HindustanTimes Sat,05 Sep 2015

Hot Potatoes and Broken Hearts

Potato is the main cash crop of 80% of the farmers in the Agra-Farrukhabad-Kannauj belt. However, for the past few  years, the dreams of small and marginal farmers have crashed. They find it too hot a crop to handle, especially when there is a glut in its production.

Show of ‘strength’

It is a show that gives women the strength to battle the odds and change their lives for the better.

Tainted UP leaders wait till kindom come

In politics charity begins literally at home. And no party in UP is an exception to this.

'Islamists' who Muslims often sidestep

"They are the inconsequential Islamists who Muslims have never really voted for," says Jasim Mohammed of the Aligarh-based Forum for Muslim Studies and Analysis.

Vajpayee, Modi in BJP list of poll campaigners

Former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, who is seriously ill for the past two years, and Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi, who did not canvas in the Bihar polls due to objections from ally JD(U), figure in the BJP's list of election campaigners.

Making the most of holy Monday

Monday will see several stalwarts filing their nominations, as the day has been declared auspicious by astrologers. District magistrate Dileep Jawalkar says the administration expects at least 10 major nominations to be filed and has made special security arrangements near the collectorate.

Rahul takes a dig at BJP, Maya says only Cong stood by weavers

Addressing a rally in Azamgarh, Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday sought to convey to the region's weavers - a strong voter constituency in the area - that "no party had done as much for them as the Congress".

EC decision of covering statues unjustified: BSP

BSP today claimed that Election Commission decision of covering statues of Uttar Pradesh chief minister Mayawati and party symbol elephant is one-sided and unjustified and was a violation of Article 14 of the constitution.  Weird and weirder: Maya parks shut after statue cover-up

It's parivar time for BJP in Azamgarh

MP Ramakant Yadav, whose wife, son and nephew are contesting polls this time, has made the BJP a force to reckon with in Azamgarh. Shekhar Iyer reports.

Dressed to ‘kill’

Call it a dress code or uniform, the Samajwadi Party has one in place as part of its image management plan this election. This is supplemented by personal grooming and behaviour guidelines as well. Pankaj Jaiswal reports.

Omnipresent netas influence kids' behaviour

The traditional Indian etiquette of greeting with folded hands is fast becoming a favourite amongst the tiny tots. Contours of political conduct seem to fascinate the youngsters more than the elders. Radhika Nagrath reports.

Rs 16 lakh, just not enough

It's tough to fight an election with that kind of money, say candidates. But since it's something they must follow, they are resorting to various ways to stay afloat. Deep Saxena reports. Way too little

SP slams BJP for 'copying' election manifesto

A day after BJP released its UP poll manifesto, Samajwadi Party accused it of "directly lifting" several key sops from the SP manifesto.

Move over Sachin, Rahul is 100 not out

On a mission to revive the party in Uttar Pradesh, Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi has already hit a century of public meetings across the state. Aurangzeb Naqshbandi reports.

Ego war keeps Modi away from poll

Can the BJP do without its poster boy, Gujarat chief minister Narendra Modi, as the ties between him and the RSS get frosty? The answer to this question may lie in the outcome of the current round of assembly polls, say BJP leaders.
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Stop playing the caste card in elections

election campaign rally
Whenever there is election in the country, caste appears to the fore as a factor to inter-play in the whole electioneering.

Do you think Samajwadi Party can live up to its promises in UP?

Samajwadi Party has claimed a majority in 403-member Uttar Pradesh assembly.