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HindustanTimes Fri,29 Aug 2014

UP polls: 334 flights for campaigning; Mayawati leads tally

The high-voltage polls in Uttar Pradesh saw political leaders and candidates taking a total of 334 sorties on private jets and helicopters for campaigning, with outgoing chief minister Mayawati flying a maximum of 26 times.

Mamata may attend Badal, Akhilesh's swearing-in

Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee is likely to attend the oath-taking ceremonies of Parkash Singh Badal and Akhilesh Yadav as chief ministers of Punjab and Uttar Pradesh.

Hung House or not, MLAs can vote

If the exit polls come true, the Samajwadi Party will either have the numbers or shall be tantalisingly close to the magic figure of 202 to form a government in Uttar Pradesh. Vinod Sharma & Sunita Aron  report.

Counting in 5 states at 168 places, EC deploys more observers

The Election Commission has made elaborate arrangements for tomorrow's counting of votes in five states by setting up counting halls for all 690 assembly constituencies in 168 locations and deploying additional observers.

Beni sticks to his stand of Cong's post-poll tie-up with BSP

Union minister Beni Prasad Verma, who created a flutter by advocating Congress' post-poll alliance with BSP in Uttar Pradesh, today stuck to his stand saying there should be no truck with "a party of goondas".

Beni's remark smack off 'tacit' Cong-BSP understanding: SP

The Samajwadi Party today said union minister Beni Prasad Verma's stand of post-poll tie-up between Congress and BSP in Uttar Pradesh smacked off a "tacit understanding" between the two parties.

Will reap benefits of Rahul Gandhi's hard work in UP: Congress

Confident of a good show in the Uttar Pradesh elections, the Congress today said that the party would "reap the benefits" of general secretary Rahul Gandhi's hard work in the state.

EVM causes decline in excitement for counting of votes

The emergence of electronic voting machines (EVM) has made counting of votes easy and quick but many feel that this has also caused a decline in the excitement levels which used to be there among people when it was a manual process.

Bated breath, fingers crossed, investors wait for poll results

A sense of uncertainty fuelled by high voter turnout is giving the jitters to companies that have invested or are preparing to invest in Uttar Pradesh. Fears of the next government overturning policies or scrapping deals signed by the present government loom large.

Azaharuddin, Joshi booked for violating model code

Authorities have registered cases against Congress MP from Moradabad and former Indian cricketer Mohammad Azaharuddin, state Congress chief Rita Bahuguna Joshi and two others for violating the model code of conduct here in the poll-bound state.

Never called Mayawati stone-hearted: Sushma

Bharatiya Janata Party leader Sushma Swaraj Tuesday denied calling Uttar Pradesh chief minister Mayawati a "stone-hearted woman".

Stones pelted at Salman Khurshid's wife

Some youths today allegedly pelted stones at Louis Khurshid, Congress nominee and wife of union law minister Salman Khurshid, following a dispute over entry of voters at a polling booth.

Cong MP Azharuddin issued notice for violating model code

A notice has been issued to Congress MP and former cricketer Azharuddin for allegedly violating the model code of conduct by distributing shawls in an election meeting here, officials said today.

Campaign for 2nd phase of UP Assembly polls ends

Campaigning for the second phase of Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections covering 59 seats spread over nine districts came to an end today.

Cong will form next govt in UP on its own: Jaiswal

A day after the impressive turnout of about 64% electorate in the first phase of Assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh, Congress today exuded confidence of forming the next government in the state on its own.

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