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Umesh Raghuvanshi is a journalist with over three decade experience. He covers politics, finance, environment and social issues. He has covered all assembly and parliament elections in Uttar Pradesh since 1984.

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Polling in Rae Bareli, Amethi: Rahul mingles with workers, voters; coaxes naysayers to vote

Despite peaceful polling in Rae Bareli and Amethi, complaints of skirmishes between Congress and BJP workers arose over alleged snatching of poll material.

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi getting a selfie clicked with voters in Rae Bareli on Monday. (HT Photo)
Updated on May 20, 2024 09:52 PM IST
By, Rae Bareli/amethi

Amethi: BJP's Smriti Irani takes on Gandhi family loyalist KL Sharma

Irani is seeking reelection from the constituency. The Congress has fielded Gandhi-family loyalist KL Sharma from the seat that the BJP won in 2019

Union Minister and BJP candidate Smriti Irani at her residence after her election campaign in Amethi on May 2.(PTI)
Published on May 19, 2024 01:10 AM IST

‘People have immense problems, there’s an upsurge against BJP’: Priyanka Gandhi

Speaking to HT, Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi says people are fed up with politics that does not address the real hardships they are facing.

interview Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi says people want a politics that delivers development and prosperity to them. (Deepak Gupta/HT)
Updated on May 19, 2024 05:44 AM IST

BJP leaders should first read our manifesto, then decode it: Priyanka Gandhi

“In today’s world, lies have to be countered with the truth vociferously,” Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra says in an exclusive interview with HT

interview Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra says the alliance leaders will take a decision collectively on who will be PM if the INDIA bloc wins the polls. (Deepak Gupta/Hindustan Times)
Updated on May 19, 2024 12:28 PM IST

Sonia back on Rae Bareli poll pitch, as campaigner for Rahul

Sonia Gandhi emotionally hands over son Rahul to Rae Bareli, urging voters to treat him like family. Rahul vows to defeat Modi in upcoming elections.

Congress leaders Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi with Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav in Rae Bareli on Friday. (Deepak Gupta/HT Photo)
Updated on May 18, 2024 06:08 AM IST
By, Lucknow

Rahul Gandhi, Akhilesh Yadav hit out at PM Modi on Rae Bareli-Amethi campaign trail

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi referred to his family’s 100-year old relationship with Rae Bareli to connect with the people

Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav and Congress leader Rahul Gandhi at a public meeting in Amethi on Friday. (PTI PHOTO)
Updated on May 18, 2024 06:24 AM IST
By, Lucknow

Giving you my son, he will never disappoint: Sonia Gandhi’s emotional pitch in Rae Bareli

Rahul Gandhi is now contesting the Rae Bareli seat for which polling will be held in the fifth phase on May 20. He was also in the fray in Kerala’s Wayanad, which he represents in the Lok Sabha and where voting took place on April 26.

Congress leaders Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi in Rae Bareli on Friday. (Deepak Gupta/Hindustan Times)
Published on May 17, 2024 09:53 PM IST
By, Lucknow

‘BJP will not reach double digit in south India’: DK Shivakumar

Karnataka deputy chief minister DK Shivakumar said the NDA may get around 200 seats but the BJP would not reach double digit in the southern states.

Karnataka Deputy Chief Minister and Congress leader D K Shivakumar (PTI)
Updated on May 17, 2024 12:20 AM IST

I’ve come here to fight for your dreams, says Rahul Gandhi

He begins his address by talking about his family’s century-old relationship with the people of Rae Bareli. He recounts how his great-grandfather Jawaharlal Nehru, who later became the first Prime Minister of India, visited the agitating farmers of Rae Bareli.

