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Gandhinagar (Gujarat), March 12 (ANI): Congress President Rahul Gandhi addressing public meeting in Gandhinagar on Tuesday. (ANI Photo)(ANI)

General Elections 2019 Highlights| CPM thinks it can remain in power by unleashing violence, says Rahul Gandhi

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON MAR 14, 2019 10:39 PM IST

Congress President Rahul Gandhi formally launched the party’s Lok Sabha election 2019 campaign in Kerala today when heladdressed a huge rally of workers at Kozhikode.The Congress chief attended a series of programmes, beginning with the “fishermen’s parliament” at Triprayar in Thrissur.The national election will be held in seven rounds from 11 April and the results will be announced on May 23, the Election Commission said on Sunday. Voting will be held across India on April 11, April 19, April 23, April 29, May 6, May 12 and May 19.Read More| Lok Sabha elections 2019: PM’s nationalism card won’t work, says Punjab CM Captain Amarinder SinghHighlights:

After the meeting, Akhilesh tweeted: “Ek mulaqat mahaparivartan ke liye (A meeting for change)”.(Twitter)
After the meeting, Akhilesh tweeted: “Ek mulaqat mahaparivartan ke liye (A meeting for change)”.(Twitter)

Lok Sabha elections 2019: Akhilesh calls on Mayawati to put finishing touches to UP campaign plan

Hindustan Times, Lucknow | By Rajesh Kumar Singh
PUBLISHED ON MAR 14, 2019 02:25 AM IST
A day after BSP chief Mayawati snubbed the Congress over a pre-poll alliance for the Lok Sabha election, Samajwadi Party president Akhilesh Yadav held an hour-long meeting with the four-time former UP chief minister at her residence in Lucknow on Wednesday.
Mulayam Singh Yadav will be contesting from Mainpuri.(ANI)
Mulayam Singh Yadav will be contesting from Mainpuri.(ANI)

Samajwadi Party fields Mulayam from Mainpuri, puts all speculation to rest

Hindustan Times, Lucknow | By Pankaj Jaiswal
UPDATED ON MAR 08, 2019 02:40 PM IST
The party released its first list of six candidates -- three general and an equal number of reserved seats -- for the elections that are expected to be notified this weekend or early next week.
The BSP and Samajwadi party announced an alliance for fighting the Lok Sabha elections in Uttarakhand on Monday, Feb 25, 2019.(HT File Photo)
The BSP and Samajwadi party announced an alliance for fighting the Lok Sabha elections in Uttarakhand on Monday, Feb 25, 2019.(HT File Photo)

Our battle directly against BJP in Uttarakhand, says BSP day after pact with SP

Hindustan Times, Dehradun | By Kalyan Das
UPDATED ON FEB 27, 2019 02:27 PM IST
As per the agreement for 2019 Lok Sabha polls, the BSP would field its candidates on Tehri Garhwal, Almora, Nainital and Haridwar seats in Uttarakhand while the SP would field its candidate in Pauri Garhwal.
The BSP won two and SP one out of Madhya Pradesh’s 231 seats as the Congress wrested power from the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the state in December last year. The SP bagged 1.30% while the BSP got about five percent votes.(File Photo)
The BSP won two and SP one out of Madhya Pradesh’s 231 seats as the Congress wrested power from the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the state in December last year. The SP bagged 1.30% while the BSP got about five percent votes.(File Photo)

SP, BSP to jointly fight Lok Sabha elections in Madhya Pradesh and Uttarakhand

Hindustan Times, Lucknow/Bhopal/Dehradun | By Pankaj Jaiswal, Ranjan and Nihi Sharma
PUBLISHED ON FEB 26, 2019 12:08 AM IST
The SP will contest Balaghat, Tikamgarh and Khajuraho Lok Sabha seats in Madhya Pradesh. The BSP will contest the remaining 26 of the 29 seats. In Uttarakhand, SP will get Pauri Garhwal seat while BSP will contest Tehri Garhwal, Haridwar, Uddamsingh Nagar and Nainital seats.
Mayawati and Akhilesh Yadav on Monday announced a poll pact for MP and Uttarakhand.(Subhankar Chakraborty/HT PHOTO)
Mayawati and Akhilesh Yadav on Monday announced a poll pact for MP and Uttarakhand.(Subhankar Chakraborty/HT PHOTO)

