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  • Opinion: My Way Or The Highway Is Adityanath's Clear Message To BJP
    Swati Chaturvedi
    Adityanath is just getting started, and if the BJP doesn't want to play along, he has an alternative in place.
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  • Opinion: Amit Shah's UP Problems Get Larger Led By Adityanath
    Swati Chaturvedi
    Shah is a battle-hardened campaigner but UP could be his biggest test.
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  • Opinion: Mayawati, Ignored By Media, Is Way Ahead In Campaigning
    Swati Chaturvedi
    There is a certain amount of truth to the BSP's complaint. Mayawati, unlike Akhilesh Yadav who is affable and ever-smiling, does get negligible press. Senior BSP leaders say Sonia Gandhi keeps the press at arms length, yet gets great coverage. BSP leaders feel a double standard is applied to Mayawati and their party.
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  • Opinion: With Tweet, Congress Finally Admits Priyanka Gandhi Is In Charge
    Swati Chaturvedi
    So the Congress is finally acknowledging that Priyanka Gandhi is very much in politics and calling the shots that matter such as being the chief negotiator in the critical alliance with Akhilesh Yadav's Samajwadi Party. Ahmed Patel, Congress leader and Political Secretary to Congress President Sonia Gandhi is a taciturn politician who is known to s...
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  • Opinion: BJP's Problems In UP Include An Upset Adityanath, Varun Gandhi
    Swati Chaturvedi
    At the BJP headquarters in Delhi on Sunday, Shiv Prakash, the sangathan mantri or liaison loaned from the RSS to the party, found himself the sudden target of Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh's wrath. As names of candidates for UP were being discussed in the presence of Varun Gandhi, Kalraj Mishra, Ram Lal and other leaders crucial for Uttar Prade...
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  • Opinion: How Akhilesh's Win Impacts Amar Singh, Dimple, And Rahul Gandhi
    Swati Chaturvedi
    As a jubilant Tipu aka Akhilesh Yadav, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister, was given the Samajwadi Party (SP) symbol of the cycle, he was crowned Sultan in an order from the Election Commission which established that his father, Mualyam Singh, is now dethroned.
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  • Opinion: Amit Shah Moves Quick To Capitalise On Yadavs' Feud
    Swati Chaturvedi
    As the electoral stop-watch ticks, watch this space - UP has a way of turning every relationship and alliance on its head.
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  • Opinion: What Akhilesh Yadav Said In Morning's Phone Call With Mulayam
    Swati Chaturvedi
    The Election Commission is likely to declare the dates for the UP election tomorrow and the implications for the SP are obvious: if they unite, they are still in the fray; if divided, its Advantage Mayawati. So while a reconciliation may be cosmetic, it may not be elusive for much longer.
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  • Opinion: Akhilesh Yadav's Hostile Takeover Of His Party
    Swati Chaturvedi
    After Akhilesh Yadav's coup against Netaji and Pitaji Mulayam Singh Yadav, songs from the movie "Sultan" were blaring all over Lucknow as delirious youth danced to "Tipu Bhaiyya'' being crowned Sultan. The song that they should have been playing was Queen's "I want to break free" - Akhilesh Yadav's favourite song. The most significant fact however,...
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  • Opinion: Akhilesh Has Outsmarted Father Mulayam
    Swati Chaturvedi
    "Tipu Bhaiya agey badoh, hum tumharey saath, Amar Singh saanp hai" (Tipu (Akhilesh) we are with you, Amar Singh is a snake): these slogans rent the chilly, foggy Lucknow night as Samajwadi chief Mulayam Singh Yadav expelled UP Chief Minister and son Akhilesh as also his cousin Ram Gopal Yadav from the Samajwadi Party for six years. "Teflon Tipu'' h...
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