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Former Union minister Ajit Singh.(ANI)

Ajit Singh: From IIT grad to India’s beloved farm leader

By Brajendra K Parashar, Lucknow
UPDATED ON MAY 07, 2021 01:57 AM IST
Ajit Singh, the son of former prime minister Charan Singh who was known as north India’s tallest farmer leader, was diagnosed with Covid-19 on April 20.
Former Union minister and RLD chief Chaudhary Ajit Singh. (File Photo / HT)
Former Union minister and RLD chief Chaudhary Ajit Singh. (File Photo / HT)

Chaudhary Ajit Singh, former Union minister, dies of Covid-19

By hindustantimes.com | Written by Joydeep Bose
PUBLISHED ON MAY 06, 2021 09:16 AM IST
Chaudhary Ajit Singh, the founder and chief of the Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD), was the son of the late Chaudhary Charan Singh, former Prime Minister of India. Ajit Singh passed away of Covid-19 at the age of 82, news agencies reported on Thursday.
Jayant Chaudhary also accused the government of not paying sugarcane farmers' pending dues. (PTI Photo)
Jayant Chaudhary also accused the government of not paying sugarcane farmers' pending dues. (PTI Photo)

RLD hits out at Yogi Adityanath government for not increasing sugarcane SAP

By HT Correspondent | Edited by Abhinav Sahay
PUBLISHED ON FEB 16, 2021 09:48 AM IST
  • RLD leader Jayant Chaudhary alleged that the government wanted to decrease the SAP this year but could not dare do this because of ongoing farmers’ agitation.
“How can one name farmers as traitors?” asked Chaudhary at a mahapanchayat at a college ground in Mathura district.(ANI)
“How can one name farmers as traitors?” asked Chaudhary at a mahapanchayat at a college ground in Mathura district.(ANI)

RLD leader Jayant Chaudhary urges farmers to stay united

By HT Correspondent, Agra
PUBLISHED ON JAN 31, 2021 05:04 AM IST
“We have to stay united in this fight and maintain our cool,” said Chaudhary. He informed the gathering that his father and RLD president Ajit Singh had spoken to Tikait on the phone and assured him all support.
RLD president Ajit Singh(Sunil Saxena/HT Photos)
RLD president Ajit Singh(Sunil Saxena/HT Photos)

Govt making it an issue of bloated ego, says RLD president Ajit Singh

By Brajendra K Parashar, Hindustan Times, New Delhi/chandigarh
UPDATED ON JAN 30, 2021 04:00 AM IST
  • Singh said that farmers have risen against the Modi government and are convinced that the intention behind the three farm laws is to benefit corporates.
Mathura: Rashtriya Lok Dal Vice-president Jayant Chaudhary addresses 'Kisan Panchayat' in Mathura, Monday, Oct. 12, 2020. (PTI Photo)
Mathura: Rashtriya Lok Dal Vice-president Jayant Chaudhary addresses 'Kisan Panchayat' in Mathura, Monday, Oct. 12, 2020. (PTI Photo)

News updates from Hindustan Times: SP and RLD may forge long term alliance in Uttar Pradesh and all the latest news

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By hindustantimes.com
UPDATED ON OCT 13, 2020 01:00 PM IST
Here are today’s top news, analysis and opinion. Know all about the latest news and other news updates from Hindustan Times.
Samajwadi Party (SP) leader and former Lok Sabha member, Dharmendra Yadav addressed the crowd at the Loktantra Bachao Rally organised by Rashtriya Lok Dal vice president, Jayant Chaudhary in Muzaffarnagar on October 8.
Samajwadi Party (SP) leader and former Lok Sabha member, Dharmendra Yadav addressed the crowd at the Loktantra Bachao Rally organised by Rashtriya Lok Dal vice president, Jayant Chaudhary in Muzaffarnagar on October 8.

Amid fluid opposition tie-ups in UP, SP-RLD may forge long-term alliance

Hindustan Times, Lucknow | By Pankaj Jaiswal
UPDATED ON OCT 13, 2020 12:48 PM IST
The Samajwadi Party and the Rashtriya Lok Dal are contesting the assembly bypolls in Uttar Pradesh in alliance and both parties say the partnership will continue for the 2022 state election.
Video footage shows cops raining lathis as RLD cadre formed a protective ring around Jayant Chaudhary. (Videograb)
Video footage shows cops raining lathis as RLD cadre formed a protective ring around Jayant Chaudhary. (Videograb)

11 RLD leaders booked for protest against lathi charge on Jayant Chaudhary

Hindustan Times, Meerut | By S Raju
UPDATED ON OCT 06, 2020 08:06 PM IST
Party leaders and workers had staged a dharna on National Highway 58 and blocked movement of traffic to protest against the assault on Jayant Choudhary and party supporters in Hathras on Sunday.
A convention was organised in support of ‘Greater Delhi’ movement in Meerut on October 13, 2019.(HT Photo)
A convention was organised in support of ‘Greater Delhi’ movement in Meerut on October 13, 2019.(HT Photo)

