Former cricketer Gautam Gambhir joins Modi’s party

FORMER Indian cricketer Gautam Gambhir joined prime minister Narendra Modi’s ruling party on Friday, leaving a panel to decide whether to field him as a candidate in the cricket-crazy country’s upcoming general election. With 9 million followers on Twitter, Gambhir could give Modi’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) some extra pulling-power in the campaign for an […]

Modi to seek re-election from Hindu holy city of Varanasi

INDIAN prime minister Narendra Modi has once again chosen to contest the country’s upcoming elections from the Hindu holy city of Varanasi, his Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) announced Thursday (21). The Hindu nationalist leader successfully won his first national election in 2014 from northern Uttar Pradesh state’s historic city, situated on the banks of the […]

Chasing youth vote, Indian parties blitz smartphones with political cartoons

GANESH Bhalerao is a cartoonist hoping to go viral in the battle to secure prime minister Narendra Modi’s re-election when India votes over the next two months. Hired by the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to find amusing ways to lionise Modi or lampoon opposition leader Rahul Gandhi, Bhalerao is a social media warrior in […]

India scion Priyanka Gandhi lambasts Modi on home turf

THE newest star in India’s Nehru-Gandhi dynasty wrapped up a pre-election boat tour along the Ganges river on Wednesday (20), disembarking in Narendra Modi’s home constituency to attack the prime minister’s record. Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, sister of Rahul Gandhi who wants to unseat Modi in elections starting on April 11, announced her long-awaited entry into […]

Rahul, Priyanka ridicule Modi over ‘chowkidar’ campaign

INDIA prime minister Narendra Modi’s ‘Main bhi chowkidar’ campaign on Monday (18) drew more ridicule from Congress president Rahul Gandhi and party leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra. Raising the Rafale issue, Rahul said Modi was attempting to convert the whole country into chowkidar after being “caught”, while Priyanka said chowkidar are only for the rich not […]

Experts sound warning over India data ahead of poll

A GROUP of more than 100 experts sounded a pre-election alarm today (15) over Indian economic data, accusing prime minister Narendra Modi’s government of tweaking or burying unwelcoming numbers. Modi is vulnerable over his economic record in the polls starting on April 11, in particular a failure to meet promises to create enough jobs for […]

Rahul Gandhi promises jobs to women ahead of polls

INDIAN opposition leader Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday (13) promised that one third of government jobs and seats in parliament would be reserved for women if his Congress party wins power in national elections. An estimated 430 million women are eligible to vote in mammoth elections starting next month in India, which has one of the […]

Indian prime minister Modi in 29-tweet pre-election blitz

INDIAN prime minister Narendra Modi launched an early-morning Twitter blitz today (13) calling directly on Bollywood and sports stars and others to urge Indians to vote in the country’s upcoming mammoth elections. In 29 rapid-fire tweets, Modi tagged cricketers Virat Kohli, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, and Bollywood actors Ranveer Singh and Vicky Kaushal, asking them to […]