Both are reaching out to the same group of voters. But there are strong differences in the political language and emotive styles of both these leaders.
The SP, BSP and Congress are rallying behind the government. The BJP is organising marches. The people want punishment for Pakistan. For now, UP speaks in one voice.
From being a facilitator, this time, the state administration is visibly 'hosting' the Kumbh. The RSS and Yogi Adityanath have their imprint firmly on the event, while Congress et al are missing from the scene.
The Congress should not become complacent thinking UP is in safe hands now. The challenges ahead are just too hard to be dismissed.
Could this forever alter the way quotas are granted? And while this will help the BJP get upper caste votes, how will it impact Dalit feelings?
Gathbandhan Games: As SP, BSP finalise tie-up, UP looks set for a triangular fight. But who will this really work for?
Could Congress not joining the SP-BSP front in fact help the BJP?