Policy Engagements and Blogs



As the 2017 Legislative Assembly elections in India draw closer, Uttar Pradesh (UP) will to go to polls between February-March this year. In the run-up to the polling, find below a curated analysis by CPR faculty to-date.

  • Writing in Hindustan Times, Srinath Raghavan explains how the Samajwadi Party’s (SP) ongoing power struggle differs from the substantive political and ideological tussles of past socialist parties.
  • Neelanjan Sircar analyses the chances of a BJP win in Hindu Business Line given the split within the SP, and the corruption charges against Mayawati in the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP).
  • In The Lucknow Gambit, Sanjaya Baru discusses the various potential outcomes of the UP elections, contingent on who benefits from the politics of demonetisation, and argues how the results will impact 2019.
  • Writing in LiveMint, Srinath Raghavan compares the leadership and governance records of the SP in UP and the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) in Tamil Nadu.
  • In an op-ed in The Hindu, Neelanjan Sircar and Bhanu Joshi analyse religious polarisation and voting behaviour in the Upper Doab region of UP.
  • In another piece in Hindi in Firstpost, Bhanu Joshi and Ashish Ranjan write on how the political volitility and changing equations of Western UP could swing the outcome of the state elections in any direction.