Tracking 20 key political leaders and analysing what this election holds for them.

Varun Gandhi | In the love-hate game

While some may have yet to forgive this 29-year-old politician for his alleged hate speech, others claim he was a victim of political rivalries. Will the BJP’s performance in Pilibhit, which goes to the polls on Wednesday, decide his future in politics?

Jitin Prasada | Bonding with the voters

After his home turf, Shahjahanpur, was designated a reserved constituency following the 2007 delimitation exercise, and the Samajwadi Party snapped ties with the Congress, Prasada is banking on Dhaurhara’s loyalty

Ram Vilas Paswan | Victory not ‘caste’ in stone

The man who once made it to the Guinness Book thanks to his huge victory margin, and has held offices in governments of all hues, may find the going tough this time, even in his pocket borough of Hajipur, despite joining forces with Lalu Prasad

Sharad Pawar | Kingmaker but not king?

Once spoken of as a prime ministerial candidate, Pawar is today seen as a national leader with a limited regional base and appeal. His skills as an arbitrator are still in demand but he is clearly happiest talking about his state, Maharashtra—or agriculture

Chiranjeevi | The ‘megastar’ hopes to score a smash hit on debut

The actor whose numerous screen avatars overcome tremendous odds almost as a matter of routine is banking on his huge fan base and the support of the Kapu community, to which he belongs, to emerge as a potent third political force in Andhra Pradesh

Rahul Gandhi | Content to wait in the wings

This general election, the inscrutable Gandhi has emerged as the Congress’ public face, but can he set a clear new agenda for the country’s oldest political party?

GR Gopinath: Trying to take off in politics

In his second attempt to gain entry into mainstream politics, the man who pioneered low-cost flying in the country, G.R. Gopinath, is using unconventional ambush marketing tactics

Milind Deora | Marrying Marine Drive and the mills

Why rage against the system when you can quietly make a difference, this young MP believes. But can Milind Deora carry the dramatically redefined constituency’s upmarket voters and its workers with the same ease?

Off the development track

Lalu Prasad seems to have shifted back to vote-bank politics after a short tryst with the development mantra. But with Bihar having seen a period of relative prosperity and security under Nitish Kumar, the tactic may not work

Global citizen returns to his roots

The most high-profile candidate in the Kerala poll fray, the man who couldn’t be UN secretary general, wants to be known among Thiruvananthapuram voters as an ‘authentic Malayalee’

PM, Advani face-off in Parliament House

Advani has been attacking the Prime Minister calling him a “weak leader” in his campaign speeches for the Lok Sabha elections

Mr. Prime Minister, get your feet wet in politics!

How justified is the Prime Minister's arguments against actively contesting the Lok Sabha polls?

The battle for south Mumbai

Nobody’s sure how important the anti-incumbency factor will be among angry citizens who have gone from somnolent to hyperactive since the horrific terrorist attack in November

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