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File photo of Samajwadi Party President Akhilesh Yadav with Bahujan Samaj Party supremo Mayawati | PTI

Akhilesh Yadav & Mayawati’s biggest challenge in UP – transfer of votes

Gathbandhan was formed on the assumption that Akhilesh could transfer SP votes to BSP and Mayawati could get Dalit votes transferred to SP.

Narendra Modi’s name doesn’t mean hope for voters this election, but his schemes do

The disappointment over jobs and economy has been contained by Modi govt's rural development and handouts.
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Shah scouts prisons for candidates as a BJP MP dodges a shoe

The best cartoons of the day, chosen by editors at ThePrint.
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Mayawati, Mulayam set for showstopper rally after 24 years of ‘murder plots’ & sexist jibes

Since the infamous Lucknow guesthouse incident, BSP's Mayawati and SP's Mulayam have been sworn enemies. But Friday's rally in Mainpuri could well make that history.

In Congress-BSP tussle, Priyanka threatens to steal Mayawati’s march in UP

The Congress and the BSP have been at loggerheads in UP, fielding candidates to offset each others' poll prospects, much to the glee of the BJP. 
SP chief Akhilesh Yadav (left) greets BSP president Mayawati (right) | Praveen Jain | ThePrint

At first UP mahagathbandhan rally, Muslims, Jats, Dalits share seats, set allies on their way

Demographic at first joint rally of the SP-BSP-RLD alliance is exactly what the parties wanted. Question is, will that translate into votes?
Samajwadi Party Chief Akhilesh Yadav releases the party's vision document at party office | Nand Kumar/PTI

In manifesto, SP promises separate tax bracket for ultra-rich, ‘humane approach’ in J&K

Samajwadi Party promises mahaparivartan (massive change) for social justice through promoting women self-help groups, a body to tackle farmer loans.
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Bhim Army chief’s Varanasi bid a ‘BJP conspiracy’ to divide Dalit votes, says Mayawati

The war of words between Mayawati and Chandrashekhar has intensified since he referred to her as ‘bua’ following his release from jail last year.
Kanshiram (centre) along with the other founding members of BAMCEF in the 1970s | Facebook

Kanshi Ram matters in 2019 polls and why some think he deserves a Bharat Ratna

Kanshi Ram promised the lower castes that if they can organise themselves into a grand voting bloc, they will become the ruler of this country.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath

In Uttar Pradesh, the third Modi wave is as strong as 2014 and 2017

The SP-BSP alliance in Uttar Pradesh, despite its strong caste arithmetic, is unable to woo any of Narendra Modi’s voters.

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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.

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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. 
Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Varanasi in 2014 | Commons

Pracharak Modi: The mask you see, is the man you get

India has its first leader who is unapologetic about belonging to the social and political Right. This is how Shekhar Gupta foresaw Modi’s five years in this National Interest within three months of his victory in 2014.