The government calls the scheme a success because of the rise in LPG connections, but the lack of gas refills by poor households suggests it is not.
The charge of moral hazard reeks of double standards. However, will India’s fiscal deficit targets allow for such a waiver?
In the sixteenth episode of Jan Ki Baat, Vinod Dua and Siddharth Varadarajan take stock of the current political scenario in all five states before the results come in tomorrow.
This was a closely fought triangular contest in UP, but it looks like the BJP and BSP are now the main contenders.
Join The Wire’s M.K. Venu and Ajoy Ashirwad for a live chat on the UP elections.
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.
Even as the election fever in Uttar Pradesh continues to mount, the Sultanpur MP has gone missing from the BJP’s list of star campaigners.
The Unchahar seat can be seen as a microcosm of the rest of UP, where conventional electoral formulas may not work for the parties involved.
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.
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.
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.
The BJP and the BSP have made inroads into several districts across the phase two region, a Samajwadi Party stronghold since the 2012 elections.
The dichotomy between the interest of finance capital and the needs of the social sector has never been starker.
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.
Now that promises of progress and development haven’t played out as they hoped, the BJP’s top duo are turning back to communal polarisation.
BJP president Amit Shah said the party would ensure the Ram Temple is constructed under constitutional provisions.
Unless leaders from both parties come out in full support of the alliance, they may not be able to convert popular support into votes.
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.
When asked to comment on the impact of Gandhi’s campaigning in the UP elections, Katiyar chose to respond with a comment on her appearance instead.
Som has denied the charges, telling PTI that there was “nothing controversial in the CD and that parts of the video had already been aired on TV news channels”.
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Populist announcements during the budget this year could influence the elections which have been scheduled soon after, in five states, including Uttar Pradesh.
Uttar Pradesh is set to vote in seven phases.
The state elections in 2017 will indicate which way the winds are blowing and will also chart Modi’s rise or fall.
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.
Recent communal violence may have shifted the tide towards the ruling Samajwadi Party and the BJP, but it is unwise to rule Mayawati’s BSP out of the race, at least in Bijnor.
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.
M.K. Venu and Saba Naqvi discuss the political climate in UP, whether the balance of power is changing and more.
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.
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 may be inclined to fuel hyper Hindu nationalist sentiment by making Pakistan a villain during the UP election campaign. To prove himself a true statesmen, the prime minister must fight this temptation.
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.
The party has hinted that while Sheila Dikshit may formally lead the campaign, Priyanka Gandhi will be given important responsibilities in the state.
The BJP’s reliance on divisive politics over Kairana may end up strengthening the BSP.