ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846
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UTTAR PRADESH-New Alignments

New Alignments PERHAPS smarting at the state's ouster from a pre-eminent role in determining the course of politics at the centre, political leaders in Uttar Pradesh have seemingly forced themselves out of their lethargy. For some time past the only reason UP occupied anybody's concern was the periodic theatrics of the VHP- RSS-BJP combine threatening immediate 4kar seva" at the disputed Ram temple site or the even more arresting developments within the BJP, which always seem to acquire an edge of scandal before the lid is hastily put on them. If the Uma Bharti controversy brought caste tensions to the surface the next round of controversy in which the chief minister's detractors sought to embarrass him through the columns of the RSS mouthpiece Panchjanya suggested serious cleavages in what has always been projected as a monolithic outfit. In addition there was the state government's celebrated dispute with its quintessential constituency

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