The author is assistant professor of political science, Ashoka University.
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.