Elections, UP and India

    While many believe that the election in UP is critical for UP, few are asking how it will shape the battle for India in 2019. The Rahul-Akhilesh alliance is more the agenda of taking down BJP than it is about Rahul and Akhilesh working together. The reasons are simple. UP is the largest state in India with a political climate that is not only polarised, but one that is exteremely effective at shaping the future elections in states other than itself.

    Voting for 67 constituencies of western Uttar Pradesh figuring in the second of the seven-phase assembly elections in the state has ended on Wednesday. A total of 720 candidates were in the fray as voting was held across 11 districts – Saharanpur, Bijnor, Moradabad, Sambhal, Rampur, Bareilly, Amroha, Pilibhit, Kheri, Shahjahanpur and Badaun. Official figures regarding the voter turnout are yet to come out from the Election Commission.

    For now, the Modi administration has done enough that when the next election comes around, their campaign will be a bullet points of the things that have been done. Ranging from Surgical Strikes to Demonetisation, they have enough on their list to say that they have done “something” as opposed to the UPA regime, that had the then Prime Minister be called “Maun”Mohan Singh. The outcome of the election in UP will shape not only how UP will work in the years to come but set the political mood for the Battle for India later in 2019.

    Let’s hope for the best.

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