UP Polls

  • Vajpayee, Modi in BJP list of poll campaigners 09-01-2012 04:20 PM

    New Delhi: Former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, who is seriously ill for the past two years, and Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi, who did not canvas in the Bihar polls due to objections from ally JD(U), figure in the BJP's list of election campaigners. Vajpayee's name is the first...
  • UP polls to be held from Feb 8 to Mar 3 09-01-2012 03:08 PM

    New Delhi: The first phase of Assembly polls in UP which was originally scheduled to be held on February 4 has been shifted to March 3 due to uncertainty over the date of Barawafat festival, the birth anniversary of Prophet Mohammad. The polls will now start on February 8 instead...
  • Will Rahul Gandhi throw his hat in the ring? 09-01-2012 02:36 PM

    I don't see RG (Rahul Gandhi) taking over a formal position in UP (Uttar Pradesh). The best case scenario that the Congress is hoping for to get a good mandate in UP, which will pave the way for RG's anointment in 2014. But there is always a flip side "...
  • UP: BJP deploys Modi to undo Kushwaha damage 09-01-2012 02:00 PM

    New Delhi: Apparently hoping to undo the damage the party has suffered because of the Kushwaha episode, the BJP has deployed Gujarat CM Narendra Modi for the UP Assembly election campaign. He is expected to start work from next week. Although Modi will be among 40 star BJP campaigners, including...
  • UP polls rescheduled; to begin on February 8 09-01-2012 08:21 AM

    New Delhi: The first phase of Uttar Pradesh's Assembly elections has been postponed and the polls will now be held on February 8 instead of the February 4 because of the birth anniversary of Prophet Mohammad. The decision was taken after several political parties, especially in Bareilly, gave written undertakings...
  • BJP to launch Parivartan Padyatra in Uttar Pradesh 08-01-2012 11:47 PM

    Lucknow: The BJP on Sunday decided to launch a ten-day Parivartan Padyatra beginning January 10 in assembly segments in Uttar Pradesh going to polls in the first two phases. "The party has decided to organise Padyatra programme between January 10 and 20. It will be kicked off by state party...
  • Only BJP can give good governance: Gadkari 08-01-2012 09:54 PM

    Mumbai: Attacking the Congress over poor governance, BJP president Nitin Gadkari on Sunday said that people have lost faith in the government at the Centre and they are looking at BJP with expectations. Addressing an executive meeting of the party in Mumbai, he said "There are issues like poverty, corruption,...
  • UP polls reschuled; EC to announce dates later 08-01-2012 08:16 PM

    New Delhi: The Election Commission (EC) on Sunday announced that the first phase of Assembly Election in Uttar Pradesh will not take place on February 4 as scheduled. The change has been announced due to Barawafat festival - the birth anniversary of Prophet Mohammad. EC will announce the revised schedule...
  • Akhilesh takes centrestage; projects a clean SP 08-01-2012 06:49 PM

    Bijnor: The mascot and the idiom has completely changed. Samajwadi Party's face and heir apparent Akhilesh Yadav is leading the campaign now with Mulayam Singh taking a backseat. Akhilesh also put his foot down and refused to induct the likes of DP Yadav - an image make over to reach...
  • BSP heeds EC order, Maya's statues covered 08-01-2012 05:09 PM

    New Delhi: The Uttar Pradesh administration on Sunday started covering the statues of Chief Minister Mayawati and her party symbol elephant. The action follows orders from the Election Commission (EC) in the run up to Assembly Polls. The EC said that all statues must be covered by January 11 without...
  • RLD MP, Ajit Singh's former aide join SP 08-01-2012 02:54 PM

    Lucknow: The RLD suffered a double blow on Sunday with party chief Ajit Singh's close aide Anuradha Chaudhry joining the rival Samajwadi Party and party Rajya Sabha MP Shahid Siddiqui following suit. The two along with MLA Vimlesh Singh joined the party in presence of SP supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav,...
  • Cong-SP alliance in UP possible: Akhilesh Yadav 08-01-2012 01:17 PM

    Bijnaur: With the Congress-TMC alliance already on the verge of breaking down in West Bengal, reports are emerging of another big alliance in the making - a Congress-Samajwadi Party alliance in Uttar Pradesh. SP's state president Akhilesh Yadav said on Saturday an alliance with the Congress was quite possible. He...
  • No room for tainted men in SP: Akhilesh Yadav 08-01-2012 07:41 AM

    Bijnaur: The Samajwadi Party seems to be in no mood to let up on the BJPs Kushwaha debacle. Cashing in on the storm, the SPs new face, Akhilesh Yadav said on Saturday that there was no room for corrupt leaders in his party. Party leaders Shivpal Yadav and Azam Khan...
  • Operation cover up anti-Dalit, says Maya 08-01-2012 06:54 AM

    Lucknow: The Bahujan Samaj Party is livid after the Election Commission decided to cover up all statues of Mayawati to deny any advantage whatsoever. The party says the move is anti-Dalit. Everybody must have seen the curious sight of Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati unveiling her own statue in Lucknow...
  • Vinay Katiyar justifies induction of Kushwaha 07-01-2012 10:59 PM

    Lucknow: Justifying induction of tainted former BSP minister Babu Singh Kushwaha into BJP, party vice-president Vinay Katiyar on Saturday said he was brought in as an approver like a government witness. "Like government witness, Babu Singh Kushwaha has been brought in as a witness," Katiyar told reporters here. Katiyar said...
  • UP polls: EC transfers UP DGP, Home Secretary 07-01-2012 10:54 PM

