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Karnataka, Kamal and Kamal Nath: BJP’s opponents under constant pressure

Union minister and SAD leader Harsimrat Kaur Badal tweeted removing Kamal Nath from the post of MP CM for his involvement in 1984 Sikh riots case but it has a bigger political implication both for the BJP and the Congress alike. What is that?

The Congress has been accusing the BJP of its alleged intention of destabilizing Congress governments in MP, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh after Karnataka government was taken over by the BJP replacing the Congress. Actually it has been NaMo-Shah strategy to keep their opponents on tenterhooks by keeping them under pressure. This seems to be the approach towards these states as well.

However, the BJP is in no position to do anything in Chhattisgarh but yes in MP they might do something if not topple the government, speculation is rife that Jyotiraditya Scindia may replace Kamal Nath in MP as Jyotiraditya Scindia joining the BJP will have its own bearing the party and the BJP would eschew to go for any such move. A crippled non-performing government equally suits the BJP.

Not opening many fronts at the same time, the BJP will go slow in Rajasthan as Sachin Pilot has not forgotten that he was denied his due as CM’s post was given to Ashok Gehlot but Sachin will have to wait for some more time. This is clear that the NDA leadership does not do anything in such a way that anyone can read, understand or fathom their next move.

11 Sep 2019
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Did Jairam Ramesh hit the Bulls Eye?

The BJP might have earned applaud from all across sans handful opposition leaders over abrogation of Article 370 & 35A, but current economic slowdown with GDP @ 5 % appears to be the point on which opposition can take on BJP.


Taking a cue, Jairam Ramesh took a lead in social media when he tweeted that “Ever know what NITI in Niti Ayog stands for? It’s clearly Not In Touch With India”.

 

In a select gathering of retired bureaucrats, his pot-shot at NITI Aayog had become the center of discussion. A former Secretary of a key department observed that when the opposition leaders are clueless over how to make their criticism correct, sharp and acceptable to the masses, Ramesh’s Tweet seems to have hit bulls eye as it was well received in social media. Another retired civil servant observed that most of the opposition leaders have lost their credibility whereas a few still remain acceptable and authentic in public. So it was his clean image and not sharpness of his Tweet that made it effective.

09 Sep 2019
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Karnataka, Kamal and Kamal Nath: BJP’s opponents under constant pressure

By IndianMandarins 11 Sep 2019

Union minister and SAD leader Harsimrat Kaur Badal tweeted removing Kamal Nath from the post of MP CM for his involvement in 1984 Sikh riots case but it has a bigger political implication both for the BJP and the Congress alike. What is that?

The Congress has been accusing the BJP of its alleged intention of destabilizing Congress governments in MP, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh after Karnataka government was taken over by the BJP replacing the Congress. Actually it has been NaMo-Shah strategy to keep their opponents on tenterhooks by keeping them under pressure. This seems to be the approach towards these states as well.

However, the BJP is in no position to do anything in Chhattisgarh but yes in MP they might do something if not topple the government, speculation is rife that Jyotiraditya Scindia may replace Kamal Nath in MP as Jyotiraditya Scindia joining the BJP will have its own bearing the party and the BJP would eschew to go for any such move. A crippled non-performing government equally suits the BJP.

Not opening many fronts at the same time, the BJP will go slow in Rajasthan as Sachin Pilot has not forgotten that he was denied his due as CM’s post was given to Ashok Gehlot but Sachin will have to wait for some more time. This is clear that the NDA leadership does not do anything in such a way that anyone can read, understand or fathom their next move.

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Did Jairam Ramesh hit the Bulls Eye?

By IndianMandarins 09 Sep 2019

The BJP might have earned applaud from all across sans handful opposition leaders over abrogation of Article 370 & 35A, but current economic slowdown with GDP @ 5 % appears to be the point on which opposition can take on BJP.


Taking a cue, Jairam Ramesh took a lead in social media when he tweeted that “Ever know what NITI in Niti Ayog stands for? It’s clearly Not In Touch With India”.

