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Rajesh Kumar Singh is Assistant Editor, Hindustan Times at the political bureau in Lucknow. Along with covering politics, he covers government departments. He also travels to write human interest and investigative stories.

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BSP vs ASP: Fight for Dalit votes to intensify in Uttar Pradesh

By winning seats in the assembly bypolls, the BSP aims to make a comeback in state politics while buoyed by victory, ASP plans to expand its base among the Dalit voters across UP

Addressing party leaders at a national level meeting at the party’s state unit office in Lucknow recently, BSP chief Mayawati announced that her party will contest the assembly bypolls in Uttar Pradesh. (File Photo)
Updated on Jun 27, 2024 09:30 AM IST

After poll results: Yogi in action mode, sets governance agenda

The CM called a meeting of officers and directed them to fill up all vacant posts in various departments on priority basis and examine recruitment rules

The CM also asked ministers to shed “VIP culture” and visit the field to communicate with people on the programmes of the government and resolve their grievances on priority basis. (File Photo)
Updated on Jun 11, 2024 07:46 AM IST

Modi 3.0: BJP strikes caste, regional balance in inducting ministers from U.P.

10 ministers from state, including Hardeep Puri who is a Rajya Sabha MP from UP, figure in Union council of ministers

East, West and Central U.P.got representation in the Union council of ministers. (Agency)
Updated on Jun 10, 2024 06:40 AM IST
By, Lucknow

Lok Sabha poll debacle: U.P. ministers’ role under scanner

Chief minister Yogi Adityanath set the ball rolling by calling a meeting of the council of ministers in Lok Bhawan on Saturday. He collected feedback from the ministers regarding the performance of the NDA candidates in their area. The ministers in whose constituency BJP candidate got less vote in comparison to INDIA bloc candidate had a tough time explaining the reasons for the debacle.

Among the ministers in UP government, PWD minister, Jitin Prasad secured victory from Pilibhit Lok Sabha seat while tourism minister Jaivir Singh lost from Mainpuri Lok Sabha seat and horticulture minister Dinesh Pratap Singh lost from Rae Bareli seat. (Pic for representation)
Updated on Jun 09, 2024 07:14 AM IST

New criminal justice system based on Indian values: Yogi

Before the implementation of new laws, it should be ensured that the process of amendment in the related state level Act, rules, SoP, government orders should be completed, says CM

In a meeting held on Friday, the CM reviewed preparations regarding the implementation of the new criminal justice system. (File Photo)
Updated on Jun 08, 2024 05:00 AM IST

Rumblings in UP BJP over reasons for Lok Sabha poll debacle

Leaders gather in Delhi to review the reasons for the shocking setback. Heads may roll in the state organisation.

**EDS: IMAGE VIA @GorakhnathMndr** Gorakhpur: UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath at the Gorakhnath Temple in Gorakhpur, Sunday, June 2, 2024. (PTI Photo) (PTI06_02_2024_000034B)(PTI)
Updated on Jun 07, 2024 04:25 AM IST
By, Lucknow

The road ahead: UP set to see scramble for OBC, Dalit votes

INDIA bloc increased its seat tally and vote share by breaching the OBC, EBC and Dalit caste formula prepared by the BJP in the 2014 Lok Sabha election

The victory of SP’s Dalit candidate from Faizabad constituency where the BJP bult the Ram temple, shows that OBCs and Dalits rallied behind the SP candidate. (PTI Photo)
Updated on Jun 06, 2024 09:10 AM IST

Will the Lok Sabha poll results impact Brand Yogi?

In Gorakhpur division, the home turf of Yogi Adityanath, the BJP checked the INDIA bloc offensive

Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath on the campaign trail. (FILE PHOTO)
Updated on Jun 05, 2024 06:33 AM IST
By, Lucknow

BSP’s sixth successive electoral defeat puts question mark on its future

Bahujan Samaj Party fails to open its account in Uttar Pradesh, vote share shrinks from 19.42% in 2019 election to 9.39% in 2024

BSP chief Mayawati’s decision did not go down well with the party rank and file. (FILE PHOTO)
Updated on Jun 05, 2024 08:58 AM IST
By, Lucknow

BJP’s poor showing in UP puts spotlight on CM Yogi

Still, the  possible impact the poll results could have on Adityanath’s position in the state and the party’s internal politics will be watched on the road to the 2027 assembly polls.

Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath during a roadshow in Jhansi on May 15. (ANI)
Updated on Jun 05, 2024 08:26 AM IST
By, Lucknow

Phase 7 of Lok Sabha polls in Uttar Pradesh: 55.60% voter turnout in 2024 vs 58.37% in 2019

Chandauli Lok Sabha constituency’s turnout of 60.34% highest in final lap, Maharajganj also breaches 60% mark, Salempur figure of 51.25% lowest in seventh phase in Uttar Pradesh

Voters in Maharajganj during the seventh phase of the 2024 Lok Sabha polls on Saturday. (ANI PHOTO)
Updated on Jun 02, 2024 07:44 AM IST
By, Lucknow

Poll contest set for enthralling finale in land of sages and socialists

BJP aiming for a hat-trick of wins in Deoria, Samajwadi Party- Congress alliance trying to regain hold in the constituency

Maharshi Devraha Baba Medical College, Deoria (Sourced)
Updated on Jun 01, 2024 06:28 AM IST
By, Deoria

In final Purvanchal bout, BJP aims for big win on Modi-Yogi turfs

The 2024 Lok Sabha polls end today with voting on 13 seats, 11 of which the NDA had won in 2019 and two had gone to the BSP

A voting awareness message displayed at Assi Ghat during the Lok Sabha elections, Varanasi, Friday, May 31 (PTI)
Updated on Jun 01, 2024 05:10 AM IST
By, Lucknow

Gorakhpur LS polls: Fierce fight between two actors in Yogi turf

UP CM Yogi Adityanath’s extensive campaign has boosted BJP candidate Ravi Kishan’s winning prospects for second term in a row

Ramgarh Tal project in Gorakhpur. (HT photo)
Published on May 31, 2024 10:51 PM IST
By, Gorakhpur

People will give mandate on Modi govt’s work, reject INDIA’s narrow plank: Pankaj Chaudhary

Samajwadi Party only talks of the backwards for votes, but has done little for empowerment of the community, says Union minister who is seeking a seventh term in the Lok Sabha

Pankaj Chaudhary along with Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman and Bhagwat Karad (ANI File)
Updated on May 31, 2024 06:16 AM IST
By, Maharajganj

Kushinagar: BJP eyeing a hat-trick in land of Buddha’s Mahaparinirvana

With Swami Prasad Maurya also in the fray, the contest has become more intriguing, as the Samajwadi Party is too looking for its maiden win.

A scion of the erstwhile Padrauna estate, RPN Singh has considerable influence over OBC voters in the region. (Sourced)
Updated on May 30, 2024 10:02 PM IST

Hindutva, pro-dev, anti-mafia image make UP CM Yogi crucial in final poll round

Yogi has been a big plus for the BJP in Uttar Pradesh as the party has breached rival strongholds and made inroads in their support base in successive polls

Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath along with Prime Minister Narendra Modi (HT File)
Updated on May 29, 2024 04:21 AM IST
By, Gorakhpur

Modi-Yogi duo BJP’s trump card in last lap of Purvanchal battle

Varanasi and Gorakhpur are among 13 constituencies in the final round of the Lok Sabha polls. The BJP won 9 seats, Apna Dal (S) 2 and the BSP 2 in 2019.

Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and NDA leaders at a rally in Robertsganj on Sunday. (HT Photo)
Updated on May 27, 2024 05:13 AM IST
By, Gorakhpur

2024 Lok Sabha polls: Uttar Pradesh’s 6th round voter turnout of 54.03% lowest of all phases in state

Polling percentage dips below 2019 mark in 10 Lok Sabha constituencies, higher in three and the same in Allahabad

Women stand in a queue to cast their votes at a polling station in Saroi village, Bhadohi on Saturday (AFP PHOTO)
Updated on May 26, 2024 08:12 AM IST
By, Lucknow

2024 Lok Sabha election: Royal quotient integral part of poll arithmetic in Pratapgarh

Though none of the erstwhile royal families is in the fray, their scions are playing an important role in deciding the fate of NDA and INDIA bloc candidates from backstage in Pratapgarh

Jansatta Dal (Loktantrik) chief Raghuraj Pratap Singh aka Raja Bhaiya addressing party supporters on the Benti Palace premises in Pratapgarh district. (HT File Photo)
Updated on May 25, 2024 07:34 AM IST
By, Pratapgarh

Magicians of yarn yearn for relief as Lok Sabha polls home in on weavers’ belt in eastern Uttar Pradesh

The weavers’ vote will be decisive in Sant Kabir Nagar, Ambedkarnagar, Azamgarh, Lalganj, Domariyaganj and Bhadohi Lok Sabha constituencies going to polls in the sixth phase on Saturday.

