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Chenab Rail Bridge: World's Highest, Ready for Services After Successful Trial

Indian Railways has achieved a significant milestone with the successful full train trial run on the newly constructed Chenab Rail Bridge, the worlds highest railway bridge. This bridge connects Sangaldan in Ramban district to Reasi. Earlier, on June 16, the Indian Railways conducted a successful engine trial run on this marvel of engineering. Union Railway Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw announced the successful electric engine trial, highlighting the progress made: The first trial train has successfully run from Sangaldan to Reasi, including crossing the Chenab Bridge. All construction works for the USBRL are nearly finished, with only tunnel No.1 remaining partially incomplete. The upcoming inspection by the Commissioner of Railways Safety (CRS), D C Deshwal, scheduled for June 27 and 28, marks the final stages of the project. Deepak Kumar, Chief Public Relations Officer of Northern Railway, confirmed that all essential tasks will be completed before the inspection. The USBRL project, spanning 272 km, has faced challenges due to complex geological and topographical conditions. Initiated in 1997, 209 km of the route has been commissioned in phases. The remaining 17 km stretch between Reasi and Katra is expected to be completed by the end of the year, thus connecting Kashmir with the national rail network. Sources within the Railways anticipate the inaugural train service between Sangaldan and Reasi to commence on June 30, following the successful trial run. Shobhan Chaudhuri, General Manager of Northern Railway, inspected the Chenab Bridge and the Bakkal-Duggar-Sawalkote-Sangaldan section last month to assess the project's progress. Union Minister Jitendra Singh highlighted the project's significance on social media: The train service from #Ramban (Sangaldan) to #Reasi via the world's highest railway bridge built on river Chenab to begin soon. The #Udhampur-Srinagar-Baramulla Rail Link (#USBRL) project will be completed by year-end. The Chenab Rail Bridge, standing 359 meters above the riverbed and towering 35 meters taller than the Eiffel Tower, remains a critical component of the USBRL project. World's Highest Railway Bridge on Chenab River to Launch Train Service Soon Help Desk Set Up for Kanchanjungha Express-Goods Train Accident: Helpline Numbers For SoS North Eastern Railway Gorakhpur Various Trade Apprentice 2024 Apply Online for 1104 Posts

News Track 20 Jun 2024 5:11 pm

Bihar call center horror: Women lured with fraudulent job offers in Muzaffarpur, trapped and sexually assaulted

A man was arrested in Gorakhpur, Uttar Pradesh for his involvement in a racket that kept young women captive in Bihar's Muzaffarpur district, where they were sexually assaulted under the guise of job offers. The arrest was made by an SIT formed to investigate the case, as per a PTI report.

The Economic Times 20 Jun 2024 11:16 am

Over 97% work for Gorakhpur link e-way done: UPEIDA

The Times of India 20 Jun 2024 5:49 am

Gorakhpur Zoo gets Asiatic lion pair 'Bharat' and 'Gauri'

Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath recently released the Asiatic lion 'Bharat' and lioness 'Gauri' into their enclosures at the Shaheed Ashfaq Ullah Khan Prani Udyan (Gorakhpur Zoo).

Web Dunia 19 Jun 2024 1:18 pm

Man arrested in UPs Gorakhpur in Bihar job scam case

Gorakhpur (Uttar Pradesh), June 18 (IANS) The Special Investigation Team (SIT) of Bihar Police has arrested a man from Gorakhpur on Tuesday for his alleged involvement with the racket that held several young women captive for months in Bihars Muzaffarpur district and sexually assaulted them on the pretext of providing them with jobs, the police []

bhaskarlive 18 Jun 2024 10:20 pm

Women held captive, sexually abused over pretext of jobs in Bihar's Muzaffarpur; main accused held from UP

PATNA: A shocking case of racketeering and sexual harassment has come to light in Bihar's Muzaffarpur, where several young women allegedly faced sexual exploitation while being held captive under the false promise of job opportunities. Based on the statement of a survivor, an FIR had been registered at Ahiyapur police station in Muzaffarpur district, implicating nine individuals. The main accused was arrested in UP's Gorakhpur on Tuesday for his alleged involvement with the racket. Confirming the arrest, Muzaffarpur SP Awadhesh Dixit said that the main accused, Tilak Pratap Singh, was apprehended from Gorakhpur and added that the allegations against him were under investigation. Tilak Kumar has been arrested by the SIT from Gorakhpur. The survivor in her complaint alleged that Kumar first approached her on social media in June 2022 and asked her to visit Muzaffarpur to get a good job. She also alleged that the accused kept on assaulting her in a room for several months, Dixit said. Notably, a photograph of Singh with the survivor went viral on social media, with another image showing him brandishing a pistol. The woman had somehow escaped from the captivity of the accused and took shelter in a Muzaffarpur-based court, as police initially refused to accept her complaint. However, a case was finally registered following the court's intervention. The woman recounted that Singh had initially contacted her via Facebook, offering a lucrative job opportunity. Upon meeting him, Singh and his associates purportedly provided training on making fraudulent calls. The accused were associated with a forged marketing firm and fixed targets for her and other girls to make fake calls to young women and offer them lucrative jobs in their forged firm. She added that the accused targeted young women studying in grades 10 and 12. The survivor, in her police complaint, said that the accused had lured as many as 200250 young women into the racket by promising them jobs. The complainant further informed the police that whenever they requested their salaries, the accused attempted to deceive them by claiming that they were now shareholders of the company. Meanwhile, Deputy SP Vinita Sinha said that police recorded the statements of the complainant and also of other survivors. Sinha said that the survivor disclosed that the accused first approached her through social media in June 2022 and asked her to visit Muzaffarpur to get a good job. Victims were kept in an undisclosed location and all were forced to make calls. They were also given targets and if they failed to meet them, they were beaten and sexually abused, the DSP added. Police officials disclosed that the complainant and other victims had also been coerced into marriages and misled into undergoing abortions. DSP Sinha said that a special investigation team has been constituted to arrest all the accused as soon as possible. The jobs scandal has once again brought Muzaffarpur into focus. Earlier, it had hit the headlines for sexual abuse of minor girls at a shelter home. The main accused in the case, Brajesh Thakur, is languishing in jail.

The New Indian Express 18 Jun 2024 9:32 pm

Youth dies by suicide after sexual assault by 4 men in UP's Gorakhpur, 3 arrested

A 23-year-old man committed suicide after being sexually assaulted by four men in a hotel. The victim was held hostage, assaulted, and hanged himself from the ceiling.

The Times of India 18 Jun 2024 8:27 am

What is'Kavach? Indian Railways Floats Tender for 10,000 km of 'Kavach' System, Details Here

Indian Railways is set to launch tenders covering 10,000 kilometers for the implementation of 'Kavach,' an indigenous Automatic Train Protection (ATP) system aimed at enhancing safety and preventing accidents caused by human error such as Signal Passing at Danger (SPAD) and over-speeding. Currently, the Kavach system has been deployed on 1465 route kilometers and 139 locomotives. Additionally, preparatory work for an additional 6000 kilometers is underway. Contracts for Kavach have already been awarded for corridors such as Delhi-Mumbai and Delhi-Howrah, covering approximately 3000 route kilometers across various railway zones. What is Kavach System in the Indian Railway? The Kavach system in Indian Railways refers to an Automatic Train Protection (ATP) system designed to enhance safety by preventing accidents due to human error. It is an indigenous technology developed to address issues such as Signal Passing at Danger (SPAD) and over-speeding. The Kavach system works by aiding the loco pilot in trains to operate within specified speed limits. It automatically applies brakes if the loco pilot fails to do so, ensuring safe operation, especially during adverse weather conditions. The system involves the installation of optical fiber cables, telecom towers, equipment at stations, in locomotives, and along the tracks to ensure comprehensive coverage. Kavach also includes features like controlling train speed near turnouts, repeating signal aspects in the cab, and automatic whistling at level crossing gates to further improve safety measures on Indian Railways. According to a senior railway ministry official, the complexity of the Kavach system requires customization for each train based on factors such as weight and speed. For instance, a heavy goods train would require a longer distance to come to a halt compared to a passenger train like MEMU (mainline electric multiple unit). New Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) are expected to be brought onboard for the upcoming tenders to accelerate the implementation of Kavach. The ultimate goal is to deploy Kavach across the entire 70,000-kilometer railway network to ensure passenger safety. The Kavach system involves laying optical fiber cables, installing telecom towers, equipment at stations, locomotive equipment, and trackside installations. It assists the loco pilot by automatically applying brakes if necessary and ensures safe operation during adverse weather conditions. Among the benefits of Kavach are automatic speed control near turnouts, signal aspect repetition in the cab for better visibility in high-speed and foggy conditions, and automatic whistling at level crossing gates. Currently, three Indian OEMsHBL PowerSystems, Kernex, and Medhaare approved for Kavach. Efforts are underway to onboard more OEMs to enhance capacity and scale up implementation. The Kavach system underwent field trials on passenger trains starting in February 2016. Based on the experience gained and independent safety assessments, three firms were approved in 2018-19 for supplying Kavach. Subsequently, Kavach was adopted as the National ATP system in July 2020. Indian Railways has already tendered 6000 kilometers for the Kavach system and deployed it on 1465 route kilometers and 139 locomotives, including Electric Multiple Unit rakes, on the South Central Railway. World's Highest Railway Bridge on Chenab River to Launch Train Service Soon North Eastern Railway Gorakhpur Various Trade Apprentice 2024 Apply Online for 1104 Posts Train Service on World's Highest Railway Bridge over Chenab River to Begin Soon

News Track 17 Jun 2024 2:11 pm

Every needy person will receive financial aid for treatment: CM Yogi Adityanath

CM Yogi Adityanath conducted a Janata Darshan in Gorakhpur, addressing public grievances and ensuring timely medical treatment support for the needy.

The Times of India 17 Jun 2024 12:16 pm

People supreme in democracy, build trust & ensure devpt: CM Yogi Adityanath

CM Yogi Adityanath emphasized the importance of public representatives in democracy and urged MPs and MLAs to monitor development projects in Gorakhpur.

The Times of India 17 Jun 2024 12:11 pm

Yogi Adityanath Meets With Kuwait Fire Victim's Families From Gorakhpur

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Sunday met with the family members of two people killed in a fire in southern Kuwait's Mangaf as well as some devotees injured in a terrorist attack in Jammu's Shiv Khori.

NDTV 16 Jun 2024 10:43 pm

MPs, MLAs should monitor development and public welfare works: Yogi

Gorakhpur, June 16 (UNI) Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Saturday urged all the MPs, MLAs, and other public representatives to consistently monitor development and welfare projects stressing that public representatives should ensure that eligible individuals in their areas benefit from government welfare schemes. Addressing public representatives from the Gorakhpur division, the CM encouraged them to... The post MPs, MLAs should monitor development and public welfare works: Yogi first appeared on Central India's Premier English Daily .

Central Chronicle 16 Jun 2024 9:12 pm

UP CM Yogi Adityanath offers financial assistance to kin of victims of Kuwait fire tragedy, Reasi terror attack

Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath extended financial aid to families of two Gorakhpur workers who died in a Kuwait fire and to pilgrims injured in a terrorist attack in Jammu's Reasi. He facilitated the return of their bodies and offered condolences, presenting Rs 5 lakh each to the bereaved families and Rs 1 lakh each to the injured.

The Economic Times 16 Jun 2024 5:42 pm

Yogi meets kin of Kuwait fire victims, Jammu terror attack survivors

GORAKHPUR, June 16: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Sunday met with the families of two workers from Gorakhpur who died in a recent fire in Kuwait, as well as with devotees injured in a terrorist attack in Shiv Khori, Jammu. The CM expressed his condolences, provided financial assistance and reassured them that they need not worry as long as he was there. A devastating fire in a multi-storey building in Kuwait on Wednesday resulted in the deaths of [] The post Yogi meets kin of Kuwait fire victims, Jammu terror attack survivors appeared first on Daily Excelsior .

Daily Excelsior 16 Jun 2024 1:56 pm

Summer Special train to run between Gorakhpur Mumbai LTT

New Delhi, June 16: It is notified for the information of the general public that for convenience of the rail passengers and to clear extra rush, [] The post Summer Special train to run between Gorakhpur Mumbai LTT appeared first on Sarkaritel.com .

SarkariTel 16 Jun 2024 12:39 pm

Yogi, Bhagwat in Gorakhpur amid RSS-BJP rift rumors

There was much speculation on a likely meeting between Bhagwat and Adityanath, especially in the backdrop of the BJP's recent electoral reverses in Uttar Pradesh.

Rediff 16 Jun 2024 10:27 am

Yogi Adityanath Releases Lions Bharat And Gauri In UP Zoo

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has released the Asiatic lion 'Bharat' and the lioness 'Gauri' into their enclosure at the Gorakhpur Zoo, known as Shaheed Ashfaq Ullah Khan Prani Udyan.

NDTV 16 Jun 2024 8:18 am

CM Yogi releases Asiatic Lion pair Bharat and Gauri in Gorakhpur Zoo

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The News Mill 16 Jun 2024 6:55 am

CM Yogi releases Asiatic Lion pair 'Bharat' and 'Gauri' in Gorakhpur Zoo

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath released Asiatic lions 'Bharat' and 'Gauri' into their enclosure at Gorakhpur Zoo on Saturday. The lions, brought from Etawa Lion Safari in May, can now be viewed by zoo visitors. Adityanath celebrated the occasion by planting a 'Harishankari' sapling, promoting environmental conservation. During his visit, he fed rhinos 'Hari' and 'Gauri,' and offered ice cream and honey to a distressed Himalayan bear 'Billu.' The CM also interacted with children, emphasizing cleanliness and hydration, and named a rescued tiger 'Shakti.'

