The ‘Congress-ification’ of the BJP

The image was telling: Union law minister Ravi Shankar Prasad effusively welcoming the newly-inducted BJP…

Dilli Dur Ast for Congress

As the seasons change, there is a spring in the step of the Congress which…

Elections On My Plate | Exclusive Report From Lucknow

To understand vox populi on the Uttar Pradesh assembly election, India Today’s Rajdeep Sardesai takes…

Congress will remain a C team player

Five years is an eternity in Indian politics. As Rahul Gandhi and Akhilesh Yadav beamed…

Towards a ‘Congress Mukt’ Bharat ?

We want a Congress Mukt Bharat,” thundered Narendra Modi in the 2014 general election campaign,…

The marathon runner will win

Dear Rahul, An open letter is perhaps the best way to communicate. The reason I…


Yesterday, I rang up Sharad Pawar to seek an interview on the Maharashtra verdict. Pawar spoke gently as ever, but refused the request “You called the NCP a cash and carry party on television during your election programme, why should I give you an interview?”

Mahabattle: Five Big Takeaways

a) Modi is a true Pan-Indian leader: the general elections propelled Modi from Gujarat chief minister into India’s neta number one; the state elections have reinforced his stature as a pan-Indian leader.

Why Modi-Shah duo will win Maharashtra

Political judgements based on opinion polls are hazardous at the best of times, but when there is a five-cornered fight like in Maharashtra, pollsters are often whistling in the dark. There were almost 50 constituencies in Maharashtra in 2009 where the margin was less than 5,000 votes, making any conclusive poll prediction a nightmare. And yet, let me stick my neck out on my home state: The BJP will be almost certainly the single-largest party and, in fact, should get a clear majority.

Countdown to Maharashtra elections begins

Countdown to Maharashtra elections has begun, however, the picture is not clear yet. Shiv Sena-BJP…