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Rajnath Singh to file nomination from Lucknow LS seat on April 29

Lucknow: Defence Minister Rajnath Singh will file his nomination for the Lucknow Lok Sabha seat on April 29, BJP sources said. Lucknow BJP Chief Anand Dwivedi said Rajnath Singh will proceed to file his nomination papers from the Uttar Pradesh BJP office opposite the Vidhan Sabha. From there, he would proceed on a motorised chariot 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 22 Apr 2024 8:10 am

Lok Sabha Election 2024: Repolling At 11 Polling Stations In Manipur Today, Defence Minister Says 'PoK Is Ours'

Lok Sabha Election 2024: Voting under the second phase of Lok Sabha elections on April 26 will take place in Assam, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Karnataka, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Manipur, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Tripura, West Bengal and Jammu and Kashmir

News18 22 Apr 2024 7:49 am

Battle for Delhi: AAP-Congress alliance challenges BJP in Lok Sabha Polls

The temperature of Delhi and politics is increasing with each passing day. On May 25, the citys voters will elect their seven representatives to Parliament. Like in previous elections, the leaders and workers of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), Congress, and other parties have hit the streets to canvass. But what is different this time is that bitter rivals AAP and Congress have joined hands to take on the common enemy, BJP. As per the seat sharing agreement, the AAP has settled for four constituenciesEast Delhi, New Delhi, South Delhi, and West Delhi. On the remaining three seatsNorth East Delhi, Chandni Chowk, and North West DelhiCongress will be contesting. On the other hand, the BJP has replaced all its sitting MPs except on the North East Delhi seat. As the trio campaign starts under the scorching summer sun, it will only get hotter in the coming days. While the BJP claims it will sweep the polls like last timebagging all seven seats with a significant margin, the AAP-Congress is hopeful to dent the electoral prospects of the saffron party. Seeing the initial campaign, the AAP is trying to create sympathy for the arrest of Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) in connection with the alleged excise policy scam. The Congress is trying to remind the voters of days under the leadership of the late Sheila Dixit, while the BJP is trying to ride on the face of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. But is there really any positive political movement in AAP or Congresss favour? If the BJP claims of no anti-incumbency, then why did it drop six MPs? This week, we delve deeper to gauge which party holds the ground, the issues that may combust, and the odds of a candidate entangled in this seven-piece puzzle. In Delhi, BJP targets third consecutive sweep; AAP hopes to capitalise on 'sympathy wave' for Kejriwal WEST SIDE STORY The largest parliamentary constituency of Delhi is likely to witness a tight contest between the BJP and the AAP. The former has fielded Kamaljeet Sehrawat, former MLA and mayor of erstwhile South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC), against Mahabal Mishra of the AAP, former MP from the seat. The constituency came into existence a year before the 2009 Lok Sabha elections after the delimitation exercise. Earlier parts of the constituency were included in Outer Delhi and others in South Delhi. It has seen three general elections2009, 2014 and 2019and the party that won the seat, ruled at the Centre.The constituency has a total strength of 24,88,831 eligible voters including 13,27,008 males, 11,61,717 females and 106 third gender. It is spread across 10 Assembly segmentsMadipur, Rajouri Garden, Hari Nagar, Tilak Nagar, Janakpuri, Vikaspuri, Uttam Nagar, Dwarka, Matiala and Najafgarhcurrently all held by the AAP. In previous polls, there has been a three-cornered contest. However, with AAP and Congress stitching an alliance, the fight has now remained between BJP and AAP. What can Delhi expect from BJPs manifesto? In 2014, BJPs Parvesh Sahib Singh Verma won the polls by a margin of 2.68 lakh votesthe highest since that year. In 2019, he improved further and won the elections with the highest-ever margin of 5.78 lakh votes. Still, he was dropped, and the baton was handed over to Sehrawat, a law graduate and former teacher widely acknowledged for her connection with the public. Though it is her first Lok Sabha elections, she has experience in public life. Besides serving as Mayor, in the past decade, Sehrawat has gradually risen in the organisational ranks and worked in different capacities, such as district vice-president from Najafgarh to Secretary, president of the BJP Mahila Morcha, and Delhi BJP vice-president. The west Delhi, considered a seat where Jat voters play a key role, Mahabal Mishra continues to firmly hold his ground among the rural belt. Mishra, who was once a big Poorvanchali face of Delhi Congress, has a long stint in politics for more than two decades. After entering Delhi politics in 1997 as a municipal councillor and serving as an MLA thrice and MP once on a Congress ticket, Mishra has started campaigning in his dominant areas. Meanwhile, the residents of the constituency face multiple issues, ranging from a lack of infrastructural development to an irregular water supply. However, many residents highlighted traffic congestion. THE RESERVED Since the Congress party announced Udit Rajs candidature for the North West Delhi Lok Sabha constituency, the electoral battle for the seat has entered a decisive phase. The BJP has fielded Yogendra Chandolia from this constituency, and now both candidates have been making final appeals to voters. Following the delimitation, the North West Delhi Lok Sabha constituency was constituted in 2008 and was reserved for Scheduled caste (SC) candidates. It is currently being represented by Punjabi singer Hans Raj Hans (BJP). BJP candidate Yogendra Chandolia is a former North MCD mayor, while the Congress Udit Raj had who had won the seat in 2014 on a BJP ticket. Raj joined the Congress in 2019 after being denied a ticket by the BJP. Congress fields Kanhaiya Kumar in North East Delhi against BJP's Manoj Tiwari The constituency, located in the outer parts of the city, has a sizable number of voters from the Scheduled Caste community, Jats, and Purvanchalis. In the last Lok Sabha results in 2019, Hans won by a margin of 5,53,897 votes, while AAPs Gugan Singh stood second. As per the seat-sharing formula, Congress will be contesting the seat. Chandolia, currently serving as the general secretary in the state unit, has been associated with the party since the 1990s and has been active in politics since his student days. He became mayor of the erstwhile North Delhi Municipal Corporation in 2014. He was made the state units general secretary in 2019, and this is his first Lok Sabha battle. In the 2015 and 2020 assembly polls, Chandolia unsuccessfully contested from the Karol Bagh constituency against AAPs Vishesh Ravi.As far as his profile is concerned, he was an IRS officer who resigned from his service in 2003 and formed a political party, namely, the Indian Justice Party. In 2014, he joined the BJP and in the same year he was elected to the 16th Lok Sabha after defeating Rakhi Bidlan of AAP. As an MP, he worked as a member of the Consultative Committee, Ministry of Finance and Corporate Affairs, Rules Committee Member, and Standing Committee on Social Justice and Empowerment.In the 2019 Lok Sabha polls, the BJP denied him a ticket, and he later joined the Congress party.BJPs campaign focuses on good governance, security, and economic prosperity. On the other hand, Udit Raj has been trying to get support over inclusivity and social empowerment, resonating with sections of the electorate seeking change. BJP won't cross 150 seats; INDIA bloc will foil its attempt to scrap Constitution: Rahul Gandhi THE HIGH PROFILE SEAT In 2014, Meenakshi Lekhi made history by becoming the first woman in 54 years to clinch the New Delhi Lok Sabha seat for the BJP. Lekhis resounding victory was mirrored in 2019, yet her bid for re-election in 2024 has been met with an unexpected twist. The BJP has opted to replace her with Bansuri Swaraj, daughter of the late Sushma Swaraj, a stalwart of the party. Bansuris foray into politics has raised eyebrows, not only due to her newcomer status but also because of the high-profile nature of the New Delhi constituency. Despite her political lineage, Bansuris selection underscores a departure from conventional choices by the BJP leadership. Her political journey commenced in 2023 when she was appointed co-convenor