Santwana Bhattacharya

The Sidda medicine chest

From being an ‘outsider’ himself, Karnataka CM Siddaramaiah has managed to push the tag onto others through his shifty politics

06 Apr 2018

Mamata Banerjee’s formula No. 1 for 2019 electoral race: Our one vs their one

For Bihar, the federal front is banking heavily on the RJD on the assumption that Nitish Kumar and his JD-U remains discredited for camp switching.

01 Apr 2018

Insider - Out

The Yogi has been painting UP saffron, quite literally. From the flags fluttering on the CM’s cavalcade to the boundary walls of police stations, everything bears the ‘sacred colour’ of the Gorakhpur

01 Apr 2018


Unable to clinch a Rajya Sabha seat for the BSP’s Bhimrao Ambedkar, the seething SP-BSP rank and file is suggesting it could have been a deliberate strategy! And that now Mayawati and Akhilesh Yadav w

25 Mar 2018

The Rahul congress

Is Rahul fully in command or does Sonia still make the call? How will he rope in allies for the War of 2019? Will he be able to quell inner party dissent? Santwana Bhattacharya  finds out and more.

24 Mar 2018

Sonia Gandhi: With the Congress still at her feet

Sonia Gandhi’s retirement plan, if it was ever there, has been shelved for now to create a kind of comfort level with allies and partymen before 2019.

24 Mar 2018

Where will you be next summer?

Next summer’s heat is already here, eight months before time, and with it the game of coalition-making. Who will be in whose camp?

23 Mar 2018

Generational shift on view at Congress plenary session

All the optics at the two-day 84th Congress plenary at the Indira Gandhi stadium on the banks of the Yamuna signalled the change of guard.

18 Mar 2018


There are two conspiracy theories about the Gorakhpur loss that are afloat. Trouble is, they are mutually exclusive.

18 Mar 2018

Congress Plenary session to prepare 2019 Lok Sabha poll roadmap begins

The Indian National Congress began the pre-plenary session meet, primarily to set the party’s agenda for 2019, as also to steer its internal structural reforms.

17 Mar 2018

BJP suffers strokes in Bihar and Uttar Pradesh Lok Sabha bypolls ahead of 2019 test

The sunny optimism of Tripura was wiped out for the BJP by demoralising losses in two high-value Lok Sabha constituencies in Uttar Pradesh - Gorakhpur and Phulpur - and one in Bihar, Araria.

15 Mar 2018


Faced with the (not entirely unfounded) accusation of abdicating space to the BJP in Tripura, the Congress is on the lookout for a high-profile face, preferably a woman leader who can match up to Mama

11 Mar 2018

Parliament diary: Rajya Sabha's who is who, GOP’s RS trapeze and AP CM Chandrababu Naidu’s ultimatum

Incessant chatter over who’s in and who’s out of the Rajya Sabha was the subtext of Parliament on Wednesday, the protests on multiple issues in both houses remained the dominant text.

08 Mar 2018

Parliament diary: Lenin in trouble, Parliament or Jantar Mantar and TDP at Sonia’s dinner?

Guess who came in support of the CPI-M as the Lenin statue in Tripura got pulled down by a mob? Arch rival, Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.

07 Mar 2018

Parliament diary: Rahul Gandhi makes presence felt on Twitter, Ruckus in Lower House and sparring over Karti

Panned by the social media for his breezy weekend visit to ‘Nani in Italy’ when the Congress was getting wiped out in the Northeast, Rahul Gandhi was back in Delhi.

06 Mar 2018