Samajwadi Party’s troubles will not end with UP election results

By Faisal Fareed, Twocircles.net Whatever be the election results, Uttar Pradesh is all set to witness another showdown in Samajwadi Party. SP’s national president Akhilesh...

There will no discrimination based on religion, caste, gender: promises UP CM Aditya Nath

Gorakhpur (Uttar Pradesh), March 25 (IANS) Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Aditya Nath Yogi on Saturday said his BJP government will implement Prime Minister Narendra...

As Mulayam era ends in SP, Akhilesh’s new makeover leaves Muslims confused

By Faisal Fareed, Twocircles.net Akhilesh Yadav has been accepted as national president of Samajwadi Party and is thus entitled to use its election symbol Cycle...

Akhilesh hits campaign trail, lashes out at Modi, Maya

Sultanpur, (IANS) : Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav kicked-off the assembly poll campaign for the Samajwadi Party (SP) on Tuesday and urged the...

BJP petitions poll panel against Akhilesh’s smartphone sop

Lucknow, (IANS) : The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Wednesday petitioned the Election Commission against Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav's election promise of providing free...

UP rejects Congress-SP alliance slogans

By Sidhartha Dutta  New Delhi, (IANS): The catchy slogans of the Samajwadi Party-Congress alliance in Uttar Pradesh like "UP ke ladke", "UP ko yeh saath...

Adityanath government asks sugar mill owners to pay arrears to farmers

Lucknow, (IANS): Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has asked sugar mill owners in the state to pay arrears of the previous and current...

यूपी : विकास का नारा देने वाले बीजेपी नेता नहीं कर पाए अपने क्षेत्र...

अफ़रोज़ आलम साहिल, TwoCircles.net यूपी का ‘चुनावी संग्राम’ अपने तीसरे चरण में है. इस सबसे बड़े चुनावी अखाड़े में कई सारे वायदों के बीच भाजपा...

In UP, Punjab and Goa, increase in MLAs without criminal records

By Prachi Salve There has been a decrease in the number of members of legislative assembly (MLAs) with criminal records in Uttar Pradesh, Punjab and...

UP polls: Candidates confident of win

Lucknow, (IANS) : Prominent candidates in the fray in the first phase of Uttar Pradesh elections on Saturday exuded confidence of victory. Talking to reporters...

Congress and SP are allies, but they will hardly help each other in UP

By Faisal Fareed, Twocircles.net If elections are all about winning and getting the maximum votes, then can we say that like arithmetic, it is a...

Congress-SP will win in UP: Jitin Prasada

By Anand Singh  Shahjahanpur, (IANS) : The Samajwadi Party-Congress grouping is poised to take power in Uttar Pradesh and both parties are gelling well despite minor...

Scanty voting so far in first phase of UP polls

Lucknow, (IANS) : Voting started at a slow pace in the 73 assembly constituencies in western Uttar Pradesh on Saturday morning. The turnout in...

40% polling so far in 2nd phase of UP polls

Lucknow, (IANS): Over 40 per cent voting was recorded in the second phase of polling in Uttar Pradesh till afternoon on Wednesday. Maximum voting was reported...

उत्तर प्रदेश के 7.5 लाख वोटरों ने किया ‘नोटा’ का प्रयोग

TwoCircles.net Staff Reporter लखनऊ : उत्तर प्रदेश विधानसभा चुनाव के परिणाम आ चुके हैं. शायद उत्तर प्रदेश के राजनीतिक इतिहास में ऐसा पहली बार हुआ...

For Akhilesh, Mulayam’s actions and words remain the biggest hurdle in UP polls

By Faisal Fareed, Twocircles.net Chief Minister and National President of Samajwadi Party Akhilesh Yadav summed up his feelings during a rally in Etah district on...

Yogi may be senior in age, but still backward in work: Akhilesh

Lucknow, (IANS): Samajwadi Party President Akhilesh Yadav on Saturday took a dig at Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Aditya Nath Yogi, saying he "may be...

Will political ‘imports’ hurt BJP’s bid to end its UP ‘exile’?

By Mohit Dubey Lucknow, (IANS) : Will the Bharatiya Janata Party's hopes of ending its 14-year political vanvaas (exile) in Uttar Pradesh in the upcoming...

BJP takes poll management, ground work to next level in UP

By Mohit Dubey  Lucknow, (IANS) : If the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) could pride itself on professional poll management in the run-up to the 2014...

Azam Khan says SP will win 380 seats; gets math wrong

Lucknow, (IANS): Uttar Pradesh's senior minister Mohammad Azam Khan on Friday trashed all exit polls and predicted 380 seats for his Samajwadi Party. Getting his...

