The BJP leadership is in two minds over a high profile by-election in Phulpur, which could see the opposition in UP unite and set a template for 2019.
Khan, who is the general secretary of SP, had reproached the “shameful violent incidents” by armed forces Kashmir, Tripura, Jharkhand and West Bengal.
The likely success of grand alliance in the recent UP polls suggests that the parties the BJP defeated in 2017 will put in a serious effort to get one going at the national level.
Despite Hindi being the language of the UP legislative assembly, BJP members have been allowed to take their oath in Sanskrit, while doing so in Urdu has been disallowed.
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.
How the BJP’s Yogi Adityanath hopes to use religious polarisation to trump caste fragmentation in the battle for Uttar Pradesh.
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 uneven pattern in the party’s electoral fortunes across the seven phases of the election is evidence that ‘Good News’ can indeed help swing an election.
Several in the Congress believe Rahul Gandhi made poor choices in UP, for which he needs to take responsibility.
Punjab is the only state in which a BJP loss has been unanimously predicted.
This was a closely fought triangular contest in UP, but it looks like the BJP and BSP are now the main contenders.
Each party in UP banked on creating a coalition of caste groups and weaving a larger political narrative to win the confidence of the majority.
Narendra Modi may have declared the BJP the victor, but vote-block arithmetic means UP is still anyone’s game.
Despite the BJP’s confidence, changing realities on the ground mean that the party’s electoral arithmetic in UP may not work as expected.
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.
In the Uttar Pradesh elections, the simple question of people wanting to create their own history shall remain buried along with democracy.
The BJP has been capitalising on an anti-Yadav sentiment that has been brewing against the Akhilesh Yadav-led Samajwadi Party.
Narendra Modi and Amit Shah have raised the communal temperature in the state from the fourth phase onwards, but it remains to be seen whether the party will be able to get its critical mass of Hindu votes cutting across various castes.
The BSP and Congress-SP alliance are focusing on minority votes, the BJP is hoping that Muslim votes are split between the other parties.
At a recent rally, Dimple Yadav suggested that women’s reservations in government jobs was part of the Samajwadi Party’s plans.
What gives Dadua an edge is his legacy. His brother, his son, his nephew have all been players on the political battlefield of UP.
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.
What bearing will a loss in the assembly elections have on the BJP ? Narendra Modi’s position remains unassailable, but will Amit Shah be safe?
Political fallout from the selection of candidates and the realignment of voter communities is making a Samajwadi Party victory unlikely in phase three of the assembly elections.
India has, over time, cultivated a culture of exerting no effort towards justice for the survivors of communal violence, finds Warisha Farasat and Prita Jha’s book.
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.
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 major parties are fielding many new faces related to established political names in the upcoming UP polls.
The BJP and the BSP have made inroads into several districts across the phase two region, a Samajwadi Party stronghold since the 2012 elections.
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.
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
While the BJP and the BSP will gain from its troubles, the Samjawadi Party’s prospects of returning to power will suffer if it fails to repeat its 2012 performance in these areas.
Congress would contest 105 seats while the Samajwadi Party would fight in 298 seats in the state.
Western UP residents say they will choose who to vote for depending on the communities the candidates belong to and who they are seen as supporting.
The order, dealing a major blow to Samajwadi Party patriarch Mulayam Singh Yadav, came after the EC heard the two sides on Friday.
Union minister Santosh Kumar Gangwar discusses the BJP’s poll prospects in UP, the Samjawadi Party feud, demonetisation and more.
Advancing the Budget presentation could give the BJP an unfair advantage in the upcoming state elections. By failing to defer it until after the polls, the party is unwilling to follow the high principles expected in a bipartisan polity.