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  • We will replace Congress in Maharashtra and become main Opposition, like in Punjab: AAP Maha chief Brigadier Sudhir Sawant

    A new entrant in Maharashtra politics, the Aam Aadmi Party, is now spreading its wings in the state. While trying hard to work up the ladder and take Congress’ place as main Opposition in Maharashtra, AAP Maharashtra chief Brigadier Sudhir Sawant talks with the Free Press Journal’s Ronak Mastakar about the party’s future plans, the recent arrests of activists in Bhima-Koregaon violence case and more… Excerpts from the interview:

  • Congress claims it has numbers to form government in Goa

    Panaji: The opposition Congress in Goa on Wednesday claimed that it had the support of over 21 legislators in the 40-member Assembly, giving it enough strength to form the government in the state.

  • Can “Modi Hatao” serve as glue for the Opposition?

    The non-BJP opposition is becoming increasingly vary if their single point agenda of “Modi Hatao” can send the BJP led NDA government packing in next year’s general elections. This is particularly so with the National Executive of the Lotus party at its meeting recently drawing attention to the mood being exuberant and brimming with confidence.

  • Why RSS outreach just now?

    Everybody is talking of whether or not Congress and the rest of the Opposition made a mistake not accepting the invitation to attend the RSS meet. But ask about the timing of the meet, why now? Therein, probably, lies a story, or maybe two. One of them linked to the Opposition’s decision to spurn the invite.

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    Maharashtra: Opposition slams state on economy ‘slide’

    Mumbai: Leader of Opposition in Maharashtra Legislative Council Dhananjay Munde on Sunday slammed Maharashtra government over the “slide” in the state’s economy and demanded a white-paper over it. Quoting a report of the Finance Commission, Munde said the state’s tax revenue has decreased by over 9 per cent between 2009-13 and 2014-17. “There should be a white-paper published over the state’s faltering economy. Our previous demands made in the state Legislature have

  • Rahul Gandhi destined for political wilderness?

    Petrol and Diesel, by themselves, have become the most inflammable issues in Indian politics now. The ever-rising prices of petroleum products have the potential to set any political system on fire, if the current developments in India are any pointer. After a long chase to catch an issue that can bring the entire opposition together and also grab people’s pulse, the Opposition found the issue of ever increasing prices of Petrol and

  • Modi Hatao does not sell

    The national executive meeting of the BJP in the capital at the weekend underlined the gung-ho mood of the party. It seems that the leadership has decided that the coming parliamentary poll is as good as sewn up already. If the party president Amit Shah talked of not only winning the 2019 contest but ruling for the next fifty straight years, other leaders echoed him, sounding as if the BJP was invincible.

  • Disunity amidst unity in the Opposition

    The chinks in the Opposition’s armour with the 2019 Lok Sabha polls in mind are evident with Telangana chief minister and Telangana Rashtriya Samithi (TRS) president K Chandrashekhar Rao calling Congress president Rahul Gandhi the ‘biggest buffoon’ in the country. The message to the Congress is loud and clear. That the much-touted Opposition unity to combat Prime Minister Narendra Modi is beginning to totter and could well be a non-starter.

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    Affront to voters

    Arrogance in politics is counter-productive. We don’t think Amit Shah, the go-getter president of the ruling BJP, did himself or his party any good by intoning publicly from the podium of the party’s national executive meeting in Delhi on Sunday that they are going to rule the country for the next fifty years. His exact words were: “ If we win 2019, we are going to be in power for next 50

  • Maharashtra: Opposition targets buses while staging protests against fuel prices hike

    Mumbai: Protesters targeted buses and disrupted train traffic in parts of Maharashtra during the “Bharat Bandh” called Monday by the Congress against the rising fuel prices, but schools, colleges and offices remained opened in the state. Maharashtra Congress workers staged protests in various parts of the BJP-ruled state in response to the nationwide shutdown called by the party’s central leadership against the rising fuel prices.

  • We want to see strength of opposition on raising public issues, says Shiv Sena on Bharat Bandh          

    Mumbai: The Shiv Sena Monday took a jibe at opposition parties, stating their nationwide bandh against the rising fuel prices should not look like a sudden act undertaken after waking up from a “long sleep”. The BJP’s bickering ally said it has been carrying the burden of opposition parties on its shoulders for long and it now wants to see where these outfits stand on pro-people issues.

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    RBI holds mirror to government on demonetisation

    Against all available evidence, the government continues to claim that demonetisation has met its objectives ‘quite substantially’. The Opposition, on the other hand, says demonetisation was a complete failure. Apart from causing a massive liquidity crunch which led to months of hardship, closure of businesses in unorganised sectors of economy and job losses to millions of workers, demonetisation, according to the Opposition, also brought down growth by 1.5 per cent of GDP.

  • A futile debate on economic growth

    There is much to and fro between the ruling NDA and the opposition UPA over the GDP growth numbers. Both parties seem to claim a better management of the economy under them. A fresh debate was triggered by the revision of growth by a committee since the beginning of 2000 which reportedly was a fraction higher than previously estimated. The former finance minister P Chidambaram was quick to jump into the fray,

  • Atal Bihari Vajpayee: A statesman par excellence

    Atal Bihari Vajpayee, who died on Thursday after a prolonged illness at the age of 93, was one of the tallest leaders of the post-Independence India. Outside the Congress stable, he ranked the highest. Though the Opposition had several notables, nobody contributed as much for so long to end the Congress monopoly over power as he did. He was the face of the Opposition long before the Congress, basking in the reflected

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    A Marxist abandoned by his party

    For long, the voice of Opposition, Somnath Chatterjee, was the first Communist Speaker of the Lok Sabha and one who defied his party and refused to quit the post over the Indo-US nuclear deal in 2008, leading to his expulsion from the CPI-M. From championing the cause of the downtrodden as one of India’s finest parliamentarians and barristers, and settling effortlessly into the role of wooing investors to industry-dry West Bengal, Chatterjee

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    Monsoon session: Modi emerges stronger

    After defeating the united Opposition sponsored ‘no confidence motion’ on the floor of the Lok Sabha with more than comfortable margin, now the Bharatiya Janata Party led NDA managed to win the post of Deputy Chairman of Rajya Sabha and proved that its sway continues in both Houses of the Parliament. This has come as a much-needed confidence in the BJP camp with the big 2019 election just eight months away. Prime