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Monthly Archives: September 2014

Fatigue marks Akali-BJP government - Gobind Thukral


These days Punjab chief minister Prakash Singh Badal and his son and deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal are confronting some hard questioning by journalists. It is customary to count government’s achievements or failures when it has completed half of its term. In fact, these days even hundred days in office as in case the Narendra Modi government, came under intense scrutiny. But far sure the father- son duo is not enjoying this inspection. Seasoned as these politicians are, they know how to manipulate these interactions to their advantage and one can see that attempt in some of these interviews. But since there is very little to sing about the […]

By Gobind Thukral |September 27, 2014| Southasiapost | 0 Comments

Haryana : Battle lines drawn, swords out - Gobind Thukral

Assembly elections In Haryana

It can be stated both ways; metaphorically and literally that battle lines have been drawn and swords are out in the land of Mahabharata.  But it is not a two way battle, a third claimant to the throne of Haryana, though weakened is also in the fray. Facing anti incumbency or fatigue, the Congress is trying hard to defend its citadel where it has been in power for two consecutive terms, equally determined is the BJP to come to power on its own for the first time since the state was created in 1966. In between is the Indian National Lok Dal, fighting a survival game and trying to throw […]

By Gobind Thukral |September 21, 2014| Southasiapost | 0 Comments

Akalis: Increasingly disenchanted with BJP - Gobind Thukral


Ruling Akalis are learning at a huge cost that the BJP as a junior partner in a coalition with them in Punjab and as the ruling party at the national level   have different colours. BJP could play a second fiddle in Punjab, but an emboldened ambitious leadership now in control of national destiny, can call the shots and hurt too. Both Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his finance cum defense minister Arun Jaitley felt cheated when chief minister Parkash Singh Badal could not deliver the promised Amritsar Lok Sabha seat.  Jaitley was humbled when former Congress chief minister Capt. Amarinder Singh snatched the seat from the BJP and showed both […]

By Gobind Thukral |September 11, 2014| Southasiapost | 0 Comments

BJP dares going alone in Haryana - Gobind Thukral


An emboldened BJP has snapped its three old political ties with a fledging Haryana Janhit Congress and decided to go alone for the state assembly polls.  The old signed agreement between the two parties, touted as rock solid of sharing 45 seats each and allowing HJC leader Kuldip Bishnoi to lead the government for the first half the tenure, lays buried deep. Both the parties are having free run like an estranged couple, accusing each other of betrayal, vowing to finish each other and take the fight to the streets. The BJP that won seven of the ten Lok Sabha seats now finds HJC of little consequence. It had lost […]

By Gobind Thukral |September 8, 2014| Southasiapost | 0 Comments