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three years of modi government

On 16 May, the Narendra Modi-led NDA government completed three years in office. With just two more years left before the party returns to the people seeking re-election, it is a good time to take stock of what the government promised and how much has been fulfilled. Towards that end, an organization called LocalCircles organised a 3 year governance assessment poll conducted over a three week period and covering 40,000 respondents, who collectively sent in [...]

next president of india

The forthcoming Presidential elections to elect India’s 14th President is expected to be a fierce contest between the ruling NDA and a fragmented opposition. There is a lot at stake as President Pranab Mukherjee retires on 25 July and the next President has to be elected before that date. Hectic political parleys are already underway with the Congress trying to come out of its political wilderness in trying to motivate a divided opposition to put [...]

delhi mcd election results 2017

MCD Elections Results Party Name 2017 – Seats Won 2012 – Seats Won BJP 184 138 AAP 46 Did not contest Congress 30 77 Others 10 57   Beating about 10 years of anti-incumbency, the Bharatiya Janata Party has made a clean sweep of the MCD elections in Delhi. Three of the five civic bodies in the state – East Delhi Municipal Corporation, North Delhi Municipal Corporation, and South Delhi Municipal Corporation – went to [...]

Arunachal Pradesh Conflict

Over reaction to anything backfires and China knows this truth very well. The manner in which Beijing has angrily reacted to the Dalai Lama’s recent week-long visit to Arunachal Pradesh, India’s Northeastern state, it doesn’t appear China believes in patience or diplomatic negotiations to iron out problems. First, it threatened India through its mouth piece China Daily newspaper that “if New Delhi Chooses to play dirty… Beijing should not hesitate to answer blows with blows.” [...]

Delhi MCD Polls 2017 Main Issues

The upcoming Delhi MCD election on 23 April 2017 promises to be one of the most keenly contested and closely watched political events of the month. With 272 seats up for grabs, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), the Indian National Congress (INC), the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), and the newly formed Swaraj India will be locked in a tight contest. The National Capital Territory of Delhi is spread over an area of 1,484 square kilometres [...]

kulbhushan jadhav death sentence

The plot is thickening over the death penalty awarded to former Indian naval officer, Kulbhushan Jadhav, by a military court in Pakistan. In fact, India for the 14th time was denied consular access to meet Jadhav in Pakistan. Experts have started suspecting that Pakistan military personnel might have tortured and killed the 46-year old ex-navy officer. External Affairs Ministry’s spokesperson Gopal Baglay’s statement that India has no idea about Kulbhushan Jadhav’s location or condition gives [...]

Delhi MCD Polls 2017

No one remembers municipal polls in Delhi witnessing such high-voltage campaigning. These polls used to be the off-the-block kinds, where mainstream political parties hardly invested so much money, energy and enthusiasm as they are doing now to win municipal wards. Buoyed by its performance in assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Manipur and Goa, the BJP is sparing no effort to have the same kind of performance in Delhi municipal polls also. To regain control [...]

Arun Jaitley Defamation case

The Delhi MCD elections are slated to be held on April 23, 2017. The Indian National Congress (INC), the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), and the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) are locked in a close contest, on all 272 seats. With an important political battle looming ahead, things look rather gloomy for the AAP chief and Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal. Following a media exposé that Kejriwal was attempting to use public funds to foot his legal [...]

Delhi MCD Election 2017

Even though it is municipal elections in Delhi, all eyes are focused on the performance of Arvind Kejriwal-led Aam Aadmi Party (AAP). After its poor performance in Goa and Punjab assembly elections, a further defeat in the civic elections would hit the morale of the party’s rank and file and may also write off its chance to become a political force of any significance. To be held on April 23, 2017, municipal elections for 272 [...]

time to write off congress

Even after his party’s bad performance in assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand and its failure to form governments in Goa and Manipur, Congress leader C P Joshi appeared unfazed before the media on March 16. And in response to a reporter’s query whether his party would last until the 2019 parliamentary election, he said his party would pose a “formidable challenge” to Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the next Lok Sabha polls. By [...]