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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UP polls: Congress releases second list of 41 candidates, 16 of them are women

The women candidates include Poonam Pandit, a former national/international shooter, who was an active participant of farmers’ agitation and Sangeeta Tyagi, wife of late Rajiv Tyagi, former Congress spokesperson
Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra had announced 40% reservation to women in 2022 UP Assembly elections. (File Photo)
Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra had announced 40% reservation to women in 2022 UP Assembly elections. (File Photo)
Updated on Jan 20, 2022 08:14 PM IST
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Akhilesh hints at contesting UP elections

UP elections: Elections for the 403 assembly constituencies in Uttar Pradesh will be held in seven phases on February 10, 14, 20, 23, 27 and March 3 and 7. The counting of votes will take place on March 10.
SP chief Akhilesh Yadav during a press conference at party office in Lucknow on Wednesday. Addressing reporters, he hinted that he may contest the upcoming UP elections. (HT photo/Deepak Gupta)
SP chief Akhilesh Yadav during a press conference at party office in Lucknow on Wednesday. Addressing reporters, he hinted that he may contest the upcoming UP elections. (HT photo/Deepak Gupta)
Updated on Jan 20, 2022 05:38 AM IST
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By, Lucknow

Poll campaign in Uttar Pradesh set for tech-tonic shift

BJP appears to have virtual edge, others too gear up for digital connect with voters in poll-bound Uttar Pradesh
To check spread of Covid, Election Commission has banned rallies leaving political parties with virtual campaigns on social media and door-to-door contacts to connect with voters. (Deepak Gupta/HT)
To check spread of Covid, Election Commission has banned rallies leaving political parties with virtual campaigns on social media and door-to-door contacts to connect with voters. (Deepak Gupta/HT)
Published on Jan 19, 2022 10:09 PM IST
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ByManish Chandra Pandey and Umesh Raghuvanshi, Lucknow

UP polls: Akhilesh Yadav hints he’s open to contesting assembly seat for first time

Will need permission of people of Azamgarh who elected me to the Lok Sabha, says SP chief Akhilesh Yadav
Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav at a press conference in Lucknow on Wednesday. (Deepak Gupta/HT)
Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav at a press conference in Lucknow on Wednesday. (Deepak Gupta/HT)
Published on Jan 19, 2022 09:19 PM IST
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By, Lucknow

UP poll battle goes musical, campaign songs create a buzz online

The Election Commission is yet to allow any physical campaigns for the polls. More such songs praising or targeting political parties may be heard in the coming weeks.
For the UP poll battle, Bhojpuri singer Neha Singh Rathore has come out with the number “UP Mein Ka Ba? (What is there in UP?)” in an apparent response to BJP MP Ravi Kishan’s song “UP Mein Sab Ba” (UP has everything). (SOURCED IMAGE)
For the UP poll battle, Bhojpuri singer Neha Singh Rathore has come out with the number “UP Mein Ka Ba? (What is there in UP?)” in an apparent response to BJP MP Ravi Kishan’s song “UP Mein Sab Ba” (UP has everything). (SOURCED IMAGE)
Updated on Jan 18, 2022 01:09 AM IST
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By, Lucknow

UP elections: Denied ticket, Gulabi Gang founder quits Congress

Sampat Pal Devi, founder of UP-based women’s organisation Gulabi Gang, on Friday quit the Congress after she was denied a ticket for the upcoming assembly elections.
Thousands of girls participated in the ‘Ladki hoon, lad sakti hoon’ marathon organized by UP Congress, ahead of the upcoming elections, at Ekana International Cricket Stadium in Lucknow on December 28. Sampat Pal Devi, founder of Gulabi Gang, quit the party after she was denied a ticket for the upcoming assembly polls. (HT photo)
Thousands of girls participated in the ‘Ladki hoon, lad sakti hoon’ marathon organized by UP Congress, ahead of the upcoming elections, at Ekana International Cricket Stadium in Lucknow on December 28. Sampat Pal Devi, founder of Gulabi Gang, quit the party after she was denied a ticket for the upcoming assembly polls. (HT photo)
Published on Jan 15, 2022 12:47 AM IST
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By, Lucknow

Denied ticket, Gulabi gang founder quits Congress

I am resigning from the Congress as my candidature for Manikpur seat in Banda has not been considered. Women who secured lesser votes than me have been fielded from the same seat though I have worked harder over the years to strengthen the Congress, she says
Sampat Pal Devi’s resignation came when the Congress has fulfilled its promise of 40% tickets to women, taking the issue of women empowerment to the centrestage of politics (File Photo)
Sampat Pal Devi’s resignation came when the Congress has fulfilled its promise of 40% tickets to women, taking the issue of women empowerment to the centrestage of politics (File Photo)
Updated on Jan 15, 2022 12:19 AM IST
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By, Lucknow

