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Virendra Singh Rawat: SP reduces its top forum to 'anti-Modi' theatre

High rhetoric and sabre rattling mark the Samajwadi Party's three-day national convention

Virendra Singh Rawat

There were high expectations from the ninth national convention of the ruling Samajwadi Party (SP) in Lucknow during October 8-10. The state capital was decorated with banners, posters, cut-outs, festoons and party flags, screaming to indicate that Uttar Pradesh (UP) remains the SP bastion; its pulverisation at the hands of a resurgent Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) under Narendra Modi in the Lok Sabha elections notwithstanding. Expectations were that the convention would target Modi and the BJP-led central government on policies and programmes, yet the tenor and pitch of sabre rattling ...