Statewide and National runup to 2014 General elections

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Postby Sushupti » 09 Feb 2013 09:30

Muppalla wrote:
RamaY wrote:^ Total 274?

No way sir. you have take all the max(HS). 35 in UP is non-starter. I will throw a party if they get 15 seats in UP


If Modi is PM candidate majority of BCs-Yadavas will go to BJP.

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Postby ramana » 09 Feb 2013 09:37

Don't generalize so much!

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Postby BhairavP » 09 Feb 2013 09:51

Masterstroke? Afzal Guru was hanged this morning.

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Postby Sushupti » 09 Feb 2013 09:57

^^^ Ramana Sir,
Believe me this what Nitish Kumar did in Bihar. For this to happen you need a non FC face as a leader. In UP it didn't happen because BJP allowed its BC base to wither away under the leadership of you know whom.

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Re: Statewide and National runup to 2014 General elections

Postby ramana » 09 Feb 2013 10:09

Ok. I just dont want people to get too carried away and expect miracles.

To me it looks like polls in 2013 only.

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Re: Statewide and National runup to 2014 General elections

Postby anchal » 09 Feb 2013 10:39

Going by my assessment of situation in UP, talking across the aam junta, BJP should get 30+ seats in Lok Sabha elections IFF Modi is the PM candidate from the BJP

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Postby nawabs » 09 Feb 2013 11:34

Modi’s rise may have speeded hanging: early polls now?

http://www.firstpost.com/politics/modis ... 19443.html
There is now little doubt that the early-morning hanging of Afzal Guru, the Kashmiri who was convicted for the 2001 attack on Parliament, is an intensely political decision. Taken together with the earlier hanging of Ajmal Kasab, the 26/11 terrorist, last November, it shows that the Congress party has decided to shift the terms of the political debate for 2014.

While it is possible to claim that all hangings are political in nature and depend on popular sentiment to some extent, the Kasab and Guru hangings are indicative of a well-thought-out Congress strategy to fight the 2014 elections on an entirely different plank. There is no other reason why the Congress would dawdle over years on the hangings, and then decide on them in just a matter of days.

The common assumption so far has been that the Congress has much to lose in 2014, thanks to its complete mismanagement of the economy under an economist Prime Minister. This is why it is changing the goalposts.

There are several basic reasons for this shift in strategy.

The first is Narendra Modi. Now that it is crystal clear that Modi will be the BJP’s prime ministerial candidate, the Congress knows it has a fight on its hands. It has, therefore, attempted to close off all opportunities for a political attack from the Right on the Islamic terror front by hanging both Kasab and Guru.

But unlike Guru and Kasab, where the negative political fallout for the Congress would have been limited, it is unlikely that the Congress will play the same hanging card with Balwant Singh Rajaona and Rajiv’s killers, Santhan, Murugan, and Perarivalan. They come from politically more powerful states of Punjab and Tamil Nadu.

The Modi factor behind the hanging was obvious from the timing of Kasab’s execution in November – just a month before the Gujarat elections. The Guru hanging comes just before the Karnataka elections, where the Congress hopes to wrest the state away from the BJP. The BJP has now no chance of retaining the state, since even the floating BJP voter will find the Congress’s actions acceptable.

In carrying out the Guru hanging, the Congress has clearly written off the next election in Kashmir, but is calculating that losing an ally here or one or two seats in this border state is worth the stemming of losses somewhere else.

But one should see the hangings in the context of the Congress’ counter-attack on Saffron terror. This has put the BJP on the defensive on its hardline anti-terror stance. This is Sushil Kumar Shinde’s mastermove that seeks to not only change the government’s image of being soft on terror, but force the BJP to defend its own militant Sangh allies. It can also be seen as an attempt to retain the Muslim vote despite the hangings.

One can speculate that but for Modi’s candidature, the Congress would have preferred the soft option of wooing the minorities and sticking to its aam aadmi stance. But once it became clear that the Gujarat strongman would probably be the face of the anti-Congress opposition in 2014, it had no alternative but to counter Modi’s potential appeal to the Hindu urban voter base in some way.

