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Congress left in the lurch in UP and an ally takes a dig at the BJP

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The elephant in the room, and tea stalls as ‘safe’ place for conversations

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Akhilesh, Maya set to contest 2022 UP assembly polls together

But experts express doubts, say difficult to imagine SP, BSP alliance surviving for 3 more years.
BJP National Convention

Opposition parties trying to forge alliance against one individual, says PM Modi

SP-BSP alliance dominates discussions at BJP’s national convention, PM says opposition wants weak govt.
Samajwadi Party president Akhilesh Yadav with Bahujan Samaj Party supremo Mayawati | PTI

Akhilesh, Mayawati seal SP-BSP pact for Lok Sabha polls, to contest 38 seats each

Both BJP, Congress are 'steeped in corruption', say BSP and SP leaders, leaving Rahul Gandhi-led party out of alliance. 
Jayanta Chaudhary

RLD, partner in UP’s grand alliance, demands six Lok Sabha seats in upcoming elections

RLD's Jayant Chaudhary met Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav to demand the six seats, though a decision will be taken only after a meeting BSP's Mayawati.
Samajwadi Party president Akhilesh Yadav with Bahujan Samaj Party supremo Mayawati | PTI

Why Mayawati won’t break her alliance with Samajwadi Party in Uttar Pradesh

Her problems with the Congress are unique.
Akhilesh Yadav

How a mysterious 70-year-old became Akhilesh Yadav’s best friend in seven months

Rai Sahab is a ubiquitous presence in Samajwadi Party meetings but even party leaders have no idea who he is or the reason behind his rise to prominence.
Jayanta Chaudhary

With SP support, RLD’s Jayant Chaudhary could be opposition candidate for Kairana bypoll

He is viewed as a candidate with great potential for victory, and the SP-BSP combine may back him to ensure a repeat of Gorakhpur & Phulpur losses for the BJP.
Amit Shah, Yogi Adityanath and Narendra Modi in Lucknow | Ashok Dutta/Hindustan Times via Getty Images

Four things the BJP could do to counter the SP-BSP alliance in 2019

The SP-BSP alliance makes sure that 2019 will be a rare occasion in recent memory: A bipolar contest in Uttar Pradesh.

On Camera

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.

Defence

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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. 
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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?