Lok Sabha elections

Maya can’t dance

Uttar Pradesh chief minister's angling for Third Front's PM candidate is quite premature

Sanjay Kapoor Delhi, Hardnews

Some one should tell Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister, Mayawati, that she is not ready for the prime minister's job yet. Though she is desperately seeking to fill the top post after the elections.

She rules Uttar Pradesh, the country's most populous state. But, that has not given her either the experience or the skill to handle a position that would warrant nuanced understanding of politics, foreign affairs and economy.

Congress-Trinamool pact in Bengal, finally

Both parties have reached a broad consensus to fight together against the CPM

Akash Bisht Hardnews/Delhi

After several rounds of negotiations, the Congress finally accepted the Trinamool Congress' seat-sharing formula on Thursday and thereby proved to its partymen that it was serious about taking on the communists. The Congress gets to contest 14 of the 42 Lok Sabha seats in West Bengal, while the Trinamool gets the remaining 28.

BJP’s loss, Third Front’s gain

For the BJP, its breakup with the BJD will erode its bargaining power with other NDA allies

Rakhi Chakrabarty Delhi, Hardnews

The 11-year-old alliance between the BJP and the Biju Janata Dal snapped on Saturday. This could well be the game-changer, as CPM general secretary Prakash Karat put it.

For one, it makes the going for BJP tough and dims hopes for the NDA to come to power at the Centre. But, it has helped resurrect the idea of a Third Front.