Mamata Banerjee challenged and succeeded against the BJP in the West Bengal elections but the TMC’s governance and ideological quotients are weaker than the BJP’s.
BJP could not have ignored the larger resonances in the UP villages. The small and marginal farmers, who form the backbone of BJP’s support, were equally agitated.
‘It’s (Ram Mandir) a matter of prestige for us Hindus. This is our Bharat that worships Maryada Purshottam Ram. BJP votes will be consolidated,’ says, Ajay Kumar, a small trader in Ataria.
Owaisi had hoped to capitalise on the minority “discomfort” with the Samajwadi Party and take away the community’s votes in the seats where these mattered.
Who can deny that Mamata Banerjee and Arvind Kejriwal are by-products of a transformed ambience while Rahul Gandhi is an inheritor.
In Uttar Pradesh, the State Advisory Price alone governs the price structure of sugarcane.
Kalyan Singh was the BJP’s first “Monarch of the Hindu Heart” as well as a pioneering backward caste leader, reconciling the seeming contradictions between these two facets that define contemporary Indian politics.
PM Modi’s championing of the hitherto faceless “kisan” has deeper connotations. One has to look no farther than UP to reckon what the import is.
While the era when Brahmins moulded opinions of a significant section of the electorate is gone, the community has figured out that even BJP is unlikely to endow them with a CM from their caste.
Thackeray today is counted among the strong regional leaders, his intrinsic value being enhanced by governing a state like Maharashtra.
With seven new inductions from UP, the BJP conceded that despite its seeming invincibility, it could not wish away its allies and the votes they brought to the table.
In 2019, the SP, BSP and RLD came together to combat a buoyant BJP and were routed.
For the moment, it’s retribution time for Nitish who demonstrated he has not lost his savvy at playing realpolitik.
That Rakesh Tikait travelled to Kolkata to seek Mamata’s support for the protests in Delhi presages an interesting trend. The Gandhis and Congress cannot ignore its political significance.
UP’s parties are palpably thrilled to see the Dalit space opening up before the 2022 Assembly elections. But can they project themselves as pro-Dalit?