The second reason for Congress move is to shift the focus of politics away from economic failure to emotive issues like terror. Elections are not usually won on just positive agendas, but also in pandering to popular sentiment and fears.

The Congress knows that it has no chance of defending its economic record in UPA-2, not least because Modi is now painting himself as a development messiah and the nation has been willing to buy at least some of the latter’s achievements. Not only has growth slowed down, but inflation is making the life of the aam aadmi harder. The aam aadmi is angry with the government despite the UPA’s huge spending in his name. And the BJP and the regional parties were in a position to harvest some of this anger in 2014.

The hangings will ensure that the next election debate will not focus entirely on the economic performance of the UPA, but on harder political issues.

It is also an indirect acknowledgement that the Congress is not sure of direct cash transfers – “Aapka paisa, aapke haath” – as a vote-winner in 2014.

The third reason
for the hanging is Rahul Gandhi. The Congress knows that Rahul is no vote winner. His wimpy leadership has neither enthused the Congress flock nor is it likely to provide any kind of counter to the virile attacks one can expect from Modi on the campaign trail.

The hangings thus provide the Congress a shelter to hide the weaknesses of their prime ministerial candidate.

However, this shift may come with a cost. The effort is to woo the Hindu vote that may be veering towards Modi, but it could also shift some Muslim votes away from Congress, possibly to regional parties. The question is whether the Congress can manage this balancing act cleverly in the run-up to the 2014 elections.

The fourth reason
for the hangings has to relate to the widespread realisation that the Congress has completely lost the faith of the urban middle class – thanks to the various corruption scandals uncovered by the Comptroller and Auditor General and the government’s handling of the Delhi gangrape fallout.

The hanging appeases the urban middle class, which has been the biggest critic of the government’s weakness on terror. Most terrorist acts have happened in urban areas, and the government has had no answer to the challenge. This was one area where Modi’s appeal would have been strongest.

To be sure, the Kasab and Guru hangings will be forgotten long before we reach the 2014 elections. This should again raise the possibility that the Congress may want to call the elections earlier – maybe some time in October 2013, once the winds from Karnataka are clear – so that the economy does not come back to the agenda. But once can only speculate on that possibility.

But the hangings are interesting for another reason: till now, we thought the Congress would focus on the aam aadmi and wooing the minorities, while the BJP would focus on terror and development.

We now will have a BJP candidate talking about development and not terror, and the Congress talking anti-terror and not development.2014 promises to be an interesting challenge. Both the BJP and the Congress have shifted to the other’s territory.

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Postby ankitash » 09 Feb 2013 11:40

People floating my name as PM candidate not well wishers: Nitish

“It pains me at knowing that some people are floating my name (as the prime ministerial candidate)…Whosoever is floating my name for the prime ministerial candidate is not my well wisher),” he told reporters at a sidelines of a function here.


“I don’t want to say anything on the prime ministerial issue),” the chief minister said and sought a full stop to speculation doing the rounds about his prime ministerial ambition and his case being buttressed by some senior JD(U) leaders as a more suitable prime ministerial candidate in the NDA than Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi.


http://www.firstpost.com/politics/peopl ... 19203.html

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Postby apoorv » 09 Feb 2013 13:56

My view is that Afzal Guru's hanging will have no positive reaction. Its too late to woo voters. Also INC's image has taken such a beating that only thing that can save them is reduction of food prices and upturn of economy.

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Postby vijayk » 09 Feb 2013 19:02

anchal wrote:Going by my assessment of situation in UP, talking across the aam junta, BJP should get 30+ seats in Lok Sabha elections IFF Modi is the PM candidate from the BJP

Muhe me shakkar

The goal is to convert it on the ground. Hope they can capture UP. The traitors Mulyam and Maya have to be exposed and destroyed.

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Postby Sushupti » 09 Feb 2013 20:10

@rahulkanwal
Every Cong man who's called/SMS'd post Afzal hanging has spoken of early polls. Sept-Oct. Saying PC will follow next with Big Bang budget.

