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UP: Senior journos tipped as Media adviser

Journalist turned BJP’s spokesperson Shalabh Mani Tripathi and journalist Raheesh Singh have reportedly been appointed adviser to the information department of Uttar Pradesh government.

Notification in this regard is likely any moment. Tripathi will take care of electronic media while Raheesh Singh will look after print media. Names of two more journalists Sanjay Singh and one English journalist were also in the reckoning but names of Tripathi and Raheesh Singh have been finalized.

31 Oct 2019
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UP by-election results to tell how relevant the opposition is?

It is not that opposition political parties are in disarray at the Centre only but also in the biggest state of the country in terms of electorates Uttar Pradesh where performance of BSP actually dipped despite drifting away from the Samajwadi Party after Lok Sabha elections with the SP not having single voice is more or less on the same page.

SP’s incumbent chief Akhilesh Yadav has one voice, patron of the party Mulayam Singh Yadav has a different voice, senior party leader Azam Khan has another voice but the party that was glued together by Mulayam Singh is facing the threat of further disintegration with one of the family member Aparna Yadav being denied ticket.

The way Mulayan Singh had shown faith in Akhilesh, but he failed to live up to his expectation and taking the party to the lowest ebb. Aparna Yadav has been praising Narendra Modi whenever such situation arose. Mulayam Singh Yadav’s brother Shivpal Yadav is already out of the party. One time close add of Mulayam Singh Yadav, Amar Singh does not leave any chance to criticize Akhilesh. The party also failed to create any mass movement as it has been taking about except one or two television bites.

Similarly Mayawati and Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra too have failed to cause any ripple in the state which seems to be akin to giving walkover to the Yogi Adityanath government’s party the BJP. With half the tenure of Yogi government over, it is getting late for them and by-election results which are being conducted along with Assembly elections of Haryana and Maharashtra will further clarify the matter that where these opposition political  parties stand.

30 Sep 2019
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UP: Senior journos tipped as Media adviser

By IndianMandarins 31 Oct 2019

Journalist turned BJP’s spokesperson Shalabh Mani Tripathi and journalist Raheesh Singh have reportedly been appointed adviser to the information department of Uttar Pradesh government.

Notification in this regard is likely any moment. Tripathi will take care of electronic media while Raheesh Singh will look after print media. Names of two more journalists Sanjay Singh and one English journalist were also in the reckoning but names of Tripathi and Raheesh Singh have been finalized.

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UP by-election results to tell how relevant the opposition is?

By IndianMandarins 30 Sep 2019

It is not that opposition political parties are in disarray at the Centre only but also in the biggest state of the country in terms of electorates Uttar Pradesh where performance of BSP actually dipped despite drifting away from the Samajwadi Party after Lok Sabha elections with the SP not having single voice is more or less on the same page.

SP’s incumbent chief Akhilesh Yadav has one voice, patron of the party Mulayam Singh Yadav has a different voice, senior party leader Azam Khan has another voice but the party that was glued together by Mulayam Singh is facing the threat of further disintegration with one of the family member Aparna Yadav being denied ticket.

The way Mulayan Singh had shown faith in Akhilesh, but he failed to live up to his expectation and taking the party to the lowest ebb. Aparna Yadav has been praising Narendra Modi whenever such situation arose. Mulayam Singh Yadav’s brother Shivpal Yadav is already out of the party. One time close add of Mulayam Singh Yadav, Amar Singh does not leave any chance to criticize Akhilesh. The party also failed to create any mass movement as it has been taking about except one or two television bites.

Similarly Mayawati and Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra too have failed to cause any ripple in the state which seems to be akin to giving walkover to the Yogi Adityanath government’s party the BJP. With half the tenure of Yogi government over, it is getting late for them and by-election results which are being conducted along with Assembly elections of Haryana and Maharashtra will further clarify the matter that where these opposition political  parties stand.

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Can Congress have a chance in UP amid growing divide between SP and BSP?

By IndianMandarins 06 Jun 2019

The falling apart of SP-BSP alliance in UP is definitely going to vacate quite a bit of political space in the electorally most significant province. So the big question is -- who is going to fill the void being created by the split between two regional satraps like former Chief Ministers Mayawati and Akhilesh Yadav?

