Pankaj Jaiswal

Pankaj Jaiswal is Chief of Bureau, Uttar Pradesh and covers politics. His continued interest in rural, distress, and development journalism, fetched him a handful of prestigious awards and fellowships. Pankaj is a photo-journalist too and tweets at @augustus29lotus

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Sibal quits Congress, files RS nomination with SP’s support

On Wednesday, Sibal, accompanied by Akhilesh Yadav, reached the UP Vidhan Bhavan around 12.10pm after a 40-minute meeting at the SP Uttar Pradesh headquarters
Lucknow, India - May 25, 2022: Former Congress leader Kapil Sibal files his nomination for Rajya Sabha seat in presence of Samajwadi Party president Akhilesh Yadav, at Vidhan Bhavan, in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, India, on Wednesday, May 25, 2022. (Photo by Deepak Gupta/Hindustan Times)
Lucknow, India - May 25, 2022: Former Congress leader Kapil Sibal files his nomination for Rajya Sabha seat in presence of Samajwadi Party president Akhilesh Yadav, at Vidhan Bhavan, in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, India, on Wednesday, May 25, 2022. (Photo by Deepak Gupta/Hindustan Times)
Published on May 25, 2022 11:59 PM IST
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BySaubhadra Chatterji and Pankaj Jaiswal

Kapil Sibal files RS nomination with SP’s backing, says quit Congress last week

Congress did not immediately react to Kapil Sibal’s move but two leaders maintained it came after an indication from the party that he would not get another Rajya Sabha nomination.
Kapil Sibal filing nomination for Rajya Sabha elections. (ANI)
Kapil Sibal filing nomination for Rajya Sabha elections. (ANI)
Updated on May 26, 2022 12:56 AM IST
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By, , New Delhi/lucknow

Kapil Sibal files Rajya Sabha nomination with SP support, says already left Cong

Kapil Sibal said he had resigned from the Congress on May 16 and is now an independent voice. He has not joined the Samajwadi Party, he clarified. 
Kapil Sibal submitting his Rajya Sabha nomination with SP support on Wednesday. (Photo: Deepak Gupta)
Kapil Sibal submitting his Rajya Sabha nomination with SP support on Wednesday. (Photo: Deepak Gupta)
Published on May 25, 2022 12:27 PM IST
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Azam Khan skips House session for second day, but says not upset with Akhilesh

  • When asked if he was upset with the SP chief Akhilesh Yadav, Azam Khan said there was no reason to be upset with him. "I am not upset with anyone".
File photo of Samajwadi Party MLA Azam Khan taking oath in the Uttar Pradesh Assembly in Lucknow.(ANI)
File photo of Samajwadi Party MLA Azam Khan taking oath in the Uttar Pradesh Assembly in Lucknow.(ANI)
Updated on May 24, 2022 05:21 PM IST
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Mix of old, new candidates for Rajya Sabha entry as elections near

Among the new entrants is likely to be Rashtriya Lok Dal leader Jayant Chaudhary, with the support of his alliance partner Akhilesh Yadav’s Samajwadi Party, according to people familiar with the matter who asked not to be named.
Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) national president Jayant Chaudhary.(HT File Photo)
Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) national president Jayant Chaudhary.(HT File Photo)
Updated on May 20, 2022 01:33 AM IST
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BySunetra Choudhury and Pankaj Jaiswal, New Delhi

Aide’s remark leads to speculation about Azam Khan camp’s unhappiness with Samajwadi Party

The speculation came to the fore after Azam Khan’s media incharge Fasahat Khan alias Shanu said: “CM Yogi’s comment was right that Akhilesh doesn’t want Azam Khan to be out (of jail).”
Senior Samajwadi Party leader Azam Khan is the party’s Rampur MLA. (FILE PHOTO)
Senior Samajwadi Party leader Azam Khan is the party’s Rampur MLA. (FILE PHOTO)
Updated on Apr 11, 2022 12:02 AM IST
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By, Lucknow

Akhilesh-Shivpal ties: Speculation over fresh rift, Rajbhar says efforts on to sort out issues

The Akhilesh-Shvipal rift has been visible since last week. Speculation is rife that Shivpal may ally with the BJP, quitting the Samajwadi Party-led alliance.
Pragatisheel Samajwadi Party-Lohia chief Shivpal Yadav and his nephew, Samajwadi Party president Akhilesh Yadav had mended fences before the 2022 UP assembly polls. (FILE PHOTO)
Pragatisheel Samajwadi Party-Lohia chief Shivpal Yadav and his nephew, Samajwadi Party president Akhilesh Yadav had mended fences before the 2022 UP assembly polls. (FILE PHOTO)
Published on Mar 31, 2022 10:39 PM IST
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By, Lucknow

