Abhay Kumar Dubey (for Info only, not official)

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    ...The sprawling bungalow of Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav at Lucknow’s Kalidas Marg has witnessed a series of confabulations between various Yadavs, males as well as females, to sort out the complex issues related to the power distribution amongst the main stake-holders in the crucial game of pre-election politics. They all know that the four-and-a-half-year long unbridled enjoyment of authority is now rapidly reaching to an end. Resolving issues is urgent mainly due to the unavoidable fact that the largest state will go to the polls in February next year, and they will have to put their own house in order and stop the intermittent conflict between Akhilesh and his powerful uncle Shivpal Singh Yadav over the all important strategy and tactics of the party. ...

    ABP on Aug. 29, 2016, midnight

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    ...The saffron outfit, it seems, is still groping for sure ways to regain the formidable social base it enjoyed in Uttar Pradesh in the last decade of the 20th century. The sway of the BJP on the UP electorate was so complete in that period that in the echelon of the state unit it is often recalled as the one which had a ‘Hindu Vote’. The same ‘Hindu Vote’ flickered magically in the 2014 Lok Sabha election. But, at the moment nobody knows how to reconstruct it without the extraordinary benefit of the powerful anti-incumbency factor that favoured Modi so much in those days. An estimate of the BJP’s social base in UP on the basis of the 1998 general election data shows that every hundred votes cast for this party comprised this combination of voters — 13.1 Brahmins, 15 Rajputs, 17.3 other upper castes, 2.5 Yadavs, 30.4 non-Yadav OBCs, 8.4 Scheduled Castes, and 10 others. ...

    ABP on Aug. 7, 2016, midnight

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    ...But in the ongoing revelry one set of noticeable facts has gone completely unnoticed due to its uncomfortable nature. For a healthier economic life, the following data, that emanated from a self-critical vein and tells a different comparative story about the real contours of our present economy, needs to be highlighted. The Narasimha Rao-Manmohan Singh duo kick-started liberlisation under the extreme glare of fiscal crisis that threatened to undermine India’s financial autonomy. New policies were touted to create a condition under which our country would never face a debt trap, either internal or external, due to strict adherence to fiscal prudence. ...

    ABP on July 30, 2016, midnight