The test for Bommai and the road ahead: A discussion with Dr. Shastri

New Delhi, Aug 19: The transition in Karnataka was a smooth one with Basavaraj Bommai taking over from B S Yediyurappa. While it is too early to tell, the question is how Bommai will take the party forward as in Karnataka the last two years in governance has been extremely crucial.

To find out how the Karnataka scenario will pan out, OneIndia caught up with Dr. Sandeep Shastri, India’s leading psephologist. He begins by saying that the BSY of 2012 is very different compared to the Yediyurappa of 2021.

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Will BSY have the final say on who would replace him in Karnataka

New Delhi, July 27: The BJP leadership would tread carefully while naming a successor to B S Yediyurappa who resigned as the Karnataka Chief Minister on Monday. 

The BJP would keep in mind that the leader who would be CM when the state faces an election in 2023 will have to have the blessings of Yediyurappa. The central leadership would be sending Union Minister, Dharmender Pradhan to Karnataka to oversee the change of guard. 

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BSY says he will quit, but who will replace him

BSY, in deep trouble? Photo courtesy: The Hindu

Bengaluru, July 26: With Karnataka Chief Minister, B S Yediyurappa announcing that he would resign, the big question is who would replace him.

Sources tell OneIndia that observers would be sent from Delhi as the leadership change is effected in the state. 

The observers could come down, following which a legislative party meeting would be held during which a new leader would be appointed. 

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Will the Lingayats stick with BJP if BSY is replaced: An expert’s view

New Delhi, July 26: The political situation in Karnataka today is like that of a close cricket match where one does not know the result until and unless the last ball is bowled. 

Will Chief Minister, B S Yediyurappa be replaced and if he is then who will succeed him. OneIndia caught up with India’s leading psephologist, Dr. Sandeep Shastri to discuss the issue. 

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Arun Kumar is new points person between RSS and BJP

New Delhi, July 12: Senior RSS functionary Arun Kumar is the new points person between the BJP and RSS. He was appointed as the points person after replacing Krishna Gopal who was looking after the job since October 2014.

The decision to appoint Kumar was taken at the Akhil Bharatiya Prat Pracharak Baithak organised at Chitrakoot in Madhya Pradesh between July 9 and 11. Kumar was handling publicity for the organisation nationally. He was elevated as the joint secretary of the RSS in March after Dattatreya Hosabale replaced Suresh Bhaiyaji Joshi as the general secretary of the RSS.

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Generation shift to generation shifting: Why is the young brigade discontent with Congress

New Delhi, June 10: Jitin Prasada is the latest from the Congress to join the BJP. This is the second jolt that the Congress received after Jyotiraditya Scindia quit the Congress and joined the BJP. 

Following Prasada’s exit, the social media was flooded with questions when the next to move into the BJP would be Milind Deora and Sachin Pilot. The questions were obvious as the Deora and Pilot are having their own share of problems with the Congress. When Rahul Gandhi took over as the party president, it was expected that he would promote the younger generation of leaders. It was meant to be a generation shift in the party, but with the old guard sitting tight, it has become a case of generations shifting. 

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I remind you….MHA’s stern warning to West Bengal on post-poll violence

New Delhi, May 06: The Union Home Ministry has warned the Bengal government following the wide-spread violence that broke out in the state post the elections.

Union Home Secretary Ajay Bhalla sought to know why the government had not written back about the measures taken to stop the violence. He further said, “I remind you that no report has been submitted despite my asking for details on post-poll violence on May 3rd. Non-compliance of this second letter would be taken seriously.”

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Why BJP is the only party that can control the menace of infiltrations into West Bengal

New Delhi, Apr 14: Union Home Minister Amit Shah said at an election rally in West Bengal that only a BJP government can stop infiltrations into the state. 

He said that the Communists, Congress and Trinamool Congress have a vote bank in infiltrators. “If things continue the same way, Kolkata will face the problem of infiltration as well in the nearby time. Communists, Congress and Mamata Didi all have vote banks in these infiltrators. Only BJP can stop infiltration in Bengal,” Shah said according to a report by ANI. 

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Will anti-incumbency be a factor in the West Bengal elections 2021

New Delhi, Mar 23: As the race for the West Bengal elections 2021 hots up, the TMC would be looking to retain power, while the BJP making all efforts to unseat the existing dispensation

. While it is relatively clear as of now that the main battle is between the TMC and BJP, the question is who will come out victorious at the end.

Dr. Sandeep Shastri, one of India’s leading psephologists tells OneIndia that are multiple factors that one would have to look into before drawing a conclusion. 

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