Majboor vs Mazboot sarkar: Let people watch daily tantrums, the BJP’s game plan in Karnataka

Bengaluru, Jan 21: The drama in Karnataka never seems to stop and resort politics was back with allegations that the BJP is trying to form the government. First the BJP led its MLAs to a resort in Gurgaon and then it was followed by the Congress leading its men to one on the outskirts of Bengaluru.

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Traditional rivals to allies: How effective is the Cong-JD(S) alliance in Karnataka

Bengaluru, Jan 17: For the BJP, Karnataka has been a gateway to the south. The 2019 Lok Sabha elections will be a keenly fought contest especially in Karnataka. The BJP would be up against a combine of the JD(S) and Congress, which came together to form the government in the state.

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Operation Lotus: An unwanted adventure, when focus should have been the LS polls

Bengaluru, Jan 17: Another misadventure by the Karnataka has come to an end, with some rebels in the Congress returning to their fold. It began with the fiasco of trying to install a government after the 2018 assembly elections, which was short lived.

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The defeat at the Hindi heartland, road ahead to 2019: De-coding the polls with Dr. Shastri

New Delhi, Dec 13: The verdict is out and the Congress saw a resurgence by snatching the states of Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh from the BJP. There are several reasons that have been given for this big BJP defeat in these three states.

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Madhya Pradesh elections: Will the strong undercurrent of disunity hurt the Congres

Bhopal, Oct 15: Will Shivraj Singh Chouhan be able to retain Madhya Pradesh for the BJP again? Battling anti-incumbency and farmer related issues, the battle for MP, one of India’s largest states would be a closely fought contest.

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“BJP has ensured that North East is no longer a forgotten outpost”

The BJP made major gains in the North East. It performed impressively with its alliances in Meghalaya and Nagaland, but the big story of the day is Tripura. From zero in 2013 to forming the government in 2018, the party has come a long way.

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Bigger effort was needed from Congress to dislodge BJP in Gujarat: Dr Shastri

sandeepshastriThe exit polls are out and the BJP is the clear winner in both Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh. The Gujarat battle was in fact more closely watched and all exit polls now say that the BJP is the clear winner. While there may be much for the BJP to rejoice, there is also some soul searching that needs to be done. The headline reads the BJP is retaining Gujarat. The deeper narrative however is that the BJP does not better its performance in the state when compared to 2012 says leading psephologist, Dr Sandeep Shastri.

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Decoding the cabinet reshuffle with psephologist Dr Sandeep Shastri

img_0715Political statecraft, assertive and a clear message, “perform of perish.” This is what some of India’s top experts term the recent Cabinet Reshuffle by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. It is a cleverly planned political strategy which while inducting a large number of ministers has also managed to keep cabinet the core decision making body small inn size.
Dr Sandeep Shastri, one of India’s leading psephologists and political commentators took time off to discuss with OneIndia the cabinet reshuffle. He says that the real story is not the induction of the ministers, but the reshuffle. Dr Shastri also goes on to add that it is probably for the first time in two decades that we have witnessed a Prime Minister being assertive.

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Congress has not recovered from the 2014 Lok Sabha body blow as yet- Interview

Photo: Sandeep Shastri
Photo: Sandeep Shastri

The recently concluded assembly elections led to a debate in many circles and that was regarding whether India was moving towards a Congress mukth Bharath. The Congress leadership has spoken about introspection and its supremo Sonia Gandhi even said that failure is temporary.

Will the Congress revive or will the downfall continue. The Congress has not yet recovered from its 2014 defeat in the Lok Sabha polls says Dr Sandeep Shastri, a leading psephologist. In this interview with OneIndia, Dr Shastri says that the Congress needs to get out of the mindset where in it says a defeat is a collective responsibility while in success the credit goes to the high command.

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Interview: Women are the sacrificial lambs in every election

Elections--621x414Kolkata, April 18: Ahead of every election there are a host of issues that are debated and one among them is the lack of women representation. While there is a bill pending in the Rajya Sabha with regard to reservation for women, the fact is that the issue would be resolved if every political party had a will.
Take for instance a state like West Bengal which is ruled by a woman (Mamta Banerjee). In Phase 1(A), 1(B) and 2 there were in all 693 candidates.
The number of women fielded is 65. In Assam in the two phases the number of candidates are 1,062 and the women fielded is 91. The Kerala legislative assembly has never had more than 15 women. This is a state which has 51.9 per cent of its voters as women and the representation has been less than 10 per cent. Why does this scenario get debated every year and yet there is no improvement? It is more to do with the fact that the decision making in all political parties is male dominated says leading psephologist, Dr Sandeep Shastri.
In this interview with OneIndia, Dr Shastri discusses the reasons why the representation of women in elections is less year after year.

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