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

N K Premachandran: ‘Probe into Fathima Latheef’s death not being properly done’

RSP leader N K Premachandran on the Opposition’s walkout over the suicide of IIT Madras student Fathima Latheef.

Maharashtra fallout: Shiv Sena disrupts Lok Sabha over plight of farmers

Soon after four new members took oath and the Lower House paid condolences to MPs who recently died, Sena MPs rose from their seats and started protesting over the situation of farmers.

Opposition demands Farooq Abdullah’s presence in House, slams govt

“Farooq Abdullah is still in custody. What crime has he committed? It is injustice... there is a constitutional obligation that Farooq Abdullah is brought to the House to attend it,” Chowdhury said.

Shiv Sena stages walkout from Lok Sabha over Maharashtra farmers’ issue

The Sena and the BJP had fought the Maharashtra Assembly elections together. But the two sides failed to reach a power-sharing deal, leading to the imposition of President's rule in the state.

House heat for winter session: Enter citizenship amendment Bill

Barring Muslims, it will allow people of six religions from Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan to apply

In Karnataka, rumblings over move to give BJP tickets to rebels

A decision by the BJP leadership to give tickets to the rebels in 15 state bypolls on December 5 is expected to cause tensions with many local, state and national leaders of the party unhappy over the move.

Maharashtra govt formation: Horse-trading bid unlikely, prefer fresh elections, say BJP leaders

Sources in the BJP said the only possibility of Maharashtra getting a government now is if the three other main parties — the Shiv Sena, the NCP and the Congress — come together.

Jharkhand elections: BJP fields turncoats, treads cautiously to reduce rebels

While four of the five MLAs who joined the party last month have been included in Sunday’s list of candidates for Jharkhand, the BJP has withheld the names for some seats where there is difference of opinion among leaders.

After Ayodhya judgment, Shah gets new task at hand — and new opportunity

The Home Ministry is now set to be entrusted with setting up a trust that will build the Ram temple in Ayodhya, giving Shah the opportunity to add another feather to his cap.

No place for fear, bitterness in new India: PM

Describing the judgment as a “golden chapter in India’s judicial history”, Modi said the unanimous verdict “shouldn’t be seen as a win or loss for anybody”.

Ayodhya verdict: From backroom boy to Prime Minister, Narendra Modi’s mandir journey

Narendra Modi, the BJP organisation man who coordinated a part of the first leg of the movement, is today the PM who, after the apex court verdict, urged the nation to build a new India without bitterness.

Maharashtra deadlock: As Sena goes into huddle, BJP expects ally to soften stand

The BJP believes if a government is not formed, the Sena will have to explain to the people why it failed to honour the public mandate.

Avoid out-of-turn statements on Ayodhya verdict, ministers told

The BJP has issued a code of conduct for its leaders and cadres to avoid provocative statements after the Supreme Court verdict.

Ahead of Ayodhya verdict — BJP’s code of conduct for leaders, cadre: Behave responsibly

The BJP has held region-wise meetings to warn its leaders that no one should make any statement on the judgment day until comments from Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP president Amit Shah come out.

Maharashtra govt formation: Devendra Fadnavis gets Amit Shah nod for Shiv Sena talks

In a meeting with Devendra Fadnavis, Shah is learnt to have indicated that BJP will deal with Sena in equal terms to form government but should not agree to give up the post of chief minister, or even the Home portfolio, sources said.

We have 26 tribes, 100 sub-tribes, each one is different: CM Pema Khandu

“We have 26 tribes and more than 100 sub-tribes and each one is different from the other in their language, cuisine and architecture of the house. Being an Arunachali, when I travel to other parts of the state, it is new for me as well,” said Chief Minister Pema Khandu.

After recent poll dent, BJP may rethink strategy for Jharkhand

Sources pointed out that the BJP had never won a simple majority on its own in the state —formed in 2000 — hence, setting a tall tally as a target was not on the cards.

US envoy wanted to visit Tawang, not meant to send any message: Arunachal CM

Chief Minister Pema Khandu said he had invited US Ambassador to India Kenneth Juster to Arunachal Pradesh after he received a letter from him seeking to visit the state.

JJP in after outrage over Kanda: Dushyant gives Khattar and BJP the numbers, gets No. 2

The announcement was made by BJP national president Amit Shah in the presence of Khattar, Chautala and BJP working president J P Nadda, bringing to an end moves that saw it explore the option of teaming with Independents including Gopal Kanda of the Haryana Lokhit Party.

Poor bypoll performance brings Kerala BJP’s factional feuds into spotlight

In the October 21 bypolls, the BJP not only lost the gains it had made in the Lok Sabha elections in constituencies like Pathanamthitta — home to the Sabarimala shrine — but its performance in four of the five bypolls has been abysmal.