“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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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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