The choice of Meira Kumar who is from Bihar and a Jatav Dalit has certainly put Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar in a tight spot politically which was the intent of Sonia Gandhi and RJD chief, Lalu Yadav, who are upset with Nitish Kumar's "defection" in saying his party will vote for Kovind.
Even a half-way decent attempt at trying to challenge the BJP in Gujarat would have been a game-changer for the Congress. It would have galvanised a dispirited cadre which is slowly leaching away from the party after serial defeats and allowed Rahul Gandhi a chance to be taken more seriously as a leader.
As Chandrashekhar, the 30-year-old flamboyant chief of the Bhim Army was finally arrested yesterday from Dalhousie, exactly one month after riots broke out in Saharanpur, it's clear that this marks a new chapter in Dalit politics and struggle.
For the thrice-banned RSS, it will be the ultimate validation when one of their own occupies Rashtrapati Bhavan, a point of immense satisfaction that will follow the appointment of Yogi Adityanath as Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh.
As the Bhartiya Janata Party wins election after election, India's oldest political party, the Congress, which still fancies itself as the principal opposition, faces a crisis of credibility and leadership.
A week ago, a group of five MPs met BJP chief Amit Shah and demanded that his bete-noire Varun Gandhi be added in Uttar Pradesh to the released list of "star pracharaks" (campaigners) because his exclusion was sending a terrible message in a closely fought battle.
Ajit Singh and his Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) may have been scorned by Akhilesh Yadav and Rahul Gandhi and abruptly ejected out of the gathbandan (alliance), but in Western Uttar Pradesh, the Jats, aggrieved with the BJP, are relocating their support.
There is a certain amount of truth to the BSP's complaint. Mayawati, unlike Akhilesh Yadav who is affable and ever-smiling, does get negligible press. Senior BSP leaders say Sonia Gandhi keeps the press at arms length, yet gets great coverage. BSP leaders feel a double standard is applied to Mayawati and their party.
So the Congress is finally acknowledging that Priyanka Gandhi is very much in politics and calling the shots that matter such as being the chief negotiator in the critical alliance with Akhilesh Yadav's Samajwadi Party. Ahmed Patel, Congress leader and Political Secretary to Congress President Sonia Gandhi is a taciturn politician who is known to s...
At the BJP headquarters in Delhi on Sunday, Shiv Prakash, the sangathan mantri or liaison loaned from the RSS to the party, found himself the sudden target of Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh's wrath. As names of candidates for UP were being discussed in the presence of Varun Gandhi, Kalraj Mishra, Ram Lal and other leaders crucial for Uttar Prade...