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HindustanTimes Wed,22 Oct 2014

Pankaj Vohra

We’re not ready to play the game

While Suresh Kalmadi may have a lot of answering to do, MS Gill, Sheila Dikshit and Jaipal Reddy will also have a tough time answering queries if and when a probe is held into the major scams, writes Pankaj Vohra.

Singh’s song: He’s not going anywhere

There is also speculation whether Singh can reshuffle his pack when the exercise will also need the concurrence of the Congress president, who has not said a word about it so far, writes Pankaj Vohra.

The starlight is not there for Modi

The controversy surrounding the possibility of Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi campaigning for the BJP candidates in Bihar appears to be rooted in the power struggle within the saffron party. Pankaj Vohra writes.

A rabbit out of the hat? Maybe

It is now clear that the mess during the run-up to the Commonwealth Games has been due to the delays and shoddy work by various government agencies and not so much because the OC has botched things up, writes Pankaj Vohra.

Omar is his own worst enemy

Omar Abdullah seems to have started believing that Rahul Gandhi’s support to him some weeks ago was enough and the Centre was duty-bound to back him even if he is unable to deliver. Pankaj Vohra writes.

Coterie threatened, not leader

What is surprising is that the AICC has empowered the Congress president to nominate her working committee instead of holding elections for the positions, writes Pankaj Vohra.

Bihar a wake-up call for Congress

Without UP and Bihar, there is little hope for the Congress of even crossing the 200 mark in 2014. This is bad news for Rahul Gandhi who is being groomed to take over the mantle of leadership. Pankaj Vohra writes.

Call a no-trust motion if need be

One fails to understand why the BJP appears to have more faith in a Joint Parliamentary Committee headed by a Congressman than a Public Accounts Committee headed by its own senior leader, says Pankaj Vohra.

Congress must pull up its socks

The BJP's fresh attack on Prime Minister Manmohan Singh over the government's refusal to constitute a Joint Parliamentary Committee to probe the 2G scam is part of a well-thought-out strategy. Pankaj Vohra writes.

The prime minister India never had

Sanjay Gandhi played a crucial role in restoring the party to power in 1980 after its humiliating defeat in 1977. Without him, Indira Gandhi could not have achieved much of what she did in the 1980 polls. Pankaj Vohra writes.

In a state over a state in Andhra

For the Congress, the challenge now will be to remain relevant. If that does not happen, the repercussions created by Andhra Pradesh politics after the Telangana report will be felt both in the state and Centre. Pankaj Vohra writes.

Reshuffling the same old pack

Manmohan Singh has emerged as someone who has little say in who should be part of his team. The dynamics within the organisation has ensured that no one was dropped, writes Pankaj Vohra.

The UPA's Samson?

The arrest of former telecom minister A Raja and former Union telecom secretary Siddharth Behura in the 2G spectrum scam may have made the government's position even more vulnerable. Pankaj Vohra writes.

Leadership deficit

The UPA will face its toughest test next week when Parliament reconvenes and takes up a whole lot of issues including the scams and acts of omission and commission by the government and the Congress's key functionaries, writes Pankaj Vohra.

A PM so helpless?

At last week’s press conference, Manmohan Singh achieved a number of firsts for any Indian PM. While trying to correct his image, Singh did not come out as the king he was during the major part of his tenure. Pankaj Vohra writes.
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