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Some BJP bigwigs helped SP in LS polls: Sanjeev Balyan

Low polling, polarisation of Muslim votes also led to my defeat from Muzaffarnagar, says former BJP Muzaffarnagar MP

BJP leader Sanjeev Balyan. (HT file)
Updated on Jun 11, 2024 05:20 AM IST
ByS Raju, Meerut

Jayant in Union cabinet, RLD returns to ‘power’ after 10 years

A party which had no representation in any house till two and half years ago, now has representation in the Lok Sabha, Rajya Sabha, Legislative Council and Legislative Assembly and ministers in state and union governments

RLD chairman Jayant Chaudhary (HT File Photo)
Published on Jun 10, 2024 05:38 PM IST
ByS Raju, Meerut

Young MP faces the challenge of restoring Kairana’s reputation

Iqra Hasan, 27, explained that she contested the election on the issues of employment, inflation, and higher education, especially for girls

Iqra Hasan defeated BJP’s sitting MP Pradeep Choudhary by a margin of 69,116 votes. (Sourced)
Published on Jun 07, 2024 09:58 PM IST
ByS Raju

Keeping people’s trust intact biggest challenge now, says Harendra Malik, newly-elected SP MP from Muzaffarnagar

“People are fed up with the BJP’s divisive and religion-based politics. They now want to see how parties and leaders have worked to resolve their issues.”

Harendra Malik, newly-elected SP MP from Muzaffarnagar (HT)
Updated on Jun 07, 2024 06:04 AM IST
ByS Raju, Muzaffarnagar

2024 LS polls: Multiple factors led to Balyan’s defeat in Muzaffarnagar

Local issues like anger of party’s traditional Rajput voters and open revolt of BJP’s Sardhana MLA Sangeet Som against Balyan gave a jolt to the party’s poll prospects in the entire region

Sanjeev Balyan said he carried out many development work in his constituency during his two terms. (HT file)
Updated on Jun 07, 2024 05:32 AM IST
ByS Raju, Meerut

15 children evacuated after fire breaks out inside hospital in UP’s Baghpat

At least 15 children were safely evacuated due to timely intervention of fire safety personnel and doctors in Baraut Town’s Astha hospital

At least 15 children were safely evacuated due to timely intervention of fire safety personnel and doctors. (HT photo sourced)
Published on May 27, 2024 10:07 AM IST
ByS Raju

Court orders police to present Naresh Tikait before it in 14-yr-old case

Tikait , along with Congress leader Imran Masood and 22 others, was accused of blocking a road by holding a panchayat without seeking permission on May 20 in 2010. A case was registered in Sarsawa police station on May 20, 2010 for organizing a panchayat and blocking the national highway. Imran Masood and many others accused in this case have got bail by now and the court issued an order on Tuesday for the arrest of BKU president Chaudhary Naresh Tikait for not appearing in court.

Naresh Tikait said it was a false case against him because he was never involved in acts like blocking the road. Instead, he helped the administration in persuading people to not block roads. (HT FILE)
Updated on May 23, 2024 08:26 AM IST
ByS Raju

Darul Uloom bans entry of women, says they made reels; activists say unfair

Activists said it was unfair to blame women alone for making reels, and argued that Darul Uloom could restrict outsiders from bringing their mobile phones in

Darul Uloom Deoband said entry of women and girls was already banned in Rashidia mosque which has now been extended to the entire premises (File Photo)
Updated on May 17, 2024 04:17 PM IST
ByS Raju

In U.P.’s Sambhal, it’s Barq’s legacy vs BJP’s double engine campaign

Voters in Muslim-dominated Sambhal are silent as legacy vs. double engine campaign unfolds. BJP, SP, and BSP vie for support in the upcoming elections.

BJP candidate Parmeshwar Lal Saini during an election meeting in Sambhal.
Updated on May 05, 2024 05:04 AM IST
ByS Raju, Sambhal

Trains cancelled due to farmers’ protest

Farmers of Punjab who started their agitation on Sambhu border of Haryana and Punjab in support of their demands, including guarantee of MSP, have also occupied railway tracks at Sambhu station of Ambala section since April 17.

The Shambhu border (Punjab-Haryana border) was barricaded as security tightens ahead of farmer unions' planned march to Delhi on February 13, in Patiala (Harmeet Sodhi/File)
Updated on May 01, 2024 07:00 AM IST
ByS Raju, Meerut

In the era of Agniveers, a village of ‘faujis’ echoes discontent

While locals advocate for the resumption of the old recruitment programme, many hope that the government at least reviews the Agnipath scheme.

