In early April, I traveled to Deoband in western UP, famous for its Islamic seminary, to attend the first joint ‘Mahagathbandan’ rally. The road to the venue, where the three parties decided to come together to show unity and solidarity, was marked by small jathas carrying party flags, joyfully and energetically trudging to hear their leaders. This was no rent-a-crowd.
In the recent elections to the Parliamentary seat of Kairana, two things became evident. The first was the power of a coalition force in defeating the BJP electoral machine, and the second was the return of the RLD as a contender for the Jat vote
The fact that the result follows the drub meted out to the BJP in Gorakhpur and Phulpur earlier this year means that the grand alliance stitched against the BJP by the Opposition has found takers
If the BJP sits down and extrapolates the results of the by-elections, it would discover that repeating the 2014 feat would seem like a distant possibility.
Like Nero who played the lyre while Rome burnt, Rahul Gandhi is blissfully oblivious to the torpor and rot that have gripped the Congress
Sanjay Kapoor Delhi
Conversations from ground zero of the Uttar Pradesh assembly elections reveal a startling truth, the Congress party may have been on the downslide for some time now but any attempt to dismiss it completely would be imprudent
Abeer Kapoor Delhi
While there is widespread consensus that the young Samajwadi Party chief has salvaged his image by distancing himself from the old guard, the opinion regarding his five-year rule remains as divided as ever
Abeer Kapoor Delhi
The fifth phase is expected to be a litmus test for the SP-Congress alliance as they had won around 80 per cent of the seats in the region during the 2012 elections
Hardnews Bureau Delhi
In Ghaziabad’s five constituencies, the overwhelming support for the BJP of the 2014 Lok Sabha elections seems to be waning, giving way to a free-for-all
Shibu Kumar Tripathi Delhi