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SAD’s utility factor for BJP in Delhi?

The way BJP has snapped its ties with SAD in Delhi and has chosen JD(U) and LJP instead makes two things very clear. First, utility of an alliance partner is more important than emotional quotient and second they will not buckle under the pressure of anyone on CAA. And this is reflected from the fact when the BJP parted ways from Shiv Sena in Maharashtra and SAD in Delhi. They had already dumped TDP before 2019 Lok Sabha elections.

Though the SAD and BJP are claiming that alliance was broken on the issue of CAA but the reality looks different. BJP is focusing more on Poorvanchali vote bank in Delhi. Joining JDU and LJP in Delhi will have its spillover effect in Bihar and West Bengal as well. The game plan of the BJP is apparently to use services of Nitish Kumar, Ram Vilas Paswan and Chirag Paswan to win over not so enthusiastic 45 per cent Poorvanchali voters who had voted Kejriwal last time.

Rashtriya Sikh Sangat is also working for the BJP to neutralize the impact of SAD in Delhi which has over 10 lakh Sikh votes. So the BJP snapping ties with SAD is a well thought out decision.

19 hours ago
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Congress intensifies its poll campaign with Sonia Gandhi pitching in Delhi

The Congress that was otherwise in a dorment state in Delhi has suddenly sprung into action by planning to organise roadshow led by Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi with Manmohan Singh and Punjab CM also pitching in to campaign in Delhi Assembly polls. Interestingly Sonia Gandhi too will address couple of rallies in the city.

To understand it better actually the Congress that fared secound on five out of seven Lok Sabha seats in 2019 elections does not want to give a message that it has given walkover to either AAP or to the BJP. The way it is aggressively campaigning against the CAA, it is very important to contest Delhi elections aggressively.

The party also wants to capitalise on the confused stand of AAP on CAA while the BJP and the Congress are out in open against each other on the issue. The party will be more aggressive in the days to come and one such example being that former minister in the Delhi government Rajkumar Chauhan who had switched sides with the BJP has come back to Congress once again. The party has also asked all its Lok Sabha candidates to contest Assembly election.

Manmohan Singh and Captain Amrinder Singh will campaign in Sikh dominated constituencies of Delhi and Bhupinder Singh Hooda will be asked to focus in the outer Delhi and Jat dominated areas. Kamal Nath, Raj Babbar, Shatrughan Sinha will also campaign in Delhi. The Congress has already made Kirti Azad as the chairman campaign committee of Delhi.

The Congress feels that if any such message goes to people that Congress is not serious in Delhi, the revival dream of the party in Delhi will just remain a dream. Most of its leaders who had contested the Lok Sabha election will also contest Assembly and many other senior leaders of the party including former ministers in the Delhi government. Names of daughter Sheila Dikshit from New Delhi seat and son on Jai Prakash Agarwal to contest Delhi Assembly elections are also doing round.

 

17 Jan 2020
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SAD’s utility factor for BJP in Delhi?

By IndianMandarins 19 hours ago

The way BJP has snapped its ties with SAD in Delhi and has chosen JD(U) and LJP instead makes two things very clear. First, utility of an alliance partner is more important than emotional quotient and second they will not buckle under the pressure of anyone on CAA. And this is reflected from the fact when the BJP parted ways from Shiv Sena in Maharashtra and SAD in Delhi. They had already dumped TDP before 2019 Lok Sabha elections.

Though the SAD and BJP are claiming that alliance was broken on the issue of CAA but the reality looks different. BJP is focusing more on Poorvanchali vote bank in Delhi. Joining JDU and LJP in Delhi will have its spillover effect in Bihar and West Bengal as well. The game plan of the BJP is apparently to use services of Nitish Kumar, Ram Vilas Paswan and Chirag Paswan to win over not so enthusiastic 45 per cent Poorvanchali voters who had voted Kejriwal last time.

Rashtriya Sikh Sangat is also working for the BJP to neutralize the impact of SAD in Delhi which has over 10 lakh Sikh votes. So the BJP snapping ties with SAD is a well thought out decision.

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Congress intensifies its poll campaign with Sonia Gandhi pitching in Delhi

By IndianMandarins 17 Jan 2020

The Congress that was otherwise in a dorment state in Delhi has suddenly sprung into action by planning to organise roadshow led by Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi with Manmohan Singh and Punjab CM also pitching in to campaign in Delhi Assembly polls. Interestingly Sonia Gandhi too will address couple of rallies in the city.

