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Gangster-turned-politician from Uttar Pradesh Mukhtar Ansari

Jailed gangster-MLA Mukhtar Ansari gets AIMIM offer for UP polls after BSP shuns him

The 58-year-old Mukhar Ansari, who is currently in Banda Jail, is charged in over 50 criminal cases, including murder and kidnapping.
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Jai Shree Ram slogans at BSP meeting shows opposition lacks imagination to beat BJP

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A file photo of BSP chief Mayawati. | Photo: ANI

Mayawati to blend Hindutva with her Dalit politics, plans first Brahmin convention in Ayodhya

Outreach by Mayawati, ahead of 2022 UP polls, is a reminder of her 2007 campaign when Dalit-centric BSP successfully wooed Brahmin voters, a combination that helped party win majority on its own.
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Mayawati announces campaign to reach out to Brahmins, assures interests will be safeguarded

Mayawati said she was confident that members of the Brahmin community will not get misled by the BJP and will vote for the BSP in the upcoming elections in 2022.
Azad Samaj Party chief Chandra Shekhar Aazad during his 'Cycle Yatra' in Uttar Pradesh. | Photo: Special arrangement

UP 2022 in focus, Bhim Army’s Aazad is cycling across state to ‘unite exploited’, expand base

Chandra Shekhar Aazad wants to highlight issues of inflation, rising petrol prices and anger against BJP. Analysts say alliances will be critical to his assembly polls plans.
File photo of BSP chief Mayawati | PTI

It’s ‘jungle raj’ under BJP, says Mayawati on reports of violence during UP panchayat polls

Reports of clashes surfaced from several areas of UP amid allegations that opposition-backed candidates weren't allowed to file their nomination. A woman was allegedly misbehaved with too.
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BSP will be stuck at zero, warn Punjab unit rebels as dissent brews over Akali alliance

BSP has already expelled former state president Rachpal Raju for speaking out against the move, while its OBC wing president Sukhbir Singh Shalimar has resigned over the decision. 
File photo of BSP chief Mayawati | PTI

UP 2022 do-or-die not just for Mayawati or BSP, but for the idea of ‘mainstream’ Dalit party

BSP changed the paradigm of Indian politics to become a truly mainstream party with Dalit agenda at its core. Its decline has more consequences than just Mayawati's irrelevance.
File photo of BSP chief Mayawati | PTI

Mayawati accuses UP police of attacking Dalits in Azamgarh, seeks action against cops

Police said two policemen were allegedly attacked on 29 June when they intervened to solve a dispute. Locals claim cops later came and damaged houses, forcing villagers to flee.
File photo of BSP chief Mayawati | PTI

Centre should take cognisance of alleged ‘corruption’ in Rafale deal, says Mayawati

The BSP chief also said the allegations of commission in defence deals and its investigation are not new, It is an old burning issue since the time of the Congress government.

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I asked historians what find made them go ‘wait, wut?’ The answers didn’t disappoint

I asked a simple question on Twitter. About 300 historians replied.
Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman chairs the 45th GST Council meeting in Lucknow, on 17 September 2021

GST Council levies 5% tax on food delivery apps, extends concessional rates on Covid drugs

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman also said the Council decided that it was not the right time to include petroleum products within the GST ambit.

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IAF signs deal with France to purchase phased out Mirage-2000 fighter aircraft

None of these aircraft would be used for flying and they are being acquired to help improve the serviceability of around 50 Mirage-2000s in the Indian fleet, sources said.

Modi at 71 has zero challenge. But one CM is emulating him, a divisive, rising BJP star

Yogi has put high command in a tough situation. If he doesn’t win UP next year, it will set back BJP’s prospects in 2024. If he wins, it will be seen as his win as much as theirs.
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