Rajesh Kumar Singh

Rajesh Kumar Singh is a special correspondent at HT Lucknow. He covers State Home Department, State Police, Central police agencies,BSP, Health Department, UP Chief Electoral Officer, Irrigation Department, Mining and, Lokayukta.

Articles by Rajesh Kumar Singh

Tunnel rescue ops: ‘Rat miners’ took up the job to clear final stretch

The service of rock miners has also been used in the laying of water pipelines for the tap water supply scheme under Jal Jeevan Mission in seven districts of Bundelkhand region

‘Rat-hole’ miners of Jhansi working to dig into a rocky terrain near Babina. (File Photo)
Updated on Nov 29, 2023 06:38 AM IST

Ahead of LS polls: Unveiling of VP Singh’s statue sets tone for Mandal 2.0 politics in U.P.

TN chief minister and SP president demand the caste census and constitution of an all-party committee of MPs to oversee the implementation of the reservation policy at the national level

Tamil Nadu chief minister MK Stalin with Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav during the unveiling of a statue of former prime minister Vishwanath Pratap Singh in Chennai on November 27. (PTI)
Updated on Nov 28, 2023 05:14 AM IST
By, Lucknow

SP throws hat in ‘INDIA ‘ ring, pitches for Akhilesh as PM Face

The SP leaders called upon the supporters to work for the victory of the Samajwadi Party in the 2024 Lok Sabha election and ensure that Akhilesh Yadav became Prime Minister. The SP should play a pivotal role in the formation of the next government at the Centre and in the selection of the new Prime Minister., the SP leaders said.

To enhance their stake in the INDIA alliance, the SP leaders said if SP bagged the maximum number of seats from Uttar Pradesh in the coming Lok Sabha election, Akhilesh Yadav could also become the next Prime Minister. (HT file)
Updated on Nov 23, 2023 05:02 PM IST

Yogi-Shah meet sparks cabinet rejig speculation

The BJP has summoned OBC leaders from across the country to Delhi to discuss the issue of caste-based census demand, over which nearly the entire opposition as well as some from within the BJP too are unanimous

Top BJP leaders from UP, including chief minister Yogi Adityanath, deputy chief minister Keshav Prasad Maurya - the OBC face of the BJP in UP - among others are likely to be in Delhi on Thursday. (File Photo)
Updated on Nov 02, 2023 06:34 AM IST

Interview: Improved law & order has given boost to tourism in Uttar Pradesh, says Jaiveer Singh

Tourism and culture minister Jaiveer Singh talked to Rajesh Kumar Singh over the initiative taken by the department and future plans for the development of the sector.

Uttar Pradesh tourism and culture minister Jaiveer Singh (HT FILE PHOTO)
Updated on Oct 30, 2023 08:06 AM IST
By, Lucknow

18.4 lakh revenue cases pending, Board opts for online monitoring after Yogi’s prod

The Revenue Court Computerised Management (RCCM) system has been launched to ensure transparency in the proceedings of all revenue courts, said commissioner, Board of Revenue, Manisha Trighatia.

According to the data available on the RCCM dashboard, the total number of the revenue cases in courts is 197.4 lakh (1.97 crore) out of which 179 lakh (1.79 crore) cases have been disposed of. (FOR REPRESENTATION)
Updated on Oct 16, 2023 05:43 PM IST

Focus on BSP founder Kanshi Ram as Congress looks to woo Dalits ahead 2024 polls

Kanshi Ram’s strategy was to capture political power through a potent electoral alliance of the Dalit, OBC and minority communities

Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) founder Kanshi Ram. (HT Archive)
Published on Oct 04, 2023 04:59 PM IST

Upper caste, OBC in focus as BJP changes 69 district unit chiefs in U.P.

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Uttar Pradesh has changed 69 district unit presidents, ahead of the 2024 Lok Sabha polls. The party has divided the state into 98 organisational district units, with the upper caste receiving the highest number of posts. The representation of women and Dalits is minimal, and there are no district unit chiefs from the Pasmanda Muslim community. The reorganisation aims to address old rivalries and reward party workers for their efforts in the upcoming elections.

BJP U.P. chief Bhupendra Chaudhary (second from left) and other party leaders during a meeting in Lucknow recently. (Sourced)
Updated on Sep 15, 2023 10:41 PM IST
By, Lucknow

Ghosi result highlights Dalit voters’ decisive role

Sudhakar Singh maintained a lead over BJP nominee Dara Singh Chauhan in all rounds of counting of votes, apparently indicating that he got the support of voters even in the Dalit- dominated areas of the constituency.

