Congress

Caste, communalism and coup

Jawed Naqvi, Delhi,

There were at least two occasions in recent memory when the exultation on Indian TV channels was telling.Gen Musharraf staged a military coup in Pakistan and at about the  same time, in India, then prime minister Atal Behari Vajpayee was heading for the majestic British-built presidential palace for a swearing-in ceremony of his newly elected government.

Congress-Trinamool pact in Bengal, finally

Both parties have reached a broad consensus to fight together against the CPM

Akash Bisht Hardnews/Delhi

After several rounds of negotiations, the Congress finally accepted the Trinamool Congress' seat-sharing formula on Thursday and thereby proved to its partymen that it was serious about taking on the communists. The Congress gets to contest 14 of the 42 Lok Sabha seats in West Bengal, while the Trinamool gets the remaining 28.

‘Despite Karnataka loss, BJP gained public sympathy’

Known for his expertise in psephology, the BJP leader noted that the sympathy factor would help the BJP immensely in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections.

Mounting a counter offensive on the Congress-JD(S) combine, BJP leader GVL Narasimha Rao, who was recently elected to the Rajya Sabha from Uttar Pradesh, said on Wednesday that the Karnataka Assembly election verdict was not against Bharatiya Janata Party.