Umesh Raghuvanshi

Umesh Raghuvanshi

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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One of the photos used in the calendar. (Sourced)
One of the photos used in the calendar. (Sourced)

Ahead of UP polls, Congress releases calendar with Priyanka Gandhi’s photos

UPDATED ON JAN 22, 2021 09:13 AM IST
Priyanka’s photos from her visits to Lucknow, Amethi, Rae Bareli, Varanasi, Ujjain, Haryana and Jharkhand have also been used in the calendar
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Uttar Pradesh finance minister Suresh Khanna presents the state budget 2020-21 in the UP Legislative Assembly, in Lucknow on February 18, 2020. (PTI)
Uttar Pradesh finance minister Suresh Khanna presents the state budget 2020-21 in the UP Legislative Assembly, in Lucknow on February 18, 2020. (PTI)

UP govt to take a call on budget session soon

PUBLISHED ON JAN 19, 2021 09:41 AM IST
The state budget session has to be convened by the third week of February to meet the constitutional requirement
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Priyanka Vadra during an election campaign for her mother and Congress president Sonia Gandhi in Rae Bareli.(File Photo/Representational use)
Priyanka Vadra during an election campaign for her mother and Congress president Sonia Gandhi in Rae Bareli.(File Photo/Representational use)

BJP out to wrest Sonia Gandhi’s Rae Bareli seat after dethroning Rahul in Amethi

By Umesh Raghuvanshi | Edited by Abhinav Sahay, Lucknow
PUBLISHED ON JAN 15, 2021 08:53 AM IST
  • Senior Congress leaders publicly exude confidence that the BJP would not be able to replicate their performance in Amethi in Rae Bareli, however, the saffron party's attempts to make capture the seat remains an area of concern for them.
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The appointment made by Uttar Pradesh Congress chief Ajay Kumar Lallu has embarrassed the party.(PTI file photo)
The appointment made by Uttar Pradesh Congress chief Ajay Kumar Lallu has embarrassed the party.(PTI file photo)

Congress revival bid gets reality check with video of leader abusing party brass

By Umesh Raghuvanshi | Edited by Abhinav Sahay, Lucknow
PUBLISHED ON JAN 14, 2021 10:28 AM IST
  • Questions are now being raised over the manner in which appointments are being made on various posts in the Congress in Uttar Pradesh.
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Other than setting up the units at nyay panchayat levels, the Congress also proposes to focus on setting up ward units in the cities. (Videograb)
Other than setting up the units at nyay panchayat levels, the Congress also proposes to focus on setting up ward units in the cities. (Videograb)

UP Congress leaders camp in districts, Priyanka Gandhi monitors progress

By Umesh Raghuvanshi | Hindustan Times, Lucknow
UPDATED ON JAN 08, 2021 11:26 AM IST
Under the programme, the party proposes to set up its units in all the 8,000 ‘nyay panchayats’ wards in urban areas to bolster the party’s chances in the state polls to be held next year.
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Anandiben Patel, Governor of Uttar Pradesh, at Baba Vishwanath Temple, in Varanasi.(Rajesh Kumar/ht file)
Anandiben Patel, Governor of Uttar Pradesh, at Baba Vishwanath Temple, in Varanasi.(Rajesh Kumar/ht file)
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Patel said she doesn’t like spending time within the four walls of Raj Bhawan as a governor and therefore takes up tours to meet farmers, teachers, students and others.(HT Photo)
Patel said she doesn’t like spending time within the four walls of Raj Bhawan as a governor and therefore takes up tours to meet farmers, teachers, students and others.(HT Photo)

Yogi Adityanath govt paying for misdeeds of previous government: Patel

By Umesh Raghuvanshi | Hindustan Times, Lucknow
UPDATED ON JAN 07, 2021 11:02 AM IST
Governor Anandiben Patel also said that there was a difference in work culture among bureaucrats in Uttar Pradesh and Guajrat and the bureaucracy in India’s most populous state is bit lax compared to Gujarat.
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Experts suggest that besides reviewing the receipts, the state government should also consistently monitor its expenditure that may help in giving a boost to development and the economy. (Photo @CMOfficeUP)
Experts suggest that besides reviewing the receipts, the state government should also consistently monitor its expenditure that may help in giving a boost to development and the economy. (Photo @CMOfficeUP)