After UP, Mayawati’s BSP and Akhilesh Yadav’s SP announce Lok Sabha poll pact for Madhya Pradesh, Uttarakhand

Hindustan Times, Lucknow | By Pankaj Jaiswal
UPDATED ON FEB 25, 2019 03:35 PM IST
The MP and Uttarakhand seat division announcement came a week after the two parties announced seat sharing in UP. In UP BSP will contest 38 seats, SP 37.
Samajwadi party Chief Akhilesh Yadav greets Bahujan Samaj Party supremo Mayawati on her 63rd birthday at her residence, in Lucknow on January 15.(HT File Photo)
Samajwadi party Chief Akhilesh Yadav greets Bahujan Samaj Party supremo Mayawati on her 63rd birthday at her residence, in Lucknow on January 15.(HT File Photo)

Lok Sabha elections 2019: Past performance propels seat-sharing pact of SP, BSP

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Abhishek Jha and Vijdan Mohammad Kawoosa
PUBLISHED ON FEB 22, 2019 11:35 PM IST
Out of the 80 Lok Sabha seats in the state, the BSP will contest 38 and the SP 37. The third partner in their alliance, the Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD), is expected to contest three seats.
Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati and Samajwadi Party president Akhilesh Yadav(Subhankar Chakraborty/HT PHOTO)
Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati and Samajwadi Party president Akhilesh Yadav(Subhankar Chakraborty/HT PHOTO)

Lok Sabha elections 2019: SP to contest 37 seats, BSP for 38 in UP

Hindustan Times, Lucknow | By Rajesh Kumar Singh and Pankaj Jaiswal, Lucknow
PUBLISHED ON FEB 22, 2019 02:04 PM IST
The Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD), the third partner in the alliance, is likely to contest three seats, according to an SP leader who did not want to be named
Of the 37 seats it got, many are at present represented by BJP stalwarts, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi.(HT File)
Of the 37 seats it got, many are at present represented by BJP stalwarts, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi.(HT File)

Onus more on SP to take on might of BJP top guns

Hindustan Times, Lucknow | By Rajesh Kumar Singh, Lucknow
PUBLISHED ON FEB 22, 2019 12:48 PM IST
If one takes a look at the constituencies given to it under a seat-sharing understanding with the BSP, the Samajwadi Party (SP) is poised to take on the might of BJP top guns in the Lok Sabha elections.
The two parties announced a tie-up for the parliamentary elections last month.(Subhankar Chakraborty/HT PHOTO)
The two parties announced a tie-up for the parliamentary elections last month.(Subhankar Chakraborty/HT PHOTO)

With 38 seats, Mayawati’s BSP is senior partner in UP pact with Akhilesh Yadav

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Pankaj Jaiswal & Rajesh Kumar Singh
UPDATED ON FEB 21, 2019 05:23 PM IST
The Bahujan Samaj Party will contest 38 Lok Sabha seats in Uttar Pradesh while the Samajwadi Party would field candidates in 37 constituencies in the upcoming parliamentary polls.
Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath twisted the BJP motto ‘sabka saath, sabka vikas’ to say that the SP_BSP alliance and Congress in UP stood for ‘sabka vinaash’.(ANI)
Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath twisted the BJP motto ‘sabka saath, sabka vikas’ to say that the SP_BSP alliance and Congress in UP stood for ‘sabka vinaash’.(ANI)

‘Sabka vinaash’: Yogi Adityanath’s take on SP, BSP, and Congress in UP

Lucknow | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON FEB 19, 2019 10:22 AM IST
Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath twisted the BJP’s slogan of ‘sabka saath, sabka vinaash’ and coined a new one for SP, BSP and Congress and said that they stood for ‘sabka vinaash’.
BJP president Amit Shah addresses a rally of party’s booth-level workers in Uttar Pradesh’s Aligarh on Wednesday.(Photo: Twitter/@BJP4India)
BJP president Amit Shah addresses a rally of party’s booth-level workers in Uttar Pradesh’s Aligarh on Wednesday.(Photo: Twitter/@BJP4India)

