How the BJP’s Yogi Adityanath hopes to use religious polarisation to trump caste fragmentation in the battle for Uttar Pradesh.
In the absence of any positive change, how long can a voter keep casting their vote based on false promises?
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.
Much is at stake for every political party: the survival of the BSP and of Mayawati as a Dalit leader, the credibility and standing of two young leaders Rahul and Akhilesh and the future of the BJP as a dominant Hindu nationalist party.
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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 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.
Unless leaders from both parties come out in full support of the alliance, they may not be able to convert popular support into votes.
The order, dealing a major blow to Samajwadi Party patriarch Mulayam Singh Yadav, came after the EC heard the two sides on Friday.
Senior leaders from the Akhilesh and Mulayam camps are expected to visit the Election Commission to stake claim to the party ‘s ‘cycle’ symbol.
Mulayam Singh Yadav had immediately called for a rival meeting on January 5, which has now been postponed.
In less than 24 hours, Mulayam Singh Yadav decided to revoke Akhilesh Yada’v’s expulsion, possibly due to Akhilesh’s large support base.
Party insiders say a deal struck by Amar Singh and Shivpal Yadav set in motion the sequence of events which led Mulayam Singh Yadav to expel son Akhilesh.
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.
The commission may even hold the symbol back, as it did when the Congress split, and ask both groups to fight the upcoming UP assembly polls on new symbols.
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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.
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.
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.
You have been appointed general secretary of [the] Samajwadi Party (SP). I hope in the coming days you will strengthen the party in Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections,” Mulayam said in a handwritten letter to Amar Singh.
Mulayam Singh Yadav’s younger brother is now demanding he be given back of all his portfolios and the reinstatement of his favourite bureaucrat Deepak Singhal
Despite the many hurdles in uniting the two communities, if the BSP gains a large section of the Dalit and Muslim vote, it will likely form the next UP government.
The Left has always set greater store by Mulayam Singh Yadav’s Samajwadi Party than Mayawati and the emergence of Dalit politics. If it wants to deepen its influence, it will have to think afresh about caste and class.
With the CBI entrusted with investigating corruption allegations against the well-connected UP engineer Yadav Singh, the SP leadership knows the only way to save itself is to strike a deal with the BJP.
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