Political Delicacies

Author: 
Rahil Nora Chopra

Kalraj Mishra and Bandaru Dattatreya, who have been dropped from the Union ministry, and S M Krishna, who quit Congress some months back to join BJP, are tipped to become Governors. Similarly, Rajiv Pratap Rudy, who was dropped along with the others, is likely to be made party president in Bihar. There are reports of differences between the BJP and the three alliance partners over the number of inductions as also the choice of portfolios.

Author: 
Rahil Nora Chopra

Birender Singh will become the chief minister of Haryana after the Union cabinet reshuffle in place of Manohar Lal Khattar. The buzz is that Birender Singh met party president Amit Shah recently to discuss the overall political situation in Haryana and also gave Shah his assessment of the situation. Shah is upset over Khattar’s handling of the situation. The BJP workers are annoyed with the CM.

Author: 
Rahil Nora Chopra

JD-U workers from Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh and Bihar are reportedly pressuring JD(U) leader Sharad Yadav to form a national party after Nitish Kumar formed a government with the BJP in Bihar. Meanwhile, Lalu Prasad Yadav is busy giving shape to an Opposition-led coalation against Nitish Kumar. The “Swabhiman rally” or ‘BJP Hatao Desh Banchao’ rally of Lalu and other Mahagathbandhan parties is expected to be a show of strength against Nitish Kumar also and the RJD leader is eyeing to consolidate his Muslim-Yadav-Dalit votes.

Author: 
Rahil Nora Chopra

Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar broke rank with the Opposition and decided to support NDA candidate Ram Nath Kovind because he wants to consolidate the maha- dalit votes in Bihar and also wants to bargain for Central funds for the development of his state. Nitish is apparently fed up of errant ally Lalu and is looking to maneuver to a safer political space. He is hugely uncomfortable with the lengthening list of corruption cases against the Yadav clan, which he feels are affecting his credibility.

Author: 
Debkumar Bhadra

One of the memories of my childhood days leads me to an impressive collection of black and white photographs, a clutch of cups (those given in sports) and a good number of medallions occupying the walls and over a round teapoy placed in the front room of an official of Indian Navy named Sambhu Nath Ghosh in the neighbourhood. During our visit to his house, he would be seldom seen, but those photographs of him in dazzling white uniform would speak to us at length.

Author: 
Rahil Nora Chopra

According to sources, the name of Justice (retd) Girdhar Malviya, a grandson of noted freedom fighter Pandit Madan Mohan Malviya, who founded Ganga Mahasabha in 1905 and was a member of Hindu Mahasabha in Gaya in 1922 and in Kashi in 1923, has been figuring on the BJP list for presidential candidates. Prime Minister Narendra Modi and RSS are keen to have a candidate with hard-core Hindutva background and Girdhar Malviya was the man who proposed Modi’s name for the Varanasi seat in the Lok Sabha polls.

Author: 
Rahil Nora Chopra

There is talk of a ministry  reshuffle taking place at the Centre and in Rajasthan after the presidential elections. The infighting within the state unit and the manner in which Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje is handling the affairs of the state are believed to be under review by the party leadership.

Author: 
Rahil Nora Chopra

The real googly that Modi can throw is to have a Muslim Vice-President to replace  Hamid Ansari. Manipur Governor Najma Heptullah fits the bill. Sources claim Heptullah has been given an assurance about the Vice-president nomination.  Now a days she is camping in Delhi and giving interviews to various channels on the issue of Triple Talaq and supporting Narendra Modi’s governance. It is believed that she also will have the support of the veteran BJP leaders like Advani.

Author: 
Rahil Nora Chopra

With Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar putting forward Pranab Mukherjee’s name.for a second term, speculation has begun in right earnest about the possibility of the incumbent President emerging as a consensus candidate. Nitish Kumar’s  strategy of suggesting Pranab’s name is seen as a bid to put pressure on Modi, who has on several occasions in the past three years expressed appreciation for Pranab’s ‘remarkable contributions’.

Author: 
Rahil Nora Chopra

Venkaiah Naidu may be the next Vice-President of India. The “think tank” of the BJP is keen on his candidature as they think this will help the party electorally in Telangana and Andhra.  The focus of the BJP is now on southern India, after having its major hold on Northern India except Bihar and Punjab. According to sources, Narendra Modi will propose his candidature for the Vice-President’s post because he and the RSS want to capture power in south India too. The other names in discussion are Sushma Swaraj, Najma Heptulla and Hukmdev Narayan Yadav.

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