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23-Mar-2019 Lucknow

Mayawati calls Modi greeting Pakistan PM cheating

Bahujan Samaj Party chief Mayawati on Saturday described Prime Minister Narendra Modi's greeting to his Pakistani counterpart Imran Khan on the occasion of their National Day as "cheating" and accused him of double speak for votes."On one hand, for vote bank...

23-Mar-2019 Lucknow

BJP suppressed Dalits, backward communities : Akhilesh Yadav

Launching a blistering attack on the BJP here on Saturday, Samajwadi Party chief and former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav said the party suppressed the Dalits and the backward communities and the people are ready to give their reply in the elections.Yadav's...

23-Mar-2019 Lucknow

BJP's vow of jobless growth creating havoc: Mayawati

Former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister and Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati on Saturday attacked the BJP-led Central government over unemployment in the country, saying that the government's vow of jobless growth is causing havoc.Her remarks came a day...

23-Mar-2019 Lucknow

Venom of hatred will destroy everything : Akhilesh Yadav

Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav on Saturday condemned the attack on a Muslim family in Haryana's Gurugram and said politicians who are trying to disturb the social fabric of the country are unable to understand that the venom of hatred will destroy everything."Whatever...

22-Mar-2019 Lucknow

Advocates of monarchy in politics exposed : Yogi Adityanath

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Friday hit out at the Congress for doubting the bravery of security forces, saying those who advocate "monarchy in our democratic set-up" have been "exposed" by one of the family loyalists."Congress' royal dynast...

22-Mar-2019 Lucknow

BJP must stop pretending to be Indian Army : Akhilesh Yadav

Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav on Friday told the Modi government not to pretend to be the Indian Army and said that governments which say they can't be questioned are dangerous."The sacrifices of our armed forces should never be questioned. To ask questions...

22-Mar-2019 Lucknow

Mayawati taunts 'Main Bhi Chowkidar' campaign

BSP supremo Mayawati on Friday taunted the BJP's 'Main Bhi Chowkidar' campaign, two days after she accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of changing his profile from 'Chaiwala' to 'Chowkidar' only to get votes in the Lok Sabha elections."BJP leaders are scrambling...

19-Mar-2019 Lucknow

UP is now violence free : Yogi Adityanath

Blaming the Congress for turning Uttar Pradesh into a BIMARU state, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath said on Tuesday that the state was now violence free."After 1990, there had been governments of BSP and SP. During this period, the state witnessed a new level...

19-Mar-2019 Lucknow

Modi now 'Chowkidar', no more 'Chaiwala': Mayawati

A day after BJP leaders prefixed 'Chowkidar' (watchman) to their Twitter handles, BSP leader Mayawati on Tuesday hit out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi, saying he has changed his profile from 'Chaiwala' to 'Chowkidar' only to get votes in the Lok Sabha...

18-Mar-2019 Lucknow

There will be no alliance with Congress : Mayawati

A day after the Congress announced that it will not contest on seven Lok Sabha seats in Uttar Pradesh, BSP leader Mayawati on Monday reiterated that there will be no alliance with the grand old party anywhere in the country.In a series of tweets, Mayawati...

17-Mar-2019 Lucknow

Congress not to field candidates in 7 seats in UP

The Congress on Sunday announced it will not contest seven Lok Sabha seats in Uttar Pradesh to return the favour of the Samajwadi Party (SP), the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) and the Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) alliance, which has left two seats for the party in...

16-Mar-2019 Lucknow

Development not Ram temple to be key poll issue : Dinesh Sharma

The BJP invariably raises the Ram temple issue before a general election but not so this time around as it's "not an issue" as it would await the Supreme Court's verdict. The 2019 Lok Sabha elections will be fought on the plank of development, Uttar Pradesh...

16-Mar-2019 Lucknow

BJP sitting MP from Prayagraj joins Samajwadi Party

In a major setback to the BJP ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, the party's sitting MP Shyama Charan Gupta from Prayagraj resigned and joined the Akhilesh Yadav-led Samajwadi Party (SP) on Saturday.Gupta will contest the general elections as an SP...

16-Mar-2019 Lucknow

PM splurges on publicity to hide failures : Mayawati

Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) supremo Mayawati on Saturday accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of wasting public money for self promotion.The former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister tweeted: "Modi was busy mostly in laying foundation stones for various projects. He...

13-Mar-2019 Lucknow

Nothing done for Ganga in past 5 years : Akhilesh Yadav

Samajwadi Party (SP) chief Akhilesh Yadav on Wednesday attacked Prime Minister Narendra Modi for doing nothing to clean the Ganga, a promise he had made in the run up to the Lok Sabha elections in 2014."Swachh Bharat - Failed," the former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister...

08-Mar-2019 Lucknow

PM 'digitally inaugurates' Lucknow Metro Rail's North-South Corridor

The entire 23-km stretch of the Lucknow Metro Rail became operational on Friday as Prime Minister Narendra Modi digitally inaugurated its first commercial run, officials said.After this, the commuters in the state capital will be able to take its ride from...

