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Pankaj Jaiswal is Chief of Bureau, Uttar Pradesh and covers politics. His continued interest in rural, distress, and development journalism, fetched him a handful of prestigious awards and fellowships. Pankaj is a photo-journalist too and tweets at @augustus29lotus

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A dilemma or strategy? Akhilesh maintains suspense over Kannauj

Kannauj is the seat from where the SP chief, Akhilesh Yadav, started his political career in 2002 after his father and SP patriarch, Mulayam, won this constituency for the first time in 1999.

SP chief Akhilesh Yadav (HT File)
Updated on Apr 19, 2024 06:32 AM IST
By, Lucknow

BJP, SP in a war of words over contrasting perceptions on Mukhtar

Akhilesh visited Mukhtar Ansari’s ancestral house in Mohammadabad town of Ghazipur district on Sunday afternoon and spent over an hour there.

Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav meets family members of late gangster-turned-politician Mukhtar Ansari at the latter's residence, in Ghazipur, Sunday (PTI)
Updated on Apr 08, 2024 06:40 AM IST
By, Lucknow

Will it be another son-rise in SP this LS poll in Uttar Pradesh?

Party national general secretary Shivpal Yadav drops hints at the fielding of his son Aditya from Buduan from where the former is current party candidate

Senior SP leader Shivpal Yadav’s son Aditya Yadav. (Sourced)
Updated on Apr 03, 2024 05:58 AM IST
By, Lucknow

Samajwadi Party Rampur-Moradabad drama sows seeds of Azam Khan-Akhilesh Yadav rift?

It seems the seeds of the present discord were sown soon after Akhilesh Yadav met senior leader Azam Khan in Sitapur jail on March 22.

Akhilesh Yadav has been under fire for not championing the jailed Azam Khan’s cause with the expected zeal. (FILE PHOTO)
Updated on Mar 29, 2024 06:38 AM IST
By, Lucknow

In NDA vs INDIA contest, four pockets of likely resistance in Uttar Pradesh’s saffron pollscape

The BJP will defend 66 of the 80 Lok Sabha seats in Uttar Pradesh and the Samajwadi Party three (Mainpuri, Moradabad, and Sambhal)

Since the party’s inception in 1992, the SP held sway in the Mainpuri, Firozabad, Etawah and Kannauj belt, collectively known as Yadavland . (FILE PHOTO)
Updated on Mar 17, 2024 05:26 AM IST
By, Lucknow

Rahul aur Akhilesh ki khaatir...SP, Cong strike musical note

With 17 and 63 LS seats for the Congress and SP in UP, the parties have initiated coordinated efforts to consolidate each other while also launching a joint campaign song

The video version of the song has clips from the joint show that Akhilesh and Rahul put up in Agra on February 25 when the former joined Rahul’s Nyay Yatra in Taj City; more campaign songs are in the works (File Photo)
Updated on Mar 13, 2024 09:03 PM IST

Rebels play spoilsport for SP, seven cross-vote, one abstains

A total of seven SP MLAs cross-voted for the BJP. These MLAs are Manoj Pandey, Rakesh Pratap Singh, Rakesh Pandey, Pooja Pal, Vinod Chaturvedi, Ashutosh Maurya and Abhay Singh.

Samajwadi party MLAs Manoj Pandey, Rakesh Pratap Singh and Abhay Singh, along with UP Deputy CM Brajesh Pathak and minister Dayashankar Singh (Deepak Gupta/Hindustan Times)
Updated on Feb 28, 2024 07:10 AM IST
By, Lucknow

Rajya Sabha polls in U.P.: Pallavi Patel votes for SP, says PDA is her soul

I voted only for the PDA candidate (of SP) as I had said. I am not among those who betray, said the Sirathu MLA in Lucknow

Apna Dal (K) leader and Samajwadi Party’s Sirathu (Kaushambi) MLA Pallavi Patel waving during the Rajya Sabha polls in Lucknow on February 27. (HT photo)
Updated on Feb 28, 2024 05:10 AM IST
By, Lucknow

RS Polls: A tale of crossover voting, breach of trust and upset

On Monday night, as many as eight MLAs did not turn up for the huddle-and-dinner that Akhilesh hosted at the party’s state headquarters. The absence of the eight SP MLAs, including Pandey and Singh, triggered a certain despondency in the SP camp at the dinner meet.