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Postby apoorv » 09 Feb 2013 20:13

BJP likely to win 110-115 seats in Rajasthan: Survey
Posted on: 09 Feb 2013, 08:04 PM


‘BJP may return to power in Rajasthan’
Jaipur: In what could be an unenthusiastic signal for the ruling Congress in Rajasthan, an intelligence survey said that Ashok Gehlot government is unlikely to return to power in the state.

According to the survey, in the 200-member Rajasthan Assembly House, the BJP is likely to get 110-115 seats, while the Congress may win 65-70 seats. Kirori Lal Meena’s new party may register victory on 10 seats it said.

The survey states that the non-performing ministers of Gehlot cabinet and the alleged anti-people policies pursued by the Central Government are the reasons for the possible defeat of the Congress government in the state. Most of the ministers in the Gehlot government may face big defeat in the assembly polls, survey said.

Meanwhile, the people have hailed the Gehlot government’s policies like the free distribution of medicine in the government hospitals, free medical check -up, providing cheap grains and the construction of 10 lakh affordable houses for the poor people. They are unhappy over the higher price rise, annual cap on the subsidized cooking gas cylinders, corruption and FDI.

Muslim voters are annoyed with the state government over killing of 70 minorities in Gopalgarh, the report said. They feel safe in the Vasundhara Raje regime, survey said.
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Re: Statewide and National runup to 2014 General elections

Postby Muppalla » 09 Feb 2013 20:15

All of us being Modi/BJP well wishers, we do some wishful thinking such as UP=35, Bihar=30, Maha=30. On the ground there will be saboteurs in Gujarat, MP, Raj etc. India's west minister system is easy to manipulate and waves do not mean translation to seats.


The chances of early polls is a ploy to expedite Modi's PM declaration and Bihari divorce. UPA is trying that. If they go for an early poll they will lose far badly.

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Postby chaanakya » 09 Feb 2013 21:06

ramana wrote:Ok. I just dont want people to get too carried away and expect miracles.

To me it looks like polls in 2013 only.


ECI has already started Poll preparations to be kicked off by 15th Feb 2013. If there is early poll they would be ready after budget session and before Monsoon session.

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Postby RoyG » 09 Feb 2013 21:08

Early polls they may be able to retain a few seats and cause some kujli for BJP. However, either way the family regime will be eradicated to a large extent and they will have to leave the country. Don't be surprised if before polls some mysterious ailment arises and Sonia has to go abroad for treatment. This year we are going to have elections onlee. Congress will try to get a sec-left front going in an attempt to buy a year or two and even if they are successful they know the game is up. Soft hindutva, free enterprise, and development are going to be the highlights of India's rise. We just have to ensure that there is no islamists spill over from next door post 2014 and keep the dragon to the north at bay.

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Postby chaanakya » 09 Feb 2013 21:10

Sushupti wrote:@rahulkanwal
Every Cong man who's called/SMS'd post Afzal hanging has spoken of early polls. Sept-Oct. Saying PC will follow next with Big Bang budget.

Budget would be dead giveaway.

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Postby RoyG » 09 Feb 2013 21:22

^^I agree. A budget meeting will start the snap count in the ruling and opposition camp.

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Postby Muppalla » 09 Feb 2013 22:12

Even to have a good chance INC need solve AP before polls. Otherwise this is all psy-ops.

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Postby ramana » 09 Feb 2013 22:43

Muppalla wrote:Even to have a good chance INC need solve AP before polls. Otherwise this is all psy-ops.



A political tsunami is building up in North India and NC might not have time for solving AP at leisure. When the home is being burnt might not worry about the outhouse.

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Postby anmol » 09 Feb 2013 22:43

@Muppalla and munna Ji ,

Do you think recent events have something to do with SC's order to EC to incorporate paper trail in next pilot state polls.
newindianexpress.com/nation/article1431792.ece

I am afraid that they are rushing for polls before paper trail becomes mandatory all over india.