The weavers’ sale centre at Mubarakpur (Azamgarh) lies locked. (SOURCED)
Updated on May 25, 2024 07:24 AM IST
By, Mubarakpur (azamgarh)/ Khalilabad (sant Kabir Nagar)/ Tanda (ambedkarnagar)

In Phase 6, Lok Sabha poll battle moves to eastern Uttar Pradesh, voting in 14 constituencies on Saturday

Role of OBC voters important; BJP had won nine seats, BSP bagged four and the SP one in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections in these constituencies

Polling officials with EVMs and other election material in Prayagraj on Friday. (PTI PHOTO)
Published on May 24, 2024 09:49 PM IST
By, Lucknow

Once a premier seat, political aspirations of many shades flower in Phulpur Lok Sabha constituency

Phulpur Lok Sabha constituency, once represented by Jawaharlal Nehru, is witnessing a triangular contest and will vote in the sixth phase on May 25

The chimney of an old ceramic factory that has shut in the industrial area of Phulpur. New factories are being established in the area. (SOURCED IMAGE)
Updated on May 24, 2024 09:16 AM IST
By, Phulpur

It’s BJP’s Yadav face vs SP’s might in Azamgarh

A symbol of the Samajwadi Party’s clout in eastern Uttar Pradesh politics, the Azamgarh Lok Sabha seat was won by the BJP’s Dinesh Lal Yadav Nirahua, a Bhojpuri actor-turned-politician, two summers ago, by a margin of about 8,000 votes.

Samajwadi Party candidate Dharmendra Yadav and the party’s Mainpuri MP Dimple Yadav at a public meeting in Azamgarh. (SOURCED )
Updated on May 24, 2024 05:44 AM IST
By, Azamgarh

In three-cornered Lok Sabha poll battle for key UP seat, a distinct BSP imprint

The Ambedkar Nagar Lok Sabha constituency is all set to witness a fierce three-cornered contest in the ongoing polls, but the imprint of the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) — one of the three corners — in its eastern Uttar Pradesh stronghold is palpable as all three main candidates have emerged from the laboratory of the Mayawati-led party.

In three-cornered Lok Sabha poll battle for key UP seat, a distinct BSP imprint
Updated on May 23, 2024 09:26 AM IST
By, Akbarpur (ambedkar Nagar)

In three-cornered LS poll battle for key UP seat, a distinct BSP imprint

Despite being away from power for close to a dozen years, footprints of the BSP government are quite visible in Akbarpur — the administrative headquarters of the district. The institutions and edifices brought up during the BSP government dot the landscape of the town.

In the 2007 state elections, the BSP swept all five assembly segments of the Lok Sabha constituency as Mayawati went on to form a government in the most populous state. (Sourced)
Updated on May 23, 2024 07:00 AM IST

Nishads key players as riversutra flows through U.P’s poll terrain

Key poll players are vying for support from the riverine Nishad community in eastern Uttar Pradesh, crucial in 37 constituencies, with SC status and economic empowerment key issues.

Boatmen belonging to Nishad community ferrying pilgrims and tourists across the Ganga in Prayagraj. (Anil Kumar Maurya/HT)
Updated on May 23, 2024 05:42 AM IST
By, Prayagraj/ Sultanpur/ Sant Kabir Nagar

Lok Sabha election Phase 5 turnout in Uttar Pradesh: 57.98% in 2024 vs 58.45% in 2019

Among 14 Lok Sabha constituencies in Uttar Pradesh, Barabanki’s polling percentage highest at 67.10, Gonda’s lowest at 51.64 in the fifth phase of the parliamentary election

Priests show their inked finger after voting in Ayodhya. (PTI PHOTO)
Updated on May 21, 2024 06:02 AM IST
By, Lucknow

LS polls phase 5: Lucknow, Rae Bareli, Amethi, Faizabad among seats voting today

The upper caste Brahmin and Rajput voters are spread equally in central UP and Bundelkhand constituencies.

Poll staff leave for their booths in Lucknow on Sunday. (Deepak Gupta/HT)
Updated on May 20, 2024 05:35 AM IST
By, Lucknow

Phase 5 of 2024 Lok Sabha polls: 14 seats in Uttar Pradesh to vote on Monday, Rajnath Singh, Rahul Gandhi, Smriti Irani among key candidates

The BJP had won 13 of these 14 Lok Sabha seats in 2019, losing only in Rae Bareli, which was retained by Congress leader Sonia Gandhi

Polling officials leave for their booths for the fifth phase of the general election at Smriti Upvan in Lucknow on Sunday. (Deepak Gupta/HT Photo)
Updated on May 19, 2024 10:11 PM IST
By, Lucknow
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