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File photo of BSP supremo Mayawati and Samajwadi Party President Akhilesh Yadav during a joint press conference in Lucknow | PTI

Akhilesh, Mayawati to dent BJP numbers in UP, but not as much as expected

NDTV's Poll of Polls gives BJP and allies 49 seats, down from 73 in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, while the SP-BSP-RLD gathbandhan is predicted to win 29 seats.
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.
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.
A BSP supporter in today's rally in Deoband | Praveen Jain | ThePrint

The public mood in Uttar Pradesh expects 50-50 for BJP & SP-BSP

The 2019 Lok Sabha election is a rare event when Uttar Pradesh is having a truly bi-polar contest.
Union Minister of Finance Arun Jaitley during a press conference

Arun Jaitley’s selective amnesia makes him forget the times BJP put ‘humour’ behind bars

Arun Jaitley was quick to call out Mamata Banerjee for not being able to have a good laugh at herself. But preaching is easier than practicing.
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This is the one thing working for the few Muslims contesting Lok Sabha elections from UP

Without dynasty connections, the statistics would have been even more dismal for Muslim candidates.
BSP supremo Mayawati and Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav

In Uttar Pradesh, Dalits and Yadavs pretend they never hated each other

The Yogi Adityanath government’s alienation of Jatavs and Yadavs have made them forget their past animosity.
A Midwife speaks to young mother at a hospital | PTI

BJP-ruled constituencies fare worst on all maternal health indicators, study shows

Northern states like UP and Bihar have the highest concentration of women suffering from anemia, a known cause of maternal deaths.
At a nukkad sabha in Bhimbar area Bhojpuri singer-turned-politician Dinesh Yadav alias Nirahua who has been fielded from Azamgarh by the BJP.

Amid Bhojpuri songs & ‘launda naach’, the contest for Azamgarh is a fight to reclaim its legacy

Azamgarh, which has been linked with terrorism since a 2008 Delhi encounter, accounts for 2 of UP's 80 constituencies, both of which vote Sunday.
A tannery in Kanpur

Yogi govt shut down Kanpur tanneries for Kumbh. Three months later, shutters still down

Kanpur's famed leather industry, valued at Rs 9,000 crore, has found itself under siege since the Kumbh Mela in Allahabad this January.

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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. 
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.