05-Mar-2019 Lucknow

Balakot has changed the political narrative in UP

The Balakot air strike against a militant training camp in Pakistan and the blitzkrieg that Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP President Amit Shah launched in its aftermath has drastically changed the narrative in the past few days in politically crucial...

03-Mar-2019 Lucknow

PM trying to hide failures behind Indo-Pak tension : Mayawati

Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) supremo Mayawati on Sunday accused the Narendra Modi government of trying to hide behind the Indo-Pak tensions and extract political mileage out of the air strikes on terror launch pads in Balakot in Pakistan.Addressing party office-bearers...

01-Mar-2019 Lucknow

Lok Sabha polls on time, says CEC Sunil Arora

Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) Sunil Arora on Friday said the ongoing tensions between India and Pakistan will have no bearing on the upcoming general elections in April-May this year.Arora was responding to a query on whether the polls could be postponed...

24-Feb-2019 Lucknow

Mayawati trashes PM-KISAN, says it insults farmers

Hours after it was rolled out by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BSP chief Mayawati trashed the ambitious PM-KISAN scheme -- which aims at giving Rs 6,000 annually to small and marginal farmers -- as "inadequate and humiliating"."Giving @ Rs 17 per day to few...

24-Feb-2019 Lucknow

As crucial LS polls near, alliance woes for the BJP mount in UP

At a time when the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is firefighting growing friction and hostilities with its partners elsewhere in the country, its relationship with its allies in the politically crucial Uttar Pradesh seems to be heavily strained.While the...

23-Feb-2019 Lucknow

Amit Shah blasts SP, BSP for destroying cooperative movement

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) President Amit Shah on Saturday lashed out at the Samajwadi Party (SP) and the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) during an event here on Saturday."Capturing the cooperative societies could be part of the SP/BSP mindset, not of the BJP," Shah...

22-Feb-2019 Lucknow

Mulayam's flip-flops to benefit BJP and singe BSP-SP alliance?

Former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister and founder of the Samajwadi Party (SP) Mulayam Singh Yadav continues to baffle his own party leaders and political observers alike by repeatedly making statements that can benefit the Bharatiya Janata party (BJP) and embarrass...

21-Feb-2019 Lucknow

Seven killed in Agra-Lucknow Expressway accident

Seven people were killed and two dozen injured in a road accident on the Agra-Lucknow Expressway on Thursday, police said.The mishap took place in Unnao when a truck  filled with iron pipes overturned and a bus rammed into it from the rear. Two other...

20-Feb-2019 Lucknow

Triple talaq ordinance anti-minority: Akhilesh Yadav

Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav on Wednesday slammed the Modi government for approving an ordinance for a third time to make triple talaq a law.The Modi cabinet on Tuesday evening ratified three ordinances, including one on triple talaq.Yadav said the law...

19-Feb-2019 Lucknow

12 killed in UP accidents

Twelve people were killed in two separate road accidents in Uttar Pradesh on Tuesday, police said.The first accident occurred on the Yamuna Expressway when an ambulance lost control, hit a divider and tumbled onto the other side of the road, smashing into another...

14-Feb-2019 Lucknow

Congress, BJP governments letting loose state terror : Mayawati

 Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) supremo Mayawati on Thursday targeted the Congress once again and slammed it for invoking the National Security Act (NSA) against Muslims for alleged cow slaughter in Madhya Pradesh.In a statement, the four-time former UP chief minister...

14-Feb-2019 Lucknow

5 killed in UP road accident

Five persons, including a two-year-old, were killed when a car rammed into a stationary truck parked on the road side in Uttar Pradesh's Rae Bareli district on Thursday, police said.It took the police more than two hours to pull out the dead from the mangled...

13-Feb-2019 Lucknow

Priyanka Gandhi seeks 'ground realities' from Congress workers

On the third day of her visit, Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra met more party workers and leaders on Wednesday and sought details of their constituencies and the party organisation in their areas.The 47-year-old, who has been assigned to...

12-Feb-2019 Lucknow

On Day 2, Priyanka Gandhi meets grassroots party workers

Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on the second day of her Uttar Pradesh visit met party workers from various constituencies falling under eastern UP and took feedback from them about the ground situation, a senior party leader said on Tuesday.Having...

12-Feb-2019 Lucknow

UP government stopped me from visiting Prayagraj : Akhilesh Yadav

Former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav on Tuesday accused the state government of preventing him from taking a flight to Prayagraj where he was to attend the oath-taking ceremony of the Students Union at Allahabad University.Yadav had to take a...

11-Feb-2019 Lucknow

'Chowkidaar', not national security important for BJP : Mayawati

BSP leader Mayawati on Monday launched a scathing attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi and accused him of giving himself self-importance at the cost of national security.In a string of tweets, the four-time Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh said: "Corruption,...

10-Feb-2019 Lucknow/Dehradun

97 die in UP-Uttarakhand hooch tragedy, 215 arrested

The death toll in the moonshine tragedy in Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand rose to 97 on Sunday even as 215 people were arrested in a sweeping police crackdown on illicit liquor in Uttar Pradesh, officials said.Simultaneously, as the Samajwadi Party (SP) and...