Harit Pradesh passé, demand for ‘Greater Delhi’ picks up pace

Hindustan Times, Meerut | By S Raju, Meerut
PUBLISHED ON NOV 08, 2019 02:07 PM IST
The demand for a separate state of ‘Greater Delhi’ is in existence since independence with names such as Kisan Pradesh, Indraprastha and Harit Pradesh. Like Kisan Pradesh and Indraprastha, the demand for Harit Pradesh, which was led by Rashtriya Lok Dal chief Ajit Singh, lost its momentum in the past few years.
The BJP also plans to tell the people that not just in western UP, but in eastern part of the state too, the government’s initiatives were transforming the fate of sugarcane farmers.(HT Photo)
The BJP also plans to tell the people that not just in western UP, but in eastern part of the state too, the government’s initiatives were transforming the fate of sugarcane farmers.(HT Photo)

BJP looks to connect with cane farmers in western UP

Hindustan Times, Lucknow | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON NOV 03, 2019 05:49 AM IST
Chief minister Yogi Adityanath is expected in Baghpat on Monday for the launch of the new crushing season of the Ramala sugar mill there as the BJP looks to connect with sugarcane farmers in western UP.
Mayawati said the Congress has once again shown how untrustworthy it is. She added it amounted to cheating with the BSP movement even as her party offered the Congress unconditional support.(HT FILE)
Mayawati said the Congress has once again shown how untrustworthy it is. She added it amounted to cheating with the BSP movement even as her party offered the Congress unconditional support.(HT FILE)

Mayawati hits out at Congress after defection of six Rajasthan MLAs

Lucknow | By HT Correspondent
PUBLISHED ON SEP 18, 2019 03:50 AM IST
Mayawati accused the Congress of harming the parties that support it instead of fighting its bitter rivals.
A senior Congress leader said all the BSP lawmakers were in talks with Gehlot. (Photo @ashokgehlot51)
A senior Congress leader said all the BSP lawmakers were in talks with Gehlot. (Photo @ashokgehlot51)

Gehlot sealed script for shocker to Mayawati at a quiet Saturday dinner

Hindustan Times, Jaipur | By Sachin Saini
UPDATED ON SEP 17, 2019 07:05 PM IST
Late on Monday evening, the BSP’s six lawmakers had handed over affidavits to state assembly speaker CP Joshi to merge the legislative party with the Congress. A formal announcement was made shortly before midnight.
Despite coming together of BSP and SP, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was able to win 64 of the 80 seats in the state. This was a moment for Ms Mayawati — as well as other parties from north India, from the SP to the Rashtriya Janata Dal to the Rashtriya Lok Dal, all of whom espouse the cause of social justice — to introspect(PTI)
Despite coming together of BSP and SP, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was able to win 64 of the 80 seats in the state. This was a moment for Ms Mayawati — as well as other parties from north India, from the SP to the Rashtriya Janata Dal to the Rashtriya Lok Dal, all of whom espouse the cause of social justice — to introspect(PTI)

Mayawati’s decision shows an unwillingness to learn

Hindustan Times | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON JUN 24, 2019 08:34 PM IST
Many regional parties, like the BSP, have reduced themselves to family enterprises
Rashtriya Lok Dal party will now be contesting UP by-polls after Samajwadi Party and Bahujan Samaj Party announced the same.(PTI File Photo)
Rashtriya Lok Dal party will now be contesting UP by-polls after Samajwadi Party and Bahujan Samaj Party announced the same.(PTI File Photo)

After SP and BSP, now RLD says it will contest UP by-polls

Lucknow | By Panjak Jaiswal
UPDATED ON JUN 05, 2019 05:12 PM IST
The RLD leader said the seats his party contested in the Lok Sabha polls were all from the SP quota.
Rashtriya Lok Dal UP president Masood Ahmad, however, expressed hope that the ‘gathbandhan’ remains intact.(PTI File Photo)
Rashtriya Lok Dal UP president Masood Ahmad, however, expressed hope that the ‘gathbandhan’ remains intact.(PTI File Photo)

After SP, BSP, RLD says it will fight UP bypolls alone

Lucknow | By Press Trust of India
PUBLISHED ON JUN 05, 2019 12:36 PM IST
Rashtriya Lok Dal UP president Masood Ahmad expressed hope that the ‘gathbandhan’ will remain intact after announcing that it will fight the upcoming assembly bypolls alone.
Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) president Mayawati(PTI File Photo)
Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) president Mayawati(PTI File Photo)

