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With UP’s arch rivals finding common cause, BJP faces an uphill contest

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On Tuesday morning, two memes in a WhatsApp group caught my attention. Some Dalit activists from the UP side of Bundelkhand befriended during a reporting tour in late 2016 before the assembly polls had added me to the group. Such groups give a glimpse of the digital content produced by India’s political and ideological ecosystems and I remain a silent observer in them quietly lapping up their content even when I disagree with them.

The first meme was a “janmadhin ki shubh kaamnayein” to “Saansad Shrimati Dimple Yadav”. The second was a longish “janmadhin (jankalyankari divas) ke shub avasar par haardik shubh kaamnaayein” to saamajik parivartan ki mahanayika – aadharniya mananiya Behan Kumari Mayawati Ji. As is evident the overt deference and the surfeit of honorifics for Mayawati clearly indicated the sender’s preference. But the fact that it was accompanied by a greeting to SP supremo Akhilesh Yadav’s wife and Lok Sabha MP Dimple signalled to me that the alliance had traction on the ground.


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