The Economic Times 16 Jun 2024 6:50 am

Adityanath arrives in Gorakhpur, no meeting yet with Bhagwat

Adityanath arrives in Gorakhpur, no meeting yet with Bhagwat Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath arrived on Saturday in Gorakhpur, where Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh chief Mohan Bhagwat is taking part in a camp for RSS volunteers. There was much speculation on a likely meeting between Bhagwat and Adityanath, especially in the backdrop of the BJP's recent electoral reverses in Uttar Pradesh. However, the leaders did not meet on Saturday. Asked about it, RSS sources said there was no announcement of any scheduled meeting. Bhagwat, who reached Gorakhpur on Wednesday to attend a ''karyakarta'' camp, will stay here till Sunday. While Bhagwat remained at the RSS camp venue, where the media staked out in anticipation of their meeting, Chief Minister Adityanath, who was on a three-day visit to Gorakhpur, spent time at a local zoo. He released an Asiatic lion, 'Bharat', and the lioness 'Gauri' into their enclosure at the Shaheed Ashfaq Ullah Khan Prani Udyan and also held a meeting with officials. The RSS had on Friday sought to quell suggestions of a rift with the BJP and that Mohan Bhagwat's recent critical references related to the Lok Sabha polls were aimed at the BJP. ''There is no rift between the RSS and the BJP,'' a source had said. Bhagwat had addressed a gathering of RSS trainees at the concluding programme of the organisation's 'Karyakarta Vikas Varg-Dwitiya' in Nagpur on Monday where he had expressed concern over the Manipur situation. Opposition leaders had claimed that Bhagwat's remarks, including ''true sevak is never arrogant'', were a message to the BJP leadership following its below-par performance in the polls. ''There was not much difference in his (Bhagwat) speech from what he had given after the 2014 and 2019 Lok Sabha polls. Any address is bound to make a reference to an event as important as national elections. ''But it was misinterpreted and taken out of context to create confusion. His 'arrogance' remark was never directed at Prime Minister Narendra Modi or any BJP leader,'' the RSS source had said. RSS national executive member Indresh Kumar had also taken a swipe at the BJP over its poll performance, saying ''Lord Ram stopped those who had become arrogant at 241''. ''The party which did the bhakti (of lord Ram) but became arrogant was stopped at 241 but it was made the biggest party,'' he had said at an event in Jaipur on Thursday, adding, ''and those who had no faith in Ram, they together were stopped at 234'', apparently referring to the INDIA bloc. As a row erupted over his remarks, Kumar had on Friday said the country is happy with the BJP's poll performance and Modi becoming prime minister for the third consecutive term. ''At this moment, the latest news is that those who were against Lord Ram are out of power and those who were devotees of Lord Ram are in power,'' he told PTI. The RSS's Gorakhpur camp started on June 3. Around 280 RSS volunteers from Kashi, Gorakhpur, Kanpur and Awadh regions are participating in the camp named 'Karyakarta Vikas Varg' at the SVM Public School in the Chiutaha area of the city. Tight security arrangements have been made both inside and outside the venue, and only selected volunteers are permitted to enter the event site.

devdiscourse 15 Jun 2024 11:57 pm

'Make Masses Aware of RSS Contributions, Beware of Those Trying to Create Negative Image of Sangh': Bhagwat to Volunteers

Mohan Bhagwat who is in Gorakhpur is also expected to meet UP chief minister Yogi Adityanath, even as sources in the RSS and BJP denied rumours of a rift between the two organisations

News18 15 Jun 2024 8:25 pm

Kuwait Fire Incident: Gorakhpur 2 | Hamaara Bharat

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NDTV 15 Jun 2024 8:21 pm

Bodies of two Kuwait blaze victims from Odisha reach Bhubaneswar; leaders pay last respects

Bodies of two Kuwait blaze victims from Odisha reach Bhubaneswar; leaders pay last respects The newly sworn-in Deputy Chief Ministers of Odisha, along with other leaders paid their respects on Saturday to the bodies of two victims of the Kuwait fire tragedy which arrived in Bhubaneswar today. Expressing grief over the blaze that left Indians dead in Kuwait's Mangaf on June 12 after a fire broke out in a labour accommodation there. Odisha Deputy Chief Minister KV Singh Deo said, It is a tragic incident. They (victims) were working there to support their families. Such a tragic incident is a matter of concern for the world. Odisha CM has announced ex gratia of Rs 4 lakh from his relief fund for the victims' families and has asked us to receive the mortal remains. Meanwhile, Deputy CM Pravati Parida said the government will try to create employment opportunities in the State only so that people don't need to go outside the state. Two people from Odisha died in the Kuwait fire incident. The state government has announced ex gratia of Rs. 4 lakh for the victim's families... We will try to create employment opportunities here. So, the people will not have to leave Odisha for employment, said Pravati Parida. Earlier today, officials handed over the mortal remains of the victims from Uttar Pradesh in the Kuwait fire. Detailing the handover, ADM (Finance and Revenue), Vineet Kumar Singh said, Two residents of Gorakhpur have died in the Kuwait fire incident... Their mortal remains have reached today. Their relatives are here. The administration is with the families of the deceased... A total of three people from Uttar Pradesh lost their lives in the incident. The victims, identified as Angad Gupta (48) and Jairam Gupta (38) of Gorakhpur, had been working in the Gulf country for nearly a decade. They returned to work after staying with their families a few months ago, it was learned. The wife of Angad Gupta, talking to ANI said, Angad was staying in Kuwait for the last eight years and used to visit India from time to time. He was working in mall. Angad, who was the sole breadwinner of the family, is survived by his wife, Reeta Devi and their two children. His daughter Anshika. Also today the final rites of Sivashankar Govindhan, one of the seven people from Tamil Nadu who was killed in the Kuwait fire tragedy, was performed in Chennai's Royapuram crematorium on Saturday. Forty-eight-year-old Govindhan who was working in Kuwait for over a year as a truck driver was among the 45 Indians who were killed in the fire at a labour accommodation in Kuwait's Mangaf on June 12. Govindhan is survived by his wife, Hema Kumari, daughter Shanthika and son, Deepak Raj. Among those who were killed in the Kuwait building fire were seven people from Tamil Nadu, three persons from Andhra Pradesh and one each from Bihar, Odisha, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Jharkhand, Haryana, Punjab, and West Bengal, in addition to the 23 people from Kerala. (ANI)

devdiscourse 15 Jun 2024 3:29 pm

UP: Yogi introduces pair of Asiatic Lions at Gorakhpur Zoo

Gorakhpur, June 15 (UNI) Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath released the Asiatic lion Bharat and lioness Gauri into their enclosures at the Shaheed Ashfaq Ullah Khan Prani Udyan (Gorakhpur Zoo). These two rare wildlife animals were brought from the Etawa Lion Safari in the last week of May. Following their release into the enclosure by the... The post UP: Yogi introduces pair of Asiatic Lions at Gorakhpur Zoo first appeared on Central India's Premier English Daily .

Central Chronicle 15 Jun 2024 3:26 pm

Mohan Bhagwat, Yogi Adityanath's Big Meet Today In Gorakhpur

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath - a senior leader and prominent face of the BJP - and Mohan Bhagwat, boss of ruling party's ideological mentor, the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh are expected to meet this afternoon in Gorakhpur.

NDTV 15 Jun 2024 2:38 pm

Mohan Bhagwat, Yogi Adityanath's Big Meet Today Amid RSS, BJP Rift Buzz

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath - a senior leader and prominent face of the BJP - and Mohan Bhagwat, boss of ruling party's ideological mentor, the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh are expected to meet this afternoon in Gorakhpur.

NDTV 15 Jun 2024 1:41 pm

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NDTV 15 Jun 2024 11:39 am

DNA TV Show: What will UP CM Yogi Adityanath discuss with RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat in Gorakhpur?

RSS chief Dr. Mohan Bhagwat has been in Gorakhpur for three days. He is guiding the volunteers of the Sangh in a camp of the Sangh in Gorakhpur. UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath will reach Gorakhpur to meet the RSS chief.

DNA India 14 Jun 2024 11:43 pm

RSS Leader Targets BJP for Arrogance

NEW DELHI: Senior RSS leader Indresh Kumar has targeted the BJP for its arrogance which caused the recent poll setback. In a direct attack on the BJP, Kumar, who is No. 4 in the organisation and a member of the national executive of the RSS, lashed out at the ruling party, saying, Those who became arrogant were stopped at 241 by Lord Ram. Kumars remarks come on the heels of RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat calling the BJP arrogant earlier this week and an article in the Organiser, which is considered close to the sangh, levelling the same charge. There is a view within the BJP that the Organiser article and Kumars remarks were made after a nudge from the RSS. Reports of a rift between the RSS and the BJP over coordination, selection of certain candidates and election strategy have been rife since the commencement of the poll campaign. BJP chief J.P. Naddas reported remarks on RSS-BJP ties in an interview had also hurt the RSS cadre. The party which did the bhakti (of Lord Ram) but became arrogant was stopped at 241 but it was made the biggest party, he said, in an apparent reference to the Narendra Modi-led BJP which got 240 seats in the Lok Sabha. Those who had no faith in Ram, they together were stopped at 234, he said, apparently referring to the I.N.D.I.A. bloc. The RSS-BJP top leaders are likely to hold a coordination meeting in Kerala in August, where an introspection of the Lok Sabha polls is also expected to take place. Further, Bhagwat has reached Uttar Pradesh and speculation is rife that Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath could meet the RSS chief, who is in Gorakhpur. This would in the backdrop of the BJP losing ground in UP in the recent polls. Efforts were made to douse the perceived tensions between the RSS and the BJP when a senior RSS leader on Friday claimed that Bhagwats remarks were not aimed at the BJP but at RSS trainees.

Deccan Chronicle 14 Jun 2024 9:36 pm

Kuwait fire tragedy: Gorakhpur mourns death of Angad, Jayaram

Kuwait fire tragedy: Emotionally devastated Rita Gupta, holding her husband Angad's photo, awaits his body in Gorakhpur following his death in the Kuwait fire. Angad and Jayaram Gupta, residents of Gorakhpur, were among 45 Indian victims. Families seek government support as they mourn the loss and face financial uncertainties.

The Economic Times 14 Jun 2024 5:55 pm

Apply Online for 1104 Trade Apprentice Positions at North Eastern Railway Gorakhpur 2024

The Indian Railway North Eastern Railway (NER) Gorakhpur has announced the recruitment for various trade apprentices for the year 2024-2025. Interested candidates can apply online from 12th June 2024 to 11th July 2024. Below are the details regarding eligibility, important dates, application process, and more.

Naukrinama 14 Jun 2024 4:50 pm

Grief and Uncertainty: Families of Gorakhpur Victims Mourn Kuwait Fire Tragedy

Grief and Uncertainty: Families of Gorakhpur Victims Mourn Kuwait Fire Tragedy An emotionally overwhelmed Rita Gupta clutched a photograph of her late husband, Angad, as she awaited the arrival of his body in Gorakhpur. Angad, 46, was one of 45 Indians who tragically lost their lives in a devastating fire in Kuwait. Having recently started a new job in Kuwait, Angad had been living abroad for the past eight years and last visited his family seven months ago. Rita recalled their last conversation just a day before the tragedy struck. She became anxious upon hearing the news but was unable to reach Angad. In the wake of this tragic loss, Angad's brother, Pankaj, confirmed that his body would be repatriated within three days. The family plans to request employment for Angad's daughter, Anshika, from Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, as Angad was the sole breadwinner for his family.

devdiscourse 14 Jun 2024 4:31 pm

UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath And RSS Head Mohan Bhagwat Likely to Meet on June 15 for First Time after Lok Sabha Polls

The expected meeting in UP's Gorakhpur district would come on the heels of Bhagwat saying that a true 'sevak' is not arrogant and serves the people by maintaining dignity, in his first remarks after the Lok Sabha election results on June 4 that sparked a buzz

News18 14 Jun 2024 4:20 pm

RSS-BJP tit for tat over poll setback: Manjhi reacts to Indresh Kumar's remarks

Union Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi has hit back at senior RSS leader Indresh Kumar's remarks attributing BJP's poor performance in the just concluded Lok Sabha elections to arrogance. Let him be happy with that... Lord Ram has given us the mandate to work, and we are working. Those who are saying this should think about themselves, Manjhi said while reacting to the RSS leader's criticism. VIDEO | Here's what Union minister Jitan Ram Manjhi ( @jitanrmanjhi ) said on RSS leader Indresh Kumar's those who became arrogant were stopped at 241 by Lord Ram remark. Let him be happy with that... Lord Ram has given us the mandate to work, and we are working. Those who are pic.twitter.com/sxfCIenV63 Press Trust of India (@PTI_News) June 14, 2024 Speaking at an event at Kanota near Jaipur on Thursday, according to reports, Indresh Kumar said, Those who did bhakti of Lord Ram gradually became arrogant. That party was declared the biggest party but were stopped at 241 by Lord Ram due to arrogance. In response to the defeat of BJP candidate Lallu Singh from Ayodhya, Indresh Kumar made a striking statement. He said, Whoever worships Ram and then becomes arrogant, or whoever opposes Ram, their ill fate is automatically sealed. When Lallu Singh oppressed the people, Ram ji decided it was time for him to take a rest for five years. We'll see what happens next time. Kumar emphasized that Ram does not discriminate or punish but rather ensures that no harm comes to anyone. He stated, Ram gives justice to everyone and will continue to do so. Ram has always been and will always be a lover of justice. It is worth noting that the uneasy relations between BJP and RSS were indicated during the Lok Sabha elections itself. When BJP President JP Nadda said that BJP has now become strong on its own. Experts considered it a big statement. Earlier, Prime Minister Narendra Modi also stayed overnight in Nagpur in the midst of elections. This was the first time in ten years of his becoming the Prime Minister that he stayed overnight in Nagpur. Many speculations were also made from this move of his. But perhaps the matter did not work out and after a few days Nadda's statement came out. Now Indresh Kumar has also issued a statement and fueled the same speculations. It is also worth noting here that Sangh chief Mohan Bhagwat is going to Gorakhpur on a visit. During this time he is to meet Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath. In this election, BJP has suffered a major setback in Uttar Pradesh. Experts have linked it to the internal turmoil going on in BJP. During this the meeting of Yogi and Bhagwat is being considered very important. Lately, Mohan Bhagwat chose to politely offer advice which suggested that the BJP needed to change the manner in which it has been going about its business in recent times. Another RSS leader comes down on BJP for its arrogance, says Lord Ram kept tally to 240 seats

