Be it Lalu, Mulayam or Ram Vilas Paswan, the leaders of the Hindi heartland who championed the cause of social justice always viewed Karunanidhi as an icon and guardian. Paswan said the DMK patriarch had a major role in implementing the Mandal Commission report.
Speaking ahead of the Prime Minister, Rahul Gandhi refrained from referring to ‘secularism’, invoking instead the theme of protecting ‘Ambedkar’s Constitution’ as the main narrative to indicate his broad theme for the 2019 campaign.
The massive hike in MSP is one of the two (the other being Rs 5-lakh health protection cover for over 10 crore families) major schemes announced by the Modi government as it enters the last lap of its term.
Blaming the PDP for the fall of the alliance government, BJP general secretary Ram Madhav, told reporters in New Delhi that “continuance in the government had become untenable... responsibility for this kind of scenario lies with the other side”.
The BJP, which has been championing abolition of Article 370, had entered into an alliance with PDP, which was perceived as soft towards separatists within the BJP, after protracted negotiation in 2015.
1971, 1977, 1989 — the Opposition united to take on the ruling behemoth with mixed results. Does history point to what the future holds? The Indian Express goes back to explain what the emerging battlelines for 2019 may mean
The figure of Rs 525 crore or approximately Euro 79 million per Rafale aircraft which Opposition parties were citing, government sources had said, was based on the manufacturer’s 2007 bid at the then exchange rate (I Euro = Rs 66.60).
Prohibition In Bihar: After quotas in local body polls, bicycles for schoolgirls, prohibition was his idea for carving out a new political constituency of women. Two years on, it has paid off: more women vote than men in Bihar.
As the Modi government enters the fifth year of its term, a scrutiny of votes polled during 22 assembly elections since 2014 reveals a broad pattern of consolidation of votes among major contenders, and the squeezing out of marginal players and Independents.
"There is a lobby of Leftists and anti-Hindutwavadis organisations that do not like the BJP-RSS. Their biggest capital is to create fear among the Muslims, the Scheduled Tribes and the Dalits about the BJP," said Union Minister Nitin Gadkari in an interview with the Indian Express.