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Akhilesh Yadav

Muslim MPs, MLAs don’t always work for Muslims. See Akhilesh govt response to Muzaffarnagar

Muslim backwardness is a national issue, which is a more serious problem than declining number of Muslim MPs in Parliament.
Samajwadi Party patron Mulayam Singh Yadav, his son and party President Akhilesh Yadav and Bahujan Samaj Party supremo Mayawati during their joint election campaign rally in Mainpuri

The signalling of Mulayam-Mayawati grand union — water, blessings and the central chair

Arch-rivals Mayawati and Mulayam Singh Yadav shared the stage in Mainpuri Friday, and urged party workers to put the past behind and defeat the BJP.
BJP-Shiv Sena alliance

Not Opposition unity, but BJP’s critical mini-gathbandhans stole the thunder

The BJP moved swiftly and deftly to secure its allies this week while the rival camp looked unsure.
Mulayam Singh Yadav

Mulayam Singh Yadav slams son Akhilesh for allying with Mayawati’s BSP

Days after wishing PM Narendra Modi a second term, SP founder Mulayam Sing Yadav accuses ‘people within the party’ of ‘destroying’ it.
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Is Modi govt using CBI, ED for political battles or is it opposition propaganda?

The Mamata Banerjee government versus Centre confrontation has once again put the spotlight on the CBI, an agency that has been dubbed a ‘caged parrot’. Opposition has often accused the Modi government of using central agencies, particularly the CBI and the ED, to further its own political motives. The government, however, maintains that the agencies are only carrying out their duties. ThePrint asks: Is Modi govt using CBI, ED for political battles or is it opposition propaganda? From Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s govt to UPA, everyone has used CBI to intimidate opposition Sudhindra Bhadoria Spokesperson, BSP Agencies such as the CBI have been misused in the past as well, and the Bahujan Samaj Party has been a victim of it. From Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s NDA till the recent UPA governments, everyone in power has left no stone unturned to intimidate the opposition using the CBI as a tool. Mayawati ji has also spoken against this brazen misuse a number of times. These issues were flagged...
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In Mayawati-Akhilesh alliance, Ambedkar and Lohia can realise their unfinished agenda

As Mayawati and Akhilesh Yadav addressed media queries in Lucknow, the poster behind them spoke louder than their words.
File photo of Samajwadi Party President Akhilesh Yadav with Bahujan Samaj Party supremo Mayawati | PTI

Numbers don’t lie: Why SP-BSP alliance can defeat BJP’s legendary poll arithmetic

In 2019, the road to New Delhi goes via Lucknow and the bua and bhatija have realised that.
File photo of BSP supremo Mayawati and Samajwadi Party President Akhilesh Yadav during a joint press conference in Lucknow | PTI

The SP-BSP alliance in UP is rare, formidable and perfect

As far as arithmetic goes, a better pre-poll alliance is not possible.
Ghulam Nabi Azad and Raj Babbar

After SP-BSP alliance, Congress to contest all 80 Lok Sabha seats alone in Uttar Pradesh

The party however kept open the doors of a possible alliance with any secular party competent to fight the BJP is willing to go with it. 
Chhattisgarh Assembly | Commons

Nearly half of Chhattisgarh’s outgoing MLAs had over 95% attendance

According to data released by PRS Legislative Research, the Chhattisgarh assembly’s priority areas over the last 5 years were finance, revenue and taxation.

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Priyanka Vadra, Congress President Rahul Gandhi, UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi and Robert Vadra

Not Gandhi dynasty, but a Narasimha Rao-like figure can save the Congress now

The Congress needs someone who can re-build its image and appeal as a credible opposition without totally sidelining the Gandhi family.
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With Lok Sabha elections over, how can India and Pakistan now repair fractured ties?

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan is considering appointing a national security adviser to revive backchannel diplomatic talks with India.



RAW & IB chiefs, cabinet & defence secretaries — the key appointments awaiting new govt

The new govt will also appoint the IAF chief after incumbent Air Chief Marshal B.S. Dhanoa retires in September. 
Illustration: Soham Sen | ThePrint

If Pragya Thakur wins this Thursday, Modi is in for an embarrassing 5 years

Never has one constituency had such a bearing on Indian nationalism and the pretence of a Gandhian polity. So what if PM Modi doesn’t forgive her in his heart?