The New Indian Express 14 Jun 2024 3:04 pm

Tragedy in Kuwait: Varanasi Man Among 49 Migrant Workers Killed in Fire

Tragedy in Kuwait: Varanasi Man Among 49 Migrant Workers Killed in Fire Praveen Madhav Singh, a 40-year-old native of Varanasi's Shivpur, tragically lost his life in a devastating fire in Kuwait. Having worked in a steel factory there for 15 years, Praveen spoke to his family just a day before the June 12 incident that claimed the lives of at least 49 migrant workers and injured 50 others. According to his cousin, Vikas Singh, Praveen's father, Jaiprakash Singh, is employed in a coal mine in Jharkhand, while his wife, Roopa, and their two daughters live in Shivpurs Chhataripur. When news of the fire reached Praveens family, they tried to contact him but received no response. They later learned about his demise through his housemates. Praveens family will travel to Delhi airport on Friday to receive his body and bring it back to Varanasi for the last rites. The fire in the Al-Mangaf building in southern Kuwait also claimed the lives of three others from Uttar Pradesh, including Jairam Gupta and Angad Gupta from Gorakhpur. The tragic blaze left 49 dead and 50 injured, with most victims being Indian migrant workers.

devdiscourse 14 Jun 2024 12:27 pm

New Expressway: Good news! Now you will reach Lucknow in just 3.5 hours, the link expressway is ready

Gorakhpur Link Expressway Latest News: There is good news for the people of Purvanchal, Delhi, Agra and Lucknow. The work of Gorakhpur Link Expressway is 97 percent complete. With the opening of this expressway, the journey to Lucknow, Agra and Delhi through Gorakhpur region, Purvanchal Expressway will become great. Along with this, many districts of [] The post New Expressway: Good news! Now you will reach Lucknow in just 3.5 hours, the link expressway is ready first appeared on informalnewz .

informalnewz 14 Jun 2024 7:50 am

Tragic Fire Claims Lives of 42 Indians in Kuwait

Tragic Fire Claims Lives of 42 Indians in Kuwait Three out of the 42 Indians who tragically perished in a massive fire at a multi-storey building in Kuwait have been identified as residents of Uttar Pradesh. The victims from Uttar Pradesh include Praveen Madhav Singh of Varanasi and Jairam Gupta and Angad Gupta of Gorakhpur. According to the state's Relief Commissioner's Office, the catastrophic incident occurred on Wednesday morning. Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has directed top state officials to remain in constant communication with the Ministry of External Affairs and the Indian Embassy in Kuwait. Following the devastating news, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Kirti Vardhan Singh has been sent to Kuwait for further assistance. A total of 49 people, including 42 Indians, lost their lives in the fire. Most of the deceased hail from Kerala and Tamil Nadu, leaving behind grief-stricken families and communities in their wake.

devdiscourse 14 Jun 2024 12:08 am

Sangh must step up socio-economic initiatives to reach max people: Mohan Bhagwat

RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat emphasized the need to enhance socio-economic initiatives and activities during a Karyakarta Vikas Varg session in Gorakhpur.

The Times of India 13 Jun 2024 10:04 pm

Bhagwat in Gorakhpur for RSS meet; Yogi likely to meet him

The Times of India 13 Jun 2024 5:26 am

Modi Cabinet 3.0: BJP tries to strike caste balance, inducts nine faces from Uttar Pradesh

After a rude shock in the recent Lok Sabha election, the BJP, which lost nearly half of its seats compared to its tally of 62 in 2019 in Uttar Pradesh, has inducted nine ministers from the state into Modi 3.0, alongside Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Raksha Mantri Rajnath Singh. Others sworn in as ministers from Uttar Pradesh include RLD chief Jayant Chaudhury, BJP's Pilibhit MP Jitin Prasada, Apna Dal (S) chief and Mirzapur MP Anupriya Patel, Gonda MP Kirti Vardhan Singh, Maharajganj MP Pankaj Chaudhury, Bansgaon MP Kamlesh Paswan, Agra MP SPS Baghel, and two Rajya Sabha members, Hardeep Puri and BL Verma. Notably, the ruling NDA's poor performance led to the BJP falling short of a majority on its own, unlike in the previous two terms. The BJP's loss of 28 seats compared to its 2019 tally reduced its total to 33 in Uttar Pradesh. However, the state still holds a significant share in Prime Minister Narendra Modi's cabinet, as he took the oath of office for a third consecutive term on Sunday. In the previous term, a dozen ministers from Uttar Pradesh were included in the Modi Cabinet. The similar number of inductions this time indicates the BJP's efforts to address the issues that contributed to its defeat in UP. Political observers note that reducing the number of ministers from Uttar Pradesh might impact caste equations in the state, which saw a significant shift of OBC and SC votes away from the BJP to the opposition in the 2024 Lok Sabha polls. From Uttar Pradesh, the new Cabinet includes three upper caste members, four OBC members, and two Dalit members, in addition to Prime Minister Modi and Hardeep Puri. Third-time Lucknow MP and former Defense Minister Rajnath Singh has been retained in the Cabinet, bringing much-needed experience and placating the Thakur community, whose dissatisfaction is believed to have significantly impacted the election results for the ruling party. Additionally, Gonda MP Kirti Vardhan Singh, a Thakur, has been inducted into the Modi Cabinet. Singh is a two-term MP from the Samajwadi Party and a three-term MP from the BJP since 2014. Apna Dal (S) leader and Kurmi representative Anupriya Patel has also been included in Modi 3.0, along with RLD chief and prominent Jat leader Jayant Chaudhary. The RLD chief joined forces with the BJP, contesting and winning seats in Baghpat and Bijnore. Jayant Chaudharys induction is significant given the upcoming state polls in Haryana, where Jats did not support the BJP in this election. From the BJP's list in UP, Congress turncoat Jitin Prasada, who switched to the BJP months before the 2022 UP Assembly polls, has been included in the Cabinet. Prasada, who was the PWD Minister in Yogi Adityanath's Cabinet, replaced Varun Gandhi in Pilibhit, winning the seat by a margin of over 1.6 lakh votes. Meanwhile, other inclusions within the party have been strategically made with caste equations in mind. BJP leader and six-time MP from Maharajganj, Pankaj Chaudhary, has been re-inducted into the Modi Cabinet, a move aimed at appeasing the backward Kurmi caste group, which partially drifted away from the BJP in recent elections. Similarly, SP Singh Baghel, belonging to the Pal community, will continue as a Cabinet minister. Baghel secured a second-term victory from the Agra (reserved) constituency by a significant margin. To ensure representation of the Lodh community, Rajya Sabha member BL Verma has been re-inducted into the Modi Cabinet, especially since Rajveer Singh, son of late Lodh leader Kalyan Singh, lost his seat in Etah. Kamlesh Paswan, MP from Bansgaon in Gorakhpur, represents the Dalit community in the Modi Cabinet at a time when Dalits, who supported the BJP in 2014 and 2019, shifted towards opposition in 2024. Paswan, from the Pasi sub-group within the Dalit community, is serving his fourth consecutive term as an MP, having also been an MLA in 2002.

The New Indian Express 9 Jun 2024 9:55 pm

Will BJP's poor show in Uttar Pradesh Lok Sabha polls impact Yogi's prospects in state?

LUCKNOW: After the humiliating defeat the BJP faced in the 2024 Lok Sabha polls in Uttar Pradesh all eyes are now set on the state's Assembly polls that is scheduled for 2027. After emerging as a surprise CM of UP after BJPs mammoth victory in 2017, Yogi consolidated his position with his performance on several counts by delivering the benefits of welfare schemes, marked improvement in law and order, boosting development and infra projects and above all pushing Hindutva politics while strengthening the saffron citadel in the state. Riding on Yogi governments performance, the BJP trounced formidable SP-BSP alliance quite convincingly in 2019 Lok Sabha polls and stormed back to power with a decisive mandate for a second successive term in 2022 Assembly election. It was seen as an affirmation to his style of governance, stern action against crime syndicates, conducive weather for investment and unapologetic approach to Hindutva. In 2024 Lok Saba election, besides, PM Modi, who was the face of the BJP election campaign, the party relied hugely on Yogi as its star campaigner to counter the opposition. BJPs loss across UP regions from Jatland to Purvanchal Having addressed over 170 public meetings, 13 road shows across the country, Yogi was one of the most sought after campaigners for the party in different states. Punjab BJP chief Sunil Jakhar had written a personal letter to Yogi seeking his time for a few public rallies in the state. Yogi visited every parliamentary constituency of UP at least twice holding half a dozen poll rallies daily during the polls. However, despite all the efforts, the BJP faced a tough challenge from the INDIA bloc in the Varanasi region, assumed to be the BJP bastion where PM Modi struck a hat trick notwithstanding a considerably dipped margin. On the other seats -- Ghazipur, Chandauli, Jaunpur, Machhlishahr, Ballia, Robertsganj and Azamgarh -- under the influence of the Varanasi parliamentary constituency, BJP fared poorly. However, the party managed to save its fort in carpet hub of IndiaBhadohiwhere it was facing the challenge by TMC candidate Lalitesh Pati Tripathi. On the other, in Gorakhpur division, the home turf of Yogi Adityanath, the BJP not only checked the INDIA bloc offensive, but also managed to save its fort by winning five seats -- Gorakhpur, Maharajganj, Deoria, Kushinagar and Bansgaon seats. Yogi stayed put in Gorakhpur to monitor and give a push to the party campaign there till the voting day. His effort paid dividends in the form of victories in Domariyaganj and Gonda seats as well. Yogi Adityanath, not only as the UP CM but also as the Mahant of revered Gorakshnath Muthh enjoys considerable clout in the state. He can pull out the party from the quagmire of possible defeat and take it to victory in 2027 Assembly polls. It was well evident in 2022 UP polls when despite an SP surge, Yogi ensured that the BJP returned to power with a convincing majority, says Prof AK Mishra, a political scientist. After a weak LS polls show, the political experts feel that a weak Centre would not essentially mean Yogi can be dislodged in the upcoming elections given his popularity in the state. Breaching the saffron citadel: How SP shocked BJP in seat where Ayodhya falls The party top brass should dispel the buzz ringing in political corridors that CM Yogi is being sidelined and that there is more the needed interference of the Centre in his day-to-day governance, says Prof Mishra adding that the BJP paid for such a narrative floated by AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal in the middle of the election that Yogi will be removed after six months from his post. No senior party leader found it proper to come out and negate the notion then and there, says Prof Mishra. The political experts also feel that the BJP should use Yogis charisma as he has mass appeal to regain the lost ground in eastern UP where the BJP has suffered worst defeat since 2014 Lok Sabha election. UP results a setback not just for the BJP, but for Yogi Adityanath too A number of state BJP leaders feel the pinch of the limited role of Yogi Adityanath in the selection of candidates given the strong anti- incumbency factor against a majority of the two and three-term MPs in UP. Among 64 BJP winners of the 2019 Lok Sabha election, 49 were repeated of which 27, facing anti-incumbency lost, only 22 could retain their seats in 2024 election in the state. As per sources, during a meeting, the state leaders had briefed the central leadership about the anti-incumbency against the candidates but to their surprise all got tickets. The top sources in the party also claim that Yogi was not in favour of sparing seat for OP Rajbhars Suheldev Bhartiya Samaj Party (SBSP). He is believed to have stalled Rajbhars inclusion in his cabinet after Dara Singh Chauhan, the SP turncoat, lost the Ghosi by-poll. Failed narrative, overconfidence or sabotage?: UP BJP leaders in Delhi to seek answers to poll debacle But the selectors fielded Rajbhars son Arvind Rajbhar from Ghosi despite adverse ground reports. When the campaign started in west Uttar Pradesh, Adityanaths public meetings were limited to a few seats as party leaders from the region and RLD led the campaign. However, after the second phase, his rallies were increased following the feedback that going was tough. From 64 to 33: What went wrong for BJP, allies in UP?

