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

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Kabir’s message of communal, caste unity lost in cacophony of poll campaigns

Like at most places, the election here is all about caste, and the one who gets the matrix right, would emerge a winner, say locals

The Kabir Samadhi temple in Maghar town of Sant Kabir Nagar. (Manish Chandra Pandey/HT Photo)
Updated on May 23, 2024 06:32 AM IST

‘Ram Van Gaman Path’ shaping hopes, narratives and poll symbolism

Lord Ram is central to the 2024 election campaign, with the Ram Van Gaman Path still under construction. The project aims to boost tourism and employment.

Temple at Shringverpur on the banks of the Ganga. (Manish Chandra Pandey/Hindustan Times)
Updated on May 17, 2024 08:50 AM IST
By, Shringverpur/chitrakoot

Election in Pincodes: Central scheme a ray of hope for parched Banda

HT looks at some key constituencies across the country that encapsulate the issues shaping the ongoing Lok Sabha electoral contest

In Uttar Pradesh, the Jal Jeevan Mission has touched roughly 83% of all households, according to the national dashboard. In parched Bundelkhand, this has prompted wider change. (HT photo)
Updated on May 16, 2024 07:35 AM IST

2024 Lok Sabha elections: Bandits, guns now silent, development on the horizon for Chitrakoot’s Patha

This Lok Sabha election is the first without the fear of any major dacoit as Babli Kol, the last of the prominent ones, was killed soon after the 2019 parliamentary polls

The Doda Mafi village in Chitrakoot with a freshly painted primary school showcasing the change that is gradually coming in. (Manish Chandra Pandey/Hindustan Times)
Updated on May 12, 2024 05:08 AM IST
By, Chitrakoot

After offering prayers at Ram temple, Modi holds road show in Ayodhya

The heart of people of Ayodhya is as large as that of Lord Ram, says Prime Minister Narendra Modi as his poll time road show in Ayodhya receives enthusiastic response from the people

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and chief minister Yogi Adityanath during a road show in Ayodhya on Sunday evening. (Deepak Gupta/Hindustan Times)
Updated on May 05, 2024 10:00 PM IST

BJP drops Brij Bhushan, but gives ticket to his son

BJP drops Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh, names son Karan for Kaiserganj LS seat, triggering celebrations and backlash over sexual harassment allegations.

Karan Bhushan Singh speaks to the media on getting ticket for the Lok Sabha seat, in Gonda on Thursday. (ANI)
Updated on May 03, 2024 05:00 AM IST

Shah talks “new role” for Gangwar, seeks support for Chhatrapal in Bareilly

PM Modi and HM Amit Shah visited Bareilly to campaign against dynastic politics, highlighting BJP's stronghold in the region since 1989.

Union home minister Amit Shah during a public rally in Bareilly on May 2. (Agency photo)
Updated on May 03, 2024 05:00 AM IST

BJP drops Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh, fields his younger son Karan Bhushan from Kaiserganj

BJP names Uttar Pradesh minister Dinesh Pratap Singh for the Rae Bareli Lok Sabha seat. He had reduced the then Congress chief Sonia Gandhi’s victory margin in 2019

BJP MP Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh with his son Karan Bhushan. (FILE PHOTO)
Published on May 02, 2024 09:04 PM IST

Lucknow awash with saffron as Rajnath’s poll chariot rolls

‘Vikas Rath’ was written on the motorised chariot, and most of his big- ticket initiatives for Lucknow, including revamped airport, flyovers, roads and other infra projects, were mentioned on lotuses – the BJP’s election symbol

Defence minister and BJP candidate from Lucknow constituency Rajnath Singh on his way to file his nominations paper for General Election 2024. (Mushtaq Ali/HT Photo)
Updated on Apr 30, 2024 07:06 AM IST

Grand show marks Smriti’s nomination in Amethi

The roadshow and motorcade stretched for kilometers as Smriti covered her nomination run of 1.5 kilometers in three hours

Union Minister Smriti Irani during a roadshow before filing her nomination, in Amethi, on Monday. (PTI)
Updated on Apr 30, 2024 06:14 AM IST

Congress seeking votes to change Constitution for religious quota: Modi in Uttar Pradesh

