The BJP’s success was in the countryside; its voteshare of close to 40 per cent is perilously close to the TMC’s 45 per cent voteshare.
24 May 2019 7:32 AM
The timing of the run, before the results are declared and the veracity of numerous exit polls is tested, is also for a reason.
22 May 2019 2:11 AM
The other memory that may remain is a sub-plot — the rise of the BJP and the decline of the Left in West Bengal. T
15 May 2019 12:04 AM
The only problem with the defections that the BJP expects is that it will not reduce Mamata Banerjee’s government to a minority.
02 May 2019 1:24 AM
In the BJP’s reconstruction, the only political “legacy” that seems to matter in West Bengal is that of Partition.
09 Apr 2019 12:25 AM
Promises do serve a political purpose; of grabbing attention and amplifying appeal.
28 Mar 2019 12:22 AM
The Congress and the CPI(M) have been co-opted in February as part of the coalition of regional parties against the BJP.
05 Mar 2019 12:00 AM
The next Opposition leaders’ meeting in New Delhi in mid-February will confirm this.
07 Feb 2019 12:25 AM
The purpose was to announce the alliance as a nearly formed fighting machine against the BJP.
21 Jan 2019 5:41 AM
Not all voters are comfortable with the idea of one party one nation.
06 Jan 2019 7:58 AM
The task is horribly difficult as cross-cutting interests intervene to tweak and change the shape the elegant simplicity of the idea.
04 Jan 2019 12:00 AM
The alliances and adjustments within the front are crucial to the looming battle against the BJP in 2019.
22 Dec 2018 12:59 AM
Miscalculating the power of parochial sentiments, couched in the idiom of Telangana nationalism, has cost the Congress.
12 Dec 2018 1:53 AM
The Supreme Court has asked for a revision and the politics around this has grown heated.
07 Nov 2018 12:49 AM
Identity politics, of legitimising the assertion of the majority in terms of its religion, is the BJP’s most effective incursion.
25 Oct 2018 12:34 AM
By contesting the basis of identity and citizenship, Banerjee is tapping into a deep pool of Bengali sentiment as well as anxiety.
21 Aug 2018 12:46 AM
The confrontation between Mr Modi and Ms Banerjee is one of hope versus positive and purposeful action.
26 Jul 2018 6:02 AM
It is significant that Sheikh Hasina made the time to meet Mamata Banerjee separately and alone.
29 May 2018 2:55 AM
The CPI(M)’s problem is that it’s stuck over the ethics of political economy that “is acquisition, work, thrift, sobriety”.
07 May 2018 1:13 AM
In claiming that it is the only party that can offer an “alternative policy” agenda, the CPI(M) has to fully and finally resolve the crisis within.
23 Apr 2018 12:12 AM