of the Delhi BJPs legal department. With 16 years of legal experience, including a stint as an additional advocate general for Haryana, Bansuri holds academic credentials from prestigious institutions like the University of Oxford and BPP Law School, London.Bansuri had said that as an MP, she will ensure that Prime Minister Narendra Modis guarantees reach every Delhiite and will work on building a new start-up hub in the New Delhi area In contrast, Somnath Bharti is the AAPs seasoned contender for the New Delhi seat. Since its inception, Bharti, a familiar face in AAP circles, has secured consecutive victories in the Malviya Nagar Assembly segment. Renowned for his proactive approach to addressing public concerns, Bhartis popularity and administrative acumen have been instrumental in his rise within the party ranks. With a background in law and an engineering degree from IIT, Bhartis tenure as a minister in the inaugural AAP government showcased his multifaceted capabilities. Bharti has said that he will expand his Mohalla WhatsApp groups, currently active in Malviya Nagar, to all of New Delhi. I will remain accessible, accountable and available to everyone.The electoral clash between Bansuri and Bharti promises to inject enthusiasm into the political landscape of New Delhi. While Bansuri embodies a new chapter in the BJPs electoral strategy, Bhartis experience and grassroots appeal pose a formidable challenge. THE OLD DELHI Nestled in the bustling heart of Delhi, Chandni Chowk Lok Sabha constituency carries a rich tapestry of history and cultural diversity. Established in 1956, it stands as the smallest parliamentary constituency in terms of geographical area, encompassing the famed Chandni Chowk market renowned for its labyrinthine lanes, ancient architectural marvels, and vibrant street culture. The constituency sprawls across several assembly segments including Adarsh Nagar, Shalimar Bagh, Shakur Basti, Tri Nagar, Wazirpur, Model Town, Sadar Bazar, Chandni Chowk, Matia Mahal, and Ballimaran. Over the years, Chandni Chowk has witnessed a dynamic political landscape, with representatives from various parties holding sway. Dr Harsh Vardhan of the BJP served as a Member of Parliament from 2014 until his retirement from active politics. In the upcoming elections, the BJP has nominated Praveen Khandelwal as their candidate. A prominent businessman from North Delhi, Khandelwal has a law degree from Delhi University. His credentials extend to his role as the secretary general of the Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT). The Congress, which is contesting in Chandni Chowk, has put JP Agarwal in opposition to Khandelwal. Agarwal is a seasoned party leader who has previously clinched victories from Chandni Chowk in 1984, 1989, and 1996. Grateful for the partys nomination, he has pledged to address regional concerns, mainly focusing on GST, unemployment, and inflation. With both candidates bringing their unique perspectives and promises to the fore, the electoral battle in Chandni Chowk promises to be a compelling contest. MIGRANT DOMINATED On April 14, the Congress announced Kanhaiyya Kumars candidature from the North East Delhi constituency against BJP MP Manoj Tiwari. People may know Kumar as a once upon a time student leader who rose to national prominence after being accused of allegedly raising anti-national slogans when he was the president of Jawaharlal Nehru University Students Union. Kumar has a doctorate from JNU. Despite the negative publicity, he garnered support from those opposed to BJPs rise to power in 2014. Besides being a leader of the All India Students Federation (AISF), he served as a National Executive Council member of the Communist Party of India. He contested from Begusarai on CPI ticket in the 2019 general election but lost. He joined Congress in September 2021. The 37-year-old leader, who is now in the fray from North East Delhi on a Congress ticket, doesnt belong to this region as he hails from Bihar. The constituency has a significant migrant population from Uttar Pradesh and Bihar. Going by the experts, Kumars candidature is more like an effort by Congress to consolidate the migrant and Muslim vote base. On the opposition is Manoj Kumar Tiwari, who, besides being an MP and BJP member, is also a singer, actor and producer. Tiwari, a two-time MP, is the only sitting parliamentarian of the seven BJP MPs in Delhi, who has been awarded a ticket to contest in the Lok Sabha elections.Tiwari was a Member of the Uttarakhand Legislative Assembly for the Almora Assembly, and this is how he was counted as a popular figure who could attract Purvanchali voters. One of the most vulnerable areas communally since the riots in 2020, North East Delhi is home to an approximate 21 per cent Muslim population. Despite such statistics, the constituency appears carefully divided along communal lines in region including Mustafabad, Seelampur, Karawal Nagar and Ghonda, predominantly Muslim populated. In the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, the BJP grew stronger, with Manoj Tiwari fetching 53.86 per cent of the votes. Former Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit managed to bring the Congress back to some fight with 28.83 per cent, while AAP had a considerable dip with only 13.05 per cent. Hemant Soren sent to jail for refusing to part ways with INDIA bloc, says Kharge in 'Ulgulan Nyay' rally THE EASTERN PERIPHERY AAP MLA from Kondli, Kuldeep Kumar, has been fielded from East Delhi, where he will contest against Harsh Malhotra of the BJP. A dropout of Delhi University, Kumar led the Ambedkar Andolan in East Delhi at the age of 18. The movement focused on raising awareness about education among Scheduled Castes youth. Kumar came in contact with Kejriwal during the India Against Corruption movement led by social activist Anna Hazare and joined the AAP after its formation in 2012. He volunteered in the partys early days, working closely with the founding members. The AAP fielded him in the 2017 municipal election in Delhi from Kalyanpuri ward in East Delhi. He was elected the youngest corporator in the MCD at the age of 27. He was then appointed leader of the Opposition of the erstwhile East Delhi Municipal Corporation and vice-president of AAPs Delhi Unit. In 2020, he was again given an AAP ticket from the Kondli (East) reserved seat and defeated BJPs Raj Kumar by nearly 18,000 votes.Meanwhile, Harsh Malhotra, one of the three general secretaries of the BJPs Delhi unit, became a councillor from the Welcome ward in 2012. In 2015, he was elected mayor of the erstwhile East Delhi Municipal Corporation (EDMC). During his time as mayor, Malhotra was also appointed Chairman of the Education Committee of EDMC, a post he served for three years. He is one of the six candidates replacing incumbent BJP MPs in Delhi. Malhotra has replaced cricketer Gautam Gambhir, who quit the party and active politics last month.The 58-year-old hails from the Punjabi community, which has a significant presence in the constituency. In the 2019 Lok Sabha polls, BJP won the seat by over 3.9 lakh votes. In the 2019 polls, the AAP had fielded Atishi, currently the education minister, from East Delhi against the BJPs Gautam Gambhir, who defeated her. Gurjar vs Gurjar An interesting poll fight could be witnessed in the South Delhi constituency. The contest is between BJPs Ranveer Singh Bidhuriand AAPs Sahiram Pehelwan. Both are sitting MLAs and belong to the same communityGurjar. The two-time Member of Parliament, Ramesh Bidhuri was dropped by the BJP. Ramveer, a Political Science graduate from Deshbandhu College, joined the RSS-affiliated Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad in 1970 and was an active worker of Jan Sangh. In 1993, he became MLA, and in 2008 was awarded the best MLA award by the then Lok Sabha Speaker Somnath Chatterjee. In 2013, Ramveer was elected member of the national executive branch of the BJP and is presently representing the Badarpur seat in the Delhi assembly alongside the leader of the opposition. Sahiram, an MLA from Tughlakabad, has been with AAP since 2014. In his younger days, he wrestled and served in the CISF. In 1997, he left his job and contested the councilor election, which he won. From 1999 to 2002, he was the president of the MCDs zonal committee from central Delhi. He was elected as municipal councilor consecutively in 2007 and 2013 and became Deputy Mayor in 2013. In 2015, he contested the assembly elections for the first time on the AAP ticket and turned victorious. In the constituency, the water problem is the biggest issue. More than half of the segments, which are full of unauthorized colonies, have been witnessing water scarcity.

