West Bengal Assembly elections: Irrespective of the outcome, what is certain is that this will be a polarising electoral campaign, the likes of which Bengal, a Communist bastion for long, has never witnessed.
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh's measured tone in Parliament Thursday underscored the need to avoid any kind of chest thumping from the ruling establishment pending the resolution of unresolved issues.
"In a democracy, there are always many sides and every organisation has its own expectations. Generally, it is difficult to find common ground. That’s how various demands are raised. Those who have to fulfil these demands have their own limitations," said RSS General Secretary Bhaiyyaji Joshi.
In an interview to The Indian Express, RSS general secretary Suresh (Bhaiyyaji) Joshi emphasised that “it is not good for the health of society for any agitation to run for too long”. “We just want the agitation (to) end quickly now,” he said.
2020 started and is ending on a stormy note; 2021 may be no different. The government could face protests on the street, and hard-fought Assembly elections could raise political temperatures. Major diplomatic challenges lie ahead. For the Opposition, 2021 could be a make-or-break year.
“Why do you adopt a dogali (doublespeak) policy? What kind of politics are they doing in which there is no logic, no facts? Make false accusations and spread rumours to scare our farmers. Sometimes, naive farmers get misled by you,” the Prime Minister said.
The choice of two — not one — Deputy Chief Ministers, Tarkishore Prasad and Renu Devi, reflects how the BJP is addressing the churn from the word go. Indeed, former Deputy CM Sushil Modi’s ejection from state politics underlined this signal.
Sources said Delhi is insisting on simultaneous withdrawal of forces from the Pangong north bank — where Chinese troops have crossed the point which India says marks the LAC — and advanced Indian positions on the south bank to mutually agreed locations
Raghuvansh Prasad Singh — a true socialist leader who, though never known as an orator or speaker, managed to attract the attention of his ideological fellow travellers and his political adversaries for his plainspeak on issues that he chose to champion.
Given the way PM Modi used his enhanced political mandate to push the BJP’s political agenda, his Independence Day speech might contain signals on how he plans to use his political capital after the Covid-19 pandemic.
Modi, on both Article 370 and the Ram temple, has, to the Sangh, underlined what electoral power can achieve and, in the process, reinforced his political credibility like no other leader in the BJP. And this, largely on his own terms.
Ayodhya Ram Mandir: For decades, India’s politics has been shaped by a tussle between two competing grand ideas: composite nationalism and cultural nationalism. The laying of the foundation for the Ram Temple marks the demise of an old political consensus, and the beginning of a new journey.
While the hosting of Pilot’s MLAs in a BJP-ruled state and the fielding of senior lawyers like Rohatgi and Salve for Pilot has suggested the central BJP is taking an interest in the matter, Vasundhara’s aloofness has exposed the lack of communication within the party.
Sources in the Congress said Pilot is in touch with AICC general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra. The BJP, however, believes that the crisis in the Rajasthan Congress has gone past the point of no-return.