Dipankar Ghose

Articles By Dipankar Ghose

Centre’s NIA probe into Mandavi killing irks Chhattisgarh govt

The ruling Congress has taken umbrage over the fact that it was not intimated about the investigation and alleged that it was a political move.

Chhattisgarh: Committee to reassess cases against tribals holds first meet

A government release said that cases against tribals across the seven districts of Bastar, as well as one additional district of Rajnandgaon which is deemed Maoist affected, were surveyed, and their present statuses in court were seen.

Battle of the faces: Hooda buzz but Modi refrain in Jind

Sitting under a banyan tree in the scorching sun, Rajesh Choudhary of the village says the issue of Jat reservation is still on his mind but he does not believe there is a leader that has proved trustworthy. Not party, but leader.

Rajasthan’s Baran district: Vasundhara Raje legacy son’s hurdle, Cong choice fights right-wing image

The fight in Jhalawar Baran, bordering Kota in Rajasthan, is between Dushyant Singh, son of former Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje, and Sharma, who left the BJP some years ago. The seat is a BJP bastion, with Raje winning it from 1989 to 2003, and Dushyant winning from 2004 to 2019.

Lok Sabha elections: Two years after lynching, polls bring faultlines to the surface

Today, there are no reminders of the incident at the site, but it lives on in conversations about Elections 2019. And it is where the politics of the region and of Alwar, which votes on May 6, begins.

Decision 2019: In Chhattisgarh last lap, Congress falters, BJP closes in with Modi wind

After taking the controversial decision to drop all 10 sitting MPs, and replace them with relative unknowns, BJP has campaigned on one factor alone: PM Modi. Many within Congress admit that “every seat has become a dogfight” — and “uncomfortably difficult”.

Key to neck and neck fight in Chhattisgarh: Over 7% JCCJ vote-share up for grabs

The votes that went to the JCCJ are also important, because they are concentrated around four seats in the next phase, each with a sizeable SC population — Bilaspur, Janjgir, Korba, and some parts of Raigarh.

Rahul Gandhi: Congress govt will have separate farmers’ budget

Alleging that the government put in Rs 35,000 crore in bank accounts of certain businessmen, Rahul said, “There was a question in my head: the money was going in one direction, can we change the direction?"

Chhattisgarh: Peaceful voting recorded at large, poll percentage crosses 70 per cent

The three seats of Kanker, Rajnandgaon, and Mahasamund that went to the polls on Thursday are all prestige battles between the BJP and the Congress, and each is currently held by the former, which won 10 of 11 seats in 2014.

Chhattisgarh: Two Maoists killed in Dantewada, likely to be involved in BJP MLA’s killing

The police said that one of those killed, identified as Varghese, is a senior cadre of the Malangir Area Committee and carried a reward of 5 lakh. He was also likely to be involved in the killing of BJP MLA Bhima Mandavi and his security men.

PM Narendra Modi blames Congress for Bastar Naxal attack: Lifting their spirits

Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel hits back: Ordered probe into attack, has PM Modi done it for Pulwama

Rajnandgaon, Chhattisgarh: Tailwind for Congress up against Modi headwind in BJP bastion

The BJP has lost from Rajnandgaon only once since 1999, when the Congress candidate won the 2007 by-elections by just over 21,000 votes.

Chhattisgarh: a new land-mine conflict brews in forest belt

Villagers say they may consider boycotting the Lok Sabha election if they are not given assurances soon. Voting for the Surguja seat, which has been represented by the BJP continuously since 2004, is scheduled for April 23.

Lok Sabha polls 2019: Despite Naxal attempts to disrupt, 57 per cent vote in Bastar

In the evening, as a polling party took off from Orccha in Narayanpur, a small action team of Maoists attacked security personnel, the Chhattisgarh police said. In police retaliation, an alleged Maoist was killed.

Chhattisgarh: Last respects paid to Bastar’s lone BJP MLA; Raman Singh says govt has lost control

While some people cursed the Maoists, many others were critical of both the Congress government’s performance in Bastar and the administration’s response to Tuesday’s attack.

Deep inside Sukma, a cordoned-off village will vote to get out of its cage

Jagargunda’s 4,000 residents, in the heart of Sukma, a symbol of the struggle between Maoists and the state where neither wants to cede control, lives in a cage. And with Lok Sabha elections in Bastar on April 11, its politics, as it has been for 15 years, is one of exclusion.

Naxals kill BJP MLA, three policemen on the last day of campaign in Bastar

The attack comes just two days before polling in Bastar on April 11. DGP DM Awasthi and Girdhari Nayak, DGP anti-naxal operations, said Mandavi had been warned about travelling on the road.

Dantewada Naxal attack: Lone BJP MLA in Bastar’s 12 seats, Mandavi was leading poll charge

Ten minutes before campaigning ended on Tuesday, Mandavi was among the five killed in an IED blast that targeted his car.

Stronger, but Congress up against BJP 10-1 winning run in Chhattisgarh’s Lok Sabha polls

The BJP intends to fight this election on the Prime Minister’s popularity, besides toeing the party’s aggressive nationalism line, with very little mention of the 15-year rule of Raman Singh.

PM rallies in Chhattisgarh, Odisha: ‘Congress fighting election to weaken Army’

Speaking at a rally at Balod in Chhattisgarh, Modi emphasised the BJP slogan of a "majboot" government, and accused the Congress of corruption.