Rahul Gandhi (File)
Updated on May 15, 2024 07:30 AM IST

Election in Pincodes: Hearts, minds collide in a fraying Congress stronghold

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

BJP’s Smriti Irani and Congress’s Kishori Lal Sharma during roadshows in Amethi. (ANI & PTI)
Updated on May 14, 2024 08:20 AM IST

In Rae Bareli, Rahul Gandhi invokes Jawaharlal Nehru, Indira Gandhi

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi recalls his family’s relationship with the constituency, says those who have learnt politics in Rae Bareli have become prime ministers of the country

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi at a public meeting in Rae Bareli on Monday. (PTI PHOTO)
Updated on May 14, 2024 05:48 AM IST
By, Rae Bareli

It’s ‘Gandhi parivar ki guarantee’ for Congress’ Sharma in Amethi

“I will serve you in the same way the Gandhi family served you. You will not get any opportunity to make complaints and if you have any complaints Priyanka Gandhi will be there supervising me. Her doors will always remain open for you,” assured KL Sharma addressing a public meeting in Amethi on Friday.

Priyanka Gandhi is obviously fighting the election for KL Sharma and she has made the poll for Amethi Lok Sabha seat a fight between the Gandhi family and union minister Smriti Irani, who is seeking re-election as a BJP candidate . (HT FILE)
Updated on May 12, 2024 05:48 AM IST

2024 Lok Sabha elections: No “netagiri”, it’s “matagiri” for Maneka Gandhi in Sultanpur

“I am not a national or international leader here. I am a “Maa” (mother),” says the eight-time MP Maneka Gandhi as she strikes a chord with people and sticks to local issues in Sultanpur

BJP MP Maneka Gandhi in Sultanpur. (ANI FILE PHOTO)
Updated on May 11, 2024 05:04 AM IST
By, Sultanpur

In battleground Amethi, Priyanka pitches it as Smriti Irani vs the Gandhis

Priyanka Gandhi made this campaign pitch as she reached battleground Amethi to address party workers and finalise the poll strategy on Thursday.

Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra addressing a public meeting in Amethi on Thursday. (PTI PHOTO)
Updated on May 10, 2024 08:12 AM IST
By, Lucknow

Priyanka plays Nehru-Gandhi family card in Rae Bareli

The Congress general secretary slams the PM for abusing her father, brother, and diverting attention from genuine issues.

Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra being garlanded by party leaders during the public meeting for the Lok Sabha Polls, in Raebareli on Wednesday. (ANI)
Updated on May 08, 2024 10:46 PM IST

Varun is a good politician and will make his mark, says Maneka

All the major roads have been built...we have done the needful in the power sector... transformers and wiring etc have been changed, says former minister

Maneka Gandhi is seeking a re-election from Sultanpur Lok Sabha seat. (File Photo)
Updated on May 08, 2024 06:44 AM IST

People of Amethi not behind Cong’s loss in 2019: Kishori Lal Sharma

KL Sharma will go head-to-head against union minister Smriti Irani in Amethi for the Lok Sabha elections

Kishori Lal Sharma is Congress candidate from Amethi seat. (ANI photo)
Published on May 07, 2024 11:40 AM IST
By, Amethi

Priyanka to camp in family bastion to bolster Rahul’s campaign

Barely 329 hours are left to the poll from now...keep some hours for sleep and give the rest to me, Congress leader tells party workers in Rae Bareli

Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi speaks during a ‘workers meeting’, in Rae Bareli, Monday. (Sourced)
Updated on May 07, 2024 05:20 AM IST

2024 Lok Sabha polls: Loyalist in the fray, Amethi still a prestige battle for Gandhi family

Priyanka Gandhi was present in Amethi on Friday to underline Kishori Lal Sharma’s importance and association with the Gandhi family. She mentioned this fact before Sharma filed his nomination papers in Amethi.

Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra addresses supporters at the party office before the filing of nomination by party candidate from Amethi Kishori Lal Sharma. (ANI PHOTO)
Updated on May 05, 2024 05:00 AM IST
By, Lucknow

Rahul Gandhi renews Nehru-Gandhi family’s over six-decade bond with Rae Bareli

Amethi, however, saw a non-Gandhi family member Kishori Lal Sharma file his nomination papers as a Congress candidate after 26 years

Rahul Gandhi waves to supporters in Rae Bareli. (PTI PHOTO)
Updated on May 04, 2024 06:00 AM IST
By, Rae Bareli/amethi

Rahul takes UP plunge, this time from Rae Bareli

Rahul Gandhi files nomination from Rae Bareli, ending suspense. Priyanka Gandhi Vadra opts out of Amethi. BJP claims Rahul fled. Congress strategizes for UP.

