Ever since the DMK withdrew its support from the UPA government at the Centre, there has been speculation regarding early elections to Lok Sabha. This was so because after both DMK and earlier the Trinamool had parted ways with the ruling alliance the coalition was reduced to a minority government. Read more

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The winter session of Parliament slated to begin next week is likely to be a stormy affair given that most political parties outside the fold of the UPA are planning to move motions on the FDI issue which entail voting. In simple words, the government could face a united opposition which includes the BJP and the Left parties pitted against it on the issue. Even some of its allies like the DMK and those offering support from outside to the minority government like the Samajwadi Party and the Bahujan Samaj Party could oppose the treasury benches on this contentious subject. Read more

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Various newspapers today carried photographs of Uttar Pradesh chief minister, Mayawati’s statues being covered by workers at the Dalit Prerna Sthal in NOIDA. The Photos may have reminded some of the final scene in Mughal-e-Azam when Anarkali was being buried alive in a wall on the orders of Emperor Akbar. Of course Mayawati and Anarkali have nothing in common but the way they have been treated could bring about some similarity. But as Anarkali’s legend lives on, the decision to conceal the BSP supremos statues may lead to a strong backlash amongst her Dalit followers in particular. Read more

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