Sharat Pradhan

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The writer is a senior journalist and political analyst based in Lucknow.

POLITICS

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Will Yogi Adityanath be able to make a difference for BJP in poll-bound states?

The UP chief minister is expected to come in handy to take the attention of the people away from real issues into the realm of Hindutva.

POLITICS

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Faizabad becomes Ayodhya: Why we are not surprised at all this time

Awadh’s first nawab Saadat Ali Khan, who built Faizabad in 1730, made no attempt to give any new name to Ayodhya.

POLITICS

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Private member Bill on Ram temple issue: Ahead of polls, desperate bid by BJP to keep supporters in good humour

The saffron party is trying to force the Opposition’s hand on the big question — whether they are for or against the temple.

POLITICS

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Why Ayodhya is high up on the BJP's political agenda once again

The saffron party expects the Ram Mandir issue to fetch it great political dividends. But it will have to fight off challengers and rivals.

POLITICS

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SP, BSP not to fight with Congress in three state elections: How much will this influence poll results?

How effective would a mahagathbandhan have been be in Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh anyway?

POLITICS

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Killing of Apple techie by trigger-happy, corrupt UP police raises many questions

This malaise can be tackled only if governments follow guidelines laid down by Supreme Court.

POLITICS

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Is Mayawati overestimating herself or is she under BJP pressure?

Political analysts view Mayawati’s move as a blow to the much-speculated mahagathbandhan.

POLITICS

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‘Bua’ Mayawati snubs Chandrashekhar: A new battle for Dalit votes in Uttar Pradesh

The Bhim Army chief is out of jail because the BJP did not wish to appear ‘anti-Dalit’. What will his release mean for the party, and for the Mahagathbandhan’?

POLITICS

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Shivpal Yadav’s revolt against Akhilesh and Samajwadi Party is first jolt to formation of ‘mahagathbandhan’

A weakened SP on account of the visible cracks, may not really be able to give the BJP a run for its money.

POLITICS

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Why the Yogi Adityanath government is in an overdrive to claim Atal Bihari Vajpayee's legacy

It seems the party somewhere realises that all is not as hunky dory in Uttar Pradesh as it was in 2014.