Rahul Gandhi is playing to the BJP’s Hindutva strengths. It’s a blunder his dad committed too, and the party’s never recovered.
With a real chance of victory at such close range for the first time, a reinvention has become imperative for the Congress party.
There is plenty of recent evidence that suggests personal porn as a political tactic doesn’t work in India, writes Shekhar Gupta.
Modi jokes do not invite abuses like ‘anti-national’ and ‘anti-Gujarat’ on social media and in public conversations in the state any more.
Mevani had ruled out participating in active politics for a long time saying it would cloud his credibility as an activist, and force him into unwelcome compromises.
You may attack Modi in Gujarat on a dozen things but not on economic, industrial, and infrastructural development and growth.
Madhapar holds bank deposits of Rs 5,000 crore, most of it belongs to NRIs from the village; voters here are traditionally BJP supporters.
Central ministers as well as CMs are set to address three rallies each on one day in a massive show of strength by the BJP in Gujarat.
Patidars, Thakor Sena and Dalits throng Rahul Gandhi’s election meetings in Vadnagar and Vijapur in Mehsana district of Gujarat
The Kutch district has been a BJP bastion for years, and people travelling to its headquarters, Bhuj, have few doubts it will win again
Note ban and GST have dampened Morbi’s ceramic business, while the Patel quota agitation has got the community to rally against BJP.
Govt sought to advertise GST rate cut on certain goods like khakhra, and commence international operations at Surat airport. EC shot down both requests.
Local issues and anti-incumbency have made the BJP nervous, but it also has faith that Modi’s magic will shine through in the end.
EC has already issued a show-cause notice to Rahul and certain TV channels for airing his interview 48 hours before Phase II of Gujarat polls.
BJP’s urban vote share stood at 59.5 per cent, while Congress secured 32.8 per cent in 2012 polls; most voters vouch for development brought about by BJP govt.
Party chief Amit Shah has devised a strategy to use the state’s milk cooperatives to increase its rural reach and break a traditional Congress stronghold.
Those denied tickets and the candidates who switched sides ahead of election may upset calculations of both BJP and Congress.
Gujarat BJP has been posting videos of religious and spiritual gurus praising PM Narendra Modi, and asking their followers to 'strengthen his hands'.
Party’s vision document also focuses on graft and women’s safety; says BJP will create a tourist circuit linking various temples across the state.
There appears to be a consensus to not address Muslims as a potential political category, and view them purely as voters, and not as Muslims.
The Muslim communities, like any other social group, participate in electoral politics at the constituency level.
Party wins 44 seats in Himachal Pradesh, but its CM candidate Dhumal loses in Sujanpur, as does state party chief Satpal Singh Satti in Una.
Doon and Nalagarh assembly segments face infrastructure woes such as lack of rail link and four-laning of highway as well as non-functional container depot.
This year the roads in Gujarat were in an unusually bad shape, and people stormed social media, the favourite platform of the BJP, to express their grievances.
Amit Shah says the Congress gave the tribals kukada-bakra (hen and goats), but the BJP is giving them cows and buffaloes for dairy development.