In a clash of rallies at Varanasi, while Prime Minister Narendra Modi tried to woo the people of his constituency before it goes to polls in the last phase, the Akhilesh-Rahul duo left no stone unturned and managed to put up a brilliant electoral show indeed. Even as everyone guesses which way the wave will turn in Uttar Pradesh in 2017, the mega rallies by the BJP and SP-Congress alliance was a curtain-raiser for the 2019 general elections.
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(The writer is a journalist based in New Delhi and writes on the overlap between domestic politics and foreign affairs. She can be reached @jomalhotra. )