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HindustanTimes Fri,25 Apr 2014

Netas' SUV love drives up sales

The upcoming assembly election in Uttar Pradesh has propelled the sale of "sturdy" sports utility vehicles (SUVs), considered comfortable and safe on the campaign trail in the rural hinterland.

Poll expenses: Marriages, political dinners on EC menu

The Election Commission, which has announced to keep an eye on the poll expenses of every candidate, will also keep record of the marriages and parties being thrown or attended by the political leaders.

Rahul's war cry focus of Cong's UP Vision 2020

The Congress has tallied its immediate political ambitions in poll-bound Uttar Pradesh with a vision statement for changing the face of the state - the stated mission of party general secretary Rahul Gandhi.

Muslims quota: BJP says 'second partition', Cong hits back

The political row over sub-quota for backward Muslims escalated today with BJP targeting the Congress saying it was trying to divide the country and bring a "second partition", a comment dismissed as "highly deplorable".

Poll uncertainty hits Maya's Ganga E-way project

After many a holdup, Uttar Pradesh CM Mayawati's dream project, the eight-lane 1,047 km Ganga Expressway, has run into rough weather following the project developer (Jaypee Associates) withdrawing the R894.75 crore guarantee money.

Catch 22: Action Down Under or polling booth?

The Election Commission and the political parties, which are hoping for a higher voters' turnout in the assembly elections, should pray that it rains in Perth on February 8 and in Brisbane on February 19, as crazy cricket fans won't find it easy to skip the on-field live action for voting.

For birthday, Maya wants victory as gift

As instructed by her, the BSP on Sunday celebrated party chief Mayawati’s birthday in a modest way so that the model code of electoral conduct laid down by the Election Commission was undisturbed.

5am calls to cadre camps...

...Maya has a strategy in place for every worker, though her tour of UP will begin only in Feb. Sunita Aron reports. Poll trivia

Battlelines drawn in UP: It is candidates vs cats and dogs

Upset with at least 182 cases of dog bites within a fortnight, residents of Bidhoona block in Auraiya constituency have decided not to cast their votes until the canines are captured. Gaurav Tripathi & Richa Srivastava report.

'Mayawati' in saffron is BJP's Balha candidate

The BJP candidate from Balha, the 38-year-old Savitri Bai Phule, could have easily passed off for the Uttar Pradesh chief minister Mayawati except for the shoulder-length hair and the regulation saffron gear. Sunita Aron reports.

Rajiv's technocrat is Rahul's OBC face

In the Rajiv Gandhi era, Sam Pitroda was the country's top technocrat. Rahul Gandhi has now given him a caste identity - Vishwakarma, a member of the other backward castes. Umesh Raghuvanshi and M Hasan report.

How to spend Rs. 32 lakh per candidate

Though electoral rivals on paper, they are actually running mates. There is no issue of family fight in Urmila Rajput, the Samajwadi Party candidate for the Farrukhabad Sadar constituency, being pitted against her namesake bahu. Haider Naqvi reports.

Bookies bet on SP to bag 137 seats

Move over ball-to-ball cricket and Sensex betters. The bookies have started getting more active as the first phase of UP assembly elections nears. Deep Saxena & Rohit K Singh report.

Here, all candidates face criminal charges

Taint binds all six candidates for the Mehdawal seat in Sant Kabir Nagar, a district named after the 15th-16th century poet-saint. M Tariq Khan reports.

Priyanka’s children take audience down memory lane

The daughter, granddaughter and great-granddaughter of former prime ministers, Priyanka Gandhi Vadra gave her children Rehan and Miraya a taste of electioneering in Uttar Pradesh on Thursday. HT reports.

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