The New Indian Express 22 Apr 2024 7:32 am

BJP will win all 80 seats in state: Jal Shakti minister

The Times of India 22 Apr 2024 5:02 am

Six-day Sankat Mochan music festival from Apr 27

The Times of India 22 Apr 2024 5:01 am

3 youths crushed to death

The Times of India 22 Apr 2024 4:59 am

Religious fervour marksMahavir Jayanti festivities

The Times of India 22 Apr 2024 4:59 am

Akhilesh: BJP is a threat to democracy and Constitution

The Times of India 22 Apr 2024 4:58 am

6.7cr assets of Mukhtars aide attached in Ghazipur

The Times of India 22 Apr 2024 4:57 am

Nodal officers for wheat procurement

The Times of India 22 Apr 2024 4:55 am

Human skull,bones foundin BKT fields

The Times of India 22 Apr 2024 4:55 am

Customised packages for big projects in UP

The Times of India 22 Apr 2024 4:50 am

Solo exhibition Mystical Lines inspires youth

The Times of India 22 Apr 2024 4:50 am

FM hails TN society for itsservices to Shiva temples

The Times of India 22 Apr 2024 4:49 am

Eight slum kids excel in UP Board exams

The Times of India 22 Apr 2024 4:49 am

Man defrauds woman on matrimonial site

The Times of India 22 Apr 2024 4:47 am

BJPs campaign to induct key voters into its fold

The Times of India 22 Apr 2024 4:40 am

Prayagraj principal gets Vivekananda excellence award

The Times of India 22 Apr 2024 4:39 am

Mayur Miracle win cricket match

The Times of India 22 Apr 2024 4:37 am

LMC in spot over renewal of banned dog breed licences

The Times of India 22 Apr 2024 4:35 am

Man kills bro for taking bike without permission

The Times of India 22 Apr 2024 4:35 am

New India doesnt bow before Naxalism but destroys it: Yogi

The Times of India 22 Apr 2024 4:33 am

Student jumps before trainafter failing in class X exam

The Times of India 22 Apr 2024 4:30 am

One held for killing boy at tantriks advice in Etawah

The Times of India 22 Apr 2024 4:21 am

LS polls: BJP's Hema Malini pitted against Congress, BSP in triangular contest; as she seeks third term in Mathura

LS polls: BJP's Hema Malini pitted against Congress, BSP in triangular contest; as she seeks third term in Mathura Mathura Lok Sabha constituencies in Uttar Pradesh is one of the high-profile seats up for grabs in the second phase of the Lok Sabha Elections from where Dream Girl Hema Malini is eyeing her third victory. The upcoming Lok Sabha elections in Mathura will see a triangular contest between the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Congress and the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP). Uttar Pradesh has 80 parliamentary seats and the Bharatiya Janata Party, Congress, Bahujan Samaj Party and the Rashtriya Lok Dal are the main parties in the constituency. The Mathura seat comprises five Assembly segments including Chhata, Mant, Goverdhan, Mathura, and Baldev. The constituency is a General quota seat. Hema Malini is a two-time MP from Mathura who is fielded by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for the third consecutive time from the Mathura Lok Sabha seat, while Congress has decided to field Mukesh Dhangar and the BSP has given the ticket to Suresh Singh. Earlier in 2019, Hema Malini of the BJP won the Mathura constituency in the Lok Sabha elections 2019, securing 6,71,293 votes with 60.9 per cent while 3,77,822 votes were polled in favour of Kunwar Narendra Singh of the RLD with 34.3 per cent votes. Congress's Mahesh Pathak secured 28,084 votes. Malini won the elections with a massive margin of 2,93,471. In the 2014 Lok Sabha Elections, Malini from BJP won the seat and polled 574,633 votes with a vote share of 53.29 per cent. RLD candidate Jayant Chaudhary got 243,890 votes (22.62 per cent) and was the runner-up. Hema Malini defeated Jayant Chaudhary by a margin of 330,743 votes. From 1991 to 1999, Mathura was the BJP's stronghold four times. In 2004, Mathura went to Congress's account. In 2009, RLD's Jayant Chaudhary became an MP from Mathura. Hema Malini urged the people to convert their support for Prime Minister Narendra Modi into votes and come out in huge numbers to exercise their right to franchise. The BJP's lotus will definitely bloom all over India and definitely in UP as so much work has happened here and people have seen it. The work PM Modi has done here, neither has such work has been done before nor will anyone do it in the future. I know everyone knows how much work PM Modi has done, but to convert it into votes, you all will have to go out and vote. It is our responsibility towards your country, Hema Malini further added. Earlier, BJP candidate Malini's daughters, Isha and Ahana Deol, arrived in Mathura to meet youth and garner support for their mother in the Lok Sabha elections. The two arrived at the Banke Bihari Temple, where they bowed before Lord Banke Bihari Ji, and sought divine blessings. Isha expressed confidence in her mother's victory in the elections, highlighting the support from Mathura's residents. There are so many supporters here who are the residents of Mathura. They want my mother to stay here and win the election from here. They want her to do much more, and it's because of their support that my mom can do all this. So, their support is important, she said. In 2014, the BJP fielded Hema Malini who won. In the 2019 elections, Hema's husband, actor Dharmendra, also campaigned for her and gathered a huge crowd in her favour. Due to the public welfare schemes of the double-engine government, once again in 2019, lotus bloomed in Mathura and Hema Malini became an MP. Uttar Pradesh, which sends the maximum number of MPs, 80, to Parliament, will vote in all seven phases. Voting for phase 1 was held on April 19 on eight 8 seats. Mathura will go to polling during the second phase on April 26. The state will once again poll in phases three and four on May 7 and May 13. The Uttar Pradesh electorate will also vote in phases five, six and seven on May 20, May 23 and June 1, respectively. The votes will be counted on June 4. (ANI)

devdiscourse 21 Apr 2024 11:28 pm

Constitution written by Baba Saheb Ambedkar, not any random Baba: Tejashwi Yadav at INDIA bloc rally

Constitution written by Baba Saheb Ambedkar, not any random Baba: Tejashwi Yadav at INDIA bloc rally Former Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Tejashwi Yadav on Sunday hit out at the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for allegedly speaking about amending the Constitution saying that the ruling party does not have the power to do so since the Constitution was writen by Baba Saheb Ambedkar and not by any andom Baba. The leaders of the BJP are speaking of finishing the Constitution again and again. It is a Constitution written by Baba Saheb Ambedkar, not by some random Baba. No one has the power to change it. They are not capable of doing it, Yadav said speaking at a INDIA bloc rally at Ranchi. Yadav said that the BJP will be punished by people if they speak of finishing the Constitution. In Bihar as well, their ministers and candidates are saying constantly that they will finish the Constitution. The people of the country will finish you if you speak about finishing off the Constitution, the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader said. Commenting at the massive crowd that had gathered for the opposition bloc rally in Ranchi, Yadav said, Jharkhand has made up its mind that they want to drive out the BJP and save the nation. Drive out the BJP and save the country's Constitution, save democracy, save Ganga-Jamuni Tehzeeb. Tejaswi Yadav, son of RJD supremo Lalu Prasad Yadav said that all the leaders of the opposition parties have assembled to talk about peoples' issues and promise a government that will solve their day-to-day problems. We have not come here to talk about PM Modi but to talk about issues. The issues are education, medicine, employment, irrigation and to give a government that listens to your problems and solve them, Yadav said. Taking a jibe at Prime Minister Narendra Modi for allegedly using the central investigation agencies to target opposition leaders, Yadav said that the Directorate of Enforcement (ED), the Income Tax (IT) and the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) are BJP's son-in-laws. The government in Jharkhand was working effiiciently but PM Modi could not tolerate it. That it why he used his investigation agencies which are his party's cell. The ED, IT and CBI are the BJP's three son-in-laws, the RJD leader said. Hitting out at the BJP, Yadav said that the opposition is not afraid of being in jail because even Lord Krishna was born in jail. Using these (central investigative agencies), they put Hemant Soren in jail, Sanjay Singh has just been released from jail and Kejriwal was sent to jail. Before that, my father was sent to jail, there are also many cases against me. However, no leader from our alliance fears the BJP. Do they even know that our Lord Krishna was born in jail? Attacking the BJP over electoral bonds, Yadav said that the ruling party received crores through the now-scrapped electoral financing scheme through Prime Minister Narendra Modi did not fulfil any of his promises. ...PM Modi has only increased poverty, increased inflation and did 'jumlabazi'...You did not get any money in your account as promised but the BJP has received thousands of crores through electoral bonds, Yadav said. Calling out Prime Minister Narendra Modi for allegedly lying to the people about his poll promises, Yadav said, PM Modi speaks so many lies that he calls cowdung, halwa. BJP means 'Barta Jhoota Party' (party of increased level of lies). Yadav proposed that if Bihar, Jharkhand and Uttar Pradesh votes against the BJP unitedly, then PM Modi will not be able to come to power at the Centre. PM Modi fears the INDIA bloc. He talks about '400 paar'. His '400 paar' film was superflop in the first phase of the election. Now no one his coming to his rallies. People have caught his lies. The day when Bihar, Jharkhand and UP which has 134 seats in total, fight together BJP will not be able to come to power, the senior RJD leader said. Elections will be held in Jharkhand in four phases: May 13, 20, 25, and June 1. During the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) won 12 seats in Jharkhand, with the BJP winning 11. The Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) and Congress got one seat each. (ANI)

