Pranav Gupta is with Lokniti-CSDS, Delhi.
The trouble for the BSP is that a much younger and energetic Dalit leadership has started shaping the discourse within Dalit politics. The BSP’s future in Indian politics depends heavily on what Mayawati chooses to do in the coming months.
MCD setback shows that it has lost the political initiative. It needs to remake itself.
Building a Hindu social coalition helped the BJP win UP. Adityanath represents that mandate
There are similarities between UP polls and the lead-up to the Mahagathbandhan’s victory last year. But the BJP seems to have made critical adjustments this time.
BSP needs to look beyond social engineering, at the changing grammar of politics. It could focus on Mayawati’s image as an efficient administrator.
The mandir-masjid dispute continues to frame the political debate in UP 24 years after the destruction of the mosque. Communal faultlines in the state have deepened, in recent times
The NDA received 14.6 per cent of votes and apart from winning one seat, the BJP candidates were runners-up in six seats.
Unlike 2014, when the party got relatively greater support among the middle class, there was no class pattern in the support for the BJP this time.
The performance of the Congress amongst the upper castes shows sharp swings. In 2000, the party secured a decent 22 per cent vote share.
For the BJP, strategic placement of allies could make or break this election.
The prohibition pledge acknowledges the growing importance of women voters.
Different parties rule at state and national levels. It is not yet clear if this is a sign of maturing democracy or a crisis of governance