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Umesh Raghuvanshi is a journalist with over three decade experience. He covers politics, finance, environment and social issues. He has covered all assembly and parliament elections in Uttar Pradesh since 1984.

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Amid paper leak concerns, UPSSSC to float fresh tenders for selecting agency

The UPSSSC conducts recruitment for nearly 12000 group C posts (about 1000 every month) in the state government’s administrative departments.

Image used for representation.(Getty)
Updated on Jun 22, 2024 07:50 PM IST
By, Lucknow

Rahul move raises hopes of Congress revival in U.P.

“This decision ( to retain Rae Bareli seat) will help in strengthening the Congress in Uttar Pradesh. Both Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi have already spoken about the Gandhi family’s connections with Rae Bareli and thus Uttar Pradesh. Priyanka Gandhi made a beginning to strengthen the party in the state and Rahul Gandhi’s move will take her efforts further,” said Uttar Pradesh Congress Committee (UPCC) president Ajay Rai .

The poll scenario began changing positively for Congress-SP alliance in Uttar Pradesh once Rahul Gandhi and Akhilesh Yadav decided to contest the 2024 poll and the alliance won 43 of 80 UP seats. (HT FILE)
Updated on Jun 19, 2024 08:24 AM IST

Delay in e-office system rollout irks U.P. govt

Uttar Pradesh govt. stresses urgency of implementing e-office system in all departments and offices to go paperless within 3-4 months, after delays.

For Representation: UP Vidhan Bhavan (HT File)
Updated on Jun 16, 2024 07:10 AM IST
By, Lucknow

PM would have lost had Priyanka contested from Varanasi: Rahul

The people of India have given a message to the Prime Minister – ‘we don’t want your way of politics... we are against politics of hatred and violence’, says Congress leader

Congress MP Rahul Gandhi and party general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra being garlanded during a public meeting, in Rae Bareli on Tuesday. (ANI Photo)
Published on Jun 11, 2024 10:56 PM IST

Cong-SP to move ahead in UP with common minimum programme

Though both parties are yet to hold any discussions about an alliance in the 2027 assembly elections, the warmth between leaders of Cong and SP gives sufficient indications that the alliance will continue

AICC general secretary Avinash Pandey, along with other party leaders, met Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav and felicitated him following the SP-Congress alliance’s win. (File Photo)
Updated on Jun 08, 2024 06:02 AM IST

Wayanad or Rae Bareli? Suspense over Rahul’s pick continues

The Cong leader won the Rae Bareli seat by a margin of 3,90,030 votes and his margin of victory in Wayanad was 3,64,422 votes. As he is set to take a call soon, party leaders have already requested him to retain Rae Bareli

Congress leaders Rahul Gandhi, Priyanka Gandhi arrive to attend the INDIA bloc leaders meeting, at the residence of Congress president Mallikarjun Kharge in New Delhi on Wednesday. (ANI Photo)
Updated on Jun 06, 2024 09:02 AM IST

Cong’s KL Sharma defeats Smriti, emerges giant slayer from Amethi

As per the Election Commission’s data, Lal got 5,39,228 votes compared to Irani’s 3,72,032. He termed this a victory of the “Gandhi family and the people of Amethi.”

Congress candidate from Amethi constituency Kishori Lal Sharma celebrates with others in Amethi on Tuesday. (PTI Photo)
Published on Jun 04, 2024 07:57 PM IST

Gandhi family loyalist KL Sharma wins big against Smriti Irani in Amethi

KL Sharma, who has worked in Amethi and Rae Bareli region for over 40 years, termed this a victory of the Gandhi family and the people of Amethi

Smriti Irani (left) and KL Sharma (right). (File Photos)
Updated on Jun 04, 2024 07:50 PM IST

Curtains on polls: Now, focus set to shift on governance

The poll code, which came into force soon after the announcement of Lok Sabha polls on March 16, slowed down the pace of governance. The dos and don’ts given in the code put a bar on making announcements about new policies, projects, programmes, concessions or financial grants in any form that could influence voters in favour of the party in power

If the issuance of government orders (GOs) is taken as a criterion to measure the speed of governance, the state government’s work slowed down in the past 2.5 months. It issued 2,004 GOs between March 16 and May 31, 2024, against 4,044 GOs issued during the same period in 2023. (Pic for representation)
Updated on Jun 04, 2024 05:32 AM IST

Lok Sabha polls: Will Uttar Pradesh be jewel in BJP’s crown again?