To understand it better actually the Congress that fared secound on five out of seven Lok Sabha seats in 2019 elections does not want to give a message that it has given walkover to either AAP or to the BJP. The way it is aggressively campaigning against the CAA, it is very important to contest Delhi elections aggressively.

The party also wants to capitalise on the confused stand of AAP on CAA while the BJP and the Congress are out in open against each other on the issue. The party will be more aggressive in the days to come and one such example being that former minister in the Delhi government Rajkumar Chauhan who had switched sides with the BJP has come back to Congress once again. The party has also asked all its Lok Sabha candidates to contest Assembly election.

Manmohan Singh and Captain Amrinder Singh will campaign in Sikh dominated constituencies of Delhi and Bhupinder Singh Hooda will be asked to focus in the outer Delhi and Jat dominated areas. Kamal Nath, Raj Babbar, Shatrughan Sinha will also campaign in Delhi. The Congress has already made Kirti Azad as the chairman campaign committee of Delhi.

The Congress feels that if any such message goes to people that Congress is not serious in Delhi, the revival dream of the party in Delhi will just remain a dream. Most of its leaders who had contested the Lok Sabha election will also contest Assembly and many other senior leaders of the party including former ministers in the Delhi government. Names of daughter Sheila Dikshit from New Delhi seat and son on Jai Prakash Agarwal to contest Delhi Assembly elections are also doing round.

 

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RSS working full throttle in Delhi to sail BJP through

By IndianMandarins 16 Jan 2020

New Delhi: With BJP president Manoj Tiwari proving to be ineffective to garner support of people as expected in Delhi, the RSS was asked around six months back to pitch in to work on the ground not only to tell people about the BJP but also assess who are the likely winnable candidates in a particular constituency in Delhi. Several surveys were conducted by the BJP but report from the RSS appears to be the real parameter.

 

The BJP is very particular about ticket distribution and push and pull will not work with Union minister Prakash Javadekar around as party in-charge of Delhi. The report of the RSS on every seat is going to be crucial in ticket distribution.

 

Caste, region and other considerations are being looked upon that could be some of the reasons for anyone to vote for any particular party. The BJP is still in double mind if it should go for chief ministerial candidate or not but ticket distribution is very crucial. With AAP already ahead of its rivals, the BJP will give three seats to SAD in Sikh dominated areas.

 

Since no other elections are around so RSS workers from other states will be brought in to campaign for the party besides chief ministers of all BJP-rules states, artists and Union ministers. The PM may address three and Amit Shah may address 7 rallies in Delhi.

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CAA imbrioglio: Has crack started emerging in NDA?

By IndianMandarins 14 Jan 2020


Some voices of rethink on CAA have started enamating from the ruling NDA, Bihar CM’s statement on discussing it in state Assembly after supporting in Parliament, SAD demanding Muslims to be included in it and LJP too padelling similar opinion but softly. Apparently they want to keep their Muslim voters intact as managing Hindu votes is the responsibility of the BJP for alliance largly.

Kerala has already passed a resolution against CAA in its Assembly, Nitish too wants to discuss it in the house if everyone agrees of which the BJP may and may not agree. However, this will help the BJP speak its mind to reach out to people, some feel. The most important thing that even if the bill is passed against CAA in Assembly after it was cleared by Parliament, it does not have any constitutional validity. So is it just a posturing or more?

Though the Congress and RJD claim lion share of Muslim votes in Bihar but Nitish does not want to loose out whatever he gets when he says there should be a special discussion on CAA in the Bihar Assembly. The JD (U) is baffled with the attack of the RJD and the Congress. JD (U) vice president Prashant Kishor is campaigning against it right from the day one. So something is being discussed in the party. Meanwhile Nitish was more emphatic when he said that there was “no question” or need to implement NRC in Bihar.

Prashant Kishor, tweeted: “…would like to reassure to all – CAA-NRC will not be implemented in Bihar.” Prashant Kishor posted several tweets critical of party boss and even offered his resignation from JD (U). Another ally of the BJP, the Akali Dal, wants Muslims to be included in CAA. Has Nitish become too dependent on him or Kishor following dictate of his boss?

