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Yogendra Yadav live: BJP not only outsmarted SP-BSP caste combine, but also Yogi’s poor image

Uttar Pradesh is causing less damage to the BJP than everyone previously thought.
Yogi Adityanath | Subhankar Chakraborty/Hindustan Times via Getty Images

Missing this election in UP was Hindu-Muslim polarisation

There’s a reason why UP’s Muslims are happy to not be part of the political discourse.

Paranoid gathbandhan watchdogs are tracking EVMs with binoculars, walkie-talkies

With the motto 'Ek bhi vote ghatne na paye, ek bhi vote batne na paye', watchdogs from the SP, BSP and RLD have been trained in EVM functioning.
PM Narendra Modi during an election rally in Coimbatore | PTI

Suhas Palshikar says Modi a ‘preacher’ who prefers only one-way communication

The best of the day’s opinion, chosen and curated by ThePrint’s top editors.
Narendra Modi

Exit polls make it clear SP-BSP alliance has failed to smash BJP: Yogendra Yadav

BJP's surge in Bengal could be bigger than what the exit polls are predicting. Odisha is telling us a similar story.
Voters wait in line at a polling station in Muzaffarnagar, Uttar Pradesh | T. Narayan | Bloomberg

The importance of the Muslim vote in UP, and the silver lining in the Vidyasagar episode

ThoughtShot, ThePrint’s one-stop-opinion-spot from leading newspapers’ editorial pages.
Jyotiradtiya Scindia and Priyanka Gandhi with Rahul Gandhi

Why Congress, and not SP-BSP, is prime target of Modi and Yogi in UP

BJP's 2019 hopes rest hugely on a 22% group in UP, which helped it bag 42% vote share and 71 seats in 2014. But which group is it, and what is Congress up to?
Gen-next leaders

Few alliances that Congress is stitching will also be undone by mahagathbandhan cracks

While there is a complete uncertainty about the so-called mahagathbandhan led by Congress, the NDA already has the support of 39 political parties.
PM Narendra Modi, Tamil Nadu CM K. Palaniswami and PMK founder Ramadoss join hands during a public rally | PTI

With Mission 272 Minus, Modi wants to become Vajpayee

Modi and Shah are quietly changing their image of being giant slayers out to devour all political space.
Rahul Gandhi

Mahagathbandhan is in self-destruct mode because opposition parties want Congress-mukt Bharat

Almost all the opposition parties have stridently followed “anti-Congressism”, no matter what they think of BJP.

On Camera

PM Narendra Modi and Xi Jinping | Commons

Verdict 2019: Modi Ji is now India’s Modi Xi

Modi will be straddling another NDA government like an undisputed leader with unquestioned authority and unparalleled power — like Xi Jinping of China.
elections

Does Congress have a future in India after 2019 Lok Sabha election results?

The Congress party faced a crushing defeat in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections at the hands of Narendra Modi-led BJP.

Defence

Ministry of Defence building

On new govt’s defence agenda — 4 key projects to boost India’s military prowess

Indian Air Force and Indian Navy are in dire need of fighter jets, helicopters and submarines, and the new government has to ensure that they get them.
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.