Manish Chandra Pandey

Manish Chandra Pandey is a Lucknow-based assistant editor with Hindustan Times’ political bureau in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh. Along with political reporting, he loves to write off beat/human interest stories that people connect with. Manish also covers departments. He feels he has a lot to learn not just from veterans but from the newcomers who make him realise that there is so much to unlearn

Articles by Manish Chandra Pandey

Maya raises student suicides, blames ‘caste exploitation’

Government neglect, lack of rule of law and increasing caste exploitation are leading to increasing cases of suicide in higher educational institutes. The governments need to take urgent steps to check the trend, Maya said.

BSP supremo Mayawati paying floral tributes to Kanshiram on his birth anniversary at the BSP office in Lucknow on Wednesday. (Deepak Gupta Hindustan Times)
Published on Mar 16, 2023 01:59 AM IST

Uttar Pradesh: BJP brainstorms over Mission Opposition at core committee meeting

Possible MLC picks for six vacancies, organisational changes and party plan for civic polls also likely to have been discussed at the BJP core committee meeting at CM Yogi Adityanath’s official residence in Lucknow

BSP’s Jaunpur MP Shyam Singh Yadav calling on Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath in Lucknow on Saturday. (SOURCED)
Updated on Mar 05, 2023 12:56 AM IST

Prayagraj killings: Maya could show the door to Atiq’s wife

In a tweet on Saturday, Mayawati advocated strong action against the guilty in the Prayagraj killing in which unidentified assailants shot dead Umesh Pal and his security personnel

BSP chief Mayawati (HT File Photo)
Published on Feb 26, 2023 12:42 AM IST

After Abdullah’s disqualification, BJP eyes expanding base in Rampur

BJP Rampur Sadar MLA Akash Saxena writes to EC, demands removal of Abdullah Azam’s name from the voter list

Samajwadi Party lawmaker Abdullah Azam Khan from Suar assembly segment (HT File Photo)
Published on Feb 17, 2023 12:30 AM IST

FTAs will open up market access, help U.P.’s wineries: Piyush Goyal

There are many countries where people want to taste Indian wine and liquor, said the Union commerce and industry minister

Union commerce and industry minister Piyush Goyal (second from right) at the UPGIS 2023 on Feb 12. (Deepak Gupta/HT photo)
Published on Feb 12, 2023 11:39 PM IST

UP Global Investors Summit: LuLu group to set up food processing units, more malls in Uttar Pradesh

Investors from partner countries at UP Global Investors Summit said there has been a change in mindset about investing in Uttar Pradesh

Delegates arriving for a partner country session at the UP Global Investors Summit in Lucknow on Saturday. (Deepak Gupta/HT)
Published on Feb 11, 2023 11:39 PM IST

UP Global Investors Summit: Denmark to set up river lab in Varanasi, Singapore says it has pledged 29,000 crore investments

UP Global Investors Summit: Partner country leaders praise Yogi Adityanath for state’s image makeover

Delegates with Uttar Pradesh minister AK Sharma at the Singapore partner country session during the UP Global Investors Summit in Lucknow on Friday. (SOURCED IMAGE)
Updated on Feb 11, 2023 01:34 AM IST

History is a living subject, should be revisited: Ashoka University chancellor

Ashoka University chancellor Rudrangshu Mukherjee strongly feels that mathematics and history both are among the worst taught subjects in most Indian schools, both suffer from same lacunae.

Ashoka University chancellor Rudrangshu Mukherjee. (HT PHOTO)
Updated on Feb 05, 2023 08:33 AM IST

OBC politics plays out in UP, now deputy CM Maurya backs demand for caste census

The demand for a caste census is based on the premise that it would help the government rework social justice rollout and identify such caste groups that are unrepresented or underrepresented.

Uttar Pradesh deputy chief minister Keshav Prasad Maurya has said neither me, nor my party are in opposition on the subject (of caste census). (FILE PHOTO)
Updated on Feb 05, 2023 08:38 AM IST

‘I’m happy a debate is on’, says SP leader Swami Maurya on Ramcharitmanas remark

Samajwadi Party (SP) leader Swami Prasad Maurya recently courted a controversy after flagging some verses in the Hindu epic Ramcharitmanas as ‘anti-backward and anti-women’.

Samajwadi Party (SP) national general secretary, Swami Prasad Maurya. (Photo: Manish Chandra Pandey)
Updated on Feb 03, 2023 03:19 PM IST

Uttar Pradesh: BJP to connect with voters who have stayed away from party

Chief minister Yogi Adityanath and the party’s state president Bhupendra Chaudhary mentioned how “religious and caste barriers” had broken down in Uttar Pradesh because of the party’s ‘pro-poor’ push.

Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath with state BJP chief Bhupendra Chaudhary and deputy chief minister Brajesh Pathak at a party meeting in Lucknow on Sunday. (DEEPAK GUPTA/HT PHOTO)
Published on Jan 22, 2023 11:57 PM IST

‘Modi hai to mumkin hai’ slogan has spread globally: Yogi Adityanath at BJP meet

BJP’s spectacular winning streak will continue, says Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath at the party’s state working committee meeting in Lucknow

Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath and other BJP leaders at the party’s state working committee meeting in Lucknow on Sunday. (ANI PHOTO)
Published on Jan 22, 2023 11:44 PM IST

As stars revolt, walls closing in on ‘netaji’ who rules with an iron fist

Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh, a six-time parliamentarian who first entered the Lok Sabha in 1991, is the sitting MP from Kaiserganj in UP.

Wrestling Federation of India president Brijbhushan Sharan Singh responds to sexual harassment claims by Vinesh Phogat and other wrestlers. (Credit: ANI)
Published on Jan 20, 2023 05:11 AM IST

The man facing Indian wrestling's greatest rebellion

Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh, a six-time parliamentarian who first entered the Lok Sabha in 1991, is the sitting MP from Kaiserganj in UP

Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh has been defiant against the onslaught(PTI)
Updated on Jan 19, 2023 11:46 PM IST

Uttar Pradesh panel on OBC quota holds meet, says report in 3 months

The newly constituted five-member committee to decide the other backward classes (OBC) reservation in the Uttar Pradesh urban local body elections, on Saturday said it will take at least five to six months to complete the task

Justice (Retd) Ram Avatar Singh, head of a commission set up to decide the OBC reservation for Uttar Pradesh’s urban local body elections, with other members during a press conference in Lucknow on Saturday. (PTI)
Published on Dec 31, 2022 10:38 PM IST

Uttar Pradesh moves Supreme Court against Allahabad high court order on OBC quota in local body polls

The state government, in its appeal against the Allahabad high court’s December 27 order, said the HC wrongly quashed the December 5 draft notification which provided for reservation of seats in the urban body polls for OBCs apart from those for Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes and women

The Supreme Court is currently on winter break. (Archive)
Published on Dec 30, 2022 12:41 AM IST

UP forms panel on OBC quota after court order

Uttar Pradesh on Wednesday announced a five-member commission to look into the issue of other backward classes (OBC) reservation in local-body polls, barely a day after the Allahabad high court scrapped backward quotas and asked the government to go ahead with the polls.

UP forms panel on OBC quota after court order
Updated on Dec 29, 2022 04:54 AM IST

HC blocks OBC reservation for UP civic body elections

The Lucknow bench of the Allahabad high court on Tuesday quashed an Uttar Pradesh government notification that instituted reservations for OBCs in local body polls, and ordered the authorities to go ahead with the delayed elections, sparking a political controversy.

Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath said the government may consider moving the Supreme Court. (ANI)
Published on Dec 28, 2022 12:14 AM IST

‘Will only hold civic elections with OBC quota’: Yogi Adityanath after HC verdict

UP chief minister Yogi Adityanath sought to blunt the Opposition attacks after the Allahabad high court quashed the state’s draft notification for OBC reservations in elections to urban local bodies, saying the civic elections will be held only with OBC reservations

Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath said his government will opt for civic elections once a commission is set up and reservation benefits to OBCs in local body polls are ensured (PTI File Photo)
Published on Dec 27, 2022 09:05 PM IST

Smriti Irani asks Rahul Gandhi to follow Covid protocol during Bharat Jodo Yatra

A few days back, Union health minister Mansukh Mandaviya had written to Rahul Gandhi, as well as Rajasthan chief minister Ashok Gehlot, to ensure Covid-19 guidelines during the Bharat Jodo Yatra.

Union minister Smriti Irani interacts with a senior citizen during her visit to her Lok Sabha constituency Amethi on Sunday. (SOURCED IMAGE)
Published on Dec 27, 2022 01:04 AM IST

Rampur model will become nationally acceptable now, says BJP MLA Akash Saxena

Akash Saxena became the first Hindu to be elected MLA from Rampur (Sadar) and broke the hold of the Samajwadi Party’s Muslim face Azam Khan, who had been getting elected from there since 1980.

