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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Interview: ‘In J&K BJP and PDP must stick to each other’

sandeepshastriThere is no official word on the government formation at Jammu and Kashmir. The government of the PDP and the BJP broke down following the death of Mufti Mohammad Sayeed. The opposition in Jammu and Kashmir has been seeking fresh polls if both parties cannot iron out their differences.
Will there be fresh polls in the state? Dr Sandeep Shastri feels that the negotiations today are all about posturing. In this interview with OneIndia, Dr Shastri says that in all likelihood the differences will be ironed out as both BJP and the PDP cannot afford polls at the moment.

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Ache Din and not rhetorics will help BJP in future

acchedinNew Delhi:The time now is for the BJP to introspect following the results in Bihar. There are various elections that are coming up, but the BJP is not a key player in the upcoming elections in West Bengal or Assam.

The big test however, for the BJP is the Uttar Pradesh elections and it does have ample time to introspect and fix the damage.

Dr Sandeep Shastri, a leading psephologist speaks extensively with OneIndia on what the course correction for the BJP should be. He also discusses what the BJP must do in the next couple of months to be up and back in the reckoning.

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What worked for Mahaghatbandan and what did not work for BJP in Bihar

New Delhi, Nov 8: The mother of all elections in Bihar is finally over and it is the Mahaghatbandan which has had the last laugh. There are various factors that worked for the Mahaghatbandan and several that did not work for the Bharatiya Janata Party led National Democratic Alliance. Leading psephologist and number cruncher, Dr Sandeep Shastri who had told OneIndia three days back what the Mahaghatbandan will go through discusses what went right and what went wrong in this fiercely contested battle. 
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Interview: ‘Very hard to pick a winner in Bihar’

biharWho will conquer Bihar in the forthcoming assembly elections? At the moment it looks increasingly difficult to predict a clear winner. The next couple of days will be extremely crucial.
There are a host of factors that will be in play during the Bihar elections. The seat sharing between the RJD-JD(U) is one such factor. For the BJP it is battling many controversies and it is to be seen how enthusiastic the party workers at Bihar are. All in all it is very difficult to pick one winner.

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Interview: Kiran Bedi was a blunder

kiranbedAll through the campaign for Delhi, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) appeared either intensively negative or intensively defensive.

Clearly a lot went wrong for the BJP during this campaign and after all Kiran Bedi was not a masterstroke, but became one of the primary reasons for the defeat.

The Aam Admi Party won by a huge margin and it is to be seen how they handle governance. However, during the AAP campaign there was something that the party and its leader Arvind Kejriwal did very right.

Oneindia speaks with the experts to find out more about the Delhi verdict.

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AAP will get 14 seats says this IB report on Delhi polls

The Delhi battle between the Bharatiya Janata Party and the Aam Admi Partry
may not be a hard fought one after all if one goes by this intelligence bureau report.
kerjiTwo reports by the Intelligence Bureau which has done a comprehensive study of the forthcoming elections suggest that the AAP may not get more than 14 to 16 seats.
The report also goes on to state that many prominent leaders in the AAP may not even retain their seats and this is largely due to the dipping popularity of the party after quitting the government in 49 days.

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J&K: ‘BJP needs to lead government in national and international interest’

sandeepshastriIn larger national and international interest it is very important that the BJP is in the driver’s seat when it comes to the government formation in Jammu and Kashmir.
Hence it would do everything to ensure that it is not part of a government where it is the minority party as it could read very badly on both the international and national front, says leading psephologist Dr Sandeep Shastri. Dr Shastri speaks with Oneindia about the government formation in Jammu and Kashmir and also informs that the elections are a wake up call for all major players.

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Is Kejriwal a factor?

IMG_0041.JPGWhile the Delhi elections is still sometime away, it is still a very interesting election especially after all the drama that the Aam Admi Party created. Dr Sandeep Shastri a leading psephologist had given his insights on the elections in Jharkhand and Jammu and Kashmir.
In the concluding part of this series, Dr Shastri discusses the battle for Delhi.
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