Maharashtra: The lessons for the BJP to learn

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Inset pic: Dr Sandeep Shastri

New Delhi, Nov 28: After much drama in Maharashtra, the Shiv Sena, NCP and Congress will form the government with Uddhav Thackeray at the helm of affairs. One would say that the BJP would have been better off had it not staked a claim to form the government.

The early morning swearing-in by Devendra Fadnavis turned out to be a misadventure, as he was unable to muster up the numbers. There are some lessons for the BJP to learn from this incident.

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Maharashtra: Shiv Sena played the game a bit too long, took the fight a bit too far

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Inset pic: Dr Sandeep Shastri

New Delhi, Nov 11: The impasse in Maharashtra continues and the ball today is in the court of the Shiv Sena. The party has been invited by the Governor, to form the government after the BJP said on Sunday that it did not have the required numbers.

If the Shiv Sena decides to form the government, then it basically means that there would be a three-party government which would include the NCP and the Congress. But has the Shiv Sena played its cards well?
It now appears as though the strategy is more about keeping the BJP at bay. The negative glue brings you together, but can the positive glue hold you together.

OneIndia caught up with India’s leading political scientist, Dr Sandeep Shastri to understand the dynamic in Maharashtra.

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‘Lal Bahadur Shastri: Politics and Beyond:’ A fitting tribute by Dr Sandeep Shastri

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The book on Lal Bahadur Shastri, Inset pic: Dr Sandeep Shastri

Bengaluru, Oct 29: On the day, India’s second prime minister, Lal Bahadur Shastri signed the Tashkent Agreement, he had told his aides that this is one of the greatest tribute he could pay to Mahatma Gandhi.

Dr Sandeep Shastri, leading psephologist and pro-vice-chancellor, Jain University captures the life and times of India’s second prime minister in his new book ‘Lal Bahadur Shastri: Politics and Beyond.’

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Maharashtra-Haryana elections: Why everything seems to be favouring the BJP

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BJP rally in Maharashtra. Inset pic: Dr Sandeep Shastri

New Delhi, Oct 10: The lack of enthusiasm that one sees around both the Maharashtra and Haryana elections gives the indication that it could be a one-sided affair. All pollsters have already said that the assembly elections in both states would see the BJP emerging as a winner.

The lack of leadership and infighting within the opposition have only been added advantages for the BJP, which also is riding high on its 2019 momentum. Leading psephologist, Dr Sandeep Shastri tells OneIndia that the BJP and its allies have a clear advantage in both Maharashtra as well as Haryana.

Rahul has walked away: What Congress said in private always is now in public domain

rahulgandhiNew Delhi, Oct 10: What the Congress has been talking in private all these days is now being said in public. Salman Khurshid, senior Congress leader said recently that Rahul Gandhi had walked away.

He also said that after the loss in the Lok Sabha elections, the party needed a leader who could help introspect and chalk out the future course of action.

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3 deputies for BSY: Why going to polls is still a better option for the BJP

Bengaluru, Aug 27: The appointment of three deputy chief ministers in Karnataka has triggered speculation, whether the BJP is looking for a succession plan in the state.

I had always felt that mid-term elections were the best bet for the BJP, Dr Shastri tells OneIndia.

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Congress tends to suffer the most from Karnataka crisis: Dr. Shastri

congress-karnataka-leadersBengaluru, July 17: The numbers for the coalition look very shaky in the wake of the Supreme Court ruling on the petitions filed by the rebel MLAs in Karnataka.

If the 15 MLAs rebels refrain from attending the trust vote proceedings on Thursday, then the government is staring at a collapse.

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Karnataka: BJP better placed to face polls rather than form govt and become hostage

Bengaluru, July 09: There appears to be no end to the crisis in Karnataka and the big question is will the BJP take advantage of the situation and form the government.

Analysts have said that it is only a matter of time before the JD(S)-Congress government falls for the want of numbers. The MLAs are unlikely to take back their resignations as it could lead to a loss of face. Moreover if you try and pacify the sulking MLAs and make them ministers, another group would become disgruntled and the problem will return says leading political scientist, Dr. Sandeep Shastri.

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Decoding the BJP’s stellar performance with Dr. Sandeep Shastri

modi-newNew Delhi, May 27: The 2019 Lok Sabha elections were clearly about the Central Government. This could be seen in the rout of the Congress in the states of Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh, where it had recently come to power in the assembly elections.

Dr. Sandeep Shastri, one of India’s top psephologists says that most of the difference for the BJP was made in the north, west and central barring Punjab. In this interview with OneIndia, Dr. Shastri says that the BJP did exceptionally well, where it was in a direct contest with the Congress.

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The Congress-JD(S) combine in Karnataka has been a disaster: Dr Shastri

New Delhi, May 23: The mandate is for Narendra Modi again and these elections have shown that it was a strong leadership that has taken the party forward. The Congress would have plenty of soul searching to do and the big challenge would be to its leadership.

Dr Sandeep Shastri, leading political scientist says that it is the leadership that has played a very important role for the BJP. In a direct fight with the Congress, the BJP has done exceptionally well, he tells OneIndia.

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