From declaring towns in the state as official pilgrimage sites to his colour drive, the Uttar Pradesh chief minister is going all out in his obvious push for Hindutva.
The opposition’s tirade against surgical strikes and demonetisation, along with Akhilesh Yadav and Mayawati’s loss of credibility added to Modi’s appeal.
Twenty-four years after the Babri Masjid was demolished, a court witness wonders if justice delayed is justice denied, given that the cases against the accused are nowhere near conclusion.
The dispute within UP’s socialist parivar doesn’t seem to be nearing resolution and the party’s leadership seems to have given up on the 2017 assembly poll.
Despite the fact that the Ayodhya issue no longer arouses sentiments (or votes) like it used to, it seems to be the BJP’s go-to trick.
The BJP’s response to Singh’s comments reflects its desperation to win over the Dalit vote. But an angry and reinvigorated Mayawati will keep the issue burning
The BJP is keen to directly challenge the Samajwadi Party in the state electoral battle and reduce the fight to the politics of religious polarisation.
Notwithstanding Modi’s talk of ‘vikas’, the party’s sustained politics of polarisation reflects its failure to move beyond Hindutva and its doublespeak.