articles by Alok Kumar Rai


UP Election 2017: Will BJP’s social engineering gamble finally pay dividend in the state?

The social engineering employed by BJP appears to enjoy greater acceptability among the wider social groups in Uttar Pradesh in the ongoing election.


UP Election 2017: In a caste-dominated state, BJP will need at least 30 percent votes to win

In a multi-cornered contest, any party or coalition getting 30 percent of polled vote can form a government with absolute majority. A strategic BJP may eye on 30 percent plus votes, and to achieve that it must appeal to the floating electorates apart from the 22 percent upper caste that are likely to vote for the BJP