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  • Opinion: Modi Seems To Sense Karnataka Will Reject Him
    Ashutosh
    Does Mr Modi have a premonition about losing the Karnataka election? If not, why he is keeping his distance?
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  • Opinion: Anna Privately Supported Forming A Political Party
    Ashutosh
    I have not commented on Anna Hazare since he parted with India Against Corruption (IAC) in 2012 over the decision to form a political party. I was present in the Constitution Club when it was to be decided if the movement will turn into a party. It was a divided house.
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  • Opinion: Rahul Gandhi's Speech Shows <i>"Pappu"</i> Is A Thing Of The Past
    Ashutosh
    Re-invention is not easy to translate on the ground. Rahul Gandhi has just one year. In my opinion, the 2019 elections are more a test for Rahul Gandhi than for Modi. It is Rahul who has to prove that he is the worthy grandson of Mrs. Indira Gandhi. Can he? That is the question.
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  • Opinion: BJP's Gorakhpur Defeat Is Poetic Justice
    Ashutosh
    Enthusiasts had then declared that the opposition should start preparing for the 2024 parliamentary elections because 2019 was a done deal for the BJP. Now, the loss will write a new script, not only for UP and Bihar, but also for 2019.
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  • Opinion: BJP Delusional About Madhya Pradesh Result
    Ashutosh
    If BJP wants to rejoice in the margin of its defeat in the Madhya Pradesh by-elections, it can jolly well do that but only at its own peril.
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  • Opinion: First Sena, Now Chandrababu. It's A PR Disaster For Modi
    Ashutosh
    Chandrababu Naidu is a tricky customer, which I am sure the BJP has by now realized.
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  • Opinion: Sharad Pawar Vs Rahul Gandhi A Problem For Opposition Unity
    Ashutosh
    At a time when Modi's popularity is waning, he wants to emerge as the rallying point for the anti-Modi forces, to be the glue for opposition unity. But the question is: will he be trusted? Can he be trusted?
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  • Opinion: Election Commission Now The Letterbox Of Prime Minister's Office
    Ashutosh
    The disqualification of AAP MLAs will go down in history as a black chapter. It creates serious doubts in our mind and one is left wondering if the Chief Election Commissioner, Mr. Joti, wanted to oblige his former boss before demitting office.
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  • Opinion: What It Took For Modi To Win This Close Gujarat Election
    Ashutosh
    Modi was defensive, the party was desperate and its leaders panicky. After Delhi and Bihar, Gujarat was one election where it was assumed that Modi could lose. But the end result finally disappointed all those who had dreamt that Modi would be defeated in his own burrow.
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  • Opinion: Fine, Let Modi Investigate Mani Shankar, Manmohan For Treason
    Ashutosh
    Is Pakistan Modi's best friend? I know it is paradoxical and sounds bizarre. But there is a saying in my village thata man in good times and bad calls on his best friend.Today, unquestionably, it can be said that Modi is in distress in the Gujarat election and is leveraging Pakistan to bail him out of the crisis.
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  • Opinion: Rahul Gandhi's Hindu-ness Shows A New Confidence
    Ashutosh
    As a political activist who has contested elections, I can share with you that visiting religious places while campaigning almost becomes a second habit. So I am not surprised at what Rahul Gandhi is doing. What surprises me is the deliberate projection by his party and him that he is a "Hindu".
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  • Opinion: Yes, Modi Can Lose - But Can Rahul Gandhi Actually Win?
    Ashutosh
    Is Modi losing on his home turf? Oh, sorry. Let me rephrase. Can Modi be defeated in Gujarat? From Kashmir to Kanyakumari, this question is the one dominating politics and those with any interest in it
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  • Opinion: Stop Vilifying Arvind Kejriwal For Delhi Pollution
    Ashutosh
    Punjab is a full state and Captain Amarinder Singh has far more power than the Delhi Chief Minister to initiate action for the welfare of Punjab farmers and also for the sake of the health of entire north India.
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  • Opinion: Modi's Double Standards On Corruption Are Now Clear
    Ashutosh
    These two defections have exposed the hypocrisy of the BJP and its top leaders who have been claiming upon the Modi government's third anniversary that their biggest achievement has been a corruption-free administration.
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  • Opinion: Rahul Gandhi Getting To Modi, Who Appears Defensive In Gujarat
    Ashutosh
    Modi knows that he built the momentum for the 2014 elections only after winning Gujarat. If he loses Gujarat, his strongest bastion, his most formidable fort, his home turf then it will herald a new beginning. For all reasons, Gujarat will be a turning point in his political career. If he wins Gujarat comfortably, 2019 will be easy for him, otherwi...
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