Congress releases first list of 125 candidates, with 50 women

Unnao rape victim’s mother Asha Singh fielded from Unnao, Umbha’s tribal activist Ram Raj Gond from Obra. Historic initiative, says Priyanka
Priyanka called the list a “historic initiative” for taking the party’s announcement of giving 40 percent tickets to women to the ground (Pic for representation)
Priyanka called the list a “historic initiative” for taking the party’s announcement of giving 40 percent tickets to women to the ground (Pic for representation)
Published on Jan 14, 2022 12:20 AM IST
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UP elections: Mother of Unnao rape victim in Congress’s first list of candidates

UP polls: The mother of the Unnao rape victim and a block official who was assaulted during panchayat elections in Lakhimpur Kheri are among the many names on the Congress’s first list of candidates.
Congress hold an election awareness march on women welfare ahead of UP elections at Sector 27, in Noida, on December 20. The party on Thursday released its first list of candidates for the upcoming polls.
Congress hold an election awareness march on women welfare ahead of UP elections at Sector 27, in Noida, on December 20. The party on Thursday released its first list of candidates for the upcoming polls.
Updated on Jan 14, 2022 02:02 AM IST
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By, Lucknow

Cong pushed into political isolation in Uttar Pradesh

Other parties are working to form a non-BJP and non-Cong alliance for 2024 Lok Sabha election. Be it NCP or TMC, they have to keep Cong out, says senior leader
The Congress adopted ‘ekla chalo’ strategy for 2022 UP assembly elections following the failure of alliance experiments with the BSP in 1996 and the Samajwadi Party in 2017 Assembly elections. (File Photo)
The Congress adopted ‘ekla chalo’ strategy for 2022 UP assembly elections following the failure of alliance experiments with the BSP in 1996 and the Samajwadi Party in 2017 Assembly elections. (File Photo)
Published on Jan 12, 2022 08:24 PM IST
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UP shake-up: Minister, 3 MLAs resign from BJP

Fifty-eight constituencies in 11 districts of the state will go to the polls on February 10.
Former Uttar Pradesh minister Swami Prasad Maurya (L) joins Samajwadi Party in presence of party chief Akhilesh Yadav, in Lucknow on Tuesday. (ANI Photo)
Former Uttar Pradesh minister Swami Prasad Maurya (L) joins Samajwadi Party in presence of party chief Akhilesh Yadav, in Lucknow on Tuesday. (ANI Photo)
Published on Jan 12, 2022 12:12 AM IST
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‘The party I go to…’: Swami Prasad Maurya’ prophecy after exiting BJP

UP assembly elections: Swami Prasad Maurya, a 4-time MLA, joined BJP in 2016 after quitting Mayawati’s BSP. On Twitter, SP chief Akhilesh Yadav welcomed him to the Samajwadi Party on Tuesday
Swami Prasad Maurya’s exit from the BJP comes as a setback to Yogi Adityanath government in Uttar Pradesh ahead of assembly elections to be held from February 10 (Twitter/yadavakhilesh)
Swami Prasad Maurya’s exit from the BJP comes as a setback to Yogi Adityanath government in Uttar Pradesh ahead of assembly elections to be held from February 10 (Twitter/yadavakhilesh)
Published on Jan 11, 2022 06:45 PM IST
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UP minister Swami Prasad Maurya resigns from cabinet, likely to join SP

Maurya’s resignation came amid indications that some other ministers/legislators and leaders from the BJP were also in touch with the Samajwadi Party
Former Uttar Pradesh minister Swami Prasad Maurya (L) joins Samajwadi Party in presence of party chief Akhilesh Yadav, in Lucknow on Tuesday. (ANI Photo)
Former Uttar Pradesh minister Swami Prasad Maurya (L) joins Samajwadi Party in presence of party chief Akhilesh Yadav, in Lucknow on Tuesday. (ANI Photo)
Updated on Jan 11, 2022 10:58 PM IST
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Governance picks up pace with flurry of orders in Uttar Pradesh before polls

A close scrutiny of government orders in Uttar Pradesh in the past four years indicates the most have been issued in 2021
Most of the government orders of 2021 have been issued in the last quarter of the calendar year in Uttar Pradesh. (FILE PHOTO)
Most of the government orders of 2021 have been issued in the last quarter of the calendar year in Uttar Pradesh. (FILE PHOTO)
Updated on Jan 08, 2022 03:13 PM IST
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By, Lucknow

