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Raj Kumar Pal, a district level BJP functionary who was earlier with the Samajwadi Party, will be contesting the Pratapgarh assembly on the Apna Dal (S) symbol.(HT Photo)

Battle for bypolls: BJP springs last-minute surprise, decides to field its candidate on ally Apna Dal (S) ticket in UP’s Pratapgarh

Lucknow | By Manish Chandra Pandey, Lucknow
UPDATED ON SEP 30, 2019 05:56 AM IST
Raj Kumar Pal, a district level BJP functionary who was earlier with the Samajwadi Party, will be contesting the Pratapgarh assembly on the Apna Dal (S) symbol.
The accused, before leaving the woman on the spot, threatened her of dire consequences if she disclosed the matter, Dhama said. Police is interrogating the arrested men and a search is on for the third accused, he said.(HT image)
The accused, before leaving the woman on the spot, threatened her of dire consequences if she disclosed the matter, Dhama said. Police is interrogating the arrested men and a search is on for the third accused, he said.(HT image)

Woman offered lift, gang-raped by three in car in UP

Muzaffarnagar | By Press Trust of India
PUBLISHED ON AUG 21, 2019 02:15 AM IST
Based on the survivor’s complaint, two of the accused have been arrested, while the third one is absconding, Station house officer Yashpal Dhama said.
Police registered on Monday a case against Uttar Pradesh’s Samajwadi Party (SP) lawmaker Nahid Hasan(AFP File Photo)
Police registered on Monday a case against Uttar Pradesh’s Samajwadi Party (SP) lawmaker Nahid Hasan(AFP File Photo)

SP lawmaker Nahid Hasan booked after call to boycott traders with BJP links

Hindustan Times, Meerut | By S Raju
UPDATED ON JUL 23, 2019 03:04 PM IST
In the video, Hasan, who represents western Uttar Pradesh’s Kairana in the state assembly, is seen interacting with a group of his supporters. He is purportedly heard requesting them with folded hands against making purchases from the BJP-affiliated traders.
The long list of winning constituencies of the BJP also includes Gorakhpur, Phulpur and the Kairana parliamentary seats.(PTI)
The long list of winning constituencies of the BJP also includes Gorakhpur, Phulpur and the Kairana parliamentary seats.(PTI)
In the normal course of politics, by-elections generate little interest. But when the results of two bypolls in eastern Uttar Pradesh were declared in March last year, they shocked Indian political watchers.(ANI)
In the normal course of politics, by-elections generate little interest. But when the results of two bypolls in eastern Uttar Pradesh were declared in March last year, they shocked Indian political watchers.(ANI)

Lok Sabha election 2019: Gathbandhan math loses to BJP appeal

Lucknow | By Pankaj Jaiswal and Rajesh Kumar Singh
PUBLISHED ON MAY 24, 2019 12:02 AM IST
The arithmetic did not add up on Thursday as the BJP comfortably defeated the SP-BSP-RLD alliance across all regions of the state, including in Gorakhpur, Phulpur and Kairana.
Lok Sabha elections 2019: Polling in 8 constituencies of Uttar Pradesh passes off peacefully(AFP)
Lok Sabha elections 2019: Polling in 8 constituencies of Uttar Pradesh passes off peacefully(AFP)

Lok Sabha elections 2019: Polling in 8 constituencies of Uttar Pradesh passes off peacefully

Lucknow | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON APR 12, 2019 08:16 AM IST
Chief Electoral Officer (CEO), Uttar Pradesh, L Venkateshwar Lu said in the 2014 general election 65.76% votes were polled in these eight constituencies.
When the situation spiralled out of control, the BSF personnel fired five shots in the air which led to panic.(NITIN KANOTRA)
When the situation spiralled out of control, the BSF personnel fired five shots in the air which led to panic.(NITIN KANOTRA)

In UP’s Kairana, BSF fires in air after people try to vote without ID cards

Press Trust of India, Kairana | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON APR 11, 2019 04:37 PM IST
To bring the situation under control, BSF personnel at the booth fired in the air, which led to chaos. Later, police personnel also reached the spot.
There was also a wave in favour of Narendra Modi in 2014 that helped the BJP net 71 of the state’s 80 seats, helping the BJP form the government at the Centre.(PTI)
There was also a wave in favour of Narendra Modi in 2014 that helped the BJP net 71 of the state’s 80 seats, helping the BJP form the government at the Centre.(PTI)

Lok Sabha elections 2019: In voting for first phase, big test for Akhilesh-Mayawati’s grand alliance

