Brothers in Arms

THE SA­MA­JWADI-CONGRESS PRE-ELEC­TION TIE-UP IS PROV­ING TO BE A GAMECHANGER, WITH RI­VALS BJP AND BSP PLAY­ING CATCH-UP

India Today - - INSIDE - By Ajit Ku­mar Jha

Why the Sa­ma­jwadi Party-Congress pre-poll al­liance in Ut­tar Pradesh will be hard to beat for ri­vals BJP and BSP

Barely a month ago, the Ut­tar Pradesh assem­bly elec­tions seemed like a cake­walk for the Bharatiya Janata Party, which was rid­ing high af­ter its ‘strong’ re­sponse to the Uri at­tack in Septem­ber and the avowedly ‘pro-poor’ move to de­mon­e­tise cur­rency in Novem­ber. The Sa­ma­jwadi Party, in con­trast, ap­peared on the verge of a split, with the young UP chief min­is­ter Akhilesh Ya­dav em­broiled in a bat­tle with his un­cle Shiv­pal Ya­dav and fa­ther Mu­layam Singh Ya­dav. The Congress seemed clue­less af­ter Congress vicepres­i­dent Rahul Gandhi’s khat sabha came to an abrupt end.

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