Uttar Pradesh’s December revenue collection up by Rs 2,522 crore

By Umesh Raghuvanshi | Hindustan Times, Lucknow
UPDATED ON JAN 05, 2021 09:20 AM IST
Its total collections in the first three quarters of 2020-2021 (April 1, 2020 to December 31, 2021) have also improved considerably.
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Congress leader Rahul Gandhi (left) with party leader Motilal Vora in 2017.(AFP)
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi (left) with party leader Motilal Vora in 2017.(AFP)

Moti Lal Vora: Uttar Pradesh governor who made political history

By Umesh Raghuvanshi | Hindustan Times, Lucknow
UPDATED ON DEC 21, 2020 11:43 PM IST
Vora, a senior Congress leader, passed away at a Delhi hospital due to post-Covid-19 complications on Monday. He was 93. Vora remained UP’s governor from May 26, 1993, to May 3, 1996.
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Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath has instructed officials to meet all times for Covid 19 vaccination programme set by his government.(PTI Photo)
Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath has instructed officials to meet all times for Covid 19 vaccination programme set by his government.(PTI Photo)

UP CM wants timelines for Covid vaccination met, but challenges remain

By Umesh Raghuvanshi | Edited by Abhinav Sahay | Hindustan Times, Lucknow
UPDATED ON DEC 20, 2020 08:53 AM IST
Workers in 5,180 government run healthcare facilities have completed the registration for Covid vaccination along with staff in 19,170 private facilities. However, several workers still need to register.
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A meeting to devise strategy to counter opposition campaign and take government’s works to people was held at Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath’s residence on Friday.(PTI Photo)
A meeting to devise strategy to counter opposition campaign and take government’s works to people was held at Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath’s residence on Friday.(PTI Photo)

Yogi Adityanath govt coins MYK mantra to counter opposition before 2022 polls

By Umesh Raghuvanshi | Edited by Abhinav Sahay | Hindustan Times, Lucknow
UPDATED ON DEC 19, 2020 08:57 AM IST
BJP is also trying to factor in Arvind Kejriwal led Aam Aadmi Party’s decision to contest 2022 assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh, however, senior UP minister Sidharth Nath Singh called AAP’s foray ‘Mungeri Lal Ke Hasin Sapne’.
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Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath started big government programmes to help migrants find jobs in Uttar Pradesh.(ANI Photo)
Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath started big government programmes to help migrants find jobs in Uttar Pradesh.(ANI Photo)

On road to 2022 polls, Yogi gives appointment letters, crunches jobs data

By Umesh Raghuvanshi | Edited by Abhinav Sahay | Hindustan Times, Lucknow
UPDATED ON DEC 18, 2020 10:58 AM IST
The UP chief minister has chaired over distribution of about 60,000 to 70,000 appointment letters of assistant teachers and various other posts in the past few weeks.
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Uttar Pradesh government spends a huge amount-- Rs 12,000 crore to Rs 13,000 crore-- every month just to pay salaries and pension to its employees.(ANI Photo)
Uttar Pradesh government spends a huge amount-- Rs 12,000 crore to Rs 13,000 crore-- every month just to pay salaries and pension to its employees.(ANI Photo)

UP sees marginal rise in revenue collections in November, misses target

By Umesh Raghuvanshi | Edited by Abhinav Sahay | Hindustan Times, Lucknow
UPDATED ON DEC 04, 2020 08:39 AM IST
A close scrutiny of revenue recovery in November 2020, however, indicates that low increase in revenue collections was apparently because of lesser GST collections during the festival season.
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In all, seven seats went to bypoll in Uttar Pradesh. The Congress contested only on 6 as nomination papers of its Tundla candidate were rejected.(Representational Image)
In all, seven seats went to bypoll in Uttar Pradesh. The Congress contested only on 6 as nomination papers of its Tundla candidate were rejected.(Representational Image)

