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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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Cast(e) in a familiar mould, Samajwadi Party’s demand to become shriller after Bihar report

The Samajwadi Party's pro-caste census slogan is expected to gain momentum in Uttar Pradesh as the Nitish Kumar government in Bihar released findings of its caste survey, revealing that OBCs and EBCs make up 63% of the state's population. The SP advocates for proportionate representation of caste groups in reservation and government schemes and aims to increase the reservation cap for OBCs. The Bihar report strengthens the SP's claim that OBCs are over 60% in Uttar Pradesh. The Congress party has also taken up the OBC and caste census issue as part of the opposition alliance against the BJP-led NDA.

The Samajwadi Party is known to raise the oft-repeated slogan “Jitni jiski sankhya bhaari, utni uski hisseydaari” slogan, which means the share of a caste group in reservation and government schemes should be proportionate to its share in the population (FOR REPRESENTATION)
Updated on Oct 03, 2023 05:03 PM IST
By, Lucknow

Bihar caste survey: Opposition steps up call for similar drive in heartland states

The results of Bihar’s caste survey announced on Monday galvanised opposition parties in the heartland states of Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh to demand similar exercises in their states.

JD(U) supporters celebrate after the Bihar government released the caste survey report, in Patna on Monday. (ANI)
Updated on Oct 03, 2023 09:00 AM IST
By, , Lucknow/bhopal:

Disquiet in Samajwadi Party over Cong's sudden posturing on OBCs, caste census?

The Congress’s cosying up to Other Backward Classes (OBCs) is being perceived as causing some unease among the INDIA alliance’s regional partners.

Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav (HT FILE)
Updated on Oct 01, 2023 04:31 AM IST
By, Lucknow

SP pushes for ‘PDA’ inclusivity within women’s quota; calls Bill a poll gimmick before 2024

SP is demanding a ‘quota within the quota’ for the ‘PDA’ i.e. Pichada, Dalits, Alpsankhayak -- women from Backward, Dalits, and minority communities, especially Muslims.

Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav (HT File)
Published on Sep 19, 2023 05:37 PM IST

Akhilesh Yadav to sound poll bugle in Chhattisgarh on Sept 25

Akhilesh’s outing is part of the party’s plan of electorally expanding out of Uttar Pradesh as it aspires to turn a national party.

Akhilesh will address a public meeting at Agrasen Dhaam in Raipur, the state capital of Chhattisgarh. He will also chair a party workers’ meeting. (Pic for representation)
Published on Sep 17, 2023 12:20 AM IST

Samajwadi Party’s ‘longest cycle rally’ clocks 2,600 km, rolls on

Before this, the longest ‘Desh Bachao, Desh Banao’ bicycle rally spanned 27 days covering a distance of 1,500 km - from Ghazipur in eastern UP to New Delhi - in 2018-19

Riding mostly between 10am and 7pm, the cyclists are covering about 70 km a day. (HT Photo)
Published on Sep 14, 2023 11:36 PM IST

Ghosi win to give Akhilesh Yadav more say within INDIA bloc

Samajwadi Party (SP) candidate Sudhakar Singh defeated Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) nominee Dara Singh Chauhan by a margin of over 42,000 votes.

After the result, Akhilesh Yadav: “Ghosi has not only made the SP candidate win but it also is the victory of the INDIA coalition candidate. And now this will be the outcome of the approaching tomorrow (2024)” (HT FILE)
Published on Sep 09, 2023 11:14 PM IST
By, Lucknow

SP retains Ghosi amid INDIA vs NDA clamour

The bypoll was necessitated by Dara Singh Chauhan quitting as SP MLA and rejoining the BJP in July this year

Celebration at Samajwadi Party office in Lucknow after the SP victory in Ghosi on Friday. (Deepak Gupta/HT)
Published on Sep 09, 2023 01:17 AM IST
By, , Lucknow/varanasi

In UP, Ghosi bypoll to be 1st face-off between INDIA, NDA

The bypoll in Ghosi constituency has become a battle between the NDA and the newly formed INDIA alliance, with only two major candidates in the fray.

Dara Singh Chauhan (ANI)
Updated on Aug 30, 2023 04:46 AM IST
By, Lucknow

Ahead of INDIA coalition’s Mumbai meet, SP identifying seats for itself

The SP, according to sources in the party, is likely to contest at least 40 to 50 seats and will leave others for the alliance partners--currently Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD), Congress and Apna Dal (K). While the party is in the process of identifying the 40-50 strong potential seats for itself, it will not share Mainpuri, Kannauj, Azamgarh, Sambhal, Badaun, and Firozabad seats which are well-known as SP pocket boroughs.

