Manish Chandra Pandey

Manish Chandra Pandey is a Lucknow-based assistant editor with Hindustan Times’ political bureau in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh. Along with political reporting, he loves to write off beat/human interest stories that people connect with. Manish also covers departments. He feels he has a lot to learn not just from veterans but from the newcomers who make him realise that there is so much to unlearn

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In Champawat bypoll battle, Uttarakhand CM Pushkar Singh Dhami gets friendly support from Uttar Pradesh

In the five elections since formation of Uttarakhand in 2000 (the hill state was carved out of UP), the Congress has won the Champawat seat twice against the BJP’s three victories.
Some of Uttarakhand CM Pushkar Singh Dhami’s friends have said they will camp in Champawat till the bypoll results. (SOURCED IMAGE )
Some of Uttarakhand CM Pushkar Singh Dhami’s friends have said they will camp in Champawat till the bypoll results. (SOURCED IMAGE )
Published on May 14, 2022 11:20 PM IST
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BJP MP from Kaiserganj galvanising saints’ support against Raj Thackeray’s proposed Ayodhya visit

On the other hand, the BJP’s Ayodhya MP is ready to welcome the Maharashtra politician to the temple town and says “who are we to stop anyone seeking Lord Ram’s blessings”
Saints participating in a meeting convened by BJP MP Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh against Maharashtra Navnirman Sena chief Raj Thackeray’s proposed Ayodhya visit. (SOURCED IMAGE )
Saints participating in a meeting convened by BJP MP Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh against Maharashtra Navnirman Sena chief Raj Thackeray’s proposed Ayodhya visit. (SOURCED IMAGE )
Published on May 11, 2022 11:07 PM IST
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After Wayanad visit, Smriti Irani engages with people in Amethi

While moving from one place to another, Smriti stopped by to have “ganne ka juice (sugarcane juice)” that was being sold by a vendor in Amethi
Union minister Smriti Irani at a programme in Amethi on Monday. (SOURCED IMAGE)
Union minister Smriti Irani at a programme in Amethi on Monday. (SOURCED IMAGE)
Published on May 09, 2022 10:52 PM IST
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2024 Lok Sabha polls in mind, BJP set for revamp in Uttar Pradesh

The BJP leadership is currently mulling over effecting large-scale changes from the main state body to the party’s youth wing and its many morchas.
The BJP’s main state body in Uttar Pradesh is set to have a new chief that some leaders indicated could happen ahead of the two-day national executive meeting in Jaipur from May 20. (REPRESENTATIVE IMAGE )
The BJP’s main state body in Uttar Pradesh is set to have a new chief that some leaders indicated could happen ahead of the two-day national executive meeting in Jaipur from May 20. (REPRESENTATIVE IMAGE )
Published on May 07, 2022 11:39 PM IST
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Many contenders eye BJP nomination for RS, MLC seats in UP

Aware that a BJP nomination would mean an assured win, the list of contenders for these polls is increasing rapidly, with claimants not just from the party but from the opposition too, say party leaders
The term of 11 RS MPs from Uttar Pradesh would end on July 4 (but elections would be held before the expiry of the term) while an equal number of vacancies would open in up in the state’s legislative council too. (File Photo)
The term of 11 RS MPs from Uttar Pradesh would end on July 4 (but elections would be held before the expiry of the term) while an equal number of vacancies would open in up in the state’s legislative council too. (File Photo)
Published on May 04, 2022 10:43 PM IST
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Eye on 2024 Lok Sabha polls: BJP takes head start with cadre coaching in Uttar Pradesh

In the first round of these training-cum-orientation camps of around 100 cadres each, leaders talked about the party’s history to ensure the foot soldiers remain focused’
The BJP cadre coaching camps were divided into various sessions -- one of which was on ‘badli hui paristhiti main bhajapa ka dayitva (the changed role of BJP in the new scenario).’ (REPRESENTATIVE IMAGE)
The BJP cadre coaching camps were divided into various sessions -- one of which was on ‘badli hui paristhiti main bhajapa ka dayitva (the changed role of BJP in the new scenario).’ (REPRESENTATIVE IMAGE)
Published on May 01, 2022 07:44 PM IST
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Uttar Pradesh government to hold camps in Bundelkhand, Vindhya regions to monitor drinking water scheme

Uttar Pradesh government aims to ensure full coverage of drinking water supply scheme in Bundelkhand by November, says jal shakti minister Swatantra Dev Singh
Uttar Pradesh jal shakti minister Swatantra Dev Singh in Bundelkhand region of the state to review projects. (SOURCED IMAGE )
Uttar Pradesh jal shakti minister Swatantra Dev Singh in Bundelkhand region of the state to review projects. (SOURCED IMAGE )
Published on Apr 17, 2022 11:59 PM IST
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Construction work in full swing at BrahMos unit site in Lucknow