Dear BJP, spare us the moral high ground: your politics is no different from...

By Mohammed Rehan Ansari for Twocircles.net The UP elections show that Narendra Modi’s charisma and Amit Shah’s strategies rolled over the new-born Samajwadi Party, the...

Suspense over next UP Chief Minister persists

Lucknow, (IANS): The suspense over next Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh further deepened on Friday evening, with neither of the Union Ministers -- Manoj...

No matter who it allies with, Congress unlikely to gain much in upcoming UP...

By Faisal Fareed, Twocircles.net In an era of coalition politics, all parties are looking forward to alliances with other parties to reap benefits in the...

Congress names Priyanka Gandhi as ‘star campaigner’ for UP polls

Lucknow, (IANS) : Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, daughter of Congress president Sonia Gandhi, will be campaigning for party candidates in Uttar Pradesh for the state...

Campaigning for UP’s fourth phase polling on Feb 23 ends

Lucknow, (IANS): Campaigning in elections for 53 assembly seats from 12 districts of Uttar Pradesh, which will go balloting in the fourth phase on...

Jamiat leaders to meet Modi, UP CM over ‘worsening communal, political atmosphere’

New Delhi, (IANS): Prominent Muslim body, Jamiat Ulama-i-Hind on Friday expressed grave concern over what it described as the "worsening communal and political atmosphere"...

Attack on policemen, shows ‘jungle raj’ in UP: Yechury

New Delhi, (IANS): Expressing outrage over right-wing outfits attacking police stations in Agra, CPI-M General Secretary Sitaram Yechury on Monday said there was a...

UP minister booed at Meerut polling booth

Lucknow, (IANS) : Uttar Pradesh Labour and Employment Minister Shahid Manzoor faced a hostile crowd in Meerut's Kithaur constituency on Saturday when he visited a...

UP third phase registers 12% polling in 2 hours

Lucknow, (IANS): An average of 12 per cent voting has been recorded in the first two hours of polling in the third phase of...

Pihani’s story: Why promises Of UP’s politicians rarely changed over 15 years

By Saumya Tewari  Pihani, Uttar Pradesh: For 16 years, Kailash Rai (not his real name), 49, has been commuting six hours every working day between...

Keshav Maurya and Dinesh Sharma: Perfect foil to each other

Lucknow, (IANS): Uttar Pradesh Bharatiya Janata Party chief Keshav Prasad Maurya and two-time Lucknow Mayor Dinesh Sharma -- chosen as new Deputy Chief Ministers...

‘Power, sugarcane arrears, Bundelkhand top issues for UP CM’

New Delhi, (IANS): Listing immediate challenges for the incoming BJP government in Uttar Pradesh, industry body Assocham on Sunday said the new administration needs...

First phase polling in UP ends, over 60% turnout

Lucknow, (IANS) : Barring a few incidents of violence, the first phase of polling in Uttar Pradesh ended peacefully on Saturday with over 60...

17% contestants in fourth phase UP polls have criminal past

New Delhi, (IANS): At least 17 per cent of the candidates in fourth phase of the Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections -- where 53 seats...

So far, only anti-Romeo squads, brooms in UP: Akhilesh

Lucknow, (IANS): Former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav on Saturday took a dig at the new state government, saying only "anti-Romeo squads and...

BJP MLA kin held with pistol in polling booth

Lucknow, (IANS) : Gagan Som, brother of senior BJP leader and Sardhana legislator Sangeet Som was detained on Saturday after a pistol was recovered from...

SP battles to retain its supremacy in Phase-2 of UP polls

By Brajendra Nath Singh and Prashant Sood  Saharanpur/New Delhi, (IANS) : As the battle for ballot in Uttar Pradesh shifts to 67 second-phase seats, including...

Big picture: Why the electorate voted against all state governments

By Soroor Ahmed, Twocircles.net A bigger picture emerging after the electoral verdict of March 11, 2017, shows that it was a vote against all five...

Aditya Nath promises no bias on religion; no harassment of couples

Gorakhpur, (IANS): Promising that there will be no bias in the name of religion and caste, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Aditya Nath Yogi on...

SP-Congress alliance in UP, stage set for triangular contest

New Delhi/Lucknow : Setting the stage for a triangular contest in Uttar Pradesh, the Congress on Tuesday said it will contest the assembly election along...

Veteran Congress leader N.D. Tiwari joins BJP

New Delhi : Veteran Congress leader N.D. Tiwari, 91, and his son Rohit Shekhar on Wednesday joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). The two joined the...

