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.

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Battle for Muslim votes likely to intensify in western UP

All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM), led by Hyderabad MP Asaduddin Owaisi, to field Maulana Umair Madani from Deoband assembly seat in Saharanpur district
Asaduddin Owaisi has announced the launch of a new front, Bhagidari Parivartan Morcha, comprising parties with a support base among Muslims, other backward classes (OBCs) and Dalits for the 2022 UP Assembly elections. (File Photo)
Asaduddin Owaisi has announced the launch of a new front, Bhagidari Parivartan Morcha, comprising parties with a support base among Muslims, other backward classes (OBCs) and Dalits for the 2022 UP Assembly elections. (File Photo)
Published on Jan 24, 2022 11:50 PM IST
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UP polls: Chandrashekhar Azad announces alliance of 35 smaller parties

This alliance for the UP polls, named the Samajik Parivartan Morcha, will not field a candidate against Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav
Azad Samaj Party (Kanshi Ram) chief Chandrashekhar Azad addresses a press conference regarding the formation of an alliance for the UP polls, in Lucknow on Sunday. (ANI PHOTO)
Azad Samaj Party (Kanshi Ram) chief Chandrashekhar Azad addresses a press conference regarding the formation of an alliance for the UP polls, in Lucknow on Sunday. (ANI PHOTO)
Published on Jan 23, 2022 10:03 PM IST
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AIMIM announces launch of new front for UP assembly polls

The new front Bhagidari Parivartan Morcha will contest 403 seats in the UP assembly polls. It includes Jan Adhikari Party, the Bharat Mukti Morcha, Janata Kranti Party and Bhartiya Vanchit Samaj Party
AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi along with Bhagidari Parivartan Morcha leader Babu Singh Kushwaha and others raises hands after forging an alliance during a press conference in Lucknow on Saturday. (ANI Photo)
AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi along with Bhagidari Parivartan Morcha leader Babu Singh Kushwaha and others raises hands after forging an alliance during a press conference in Lucknow on Saturday. (ANI Photo)
Published on Jan 23, 2022 12:33 AM IST
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By, Lucknow

23 Muslims, 13 OBCs on BSP’s new list of 51 candidates in Uttar Pradesh

These BSP candidates have been named for the state’s Rohilkhand region where polling will be held for 55 seats in nine districts on February 14
BSP chief Mayawati releasing the list of party candidates in Lucknow on Saturday. (ANI PHOTO)
BSP chief Mayawati releasing the list of party candidates in Lucknow on Saturday. (ANI PHOTO)
Published on Jan 22, 2022 11:40 PM IST
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By, Lucknow

Political rallies in UP: ECI to take a decision today

The filing of nomination papers for phase one of UP polls in 58 assembly segments in 11 districts of western UP culminated on Friday amid strict Covid guidelines issued by the poll panel
Chief Election Commissioner Sushil Chandra along with the Election Commissioners Rajiv Kumar and Anup Chandra Pandey addressing the Observers Briefing Meeting, organised by the Election Commission of India for the election to legislative assemblies of Goa, Manipur, Punjab, Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand, in New Delhi. (ANI Photo)
Chief Election Commissioner Sushil Chandra along with the Election Commissioners Rajiv Kumar and Anup Chandra Pandey addressing the Observers Briefing Meeting, organised by the Election Commission of India for the election to legislative assemblies of Goa, Manipur, Punjab, Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand, in New Delhi. (ANI Photo)
Updated on Jan 22, 2022 05:08 AM IST
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ByRajesh Kumar Singh and Gaurav Saigal

Bhim Army chief to contest against Yogi in Gorakhpur

To take the fight for social justice to the Hindutva stronghold Gorakhpur, the Azad Samaj Party had decided to field Chandrashekhar Azad against chief minister Yogi Adityanath, said chief election in-charge of Bhim Army, Dr Mohammad Akib .
The Bhim Army chief contest the election on the issue of social justice and share in power of dalits, backwards, Muslims and weaker sections of society. (Sourced)
The Bhim Army chief contest the election on the issue of social justice and share in power of dalits, backwards, Muslims and weaker sections of society. (Sourced)
Published on Jan 20, 2022 11:23 PM IST
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UP elections: Hindu Yuva Vahini enters campaign mode after 5 years of dormancy

The HYV played an important role in Adityanath’s election campaigns in 2004, 2009 and 2014 and also propagated the message of Hindutva in rural areas of eastern UP.
Hindu Yuva Vahini vigilante members take part in a rally in the city of Unnao in 2017. The outfit has emerged after five years of dormancy and is seat to campaign for the UP elections. (Reuters file)
Hindu Yuva Vahini vigilante members take part in a rally in the city of Unnao in 2017. The outfit has emerged after five years of dormancy and is seat to campaign for the UP elections. (Reuters file)
Updated on Jan 20, 2022 05:39 AM IST
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By, Lucknow

