Opinion | Caste arithmetic or Balakot boost: What will decide UP Phase 1?
With the highly anticipated 2019 Lok Sabha elections finally kicking off, Hindustan Times’ Associate Editor, Prashant Jha, helps break down the factors which will play a decisive role in the first phase of elections in Uttar Pradesh, electorally the most important state. While the SP-BSP-RLD alliance is banking on a social coalition of religious and caste groups to propel it to power, the BJP is brewing a mix of its own caste combination, buttressed by Modi’s popularity to help it retain the throne. Congress, the underdog, is expected to play the spoiler, but it’s yet to be seen who the victim would be. Watch the full video to know who has the edge in this political potboiler.