The New Indian Express 8 Jun 2024 4:56 pm

Travel tips: These Indian Buddhist sites attract tourists from all over the world

India is known for many religions, one of which is Buddhism. It was founded by Lord Gautam Buddha. Buddhism is a religion and philosophy derived from the Shramana tradition of India. This religion inspires us to always follow the truth with non-violence and choose the right path. Today, there are many monasteries, stupas, monuments, and other Buddhist sites associated with Gautam Buddha across the country. Which contain the teachings of Buddhism, culture, Vedas, and his precious words. If you are also eager to know about the precious words, secrets, philosophical and spiritual teachings of Gautam Buddha, then today we are going to tell you about the Indian Buddhist sites which attract tourists from all over the world. Let's know about them... Mahabodhi Temple, Bihar The Mahabodhi Temple in Bodh Gaya, Bihar is one of the most sacred pilgrimage sites for Buddhists. This is the place where Lord Buddha attained enlightenment while sitting under an ancient Bodhi tree. The tree is still inside the main temple. This temple was built by King Ashoka. There is also a magnificent statue of Buddha made of yellow sandstone. Kushinagar Located near Gorakhpur in the north-eastern region of Uttar Pradesh, Kushinagar is a major Buddhist pilgrimage site. Lord Buddha is believed to have died in Kushinagar after which Emperor Ashoka built a stupa here to mark the site of Parinirvana. The stupa houses the revived Nirvana statue of Buddha, with a reclining statue of the dying Buddha installed on the right side. Kushinagar is a religious city that attracts a large number of tourists, especially followers of Buddhism. Other major sites in Kushinagar include Chaitya, Rambhar Stupa, monasteries, and some popular small temples. Red Maitreya Temple, Leh This temple is one of the most spectacular Indian places. This religious site is a part of the Thikse Monastery and is very famous for the 49-foot-high statue of Lord Buddha. Pilgrims and travelers from all over the world come here for the beauty and spiritual significance of this place and to feel the peace. Dhamekh Stupa, Sarnath Also called Dhamekha or Dhamek Stupa, Dhamekh Stupa is a huge Buddhist stupa in Sarnath. It marks the spot where Buddha gave his first sermon after enlightenment to his first disciples. This is why it is considered an important religious site for the followers of Buddhism. This huge cylindrical stupa is 43.6 meters high and 28 meters wide. A large number of devotees visit this famous Buddhist temple in India. Wat Thai Temple, Kushinagar Wat Thai Temple is one of the other Buddhist treasures. An atmosphere of peace and tranquility has enveloped the temple and hence it proves to be the best for those who are Looking for peace or a quiet place to practice meditation amidst nature. The temple also has a prayer room if you want to sit, meditate, and pray inside the temple premises. The unique architecture, natural beauty, and magical spiritual aura of the temple attract travelers. Apart from the wonder of architecture, the temple is surrounded by a lush forest area, full of trees and bushes, which increases the beauty of this place manifold. Sariputra Stupa Sariputra Stupa is one of the most important Buddhist sites in India. Let us tell you that Sariputra was one of the two main disciples of Lord Buddha. This stupa contains the bones of Sariputra, one of the two main disciples of Lord Buddha. Sariputra also attained salvation by renouncing his life by following in the footsteps of Lord Buddha. And the Sariputra Stupa was built after his death. The stupa is a pyramid-shaped surrounded by pillars and is typical for Buddhist structures. The seven layers of construction explain its massive size. Which is truly a sight to behold. Vishwa Shanti Stupa, Rajgir Vishwa Shanti Stupa, also known as Pagoda Vishwa Shanti Stupa is one of the most famous Buddhist temples in India. Located in the city of Rajgir in the Indian state of Bihar, it is a major attraction of the city that can be reached via a ropeway. Located on a hilltop, it is a beautiful white-coloured structure that houses a golden statue of Lord Buddha. This incredibly peaceful place is a must-visit place for everyone who visits this place. (PC: Lifeberrys)

Kalam Times 7 Jun 2024 3:32 pm

Western Railway Introduces Summer Special Trains from Udhna to Guwahati and Ahmedabad to Gorakhpur

HT Digital June 7, Friday: Western Railway has announced the operation of two Summer Special Trains to accommodate the increased passenger traffic. The trains will run from Udhna to Guwahati and Ahmedabad to Gorakhpur. Train No. 09061, the Udhna to Guwahati Special, is scheduled to depart from Udhna on Sunday, 9th June 2024, at 16:00 []

thehillstimes 7 Jun 2024 3:30 pm

From Kangana Ranaut to Hema Malini: New parliament to have many celebrity faces

New Delhi: With voters favouring many celebrity faces -- trusted and new -- this election season, eyes will be on the performance of first-time MPs like Kangana Ranaut and Arun Govil as they take their place in the 18th Lok Sabha along with returning star-politicians Hema Malini and Manoj Tiwari. The country went to the polls from April 19 to June 1 in seven phases to elect the 543 members in the lower house of the Parliament and many from the showbiz were in the fray. Ranaut, a popular face from Bollywood and a long-time supporter of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, won her first ever election as she was elected from Mandi in Himachal Pradesh, her home state. She defeated Vikramaditya Singh, the son of six-time chief minister Virbhadra Singh and state Congress chief Pratibha Singh. The actor, who has often found herself at the centre of controversies and always vocal about her opinions, had spoken about devoting her life to public service post her win. There is a lot of curiosity about Ranaut's tenure as an MP. Not just Ranaut, Ramayan star Govil was another celebrity face fielded by the BJP. He emerged victorious in the Meerut seat in Uttar Pradesh in a close battle with Samajwadi Party's Sunita Yadav. The winning margin was just 10,585 votes and for a time it looked like Govil would lose but his image of lord Ram from the classic TV serial seems to have worked in his favour. Hema Malini, another popular face from Hindi cinema, was elected for a straight third term in Lok Sabha from Mathura (Uttar Pradesh) against her nearest rival, Mukesh Dhangar of the Congress. Malini's third win shows the sway the actor-politician and a self-confessed Krishna devotee has on the electoral public in the temple town of Mathura, regarded as the birthplace of the Hindu god. Tiwari, a former Bhojpuri cinema star-singer and BJP's candidate from North East Delhi, bested Congress rival Kanhaiya Kumar, a popular youth leader. This is also Tiwari's third win in a row from the seat. He was the only sitting MP from Delhi retained by the BJP for the 18th Lok Sabha polls. Ravi Kishan, another popular Bhojpuri cinema star and the BJP contender from Gorakhpur in Uttar Pradesh, was elected for a second consecutive term. He defeated Kajal Nishad from the Samajwadi Party to retain his constituency. Actor-turned-politician Suresh Gopi, another BJP candidate, finally made inroads for the party in Kerala's Thrissur constituency. Gopi defeated VS Sunilkumar of the Communist Party of India to claim the Lok Sabha seat in the state. Veteran actor Shatrughan Sinha, who was fielded as the Trinamool Congress candidate from West Bengal's Asansol, defeated his nearest rival, BJP's S S Ahluwalia. Sinha, who has had political stints under the BJP and Congress, joined the TMC in 2022 to contest in the by-election for the Asansol Lok Sabha constituency. Former actor and BJP MP Smriti Irani lost to Kishorilal Sharma of Congress in the Amethi constituency of Uttar Pradesh. Actor-BJP politician Dinesh Lal Yadav, better known by his stage name Nirahua, was also bested by Samajwadi Party candidate Dharmendra Yadav in Uttar Pradesh's Azamgarh seat. Actor and Janasena Party chief Pawan Kalyan won the Pithapuram Assembly seat in Andhra Pradesh defeating his YSR Congress Party rival Vanga Geetha. Bengali actor-turned-politician June Maliah of the TMC won from Medinipur in West Bengal by defeating Agnimitra Paul of the BJP in a tough fight. In 2021, Maliah was elected as Member of West Bengal Legislative Assembly from Medinipur. In West Bengal's Birbhum, TMC's three-term MP and actor Satabdi Roy secured a thumping victory over BJP's Debtanu Bhattacharya. In the state's Hooghly and Ghatal constituencies, the battle was between TMC and BJP's celebrity faces. But TMC prevailed in both. Actor and TMC candidate Rachna Banerjee won from Hooghly against actor Locket Chatterjee of BJP. This will be Banerjee's first term as a politician. Dev Adhikary of TMC bested fellow actor and BJP's Hiran Chatterjee to hold on to his constituency Ghatal. It will be his third term. Film personalities and Indian politics have had a close association for decades with popular faces from Hindi cinema such as Nargis, Sunil Dutt, Rajesh Khanna, Vinod Khanna and briefly even Amitabh Bachchan taking the political plunge. Star power has yielded rich results in the South as well by producing mass leaders who started out as actors like N T Rama Rao, M G Ramachandran and J Jayalalithaa to name a few. In the current lot, Kamal Haasan, Vijay, Prakash Raj, Bhagwant Mann, Paresh Rawal, Urmila Matondkar, and Govinda are among the popular faces active in politics today.

Deccan Chronicle 5 Jun 2024 2:37 pm

UP CM Yogi Adityanath Turns 52: PM Modi, Union Ministers Extend Wishes

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi and several Union ministers extended warm wishes to Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on his 52nd birthday today. PM Modi took to his social media handle to convey his wishes, saying, Birthday wishes to Uttar Pradesh CM, Yogi Adityanath Ji on his birthday. He is working for UP's progress and for empowering the poor and downtrodden. I wish him a long and healthy life in the times to come. In response, CM Yogi expressed his gratitude, Your heartfelt and energetic wishes are a source of immense inspiration for me. Under your successful guidance, the concept of 'Self-reliant Uttar Pradesh - Developed Uttar Pradesh', preserving heritage and development, is becoming a reality. Many thanks for the good wishes! Union Home Minister Amit Shah also conveyed his greetings through a social media post, writing, Happy birthday to the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, Mr. @myogiadityanath. I pray to God for your good health and long life. Union Minister Piyush Goyal joined in, extending his birthday wishes, Infinite birthday wishes to the popular Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh @mYogiAdityanath ji. Under your leadership, good governance and development in the state have reached new heights. I pray to God for your long and happy life. Yogi Adityanath, born on June 5, 1972, in a village in Uttarakhand, began his journey as a disciple of Mahant Avaidyanath of Gorakhnath temple in Gorakhpur. He later became the head priest of the Gorakhnath Math. In 1998, he entered politics and became the youngest MP from Gorakhpur, a position he held for five consecutive terms until 2017. Yogi Adityanath is currently the longest-serving Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, having been in office for seven years. He is also the only UP Chief Minister to have two consecutive terms. Election Party-wise Round Up: BJP Secures 240 Seats, Congress Wins 99, and More Major Political Events Today: Key Meetings Scheduled in Delhi, What To Watch Modi's BJP Falls Short of Majority in India Election Upset, Coalition Govt Likely

News Track 5 Jun 2024 11:12 am

Lok Sabha Election Results 2024: What changed for BJP in Uttar Pradesh

Despite suffering major loses in the state, BJP finds big surge in Yogis stronghold Gorakhpur

Mid Day 5 Jun 2024 7:33 am

UP results a setback not just for the BJP, but for Yogi Adityanath too

The poor showing of the Bharatiya Janata Party in Uttar Pradesh has come as a surprise not only to those who believed in exit polls, but also to those who thought that the state's Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath was acceptable to all sections of society thanks to his assertive governing style. The final tally of 36 for the BJP and allies and 43 for the Samajwadi Party-Congress alliance comes as a disappointment for BJP supporters and as a vindication for the non-BJP bloc. The fact that the BJP performed very well in adjoining states like Uttarakhand, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Himachal Pradesh, Delhi, Bihar and Jharkhand makes the rejection in UP all the more harder to swallow for the party. Akhilesh's star turn On the other hand, the prize of 37 seats for the SP makes the party the second in the numbers tally of INDI alliance constituents, and catapults Akhilesh Yadav to a position next to Rahul Gandhi in the bloc's hierarchy. SP also emerged as the number one party in terms of seat tally in the state. He would have got the number two position had his alliance formed the government but, despite the big win, Akhilesh has to be content with sitting in the opposition albeit with his stature having risen several notches among all opposition parties such as the TMC, DMK and AAP. For the Congress, the result signals a reaffirmation of Rahul Gandhis leadership, which had been under question because of repeated electoral setbacks to the party. Rahul, however, made it a point in the evenings interaction with the media to refer to his sister Priyankas contribution to the party's performance. Loss in eastern UP significant An impression had gained ground that UP had become a stronghold of the BJP but the result has shattered this belief. Also significant is the BJPs loss in eastern Uttar Pradesh where it was believed that Yogi Adityanath and Prime Minister Narendra Modi exerted big influence from Gorakhpur and Varanasi, respectively. Added to this is the loss in Ayodhya which comes as a big setback. After all, the consecration of the Ram Mandir in Ayodhya and the massive infrastructure push in the temple town is there for all to see. Factors behind the BJP's poor performance Other issues that could have contributed to the BJPs dismal showing include the disenchantment of the youth with repeated disruptions and paper leaks of recruitment examinations. Lack of job creation and rising unemployment opportunities have added to this angst. Also, the stray cattle menace has been a sore point with farmers and those living in rural areas, as the damage to standing crops continues unabated. The wrong choice of candidates in several places and the reluctance to replace candidates mid-way as done by the SP and BSP also cost the BJP some seats. Added to it was the disinterest shown by party workers and sympathisers in many cities and towns because of which many supporters did not venture out to vote. Summer of discontent in the Hindi heartland Besides the Ram Mandir in Ayodhya, the BJP had been banking on issues such as an end to appeasement policy, improved law and order situation, no incidence of communal riots, rise in industrial investment, creation of massive infrastructure such as expressways, highways and airports, and better coordination with Central government on several issues. It now emerges that the Ram Mandir has been accepted as a part of the countrys cultural and religious space as much as any other place of pilgrimage and, therefore, it is no longer an election issue. What worked for the Opposition The opposition campaign, on the contrary, was centred on caste issues and the holding of the caste census was a prominent promise, among other points. It was reiterated by both Akhilesh and Rahul Gandhi in their statewide joint campaign. The duo symbolised opposition unity since Akhilesh Yadav's impact was multiplied in the company of Rahul Gandhi and enhanced his appeal especially among the youth. Another point that damaged the BJP was suspicion over what their government could do if it gets another term. This worry was more among the OBCs and Dalits amid allegations by opposition parties that the next BJP government could tamper with the Constitution and the reservation matrix. What the results reveal On hindsight, the entire campaign exposed the limited appeal of polarisation, and saw a revival of caste playing a dominant role. This is unlike it was in 2014 and 2019 when Modi's persona had almost obliterated caste divisions and the majority community had voted solidly for him and the party. It also emerges that repeated mention of matters related to faith does not appear to have gone down well with the people. The fact that the BJP did very well in states like Andhra Pradesh and Odisha, winning the Assembly elections too, indicates its appeal in those parts of India where the party has never been in power. Contrast this with its performance in UP where Yogi won big in 2017 and posted a historic repeat in 2022 before this defeat for the party in 2024, without any overwhelming reasons. It holds to reason that something very intrinsic could have led to the partys poor performance. Another reason that might be revealed in coming days could be the disagreement within the party, and between the party and the government, over several issues. Over the last five years, Yogi Adityanath has cultivated an image of being an assertive leader with his rising popularity. There had been speculations about his role in the national leadership. There are also indications that names of many candidates suggested by Yogi Adityanath were not accepted, and the results in these constituencies have been unfavourable for the party. Party sources say this had impacted the enthusiasm and morale of party workers and led to deepening internal divisions. It is believed that all such issues could be discussed when the party reviews its performance in the state. At the same time, the performance of the Yogi Adityanath government, despite the resounding victory in 2022, will also be a subject of critical appraisal in the coming days. The Yogi model of governance combining quick decision-making, crackdown on criminal gangs and bulldozer action could come under the spotlight. In the coming days, changes in the state's council of ministers, reshuffle in the bureaucracy, and corresponding changes at the Centre will also reflect where UP figures in the new scheme of things. Lok Sabha polls 2024: State-wise breakdown of results, big winners and key takeaways

The New Indian Express 4 Jun 2024 9:01 pm

Modi calmed Sun god to cool down weather: says BJP MP Ravi Kishan

BJP Gorakhpur Lok Sabha candidate Ravi Kishan made a sensational remark on being asked about his experience of contesting from Gorakhpur, a seat earlier held by Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath. This is such a historic day. Modiji, meditating down South at the ashram has calmed the Sun God. Just look at the sky, Get the latest updates in Hyderabad City News , Technology , Entertainment , Sports , Politics and Top Stories on WhatsApp & Telegram by subscribing to our channels. You can also download our app for Android and iOS .