devdiscourse 21 Apr 2024 11:26 pm

On CCTV, UP Businessman Pushes Man Off 5-Star Hotel's Terrace After Fight

A pre-wedding party turned violent when a businessman pushed a man who had an argument with his son off the terrace of a five-star hotel in Uttar Pradesh.

NDTV 21 Apr 2024 10:59 pm

UP Police Recruitment Exam: Four Arrested in Paper Leak Case

On March 2, following reports of a paper leak, the Uttar Pradesh government cancelled the preliminary exam conducted on February 11 for the recruitment of review officers and assistant review officers

News18 21 Apr 2024 10:25 pm

Four Jharkhand DMs fined Rs 10,000 each for submitting incomplete reports on Ganga pollution

Four Jharkhand DMs fined Rs 10,000 each for submitting incomplete reports on Ganga pollution The National Green Tribunal has imposed a fine of Rs 10,000 each on four district magistrates in Jharkhand for submitting ''incomplete reports'' regarding the prevention and control of the Ganga's pollution. The National Green Tribunal has taken up the matter of abatement of pollution in the Ganga and its tributaries and had sought specific information on the matter from Jharkhand, Bihar, West Bengal, Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand. In February, the panel had imposed costs of Rs 25,000 on Jharkhand after noting that no report was filed from any district magistrate, who are heads of District Ganga Protection Committees. In an order passed on April 10, a bench of National Green Tribunal Chairperson Justice Prakash Shrivastava noted that compliance reports were received from Sahibganj, Dumka, Ranchi, Rajmahal, Giridih, Dhanbad, Bokaro and Ramgarh districts. The bench, also comprising Judicial Member Justice Sudhir Agarwal and Expert Member A Senthil Vel, however, said the reports from Sahibganj, Dhanbad, Bokaro and Ramgarh did not have the information as required and directed by the tribunal. ''There is clear non-compliance of the earlier order of the tribunal by these four district magistrates who have submitted their incomplete reports. Hence, we grant further four weeks time to these district magistrates to deposit a cost of Rs 10,000 each,'' the tribunal said. The bench has posted the matter to July 19 for further proceedings.

devdiscourse 21 Apr 2024 9:25 pm

Less polling happened in first phase because...: Hema Malini urges people to exercise voting rights

Actor and BJP MP Hema Malini called on people to convert their support for PM Narendra Modi into votes and participate in large numbers in the elections. She emphasized the importance of voting and urged people to exercise their right to franchise. Malini expressed confidence in the BJP's success, citing the strong support from the public. She highlighted the significant work done by PM Modi and the BJP in Uttar Pradesh, urging voters to show their responsibility towards the country by voting. Uttar Pradesh will vote in all seven phases, with Mathura going to polls in the second phase on April 26.

The Economic Times 21 Apr 2024 9:22 pm

Pilibhit witness 5.29% less turnout this year

The Times of India 21 Apr 2024 8:23 pm

Samajwadi Party struggling to save its Mainpuri, Kannauj bastions: UP minister

Samajwadi Party struggling to save its Mainpuri, Kannauj bastions: UP minister The Samajwadi Party is struggling to save its bastions of Mainpuri and Kannauj in the Lok Sabha elections, Uttar Pradesh Minister Laxmi Narayan Chaudhary said on Sunday and claimed that there is no impact of its alliance with the Congress. The Congress virtually has no public support in the state. As a result, there is no impact of its alliance with the Samajwadi Party, he claimed. Chaudhary, the minister for sugarcane development, said, ''The Samajwadi Party is struggling to save its Mainpuri and Kannauj seats and it will be extremely difficult for the party to save those.'' In Mainpuri, the BJP has fielded UP Minister Jaiveer Singh against Dimple Yadav, the incumbent MP and the wife of Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav. Mainpuri goes to the polls in the third phase on May 7. In Kannauj, which goes to the polls in the fourth phase on May 13, the BJP has fielded sitting MP Subrat Pathak. The Samajwadi Party is yet to announce its candidate from the seat. Chaudhary further claimed that the BJP's alliance with the Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) will prevent the division of about 20 per cent Jat votes as more than 70 per cent people from the community have so far been voting for the saffron party. The minister also asserted that the BJP will sweep western Uttar Pradesh, like it did in previous elections. ''In Mathura, Hema Malini will set a record for victory margin in the state,'' he said. The BJP's Hema Malini is eyeing a third term in the Lok Sabha from Mathura. Owing to the welfare programmes of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the administration of Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, the BJP will register convincing victories in all 80 Lok Sabha seats in the state. Chaudhary admitted that while the poll battle will not be a cakewalk for the party in a few areas due to the caste factor, the BJP will ultimately win the elections on the back of the government's welfare programmes. The minister also lashed out at Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati, saying, ''Her latest trick to give tickets to Muslims is not going to work. I have visited three constituencies of western Uttar Pradesh but did not find any support for the BSP.'' Chaudhary claimed the BJP will also get votes from Muslims after the Centre introduced a law criminalising triple talaq and other welfare programmes. Mathura will vote in the second phase of polling on April 26, alongside Amroha, Meerut, Baghpat, Ghaziabad, Gautam Buddh Nagar, Bulandshahr and Aligarh.

devdiscourse 21 Apr 2024 8:05 pm

Congress a synonym for scams, terrorism and Naxalism; gave pistols to youths: Adityanath

