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  Punjab Opinion Poll 2017   2017 Assembly Elections – Setting The Trend 2017 is an important year for those interested in Indian political developments. This year shall witness the state assembly elections of a number of 7 states in the country – Goa, Gujarat, Himachal Pradesh, Manipur, Punjab, Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh. Of these, the assembly elections of Gujarat, Punjab, and Uttar Pradesh are important since they shall be indicative of the trends that [...]

One Year of Arvind Kejriwal’s Government

  With the Odd-Even Car Scheme lined up for the New Year, the Kejriwal Government is seemingly leaving no-stone-unturned to keep Delhi’s air pollution under control. The Delhi CM, who was sworn into office on 14 February 2015, has even sought PM Modi’s cooperation for successful implementation of the Odd-Even Car Scheme. Here is a heads up on the year-long efforts of the CM and his Aam Aadmi Party. What’s happening now? 14 February 2016 [...]

Aap Government In Delhi Performance

In a recent survey conducted by News24 and ISOMES, approximately 5000 people were asked as to how they feel about Kejriwal’s rule and compared it with how Narendra Modi had fared. Incidentally, the people in question came from different sections of the society. The first question that was put to them was whether they were satisfied with the AAP’s rule. 55.5% people stated in the affirmative and the rest stated that they were not happy [...]

War between Delhi's Aam Aadmi Party government and Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung

Confrontation is the new norm for Arvind Kejriwal-led Aam Aadmi Party and the latest trigger for the current tussle between AAP and the Lieutenant Governor is the recent appointment of Swati Maliwal as the new Chairperson of the Delhi Commission for Women (DCW). She replaced Barkha Singh, who happens to be a member of the Congress party. While AAP government believes it has the jurisdiction and authority to appoint the Chairperson of DCW, the Lieutenant [...]

Key Highlights of Delhi Budget 2015-16

On 25 June 2015, Manish Sisodia, Deputy Chief Minister, presented the 2015-16 Annual Budget for Delhi, terming it as India’s first ‘Swaraj’ budget. For a government that has been facing a lot of criticism for not getting its act together, the budget came as a pleasant surprise to many for its focussed thrust on sectors that are both popular and necessary for the common man of Delhi. Most state budgets spread themselves thin trying to [...]

Delhi Development Under Arvind Kejriwal

As Arvind Kejriwal completes his 100 days in office, Delhi would like to look back and see whether the Chief Minister has vindicated people’s faith in him, after they voted overwhelmingly in his party’s support at a time when the general perception gave little chance to AAP. In all fairness, 100 days is too early to judge a Chief Minister and his Cabinet’s performance but then CM Kejriwal has thrown the gauntlet by opening his [...]

AAP splits, AAP Crisis

Just over a month has elapsed since the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) routed all opposition and secured an absolute majority (67 of the 70 seats) in the Delhi Legislative Assembly elections. While one might think that any party,which has been given a precious second chance at governing the national capital, would utilise the early months to consolidate its position and show quick and smart administrative changes to win the hearts of the electorate, AAP seems [...]

Arvind Kejriwal speech

 It was an emphatic moment when Arvind Kejriwal took to the podium and addressed the people of Delhi as their new Chief Minister, minutes after the swearing-in ceremony. The seemingly unwell CM did not relent from packing few punches at his detractors. His impromptu speech also exuded genuine willingness to serve the people of Delhi – a willingness to govern. Here is a list of takeaways from Kejriwal’s speech at the historic Ramlila Maidan: The [...]

AAP Won The Delhi Election 2015?

AAP has broken new ground by defeating BJP in Delhi election. The result has been nothing short of spectacular, but more importantly, it marked the turning point in Indian politics. Indian politics is ever-dynamic and nothing validates it more than the landslide victory achieved by a party that was almost written off just a few months ago. So what brought this remarkable turnaround in AAP’s fortunes? To understand the significance of this victory, one has [...]

Delhi Elections 2015 - Day 3

What’s cooking in Delhi’s rural constituencies ahead of elections? All the major parties contesting the Delhi legislative assembly elections are depending on the constituencies of Mehrauli and Chhattarpur to gain prominence in the rural sections of Delhi. They are looking to exploit the caste factor in these constituencies. Other constituencies such as Tughlaqabad, Bawana, Badarpur, Mundka, Najafgarh and Narela are ones that can assume importance in the days ahead. During the assembly polls, staged in [...]