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New Delhi: 2015 has been the year of comebacks. Whether it was the noodle Maggi which came back and took the market by storm, or Lalu Prasad Yadav who stopped the Modi juggernaut, this year has been an eventful one with plenty of political developments that changed the course of Indian politics.

Here are the top 5 major political events of 2015:


Vajpayee getting Bharat Ratna: President Pranab Mukherjee conferring India’s highest civilian honour to one of India’s favourite statesman Atal Bihari Vajpayee was one of the high points of 2015. It was a great day for the entire nation.

Pranab Mukherjee going to Vajpayee’s house and conferring the honour proves the caliber and personality of the former Prime Minister.

AK67: Kejriwal assumes Delhi throne: When Kejriwal resigned, political pundits considered it to be the end of a political career of a bureaucrat. But with all his dedicated partymen he stormed back and won 67 out of 70 seats in the heart of India.

People voted him to power for his high promises of zero tolerance on corruption but after some of his minister got estranged in corruption it gave the people a food for thought.

Lalu’s extraordinary comeback: At a time when Narendra Modi-led BJP was expected to overrun the Nitish-Lalu alliance, the RJD veteran proved his political shrewdness and stopped the BJP juggernaut. Lalu Prasad Yadav was done and dusted but the Bihar polls changed the game for him. The win also revived the political career of Nitish Kumar and took all political pundits by surprise.

Moreover, Lalu’s hug with Aam Aadmi Party chief Arvind Kejriwal raked a lot of controversies.

Lalu’s comeback overshadowed the return of two-minutes noodle Maggi and also indicated the theory of the formation of a third-front in Indian political scene.

Lalitgate: Former Indian Premier League supremo Lalit Modi might be in exile but his name returned to haunt BJP, especially External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj. The opposition went on a full throttle to demand her resignation. Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje was also dragged into the controversy. Political analysts opined that these controversies also tarnished the hype of the BJP.

Quota system: Hardik Patel became a famous face across India when he initiated a mass campaign demanding a quota for the Gujrat’s Patel community. Thousands joined him demanding Other Backward Class (OBC) status for the Patels in the country’s education and job sector.

However Hardik was booked for several charges including sedition.


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