Congress a synonym for scams, terrorism and Naxalism; gave pistols to youths: Adityanath Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Sunday launched a scathing attack on Congress, saying it is synonymous with scams, terrorism and Naxalism, and accused the party of instigating youth to fight against the country by handing them pistols. Addressing campaign rallies in Chhattisgarh, Adityanath alleged the Congress has an ''internal understanding'' with Naxalism as part of an ''evil attempt'' to divert youth from the mainstream of society. The wait of 500 years for Ram Lalla (installation of the idol) in Ayodhya ended because of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Adityanath said while addressing a rally in Kabirdham district, which comes under the Rajnandgaon Lok Sabha constituency. The BJP has fielded Santosh Pandey from Rajnandgaon seat against Congress stalwart and former chief minister Bhupesh Baghel. ''Congress is a synonym for scams, terrorism and Naxalism. At the age when a tablet and a good book should be in the hands of youth and they should have the spirit to take the world forward, the Congress gave pistols in their hands. The Congress instigated them to fight against the country in the name of Naxalism and terrorism,'' Adityanath claimed. He said the people witnessed a change in the country over a decade under PM Modi's leadership. ''Modi ji says this country needs to be transformed into a big power in the world. A developed India has to be made...to create a self-reliant India, where every citizen feels safe. Be it a daughter or a businessman, only the BJP can provide a guarantee of security to everybody. Only BJP can respect your faith,'' he said. Adityanath asked the gathering whether the Congress could have given free ration, built the Ram temple, reduced the Naxal menace and provided security to daughters and businessmen. ''Congress is the synonym for problems, it gives problems whereas the BJP is the name of solution,'' he added. He said Bhupesh Baghel was allegedly involved in multiple scams during the previous government in the state. Love jihad was given an exemption in Chhattisgarh under the erstwhile Congress rule, Adityanath added. ''No one has forgotten what happened with Bhuneshwar Sahu. I congratulate the people of Chhattisgarh for keeping Bhuneshwar's memories alive by electing his father Ishwar Sahu as an MLA. He had sacrificed his life protesting against love jihad and the appeasement policy of Congress'', he said. Sahu (22) was killed last April in violence in Bemetara district after an altercation between school children belonging to two communities. Addressing another rally in Korba Lok Sabha seat, the UP chief minister alleged the Congress has an ''internal understanding'' with Naxalism as part of an ''evil attempt'' to divert youth from the mainstream of society. Adityanath said while India was giving free ration to 80 crore citizens under PM Modi's leadership, 23 crore people are fighting hunger in Pakistan. India's prestige and standing in the world have risen due to the leadership of Modi, its borders are safe and the nation is capable of giving a befitting reply to terrorism and Naxalism, he added. ''The Congress has an internal understanding with Naxalism. It is not hidden from anyone. Youth should have had tabs in their hands but Congress governments handed them pistols. They (Congress governments) made an evil attempt to divert youth from the mainstream of society,'' Adityanath alleged. He accused the Congress of playing with the future of youth and working to divide society. ''When they can't do anything, then they start abusing PM Modi. But the entire country is one family for Modiji. He works to serve 140 crore Indians,'' the UP CM said. Under the Congress rule, people died of hunger, farmers committed suicide, women and businesspersons were unsafe and terrorists struck routinely after entering the country, he claimed. ''But, this situation changed after 2014 and now even if a firecracker goes off (in India), Pakistan quickly clarifies that it has nothing to do with the incident. Because, Pakistan knows this is new India and if any link is found of the neighbouring nation, then the Indian Army will enter there and strike,'' Adityanath said. The BJP has fielded Saroj Pandey from the Korba Lok Sabha constituency against Congress' Jyotsna Mahant. Addressing a third rally in Bilaspur city under Bilaspur LS constituency, Adityanath stepped up his attack on Congress. ''When Congress came to power after Independence, instead of taking the country towards prosperity, the Grand Old Party pushed it towards terrorism, Naxalism, regionalism, casteism, anarchy, and corruption. They deliberately made some provisions in the Constitution,'' he said. Adityanath also accused Congress of insulting B R Ambedkar. ''In 1952, the Constitution was amended and a special provision of Article 370 was included for Kashmir. Shyama Prasad Mukherjee sacrificed his life to make Kashmir a part of India,'' he said. Accusing Congress of doing nothing for 65 years, Adityanath said Article 370 was abrogated after Modi took charge as PM and Amit Shah as Home Minister, and J&K was linked to the mainstream of democracy with 'Ek Bharat-Shrestha Bharat'. He said people are enthusiastic about the consecration of Lord Ramlalla's idol in the Ayodhya temple. ''After a wait of 500 years, Shri Ram Lalla has been installed again in Ayodhya. There was more enthusiasm in Chhattisgarh than in Uttar Pradesh and the countrymen,'' he said. Adityanath further said Chhattisgarh is ''nanihal'' (birthplace of Lord Ram's maternal grandparents) of Lord Ram. He accused Congress of rejecting the existence of Lord Ram and Lord Krishna, insulting the ''eternal faith'' of India, and adopting ''double standards'' after the construction of the Ayodhya temple. ''Now when the temple is built in Ayodhya, Congressmen say that Ram belongs to everyone. People must understand the double standards of Congress,'' the Uttar Pradesh CM said. Adityanath said UP has become free of riots and curfews after 2017 when BJP came to power. Rajnandgaon will vote on April 26, and Korba and Bilaspur on May 7.

devdiscourse 21 Apr 2024 8:04 pm

Businessman Raju Hargunani repeatedly stabbed by minor Muslim boy who worked in his store causing his intestines to split out, detained

Shaan, Akhtar and Bilal have been employed at the store of the Uttar Pradesh businessman along with the main culprit.

OpIndia 21 Apr 2024 7:56 pm

Case Against 4 After Meat Found Inside Temple In UP: Police

Four people here have been booked in connection with an incidence of meat being found inside a temple in Uttar Pradesh's Ballia, police said on Sunday.

NDTV 21 Apr 2024 6:15 pm

Aligarh Lok Sabha Elections 2024: Check key candidates, date of voting and other important details

Situated in Western Uttar Pradesh, the historic city holds significance as one of the 80 parliamentary constituencies in the state.

DNA India 21 Apr 2024 6:05 pm

NDA poised for resounding victory under PM Modi's leadership: CM Yogi

NDA poised for resounding victory under PM Modi's leadership: CM Yogi Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath said on Sunday that the Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP)-led NDA is poised for another resounding victory under Modi's leadership in the ongoing Lok Sabha polls. Addressing a press conference held at his official residence, Yogi expressed optimism regarding the outcome of the first phase of Lok Sabha elections, emphasising the palpable enthusiasm among voters towards extending Prime Minister Modi's decade-long tenure. The Chief Minister added that the people have taken it upon themselves to expose the lies of the opposition parties. The electorate is supporting the BJP and its allies, reaffirming their trust in the ruling coalition, he remarked. Responding to a query, he attributed the recent spate of violence in non-Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) governed states to what he termed as the epercussion of appeasement politics. Adityanath described incidents such as the clashes during Ram Navami and Holi celebrations in West Bengal and other non-BJP-ruled regions as provocative actions against the majority populace. The attack on the Ramnavami procession in West Bengal is a matter of concern and at the same time, it gives a message to the people that a state government that cannot ensure the security of a peaceful procession is incapable of guaranteeing the safety of women and the citizens at large. Denouncing 'vote bank politics under the guise of appeasement', he asserted that history has it that such politics fuel communal tension. Yogi Adityanath urged voters to give a fitting lesson to the opposition parties that compromise citizens' safety with their votes. Before embarking on his electoral campaign in Chhattisgarh, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath stated that Prime Minister Narendra Modi's efforts were instrumental in facilitating Lord Ram's homecoming after a hiatus of 500 years. He also noted the deep-rooted connection between Chhattisgarh and Uttar Pradesh, with the former being the parental home of Lord Shri Ram's mother, Kaushalya. Describing Chhattisgarh as the maternal home of Lord Ram and a cherished place for followers of the Sanatan religion, Adityanath emphasised the widespread anticipation among the populace akin to that witnessed in Uttar Pradesh and across the nation. He highlighted the sentiment of reverence towards one's maternal home, asserting that the people of Chhattisgarh share a similar eagerness to engage with the narrative of Uttar Pradesh and Ayodhya. Adityanath seized the opportunity to rally support for Prime Minister Modi, urging citizens to express gratitude through their votes for the government's efforts in upholding the Indian ethos and advancing welfare schemes for the underprivileged. He viewed the forthcoming democratic processes as an avenue for citizens to demonstrate appreciation for Modi's leadership and contribute to the nation's progress. (ANI)

devdiscourse 21 Apr 2024 6:04 pm

Ram Navami violence in non-BJP-ruled states outcome of appeasement: Yogi

Lucknow: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath Sunday said the violence on Ram Navami in non-BJP-ruled states is the outcome of policies of appeasement. Be it the violence on Ram Navami or Holi, in non-BJP-ruled states including West Bengal, it is the bad outcome of the policies of appeasement and playing with the emotions of 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 21 Apr 2024 5:24 pm

FCIs wheat & rice purchase slows on lower arrival, moisture, firm prices

Wheat purchases slowed down significantly as arrivals, especially in northern states like Punjab, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh, dropped notably compared to last year

Livemint 21 Apr 2024 5:07 pm

Uttar Pradesh: Teenager killed in Gonda, mutilated body found along roadside

A 15-year-old teenager was killed and later his body was thrown along the roadside in Itia Thok area of Gonda district here in Uttar Pradesh on Sunday, a senior police officer said here.

