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MODI-SHAH JUGGERNAUT STUCK IN A RUT

NOW FOR THE ‘FINAL’ AND KNOCKOUT PUNCH
Author: Aditya Aamir - Published 11-12-2018 19:39 GMT-0000
If this was the ‘semi-final’, what will the ‘final’ throw up? BJP and Amit Shah and Narendra Modi have a thing on their shoulders, and it’s a monster – the nightmare of a 2019 defeat! A count of loss of votes in the Lok Sabha seats of Chhattisgarh, Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh will give an indication. There is also talk of which of the two, Narendra Modi or Yogi Adityanath, managed to halt the skid in Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh in the last week of campaigning. In Chhattisgarh, both failed to make any impact, Raman Singh’s glowing cheeks notwithstanding.
INDIA

WHEELS WITHIN WHEELS IN RBI CHANGES

PATEL’S WAS ONE OF MOST TUMULTOUS TENURES
Author: Anjan Roy - Published 11-12-2018 19:36 GMT-0000
The underlying story around the sudden resignation of the governor of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) is not about what has happened, but what hasn’t.
INDIA

CHANGE OF GUARD FOR MAOISTS SHOWS NEW APPROACH

OLD AND FATIGUED LEADERS GIVE WAY TO YOUNG BLOOD
Author: Arun Srivastava - Published 11-12-2018 19:31 GMT-0000
The police of Narendra Modi and Rajnath Singh has succeeded to eliminate a good number of Maoist cadres, but they could not quite break the backbone of Maoists in Chhattisgarh, despite severe repression using the state machinery and putting a number of innocent people in jail for being sympathisers of the Maoists.
INDIA

2019 NO CAKEWALK FOR MODI, BUT HE WILL STILL BE NDA FACE

INTENSE BATTLE BETWEEN BJP AND CONGRESS-LED OPPOSITION
Author: Kalyani Shankar - Published 11-12-2018 19:28 GMT-0000
What does the crystal ball say about the year 2019? The Lok Sabha polls and the electoral fortunes of many political parties including the ruling BJP and the main opposition Congress will dominate the year. The fortunes of some regional satraps like Naveen Patnaik, N. Chandra Babu Naidu and Pavan Kumar Chamling will also be decided as some states like Odisha, Andhra Pradesh, Haryana, Jammu and Kashmir, Sikkim, and Arunachal Pradesh will also go to polls at the same time. Naveen Patnaik of Odisha will be bidding for power for the fifth time, Naidu of Andhra Pradesh for the second time since bifurcation and Chamling of Sikkim for the sixth time.
INDIA

BJP’S HOPE OF A CONGRESS-MUKT INDIA DASHED

RAHUL’S BIG MOMENT HAS ARRIVED
Author: Amulya Ganguli - Published 11-12-2018 19:25 GMT-0000
The Congress’s revival after having hit the lowest point in its history in 2014 is the big takeaway from the assembly election results. By the same token, the Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) hope of ushering in a Congress-mukt (free) India has been dashed, along with its dream of reigning from panchayats to parliament for the next 50 years.
INDIA

NARENDRA MODI HAS LOST HIS MOJO AFTER BJP LOSS IN STATE POLLS

HE WILL ONLY LEAD A LAME-DUCK GOVT TILL LOK SABHA ELECTIONS
Author: Nitya Chakraborty - Published 11-12-2018 19:23 GMT-0000
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has lost his mojo after the devastating reverses faced by the BJP in the three of its ruling states- Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Rajasthan. The Modi magic is gone and ominous signals have been given to the BJP by the people of the Hindi speaking states five months before the scheduled elections for the Lok Sabha. Prime Minister and the BJP President Amit Shah tried every trick to win the elections in its so called strongholds and mobilized massive resources and RSS muscle power. Even in the last part of the campaign, Prime Minister stooped too low by openly telling in the meetings that Sonia Gandhi and her family would be named by the extradited Augusta Westland deal middleman Mitchell as the recipient of the bribes. The hearing was just on and there was no such possibility but the PM tried to influence the voters. He failed.
INDIA

ON THE BRINK AT THE TEMPLE DOOR

GLOOM IN THE SAFFRON CAMP IS ALL PERVASIVE
Author: Aditya Aamir - Published 11-12-2018 19:20 GMT-0000
‘Can Mandir and Vikas go together?’ is the question gaining traction after the VHP rally the other day in Delhi’s Ramlila Maidan, which was less a ‘Dharam Sansad’ and more a ‘Dharam (in) Sankat’ congregation. If the BJP loses Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh besides Rajasthan, ‘Mandir Wahin Banaenga’ will be all that is left to even think of a second term for Modi. December 11 will decide not only Ram’s fate, it will also determine Modi’s future.
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CONGRESS, BJP WARY OF BID TO DISTURB COUNTING IN MP

PARTIES ISSUE ELABORATE GUIDELINES TO COUNTING AGENTS
Author: L.S. Herdenia - Published 11-12-2018 19:14 GMT-0000
BHOPAL: Both the major parties, Congress and BJP, are suspecting that attempts may be made to disrupt the counting tomorrow. Surprisingly, no less a person than Chief Minister Shiv Raj Singh Chouhan has asked party men to remain alert. Expressing confidence that BJP will be able to form the government in Madhya Pradesh for the fourth time, the chief minister urged BJP workers to be vigilant, saying Congress may create hurdles during counting.
INDIA

POLITICS OF EXIT POLL AND GAMES AROUND IT

BJP PAYS DEARLY FOR MODI’S ANTI-POOR POLICIES
Author: Arun Srivastava - Published 11-12-2018 19:12 GMT-0000
The BJP has a running grudge that the exit polls have been consistently under-projecting its tally in all elections since 2014. It is worth recalling the exit polls had forecast a BJP government in the 2015 assembly elections, but when the actual counting began the Mahagathbandhan won. The psephologists had written off the RJD, Cong and Nitish’s JD(U) at that time.

TRYING TO MAKE INDIA A CASHLESS SOCIETY MAY LEAD TO CHAOS

EVEN RICH COUNTRIES ARE GOING SLOW ON CASHLESS MOVEMENT
Author: Nantoo Banerjee - Published 11-12-2018 19:08 GMT-0000
If the world’s top ranking economies by per capita GDP and expenditure, education level, financial inclusion and digital penetration are not keen to go cashless in the face of resistance from their citizens, India’s bid to build a cashless society may be described as highly impractical or even a wistful thought with potential to lead to a nation-wide economic chaos. It is true that the latest data on payment behaviour from China has been an eye-opener even for many highly advanced countries. However, India is not China. The two countries don’t share the same political and economic systems. Even then, going by the available data, China still made payments for 37 per cent of all its purchases in cash in 2016 while 43 per cent of spending was via money card or credit card. Mobile payments made up 20 per cent of all transactions. This is despite the fact that China is the world’s largest producer-user of mobile phones. India’s current digital movement banks heavily on mobile phones, imported mostly from China, Korea and Taiwan.

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