Soon after the Congress was swept aside in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, Jyotiraditya Scindia reportedly spoke up at a Congress Working Committee meeting, expressing the need for introspection and claiming that the party needed to become ‘future-ready’ to take on a 21st century political juggernaut like the BJP. Scindia’s concern was met with silence within the party’s highest decision making body.
In this episode Saurabh and Rajdeep talk about Arun Jaitley's role in demonetisation. Arun Jaitley's famous argument with Ram Jethmalani on the issue of defamation case against Arvind Kejriwal.
They also discussed Satyapal Malik Rahul Gandhi banter over Kashmir. Imran Khan loosing face and Bilawal Bhutto's jibe over Srinagar and muzzafarabaad. Apart from this discussion revolved around Modi government taking money from RBI via shaktikant das and Mayawati softening her stand towards BJP. Modi Trump meet and gestures were also discussed.
Saurabh Dwivedi talks to Rajdeep Sardesai in this new episode of neta Nagri. Saurabh and Rajdeep discuss union budget 2019, Narendra Modi's promises versus action. Hauz kaji dispute, how a mob vandalised a temple. Politics of AAP and BJP before Delhi assembly elections. Rahul Gandhi's plan for Congress, who will succeed him as Congress president and what's the basic fault in Rahul Gandhi resignation.
Saurabh Dwivedi and Rajdeep Sardesai presents Neta Nagri. Weekly round up of political events in India. In the first episode of neta Nagri Rajdeep Sardesai shares his view point on Mamta Banerjee vs doctors in West Bengal, Amit Shah is dual role of BJP president and home minister, Rajnath Singh status, Narendra Modi on global forum, Nitish Kumar's new plan for Bihar, Prashant kishor's new role after Jagan and Congress future while everyone is speculating about Rahul Gandhi's future as party president.
It can't be easy being Rahul Gandhi: he isn't just a dynast but he is a fifth generation dynast at that. It is exactly a century since Motilal Nehru took over as Congress president and much water has flown under the Anand Bhavan since then. No previous dynasty, with the possible exception of the Mughals, has presided over sustained dominance over so many generations. But now, a creaking political empire has been handed over to a man who may not have the same burning desire to perpetuate a family legacy.
In the age of 24 x 7 news, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is the master of political theatre, his every move designed to maximize eyeballs. Which is why a simple tweet from him on Wednesday morning that he was to address the nation across media platforms at noon was enough to set news channels into a frenzy. Since it was an announcement to be made in the backdrop of a Cabinet Committee on Security meeting and within weeks of the Balakote air strikes, the general impression was that it must relate to Pakistan.
The battle has well and truly begun, the election commission has sounded the bugle for elections 2019. Elections are both a marathon cum steeplechase with many crazy jumps and hurdles along the way so making predictions at the start of the arduous race is hazardous. And yet, let me place 10 reasons why I believe Narendra Modi is the clear front runner as of now.
As the temperatures sharply dip in the national capital, the political heat is rising. The BJP’s defeat in three Hindi heartland states means that we enter a big general election year with a marked shift in momentum. A galvanized opposition, restive allies and murmurs of dissent within, suddenly the Narendra Modi-Amit Shah duopoly no longer seems quite so impregnable.
In 2004, a few weeks before the general elections and a day after the Lucknow stampede in which 21 poor women were killed while collecting free saris, then prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee admitted to me in an interview that the tragedy had dented the ‘India Shining’ image being aggressively promoted by his government. “There are areas of darkness, no doubt about it, and we should be worried,” he said with a contemplative air typical of the man. It was almost as if amidst the euphoria of a near-certain re-election, the politician in the hotseat sensed his own limitations.