DUCK AND COVER

India Today - - UPFRONT - PANKAJ NANGIA

The Ut­tar Pradesh polls start­ing on Fe­bru­ary 11 are look­ing too close to call. The al­liance be­tween the rul­ing Sa­ma­jwadi Party (SP) and the Con­gress, a fast fad­ing force in the state as it ap­pears to be in much of the coun­try, has given the BJP pause. The lack of a chief min­is­te­rial face is a worry for the lat­ter, still the mar­ginal favourites ac­cord­ing to most cal­cu­la­tions. The SP now looks firmly in the grip of the younger Yadav, CM Akhilesh, who is said to get along with both Rahul and Priyanka Gandhi. Here the SP boss is seen with Rahul dur­ing a road­show in Lucknow city. As is ob­vi­ous, there are still ob­sta­cles to duck.

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