Akhilesh Yadav appointed leader of opposition in Uttar Pradesh assembly

The appointment was finalised soon after the SP notified the UP Vidhan Sabha secretariat that Akhilesh Yadav was unanimously elected leader of the Samajwadi Party legislature party.
Samajwadi Party (SP) chief Akhilesh Yadav has been unanimously elected as the leader of the SP legislative party and Leader of Opposition in the Uttar Pradesh Assembly, on Saturday. (ANI PHOTO.)
Samajwadi Party (SP) chief Akhilesh Yadav has been unanimously elected as the leader of the SP legislative party and Leader of Opposition in the Uttar Pradesh Assembly, on Saturday. (ANI PHOTO.)
Updated on Mar 27, 2022 03:50 AM IST
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By, New Delhi

Akhilesh appointed leader of Opposition in UP’s assembly

Akhilesh Yadav, who won from Karhal in Mainpuri in his maiden assembly election earlier this month, quit his Lok Sabha membership from Azamgarh constituency on Tuesday to focus on the state politics.
The appointment was finalised hours after the principal opposition party notified the Uttar Pradesh Vidhan Sabha secretariat about Akhilesh Yadav being unanimously elected as the leader of SP legislature party. (ANI)
The appointment was finalised hours after the principal opposition party notified the Uttar Pradesh Vidhan Sabha secretariat about Akhilesh Yadav being unanimously elected as the leader of SP legislature party. (ANI)
Published on Mar 26, 2022 11:04 PM IST
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By, Lucknow

Akhilesh appointed leader of opposition in UP assembly

Akhilesh Yadav, leader of the Samajwadi Party (SP), was appointed leader of the opposition in Uttar Pradesh on Saturday.
SP President Akhilesh Yadav with newly elected MLAs of the party during a media briefing. (Agency)
SP President Akhilesh Yadav with newly elected MLAs of the party during a media briefing. (Agency)
Published on Mar 26, 2022 09:54 PM IST
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By, Lucknow

Akhilesh, Azam quit Lok Sabha, Yogi leaves state council

Uttar Pradesh chief minister- designate Yogi Adityanath also resigned from the state legislative council, days before he is set to take oath for a second time
Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav submits his resignation to Lok Sabha speaker Om Birla, in New Delhi on Tuesday (PTI)
Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav submits his resignation to Lok Sabha speaker Om Birla, in New Delhi on Tuesday (PTI)
Updated on Mar 23, 2022 01:13 AM IST
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Akhilesh Yadav, Azam Khan resign from Lok Sabha

Yadav’s resignation from his Azamgarh parliamentary membership indicated that he would concentrate more on UP politics. With 47 seats won in 2017, the SP was a weak opposition, but now with 111 MLAs, it is a strong opposition in the UP assembly
Earlier, there was speculation that Akhilesh Yadav and Azam Khan would leave their assembly seats and retain Lok Sabha membership (File Photoof Vidhan Bhawan)
Earlier, there was speculation that Akhilesh Yadav and Azam Khan would leave their assembly seats and retain Lok Sabha membership (File Photoof Vidhan Bhawan)
Updated on Mar 22, 2022 11:13 PM IST
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Akhilesh Yadav, Azam Khan resign from Lok Sabha

The two submitted their resignations days after the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) swept back to power in Uttar Pradesh
 (HT PHOTO)
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Published on Mar 22, 2022 02:52 PM IST
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BJP may get another shot at winning Azam’s assembly seat

BJP had failed to grab the Rampur seat in the just concluded UP assembly polls as Azam Khan won it for the ninth time
Azam Khan is likely to resign from assembly seat to retain his Rampur Lok Sabha seat. (File photo)
Azam Khan is likely to resign from assembly seat to retain his Rampur Lok Sabha seat. (File photo)
Published on Mar 16, 2022 11:09 PM IST
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By, Lucknow

Akhilesh Yadav likely to field Swami Prasad Maurya from Karhal for bypoll

This possibility arises as Akhilesh Yadav, who won his first assembly election from Karhal by over 67,000 votes, is likely to vacate the seat and remain the Azamgarh MP
Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav with former minister Swami Prasad Maurya. (ANI FILE PHOTO)
Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav with former minister Swami Prasad Maurya. (ANI FILE PHOTO)
Updated on Mar 14, 2022 06:28 AM IST
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By, Lucknow

Akhilesh Yadav likely to quit Karhal assembly seat

If Yadav resigns as MLA, it will mean that he will not be the leader of Opposition in the state assembly.
Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav. (ANI)
Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav. (ANI)
Published on Mar 12, 2022 12:03 AM IST
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By, Lucknow