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Postby Muppalla » 09 Feb 2013 23:00

anmol wrote:@Muppalla and munna Ji ,

Do you think recent events have something to do with SC's order to EC to incorporate paper trail in next pilot state polls.
newindianexpress.com/nation/article1431792.ece

I am afraid that they are rushing for polls before paper trail becomes mandatory all over india.


This is the confusion that is being created using media and media's pet boys via Twitter. SC can go-ahead give an interim decree to use the paper trial even in LS polls if they declare polls ahead.

We need to go back to few years back into 2G threads, Telangana threads and also the stuff around Pranab Da's selection as President. My personal take is that he is on a screw dynasty mode. He ain't selloff like Chidu or MMS. We may not like him because he doesn't adhere to some of our purer thoughts but he is swift in closing down the hara-kiri.

The breathlessness of the dynasty is resulting in all the psy-ops.

Election can come earlier but only after certain decisions where there will fighting chance (realistically and cheating wise too). If they do something about AP and also a deal in Maha with Raj/Uddav then they will go for polls. Those two states have to be take care off for survival.

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Postby vijayk » 09 Feb 2013 23:53

ramana wrote:
Muppalla wrote:Even to have a good chance INC need solve AP before polls. Otherwise this is all psy-ops.



A political tsunami is building up in North India and NC might not have time for solving AP at leisure. When the home is being burnt might not worry about the outhouse.


Can you elaborate please! Why didnt we see the effects in HP if there was tsunami? Will UP, Bihar title big way? Will this end Mullah mulyams dynasty?

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Re: Statewide and National runup to 2014 General elections

Postby ramana » 10 Feb 2013 03:55

vijayk,
After the dilli speech the buildup is evident. Not before.

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Postby vijayk » 10 Feb 2013 07:09

http://www.firstpost.com/politics/the-p ... _medium=hp

Pranab Mukherjee took over as President in July 2012, the beneficiary of a twist in the political tale in the Delhi durbar although it appeared that Sonia Gandhi was rather more keen to put up Hamid Ansari as the UPA candidate. Barely a month later, in August 2012, Shinde took over as Home Minister – as part of a larger Cabinet reshuffle that saw Chidambaram take over as Finance Minister.

Shinde said on Saturday that soon thereafter, President Mukherjee returned all pending mercy petitions for reconsideration to the Home Ministry. The file on Afzal Guru’s mercey petition, in particular, was sent back in November 2012 for the Home Ministry to apply its mind again.

Shinde then added that he “examined the file carefully and recommended to the President on January 21 for rejection of Afzal Guru’s petition.”

The President acted on that recommendation – and rejected Guru’s mercy petition on February 3, and Shinde then formally gave approval for Guru’s execution – and set February 9 as the date for it to be carried out.

Read this chronology with Shinde’s comment at the Congress chintan shivir – that the RSS and the BJP were organising terror camps to spawn “Hindu terror” – and one thing stands out. Shinde made that speech on January 20, just the day before he recommended to the President that Guru’s mercy petition be dismissed. Assuming that due application of mind would have preceded the formal recommendation to the President for rejection of the mercy petition, this suggests that Shinde knew at the time that he made his controversial speech that he would be writing to the President and, in a sense, setting a date for Guru’s death.

Shinde’s comments must therefore be seen not as a slip of the tongue but as a deliberate ploy intended to act as a political countervailing force to balance the action that he knew was imminent – the execution of Guru – and the perception among the UPA that it would inflame Muslim passions, particularly in Kashmir. It is indicative of the cynical lengths to which this government will go in order to put a ‘secular’ spin on what ought to have been a clinical assessment of the merits (or lack thereof) of a mercy petition on behalf of the convicted mastermind of one of India’s most outrageous terrorist plots - an attack on Parliament.

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Postby RamaY » 10 Feb 2013 07:25

VijayK garu, such tactics are required in order to catchup with INc's past karma. Like I said before, to cover one fkup, they need to make bigger fkups and it keeps snowballing.