 

In a select gathering of retired bureaucrats, his pot-shot at NITI Aayog had become the center of discussion. A former Secretary of a key department observed that when the opposition leaders are clueless over how to make their criticism correct, sharp and acceptable to the masses, Ramesh’s Tweet seems to have hit bulls eye as it was well received in social media. Another retired civil servant observed that most of the opposition leaders have lost their credibility whereas a few still remain acceptable and authentic in public. So it was his clean image and not sharpness of his Tweet that made it effective.

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Is Operation Lotus a ceaseless political exercise for BJP?

By IndianMandarins 13 Jul 2019

New Delhi: Apparently Operation Lotus seems to have become a continuous process across the country, it is not a need-based phenomenon like in Karnataka where not only the Congress but also Janata Dal (Secular) MLAs have resigned from their respective parties but also in Goa and many other undisclosed places. They will come to surface only once the task is accomplished.

 

The BJP is not only focusing on the area where it does not have any presence but also in areas where it further needs strengthening of the party. Sources informed that the BJP is working among OBC leadership in Tamil Nadu, the community which is sizable in number and some big leaders may join the BJP in the state. In Goa, the Congress is left with five MLAs which was the single largest party when elections had happened.

 

The BJP is very active in Telengana, Andhra Pradesh, Odisha and West Bengal but gradually it is reaching out to such leaders who are not given their due. Political analysts say that indecisiveness or laid back attitude of the Congress and many other political parties is also playing a big role in disenchantment of these leaders. The entire northeast has become NDA-ruled state with the same tactics of winning over people either in the BJP or in NDA.

 

So not much is left in the northern part of the country but Bihar and Jharkhand too is under the scanner of the BJP with lots of regional forces strongly present in many other states. Some coup might happen in these areas. The BJP leadership is of the view that it does not want to ride piggyback on any political party in Tamil Nadu and even in AP so they are trying to build something its own.

 

Though the party feels that despite the BJP failing to win any seat in Kerala, there is a ripple  for the party in the state as in West Bengal, Odisha and Telengana but in Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu the BJP is still an outsider and not accepted. To be precise, these are the two states where Modi factor did not work rather they voted against Modi. So the party is working hard in these states. Infighting in Tamil Nadu BJP is another factor that is the roadblock in the expansion of the party in the state. But the party feels that nothing could be as difficult as West Bengal and if the party manages to win seats in Bengal, Andhra and Tamil Nadu too will come their way with little more efforts. So be ready for some more surprises where your imaginations would not have reached with BJP winning over some regional satraps.

(Vinod Kumar Shukla)

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Is the Congress looking at Priyanka as its hope for future?

By IndianMandarins 10 Jul 2019

New Delhi: Is the first family of the Congress silently grooming another member of the family for the top job in the party in the days to come? Actually the way Priyanka Gandhi Vadra is slowly but steadily working in the party, it appears that she is the next leader to take up the top job in the Congress obviously not immediately but may be sometimes just before the 2024 Lok Sabha elections.

 

Priyanka Gandhi is general secretary of the party at the moment and like many other leaders she did not resign from the post in view of poll debacle of the party. She even did not speak much about the resignation of Rahul Gandhi only saying that she respect his brother’s decision on the issue. But like many other leaders in the Congress who are keeping silent unless it becomes mandatory for them to speak, Priyanka is taking on the government and the Bharatiya Janata Party by her tweets and many other ways.

 

Though this might be a very far-fetched conclusion but still hold the ground that in view of Rahul Gandhi deciding to stick to his decision of not continuing as party chief the family may push forward her for the top job. Not only they but the entire party knows it very well that only Gandhies can run the show in the Congress but to blunt the argument of the BJP that only Gandhies can become president of the party, they will make some temporary arrangement as party chief before she takes over.

 

Though she has been a complete failure in eastern Uttar Pradesh and even her brother lost his seat in Amethi but this is true that she has been able to generate hope in the party workers in the eastern Uttar Pradesh as for them she appears to be more balanced, more articulate, better communicator and with better body language. She being a woman is another advantage for her. Her speeches are small and to the point without any goof ups. She is taking on the BJP on twitter and posing some difficult questions. The task is definitely arduous before her but if Rahul does not accept the challenge, she could be a safe bet for the Congress not only to keep the flocks together but also managing to regain its lost glory.

(By Vinod Kumar Shukla)

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Time for Congress to put its acts together as it is running out of time!