Shivpal Yadav to form new party after UP elections

By TCN Correspondent The story of the rift within the Yadav family in Uttar Pradesh is both well known and well documented, and adding a...

BJP seeks EC probe into ‘deletion’ of voters’ names in UP

New Delhi, (IANS): The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Tuesday moved the Election Commission seeking an inquiry into "large-scale deletion" of names of eligible...

BJP firebrand leader Yogi Adityanath is new UP CM

Lucknow, (IANS): Gorakhpur Lok Sabha MP Yogi Adityanath was on Saturday named as the next Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister in a meeting of the...

EC tells political parties not to use photos of President, VP, Governors

New Delhi, (IANS) : The Election Commission on Tuesday directed all political parties to desist from displaying photographs of President and Vice President of...

Parties pull out all stops to win ‘crucial’ western Uttar Pradesh

By Mohit Dubey  Meerut (Uttar Pradesh), (IANS) : With the crucial first phase elections in western Uttar Pradesh just a week away, all parties have...

Modi says glad to see highest number of women in UP assembly

New Delhi, (IANS): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday expressed happiness to see a new record of highest number of women MLAs elected to...

After HC raps UP official, BJP tears into SP government

Lucknow, (IANS) : The BJP on Saturday launched a scathing attack on the Samajwadi Party government following a High Court rap on Uttar Pradesh...

Dialogues, drama, desperation… cut to UP as action begins

By Mohit Dubey Lucknow, (IANS) : The action has begun in Uttar Pradesh. Election strategists, central and state ministers, Chief Ministers from other states and...

51% polling in UP third phase poll

Lucknow, (IANS): Over 51 per cent voting was recorded in eight hours since polling began for the third phase of the Uttar Pradesh assembly...

Hundreds of thousands vote in Uttar Pradesh

Lucknow, (IANS): Hundreds of thousands of people on Thursday voted across 53 constituencies in the fourth phase of assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh, officials...

UP Elections: All parties to pay extra attention to districts where they drew a...

By Faisal Fareed, Twocircles.net Do you win a state election by winning seats across the state, or is it enough to completely dominate a few...

SP, Congress to jointly contest UP polls

Lucknow (IANS) : The Samajwadi Party and the Congress will jointly contest the Uttar Pradesh assembly election on 298 and 105 seats respectively, the...

25.71 per cent voting in Ghaziabad till 11 a.m.

Ghaziabad, (IANS) : Ghaziabad district witnessed 25.71 per cent voter turnout in five assembly constituencies till 11 a.m. on Saturday as the first phase of...

Crucial test for SP in UP 3rd phase polling

Lucknow, (IANS): The third phase of polling for the Uttar Pradesh assembly elections on Sunday will see voting for 69 seats across 12 districts...

SP candidate’s son shot in UP

Lucknow, (IANS): The son of a Samajwadi Party (SP) candidate was shot and seriously injured in Uttar Pradesh's Mahoba district on Thursday morning, police...

BJP cheated people to come to power, Akhilesh alleges

Lucknow, (IANS): Former Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister and Samajwadi Party (SP) President Akhilesh Yadav on Saturday accused the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) of cheating...

Congress backs out from approaching EC over Modi’s remarks

New Delhi, (IANS): The Congress on Monday backed out from approaching the Election Commission (EC) against Prime Minister Narendra Modi's controversial "graveyard and cremation...

Preparations completed for Saturday’s vote count in UP

Lucknow, (IANS): Preparations for the counting of votes cast in the seven rounds of the Uttar Pradesh assembly elections have been completed, an Election...

BJP trying to end quotas: Mayawati

Sitarganj (Uttarakhand), (IANS) : Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati on Sunday accused the central government of allegedly trying to do away with the...

40% of UP voters undecided, finds poll

By Shreya Shah  Elections for the Uttar Pradesh state assembly, Indias largest state -- 138 million voters -- start on February 11, but 40 PER...

UP poll outcome will set tone for future politics: Akhilesh

Barabanki (Uttar Pradesh), (IANS): Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav on Friday sought votes for the Samajwadi Party (SP)-Congress alliance candidates, saying the tie-up...

BJP set to sweep five Varanasi seats

Varanasi, (IANS): The BJP is headed towards a clean sweep on five assembly segments in Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Lok Sabha constituency of Varanasi. Varanasi...

Don’t make criminally charged MLAS ministers in UP, Modi urged

Visakhapatnam, (IANS): A former bureaucrat has urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi not to induct legislators facing criminal charges into the Uttar Pradesh cabinet or...