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Postby ShyamSP » 11 Feb 2013 03:53

Zero Achiever got reappointed. Except for caste tag, pretty much useless guy.

Kishan Reddy reappointed [as AP's BJP president]
http://www.andhraheadlines.com/BrowseAr ... tId=111420

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Postby Rony » 11 Feb 2013 04:03

^^

Who in your opinion is the best bet for AP BJP chief ?

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Postby Hari Seldon » 11 Feb 2013 04:05

^why, venkaiah naidu, of course.... truth is bjp is in no position to attract genuine talent into its ranks in AP. period.

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Postby RamaY » 11 Feb 2013 04:08

Venkaiah Naidu is useless sir. He single handedly destroyed BJP in AP. At least Kishan Reddy is dong something in T-area.

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Postby Hari Seldon » 11 Feb 2013 04:24

^yenti saar, capacity for catching sarcasm seems down across the board (why blame this dhaga only) ee rojulu...

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Postby RamaY » 11 Feb 2013 04:39

Getting depressed Saar, seeing the big ticket developments... Need some Krishna who can do some Gitopadesa :((

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Postby ramana » 11 Feb 2013 08:57

Something is cooking in Kerala:

http://www.thehindu.com/news/states/kerala/

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Postby RamaY » 11 Feb 2013 09:16

^ from Kerala link

Jairam Ramesh Uvacha

He lamented that intellectual opinion was mono-culturistic in Kerala. “A multiplicity of views is not encouraged. You cannot keep your doors closed to technology and innovation. A growing influence of fundamentalism has been destroying Kerala’s assimilative ethos. Kerala is not able to compete with other States in attracting investment. Productive sectors of Kerala economy betray stagnation,” he added. He said Kerala should convert some of its NRI remittances into investment.
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By a curious paradox, Kerala had the highest unemployment and suicide rates. “The State depends hugely on NRI remittances. There is undue dependence on federalism. If it is not part of a federal system, Kerala will starve. The State produces only 15 per cent of its rice needs. There is high consumption inequality, partly caused by income inequality resulting from certain patterns of NRI remittances,” he said.




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Postby Muppalla » 11 Feb 2013 09:47

Rony wrote:^^

Who in your opinion is the best bet for AP BJP chief ?


If they want to grow in AP, they need to move and bring biz and yes crony biz folks in AP. The BJP should try to move away from T region leadership. Venkiah Naidu is old. The problem is a systemic thing. They need to bring some big real estate merchants. For example, Reddys, kammas, kapus etc are accommodated. Rajus are not accommodated in leadership roles. They need to think out of the box and try new avenues with movement towards money and business. It is AP and will not work otherwise.

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Postby Sachin » 11 Feb 2013 10:04

ramana wrote:Something is cooking in Kerala

I dont think so much would come out of this. The recent controversies if you ask me as Much Ado about nothing. A retired judge's conversation (which was private) was recorded on the sly and telecasted. The judge should have controlled his tongue but the media was no better. Their idea was sensationalism pure and simple. The next one was the Suryanelli Case getting attention again. The chance of this case getting reopened is also a bit bleak. Perhaps more witnesses needs to come up, who can put forth NEW evidence.

About religion and caste organisations meddling with politics. Well the Muslim league is one such organisation. The various Kerala Congress groups have always been considered a pro-X'ian outfit. It was only quite recently that SNDP and NSS (to caste based organisations) started making noise. So I dont know how things become a problem when SNDP and NSS tries to do some thing which other "secular" organisations have been doing for quite some time. Perhaps the importance of all this now is that the current UDF government is walking on a tight rope and is getting pressurised from all corners.

RamaY wrote:He lamented that intellectual opinion was mono-culturistic in Kerala

How well put 8). This has been in my mind for quite some time. I dont think Kerala tolerates much of any new thoughts. And I feel it is the "commie intellectuals" who are the most dogmatic. Infact, I dont know if Kerala accepts any one as an "intellectual" if he does not show his commie leanings. Jairam Ramesh also talked about the politics in Tamil Nadu. They have two parties which always go at each other's throat. But they do a much more better job when it comes to getting Tamil Nadu its due. Where as the politicians & intellectuals of the 100% literate state is least bit bothered on that aspect. And whining that the Central Govt. is not helping them is also now a regular feature and getting quite boring. Sooner or later the 100% literate folks and the intellectual gang needs to be encouraged to help the state rather than thinking about Che Guevera, Poland, China, Gujarath, Palestine etc. They have much more work to do at the home ground.

