Politics/Nation
Queer twist to AIADMK-BJP tie-up plan - Kumar Chellappan, Pioneer
Sunday’s article in Namathu Puratchi Thalaivi Amma (Our Revolutionary Leader Amma) the mouth-piece of the AIADMK, suggesting the coming together of Tamil Nadu’s ruling party and the BJP has come a cropper by Monday as leaders of the AIADMK themselves washed their hands off such a possibility.
Karnataka Assembly Elections 2018: Survey predicts BJP, Congress neck and neck; JD(S) to play kingmaker - IndiaTv News
A survey has indicated that the forthcoming Karnataka Assembly elections are likely to witness a “photo-finish”, with the rivals BJP and Congress neck and neck. The survey, conducted by Times Now-VMR, conducted between April 4 and April 16, stated that in the 224-member House, the Congress likely to get 91 seats, and the BJP just two seats fewer. The JD(S) could emerge as the kingmaker with 40 seats.
In political mess, DMK invokes secession ideas - Balbir Punj, Pioneer
From deciding to put up a joint front before the Finance Commission against successive reduction in their share of the Union Government’s divisible pool over the last 25 years, four southern States are being urged to call for secession. Under the Constitution’s 16th Amendment, any such call will be dubbed criminal and the callers are likely to face prosecution.
Karnataka assembly elections: Why Congress, BJP face an uphill task to win over divided Dalits - ManuAiyappa Kanathanda, Times of India
Wooing the Dalit votebank is among the priorities for the main rivals in the Karnataka polls and, it would appear, with good reason: they make up about 20% of the state’s population and can drive the result in about 100 seats, of which 36 are reserved for SCs.
Karnataka Assembly Election 2018: BJP putting up a brave face, but not gaining the electoral traction it hoped for - TR Gopalakrishnan, Firstpost
"Rahul Gandhi is campaigning for the BJP", said a Bangalore-based BJP activist gleefully. The remark came in the wake of the author's comment to him that Rahul was spending more time in Karnataka, ahead of the assembly election, than the BJP bigwigs. But it was a poor attempt at putting on a brave face amidst indications that the party is not gaining the electoral traction it hopes for.
How the Lotus bloomed: A look back in time - Anirban Ganguly, Pioneer
It was on April 6, 1980, at the Kotla grounds in Delhi that the decision was taken, by members of the erstwhile Jana Sangh, to part company with the Janata Party. It was on that day that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was formed with members and workers of the erstwhile Jana Sangh coming together to chart out a new alternative for Indian politics.
Realignment in Bihar? Nitish, Paswan come closer for Dalit votes - Faizan Ahmad, Pioneer
After expressing serious concerns over communal flare-up in several parts of Bihar in which a Union Minister’s son has been arrested and several BJP workers booked, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and LJP chief Ram Vilas Paswan are sending clear signal of creating a pressure group within the NDA. Paswan, whose entire political edifice is built on Dalit politics, and Nitish, who divided the Scheduled Castes in Dalits and Maha Dalits, a decade ago, have agreed to hold a joint rally to mark the birth anniversary of Bhimrao Ambedkar on April 14.
Sharad Pawar’s mantra: Anti-BJP parties must give up anti-Congressism - Vinod Sharma, Hindustan Times
Sharad Pawar’s political heft comes as much from the strength of his Maharashtra-centric Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) as from his administrative and legislative innings spanning over 50 years. He is the senior-most among Opposition leaders parleying to knit up an anti-Bharatiya Janata Party front for the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.
Politics over caste - Pioneer
Legally, especially in terms of the Constitutional rights of individual citizens of India, there is little to quibble room on the Supreme Court order of March 20 which has paved the way for anticipatory bail to offenders under the SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act and introduced safeguards in an attempt to weed out false and/or frivolous complaint at the threshold point of filing of a complaint under the Act.
In election year, only 30 per cent of 18-19 age group are enrolled as voters - Shyamlal Yadav, Indian Express
With Lok Sabha elections due next year, more than two-thirds of the 4.85 crore population in the 18-19 age group are still not enrolled as voters. Election Commission data also shows that enrolment of first-time voters in Karnataka, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh, which go to polls this year, is almost as low.
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