Once ready, around 80-100 BrahMos missiles will be manufactured at the Lucknow unit in the Bhatgaon area of the Uttar Pradesh state capital every year
Officials inspecting the BrahMos unit site in Lucknow. (SOURCED IMAGE)
Officials inspecting the BrahMos unit site in Lucknow. (SOURCED IMAGE)
Published on Apr 16, 2022 11:38 PM IST
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For UP urban development minister, speed is of the essence as cleanliness campaign gets going

It has been just a fortnight since Arvind Kumar Sharma took charge as UP urban development minister. A slew of decisions have already been taken and an action plan has been unveiled.
Uttar Pradesh urban development minister Arvind Kumar Sharma inaugurates a zebra crossing at Sikandar Bagh crossing in Lucknow on Friday. (Deepak Gupta/HT Photo)
Uttar Pradesh urban development minister Arvind Kumar Sharma inaugurates a zebra crossing at Sikandar Bagh crossing in Lucknow on Friday. (Deepak Gupta/HT Photo)
Updated on Apr 16, 2022 01:42 AM IST
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MLC ELECTIONS: Emphatic win ensures smooth sailing for BJP in council, too

As a result of the BJP’s emphatic victory in the Uttar Pradesh municipal council elections (local bodies), the Yogi government will not have to face the same obstacles it faced during its first term (2017-2022).
In the council poll results, declared on Tuesday, the BJP won 33 of the 36 seats and went past the halfway mark in the UP legislative council. (FOR REPRESENTATION PURPOSE)
In the council poll results, declared on Tuesday, the BJP won 33 of the 36 seats and went past the halfway mark in the UP legislative council. (FOR REPRESENTATION PURPOSE)
Published on Apr 12, 2022 11:30 PM IST
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Yogi, Uttar Pradesh deputy chief ministers’ Delhi visit showcases message of unity

The three leaders from UP meet President Ram Nath Kovind, PM Modi and Union home minister Amit Shah. The visit comes amid speculation of Yogi’s induction into the BJP parliamentary board
Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath and deputy chief ministers Keshav Prasad Maurya and Brajesh Pathak with Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi on Monday. (PTI PHOTO)
Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath and deputy chief ministers Keshav Prasad Maurya and Brajesh Pathak with Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi on Monday. (PTI PHOTO)
Published on Apr 11, 2022 11:42 PM IST
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Mission 2024: BJP to train cadres for regular dialogue with villagers, delivery of welfare schemes to the poor

The training of the BJP cadres would be undertaken with an eye on the 2024 Lok Sabha polls and to ensure “100% saturation of government (welfare) schemes.”
The rural connect will be taken up by all cells and wings of the BJP. (REPRESENTATIVE IMAGE)
The rural connect will be taken up by all cells and wings of the BJP. (REPRESENTATIVE IMAGE)
Updated on Apr 11, 2022 12:30 AM IST
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Yogi government 2.0: Bulldozers on a roll again in Uttar Pradesh

The bulldozers that helped shape the narrative for 2022 UP polls have been roaring frequently, razing structures of the mafia and pulling down encroachments
A bulldozer in action in Lucknow . (Deepak Gupta/HT Photo)
A bulldozer in action in Lucknow . (Deepak Gupta/HT Photo)
Updated on Apr 08, 2022 10:04 PM IST
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Navratri: Symbolism to the fore as Congress, BJP send puja material to Amethi temples

The list of temples selected by BJP and the Congress is nearly the same and so is the puja kit that the workers and leaders of the two parties have delivered to the temples in Amethi.
Congress leaders Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra in Amethi. (FILE PHOTO)
Congress leaders Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra in Amethi. (FILE PHOTO)
Updated on Apr 07, 2022 12:14 AM IST
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Yogi Adityanath reiterates his government’s pro-poor focus, marches with cadres on BJP’s 42nd foundation day

BJP announces launch of fortnight-long social justice campaign, Yogi Adityanath says his government will fulfil all the commitments made by the party to the people
Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath at the BJP’s 42nd foundation day celebrations in Lucknow. (HT Photo)
Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath at the BJP’s 42nd foundation day celebrations in Lucknow. (HT Photo)
Published on Apr 06, 2022 10:06 PM IST
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Uttar Pradesh deputy CM Keshav Prasad Maurya meets PM Modi, Amit Shah in Delhi

