articles by Ambikanand Sahay

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UP Election 2017: Don't write Mulayam off yet, he may still have an ace up his sleeve

n Akhilesh's Samajwadi Party, Mulayam has been 'promoted'’ to occupy the same 'margdarshak' position that LK Advani and Murali Manohar Joshi do in Narendra Modi’s BJP

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UP Election: If Akhilesh Yadav wins 2017 polls, he can test Narendra Modi in 2019

Akhilesh Yadav knows one thing for certain: If he passes the 2017 test with distinction, he will be the tallest regional leader to take on Modi in 2019

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UP election 2017: Akhilesh faces win-win situation despite expulsion from SP

With more and more fast-paced, mind-boggling developments upturning existing calculations in the aftermath of Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav’s expulsion from the Samajwadi Party, it’s hardly surprising if all the major players in Uttar Pradesh's politics are seen to be burning the midnight oil to redraw their future strategies. Yes, the poll dynamics have changed. So very suddenly

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UP election 2017: As Samajwadi Party heads for split, four possible scenarios for the state

Akhilesh Yadav has chosen to move on an uncharted course. He has broken all shackles. He is bent upon defying all party norms and all rules of political business. And he has raised the banner of revolt against his father and the Samajwadi Party

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UP election 2017: Discord between Samajwadi Party and Mayawati will boost BJP's chances in state

Understandably, Mayawati who had thus far been marching ahead of others on the Muslim front, especially in Western Uttar Pradesh, looks at the new development with suspicion.

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UP elections 2017: Why Akhilesh Yadav's caste card flummoxed his opponents

In a move that is bound to put the BJP and BSP in a fix ahead of the elections, the Akhilesh Yadav government hurriedly cleared a proposal today to place as many as 17 Other Backward Class (OBC) sub-castes on the list of Scheduled Castes (SC)

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Demonetisation: Rahul Gandhi, Narendra Modi trade verbal volleys, aim beyond UP polls

If the note ban comes to a successful conclusion, the Prime Minister will laugh all the way into the 2019 Lok Sabha elections and, maybe, beyond.

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Uttar Pradesh Assembly election: All signs point to February polls in major battleground

Unambiguous pointers give the feeling that Assembly elections are round the corner in the crucial state of Uttar Pradesh, and may be held in February. AFP

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UP elections: Will PM Modi's demonetisation gamble pay off or derail BJP's campaign?

Will PM Modi's gamble pay off in poll bound Uttar Pradesh? Would peoples’ patience with BJP last beyond 31 December? And what will happen if it does not?

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Demonetisation: Opposition divided but BJP and Nitish Kumar are having the last laugh

And Nitish Kumar, who seems to be following Carnegie’s advice, is not a fool. He weighs his words, looks before leaping and doesn’t get carried away by rabid anti-Centre emotions.

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UP 2017 polls: SP's solidarity show a way to seal Muslim vote-bank while BJP looks to polarise

They know that they wouldn’t have come to power at the Centre in 2014, if the Hindu-Muslim polarisation had not taken place in wake of the Muzaffarnagar riots.

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Decoding Samajwadi Party's Rath Yatra: This UP polls, Mulayam, Akhilesh will battle BJP, not BSP

With both Mulayam Singh Yadav and Shivpal Singh Yadav sharing the stage with Akhilesh Yadav on the occasion of the latter’s Rath Yatra launch in Lucknow on Thursday, Uttar Pradesh politics took yet another dramatic turn bringing into focus three things

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Lessons from Samajwadi Party saga: Mulayam Singh Yadav is wily old-fox of Indian politics

Akhilesh Yadav is not just the man of the moment but he, in fact, is all set to take over the Samajwadi Party in due course of time; all thanks to Mulayam.

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Samajwadi Party's chances in UP polls are over: It will be a direct fight between BJP and BSP

Mayawati knows that this minority community is bound to gravitate towards her in a big way in the absence of a strong Samajwadi Party.

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Samajwadi Party split imminent as Akhilesh, Mulayam reach point of no return

Things have gone too far in Samajwadi Party, the point of no-return having been reached. Already, a formal announcement of a vertical split is awaited.

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UP polls: Latest Samajwadi Party developments have compounded political confusion in state

If the BJP is confused, the BSP is no less rattled by developments in the Samajwadi pariwar in the poll-bound UP. The Congress too looks apprehensive. If you try to read the jumble of signals in poll-bound Uttar Pradesh, you would be baffled too.

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Varun Gandhi's farmer-funding initiative is the wake-up call India needs

Is Varun Gandhi upping the political ante in poll-bound Uttar Pradesh. No, not at all. He is, in fact, busy searching genuine marginal farmers who, if not helped, would certainly commit suicide

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UP polls: Is family feud forcing CM Akhilesh Yadav to explore options outside Samajwadi Party?

Akhilesh Yadav, who has already faced too many twists and turns in wake of the recent generational war within his family and government, looks ready for another adventure at the next turn: He might break away from his party and fight the coming election in alliance with Rahul Gandhi’s Congress.

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In poll-bound UP, BJP is exploiting Narendra Modi’s imagery to maximum effect

In their heart of hearts, the BJP knows that they are armed with just one asset – Narendra Modi. They don’t have anything else to show off. They have got to exploit Modi’s imagery to maximum effect.

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Indian Army's surgical strikes prove Narendra Modi bears more than one similarity with Indira Gandhi

All political parties are now vying with each other to congratulate the army and the government for the surgical strike on terrorists’ camps across the LoC in PoK.