The Military Heroes Memorial Inter College in Bulandhshahr’s Saidpur village
Updated on Apr 25, 2024 04:46 AM IST
ByS Raju, Saidpur( Bulandshahr)

A BJP bastion breached only once in more than 3 decades

The Bulandshahr reserved constituency in west UP has never been won by the BSP and was snatched from the BJP by SP only once in 2009. The lotus has blossomed here since 1991. This time the SP has left the seat to the Congress.

BJP leaders including defence minister Rajnath Singh, deputy chief minister Keshav Prasad Maurya and BJP state president Bhupendra Choudhary campaigned for party candidate Bhola Singh . (Pic for representation)
Updated on Apr 25, 2024 06:24 AM IST
ByS Raju

Broken promises and drying wells, Chaugama’s struggle for water stays

With the work for an irrigation network through Chaugama canal pending for the past 50 years, water is the biggest issue for people of more than 50 villages in Baghpat

Mustard crop sown in the dried minor of Chaugama Canal near Pusar village. (HT)
Updated on Apr 25, 2024 06:18 AM IST
ByS Raju

2024 Lok Sabha polls: Nursery of wrestlers in Baghpat grapples with ‘political neglect’

Baghpat's political landscape has changed over the years, leaving the legacy of wrestling nurseries in jeopardy. Only one akhara remains, struggling for resources.

Khalifa teaching nuances of wrestling to budding grapplers in his akhara at Malakpur village in Baghpat (S Raju/Hindustan Times)
Updated on Apr 24, 2024 10:26 PM IST
ByS Raju, Malakpur (baghpat)

Time for liberty from BJP, Akhilesh calls upon electorate in Meerut

Akhilesh came down heavily on the BJP, reminding people how farmers resorted to protest for over 13 months, sacrificing more than 1000 lives. He also raised the issue of paper leaks of recruitment examinations which ruined the future of millions of youngsters. He accused that the government was behind these leaks because it did not want to give jobs to youngsters.

Akhilesh said that people of Meerut had played a vital role in the War of Independence. Now the time had come to get liberty from the BJP. (HT FILE)
Updated on Apr 21, 2024 08:22 AM IST
ByS Raju

Amidst Opposition’s tight field, BJP’s ‘Ram’ on a tricky wicket in city famous for cricket bats?

Since 2009, the BJP has batted well on Meerut’s electoral turf to ensure a hat-trick of wins against the Opposition parties. However, barring in 2014, when the Modi wave defined the narrative, the contest had been fierce and the BJP was able to win by a narrow margin, both in 2009 and 2019.

BJP candidate Arun Govil on the campaign trail in Meerut. (FILE PHOTO)
Updated on Apr 21, 2024 05:10 AM IST
ByS Raju, Meerut

Phase 1: 60.25% voter turnout on eight west UP seats

Highest polling in Saharanpur - 65 95% and lowest in Rampur - 54.77%; polling peaceful, barring few complaints of EVM malfunction, booth capturing and omission of voters’ names

Voters seen standing in queue to cast their votes in the first phase of Lok Sabha elections 2024 at a polling station in Muzaffarnagar, on Friday. (Ajay Aggarwal/ HT Photo)
Updated on Apr 20, 2024 06:24 AM IST
ByS Raju

From key centre of ‘Kshatriya discontent’, Yogi talks of Ram and development

Adityanath refers to “Jo Ram ko laaye hain” song to connect with the masses in Meerut, Arun Govil plays Thakur card, says his wife belongs to Rajput family

Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath during a public meeting for the Lok Sabha elections 2024, in Meerut on Thursday. (Yogi Adityanath twitter)
Updated on Apr 19, 2024 01:20 AM IST
By, Meerut

Campaigning ends for 8 west UP seats going to polls in phase 1

Twelve candidates are in fray from Moradabad, 14 from Kairana, 11 each from Muzaffarnagar and Bijnor, 10 each from Saharanpur and Pilibhit, and six candidates each from Nagina and Rampur

The constituencies that go to polls in the first phase include Kairana, Saharanpur, Muzaffarnagar, Bijnor, Nagina, Rampur, Moradabad and Pilibhit where BJP has teamed up with RLD while Congress and Samajwadi Party are together in an alliance. (Pic for representation)
Published on Apr 17, 2024 09:18 PM IST
ByS Raju

First phase: Priyanka hits streets in Saharanpur for the lone Congress candidate

Carrying Congress’ hopes once again, Masood is pitted against BJP’s Raghav Lakhanpal and BSP’s Majid Ali.

Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi and Congress candidate from Saharanpur Imran Masood during a road show on Wednesday (HT photo)
Updated on Apr 17, 2024 07:39 PM IST
ByS Raju

Oppn leaders read ‘fatiha’ for criminals but don’t condole death of Hindus, says Yogi

CM Yogi Adityanath campaigned in Bijnor, Shamli, and Saharanpur for the first phase of polling. He emphasized BJP's commitment and criticized the opposition.