UP bypoll results: Its vote share improves, but Congress fails to grab even 1 of 6 seats contested

By Umesh Raghuvanshi | Hindustan Times, Lucknow
UPDATED ON NOV 12, 2020 11:34 AM IST
A weak organisation and the failure to put up winnable candidates have been blamed for the Congress’s continuing poor electoral performances in the state
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File photo of Congress leader Jitin Prasada. (Photo @BrahamSamvad)
File photo of Congress leader Jitin Prasada. (Photo @BrahamSamvad)

Congress leader’s T-20 move to aid UP Brahmins. Narrow mindset, says BJP

By Umesh Raghuvanshi | Hindustan Times, Lucknow
UPDATED ON OCT 23, 2020 06:03 PM IST
Congress leader Jitin Prasada said there is a spurt in crime, and targeted attacks against Brahmins have come to the party’s notice.
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About 7,840 youths have won various prizes. A laptop was given in every district to the winner of the first prize while a cell phone and a tablet were given to winners of the second and the third prizes. (Videograb)
About 7,840 youths have won various prizes. A laptop was given in every district to the winner of the first prize while a cell phone and a tablet were given to winners of the second and the third prizes. (Videograb)

With a quiz in UP, Congress presents ‘facts’ about its role in nation-building

By Umesh Raghuvanshi | Hindustan Times, Lucknow
UPDATED ON OCT 20, 2020 01:42 PM IST
The Uttar Pradesh Congress Committee (UPCC) organised the quiz contest on September 13 and 14. The prizes were given on Sunday.
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As per the revised GSDP estimates for 2019-20 released on September 29, UP’s growth rate has come down from 6.6% in 2018-19 to 4.4% (on constant prices) in the last financial year.(Getty Images/iStockphoto)
As per the revised GSDP estimates for 2019-20 released on September 29, UP’s growth rate has come down from 6.6% in 2018-19 to 4.4% (on constant prices) in the last financial year.(Getty Images/iStockphoto)

GSDP’s declining growth may challenge goal of making Uttar Pradesh a trillion-dollar economy

By Umesh Raghuvanshi | Hindustan Times, Lucknow
UPDATED ON OCT 16, 2020 12:11 PM IST
No estimates have been released for the first quarter of the current financial year (2020-21) to date, which would have helped ascertain the impact of Covid-19 on the state’s economy
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In 2018-19, UP’s GSDP touched Rs 15.80 lakh crore ($230 billion) with a growth rate of 7% over the previous year.(representative image/AFP)
In 2018-19, UP’s GSDP touched Rs 15.80 lakh crore ($230 billion) with a growth rate of 7% over the previous year.(representative image/AFP)

Eight firms submit bids for consultant to chart UP’s $1 trillion economy roadmap

By Umesh Raghuvanshi | Hindustan Times, Lucknow
PUBLISHED ON OCT 13, 2020 10:38 AM IST
Working out a roadmap to boost the size of UP’s GSDP to $1 trillion will be a tough challenge, especially in view of the impact of Covid-19 on the state’s economy,
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UP Kisan Congress distributes lathis among farmers and women for self defence, during party's 'Gandhi ki Lathi' campaign, in Lucknow on Tuesday.(PTI)
UP Kisan Congress distributes lathis among farmers and women for self defence, during party's 'Gandhi ki Lathi' campaign, in Lucknow on Tuesday.(PTI)

UP Congress farmers’ wing to empower women with ‘Gandhi Ki Lathi’

By Umesh Raghuvanshi | Hindustan Times, Lucknow
UPDATED ON OCT 07, 2020 04:56 PM IST
A token distribution of lathis was made to around 20 women at a programme organised at the Uttar Pradesh Congress Committee (UPCC) headquarters in Lucknow
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As per the state government’s statistical data, it earned a total revenue of Rs 10,675.42 crore in July 2020 and Rs 9,545.21 crore in August 2020 against Rs 9516.50 crore in September 2020.(Pradeep Gaur/Mint)
As per the state government’s statistical data, it earned a total revenue of Rs 10,675.42 crore in July 2020 and Rs 9,545.21 crore in August 2020 against Rs 9516.50 crore in September 2020.(Pradeep Gaur/Mint)

