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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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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

How Yogi factor is evolving in and outside Uttar Pradesh

Besides addressing numerous meetings in Uttar Pradesh, he has toured Uttarakhand, Maharashtra, Rajasthan and the Union territory of Jammu and Kashmir in a week.

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath along with Uttarakhand Chief Minister Pushkar Singh Dhami and others during a public meeting in support of Union Minister of State for Defence and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) candidate Ajay Bhatt ahead of Lok Sabha polls, on Saturday (Pawan Kumar/ ANI)
Updated on Apr 14, 2024 05:11 AM IST
By, Lucknow

Congress-SP alliance yet to launch joint campaign as election nears

Congress and SP are finalizing details for a joint campaign in the INDIA block ahead of the first phase of Lok Sabha elections on April 19, 2024.

Samajwadi Party (SP) President (L), and Congress leader Rahul Gandhi (REUTERS FILE )
Updated on Apr 12, 2024 08:25 PM IST
By, Lucknow

Modi-Yogi big factor in Lok Sabha polls: U.P. minister Suresh Khanna

Even those ideologically opposed to the BJP are going to vote for us, says Uttar Pradesh minister Suresh Khanna

Uttar Pradesh minister finance and parliamentary affairs minister Suresh Khanna. (Deepak Gupta/HT Photo )
Updated on Apr 11, 2024 06:38 AM IST
By, Lucknow

Baghpat: ‘The Land of Mahabharat’ set to witness fierce political battle

Chief minister Yogi Adityanath was the first to mention the Mahabharat connection of Baghpat when, along with Rashtriya Lok Dal chief Jayant Chaudhary on April 5, 2024, he launched the election campaign of RLD leader Rajkumar Sangwan, who has been fielded as the candidate of the BJP-RLD alliance.

Known for its home furnishing products, Baghpat is situated in the agriculturally enriched western region of Uttar Pradesh. (Sourced)
Updated on Apr 08, 2024 10:50 PM IST

SInce 1984: Amroha’s ‘dholak’ added beats to different political song every Lok Sabha election

Amroha, UP, known for 'dholak' & mangoes, has seen political twists. Fielding suspended BSP MP Kunwar Danish Ali, Congress hopes to break losing streak since 1984.

The district witnessed the politics of name change when the Mayawati government named it Jyotiba Phule Nagar. But the Samajwadi Party government led by Akhilesh Yadav decided to change it back to Amroha. (FILE PHOTO)
Updated on Apr 08, 2024 08:28 AM IST
By, Lucknow

Modi’s first poll rally as PM in Pilibhit on April 9

The constituency will go to polls on April 19 without either Maneka or son Varun Gandhi as a candidate for the first time in 35 years.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath during a road show for Ghaziabad candidate Atul Garg ahead of Lok Sabha election on Ambedkar Road in Ghaziabad. (HT)
Updated on Apr 07, 2024 06:52 AM IST
By, Lucknow

UP govt rakes in 18660.30 crore more revenue in 2023-2024

The highest earnings of ₹1,06,271.79 crore came from GST/VAT. This includes ₹75157.81 crore from GST, according to the state government’s revenue collection data

A compensation of <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>4070.30 crore received from the Centre up to March 2024, however, has not been included in the GST collection figures. (Pic for representation)
Updated on Apr 06, 2024 08:38 AM IST

Modi to hold rally in Saharanpur, road show in Ghaziabad today

PM Modi to address election meeting in Saharanpur and hold road show in Ghaziabad. Saharanpur goes to polls on April 19 and Ghaziabad on April 26.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses a public rally in Churu on Friday (Bhajanlal Sharma -X)
Updated on Apr 06, 2024 05:30 AM IST
By, Lucknow

Cong-SP alliance has a long-term goal, may extend to 2027 polls

The people of Rae Bareli and Amethi have expressed their desire for a member of the Gandhi family (Rahul Gandhi or Priyanka Gandhi) to contest the election from these seats. The decision has been made by the Congress high command, and it is expected that a member of the Gandhi family will contest the polls.

All India Congress Committee general secretary (in-charge UP) Avinash Pande (File)
Published on Apr 02, 2024 10:34 PM IST
By, Lucknow

After Akhilesh’s nod, Ujjawal Raman set to contest from Allahabad on Congress ticket

A senior Congress leader, speaking on condition of anonymity, confirmed that Ujjawal Raman Singh is likely to contest the 2024 polls from Allahabad on a Congress ticket.

Ujjawal Raman Singh (File)
Published on Mar 27, 2024 10:49 PM IST

Brand Yogi at play, will investment upswing help BJP’s Mission 80 in Uttar Pradesh?

Yogi Adityanath himself has time and again stated that Uttar Pradesh shed the BIMARU tag and is turning out to be the best destination for investors.

The Yogi 2.0 government organised GBC 4.0 in Lucknow on February 19 to implement investment proposals of <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>10.11 lakh crore. (FILE PHOTO)
Updated on Mar 22, 2024 08:20 AM IST
By, Lucknow

Danish Ali joins Congress, likely to be its pick in Amroha

Amroha is one of the 17 Lok Sabha seats allocated to the Congress in alliance with the Samajwadi Party.

Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) MP Danish Ali joins Congress in the presence of Congress leader Pawan Khera, at AICC headquarters, in New Delhi on Wednesday (Mohd Zakir/ ANI)
Updated on Mar 21, 2024 06:12 AM IST
By, Lucknow

Congress to weigh political equations, winnability in candidate selection

The Samajwadi Party, the main partner of the INDIA bloc in the state with 108 MLAs and two Lok Sabha MPs, has got the remaining 63 Lok Sabha seats, out of which it has given Bhadohi to the Trinamool Congress.

After bagging 21 seats in the 2009 Lok Sabha election, it got only two seats in 2014 and one in 2019 Lok Sabha elections. (FOR REPRESENTATION)
Updated on Mar 20, 2024 05:52 AM IST
By, Lucknow

With over 1,100 GOs in 2 weeks, Yogi govt keeps development work rolling

About 1,109 GOs were issued from March 1, to 16, 2024 prior to the announcement of Lok Sabha polls schedule

The UP chief minister visited 25 districts between March 1 and 16, 2024. (HT file)
Updated on Mar 19, 2024 06:16 AM IST
By, Lucknow

Do-or-die battle for Congress in Uttar Pradesh

The Congress, which had won 83 out of 85 Lok Sabha seats in undivided Uttar Pradesh in 1984, saw a significant decline in its fortunes by 2014, managing to win only Rae Bareli and Amethi.

In the 2019 LS elections, senior party leader Rahul Gandhi suffered a defeat to union minister Smriti Irani in Amethi. (Sourced)
Updated on Mar 17, 2024 05:00 AM IST

Congress faces uphill task in making alliance in UP work in its favour

Congress has secured 17 out of Uttar Pradesh’s 80 Lok Sabha seats through its alliance with Samajwadi Party. The remaining 63 seats have been allocated to SP.

The Congress joined hands with the SP in 2017 assembly election and fielded its candidates on 114 seats in the 403-member state assembly. (HT file)
Updated on Mar 15, 2024 12:28 AM IST

Lok Sabha Polls: Rahul, Priyanka from Amethi, Rae Bareli: Congress PEC resolution

Uttar Pradesh Congress Committee (UPCC) and district Congress committees of Rae Bareli and Amethi have already recommended the names of Priyanka Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi from the two seats.

Lok Sabha Polls: Rahul, Priyanka from Amethi, Rae Bareli: Congress PEC resolution (Pic for representation)
Updated on Mar 10, 2024 09:13 PM IST
By, Lucknow
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