SP chief Akhilesh Yadav and Alok Ranjan with party MLAs after the polling (HT Photo)
Published on Feb 27, 2024 10:47 PM IST

Amidst apparent breach in Samajwadi Party ranks, voting for 10 Rajya Sabha seats in Uttar Pradesh today

The BJP got another boost with Jansatta Dal (Loktantrik) chief and Kunda MLA Raghuraj Pratap Singh aka Raja Bhaiya pledging the backing of his party’s two lawmakers

Preparations under way for the Rajya Sabha election at the Uttar Pradesh Vidhan Bhavan on Monday. (PTI PHOT0)
Updated on Feb 27, 2024 06:14 AM IST
By, Lucknow

Eight Samajwadi Party MLAs skip Rajya Sabha poll eve dinner in Lucknow, cause a flutter

The development triggered speculation of a major breach by the ruling Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) camp into the Samajwadi Party ranks

Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav has called a meeting of party MLAs in Lucknow on Tuesday morning. (FILE PHOTO)
Updated on Feb 27, 2024 05:32 AM IST
By, Lucknow

Lok Sabha elections: SP, Congress seal UP seat share pact

The SP and the Congress on Wednesday announced a seat-sharing agreement for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections for Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh, marking the first major breakthrough in contentious seat talks in the beleaguered INDIA bloc.

(From left) UP Congress president Ajay Rai, AICC UP in-charge Avinash Pande, SP national secretary Rajendra Chaudhary and state SP chief Naresh Uttam Patel in Lucknow. (Mushtaq Ali/HT)
Updated on Feb 22, 2024 07:24 AM IST

Failed in 2017, will UP Boys pass this time?

Rahul was 46 at that time, while Akhilesh was 43. Presently, Akhilesh is 50 years old, and Rahul is 53. Nevertheless, the slogan ‘UP Ke Ladke’ has emerged from the dusty shelves of memory.

Akhilesh Yadav and Rahul Gandhi wave hand to the crowd during a road show on January 29, 2017 in Lucknow (HT File)
Updated on Feb 22, 2024 05:44 AM IST

SP-Congress alliance: A call that broke the ice

The Samajwadi Party has agreed to allocate 17 Lok Sabha seats to the grand old party in Uttar Pradesh.

Priyanka Gandhi Vadra (Sourced)
Updated on Feb 22, 2024 04:59 AM IST

LS polls: Our 17-seat offer final, ball in Congress court now, says SP

The ‘final offer’ was made by the Samajwadi Party when Congress leader Rahul Gandhi was arriving in Amethi on Monday

On Monday, the SP chief said the seat sharing talks between the two parties was in an advanced stage. (HT file)
Updated on Feb 21, 2024 04:49 AM IST
By, Lucknow

Swami Prasad’s exit widens chink in Akhilesh’s PDA armour

SP chief Akhilesh Yadav had been trying to add and expand non-Yadav OBC and Dalit base to the party’s original Muslim-Yadav support base in U.P. since 2022

Swami Prasad Maurya had quit party’s national general secretary post on February 13. (HT file)
Updated on Feb 21, 2024 06:02 AM IST
By, Lucknow

Rajya Sabha Polls in Uttar Pradesh: Uphill task for SP’s 3rd candidate amid cross-voting challenge

The SP is already facing criticism from within and outside for not fielding any non-Yadav OBC and Muslim for the elections despite harping on PDA (pichada, Dailt, alpsahnkhyak) formula for the 2024 Lok Sabha polls.

The SP has no Dalit in the Rajya Sabha at present. (FOR REPRESENTATION)
Updated on Feb 16, 2024 08:12 AM IST
By, Lucknow

Top realtor fielded to build winning strategy against SP

Sanjay Seth is aware that he is short of numbers but the confidence with which he stated “bilkul jitengey (will surely win)” showed the BJP think tank’s plan to probe opposition unity ahead of the 2024 Lok Sabha polls.

Seth is aware that he is short of numbers but the confidence with which he stated “bilkul jitengey (will surely win)” showed the BJP think tank’s plan to probe opposition unity ahead of the 2024 Lok Sabha polls. (FOR REPRESENTATION)
Updated on Feb 16, 2024 08:14 AM IST

Is all well in INDIA seat-sharing talks in UP?

