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

POLITICS

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Bright Spark: Why Priyanka Gandhi could herald the revival of Congress’ traditional vote base in Uttar Pradesh

From communication to charisma and confidence, Priyanka has it all. Her arrival has rejuvenated the UP Congress and unsettled the saffron ranks.

POLITICS

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Mandal vs Kamandal 2.0: How the SP-BSP alliance has challenged the BJP, again

The SP-BSP together have shown BJP defeat in earlier times. But what will happen to the Muslim vote in the face of this alliance? Will the Congress be a surprise beneficiary?

POLITICS

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Can a CBI crackdown on 'corruption' in Akhilesh Yadav's regime prevent an SP-BSP tie-up in UP?

The CBI allegedly being used to settle political scores surprises few. But the question many are asking is, is the target Akhilesh, but the message for Mayawati?

POLITICS

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Bulandshahr violence: As new 'key accused' keep emerging, is someone shielding the real culprits?

The investigation of a riot and the murder of a police official has disgorged various so-called conspirators and killers. We won't be surprised if the narrative comes up with more new names, and perhaps, less truth.

POLITICS

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Why so mean? Akhilesh Yadav and Mayawati's purported seat sharing looks unfair to Rahul Gandhi's Congress

The SP-BSP combine can't judge the Congress on its 2014 tally, and their own selves on earlier, better records.

POLITICS

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Ahead of Lok Sabha 2019 polls, BJP must rethink Yogi Adityanath's brand of Hindutva politics

During the Assembly polls in 2018, the BJP banked heavily on the polarisation of the Hindu vote. That hasn't worked. Can it afford to do so in the upcoming contest too?

POLITICS

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Assembly polls results: How December 11 can decide the political future of Uttar Pradesh - and our next government

A mahagathbandhan formed around a resurgent Congress can be very different from the floppy efforts we have seen so far.

POLITICS

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Was a Muzaffarnagar-like conspiracy behind the Bulandshahr violence?

Ahead of 2019 Lok Sabha polls, the communal factory is doing its bit for their own vested interests.

POLITICS

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Ayodhya show of strength: Shiv Sena scores over VHP’s damp squib

The VHP-RSS failed to give their followers anything new, even as Uddhav took the fight straight to PM Modi’s door.

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.