UP claims tax collections up, earning-expenditure gap remains

By Umesh Raghuvanshi | Hindustan Times, Lucknow
UPDATED ON OCT 05, 2020 11:56 PM IST
The state government’s non-tax revenue also increased to Rs 182.33 crore in September 2020 against Rs 120.89 crore in the same month in 2019.
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Uttar Pradesh Chief minister Adityanath may also opt for presenting a supplementary budget or a mini-poll budget later to make populist announcements.(HT FILE PHOTO)
Uttar Pradesh Chief minister Adityanath may also opt for presenting a supplementary budget or a mini-poll budget later to make populist announcements.(HT FILE PHOTO)

In UP’s last budget before polls, funds for development will be a major challenge

By Umesh Raghuvanshi | Hindustan Times, Lucknow
PUBLISHED ON SEP 29, 2020 03:37 PM IST
The state finance department has asked the administrative departments to send their proposals by November 30 while issuing broad guidelines well in advance for preparation of the state’s budget.
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File photo: Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath.(HT Photo)
File photo: Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath.(HT Photo)

Political activities gain momentum ahead of bypolls in Uttar Pradesh

By Sudhir Kumar, Umesh Raghuvanshi | Edited by Sparshita Saxena | Hindustan Times, Varanasi/Lucknow
UPDATED ON SEP 26, 2020 08:25 PM IST
Chief minister Yogi Adityanath sets ball rolling, visits two of eight assembly seats where by-polls are due.
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File photo: Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath.(ANI)
File photo: Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath.(ANI)

‘$1 trillion economy, herculean task’: UP govt tells to-be-consultant in revised RFP

By Umesh Raghuvanshi | Edited by Sparshita Saxena | Hindustan Times, Lucknow
UPDATED ON SEP 15, 2020 07:12 PM IST
Last year, chief minister Yogi Adityanath had given a call to accept the challenge of making the state a trillion-dollar economy in the next five years.
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Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad has come under attack from senior leaders of the party in Uttar Pradesh.(PTI)
Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad has come under attack from senior leaders of the party in Uttar Pradesh.(PTI)

Cong veterans in UP target Ghulam Nabi Azad for silence on their expulsion

By Umesh Raghuvanshi | Hindustan Times, Lucknow
PUBLISHED ON SEP 06, 2020 10:17 AM IST
In a letter to Congress president Sonia Gandhi, the expelled leaders urged her to “re-establish” communication with the party workers.
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The order dated August 26 does not cover the countries where India is engaged in development projects.(ANI)
The order dated August 26 does not cover the countries where India is engaged in development projects.(ANI)

UP tells its departments to ban bidders from ‘certain’ countries

By Umesh Raghuvanshi | Hindustan Times, Lucknow
PUBLISHED ON SEP 04, 2020 09:54 AM IST
No country has been named in the order aimed at bidders from the countries India shares borders with. The order does not cover the countries where India is engaged in development projects
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Ghulam Nabi Azad was one among the 23 senior leaders who are being targeted for demanding changes in the Congress party.(Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)
Ghulam Nabi Azad was one among the 23 senior leaders who are being targeted for demanding changes in the Congress party.(Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)

Now, call to oust Ghulam Nabi Azad from Congress citing indiscipline

By Umesh Raghuvanshi | Edited by Abhinav Sahay | Hindustan Times, Lucknow
UPDATED ON AUG 30, 2020 10:42 AM IST
Azad was also targeted for entering into an alliance with the Samajwadi Party in 2017 assembly polls in Uttar Pradesh.
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Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad.(Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)
Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad.(Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)

UP Congress leaders slam Azad over letter

By Umesh Raghuvanshi | Hindustan Times, Lucknow
UPDATED ON AUG 30, 2020 07:20 AM IST
Azad is one of the 23 senior Congress leaders who signed the controversial letter to Congress president Sonia Gandhi, asking for a full-time party president, and also several reforms to strengthen the party.
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