Web Dunia 21 Apr 2024 3:26 pm

UP women farmers integrate agriculture with fish farming

UP women farmers integrate agriculture with fish farming Lucknow: Women farmers in rural Uttar Pradesh, where traditional agriculture is the primary source of income, are now integrating fish farming into their conventional crop cultivation. This is made possible by Aqua Schools, a novel initiative from Transform Rural India (TRI) aimed at empowering women farmers. [] The post UP women farmers integrate agriculture with fish farming appeared first on Mangalorean.com .

Mangalorean 21 Apr 2024 3:23 pm

BJP ahead of opposition in slogan war in UP

BJP ahead of opposition in slogan war in UP Lucknow: Ab ki baar, 400 paar this is the only election slogan that is reverberating in the political arena in Uttar Pradesh. BJP is already leading the way with this catchy slogan that has caught the fancy of voters. The Congress, Samajwadi Party and [] The post BJP ahead of opposition in slogan war in UP appeared first on Mangalorean.com .

Mangalorean 21 Apr 2024 3:12 pm

UP Board Class 10 Result (2014-2024): A comparative analysis of pass percentage and performance of girls vs. boys over the years

The Uttar Pradesh Madhyamik Shiksha Parishad (UPMSP) recently announced the results for the Class 10th Matric Exam 2024, revealing a remarkable achievement for the state. The results showcased a significant pass rate of 89.55%, reflecting the diligent efforts of both students and teachers across Uttar Pradesh. Out of 27,49,364 students who appeared for the exam, an impressive 24,62,026 students cleared it.

The Times of India 21 Apr 2024 2:36 pm

Congress a synonym for scams, terrorism and Naxalism: UP CM Adityanath

Raipur: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Sunday hit out at the Congress, claiming the grand old party is a synonym for scams, terrorism and Naxalism. Addressing an election rally in Chhhattisgarhs Kabirdham district, he said the wait of 500 years for Ram Lalla (installation of his idol) in Ayodhya ended because of Prime 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 21 Apr 2024 2:29 pm

Mercury continues to soar, no respite likely from heat this week in Uttar Pradesh: IMD

Mercury levels soar in UP, Lucknow hits 40.6C. Prayagraj records 43.2C. High temperatures across various cities. Gusty winds and warm nights. Thundershowers possible in West UP, Uttarakhand due to western disturbance.

The Times of India 21 Apr 2024 2:02 pm

Lucknow University celebrated citys art, culture & heritage

Lucknow University's first literature festival, Lucknow Ek Naya Daur, showcased diverse cultural events including theater, music, and discussions on Lucknow's rich heritage. The festival aimed to bridge generational gaps through plays like Gudamba, emphasizing the importance of understanding and harmony.

The Times of India 21 Apr 2024 1:31 pm

THDC India aims to make 12,000-cr coal-based thermal power project operational by September

The company is setting up a super thermal power project (STPP) in Bulandshahr district, Uttar Pradesh.

The Hindu Businessline 21 Apr 2024 1:06 pm

Truck collision leaves three dead in UP

Three individuals lost their lives in a tragic truck accident in Musahi Churk village while attending a wedding ceremony. The incident has left the community in shock and grief as they mourn the untimely demise.

The Times of India 21 Apr 2024 12:43 pm

Congress is history, new opposition of clean people will emerge says UP Dy CM Maurya

Congress is history, new opposition of clean people will emerge says UP Dy CM Maurya Uttar Pradesh Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya on Sunday slammed opposition and said that the challenge named Congress used to be there in history, not at present and in their place, a new opposition consisting of clean people will emerge. The challenge of the name Congress used to be there in history, but not at present. In their place will come a new opposition consisting of clean people. Akhilesh Yadav has scored the boundary of defeats. He lost in 2014, 2017, 2019 and 2022. Now he will also hit six of defeats when he loses in 2024 and 2027. Even after losing so many times, he is still fighting, I admire his courage. People are now busy eliminating the Samajwadi Party and Congress has no importance left in Uttar Pradesh, he said. Further, speaking on the INDIA bloc's 'Ulgulan Rally', Maurya said all the opposition parties do not have anything to show in comparison with the works of the BJP. INDIA alliance started from Karnataka and by the time it reached Mumbai it remained half. Now whatever rally they hold, the BJP government has done such a good job that the opposition is not able to get space. Once upon a time, everyone would have come together against Congress and today the entire opposition has come together against BJP but still cannot stop our victory. The big targets set for 2024-2029 are our strength. Youth power, women power, and farmers are our strength, UP Deputy CM said. Exuding confidence in winning the Lok Sabha elections, Keshav Prasad Maurya said, BJP and our allies will win eight seats in the first phase with a huge margin. Preparations for the second and third phases are going on in full swing and we are confident that BJP will win 80 seats in 2024. Eight seats in western Uttar Pradesh, including Kairana, Muzaffarnagar, Bijnor, Nagina, Moradabad, Rampur, and Saharanpur, went to polls in the first phase of the general elections on Friday. The most populous state, which sends the most members to the Lower House of Parliament, at 80, will poll across all seven phases. In the 2019 elections, turning the arithmetic of the SP-BSP 'Mahagatbandhan' in Uttar Pradesh upside down, the BJP and its ally Apna Dal (S) won 64 of the 80 Lok Sabha seats. The partners in the alliance, Akhilesh Yadav's SP and Mayawati's BSP, could only muster 15 seats. (ANI)

devdiscourse 21 Apr 2024 12:28 pm

Adityanath greets officers on 'Civil Services Day'

Adityanath greets officers on 'Civil Services Day' Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Sunday greeted civil servants on 'Civil Services Day', saying their role was important to transform the state. ''Hearty congratulations and best wishes to all the dutiful civil servants on 'Civil Services Day','' Adityanath wrote in Hindi on the social media platform 'X'. ''On this auspicious occasion, I wish that all of you always remain active on the path of your duty with full dedication and hard work. Your role is important in achieving the resolution of a 'developed Uttar Pradesh','' he added. The government of India started celebrating 'Civil Services Day' on 21 April since 2006.