Chief minister Yogi Adityanath holds a roadshow in Saharanpur on Tuesday. (ht photo)
Updated on Apr 17, 2024 09:36 AM IST
ByS Raju, Meerut

West U.P: BJP, Oppn gauge ‘Kshatriya discontent’ factor

While Mayawati and other oppn leaders are eager to use it as a tool against BJP, the saffron party is confident of negating the local annoyance through the upper caste Kshatriya credentials of Yogi Adityanath.

Both Sanjeev Baliyan and Sangeet Som shared the dais with CM Yogi Adityanath at a rally in Sardhana, in Meerut on April 10 (PTI)
Published on Apr 16, 2024 09:55 AM IST
ByS Raju

On Constitution, Arun Govil says change a sign of progress, not a bad thing

When the Constitution was made, it gradually changed according to the circumstances, says BJP’s Meerut candidate and Ramayan fame actor Arun Govil

BJP candidate Arun Govil campaigns in Meerut. (FILE PHOTO)
Updated on Apr 16, 2024 08:28 AM IST
ByS Raju, Meerut

West UP polling on April 19 & 26: BJP, Oppn gauge ‘Kshatriya discontent’ factor

In the West UP region, the Kshatriya factor has suddenly become of interest. While Mayawati and other opposition leaders are eager to use it as a tool against the ruling BJP, the saffron party is confident of negating the local annoyance through the Upper caste Kshatriya credentials of Yogi Adityanath

Both Sanjeev Baliyan and Sangeet Som shared the dais with chief minister Yogi Adityanath at a rally in Sardana, in Meerut district, on April 10. (PTI)
Updated on Apr 16, 2024 06:24 AM IST
ByS Raju, Meerut

Winds from the west will wipe off BJP: Akhilesh

The former CM said that the promises of doubling farmers’ income, providing jobs to two crore youth, and offering free electricity have proven false.

SP chief Akhilesh Yadav during a rally in Baghra of Muzaffarnagar on Monday (HT photo)
Updated on Apr 16, 2024 05:18 AM IST
ByS Raju

Maya revives west UP statehood debate

Mayawati's call for the formation of a separate state from western UP has once again ignited the debate over a 40-year-old movement spearheaded by the RLD

Moradabad: BSP chief Mayawati during an election campaign rally ahead of Lok Sabha polls, in Moradabad, Monday, April 15, 2024. (PTI Photo) (PTI04_15_2024_000090B)(PTI)
Published on Apr 15, 2024 10:55 PM IST
ByS Raju

Maya makes statehood pitch in west U.P, attacks poll rivals

The statehood call was a throwback to her last stint in power in Uttar Pradesh (2007-12) when her government had moved a resolution in the state assembly for carving U.P. into four separate states.

BSP chief Mayawati waves at crowd during an election campaign rally, ahead of Lok Sabha polls, in Muzaffarnagar, Sunday (PTI)
Updated on Apr 15, 2024 07:36 AM IST
ByS. Raju, Meerut

Electoral bonds proof of BJP’s corruption, says Akhilesh

“More than one lakh farmers have committed suicide over the past ten years even as the prime minister had said that he would double farmers’ income.”

Samajwadi Party president Akhilesh Yadav with party leaders at an election campaign meeting ahead of Lok Sabha polls, in Mirpur, Muzaffarnagar, Saturday. (PTI)
Updated on Apr 14, 2024 06:22 AM IST
ByS Raju, Meerut

Som-Baliyan tiff: Dy CM Brajesh Pathak steps in

Sanjeev Baliyan is BJP’s candidate in Muzaffarnagar constituency and running for a third term. Sardhana constituency is part of Muzaffarnagar Lok Sabha constituency where Chaubisi( Rajput dominated 24 villages) are situated and being a Rajput, Sangeet Som has a good following there.Sangeet Som and Sanjeev Baliyan are not on good terms since the 2022 assembly elections in which Som lost to Atul Pradhan of SP and it is said that Baliyan opposed him internally.

Interacting with media persons after CM’s rally on Wednesday, Som didn’t hide his bitterness with Baliyan . (Pic for representation)
Updated on Apr 13, 2024 07:52 AM IST
ByS Raju

Now, goons, instead of Hindus, are migrating from west U.P: Amit Shah

Union home minister Amit Shah appeals to Uttar Pradesh voters to make BJP victorious on all 80 Lok Sabha seats in state

Union home minister Amit Shah at an election meeting in Moradabad on Friday. (ANI PHOTO)
Published on Apr 12, 2024 10:50 PM IST
ByS Raju, Meerut
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