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HindustanTimes Fri,18 Apr 2014

EC come and EC go

Thanks to the poll panel, there is hardly any colour left in elections. But we should have seen it coming.

No bargain basement

Cash and carry acquires a whole new meaning for Ponty Chadha whose loose change is in crores.

The ups and downs of UP

While the Congress and the SP are looking good, the BSP and the BJP have slipped.

The phone bill polls?

You don't have to have your ear firmly on the dusty plains of UP to notice that this round of finger-pointing pertaining to corruption in the other camps is all a bit half-hearted, writes Chanakya.

Samajwadis not afraid of Peace Party or Congress

In an interview with Pankaj Jaiswal, Mulayam Singh Yadav's Man Friday Azam Khan says he will make sure that the SP fulfils all its promises made to Muslims if it wins the upcoming assembly polls.

Maya of inclusion

Mayawati is losing her advantage thanks to inaccessibility and an aggressive display of State power. It's high time she took her Dalit miracle to the next level, Sagarika Ghose writes.

Going alone, unless...

In Uttar Pradesh, no one wants to team up with anyone after poll results. Except, maybe, the SP.

People love me, I'm not just a crowd-puller

When actress Hema Malini was campaigning in Lucknow, HT caught up with her. Excerpts from the interview.

Not caste in stone

While some voter loyalty still forms around narrow caste affiliations, it is now fairly typical for ticket distribution in UP to reflect a rainbow coalition of communities. Barkha Dutt writes.

Cracks in her statues

Mayawati can beat anti-incumbency only if her opponents cut into each other. Varghese K George writes.

'Son might join us, the father may stay in Congress'

Just a day before the declaration of Uttar Pradesh Assembly election results, SP state chief Akhilesh Yadav indicated possible support from RLD in an interview with Pankaj Jaiswal.

People voted for SP rising above caste and religion: Akhilesh

The Samajwadi Party (SP) state president Akhilesh Yadav said that the party's government would stake claim to form government after the SP Parliamentary board meeting scheduled on Wednesday.

Out of touch, out of mind

For all our sniggering at the Congress and Rahul Gandhi - for their grand failure in Uttar Pradesh, I have reason to believe that Congress leaders might just be right - without quite knowing what exactly might be wrong. Sujata Anandan writes.

Voters angry over indifferent attitude

The writing was on the wall. Gandhis perhaps had read it but not the Congress party. Sunita Aron writes.

Voters were against BSP, not for anybody

This election is historical because, once again, upper castes have been kept out of power. Vivek Kumar writes.
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