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Rohit K Singh is a Principal Correspondent. He writes on crime, police and social issues

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Maya names nephew Akash star campaigner for U’khand, Punjab bypolls

After the Lok Sabha elections on May 7, the BSP chief removed Anand as the party’s national coordinator and her designated political successor

Akash Anand’s name figures in second place after Mayawati in the list released ahead of the party’s meeting on Sunday. (File)
Updated on Jun 23, 2024 06:26 AM IST
By, Lucknow

BJP gets a drubbing in all five Lok Sabha seats of Ayodhya division

SP’s strategy to field Dalit and OBC candidates from three non-reserved constituency of the division dealt a severe blow

The Ayodhya division comprises Faizabad, Amethi, Ambedkar Nagar, Sultanpur and Barabanki districts. (For Representation)
Updated on Jun 06, 2024 05:08 AM IST
By, Lucknow

2024 polls: In U.P., SP wrests Mohanlalganj Lok Sabha seat from BJP

SP's RK Chaudhary wins Mohanlalganj LS seat after 10 years, defeating BJP's Kaushal Kishore by 70,292 votes. BSP candidate played spoilsport.

SP’s RK Chaudhary, who won the Mohanlalganj Lok Sabha seat, after receiving his certificate of victory from Lucknow district magistrate Surya Pal Gangwar on June 4. (Sourced)
Updated on Jun 05, 2024 05:04 AM IST
By, Lucknow

In contest of contrasts, educationist faces poll test again Afzal

Fielded by the BJP, Rai is facing Afzal Ansari, the elder brother of don-politician Mukhtar Ansari, who died due to cardiac arrest in Banda jail on March 28.

Afzal Ansari (R) won as a joint candidate of the BSP-SP alliance in the 2019 Lok Sabha polls, defeating former Union minister Manoj Sinha by over 1.19 lakh votes. (HT File)
Updated on May 30, 2024 06:12 AM IST
By, Lucknow

Three decades on, rape survivor in UP gets justice due to son’s efforts

Court in Shahjahanpur sentences two men to 10-year imprisonment for raping a 12-year-old girl in 1994; fine of ₹10,000 each slapped on the convicts, both brothers

The incident occurred in Shahjahanpur in 1994, when the convicts, who were family acquaintances of the survivor, raped her multiple times and impregnated her at the age of 12. (Pic for representation)
Updated on May 23, 2024 09:20 AM IST

EC update: 52.28pc polling in Lucknow, Mohanlalganj stands at 62.88pc

Final voter turnout in Lucknow Lok Sabha seat is 52.28%, lower than 2019, while Mohanlalganj exceeded previous turnout with 62.88%.

This time, voter turnout was 2.5 percent below as compared to 2019 Lok Sabha polls. (For Representation)
Updated on May 22, 2024 05:32 AM IST
By, Lucknow

Polling in Mohanlalganj: It’s 60% plus for 3 years in a row

Among five assembly segments of Mohanlalganj Lok Sabha, the highest voter turnout of 64.68% was witnessed in Sidhauli, followed by 63.21% of another rural assembly segment of Mohanlalganj

Voters standing in a queue to cast their vote at a polling station during the fifth phase of Lok Sabha polls in Mohanlalganj. (HT Photo)
Updated on May 21, 2024 08:58 AM IST

BJP’s 400-paar slogan hints at plan to change the Constitution, says SP Mohanlalganj candidate

Claiming that BJP was spreading hate and favoured industrialists, Chaudhary has begun campaigning in the dusty lanes of this predominantly rural constituency, dominated by Dalits.

RK Chaudhary (HT photo)
Updated on May 17, 2024 09:14 AM IST
By, Lucknow

Waning clout, convictions keep many U.P. strongmen out of poll race

Recently on March 28, jailed Mafioso-turned-politician Mukhtar Ansari, who claimed to have an impact in some seats of Ghazipur, Mau and adjoining areas, died due to cardiac arrest in Banda jail. He was five-term MLA from Mau Sadar seat and helped make his elder brother Afzal Ansari an MP from Ghazipur Lok Sabha seat twice.

Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh campaigning in Kaiserganj before he was denied ticket from BJP . (Sourced)
Updated on May 17, 2024 07:10 AM IST

2024 Lok Sabha elections: Spanning 166 km, vast Mohanlalganj the “ring” around Lucknow’s “pearl”

Touching five districts, besides Lucknow, the extensive constituency has a mix of urban and rural voters and the issues range from agrarian and welfare-oriented ones in the villages to civic concerns in the city areas

A geographical profile of Mohanlalganj Lok Sabha constituency. (SOURCED)
Published on May 15, 2024 04:08 PM IST
By, Lucknow

BSP yet to beat spoilsport factor to taste LS success in Mohanlalganj

Mayawati-led party has never won the dalit dominated seat; Cong has won it seven times while SP and BJP have bagged it four times each.

The ruins of Maharaja Bijli Pasi Quila in Lucknow. Around 21% of voters in the Mohanlalganj Lok Sabha constituency are estimated to be Pasis. (Sourced)
Updated on May 08, 2024 06:48 AM IST
By, Lucknow

BSP replaces Dhananjay’s wife with sitting MP Shyam Singh Yadav from Jaunpur

Interestingly, both Singh and Kushwaha have played mentorship roles in Dhananjay Singh’s political journey. Kripa Shankar Singh, who quit the Congress in 2019 and joined the BJP in 2021, is said to have provided patronage to Dhananjay Singh during his initial days, while Kushwaha helped him to get an MP ticket from the BSP.

Bahujan Samaj Party chief Mayawati (HT File)
Updated on May 06, 2024 10:45 PM IST

Shyam Singh Yadav announced as new BSP candidate from Jaunpur LS seat

MP Dhananjay Singh’s wife Shrikala Dhananjay Singh was replaced despite having being earlier named by the BSP as their candidate from the Jaunpur LS seat

Polling in Jaunpur will take place in the sixth phase on May 25. (Representative file photo)
Published on May 06, 2024 10:38 AM IST

Mohanlalganj: Rapid Urbanisation tilts the election ball game in the largely rural constituency

Though the rural voter base still far exceeds the urban count, Sarojini Nagar and Bakshi Ka Talab assembly constituencies are witnessing fast-paced urbanisation and the emergence of a new middle class.

For representation (Sourced)
Published on May 02, 2024 10:01 PM IST

Amending Constitution not on BJP agenda, international conspiracy behind Opposition canards: Kaushal Kishore

BJP respects Babasaheb, is contesting polls on the basis of Modi government’s performance over the last decade, will retain power with a bigger majority, says Union minister of state Kaushal Kishore

Union minister of state for housing and urban affairs Kaushal Kishore. (FILE PHOTO)
Updated on Apr 30, 2024 06:12 AM IST
By, Lucknow

Shrikala Dhananjay Singh is now in the political fray in UP’s Hindi heartland

Singh's candidacy underlines the BSP's strategy to leverage her husband's political influence, setting the stage for an intense electoral battle

Dhananjay Singh’s wife Shrikala is a BSP candidate from Jaunpur (File)
Published on Apr 26, 2024 02:14 AM IST

‘Ghar Aaja Pardesi’ call amid rising concern over less voter turnout

The Jaunpur district administration started calling voters who have migrated for jobs and higher studies

Jaunpur District Magistrate Ravindra Kumar Mandar talking to a migrant . (HT photo)
Updated on Apr 26, 2024 08:54 AM IST
By, Lucknow

Jaunpur battle hots up as Dhananjay’s wife Shrikala throws hat in the ring

Riding high on his political and social clout, Shrikala, who is sitting Zila Panchayat chairman from Jaunpur, is up against two seasoned politicians

Dhananjay Singh’s wife Shrikala is a BSP candidate from Jaunpur (File)
Updated on Apr 17, 2024 09:34 AM IST
By, Lucknow

Rise of political heirs in Uttar Pradesh’s poll arena

The second and third generations of many political stalwarts from Uttar Pradesh will be entering the electoral battlefield to carry forward their family’s political legacy.

Five members from MSY’s clan likely to enter the political arena (Sourced)
Updated on Apr 14, 2024 06:46 AM IST

Mukhtar’s missing ‘Sikandar’ is among UP’s most wanted

He was the key planner and executor in UP’s most sensational murder of BJP MLA Krishna Nand Rai when Ansari was lodged in Agra jail and other sensational kidnapping and murders allegedly committed by Ansari’s gang IS-191.

