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Mar 6, 2012

Rahul Gandhi flops in Uttar Pradesh

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – The Congress party trailed in fourth place as vote counting neared its end in Uttar Pradesh on Tuesday, a bitter election blow to Rahul Gandhi who had staked his political future on reviving his party’s fortunes in the state.

Gandhi, scion of the Nehru-Gandhi dynasty that has ruled India for most of its 65 years of independence, had campaigned tirelessly to revive his centre-left party in a politically crucial state where it has not held power for 22 years.

Mar 6, 2012

Gandhi’s Congress flops in Indian state elections

NEW DELHI, March 6 (Reuters) – India’s Congress party
trailed in fourth place as vote counting neared its end in Uttar
Pradesh on Tuesday, a bitter election blow to Rahul Gandhi who
had staked his political future on reviving his party’s fortunes
in the populous northern state.

Gandhi, scion of the Nehru-Gandhi dynasty that has ruled
India for most of its 65 years of independence, had campaigned
tirelessly to revive his centre-left party in a politically
crucial state where it has not held power for 22 years.

Mar 3, 2012

Surveys point to election blow for Gandhis

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – Rahul Gandhi failed to deliver the election comeback he had promised for the Congress party in the politically crucial state of Uttar Pradesh, according to voter surveys released after the phased, month-long poll ended on Saturday.

Official results will not be known until Tuesday and it was not clear how accurate the handful of post-election surveys would prove, though they all showed similar trends.

Mar 3, 2012

Surveys point to election blow for India’s Gandhis

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – India’s Rahul Gandhi failed to deliver the election comeback he had promised for the ruling Congress party in the politically crucial state of Uttar Pradesh, according to voter surveys released after the phased, month-long poll ended on Saturday.

Official results will not be known until Tuesday and it was not clear how accurate the handful of post-election surveys would prove, though they all showed similar trends.

Feb 5, 2012

Analysis: Scandal blow puts Indian government in danger

NEW DELHI (Reuters) – There is no clamor for an early general election in India, but the latest blow dealt to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh over a massive corruption scandal raises the risk that his wounded government could fall well before its mandate runs out in 2014.

Singh is unlikely to quit following last week’s Supreme Court order for 122 telecoms licenses to be revoked, a deeply embarrassing ruling that accused the government of “virtually gifting away an important national asset at throwaway prices.”

Feb 5, 2012

Scandal blow puts Indian government in danger

NEW DELHI, Feb 6 (Reuters) – There is no clamour for
an early general election in India, but the latest blow dealt to
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh over a massive corruption scandal
raises the risk that his wounded government could fall well
before its mandate runs out in 2014.

Singh is unlikely to quit following last week’s Supreme
Court order for 122 telecoms licences to be revoked, a deeply
embarrassing ruling that accused the government of “virtually
gifting away an important national asset at throwaway prices”.

Jan 31, 2012

Insight: From darkest India, an enlightened leader

PATNA, India (Reuters) – There’s an apocryphal story about Bihar, a sprawling state on the Gangetic plains of eastern India that for decades held the dubious honor of being the most violent, poverty-stricken and corrupt in the land.

A Japanese minister visiting in the 1990s, shocked at the decrepit buildings, the darkness at night even in the centre of town and the crumbling roads, declared that it was all solvable.

Jan 31, 2012

From darkest India, an enlightened leader

PATNA, India (Reuters) – There’s an apocryphal story about Bihar, a sprawling state on the Gangetic plains of eastern India that for decades held the dubious honour of being the most violent, poverty-stricken and corrupt in the land.

A Japanese minister visiting in the 1990s, shocked at the decrepit buildings, the darkness at night even in the centre of town and the crumbling roads, declared that it was all solvable.

Jan 26, 2012

Her legacy set in stone, ‘Dalit queen’ faces polls

LUCKNOW, India (Reuters) – By her own standards, Kumari Mayawati’s birthday celebrations were low-key this year.

After driving through a red-carpeted tunnel of plaster elephant tusks in an Ambassador, India’s retro-looking national car, the chief minister of Uttar Pradesh, India’s largest state, swept past a coterie of her party’s workers, who bowed and touched her feet.

Jan 26, 2012

Insight: Her legacy set in stone, India’s “Dalit queen” faces

LUCKNOW, India (Reuters) – By her own standards, Kumari Mayawati’s birthday celebrations were low-key this year.

After driving through a red-carpeted tunnel of plaster elephant tusks in an Ambassador, India’s retro-looking national car, the chief minister of India’s largest state swept past a coterie of her party’s workers, who bowed and touched her feet.

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      "John Chalmers is the Reuters' Bureau Chief for South Asia. He was previously a correspondent in London, Paris, Hanoi, New Delhi and Brussels."
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