It’s all about Mr Modi
With 70 days left for a new government to take charge in Delhi, it is now clear that these general elections will be about whether India wants Narendra Modi to be prime minister or not. The answer to that one single question will determine the outcome of the poll. So it is not surprising that the Bharatiya Janata Party’s entire campaign strategy has been about projecting the image of its vote-gatherer. So what if Lal Krishna Advani doesn’t like this.
Nine days that could shape or shake India
The gong's been sounded for one of the most exciting battles in Indian elections. It will be a longdrawn out contest, to be held in nine phases, spread over 36 days from April 7 to May 12. The votes will be counted on May 16 and on that day or in the next few days it will become apparent who will form the next government — Narendra Modi, Rahul Gandhi or a surprise Third Front satrap. Along with the Lok Sabha election, three states — Andhra Pradesh, Odisha and Sikkim — will also go to the polls.
Indian elections are the 'global gold standard'
So India is all set to witness the biggest-ever election. With 81 crore voters and 11 million personnel conducting the polls at 9.36 lakh polling stations using 1.4 million EVMs, the Indian election is considered the biggest such event in the world. This is a management event that expects zero error and 100 per cent success. For the Election Commission, a 60 per cent successful election, or even 80 or 90 per cent success, is not an option. The EC is now a very experienced institution, with a well-oiled machinery.
When Narendra Modi takes the stage
The night before Narendra Modi is to arrive in the northern Karnataka town of Hubli on February 28, senior BJP leader and party spokesman C T Ravi has a go at the public address system that is being tested ahead of the party prime ministerial candidate’s big rally. Ravi, like Modi, prides himself on being a firebrand orator. He loves his own voice as well. He launches into a full-fledged speech about the misdeeds of the UPA government.
Why Paswan is key
Why would an outfit like Ram Vilas Paswan’s Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) draw such a huge interest nationally when pre-poll surveys have predicted it can’t win more than one seat in the next Lok Sabha? The sudden interest in the LJP has a social background. The Paswans, given to toddy tapping for a caste vocation, are the most preponderant group among the extremely backward classes (EBCs) of Bihar. It’s also the most militant, standing up to upper castes and capable of getting Dalit votes for its candidates...
Modi Mr popular, Rahul far behind: US survey
BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi is immensely more popular than Rahul Gandhi who is leading the Congress’ campaign for the Lok Sabha elections, a US survey of Indians in India has found. The gap between the two is glaring. Eight out of 10 people polled — 78% — had a favorable view of Modi who beat Anna Hazare to second place with 69% votes. Gandhi was way behind, with 50%. Most Indians were dissatisfied with the present state of affairs, and a third of them — 63% — wanted the BJP...
Aam anger in Kejri's Aam Aadmi Party
Manoj Kumar was an accountant, earning Rs27,000 a month. He quit his job for a cause — Aam Aadmi Party. Now, Kumar sits outside the Delhi headquarter of AAP, on a hunger strike and angry at the party that represented so much hope for him. Kumar's is representative of a not-so-happy situation in AAP — anger, disaffection and disquiet among AAP members, directed at the party leadership. At the meeting of the party's National Council early this month, several founder-members had complained to AAP ideologue...