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON APR 11, 2019 11:32 AM IST
In the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, the BJP had won all the eight seats: Saharanpur, Kairana, Muzaffarnagar, Bijnor, Meerut, Baghpat, Ghaziabad and Gautam Buddh Nagar. That is when Mayawati’s Bahujan Samaj Party and Akhilesh Yadav’s Samajwadi Party were also on opposite side.
Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) candidate Tabassum Hasan with her supporters outside a counting centre after winning the Kairana Lok Sabha by-elections in Kairana May 2018.(PTI file photo)
Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) candidate Tabassum Hasan with her supporters outside a counting centre after winning the Kairana Lok Sabha by-elections in Kairana May 2018.(PTI file photo)

Lok Sabha elections 2019: Opposition alliance will aim to retain Uttar Pradesh’s Kairana constituency

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON APR 11, 2019 09:52 AM IST
Tabassum Hasan won the Kairana Lok Sabha seat as the opposition’s common candidate against the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in a by-election held on May 28.
A BJP supporter waves a party flag. Image for representation.(PTI file photo)
A BJP supporter waves a party flag. Image for representation.(PTI file photo)

Lok Sabha elections 2019: BJP gets new face for Kairana, seat it lost to opposition alliance last year

Lucknow | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON MAR 23, 2019 06:34 PM IST
The BJP Saturday declared names of three more Lok Sabha candidates for Uttar Pradesh, including from Kairana where the party lost face in a crucial bypoll last year.
The Bahujan Samaj Party chief Mayawati and theSamajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav during a press conference to announce their alliance for the 2019 general election, Lucknow, January 12(REUTERS)
The Bahujan Samaj Party chief Mayawati and theSamajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav during a press conference to announce their alliance for the 2019 general election, Lucknow, January 12(REUTERS)

SP-BSP alliance: The battle for the heartland

Hindustan Times | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON FEB 25, 2019 08:14 AM IST
The grand alliance has to ensure that the partnership at the top percolates down to the ground; that they have a common and coherent message; and that their voters remain united
Suheldev Bhartiya Samaj Party (SBSP), an ally of the ruling BJP in Uttar Pradesh, Sunday said the newly-formed SP-BSP alliance will put up a strong fight in this year’s Lok Sabha elections.(PTI)
Suheldev Bhartiya Samaj Party (SBSP), an ally of the ruling BJP in Uttar Pradesh, Sunday said the newly-formed SP-BSP alliance will put up a strong fight in this year’s Lok Sabha elections.(PTI)

‘SP-BSP alliance will put up a strong fight in Lok Sabha polls,’ says BJP ally Suheldev Bhartiya Samaj Party

Ballia (UP) | By Press Trust of India
PUBLISHED ON JAN 13, 2019 03:40 PM IST
Suheldev Bhartiya Samaj Party chief Om Prakash Rajbhar said the BJP could see the result of the wrong perception of saffron wave across the state during the Lok Sabha bypolls when it lost the Gorakhpur, Phoolpur and Kairana, and Noorpur assembly seat.
Sugar mills, which are supposed to pay farmers, blame the non-payment on unsold sugar stocks and fall in sugar prices(HT Photo)
Sugar mills, which are supposed to pay farmers, blame the non-payment on unsold sugar stocks and fall in sugar prices(HT Photo)

Don’t blame farmers for being unreasonable

Hindustan Times | By Roshan Kishore
PUBLISHED ON SEP 14, 2018 01:24 PM IST
The problem in these sectors is rooted in a prolonged mismatch in demand and supply. If sugar mills and dairies start going bankrupt because they cannot sell sugar and milk powder, even successful institutions and mechanisms such as cooperatives for dairies and fair and remunerative prices for sugarcane are bound to lose their relevance
Vegetables lie scattered on a road as farmers protest, Hisar, Haryana, June 03, 2018(PTI)
Vegetables lie scattered on a road as farmers protest, Hisar, Haryana, June 03, 2018(PTI)

E-mandis can work but many pitfalls remain

By Mark Tully
PUBLISHED ON JUN 16, 2018 04:21 PM IST
The e-mandis proposed by the Centre are likely to be opposed by the state governments that guard their agricultural policy zealously
Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) candidate Tabassum Hasan outside a counting centre after winning the Lok Sabha by-elections, in Kairana May 31(PTI)
Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) candidate Tabassum Hasan outside a counting centre after winning the Lok Sabha by-elections, in Kairana May 31(PTI)

Can the Kairana winner usher in a new era for Muslim women?

