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Will Jhakhand see a fractured mandate again?

Jharkhand, where the assembly elections are underway, has faced political instability ever since it was carved out from Bihar in 2000 and has seen 9 chief ministers and 3 President's Rule terms in last 14 years.

State of affairs in Jharkhand as it heads for elections

Jharkhand goes to polls which will be held in five phases during November-December 2014 along with Jammu and Kashmir.

BJP attempt to form govt in Delhi akin to hara-kiri

Buoyed by the success in the LS polls, BJP leaders may be feeling that forming the government in Delhi is the right thing to do. Amid talk of six Congress MLAs possibly supporting a BJP government, Rajnath Singh has denied allegations of horse-trading.

Will the budget really usher in ‘acche din’ for India?

Modi coined the phrase 'acche din aane wale hain' during the 2014 general election campaign. The aam aadmi lapped this up and voted in large numbers for the BJP. The statement came with strings attached and had terms and conditions in font '7' which nobody usually reads.

Why petro products subsidies should be done away with

Removal of all subsidies won't ignite inflation. Only diesel hike will do so. And all this can be compensated by lowering income taxes as detailed above without creating any strain on the government's budget.

Railway fare hike could be the first of many bitter pills

Prime Minister Narendra Modi had said recently that India will need to take bitter pills to come out of the economic mess, making it clear that he was ready to take unpopular steps to improve the economy.

An open letter to finance minister from salaried class

All governments have treated the salaried class as the milch cow to fill its coffers. The employee class is reeling from high inflation and poor hikes for past few years against the backdrop of low GDP growth. But this time, the salaried class rallied behind Modi.

Delhi is asking: can AAP bounce back?

The dharna episode and his resignation were not received well by a section of his voters. People wanted him to run the government for five years and serve. This was seen by some as running away from responsibility. Kejriwal was oblivious of these things as he nursed national ambitions.

After LS poll debacle, can the Congress bounce back?

The 2014 Lok Sabha elections proved to be the worst for the Congress, as the grand old party suffered a humiliating defeat. As the party has faced life threats in the past, is this the end of Congress?

How top guns Modi, Rahul and Kejriwal campaigned

All the three leaders have different styles of campaigning, in turn impacted by their personalities and party ideology. At the near end of this long drawn election, we present a comparison of their campaign styles.

Narendra Modi's election campaign: what's working, what may not

Gujarat CM Narendra Modi has swamped the Indian media ever since his declaration as BJP election campaign chief in June 2013. With the D-Day (May 16) less than a month away, here’s an analysis of what seems to be working for him or what could go wrong.

Not just a slogan: Why it's important for you to vote this time

With an electorate size of 71.4 crore (larger than the electorate of the EU and US combined), the 2009 general elections in India were the largest democratic election in the world to date. However, only 58% voters turned out.

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