 

The two other important political forces in the State are the BJP and Congress. The first is as deeply entrenched throughout the State as the second is down and out for past many years through most of the vast and verdant Indo-Gangetic basin. In other words the BJP is too overgrown and Congress is slimmer than ever before despite UP once having been its stronghold.

 

So this is the time for Congress to ponder over how it lost ground in what was its bastion right through the freedom struggle to the better part of independent India’s history and look forward to make a beginning to reclaim UP.

 

Congressmen often bemoan that communal and caste tides brought by Mandal and Kamandal swept them off their feet. But the question is whether this is going to remain so three decades after Mandal stir and Mandir-Masjid row or the reverse tides of the past may soon start giving way to a fatigue.

 

The last can well be the case if Congress comes out of its comatose state following its defeat in last two months Lok Sabha polls and start paying heed to what some of the party well wishers are trying to say on social media and in private conversations about UP that faces economic stagnation and huge unemployment dogging youth.

 

Dr Udit Raj is a former IRS official-turned-political activist who became an MP from Delhi in 2014. He tweeted on Wednesday, June 5, calling upon Dalits to bury their love for BSP and rally behind Congress so as to save their rights. He castigated BSP chief Mayawati for blaming SP for Akhilesh’s inability to transfer his party’s votes to BSP candidates in Lok Sabha polls by asking how her party could get 10 seats this time after drawing a nil in 2014.

 

Another former officer from Indian Engineering Service (IES) and a Dalit rights activist Ashok Bharti blamed Mayawati in his one of the tweets for breaking Bahujan, or masses, unity by calling off the BSP-SP alliance. His tweet says, “Alliance and friendship rest on the principle of supporting each other in the time of crisis. If Bahenji @Mayawati has decided to go alone for the sake of 11 seats in UP, she will lose sympathy of OBCs, who have closely watched and appreciated her move in 2019 LS elections.”

 

These are early indications after this year’s Lok Sabha polls that caste equations in UP are cracking up where Congress can well step in to repair and mend them. The party can well attempt now to bring back social cohesion.

 

Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi had indicated in February this year while making her debut in UP politics that her party’s target was 2022 State Assembly polls. But there are going to be 11 Assembly by-polls in a few months time where Congress may well test waters to lay foundations of an alternative politics that cuts across caste and communal divide afflicting UP for decades.

 

The party can easily select a few out of the 11 seats and put right candidates as a small step to mark its presence on the political map of UP by fully backing up the candidates.

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Why did the clichéd strategy of caste combination fail to work for SP-BSP

By IndianMandarins 28 May 2019

Despite forging an alliance with the bitterest rival the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), the Samajwadi Party (SP) failed to make any mark in Uttar Pradesh politics in just concluded Lok Sabha elections. The SP managed to get as much seats as it got in 2014 while its alliance partner the BSP got benefited with 10 seats at its cost. The Congress failed to save its Amethi pocket borrow even with the support of the SP and the BSP.

 

Two experiment of Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav failed to take off despite reservations of SP patriarch Mulayam Singh against these alliances. Mulayam Singh being a seasoned politician was well aware of the ground reality so he expressed he wished Modi to become the PM again surprising everyone.

 

Actually by aligning with the BSP, the SP had even lost its core Yadav vote bank but somehow has been able to rally behind Muslim vote bank in its favour. Muslims voted tactically to Muslim candidates whichever party they belonged to. So this time round out of five elected SP candidates three are Muslims and their winning margin is more than Mulayam Singh. Akhilesh Yadav is the only saving grace for the party who had won with a margin of 2.5 lakh votes.

 

This clearly suggests that instead of voting to the BSP, Yadav voters have voted to the BJP not only in UP but in some other states as well. A section of Dalit votes too have gone to the BJP. Actually Young Yadav votes tilted towards the BJP due to this alliance and older generation got divided between the family and a section voted to Shivpal Singh Yadav. Has this not been the case, Dimple Yadav, Dharmendra Yadav and Akshay Yadav would not have been defeated.

 

There are three Muslims out of 10 elected BSP candidates. So the alliance has got six seats out of 15 that it had won in 2019 but it failed miserably to pose a challenge to unseat Prime Minister Modi for which the alliance was firmed up. With two successive defeats of the alliance forged by Akhilesh, some new strategy needs to be devised as clichéd strategy of caste combination does not seem to be working.

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