Long been relegated to the margins in UP, the Congress has been missing a strong face in the state. With Priyanka, the party hopes to finally fill that gap.
Personal feuds — and in some cases, rival ambitions — seemingly no longer matter in the game of political survival. But can Behenji make it in this high-stakes battle?
The BJP knows quite well the embarrassment of a failed attempt is a small price to pay for a major shot at 2019.
Taking a leaf from the PM's game plan of strategic alliances, the opposition may spring a major surprise in 2019.
Already reeling under job crisis, agrarian distress, allegations of graft and causing institutional damage, banking on Lord Ram could be the BJP's ticket back to the centre.
The BJP knows it is facing an uphill task in 2019 and desperately needs a new carrot to dangle in front of its supporters.
In all, credit should go to the PM for finally turning his 56-inch chest to face tough questions and answering them patiently and with grace.
With barely a few months left for the do-or-die battle over the 2019 Lok Sabha, both the BJP and RSS won't leave anything to chance.
With the Supreme Court paving the way for an early verdict, the politics around Ram Mandir is already getting a jumpstart.
With its Hindutva votebank in place, BJP's pitch for SC/ST votes could still provide it a fighting change to beat a not so united Opposition in 2019.