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This triggered obvious introspection in the SP-BSP ranks. Mayawati was more aggressive in the blame game, despite having benefited more than the SP from the alliance.(HT Photo)

UP back to a four-cornered fight as BSP, SP part ways

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Prashant Jha
UPDATED ON JUN 25, 2019 07:50 AM IST
The logic of the alliance was clear. The SP and the BSP had faced a rout both in the 2014 parliamentary and the 2017 assembly elections (BSP had also lost the 2012 assembly polls to SP).
The reason for the break up of the BSP-SP alliance ((ANI)
The reason for the break up of the BSP-SP alliance ((ANI)

The failure of the BSP-SP alliance is not about vote transfers

By Sanjay Kumar
PUBLISHED ON JUN 12, 2019 07:59 PM IST
It’s not their inability to transfer votes that resulted in their poor performance in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections; the two, in fact, did manage to transfer their votes to each other though the degree varied. The reasons for the alliance’s dismal performance lie somewhere else
The Hindi heartland had not witnessed for decades the kind of governance Modi has done in the last five years(Pratik Chorge/HT Photo)
The Hindi heartland had not witnessed for decades the kind of governance Modi has done in the last five years(Pratik Chorge/HT Photo)

How Modi created the Hindu vote bank

By Smita Mishra
PUBLISHED ON MAY 28, 2019 07:43 PM IST
As the prime minister of the country, he kept ensuring throughout the past five years that there should be zero caste discrimination in the implementation and last mile delivery of government benefits
Much before Samajwadi Party (SP) and Bhaujan Samaj Party (BSP) came together, the BJP hunkered down and crafted a strategy to take them on.(PTI)
Much before Samajwadi Party (SP) and Bhaujan Samaj Party (BSP) came together, the BJP hunkered down and crafted a strategy to take them on.(PTI)

Lok Sabha election results 2019: Amit Shah’s master plan for Uttar Pradesh derails SP, BSP

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Prashant Jha
UPDATED ON MAY 24, 2019 09:38 AM IST
After all, the party’s success in 2014 and 2017 had relied substantially on a split in the anti-BJP vote.
Prime Minsiter Narendra Modi during BJP workers meet programme in Varanasi(ANI)
Prime Minsiter Narendra Modi during BJP workers meet programme in Varanasi(ANI)

Lok Sabha elections 2019: Three things to watch out for in the results

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON MAY 23, 2019 08:57 AM IST
After having swept the state in 2014, the BJP faces its strongest challenge in Uttar Pradesh with a formidable opposition alliance.
Even as the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has co-opted significant elements of Hindu society, including many backward and Dalit groups, two social formations — Yadavs and Jatavs — remain at the forefront of the opposition to the BJP.(HT Photo)
Even as the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has co-opted significant elements of Hindu society, including many backward and Dalit groups, two social formations — Yadavs and Jatavs — remain at the forefront of the opposition to the BJP.(HT Photo)

Lok Sabha elections 2019: How SP-BSP alliance math is playing out on the ground in Uttar Pradesh

Varanasi/Jaunpur/Bhadhohi | By Prashant Jha
UPDATED ON MAY 13, 2019 07:39 AM IST
The tale of two voters illustrates the churn on the ground and indicates the possible synergy in the alliance is because of pressure from below, rather than talks or diktats at the top .
Lok Sabha elections 2019: In UP, BJP woos Dalits, but must win trust(AFP)
Lok Sabha elections 2019: In UP, BJP woos Dalits, but must win trust(AFP)

Lok Sabha elections 2019: In UP, BJP woos Dalits, but must win trust

Uttar Pradesh/Maharashtra/West Bengal | By Dhrubo Jyoti and Snigdha Poonam
UPDATED ON MAY 18, 2019 09:34 PM IST
Choudhary’s transformation underlines the deep fault lines in the BJP’s strategy and politics around Dalits in Uttar Pradesh: the electoral and social dominance of upper castes, the need to win over Dalit voters (making up a fifth of the state’s voters) and the dichotomy of the party’s appeals to them.
Bahujan Samaj Party supremo Mayawati on her 63rd birthday at her residence, in Lucknow, 2019. Today most of the political parties seem to be out of sync with the Dalit youth including Dalit-focused parties like the BSP(Subhankar Chakraborty/HT PHOTO)
Bahujan Samaj Party supremo Mayawati on her 63rd birthday at her residence, in Lucknow, 2019. Today most of the political parties seem to be out of sync with the Dalit youth including Dalit-focused parties like the BSP(Subhankar Chakraborty/HT PHOTO)

No political party in the country understands Dalit youths’ aspirations

By Abhinav Prakash Singh
UPDATED ON FEB 08, 2019 08:03 AM IST
The new generation rejects the old Congress model of clientelism but is also disappointed by the lack of Dalit representation in the BJP power structure.
Bahujan Samaj Party national president Mayawati in Lucknow, May 11, 2017(HINDUSTAN TIMES)
Bahujan Samaj Party national president Mayawati in Lucknow, May 11, 2017(HINDUSTAN TIMES)

Despite electoral setbacks, why BSP chief Mayawati is no pushover

Hindustan Times | By Prashant Jha
UPDATED ON SEP 24, 2018 09:34 AM IST
Other than UP, the BSP has significant pockets of support across states. This gives it a significant national presence
Seventy years of independence have changed little in casteist attitudes, which have morphed and taken new shapes in urban areas, while retaining their original macabre form in the rural.(HT File Photo)
Seventy years of independence have changed little in casteist attitudes, which have morphed and taken new shapes in urban areas, while retaining their original macabre form in the rural.(HT File Photo)

Uncorked, years of pent up resentment among Dalits

Hindustan Times | By Dhrubo Jyoti
UPDATED ON APR 10, 2018 07:35 AM IST
For decades, Dalits have had grievances against poor implementation of the SC/ST prevention of Atrocities Act. Now, a perceived dilution of the law has become a flashpoint for their simmering anger.
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