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HindustanTimes Thu,10 Jul 2014

Sonia, Maya to launch campaigns tomorrow

Congress president Sonia Gandhi and Bahujan Samaj Party supremo and chief minister Mayawati will launch their campaigns in the state on Wednesday. HT reports.

Tying up loose ends

An early morning call jolted a Bahujan Samaj Party candidate from Maharajganj out of his slumber.  As he sleepily answered the 5am call, the voice on the other side sternly asked: “Kya kar raha hai? Is samay to tujhe maidan mein hona chahiye (What are you doing? You should have been in the field at this hour).”

GenX and their poll ways

Rahul, Akhilesh and Jayant have a common aim to resurrect their parties' fortune and, in turn, their own. Pankaj Jaiswal reports. Youth inc.

Will Priyanka score 10/10?

Every election, when Congress chief Sonia Gandhi and party general secretary Rahul Gandhi campaign across UP, the onus of holding the Rae Bareli and Amethi forts is on Priyanka Gandhi Vadra. Sunita Aron reports. The Maya challenge

PIL seeks covering of statues of Nehru, Indira, Rajiv

A Public Interest Litigation was today filed in the Allahabad high court seeking directions for covering of statues of former Prime Ministers Jawaharlal Nehru, Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi across Uttar Pradesh till assembly elections were over in the state.

Trouble for Cong on minority front

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi's efforts to court the All India Muslim Personal Law Board notwithstanding, the top Muslim body has unveiled a Dastoor Bachao Tehrik, a campaign to target UPA policies right in the heat of UP polls. Zia Haq reports.

In tune with the times

That politics is serious business is not new, but what is is the professionalism that has come to define every aspect of electioneering. And in keeping with the times are the 'songs of politics'.

Play depicting Mayawati's lifestyle banned

A satirical play depicting the extravagant lifestyle of Uttar Pradesh chief minister Mayawati has been banned by her government.

'Maya, Mulayam are not people's leaders any more'

Crowds thronging to watch a leader might not indicate the voters' mood, but the hordes coming to watch Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi in action says something about the interest of the people of Uttar Pradesh. And if the tone and tenor of Gandhi's speeches are anything to go by, the war cry is likely to get shriller in the days to come.

Laggard leaders earn Rahul wrath

Congress ministers and MPs from Uttar Pradesh on Friday earned the wrath of party leader Rahul Gandhi for lack of enthusiasm and attention in the ongoing campaign in the BSP-ruled state.

Congress can change face of UP, says Rahul

Taking the campaign for Uttar Pradesh polls to a Samajwadi Party (SP) stronghold, Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday said his party could change the fortunes of the state in 10 years by fast-tracking development.

Peace Party chief has reservations

Dr Mohammad Ayub (55) - a surgeon from Gorakhpur and the national president of Peace Party - is bed ridden these days, nursing an injury from a road accident recently. But that doesn't really stop him from being poll busy. Here he tells Rajesh Kumar Singh about his election strategy, the alliance he has forged with smaller political parties and their future course of action.

Polls no pull, tepid response to voter registration drive

The upcoming Punjab assembly elections may not see many first-timers voting, going by the lukewarm response to the new voter registration campaign. HT reports.

Politics on dinner menu? EC watching

The election commission will also keep an eye on dinners and parties hosted by political leaders during the election period.

Candidates turn to social media to counter cold, model code

With the cold and a vigilant Election Commission preventing parties going all out to woo voters ahead of the forthcoming Uttar Pradesh assembly elections, candidates in Agra are turning to social media and other ways to counter the model code of conduct and guidelines.
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