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7 Must Reads: Rahul Gandhi's Mumbai rally, Mayawati's waning popularity and more

Monday, 21 April 2014 - 9:04am IST | Agency: DNA Webdesk

#1 BSP faces turmoil as voters move away from dalit icon Mayawati 
In a rather "silent" shift in the voting trend which could change the entire caste calculus of all parties in the long term, the Jatav/ Chamar votebank, the rock hard support base of the BSP, seems to be moving away from Dalit icon Mayawati for the first time, gravitating towards the BJP under the influence of the 'Modi wave'.

#2 Shahnawaz Hussain: Young yet mature face of BJP
From being the youngest Cabinet minister in the Atal Bihari Vajpayee government once, to an eloquent party spokesperson and member of parliament (MP) now, Bharatiya Janata Party's prominent Muslim face, Shahnawaz Hussain has come a long way in the Indian politics.

#3 At Mumbai rally, Rahul Gandhi fails to impress
Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi on Sunday evening used all ammunition at his disposal to target the BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi at a rally held at the Bandra-Kurla-Complex grounds In Mumbai. 

#4 Left heavyweight Abdur Rezzak Mollah's expulsion may help Mamata Banerjee?
Influencial Left leader in West Bengal, Abdur Rezzak Mollah, may well turn out to be be Mamata Banerjee's biggest ally in the election, unintentionally though. The long-time dissident and the recently expelled CPIM leader, Mollah has no soft corner for Mamata Banerjee or her brand of politics. Yet, now free from the shackles that had tied him down, the peasant leader would spend all his time during the polls in West Bengal in criticising the Left leaders, all the "wrongs" that they committed while in power

#5 Terror threat looms over Narendra Modi's rally, threat of possible aerial attack
With intelligence inputs warning of possible aerial terror attacks at the public meeting of BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi at Bandra-Kurla Complex, today, the Mumbai police have ordered BKC, Kherwadi, Vakola and Kurla police stations to ensure that no remote-controlled aerial device is used within their jurisdictions

#6 What Muslims think about Congress?
Muslims form around 14% of the population and can swing results in seats including the six segments in Mumbai, Though the cracks in its social combination are visible with some pointing to how Muslims had been neglected by successive Congress governments as indicated by poor educational and social indices, Congress leaders claim that the community will opt for "tactical and strategic voting" to defeat Modi.

#7 Amethi's loyalty to Rahul Gandhi and family
Despite the murmurs of protest from the few active in the BJP and other opposition party circles, it is conceded that Rahul Gandhi will win the election


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