Top Opposition leaders from other states to campaign in Uttar Pradesh

Mamata Banerjee, Sharad Pawar, Tejashwi Yadav, Sanjay Raut and Aaditya Thackeray are among the opposition leaders who will campaign in Uttar Pradesh
NCP leader Sharad Pawar and West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee are likely to address a virtually rally in Uttar Pradesh. (FILE PHOTO)
NCP leader Sharad Pawar and West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee are likely to address a virtually rally in Uttar Pradesh. (FILE PHOTO)
Updated on Jan 20, 2022 01:02 AM IST
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By, Lucknow

Hindu Yuva Vahini jumps into poll campaign mode for Yogi’s victory

After Yogi Adityanath became chief minister in March 2017, units of the HYV in various districts of Gorakhpur region were disbanded on the request of the BJP leadership
HYV members organizing meetings in Gorakhpur. (File photo:Sourced)
HYV members organizing meetings in Gorakhpur. (File photo:Sourced)
Updated on Jan 19, 2022 10:52 PM IST
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JD (U) to contest UP polls on Bihar model of social justice: Tyagi

Making this announcement at a press conference in Lucknow on Tuesday, JD (U) national general secretary and party’s Uttar Pradesh in-charge KC Tyagi said the party will fight UP polls alone
Making this announcement at a press conference in Lucknow on Tuesday, JD (U) national general secretary and party’s Uttar Pradesh in-charge KC Tyagi said the party will fight UP polls alone
Making this announcement at a press conference in Lucknow on Tuesday, JD (U) national general secretary and party’s Uttar Pradesh in-charge KC Tyagi said the party will fight UP polls alone
Published on Jan 18, 2022 11:41 PM IST
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Many Bihar-based political parties set to enter UP electoral battle

The Janata Dal (United), the Vikassheel Insaan Party and the Hindustani Awam Morcha (Secular), which are alliance partner of the National Democratic Alliance in Bihar, have decided to go solo in 2022 UP assembly polls
The Janata Dal (United), the Vikassheel Insaan Party and the Hindustani Awam Morcha (Secular), which are alliance partner of the National Democratic Alliance in Bihar, have decided to go solo in 2022 UP assembly polls (HT file)
The Janata Dal (United), the Vikassheel Insaan Party and the Hindustani Awam Morcha (Secular), which are alliance partner of the National Democratic Alliance in Bihar, have decided to go solo in 2022 UP assembly polls (HT file)
Published on Jan 18, 2022 01:34 PM IST
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By, Lucknow

UP polls: AIMIM releases list of 9 candidates

Criticises AIMPLB member letter advising it to guard against the division of Muslim votes; says working on alliance in East UP
Criticises AIMPLB member letter advising it to guard against the division of Muslim votes; says working on alliance in East UP
Criticises AIMPLB member letter advising it to guard against the division of Muslim votes; says working on alliance in East UP
Published on Jan 17, 2022 02:29 PM IST
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By, Lucknow

Bhim Army chief blames Akhilesh for alliance falling through

The Bhim Army chief said that the alliance with SP could not happen since he felt that the SP chief Akhilesh Yadav just wanted the Dalit vote and not a Dalit leader.
Bhim Army chief Chandrashekhar Azad addresses a press conference in Lucknow, on Saturday. (HT Photo)
Bhim Army chief Chandrashekhar Azad addresses a press conference in Lucknow, on Saturday. (HT Photo)
Published on Jan 16, 2022 12:03 AM IST
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By fielding Yogi from Gorakhpur, BJP seeks to consolidate in east UP

Chief minister Yogi Adityanath says party will return to power in Uttar Pradesh with overwhelming majority
Celebration in Gorakhpur after chief minister Yogi Adityanath was declared as candidate from Gorakhpur Urban seat. (Sourced)
Celebration in Gorakhpur after chief minister Yogi Adityanath was declared as candidate from Gorakhpur Urban seat. (Sourced)
Updated on Jan 16, 2022 04:05 AM IST
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Mayawati releases list of 53 candidates at birthday event, shares her wishlist

UP elections: BSP chief Mayawati launched a sharp attack at the Samajwadi Party which inducted BJP defectors on Friday, saying the SP was not a well-wisher of Dalit, backward and Muslim community.
BSP chief Mayawati asked party leaders and workers to ensure the victory of party candidates in the UP elections 2022, and ensure the BSP comes to power as her birthday gift. (HT Photo/Deepak Gupta)
BSP chief Mayawati asked party leaders and workers to ensure the victory of party candidates in the UP elections 2022, and ensure the BSP comes to power as her birthday gift. (HT Photo/Deepak Gupta)
Updated on Jan 15, 2022 02:22 PM IST
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Yogi Adityanath visits Dalit household, accuses SP of exploitation