The Siasat Daily 4 Jun 2024 3:16 pm

LS elections 2024: BJP's Kangana Ranaut Leading from Mandi, Arun Govil Trails in Meerut

New Delhi: Actor Kangana Ranaut is on the way to become a parliamentarian as the BJP candidate from Himachal Pradesh's Mandi is leading by a margin of over 75,000 votes, according to Election Commission trends. Ranaut, the four-time National Award-winning actor, has been fielded against Vikramaditya Singh of the Congress. Ramayan actor Arun Govil, meanwhile, is trailing the Meerut Lok Sabha constituency by over 20,000 votes. Samajwadi Party's Sunita Verma is currently in the lead from the seat, as per trends available till 1.30 pm. Veteran actor Hema Malini, seeking a third term in Lok Sabha from Mathura, is ahead by over 2 lakh votes. Her nearest rival is Mukesh Dhangar of the Congress. Another BJP candidate, actor Suresh Gopi from Thrissur, Kerala, is leading by over 73,000 votes. Veteran actor Shatrughan Sinha, who has been given a ticket by the Trinamool Congress, is also leading in his bid to get elected from Asansol, West Bengal. He has a lead of over 47,000 votes over BJP's Surendrajeet Singh Ahluwalia, according to trends available on the Election Commission website. Other notable celebrity candidates in the electoral fray include BJP's Manoj Tiwari and Ravi Kishan from Northeast Delhi and Gorakhpur, respectively. Tiwari is leading by 1 lakh votes over Kanhaiya Kumar (Congress), while Kishan is ahead by over 41,000 in his constituency. Kishan is pitted against Samajwadi Party's Kajal Nishad. BJP's Locket Chatterjee is trailing in her constituency Hooghly in West Bengal with TMC's Rachna Banerjee leading from the seat by over 34,000 votes. As per the trends, the NDA was close to the 300 mark, comfortably over the magic figure of 272 with the opposition INDIA bloc making significant gains.

Deccan Chronicle 4 Jun 2024 2:51 pm

Bhojpuri star Ravi Kishan leads, Dinesh Lal Yadav Nirahua & Pawan Singh trail behind

Mumbai, June 4 (IANS) Its a mixed bag of results for Bhojpuri superstars Ravi Kishan, Dinesh Lal Yadav Nirahua and Pawan Singh in the ongoing counting of votes for the Lok Sabha 2024 elections. Ravi Kishan of BJP, who was recently seen in Laapataa Ladies, is leading with 15,152 votes in the Gorakhpur constituency against []

bhaskarlive 4 Jun 2024 11:55 am

Ram Rajya Barkarar Rahega: Ravi Kishan Exudes Confidence In BJP Winning Lok Sabha Polls

Actor turned politician and BJP's candidate from Gorakhpur, Ravi Kishan along with his wife offered prayers at a temple in Gorakhpur on June 04 as the counting of votes are scheduled to begin from 8 am at across 7 counting centres in the national capital under strict security arrangements. After offering prayers Ravi Kishan also spoke to ANI and said, This is historic, Ram Rajya will continue. The biggest leader of the world is going to be the Prime Minister for the third time...People of the country have made the country win and placed their trust in PM Modi. Exit polls have predicted the return of the BJP to power. Various exit polls have given the BJP more than 64 seats in Uttar Pradesh. The Lok Sabha elections were conducted in seven phases- on April 19, April 26, May 7, May 13, May 20, May 25 and June 1.

NDTV 4 Jun 2024 9:11 am

Chained child admitted to mental hospital in Agra after video goes viral

Agra, June 3 (IANS) A 10-year-old child, kept in chains, has been admitted to the Institute of Mental Health and Hospital (IMHH) here after a video of him went viral on social media. The kids family, belonging to Gorakhpur, had reached Agra for treatment of the child who, according to the parents, had a tendency []

bhaskarlive 3 Jun 2024 5:03 am

Video: Yogi Adityanath Visits Gorakhpur Zoo, Inspects Tiger, Lions, Rhinos

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath visited and inspected Shaheed Ashfaq Ullah Khan Zoological Park (Gorakhpur Zoo) on Sunday.

NDTV 2 Jun 2024 3:33 pm

CM Yogi Adityanath visits Gorakhpur zoo

Gorakhpur (UP), June 2 (IANS) Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath visited and inspected Shaheed Ashfaq Ullah Khan Zoological Park (Gorakhpur Zoo) on Sunday. During his visit, the Chief Minister inspected the five-year-old lion Bharat and seven-year-old lioness Gauri, who were brought from Etawah Lion Safari about a week ago. Another tiger Babbar Sher Pataudi []

bhaskarlive 2 Jun 2024 2:49 pm

Uttar Pradesh: 56% turnout in high-profile 13 constituencies

LUCKNOW : In the seventh and the last phase of the 75-day battle of nerves, 13 Lok Sabha seats of the most crucial Purvanchal region of Uttar Pradesh recorded a voters turnout of 56.6 per cent till 5 pm on Saturday and it is likely to revise in the days to come. However, the voters turnout was 58.14 per cent in the same phase in 2019 Lok Sabha polls. The voting over the 13 seats, including the VVIP constituency of Varanasi where PM Modi was in fray, ended at 6 pm sealing the fate of 144 candidates. Prime Minister Narendra Modi is seeking a third consecutive term in the Lok Sabha from Kashi. Besides Varanasi, the other seats which went to poll on Saturday included Maharajganj, Gorakhpur, Kushinagar, Deoria, Bansgaon (SC), Ghosi, Salempur, Ballia, Ghazipur, Chandauli, Mirzapur and Robertsganj (SC). According to the ECI, the polling percentage recorded across 13 seats was -- Ballia 50.56%, Bansgaon 50.06%, Chandauli 58.19%, Deoria 54.13%, Ghazipur 53.53%, Ghosi 53.19%, Gorakhpur 52.53%, Kushinagar 56.04%, Maharajganj 58.66%, Mirzapur 55.83%, Robertsganj 54.25%, Salempur 50.21% and Varanasi 54.83. The by-poll for the Duddhi (reserved for Scheduled Tribes) assembly constituency in Sonbhadra district was also held on Saturday. The poll percentage in Duddhi stood at 54.48 till 5 pm. In the last phase of election, besides PM Modi, three union ministers including Anupriya Patel of Apna Dal (S) from Mirzapur, Dr Mahendra Chandra Pandey of the BJP from Chandauli and Pankaj Chaudhury also of BJP from Maharajganj were in fray. Moreover, in Gorakhpur, the bastion of UP CM Yogi Adityanath, two actors of Bhojpuri film industryRavi Kishan of BJP and Kajal Nishad of SPwere locked in a tough battle. Ravi Kishan is the sitting MP seeking a second term from Gorakhpur. Gorakhpur has earlier been represented in the Lok Sabha by Adityanath for five times. UP CM Yogi Adityanath exercised his franchise in Gorakhpur, while Union Minister Anupriya Patel, a candidate from Mirzapur, cast her vote in Mirzapur. From Ghazipur, the bastion of gangster-turned-politician Ansari brothers, Afzal Ansari was leading the opposition assault on S ticket while in Ballia, son of former prime minister Chandrashekhar, Neeraj Shekhar was trying to protect the political legacy of his father. contested. According to the EC, voting for all the Lok Sabha seats in the seventh phase, barring Robertsganj, ended at 6 pm. In the Robertsganj (SC) Lok Sabha seat and Duddhi assembly constituency, voting concluded at 4 pm.

The New Indian Express 2 Jun 2024 8:20 am

BJP 'misused' administration in UP, EC 'slow' to take action: Akhilesh Yadav

LUCKNOW: Samajwadi Party president Akhilesh Yadav on Saturday accused the ruling BJP of misusing the administration in Uttar Pradesh and said the Election Commission was slow in taking action. In a press statement issued from the SP headquarters, former UP chief minister Yadav alleged, Today, when it was the last phase of voting, the BJP did not stop its habitual misuse of the administration. Giving the example of booths of Mirzapur and Barhaj of Deoria district, he said many complaints have been registered against the BJP for intimidating the voters, obstructing voting and threatening or chasing away the polling agents on the strength of power. Yadav said, At many places, Samajwadi Party workers were misbehaved with and arrested. The administration's intention was to not let Samajwadi Party supporters vote. Expressing dissatisfaction, the SP chief said, It is regrettable that the Election Commission was very slow in taking action. The lack of transparency that should have been seen in the work of the Commission for free and fair elections puts a question mark on the democratic systems. However, he also said at present, the public is aware and they resisted at many places. Yadav claimed that the wind that blew from the west in favour of Samajwadi PDA (Pichhda, Dalit, Alpsankhyak)-INDIA alliance to save the Constitution and democracy turned into a tsunami in the seventh phase. All sections of the society, including farmers, youth, businessmen, teachers, employees and advocates voted to remove the BJP. Expressing gratitude to the voters, he said on the last voting day of the seventh phase of the Lok Sabha elections 2024, the voters completely vented out their entire anger to remove the BJP from power by voting against it. Yadav said, Along with writing the script of BJP's defeat, the voters paved the way for the Samajwadi Party and INDIA alliance to come to power at the Centre. Today, the BJP was completely wiped out in Maharajganj, Gorakhpur, Kushinagar, Deoria, Bansgaon, Ghosi, Salempur, Ballia, Ghazipur, Chandauli, Varanasi, Mirzapur and Robertsganj Lok Sabha constituencies. Even in the prime minister's constituency Varanasi, the voters showed extreme indifference towards him, he added.

The New Indian Express 1 Jun 2024 10:10 pm

Lok Sabha polls: UP records moderate 54 per cent turnout in final phase

LUCKNOW: In the seventh and last phase of the Lok Sabha elections, 13 seats in the crucial Purvanchal region of Uttar Pradesh recorded a voter turnout of 54 per cent till 5 pm on Saturday. The turnout was 58.14 per cent in the same phase in the 2019 Lok Sabha polls. Voting in the 13 seats, including the VVIP constituency of Varanasi where PM Modi is in the fray, ended at 6 pm sealing the fate of 144 candidates. Prime Minister Narendra Modi is seeking a third consecutive term in the Lok Sabha from here. Besides Varanasi, the other seats which went to the polls on Saturday included Maharajganj, Gorakhpur, Kushinagar, Deoria, Bansgaon (SC), Ghosi, Salempur, Ballia, Ghazipur, Chandauli, Mirzapur and Robertsganj (SC). According to the ECI, the polling percentage recorded in the 13 seats was -- Ballia 50.56%, Bansgaon 50.06%, Chandauli 58.19%, Deoria 54.13%, Ghazipur 53.53%, Ghosi 53.19%, Gorakhpur 52.53%, Kushinagar 56.04%, Maharajganj 58.66%, Mirzapur 55.83%, Robertsganj 54.25%, Salempur 50.21% and Varanasi 54.83. The bypoll for the Duddhi (reserved for Scheduled Tribes) assembly constituency in Sonbhadra district was also held on Saturday. The poll percentage in Duddhi stood at 54.48 till 5 pm. In the last phase of the elections, besides PM Modi, three Union ministers including Anupriya Patel of Apna Dal (S) from Mirzapur, Dr Mahendra Chandra Pandey of BJP from Chandauli and Pankaj Chaudhury also of BJP from Maharajganj were in the fray. Fate of PM Modi, 3 ministers at stake in last leg of electoral razzle-dazzle in UP Moreover, in Gorakhpur, the bastion of UP CM Yogi Adityanath, two actors of the Bhojpuri film industry -- Ravi Kishan of the BJP and Kajal Nishad of the SP were locked in a tough battle. Ravi Kishan is the sitting MP seeking a second term from Gorakhpur. Gorakhpur was earlier represented in the Lok Sabha by Adityanath five times. UP CM Yogi Adityanath exercised his franchise in Gorakhpur, while Union Minister Anupriya Patel, a candidate from Mirzapur, cast her vote in Mirzapur. From Ghazipur, the bastion of gangster-turned-politician Ansari brothers, Afzal Ansari was leading the opposition assault on an SP ticket while in Ballia, the son of former Prime Minister Chandra Shekhar, Neeraj Shekhar, was trying to protect the political legacy of his father. According to the EC, voting for all the Lok Sabha seats in the seventh phase, barring Robertsganj, ended at 6 pm. In the Robertsganj (SC) Lok Sabha seat and Duddhi assembly constituency, voting concluded at 4 pm. In Ballia, a 70-year-old man collapsed and died at a polling booth set up at a primary school in Chak Bahuddin village, an official said. Voters in Ballia's Math Dhajju Giri village boycotted the polls over their demand for road connectivity and electricity supply. Local SHO Dharamveer Singh said there were about 900 voters in the village. Will the 'Yogi factor' emerge as BJP's game changer in Purvanchal Lok Sabha seats?

