Venkatesh Kesari

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Wary of Congress, Sharad Pawar revives BJP contact

NCP supremo Sharad Pawar revived his contacts in the BJP after realising that the Congress’ real objective is to check his party in Maharashtra than to defeat in the Shiv Sena-BJP combine and thereby

Sonia Gandhi, Rahul fail to revive fighting spirit

The Assembly results in Maharashtra and Haryana have isolated the Congress further. It wanted to check the NCP in Maharashtra, but instead, handed over the key state to the BJP on a platter.

Congress blame-game on result eve

While a blame-game has begun in the Congress before the counting of votes for the Maharashtra Assembly, the BJP and the Shiv Sena are assessing post-poll equations and a possible power-sharing formula

BJP win may lead to Maharashtra bifurcation

With the exit polls predicting BJP’s victory in the Maharashtra Assembly, the win may lead to the bifurcation of the state as the BJP seems committed to creating the Vidarbha state.

Regional players’ fate on the line

While the Shiv Sena on Tuesday declared the BJP is its main opponent, polling for the Maharashtra Assembly on Wednesday would decide the fate of regional parties and the relevance of the Congress.

Maharashtra may not see any party getting majority

Maharashtra appears to be heading for a “khichdi” with the key players the BJP, Shiv Sena, Congress, NCP and the MNS failing to convince voters to provide a stable government.

Blame-game in Congress, BJP stays cautious

While a blame-game has begun in the Congress before the Maharashtra Assembly polls, BJP workers are not enthused by the pre-poll predictions and are being cautious in making assessments.

Predictions may unite BJP rivals

Pre-poll predictions projecting the BJP as the winner in the Maharashtra Assembly may unite its opponents in some constituencies which would lead to tactical voting.

Congress set to play role of ‘constructive Opposition’

While the Shiv Sena, MNS and the NCP are yet to emerge as an alternative individually to the BJP, which has become defensive on the issue of united Maharashtra, the current thinking in the Congress is

Hindutva no longer a poll plank

Hindutva has not become an issue in the Maharashtra Assembly polls, with the BJP and the Shiv Sena focusing more on local issues, accusing each other for the breakdown of their 25-year-old ideological

After four hours of driving, we should have been in the middle of Dartmoor. And yet we were not.

During Gen Pervez Musharraf’s time a television host asked Benazir Bhutto (BB) about the low attendance at the Pakistan People’s Party jalsas that had just taken place.