By Syeda Hameed
UPDATED ON JUN 11, 2018 05:41 PM IST
Despite the global atmosphere of antipathy to Muslims, Tabassum Hasan has turned the myth on its head
(L to R): Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis, Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray, BJP president Amit Shah and Uddhav’s son Aditya Thackeray, Bandra, Mumbai, June 6, 2018(Pravin Waradkar /HT)
(L to R): Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis, Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray, BJP president Amit Shah and Uddhav’s son Aditya Thackeray, Bandra, Mumbai, June 6, 2018(Pravin Waradkar /HT)

For NDA and Opposition, Ekla chalo re is no longer a stirring song

UPDATED ON JUN 08, 2018 12:20 PM IST
As Karnataka and now Kairana have shown, the notion of political invincibility is also part of a myth-making factory. Modi and his lieutenant Amit Shah have built a larger than life image for themselves by convincing the Opposition that they are indestructible. But even seemingly unbeatable rivals can be outplayed provided there is sufficient self-belief
Supporters of Rashtriya Lok Dal candidate Tabassum Hasan outside a counting centre after winning the Kairana Lok Sabha by-elections in Kairana on May 3 1, 2018.(PTI Photo)
Supporters of Rashtriya Lok Dal candidate Tabassum Hasan outside a counting centre after winning the Kairana Lok Sabha by-elections in Kairana on May 3 1, 2018.(PTI Photo)

Except BJP, all defeated candidates lose their deposits in Kairana bypoll

Press Trust of India, Muzaffarnagar | By Press Trust of India
PUBLISHED ON JUN 01, 2018 06:43 PM IST
Joint opposition candidate Rashtriya Lok Dal’s Tabassum Hasan won the Kairana Lok Sabha seat defeating BJP’s Mriganka Singh by a margin of 44,618 votes.
NCP workers celebrate their party's success in Bhandara–Gondiya Lok Sabha by-elections in Bhandara district of Maharashtra on Thursday.(PTI)
NCP workers celebrate their party's success in Bhandara–Gondiya Lok Sabha by-elections in Bhandara district of Maharashtra on Thursday.(PTI)

14 bypolls, one message: United Opposition can dent BJP’s 2014 seat tally

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Roshan Kishore
UPDATED ON JUN 01, 2018 11:30 AM IST
In a blow to the Bharatiya Janata Party, the Opposition parties emerged victorious in 11 of 14 Lok Sabha and Assembly bypolls.
Rashtriya Lok Dal candidate Tabassum Hasan with her supporters outside a counting centre after winning the Kairana Lok Sabha by-elections, in Kairana on Thursday.(PTI)
Rashtriya Lok Dal candidate Tabassum Hasan with her supporters outside a counting centre after winning the Kairana Lok Sabha by-elections, in Kairana on Thursday.(PTI)

Why polarisation may still drive poll choices in west Uttar Pradesh

New Delhi, Hindustan Times | By Roshan Kishore
UPDATED ON JUN 01, 2018 10:04 AM IST
An HT analysis of demographics and election results shows that bulk of the non-Dalit Hindu population might still be consolidated behind the BJP.
Supporters of Rashtriya Lok Dal candidate Tabassum Hasan outside a counting centre after winning the Kairana Lok Sabha by-elections on Thursday.(PTI Photo)
Supporters of Rashtriya Lok Dal candidate Tabassum Hasan outside a counting centre after winning the Kairana Lok Sabha by-elections on Thursday.(PTI Photo)

Kairana bypoll result: How strategy of ‘Opposition unity’ ensured BJP’s defeat

New Delhi, Hindustan Times | By Neelanjan Sircar
UPDATED ON JUN 01, 2018 09:07 PM IST
The Kairana Lok Sabha bypoll results showed the coalition of opposition parties garnered 51.2% of the vote and defeated the BJP by more than 40,000 votes
File photo of Jayant Chaudhary, the Rashtriya Lok Dal vice-president.(Arvind Yadav/HT PHOTO)
File photo of Jayant Chaudhary, the Rashtriya Lok Dal vice-president.(Arvind Yadav/HT PHOTO)

Kairana win marks re-emergence of kisan politics at national level, says RLD vice-president Jayant Chaudhary

New Delhi, Hindustan Times | By Prashant Jha
UPDATED ON MAY 31, 2018 10:59 PM IST
RLD vice-president Jayant Chaudhary says Kairana is in a region marked by communal violence and the outcome is the beginning of a new chapter.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP president Amit Shah at the BJP headquarters.(Vipin Kumar/HT File Photo)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP president Amit Shah at the BJP headquarters.(Vipin Kumar/HT File Photo)

Kairana bypoll results blot BJP’s election playbook ahead of 2019 Lok Sabha test

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON MAY 31, 2018 10:00 PM IST
The BJP won two of four seats in the Lok Sabha bypolls, and just one of 10 seats in the assembly by-elections, while losing the critical Kairana seat in Uttar Pradesh
Rashtriya Lok Dal candidate Tabassum Hasan outside the counting centre after winning the Kairana Lok Sabha by-election, Kairana, May 31, 2018(PTI)
Rashtriya Lok Dal candidate Tabassum Hasan outside the counting centre after winning the Kairana Lok Sabha by-election, Kairana, May 31, 2018(PTI)

Opposition’s victory in Kairana defeats apartheid against Muslims in Uttar Pradesh | Opinion

