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Rajesh Kumar Singh is Assistant Editor, Hindustan Times at the political bureau in Lucknow. Along with covering politics, he covers government departments. He also travels to write human interest and investigative stories.

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2024 Lok Sabha polls: Uttar Pradesh’s 6th round voter turnout of 54.03% lowest of all phases in state

Polling percentage dips below 2019 mark in 10 Lok Sabha constituencies, higher in three and the same in Allahabad

Women stand in a queue to cast their votes at a polling station in Saroi village, Bhadohi on Saturday (AFP PHOTO)
Updated on May 26, 2024 08:12 AM IST
By, Lucknow

2024 Lok Sabha election: Royal quotient integral part of poll arithmetic in Pratapgarh

Though none of the erstwhile royal families is in the fray, their scions are playing an important role in deciding the fate of NDA and INDIA bloc candidates from backstage in Pratapgarh

Jansatta Dal (Loktantrik) chief Raghuraj Pratap Singh aka Raja Bhaiya addressing party supporters on the Benti Palace premises in Pratapgarh district. (HT File Photo)
Updated on May 25, 2024 07:34 AM IST
By, Pratapgarh

Magicians of yarn yearn for relief as Lok Sabha polls home in on weavers’ belt in eastern Uttar Pradesh

The weavers’ vote will be decisive in Sant Kabir Nagar, Ambedkarnagar, Azamgarh, Lalganj, Domariyaganj and Bhadohi Lok Sabha constituencies going to polls in the sixth phase on Saturday.

The weavers’ sale centre at Mubarakpur (Azamgarh) lies locked. (SOURCED)
Updated on May 25, 2024 07:24 AM IST
By, Mubarakpur (azamgarh)/ Khalilabad (sant Kabir Nagar)/ Tanda (ambedkarnagar)

In Phase 6, Lok Sabha poll battle moves to eastern Uttar Pradesh, voting in 14 constituencies on Saturday

Role of OBC voters important; BJP had won nine seats, BSP bagged four and the SP one in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections in these constituencies

Polling officials with EVMs and other election material in Prayagraj on Friday. (PTI PHOTO)
Published on May 24, 2024 09:49 PM IST
By, Lucknow

Once a premier seat, political aspirations of many shades flower in Phulpur Lok Sabha constituency

Phulpur Lok Sabha constituency, once represented by Jawaharlal Nehru, is witnessing a triangular contest and will vote in the sixth phase on May 25

The chimney of an old ceramic factory that has shut in the industrial area of Phulpur. New factories are being established in the area. (SOURCED IMAGE)
Updated on May 24, 2024 09:16 AM IST
By, Phulpur

It’s BJP’s Yadav face vs SP’s might in Azamgarh

A symbol of the Samajwadi Party’s clout in eastern Uttar Pradesh politics, the Azamgarh Lok Sabha seat was won by the BJP’s Dinesh Lal Yadav Nirahua, a Bhojpuri actor-turned-politician, two summers ago, by a margin of about 8,000 votes.

Samajwadi Party candidate Dharmendra Yadav and the party’s Mainpuri MP Dimple Yadav at a public meeting in Azamgarh. (SOURCED )
Updated on May 24, 2024 05:44 AM IST
By, Azamgarh

In three-cornered Lok Sabha poll battle for key UP seat, a distinct BSP imprint

The Ambedkar Nagar Lok Sabha constituency is all set to witness a fierce three-cornered contest in the ongoing polls, but the imprint of the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) — one of the three corners — in its eastern Uttar Pradesh stronghold is palpable as all three main candidates have emerged from the laboratory of the Mayawati-led party.

In three-cornered Lok Sabha poll battle for key UP seat, a distinct BSP imprint
Updated on May 23, 2024 09:26 AM IST
By, Akbarpur (ambedkar Nagar)

In three-cornered LS poll battle for key UP seat, a distinct BSP imprint

Despite being away from power for close to a dozen years, footprints of the BSP government are quite visible in Akbarpur — the administrative headquarters of the district. The institutions and edifices brought up during the BSP government dot the landscape of the town.

In the 2007 state elections, the BSP swept all five assembly segments of the Lok Sabha constituency as Mayawati went on to form a government in the most populous state. (Sourced)
Updated on May 23, 2024 07:00 AM IST

Nishads key players as riversutra flows through U.P’s poll terrain

Key poll players are vying for support from the riverine Nishad community in eastern Uttar Pradesh, crucial in 37 constituencies, with SC status and economic empowerment key issues.

