Looking through UP
- Election LIVE: BJP's third candidate list out, Ram Kripal to contest from Patliputra against Lalu's daughter
- Show us the money, Supreme Court says, refuses bail to Subrata Roy
- December 16 gangrape: Delhi High Court upholds death to four convicts
- India joins global search to locate missing Malaysia Airlines plane
- Shiv Sena hits out at BJP, asks it to follow "alliance dharma"
The next Lok Sabha election could happen as early as September, if Mulayam Singh Yadav is to be believed. His eager anticipation of the event isn't exactly news. Every party is loudly preparing for the fray, and the date could well be advanced. Netaji's words are a rallying cry to the Samajwadi Party cadre, a promise of good things to come. Yet, this overwhelming imperative of getting him to the prime minister's office may well be taking a toll: it has become one of the reasons to keep the SP distracted and ineffective in power in Uttar Pradesh.
In April 2012, the Samajwadi Party won the state by a majority, only the second time in nearly two decades that a single party has formed the government in UP. It was a composite mandate — the party had drawn voters from every caste and religious group in UP's famously fragmented political terrain. Great hopes rested on the new government, therefore, which was headed by a young and sincere-seeming Akhilesh Yadav. This was billed to be UP's shot at a turnaround, much like neighbouring Bihar's near-transformation in recent years under the stewardship of Nitish Kumar.