    Lucknow: The Election Commission on Saturday night transferred Uttar Pradesh DGP Brij Lal and Principal Secretary (Home) Kunwar Fateh Bahadur after major opposition parties accused the two officials of working as "agents" of ruling BSP. BSP slammed the EC decision alleging the removal of Lal and Bahadur would "shatter the...
  • EC's decision biased, anti-Dalit: BSP 07-01-2012 08:29 PM

    New Delhi: The Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) called the decision of the Election Commission (EC) for covering the statues of Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati and BSP's poll symbol elephant during the assembly election in the state as anti-Dalit. The BSP said EC's decision to cover Mayawati's statues and elephant...
  • RLD welcomes EC decision on covering Maya's statues 07-01-2012 08:14 PM

    New Delhi: Rashtriya Lok Dal on Saturday welcomed the decision of the Election Commission for covering the statues of Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati and BSP's poll symbol elephant during the assembly election in the state but said the Commission should have taken the step earlier. "The issue was raised...
  • Suspend my membership: Kushwaha to BJP 07-01-2012 07:17 PM

    New Delhi: Former BSP minister Babu Singh Kushwaha on Saturday wrote to BJP president Nitin Gadkari demanding that his membership should be suspended from the the party. In an exclusive interview to CNN-IBN Kushwaha said, "Yes I accept that I have written a letter to Gadkari and told him till...
  • Cong, BJP, SP fighting together against us: BSP 07-01-2012 06:21 PM

    Bhadohi: Senior Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) leader and PWD minister Naseemuddin Siddiqui on Saturday said main opposition parties in Uttar Pradesh are fighting together against the ruling party in the state assembly election and asked party workers to be adequately prepared for this. "Congress, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Samajwadi...
  • UP Polls: EC orders to cover Mayawati's statues 07-01-2012 05:13 PM

    New Delhi: Less than a month to go before the Assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh, the Election Commission (EC) issued an order to bring down curtains on Chief Minister Mayawati's biggest public promotion campaign yet, that includes the statues of herself and the BSP's election symbol, the elephant. Chief Election...
  • Cong refused to give Kushwaha a ticket: Rahul 07-01-2012 03:32 PM

    New Delhi: Congress General Secretary Rahul Gandhi on Saturday took on the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) over former BSP minister Babu Singh Kushwaha's induction. He claimed that Kushwaha approached the Congress for a ticket, but the party did not give him one. "After his expulsion from the BSP, Kushwaha came...
  • Akhilesh lacks political maturity: DP Yadav 07-01-2012 02:44 PM

    Badaun: Hitting out at Akhilesh Yadav for opposing his induction into Samajwadi Party, controversial MLA DP Yadav on Saturday said the SP Uttar Pradesh chief is "immature" and lacks experience in politics. "Though he is an MP but the maturity required in politics is lacking and he is behaving like...
  • UP polls: EC may ask Mayawati to cover statues 07-01-2012 09:13 AM

    Lucknow: Less than a month to go before the Assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh, the curtains could come down on Chief Minister Mayawati's biggest public promotion campaign yet, that includes the statues of herself and the BSP's election symbol, the elephant. The Election Commission is likely to take a decision...
  • UP polls: Money power rampant; crores recovered 07-01-2012 07:01 AM

    Lucknow: Black money is often a familiar site during elections and it has been found in plenty in Uttar Pradesh ahead of the Assembly elections. In fact, cars loaded with cash have been found abandoned by the roadside. Nearly Rs 1.37 crores were recovered by the UP police on Thursday...
  • Sinha defends Kushwaha admission into BJP 06-01-2012 11:16 PM

    Hazaribagh: Defending induction of Babu Singh Kushwaha in the party, Senior BJP leader Yashwant Sinha on Friday equated him as a whistle blower. "Kushwahaji has come to the party as a whistle blower," Sinha told reporters, apparently expecting more revelations by Kushwaha against the Mayawati government in Uttar Pradesh. Sinha...
  • BJP releases 46 names in UP's 4th candidates list 06-01-2012 09:47 PM

    New Delhi: Four sitting MLAs and Gopal Tandon, son of Lucknow MP, figure in BJP's fourth list of 46 candidates for the Uttar Pradesh assembly elections announced on Friday. With this list BJP has so far declared a total of 347 candidates out of 403 assembly seats in the state...
  • Crisis over Kushwaha deepens in BJP 06-01-2012 08:32 PM

    New Delhi: There is a storm within the BJP over the induction of tainted leader Babu Singh Kushwaha. First Uma Bharti said she'll stop campaigning, then Gorkahpur MP Yogi Adityanath threatened to quit. Uma Bharti said, "whatever I have to say I will say at the party forum not to...
  • Cash deal behind Kushwaha joining BJP: Kalyan 06-01-2012 07:30 PM

    Lucknow: Alleging a 'financial deal' behind inclusion of former BSP minister Babu Singh Kushwaha in BJP, former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister and Jan Kranti Party patron Kalyan Singh on Friday demanded a CBI probe into the matter. "Joining of Kushwaha against whom there are serious allegations of corruption, which are...
  • BJP split wide open over Kushwaha 06-01-2012 07:24 PM

    New Delhi: The row over Babu Singh Kushwaha's induction into the party is refusing to die down with many senior BJP leaders jumping the bandwagon to criticise the decision in a bid to project the non-corrupt image of the party. While some leaders criticised the moves, other hailed it saying...