Keshav Prasad Maurya says he received guidance and blessings on subjects related to the development of villages and the poor by meeting Prime Minister Narendra Modi at Parliament House
Uttar Pradesh deputy chief minister Keshav Prasad Maurya with Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi on Monday. (SOURCED IMAGE)
Uttar Pradesh deputy chief minister Keshav Prasad Maurya with Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi on Monday. (SOURCED IMAGE)
Updated on Apr 04, 2022 09:27 PM IST
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Rajnath Singh says pro-poor steps helped BJP get second term in Uttar Pradesh

Defence minister Rajnath Singh begins two-day visit to Lucknow, praises PM Modi, says Yogi fully lived up to expectations of people
Defence minister Rajnath Singh being felicitated in the presence of Uttar Pradesh deputy chief minister Brajesh Pathak and BJP MLA Neeraj Bora in Lucknow on Saturday. (ANI PHOTO)
Defence minister Rajnath Singh being felicitated in the presence of Uttar Pradesh deputy chief minister Brajesh Pathak and BJP MLA Neeraj Bora in Lucknow on Saturday. (ANI PHOTO)
Published on Apr 02, 2022 10:07 PM IST
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Yogi govt 2.0:Asked to draw 100-day plan, new ministers hit the ground running

All the ministers of Yogi govt 2.0 who have taken charge of their departments have ordered their officers to prepare a detailed plan on key projects that are to take shape over the first three months
Swatantra Dev Singh has taken charge as the Jal Shakti minister in the Yogi govt 2.0. (HT PHOTO)
Swatantra Dev Singh has taken charge as the Jal Shakti minister in the Yogi govt 2.0. (HT PHOTO)
Published on Mar 30, 2022 09:40 PM IST
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Adityanath keeps Home, 33 key portfolios in new UP cabinet

Keshav Prasad Maurya, who retained his deputy CM’s position, had his old public works department portfolio replaced with newer ones like rural development, food processing and public enterprises
Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath exchanges greetings with Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav in Lucknow on Monday (ANI)
Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath exchanges greetings with Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav in Lucknow on Monday (ANI)
Published on Mar 29, 2022 12:09 AM IST
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Yogi keeps home, Khanna finance as Pathak gets health, Maurya rural development

Former bureaucrat AK Sharma bags urban development and power ministries, while ex-top cop Asim Arun has been made social welfare minister.
As the portfolios for the new BJP-led UP government were announced on Monday, Yogi Adityanath will oversee home, vigilance, and appointments. (Agency)
As the portfolios for the new BJP-led UP government were announced on Monday, Yogi Adityanath will oversee home, vigilance, and appointments. (Agency)
Updated on Mar 29, 2022 04:45 AM IST
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YOGI GOVT 2.0: From commoners, mgmt grads to technocrats and bureaucrats

The Yogi Adityanath government 2
Chief Secretary Durga Shankar Mishra presenting a bouquet of flowers to chief minister Yogi Adityanath on his first day after taking the oath of office, with deputy chief ministers Brijesh Pathak, right, and Keshav Prasad Maurya, left, standing beside him in Lucknow on Saturday. (Agency)
Chief Secretary Durga Shankar Mishra presenting a bouquet of flowers to chief minister Yogi Adityanath on his first day after taking the oath of office, with deputy chief ministers Brijesh Pathak, right, and Keshav Prasad Maurya, left, standing beside him in Lucknow on Saturday. (Agency)
Published on Mar 26, 2022 10:00 PM IST
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Yogi Adityanath cabinet 2.0: BJP looks to strike regional and caste balance

Adityanath’s 52-member team is expectedly heavy on OBCs and Dalits – the two key vote banks that have been the mainstays of the party’s domination in Uttar Pradesh since 2014 Lok Sabha polls.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath and others at the swearing-in ceremony at Atal Bihari Ekana Stadium in Lucknow on Friday. (PTI)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath and others at the swearing-in ceremony at Atal Bihari Ekana Stadium in Lucknow on Friday. (PTI)
Updated on Mar 26, 2022 04:47 AM IST
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In Yogi Adityanath cabinet 2.0, Pathak elevated, state BJP chief rewarded

Besides Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath, 52 ministers, including two deputy chief ministers, took oath as part of the new cabinet.
Another crucial appointment was the elevation of law minister in the former government, Brajesh Pathak, to the role of deputy chief minister. (Deepak Gupta/HT photo)
Another crucial appointment was the elevation of law minister in the former government, Brajesh Pathak, to the role of deputy chief minister. (Deepak Gupta/HT photo)
Updated on Mar 26, 2022 03:52 AM IST
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Yogi Adityanath tells new ministers to make Uttar Pradesh No.1 state