In the 2022 assembly election, BSP candidate Vasim Ekbal polled 53,953 votes in the constituency which has around 60,000 Dalit voters. (FOR REPRESENTATION)
Published on Sep 09, 2023 01:02 AM IST
By, Lucknow

BJP may need to review its strategy in east U.P.

To turn east U.P. into an impregnable fort before the 2024 Lok Sabha election, the BJP tied up with SBSP led by Om Prakash Rajbhar, NISHAD party led by Sanjay Nishad and fielded Dara Singh Chauhan, who defected from the SP, to consolidate its hold over the Other Backward Class (OBC) voters

For representation only (HT File Photo)
Updated on Sep 09, 2023 12:07 AM IST
By, Lucknow

Ghosi by-poll: BJP rolls out all its resources to win battle of prestige

The Ghosi by-poll is a prestige issue for the BJP, as it had lost the seat in the 2022 assembly elections. Dara Singh Chauhan who contested on SP ticket, had defeated BJP candidate Vijay Kumar Rajbhar. Now with Dara back in the BJP camp, the party is making all-out effort to wrest the seat that it won in the 2017 assembly elections.

The polling will be held on September 5 and votes will be counted on September 8. (Pic for representation)
Updated on Sep 02, 2023 12:20 AM IST

Son’s revolver allegedly used in murder, Union minister claims he is innocent

The police recovered the man’s body from the residence of Vikas Kishore, Kaushal Kishore’s son, at Begariya Kala village in Lucknow early on Friday.

Police at the crime scene in Lucknow on Friday. (HT Photo)
Updated on Sep 02, 2023 12:08 AM IST
By, Lucknow

BSP faces reckoning in 3 poll-bound states

The BSP has decided to go it alone in assembly elections in Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh

BSP chief Mayawati (File photo)
Updated on Aug 30, 2023 12:47 AM IST

The importance of being Amarmani Tripathi in the politics of eastern UP

Tripathi was serving his sentence for the murder of poet Madhumita Shukla. His so-called "Robin Hood" image could serve him well if he returns to politics

Considered a 'baahubali' (one who has muscle power) and an influential Brahmin leader in eastern Uttar Pradesh, Tripathi started his political career with the Communist Party of India(HT Archive)
Published on Aug 29, 2023 04:56 PM IST

It rains poetry, couplets, Bollywood numbers on last day of Uttar Pradesh assembly’s monsoon session

Chief minister Yogi Adityanath and leader of Opposition Akhilesh Yadav were at the forefront in giving the House proceedings a witty touch during the concluding debate on flood and drought.

Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath in the state assembly on Friday. (Deepak Gupta/HT)
Updated on Aug 12, 2023 12:18 AM IST
By, Lucknow

1980 Moradabad riots: Political slugfest over timing of tabling probe report

The tabling of the 1980 Moradabad riots inquiry report in the state assembly has sparked a political battle between the BJP and opposition parties. The BJP claims the report will reveal the truth about the riots, while opposition parties allege it is a ploy for the 2024 elections. The report allegedly blames Muslim League leaders and members of the Muslim community for the riots, which the BJP plans to use against the Congress and Muslim community leaders. The opposition claims the report is incorrect and an attempt by the BJP to create communal tension.

The 1980 Moradabad riots inquiry report was tabled in the U.P. Assembly on August 8. (HT photo)
Updated on Aug 08, 2023 11:31 PM IST
By, Lucknow

Uttar Pradesh: Stone plaques with PM Modi’s message, heroes’ list to embellish patriotism at grass roots

The names of local heroes on the plaques will include freedom fighters, military personnel (Army, Navy, Air Force), state police forces and Central Armed Police Forces personnel who died on duty.

The stone plaques will have the message of Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Vision 2047. (FILE PHOTO)
Updated on Aug 02, 2023 11:27 PM IST
By, Lucknow

Uttar Pradesh: BJP steps up OBC consolidation, inducts several Opposition leaders

The new entrants to the BJP include nine leaders of the SP, five of the BSP, two of the Congress and one of the RLD

Opposition leaders joined the BJP at the party’s state unit office in Lucknow on Monday. (HT)
Updated on Jul 24, 2023 10:20 PM IST
By, Lucknow

Mayawati toughens stand on Uniform Civil Code, says it is neither needed nor has utility

Bahujan Samaj Party chief Mayawati, who has arrived in New Delhi amid Opposition unity moves, says Instead of spending its energy and resources on “non-essential” issues such as Uniform Civil Code, the BJP and its government should work for curbing inflation and alleviating poverty

Bahujan Samaj Party chief Mayawati. (FILE PHOTO)
Updated on Jul 09, 2023 12:50 AM IST
By, Lucknow

Gita Press a living faith, has national character: PM Modi in Gorakhpur

Prime Minister Narendra Modi also says he is happy that Gita Press had been chosen for the Gandhi Peace Prize as an acknowledgement of its 100-year contribution and legacy

