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Coomi Kapoor

Articles By Coomi Kapoor

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Chidambaram’s arrest: History has shown vendetta politics seldom works

Chidambaram refused to indulge in theatrics or even mention Home Minister Amit Shah’s name. Many see parallels with both Emergency and post-Emergency arrests.

Article 370: What PMO advised and how Amit Shah moved

Abolition of Article 370 was on the government’s agenda, but it was at Amit Shah’s insistence that it was pushed through in the Budget Session itself.

Shah was confident of securing a majority in the Rajya Sabha for the Bill (PTI Photo)

Taxing super-rich was a political decision, Sitharaman may be merely a scapegoat

It is believed that the BJP top leadership pushed for the richest Indians to be taxed higher, even though finance ministry officials fought against the proposal, pointing out that this would send wrong signals to the business

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‘Congress’ heads BJP – an embarrassing secret from Swatantra Dev Singh’s past

If it is a bit confusing that the former ‘Congress Singh’ now heads the BJP in UP, it is also true that descendants of most of the old Congress families in the state are now in the BJP.

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Amit Shah eyes defections to shore up BJP numbers in Rajya Sabha

The Capital’s journalists find it tough to get exclusive news breaks, since the usual sources are increasingly fearful of being seen talking to journalists.

Rahul Gandhi or Motilal Vora: Who is in-charge of Congress?

The 90-year-old Vora has a new spring in his step as he modestly accepts congratulations, though he admits that he has not received any formal intimation of his new role.

Rahul Gandhi has resigned as president of Congress party (AP Photo)

PM Modi must caution BJP politicians who throw their weight around

Last week, on Delhi’s Humayun Road, a speeding SUV with an MP sticker displayed on the windshield and a VIP number plate banged into a stationary car at the red light.

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Hobson’s choice: With Rahul Gandhi firm on quitting as president, Congress is left with a few options

The old guard is pushing three names for president — Mallikarjun Kharge, Ashok Gehlot and Sushil Kumar Shinde — since they are considered loyalists and have the requisite experience.

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Inside track: Is Modi silently changing the guard in Rajasthan BJP?

Modi does not go by the traditional logic of job suitability. More than language skills and parliamentary experience, Birla was rewarded for outstanding social work and public service in his constituency.

Rahul Gandhi disappears again leaving Congress shell-shocked

Rahul Gandhi has reportedly gone abroad and is not planning to return till June 19 when the swearing in of the new MPs is complete.

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Game of number two in Modi 2.0: Rajnath or Amit Shah, Doval or Jaishankar

Pecking order Rajnath Singh was belatedly included in additional Cabinet committees after the normally pliable minister made known his unhappiness. Though Singh may be officially No. 2 in Cabinet hierarchy, few dispute that A

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Advani syndrome: Will Amit Shah be Modi’s eventual successor?

Ever since the poll results, Shah has continuously been by Modi’s side, whether in Delhi, Varanasi or Ahmedabad. Before the swearing-in, the PM and Shah spent marathon sessions confabulating over the names for the Cabinet.

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Did Congress fritter away opportunity in Priyanka Gandhi’s debut in national politics?

Many are too timid to blame Rahul for surrounding himself with inexperienced youngsters who have an NGO mindset rather than an understanding of electoral politics.

Khan Market (Gang): How a modest refugee colony became a hub of Lutyens elite

PM Narendra Modi’s mocking reference to the “Khan Market Gang” in his interview with The Indian Express has made the posh south Delhi market the focus of attention.

PM Narendra Modi at Kedarnath temple (Image: Twitter/ Narendra Modi)

What happens if Congress crosses 125 and BJP tally is below 200

The Capital’s political grapevine is abuzz with possible scenarios after the election results on May 23.

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VHP, RSS take charge of Pragya Thakur’s campaign in Bhopal

Unlike a section of the BJP, the VHP does not feel the need to be apologetic about Thakur’s remarks against late Maharashtra ATS chief Hemant Karkare. Uma Bharati was furious when the inexperienced Thakur was nominated from

Sadhvi Pragya Singh Thakur after she was declared BJP’s candidate for the Bhopal constituency, at BJP’s state headquarters in the city on Wednesday

Lok Sabha Election: Five top political developments of the week

Pragya Thakur was nominated as the BJP candidate from Bhopal in the belief that she would be the antithesis of Digvijaya Singh’s pro-minority and anti-majority community image.

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Inside Track: Why BJP has gone from ‘Modi hai to mumkin hai’ to ‘kam ruke na desh jhuke na’

Whether because the electoral campaign is so long drawn out or the BJP feels its advertising material needs to be buttressed, the party has come out with yet another slogan which will be introduced in the later phases of the

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Missing articles and babu words in BJP manifesto: Inside track by Coomi Kapoor

Lalu claims that Nitish, who was once his ally, “always looked for the right opportunity to get into positions of power’’.

Why arithmetic is going against BJP in western Uttar Pradesh

The April 11 poll will be the first major test of whether the gathbandhan of Mayawati’s BSP, Akhilesh Yadav’s SP, and Ajit’s RLD actually works on the ground.

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Who is Amit Shah’s biggest asset in Uttar Pradesh? an unofficial ally

The bouncers and hunks, who earn a reported Rs 5,000 daily, do not just add to the candidates’ status, they are also known to intimidate and even threaten voters. After the Election Commission of India expressed concern, th

Amit Shah’s assets grow three times in seven years to Rs 38.81 cr, poll affidavit shows

Inside track: Nyay vs Anyay is Rahul Gandhi’s slogan to take on Modi

The Congress hired half-a-dozen advertising agencies to make presentations to the party for the 2019 campaign theme.

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Inside Track: PM Modi – the in-house adman of BJP

The PM pulled a rabbit out of the hat by turning around Rahul Gandhi’s accusation “Chowkidar Chor Hai’’ to his advantage with the campaign “Main bhi Chowkidar Hoon”.

Nirav Modi scam: Clash between income tax dept and ED may hit recovery of loans

In her short speech Priyanka emphasised issues which common people relate to and reminded them of broken promises by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. She did not harp on Rafale or bandy words about Pulwama and Balakot, as did he

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Inside track: From IAF airstrike in Pakistan to upcoming Lok Sabha polls

By the time clear satellite images were made available to the public, the Pakistanis had smartly finished reconstructing the roof over the bombed seminary at Balakot and attempted to cover up the destruction, officials say.

Inside track: How Balakot attack gives PM Modi an edge ahead of Lok Sabha polls

Several delegates were taken aback at the controversial yoga teacher receiving special praise.

Inside track: From the aftermath of Pulwama attack to Ruchir Sharma’s book

On the Prime Minister’s instructions, Sitharaman, along with the IAF top brass, worked out arrangements for the coffins of the CRPF men to be sent back to their homes with suitable honours. Eighteen aircraft lifted the 40 c

Around 40 CRPF jawans have lost their lives in the Pulwama terror attack.
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