The BJP won 71 of 80 Lok Sabha seats from Uttar Pradesh in 2014 and 62 in the 2019 parliamentary polls, forming the government at the Centre on both occasions

The BJP’s vote share improved from 42.63% in 2014 to 49.98% in 2019 in Uttar Pradesh. (FILE PHOTO)
Updated on Jun 04, 2024 07:50 AM IST
By, Lucknow

Poll code slowed down governance in U.P.

If issuing of government orders is taken as the yardstick, the pace slowed down to nearly half in the past two-and-a-half-months of the 2024 LS polls

The state govt issued 2,004 GOs between March 16 and May 31, 2024, against 4,044 GOs issued during the same period in 2023. (For Representation)
Published on Jun 03, 2024 07:07 PM IST
By, Lucknow

Shrill campaign: Political heat rises “fatafat” with “mujra,” “machhli” barbs

The electioneering began with Prime Minister Narendra Modi kickstarting the BJP’s poll campaign as early as January 25, 2024 with a public meeting at Bulandshahr

Congress and BJP supporters wave flags in a show of strength in Indore India (HT File)
Updated on May 31, 2024 06:02 AM IST
By, Lucknow

Sultanpur: A low-key personalised campaign could work again for Maneka Gandhi

Maneka follows a set pattern in her campaign rallies: She only raises local issues at rallies and does not target adversaries.

BJP MP Maneka Gandhi in Sultanpur. (ANI FILE PHOTO)(HT_PRINT)
Published on May 25, 2024 09:00 AM IST

I have come to my ‘matrabhumi’: Varun Gandhi campaigns for Maneka Gandhi in Sultanpur

Want to work within my limitations... we’ve no enmity with anybody, says Varun Gandhi as he makes his first appearance on the 2024 Lok Sabha election campaign trail

Varun Gandhi addresses a public meeting in Sultanpur. (PTI PHOTO)
Updated on May 24, 2024 09:18 AM IST
By, Lucknow

Polling in Rae Bareli, Amethi: Rahul mingles with workers, voters; coaxes naysayers to vote

Despite peaceful polling in Rae Bareli and Amethi, complaints of skirmishes between Congress and BJP workers arose over alleged snatching of poll material.

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi getting a selfie clicked with voters in Rae Bareli on Monday. (HT Photo)
Updated on May 20, 2024 09:52 PM IST
By, Rae Bareli/amethi

Amethi: BJP's Smriti Irani takes on Gandhi family loyalist KL Sharma

Irani is seeking reelection from the constituency. The Congress has fielded Gandhi-family loyalist KL Sharma from the seat that the BJP won in 2019

Union Minister and BJP candidate Smriti Irani at her residence after her election campaign in Amethi on May 2.(PTI)
Published on May 19, 2024 01:10 AM IST

‘People have immense problems, there’s an upsurge against BJP’: Priyanka Gandhi

Speaking to HT, Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi says people are fed up with politics that does not address the real hardships they are facing.

interview Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi says people want a politics that delivers development and prosperity to them. (Deepak Gupta/HT)
Updated on May 19, 2024 05:44 AM IST

BJP leaders should first read our manifesto, then decode it: Priyanka Gandhi

“In today’s world, lies have to be countered with the truth vociferously,” Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra says in an exclusive interview with HT

interview Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra says the alliance leaders will take a decision collectively on who will be PM if the INDIA bloc wins the polls. (Deepak Gupta/Hindustan Times)
Updated on May 19, 2024 12:28 PM IST

Sonia back on Rae Bareli poll pitch, as campaigner for Rahul

Sonia Gandhi emotionally hands over son Rahul to Rae Bareli, urging voters to treat him like family. Rahul vows to defeat Modi in upcoming elections.

