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“The BSP-SP alliance has made the BJP panicky. Its leaders are making baseless statements against the leaders of the alliance.”(HT File)

Gameplan 2019: Mayawati calls for grand alliance

Hindustan Times, Lucknow | By Rajesh Kumar Singh, Lucknow
PUBLISHED ON MAR 27, 2018 01:13 PM IST
The SP and the BSP did not join hands for vested interests but to provide relief to the people from anti-people policies of the BJP-led NDA government.
Cracks had emerged in ties between Shivpal (far right) and Akhilesh (left) in August 2016, when a power struggle broke out in the family.(PTI File)
Cracks had emerged in ties between Shivpal (far right) and Akhilesh (left) in August 2016, when a power struggle broke out in the family.(PTI File)

Shivpal mends bridges with Akhilesh, may even get to contest Lok Sabha polls

Hindustan Times, Lucknow | By Pankaj Jaiswal
UPDATED ON MAR 26, 2018 08:12 PM IST
Shivpal’s loyalties have been a matter of speculation since last July, when he and a few loyalists defied the party whip and voted in favour of NDA presidential candidate Ram Nath Kovind “on the instructions of Netaji”. He, however, warmed up to Akhilesh after the Samajwadi Party’s recent victories in the Gorakhpur and Phulpur Lok Sabha bypolls.
Samajwadi Party supporters celebrate their win against the BJP in Phulpur and Gorakhpur Lok Sabha by-election results, in Allahabad on Wednesday.(PTI)
Samajwadi Party supporters celebrate their win against the BJP in Phulpur and Gorakhpur Lok Sabha by-election results, in Allahabad on Wednesday.(PTI)

BJP loses Gorakhpur, Phulpur bypolls; leaders say SP-BSP factor underestimated

Lucknow, Hindustan Times | By Manish Chandra Pandey
UPDATED ON MAR 14, 2018 06:28 PM IST
BJP leaders struggled to explain the UP by-election results. Deputy CM Keshav Prasad Maurya pointed to the low voter turnout, while regretting the party’s inability to get its supporters to the polling booth.
The Yadav family feud broke out in 2016 between Akhilesh Yadav and uncle Shivpal Yadav over control of the Samajwadi Party.(HT file)
The Yadav family feud broke out in 2016 between Akhilesh Yadav and uncle Shivpal Yadav over control of the Samajwadi Party.(HT file)

Rajya Sabha polls: Shivpal factor may help BJP as party pushes to win extra seat in Uttar Pradesh

Hindustan Times | By Pankaj Jaiswal, Lucknow
UPDATED ON MAR 13, 2018 11:07 PM IST
Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav’s uncle Shivpal Yadav is likely to break ranks with the Opposition and support the BJP which will contest one more than the 8 Rajya Sabha seats it is certain to win in Uttar Pradesh.
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