Congress beyond Gandhis - TribuneIndia
RAHUL Gandhi’s offer to resign from the post of Congress president, taking entire responsibility for the 2019 Lok Sabha poll rout, evoked a sense of déjà vu. Back in 2014, after the Modi wave decimated the Grand Old Party, then Congress chief Sonia Gandhi and then vice-president Rahul had declared their intent to step down from their posts. The Congress Working Committee (CWC) had not only rejected the offer, but also reposed faith in their leadership.
No easy solutions for the Congress - Zoya Hasan, Hindu
When the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) led by Narendra Modi stormed to power in 2014, the Congress was reduced to 44 seats in the Lok Sabha. In 2019, the Congress has suffered another colossal defeat. It won 52 seats, still not enough to claim the post of the Leader of the Opposition in the Lok Sabha. This dismal result shows that the revival of the once-dominant powerhouse isn’t happening any time soon.
Modi, the faith keeper - Prafull Goradia, Pioneer
The return of Mr Narendra Modi with a generous mandate for the second time makes it necessary to go into the rest of the phenomenon. When he was elected in 2014, there were experts who felt that the people had voted with their feet. Even tolerant Indians could not take the gargantuan corruption presided over by the financially honest Dr Manmohan Singh.
India incredibly Modi-fied - Navin Upadhyay, Pioneer
Modi hai to mumkin hai. The evocative tagline of the BJP campaign aptly reflects the party’s massive victory in the Lok Sabha polls. The brand ‘Modi’ has outshone every competitor, be it regional satraps or Congress president Rahul Gandhi, who found few takers for his “chowkidar chor hai” jibe at the PM. The result shows the BJP has emerged as a pan-India force as the saffron party made big inroad into the strongly protected fortresses of Mamata Banerjee’s West Bengal and Navin Patnaik’s Odisha.
Leadership sweepstakes and the Modi factor - Sandeep Shastri, Hindu
It was patently visible that the BJP was trying to make it a presidential-style campaign, with the Prime Minister a clear 18 percentage points ahead of his nearest rival, Rahul. Is the 2019 Lok Sabha election essentially a leadership race? The CSDS-Lokniti post-poll data seems to indicate that while leadership was a factor, it was not the most critical issue that swayed electoral preferences.
Foreign policy options after May 23 verdict - KC SINGH, Deccan Chronicle
It may be useful to analyse the possible impact on Indian foreign policy of the looming May 23 Lok Sabha results. Three possible scenarios are -- a government led by the BJP, perhaps without a majority on its own; or a similar alliance led by the Congress; or an alliance led by a Third Front leader, albeit supported by either the BJP or the Congress.
Reality check for Chacko - A Surya Prakash, Pioneer
Although the Congress was in the vanguard of the freedom movement, many of its members are still not comfortable with the core values in our Constitution and the democratic way of life. A case in point is the recent statement of a dyed-in-the-wool Congressman PC Chacko that the Nehru-Gandhi family is “the first family in the country.”
Goodbye Jet Airways? - Kushan Mitra, Pioneer
Many of us have been watching the Jet Airways bankruptcy saga with a lot of sorrow. Do not get me wrong — Jet Airways was bled dry by its promoters and management with all sorts of sweetheart deals and, thus, at a level deserved its fate because as the skeletons tumble out of the closet, it has become apparent that some aspects of the airline were a ponzi scheme.
In a state of turmoil - Kumar Chellappan, Pioneer
The second phase of the Lok Sabha election took place in Tamil Nadu on April 18. In my earlier articles focussing on Tamil Nadu, I had mentioned that the Dravidian State is in need of a leader who can inspire the Tamils and create a feeling in them that they, too, are part of the sub-continent, enjoying the same cultural and historical heritage of the vast landscape that is India.
Is the Election Commission toothless or is it refusing to bite? - Anuradha Raman, Hindu
The Election Commission (EC) has come under intense scrutiny over the last few weeks for its inability to take swift action against those violating the Model Code of Conduct (MCC). It took a rap on its knuckles by the Supreme Court for the EC to crack the whip. In a discussion moderated by Anuradha Raman, S.Y. Quraishi and Trilochan Sastry talk of the EC’s powers in imposing the MCC, and the controversy over NaMo TV.
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