Note: The original version of the article was published on March 17th in “The Daily Guardian”

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While it would seem that the spotlight during this season of assembly elections has been on West Bengal, another critical state that the Bharatiya Janata Party is battling to secure is Assam. The Assam assembly elections, which are slated to take place between March 27-April 6, are likely to be a three-cornered fight with the BJP-led front, the Congress-led grand alliance and the regional front. …


Note: The original version of the article was published on March 10th in “The Daily Guardian”

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With the announcement of election dates in West Bengal, Assam, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, and Puducherry, national and state parties across the country have begun campaigning extensively. The Assembly Election in Kerala scheduled to be held on April 6, is going to be a two-pronged contest between the incumbent Communist Party of India (Marxist)-led Left Democratic Front (LDF) and Indian National Congress-led United Democratic Front (UDF). Traditionally, while the state has never had the same government re-elected to power for two terms, it would seem…


Note: The original version of the article was published on March 3rd in “The Daily Guardian”.

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One of the last citadels of the Congress in the south — Puducherry, collapsed a month before the union territory goes to polls. And like always, curtains came down on the grand old party’s government due to inner-party contradictions, a few resignations, and some nudging (speculated as such) by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) which watched the drama unfold as the Gandhi scion, Rahul Gandhi was kickstarting the party campaign in the region.

While Congress leaders hit back and blamed the BJP for grazing…


Note: The original version of the article was published on February 17th in “The Daily Guardian”.

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As security personnel and rescue teams continue research operations in the flood-stricken state of Uttarakhand, people across the country are distraught watching the tragedy unfold on their television screens. As per official estimates, 56 people have already been reported dead, while the search for over 150 missing continues. Undoubtedly for those watching the tragedy unfold, the flooding gave flashbacks of the 2013 floods that devastated the state, where 1000 died. Experts and scientists have already been deployed on the ground to try and answer…


The Polstrat West Bengal Opinion Poll was conducted from March 12th to 15th with a sample size of 10,000. The survey was conducted using Computer Assisted Telephone Interviewing (CATI) interactive computer system where respondents can carry out interviews on the phone. The sampling method used ensures that all of West Bengal is covered both geographically and demographically (so as to ensure equal representation).

Watch the broadcast of our opinion poll on TV9 Bharatvarsh here.

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. Credit: Indian Express

The Assembly Elections in West Bengal will be held between 27 March and 29 April 2021 in 8 phases for all 294 constituencies. Chief Minister Mamata…


Note: The original version of the article was published on February 3rd in “The Daily Guardian”.

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As the Indian economy continues to struggle against the crippling financial impact of the Coronavirus pandemic, Nirmala Sitharaman, India’s first full-time Finance Minister announced the Union Budget 2021. For the first time, the voluminous Union Budget documents were not printed and the budget was announced in a paperless format. Sitharaman presented the Union Budget through a tab, instead of the traditional “bahi khata”.

The Finance Minister said the budget proposals for 2021–22 rest on 6 pillars of Atmanirbhar Bharat. These include health and wellbeing…


Note: The original version of the article was published on January 27th in “The Daily Guardian”.

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As party leaders and political influencers have taken to the streets of Tamil Nadu for the upcoming assembly elections, we have been seeing more aggressive back and forth between the All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) and Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) alliances take place. AIADMK’s ‘Vetrinadai Podum Tamilagam’ (Tamil Nadu marches on victoriously) slogan is one that positions the DMK as one that opposes democracy with violence while DMK president MK Stalin has launched a pro-development, 100 day promise which would take petitions…


Note: The original version of the article was published on January 20th in “The Daily Guardian”.

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While in the throes of dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic in September last year, political parties in India shifted their focus to the Assembly by-polls being conducted in Uttar Pradesh. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) successfully won six out the seven Assembly seats in the by-polls. This included Bulandshahr, Bangarmau, Ghatampur, Deoria, Tundla and the closely contested Naugawan Sadat seat. “In the byelection, the BJP has repeated its performance of the 2017 State Assembly and 2019 Lok Sabha elections. This points out that the…


Note: The original version of the article was published on January 13th in “The Daily Guardian”.

Communist Party of India (Marxist) mural in Kolkata, made ahead of the 2004 parliamentary elections

Union Minister Prahald Singh Patel of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) claimed last week that the voters of West Bengal are angry and dissatisfied with the Mamata Banerjee government and the party is likely to win 200 out of the 294 seats in the upcoming elections. “Bengal is a victim of the state government’s negligence,” he added in a statement. …


Note: The original version of the article was published on January 6th in “The Daily Guardian”.

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As the Tamil Nadu legislative elections are getting closer, discussions over the political dynamics within the state have been on the rise. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)’s influence has been growing steadily throughout the country and the party has been looking to make inroads in the state with Home Minister and party ex-president Amit Shah ready to visit Chennai on Pongal next week. The party is expected to conduct major rallies with many party leaders to strengthen the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) sway in…

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