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Postby Yagnasri » 11 Feb 2013 11:37

In AP anti Congress space was occupied by TDP. Other then supporting Telangana agitation BJP does not have any other idea to grow politically. With unconditional support to Telangana where their possible advantage is highly debatable they killed what ever support they had in rest of AP. CBN even during when he was frind and election pact with BJP ensure BJP will not grow in AP. Money power is near Zero. Kishan Reddy refused second term as per telugu TV as he was afraid that his MLA relection became bit doubtful. Even now he getting reelected as MLA is uncertain.

INC is going to elections early with a "pro-poor" budget, right to food, may be a anti communal riots bill and a decision of Telangana to capture AP. AP 42 seats are very important.

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Postby Arav » 11 Feb 2013 13:37

Development, not Hindutva to be BJP poll plank, says Rajnath


When newspapers and TV channels flashed images of BJP President Rajnath Singh taking a holy dip at the Maha Kumbh and his presence among Hindu seers at the Allahabad Dharam Sansad, everybody jumped to the conclusion that Hindutva was back on the BJP’s poll agenda.

But Singh says too much is being read into this. In a freewheeling chat with Firstpost, Singh said being at the Kumbh was a matter of personal faith to him and had nothing to do with politics. There is place in it for Hindutva, but Singh’s Hindutva is the same as what the Supreme Court once defined it as – a “way of life”. It could not be an electoral issue for him or his party.


Just good friends? Rajnath Singh says its too early to declare Modi a PM candidate. Reuters

The BJP President says the party will fight the next elections on two planks – highlighting the nine years of Congress-led UPA misrule, and contrasting that with the BJP’s vision of an alternate development agenda.

On the other issue that has been at the centre of media frenzy and public debate – Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi’s projection as the party’s Prime Ministerial candidate – Singh was more candid and forthcoming than ever. He clearly indicated that Modi would play a central role when the BJP challenges the Congress and the UPA in the next general elections. But the time was not right yet to say so.

So when will the BJP take its formal call on Modi? Singh said it would be decided in due course in consultation with all concerned. “The decision would be taken keeping in view the best interests of the party. The Parliamentary Board would accordingly decide when and how,” Singh said.

The two leaders, Singh and Modi, have lately been sharing an excellent relationship. Their display of camaraderie at an extended luncheon meeting at the former’s former residence in New Delhi last month continues to be the talking point in party circles.

Then why did Singh have to issue a rather stern “appeal” to his party men about not raising a public clamour for Modi? They, after all, were reflecting the popular mood? Rajnath’s answer: “The Prime Minister’s position has grace and the party has a due procedure to follow in naming someone as the candidate. When everyone knows that, why should there be “anavasyak bayanbaji (uncalled for statements)?” he asks, not unreasonably.

Singh advises party leaders to focus their public utterances on issues that concern ordinary people. The party will take all concerns into account and keep its best interests in mind when it decides on the PM issue. Incidentally, Singh was party president during the last parliamentary elections and had announced that LK Advani would be the BJP’s Prime Ministerial candidate for 2009.

On Hindutva, given the conflicting signals emanating from Allahabad, Firstpost asked Singh whether ideological issues like the Ram mandir would form a part of the party’s electoral agenda. His reply: “The irony is some people link even cultural and religious occasions like the Kumbh with politics. I have been going to all Kumbhs. The last time when Kumbh had happened, I was Chief Minister of UP and had been there. This should in no way be linked with politics.”


The BJP has no factions, says the new BJP chief .

