Poor, Struggling Vidarbha Is Up For Grabs

  “As long as I am sitting in Delhi, I assure you that no power can divide Maharashtra. Some people are spreading rumors that BJP will sever Mumbai from Maharashtra. It’s a lie. Maharashtra is incomplete without Mumbai.”   This is what Prime Minister Narendra Modi said recently during an election rally, an affirmation that … Continued

What Message Will Work In Fractious Maharashtra?

(An advertisement released by the Congress party on the eve of assembly elections in Maharashtra)   Housing. Education. Jobs. These are the three main issues that Maharashtra’s ruling Congress party is focussing on as India’s second-most populous and richest state prepares for elections to a new legislative assembly on October 15.   Farmers are also being … Continued

Look Carefully Where India’s Young Voters Are

  Did India’s first-time voters really deliver in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections?   The answer is no but there is another angle for the new Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led Government under Prime Minister Narendra Modi to consider: states with relatively low development (defined below) also have a high proportion of young voters. This is … Continued

The MPs With The Most Profitable Stints In Government

Is a stint in politics profitable?   Depends on how you define profitable. If it’s in money terms, the answer is yes. Not to say that the earnings accrued from their being politicians or their specific roles but many politicians saw their wealth multiply quite sharply in the last five years.   This is also … Continued

South India To Congress Rescue….Again

Is it time for the Congress leadership to listen to politicians from Karnataka and Kerala? In an election when the party could not win even a single seat in almost 8 states, Karnataka has elected nine Congress MPs and Kerala eight Congress MPs.  Out of the 44 elected Congress MPs, that is nearly 39%.   … Continued

Employment Generation Key Challenge For Govt: Congress’ Manash Bora

Manash Bora, Congress candidate from Guwahati, Assam, feels employment and job opportunities have to be created by the Government. An atmosphere is needed to generate jobs both in the Government as well as the private sector.   This initiative is part of Mera Neta, India’s largest candidate outreach programme, which has exclusive updates of the … Continued

Govt Focus Should Be On Agriculture: Congress’ Laxman Singh

Laxman Singh, Congress candidate from Vidisha, Madhya Pradesh, feels agricultural output has to be increased to benefit farmers. A key challenge for the area, Singh feels, would be to make it an educational hub.   This initiative is part of Mera Neta, India’s largest candidate outreach programme, which has exclusive updates of the candidates contesting … Continued