devdiscourse 21 Apr 2024 12:27 pm

BJP's Moradabad Lok Sabha Candidate Kunwar Sarvesh Singh Passes Away

Lucknow: BJP's candidate for the Moradabad Lok Sabha seat in Uttar Pradesh, Kunwar Sarvesh Singh, passed away on Saturday following a prolonged illness. Singh breathed his last at AIIMS in Delhi around 6.30 pm. Despite voting for the Moradabad seat taking place in the first phase of the Lok Sabha elections on Friday, the late BJP nominee couldn't participate in his election campaigns due to his health conditions. UP BJP chief Bhupendra Chaudhary informed the media, Kunwar Sarvesh Kumar has passed away. He had some problem in his throat and had an operation. Yesterday, he had gone to AIIMS for a check-up. Expressing his condolences, UP Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath took to social media, praying for strength for Singh's supporters and bereaved family. I am shocked by the demise of BJP candidate from Moradabad Lok Sabha constituency and former MP Kunwar Sarvesh Singh ji. This is an irreparable loss for the BJP family. My condolences are with the bereaved family. I pray to Lord Ram to give a place to the departed soul in his feet and provide strength to the bereaved family and their supporters to bear this loss, Adityanath wrote on Twitter. I pray to Shri Ram Chandra Ji to give a place to the departed soul in his feet and give strength to his supporters and bereaved family to bear this unbearable loss. My condolences are with the bereaved family, he added. Kunwar Sarvesh Singh, a businessman, was a prominent leader of the party in Uttar Pradesh. He belonged to the Thakur caste and had been elected MLA four times from the Thakurdwara Assembly seat before becoming an MP. Sarvesh Kumar's son, Kunwar Sushant Singh, is an MLA from the Badhapur assembly seat, which falls under the Moradabad Lok Sabha constituency. Sarvesh Kumar was also in the news during the loudspeaker controversy in the Kanth assembly constituency in 2014. A little over 60 per cent voter turnout was recorded in eight western Uttar Pradesh seats that went to polls in the first phase of the Lok Sabha elections, with Moradabad recording a turnout of 60.60 per cent. Enhanced Efficiency of Enforcement Directorate under NDA Government, says PM Modi Truck Drivers in Manipur Launch Steering Wheel-Down Strike West Bengal CID Busts Multi-State Cyber Fraud Gang, Mastermind Arrested in Gujarat

News Track 21 Apr 2024 12:11 pm

This election crucial for protecting community's rights, pluralism, say Muslim voters in Aligarh

This election crucial for protecting community's rights, pluralism, say Muslim voters in Aligarh Campaigning in Aligarh is subdued with major parties focusing on their core support bases. In the Muslim community, views on this Lok Sabha election seem to vary, with some seeing it as crucial for India's pluralism while others feel neglected by political parties. Muslims are a sizeable community in the Aligarh parliamentary constituency. According to the 2011 Census, Islam is the second-most popular religion in Aligarh city, a lock-making hub in western Uttar Pradesh, with over 40 per cent of people following it. ''For me, this election is about safeguarding the Constitution, which grants me and everyone else in this country the right to equality,'' Shadab Khan, a 45-year-old driver at the Aligarh Muslim University (AMU), said. Many others in Aligarh's Muslim community echoed his sentiment. Syed Aamir, a worker at a local eatery in the city's Shamshad market, described this election as a matter of survival for pluralism in India. ''If we don't vote now, we may lose this chance forever,'' Aamir said. There is also a sense of disillusionment among some Muslim voters as well, such as Mohammad Shiraz from Aligarh's Civil Lines area who feels overlooked by political parties. ''The ruling party doesn't need our vote and the opposition assumes we have no choice but to vote for them. That is why even though the elections are just a few days away, no party worker has approached us, let alone candidates,'' Shiraz said, highlighting a perceived lack of engagement from political actors. Amid all this, election campaigning in Aligarh remains relatively subdued, with candidates from major parties like the BJP and the Samajwadi Party (SP) focusing heavily on specific demographic groups. The BJP's incumbent MP Satish Gautam is prioritising outreach to the trader community, a traditional support base for his party, while the SP is concentrating on mobilising support from Jat villages. ''Our alliance is fighting on Hindu-Muslim unity in Aligarh, that goes without saying, but just like in exams, you concentrate more on tough subjects. We are doing the same but we carry the welfare of the Muslim community in our hearts,'' a Samajwadi Party functionary told PTI. Mohammad Sajjad, a professor at AMU's history department, that in the current atmosphere of ''majoritarian consolidation'', minority voters often feel redundant. He felt that issues such as economic inequality and religious pluralism have been overshadowing. ''The way majoritarian consolidation has been observed for many years, the question is not about Muslim votes anymore. It is about whether Hindu voters should lean towards Hindutva or a pluralist and tolerant Hinduism. Whether they will vote based on economic issues such as poverty, unemployment, economic inequality or solely on matters of religious supremacism,'' he told PTI. ''This decision will ultimately be made by the majority community; the minority of 10-12 per cent does not retain such specific importance. This is something the Hindus have to decide,'' Sajjad added. AMU, one of India's largest residential universities, stands as a focal point in this narrative. According to academic experts like Dr Iftekhar Ahmad Ansari, the institution embodies India's secular and pluralistic ethos but also faces the challenge of adapting to evolving democratic and societal demands. ''Muslims have never voted as a conservative block as they have been labelled to. They have not voted en-masse... but they vote for those who can best conserve and foster their culture which they have been brought up into and that is the plural culture,'' Ansari said. ''Even at AMU, the perception of Muslims of having conservative mindset or that they have the herd mentality is not the fact here they have been very open-minded,'' the associate professor at the political science department told PTI. Professor Syed Ali Nadeem Rezavi also expressed similar views, saying there is not a single Muslim here who can be termed ''anti-national''. ''The Muslims here would talk about their rights and doing that does not make you anti-national,'' he said. Aligarh goes to poll in the second phase of elections on April 26. Khair, Baroli, Atroli, Kol and Aligarh city are assembly segments in the Aligarh parliamentary constituency.

devdiscourse 21 Apr 2024 12:11 pm

THDC India aims to make Rs 12,000-crore coal-based thermal power project operational by September

State-owned THDC India Ltd is targeting to have its coal-based power plant up and running by September 2024, signaling its foray into the domestic thermal energy sector, as per a senior company official. The company is in the process of establishing a 1,320 megawatt (2X660 MW) Super Thermal Power Project (STPP) in Bulandshahr district, Uttar Pradesh. Currently, THDC India Ltd has a total installed power generation capacity of approximately 1,587 MW, comprising 1,424 MW from hydro sources, 113 MW from wind, and 50 MW from solar energy.

The Economic Times 21 Apr 2024 11:53 am

UP Board Results 2024: CM Yogi Adityanath Extends Warm Wishes to Students

All of you are the golden future of the 'new Uttar Pradesh'. With such hard work, dedication and patience, I wish that all of you succeed in every test of life. May the blessings of Maa Sharada always remain upon you all! said the Chief Minister.

The Times of India 21 Apr 2024 10:39 am

Telangana CM campaigns for Congress candidates in Bengaluru

BENGALURU: Telangana Chief Minister Revanth Reddy campaigned for Congress candidates in Bengaluru on Saturday. Taking a dig at Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Reddy said the former has joined hands with the JDS in Karnataka despite attacking JDS patriarch and former PM HD Deve Gowda and his son HD Kumaraswamy in the past. This shows that Modi wont walk the talk, and winning elections is his only agenda, Reddy said while campaigning for Bangalore Central Congress candidate Mansoor Ali Khan in Mahadevapura. Reddy said that despite Karnataka sending 25 BJP MPs to the Lok Sabha in the 2019 polls, only Pralhad Joshi was made a cabinet minister. The BJP meted out a similar injustice to Telangana and Andhra Pradesh, he added. The BJP gave more plum portfolios to those from Gujarat and Uttar Pradesh. Does it mean only those states have able leaders? he questioned. Mallikarjuna Kharge is your man, and the Congress has made him its national president. Think about it and grab the opportunity to elect 25 Congress MPs from Karnataka. I.N.D.I.A bloc will form the next government at the Centre, he told the voters of Karnataka. Reddy said that the Congress delivered the guarantees it promised ahead of the Assembly elections. Will you vote for Congress or for Modi, who deceived the people of the country? he asked the voters.

The New Indian Express 21 Apr 2024 10:31 am

Driver nods off, bus goes for a toss; one dead, 32 hurt on Agra expressway

A fatal accident involving a mini bus carrying a marriage party resulted in one death and 32 injuries near Unnao's Sabli Kheda village on the Agra-Lucknow Expressway. Passersby alerted the police, leading to a rescue operation.