Amit Shah talks Ram temple, hard sells Assam’s citizen list in UP’s Aligarh

Hindustan Times, Aligarh, Uttar Pradesh | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON FEB 06, 2019 03:42 PM IST
Amit Shah said the BJP wants construction of a Ram temple in Ayodhya but the Congress, the SP and the BSP should clear their stand on the issue.
BJP president Amit Shah addresses party workers in Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh on Tuesday.(Photo: Twitter?@BJP4UP)
BJP president Amit Shah addresses party workers in Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh on Tuesday.(Photo: Twitter?@BJP4UP)

‘A PM a day if opposition wins’, says Amit Shah

Hindustan Times, Kanpur | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON JAN 30, 2019 05:15 PM IST
Setting Amit Shah stepped up his attack on the opposition parties attempting to present a united front against the BJP-led NDA in 2019 Lok Sabha elections.
Rashtriya Lok Dal vice-president Jayant Chaudhary met SP chief Akhilesh Yadav in New Delhi to discuss seat sharing in Uttar Pradesh.(Twitter/ANI)
Rashtriya Lok Dal vice-president Jayant Chaudhary met SP chief Akhilesh Yadav in New Delhi to discuss seat sharing in Uttar Pradesh.(Twitter/ANI)

Left with 2 seats, RLD’s Jayant Chaudhary meets Akhilesh, talks seat sharing in UP

By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON JAN 16, 2019 11:38 PM IST
Chaudhary and Akhilesh Yadav’s meeting comes after both the SP and BSP agreed to contest on 38 seats each in UP, leaving ‘ally’ RLD only two seats to contest from though it had wanted five seats.
A BJP leader, who did not wish to be named, admitted that the video titled ‘thagbandhan returns’ (BJP is calling the ‘gathbandhan’ or tie-up a ‘thagbandhan’, meaning fake alliance) had been shared in several WhatsApp groups by some party leaders and more such videos would be circulated in the run up to the 2019 Lok Sabha polls.(HT)
A BJP leader, who did not wish to be named, admitted that the video titled ‘thagbandhan returns’ (BJP is calling the ‘gathbandhan’ or tie-up a ‘thagbandhan’, meaning fake alliance) had been shared in several WhatsApp groups by some party leaders and more such videos would be circulated in the run up to the 2019 Lok Sabha polls.(HT)

UP BJP set to counter alliance in real, cyber world

Hindustan Times, Lucknow | By Manish Chandra Pandey, Lucknow
PUBLISHED ON JAN 14, 2019 03:59 PM IST
Even before BSP president Mayawati and SP chief Akhilesh Yadav could conclude their first-ever joint press conference to confirm their alliance, a 56-second video containing excerpts of verbal attacks that the two leaders had made against each other in the past started doing the rounds.
On Tuesday, N Chandrababu Naidu of the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) was in Delhi and met with Congress president Rahul Gandhi.(Sonu Mehta/HT File PHOTO)
On Tuesday, N Chandrababu Naidu of the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) was in Delhi and met with Congress president Rahul Gandhi.(Sonu Mehta/HT File PHOTO)

NCP’s Sharad Pawar, TDP’s Chandrababu Naidu to convince SP, BSP for grand alliance

Hindustan Times, New Delhi/Mumbai/Hyderabad | By HT Correspondents
PUBLISHED ON JAN 09, 2019 07:18 AM IST
N Chandrababu Naidu of the Telugu Desam Party (TDP), a leader close to him said, also believes that a three-cornered contest in Uttar Pradesh – when Congress contests independently of the SP and BSP – could be detrimental to opposition unity and ultimately benefit the BJP.
Officials during a CBI raid conducted on Saturday(HT Photo)
Officials during a CBI raid conducted on Saturday(HT Photo)

IAS Chandrakala seemed to be a ‘favourite’ of both SP, BJP govts

Hindustan Times, Lucknow | By HT Correspondent
PUBLISHED ON JAN 07, 2019 11:14 AM IST
Chandrakala, who was serving as chief development officer (CDO) in Prayagraj, was made the district magistrate of Hamirpur on April 13, 2012 when the SP was in power. She remained in the district, which was infamous for the illegal mining, for two years.
The SP and the BSP have agreed to an alliance ahead of the Lok Sabha elections
The SP and the BSP have agreed to an alliance ahead of the Lok Sabha elections