Mayawati to go solo in bypolls in a bid to regain lost ground

Hindustan Times, Lucknow | By Rajesh Kumar Singh
UPDATED ON JUN 05, 2019 09:37 AM IST
Mayawati’s decision has surprised political observers as she had taken a policy decision, after losing power in 2012, to not contest any by-poll and focus on Lok Sabha and assembly polls
Samajwadi Party (SP) patriarch Mulayam Singh Yadav has credited workers of his party, as well as those from the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) for his victory from Mainpuri Lok Sabha constituency(HTPhoto)
Samajwadi Party (SP) patriarch Mulayam Singh Yadav has credited workers of his party, as well as those from the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) for his victory from Mainpuri Lok Sabha constituency(HTPhoto)

Mulayam thanks BSP, SP workers for Mainpuri win

Hindustan Times, Lucknow | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON MAY 28, 2019 07:34 AM IST
In a letter addressed to Mainpuri voters, as well as BSP and SP workers, Singh wrote: “I am thankful to the people of Mainpuri, the place that had been my ‘Karmbhoomi’, for letting me represent it for the fifth time.
CM Ashok Gehlot intrect with media person at his residence in jaipur on Wednesday(HT)
CM Ashok Gehlot intrect with media person at his residence in jaipur on Wednesday(HT)

BSP says it will continue supporting Gehlot Govt

Jaipur | By Press Trust of India
PUBLISHED ON MAY 27, 2019 06:03 PM IST
BSP MLA Wajib Ali said that BSP’s will continue to support the Congress-led government in Rajasthan
The SP-BSP-RLD contested on 78 Lok Sabha seats barring Amethi and Rae Bareli.
The SP-BSP-RLD contested on 78 Lok Sabha seats barring Amethi and Rae Bareli.

UP alliance’s vote share declined on 51 seats

Hindustan Times, Lucknow | By Saurabh Chauhan, Lucknow
PUBLISHED ON MAY 27, 2019 03:47 PM IST
The Samajwadi Party, the Bahujan Samaj Party and the Rashtriya Lok Dal had joined hands before the Lok Sabha polls in the hope that their combined vote share would enable them to defeat the Bharatiya Janata Party. The election results, however, proved otherwise as the alliance’s vote share declined in 51 Lok Sabha constituencies. In 15 constituencies, the decline was by over 10%.
Samajwadi Party President Akhilesh Yadav and Bahujan Samajwadi Party chief Mayawati at latter's residence, in Lucknow, Monday, May 20, 2019.(PTI)
Samajwadi Party President Akhilesh Yadav and Bahujan Samajwadi Party chief Mayawati at latter's residence, in Lucknow, Monday, May 20, 2019.(PTI)

BSP chief Mayawati says alliance with SP and RLD will continue

Hindustan Times, Lucknow | By HT Correspondent, Lucknow
PUBLISHED ON MAY 27, 2019 10:07 AM IST
Mayawati will meet the alliance partners SP and RLD as well as leaders of other opposition parties in the national capital.
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)
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) faced its biggest challenge in the state of Uttar Pradesh in these elections. This was because of an alliance between the Samajwadi party (SP), Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) and the Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD).(REUTERS)
The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) faced its biggest challenge in the state of Uttar Pradesh in these elections. This was because of an alliance between the Samajwadi party (SP), Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) and the Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD).(REUTERS)

Once neck-and-neck, BJP now opens up big vote share lead on opposition alliance in UP

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Abhishek Jha
UPDATED ON MAY 24, 2019 08:36 AM IST
In 2014, the combined vote share of these three parties was 42.7%, compared to the 42.3% polled by the alliance of the BJP and Apna Dal . Out of the 73 seats won by the BJP-led alliance (71 by the BJP alone) in 2014, 38 were spoiler aided victories.
Even as the saffron wave swept the state, the alliance of the Samajwadi Party, Bahujan Samaj Party, and the Rashtriya Lok Dal alliance put up a fight in West UP winning at least half of the 14 seats of Meerut, Moradabad and Saharanpur divisions.(ANI)
Even as the saffron wave swept the state, the alliance of the Samajwadi Party, Bahujan Samaj Party, and the Rashtriya Lok Dal alliance put up a fight in West UP winning at least half of the 14 seats of Meerut, Moradabad and Saharanpur divisions.(ANI)

Lok Sabha election 2019: SP-BSP-RLD alliance wrests back 7 West UP seats from BJP

Meerut | By S Raju
UPDATED ON MAY 24, 2019 08:13 AM IST
In the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, the BJP swept all 14 seats in the region, but this time its candidates felt the pressure of the caste calculus of the alliance.
A security personnel keeps guard outside sealed strong rooms where electronic voting machines (EVM) are kept, in Ahmedabad, India, May 21, 2019.(REUTERS)
A security personnel keeps guard outside sealed strong rooms where electronic voting machines (EVM) are kept, in Ahmedabad, India, May 21, 2019.(REUTERS)

