Every election sees multiple exit polls fuelled by a combination of television rating dynamics and psephology. One such effort panned out last Friday for the assembly elections in the five states of Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Telangana and Mizoram.
Nearly three decades ago, Dipten Dey, my classmate from Delhi’s Raisina Bengali School, worked as a personal assistant of Mamata Banerjee. She was a rising politician, a handful of pockmarked Communist leaders in Kolkata described her as “a troublesome youngster."
He has donned many hats in life. From being a cricketer to sitting in the commentary box out-speaking Geoffrey Boycott, to becoming a television personality, to wearing khadi in hispolitical innings – he has done it all.
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.
The double dhamaka of 20 % cheaper fuel and 5 per cent appreciation in rupee changes the macro variable of current account deficit. In absolute terms this could mean a 5 billion dollar gain. That’s Rs 35,000 crore in rupee terms.
A rising stock market this week could be feeding off ground level reports that claim the Bharatiya Janata Party is making a tentative recovery in the campaign for the Rajasthan assembly.
After more than a quarter-century, fresh efforts are on to raise the pitch for building the Ram Mandir at Ayodhya. The issue has assumed significance as the nation goes to polls to elect the 17th Lok Sabha from April next year.
Universal Household Electrification – the goal of providing access to 24x7power for all in the country. Access to power here represents not only the connectivity to the network but also includes availability of requisite infrastructure across the power sector value chain to ensure supply of quality and reliable power.
Deepawali, the Indian festival of light, symbolises the victory of good over evil and is a major event in life of millions of people. The political class, which is pitched in a tight battle to elect five regional assemblies, is finding it an extremely tense moment.