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  • Blog: Is Modi Moving Mamata Banerjee's Cheese In Bengal?
    IP Bajpai
    The Modi-Shah plan is to do a Mamata on Mamata and topple the Trinamool using strategy similar to that for the CPM -- with two major differences. One, strong Hindutva, and two, the power and the money of a party in power at the centre.
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  • Blog: In Bihar, Nitish Seems To Be Riding Modi’s Coattails
    IP Bajpai
    Nitish Kumar, despite getting the BJP to give him an equal number of seats to contest in Bihar (17), looks like he is hanging on to Modi's coattails.
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  • Blog: BJP's Real Election Begins Now. Look At The Numbers.
    IP Bajpai
    The key battle of course will be fought in Central and Eastern UP, where the BJP+ in 2014 swept 50 of the 54 seats but faces the challenge of the BSP-SP alliance and, separately, the Congress in an area where the opposition parties are stronger.
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  • Blog: As Karnataka Votes, BJP vs Congress Alliance - The Numbers
    IP Bajpai
    Like anywhere in India, how people vote in Karnataka is complicated by other factors, caste being the most dominant, especially in non-urban areas.
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  • Blog: Two Big Verdicts - Rafale And Delay Of Modi And Other Biopics
    IP Bajpai
    Just when there was increasing apprehension about the impartiality of many of our institutions, two of them have given orders that should for a while temper the fears. Yesterday, the Supreme Court in theRafale case made a pair of very strong points in its judgement, upholding the freedom of the press to publish "secret" government documents and agr...
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  • Opinion: Look At KCR And Jagan's Numbers. And You See Why They Matter
    IP Bajpai
    The headline on the Telegana and Andhra Pradesh elections from a national perspective is the Federal Front, which is the dream of the current Chief Minister and strongman of Telengana, K Chandrasekhar Rao( KCR), who sees this non-BJP, non-Congress coalition as the third force in Indian politics, with him moving from effectively being the Nizam of H...
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  • Blog: Elections Come And Go, When Will The Poor Win?
    IP Bajpai
    It is not that there hasn't been visible change in the villages of India. Almost all villages have 18 hours or more of electricity, some access to water, latrines, many villagers have gas and a few even have pucca houses. But the fact is, real poverty hasn't disappeared.
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  • Blog: In Western UP, "Modi-<i>ji</i>" Triumphs Over Public Anger, Ifs And Buts
    IP Bajpai
    If the BJP holds its ground here, then it is back with a bang; a minor slip and the party can still cobble together a coalition with support from outside the NDA as it stands; a big drop and the BJP could be staring at a bleak future.
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  • Blog: The Biggest Error That This Budget Made
    IP Bajpai
    Probably no previous Budget has tried to give so much to so many in such a short time. From farmers to drivers, domestics to handloom weavers, from the huge tribe of nomads to 3 crore middle class people, the budget has seemingly something for everyone.
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  • Blog: Why The Exit Polls Should Not Have Congress Crowing
    IP Bajpai
    The votes are in and the exit polls are out. Not that the latter necessarily makes you any the wiser. Yes, Rajasthan continues to trend towards the Congress and KCR seems to be coming back in Telangana. Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh?
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  • Blog: BJP Vs Congress - Why It's A Close Fight In Madhya Pradesh
    IP Bajpai
    In Madhya Pradesh, Chief Minister Shivraj Chouhan is campaigning as if his life depends on it, but his party seems more sanguine - Prime Minister Narendra Modi is only speaking 11 times in the state compared to 21 addresses in the recent election in Karnataka and a desperate 34 in Gujarat.
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  • Blog: In Chhattisgarh, A Jaded BJP, Leaderless Congress And Wildcard Ajit Jogi
    IP Bajpai
    Chhattisgarh elections are always a close fight. The risk of defeat in a small state could damage the Prime Minister's image nationally. Something he would not want in an election year. In Chhattisgarh, a one per cent lead in votes for the BJP has been enough to give it a credible majority in the last three elections.
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  • Blog: US Mid-Term Elections: No One Trusts The Polls
    IP Bajpai
    If polls were correct Hillary Clinton would be President and Donald Trump would have remained a builder. But almost all of them were completely wrong. So Donald Trump is President and Hillary Clinton is still dreaming of being President.
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  • Blog: BJP, Stung And Bitter, Will Try To Exact Revenge In Karnataka
    IP Bajpai
    For the BJP, all is not lost. Those who discount the Modi effect do it at their peril. He remains a very potent campaigner and can lift the party and its votes considerably. The BJP has five months to throw more goodies at the electorate including the universal medical policy before the tournament begins in Central India in November.
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  • Blog: In Karnataka, It Appears To Be Advantage BJP
    IP Bajpai
    Who has won Karnataka? The answer is nobody knows - look at the exit polls which offered totally opposing results. So much so that Times Now decided to get two polls done, just to make sure that they had it right. Of course, both polls gave different results, leaving everyone even more bemused. And then one of those polls - the one that forecast ...
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