Akhilesh Yadav’s political fortunes in the 2022 Uttar Pradesh assembly polls hinge on his party’s performance in the general elections.
Law student Dilip Saroj was beaten into a coma with hockey sticks, pipes and bricks in public view despite the presence of a patrol car 100 metres away.
While the young Samajwadi Party leader is dumping his ‘modern outlook’ and warming up to smaller caste parties in UP, the going may not be easy as the BJP has entrenched its roots deep among the OBCs and MBCs.
Analysis shows that the results of the recent urban local body elections should worry the BJP.
Political families exist across the country and in many parties. And until Indian democracy matures, the people will have to put up with such dynasties.
Adityanath’s visit to City Montessori will provide legitimacy to a school which doesn’t honour the orders of his government or administration and flouts the national law openly.
After allegations of favouritism over the awards that carry a one-time payment of Rs 11 lakh and a lifetime monthly pension of Rs 50,000, the SP leader encouraged the current BJP government to do the same.
Protests against the Supreme Court’s ruling upholding the 2015 high court verdict that shiksha-mitras are not asli teachers have brought rural UP to a halt.
Sabha president Imran Khan submitted a memorandum claiming around 12,000 pilgrims are facing difficulties and may agitate if the Haj House isn’t opened.
Policemen who didn’t file FIRs, journalists who didn’t write questioning reports and former CMs who didn’t push investigations should all get a share of the credit for making Adityanath UP’s chief minister.
The opposition must build an alternative model that addresses the issues of governance and corruption along with the promise of a more prosperous future.
The opposition’s tirade against surgical strikes and demonetisation, along with Akhilesh Yadav and Mayawati’s loss of credibility added to Modi’s appeal.
If the party’s success in using communal polarisation to build political support becomes the template for governance, the state and country are headed for dark days
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.
Narendra Modi may have declared the BJP the victor, but vote-block arithmetic means UP is still anyone’s game.
As the country remains preoccupied with the Uttar Pradesh elections, on women’s day, we look at some of the voices that didn’t find political expression in the campaign.
In the Uttar Pradesh elections, the simple question of people wanting to create their own history shall remain buried along with democracy.
Till the third phase of the UP assembly elections, the BJP had a relatively quiet campaign, but it seems to have changed its tactic mid-way through the fourth phase, making excessive use of the prime minister.
Counter-polarisation in favour of Mukhtar Ansari, who was struggling to retain his seat, reflects a larger pattern in which anti-BJP votes get consolidated towards one candidate.
The VC, who acknowledges his sympathies for the RSS, vehemently denies being present at the prime minister’s rally.
The BJP has been capitalising on an anti-Yadav sentiment that has been brewing against the Akhilesh Yadav-led Samajwadi Party.
At a recent rally, Dimple Yadav suggested that women’s reservations in government jobs was part of the Samajwadi Party’s plans.
Farmer suicides and hunger deaths plague flagship village of SP government.
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.
Akhilesh Yadav’s development initiatives could give him an edge, anti-incumbency notwithstanding, while Narendra Modi’s development agenda retains some aura despite the demonetisation debacle.
While demonetisation and the resultant hardships have tarnished the reputation of the BJP-led central government, the Samajwadi Party’s record of criminalised politics may become a roadblock for it.
Mayawati has alleged that the media actively discriminates against her party, calling media organisations Brahmanical.
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Dalit Mahila Samiti members are far from impressed with the decline in public services and safety that accompanied Akhilesh Yadav’s rule in Uttar Pradesh.
If an economic slowdown occurs due to demonetisation, the self-worth and honour of the extremely backward castes communities may be affected. How this plays out in the upcoming state assembly elections remains to be seen.
As India’s most populous state votes, The Wire takes you through the history of elections, party politics and power shifts in Uttar Pradesh.
The ten-point commitment will include loan waivers for farmers and reductions of power tariff for them – a long-time demand of the Congress party’s.
The unequal distribution of government welfare schemes, and caste and sub-caste factors are going to play a key role in the assembly polls.
Shivpal’s announcement comes at crucial juncture as the SP-Congress alliance has taken off well and Akhilesh is the leading candidate in many opinion polls.
The father may be trying to win favour with SP leaders unhappy with the Congress alliance but his latest dig could end up strengthening Akhilesh Yadav’s clean and accommodative image in the eyes of the public.
An NGO’s annual reports on primary education have gained popularity in India and abroad, but its fundamental message on poor learning levels remains unheeded.
Unless leaders from both parties come out in full support of the alliance, they may not be able to convert popular support into votes.
Both the SP-Congress alliance and the BJP are strongly placed but the BSP is a contender too