Adityanath also hit out at the Samajwadi Party, saying that during the previous regime, it was “social exploitation” and not “social justice”.
Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath has lunch at a Dalit household in Gorakhpur on Friday. Elections in the state are scheduled to be held from February 10. (ANI)
Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath has lunch at a Dalit household in Gorakhpur on Friday. Elections in the state are scheduled to be held from February 10. (ANI)
Updated on Jan 15, 2022 04:43 AM IST
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By, Lucknow

UP polls: Azad Samaj Party joins hands with Samajwadi Party

Bhim Army chief Chandrashekhar Azad-led party enjoys influence over Dalit community voters in the districts of west UP
Bhim Army chief Chandrashekhar Azad-led party enjoys influence over Dalit community voters in the districts of west UP (HT file)
Bhim Army chief Chandrashekhar Azad-led party enjoys influence over Dalit community voters in the districts of west UP (HT file)
Published on Jan 14, 2022 11:38 PM IST
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UP govt defectors lead SP’s show of strength

Along with Maurya, former state Ayush minister Dharam Singh Saini, also an OBC leader who quit on January 13, formally joined the SP on Friday.
Former minister Swami Prasad Maurya and others with Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav in Lucknow on Friday. (Deepak Gupta/HT Photo)
Former minister Swami Prasad Maurya and others with Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav in Lucknow on Friday. (Deepak Gupta/HT Photo)
Updated on Jan 14, 2022 11:58 PM IST
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ByPankaj Jaiswal and Rajesh Kumar Singh

Yogi has meal at Dalit BJP worker’s home in Gorakhpur, targets Samajwadi Party

Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath says there was social exploitation under the Samajwadi Party rule while the BJP government is working for the welfare of every section of the society
Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath having lunch at the residence of Amritlal Bharti, in Gorakhpur on Friday. (ANI PHOTO)
Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath having lunch at the residence of Amritlal Bharti, in Gorakhpur on Friday. (ANI PHOTO)
Published on Jan 14, 2022 11:34 PM IST
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Former ministers Swami Prasad Maurya, Saini, six MLAs join Samajwadi Party

Swami Prasad Maurya, Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav target Yogi Adityanath over 80 per cent vs 20 per cent statement; another former minister Dara Singh Chauhan, two other MLAs conspicuous by their absence at the SP office
Former minister Swami Prasad Maurya and others with Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav in Lucknow on Friday. (Deepak Gupta/HT Photo)
Former minister Swami Prasad Maurya and others with Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav in Lucknow on Friday. (Deepak Gupta/HT Photo)
Published on Jan 14, 2022 08:53 PM IST
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ByPankaj Jaiswal and Rajesh Kumar Singh, Lucknow

ECI to review Covid situation in UP for decision on rally ban

Filing of nominations for the first phase of Assembly elections commences in 11 districts of west UP on Friday amid strict Covid guidelines issued by the poll panel
Chief Election Commissioner Sushil Chandra along with the Election Commissioners Rajiv Kumar and Anup Chandra Pandey addressing the Observers Briefing Meeting, organised by the Election Commission of India for the General Election to Legislative Assemblies of Goa, Manipur, Punjab, Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand, in New Delhi on Friday. (ANI Photo)
Chief Election Commissioner Sushil Chandra along with the Election Commissioners Rajiv Kumar and Anup Chandra Pandey addressing the Observers Briefing Meeting, organised by the Election Commission of India for the General Election to Legislative Assemblies of Goa, Manipur, Punjab, Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand, in New Delhi on Friday. (ANI Photo)
Published on Jan 14, 2022 08:43 PM IST
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ByRajesh Kumar Singh and Gaurav Saigal

‘Tsunami against BJP’: Maurya, other rebels set to join SP ahead of UP elections

The announcement came on a day a third Other Backward Class (OBC) minister, Dharam Singh Saini, quit the state cabinet and threelawmakers resigned from the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).
Former UP minister Swami Prasad Maurya along with other supporting MLAs on his way to meet SP chief Akhilesh Yadav, ahead of elections, at Janeshwar Mishra Trust in Lucknow on Thursday. (Deepak Gupta/HT)
Former UP minister Swami Prasad Maurya along with other supporting MLAs on his way to meet SP chief Akhilesh Yadav, ahead of elections, at Janeshwar Mishra Trust in Lucknow on Thursday. (Deepak Gupta/HT)
Updated on Jan 14, 2022 01:50 AM IST
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Swami Prasad Maurya, loyalists meet Akhilesh