Atta-Ur-Rehman alias Sikandar (Photo from police records)
Published on Apr 04, 2024 09:43 AM IST
By, Lucknow

Mukhtar Ansari’s crime clout shrank as aides fell one by one

It all started with the sensational killing of Munna Bajrangi, 51, when he was shot dead by another murder convict, gangster Sunil Rathi, inside the Baghpat jail on July 9, 2018

Mukhtar Ansari’s two other associates - Merajuddin and Mukeem Kala - were sprayed with bullets by another jailed gangster Anshu Dixit in a shootout inside Chitrakoot jail on May 14, 2021 (File Photo)
Updated on Mar 30, 2024 05:34 AM IST

The 5 killings that made Ansari ‘uncrowned king’ of UP’s crime world

Desperate to start his political career, Mukhtar Ansari allegedly got killed a Dalit politician Vishwanath Ram Munib, who was BSP candidate from Mau Sadar assembly, in 1993, says former UP DGP

The murder of Krishnanand Rai, 50, BJP MLA from Mohammadabad assembly, along with six associates on November 29, 2005, sparked outrage in UP. (Pic for representation)
Updated on Mar 30, 2024 05:18 AM IST

Mukhtar Ansari, five-time former Uttar Pradesh MLA with 63 cases, eight convictions

Mukhtar Ansari feared a threat to his life as four close associates were killed while in judicial custody since 2018.

Mukhtar Ansari. (FILE PHOTO)
Updated on Mar 29, 2024 09:22 AM IST
By, Lucknow

Mukhtar Ansari back in jail after treatment

A few days ago, Mafioso-turned-politician Mukhtar, who was hospitalised on Tuesday morning after complaining of abdominal pain, accused the jail administration of giving him slow poison. His health deteriorated after consuming a meal on March 19.

Afzal further said that Mukhtar’s younger son, Umar Ansari, along with his wife, also reached the hospital, but he was not allowed to meet his father. (File)
Published on Mar 26, 2024 07:46 PM IST

YOGI@7:Can Yogi’s resolve against crime seal the deal for BJP?

Will the Brand Yogi of governance, specially it’s approach towards the criminals and the big mafia, help the BJP with that extra glue, to hit the bulls eye in it’s Mission 80 in Uttar Pradesh in the Lok Sabha polls. Political experts say winning a high tally of seats in the state is crucial for the BJP’s aspirations of forming the government at the Centre for a third consecutive term.

As Yogi Adityanath completes seven years as chief minister, his party the BJP goes into Lok Sabha polls aspiring for a third straight term with Narendra Modi as the Prime Minister again (HT FILE)
Updated on Mar 23, 2024 07:48 AM IST

UP police recruitment exam: Were question papers kept unguarded at warehouse?

UP DGP said the paper leak happened due to the negligence of the outsourced agency but refused to identify the agency involved in the printing process, saying it was against norms

The question paper leak suggested that an outsider easily went inside the warehouse with the help of its employees and clicked photographs of question papers after opening the storage trunk, said a retired IPS officer. (Pic for representation)
Updated on Mar 16, 2024 05:24 AM IST

Mukhtar sentenced to life imprisonment in gun licence case

Mukhtar Ansari has been sentenced to another life term by the Varanasi MP/MLA court for obtaining a firearm using fake signatures of the DM and SP and slapped a penalty of ₹2.02 lakh. This is the eighth case in which Ansari has been sentenced, including two life terms, in the past 18 months.

Ansari is currently incarcerated in Banda jail and was produced before the court through video conferencing. (Sourced)
Published on Mar 13, 2024 06:18 PM IST

Jeeva’s wife added to list of most wanted women gangsters

The Muzaffarnagar police have announced a reward of ₹25,000 on her arrest. Other women gangsters on the most wanted list are wives of Mukhtar Ansari and slain mafioso Atiq Ahmad.

For Representation Only (HT File)
Updated on Mar 02, 2024 10:52 PM IST
By, Lucknow

Mining case back in focus with CBI notice to Akhilesh Yadav

Between June 2017 and July 2019, CBI registered five FIRs against 44 people regarding illegal mining in Uttar Pradesh

Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav at a press conference in Lucknow on Wednesday. (Mushtaq Ali/HT)
Updated on Feb 29, 2024 05:32 AM IST
By, Lucknow

Bajrang Dal members arrested over cow slaughtering in UP's Moradabad

Among the four members arrested include the district chief of the Bajrang Dal unit in Moradabad.

Police officials briefing the media in Moradabad on Thursday (Sourced)
Updated on Feb 02, 2024 05:54 AM IST
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