Samajwadi Party fails to regain Yadav land from BJP in Uttar Pradesh

The BJP won 18 of the 29 seats in the Yadav land spread over the eight districts of Mainpuri, Etawah, Etah, Kasganj, Firozabad, Auriya, Kannauj and Farrukhabad.
BJP supporters celebrate the party’s victory in Lucknow on Thursday. (AP PHOTO)
BJP supporters celebrate the party’s victory in Lucknow on Thursday. (AP PHOTO)
Published on Mar 11, 2022 10:13 PM IST
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By, Lucknow

UP loss highlights the limits of Akhilesh Yadav’s strategy

When Akhilesh Yadav kicked off his Samajwadi Vijay Yatra from Ghazipur, his party had a mountain to climb with only months to go for the 2022 assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh
The Samajwadi Party (SP) office in Lucknow after the party’s loss in the UP assembly election) (HT Photo)
The Samajwadi Party (SP) office in Lucknow after the party’s loss in the UP assembly election) (HT Photo)
Updated on Mar 11, 2022 10:42 PM IST
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By, Lucknow

Last-minute party switch bring few rewards for turncoats in UP elections

Political leaders who switched sides in the run-up to the Uttar Pradesh elections did not fare well in the poll battle, showed Thursday’s results
Samajwadi Party (SP) leaders Dharam Singh Saini and Swami Prasad Maurya lost their seats in the UP assembly elections (ANI)
Samajwadi Party (SP) leaders Dharam Singh Saini and Swami Prasad Maurya lost their seats in the UP assembly elections (ANI)
Published on Mar 11, 2022 09:26 PM IST
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By, New Delhi

Final push for electoral supremacy in Uttar Pradesh today

D-DAY NEXT Countdown for March 10 begins this evening when, along with Uttar Pradesh, results of Uttarakhand, Punjab, Goa and Manipur will also be declared
Uttar Pradesh’s high-octane assembly elections will take place in their seventh and final phase on Monday, and by 6 pm, the state’s seven-phase, month-long election process will be concluded. (FOr representation purpose)
Uttar Pradesh’s high-octane assembly elections will take place in their seventh and final phase on Monday, and by 6 pm, the state’s seven-phase, month-long election process will be concluded. (FOr representation purpose)
Published on Mar 07, 2022 12:25 AM IST
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By, Lucknow

Uttar Pradesh polls: High-stakes poll season ends with phase 7 voting today

In the last phase polls on Monday, voters in Varanasi (PM Modi’s parliamentary constituency) and Azamgarh (SP chief Akhilesh Yadav’s Lok Sabha constituency), among others, will elect their MLAs
Polling officers carrying EVMs and other election material leave for their respective polling booths, at a distribution centre at Pahadiya Mandi, in Varanasi on Sunday. (PTI)
Polling officers carrying EVMs and other election material leave for their respective polling booths, at a distribution centre at Pahadiya Mandi, in Varanasi on Sunday. (PTI)
Updated on Mar 07, 2022 06:00 AM IST
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By, Hindustan Times, Lucknow

Zahoorabad poised for a high-profile battle

The contest in Zahoorabad constituency of Jaunpur has multiple interesting elements, with all the three candidates--the BJP’s Kalicharan Rajbhar, BSP’s Syeda Shadab Fatima, and SBSP’s Om Prakash Rajbhar having been MLAs from here.
Suheldev Bharatiya Samaj Party (SBSP) chief, Om Prakash Rajbhar ( in yellow jacket) who won the Zahoorabad assembly seat in 2017 as a BJP ally is contesting to retain the seat, but this time as a Samajwadi Party (SP) ally. (Sourced)
Suheldev Bharatiya Samaj Party (SBSP) chief, Om Prakash Rajbhar ( in yellow jacket) who won the Zahoorabad assembly seat in 2017 as a BJP ally is contesting to retain the seat, but this time as a Samajwadi Party (SP) ally. (Sourced)
Published on Mar 06, 2022 11:24 PM IST
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UP polls: CM Yogi’s seat in focus as Uttar Pradesh votes in 6th phase today

Uttar Pradesh assembly election 2022: The penultimate phase of the Uttar Pradesh assembly elections will seal the fate of 676 candidates, including chief minister Yogi Adityanath, in 57 constituencies spread across 10 eastern UP districts.
Polling staff gather at a distribution centre to collect polling equipment for the sixth phase of the Uttar Pradesh assembly elections, in Gorakhpur on Wednesday. (ANI)
Polling staff gather at a distribution centre to collect polling equipment for the sixth phase of the Uttar Pradesh assembly elections, in Gorakhpur on Wednesday. (ANI)
Updated on Mar 03, 2022 06:24 AM IST
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Penultimate phase: Testing time for Yogi, Swami Prasad today