Samajwadi Party (SP) national president Akhilesh Yadav is reportedly engaged in homework to identify seats on which the party is strong and those on which it is weak, for any possible seat-sharing talks. (HT FILE)
Updated on Aug 27, 2023 12:35 AM IST

Ghosi battle intensifies as Mukhtar’s family bats for SP candidate

Suhaib Ansari, SP MLA from Mohammadabad and son of former MLA Sibgatullah Ansari, campaigned extensively in Ghosi’s largely Muslim dominated areas and villages for two days

Suhaib Ansari, SP MLA from Mohammadabad and nephew of gangster-politician Mukhtar Ansari, campaigning for SP’s candidate Sudhakar Singh in Ghosi. (Sourced)
Updated on Aug 25, 2023 11:37 PM IST

Ghosi battle hots up as SBSP splinter group bats for SP

While the SP is defending the seat, BJP’s Dara Singh Chauhan too is defending Ghosi seat as he was SP MLA who resigned from here on July 15 to join the BJP

SSP general secretary Baliraj Rajbhar on Monday reached the camp office of SP candidate Sudhakar Singh and announced support for him. (Pic for representation)
Updated on Aug 22, 2023 10:04 PM IST

Lok Sabha polls: ‘Chacha’ Shivpal Yadav vows to undo damage of 2019, orchestrate Akshaya’s victory from Firozabad in 2024

The assertion by Shivpal Yadav came even as the SP informally declared Akshaya its candidate for the same seat for the 2024 Lok Sabha polls during the party’s ‘Lok Jagaran Abhiyaan’ in Firozabad on Sunday.

Samajwadi Party leader Shivpal Yadav and former MP Akshaya Yadav in Firozabad on Sunday. (SOURCED IMAGE)
Updated on Aug 21, 2023 12:00 AM IST
By, Lucknow

I am hurt, will meet Rahul Gandhi: Khabri

Former Uttar Pradesh Congress Committee president Brijlal Khabri said he would like to know the circumstances that led to his ouster from the party post

Congress leader Brijlal Khabri. (HT file)
Updated on Aug 20, 2023 11:13 PM IST
By, Lucknow

Shivpal back to forefront in SP’s scheme of things

On Wednesday, Shivpal Yadav opened the party’s cadre training camp ‘Lok Jagran Abiyan’ in Banda. On Thursday, Akhilesh Yadav concluded the camp with a speech to party workers and leaders.

SP national general secretary Shivpal Singh Yadav at party’s ‘Lok Jagran Abiyan’ in Banda on Wednesday. (Sourced)
Updated on Aug 17, 2023 11:59 PM IST

Can Akhilesh Yadav’s southern push help Samajwadi Party pursue national ambitions?

The visits have been made even though the Samajwadi Party has won only a handful of seats in the south since its inception 31 years ago.

Samajwadi Party national president with Telangana chief minister K Chandrashekhar Rao in Hyderabad in July. (FILE PHOTO)
Updated on Aug 18, 2023 01:22 AM IST
By, Lucknow

Assembly bypoll: Interesting fight likely as SP fields ex-MLA from U.P.’s Ghosi seat

Since the BSP often does not contest bypolls and thus it is likely to be a straight fight between the SP and the BJP on the seat

The Ghosi seat fell vacant after the resignation of SP MLA Dara Singh Chauhan who joined the BJP in July. (For Representation)
Updated on Aug 14, 2023 11:19 PM IST
By, Lucknow

INDIA gives a shot in the arm to SP’s caste census demand

Since the formation of INDIA, the Congress’ pitch for the caste census is also getting louder. The RLD had not taken a stand on the issue, but it now supports the demand along with Apna Dal (K)

“Whenever the Samajwadis get a chance, we will get the caste census done,” said Akhilesh Yadav. (File Photo)
Updated on Jul 30, 2023 01:14 AM IST

Presence in ‘INDIA’ alliance fuels Samajwadi Party’s ambitions outside Uttar Pradesh

The Samajwadi Party has a clear ambition to turn itself into a national entity from a “regional giant” in Uttar Pradesh.

