Think Before You Vote

It’s like a repeat telecast of Rahul Gandhi’s various rallies and speeches—if there’s a problem, turn to the Gandhi family name. With exactly a month to go before the results for the Lok Sabha elections are announced, and six more phases of voting, the parties are making full use of this last wing and campaigning vigorously. But with most parts of the country favoring the Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP), as predicted by various political analysts and surveys, the Congress party is treading in troubled waters. Realizing this party president Sonia Gandhi has taken it upon herself to not let her party fall down face front.

Sanjaya Baru’s The Accidental Prime Minister

Looks like all is not well in Congress town, and the cause of this stir is a book on Dr. Manmohan Singh written by his former media adviser Sanjaya Baru—The Accidental Prime Minister: The Making and Unmaking of Manmohan Singh. This book has come out at a time when India is in the middle of bitterly contested Lok Sabha elections and has become the subject of debate on Singh’s relationship with party president Sonia Gandhi. It was only a week back that the oppositional Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) had openly accused Gandhi of taking advantage of the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) by acting as an added constitutional authority.

India’s Destiny In A Voter’s Hand

Thursday being the first major day of India’s biggest elections saw 91 Lok Sabha seats across 11 states and three Union Territories go to polls, with Delhi and Uttar Pradesh being the key battlegrounds. Large numbers of voters were seen standing in the queue outside the polling booths waiting for their turn to cast their valuable votes. Not to mention that according to the Election Commission (EC), there was a healthy increase in the voter turnout.

The Not So Cheap Ad Campaigns

General elections bring with it some money minting contracts for different sectors of our society, especially for the advertising and public relations sector. Just the way politicians along with their party members decide on the various clauses of their election manifestos, advertising gurus strategize about how to make their political client more appealing to the voters. How big and important is the election can be judged from the amount of money political parties spend on advertisements.

Congress Ka The End?

If not publicly but the realization has dawned on the Congress that there isn’t hope for them in Delhi. According to a new internal survey conducted in the party, the 2014 elections will bring with it the party’s doom.

BJP’s Word Play

One would think that the Bhartiya Janata Party was delaying their election manifesto because it was planning something big. But on the day when it finally released it, all we get are counter balancing statements. For every mention of the Ram Mandir, Cow Protection, the Uniform Civil Code and Article 370—that highlight the party’s Hindutva agenda—there are harmonizing statements like modernization of Madarsa, empowerment of Wakf boards, etc.

AAP Releases Its Election Manifesto

In an attempt to earn back the trust of the middle and the business class Aam Aadmi Party’s (AAP) election manifesto makes promises of simplified trade procedures, new ways to contain inflation and zero tolerance for cross border terrorism.

A Controversial Appeal For Votes

With only four days to go for the first phase of Lok Sabha polls to begin, political parties are trying their best to woo every possible vote bank. One such meeting was between Congress President Sonia Gandhi’s and Jama Masjid’s Shahi Imam Syed Ahmed Bukhari. Playing the party’s most treasured card of communalism, Sonia made a special appeal to the head of this minority community to not divide the “secular vote”.

Congress Trying To Win Delhi Back

Congress’ Delhi rally on Sunday was meant to be a show of the party’s strength since party president Sonia Gandhi herself was taking to the stage. This was the first time in the last two decades that Sheila Dikshit was missing from such a big rally.

When Modi Acknowledged Kejriwal

While Arvind Kejriwal was planning a dramatic and impactful debut in Varanasi, Narendra Modi’s speech writer was burning his midnight oil to come up with an appropriate political pseudonym for him.

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