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Prashant Kishor meets Mulayam again, triggers ‘grand alliance’ speculations

LUCKNOW: Congress’ poll strategist Prashant Kishor today met Samajwadi Party supremo Mulayam here, triggering speculation of a ‘maha-gathbandhan’ (grand alliance) ahead of the upcoming Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections. The marathon meeting, spread over two sessions and kept under wraps, came a day after top leaders of socialist-leaning parties attended SP’s silver jubilee meet here — a move seen as an ... Read More »

Dec 6 is BJP yatra’s date with Aligarh, Rampur

LUCKNOW: On December 6—a day observed as ‘shaurya diwas’ by organisations like Vishwa Hindu Parishad, an off-shoot of Rashtriya Swayemsewak Sangh RSS), of which the BJP is the political wing and as ‘Yaum-e-Gham’ or black day by Muslim outfits to mark the day Babri Masjid was demolished by kar sewaks in Ayodhya in 1992—the BJP’s Parivartan Yatra chariots will be ... Read More »

Conspiracy to waylay us, but we’re back on track: Akhilesh

Lucknow/Unnao: Acknowledging openly that a conspiracy aimed to destabilise the Samajwadi Party had now been thwarted, chief minister Akhilesh Yadav on Thursday brushed aside charges that the young and old supporters of the Samajwadi Party were involved in a running quarrel for supremacy. Kicking off the SP Vikas Rath Yatra from Lucknow, Akhilesh emphasised that his youth supporters were not ... Read More »

Mulayam Singh Meets Congress Election Strategist Prashant Kishor For 3 Hours Amid UP Alliance Buzz

NEW DELHI: Amid speculation that a Bihar-like “Grand Alliance” to take on the BJP could be in the works for the crucial Uttar Pradesh elections, Samajwadi chief Mulayam Singh Yadav and his close aide Amar Singh today met election strategist Prashant Kishor in Delhi. The Samajwadi Party leaders held talks with Mr Kishor, who is designing the Congress’ poll strategy ... Read More »

Shivpal Yadav makes quiet shift to private house

LUCKNOW: Samajwadi Party state unit president Shivpal Yadav finally vacated his official residence in Lucknow, a week after being dropped from the state cabinet in which he was one of the most powerful ministers. He has now shifted to his private house at Vikramaditya Marg, close to the SP headquarters. The move adds to speculations that ties between him and ... Read More »

Leaving feuds behind, Akhilesh takes a test drive on e-way

Lucknow: In a sudden move, UP chief minister Akhilesh Yadav drove on the new Lucknow-Agra expressway on Saturday, covering close to 200 km to his village, Saifai, from the state capital. While this was a test drive, the message in the political circles was clear, that despite the feud in the Samajwadi Party Akhilesh is taking his development agenda ahead, ... Read More »

E-crime profiles to catch traffic violators

Lucknow: Flouting a traffic norm and getting caught can now cost you dear. A ‘crime profile’ bearing a photograph of the offender will be created, and if you commit the offence more than once, the history would be available online for all the enforcement agencies to see. The e-challan, which was functional as a pilot project in Lucknow and Noida, ... Read More »

Amit Shah hits out at ‘Mayawati, Akhilesh Yadav’

ETAWAH (UP): With ruling Samajwadi Party and Uttar Pradesh government pulling in different directions, BJP chief Amit Shah on Thursday said neither “bua” (aunt Mayawati) nor “bhatija” (nephew Akhilesh) can improve law and order in the state. He also lashed out at “chacha-bhatija” (state SP chief Shivpal and CM Akhilesh), saying a dispute between them over “sharing of booty” left ... Read More »

MSY expels Akhilesh minister from SP

Lucknow: Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav on Wednesday expelled Uttar Pradesh minister Pawan Pandey from the party on charges of indiscipline, in the latest round of sackings amid a bitter power tussle in the family that has pushed it to the brink of a split. On Sunday, chief minister Akhilesh Yadav threw out his uncle Shivpal Yadav, who is ... Read More »