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Ravish Tiwari

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Delhi election results: BJP leaders blame lack of local connect for defeat
Thu, Feb 13, 2020

It emerged from conversations with several leaders who took part in campaigning that the BJP national leadership was told that the issues the party was highlighting had traction, but might not translate into votes.

Diminishing returns in states for BJP’s hard ideological push
Wed, Feb 12, 2020

Internally, BJP was confident the script was working — its own surveys suggested the shrill campaign would help get fence-sitters switch to its side and just days before voting, Shah himself said the party would cross 45 seats.

President Kovind sidesteps NRC reference in Parliament speech, sticks to CAA
Fri, Jan 31, 2020

Seven months after highlighting NRC in his address to a joint-sitting of Parliament, President Kovind’s address today had no mention of what the government said was to be done on a ‘priority basis’.

Refrain within BJP: Economy big worry, may spill onto streets
Fri, Jan 31, 2020

The BJP leaders, however, said they hope the Budget may be able to instill some confidence and arrest the current downward slide.

After one month of CAA protests, key question for both BJP, Oppn: Will protests percolate below the top soil?
Fri, Jan 17, 2020

While the BJP and the Centre talk down the protests, brush it off as choreographed and avoid any engagement with the protestors, the Opposition senses an opportunity to rattle a government that returned to power with an enhanced majority.

Will be lenient if students join proctor inquiry: JNU V-C
Wed, Jan 15, 2020

In an interview to The Indian Express, Kumar said: “The V-C has the discretionary power to waive any punishment or reduce the punishment... We will be flexible, if you come and explain to the chief proctor’s office."

If your protest is genuine, why would you hide your face: JNU VC Jagadesh Kumar
Wed, Jan 15, 2020

"I have always believed that agitating or going on a dharma on some issue is a fundamental right of our students. In fact, we have assigned a specific spot in the university where such dharnas or protests can be held," says the Vice-Chancellor.

Akhilesh Yadav: ‘300 MLAs upset with him… Yogi gave free hand to cops to save chair’
Tue, Dec 31, 2019

People are angry over the political situation...As for UP, even today, if you go to villages and ask about the election results, they say it is beyond comprehension that the (Opposition) alliance lost: Akhilesh Yadav.

On the ground in Uttar Pradesh, protest divide along religion, not politics
Mon, Dec 30, 2019

Across the constituencies of Baghpat, Kairana, Muzaffarnagar, Sambhal and Rampur, many Hindus who voted for Opposition parties during the Lok Sabha elections support the government’s citizenship move.

‘Trust the PM or HM?’ Sabka Vishwas tested on the ground in west UP
Sun, Dec 29, 2019

Villagers know of Modi’s December 22 claim that there are no plans of a nation-wide NRC, but also Home Minister Amit Shah’s assertions that it would be held, made in Parliament and elsewhere.

After Jharkhand defeat, voices within BJP: No one heard feedback, 303 was a .303 rifle
Tue, Dec 24, 2019

One comfort for the BJP is the narrow difference in vote share — while the JMM-Congress-RJD got 35.25 per cent of the vote, the BJP, fighting alone, got 33.5 per cent.

Cause or symptom or both: BJP, Oppn watch with fingers crossed
Sun, Dec 22, 2019

The BJP gambit is projecting the protest as limited to a “varg vishesh (a select set)”, and the violence as instigated by the Opposition. “What public cause are these protestors espousing over which common cause can be made?” is one BJP line. The other being, “Those who are organising these protests have always been opposed to us. So what is new in this?”

A 12-day operation, a line to Ajit: how BJP turned tables on Sena, NCP, Congress in Maharashtra
Sun, Nov 24, 2019

BJP national president Amit Shah put on the job his trusted lieutenant Bhupender Yadav, the party general secretary who was in-charge of elections in Maharashtra.

How BJP stitched a deal with Ajit Pawar to return to power in Maharashtra
Sat, Nov 23, 2019

Even as the closed-room talks between NCP chief Sharad Pawar, Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray and the Congress leaders were taking place, and there were revelations before the media by them, the BJP kept its cards close to its chest

In House panels, NDA members wave rule book to skirt debate
Fri, Nov 22, 2019

NDA members in many committees are using the rule book to stonewall scrutiny on issues that may raise uncomfortable questions for the government.

What SC Ayodhya verdict indicates: Mandal-Kamandal politics has come full circle
Tue, Nov 12, 2019

While the Mandal demand of caste-based reservations is older, the BJP was the first to politically weaponise Kamandal — seizing the opportunity presented by the setting up of the Ramjanmabhoomi Nyas in 1986.

No Kashi, Mathura in near future: new Party-Parivar consensus
Sun, Nov 10, 2019

After today’s verdict that clears the way for a Ram temple at the site, sources in the Sangh Parivar said, this won’t be invoked. At least, for now.

Behind Govt’s RCEP reluctance: Opposition from dairy to India Inc, Congress to Parivar
Tue, Nov 05, 2019

The decision to not join RCEP came in dramatic fashion given how the government positioned its stance on the issue in the last couple of days.

How RSS, BJP agreed on Ayodhya: Many meetings before LS polls
Fri, Nov 01, 2019

Thirty years after the BJP’s resolution to build the temple, the issue emerged as an irritant between the party and RSS barely six months ahead of the announcement of 2019 general elections, according to sources briefed about the events.

Ahead of Supreme Court ruling on Ayodhya, Congress works on its response
Thu, Oct 31, 2019

The Congress was caught off guard by the BJP government’s Jammu and Kashmir gambit. And it does not want to repeat the mistake.

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