Boatmen belonging to Nishad community ferrying pilgrims and tourists across the Ganga in Prayagraj. (Anil Kumar Maurya/HT)
Updated on May 23, 2024 05:42 AM IST
By, Prayagraj/ Sultanpur/ Sant Kabir Nagar

Lok Sabha election Phase 5 turnout in Uttar Pradesh: 57.98% in 2024 vs 58.45% in 2019

Among 14 Lok Sabha constituencies in Uttar Pradesh, Barabanki’s polling percentage highest at 67.10, Gonda’s lowest at 51.64 in the fifth phase of the parliamentary election

Priests show their inked finger after voting in Ayodhya. (PTI PHOTO)
Updated on May 21, 2024 06:02 AM IST
By, Lucknow

LS polls phase 5: Lucknow, Rae Bareli, Amethi, Faizabad among seats voting today

The upper caste Brahmin and Rajput voters are spread equally in central UP and Bundelkhand constituencies.

Poll staff leave for their booths in Lucknow on Sunday. (Deepak Gupta/HT)
Updated on May 20, 2024 05:35 AM IST
By, Lucknow

Phase 5 of 2024 Lok Sabha polls: 14 seats in Uttar Pradesh to vote on Monday, Rajnath Singh, Rahul Gandhi, Smriti Irani among key candidates

The BJP had won 13 of these 14 Lok Sabha seats in 2019, losing only in Rae Bareli, which was retained by Congress leader Sonia Gandhi

Polling officials leave for their booths for the fifth phase of the general election at Smriti Upvan in Lucknow on Sunday. (Deepak Gupta/HT Photo)
Updated on May 19, 2024 10:11 PM IST
By, Lucknow

Amit Shah says people of Amethi, Rae Bareli are PM Modi’s family, they are no longer with the Gandhis

Union home minister Amit Shah leads road show in Amethi, seeks votes for BJP candidate and Union minister Smriti Irani

Union home minister Amit Shah campaigning in Amethi on Saturday. (PTI PHOTO)
Updated on May 19, 2024 05:08 AM IST
By, Amethi

Final poll phase: Curtains down on nominations; all eyes now on June 1

The seventh phase of polling in the Purvanchal region is crucial for the BJP since Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s turf Varanasi and chief minister Yogi Adityanath stronghold Gorakhpur will be put to the test.

Prime Minister and senior BJP leader Narendra Modi with Union Home Minister Amit Shah, UP CM Yogi Adityanath and BJP National President J.P. Nadda leaves after filing his nomination for Lok Sabha elections, in Varanasi, Tuesday. (PTI)
Updated on May 15, 2024 08:42 AM IST
By, Lucknow

Lok Sabha polls in Uttar Pradesh: In Phase-4, it’s 58.09% voter turnout in 2024 versus 58.75% in 2019

High-profile constituencies of Kannauj and Kheri, along with Dhaurhara and Sitapur, record above 60% voting, Kanpur turnout lowest at 53.06%

Tharu tribals dressed up in traditional attire wait to cast their vote for the fourth phase of Lok Sabha elections, at Sohni Balaigaon village located on the India-Nepal border in Bahraich on Monday. (PTI PHOTO)
Updated on May 14, 2024 05:02 AM IST
By, Lucknow

Phase -4: Polling for 13 LS seats in U.P. today, Akhilesh, Teni, Sakshi key contestants

These 13 Lok Sabha constituencies were strongholds of the SP and BSP before the lotus bloomed in the 2014 and 2019 Lok Sabha elections

Samajwadi Party President Akhilesh Yadav addresses a public meeting in support of party's candidate R.K. Chaudhary, at Mohanlalganj in Lucknow district on Sunday (PTI)
Updated on May 13, 2024 06:10 AM IST
By, Lucknow

Uttar Pradesh: Campaign ends, BJP faces challenge of retaining all 13 Lok Sabha seats in Phase 4

In Uttar Pradesh, the fourth phase of polling will be held in Shahjahanpur (SC), Kheri, Dhaurhara, Sitapur, Hardoi (SC), Mishrikh (SC), Unnao, Farrukhabad, Etawah (SC), Kannauj, Kanpur, Akbarpur and Bahraich (SC) on May 13

BJP supporters at a rally in Kanpur which goes to polls in the fourth phase of the Lok Sabha election on May 13. (PTI PHOTO)
Updated on May 12, 2024 05:00 AM IST
By, Lucknow

Maya’s mid-poll change in strategy: Akash’s abrupt demotion, purge of candidates aimed at benefiting BJP?

The replacement of Jaunpur candidate Shrikala Reddy with sitting MP Shyam Singh Yadav, Basti candidate Daya Shankar Mishra with Luv Kush Patel and Ravi Prakash Maurya being replaced by Nanhe Singh Chauhan in Amethi led to rumblings in the BSP

Mayawati’s decision to remove Akash Anand from the key post shocked his supporters who feared that the party chief terming him “immature” may give an advantage to Bhim Army chief Chandrashekhar Azad. (File Photo)
Updated on May 10, 2024 08:50 AM IST

10 UP seats see 57.34% voter turnout in phase-3

The first phase of elections in eight parliamentary constituencies saw a 5% decline in voter turnout in comparison to 2019 elections on the same seats