I am an OBC too and scared of Cong’s Karnataka model, says Prime Minister Narendra Modi as he addresses rallies in Agra, Aonla and Shahjahanpur in Uttar Pradesh

Prime Minister Narendra Modi at an election rally in Agra on Thursday. (PTI PHOTO)
Updated on Apr 25, 2024 09:27 PM IST
By, , Agra/aonla/shahjahanpur

Muslims who can’t vote for us are helping by not voting: Keshav Prasad Maurya

Uttar Pradesh deputy chief minister Keshav Prasad Maurya also says Ram Mandir is not just a Hindu temple, it’s a Rashtra Mandir, a matter of national pride

Uttar Pradesh deputy chief minister Keshav Prasad Maurya. (Deepak Gupta/Hindustan Times)
Updated on Apr 23, 2024 08:04 AM IST

2024 Lok Sabha polls: Modi rally blitz in west Uttar Pradesh from April 19

Modi is set to address “at least four” more rallies and a road show over seven days beginning April 19 from Amroha

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s public meetings are in great demand by the BJP-NDA candidates. (FILE PHOTO)
Updated on Apr 18, 2024 08:18 AM IST

Double engine vs SP legacy battle on cards in Rampur

Since June 2022 bypoll, Rampur has become a laboratory of BJP’s ‘pasmanda politics’; SP candidate hopeful of Azam Khan’s support

In this picture taken on March 13, 2024, girls take their selfie in front of Raza Library in Rampur. India’s 220 million Muslims make up 14% of the 1.4 billion population. (AFP Photo)
Updated on Apr 13, 2024 06:38 AM IST

2024 Lok Sabha polls: BJP’s new list out, pits Manoj Sinha aide against Afzal Ansari in Ghazipur

Former PM Chandra Shekhar’s son fielded from Ballia, Keshari Nath Tripathi’s son to contest from Allahabad, U.P. minister Jaiveer Singh to take on Dimple in Mainpuri; suspense on Kaiserganj and Rae Bareli continues

Paras Nath Rai, the BJP candidate from Ghazipur. (SOURCED)
Updated on Apr 11, 2024 06:24 AM IST

BJP’s 3rd UP LS list of 7 candidates has ex-PM’s son; party drops 5 sitting MPs

The BJP has so far named candidates for 70 out of 80 Lok Sabha seats in UP and it has so far replaced candidates on 18 seats

Paras Nath Rai was among the seven candidates named by the BJP in its third UP list. Barring two seats, Kaushambi and Macchlishahr, the BJP has changed candidates on the remaining five seats (AFP file photo.)
Published on Apr 10, 2024 04:37 PM IST

Congress manifesto bears Muslim League imprint: PM

Modi mentions Mission vs Commission, Shakti, triple talaq in Saharanpur, lauds Yogi on law and order

Prime Minister Narendra Modi speaks during a public meeting, ahead of Lok Sabha elections, in Saharanpur, Saturday (PTI)
Published on Apr 06, 2024 09:54 PM IST

Congress manifesto makes it clear party is cut off from common man: PM Modi in UP

Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the Congress that fought for independence has been rejected by masses as people now admit that the party today lacks vision for national development

Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses a public rally ahead of the Lok Sabha elections in Uttar Pradesh’s Saharanpur on Saturday. (ANI)
Published on Apr 06, 2024 05:46 PM IST

Jayant invokes Jat pride, takes veiled swipe at Akhilesh

RLD chief seeks votes for Union minister Sanjeev Balyan who had defeated his father Ajit Singh in Muzaffarnagar in 2019

RLD chief Jayant chaudhary (Arvind Yadav/HT FiILE PHOTO)
Updated on Apr 04, 2024 07:44 AM IST

No corrupt will be spared, Shah warns from Muzaffarnagar

Kicking off his Lok Sabha polls campaign from Muzaffarnagar, Amit Shah accuses the opposition alliance of being guilty of corruption worth ₹12 lakh crore.

Union Home Minister Amit Shah addresses a public meeting ahead of Lok Sabha polls, in Shahpur, Uttar Pradesh on Wednesday (PTI)
Published on Apr 03, 2024 09:35 PM IST

2024 LS polls: BJP replaces 9 sitting MPs in 2nd U.P. list, drops Varun

BJP replaced 9 sitting MPs in U.P.'s second candidate list, including Varun Gandhi. Maneka Gandhi repeated in Sultanpur. Singh's future uncertain.

