Why Yogi’s appointment as UP CM is a preemptive strike on a united opposition

The elevation of Yogi Adityanath as chief minister of Uttar Pradesh took many by surprise. There were a lot of factors that went into Yogi being appointed as the CM.

The vote share of the Bharatiya Janata Party in the recently concluded assembly elections was 40 per cent whereas the Samajwadi Party, the Bahujan Samaj Party and the Congress together got a 52 per cent vote share.

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This time even Prashant Kishore could not help the Congress

This time it went wrong. For the master poll strategist, Prashant Kishore, it was a fall from grace as the Congress was drubbed in Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand.

He had suggested to the Congress to enter into an alliance with the Samajwadi Party and fight the elections under Akhilesh Yadav. It backfired and the BJP trounced everyone in Uttar Pradesh.

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UP elections: SP confident of 2012 blockbuster performance

kamal akhileshSunday witnessed a 61.16 per cent polling percentage in the third phase of the Uttar Pradesh assembly elections 2017. At the end of polling, all parties expressed confidence of forming the next government in Uttar Pradesh. For the Samajwadi Party this phase was extremely crucial as in 2012 it had put up a blockbuster performance.
In 2012, the SP had won 55 of the 69 seats. Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav said after casting his vote that the SP government has done adequate work in the state and there is no reason why the voters will not chose the party again.

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UP elections: Will Netaji campaign for the RLD?

mulayamsinghyadav-16-1471332064Lucknow, Feb 2: Post the’feud’, Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav has kept everyone guessing. He says that he is not happy about the alliance that his son and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh entered into with the Congress.

While the SP, led by Akhilesh says that they would fight the elections under the name of Netaji, the Rashtriya Lok Dal on the other hand is trying to rope in the veteran leader.

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SP’s cycle wars: EC order only adds credence to family drama theory

amarakhimulThe verdict of the Election Commission of India declaring that the Akhilesh Yadav faction is the real Samajwadi Party may have put an end to the family feud. While that is what it appears to the public, the fact is this drama is likely to continue for some time, and it looks extremely stage-managed.

Amar Singh, who had become the face of the problem mysteriously left for London on Monday, much before the ECI could deliver its verdict on which faction gets to keep its party symbol. Another factor is the manner in which the Mulayam faction argued out their case before the ECI.

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With Punjab deal sealed with Sidhu, it is over to UP for Congress

rahul-akhileshNew Delhi, Jan 16: For the Congress it is now over to Uttar Pradesh. For the past few days the party was locked in negotiations with cricketer-turned-politician Navjot Singh Sidhu and with that being sorted out, the Congress will now look to seal the deal with the Akhilesh Yadav-led Samajwadi Party.

A meeting between Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh had been postponed as the former was busy finalising the tie-up with Sidhu.

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UP assembly election 2017: Priyanka, Dimple duet to pump up campaign

pridimpEven as the alliance between the Akhilesh led faction of the Samajwadi Party and the Congress is being worked out, there is a strategy in place to get both Dimple Yadav and Priyanka Gandhi to campaign together.

During a strategy meeting, Akhilesh said that if the alliance worked out then Dimple and Priyanka could be the star campaigners for the SP-Congress combine.

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In the SP’s truce, will Amar Singh be the casualty?

amarsinghLucknow, Jan 7: Akhilesh Yadav once jokingly referred to Amar Singh as ‘shakuni mama.’ The reality is that this was not meant to be a joke and the Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister wants Singh out if there is to be any truce in the warring Samajwadi Party.
Sources say that Akhilesh is adamant that Singh be taken out of the party if the SP were to survive and not split. The manner in which Singh spoke is evident that his position is shaky.

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Congress sets a ‘Cycle’ rider for tie-up with Akhilesh Yadav

cycle-tdp647x450Lucknow, Jan 9: The Congress has set a ‘Cycle’ rider for Akhilesh Yadav. The Congress feels that a tie-up with Akhilesh would not serve the purpose if he loses the Samajwadi Party’s symbol, the Cycle.

Akhilesh and his father Mulayam Singh Yadav are in a bitter fight over the party’s symbol and both have moved the Election Commission for the same.

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How Ram Gopal engineered the Sunday coup for Akhilesh Yadav

left: Ram Gopal Yadav
left: Ram Gopal Yadav

Lucknow, Jan 2: Having written the constitution for the Samajwadi Party, Mulayam Singh Yadav’s cousin Ram Gopal Yadav was the man of the moment when a coup was staged on Sunday. He met with legal experts, consulted senior political leaders and ensured that coup was a successful one.

On Sunday, the convention called for by Ram Gopal in the capacity of General Secretary of the Samajwadi Party chose Akhilesh Yadav as the party chief. Mulayam, who immediately said the grand convention was unconstitutional, will find himself on weak ground.

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