Shri Ram Nath Kovind’s selection to become the next President of India was a tightly kept secret that only a handful knew. So when this was announced it was total surprise for everyone. Over the broad two month search process, many expected names did the rounds, but Shri Kovind’s name was never mentioned. Shri Kovind, from Kanpur in UP, was spotted by the BJP leadership during the run up to the 2014 Loks Sabha elections. He gave up his personal interests to become an MP for party work and to canvas Dalit voters. During the Bihar elections, PM Modi spoke highly of him. So there were some hints but otherwise this decision, while a very good one, came as a total surprise.
Source: India Today
- 30 Jun 2017
With most of the election in Bihar over, Congress heir and vice-president has been near-absent from the campaign. On a recent visit to Bihar for election campaigning, Congress could barely muster resources and mobilize people at the last-minute to issue advertisements announcing Gandhi’s visit. This election would be another setback to Rahul Gandhi’s dreams of making it big on the national stage regardless of the outcome. Whatever be the result, the Gandhis – Rahul and Sonia, and Congress will be the biggest losers.
- 3 Nov 2015
JD(U) – RJD alliance ask Muslim voters to shed their veils to de-emphasize their identity. The JD(U) wants to avoid a counter-polarization, against them, so they are trying a new trick of getting Muslim voters to shed their unique dress and identity. They feel this will avoid needless media reporting and more importantly avoid from word getting out to get counter-polarization. This is the first time such a thing has been reported and these are nothing but new tricks being used by parties contenting elections. It is also being reported that community leaders of minority villages are being asked to not comment or speak to the media or talk about any hawa.
Source: Times of India
- 2 Nov 2015
There seem to be reports alleging that Sonia-Lalu-Nitish are trying to cut down on OBC, EBC reservations to make way for reservations based on religion made the front page news of every local newspaper in Bihar today. If true, this is a dangerous development and has not received due attention in the ongoing campaigning for the Bihar elections.
- 28 Oct 2015