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

Maharashtra, Haryana to vote on October 21, results three days later

In Maharashtra, the Congress and NCP have already finalised their alliance and declared that they will contest 125 seats each.

Amit Shah to deliver lecture on J&K move next week

The lecture — ‘Future of Kashmir after 370’ — would be the first extensive talk by Shah after his speech in Parliament on abrogation of special status to J&K and bifurcation of the state into two Union Territories.

Bengal: BJP to focus on citizenship Bill to counter TMC’s anti-NRC stance

The fact that many Bengali Hindus in Assam did not figure in NRC has left many in the community disconcerted about a similar programme in Bengal.

Unity signal for state units in BJP choice of chiefs

By appointing leaders who have the prospects of taking everyone along without being part of any camp as heads of two key states, BJP chief Amit Shah seems to have sent a strong message

BJP keeps chairmanship of key parliamentary panels, except Home

While senior Rajya Sabha MP Anand Sharma is to chair the Committee on Home Affairs in the newly constituted parliamentary panels, BJP MPs will head the standing committees on Finance, Defence and External Affairs.

A political life

The legacy of Rajnath Singh and the impact he has had on Indian politics over decades.

Ram Madhav: ‘Preventive arrest part of political act… Sheikh Abdullah was in jail for decades’

The decision we took (to scrap special provisions to J&K under Article 370 and to bifurcate the state) was historic, says Ram Madhav.

Proximity to Pakistan may affect goodwill, BJP team tells China

Beijing had reacted strongly to the move saying India should avoid “unilateral actions” in J&K that could trigger tensions in the region and maintained that the reorganisation of Ladakh as a UT was “unacceptable”.

From October 2, Govt to crack down on single-use plastic

As part of the initiative, 5 lakh sarpanchs and swachhagrahis (cleanliness volunteers) will also receive personalised letters from the Prime Minister.

New Governors for five states, Arif Mohammed Khan will head to Kerala

The surprise appointment was that of former Congress leader Arif Mohammed Khan, who famously resigned from the Rajiv Gandhi government in 1986 over its stand in the Shah Bano case.

NRC final list released: 17 resolutions later, tally steals BJP’s migrant bogey thunder

While underscoring that people excluded from the NRC will not be deported as this “option is not on the table”, a senior government source said that the NRC exercise would not be attempted in other states.

BJP not happy with NRC list as ‘more should have been excluded’: Himanta Biswa Sarma

Himanta Biswa Sarma told The Indian Express that the BJP and the state government will now approach the Supreme Court again for “re-verification” of the citizenship in the border districts.

Pakistan uses Rahul remark on J&K, he draws BJP fire

The Congress, meanwhile, slammed Pakistan for “mischievously” dragging Gandhi’s name in the letter. However, the BJP went on the offensive.

Maharashtra Assembly Elections: Allies still, BJP, Sena keep options open

Buoyant after its success in the Lok Sabha polls, the BJP appears keen on retaining its dominance in the state Assembly — the party currently has 122 seats in the 288-member House.

Farewell Arun Jaitley: Firefighter goes down fighting

The body of Jaitley, 66, will be taken to the BJP headquarters on Sunday morning for leaders to pay their last respects. The cremation will be held in Delhi in the afternoon.

Arun Jaitley: Mentor to the young, MP who helped UPA govt on nuclear Bill

Jaitley set the line for the party’s spokespersons for nearly two decades. From his days as a party spokesperson, he gave the final draft of the party’s stand to its talking heads.

Govt’s hope: no escalation in J&K until PM Modi’s speech at UNGA

Modi is expected to address the UN General Assembly on September 27 while Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan is expected to raise the Kashmir issue during his speech.

Saroj Pande: ‘Will continue alliance with Sena… but we work as if our fight is in all seats’

Saroj Pande, BJP general secretary in charge of Maharashtra, said that although BJP wants to continue the alliance, it is also prepared to contest all 288 seats.

Centre’s J&K move will bear fruit in state polls, feels BJP

However, Shah underlined that neither the Lok Sabha election victory nor the increased popularity of the BJP after the decision to revoke Article 370 should make party leaders overconfident in Maharashtra, Haryana, Jharkhand and Delhi, which are scheduled to go to the polls this year

No chest-thumping please, long haul ahead: PM Modi’s message to party

The Prime Minister, according to this source, reminded his ministerial colleagues that being the ruling party, BJP leaders should be aware of the “repercussions” of such a decision and its effect on a section of people.