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BJP likely to win Maharashtra, Haryana assembly polls

BJP likely to win Maharashtra, Haryana assembly polls

Riding on the popularity wave of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) today appeared set to emerge as the single largest party in the key western state of Maharashtra. The BJP was also on course to capture power in northern state of Haryana unseating Congress in both the states as...

Bypoll results jolt BJP

India's ruling Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party yesterday suffered a major blow in the legislative assembly by-elections in Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan and Gujarat states just four months after having swept in parliamentary polls. BJP lost 13 of the 24 assembly seats held by it in the three states in the bypolls considered yet another test of popularity of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The only solace for BJP on an otherwise gloomy day was its maiden entry in West Bengal assembly as...

Modi’s quiet beginning dims India’s hopes

Modi’s quiet beginning dims India’s hopes

During the months leading up to the spring parliamentary elections, Indians looked at Narendra Modi and saw what they wanted to see, reports The New York Times. Right-wing Hindus saw a cultural warrior. Working-class voters saw an incorruptible outsider who would impose discipline, from the “Delhi durbar,” the elite cliques dating to the Mughal...

Reward for Amit Shah

IN electing Amit Shah as its president, the Bharatiya Janata Party seems to have lost sight of its special responsibilities as a ruling party at the Centre. There are many sides to Mr. Shah, but the BJP Central Parliamentary Board chose not to look beyond his organisational skills, and his success as the political strategist for Uttar Pradesh in the 2014 Lok Sabha election. An accused in the case of the extrajudicial killings of Sohrabuddin Sheikh and Tulsiram Prajapati,...

AWAKENING INDIA

Modi's hypocrisy

ACCORDING to Prime Minister Narendra Modi's supporters, his overwhelming victory in India's general elections was a sweeping repudiation of everything for which the previous United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government, led by the Indian National Congress, stood. Will Modi live up to voters' expectations? There has certainly been a lot of hype. Modi, it was claimed during the election campaign, would reverse the UPA's “poor governance” and “policy paralysis,” introducing a radically new approach, based on his corporatist “Gujarat development model.”...

Delhi bins Assam CM's allegation on Bangladesh visa issue

Delhi bins Assam CM's allegation on Bangladesh visa issue

India's external affairs ministry yesterday rejected Assam chief minister Tarun Gogoi’s suggestion that India was thinking of allowing Bangladeshi nationals entry without visa if they were aged over 70 or under 10, a Kolkata newspaper reported. Gogoi made the allegation at two media briefings in three days. A loosely worded summary of a key foreign...

Education minister without graduation!

Education minister without graduation!

Indian’s Congress leader Ajay Maken has questioned the educational qualifications of Smriti Irani, who has taken over as Human Resource Development Minister. The party’s general secretary raised the debate while touching off a political storm with a series of tweets deriding the new Narendra Modi cabinet, reports NDTV. What a Cabinet of Modi?HRD Minister (Looking...

Strong, inclusive India

Strong, inclusive India

India's newly elected Prime Minister Narendra Modi has promised to forge a "strong and inclusive India” and script a glorious future for the country. Ten days after spearheading the Bharatiya Janata Party to a remarkable victory in parliamentary elections, the Hindu nationalist leader was sworn in yesterday as India's fifteenth prime minister. Modi, 63, will...

Modi becomes Indian PM

Modi becomes Indian PM

Hindu nationalist leader Narendra Modi, who led his Bharatiya Janata Party to a decisive victory in parliamentary elections, will be sworn in as the 14th prime minister of India on May 26. Armed with the support of 336 lawmakers of his party and its allies, Modi, 63, met President Pranab Mukherjee, who appointed him...

Modi set to resign as Gujarat leader

Modi set to resign as Gujarat leader

India's Prime Minister-elect Narendra Modi is due to step down as the chief minister of western Gujarat state. Modi, who has ruled Gujarat for 12 years, led his BJP party to a landslide win in the recent election and will take the oath of office as India's new prime minister on 26 May. Anandiben Patel,...

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