As for Hindutva, he said: “Why should anyone have an allergy to the word Hindutva? The Supreme Court has described it as a way of life. The people who believe in it have spoken about universal brotherhood. Hindutva is synonymous with cultural nationalism. The Benaras Hindu University (BHU) has the word Hindu in its name, does that make it a communal institution? Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) has Muslim in its name, does that make it a communal institution? Politics should be separate from matters of faith”, Singh said.

“The BJP will go to the next polls on real issues that concern people. The Congress’s misrule on various counts for the last nine years will be a major talking point. But we will not stress on negative issues (alone). We will go to the polls with a development agenda. We have had six years of the Vajpayee government at the centre and performance of BJP-ruled state governments. We are for inclusive growth, creation of more jobs and bringing down economic disparities”, Singh said about his party’s campaign plank.

Outsiders have suggested that the BJP needs to prepare for the elections and a key element in this is to contain factionalism in the party. When asked how he planned to end infighting, Singh side-stepped the question. “Where is factionalism? Had there been factional feuds, how was I elected by consensus, that too for the third time?”

What is so special about him that makes him return to the President’s post after three years, an honour that was so far reserved only for Atal Behari Vajpayee and LK Advani? Singh smiles and says, “I can’t say. Only the party can respond to it. Change of responsibility is a natural process in the party. When Nitin Gadkari resigned there was a consensus in the party that I should be entrusted with this responsibility.”

The mood in his office is upbeat and the number of visitors is much more now than what was the case when he had relinquished the office three years ago after being at the helm for four years. Perhaps this time around workers and sympathisers are sensing that the party had better prospects for a return to power.

Singh’s first challenge will be to create a new team of office-bearers before the National Executive and Council meeting from March 1-3 in New Delhi. He has to ensure that his team is announced with the minimum of heartburn and factional feuding.

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Re: Statewide and National runup to 2014 General elections

Postby Sanku » 11 Feb 2013 13:43

Rajnath Singh wrote:
The Benaras Hindu University (BHU) has the word Hindu in its name, does that make it a communal institution?


No

Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) has Muslim in its name, does that make it a communal institution?


Yes.

That is because Hindu != Muslim.

But I am sure Rajnath Singh knows that, he also knows that all know, he knowns that all know that this is simply posturing since Hinduism is weak in terms of political power and Hindus are second class citizens and Hinduism is sought to be mocked and destroyed hence he is hiding behind instances of Islam, saying "Look you let their communal establishments run, so why not secular Hindu ones"

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Re: Statewide and National runup to 2014 General elections

Postby nawabs » 11 Feb 2013 16:44

Arun Jaitely likely to contest from Jaipur Parliamentary seat

http://post.jagran.com/arun-jaitely-lik ... 1360570813
Senior BJP leader and the Leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha, Arun Jaitely is eyeing on the Jaipur Parliamentary constituency which is considered to be a safe seat for him. Jaitely has never contested the Lok Sabha election.

Jaipur Parliamentary constituency is dominated by Brahmin voters. Jaitely had also tried to contest from Jaipur in 2009. But senior party leader LK Advani advised Jaitely not to contest the poll as the latter was looking after the poll management.

BJP’s Girdhari Lal Bhargava represented the pink city Jaipur in the Lok Sabha for six times in a row. However, Congress candidate Mahesh Joshi defeated Bhargava by around 16, 000 votes on the prestigious seat in 2009 general election.

BJP has decided to field their senior leaders in the coming Lok Sabha poll. In 2009 too, senior leaders including Sushma Swaraj and Rajnath Singh successfully contested the Lok Sabha election from Vidisha in Madhya Pradesh and Ghaziabad in Uttar Pradesh respectively.

Jaitely was also instrumental in bringing Vasundhara Raje back as Rajasthan BJP chief.

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Re: Statewide and National runup to 2014 General elections

Postby Arjun » 11 Feb 2013 17:09

http://www.firstpost.com/politics/not-modi-or-rahul-digvijaya-singh-can-become-pm-govindacharya-621172.html

What's the story with this guy Govindacharya ?? Is this a sign of senility or something worse ?


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