The New Indian Express 1 Jun 2024 9:28 pm

Modi govt to be re-elected with full majority: CM Adityanath

Gorakhpur: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Saturday exuded confidence that the Modi government will be re-elected with an overwhelming majority in the Lok Sabha elections 2024.He claimed that the people are strongly supporting Prime Minister Narendra Modi's vision for a Viksit (developed) and Aatmanirbhar (self-reliant) Bharat. Speaking to reporters after casting his vote in the last phase of the Lok Sabha elections on Saturday morning, Adityanath said, The final phase of the Lok Sabha Elections 2024, is taking place today across 57 seats in 8 states. This includes 13 seats in Eastern Uttar Pradesh: Maharajganj, Gorakhpur, Deoria, Kushinagar, Bansgaon, Salempur, Ballia, Ghosi, Robertsganj, Ghazipur, Varanasi, Chandauli, and Mirzapur, where voting is also being conducted today. He mentioned that over the past two and a half months, various political parties have presented their issues to the people to fulfil the aspirations of the general public. They have presented the work and achievements of their governments. To elect the new government in the country, people have done a comparative analysis of the performances of the previous governments and that of the Modi government in the last 10 years. Considering the support received across the nation, it can be said that when the results come on June 4, those individuals, parties, and governments that have worked towards a self-reliant and developed India, preserving heritage while fostering development, showing compassion for the poor, and ensuring a bright future for the youth, will receive full support, Adityanath said. He said that over the past 10 years, everyone has witnessed a changing India, and in the last 7 years, they have seen a new Uttar Pradesh under the double-engine government. Under PM Modi's leadership, the work was done for the youth, farmers, businessmen, women, and every section of society with a spirit of security, respect, and development. He expressed his gratitude to the voters for their enthusiasm to cast their vote despite the rising temperature. The UP Chief Minister urged the people to rise above caste and religion and vote to realize the vision of a Viksit (developed) and Aatmanirbhar (self-reliant) Bharat. He said, To make the country the world's third-largest economy in the next three years and to bring prosperity to the lives of all citizens, the people's blessings are with PM Modi and the BJP. He added that under Modi's leadership, the government has undertaken unprecedented work for the safety, respect, and self-reliance of women. Adityanath on this occasion also told young voters that they should actively participate in the campaign to advance the new India, which is equipped with excellent infrastructure and earning respect worldwide. He also cautioned young voters against (political) parties and individuals trying to mislead them. Our future is bright with the goal of a self-reliant and developed India, and the youth should cast their votes with this goal in mind, he said. Prime Minister Modi has recognised only four castes: youth, poor, women, and farmers and has their complete support, he said. Adityanath also responded to the statements being made by the leaders of opposition parties on the spiritual-nation worship ('aadhyatmik raashtra saadhnaa') of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. In response to a question asked in this regard, he said that the spiritual worship of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who serves Mother India tirelessly, without wavering, without stopping, is completely a worship of the nation. But those who are involved in pleasures ('bhog'), corruption ('bhrashtachar'), incest ('anachar') and misconduct ('durachar'), cannot understand the importance of spiritual worship.

Deccan Chronicle 1 Jun 2024 8:58 pm

UP logs 39.31 pc polling till 1 pm

Lucknow, June 1 (UNI) Undeterred by scorching heat around 39.31 percent of over 2.50 crore voters voted on 13 seats in Saturdays final phase of Lok Sabha elections, including in Varanasi where Prime Minister Narendra Modi is contesting and in Gorakhpur, Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanaths hometown. According to the office of the Chief Electoral... The post UP logs 39.31 pc polling till 1 pm first appeared on Central India's Premier English Daily .

Central Chronicle 1 Jun 2024 3:05 pm

Modi3.0 will come with huge majority, says Yogi

Gorakhpur (UP): Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Saturday claimed that the Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government will be re-elected with an overwhelming majority in the Lok Sabha elections. Talking to the reporters after casting his vote in the last phase of the Lok Sabha elections, the CM said that []

goachronicle 1 Jun 2024 1:50 pm

Uttar Pradesh Votes: 28.02% Turnout in Final Lok Sabha Phase

Uttar Pradesh Votes: 28.02% Turnout in Final Lok Sabha Phase Uttar Pradesh recorded a polling percentage of 28.02 till 11 am as voting for the seventh and final phase of the Lok Sabha election began at 7 am on Saturday, the Election Commission (EC) said. Polling is being held in 13 constituencies of the state, including Varanasi, from where Prime Minister Narendra Modi is seeking a third consecutive term in the Lok Sabha. Besides Varanasi, the other seats where polling is taking place are Maharajganj, Gorakhpur, Kushinagar, Deoria, Bansgaon (reserved for Scheduled Castes), Ghosi, Salempur, Ballia, Ghazipur, Chandauli, Mirzapur and Robertsganj (reserved for SCs). A total of 144 candidates -- 134 men and 10 women -- are in the fray. According to the EC, the polling percentage till 11 am is -- Ballia 27.81, Bansgaon 28.3, Chandauli 29.08, Deoria 28.1, Ghazipur 27.55, Ghosi 27.67, Gorakhpur 26.64, Kushinagar 28.06, Maharajganj 29.66, Mirzapur 29.54, Robertsganj 28.09, Salempur 27.94 and Varanasi 26.13. Uttar Pradesh sends the highest number of 80 members to the Lower House of Parliament among all states. The bypoll for the Duddhi (reserved for Scheduled Tribes) Assembly constituency in Sonbhadra district is also being held. The poll percentage in Duddhi stood at 25.6 at 11 am. Six candidates are contesting from the seat that fell vacant after Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MLA Ram Dular's disqualification following his conviction in a rape case. Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath exercised his franchise in Gorakhpur, while Union minister Anupriya Patel, a candidate from Mirzapur, also cast her vote in Mirzapur. According to the EC, voting for all the Lok Sabha seats in the seventh phase, barring Robertsganj, will be held from 7 am to 6 pm. In the Robertsganj (SC) Lok Sabha seat and Duddhi Assembly constituency, voting will be held from 7 am to 4 pm. Uttar Pradesh is witnessing a direct contest between the BJP-led NDA and INDIA bloc members Samajwadi Party (SP) and Congress. Gorakhpur has earlier been represented in the Lok Sabha by Adityanath for five times. Union ministers Mahendra Nath Pandey, Pankaj Chaudhary and Patel are contesting from Chandauli, Maharajganj and Mirzapur respectively. From Ghazipur, mafia don-turned-politician late Mukhtar Ansari's brother Afzal Ansari is in the fray and from Ballia, former prime minister Chandrashekhar's son Neeraj Shekhar is contesting. Campaigning for the 13 seats ended on Thursday evening. Modi, Union Home Minister Amit Shah and Defence Minister Rajnath Singh were among the star campaigners for the ruling National Democratic Alliance (NDA). The Indian National Developmental Inclusive Alliance (INDIA) of opposition parties saw Congress leaders Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra and SP chief Akhilesh Yadav and his wife Dimple Yadav canvassing for its candidates. Gandhi contested the polls from Rae Bareli in the fifth phase on May 20, Akhilesh Yadav was fielded by the SP from Kannauj that went to polls in the fourth phase on May 13 and Dimple Yadav contested from Mainpuri where voting was held in the third phase on May 7. During campaigning, the BJP alleged that the INDIA bloc would bring in Muslim reservation and put the ''Babri lock'' on Ayodhya's Ram temple if voted to power. The opposition alliance urged people not to vote for the BJP in order to ''protect'' the Constitution and democracy. BJP's key allies, NISHAD Party and Om Prakash Rajbhar's Suheldev Bharatiya Samaj Party (SBSP), have fielded candidates in this phase. Another BJP ally Apna Dal (Sonelal)'s Anupriya Patel is also seeking re-election. Mayawati's Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) is contesting the Varanasi and Gorakhpur seats. State Chief Electoral Officer Navdeep Rinwa said there are 2,50,56,877 voters in the 13 Lok Sabha seats in this phase, including 1,33,10,897 men, 1,17,44,922 women and 1,058 third-gender electors.

devdiscourse 1 Jun 2024 12:29 pm

Uttar Pradesh's Final Polling Phase Kicks Off

Uttar Pradesh's Final Polling Phase Kicks Off Uttar Pradesh recorded a polling percentage of 12.94 till 9 am as voting for the seventh and final phase of the Lok Sabha election began at 7 am on Saturday. Polling is being held in 13 constituencies of the state, including Varanasi, from where Prime Minister Narendra Modi is seeking a third consecutive term in the Lok Sabha. Besides Varanasi, the other seats where polling is taking place are Maharajganj, Gorakhpur, Kushinagar, Deoria, Bansgaon (reserved for Scheduled Castes), Ghosi, Salempur, Ballia, Ghazipur, Chandauli, Mirzapur and Robertsganj (reserved for SCs). A total of 144 candidates -- 134 men and 10 women -- are in the fray. According to the Election Commission (EC), the polling percentage till 9 am is -- Ballia 13.42, Bansgaon 10.37, Chandauli 14.34, Deoria 13.74, Ghazipur 13.32, Ghosi 10.32, Gorakhpur 12.99, Kushinagar 13.5, Maharajganj 14.44, Mirzapur 14.93, Robertsganj 10.74, Salempur 13.39 and Varanasi 12.66. Uttar Pradesh sends the highest number of 80 members to the Lower House of Parliament among all states. The bypoll for the Duddhi (ST) Assembly constituency in Sonbhadra district is also being held. The poll percentage in Duddhi stood at 11.64 at 9 am. Six candidates are contesting from the seat that fell vacant after Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MLA Ram Dular's disqualification following his conviction in a rape case. According to the EC, voting for all the Lok Sabha seats in the seventh phase, barring Robertsganj, will be held from 7 am to 6 pm. In the Robertsganj (SC) Lok Sabha seat and Duddhi (ST) Assembly constituency, voting will be held from 7 am to 4 pm. Uttar Pradesh is witnessing a direct contest between the BJP-led NDA and INDIA bloc members Samajwadi Party (SP) and Congress. Gorakhpur has earlier been represented in the Lok Sabha by Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath for five times. Union ministers Mahendra Nath Pandey, Pankaj Chaudhary and Anupriya Patel are contesting from Chandauli, Maharajganj and Mirzapur respectively. From Ghazipur, mafia don-turned-politician late Mukhtar Ansari's brother Afzal Ansari is in the fray and from Ballia, former prime minister Chandrashekhar's son Neeraj Shekhar is contesting. Campaigning for the 13 seats ended on Thursday evening. Modi, Union Home Minister Amit Shah and Defence Minister Rajnath Singh were among the star campaigners for the ruling National Democratic Alliance (NDA). The Indian National Developmental Inclusive Alliance (INDIA) of opposition parties saw Congress leaders Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra and SP chief Akhilesh Yadav and his wife Dimple Yadav canvassing for its candidates. Gandhi contested the polls from Rae Bareli in the fifth phase on May 20, Akhilesh Yadav was fielded by the SP from Kannauj that went to polls in the fourth phase on May 13 and Dimple Yadav contested from Mainpuri where voting was held in the third phase on May 7. During campaigning, the BJP alleged that the INDIA bloc would bring in Muslim reservation and put the ''Babri lock'' on Ayodhya's Ram temple if voted to power. The opposition alliance urged people not to vote for the BJP in order to ''protect'' the Constitution and democracy. BJP's key allies, NISHAD Party and Om Prakash Rajbhar's Suheldev Bharatiya Samaj Party (SBSP), have fielded candidates in this phase. Another BJP ally Apna Dal (Sonelal)'s Anupriya Patel is also seeking re-election. Mayawati's Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) is contesting the Varanasi and Gorakhpur seats. State Chief Electoral Officer Navdeep Rinwa said there are 2,50,56,877 voters in the 13 Lok Sabha seats in this phase, including 1,33,10,897 men, 1,17,44,922 women and 1,058 third-gender electors.

devdiscourse 1 Jun 2024 10:55 am

Polling for crucial final phase of LS underway in UP

Lucknow, June 1 (UNI) Polling for 13 seats in the seventh and last phase of Lok Sabha polls, which include high profile constituencies like Varanasi being represented by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Gorakhpur, the hometown of Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, began on Saturday, a senior poll officer said here. Chief Electoral Officer... The post Polling for crucial final phase of LS underway in UP first appeared on Central India's Premier English Daily .

Central Chronicle 1 Jun 2024 10:04 am

We Are Not VIPs: Gorakhpur BJP Candidate Ravi Kishan Waits In Queue To Vote

Gorakhpur Lok Sabha candidate Ravi Kishan on Saturday arrived at a polling booth in Gorakhpur and queued up in the line to cast his vote, emphasising that politicians are servants of the public, not VIPs.

