He told the newspaper, “Hate speech should be avoided. They were not needed in Delhi polls. We should have focused on what we delivered or would deliver rather than over-emphasizing on Shaheen Bagh and other negative issues.” He added that his party would not support any such effort. … [Read more...] about Bihar assembly election | Won’t allow hate speech in poll campaign, focus on local issues instead: Chirag Paswan
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The BJP’s viciously polarising campaign, where it did not have any bones in calling the sitting Chief Minister a “terrorist”, is a lesson on the law of diminishing returns. While a hyperbolic focus on the anti-Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) protests in Shaheen Bagh might have helped it in a few seats in East Delhi and North East Delhi, it failed in other areas. Rather than keeping AAP’s failures as its focal point, BJP chose to scaremongering the voters. … [Read more...] about Delhi Results | Elections in India can be fought and won on the development plank
AAP’s proposal for a ‘Deshbhakti’ curriculum in schools, Kejriwal’s ‘temple run’ during the campaign and after the results, AAP leader Sanjay Singh’s statements calling Kejriwal a “real patriot” and that Delhi’s results reflected Hindustan’s victory, and slogans of ‘Bharat Mata Ki Jai’ from the AAP victory celebrations — all these suddenly show the nationalist space, which until now the BJP treated as its fief, is challenged and claimed by AAP. … [Read more...] about Delhi Results | Four challenges for AAP in the road ahead
That was not all. Union minister Prakash Javadekar referred to Delhi Chief Minister and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) convenor Arvind Kejriwal as a “terrorist”. Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister and BJP’s star campaigner for Delhi Yogi Adityanath said at a rally at Vikaspuri, in Delhi that “why a Pakistani minister is making statements in support of Arvind Kejriwal? Because he knows that only Kejriwal can feed biryani to the protesters at Shaheen Bagh.” Going by Adityanath’s logic, how would one interpret Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan’s statement in April 2019 that it was better if Modi came back to power in India? … [Read more...] about Delhi Elections | Will its polarising pitch help BJP?
In the 1950s, when Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru was Prime Minister, the differences he had with Purushottam Das Tandon, the then Congress President, is well documented. In fact, to its credit, the Congress’ website notes that Tandon had to resign just before the 1952 general elections “on account of differences with Nehru over the constitution of the Working Committee and the relationship between the Organisational and Governmental wings of the Party.” In the 1970s, Indira Gandhi’s run-ins with then party presidents DK Barooah and K Brahmanada Reddy are examples of these retreats. Till the end of the 1980s a Nehru-Gandhi as Prime Minister was anytime more powerful than the Congress President. They were the final word in the party. … [Read more...] about Politics | Will Congress address the elephant in the room?