The Friday’s meeting of the new council of ministers would be followed by another on Saturday in which Yogi Adityanath is expected to announce the rollout of his party’s pre-poll commitments.
Chief minister Yogi Adityanath chairing the first meeting of his new council of ministers. (ANI)
Chief minister Yogi Adityanath chairing the first meeting of his new council of ministers. (ANI)
Updated on Mar 26, 2022 01:49 AM IST
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ByRajesh Kumar Singh and Manish Chandra Pandey, Lucknow

Yogi takes oath as UP’s CM at mega ceremony

  • Since 1985 this is also the first time a party has returned to power.
Yogi Adityanath takes oath as the chief minister of Uttar Pradesh for a record straight term, at Lucknow's Ekana Stadium on Friday, March 25, 2022. (Photo by Deepak Gupta/Hindustan Times)
Yogi Adityanath takes oath as the chief minister of Uttar Pradesh for a record straight term, at Lucknow's Ekana Stadium on Friday, March 25, 2022. (Photo by Deepak Gupta/Hindustan Times)
Updated on Mar 26, 2022 06:54 AM IST
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2024 Lok Sabha elections shape Yogi Adityanath’s new team as caste matrix, geographical spread play key role

While 20 ministers are OBCs, nine are dalits though care has been taken to ensure adequate representation to upper castes with 21 ministers hailing from this group in the second Yogi Adityanath government
The new ministers of the Yogi Adityanath government 2.0 on stage with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and other dignitaries. (Deepak Gupta/HT Photo)
The new ministers of the Yogi Adityanath government 2.0 on stage with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and other dignitaries. (Deepak Gupta/HT Photo)
Published on Mar 25, 2022 10:57 PM IST
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Yogi Adityanath takes oath as Uttar Pradesh chief minister for second term with 52-member team

Keshav Prasad Maurya, Brajesh Pathak sworn in as deputy CMs. Twenty-one ministers retained, 22 dropped; 31 new faces, five women in Yogi Adityanath government 2.0
Yogi Adityanath at the swearing-in ceremony in Lucknow on Friday. (Deepak Gupta/HT)
Yogi Adityanath at the swearing-in ceremony in Lucknow on Friday. (Deepak Gupta/HT)
Updated on Mar 25, 2022 08:06 PM IST
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In Yogi cabinet 2.0, 21 ministers retained, 22 dropped, 31 new faces and 5 women

Uttar Pradesh Governor Anandiben Patel administered the oath to Yogi Adityanath and his 52-member team, including two deputy chief ministers, 16 other cabinet ministers, 14 ministers of state (independent charge) and 20 ministers of state.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union home minister Amit Shah, defence minister Rajnath Singh, top BJP leaders, chief ministers and deputy chief ministers of BJP-ruled states, seers, actors and party workers were present at the swearing in of the Yogi Adityanath government on Friday. (HT Photo/Deepak Gupta)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union home minister Amit Shah, defence minister Rajnath Singh, top BJP leaders, chief ministers and deputy chief ministers of BJP-ruled states, seers, actors and party workers were present at the swearing in of the Yogi Adityanath government on Friday. (HT Photo/Deepak Gupta)
Published on Mar 25, 2022 07:26 PM IST
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Yogi Adityanath elected leader of BJP’s legislative party

Yogi Adityanath was unanimously elected the legislative party leader of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Uttar Pradesh on Thursday, a day before his formal swearing-in as the 33rd chief minister of the state after retaining power in the recently held assembly elections.
Union home minister Amit Shah with UP CM-designate Yogi Adityanath at Lok Bhawan in Lucknow on Thursday. (PTI)
Union home minister Amit Shah with UP CM-designate Yogi Adityanath at Lok Bhawan in Lucknow on Thursday. (PTI)
Published on Mar 25, 2022 12:14 AM IST
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Yogi government 2.0 swearing-in to be grand affair with lots of symbolism

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, senior BJP leaders, including chief ministers from other states, and dignitaries from across different fields will attend the ceremony
An aerial view of the illuminated Atal Bihari Vajpayee stadium in Lucknow where the Yogi government 2.0 will take oath on Friday. (Deepak Gupta/HT Photo)
An aerial view of the illuminated Atal Bihari Vajpayee stadium in Lucknow where the Yogi government 2.0 will take oath on Friday. (Deepak Gupta/HT Photo)
Published on Mar 24, 2022 10:28 PM IST
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