Political Delicacies

1 Jan 2017/--/Sheila Dikshit, the Congress face for the chief ministership of Uttar Pradesh is likely to be sacrificed on the alter of demonetisation decision of Narendra Modi. The Congress leadership, in the aftermath of Rahul Gandhi’s corruption blitzkrieg against the Prime Minister is likely to...

18 Dec 2016/--/Former RBI governor. Raghuram Rajan   had to leave because he refused to   follow the Government diktat. Rajan was asked to stay but on the condition that he would have to do away with the thousand rupee and the five hundred rupee notes. But Rajan opted out of the job but refused to...

11 Dec 2016/--/Richard Verma, US ambassador to India, is a real charmer. He like a shrewd diplomat connected with the Indian audiences who had come to hear him talk on the India-US relations recently. A Punjabi born in Jalandar, he endeared himself to the audiences by playing on his Indian roots....

28 Nov 2016/--/Ghulam Nabi Azad is the man to watch. Azad is famous as the Congress leader with a midas touch for having won for his party every state of which he has been in charge. He now faces the   litmus test of his as  general secretaryin charge of Uttar Pradesh where the Congress till now...

6 Nov 2016/--/Congress President Sonia Gandhi is most likely to  get one more extension. The Congress Working Committee is working on the matter. This will be the second extension given to the longest serving Congress President. Last year on September 8, the CWC had granted Sonia one year’s  ...

23 Oct 2016/--/Manish Tewari will be the next media chairperson succeeding Randeep Surjewala while Surjewala wil takeover as Haryana PCC chief. This reshuffle may take place soon as   infighting between the factions led by former chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda and current PCC chief Ashok...

2 Oct 2016/--/Chandra Shekhar was prime minister for a few months but he could have done much better if he had stayed, said Yashwant Sinha the finance minister in the Chandra Shekhar government in 1991. It was a book launch with a difference. Sanjaya Baru’s book on PV Narasimha Rao was launched in...

18 Sep 2016/--/Priyanka Gandhi Vadra is most likely to contest the Lok Sabha elections from Rai Bareily in 2019 in place of her mother and  the Congress President Sonia Gandhi. Sonia will relinquish both her post and her Lok Sabha constituency because of her health and age, setting an example for...

11 Sep 2016/--/The refusal of the Kashmiri separatists leaders to meet the team of opposition leaders has made the parties extremely jittery and worried. It is being seen as a change in the mind set of the Kashmiri youth.  Which has given a major boost to the pro-Pakistan separatist leadership that...

4 Sep 2016/--/Despite the high demand and publicity, Priyanka Gandhi has put her campaigning in Uttar Pradesh on hold. But this does not mean that she will not campaign. Priyanka would start her campaign just one month before the elections giving her brother Rahul a chance to be projected. This is...

28 Aug 2016/--/Congress election strategist Prashant Kishor had convened a meeting of all the state-level Brahmin leaders on August 21 in which it was decided to have   conventions of the Brahmin leaders of Uttar Pradesh. The thinking is that since Sheila Dixit has been projected as the Brahmin...

14 Aug 2016/--/Mayawati has big prospects to be the next chief minister of Uttar Pradesh replacing Akhilesh Yadav after the next assembly elections in 2017. Already the exodus has begun in other political parties. Three sitting MLAs of the Congress and one of the Samajwadi Party have left their...

7 Aug 2016/--/Please speak up Mr Prime Minister. This is the outcry from the Dalit allies of Narendra Modi and even the Dalit MPs in the BJP. Pressure has mounted on the Prime Minister who has not uttered a word on the Dalit lynching at Una in Modi’s Gujarat. As a result of which, the Dalits have...

17 Jul 2016/--/Uttar Pradesh this time will be the battle ground of three women -- Anupriya Patel of BJP, Mayawati of  the BSP and, of course, Priyanka Gandhi of the Congress. BJP which forced a split in Anupriya Patel’s family has promised to project her as the chief ministerial candidate. Patel...

10 Jul 2016/--/If the Congress does well in Uttar Pradesh in 2017 Assembly polls, then Priyanka Gandhi will be the face of the Congress party in 2019 Lok Sabha elections.  Priyanka has been sent to UP only to clear the way for Rahul Gandhi. Sources close to  Rahul were keen to send Priyanka to UP...

15 May 2016/--/Ghulam Nabi Azad is the man to watch. After the Congress lost power in 2014, Sonia Gandhi was left with no choice except to fall back on the old Congress pack. Azad had been minister right from late Rajiv Gandhi days. He was kicked up to a cabinet rank during Narasimha Rao’s regime...

8 May 2016/--/Political circles are abuzz with speculation about Brajesh Mishra and Ranjan Bhattacharya’s role in the Agusta Westland deal which was signed in 2003. Rajiv Tyagi,  one of the cousins of air chief SP Tyagi and an ex- private assistant of Amitabh Bachchan, was a personal friend and a...

24 Apr 2016/--/Before any elections in UP or at the national level, Ajit Singh of Rashtriya Lok Dal starts bargaining for a plum slot. He has been nursing his   dream   of becoming chief minister of UP but unfortunately has lost out in every bargain so far, to the extent that his jat votes also...

17 Apr 2016/--/The saying is that behind every successful man, there is a woman but not in the case of Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar. The entire credit in the making of Nitish Kumar as what he is today, goes to RCP Singh. If Nitish Kumar becomes the prime minister in future, the credit will go...

10 Apr 2016/--/JD-U leader and Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar has started to work on his national agenda. After he has made sure that the commitments that he has made for the rural people in Bihar are on track to realisation, including the complete ban on liquor,  he has turned his attention to...