Congress leaders Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi with Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav in Rae Bareli on Friday. (Deepak Gupta/HT Photo)
Updated on May 18, 2024 06:08 AM IST
By, Lucknow

Rahul Gandhi, Akhilesh Yadav hit out at PM Modi on Rae Bareli-Amethi campaign trail

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi referred to his family’s 100-year old relationship with Rae Bareli to connect with the people

Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav and Congress leader Rahul Gandhi at a public meeting in Amethi on Friday. (PTI PHOTO)
Updated on May 18, 2024 06:24 AM IST
By, Lucknow

Giving you my son, he will never disappoint: Sonia Gandhi’s emotional pitch in Rae Bareli

Rahul Gandhi is now contesting the Rae Bareli seat for which polling will be held in the fifth phase on May 20. He was also in the fray in Kerala’s Wayanad, which he represents in the Lok Sabha and where voting took place on April 26.

Congress leaders Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi in Rae Bareli on Friday. (Deepak Gupta/Hindustan Times)
Published on May 17, 2024 09:53 PM IST
By, Lucknow

‘BJP will not reach double digit in south India’: DK Shivakumar

Karnataka deputy chief minister DK Shivakumar said the NDA may get around 200 seats but the BJP would not reach double digit in the southern states.

Karnataka Deputy Chief Minister and Congress leader D K Shivakumar (PTI)
Updated on May 17, 2024 12:20 AM IST

I’ve come here to fight for your dreams, says Rahul Gandhi

He begins his address by talking about his family’s century-old relationship with the people of Rae Bareli. He recounts how his great-grandfather Jawaharlal Nehru, who later became the first Prime Minister of India, visited the agitating farmers of Rae Bareli.

Rahul Gandhi (File)
Updated on May 15, 2024 07:30 AM IST

Election in Pincodes: Hearts, minds collide in a fraying Congress stronghold

HT looks at some key constituencies across the country that encapsulate the issues shaping the ongoing Lok Sabha electoral contest

BJP’s Smriti Irani and Congress’s Kishori Lal Sharma during roadshows in Amethi. (ANI & PTI)
Updated on May 14, 2024 08:20 AM IST

In Rae Bareli, Rahul Gandhi invokes Jawaharlal Nehru, Indira Gandhi

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi recalls his family’s relationship with the constituency, says those who have learnt politics in Rae Bareli have become prime ministers of the country

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi at a public meeting in Rae Bareli on Monday. (PTI PHOTO)
Updated on May 14, 2024 05:48 AM IST
By, Rae Bareli

It’s ‘Gandhi parivar ki guarantee’ for Congress’ Sharma in Amethi

“I will serve you in the same way the Gandhi family served you. You will not get any opportunity to make complaints and if you have any complaints Priyanka Gandhi will be there supervising me. Her doors will always remain open for you,” assured KL Sharma addressing a public meeting in Amethi on Friday.

Priyanka Gandhi is obviously fighting the election for KL Sharma and she has made the poll for Amethi Lok Sabha seat a fight between the Gandhi family and union minister Smriti Irani, who is seeking re-election as a BJP candidate . (HT FILE)
Updated on May 12, 2024 05:48 AM IST

2024 Lok Sabha elections: No “netagiri”, it’s “matagiri” for Maneka Gandhi in Sultanpur

“I am not a national or international leader here. I am a “Maa” (mother),” says the eight-time MP Maneka Gandhi as she strikes a chord with people and sticks to local issues in Sultanpur

BJP MP Maneka Gandhi in Sultanpur. (ANI FILE PHOTO)
Updated on May 11, 2024 05:04 AM IST
By, Sultanpur

In battleground Amethi, Priyanka pitches it as Smriti Irani vs the Gandhis

Priyanka Gandhi made this campaign pitch as she reached battleground Amethi to address party workers and finalise the poll strategy on Thursday.

Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra addressing a public meeting in Amethi on Thursday. (PTI PHOTO)
Updated on May 10, 2024 08:12 AM IST
By, Lucknow

Priyanka plays Nehru-Gandhi family card in Rae Bareli

The Congress general secretary slams the PM for abusing her father, brother, and diverting attention from genuine issues.

Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra being garlanded by party leaders during the public meeting for the Lok Sabha Polls, in Raebareli on Wednesday. (ANI)
Updated on May 08, 2024 10:46 PM IST

Varun is a good politician and will make his mark, says Maneka

All the major roads have been built...we have done the needful in the power sector... transformers and wiring etc have been changed, says former minister

Maneka Gandhi is seeking a re-election from Sultanpur Lok Sabha seat. (File Photo)
Updated on May 08, 2024 06:44 AM IST
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