HindustanTimes Mon,31 Aug 2015

'Too early to talk about alliance with Cong'

As Uttar Pradesh headed towards a hung assembly, Samajwadi Party today said it was too early to say whether it would approach Congress for support in the formation of the next government.

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Up Country Tales

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.

Columns and Interviews

  • Falling into the map

    Redrawing borders in an age when everyone is but a click away, writes Sharon Fernandes.
  • Annus horribilis

    Why is Indian politics so depressing and disillusioning? And why is it so repetitive? We seem to ceaselessly hurtle from controversy to crisis, from drama to debacle and from hysteria to histrionics, but all the while the stories doggedly stay the same. Karan Thapar writes.
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Don’t Miss

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Uttar Pradesh Tadka

  • 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.

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Strategy UP

  • UP deserves good governance, says Bihar’s makeover man

    “Give us a little power and we will change the political scenario in UP on the lines of Bihar,” said Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar  while addressing an election rally in Sewarahi of Tamkuhiraj constituency in Kushinagar on Monday.

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Know Your Leader

  • In his 10-year-long run as a member of the legislative assembly (MLA), Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) heavyweight Madan Kaushik seems to have made more enemies than friends.
  • PPP chief Manpreet Badal, feels an Arab Spring is in the offing in Punjab to unseat the government headed by his uncle Parkash Singh Badal.
  • Rahul Gandhi, once known for his silence rather than eloquence, fielded questions with confidence and assertiveness at his first news conference in Varanasi.
  • Jats appear to have warmed up to the Texas-born LSE graduate who has modelled himself on his grandfather Ch Charan Singh. Vinod Sharma and Sunita Aron report.
  • "The exams are over. Let's wait for the results," was Akhilesh Yadav's parting shot to the pilots who had been ferrying him across the state since January 19.
  • Swami Prasad Maurya, 54, UP BSP chief, is confident of his re-election from Padrauna, from where he won the 2009 by-polls by a record margin.
  • Sporting his trademark tri-colour ‘gamcha’ along with crisp spotless white Kurta and Pyjama, Pramod Tiwari, visits his constituency every fortnight.

  • Indicating that he might snap ties with the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), former labour minister Badshah Singh said he would  contest the assembly elections from Mahoba.
  • ‘The Socialist’— first definitive and authorised biography of Mulayam Singh Yadav, authored by Frank Huzur, is likely to be released in January 2012.



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.