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Varanasi is a no-contest for Narendra Modi yet again

Narendra Modi will likely better his victory margin this time as he leads by more than 4 lakh votes. In 2014, he defeated Arvind Kejriwal by over 3 lakh votes.
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.
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.
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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.
Mayawati and Mulayam Sing Yadav

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.
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.
Akhilesh and Mulayam Singh Yadav

Supreme Court wants CBI to share status of probe against Mulayam Singh Yadav & his sons

The top court's bench comprising Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justice Deepak Gupta directed CBI to file its response in two weeks.
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.
File photo of Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav

Congress merely wants to save itself, not defeat Modi: Akhilesh Yadav

Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav blames Congress for missing the grand alliance bus in Uttar Pradesh.

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Is AAP’s Arvind Kejriwal also guilty of treating Muslims as an unthinking votebank?

Days after Delhi voted in the Lok Sabha elections, AAP convenor Arvind Kejriwal said the Muslim vote “shifted” to the Congress at the last minute.

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Pakistan sends a ‘message’ to Modi, test-fires nuclear missile on day of his poll sweep

Pakistan tested ballistic missile Shaheen-II, which has a range of 1,500 km. Indian security experts say timing of the test clear signal to new govt.
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.