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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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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

Lok Sabha polls in Uttar Pradesh: Congress works out equations, zeroes in on contestants

The Congress will contest 17 Lok Sabha seats in Uttar Pradesh and the SP will field its candidates on 63 other seats in the state, according to the arrangement announced by the two parties on Wednesday.

Congress and Samajwadi Party leaders at a joint press conference in Lucknow on Wednesday. (Mushtaq Ali/HT)
Updated on Feb 22, 2024 06:26 AM IST
By, Lucknow

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

In Rae Bareli, the Gandhi question looms

Uttar Pradesh BJP secretary Abhijat Mishra said if the Congress leadership is so focused on choosing a Gandhi for the seat, why should the name of a family member of Mahatma Gandhi not be considered

Many locals say either Rahul or Priyanka should contest from the Cong’s traditional Lok Sabha seat. (HT file)
Updated on Feb 21, 2024 06:18 AM IST
By, Rae Bareli

Uttar Pradesh’s trillion-dollar economy goal: From Modi’s vision to Yogi’s execution

The Uttar Pradesh government has worked out a roadmap to achieve the objective of making the state a trillion-dollar economy in five years (2027-28)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Uttar Pradesh governor Anandiben Patel, defence minister Rajnath Singh, chief minister Yogi Adityanath and others at the Ground-Breaking Ceremony 4.0, in Lucknow on Monday. (Deepak Gupta/HT Photo)
Updated on Feb 20, 2024 06:12 AM IST
By, Lucknow

PM Modi to launch over 10 lakh crore projects at GBC 4.0 in Lucknow

The GBC 4.0 that will continue till February 11 will see the rollout of projects in four regions and 75 districts of the state.

For Representation Only (PTI File)
Updated on Feb 19, 2024 09:10 AM IST
By, Lucknow

GBC 4.0: Post-UPGIS surge augments tally of investment proposals

Over 14,600 proposals will be implemented at the ceremony. Out of this, nearly 5000 were not among the Memorandums of Understanding (MoUs) signed ahead of UPGIS-2023.

ttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath during the UP Global Investors Summit, in Mumbai, India on January 04, 2023. (Photo by Bhushan Koyande/HT Photo) (HT FILE PHOTO)
Published on Feb 17, 2024 10:58 PM IST
By, Lucknow

Who is Acharya Pramod Krishnam, the Congress worker expelled recently?

The temple chief of Kalki Dham has invited the PM and UP CM to attend the foundation stone laying ceremony of the temple on February 19

Sambhal, Feb 12 (ANI): Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath visits Kalki Dham ahead of the Kalki Dham bhumi Pujan by PM Narendra Modi on Feb 19, in Sambhal on Monday. Former Congress leader Acharya Pramod Krishnam is also present. (ANI Photo)(Ravi Prakash)
Published on Feb 16, 2024 06:56 PM IST

Groundbreaking ceremony: Launch of investment projects to narrow regional disparities in UP

Though final shape is being given to the region-wise and district-wise breakup of investments, there are indications that the share of west UP will come to nearly 50%, east UP 28-30% while central UP may get 13-14%; Bundelkhand’s share may be in the range of 6-7%

Preparations for GBC 4.0 at Indira Gandhi Pratishthan in Lucknow on Thursday. (Deepak Gupta/HT Photo)
Updated on Feb 15, 2024 10:15 PM IST

Priyanka to join Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra today

Priyanka’s move to join the yatra comes at a time when the partymen are demanding that she should contest 2024 Lok Sabha election from Rae Bareli seat keeping in view party’s top leader Sonia Gandhi’s move to take the Rajya Sabha route to the parliament via Rajasthan.

A poster depicting the image of Congress leaders Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra put up in Prayagraj on Thursday. (ANI)
Published on Feb 15, 2024 09:04 PM IST

Sonia’s RS shift fuels Priyanka-from-Rae Bareli demand

Rae Bareli is the only constituency Congress won in 2019 Lok Sabha elections from Uttar Pradesh that sends 80 MPs to the Lok Sabha.

