To a generation that attained political baptism from rebellion against the Emergency imposed by the Indira Gandhi government in 1975-77, the picture of George Fernandes standing at his prison cell holding his chained hands high had the same aura as Che Guevera’s photographs had done a decade earlier.
Though there is no official word on Priyanka Vadra entering the election fray, political circles are rife with speculation that she may contest from Rae Bareli in place of her ailing mother Sonia Gandhi.
The reverses in the Hindi heartland States of Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Rajasthan has emboldened the allies and sections within the party which were ignored by the party troika of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP president Amit Shah and finance minister Arun Jaitley.
The ruling Bharatiya Janata Party-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) has made its first move towards firming up its poll strategy for the 2019 general elections by reaching an understanding on 40 Lok Sabha seats in Bihar.
Probably for the first time in four years, a combative ruling BJP is facing an aggressive Congress in Parliament. The reason being the tectonic shift in the political environment following Congress victories in three Hindi heartland states and its immediate impact on the functioning of both the houses.
The BJP, on the other hand, is putting behind the recent reverses suffered in the three Hindi heartland states of Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Rajasthan. The ruling party is betting on its biggest vote catcher, PM Modi, to turn the tide and romp home again in Lok Sabha elections to be announced in next 10 weeks.
Political parties have begun their warm up exercises for the next Lok Sabha elections even as they await the results of the polls to five regional assemblies. The opposition is expected to make it difficult for the Narendra Modi government to push through its legislative agenda during the winter session beginning Tuesday.
The Election Commission, manned by retired bureaucrats, has often exercised unchallenged authority for long durations in the garb of holding polls in multiple phases spread over several weeks. The polling for the current round began on November 12 and would end on December 7, with results on December 11.