Samajwadi Party president Akhilesh Yadav with party’s Maharashtra chief Abu Asim Azmi and party workers in Mumbai on July 10. (FILE PHOTO)
Updated on Jul 25, 2023 12:09 AM IST
By, Lucknow

SP-RLD, Congress joining hands in UP now a strong possibility

This day will go down in Indian history as the “Bengaluru revolution of patriotism and positive politics,” stated Akhilesh Yadav in a tweet

SP president Akhilesh Yadav with Congress leader Rahul Gandhi at the Bengaluru meet . (Sourced)
Updated on Jul 19, 2023 12:52 AM IST

The Jhola Man: Crusading against plastic use with cloth bags & rationale

Not all heroes wear capes: In Barabanki, Ajeet is well-known for distributing cloth bags among people.

Ajeet Pratap Singh, 51, giving cloth bag to a shop-keeper in Barabanki. (Sourced)
Updated on Jul 09, 2023 05:10 PM IST

Akhilesh wheels out 2024 formula with accent on caste census

Akhilesh, who had played MY(Muslim-Yadav)-OBC-Dalit card, had also dabbed it with a bit of the soft Hindutva formula in the 2022 U.P. assembly polls.

While the campaign is called “Lok Jagaran Abhiyan”, the bus ride is called “Lok Jagaran Yatra”. (HT Photo)
Updated on Jul 04, 2023 11:27 PM IST

Akhilesh ‘facing heat’ to take Congress on board in U.P.

Not just the Congress and the RLD, but even senior party leaders within the SP ranks want Yadav to also “show a big heart” to the Congress in the 2024 Lok Sabha elections. SP chief Akhilesh Yadav, Congress president Mallikarjun Kharge, former Congress MP Rahul Gandhi, and chief ministers of non-BJP ruled states are among those expected to attend the joint opposition meeting in Patna today.

Akhilesh Yadav had been constantly advocating for a non-BJP and non-Congress alliance in Uttar Pradesh after his party’s alliance with the Congress ended in 2017. (File)
Updated on Jun 22, 2023 10:24 PM IST
By, Lucknow

Ahead of Opposition meet, some non-BJP parties hint at friction with Congress

On Sunday, AAP convener Arvind Kejriwal started campaign for Rajasthan assembly elections in December by accusing Congress and BJP of “indulging in corruption.”

Arvind Kejriwal (PTI)
Updated on Jun 20, 2023 06:32 AM IST

From barren & dry to lush green: Firozabad dist admin, locals develop micro-forest along Lucknow-Agra e-way

The idea behind this micro-forest -- between Firozabad and Agra -- was conceived by the then Firozabad district magistrate Neha Sharma.

Present-day micro-forest (HT Photo)
Updated on Jun 04, 2023 11:25 PM IST

As Jayant Chaudhary ‘flirts’ with Cong, RLD-SP alliance hits a rough patch?

Scrapping reports of a rift, the RLD leadership has said that the civic poll has a different nature and parties need to satisfy the political ambitions of their local candidates.

Both parties officially maintain there is no divide; say it’s just a rumour spread by BJP (HT File)
Updated on May 22, 2023 05:59 PM IST

With an eye on expansion, SP begins spade work for MP polls

While the party has set up its organisational structure in MP and is working on candidates’ selection, it has begun dharna-demonstration against the MP BJP government for visibility among the people of Madhya Pradesh.

SP national president Akhilesh Yadav announced his party’s plan for the Madhya Pradesh assembly polls when he visited the state in August last year. (Pic for representation)
Updated on Apr 12, 2023 11:17 PM IST

In run-up to 2024, SP eyes strong booth-level presence

Akhilesh Yadav has announced that the party must have a strong booth-level organisational set-up to defeat the BJP in the state in the upcoming polls

All booths in 80 LS constituencies will have SP booth committees by then, Akhilesh said on Sunday. (FIle)
Published on Mar 28, 2023 12:58 AM IST
By, Lucknow

Congress must support regional parties to defeat BJP: Akhilesh Yadav

Akhilesh Yadav’s comments came a day after Congress leader Rahul Gandhi was disqualified from the Lok Sabha after being convicted by a Surat court in a 2019 criminal defamation case.

Samajwadi Party president Akhilesh Yadav on Saturday called for unity among all anti-BJP outfits. (PTI)
Updated on Mar 26, 2023 01:59 AM IST

Cong should back regional parties to defeat BJP in 2024 LS poll: Akhilesh

In a statement, the Samajwadi Party chief suggested all these anti-BJP regional political outfits should come together

Samajwadi Party national president Akhilesh Yadav. (HT file)
Updated on Mar 25, 2023 11:32 PM IST
By, Lucknow
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