In Tejasvi Surya candidature, BJP sent out message, ‘not a party of grandfathers, grandsons’

Bengaluru, Mar 28: After the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) announced that Tejasvi Surya would contest from Bangalore South, there has been a major debate over his candidature.

The big question was did the BJP err in not giving a ticket to Tejasvini Ananth Kumar, who had nurtured and won from this constituency for over 25 years. The analysts point out that this is an interesting gamble that has been taken by the BJP.

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This election is about the success of coalitions: Dr. Sandeep Shastri

cong-bjpNew Delhi, Mar 27: It is election time in India and the big question on everyone’s mind is who will emerge victorious. It has been an election of narratives so far and all parties are looking at how it should be packaged in order to reap the maximum benefits from the voter.

Will these narratives by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Congress be national trends as polling day approaches. It will not be and it will play out differently in different states says leading political scientist, Dr. Sandeep Shastri in this interview with OneIndia.

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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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