HindustanTimes Thu,18 Dec 2014

Pankaj Vohra

For the Congress, there is no time to lose

Having lost power in Delhi and Rajasthan in the recently concluded assembly polls and having failed to topple the BJP governments in Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh, the Congress is apparently headed for its lowest tally in the Lok Sabha polls in 2014.

BJP’s fortunes are still up in the air

Shekhawat is upset that ‘non state’ office-bearers who cannot win any election have assumed important positions at the expense of credible leaders who have been pushed into the background by Advani, writes Pankaj Vohra.

The battle for Delhi

For the BJP, which essentially has strong roots in Delhi since its Jana Sangh days, a defeat would lead to its diminishing influence in the national capital, writes Pankaj Vohra.

Missing in action

The Delhi Police disowned one of its ace officers, Rajbir Singh, who brought so much of glory to the force. One fails to understand why he was not given a ceremonial farewell, writes Pankaj Vohra.

Very far from a class Act

Instead of helping the Congress, the quota order will help some of its allies and opponents who are into caste-based politics, writes Pankaj Vohra.

Wanted: A strong handshake

There is obviously a section in the Congress that is either letting down the party president deliberately or is pursuing an agenda, writes Pankaj Vohra.

Chop the deadwood

Sonia Gandhi must examine whether it would be worthwhile to restore the Congress Parliamentary Board, writes Pankaj Vohra.

The stage is set for the polls

The nuclear deal and the farm loan waiver would be the two main issues in the forthcoming general elections, writes Pankaj Vohra.

Don’t just bank on the Budget

While everyone has hailed the Budget as good, one needs to examine whether the sops that have been offered will help the Congress reap political dividends in the elections, writes Pankaj Vohra.

Losing ground, fast

Advani knows that the UPA’s policies are alienating the common man, a mistake that even the NDA made. Pankaj Vohra examines...

Old whine in a new bottle

This will be Advani’s last shot at the office that has eluded him. But then he has to compete for the job with several others both within and outside the BJP, writes Pankaj Vohra.

Third alternative a pipedream

So when the CPI(M) is unable to carry with it even those who are ideologically similar, then how will it go along with other parties which have their own regional agendas? Pankaj Vohra examines.

Caution: polls ahead

The much-awaited revamp of the Cong is running behind schedule and it has got delayed possibly because of Sonia's indisposition, writes Pankaj Vohra.

Badge of honour

By proposing AB Vajpayee’s name for the prestigious Bharat Ratna award, LK Advani has tried to politicise the annual national honours, writes Pankaj Vohra.
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