Coomi Kapoor has been a journalist for the last four decades. Her forte has been political reporting. She has witnessed the shifting power equations in the capital -- from Indira Gandhi’s regime to the rise of the Aam Aadmi Party. She is presently contributing editor to The Indian Express. Earlier, she worked for the newspaper as chief reporter, special correspondent and editor, Delhi. Coomi has worked in several publications in different capacities. She was principal correspondent, India Today, editor news, Sunday Mail, bureau chief, Indian Post and political editor, Illustrated Weekly. She has been writing a political diary in a lighter vein since 1985 and her syndicated column was carried by many newspapers. She was also stringer for The Times, London, and columnist for The Star, Malaysia.
Kishor took credit for Narendra Modi’s success in the 2014 general election and Nitish Kumar’s victory in Bihar in 2015. However, he had to eat humble pie when the Congress was routed by its worst margin ever in Uttar Pradesh in 2017.
Clearly, Sushma Swaraj is not on the same side as the majority in the party, who feel she tweets for personal PR and not for the party.
Sushma Swaraj was crudely and unfairly trolled by the Hindutva brigade because a Lucknow passport officer was summarily transferred on the basis of a tweet that he humiliated a Hindu-Muslim couple.
TMC chief Mamata Banerjee is a seasoned political player. Her recent meeting with Congress leader Ahmed Patel is seen as an attempt to compensate for not attending Rahul Gandhi’s iftar.
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The Congress war room is working on a strategy that an anti-BJP alliance should field joint candidates for 403 seats in 15 states in the next parliamentary elections.
Both Shatrughan Sinha and Yashwant Sinha have for all practical purposes left the party. If the elderly are back in the BJP, it may face a disadvantage in presenting a youthful presence.
During the recent inauguration of Phase 1 of the Delhi-Meerut Expressway (DME) and Eastern Peripheral Expressway (EPE), Gadkari was in an open car alongside the PM’s vehicle all along the route.
Congress leaders in Madhya Pradesh are dreaming of a pre-election alliance with the BSP and the Gondwana party. In the past, the BSP has declined offers from the Congress for an alliance in Uttar Pradesh, demanding that an electoral tie-up has to be all over the country.
The speed with which the JD(S)-Congress stepped in to stake claim to form the Karnataka government is thanks partly to Sitaram Yechury and Mamata Banerjee, who gave the Congress a push, but largely to H D Kumaraswamy.
Singh, as a student, was playing in a hockey match in Peshawar in 1945 when the ball hit a bystander. The man turned out to be none other than Jinnah.
Ironically, the CAATS (Countering America’s Adversaries Through Sanctions) Bill in the US Congress was introduced by California Congressman Ed Royce, who is hailed as a 'friend of India' and one of the founders of the Indo-US Caucus.
Many Congresspersons feel Rahul Gandhi was unduly influenced by CPM general secretary Sitaram Yechury to back the motion for impeachment of Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra.
A notice on the front door of Arun Jaitley's residence saying 'No Visitors Allowed' has triggered off the rumour that the Finance Minister’s health is serious and he is kept in total isolation.
Singh lived a full life until the end. He was a regular on the diplomatic circuit in Delhi and meticulous in writing his column for the Tribune and Asian Age, before he was hospitalised recently.
Towards the end of the last Parliament session, the Congress appeared at the forefront of the Opposition move to bring an impeachment motion against Chief Justice Dipak Misra.
The hapless Frank Noronha, who was on leave prior to retirement as PIB chief, was reportedly asked by the PMO to immediately issue the WhatsApp message declaring that the PM had ordered the I&B Ministry to withdraw its notification.
Gamini Jayawickrama Perera, Minister of Buddha Sasana, Sri Lanka was in India last month, he was refused entry into the Lingaraj temple despite him being a devout Buddhist.
In Parliament, BJP president Amit Shah appeared chipper and confident despite his party’s setbacks in the recently held bypolls.
Incidentally, Akhilesh’s denial of a Rajya Sabha seat to Agrawal is also a setback for Ram Gopal Yadav, considered Akhilesh’s chanakya in his battle with his father Mulayam Singh Yadav