In the past, the Samajwadi Party (SP) said it was open to supporting Varun if the BJP did not field him. (HT file)
Updated on Mar 26, 2024 10:50 PM IST

Focus now on BJP second list and Braj Bhushan

The suspense this time on his candidature has grown ever since some top women wrestlers of the country accused him of mental torture and sexual harassment

Braj Bhushan Sharan Singh (HT File Photo)
Updated on Mar 21, 2024 06:54 AM IST

One Lok Sabha poll to another, how swing in fortunes painted new shades in Uttar Pradesh politics

The BJP won 10 Lok Sabha seats in Uttar Pradesh in 2004 and 2009. Its tally in the state soared to 71 in 2014.

In 2014, the BJP’s decision to field its then PM-pick Narendra Modi from Varanasi in east U.P. infused fresh life into the party. (FILE PHOTO)
Updated on Mar 17, 2024 05:10 AM IST

Dhananjay Singh’s conviction opens up poll battle in Jaunpur

Unless a higher court stays the conviction, Dhananjay Singh’s poll plans in Jaunpur are effectively dashed

Former MP Dhananjay Singh being produced in MP-MLA court in connection with a 2020 kidnapping case, in Jaunpur, on Wednesday. (PTI PHOTO)
Published on Mar 06, 2024 10:57 PM IST

U.P. gets 4 new ministers in Yogi 2.0’s first expansion

SBSP chief Rajbhar, RLD’s Anil Kumar, Dara Singh and Sunil Kumar Sharma of BJP get ministerial berths

The newly inducted ministers with UP governor Anandiben Patel and CM Yogi Adityanath at Raj Bhavan on March 5. (Deepak Gupta/HT)
Updated on Mar 06, 2024 05:44 AM IST
ByUmesh Raghuvanshi/Manish Chandra Pandey, Lucknow

2024 Lok Sabha polls: Confidence in Modi-Yogi factor behind BJP retaining 47 MPs in Uttar Pradesh

The remaining 29 names in the BJP’s second list for Uttar Pradesh is likely to indicate the party plan on the allies, as well as party picks on key seats like Rae Bareli, Pilibhit, Sultanpur, Ghaziabad and Badaun

Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath and Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Lucknow. (DEEPAK GUPTA/HT FILE PHOTO)
Published on Mar 03, 2024 08:45 PM IST

No major surprises as Modi leads BJP’s first list of 51 in U.P.

The party mostly backed the sitting MPs to subtly signal to a largely divided opposition that the BJP was confident of “pro-incumbency” under Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s stewardship.

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) National Vice President Baijayant Jay Panda with party General secretary Vinod Tawde and party leader Anil Baluni annoucing the party's first list of candidates for Lok Sabha polls, at party headquarters, in New Delhi on Saturday. (Sanjay Sharma/ ANI)
Updated on Mar 02, 2024 10:32 PM IST

Modi’s charisma pulling opposition leaders to BJP

Since day one, I have made it clear that I am a ‘mere karyakarta’, a ‘sevak’ and would undertake all the tasks assigned to me by the party leadership.

Rajya Sabha MP RPN Singh (Sourced)
Updated on Feb 29, 2024 11:02 PM IST

Will MLC polls witness another breach in oppn ranks?

BJP aims to test opposition unity in the upcoming March 21 Vidhan Parishad poll in Uttar Pradesh, the last political exercise before the 2024 Lok Sabha elections.

UP Vidhan Bhavan (Sourced)
Updated on Feb 29, 2024 05:08 AM IST

Breach in SP camp reveals BJP plans to fortify flanks in Congress bastions

The ruling party got sitting Samajwadi Party MLAs from the region - SP’s chief whip Manoj Pandey, the lawmaker from Unchahar in Rae Bareli in particular - to vote against the SP line by backing BJP candidates.

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya and other leaders with the BJP candidates who have been elected as Rajya Sabha MPs in the the recently-held polls, in Lucknow (PTI)
Updated on Feb 28, 2024 06:50 AM IST
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