UP’s actual budget size may shrink to less than 5 lakh crore

UP government had claimed that the estimated size of its annual budget may reach 6 lakh crore. But revised estimates of receipts and expenditure for 2021-2022 portray a different picture
Though a consistent increase has been witnessed in the state government’s receipts in recent months, targets for revenue collection in the first six months of 2021-2022 have not been met (Pic for representation)
Though a consistent increase has been witnessed in the state government’s receipts in recent months, targets for revenue collection in the first six months of 2021-2022 have not been met (Pic for representation)
Published on Dec 28, 2021 11:56 PM IST
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Roadmap for trillion-dollar economy: 9 months on, UP govt yet to issue fresh bids to appoint consultant

As two precious years of the five-year timeline (2020-2025) have already passed, the state government would have to come out with revised timelines to work out a roadmap, say experts
UP’s economy is likely to end up with a size of around 330 billion dollars in 2024-2025, said Professor Yashvir Tyagi, former head of department, economics, Lucknow University. (Pic for representation)
UP’s economy is likely to end up with a size of around 330 billion dollars in 2024-2025, said Professor Yashvir Tyagi, former head of department, economics, Lucknow University. (Pic for representation)
Published on Dec 23, 2021 08:00 PM IST
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2022 Uttar Pradesh assembly elections: Major political parties vying to win support of women

BJP, SP and BSP are wooing women after Priyanka Gandhi Vadra announced 40% reservation for women candidates, brought the Congress’s women manifesto and began a dialogue with them ahead of the 2022 UP assembly elections
Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra interacting with women in Uttar Pradesh. (FILE PHOTO)
Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra interacting with women in Uttar Pradesh. (FILE PHOTO)
Published on Dec 23, 2021 12:35 AM IST
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By, Lucknow

Priyanka connects with women in Rae Bareli

At her party’s ‘Shakti Samvad’ interaction at the Town Hall in Rae Bareli on Sunday, Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra called upon women to rise and fight for themselves
Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi speaks to the media on women empowerment, in Rae Bareli on Sunday. (Agency)
Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi speaks to the media on women empowerment, in Rae Bareli on Sunday. (Agency)
Published on Dec 19, 2021 10:44 PM IST
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Hindutvawadi bathes alone in the Ganga: Rahul Gandhi takes jibe at PM Modi in Amethi

On one side is Hindu. On the other is Hindutvawadi. On one side is truth, love and non-violence, and on the other is falsehood, hatred and violence, says Congress leader
Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra shares a light moment with a woman as party leader Rahul Gandhi looks on at ‘Pratigya Padyatra’, in Amethi on Saturday. (ANI)
Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra shares a light moment with a woman as party leader Rahul Gandhi looks on at ‘Pratigya Padyatra’, in Amethi on Saturday. (ANI)
Published on Dec 19, 2021 01:09 AM IST
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Love on one side, hatred on other, says Rahul

  • “On one side is Hindu. On the other is Hindutvavadi. On one side is truth, love and non-violence, and on the other is falsehood, hatred and violence,” he said, referring to Modi and the Bharatiya Janata Party.
Congress leaders Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra in Amethi on Saturday. (PTI Photo)
Congress leaders Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra in Amethi on Saturday. (PTI Photo)
Published on Dec 19, 2021 01:08 AM IST
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By, Amethi

Rahul Gandhi seeks to renew ties with Amethi, targets PM Modi

Rahul Gandhi leads a nearly six km foot march from Jagdishpur to Harimau in Amethi constituency as part of the party’s Pratigya Yatra
Congress leaders Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra in Amethi on Saturday. (PTI Photo)
Congress leaders Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra in Amethi on Saturday. (PTI Photo)
Updated on Dec 18, 2021 11:54 PM IST
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By, Amethi

Rahul Gandhi to hold 6km foot march in Amethi today

Congress workers have stepped up preparations for senior leader Rahul Gandhi’s visit to Amethi, where he will undertake a padayatra (foot march) that will also launch the party’s campaign for 2022 assembly elections in the state
Congress party leader Rahul Gandhi(AP)
Congress party leader Rahul Gandhi(AP)
Updated on Dec 18, 2021 04:51 AM IST
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By, Lucknow

Efforts to reclaim lost bastion:Rahul’s foot march in Amethi today

Rahul Gandhi’s ‘padyatra’ in Amethi, considered to be the Gandhi family’s bastion till 2019, will focus on voting out the BJP in 2022 polls to bring down rising inflation.
Rahul Gandhi will lead a nearly 6-km long ‘padyatra’ from Ramlila ground ( Jagdishpur) to Harimau in Amethi on Saturday (Pic for representation)
Rahul Gandhi will lead a nearly 6-km long ‘padyatra’ from Ramlila ground ( Jagdishpur) to Harimau in Amethi on Saturday (Pic for representation)
Published on Dec 17, 2021 11:08 PM IST
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Uttar Pradesh govt presents 8479.53 crore mini poll budget

