HindustanTimes Thu,03 Sep 2015

EC casts web on polling booths

Additional chief electoral officer of Uttar Pradesh, Mritunjay Kumar Narayan sipped coffee while watching election coverage on the LED TV in his comfortable office on Saturday. On the huge table, the 21-inch computer monitor beamed live webcast from various polling stations.

UP polls: Rs. 12 lakh unaccounted cash seized

Around Rs. 12 lakh of unaccounted cash was seized by the static surveillance teams in Meerut and Muzaffarnagar districts, sources said on Sunday.

Heavyweights run on a light diet in UP

It’s been almost two months that poll warriors of UP have been campaigning in the state. What’s the secret of their energy?

Tainted candidate takes to FB for votes

On Facebook, Brijesh Singh, 47, appears with folded hands, looking serious. A majority of the 150 friends on his page have pledged support for him in the election. Gaurav Saigal reports.

Candidates seek quack-fix dose for win

Lalchand Patel is a quack and has many takers, more so in poll season when candidates queue up because they know he has the prescription for victory. Rajesh Kumar Singh reports. Crorepatis take guard

Foot-in-mouth: Mulayam retracts Cong comment

SP chief says will form alliance with Cong to keep communal forces out; later says 'no question of a pact'. HT reports.

Atal edge dulled, BJP keeps fingers crossed

The BJP, for which Lucknow has been a stronghold mainly because of former PM AB Vajpayee, faces a litmus test this time. Manish Chandra Pandey and M Tariq Khan report.

BSP vs ex-BSP in Bundelkhand

Mayawati's aide Siddiqui in a tough battle with her former lieutenant Kushwaha to wrest party stronghold. Rajesh Kumar Singh reports. Bundelkhand votes today

Netas go for spa, massage

Some swear by desi malish and champi, many others the more upmarket massage, but the not so disparate stress busters are the mantra for most candidates engrossed in the rough and tumble of Uttar Pradesh polls. Richa Srivastava reports.

Importance of booth No. 195

Booth number 195 in Saifai village of Jaswant Nagar constituency is swarming with commandos — conducting checks, installing LMGs (light machine gun) and doing an elaborate recce of the area surrounding the booth. Pankaj Jaiswal reports.

UP polls turn social do, women dress up to vote

Polling day seems to be becoming something of a grand social occasion, at least in Uttar Pradesh, what with women going to vote in their wedding finery. Pankaj Jaiswal reports.

Muzaffar Ali looks to alter Cong script

The creator of the 1981 classic Umrao Jaan, having severed ties with the Samajwadi Party, is building the Congress connect in Lakhimpur Kheri district of central UP in his inimitable soft style. Manish Chandra Pandey and Aurangzeb Naqshbandi report.

A photo-finish for Jayant on home turf?

The cool breeze through lush green fields on languid afternoons was in contrast to rising political temperatures in the run-up to an unprecedented turnout in Mant on Tuesday. Vinod Sharma and Sunita Aron report.

Sehrua women vote for the first time in 65 yrs

In an election that broke turnout records in Uttar Pradesh and saw more women voting than men, Lakhimpur-Kheri's Sehrua village saw a minor miracle. Manish Chandra Pandey reports.

Jaypee, Reliance Group stocks in focus amid UP results

Shares of the companies with significant business presence in Uttar Pradesh were in focus in the morning trade on the bourses today, as investors tracked state election results.
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