Politics/Nation
Rahul Takes The Leap - Neerja Chowdhury, Times of India
The will he, won’t he suspense is over. In all probability next week Rahul Gandhi will take over as the new Congress chief from his mother Sonia Gandhi, the longest serving president in the history of India’s Grand Old Party. The ‘reluctant’ politician has finally taken the leap, completing a generational change in the party.
Congress' Gujarat battle is far from over - Kalyani Shankar, Pioneer
Congress has devised a multi-pronged strategy to take on the BJP in Gujarat — it is using the caste card, religiosity, development and the social media. But is it still relying too much on Modi-bashing? Only time will tell.
Rahul Gandhi-Tejashwi Yadav lunch meet triggers speculation about political equations in Bihar - DNA
Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi had a lunch meeting with Tejashwi Prasad Yadav, the former deputy CM of Bihar and younger son of Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) president Lalu Prasad Yadav, in Delhi on Friday, triggering speculations about changing political equations in Bihar.
Chitrakoot bypoll: Congress’s fresh gains leave BJP worried in Madhya Pradesh - Abhiram Ghadyalpatil, Mint
Assembly elections in Madhya Pradesh are exactly one year away, but the crushing loss for the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the bypoll for the Chitrakoot constituency on Sunday has sent alarm bells ringing across the party.
Bitter battle in the Queen of Hills - Pioneer
A two-horse race between the BJP and the Congress is being fought in the hill State of Himachal Pradesh. But local issues dominate the broader contours. One of the most fiercely contested elections in recent times, Himachal Pradesh is one classic case of democracy where anti-incumbency seems to be the sole determining factor in the November 9 Assembly poll.
Gujarat polls: Rahul Gandhi is not the change voters are looking for - Anupam Mishra, Hindustan Times
The decks cannot be loaded more heavily against the BJP in the Gujarat polls (December 9 to 14). Encumbered with 22 years of anti-incumbency, the party faces the much-hyped consolidation of the Patidar-OBC-Dalit voters. As if this was not enough, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi seems to be peaking at the right time and one can sense the change in mood on social media as the followers are catching up with trolls.
Politics makes for strange bedfellows - Kalyani Shankar, Pioneer
By visiting an ailing M Karunanidhi, Narendra Modi has stirred a hornet's nest but the message is loud and clear: The BJP will leave no stone unturned to expand its foothold in south India, keeping in mind the 2019 general election.
Yogi Adityanath promises a 100m idol of Ram: Why UP likes playing statue, statue - Rajesh Kumar Singh, Hindustan Times
Statues of religious figures are ready to take the pedestal in Uttar Pradesh’s politics. Chief minister Yogi Adityanath announced in October his government’s plan to build a 100-metre-tall statue of lord Ram on the Saryu riverbank in Ayodhya. The priest-politician also declared his government’s eagerness to revive the Maitreya Buddha project, which has been pending for 15 years. The project involves building a 500 metre Buddha statue, the world’s tallest.
Mukul to be used to break Didi's party? - Saugar Sengupta, Pioneer
Specialised skills of former Railway Minister Mukul Roy who recently donned the saffron robe amid great enthusiasm within the BJP and inviting a volley of barrages from his parent outfit Trinamool Congress which termed him a gaddar (traitor) would be employed in breaking (read engineering defection) the Bengal ruling outfit — “a trailer of which was shown in the November 9 BJP rally” attended by a large number of disgruntled TMC men, State BJP president Dilip Ghosh has said.
Gujarat elections: Congress gives Hardik Patel three options - Vicky Nanjappa, One India
In a late night meeting, the Congress gave Hardik Patel three options ahead of the Gujarat Assembly elections 2017. The members of the Patel led Patidar Anamat Andolan Samiti (PAAS) said that they would seek a legal opinion before taking a final call.
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