17-Jan-2019 Lucknow

4 dead in UP road mishap

Four persons were killed and four others injured after a truck collided with two other vehicles due to fog in Uttar Pradesh's Shajahanpur district early on  Thursday, police said.There was a head-on collision between a truck and another vehicle as they...

16-Jan-2019 Lucknow

No talks with Pakistan for Pravasi Bharatiya Divas: Sushma Swaraj

Citing terror and border firing, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Wednesday ruled out possibility of inviting people from Pakistan for the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas (PBD) 2019 due in Varanasi between January 21 and 23.Responding to a question, the Minister...

16-Jan-2019 Lucknow

BJP targeting over 50% vote share in UP : Jagat Prakash Nadda

The SP, BSP coming together in Uttar Pradesh is a reflection of BJP's strength and the party is striving to win over 50 per cent votes in the forthcoming Lok Sabha polls to meet the combined challenge, BJP's Uttar Pradesh in-charge for the general elections,...

13-Jan-2019 Lucknow

Congress to contest all UP seats but doors open for secular parties

Snubbed by the SP and BSP who have joined hands in Uttar Pradesh, the Congress on Sunday said it will contest all the 80 Lok Sabha seats in the state but insisted that its doors were open for secular parties willing to defeat the BJP.A day after arch rivals...

12-Jan-2019 Lucknow

BSP-SP announce tie up for LS polls, keep Congress out of it

Arch rivals for over 25 years, the BSP and SP announced on Saturday that they will contest the coming Lok Sabha polls together in Uttar Pradesh sharing 38 seats each of the 80 in the state, while leaving Rae Bareli and Amethi for Congress, which has been...

11-Jan-2019 Lucknow

RLD very much part of SP-BSP alliance: Ajit Singh

The Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) on Friday said that it was very much a part of the upcoming alliance between the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) and the Samajwadi Party (SP).RLD chief Ajit Singh, however, said that the seat sharing formula for the Lok Sabha polls...

11-Jan-2019 Lucknow

Smuggling gang busted, 327 turtles seized

The Special Task Force (STF) of the Uttar Pradesh Police busted a wildlife smuggling gang operating from Etawah district on Friday and seized 327 turtles, police said.Four members of the gang were arrested.According to a STF official, the gang was smuggling...

07-Jan-2019 Lucknow

BJP trying to arm-twist Akhilesh through CBI : Mayawati

Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) supremo Mayawati has accrued the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) of trying to intimidate and arm-twist its political rivals through government agencies like the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).Referring to reports that the investigative...

07-Jan-2019 Lucknow

Himachal Pradesh signs transport agreement with UP and J&K

Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir and Uttar Pradesh on Monday signed the mutual transport agreement at Lucknow to extend inter-state transport services.Forest and Transport Minister Govind Singh Thakur after signing the agreement aid that this would prove to...

05-Jan-2019 Lucknow

BJP veteran seeks Gadkari as Deputy PM, Shivraj as party chief

Veteran BJP leader Sanghpriya Gautam dropped a bombshell on his party on Saturday when he demanded that Union Minister Nitin Gadkari should be made the Deputy Prime Minister while union Home Minister Rajnath Singh should be assigned the charge of the Uttar Pradesh...

01-Jan-2019 Lucknow

8 killed in UP road accident

In a tragedy on the New Year, at least eight persons were killed and several others injured in a road accident in Uttar Pradesh's Chandauli district on Tuesday, police said.Superintendent of Police Devendra Nath told IANS that a truck driver lost control...

25-Dec-2018 Lucknow

Year that saw tectonic shift in UP's political landscape

A year is a long time in politics. In Uttar Pradesh, the change of the calendar from 2017 to 2018 saw a tectonic shift in the political landscape, one that left the ruling BJP and its cadres shocked to the core. Mayawati, the Dalit powerhouse who was daggers...

19-Dec-2018 Lucknow

Bulandshahr violence 'political conspiracy' : Yogi Adityanath

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Wednesday said the mob violence in Bulandshahr on December 3 -- which left two including a police Inspector dead -- was a "well-hatched political conspiracy".Talking to reporters at the state Assembly, the saffron-robed...

19-Dec-2018 Lucknow

Bulandshahr violence: Slain youth's family meets UP CM

Family members of a youth, who was killed in the Bulandshahr mob violence earlier in December, met Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Wednesday and demanded the 21-year-old be declared a martyr, officials said.Emerging out of the hour-long meeting...

18-Dec-2018 Lucknow

Akhilesh Yadav objects to Kamal Nath's utterance on UP-Bihar youth

Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath came under fire from the Samajwadi Party (SP) on Tuesday for his comments that the people of his state have the first right over job opportunities in the state and that their jobs are being usurped by the people of Bihar...

18-Dec-2018 Lucknow

BJP in Uttar Pradesh: The year the lotus started to wilt

The lotus was in full bloom in 2017 as the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) emerged out of its 14-year political exile and stormed to power in India's most populous and politically crucial state of Uttar Pradesh.A year-and-a-half later, in 2018, the lotus has...

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