Akhilesh humiliated me like no one, alleges Mulayam

Lucknow, (IANS): Differences between Samajwadi Party (SP) founder Mulayam Singh Yadav and his son Akhilesh Yadav came to the fore again on Saturday when...

By roping in Mukhtaar, Mayawati dents her image

By Mohit Dubey  Lucknow, (IANS) : BSP chief Mayawati has never been known in Uttar Pradesh for political niceties. Yet she caught many by surprise...

Around 57% turnout in UP polls’ penultimate phase

Lucknow, (IANS): Hundreds of thousands of voters came out to cast their ballots in the penultimate phase of the Uttar Pradesh assembly elections on...

BJP slams Akhilesh over SC order against tainted Minister

Lucknow, (IANS): Hours after the Supreme Court ordered the Uttar Pradesh police to file an FIR against Transport Minister Gayatri Prajapati in an alleged...

This is one Akhilesh project that may be spared Yogi’s axe

By Mohit Dubey   Lucknow, (IANS): At a time the new Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government in Uttar Pradesh is reviewing schemes launched by former Chief...

Akhilesh predicts 300-plus seats for Congress-SP alliance

Lucknow, (IANS) : Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav on Sunday predicted more than 300 seats in the assembly election to the Samajwadi Party-Congress...

Campaigning ends for last phase of UP elections

Lucknow, (IANS): Campaigning for the final phase of the seven-stage Uttar Pradesh assembly elections came to an end at 5 p.m. on Monday, bringing...

BJP MLAs to elect new UP Chief Minister on Saturday

Lucknow, (IANS): The newly-elected legislators of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) will meet in the state capital on Saturday to elect the new Chief...

Rahul hails Yogi’s farm loan waiver

New Delhi, (IANS): Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday hailed Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath's decision to waive off farm loans calling...

SP-Congress alliance: Will ‘hand’-shake warm up UP voters?

By Mohit Dubey  Lucknow, (IANS) : The electoral pact between the ruling Samajwadi Party (SP) and the Congress is a done thing now. But as...

Voting begins for 53 seats in fourth phase UP polls

Lucknow, (IANS): Voting in 53 assembly constituencies in the fourth phase of Uttar Pradesh elections began at 7 a.m on Thursday amid tight security,...

Shivpal to float new party after March 11

Lucknow, (IANS) : Shivpal Yadav, former President of the Samajwadi Party in Uttar Pradesh, on Tuesday threw caution to wind and vowed to form...

Voting for 67 seats on Wednesday in UP

Lucknow, (IANS): After an improved voter turn out in the first phase of Uttar Pradesh assembly polls, the battle for ballot in the state...

Scared Modi tries to create tension between two religions: Rahul

Bahraich (Uttar Pradesh), (IANS): Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi on Friday slammed Prime Minister Narendra Modi, saying "when he gets sacred, he tries to...

Nationalism a bad word only in India: Jaitley

Varanasi, (IANS): Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Thursday said that "nationalism was a good word" across the world though it may be a...

Third of UP voters cite power cuts as top election issue

By Shreya Shah Almost a third of voters polled said power cuts were the biggest problem in Uttar Pradesh, according to a new survey conducted...

First list of candidates gives BJP a headache; dissenting members stage open rebellion

By Faisal Fareed, Twocircles.net The UP elections are almost upon us; every party is busy releasing its list of candidates. However, given the fierce contest...

#Elections2017: UP spends least on health, reflects in its ill-health

Oommen C Kurian With 200 million people, Uttar Pradesh (UP) has about the same population as Brazil; an economy the size of Qatars -- which...

Preparations done for UP’s final phase of polling: EC

Lucknow, (IANS): Preparations for the seventh and final phase of polling for the Uttar Pradesh assembly have been completed, poll panel officials said on...

53 seats to go for polls in UP on Thursday

Lucknow, (IANS): Fifty-three constituencies will see polling on Thursday in the fourth phase of staggered assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh. A total of 1.84 crore...

Amit Shah to decide UP, Uttarakhand, Manipur CMs

New Delhi,  (IANS): Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) President Amit Shah will take the final call on the names of new Chief Ministers for Uttar...

Congress keen on contesting at least 100 seats in UP

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SP-Congress government will represent youth, farmers: Rahul

Rae Bareli, (IANS): Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi on Friday said the Samajwadi Party (SP)-Congress alliance government in Uttar Pradesh post-elections to the state...

Modi regains his mojo — partially

By Amulya Ganguli The sweeping victory of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Uttar Pradesh has shown that Narendra Modi has recovered much of his...

No dispute between Akhilesh and me, says Mulayam

New Delhi: Samajwadi Party patriarch Mulayam Singh Yadav on Monday said there were no differences between him and his son and Uttar Pradesh...

