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Akhilesh Yadav tweaks caste arithmetic for Samajwadi Party, eyes collective front to counter BJP's might in Uttar Pradesh
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Akhilesh Yadav tweaks caste arithmetic for Samajwadi Party, eyes collective front to counter BJP's might in Uttar Pradesh

Banished into political hibernation after a humiliating drubbing in the 2017 Assembly elections, the Samajwadi Party (SP) of late seems to have got its voice and bearings back, led by party chief, former chief minister Akhilesh Yadav

Pew survey has Narendra Modi's detractors splitting hairs and shifting goalposts to hang on to narrative
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Pew survey has Narendra Modi's detractors splitting hairs and shifting goalposts to hang on to narrative

It is a little amusing to note western institutions embarking on a periodic discovery of Narendra Modi-led India and struggling to make sense of the results, and even more amusing to note Modi's detractors—both home and away—splitting hairs and endlessly shifting goalposts to hang on to their narrative even as India continues to repose faith in its prime minister.

Ease of doing business: By dismissing World Bank ranks, Rahul crediting Narendra Modi for India's good show
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Ease of doing business: By dismissing World Bank ranks, Rahul crediting Narendra Modi for India's good show

Rahul Gandhi has posted yet another sarcastic remark on Twitter, suggesting that India's 30-spot jump does not represent reality, while senior Congress leader Kapil Sibal has started tweeting about Vyapam scam and hunger index.

Rahul Gandhi is a better communicator today, but without a solution-based narrative, he ends up helping BJP
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Rahul Gandhi is a better communicator today, but without a solution-based narrative, he ends up helping BJP

Rahul Gandhi should focus on devising a narrative of solutions to the problems faced by India rather than criticising Narendra Modi govt over GST and demonetisation

Cabinet reshuffle: MA Naqvi's elevation may please Muslim voters, but Anant Kumar Hegde could play spoilsport
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Cabinet reshuffle: MA Naqvi's elevation may please Muslim voters, but Anant Kumar Hegde could play spoilsport

The nascent support for BJP among Muslims may come to a nought with the induction of Hindutva hard liners like Anant Kumar Hegde in the Cabinet

Yogi Adityanath's outbursts reveal CM's priority is in asserting religion, not being an able administrator
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Yogi Adityanath's outbursts reveal CM's priority is in asserting religion, not being an able administrator

Going by the recent provocative statements of Yogi Adityanath, it's clear that assertion of religious identity is more important to the Uttar Pradesh chief minister than social harmony

Akhilesh Yadav needs lessons on patriotism: Politicising soldiers' deaths shows how nation comes last for SP president
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Akhilesh Yadav needs lessons on patriotism: Politicising soldiers' deaths shows how nation comes last for SP president

Akhilesh Yadav raked in another controversy on Wednesday asking why no soldiers are dying from Gujarat on a day when terrorists abducted and killed 22-year-old Lieutenant Ummer Fayaz in Shopian district of Jammu and Kashmir

Congress, BJP takes a dig at Mulayam Singh, says SP patron's words and actions don't match
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Congress, BJP takes a dig at Mulayam Singh, says SP patron's words and actions don't match

A day after Mulayam Singh Yadav blamed Indian National Congress for the loss in Uttar Pradesh polls, the party hit back saying the Samajwadi Party (SP) patron's words and actions do not match and that he had always drifted away when attempts to form a joint front against "communal" forces were made.

MCD Election 2017: Arvind Kejriwal should end EVM blame game, learn from Shiv Sena on being  better loser
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MCD Election 2017: Arvind Kejriwal should end EVM blame game, learn from Shiv Sena on being better loser

Arvind Kejriwal has expressed the hope that “good people who had left the party will return to its fold”. It’s a different thing if the good people who had moved away may now find the party to be too bad to get back.

Gayatri Prajapati rape case: Former UP minister granted bail by POCSO court
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Gayatri Prajapati rape case: Former UP minister granted bail by POCSO court

Lucknow: Former UP minister Gayatri Prajapati and his two accomplices were Tuesday granted bail by a POCSO court here in connection with a rape case.

EVM tampering: Opposition parties have failed to take defeat sportingly, put EC image in dock
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EVM tampering: Opposition parties have failed to take defeat sportingly, put EC image in dock

The shrillness with which the 16 political parties are alleging EVM tampering essentially suggests that they have not reconciled to the defeat in recent rounds of Assembly and local bodies elections.

Yogi Adityanath in Gorakhpur: UP CM invokes Spiderman, says with great power comes great responsibility
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Yogi Adityanath in Gorakhpur: UP CM invokes Spiderman, says with great power comes great responsibility

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath asked BJP office bearers and public representatives not to undertake any contractual work, and instead monitor them for effective execution

Yogi Adityanath as Uttar Pradesh CM: Modi is performing the last rites of Nehruvian secularism
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Yogi Adityanath as Uttar Pradesh CM: Modi is performing the last rites of Nehruvian secularism

Narendra Modi is now removing the 'idea of India' and replacing it with another — one that has its roots in the ancient Dharmic tradition of pluralism as opposed to the European brand of secularism

Yogi Adityanath as UP CM: From the ashes of pseudo-secularism rises the phoenix of hardline Hindutva
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Yogi Adityanath as UP CM: From the ashes of pseudo-secularism rises the phoenix of hardline Hindutva

Had the UP mandate been the result of a Hindutva agenda, Adityanath's appointment would have been interpreted as a natural, obvious step. But the referendum was on Modi and his vikas agenda

Yogi Adityanath is the face of BJP's Hindutva project: Symbolism of the monk in saffron robes
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Yogi Adityanath is the face of BJP's Hindutva project: Symbolism of the monk in saffron robes

The BJP's decision to put Ajay Singh alias Yogi Adityanath signals its intent to decisively change the destiny of India.

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

Adityanath Yogi and his cow-love: The fringe is now the centre, what a journey from Nehru to Narendra Modi
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Adityanath Yogi and his cow-love: The fringe is now the centre, what a journey from Nehru to Narendra Modi

With Yogi Adityanath as the chief minister of Uttar Pradesh, the wheel has made a full circle. Adityanath heads Gorakhdham peeth (also known as goraksha peeth), which virtually regulates the social life in eastern Uttar Pradesh and Terai region on account of its enormous clout over the region's political economy.

Yogi Adityanath is UP chief minister: Unapologetic communal overtone, manipulation of fear led to this coronation
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Yogi Adityanath is UP chief minister: Unapologetic communal overtone, manipulation of fear led to this coronation

While reasons for Adityanath's elevation for the top post of the state will witness some high-decibel-deafening debate, what perhaps will be given less attention is how he actually forged this paradigm of power, that pushed him at top of political hierarchy, in such an unexpected manner.

'Hindu rashtra' to 'love jihad': A look at UP CM Yogi Adityanath's most controversial remarks
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'Hindu rashtra' to 'love jihad': A look at UP CM Yogi Adityanath's most controversial remarks

Yogi Adityanath, the 44-year-old sanyasi from Gorakhpur, who is the Mahant of the Gorakhnath math, is known to have several criminal cases against him.

UP election aftermath: Why it is too soon to say anything about a Modi victory in the 2019 polls
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UP election aftermath: Why it is too soon to say anything about a Modi victory in the 2019 polls

The victory of BJP in UP is thought to have made a return to power of Narendra Modi in 2019 inevitable. If this is indeed so, what will need to happen?