NDTV 1 Jun 2024 9:41 am

LS polls: PM Modi urges young voters, women to vote in large numbers

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday urged voters especially women and youth to come out in large numbers in the final phase of the Lok Sabha elections. In a post on X, PM Modi said, Today is the final phase of the 2024 Lok Sabha elections. As 57 seats across 8 states and UTs go to the polls, calling upon the voters to vote in large numbers. I hope young and women voters exercise their franchise in record numbers. Together, let's make our democracy more vibrant and participative. Union Home Minister Amit Shah also posted on X and appealed to voters, especially in Uttar Pradesh to elect a government that works on development issues. Today I appeal to all the voters of Uttar Pradesh and especially the youth to vote in record numbers to elect an honest government that will build a network of highways, airports, high-speed trains, and internet in the country and Uttar Pradesh. A credible government that provides house, gas, and free treatment to every poor person can change the picture of India and Uttar Pradesh, Shah said. Congress President Mallikarjun Kharge also appealed to voters to vote in favour of the INDIA bloc. My dear countrymen, Today is the last phase of voting to save the Constitution and democracy. The INDIA alliance is fighting the dictatorial forces with courage. The battle is now in its final phase. The public has stood firmly with us in every phase. After six phases, people want to see us win...You have to decide. Remember, if there is a constitution, our basic fundamental rights will remain. My young friends who are going to vote for the first time have a big responsibility on their shoulders. I welcome them. I request everyone to vote in maximum numbers. By voting for change, it will be a happy beginning, he posted on X Meanwhile, the seventh and final phase of polling in the largest festival of democracy started on Saturday as voting started in the last 57 parliamentary constituencies at 7 am across seven states and the Union Territory of Chandigarh. The seventh phase marks a grand finish to the world's largest polling marathon that began on the 19th of last month and has already covered six phases and 486 Lok Sabha seats. According to the Election Commission of India, over 10.06 crore electors including approximately 5.24 crore male, 4.82 crore female and 3574 third gender electors are expected to exercise their franchise. All 13 parliamentary constituencies of Punjab are voting on Saturday in the last phase. A total of 904 candidates are in the fray for the final phase of polling. The prominent candidates in the fray in this phase include Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders Ravi Shankar Prasad, Nishikant Dubey, Ravneet Singh Bittu, Congress leaders Manish Tewari, Charanjit Singh Channi, Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) leader Harsimrat Kaur Badal, Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader Misa Bharti. Actor-turned-politician Kangana Ranaut from the BJP is fighting against Congress candidate Vikramaditya Singh in Mandi. Union Minister Anurag Thakur is in the fray from Hamirpur, actor-turned-politician Ravi Kishan is contesting from Gorakhpur and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee's nephew and Trinamool Congress candidate Abhishek Banerjee is contesting from Diamond Harbour.

Deccan Chronicle 1 Jun 2024 8:59 am

UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath casts vote in Gorakhpur

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The News Mill 1 Jun 2024 7:51 am

Lok Sabha Election 7th Phase Voting: UP CM Yogi Adityanath Gorakhpur

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NDTV 1 Jun 2024 7:21 am

Final Phase of Lok Sabha Polls in Uttar Pradesh: Key Contests and Candidates

Final Phase of Lok Sabha Polls in Uttar Pradesh: Key Contests and Candidates Polling for the final phase of Lok Sabha elections in 13 Uttar Pradesh constituencies that include Varanasi, from where Prime Minister Narendra Modi is seeking a third consecutive term, began at 7 am on Saturday. The state sends 80 members to the Lower House of Parliament and the polling has been spread over all seven election phases. The bypoll for the Duddhi (ST) assembly constituency in Sonbhadra district is also being held on Saturday. Six candidates are contesting from the seat that fell vacant after BJP MLA Ram Dular's disqualification following his conviction in a rape case. The parliamentary seats where polling will take place are Maharajganj, Gorakhpur, Kushinagar, Deoria, Bansgaon (SC), Ghosi, Salempur, Ballia, Ghazipur, Chandauli, Varanasi, Mirzapur and Robertsganj (SC), spread across 11 districts. Besides Modi, there are 143 candidates in the fray. Of them, 134 are male candidates and 10 are female candidates. According to the Election Commission, voting for all the Lok Sabha seats in the seventh phase barring Robertsganj seat will be held from 7 am to 6 pm. In Robertsganj (SC) Lok Sabha seat and Duddhi (ST) assembly constituency, voting will be held from 7 am to 4 pm. Uttar Pradesh is seeing a direct contest between the BJP-led NDA and INDIA bloc members Samajwadi Party and Congress. Among the prominent Lok Sabha seats in this phase are Modi's Varanasi, Gorakhpur, which has been represented by Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath five times, and Chandauli, Maharajganj and Mirzapur from where Union ministers Mahendra Nath Pandey, Pankaj Chaudhary and Anupriya Patel are contesting. From Ghazipur, mafia don-turned-politician late Mukhtar Ansari's brother Afzal Ansari is in the fray and from Ballia, former prime minister Chandrashekhar's son Neeraj Shekhar is contesting. Campaigning for the 13 seats ended on Thursday evening. Prime Minister Modi, Union Home Minister Amit Shah, and Defence Minister Rajnath Singh were among the star campaigners for the NDA. The INDIA bloc saw Congress leaders Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, and Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav and his wife Dimple Yadav canvassing for the candidates of the alliance, with roadshows held in Varanasi and Gorakhpur. Gandhi contested the polls from Rae Bareli in the fifth phase on May 20, Akhilesh Yadav was fielded by the SP from Kannauj that went to polls in the fourth phase on May 13 and Dimple Yadav contested from Mainpuri where voting was held in the third phase on May 7. During campaigning, the BJP alleged that the INDIA bloc would bring in Muslim reservation and put the ''Babri lock'' on Ayodhya's Ram temple if voted to power. The opposition alliance urged people not to vote for the BJP to ''save'' the Constitution and democracy. BJP's key allies NISHAD Party and Om Prakash Rajbhar's SBSP have candidates contesting in this phase. Ally Apna Dal (Sonelal)'s Anupriya Patel is also seeking a reelection. Mayawati's BSP is contesting the Varanasi and Gorakhpur seats. UP's Chief Electoral Officer Navdeep Rinwa said there are 2,50,56,877 voters in the 13 Lok Sabha seats in the seventh phase, including 1,33,10,897 men, 1,17,44,922 women and 1,058 transgender people.

devdiscourse 1 Jun 2024 7:11 am

Third Eye: Chinese action plan in India, Actor-politician gives her best shot, PM Modi keeps a keen eye on first few rows

Chinese ambassador to India, Xu Feihong, has been actively promoting clean energy partnerships between India and China since assuming office, filling a position vacant since 2022. Rumors suggest a senior Chinese official may visit India after the new government forms, ahead of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation summit. Meanwhile, Bhojpuri actress and SP's Gorakhpur candidate, Kaajal Nishad, emotionally appealed to voters from her Nishad community in a video, urging them to support her.

The Economic Times 1 Jun 2024 12:18 am

Uttar Pradesh: Polling parties sent to Gorakhpur, Bainspur

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The News Mill 31 May 2024 11:55 pm

Non-OBC Yadav voters crucial in 13 UP seats; Modis Varanasi in fray

Agencies As the Lok Sabha elections enters the seventh and final phase, the focus has shifted to the non-Yadav' OBC voters in UP, whose support can determine the outcome of contests on 13 seats going to polls on June 1. The constituencies going to the polls in the final phase include Varanasi, Maharajganj, Gorakhpur, Kushinagar, [] The post Non-OBC Yadav voters crucial in 13 UP seats; Modis Varanasi in fray appeared first on Northlines .

The Northlines 31 May 2024 10:56 pm

Gorakhpur Lok Sabha Election Phase 7: Key candidates, All You need to know

Gorakhpur Lok Sabha Election Phase Key candidates All You need to know

India Today 31 May 2024 7:18 pm

Fate of PM Modi, 3 ministers at stake in last leg of electoral razzle-dazzle in UP

LUCKNOW: With India's electoral saga now reaching its climax, Uttar Pradesh is poised to witness a battle of nerves over 13 seats in the last leg with Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the fray seeking a third consecutive term from Varanasi. Besides Modis Varanasi, UP CM Yogi Adityanaths stronghold Gorakhpur will also go to the polls on Saturday. Interestingly, apart from the PM, the concluding phase of the electoral razzle-dazzle in UP will decide the fate of three Union Ministers: Dr Mahendra Nath Pandey from Chandauli, Anupriya Patel from Mirzapur and Pankaj Chaudhury from Maharajganj. This phase will also test the influence of Other Backward Caste leaders who have aligned with National Democratic Alliance (NDA). While Anupriya Patel of Apna Dal (S), Om Prakash Rajbhar of Suheldev Bharatiya Samaj Party (SBSP), Sanjay Nishad of NISAHD and Dara Singh Chauhan will have to prove their mettle, the political future of opposition leaders like Swami Prasad Maurya will also be decided. Of the 80 seats in the state, the last 13 to go to the polls in the final phase on Saturday include Maharajganj, Gorakhpur, Kushinagar, Deoria, Bansgaon (SC), Ghosi, Salempur, Ballia, Ghazipur, Chandauli, Varanasi, Mirzapur and Robertsganj (SC). While the BJP is contesting 10 seats, it has left three for allies. Apna Dal (S) is contesting Mirzapur and Robertsganj (SC) and OP Rajbhars son Arvind is testing the poll waters in Ghosi. Similarly, in the opposition bloc, the Samajwadi Party is contesting 10 seats leaving Varanasi, Maharajganj and Deoria for ally Congress. In the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, the BJP-led NDA had won 11 of the 13 seats of this phase whereas the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) had clinched two -- Ghosi and Ghazipur while contesting in alliance with the SP. However, the SP and Congress had failed to open their account. Besides having the task of reclaiming the two seats it had lost in 2019, the BJP has the bigger challenge of increasing PM Modis victory margin from the previous figure of 4.80 lakh. On the other hand, the three union ministers are locked in a tough battle with rivals in their respective constituencies. Gorakhpur, where the sitting BJP MP Ravi Kishan, the Bhojpuri actor, is seeking a second term and Ghazipur, witnessing its first election after the demise of gangster-turned-politician Mukhtar Ansari, will also be in focus. In Ghazipur, Mukhtars elder brother Afzaal Ansari is the opposition blocs candidate. In 2019, Ansari had won the seat as the BSP candidate backed by the SP. The SP and the Congress, which are allies this time, face the challenge of opening their account in the region. The phase will also be a test of the BSPs strategy of going it alone in 2024.

The New Indian Express 31 May 2024 6:47 pm

PM Modi's Varanasi among 13 LS seats going to polls in UP on June 1

Lucknow: Thirteen Lok Sabha seats, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Varanasi, will go to polls in the last and seventh phase of the general elections on Saturday.Polling in the state, which sends 80 members to the Lower House of Parliament, was held in all seven phases of the election. The bypoll for the Duddhi (ST) assembly constituency in Sonbhadra district will also be held on Saturday. Six candidates are contesting from the seat that fell vacant after BJP MLA Ram Dular's disqualification following his conviction in a rape case. The parliamentary seats where polling will take place are Maharajganj, Gorakhpur, Kushinagar, Deoria, Bansgaon (SC), Ghosi, Salempur, Ballia, Ghazipur, Chandauli, Varanasi, Mirzapur and Robertsganj (SC), spread across 11 districts. Uttar Pradesh is a seeing a direct contest between the BJP-led NDA and the coalition of INDIA bloc members Samajwadi Party and Congress. Besides Prime Minister Modi, who is a seeking a third term from Varanasi, there are 143 candidates in the fray. Among the prominent Lok Sabha seats are Varanasi, Gorakhpur, which has been represented by Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath five times, Chandauli, Maharajganj and Mirzapur from where Union ministers Mahendra Nath Pandey, Pankaj Chaudhary and Anupriya Patel are contesting, respectively, Ghazipur from where the late Mukhtar Ansari's brother Afzal Ansari is in the fray and Ballia from where former prime minister Chandrashekhar's son Neeraj Shekhar is contesting. Campaigning for the 13 seats in Uttar Pradesh ended on Thursday evening. Of the 144 Lok Sabha poll candidates in this phase, 134 are men and 10 women candidates. There are 11 general category and two SC reserved seats. Prime Minister Modi, Union Home Minister Amit Shah, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh were among the star campaigners for the NDA. The INDIA bloc saw Congress leaders, including Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, and Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav and his wife Dimple Yadav canvassing for candidates of the alliance, with roadshows in Varanasi and Gorakhpur. While Gandhi contested the polls from Rae Barelli in the fifth phase on May 20, Akhilesh Yadav was fielded by the SP in Kannauj that went to polls in the fourth phase on May 13 and Dimple Yadav from Mainpuri where voting was held in the third phase on May 7. During campaigning, the BJP alleged that the INDIA bloc would bring in Muslim reservation and put the Babri lock on Ayodhya's Ram temple, if voted to power. The opposition alliance urged people not to vote for the BJP to save the Constitution and democracy. BJP's key allies NISHAD Party and Om Prakash Rajbhar's SBSP have candidates in this phase. Ally Apna Dal (Sonelal)'s Anupriya Patel is seeking reelection. Mayawati's BSP has also fielded candidates, including in Varanasi and Gorakhpur. Voting will be held from 7 am to 6 pm on Saturday in all the seats.