‘SP, BSP achieve clarity on 24 Lok Sabha seats’

Hindustan Times, Lucknow | By Pankaj Jaiswal and Rajesh Kumar Singh
UPDATED ON JAN 06, 2019 05:10 PM IST
Firozabad, Mainpuri, Badaun, Etawah, Kannauj, Phulpur, Gorakhpur, Ballia, Moradabad, Rampur, Sambhal, and Kairana are the seats that have fallen in the SP’s share, according to the source.
The Samajwadi Party and the Bahujan Samaj Party have agreed to an alliance ahead of the Lok Sabha elections.(PTI)
The Samajwadi Party and the Bahujan Samaj Party have agreed to an alliance ahead of the Lok Sabha elections.(PTI)

SP-BSP alliance deal leaves 2 seats for Rahul, Sonia in Lok Sabha polls

Lucknow | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON JAN 05, 2019 06:30 PM IST
A formal announcement on the “gathbandhan” between the two Uttar Pradesh-based parties may take place later this month, SP’s national spokesperson Rajendra Chaudhary told PTI.
The party takes the result as a shot in its arm as it now will have representation in three state assemblies— Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra.(Representative image)
The party takes the result as a shot in its arm as it now will have representation in three state assemblies— Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra.(Representative image)

Bijawar in MP saves the day for SP

Hindustan Times, Lucknow | By Pankaj Jaiswal, Lucknow
PUBLISHED ON DEC 13, 2018 01:56 PM IST
Its showing in Bijawar in Madhya Pradesh saved the day for the Samajwadi Party (SP). The SP drew a blank in Chhattisgarh and Rajasthan. It did not contest in Telangana and Mizoram.
(ANI Photo)
(ANI Photo)

Mayawati, Akhilesh back Congress in MP and Rajasthan ‘to keep BJP out’

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON DEC 12, 2018 11:32 PM IST
When the final assembly elections results came in early on Wednesday morning, the Congress at 114 seats in Madhya Pradesh needed 2 more seats to be able to stake claim to forming a government. With BSP’s support, the Congress will reach the required number of 116 seats in Madhya Pradesh.
SAkhileshYadav said that the Congress has made the Samajwadi Party wait for long and that it could not wait anymore.(Reuters File Photo)
SAkhileshYadav said that the Congress has made the Samajwadi Party wait for long and that it could not wait anymore.(Reuters File Photo)

After BSP, Samajwadi Party rules out alliance with Congress for MP, Chhattisgarh polls

Hindustan Times, Lucknow | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON OCT 06, 2018 06:19 PM IST
The Bahajan Samaj Party had recently announced that it would not have any alliance with the Congress in the Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan assembly elections which will be held between November 12 and December 7.
Lucknow: Samajwadi Party President Akhilesh Yadav flanked by party's general secretary Ram Gopal Yadav (L) and party vice-president Kiranmoy Nanda at the National Executive meeting at Lucknow, July 28(PTI)
Lucknow: Samajwadi Party President Akhilesh Yadav flanked by party's general secretary Ram Gopal Yadav (L) and party vice-president Kiranmoy Nanda at the National Executive meeting at Lucknow, July 28(PTI)

The SP can’t afford another power tussle before the 2019 elections

Hindustan Times | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON AUG 01, 2018 07:05 PM IST
The absence of the party’s chief patron Mulayam Singh Yadav and his brother Shivpal Singh Yadav from the national executive meeting had created some consternation in the party’s rank and file
Yadav termed Narendra Modi as a ‘failed PM” and asked the BJP to name its new face before asking alliance partners about their PM face for the Lok Sabha election.(HT File)
Yadav termed Narendra Modi as a ‘failed PM” and asked the BJP to name its new face before asking alliance partners about their PM face for the Lok Sabha election.(HT File)

