During his first term as chief minister of Maharashtra, I had once quizzed Vilasrao Deshmukh about the general feeling of critics that his was a lack-lustre government that was really incapable of doing anything significant for the people. Read more

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Now that Team Anna is contemplating forming a political party, I wonder why Anna Hazare had to go as far as New Delhi to look for a clean government. Read more

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Noticed a little but not much commented upon earlier this year was the fact that for the first time in a decade or more, the BJP had lost its Ayodhya seat in the Uttar Pradesh assembly. Now the party has lost a graduates’ seat from the Konkan which it had held for 40 years in the Maharashtra Legislative Council. Read more

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Sharad Pawar is wont to describe the Congress party thus: it is like a zamindar of yore. When he used to sit on his terrace with a hookah he had the satisfaction of knowing that all that met his eye and far beyond belonged to him. Read more

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As spokespersons go, the Bharatiya Janata Party definitely has a battery of the best. Rarely are any Congress spokespersons able to win against them, even when the BJP is being hyperbolic, bigoted, cussed or plain misleading. Read more

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Speaking to a man in the know, the other week, I was rather amused to hear him describe the situation in the Nationalist Congress Party rather succinctly. Read more

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The BJP’s Gopinath Munde and Nitin Gadkari have almost always never agreed on anything. Read more

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In recent years, Chhagan Bhujbal has been Maharahstra’s toughest Home Minister, even willing to take on Bal Thackeray and throw the Sena supremo into the slammer. Read more

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I have never quite heard of something like this – the Deputy Chief Minister of a state not on talking terms with the Chief Minister because his lollipop was taken away, not by the CM but by a third party which was well within it’s rights to do so. Read more

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It would have happened sooner rather than later. But Sharad Pawar’s Nationalist Congress Party was prepared for this one. Read more

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