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Communal twist

Print edition : March 17, 2017

BJP president Amit Shah and Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Photo: V. Sudershan

Prime Minister Narendra Modi at an election rally in Allahabad on February 20. Photo: Rajesh Kumar Singh/AP

Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav at an election rally in Lucknow on February 13. Photo: Prashanth Vishwanathan/Bloomberg

S.P. supporters wave as Akhilesh Yadav leaves in a helicopter after addressing a rally in Moradabad. Photo: Rajeev Bhatt

A truck with the S.P. campaign slogan "kaam bolta hai" (work speaks). Photo: Prashanth Vishwanathan/Bloomberg

BJP supporters at a rally addressed by Modi at Andawa village on the outskirts of Allahabad on February 20. Photo: SANJAY KANOJIA/AFP

BJP president Amit Shah at an election campaign rally in Allahabad on February 21. He coined a new acronym, KASAB, to put down the Congress, the S.P. and BSP. Photo: PTI

The Bharatiya Janata Party plays the communal card in Uttar Pradesh, indicating that desperation has begun to consume the party as the Assembly election process progresses.
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