Lok Sabha Elections 2019: Opposition parties ask cadres to keep strict vigil at strongrooms, counting centres

Hindustan Times, Lucknow | By HT Correspondent, Lucknow
UPDATED ON MAY 22, 2019 11:24 AM IST
Samajwadi Party state president Naresh Uttam Patel asked the alliance candidates in all constituencies to deploy volunteers in eight-hour shifts so that they can ensure 24x7 vigilance.
Among the 10 candidates in the fray, the main contest was between Sanjeev Baliyan of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Rashtriya Lok Dal’s (RLD) Ajit Singh, who was part of the grand alliance that also includes the Samajwadi Party and the Bahujan Samaj Party.(AFP file photo)
Among the 10 candidates in the fray, the main contest was between Sanjeev Baliyan of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Rashtriya Lok Dal’s (RLD) Ajit Singh, who was part of the grand alliance that also includes the Samajwadi Party and the Bahujan Samaj Party.(AFP file photo)

Shadow of riots, Dalit discontent mark voter in Muzzafarnagar

Hindustan Times, Muzaffarnagar | By S Raju
UPDATED ON MAY 21, 2019 12:42 PM IST
In 2013, communal riots here claimed the lives of 64 persons, and displaced 50,000, forcing many Muslims to flee their villages and live in shelter camps
The exit polls predicted a wide range for the Bharatiya Janata Party in Uttar Pradesh, which sends 80 representatives to Parliament: from 33 to 68, although the general direction of the guesstimates suggest that the BJP will win the most seats in the state.(Sameer Sehgal/Hindustan Times)
The exit polls predicted a wide range for the Bharatiya Janata Party in Uttar Pradesh, which sends 80 representatives to Parliament: from 33 to 68, although the general direction of the guesstimates suggest that the BJP will win the most seats in the state.(Sameer Sehgal/Hindustan Times)

Lok Sabha elections 2019: Surveys divided on impact of SP-BSP alliance in Uttar Pradesh

New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON MAY 19, 2019 11:52 PM IST
To be sure, exit polls can be wrong, although they have been directionally correct four out of the last five times when it comes to parliamentary elections.
The Bahujan Samaj Party and the Indian National Congress, potential allies not so long ago, are now busy trading charges.(File Photo)
The Bahujan Samaj Party and the Indian National Congress, potential allies not so long ago, are now busy trading charges.(File Photo)

December dinner indicated Congress, BSP won’t partner

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Sunetra Choudhury
UPDATED ON MAY 06, 2019 08:40 AM IST
In December, at least a month before the alliance of the SP, BSP, and RLD was announced, and ahead of the announcement of the results of the assembly elections in five states, BSP chief Mayawati received a request.
Former Uttar Pradesh chief minister and Samajwadi Party (SP) chief Akhilesh Yadav on Saturday introduced a “baba(Photo: Twitter/@yadavakhilesh)
Former Uttar Pradesh chief minister and Samajwadi Party (SP) chief Akhilesh Yadav on Saturday introduced a “baba(Photo: Twitter/@yadavakhilesh)

Lok Sabha elections 2019: Why Akhilesh Yadav is travelling with Yogi Adityanath lookalike in UP

New Delhi | By Asian News International
UPDATED ON MAY 04, 2019 07:13 PM IST
The ‘baba’ donned a saffron attire as Adityanath does and also had his head shaved in a similar fashion. However, his face is not visible. Baba can be seen accompanying Yadav in the pictures shared by latter on his twitter handle.

Lok Sabha elections 2019: Alliance arithmetic may make it difficult for BJP to repeat 2014 feat

Hindustan Times, Kanpur | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON NOV 04, 2019 03:14 PM IST
The outcome in this region will largely depend on caste alignments, particularly of the Other Backward Classes and the Dalits. The BJP has not fielded its sitting MPs in three (Etawah, Hardoi and Misrikh) out of four reserved seats. In all, the BJP has changed six candidates in the 13 seats that will be voting.
The SP chief’s tweet came at a time when movie buffs across the world are making a beeline for tickets to the latest Avengers movie(ANI)
The SP chief’s tweet came at a time when movie buffs across the world are making a beeline for tickets to the latest Avengers movie(ANI)

Amid ‘Avengers’ craze, Akhilesh Yadav sees BJP’s ‘Endgame’

Lucknow | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON APR 27, 2019 02:22 PM IST
Akhilesh Yadav’s tweet assumes significance against the backdrop of three political parties -- the Samajwadi Party, the Bahujan Samaj Party and the Rashtriya Lok Dal -- coming together in Uttar Pradesh against the BJP in the Lok Sabha elections.
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