Mini poll budget focuses on assistance to labourers of unorganised sector, old age and farmers’ pension, 24-hour power supply; vote on account for the first few months of the next financial year also tabled
Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath, along with ministers and MLAs, during a group photo session marking the winter session of the state assembly, in Lucknow on Thursday. (Deepak Gupta/HT)
Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath, along with ministers and MLAs, during a group photo session marking the winter session of the state assembly, in Lucknow on Thursday. (Deepak Gupta/HT)
Published on Dec 16, 2021 10:33 PM IST
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By, Lucknow

Populist announcements likely in second supplementary budget of Uttar Pradesh

Vote on account for the first few months of 2022-2023 may also be presented in Uttar Pradesh assembly during the current winter session
Chief minister Yogi Adityanath speaks in the Uttar Pradesh assembly during ongoing winter session. (ANI PHOTO)
Chief minister Yogi Adityanath speaks in the Uttar Pradesh assembly during ongoing winter session. (ANI PHOTO)
Published on Dec 15, 2021 11:57 PM IST
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By, Lucknow

UP legislature’s winter session to mark countdown for Assembly polls

The state government proposes to present second supplementary demands of grants for 2021-2022 and vote on account for a part of 2022-2023
The ordinances to be tabled include Uttar Pradesh GST (Amendment) Ordinance 2021, Uttar Pradesh Motor Vehicles Taxation (Amendment) Ordinance, 2021 and Uttar Pradesh Adhivakta Kalyan Nidhi (Amendment) Ordinance, 2021. (File photo)
The ordinances to be tabled include Uttar Pradesh GST (Amendment) Ordinance 2021, Uttar Pradesh Motor Vehicles Taxation (Amendment) Ordinance, 2021 and Uttar Pradesh Adhivakta Kalyan Nidhi (Amendment) Ordinance, 2021. (File photo)
Published on Dec 14, 2021 05:27 PM IST
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New Uttar Pradesh assembly’s sanctioned strength set to go down by one after polls

The sanctioned strength of the 18th Uttar Pradesh assembly to be constituted after the polls will be 403 members instead of the current 404 as the new house won’t have a nominated member of the Anglo-Indian community
It will be the last session of the 17th Uttar Pradesh assembly when the state government convenes the winter session of the state legislature later this month. (FILE PHOTO)
It will be the last session of the 17th Uttar Pradesh assembly when the state government convenes the winter session of the state legislature later this month. (FILE PHOTO)
Published on Dec 01, 2021 11:08 PM IST
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By, Lucknow

Question paper leaks: Specific law proposed in UP in 2005, no action yet

The UP State Law Commission had proposed imprisonment for not less than seven years but which may extend to imprisonment for life for those guilty of question paper leaks
UPTET candidates outside an examination centre in Moradabad, UP. The exam was cancelled on Sunday after a question paper leak. (PTI PHOTO)
UPTET candidates outside an examination centre in Moradabad, UP. The exam was cancelled on Sunday after a question paper leak. (PTI PHOTO)
Published on Nov 29, 2021 11:50 PM IST
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By, Lucknow

Nirmala Sitharaman says advance instalment of tax devolution to states will remove hindrances in infra development

Income tax returns filed in east UP region have gone up nearly six fold, says Union finance minister in Lucknow
Union finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman at a function in Lucknow on Friday. (PTI PHOTO)
Union finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman at a function in Lucknow on Friday. (PTI PHOTO)
Updated on Nov 27, 2021 12:56 AM IST
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By, Lucknow

ECI to take a call soon on biennial legislative council elections in Uttar Pradesh

It remains to be seen whether the legislative council polls will precede the Uttar Pradesh assembly elections or be held after them
The term of the members elected to the Uttar Pradesh legislative council from the local authorities’ area ends on March 7, 2022. On the other hand, the term of the Uttar Pradesh assembly (17th Vidhan Sabha) ends on May 14, 2022. (FILE PHOTO)
The term of the members elected to the Uttar Pradesh legislative council from the local authorities’ area ends on March 7, 2022. On the other hand, the term of the Uttar Pradesh assembly (17th Vidhan Sabha) ends on May 14, 2022. (FILE PHOTO)
Published on Nov 25, 2021 11:56 PM IST
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By, Lucknow
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