Sonia Gandhi (File)
Updated on Feb 15, 2024 09:24 AM IST
By, Lucknow

Groundbreaking Ceremony likely to be launchpad for investments in 25 sectors

Those aware of the development say they include 325 projects each with investments of over ₹500 crore

Preparations underways at Indira Gandhi Pratishthan in Lucknow for the massive event starting February 19 (Deepak Gupta)
Updated on Feb 15, 2024 09:06 AM IST
By, Lucknow

Groundbreaking ceremony: Lucknow’s industrial profile to shift gears with Ashok Leyland unit

Ashok Leyland has decided to set up its electric bus manufacturing unit in Lucknow on part of the land of the now under-closure Scooters India Limited (SIL) that manufactured the once popular Vijay Super scooter here.

Yamaha is another automobile company shortlisted for the groundbreaking ceremony though not many details are available about its project. (FOR REPRESENTATION)
Updated on Feb 13, 2024 06:06 AM IST
By, Lucknow

Uttar Pradesh assembly: Yogi Adityanath targets Samajwadi Party over Ayodhya, Kashi, Mathura

Yogi Adityanath’s attack on Akhilesh Yadav came before Uttar Pradesh assembly was adjourned sine die after giving its nod to the annual budget of ₹7.36 lakh crore

Chief minister Yogi Adityanath speaks in the Uttar Pradesh assembly on Saturday. (Deepak Gupta/HT Photo)
Updated on Feb 11, 2024 06:48 AM IST
By, Lucknow

RLD to go to Ayodhya for Ram Lalla darshan with MLAs of BJP, other parties on February 11

The move comes amid a strong buzz about the RLD’s growing rift with its ally, the Samajwadi Party, and increasing proximity to the BJP

Devotees on way to Ram Janmabhoomi temple in Ayodhya. (FILE PHOTO)
Updated on Feb 09, 2024 06:00 AM IST
By, Lucknow

Meeting Modi, Yogi not a crime: Pramod Krishnam

Krishnam, who has been in the news in recent days for his stance on the Ram Temple issue, has invited Prime Minister Narendra Modi to lay the foundation stone of Kalki Dham in Sambhal on February 19.

Pramod Krishnam (HT FILE)
Updated on Feb 07, 2024 08:38 AM IST
By, Lucknow

Yogi govt dedicates Uttar Pradesh budget to Ram, says it will ensure ‘lok mangal’

In run-up to Lok Sabha polls, Uttar Pradesh’s ₹7.36-lakh crore budget gives priority to infrastructure development, education and welfare

Uttar Pradesh finance minister Suresh Khanna presents the state budget in the U.P. assembly in Lucknow on Monday. (Deepak Gupta/HT Photo)
Updated on Feb 06, 2024 09:10 AM IST
By, Lucknow

UP government’s indebtedness set to go up three-fold

The state’s fiscal deficit which was ₹32,513.16 crore (3.40 per cent of the GSDP) in 2014-2015 is expected to go up to ₹86,530.51 crore (3.46 percent of the GSDP) in 2024-2025.

Uttar Pradesh Vidhan Bhawan (Sourced)
Published on Feb 05, 2024 09:23 PM IST

Welfare, infra, trillion-dollar economy likely to be top U.P. budget goals today

As the budget is being presented weeks ahead of 2024 Lok Sabha elections, minister for finance Suresh Khanna will have to strike a balance between making allocations for infrastructure development and announcing some welfare measures for the youths, women and farmers.

UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath addressing at Vidhan Sabha House in Lucknow. (File)
Updated on Feb 05, 2024 06:18 AM IST
By, Lucknow

Cong, SP at odds over 6-8 seats amid gap between claims, reality

There are indications that leaders of the two parties will meet again the next week, including on Monday/Tuesday, for further talks.

Samajwadi Party (SP) President and and Congress party’s Rahul Gandhi (REUTERS FILE)
Updated on Feb 04, 2024 05:26 AM IST
By, Lucknow

UP Budget session begins: “Rashtra Mandir” in Ayodhya will strengthen Ram Rajya concept, says guv

Uttar Pradesh Governor Anandiben Patel faced opposition members shouting 'go back' slogans during her address to the legislature. She referred to the Ram temple in Ayodhya as the "Rashtra Mandir" and praised the enshrinement of Ram Lala in the new temple. Despite the opposition's protests, Patel highlighted the achievements of the Yogi government and its commitment to good governance and economic growth. Investment proposals exceeding ₹40 lakh crore were received during the Uttar Pradesh Global Investors Summit-2023.

