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Will It Be Smriti Vs Mayawati?

And why the BJP’s rival of choice for 2017 is Samajwadi rather than Bahujan

Will It Be Smriti Vs Mayawati?
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Will It Be Smriti Vs Mayawati?
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2016-05-31T18:14:57+05:30

They had a face-off in the Rajya Sabha in February. And if HRD minister Smriti Irani is indeed declared the BJP’s chief-ministerial face in UP, where assembly elections are due by next March, it could well pit her against BSP chief Mayawati again.

While opinion polls have been hinting at a BSP revival and predicting that the party could win as many as 180 seats if the elections were held now, BJP leaders have been at pains to dismiss them. The ruling Samajwadi Party, they suggested in newspaper interviews this week, is in relatively better shape than the BSP for the electoral battle.

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