The Times of India 21 Apr 2024 9:22 am

Pawar & Uddhav face spin attack in a battle to regain the 'lost glory'

MUMBAI: They say nothing lasts forever. This is as true of politics as anything else. Yesterdays political stalwarts like Sharad Pawar and Uddhav Thackeray today seem to be mere shadows of their earlier selves, navigating a sea of uncertainty. This Lok Sabha election is a real test between three election managers Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde and his two deputies --Ajit Pawar and Devendra Fadnavis -- against two decimated mass leaders, Sharad Pawar and Uddhav Thackeray, who are determined to fight the polls to regain their lost glory. The battleground is ready for the high-voltage elections that will elect 48 Lok Sabha MPs the highest after Uttar Pradesh. On the one side are skilled poll managers like Chief Minister Shinde and two deputies, while on the other, two mass leaders -- the 84-year-old Maratha strongman Sharad Pawar and Uddhav Thackeray are fighting the survival battle after witnessing a major vertical split in their parties. MVA seals poll pact in Maharashtra: Sena (UBT) gets 21 LS seats, Congress 17, NCP (SP) 10 Though Sharad Pawar was the face of the NCP, the groundwork from identifying the local candidates, providing them resources and oiling the party machinery was carried out by one of the most reliable partymen and nephew Ajit Pawar. While senior Pawar used to handle only the key issues, his nephew was one main contact for the lower rung of the party leaders and workers, said a person close to the Pawar family. It is said that Sharad Pawar had so much faith in Ajit that he trusted his managerial skills much more than his daughter, Supriya Sule, when choosing candidates. Therefore, ignoring his major blunders and gaffes, sr Pawar continued to elevate his position in the party and the government. The proverbial phrase that blood is extra thick in the Pawar family has changed. The nephew has not only highjacked the party but is trying to end the politics of his 84-year-old uncle by fielding his spouse, Sunetra Pawar, against his cousin sister, Supriya Sule, and fiercely fighting this legacy and political battle with the help of BJP, particularly Devendra Fadnavis in Baramati, said a political observer. Sharad Pawar, who understands politics like the back of his hand, anticipated the danger to his daughter Supriya Sules future, and started the corner meetings of villagers in Baramati Lok Sabha to protect his bastion that he developed in the 1970s. Supriya Sule is also scouting in scorching summer, meeting the locals and seeking support for her father and herself in this prestigious battle against her cousin. Several middle-aged people in Baramati benefited from the decisions of Ajit Pawar directly, even though Sharad Pawar empowered him. Ajit Pawar was just a facilitator but now takes credit for many things in Baramati. But the elderlies and the youth are extending support to senior Pawar vowing to remain loyal in times of crisis, said a senior journalist from Baramati. Interestingly, DCM Fadnavis, with his statesmanship, is doing the fire-fighting and bolstering job for his friend Ajit Pawar and his spouse Sunetra Pawar in this final political battle against Sharad Pawar. Keeping the 2014 Lok Sabhas close elections in mind, where Supriya Sule won the polls by a slender margin against Rashtriya Samaj Paksha candidate Mahadev Jankar, Sharad Pawar is ensuring that his daughter doesnt not face a similar situation. Congress MLA Sanjay Jagtap from Purandhar said that this time, the public perception favours MVA. He said the people are upset with the manner Uddhav Thackeray was forced to step down as chief minister despite the Shiv Sena being founded by his father, the late Balasaheb Thackeray. Similarly, Sharad Pawar founded NCP has also been snatched by his nephew Ajit Pawar. The people who are with the RSS-BJP are not happy with the inductions of NCP Ajit Pawar and Congress leader Ashok Chavan. PM Narendra Modi raised the corruption of the Pawars ~70,000 crore irrigations scam and Chavans Adarsh housing scam ahead of the Lok Sabha elections, he said. Interestingly, BJP, in the 2014 and 2019 Lok Sabha and state assembly elections, hammered its election campaign around these two leaders only. Pawar and Chavan were portrayed as the epitome of corruption in Maharashtra, and they are with the BJP now. So, hard-core workers of the RSS and BJP are finding it hard to defend these corrupt leaders. MVA Lok Sabha seat sharing Shiv Sena (UBT): 21 Congress: 17 NCP (SP): 10 Mahayuti probable tie-up BJP: 30 NCP: 4 Shiv Sena: 13 RSP: 1 State in numbers Lok sabha seats: 48 Total voters: 9.24 crore Male: 4.80 crore Female: 4.43 crore Third-gender: 5,610 Overseas voters: 5,710 Service voters: 1.17 lakh First time: 12.57 lakh Uddhav releases Sena(UBT) symbol, says 'flaming torch' will reduce autocratic regime to ashes

The New Indian Express 21 Apr 2024 9:12 am

Goods train derails near Ayodhya Dham junction, repair work under way

Several bogies of a goods train derailed near the Ayodhya Junction on Saturday evening. No injuries were reported in the incident. Rescue operation under way.

The Times of India 21 Apr 2024 8:47 am

Lok Sabha polls: BJP, Congress lock horns in high-stakes battle for Chittorgarh seat in Rajasthan

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister and Bharatiya Janata Party's star campaigner, Yogi Adityanath, entered the electoral battle in Rajasthan for the second time on Saturday in view of the Lok Sabha elections. Yogi Adityanath held grand roadshows in Chittorgarh and Jodhpur in favour of party candidate CP Joshi, Union Jal Shakti Minister and BJP candidate Gajendra Singh Shekhawat, respectively.

The Economic Times 21 Apr 2024 8:18 am

Boys body found in Amethi, friend detained

Boys body found in Amethi, friend detained Amethi: The body of a 14-year-old boy has been recovered from a forest near Piparpur in Uttar Pradeshs Amethi and the police suspect that he was killed by a friend over a monetary dispute, the police said. The victims 15-year-old friend has been detained on the suspicion of [] The post Boys body found in Amethi, friend detained appeared first on Mangalorean.com .

Mangalorean 21 Apr 2024 8:08 am

Lok Sabha Election 2024: 13 States Will Vote In Second Phase On April 26, Poll Campaigns Intensify

Voting under the second phase of Lok Sabha elections will take place in Assam, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Karnataka, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Manipur, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan, Tripura, West Bengal and Jammu and Kashmir

News18 21 Apr 2024 8:01 am

Meerut youth win 100-metre race

The Times of India 21 Apr 2024 5:17 am

Job can be created with help of startups

The Times of India 21 Apr 2024 5:15 am

BJPs Moradabad pick dies a day after polls

The Times of India 21 Apr 2024 5:05 am

Arguments conclude on plea to join Gyanvapi case

The Times of India 21 Apr 2024 5:02 am

4k EVMs, 5.6k VVPATs checked in capital

The Times of India 21 Apr 2024 5:00 am

Driver dozes off, bus goes for toss; 1 killed, 32 injured

The Times of India 21 Apr 2024 4:59 am

CM congratulates students: Golden future of new UP

The Times of India 21 Apr 2024 4:56 am

Science lab inaugurated at IIT-Kanpur

The Times of India 21 Apr 2024 4:51 am

Change behind bars: Rape accused is jail topper

The Times of India 21 Apr 2024 4:51 am

For SP, PDA means parivardevpt authority: UP BJP chief

The Times of India 21 Apr 2024 4:50 am

LS 24 holds key to fate of PMs friends: Rahul

The Times of India 21 Apr 2024 4:50 am

BJP MLA Surendra Maithanis bid to enter nomination room

The Times of India 21 Apr 2024 4:48 am

Prices of rose and marigold surge amid wedding, poll season

The Times of India 21 Apr 2024 4:47 am

Eid, Holi celebrated at Engineers bhawan

The Times of India 21 Apr 2024 4:47 am

Iskcon organises programme on Gita

The Times of India 21 Apr 2024 4:45 am

Domestic help falls off 3rdfloor of apartment, dies

The Times of India 21 Apr 2024 4:44 am

Sitapur girl, boy from same school top UP Board exams

The Times of India 21 Apr 2024 4:42 am