Rahul Gandhi is an absolute Indian: Akhilesh

Hindustan Times, Lucknow | By Hemendra Chaturvedi, Agra
PUBLISHED ON JUL 18, 2018 01:57 PM IST
Potshots at: Those dividing the country cannot be Indian, says SP president
Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav will be touring Karnataka to champion his party’s cause in those constituencies where SP candidate is in the fray. SP has fielded over two dozen candidates in the state.(PTI)
Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav will be touring Karnataka to champion his party’s cause in those constituencies where SP candidate is in the fray. SP has fielded over two dozen candidates in the state.(PTI)

Akhilesh, Mayawati’s proposed Karnatata visit is ‘political tourism’: BJP

Press Trust of India, Lucknow | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON APR 28, 2018 09:56 PM IST
BJP’s Uttar Pradesh unit spokesperson Rakesh Tripath said both the SP and the BSP “thrive on caste politics”.
CP Yogeshwar’s followers put up a plaque beside the lake at Kodambhalli, in Ramnagara, crediting him with rejuvenating it.(Arijit Sen/Hindustan Times)
CP Yogeshwar’s followers put up a plaque beside the lake at Kodambhalli, in Ramnagara, crediting him with rejuvenating it.(Arijit Sen/Hindustan Times)

In Karnataka elections, BJP bets on serial party hopper to woo the powerful Vokkaligas

Hindustan Times, Channapatna | By Vikram Gopal
UPDATED ON APR 20, 2018 08:46 PM IST
Yogeshwar, a Vokkaliga leader, who is with the BJP now, has previously been with the Congress and the Samajwadi Party.
Unlike the recent Rajya Sabha polls in the state, which saw cross-voting, the UP Council polls will not witness any such scenario as there was virtually no possibility of polling scheduled for April 26.(HT File Photo)
Unlike the recent Rajya Sabha polls in the state, which saw cross-voting, the UP Council polls will not witness any such scenario as there was virtually no possibility of polling scheduled for April 26.(HT File Photo)

All 13 candidates elected unopposed to UP legislative council

Press Trust of India, Lucknow | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON APR 19, 2018 08:17 PM IST
No extra candidate entered the fray at the end of filing of nominations on Monday
BJP MP Savitri Bai Phule offering tributes to dalit icons Bhimrao Ambedkar and Kansiram during a rally in Lucknow.(File Photo)
BJP MP Savitri Bai Phule offering tributes to dalit icons Bhimrao Ambedkar and Kansiram during a rally in Lucknow.(File Photo)

Ahead of Ambedkar Jayanti, parties draw battle lines to woo Dalits

Hindustan Times, Lucknow | By Pankaj Jaiswal & Rajesh Kumar Singh, Lucknow
PUBLISHED ON APR 05, 2018 01:50 PM IST
As political parties in Uttar Pradesh vie for the coveted Dalit vote bank, battle lines have been clearly drawn ahead of the 127th birth anniversary of Dr Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar on April 14.
A senior Congress leader pointed out that the list of signs to back a proposal to remove Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra may have to be modified as some members are retiring on Tuesday and their signatures have to be removed from the list.(PTI File Photo)
A senior Congress leader pointed out that the list of signs to back a proposal to remove Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra may have to be modified as some members are retiring on Tuesday and their signatures have to be removed from the list.(PTI File Photo)

Congress gets 65 Rajya Sabha MPs’ signatures for CJI’s removal, seeks broader consensus

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Saubhadra Chatterji
UPDATED ON APR 03, 2018 03:02 PM IST
The Opposition camp has been able to collect around 65 signatures —15 more than the minimum requirement to move a proposal to impeach the CJI in the House — and parties such as the Nationalist Congress Party, Samajwadi Party and the Bahujan Samaj Party have agreed to support the move.
Samajwadi Party supporters celebrate their lead in Phulpur and Gorakhpur Lok Sabha by-poll election, in Allahabad on Wednesday.(PTI)
Samajwadi Party supporters celebrate their lead in Phulpur and Gorakhpur Lok Sabha by-poll election, in Allahabad on Wednesday.(PTI)

SP acknowledges BSP role in Phulpur, Gorakhpur bypolls; Rahul, Mamata take on BJP

New Delhi | By Agencies
UPDATED ON MAR 14, 2018 06:07 PM IST
The results in Gorakhpur and Phulpur are likely to bolster talks of Opposition unity ahead of the 2019 general elections.
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