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Rajnath is up against the Alliance candidate Poonam Sinha, whose daughter and actor Sonakshi Sinha and actor-turned-politician husband Shatrughan Sinha are drumming up support for her, and Congress’s nominee Pramod Krishnam.(HT Photo)

Lok Sabha elections 2019: “Nothing wrong in praising army during polls,” home minister Rajnath Singh

By Manish Chandra Pandey | Hindustan Times, Lucknow
UPDATED ON MAY 05, 2019 12:21 PM IST
In a poll season marred by ‘Ali vs Bajrang Bali’ controversy, Rajnath has blended his campaign with temple visits, sandwiched by visits to Muslim clerics and churches.
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Describing the flags of SP and BSP as those of goons, Adityanath said those who play with the honour of women will either land in jail or be eliminated.(HT Photo)
Describing the flags of SP and BSP as those of goons, Adityanath said those who play with the honour of women will either land in jail or be eliminated.(HT Photo)

Lok Sabha elections 2019: Ban ends, Yogi brings up Bajrang Bali, Balakot and ‘Babur ki aulad’

By S Raju | Hindustan Times, Meerut
PUBLISHED ON APR 20, 2019 02:14 AM IST
The chief minister’s comment prompted Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav to demand that the Election Commission ban Adityanath from campaigning again.
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The chief minister has visited temples in Lucknow, Ayodhya, Balrampur and Varanasi after the ban came into force on Tuesday morning.(HT Photo)
The chief minister has visited temples in Lucknow, Ayodhya, Balrampur and Varanasi after the ban came into force on Tuesday morning.(HT Photo)

Lok Sabha elections 2019: Ban ends today, Yogi to address first rally at Sambhal after temple run

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, Lucknow/Varanasi
PUBLISHED ON APR 19, 2019 08:06 AM IST
Adityanath, who had sparked a controversy with his Ali vs Bajrang Bali remark, will visit the Aliganj Hanuman temple in Lucknow on Friday. Then, he will go to Sambhal where he is scheduled to visit the Kaila Devi temple.
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Poll talk banned, BJP’s Yogi Adityanath turns to Hanuman Chalisa(HT Photo)
Poll talk banned, BJP’s Yogi Adityanath turns to Hanuman Chalisa(HT Photo)

Lok Sabha elections 2019: Poll talk banned, BJP’s Yogi Adityanath turns to Hanuman Chalisa

By Manish Chandra Pandey | New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAY 01, 2020 05:39 PM IST
Adityanath, who is also the chief priest of Gorakhnath temple in eastern Uttar Pradesh, was at the temple for nearly 25 minutes where he recited Hanuman Chalisa.
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The mention of Lord Hanuman has become part of the political discourse in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.(HT File / Photo used for representational purpose only)
The mention of Lord Hanuman has become part of the political discourse in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.(HT File / Photo used for representational purpose only)

Lok Sabha Elections 2019: Bajrang Bali gets into political discourse

By Manish Chandra Pandey | Hindustan Times, Lucknow
UPDATED ON APR 15, 2019 10:57 AM IST
Since the last week, Bajrang Bali or lord Hanuman, has found a liberal mention on political stage in the speeches of many leaders including UP chief minister Yogi Adityanath and BSP chief Mayawati.
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(HT File)
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Lok Sabha Elections 2019: BJP will get neither Ali’s vote nor Bajrang Bali’s, says Mayawati

By Rajat Rai | Hindustan Times, Badaun, Badaun
UPDATED ON APR 14, 2019 09:07 AM IST
Recently Yogi stirred a controversy with his statement “Agar Congress, SP, BSP ko Ali par vishwas hai toh hume Bajrang Bali par vishwas hai (If Congress, SP, BSP have faith in Ali, we have faith in Bajrang Bali).
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Mayawati made the comments at an election campaign rally along with Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav, during what was the second joint rally between the two leaders.(PTI)
Mayawati made the comments at an election campaign rally along with Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav, during what was the second joint rally between the two leaders.(PTI)

Lok Sabha elections 2019: Both Ali,Bajrang Bali are ours: Mayawati on Yogi Adityanath’s barb

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, Badaun
PUBLISHED ON APR 13, 2019 11:26 PM IST
The election commission had on Thursday issued notices to Adityanath as well as Mayawati for their “Ali” and “Bajrang Bali” references, which complainants to the commission said were attempts at using religion for campaigning.
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Adityanath had used the Ali-Bajrang Bali formulation last year as well after Congress leader Kamal Nath allegedly said the support of 90 % of Muslim voters was needed for the Congress to win the Madhya Pradesh assembly polls.
Adityanath had used the Ali-Bajrang Bali formulation last year as well after Congress leader Kamal Nath allegedly said the support of 90 % of Muslim voters was needed for the Congress to win the Madhya Pradesh assembly polls.

Adityanath stokes controversy with Ali-Bajrang Bali remark

By Press Trust of India | Meerut
UPDATED ON APR 09, 2019 11:37 PM IST
Attacking Bahujan Samaj Party leader Mayawati for recently appealing to Muslims to vote for the opposition alliance in Uttar Pradesh, Adityanath said now the Hindus have “no option” but to vote for the BJP.
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Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath had said Hanuman was a forest dweller, deprived and a Dalit.(PTI)
Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath had said Hanuman was a forest dweller, deprived and a Dalit.(PTI)
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Uttar Pradesh state Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath (right) sits with Swami Hanshdevacharya, in Allahabad, Sunday, Dec. 2, 2018.(AP)
Uttar Pradesh state Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath (right) sits with Swami Hanshdevacharya, in Allahabad, Sunday, Dec. 2, 2018.(AP)

People with no knowledge of religion criticising me, says Yogi Adityanath

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, Prayagraj, Prayagraj
UPDATED ON DEC 03, 2018 11:02 AM IST
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During a poll rally in Malakheda of Alwar district on Tuesday, Adityanath had reportedly said, “Hanuman was a forest dweller, deprived and a Dalit(PTI)
During a poll rally in Malakheda of Alwar district on Tuesday, Adityanath had reportedly said, “Hanuman was a forest dweller, deprived and a Dalit(PTI)

Legal notice sent to Yogi for ‘calling Hanuman a Dalit’

By Press Trust of India | Jaipur, Jaipur
UPDATED ON DEC 03, 2018 11:03 AM IST
Rajasthan Sarv Brahmin Mahasabha president Suresh Mishra has now sent a notice to Adityanath, accusing him of dragging Lord Hanuman’s caste for political gain for the BJP in Rajasthan where assembly polls will be held on December 7.
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