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and chief minister Yogi Adityanath at the Gita Press in Gorakhpur on Friday. (PTI PHOTO)
Updated on Jul 08, 2023 01:25 AM IST
By, Gorakhpur

PM Modi says previous govts made schemes in AC rooms, didn’t see ground reality

Prime Minister Narendra Modi attends closing ceremony of Gita Press centenary in Gorakhpur, flags off Vande Bharat trains, launches projects in Varanasi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and chief minister Yogi Adityanath have a chat during Gita Press centenary event in Gorakhpur on Friday. (PTI PHOTO)
Updated on Jul 08, 2023 01:17 AM IST
By, , Gorakhpur/varanasi

Modi kicks off projects in Chattisgarh, UP blitz

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi launched development projects, flagged off a Vande Bharat train, and attended a ceremony to honor a century-old publication house during a campaign blitzkrieg ahead of a crucial election season. He also criticized the Congress party and highlighted the importance of eradicating a mentality of slavery and taking pride in traditions. Modi laid the foundation stones of various projects in Chhattisgarh and attacked the Congress for corruption. He later attended the centenary celebrations of Gita Press in Gorakhpur and launched the Gorakhpur-Lucknow and Jodhpur-Ahmedabad Vande Bharat Express trains. In Varanasi, he unveiled development projects and praised the benefits of the government's welfare schemes.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi interacts with students in a Vande Bharat Express in Gorakhpur on Friday. (PTI)
Updated on Jul 08, 2023 12:03 AM IST
By, , , Raipur/gorakhpur/varanasi

Uttar Pradesh has become India’s growth engine: Yogi Adityanath

Hitting out at the previous government, chief minister Yogi Adityanath said earlier even policemen were unsafe in Uttar Pradesh

Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath at a programme where appointment letters were distributed to newly recruited police personnel, in Lucknow on Thursday. (ANI PHOTO)
Updated on Jul 06, 2023 10:12 PM IST
By, Lucknow

Yogi Adityanath says Uttar Pradesh government taking action against gangs forcing children into begging

Yogi Adityanath has expressed happiness over the fact that 102 children were rescued from beggary in Lucknow

Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath distributing educational material to a child in Lucknow on Wednesday. (HT PHOTO)
Updated on Jul 05, 2023 10:53 PM IST
By, Lucknow

HT Interview: NDA wary of our unity, says Shivpal Yadav

SP leader Shivpal Singh Yadav denies reports of MLAs joining the NDA government and says the SP stands united to challenge the BJP in the 2024 Lok Sabha polls.

Shivpal Singh Yadav (HT PHOTO)
Updated on Jul 05, 2023 05:02 AM IST
By, Lucknow

NDA wary of our unity, relying on tricks to create confusion: Shivpal

There are no differences between party chief Akhilesh Yadav and me... the estranged relationship with Akhilesh is past and we are working together to strengthen the organisation before the Lok Sabha elections, says SP leader

SP leader Shivpal Singh Yadav. (File Photo)
Updated on Jul 04, 2023 11:24 PM IST

SP alliance will continue fight for caste census, says Akhilesh Yadav

Describing the caste census as one of the biggest issues in the country, he said several countries have made provisions to empower the weaker sections.

SP chief Akhilesh Yadav (HT FIle Photo)
Updated on Jul 02, 2023 10:59 PM IST
By, Lucknow

PM Modi’s Pasmanda outreach a step forward, say backward class Muslim leaders

Peace Party chief Mohammad Ayub said if the BJP is serious about the political, social and educational empowerment of Pasmanda Muslims, then the PM’s appeal should be followed by some concrete actions

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and other BJP leaders in Bhopal where he spoke about Pasmanda Muslims. (PTI PHOTO)
Updated on Jun 29, 2023 01:19 AM IST
By, Lucknow

Ahead of Eid-ul-Adha, Shravan, UP CM Yogi asks officials to maintain law & order

Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has reviewed preparations for upcoming festivals in Uttar Pradesh, including Eid-ul-Adha and the month of Shravan.

CM directs officials to check sacrifice of banned animals; maintain law & order (HT File)
Updated on Jun 28, 2023 06:02 AM IST

Convictions deal a fast death to Mukhtar’s 30-year political career

In 2022 state elections, Mukhtar passed the baton to his son Abbas, who won Mau, while Suhaib Anasri, Sibgatullah’s son, won his home turf Mohammadabad on SP ticket.

Gangster-turned-politician Mukhtar Ansari is being produced in a district court in a money laundering case, in Prayagraj on Wednesday. (ANI Photo)
Updated on Jun 06, 2023 01:16 AM IST
By, Lucknow
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