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HindustanTimes Thu,18 Sep 2014

GenX and their poll ways

Battlefield Uttar Pradesh is simmering with intense political activity ahead of the seven-phase polls. And, battle-ready are three youth icons who have embarked on their turbulent political journeys here to resurrect their parties, and, in turn, determine their own political fortunes.

The Outsiders

Their heart lies in Uttarakhand, but they vote for UP. Nearly 17 villages on the state border in Kotdwar (known as Bhabhar area), constituting approximately 12,000 voters, do not want to be a part of the former state, thanks to poor development.

Project elephant booms in Sitapur

The BSP is expected to romp home in Khamaria. Once a picture of neglect, this predominantly Dalit village in Sitapur district, 136 km north of Lucknow, has undergone a metamorphosis within a year. Rajesh Kumar Singh reports.

Rules? What rules? Cops still rule the roost in UP

It was turning dark on the bumpy highway when about 12 men stopped the car. Two were in khaki and the rest in plain clothes. Sunita Aron writes.

Muslims open the door

The warmth with which Maulana Arif, principal of Madarsa Darul-Uloom Masoodia Misbahiya Khasihari Masjid in Bahraich city, opened the door of his institute for a woman journalist speaks volumes for the changes that have come in. Sunita Aron reports.

Migration weighs on Basti mind, not polls

Inflow of money through flight of men; concrete houses, but no electricity; and an abundance of sugarcane, but no government sugar mills are the threads binding most areas of Basti in eastern Uttar Pradesh.

Filmy twist to Jaunpur poll plot

The poll battle in the Mariyahu assembly constituency of Jaunpur, 250 km from Lucknow, has a Bollywoodish plot. HT reports.

Survival fear looms large in weavers' hub Bhadohi

The country's carpet capital, Bhadohi, is itching to give politicians a dust off, and boycott is not too far off some lips. Pawan Dixit reports.

'Evergreen voters' since 1952

When the 'evergreen voters' - who voted in the first state assembly elections in 1952 - moved out once again to cast their votes, their enthusiasm belied their age. Richa Srivastava reports.

Dadda's politics of matrimony

Call it the politics of matrimony but 'Dadda' (elder brother) Deepanarayan Singh, sitting MLA of Samajwadi Party, is banking on this to help see him through the caste cauldron against his Congress and BJP rivals in the assembly polls in Garotha.

In this UP village, women don’t vote

At a time when women across Uttar Pradesh are surpassing men in casting votes, a village trapped by a glass ceiling of sorts is likely to challenge even the most enthusiastic voter awareness campaigns of the election commission. Manish Chandra Pandey reports.

Que sehrua sehrua!

Women in this village have never voted in any election. Manish Chandra Pandey reports.

For Pahadpur's menfolk, marriage is a bridge too far

Lack of development not only hampers economic growth, but also social structure. A case in point is Pahadpur in Bareilly district. HT reports.

With names missing, many could not vote

According to a rough estimate, more than 20,000 people in Gautam Budh Nagar District could not participate in the polls as their names were missing on the voters’ list. In Noida alone, about 6,000 residents could not find their names on the list. Saurabh Trivedi reports.

Back in the frame

Lakhimpur Kheri district of could well serve as a mini political laboratory for the Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). Manish Chandra Pandey reports.
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