Luck by Chance
There is no gainsaying the fact that these elections are extremely crucial for all the parties in the fray (The Lucknow
Gambit). For the SP, a favourable result would further bolster Akhilesh’s leadership credentials while hastening the decline of Mayawati’s BSP, for who the situation appears to be ‘now or never’. For BJP, the result would be a referendum on Modi’s policies, especially on the effects of demonetisation.