Deccan Chronicle 31 May 2024 11:27 am

High-Stakes Phase 7 Polls in Uttar Pradesh

High-Stakes Phase 7 Polls in Uttar Pradesh Thirteen Lok Sabha seats, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Varanasi, will go to polls in the last and seventh phase of the general elections on Saturday. Polling in the state, which sends 80 members to the Lower House of Parliament, was held in all seven phases of the election. The bypoll for the Duddhi (ST) assembly constituency in Sonbhadra district will also be held on Saturday. Six candidates are contesting from the seat that fell vacant after BJP MLA Ram Dular's disqualification following his conviction in a rape case. The parliamentary seats where polling will take place are Maharajganj, Gorakhpur, Kushinagar, Deoria, Bansgaon (SC), Ghosi, Salempur, Ballia, Ghazipur, Chandauli, Varanasi, Mirzapur and Robertsganj (SC), spread across 11 districts. Uttar Pradesh is a seeing a direct contest between the BJP-led NDA and the coalition of INDIA bloc members Samajwadi Party and Congress. Besides Prime Minister Modi, who is a seeking a third term from Varanasi, there are 143 candidates in the fray. Among the prominent Lok Sabha seats are Varanasi, Gorakhpur, which has been represented by Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath five times, Chandauli, Maharajganj and Mirzapur from where Union ministers Mahendra Nath Pandey, Pankaj Chaudhary and Anupriya Patel are contesting, respectively, Ghazipur from where the late Mukhtar Ansari's brother Afzal Ansari is in the fray and Ballia from where former prime minister Chandrashekhar's son Neeraj Shekhar is contesting. Campaigning for the 13 seats in Uttar Pradesh ended on Thursday evening. Of the 144 Lok Sabha poll candidates in this phase, 134 are men and 10 women candidates. There are 11 general category and two SC reserved seats. Prime Minister Modi, Union Home Minister Amit Shah, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh were among the star campaigners for the NDA. The INDIA bloc saw Congress leaders, including Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, and Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav and his wife Dimple Yadav canvassing for candidates of the alliance, with roadshows in Varanasi and Gorakhpur. While Gandhi contested the polls from Rae Barelli in the fifth phase on May 20, Akhilesh Yadav was fielded by the SP in Kannauj that went to polls in the fourth phase on May 13 and Dimple Yadav from Mainpuri where voting was held in the third phase on May 7. During campaigning, the BJP alleged that the INDIA bloc would bring in Muslim reservation and put the ''Babri lock'' on Ayodhya's Ram temple, if voted to power. The opposition alliance urged people not to vote for the BJP to ''save'' the Constitution and democracy. BJP's key allies NISHAD Party and Om Prakash Rajbhar's SBSP have candidates in this phase. Ally Apna Dal (Sonelal)'s Anupriya Patel is seeking reelection. Mayawati's BSP has also fielded candidates, including in Varanasi and Gorakhpur. Voting will be held from 7 am to 6 pm on Saturday in all the seats.

devdiscourse 31 May 2024 11:13 am

Curtains come down on LS campaigning, action shifts to polling in high-stake seats

Campaigning for the final phase of Lok Sabha elections in UP ended with BJP and Congress focusing on key seats like Varanasi and Gorakhpur. Varanasi contest holds high stakes for INDIA bloc candidate and UP Congress chief Ajay Rai too. Rais influence will be tested as he has been a five-time MLA from Kosala and Pindra seats in Kashi.

The Times of India 31 May 2024 9:29 am

In eastern UPs axis of power, its development vs caste calculus

Gorakhpur, the constituency of Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, has transformed from a crime-ridden area to a hub of development projects under his leadership. The district successfully eradicated the encephalitis epidemic, improved infrastructure, and witnessed a significant decrease in crime rates.

The Times of India 31 May 2024 8:52 am

Campaign For Final Phase ends: Spotlight On Bengal, Punjab, Odisha, UP

The campaigning for the seventh phase of the Lok Sabha elections has come to an end. Voting in this final phase will take place on June 1 for the remaining 57 seats. The counting of votes is scheduled for June 4. This phase will see the seats of Kolkata and Basirhat - under which Sandeshkhali falls, Odisha, all seats of Punjab and Himachal, and some very important seats in Eastern UP, including Gorakhpur and Varanasi. Winning these seats is crucial for the BJP for a comfortable majority. The fight for nine seats in Bengal and six in Odisha is particularly important because these are the two states the BJP is hoping to make huge gains in. Punjab will test the Congress's strength in the face of a rising AAP in the state, and in Himachal, the party's performance is also key to its government continuing in the state.

NDTV 30 May 2024 8:12 pm

Heated Campaigning Concludes for Uttar Pradesh Lok Sabha Elections

Heated Campaigning Concludes for Uttar Pradesh Lok Sabha Elections Campaigning for the 13 Lok Sabha seats in Uttar Pradesh, including Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Varanasi, and a by-election for the state Assembly ended on Thursday. The polling on these seats will be held on June 1. There are 144 candidates in the poll fray for the Lok Sabha constituencies in this phase, comprising 134 male and 10 female candidates. Six candidates are competing for the Duddhi (ST) Assembly by-election in Sonbhadra district, Uttar Pradesh Chief Election Officer Navdeep Rinwa said. Out of the 13 Lok Sabha seats in the state under the seventh phase, 11 belong to the general category, and two are reserved for scheduled castes. The 13 Lok Sabha constituencies in this phase are - Maharajganj, Gorakhpur, Kushinagar, Deoria, Bansgaon (SC), Ghosi, Salempur, Ballia, Ghazipur, Chandauli, Varanasi, Mirzapur, and Robertsganj (SC), which are spread across 11 districts. The prominent candidates in fray, besides Prime Minister Narendra Modi, include Union minister and Apna Dal (S) leader Anupriya Patel from Mirzapur, former prime minister Chandrashekhar's son Neeraj Shekhar from Ballia, Mukhtar Ansari's brother Afzal Ansari from Ghazipur, Union minister Mahendra Nath Pandey from Chandauli, Union minister Pankaj Chaudhary from Maharajganj, and Bhojpuri actor Ravi Kishan from Gorakhpur. PM Modi, Union Home Minister Amit Shah, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, INDIA bloc leaders Rahul Gandhi and Akhilesh Yadav actively campaigned in this phase to garner support for their candidates. While the BJP tried to drive home its allegations that the INDIA bloc will bring in Muslim reservation and put 'Babri lock' in Ayodhya's Ram temple, the Opposition urged people to vote to ''save the Constitution''.

devdiscourse 30 May 2024 6:12 pm

Gorakhpur goes to polls: In Yogi's stronghold, actor-turned-politician Ravi Kishan fights Bhojpuri actress Kajal Nishad

Over the past decade, particularly during the last seven years under the Yogi government, there has been a significant decrease in the crime rate, and the district has undergone a transformation with numerous development initiatives.

The Economic Times 30 May 2024 3:17 pm

How Maneka took a dig at Rahul will reverberate long into his ears !

ER.RAJESH PATHAK Rahul leaves no chance to hasten the division targeting Hindus on the basis of castes, and that of north south regions of the country. But he must note down that of Gorakshapeeth of Gorakhpur where Yogi Aditynath holds the highest seat of Mahant or Pontiff the principle pujari fulfilling the daily [] The post How Maneka took a dig at Rahul will reverberate long into his ears ! appeared first on Northlines .

The Northlines 29 May 2024 11:48 pm

Lok Sabha Elections: BJP, SP BSP, ?

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NDTV 29 May 2024 11:14 pm

Yogi Adityanath's Vibrant Roadshow in Gorakhpur

Yogi Adityanath's Vibrant Roadshow in Gorakhpur Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath held a roadshow here on Wednesday evening, during which the city reverberated with the slogan of ''Abki baar 400 paar.'' Amidst the beats of drums, brass bands, damaru, and turahi tunes, the roadshow was held in support of BJP candidate Ravi Kishan. CM Adityanath accepted greetings, while flowers showered and the lotus symbol adorned the route. The roadshow led by CM Adityanath commenced from the Town Hall intersection and culminated at Vijay Chowk, covering approximately three kilometers. The roadshow commenced with the conch shells (shankh) blown by 51 Vedic students. Slogans such as ''Jai Shri Ram,'' ''Jo Ram ko laye hain, hum unko layenge,'' ''Ek hi nara, ek hi naam, Modi-Yogi Jai Shri Ram,'' ''Ram bhakt hi raj karega Dilli ke singhasan par,'' and ''Gorakhpur ka ek mission, Ravi Kishan-Ravi Kishan'' echoed through the air. The roadshow also saw a massive turnout from all communities, including a significant participation from the minority community. Along the route, members of the Muslim community welcomed the chief minister's procession by showering flowers from their homes and shops. Many Muslim women captured the roadshow on their mobile phones from their rooftops.

devdiscourse 29 May 2024 10:31 pm

Will the 'Yogi factor' emerge as BJP's game changer in Purvanchal Lok Sabha seat

LUCKNOW: The ongoing Lok Sabha election steeped deep into Uttar Pradesh's Purvanchal is reaching its climax. The arena for the final bout of gladiator battle is all set for Varanasi (PM Modis constituency), Gorakhpur, (the fortress of UP CM Yogi Adityanath), and Ghazipur (the bastion of infamous Ansari brothers). Moreover, it is also a test of political clout of smaller stakeholders like Anupriya Patel of Apna Dal (S), OP Rajbhar of SBSP and Sanjay Nishad of NISAHD, and their credibility as saffron allies. 13 seats are up for grabs in phase 7 and the last leg of voting which will take place on June 1. Although PM Narendra Modi is widely regarded as one of the most influential leaders in the political history of independent India and is the prominent figure for the BJP during campaigns, the Yogi Adityanath phenomenon, particularly his pro-development and anti-mafia stance as the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, along with his unwavering commitment to Hindutva, is gaining traction in the eastern region. PM Modi, who had been making subtle references to UP CMs governance in earlier rallies, started praising him with no qualms as the poll scene shifted to Purvanchal. The PM has been highlighting Yogis bulldozer action against gangsters, and dreaded mafias bringing much-needed relief to the people from their reign of terror and intimidation. It is evident that the PM does not forget to applaud Yogis efforts to curb corrupt and criminal elements while underscoring the development works and the effective implementation of central welfare schemes after Yogi Adityanath assumed UP CM office. Lok Sabha polls: It's actor vs actress in Yogi bastion of Gorakhpur The Union Minister too has been following the similar tradition and has been highlighting Yogi's 'good governance' at his election rallies. Significantly, similar sentiments are echoed by the people on the ground. However, despite relentless efforts opposition, especially AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal, to derail the saffron brigades campaign by creating doubt in voters minds over the alleged plan of BJPs top brass to replace Yogi as UP CM two months after June 4 results, this Mahant of Gorakshnath Peeth has emerged as a big benefactor for his party and also an unignorable force which has stormed some impregnable rival citadels in successive polls. He has proved it time and again and stands out as the only UP CM to have repeated a term in the last 35 years in Lucknow. Yogi Adityanath does not mince words when he assails the opposition for trying to drive a wedge in the BJP by spreading canards and false propaganda about his removal. Dispelling the doubt, he comes out unhesitatingly to claim that being a Yogi, who is detached from power, his only priority is to work for the values and ideologies of the party he is associated with in favour of the nation. Actually, the opposition is devoid of issues. They have always been into such kind of negative and divisive politics. Even otherwise I am a Yogi and my priority is not to get power but to work for the values and ideologies of the party for which we chose politics and public life. Kejriwal ji, you have departed from your ideals for the sake of power. But I will reject the power for the sake of my ideals not only in this birth but even in 100 such births. I will continue to work for my party's ideology of 'Nation First' with dedication, he asserts when his reaction is sought over the issue. Uttar Pradesh: RLD onboard, BJP looks for dominance According to political observers, even though the Delhi CM has tried to create a narrative that all is not well within the BJP and top brass will not tolerate Yogi because of his growing popularity, his indispensability lies in his style of governance, his spotless integrity and an image of being a nemesis to mafia and criminals. Moreover, Yogi Adityanath draws his popularity from flaunting his staunch Hindutva credentials. Cutting through caste calculus of rival like the Samajwadi Party and Bahujan Samaj Party, Yogi, took his party to sweep the 2019 Lok Sabha and 2022 assembly elections, winning all six parliamentary seats and 27 out of 28 assembly seats in Gorakhpur division. Out of the 13 constituencies going to polls in last leg on June 1, the BJP and its allay Apna Dal (S) had won 11 seats except Ghazipur and Ghosi which went to BSP while SP and Congress failed to open their account in 2019. On his home turf Gorakhpur, Yogi has consolidated BJPs hold after becoming UP CM with his governance, development, deliverance of welfare schemes in tandem with the Hindutva plank quintessential to his image being Hindu mascot. Ever since the 2024 election notification, Yogi Adityanath has addressed over 200 rallies across the country as BJPs one of the busiest star campaigners. On the 13 Lok Sabha seats of the last leg, the BJP is facing challenge from the INDIA bloc, especially, the Samajwadi Party which is trying to regain its lost ground in Purvanchal. The BJP seems to be depending on the 'Yogi mantra' a little too much both as UP CM and also Mahant of Gorakshnath Peeth, considered to be axis of eastern UP politics, to counter the oppositions caste arithmetic. Uttar Pradesh: BJP faces Rajput ire in 3-corner battle With Yogi leading the campaign from the front, the BJP has mobilised its cadre and pressed party machinery into service to regain both seats this time. With three days left for polling, Yogi has shifted base to Gorakhpur, holding back-to-back half-a-dozen rallies across the 13 seats daily. When in Gorakhpur, he performs his social responsibilities as the head priest of Gorakhnath temple, to remain connected with people approaching him transcending all the social barriers. The Yogi factor has been working dominantly for the BJP not only in Dalit-dominated reserved seat Bansgaon, Kushinagar, Maharajganj but also Brahmin-Rajput and Bhumihar dominated Ballia, Deoria and Salempur besides Ghosi in Mau. Yogis sahbhoj (community feasts) in Dalit-OBC-dominated villages gives him an edge in winning their support. Even BJP top brass realises the potential of brand 'Yogi Adityanath' which has proved its mettle in making the development a reality in this backward region. The stature of Yogi Adityanath is much taller than that of several BJP CMs as well as some Union ministers, feels Prof SK Dwivedi, former HoD, Political Science, Lucknow University. He adds that being aware of the significance of Yogi Adityanath, PM Modi brings his mention strategically along with Modi ki guarantee in his public meetings in east UP. The BJP is aware of Yogis all-India appeal which will be further consolidated if UP result is different from that in other states, says Prof Dwivedi. Gorakhpur-based social activist Mumtaz Khan says that the Yogi factor fetches votes for the BJP in Purvanchal and party knows it. The metamorphosis of Purvanchal under Yogi as CM is palpable. He has proved to be a game changer for the region, he adds.

The New Indian Express 29 May 2024 8:28 pm