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi files his nomination for the Lok Sabha elections in Rae Bareli on Friday. (PTI)
Updated on May 04, 2024 03:09 AM IST

2024 Lok Sabha elections: Why Priyanka Gandhi opted out of poll race

Both Priyanka Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi are on the party’s list of star campaigners and have been extensively campaigning across the country.

Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi and her brother Rahul Gandhi. (PTI PHOTO)
Updated on May 04, 2024 04:52 AM IST
By, Rae Bareli/amethi

Brought to Amethi by Rajiv Gandhi in 1983, KL Sharma now a Congress candidate

I draw my strength from people of constituency and Gandhi family, says Congress Amethi candidate KL Sharma

Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra addresses supporters at the party office before filing of nomination papers by party’s Amethi candidate Kishori Lal Sharma for the Lok Sabha elections, in Amethi on Friday. (ANI PHOTO)
Updated on May 03, 2024 09:03 PM IST
By, Amethi

Suspense ends,Rahul Gandhi files nomination in Rae Bareli

Kishori Lal Sharma, an aide of the Gandhi family, has been fielded from Rahul Gandhi’s former Lok Sabha constituency of Amethi

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi with his mother Sonia Gandhi after filing his nomination in Rae Bareli on Friday. (Deepak Gupta/HT Photo)
Updated on May 04, 2024 09:10 AM IST
By, Amethi/rae Bareli

Rahul Gandhi to contest from Rae Bareli, Congress fields KL Sharma from Amethi

Priyanka Gandhi is likely to arrive in Amethi to accompany Sharma for the filing of nomination papers, and later accompany Rahul Gandhi in Rae Bareli

Congress MP Rahul Gandhi addresses a public meeting in the run up to the Lok Sabha polls in Shimoga, Karnataka. (PTI Photo)
Published on May 03, 2024 08:12 AM IST

Congress gears up for D-Day in Rae Bareli, Amethi

A Congress legal team, which arrived in Rae Bareli on Wednesday, visited Amethi, too, on Thursday and gave final touches to the preparations for nominations

All eyes are set on the Congress’s announcement of candidates for Rae Bareli and Amethi. (FILE PHOTO)
Updated on May 03, 2024 04:50 AM IST
By, Rae Bareli/amethi

Rae Bareli-Amethi suspense escalates as nomination deadline nears

As Rae Bareli and Amethi go to vote in the fifth phase on May 20, barely four days are left for the filing of nomination papers to end.

Besides the possibility of Priyanka Gandhi being fielded from Rae Bareli and Rahul Gandhi from Amethi, there are also indications that only one of the two leaders will contest from UP, say state Congress leaders. (FILE PHOTO)
Updated on Apr 30, 2024 09:34 AM IST
By, Lucknow

Lok Sabha elections: Congress' silence on Rae Bareli, Amethi sparks buzz

The Congress and the Samajwadi Party are contesting the polls together, the former in 17 of the 80 Lok Sabha seats in the state

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi and Mallikarjun Kharge(File)
Published on Apr 25, 2024 09:59 AM IST

Pithy, apt, engaging: Poll slogans that captivated and those that didn’t

Slogans shape elections reflecting the nation's mood. BJP's "Abki Baar 400 Paar" aims for a third term. Past slogans shaped political fortunes.

For representation only (HT File Photo)
Updated on Apr 21, 2024 12:30 PM IST
By, Lucknow

PM Modi in Amroha: How can Yaduvanshis be with those disrespecting Krishna?

Modi questions Samajwadi Party, Rashtriya Janata Dal for alliance with Congress in Uttar Pradesh and Bihar. In a veiled dig at Rahul and Akhilesh, PM says “do shehzade” busy with the shoot of a film already rejected by people, alleges Cong’s Amroha candidate averse to saying “Bharat Mata Ki Jai”

Prime Minister Narendra Modi with a dholak at a rally in Amroha, in the presence of Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath and others on Friday. (ANI PHOTO )
Updated on Apr 19, 2024 10:25 PM IST
By, Lucknow
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