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