Uttar Pradesh governor Anandiben Patel during her address to the joint sitting of the Uttar Pradesh legislature on the first day of the Budget session on February 2. (Deepak Gupta/HT)
Updated on Feb 03, 2024 05:22 AM IST
By, Lucknow

Budget session from today: UP assembly likely to witness uproarious scenes

“Farmers are facing problems, and the state government is not taking care of interests of youth and women; we will also raise the issue of rising inflation,” says SP chief whip

Congress Legislature Party leader Aradhana Mishra ‘Mona’ said her party would raise the issues of public interest. (File Pic)
Published on Feb 01, 2024 10:05 PM IST

Lok Sabha polls: Samajwadi Party's first list underlines INDIA bloc challenges

Samajwadi Party has unilaterally released its first list of candidates for Lok Sabha polls even as it holds seat-sharing talks with Congress

The Samajwadi Party’s unilateral move has come about two weeks before the Congress’s Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra enters Uttar Pradesh on February 14. (PTI PHOTO)
Updated on Feb 02, 2024 06:00 PM IST
By, Lucknow

Uttar Pradesh Budget session from Friday: As new rules bar placards, MLAs may stage innovative protests

This will be the governor’s first address after the Uttar Pradesh Legislative Assembly adopted the Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business of the UP Legislative Assembly-2023.

A view of the Uttar Pradesh Vidhan Sabha proceedings. (FILE PHOTO)
Updated on Feb 01, 2024 06:40 AM IST
By, Lucknow

Aiming high, U.P. to unveil over 7 lakh crore budget for ‘24-25

The Uttar Pradesh government is preparing to present its largest ever annual budget of over ₹7 lakh crore for 2024-2025, with larger allocations for infrastructure development and possible populist announcements ahead of the 2024 Lok Sabha elections. The budget is expected to focus on infrastructure, tourism, and welfare measures for farmers, youths, and women. However, funding such a large expenditure will be a challenge, possibly requiring increased borrowing by the state.

The budget session of Uttar Pradesh legislature will start from February 2. (HT file)
Updated on Jan 31, 2024 05:14 AM IST
By, Lucknow

After faith push, UP govt to focus on development

Gets ready for groundbreaking ceremony next month. Plans implementation of proposals worth ₹10 lakh crore

After faith push, govt to focus on development (file)
Updated on Jan 25, 2024 09:42 AM IST
By, Lucknow

Ram Temple inauguration: Advent of a new era, says PM Modi

The Ram temple would be witness to the India’s rise as a developed nation and the country would reach the top, the PM said.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrives at the Ram Mandir for the 'Pran Pratishtha' ceremony, in Ayodhya, Monday. (PTI)
Updated on Jan 23, 2024 01:19 AM IST
By, Ayodhya

Ayodhya’s grand tryst with faith, history today

'Historic moment’ will take development journey to new heights: PM Modi; President says it’s start of a fresh cycle in country’s resurgence.

A view of the Ram temple in Ayodhya on Sunday evening. (Deepak Gupta/HT )
Updated on Jan 22, 2024 02:07 AM IST

Hot spots that narrate the journey of Ram temple movement

The Bada Sthan (on way from Hanuman Garhi to the then makeshift Ram temple), the Vishwa Hindu Parishad’s Karsevakpuram, Karyashala (workshop), the Maniram Chhavni and the Digambar Akhara are some such spots besides the Ram Janmabhoomi area that are reminiscent of the temple movement

The Vishwa Hindu Parishad’s Karsevakpuram. (HT Photo)
Updated on Jan 22, 2024 08:46 AM IST

‘Shila’ with Ram temple movement history awaits release

Ramchandra Das handed over the ‘Shila’ during the Vishwa Hindu Parishad’s ‘Shiladan’ to Singh in the presence of then VHP president Ashok Singhal at the ‘Bada Sthan’ in Ayodhya on March 15, 2002.

Devi Lal Dabar, an artisan from Rajasthan, giving final touches to a ‘Shila’ to be shifted to the site of Ram temple. (HT Photo)
Updated on Jan 20, 2024 09:24 PM IST
By, Ayodhya:
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