By IndianMandarins 07 Jul 2019

New Delhi: Over stretching drama in the Congress over the leadership issue may cost the party not only the Karnataka government but also further damage its chances in Maharashtra, Haryana, Delhi, Jharkhand and later in West Bengal. Over a month has passed but the Congress leaders have failed to reach any amicable solution to the issue of leadership to take on the BJP.

 

Crisis in Karnataka is a big setback for the party as it is present there with its fundamental strength but it appears to be orphaned in the state and local leaderships are calling shorts with limited prudence. On the other hand disgruntled leaders are not ready to listen to people who are at par with them in many ways.

 

In Maharashtra, the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) has come out in open to say that unsettled leadership issue is hampering talks on alliance and just three months are left for them. The Congress that ruled Haryana just before the BJP government in the state came to power seems to be alien to the state and there is no activity of the party because they are not only seeking guidance but go ahead on several issues. Jharkhand too where the party has the scope to occupy some opposition space did not move even a bit.

 

Delhi still has some better chances and its vote share was showing an upward trend but recent development in the party has once again left the party in doldrums. Not only the party workers but voters too need some confidence in the party that they want to vote for to challenge opponents but this is completely missing from the Congress.

 

Political analysts say that any institution is bigger than individual and if the Congress president Rahul Gandhi has made up his mind then the party leadership must put their acts together to built up the party one state by another state instead of trying to please the outgoing chief of the party who obviously is not liking all these things.

 

It is vision that will matter for the Congress that is in tatters. So the Congress must put its acts together for the betterment of the Congress that has a long history of ups and downs but it has never been out at any point in time. The party leadership must also contemplate that elections can be won or lost in six months but reviving something needs little more efforts and time so the Congress needs to work accordingly.

(By Vinod Kumar Shukla)

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RaGa Vs Congress: A new chapter or a far cry?

By IndianMandarins 04 Jul 2019

The grand old party that Congress has always been somehow now appears to be poised to open a new chapter in its politics. This is what the four-page letter written and released by the party president Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday evening targeting the party’s workers and well wishers has come to indicate. Yet, the question is about the precise nature of the task before the party. And it is obviously to make a break from its past and become a party of future.

 

This is important since Congress has mostly been trapped in its glorious history, emanating from its stellar role in the freedom movement and also through the decades thereafter when its leaders could rebuild the badly ravaged country due to centuries of colonial rule.

 

The tone and tenor of Rahul’s letter brings indications of his intention to clear party stables at its Central and State headquarters and set out the party leaders and hangers-on so that they face the public. This is a stupendous task given the years, nay decades, of inertia, complacency and easy ways that have come to beset the ranks of the party.

 

Through his letter Rahul points to the need of warhorses to put a fight to reclaim and redeem the country from the new and divisive course it is being set on rather than the top-heavy structure that Congress has been becoming in recent years.

 

Thus, Rahul talks of need for “radical transformation” of the party to resurrect institutions that, according to him, are coming under the influence of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh. He tries to present an alternative view of politics away from that of the RSS.

 

Thus, he says in his letter, “Congress Party must radically transform itself. Today the BJP is systematically crushing the voice of the Indian people. It is the duty of the Congress Party to defend these voices. India has never and will never be one voice. It is and always will be a symphony of voices. That is the true essence of Bharat Mata.”

 

Remarkable words though these are the battle cry that Rahul is trying to sound somehow takes the focus more towards society rather than to keep it on politics. And this is going to be no easy route to power since it has to go through the process of reforms for which the Congress does not seem to have a programme at least right now.

 

Rahul talks more about renunciation to put the party and its cadre in a selfless service mode than its ranks usual desire for power and influence. He says, “It is a habit in India that the powerful cling to power, no one sacrifices power. But we will not defeat our opponents without sacrificing the desire for power and fighting a deeper ideological battle.”

 

Thus, the task that Rahul has marked for Congresspersons looks to be a tall order given their habitual reluctance to put themselves to hard work and their overdependence on party’s top leadership. This is how Rahul also justifies his decision to relinquish the highest post of the party. So post-Rahul Congress ranks will have to confront and grapple with reality, if they want to remain with the party. This is so despite the fact that the bulk of Congressmen have been insisting upon Rahul to relent and continue in his present position and thereby keep their zones of cool comfort unscathed.