BJP candidate Akash Saxena receives his election certificate in Rampur. (FILE PHOTO)
Published on Dec 24, 2022 11:13 PM IST

After bypoll success, BJP to woo Muslims in ULB polls

BJP looking to field many Muslim candidates across the state as well as in key western UP seats with sizeable Muslim presence; first Pasmanda meet to start from Saharanpur on Dec 24

UP now has 762 urban local bodies, 109 more than in 2017, including 17 mayoral seats, 200 nagar palika parishads and 545 nagar panchayats. The party is planning ‘Pasmanda Muslim’ meets –big and small – in several of them. (Pic for representation)
Published on Dec 15, 2022 09:46 PM IST

Civic polls in Uttar Pradesh: BJP mulls over names of mayoral candidates

As per practice, a panel of names would be identified for key posts and sent for the BJP leadership’s clearance. There is a long list of candidates wanting to contest on the party symbol in these civic elections in Uttar Pradesh

U.P. BJP chief Bhupendra Singh Chaudhary and party general secretary (organisation) Dharampal at a party meeting to finalise candidates and prepare the strategy for the civic polls in Uttar Pradesh. (SOURCED IMAGE )
Updated on Dec 11, 2022 10:43 PM IST

After by-election battle, SP-RLD, BJP to be tested in Uttar Pradesh civic polls

The opposition SP-RLD alliance, relying on Jat-Yadav-Muslim support, is set to contest the Uttar Pradesh civic polls together

Samajwadi Party workers celebrate the Mainpuri by-election result. (FILE PHOTO)
Published on Dec 11, 2022 12:00 AM IST

Decoding U.P. bypolls: SP unity, alliance emerge as areas of concern for BJP

With the BSP and the Congress staying away, the by-polls in Mainpuri Lok Sabha and the Rampur and Khatauli assembly seats were a direct contest between the ruling BJP and the SP.

Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav presents the party flag to his uncle Shivpal Yadav whose Pragatisheel Samajwadi Party-Lohia merged with the SP, in Etawah on Thursday. (PTI PHOTO)
Published on Dec 08, 2022 11:24 PM IST

Civic polls in Uttar Pradesh: Yogi Adityanath begins campaign early as BJP aims to better 2017 performance

The BJP has planned meets featuring chief minister Yogi Adityanath in all the 17 municipal corporations in Uttar Pradesh

Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath at a public meeting in Shahjahanpur on Wednesday. (SOURCED IMAGE)
Updated on Dec 08, 2022 12:25 AM IST

Civic polls in Uttar Pradesh: Lucknow, seven other mayoral seats put on unreserved list

The Yogi Adityanath government in Uttar Pradesh reserves 35% of 17 mayoral posts for women. In 2017, too, a similar number (six) of mayoral seats were reserved for women candidates.

Uttar Pradesh urban development minister AK Sharma making the announcement about reservation of mayoral seats, in Lucknow on Monday. (HT PHOTO)
Updated on Dec 06, 2022 01:08 AM IST

Bypolls in Uttar Pradesh today: All eyes on three seats for larger political message

In Mainpuri, the SP campaign largely rests on invoking the name of Samajwadi Party founder Mulayam Singh Yadav, whose demise caused the bypoll in Mainpuri. The BJP, in response, has been eyeing dalit voters. The BSP is not contesting the bypolls.

Polling parties leave for the Mainpuri Lok Sabha bypolls, in Etawah on Sunday. (PTI PHOTO)
Published on Dec 04, 2022 10:11 PM IST

Uttar Pradesh: 75-hour drive starts in 750 civic bodies across 75 districts to beautify garbage sites

Uttar Pradesh urban development minister Arvind Kumar Sharma said that the department is aiming to convert garbage sites across the state into “selfie points” after cleaning and beautifying them

Uttar Pradesh urban development minister Arvind Kumar Sharma and Lucknow mayor Sanyukta Bhatia at a swachhta ke selfie point in the state capital on Thursday (HT PHOTO)
Published on Dec 01, 2022 10:24 PM IST

Mainpuri Lok Sabha bypoll: Yogi Adityanath to campaign in Akhilesh Yadav’s Karhal assembly segment

Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav’s wife Dimple Yadav is contesting the bypoll necessitated by SP founder Mulayam Singh Yadav’s demise on October 10.

Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath will also campaign in Rampur and Khatauli assembly constituencies where the bypolls are scheduled. (FILE PHOTO)
Published on Nov 28, 2022 12:42 AM IST
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