A polling official compares the photograph of a woman with her identity card before allowing her to cast her vote during the third round of voting in the six-week-long general election, in Agra on Tuesday. (AP Photo)
Updated on May 08, 2024 09:28 AM IST

Uttar Pradesh: Yadav family’s prestige at stake as 10 Lok Sabha seats go to polls in third phase today

The BJP had scripted victory in 8 of 10 seats with the support of non- Yadav OBCs, non- Jatav Dalits and upper caste voters in 2019

Polling officials collect the EVMs and other election material for the third phase of the Lok Sabha polls, in Mainpuri on Monday. (ANI PHOTO)
Published on May 06, 2024 10:38 PM IST
By, Lucknow

Lok Sabha polls: Amit Shah lays stress on upping turnout in remaining phases in Uttar Pradesh

The NDA candidates are winning all the 16 Lok Sabha seats that voted in the first and second phases in Uttar Pradesh, Amit Shah said at the meeting.

Union home minister Amit Shah was on a whirlwind tour of Uttar Pradesh. (ANI PHOTO)
Updated on May 03, 2024 08:44 AM IST
By, Lucknow

BJP, SP throw weight behind five seats in Yadav land

The ruling party had bagged four— Etah, Firozabad, Etawah and Kannauj—while the main oppn party had won Mainpuri seat in 2019 polls

Chief minister Yogi Adityanath at a public meeting in Firozabad on April 27. (Sourced)
Updated on Apr 30, 2024 11:38 PM IST
By, Lucknow

India needs Uniform Civil Code: Uttarakhand CM

The buzz in the country is that Prime Minister Narendra Modi is coming to power for the third successive term with the BJP winning 400 plus seats, he says

Uttarakhand chief minister Pushkar Singh Dhami. (Agency)
Updated on Apr 30, 2024 08:48 AM IST

2024 Lok Sabha polls: Battle lines drawn as BJP sets sights on Samajwadi Party fort Sambhal

Since its inception in 1980, the BJP has been able to win Sambhal only once in 2014 general elections, during the Modi Tsunami. In 2019, it lost to the SP-BSP alliance

Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the foundation stone laying ceremony of the Shri Kalki Dham temple in Sambhal on February 19, 2024. (FILE PHOTO)
Published on Apr 27, 2024 10:54 PM IST
By, Lucknow

Lok Sabha polls Phase 2: Low voter turnout a high concern in Uttar Pradesh

49.29% polling in Mathura, 49.65% in Ghaziabad drag down voting percentage in second phase of 2024 Lok Sabha elections in Uttar Pradesh

Voters standing in a queue at a polling station to cast their vote during the second phase of the Lok Sabha Polls, in Aligarh on Friday. (HT Photo)
Updated on Apr 27, 2024 04:49 AM IST
By, Lucknow

Maya throws down challenge to Congress, fields a Yadav from Gandhi bastion

The BSP has fielded Qamar Hayat Ansari from the Ambedkar Nagar Lok Sabha constituency. Ansari, who comes from the Pasmanda community, is the former chairman of the Jalalpur Nagar Palika Parishad located in the Ambedkar Nagar district.

The BSP will highlight that several development projects launched in Rae Bareli by Mayawati . (PTI file)
Published on Apr 25, 2024 09:42 PM IST

Stage set for Phase 2 Lok Sabha polls in eight west Uttar Pradesh constituencies

Meerut, Baghpat, Ghaziabad, Gautam Buddha Nagar, Bulandshahr, Aligarh, Mathura and Amroha are the eight West U.P. constituencies where polling will be held on Friday

Officials collect election material in Mathura on Thursday. (PTI PHOTO)
Published on Apr 25, 2024 09:13 PM IST
By, Lucknow

We’ve gone into polls with development agenda of Modi govt: Dy CM Pathak

Phase 1 poll gave indications that the INDI alliance could not match the support that the voters extended to the BJP-led NDA, he says

Deputy chief minister Brajesh Pathak at the HT Spotlight -Election 2024 programme on Wednesday. (HT Photo)
Updated on Apr 25, 2024 08:18 AM IST

2024 Lok Sabha polls: Amid history of change, Rohilkhand’s heart Amroha a magnet for top leaders

Since 1980, the Amroha constituency has never repeated its MP in successive Lok Sabha elections as the pendulum of victory has swung from one party to another

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath and other BJP leaders in Amroha . (FILE PHOTO)
Updated on Apr 23, 2024 08:02 AM IST
By, Lucknow

Tacit understanding between BJP, BSP to divide votes: Danish Ali

Sitting MP and Congress candidate Danish Ali says the BSP is out of the race and there is a straight fight between the NDA and INDIA bloc in the Amroha Lok Sabha constituency.

Congress’s Amroha candidate Kunwar Danish Ali says he has not betrayed the BSP. (FILE PHOTO)
Updated on Apr 23, 2024 06:56 AM IST
By, Lucknow
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