We have vowed to defeat the BJP in Uttar Pradesh assembly elections , will make joint declaration with Samajwadi Party, says Swami Prasad Maurya after meeting Akhilesh Yadav
Swami Prasad Maurya and his loyalists showing victory sign in Lucknow on Thursday. (ANI PHOTO)
Swami Prasad Maurya and his loyalists showing victory sign in Lucknow on Thursday. (ANI PHOTO)
Published on Jan 13, 2022 10:43 PM IST
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Resignation by two ministers sparks fight for OBC votes in Uttar Pradesh

In the 2017 Uttar Pradesh assembly elections, the BJP had made a dent in the Samajwadi Party’s OBC base by wooing non Yadav backward caste leaders. Now, Akhilesh Yadav is looking to turn the tables on the ruling party
Dara Singh Chauhan, who resigned as an Uttar Pradesh minister on Wednesday, with Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav. (PTI PHOTO)
Dara Singh Chauhan, who resigned as an Uttar Pradesh minister on Wednesday, with Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav. (PTI PHOTO)
Updated on Jan 13, 2022 12:53 AM IST
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UP elections: Maurya meets his supporters, to take a call on joining SP today

Maurya, a prominent other backward classes (OBC) leader who abruptly quit the state cabinet on Tuesday, held meetings with his supporters at his 14, Kalidas Marg residence in Lucknow.
SP chief Akhilesh Yadav with BJP leader Dara Singh Chauhan who resigned from UP cabinet in Lucknow on Wednesday. Swami Prasad Maurya is also likely to join the SP, ahead of elections, on Friday. (ANI)
SP chief Akhilesh Yadav with BJP leader Dara Singh Chauhan who resigned from UP cabinet in Lucknow on Wednesday. Swami Prasad Maurya is also likely to join the SP, ahead of elections, on Friday. (ANI)
Updated on Jan 13, 2022 02:11 AM IST
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Will take a final call on my political future tomorrow, says Swami Prasad Maurya

Backward leaders in the BJP are sidelined . They should join hands with me in the fight for social justice and rights of weaker sections, he says
MLA Swami Prasad Maurya speaks to media on his resignation, in Lucknow on Wednesday. (ANI Photo)
MLA Swami Prasad Maurya speaks to media on his resignation, in Lucknow on Wednesday. (ANI Photo)
Updated on Jan 12, 2022 11:38 PM IST
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Political veteran with strong OBC outreach quits BJP ahead of UP polls

Swami Prasad Maurya was the labour and employment minister in the UP government before he quit the BJP to join the Samajwadi Party ahead of the polls.
Swami Prasad Maurya (left) was first elected to the state assembly in 1996 on a BSP ticket. (HT file)
Swami Prasad Maurya (left) was first elected to the state assembly in 1996 on a BSP ticket. (HT file)
Published on Jan 12, 2022 12:08 AM IST
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Mayawati tells partymen to celebrate her birthday by helping Covid-hit people

Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati has called upon her party workers to celebrate her 66th birthday on Saturday (January 15) at home in view of the implementation of the model code of conduct (MCC) after the Election Commission of India (ECI) announced the schedule for assembly elections in five states, including Uttar Pradesh, on Saturday and surge in the Covid-19 cases across the state
Mayawati’s birthday is celebrated by the BSP as “Jankalyankari Diwas”. Party workers used to look forward to the birthday bash of the party chief. (File photo)
Mayawati’s birthday is celebrated by the BSP as “Jankalyankari Diwas”. Party workers used to look forward to the birthday bash of the party chief. (File photo)
Updated on Jan 10, 2022 12:26 AM IST
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Seven-phase UP assembly polls to begin from western districts that currently have high Covid caseload

In the first phase, polling will be held on February 10 in 58 assembly constituencies in 11 districts, including Shamli, Muzaffarnagar, Meerut, Baghpat, Ghaziabad, Hapur, Gautam Buddha Nagar (Noida), Bulandshahr, Aligarh, Mathura and Agra
Women at a public meeting in Meerut in western Uttar Pradesh. (AP FILE PHOTO)
Women at a public meeting in Meerut in western Uttar Pradesh. (AP FILE PHOTO)
Updated on Jan 08, 2022 11:50 PM IST
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Muslims in Uttar Pradesh faced discrimination under successive governments: Owaisi

There was no uplift or appeasement of Muslims in Uttar Pradesh and they remained a neglected lot, says AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi
AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi and others at the party’s Muslim conference in Lucknow on Friday. (SOURCED IMAGE)
AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi and others at the party’s Muslim conference in Lucknow on Friday. (SOURCED IMAGE)
Updated on Jan 07, 2022 11:21 PM IST
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