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Heartland upheaval

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There’s an upheaval in Uttar Pradesh and Bihar after the Bharatiya Janata Party put up an unexpectedly good show in the two states at the general election.

In Uttar Pradesh, chief minister Akhilesh Yadav has sacked 36 ministers. In Bihar, Nitish Kumar has quit and a new chief minister is in place. Not to be left behind, Bahujan Samaj Party chief Mayawati has dissolved all party committees.

These steps can be seen as a bid to organize ahead of state assembly elections in the coming years.

All this would have been unnecessary if the two governments had paid attention to the huge governance deficit.

Bloated ministries and old-style social justice planks have unhinged Samajwadi Party in Uttar Pradesh and Janata Dal (United) in Bihar.

It is too early to say that voters now demand accountability from those who govern them. But it is not a bad assumption to make before going into election mode.

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