 

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Modi may pick Marandi for ministerial berth; JVM’s merger into BJP likely

By IndianMandarins 11 Jan 2020

With a severe drubbing in Jharkhand Assembly elections, the BJP is now looking at ways and means to strengthen the party in the state. One such attempt may reflect in the ‘Ghar Wapsi’ of former Jharkhand CM Babu Lal Marandi.

Reportedly, Marandi may join the BJP anytime after Makar Sankranti that is on January 15, 2020. Marandi is still one of the most popular and strong BJP leader in the state but BJP leader Arjun Munda played key role in ensuring Marandi’s with the help of BJP’s central leadership like Rajnath Singh, M Venkaiyah Naidu and Advani. Later Marandi was forced to quit the BJP paving way for Arjun Munda as CM. Over a period of time BJP realised that it was a loss for Marandi and BJP both. In Jharkhand Assembly elections Marandi led JVM too has fared badly in the election and his resources have also tried up. It is believed that Marandi ‘Ghar Wapsi’ may kick start his revival in politics.

The BJP also wants to win over tribals in the state and a strong tribal leader like Marandi joining the BJP again will definitely benificial for both.

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Violence grips JNU once again; message not right for New India

By IndianMandarins 06 Jan 2020

The night after every higher educational institutions were supposed to be opened for academic activities after CAA protests forcing the government to close them, violent attacks by masked goons in the JNU campus has once again vitiated the environment in the educational institutions with Left, Right and Centre blaming each other for this incidence. But one thing is for sure that violence in universities across country are instigated by politicians.

There is a big question mark over the administration for failing to deal with this stalemate while both parties, ruling and opposition, are accusing each other of instigating students. Violent protests have gripped almost the entire country and the administration dealt with them sternly and gradually protests petered out. But now a fresh protest.

Irrespective of political blame-game it is all ruining the image of a rising ‘New India’ for which the NaMo government has put in lots of efforts to become a reality that started with his historic speech at Madison Square in the US. However, the opposition parties have nothing to lose, NaMo led BJP needs to give a rethink how to handle this impasse and save the image of the country. 

(By Rakesh Ranjan)

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RSS’ next target?

By IndianMandarins 05 Jan 2020

RSS wants to do away with the word ‘secular’ from the preamble of the Indian constitution. Some people feel that this is an attempt to make India a Hindu nation but the RSS has its own logic behind this argument. Still, a section feels that CAA, triple talaq, Ram Temple, NRC, NPR, the promise of the Uniform Civil Code and proposed population control bill is simply furthering the agenda of the RSS by the Modi government.

RSS leader J Nandkumar feels that secularism is a western concept that came into existence to fight papal dominance in governance and to get states rid of the shackles of the church that the situation does not exist in India.

The matter of world secular was discussed in the Constituent Assembly debate but was opposed by Bhim Rao Ambedkar and Krishna Swami Aiyar and it was not included in the constitution. “But Constitution was bulldozed by Indira Gandhi in 1976 to include world secular. It was done to harm Hindutva,” he added.

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Has the BJP conceded to more minister demand with 3 state ministers for JD(U)?

By IndianMandarins 02 Jan 2020

It seems that stand taken by Janata Dal (United) vice president Prashant Kishor has been able to pay some dividend to his party with three berth likely for in the Modi government when reshuffle in the government takes place. Interestingly it is a win-win situation for everyone – JD (U) and the BJP -- if one dissects the entire matter.


The JD (U) was averse to the symbolic representation in the Union cabinet so it did not join the Modi ministry. It supported the CAA but got it opposed by Kishor who took a notch further demanding more seats for JD(U) in the forthcoming Assembly elections that the BJP rejected outrightly. The JDU is trying to assert itself in view of Shiv Sena parting ways.


The BJP apparently appears to have agreed making three junior ministers in the council but there is no role of the junior minister in the Modi council of ministers. Cabinet minister still has some say in the government. So they will be there just for counting it seems. If Nitish is playing his card so is Amit Shah, if Kishor is playing chanakya for Nitish, Shah himself is in the game.


Expansion in the ministry is expected after Union budget is introduced in Parliament and Delhi Assembly elections are over but both the parties are playing their cards very utmost dexterity. However, despite bickering among leaders from both the parties, top leaders brushed aside differences between the alliance.


Bihar Assembly elections are very crucial not only for the BJP but also for JD(U), so they will not take any chance in the situation where an aggressive RJD and hope of revival of Congress in thing at least for party workers.

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