The sixth and penultimate phase of the UP assembly polls will see the fate of chief minister Yogi Adityanath and his ex-minister Swami Prasad Maurya being sealed on Thursday
Polling staff at a distribution center to collect polling equipment for the sixth and the penultimate phase of the Uttar Pradesh Assembly Election, in Gorakhpur on Wednesday. (ANI)
Polling staff at a distribution center to collect polling equipment for the sixth and the penultimate phase of the Uttar Pradesh Assembly Election, in Gorakhpur on Wednesday. (ANI)
Updated on Mar 02, 2022 10:38 PM IST
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By, Lucknow

Mamata to hold rally in Varanasi with Akhilesh

A total of 54 constituencies, including eight in Kashi, are scheduled to go to polls in Uttar Pradesh in the last phase on March 7.
Lucknow, India – February 08, 2022: West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banarjee along with Samajwadi Party national president Akhilesh Yadav gesture during the joint press conference appealing to voters to support Samajwadi Party (SP) during Uttar Pradesh Assembly Election campaign at the party state headquarters in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, India on Tuesday, February 08, 2022. (Photo by Deepak Gupta/Hindustan Times)
Lucknow, India – February 08, 2022: West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banarjee along with Samajwadi Party national president Akhilesh Yadav gesture during the joint press conference appealing to voters to support Samajwadi Party (SP) during Uttar Pradesh Assembly Election campaign at the party state headquarters in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, India on Tuesday, February 08, 2022. (Photo by Deepak Gupta/Hindustan Times)
Published on Mar 02, 2022 12:07 AM IST
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Biggest rally of SP, allies in PM’s constituency on March 3

The opposition’s campaign (on March 3) will coincide with the sixth phase of polls when voting will be in progress in 57 eastern UP assembly constituencies
•West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee being welcomed by Samajwadi Party (SP) chief Akhilesh Yadav as she arrived for a joint press conference ahead of Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections, in Lucknow in February. (ANI Photo)
•West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee being welcomed by Samajwadi Party (SP) chief Akhilesh Yadav as she arrived for a joint press conference ahead of Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections, in Lucknow in February. (ANI Photo)
Updated on Mar 01, 2022 11:28 PM IST
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ByPankaj Jaiswal and Sudhir Kumar

Eastern UP in focus as polling enters fifth phase

Over 22 million voters will decide the fate of 692 candidates in the fray in the districts of Sultanpur, Chitrakoot, Pratapgarh, Kaushambi, Prayagraj, Barabanki, Bahraich, Shravasti and Gonda.
Polling officials check the Electronic Voting Machine (EVMs) at a distribution centre for the fifth phase of the Uttar Pradesh assembly elections, in Prayagraj on Saturday. (ANI)
Polling officials check the Electronic Voting Machine (EVMs) at a distribution centre for the fifth phase of the Uttar Pradesh assembly elections, in Prayagraj on Saturday. (ANI)
Updated on Feb 27, 2022 04:31 AM IST
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By, Lucknow

Assembly elections: Over to eastern Uttar Pradesh; fifth phase today

The Uttar Pradesh assembly elections now move to the eastern part of the state as 61 assembly constituencies, spread across 12 districts, will vote in the fifth phase on Sunday.
Uttar Pradesh’s assembly elections will now move to the eastern part of the state as 61 assembly constituencies, spread across 12 districts, will vote on Sunday. (FOR REPRESENTATION PURPOSE)
Uttar Pradesh’s assembly elections will now move to the eastern part of the state as 61 assembly constituencies, spread across 12 districts, will vote on Sunday. (FOR REPRESENTATION PURPOSE)
Updated on Feb 26, 2022 11:01 PM IST
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By, Lucknow

UP polls: Akhilesh says sea of people in Ayodhya indicates Samajwadi Party will form govt

Akhilesh held his road show on the last day of campaigning for the fifth phase of the UP assembly polls in which Ayodhya voters, too, will exercise their franchise on Sunday (February 27)
Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav holds a mace during a road show for the UP assembly polls in Ayodhya on Friday. (ANI PHOTO)
Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav holds a mace during a road show for the UP assembly polls in Ayodhya on Friday. (ANI PHOTO)
Published on Feb 26, 2022 12:22 AM IST
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ByPankaj Jaiswal and Shariq Rais Siddiqui, Lucknow/bahraich

Polling moves to heart of UP; to complete halfway mark today

Wednesday’s phase will cover a large part of central UP, including Lucknow. A total of six central UP districts are in the fray this time along with one district each in Bundelkhand, Rohilkhand and east UP
Poll officials collect EVMs for the fourth phase of the Uttar Pradesh Assembly Election, in Lucknow on Tuesday. (ANIi)
Poll officials collect EVMs for the fourth phase of the Uttar Pradesh Assembly Election, in Lucknow on Tuesday. (ANIi)
Updated on Feb 23, 2022 05:49 AM IST
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