Monthly Archives November 2015

Who won in 2014 and in Bihar? It was a victory for the message, not the postman

Prashant Kishor, a key election communication strategist for Narendra Modi in 2014 and, more recently, for the triumphant Nitish Kumar in Bihar, is hot property these days. An Economic Times report says the Congress wants him for its Uttar Pradesh campaign in 2017. The report also hints that feelers have been sent by Trinamool Congress and AIADMK, both of whom face assembly elections in 2016.


Without in any way denying Kishor’s undoubted skills in election campaign messaging, here is a simple point: it was not his expertise alone that brought Modi or Kumar their big wins. He did his bit, but the victories were the result of the messages Modi and Nitish represented in 2014 and 2015. Effective communication and strategising helped, but it was not the decisive factor.

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Nitish resigns, Bihar assembly to be dissolved

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Saturday submitted his resignation to Governor Ramnath Kovind after the Cabinet decided to recommend the dissolution of the outgoing assembly.


“Nitish Kumar met the governor and submitted his resignation to him and informed about the cabinet decision,” an official said.

The Governor accepted the resignation but requested him to continue as caretaker Chief Minister till a new government is formed.

Nitish Kumar, who led the Grand Alliance to a victory in the assembly elections, will stake claim to form a new government after a joint meeting of his party, the RJD and the Congress later on Saturday.

Newly-elected legislators of Bihar’s ruling Janata Dal—United (JD—U) will elect Nitish Kumar as the leader of the legislature party.

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‘Who is Amit Shah?’ Angry BJP Lawmaker From Bihar Attacks Party Chief

PATNA:  Bhola Singh, a BJP parliamentarian from Bihar, has slammed Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP chief Amit Shah for the party’s massive defeat in the assembly elections in the state, saying Mr Shah must explain or step down.

“The top leadership alone, which took all the decisions, has to take responsibility for defeat,” Mr Singh, the lawmaker from Begusarai, told NDTV in an exclusive interview. “They must explain the reasons for the defeat to the party and if it’s not accepted, they must go,” the 76-year-old said.

Amit Shah is due for a second term as party president later this year.

“Who is Amit Shah? He and the PM are who they are because we entrusted them with all our power,” said Mr Singh who, just two days ago, launched a blistering attack on the Prime Minister and...

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Bihar election results 2015: World notes — Modi’s honeymoon is over

ternational media presented the Bihar results as a referendum on Prime Minister and a setback to his government’s reforms. Many also mentioned the BJP’s divisive campaign and the perception of deepening religious tension.


Pakistan actually played a role in the election, as the BJP’s favourite rhetorical device — and Pakistani newspapers made sure to rub the loss in. Dawn headlined its front-page lead ‘Bihar steals Modi’s firecrackers’, with a prominent picture of Nitish and Lalu. The Daily Times said ‘Bihar voters put Modi out to pasture’, commenting that it was a “resounding verdict against “cow politics” and that it would “set the agenda for the opposition to regroup against his narrow nationalism”.

Siasat Daily also said the Bihar election proved that the “cow gives milk not v...

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