Articles By Apurva

Explained: Why is China shielding the Jaish-e-Mohammad?

In blocking global action against Masood Azhar, Beijing wants to protect its ‘all weather’ ally in South Asia and its business interests in CPEC. It also wants to keep India under pressure, and make a point to the US.

A chunk of votes, a few seats: why rebels always count in this two-party state

The high share has meant independents and parties other than the Congress and BJP have never won fewer than 14 seats in the 200-member House.

Campaign winds up in Rajasthan, rebels give both sides the jitters

Disgruntled leaders from both parties are contesting as Independents in more than a third of the 200 seats across Rajasthan and the Congress and BJP want to leave little to chance.

Results of Assembly polls will set tone for 2019 Lok Sabha election, says Sachin Pilot

Pilot, who addressed a string of corner meetings across Tonk, said that the results of polls in five “important” states will gauge the mood of voters.

Rajasthan elections: Why Dalits are keeping BJP, Congress guessing

With the BSP contesting 197 of the state’s 200 seats, Congress sources admit that a victory is not possible without the support of Dalits.

Rajasthan elections: For Congress, sharp surge in Alwar crime is poll issue to slam BJP, Pehlu Khan a footnote

With just two days left before campaigning ends, none of the frontrunners brings up the lynching directly. Of the nine candidates in Behror, eight are Yadavs and the community accounts for more than 70 per cent of the 2.2 lakh electorate.

Swachh Bharat: ‘I am just a safai karamchari here but this police station depends on me’

The Indian Express reporters fan out across the country to mark milestones in the Mahatma’s journey. To bring stories of the footsoldiers of Swachh Bharat, whose job it is to wipe, mop and dust where the Mahatma once walked.

Uttar Pradesh encounters: Between the lines, marking the common words

From Saharanpur to Shamli, and Baghpat to Bulandshahr, FIR after FIR filed in Uttar Pradesh’s police encounters show identical words, reveal a telling story.

Karnataka Elections: Congress claims it set tape trap, BJP walked in

Congress leader D K Shivakumar, who spearheaded the effort to sequester MLAs in resorts and hotels, said at least 40 MLAs admitted to receiving calls.

Strong opponent of JD(S) but had to swallow bitterness: Congress’ point person DK Shivakumar for alliance

DK Shivakumar indicated that though the future of the alliance in Karnataka was fraught with challenges, both parties would work together to keep the BJP at bay, with an eye on the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.

Congress leader DK Shivakumar interview: ‘Politics is art of possibility, we should forget individual issues’

We could not get a clear mandate for the Congress. It was Rahul Gandhi who triggered this entire operation. He gave a direction: plan A, B and C: DK Shivakumar.

Karnataka elections 2018: On the ground, some tension; a Cong-JD(S) reality check

The Congress hopes to stem the BJP charge across India and build momentum before the crucial Assembly polls in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh, by keeping Karnataka, while the JD(S) hopes power will help it rebuild the party in Karnataka and perhaps even become a larger force in the Lok Sabha in 2019.

Karnataka Elections 2018: From hotel to pool to police, how Congress toiled

While the Congress was all smiles by the afternoon of Saturday, behind it lay many anxious moments, particularly over “missing” legislators.

Karnataka floor test: Bengaluru to Hyderabad and back — smiles, worry and a number game

There were victory signs and cheers in the Congress and JD(S) camps after the Supreme Court ordered the floor test. But the smiles masked the worry and nervousness in the two camps in the run-up to the vote.

The missing MLA: ex-BJP, once held in mining case

Anand Singh of Vijayanagara in Bellary remained incommunicado. While sources in the Congress claimed they were in touch with his family, Singh, who runs a mining business and was arrested by the CBI, was not seen with the party through Thursday. 

Last resort: Nervous Congress and JD(S) MLAs board a bus to Kochi

JD(S) spokesperson Kunwar Danish Ali said: “Three flights were to arrive in Bengaluru from Hyderabad to take Congress and JD(S) MLAs to Kochi. However, the planes were denied permission. No reason was given. The MLAs will now travel aboard buses to Kochi.”

The BJP’s performance and plan: Looking at 2008 to understand 2018

Karnataka results: Congress leaders alleged that the BJP had “engineered” the defection of three Congress and four JD(S) MLAs, who resigned as legislators forcing bypolls, and subsequently joined the BJP.

Hard campaign closes: Karnataka CM Siddaramaiah leaves one of his two seats for last dash

Karnataka Assembly Elections: After leading the Congress charge across Karnataka over the last few weeks, Chief Minister Siddaramaiah left Chamundeshwari — one of the two constituencies he is contesting — for the very end.

Karnataka polls: Where BJP denied BS Yeddyurappa son, Lingayats weigh other options

Karnataka Assembly Elections: The stakes were high. Chief Minister Siddaramaiah vacated this seat for his son, Yathindra, and Varuna was a keenly watched seat. Until late April, when Yeddyurappa announced his son would not contest.

Karnataka Assembly Elections 2018: Where Congress candidate becomes JD(S), and vice versa

The swap has left Arkere bewildered. “Both candidates have changed sides. I support one candidate and one party, but the same person verbally abused my party for five years. How do I choose now?” said Bhadre Gowda.