Vivek Deshpande

Articles By Vivek Deshpande

Sadhvi Pragya Thakur: Cherry-picking innocence, Hindutva style

This is a typical Hindutva arrogance and yet they claim they are not Hindutva supporters. That’s a hypocrisy that comes naturally to them. They have gone so much beyond the fulcrum that it is almost impossible to engage them in a civilised debate.

BJP Amravati MLA trolled after condemning Pragya Thakur’s comments on Karkare

Deshmukh, who had joined BJP a few years ago from Congress wrote on his Facebook page that the party should take strict action against Thakur for the "derogatory" remarks she made against Karkare.

Lok Sabha elections 2019: Slight dip in voting percentage in first phase in Vidarbha

In Nagpur (overall 54.67 per cent voting, down from 57.12 per cent in 2014), where Union minister Nitin Gadkari is looking to retain the seat, voting in all the Assembly segments was more or less the same.

Maharashtra: Tigress poached inside Tadoba-Andhari Reserve

Meanwhile, in a separate incident, a suspected tiger attack on Friday left a villager dead near Pasodi village in the Kothari range of Central Chanda forest division in Maharashtra's Chandrapur district.

On eve of polls, I-T dept searches Congress Chandrapur nominee’s home

Around 60 to 70 I-T and police officers descended on Dhanorkar’s underconstruction bungalow in Nagpur’s Civil Line area around 1.30 pm.

Amit Shah on Rahul’s Wayanad show: Is it in India or Pakistan?

Amit Shah's remark was an apparent reference to the large number of Indian Union Muslim League flags seen in Gandhi’s procession when he filed his nomination papers from Wayanad on April 4.

Lok Sabha elections: Amid Maoist diktat to vote against BJP, fight between sitting ‘outsider’ MP & Congress

"The Maoists had started running a campaign against the BJP even before the election dates were announced. They have been saying vote for any party but not BJP,” said a senior tribal activist.

Lok Sabha elections: Nitin Gadkari banks on personal equation, aims for 300 seats

Before setting out on his campaign, Nitin Jairam Gadkari, Union minister, sitting MP and BJP nominee in Nagpur, and a committed RSS worker, tells journalists over breakfast at his home that the BJP is going to win more than 300 seats.

Bhandara-Gondia constituency: Nana Patole gone, contest is wide open

That is the verdict for this constituency from a villager in Wadegaon, in the Morgaon-Arjuni Assembly segment in the eastern corner of Vidarbha. Voting for seven constituencies in Vidarbha, including this one, will be held on April 11.

Nana Patole moves high court, alleges violations

Patole had alleged at a press conference last month that the CCTVs at the strong rooms in South and Central Nagpur, where some of the EVMs have been kept, were not functioning from March 25 to 27.

After elections, chowkidar will go to jail: Rahul Gandhi in Nagpur

Rahul also mooted the idea of making India economically superior to China. “Why have everything made in China? My dream is that our farmers, Vidarbha’s farmers, should be able to sell their products in Chinese, Japanese and American supermarkets. Vidarbha will be at the centre of

After elections, chowkidar will go to jail: Rahul Gandhi in Nagpur

Rahul Gandhi kept his focus on “corruption, unemployment and farmers’ problems” during the NDA government’s tenure.

PM Narendra Modi in Gondia: Congress manifesto a ‘document of Pak conspiracies’

Prime Minister Narendra Modi was campaigning in Vidarbha's Gondia for party nominee for the Bhandara-Gondia constituency Sunil Mendhe. This was his second election rally in Vidarbha in a span of three days — on Monday, he was in Wardha.

Constituency watch Yavatmal-Washim: Shiv Sena pick takes on rebels along with farm distress and anti-incumbency

Yavatmal has an electoral size of over 19 lakh voters with Kunbis and Banjaras being numerically equally strong — up to 3.5 lakh each. Dalits and Muslims together, and tribals, constitute roughly the same number. Then there are other castes like Telis and Dhangars in good measure.

Congress coined Hindu terror… now seeks vote where majority is in minority: PM Narendra Modi

Accusing the Congress party of coining the term “Hindu terror” and attempting to “taint the fundamental ethos” of the country, he said it had committed the “grave sin” of “insulting Hindus” by “lowering” their “image in the eyes of the world”.

Maharashtra: Rahul Gandhi to hold rally in Chandrapur on April 5, Priyanka roadshow likely in Nagpur

A senior leader said that while Rahul’s programme has been finalised, dates are yet to be finalised for Priyanka’s roadshow.

Nagpur unit faction of RSS-backed Muslim body joins Congress

The split was announced by Riyaz Khan at a press conference, also attended by Patole.

Nitin Gadkari, Nana Patole file nomination from Nagpur

Gadkari, who had defeated Congress’s Vilas Muttemwar in the 2014 elections by a margin of 2.84 lakh votes, said he will win with a “bigger margin” this time.

Maharashtra: Stung by Chavan audio tape, Congress replaces Chandrapur LS candidate

The party has replaced Vinayak Bangde, who was nominated on Saturday, nominating in his place Suresh alias Balu Dhanorkar.

In Vidarbha, BJP-Sena on strong ground; Oppn banks on anti-incumbency, Muslim-Dalit votes

In Vidarbha, known for its farm distress, the BJP-Shiv Sena alliance, which had swept all 10 seats in 2014, may not be able to repeat the feat this time round, observers feel.