Prime Minister Narendra Modi has got the timeline of Uttar Pradesh’s vanvas wrong. During his uninspiring speech in Lucknow on 2 January, Modi drew on this motif from the Ramayana. He reminded people that it was 14 years since the BJP lost power in the state but claimed that with his party poised to secure a majority, UP’s bad days would be over soon. But Modi forgot that while his claim is based on political rhetoric and on what he would like the scenario to be, the actual 14-year-long vanvas for the state began in 1993, the year which heralded the beginning of the period when no single party secured a majority of its own, writes Nilanjan Mukhopadhyay. Read full opinion piece here.
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Source - Nilanjan Mukhopadhyay/The Quint