Kavita Vinod Khanna expected party ticket for Gurdaspur
“I understand that the party has a right to decide who the candidate is, but there is a way to do it,” says Kavita Vinod Khanna, wife of the late actor and four-time MP Vinod Khanna. The BJP has fielded actor Sunny Deol from the Gurdaspur constituency, a seat where Vinod Khanna used to represent.
“I felt abandoned, rejected. I was made to feel absolutely insignificant. Nobody from the party called me to say there is another candidate. I was in Delhi when he [Sunny Deol] joined. I would have gone had they called. I have been approached by many other parties.”
“The BJP has my support, my PM has my support. At the same time, I have to insist that this can’t happen again, because I am making a personal sacrifice.”
She adds: “I’m confident that had I stood as an independent, I would have won.”
BJP faces grand alliance challenge in Jharkhand
Jharkhand, a State that has largely remained a bastion of the Bharatiya Janata Party since the party’s emergence in national politics in the early 1990s, is poised for an interesting battle in the general election that could well present a template for Opposition unity to halt the saffron bandwagon in the country.
Fifteen years after Opposition parties stitched together an alliance and swept the small State, leaving the BJP with but one seat of the 14, a four-party, Congress-led coalition has shaped up that is targeting a reprise of 2004.
Tejashwi Yadav: Reviving social justice as a counter to Hindutva in Bihar
Rain or sun, enthusiasm for politics doesn’t easily dampen or wilt in Bihar, but this summer, it appears different. Pulled in multiple directions and crowded by issues and personalities, the mood is listless. Tejashwi Yadav, 29 — standing in for his jailed father Lalu Prasad, chief of the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) — is campaigning hard to enthuse his base and define the 2019 Lok Sabha election as a battle to further social justice politics.
“When my father was around, nobody could dream of stealing our rights. They have put him in jail to steal our rights… But let me tell you, his son, your son, is standing here. And we shall not allow anyone to take away our rights.” Opening his speeches thus, Mr. Tejashwi Yadav makes a conscious effort to imitate his father’s style and represent his politics. Mr. Lalu Prasad, in his absence as the key campaigner, is the key campaign issue for the RJD-led Grand Alliance (GA).