Does UP victory make Modi’s return in 2019 smooth?

By Vishav and Saurabh Katkurwar   New Delhi, (IANS): With the BJP sweeping Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand, and making major inroads into the north east with...

Regressive to think of using paper ballot again: Anna Hazare

New Delhi, (IANS): Amid allegations of EVM tampering and demands for holding assembly elections by using paper ballot, social activist Anna Hazare on Wednesday...

SP, Congress tell their nominees to pull out from alliance seats

Lucknow, (IANS): Facing trouble from their candidates who are now refusing to withdraw from the polls, the Congress and the SP on Tuesday cracked...

In UP, political discourse gets distasteful

Lucknow, (IANS): "Gujarat ke gadhe" (donkeys of Gujarat), "Loktantra ke aatankwaadi" (terrorists of democracy), "Behenji Sampatti Party", "Negative Dalit Man"... Political discourse amid ongoing...

Akhilesh kicks off election campaign

Sultanpur, (IANS) : Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav on Tuesday kicked off the Samajwadi Party's election campaign by promising to provide better living...

EC extends deadline for UP exit polls

Lucknow, (IANS): The Election Commission (EC) has prohibited exit polls for the Uttar Pradesh assembly elections till 5.30 p.m. on March 9 following the...

Going gets tough for Akhilesh as gloves off in SP

By Mohit Dubey  Lucknow, (IANS): The gloves are finally off in the Samajwadi Party (SP), which was badly mauled by the Bharatiya Janata Party in...

‘SP misusing state machinery to manipulate elections’

New Delhi, (IANS) : Urban Development Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu on Monday accused the Akhilesh Yadav-led Samajwadi Party of misusing the administration and its officers...

What happened to Modi’s ‘achche din’, asks Akhilesh

Lucknow (IANS) : Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav on Sunday took a jibe at Prime Minister Narendra Modi as he urged voters to...

UP: Women winning fewer elections, losing deposits in larger numbers

By Rahul Mohan Sharma  Poor, populous Uttar Pradesh was the first state to have a female Chief Minister -- Sucheta Kriplani from 1963 to 1967...

UP voters rebelling against politics of SP, BSP and Congress: Jaitley

Varanasi, (IANS): Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Thursday claimed a groundswell of support in favour of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and said...

UP records 11% polling till 9 a.m. in sixth phase

Lucknow, (IANS): Around 11 per cent of the 1.72 crore Uttar Pradesh voters exercised their franchise in the first two hours on Saturday as...

BSP will take power in UP: Mayawati

Lucknow, (IANS): The BSP will form the next government in Uttar Pradesh, leaving the BJP and the SP-Congress alliance at the second and third...

Am fine with Akhilesh, problems in SP: Mulayam

New Delhi: Samajwadi Party patriarch Mulayam Singh Yadav on Monday insisted he had no differences with his son and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh...

Mamata concerned over ‘recent happenings’ in UP

Kolkata, (IANS): West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday expressed concern over the "recent happenings" in Uttar Pradesh, saying people are "scared" over...

Akhilesh has destroyed UP: Modi

Ghaziabad, (IANS) : Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday expressed alarm over the law and order situation in Uttar Pradesh and accused the states...

UP second phase registers 65% polling

Lucknow, (IANS): Around 65 per cent polling was recorded in the second phase of the Uttar Pradesh assembly elections on Wednesday, officials said. "Polling for...

Akhilesh slams Mayawati, Modi

Unnao (Uttar Pradesh), (IANS): Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav on Wednesday targeted BSP chief Mayawati and Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and said only...

Akhilesh wins ‘cycle’ war, blow to Mulayam

New Delhi : The Election Commission on Monday recognised the faction led by Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav as the Samajwadi Party and allotted...

Congress poll manifesto for UP promises 50% quota for women

Lucknow, (IANS) : The Congress party on Wednesday released its manifesto here for the Uttar Pradesh assembly polls and announced 50 per cent reservation...

Prohibition on exit polls extended till March 9

New Delhi, (IANS): The Election Commission on Saturday extended the ban on exit polls for the assembly elections in Goa, Manipur, Punjab, Uttarakhand and...

Congress expresses displeasure over SP list for UP

New Delhi (IANS) : Indicating that all is not well in the alliance, the Congress on Friday expressed its displeasure over the Samajwadi Party (SP)...

Former UP minister gets life for murder

Lucknow, (IANS): Senior minister in the Akhilesh Yadav government Ram Karan Area was on Monday sentenced to a life term in a murder case...
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