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  • Opinion: WhatsApp Messages Show Opposition Unity Being Taken Seriously
    Ashutosh
    The opposition has just shown a semblance of unity at the swearing in ceremony of H D Kumaraswamy. It has miles to go before it crystallises into some kind of a formal structure. But Hindutva supporters are already jittery. Their reaction on social media is unprintable. They are bitter, angry and resorting to all kinds of abuses.
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  • Opinion: In Karnataka, Congress Beats Modi-Shah At Their Own Game
    Ashutosh
    The debate now shifts to how Modi can be defeated. He can be outplayed at his own game. An earlier version of this was the BJP defeat in Gujarat when it tried to defeat Ahmed Patel in his re-election to the Rajya Sabha.
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  • Opinion: Deve Gowda Now Has The Congress Exactly Where He Wanted It
    Ashutosh
    By 3 pm, the Congress announced that it would extend support to the JD(S) to form the government. However, at the larger level, the Congress has lost an election which it should have won. And to my mind, the real winner in these elections is H D Deve Gowda.
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  • Opinion: By Deriding Rahul, Modi Proves He Is Rattled By Him
    Ashutosh
    Today, Narendra Modi is suffering from a serious credibility crisis. His misunderstanding or misrepresentation of history and non-performance have put a question mark over his leadership
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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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