Samajwadi Party has been breaking the news on seat-sharing agreement with allies, but Congress’s demands still seem unmet – a look at what’s going on

Samajwadi Party (SP) chief Akhilesh Yadav and Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) president Jayant Chaudhary during the joint election campaign, in Bijnor on Thursday. (ANI Photo)
Published on Jan 31, 2024 06:47 PM IST

Three Yadav kin in SP’s first list for Lok Sabha polls

The first list came amid further seat-sharing talks with Congress; so far, the SP has offered seven seats to long-standing ally Rashtriya Lok Dal and 11 to the Congress

The SP has declared Dimple Yadav, party president Akhilesh Yadav’s wife, for the Mainpuri seat, which she inherited from late Mulayam Singh Yadav, the party founder, in the December 2022 bypolls. (File Photo)
Updated on Jan 31, 2024 06:02 AM IST

2024 LS polls: SP grapples with alliances, candidates left in the dark

The delay is denying the prospective/tentative candidates the chance to start preparations in their respective constituencies well in advance before the notification is issued

The SP has so far given seven seats to its long-standing ally Rashtriya Lok Dal and eleven to the Congress in U.P. (HT file)
Updated on Jan 30, 2024 05:46 AM IST
By, Lucknow

Akhilesh’s cryptic post on seats for Cong triggers speculation

As Akhilesh’s post sparked speculations, those familiar with the issue said the SP was not willing to accommodate the Congress on more than 13 seats.

As Akhilesh’s post sparked speculations, those familiar with the issue said the SP was not willing to accommodate the Congress on more than 13 seats. (File)
Updated on Jan 28, 2024 04:39 AM IST
By, Lucknow

SP gives seven seats to ally RLD for 2024 LS polls

While the official announcement has been made regarding the number of seats for the RLD, the parties have not named the seats yet. However, sources say that all the seven seats are in western UP, the RLD’s stronghold.

SP chief Akhilesh Yadav with RLD chief Jayant Chaudhary at former’s Lucknow residence on Friday morning. (Sourced)
Updated on Jan 20, 2024 06:24 AM IST
By, Lucknow

Congress, SP hold ‘fruitful’ seat-sharing talks for Lok Sabha polls

Discussions lasted for two hours and were attended by senior leaders from both parties.

Former Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot, SP secretary general Ram Gopal Yadav in Delhi. (ANI)
Updated on Jan 18, 2024 05:11 AM IST
By, , New Delhi/lucknow

Ahead of 2024, SP reiterates stand against inclusion of BSP in INDIA

The BSP has maintained a distance from the ruling NDA and the Opposition’s INDIA bloc ahead of the 2024 Lok Sabha elections.

Samajwadi Party president Akhilesh Yadav (HT Photo)
Updated on Dec 24, 2023 05:17 AM IST

SP sticks to its guns, doesn’t want BSP in INDIA bloc

The BSP has maintained a distance from the ruling National Democratic Alliance (NDA) and the Opposition’s Indian National Developmental Inclusive Alliance (INDIA) ahead of the 2024 Lok Sabha elections.

FILE - India's opposition leaders, from left, T.R.Baalu, M.K Stalin, Rahul Gandhi, Mamata Banerjee, Sonia Gandhi and Mallikarajun Kharge, attend a meeting of opposition parties where they announced their alliance named INDIA in Bengaluru, India, July 18, 2023. (AP)
Updated on Dec 24, 2023 05:22 AM IST

Plastic-to-diesel plant takes roots in Ram Nagri

A 20 TPD (tonnes per day) plant is being established to convert all types of plastic waste, both non-recyclable and recyclable, into automotive diesel.

An artistic impression of the waste plastic collection centre for Ayodhya. (HT Photo)
Published on Dec 22, 2023 08:00 PM IST
By, Lucknow

Samajwadi Party ends up with its worst vote share in Madhya Pradesh

The Samajwadi Pradesh contested 69 seats in Madhya Pradesh this time and did not even come a close second on any of them

Samajwadi Party president Akhilesh Yadav campaigning in Niwari for the Madhya Pradesh assembly polls, the results of which were declared on Sunday. (PTI FILE PHOTO)
Updated on Dec 04, 2023 01:34 AM IST
By, Lucknow

SP will fight on 65 seats, leave 15 for allies: Akhilesh

SP is fully capable of defeating the BJP in UP single-handedly...had there not been dishonesty in elections in the state, the party would have formed govt after 2022 UP polls, he says

Tensions erupted between the Congress and the SP amid the forthcoming Madhya Pradesh assembly polls, where the former did not share any seats with the SP. (File Photo)
Updated on Nov 02, 2023 06:28 AM IST

Akhilesh hints at truce; says top Cong leader sent message, will accept it

Akhilesh had taken an aggressive stance against the Congress since last Sunday (October 15) following failure in seat-sharing for the forthcoming Madhya Pradesh assembly polls.

Akhilesh Yadav in Hardoi. (Sourced)
Updated on Oct 22, 2023 06:54 AM IST
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