Politics/Nation
The suspense over Assembly polls in three States deepens - Hari Shankar Vyas, Pioneer
It is not clear yet whether Maharashtra, Haryana, and Jharkhand will go to the polls along with the Lok Sabha Elections or would hold the Assembly polls on schedule. The Election Commission has clearly stated that it is reviewing the preparations for the Lok Sabha polls and has no plans for the Assembly Elections.
First-time voters could hold key to 282 seats in this Lok Sabha elections - Ravish Tiwari & Ritika Chopra, Indian Express
This Lok Sabha election, the youth may hold the key in as many as 282 seats across 29 states, where there could be more first-time voters than their respective winning margins in 2014, an analysis of Election Commission (EC) data by The Indian Express has revealed.
The unending battle for statehood - Kalyani Shankar, Pioneer
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal is back with his old game of street-level confrontation with the Union Government as a part of his political strategy. This time, his indefinite fast — that was supposed to start from March 1, but has been postponed — is to get full statehood for Delhi. Can he achieve this objective? It looks difficult because no party at the Centre wants to give full statehood to Delhi.
Dravidian pride at stake - Kumar Chellappan, Pioneer
Well, Tamil Nadu is ready for the quinquennial Lok Sabha election which may take place in the month of April. With the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) and the Congress announcing the formalisation of their alliance to fight the Lok Sabha election  together, the line-up in the State is ready.
Rajini not in ’19 race, roots for stable Govt - Kumar Chellappan, Pioneer
The rendezvous between superstar Rajinikanth and politics would not materialise during this election season as Thalaiva (as the actor is addressed) declared on Sunday that he would neither contest the 2019 Lok Sabha election nor declare support to any of the political outfits.
The Karnataka model of politics - Narendar Pani, Hindu
The repeated confinement of Karnataka MLAs in resorts suggests that the State’s elected representatives have to literally be physically prevented from selling themselves to their ideological opponents. Given the moral compass of our elected representatives, it would be foolhardy to rule out this possibility.
On the table at Pawar dinner: Pre-poll tie-up and a common agenda - Mallica Joshi, Indian Express
HOURS after the last sitting of the 16th Lok Sabha, leaders of six Opposition parties met Wednesday and discussed the idea of a national pre-poll alliance for the coming elections with a common minimum programme.
Priyanka Gandhi ‘doosri Indira’ for UP Congress cadre - Aman Sharma, Economic Times
Priyanka Gandhi Vadra did not speak a single word publicly during her first visit to Lucknow as Congress general secretary. But her picture on the Congress truck, placed strategically beside a black-and-white picture of her grandmother Indira Gandhi, did all the talking.
‘Nothing Wrong in it’: Chandrababu Naidu On Post-Poll Alliance With Jagan Reddy - Money Control
Staging a day-long dharna in the national capital for special status for Andhra Pradesh, chief minister Chandrababu Naidu on Monday hinted that he would be open to a post-poll alliance with regional rival YSR Congress chief Jagan Mohan Reddy to keep the BJP away.
The NDA must pull back on the citizenship amendment bill - Hindustan Times
The Citizenship Amendment Bill — which provides for the grant of Indian citizenship to non-Muslims of Pakistan, Afghanistan and Bangladesh — is among the most contentious legislations in India’s recent history. Pushed fiercely by the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), it was passed in the Lok Sabha on January 10. The National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government now hopes to get it cleared in the Rajya Sabha though it lacks the numbers on its own in the Upper House. This actually creates room for a rethink on the amendment itself.
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