The author is assistant professor of political science, Ashoka University.
The return to power of the BJP in Uttar Pradesh has led to a resurgence in the representation of the upper castes. The new Assembly consists of 44.3% upper caste MLAs, 12 percentage points more than in 2012, and the highest share in UP Assemblies since 1980.
UP election confirms that caste-centric strategies of parties have been rendered less effective.
With 39.7 per cent of the votes and 75.7 per cent of the seats, the BJP scores the best performance recorded by any party in Uttar Pradesh since the Janata Party victory in 1977.
Women outvote men in many states, but gender parity in Parliament and assemblies eludes India.
UP campaign shows regional parties are courting cross-sectional appeal and the personality cult.
Party symbols are not just convenient signifiers. They serve as vehicles for political identity and style.
Few Uttar Pradesh MLAs get to serve more than one term. This has consequences.
UP assembly shows politics has become more diverse in terms of caste, more homogeneous in class.
In the long run, the rift within SP may make space for a clearer leadership and direction in the party.
The emergence of Akhilesh Yadav as a popular leader is an indicator of the same-old in the SP, not a break from the past.
In UP polls, BSP could play politics of Dalit-Muslim convergence. And it could ally with Congress
Old arithmetic is insufficient to explain UP politics. A new election demands newer ways of seeing
Decline in number of OBC MPs shows that the classic tropes of backward class politics — quotas and simple descriptive representation — no longer work.