articles by Ratan Mani Lal

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Akhilesh Yadav attacks Yogi Adityanath govt on law and order: What lies beneath SP leader's sudden anger?

The Yogi Adityanath government in Uttar Pradesh, now in its seventh week, may have given rise to a new work culture as far as working hours and pace of decision-making is concerned, but it has also given the much-needed pep to the Samajwadi Party and its leaders.

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SP, Congress likely to form anti-BJP pact with BSP: Why UP is obsessed with 'gathbandhans'

The coalition debate is sure to rage on in the coming months, for the SP, BSP and Congress have been pushed to the margins of the political scenario in UP.

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Mayawati is struggling to stay relevant in UP; BSP open to a Grand Alliance to counter BJP

Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) leader Mayawati has eventually come back to the path tread by all other major political parties in the state as well as rest of India.

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Will Yogi Adityanath break the ‘committed bureaucracy’ shackles in Uttar Pradesh?

But the “saffron-robed monk” – as many describe him – has shown a different style in handling the complex issues that this vast state faces.

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Akhilesh Yadav looks to tighten his grip over Samajwadi Party following UP election setback

For Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav, the UP election results brought about a change that required him to come up with a response befitting his status.

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Dinesh Sharma as UP deputy CM: 'Affable' Mayor's appointment may take edge off Yogi Adityanath

Even though the chief minister's post went to Adityanath, Sharma as the choice for one of the two deputies, clearly indicates his suitability for the position.

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UP's child development metrics are on the way up thanks to tireless efforts at Anganwadi centres

Thanks to the contributions made by like-minded individuals committed to bringing about a change, the condition of children in the state is improving

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UP MLC Election 2017: BJP makes big gains, wins in Kanpur, Gorakhpur and Bareilly

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has scored a quiet but significant victory in the biennial election for five seats in the Uttar Pradesh Legislative Council.

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UP Election 2017: Mapping the Shivpal saga, lone journey of Mulayam Singh Yadav's faithful ally

He was the most powerful minister after the Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav for a little more than four years. His choice prevailed in the appointments made in the lower bureaucracy, police and at least half a dozen departments.

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UP Election 2017: Samajwadi Party stands to lose more after alliance with Congress

After the pre-election alliance with the Congress was announced on the evening of Sunday 22 January, the Samajwadi Party camp was in a jubilant mood, but the price for the accord has to be paid more by the SP than the Congress.

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Mulayam's victory in defeat: EC decision helps pass Samajwadi Party legacy to son Akhilesh

The Election Commission's decision has helped the transfer of Mulayam Singh Yadav’s political legacy to his elder son, something which the senior Yadav always wanted despite his criticism of the way Akhilesh Yadav ran the government. But the real challenge for him and Shivpal Yadav to prove that they are the real "Samajwadis"

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Samajwadi Party feud: Mulayam Singh Yadav makes last-ditch effort to consolidate followers

Coming on a day after Mulayam and his chief minister son Akhilesh had a long meeting in Lucknow, the assertions by the father were repetitive in the sense that he tried to lay all the blame for the current, prolonged woes of the SP on Ram Gopal

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UP Election 2017: Mulayam Singh Yadav targets Ram Gopal, highlights Akhilesh

The assertion by Mulayam Singh Yadav that he is the national president of the Samajwadi Party and his son Akhilesh Yadav is the state’s chief minister says it all about the long-drawn power struggle in the ruling party in Uttar Pradesh

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UP Election 2017: Akhilesh Yadav named Samajwadi Party boss, split just formality

Incidentally, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is scheduled to address a huge rally in Lucknow on 2 January and people are eagerly waiting to hear his comments on the goings-on in the Samajwadi Party.

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Akhilesh-Mulayam drama: Nothing has changed in Samajwadi Party, but public perception

The challenge before Akhilesh is to restore the credibility of his party and other seniors in the upcoming election campaign.

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UP Election 2017: Is Samajwadi Party reverting to a pre-Akhilesh Yadav mode?

Samajwadi Party president Mulayam Singh Yadav on Wednesday announced a list of 325 contestants for as many Assembly seats for the 2017 election

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Akhilesh Yadav outsmarts Mamata Banerjee, stays away from Lucknow demonetisation rally

If Mamata Banerjee was smart to choose a busy road in Lucknow for her protest against demonetisation, Akhilesh Yadav outsmarted her by avoiding sharing the stage with the West Bengal chief minister

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Akhilesh Yadav, Mulayam Singh Yadav face each other as others fall by wayside

Throughout the developments on Sunday, that included a clear display by Akhilesh of his strong distaste for Amar Singh, dismissal of Shivpal Yadav and other ministers, and the expulsion of Ram Gopal Yadav from the party, the most important things to emerge were a lot of dirty linen and tumbling skeletons.

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Samajwadi Party ‘letter war’: Senior leaders look to smooth over Akhilesh-Mulayam differences

The meeting has been convened at Akhilesh’s residence and it is expected that those supporting Akhilesh’s uncle Shivpal Yadav, may not attend the meeting.

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Samajwadi Party drama is far from over: Now, Shivpal sacks Akhilesh Yadav loyalists

And with this, hopes of a lasting solution to the feud among family members – notably Akhilesh Yadav and his uncle and senior minister Shivpal Yadav – have been almost dashed.