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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.

The BJP is paying the price for alienating Dalits, UP bypoll results show

Mayawati’s unexpected decision to support the SP in the bypolls was an act of desperation — not just her own, but also that of Dalit voters.

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.
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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.
Dalit leader and Gujarat MLA Jignesh Mevani

To counter Modinomics, Jignesh Mevani now wants young India to fight joblessness

Dalit leader plans a national platform for youth to raise their voice. He also wants his constituency Vadgam to become a new ‘model’ for development.
Shekhar Gupta reporting from the Allahabad by-election

30 years ago, witnessing the rise of a man who first created Dalit politics

In this week’s National Interest, I had said Jignesh Mevani could draw from Kanshi Ram’s playbook. Since there is much curiosity, the story of my first exposure to him and his political style
An illustration depicting Jignesh Mevani

Does Jignesh Mevani have it in him to become Kanshi Ram 2.0?

Kanshi Ram was a Dalit Kautilya from Punjab who built the heartland’s Mayawati as his Chandragupta. It’s a good playbook for Jignesh Mevani, if he has the skill and ambition.

Mayawati throws seat-sharing rider ahead of opposition rally in Patna

BSP chief’s latest remark is likely to dent Lalu’s efforts to forge a grand alliance against BJP

Exclusive: Lalu says Akhilesh and Mayawati will turn up for upcoming Patna rally

Lalu Yadav does not believe Nitish Kumar joining hands with the BJP is a blow to his efforts to forge opposition unity. Kumar Anshuman

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Did the last season of Game of Thrones let down its legions of fans?

Many Game of Thrones fans across the world have demanded a remake of the 8th season of Game of Thrones saying the script didn’t match their expectations.

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After 10-year wait, defence ministry to grant ex-servicemen status to military nurses

Military nurses had been seeking to be treated at par with other military officers, including doctors.
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?