(By Abid Shah)

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Rahul's Napoleon III moment

By IndianMandarins 13 Jun 2019

Even though Congress President Rahul Gandhi's moment of Napoleon III has arrived, he is unwilling to go in exile like the French ruler who presided over the destruction of the Bonaparte dynasty. And like the French ruler who once famously said that he represented a cause and a defeat - the cause was that of the empire and the defeat was the loss of the sovereignty of the people, Rahul in this  moment of  extreme disaster is harping on saving India from the so-called communal poison sowed by the BJP and an authoritarian state allegedly being ushered in by PM Narendra Modi.

 

The problem with his acolytes and admirers is that they believe in their own propaganda. And the efficacy of their propaganda on the so-called Khan Market Gang as the sure sign of their success in 'dismantling' the image of the PM as a person dedicated to the cause of the people and the nation.

 

Long before Rahul hit the dirt tracks of national poll campaign in 2019, sometime in 2018 around the time of some of the state elections, his media fans ran and played up a video in which he was seen practicing Aikido - a type of Japanese martial art. The video showed how he played himself up against a stronger opponent and trounced him without causing any injury to the opponent in line with Aikido's basic principle of not harming the opponent as he, too, being part of 'harmonious spirit.'

 

In real combat of politics, he, though, didn't live up to Aikido's philosophy of 'harmonious spirit.' Indeed, he did exactly the opposite by calling the PM names. Carried away by his visceral hatred for NaMo, he distorted even the Supreme Court's observation on Rafale for which he had to apologize to the court.

 

And the convincing electoral defeat seems to have rubbed more salt to his wounded vanity about being the only champion of secularism, farmers' rights, etc. The wound seems to have been so deep that he keeps repeating all the trashed charges against the PM as if he were in delirium.

 

Therefore, before he sets out on political restructuring of the Congress Party, he better understand and grasp the true philosophy of Aikido: to live a harmonious life. Which means, he better not get into avoidable conflicts with the BJP on the issues he creates and then tries to market them as the issues of the people. He had better start off respecting the survival instinct of the people, instead of relying on the advice of armchair theoreticians sitting in distant universities and of course, completely rid himself of the charm of his inner circles. In fact, he should truly become an Aikido monk if he wishes a place in India's public life and wishes to avoid a Napoleon III like catastrophe and consequent exile.

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With Assembly elections in mind, BJP booth workers to get bouquet and brickbats

By IndianMandarins 12 Jun 2019

Two-day long meeting of BJP will take place on June 13 and June 14 in which besides organizational elections, name of the new caretaker president and appointment of some state presidents BJP’s performance on booth will also be discussed. Some of the party workers who have done commendable work will be facilitated as well.


Actually BJP has even decided to evaluate performance of such booths where it polled 40 per cent or fewer votes. It is also seeking suggestions that how this number could be augmented to above 50 per cent on these booths. Booth management has been key to the planning and success of the BJP ever since Amit Shah took over as party president, who is now Union Home minister.


But it is not that only praise is in the offing in the meet as last night general secretaries of the party too had a long discussion with the party president. Actually, the BJP is ready with bouquet and brickbats for its booth workers. Sources in the BJP said that booth managers have started getting instructions by the party in this regard. Apparently the BJP wants to asses them before several important Assembly elections that are likely to be held in one or two years’ time or may go on even further.


Maharashtra, Haryana, West Bengal and Uttar Pradesh are some important states where the party want to remain focused and want to chalk out its strategy well in advance. Sources said that the target of the party for 2019 was to get least 50 per cent votes polled in every booth where the BJP was in contest so if they are able to know the reason that why it failed on certain booth they will look for its solution. So they will try to increase this figure in the forthcoming Assembly elections.


Sources further said that there are certain booths in every state where party has performed very well with voting percentage as high as 80 to 90 per cent. So such booth in-charge and their leaders will be facilitated however the benchmark is fifty plus and forty minus. The party has plans to facilitate such booth workers by the people’s representative (MPs and MLAs) of the party where the party managed to get 50 per cent or more votes.


They have already started this exercise and have instructed the concerned workers to complete as soon as they can. The party might change the booth committee where party polled 40 per cent of less than 40 per cent votes. There are around 10.35 lakh booths across the country.

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