Hindustan Times | By Vinod Sharma
UPDATED ON MAY 31, 2018 09:19 PM IST
It’s hard to miss the socio-political import of RLD candidate Tabassum Hasan’s victory against the BJP’s Mriganka Singh in Kairana. Together with the Noorpur assembly seat the Samajwadi Party wrested from the BJP, the Opposition’s gain is way bigger than the legislative presence it secured at the expense of the ruling dispensation
RLD Party workers celebrate the victory of its candidate Tabassum Hasan for the Kairana Lok Sabha seat, Lucknow, May 31, 2018(Subhankar Chakraborty/HT)
RLD Party workers celebrate the victory of its candidate Tabassum Hasan for the Kairana Lok Sabha seat, Lucknow, May 31, 2018(Subhankar Chakraborty/HT)

It will be an arithmetic vs chemistry battle in 2019

Hindustan Times | By Prashant Jha
UPDATED ON MAY 31, 2018 08:09 PM IST
If the next general election becomes about local arithmetic, the BJP will find it incredibly challenging to retain its dominance and could well be in trouble. If it remains about national chemistry, the party has a much higher chance of success, with the Opposition having to confront a major challenge
Voters outside the Kairana parliamentary constituency, Shamli, May 30(PTI)
Voters outside the Kairana parliamentary constituency, Shamli, May 30(PTI)

What the latest round of Lok Sabha and assembly bypoll results point to

Hindustan Times | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON MAY 31, 2018 08:07 PM IST
While factors such as high fuel prices or the agrarian crisis may have played a part, the main drivers of the results were alliance arithmetic and local factors. Time and again, coalitions in India have proven the strength of groupings in elections in a first-past-the-post system. And time and again, such alliances have proved fleeting. The byelection results is a clear indication for opposition parties of the gains they could make in 2019 if they can keep it together.
Hasan, 47, defeated BJP candidate Mriganka Singh, whose father Hukum Dev Singh held the seat before his death.(HT Photo)
Hasan, 47, defeated BJP candidate Mriganka Singh, whose father Hukum Dev Singh held the seat before his death.(HT Photo)

Kairana result will change politics before 2019 elections, says Tabassum Hasan, RLD candidate who won

Hindustan Times, Meerut | By S Raju
UPDATED ON JUN 01, 2018 08:47 AM IST
Rashtriya Lok Dal leader Tabassum Hasan won the Kairana Lok Sabha seat as the Opposition’s common candidate against the Bharatiya Janata Party
Samajwadi Party Chief Akhilesh Yadav addresses a press conference, in Lucknow.(PTI Photo)
Samajwadi Party Chief Akhilesh Yadav addresses a press conference, in Lucknow.(PTI Photo)

People have given BJP a befitting reply in UP bypolls, says Akhilesh Yadav

Indo Asian News Service, Lucknow | By Indo Asian News Service
UPDATED ON MAY 31, 2018 09:21 PM IST
The SP leader congratulated the voters in Noorpur and Kairana. “This is a victory for the farmers, the neglected, the poor and the Dalits.”
Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) candidate Tabassum Hasan with her supporters after winning the Kairana Lok Sabha by-elections, in Kairana on May 31, 2018. Hasan was also supported by the Congress, Samajwadi Party and Bahujan Samaj Party.(PTI)
Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) candidate Tabassum Hasan with her supporters after winning the Kairana Lok Sabha by-elections, in Kairana on May 31, 2018. Hasan was also supported by the Congress, Samajwadi Party and Bahujan Samaj Party.(PTI)

Message from Kairana bypoll: Opposition unity works but social harmony may still be a far cry | Analysis

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Prashant Jha
UPDATED ON MAY 31, 2018 11:16 PM IST
The Kairana election has brought back the RLD and given it some political space. The party will remain limited to its west UP pockets.
People queue up to cast their votes in Noorpur assembly bypolls in Bijnor on May 28, 2018.(PTI)
People queue up to cast their votes in Noorpur assembly bypolls in Bijnor on May 28, 2018.(PTI)

Bypoll results in one box: BJP trails in two key Lok Sabha seats

New Delhi, Hindustan Times | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON MAY 31, 2018 07:00 PM IST
Early trends in four Lok Sabha and 10 assembly constituencies captured in a box.
People show their voter IDs as they wait in a queue to cast their vote during Kairana parliamentary constituency re-polls in Shamli on Wednesday.(PTI Photo)
People show their voter IDs as they wait in a queue to cast their vote during Kairana parliamentary constituency re-polls in Shamli on Wednesday.(PTI Photo)

Bypoll results: All eyes on Kairana, Palghar as counting of votes begins

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON MAY 31, 2018 08:45 AM IST
The BJP is determined to retain Kairana, which was in the news over the reported 2016 exodus of Hindu families, to send a message that its defeat in Gorakhpur and Phulpur was an aberration.
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