Galaxy of stars to touch base in fierce Delhi battle - Pioneer
As the stakes are very high for the BJP and the Congress to regain grounds in the Delhi Assembly against Arvind Kejriwal-led Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), they too have listed star campaigners for the February 8 elections.
Kejriwal to fight for New Delhi seat with ‘Chak De’ star, cab driver and 90 others - Ashish Mishra & Abhishek Dey, Hindustan Times
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal filed his nomination for the February 8 Assembly elections from the New Delhi seat on Tuesday after waiting for six hours at the office of the Returning Officer (RO), with 65 others also filing their papers. The total number of contestants from New Delhi is now 93. The final number of contestants on the seat would only be known after Friday, the last date of withdrawal of nominations.
Rahul Gandhi Cannot Lead Democracy's Fight Against Modi or the Sangh Parivar - Harish Khare, Wire
On Friday, the ruling BJP’s members in both houses of parliament disrupted the proceedings, demanding an apology for some kind of habitually asinine remarks Rahul Gandhi had made a day earlier in Jharkhand; as could be expected, the Congress benches felt obliged to defend their wayward prince.
Is the BJP rattled by the huge protests against the Citizenship Act in Assam? - Arunabh Saikia, Scroll
As relative calm returned to Assam on Sunday after days of violent protests against the Citizenship Amendment Act that led to the deaths of five people last week, the state unit of the Bharatiya Janata Party is grappling with dissent within its ranks. Several members of the party, which heads the state government, have resigned or given up official posts since the Bill was passed by the Rajya Sabha on December 11.
Partition Lies and Amit Shah's Theatre of the Absurd - Prem Shankar Jha, Wire
During the Lok Sabha debate on the Bill amending the Citizenship Act, Union home minister Amit Shah suddenly lost his temper and blurted: “Is desh ka vibhajan agar dharma ke aadhar par Congress na kari hoti to is Bill ka kaam nahin hota (Had the Congress not partitioned this country on the basis of religion, there would have been no need for this Bill).”
Maharashtra loss of face as stealth victory comes undone - Sunil Jain, Financial Express
No political party that doesn’t seize every opportunity that comes its way – including the ones that aren’t fully there – can ever hope to do well, so, to that extent, the BJP can’t be faulted for trying to form a government in Maharashtra with the NCP’s help after its pre-poll ally, the Shiv Sena, decided to act up and start making unreasonable demands.
Inside the Shiv Sena-BJP split: Cracks appeared before Lok Sabha polls - Sunetra Choudhury, Hindustan Times
Cracks in the alliance between the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Shiv Sena had started appearing even before this summer’s Lok Sabha elections, but hectic parleys between the top leadership of the two sides helped overcome the differences at that time, according to a senior BJP functionary.
In Maharashtra political churn, it’s advantage coalition politics - Abhay Vaidya, Hindustan Times
Irrespective of which way the Shiv Sena goes — whether with its estranged alliance partner, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), or with the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) and the Congress, it is coalition politics that has won, not just in Maharashtra, but across India.
Why the Shiv Sena parted ways with the BJP in Maharashtra - Sudhir Suryawanshi, Hindustan Times
The Shiv Sena, the oldest ally of the Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP), surprised everyone by parting ways with the BJP after the assembly election results came out on October 24. On the face of it, the Sena had two key demands; the chief minister’s post, and a better deal in the power-sharing arrangement between the two parties. But at a deeper level, beyond the two demands, the Sena was concerned about two other issues.
Politics of influx - BZ Khasru, Pioneer
For more than 100 years, the ratio of Hindu population in the Indian subcontinent has been declining. The dip, from 75.1 per cent in 1881 to 72.9 per cent in 1901, in British India created a paranoid reaction that Muslims would outnumber Hindus. 
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