Liz Mathew

Have been in journalism covering national politics for 23 years. Have covered six consecutive Lok Sabha elections and assembly polls in almost all the states. Currently writes on ruling BJP. Always loves to understand what’s cooking in the national politics (And ventures into the act only in kitchen at home).

Articles By Liz Mathew

In Rampur’s narrative of ‘it’s all about Azam Khan’, Jaya Prada hopes to convey a ‘lesson’

The Congress, which has fielded Sanjay Kapoor, is expected to cut into the BJP Hindu votes, making Jaya Prada’s job tougher.

Campaign bar: Powers of the Election Commission, and how it has used them in the past

The only other occasions on which the EC has acted in a similar manner against violations of the Model Code have been in 2014.

Explained: Why EC has cracked the whip on Yogi and Maya

The poll panel has barred Yogi from campaigning for three days and Mayawati for two days starting 6 am on April 16.

Guarding the gates in Odisha: Naveen Patnaik, the CM

For 19 years and 4 terms, Naveen Patnaik has defied all predictions to keep Odisha in BJD's hold. As Modi-led BJP tries to change that in a state crucial to its 2019 plans, the BJD chief is banking on reinvention, party network and personal appeal.

Nirmala Sitharaman: ‘Pakistan needed 40 days to take journalists (to Balakot)… they can whitewash’

They can do the necessary whitewashing, they can take as many people as they want, says Nirmala Sitharaman.

BJP owns up NaMo TV, Delhi poll officer says content is not ‘advertisement’

“NaMo TV is a feature of NaMo app which is run by BJP IT cell. (The) Party has taken slots on DTH for which provisions are there to show it,” Amit Malviya, head of BJP IT Cell, told The Indian Express.

Bihar: Rajnath’s helicopter lands at wrong place without any security

Singh’s helicopter, was supposed to land at Narpatganj in Araria, where he was to address the rally of BJP candidate Premkumar Singh. Instead, it landed at a ground where an RJD rally took place hours before.

In Bihar, Rajnath rejigs speech points as crowds lap up ‘lesson to Pakistan’ mantra

The Home Minister criticised the Congress for seeking clarification on the number of terrorists killed in the Air Force’s strike at Jaish-e-Mohammed’s terror camps in Balakot, Pakistan.

Dharmendra Pradhan: ‘PM Modi is the game changer of Odisha politics…We will be No. 1 party’

Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan has been leading the BJP’s campaign in Odisha.

Across Odisha, a battle rages over govt schemes: It’s state vs central

From the state’s Kalia scheme, rice at Rs 1 and Biju Pucca Ghar Yojana, to the Centre’s Ujjwala scheme — all the talk this election across Balangir district in western Odisha to Puri and Paradip in the east is about schemes.

Citizenship Bill: BJP manifesto drops Parsis and Christians, then rewritten

Within an hour of The Indian Express contacting BJP leaders to check on the omission, the Sankalp Patra posted on the party’s official website had added Christians to the list — the Parsis are still missing.

Remembering Mani Sir, the forever politician of Pala

KM Mani represented the Pala constituency in the Kerala Assembly continuously since 1965, and his name was synonymous to Pala's.

PM underlines nationalism, BJP promises to scrap Article 35A in J&K

As the BJP released its Sankalp Patra, Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said it had not been “prepared with the tukde tukde mindset” or “Ivy League mindset” but with a “strong nationalist vision... rooted in Indian reality”.

Explained: In BJP manifesto, a stress on nationalism, eye on 2022 and beyond

Every speaker on Monday highlighted at length the NDA government's achievements on the economic front. The party said it aspired to make India the world's third-largest economy by 2030, adding, "This implies that we commit to make India a USD 5 trillion economy by 2025 and USD 10 trillion economy by 2032."

In Naveen vs Modi, BJD targets west Odisha, wields schemes, new faces

For Patnaik’s Biju Janata Dal (BJD), looking at a fifth shot at power, it’s a fierce fight to protect its citadel against the BJP, that is pushing aggressively to increase its footprint. The Congress, which had dominated Odisha for decades, is, meanwhile, is in a desperate bid to remain relevant.

Lok Sabha polls: 45 names still to go, BJP has dropped half its winning SC/ST MPs from last time

The party has undertaken a massive pruning of its candidates belonging to the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes.

BJP drums up support over missile test

The BJP, which has focussed its campaign on national security after the Balakot airstrike, is expected to use the ASAT test to push its image.

Preparing for tomorrow’s wars, says Arun Jaitley; Delhi can help shape rules

“India is a space power, now we have the power to destroy also. But India is a peaceful and peace-loving country, so it’s not for attacking, it’s for our security and a deterrent for our security,” Arun Jaitley said

Giriraj ‘send-them-to-Pakistan’ Singh sulks: My self-respect hurt by BJP state unit

2019 Lok Sabha elections: One of Hindutva’s poster boys, Giriraj Singh is more upset with his own party because ally LJP, which has been given the Nawada seat as part of the NDA seat-sharing arrangement, was ready to leave the seat for him.

UBI: Bluff… Congress has history of swindling people in name of poverty alleviation, says Jaitley

Arun Jaitley called the promise an “eyewash” and said the Congress is in the habit of “giving promises” to the poor to win elections but has never provided resources for it.