Santwana Bhattacharya

Gujarat CM Vijay Rupani claims 'Vijay Muhurt' as Congress-PAAS alliance looks shaky

In the fast-paced sequence of events over 24 hours, no one was left who still doubted that PAAS leaders were doing regular politics using the Patidar quota agitation.

21 Nov 2017

Gujarat Polls: Congress finds place for 4 Hardik Patel nominees

Last-minute negotiations between the Congress and the Hardik Patel camp in Ahmedabad on Monday night seem to have rescued what looked like a collapsed deal earlier in the day.

21 Nov 2017

Birth pangs of Congress-PAAS pact provide mirth to BJP

The key Congress-PAAS alliance looked shaky, their fight over ticket distribution out in the open; and Rupani looked rather comfortable.

21 Nov 2017

Gujarat polls: Lion's share for Patels will satisfy Hardik?

A third of tickets on Congress’ first list go to Patels, 2 of them to Hardik’s men

21 Nov 2017

‘Just leave the rivers to me’

As the nation’s river minister, Nitin Gadkari has bound himself to essentially two tasks: one to clean up the rivers, and to stop them from flowing into the sea, which he says is a waste of water.

19 Nov 2017

Nitin Gadkari: Just leave the rivers to me

Tasked with transforming India’s rivers and riverine systems, minister Nitin Gadkari says he has the drive and the funds to get projects going by 2019

19 Nov 2017

Insider-out

Shah Rukh Khan had an unusual escort to Kolkata airport when he went visiting the city for the state-sponsored film festival — Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.

19 Nov 2017

Dalit leader Jignesh Mevani fails to back Congress overtly for Gujarat polls

Dalit activist Jignesh Mevani — one of three Young Turks trying to shake up Gujarat politics or the 22 years of unbroken BJP rule in the state — was in Delhi to canvas for his communities’ cause.

16 Nov 2017

Insider-out

Against ostentation and wastage, Tamil Nadu Governor Banwarilal Purohit has issued instructions that he should be spared the pleasure of receiving endless bouquets.

12 Nov 2017

A rook here, a castle there

The DMK is no longer a political pariah for Modi and his party. Such realignments are well thought out and are part of a bigger plan

10 Nov 2017

Insider-out

The front-page apology for a two-year-old drug syndicate story against former Akali Dal minister Bikram Singh Majithia in The Tribune has sent the rumour mill on an overdrive.

05 Nov 2017

In Himachal Pradesh, lampooning takes up large part of polls as BJP takes on Congress

It’s almost as if both the Congress and the BJP, locked in a direct fight, want to quickly get Himachal out of the way, so as to focus on the ‘real fight’ in Gujarat.

03 Nov 2017

Insider-out

While many from ‘other walks of life’ are planning a political debut, particularly in Tamil Nadu, the buzz in capital circles is that cricket legend Kapil Dev too could be marking his run-up all over

29 Oct 2017

Himachal heat, gujarat chill

BJP and Congress are battling it out in Gujarat. Even as the spotlight is on the PM’s home state, the fight for Himachal has taken an edgier turn

27 Oct 2017

Insider-out

Surprising as it may seem, the tattle in the Congress is not so much on Rahul Gandhi’s ‘takeover’ or who’ll become the new political secretary to the new Congress president.

22 Oct 2017