The charge of moral hazard reeks of double standards. However, will India’s fiscal deficit targets allow for such a waiver?
State BJP chief Keshav Prasad Maurya and Lucknow mayor Dinesh Sharma will be deputy chief ministers.
Despite the strong mandate, Modi still faces a struggle to implement reforms to boost growth and jobs.
The crux of the election is that Narendra Modi’s opponents could not match him in weaving a broader political narrative around development.
This was a closely fought triangular contest in UP, but it looks like the BJP and BSP are now the main contenders.
Congress would contest 105 seats while the Samajwadi Party would fight in 298 seats in the state.
All eyes will now be on which Yadav faction comes out on top – the ‘clean politics’ of Akhilesh or the ‘status-quo’ politics of Shivpal.
Although political parties often face inter-generational conflicts, the divide in the SP is as much about the younger lot’s desire to undo the corrupt, criminal politics of the older guard as to make the party modern and development-oriented.
Sheila Dikshit and Priyanka Gandhi Are Going to Steer the Congress Campaign in Uttar Pradesh Elections
Caste calculations have played a role in naming Sheila Dikshit as chief ministerial candidate in the crucial state
Join The Wire’s M.K. Venu and Ajoy Ashirwad for a live chat on the UP elections.
What the leaders of bahujan parties have done by asserting their backward identity and standing up to oppression is bring the millions that hail from the oppressed sections into mainstream political discourse.
UP’s assembly elections will reveal voters’ ability to separate the truth from the fanfare of election rhetoric, number crunching and exit polls.
Muslim voters have more faith in Mayawati than in the Samajwadi Party
A whole lot of issues that differ from region to region will dictate the electoral outcome in Uttar Pradesh, not leadership in political parties.
A look at how the BJP’s cadres are canvassing for votes in UP’s Farrukhabad district.
The government has not addressed the real issues of delayed payments and low prices in sugarcane farming in Uttar Pradesh.
The major parties are fielding many new faces related to established political names in the upcoming UP polls.
Thanks in part to demonetisation, a Dalit consolidation of sorts seems to be occurring in western UP, which could spell trouble for the BJP.
A fraternity of birders gathered at the Chambal Safari Lodge to discuss the challenges in conserving bird populations today.
In the past 48 hours the SP has gone from being a party that confidently claimed it would break the 27-year-old ruling party jinx in UP and come back to power – to fighting for its very survival.
M.K. Venu and Badri Narayan Tiwari discuss identity politics in UP, the BJP’s strategy and more in light of the upcoming state assembly elections.
Haryana has India’s worst child sex ratio, the number of females per thousand males in the age group 0-6, followed by Punjab (846) and Jammu & Kashmir (862).
Home guards in Uttar Pradesh are making a meagre Rs. 300 per day, leading to many sending letters asking for higher salaries, other perks, and even permission for mercy killing.
Accounting for half of India’s population, the states from the Gangetic belt have higher fertility rates than the Indian average.
Some 703 religious conflicts were reported in Uttar Pradesh during the past five years, leading to 176 deaths and 2007 injuries, the highest in India.
Pant has previously held the portfolios of tourism, culture, pilgrimage endowment, parliamentary affairs and reorganisation in Uttarakhand.
With floods and corruption changing the contours of elections in Uttarakhand, an average of exit poll data seem to be weighing in favour of the BJP though Harish Rawat still has a chance.
Punjab is the only state in which a BJP loss has been unanimously predicted.
Large-scale hydropower and other projects are destroying both the livelihoods and culture of local people.
Despite being known for focussing on local issues, the Uttarakhand Kranti Dal’s presence is the state has been falling.
People alleged that political parties have consistently ignored their issues, from the lack of clean water to flood relief.
Based on people’s demands, the elections in Tehri Garhwal are being fought on the issues of increasing employment opportunities, more tourism and promoting fruit cultivation.
While the election is being fought on the performance of the chief minister and sitting MLAs, there are differing perceptions of the large number of rebels and turncoats.
In the BJP’s lust for power, old friends are being conveniently forgotten and new alliances are being forged.
Uttar Pradesh is set to vote in seven phases.
Chinese troops had infiltrated the Barahoti ground in Chamoli, Uttarakhand, which has remained a disputed area since 1957.
Constitution bench faults governor for summoning state assembly, as well as orders passed by the deputy speaker which facilitated the ouster of the Congress and the swearing-in of a BJP-backed government
The court called the decision to remove the elected Arunachal Pradesh government “illegal and unconstitutional”.
With the UP elections due to be held in early 2017, Mayawati wants to keep every option open
According to the convention, by-elections are not conducted in states if less than a year of their tenure is left. But the law lays down that elections be conducted within six months of a vacancy and it is now up to the Supreme Court to take a call on Uttarakhand.