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 oneindia.com 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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Will BJP rise in J&K?

sandeepshastriIt can be termed as the mother of all elections. The polls in Jammu and Kashmir will be watched by one and all as the BJP is aiming to make major gains. While this would be a major election, one must also not forget that there is an important election in Jharkhand as well.
What will be the fate of the various parties aiming to stake a claim on both these states? We at oneindia.com have leading psephologist Dr Sandeep Shastri to take us through in this three part series, which will cover the elections in Jammu and Kashmir, Jharkhand and Delhi. In the first, part Dr Shastri discusses with us the elections in Jammu and Kashmir and Jharkhand.Read more

South India elections- Who is winning?

south_leadersWhat will be the election trends in South India? The common questions that come to mind are- Is there a Modi wave, how has the Andhra Pradesh bifurcation issue dented the Congress or helped it, has the return of Yeddyurappa helped the BJP and what the three way fight in Tamil Nadu means to J Jayalalithaa.

Dr. Sandeep Shastri, noted psephologist and national coordinator of Lokniti a research programme of the Centre for the Study of Developing Societies speaks with rediff.com about the election trends in Southern India which comprise Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Kerala.

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