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BSP supremo Mayawati addresses a press conference in Lucknow | PTI

It’s Mayawati’s turn now to set the tone for grand opposition alliance

BSP chief said her party’s ties with Akhilesh Yadav’s Samajwadi Party won’t be hurt by the Rajya Sabha poll result.
Akhilesh Yadav and Dr. Sanjay Nishad addressing media after the by-poll victory

Sanjay Nishad: The OBC leader who engineered Samajwadi Party’s win in Yogi bastion

The president of the two-year-old party worked hard to mobilise his community in Gorakhpur and the rest of eastern UP.
Narendra Modi with Amit Shah

UP experiment may not defeat BJP in 2019, but complacency may do it

The results come as a warning for the BJP, but to its credit, the party is quick to learn from its mistakes, and has the capacity to course-correct. After forming a government in three northeastern states, it should have been a cake walk for the BJP to win the two Lok Sabha bypolls in UP. It was not. The Gorakhpur Lok Sabha seat represented by the BJP, rather by Yogi Adityanath, has a history. His guru's guru Mahant Digvijay Nath wrested this seat in 1967 as an independent candidate from Singhasan Singh of the Congress, who had held it since 1952. His successor Mahant Avaidyanath won in 1970. In 1989, even after the formation of the BJP in 1980, Avaidyanath won this seat as Hindu Mahasabha candidate. It was only after the Ram Janmabhoomi movement and the famous Rath Yatra of Lal Krishna Advani that the seat came to the BJP. Avaidyanath's...

Despite BSP-SP experiment in Phulpur, there are many reasons BJP may still win

Voters in Phulpur have started using the word gatbandhan as if it were the name of a party by itself.
Mayawati

BSP’s support to SP may open up a world of possibilities in Indian politics

Mayawati’s party has decided to support candidates from hated rival SP in two Lok Sabha bypolls in Uttar Pradesh, to defeat the BJP.
Narendra Modi - just doing it

Have you ever wondered why Narendra Modi never says ‘I did it’?

The Modi government has so far shied away from declaring itself successful. It is likely it may not do so even in the 2019 campaign.

Capital Buzz: Not just Modi, even Sonia and Rahul are fans of Gujarati delicacies

Sonia and Rahul have fondness for delicious Gujarati dishes such as dhokla, khandvi as well as Saurashtra food.
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HoaXposed: Tweet about Gorakhpur event meant to embarrass Yogi was from Akhilesh’s time

A picture tweeted about an event at the Gorakhpur Mahotsav was meant to embarrass Yogi Adityanath. It turns out the event was held before he came to power. 
SP looks beyond Muslims & Yadavs, opens door to all castes to consolidate base

SP looks beyond Muslims & Yadavs, opens door to all castes to consolidate base

Party chief Akhilesh Yadav likely to constitute a new team, select leaders from non-Yadav OBCs and Dalits.
Thaw in Mulayam family cold war: Akhilesh Yadav calls up Shivpal, gets blessings

Thaw in Mulayam family cold war: Akhilesh Yadav calls up Shivpal, gets blessings

Ahead of the SP’s national executive meeting in Agra, Akhilesh Yadav & uncle Shivpal have spoken twice, and the rift between them seems to be mending.

On Camera

An employee sits on a video call at the Unicredit SpA headquarters in Milan

Why shrinking offices and hot-desking are bad ideas, Covid or no Covid

Employees’ demands for flexible working will include spacious offices. Given the relative savings, slashing floor space is a false economy.
Oil Facilities And Services Ahead Of Final Year Figures After Demonetization Induced Fluctuation

Diesel demand drop forces India to import gasoline as Covid skews output

The slump in diesel demand is forcing refineries to operate below capacity, but gasoline sales are back at pre-virus levels with people resorting to personal vehicles.

Defence

File image of the OFB pavilion at DefExpo 2016 | Representational image | Twitter | @SpokespersonMoD

Army says ‘poor quality’ Ordnance Board ammo, mines have cost India Rs 960 crore since 2014

Pointing out these shortcomings in an internal assessment, the Army has thrown its weight behind government plans to corporatise the OFB to make it more efficient.
Narendra Modi and Amit Shah | File photo: T. Narayan | Bloomberg

Partners dispensable in Modi-Shah construct if they do not bring additional votes

In the Modi-Shah construct, if partners do not bring additional votes, they are dispensable. However old or loyal, either they become supplicants, or die.