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Why CM Uddhav Thackeray is looking up to teachers and graduates to provide him stability

Defeat of MVA in the council polls would convince Rahul Gandhi even more that he was right and Ahmed Patel wrong about Congress joining hands with Shiv Sena.
Illustration by Ramandeep Kaur | ThePrint

What makes Tamil Nadu CM Palaniswami and deputy CM Panneerselvam eat out of Amit Shah’s hand

Sasikala will be out of jail before the Tamil Nadu election. The chief minister and his deputy must brace for a storm in the AIADMK.

Nitish Kumar is defanged but BJP shouldn’t start celebrating yet

BJP's insistence on having its own nominee for assembly speaker and a replacement for Nitish Kumar's 'Laxman', Sushil Modi, indicate it wants to keep the CM under leash from Day One.
Illustration by Ramandeep Kaur/ThePrint

Win or lose, BJP to go for broke in Bihar, at Nitish Kumar’s cost

Bihar results would come as a vindication or repudiation of the BJP’s take-no-prisoners strategy. Nitish Kumar won’t be happy either way.
Nitish Kumar and Narendra Modi at a rally in Bihar, Oct 2020 | Praveen Jain/ThePrint

Bihar wants jobs. But Nitish Kumar suffers from ‘1974 batch syndrome’, say IAS officers

Jayaprakash Narayan’s followers learnt to lead movements but have struggled to respond to the aspirational class. They haven't gone beyond bijli-paani-sadak.

Modi can’t afford to isolate Mufti-Abdullahs anymore, even if it’s firing up elections for BJP

PM Modi understood Kashmir’s disenchantment with mainstream politicians. But his expectation of a new crop of leaders replacing the old isn’t materialising.
File photo of BSP chief Mayawat

Why Chandrashekhar Azad’s entry in Bihar polls should worry Mayawati

BJP's image among Dalits has suffered a dent due to Adityanath's Thakurwaadi image while Congress has failed to go beyond tokenism. This could help Mayawati, but for Azad's rise.
(From left) Senior BJP leader Sushil Kumar Modi, LJP’s Chirag Paswan and JD(U) leader and Chief Minister Nitish Kumar | wikimedia commons, Twitter

3 reasons why BJP disowning Chirag Paswan may not cut ice with Nitish Kumar

BJP is not ruling out Chirag Paswan’s return to NDA after Bihar election result. When was BJP so forgiving towards a leader hell-bent on damaging its electoral prospects?
modi and yogi

Modi’s worry is not opposition, it’s Yogi Adityanath. Being Vajpayee is the answer

BJP’s expanded social base among backward classes and Dalits is faced with the growing perception about ‘Thakurwad’ or pro-upper caste leanings.
JP Nadda and Rahul Gandhi

What’s common between BJP and Congress reshuffle? They are packed with losers

If you look at the credentials of BJP president JP Nadda’s new appointees, you will know why Modi-Shah’s party has a rough road ahead.

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