U) nominated him twice to the Rajya Sabha.
As a formality, the periodical sought permission from the Nehru Memorial Fund, housed in Teen Murti Marg and funded largely by government grants, to reproduce the draft speech to commemorate the 70th year of Independence.
In the Gujarat Rajya Sabha elections, at the end of the day, it was still not quite clear as to who voted for whom.
The two articulate JD(U) spokespersons in Delhi, K C Tyagi and Pawan Varma, did not take more than a minute to make a complete U-turn in their political arguments once Nitish Kumar announced he was switching from the Mahagathbandhan to the BJP.
A noteworthy omission from Pranab Mukherjee's farewell address to Parliament was late prime minister Rajiv Gandhi. Rajiv had sidelined Mukherjee, the senior-most minister in his mother’s Cabinet, suspecting that he had prime ministerial ambitions.
Reports in a section of the media last week that when the Congress organisational elections are held at the end of the year, Sonia Gandhi may continue as president since her health has improved, can be taken with a pinch of salt.
An unusual trip, which went unnoticed, was that of Zhaohui’s wife, counsellor Dr Jiang Yili, who flew to Bhutan and called on the royalty there, including the Queen Mother.
Does the BJP really differ from these family-run parties? The answer is both yes and no. Instead of one family, it is the Sangh Parivar which has the final say.
Recently, PM Narendra Modi asked Uma Bharti to fly to Tel Aviv as part of the preparations for his trip to Israel on July 4. Bharti suggested to the PMO that the secretary in the Ministry of Water Resources should go in her place.