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SP rules out poll pact with RLD, says let Congress part with seats from its share
Fri, Jan 20, 2017

According to party sources, the SP wants to contest about 300 of the total 403 seats, including in western UP where it wants to field Muslim candidates.

Akhilesh Katiyar, who organised Nitish Kumar rallies in UP, in JD(U)
Thu, Jan 19, 2017

Katiyar, who belongs to Kanpur Dehat in UP, has also been appointed JD (U) in-charge in BJP-ruled Gujarat and Rajasthan.

UP polls: Once OBC face, Baghel now to contest as SC candidate
Thu, Jan 19, 2017

Baghel explains that he belongs to ‘Dhangar’ community which is a sub-caste of ‘Gaderia’ specified in the OBC list.

Akhilesh, Azad say SP-Congress alliance on, seats being finalised
Wed, Jan 18, 2017

Sources said efforts were also on to bring Ajit Singh’s RLD, a faction of Apna Dal, JD(U), NCP and even the Trinamool Congress on board to build a Bihar-style grand alliance against the BJP.

Shivpal Yadav cuts lonely figure post EC announcement: Ticket CM de rahe hain
Wed, Jan 18, 2017

Standing outside the Vikramaditya Marg residence of SP patriarch and brother Mulayam Singh Yadav, Shivpal only had a handful of supporters with him.

Uttar Pradesh elections: Decision on alliance with Congress very soon, says Akhilesh Yadav
Tue, Jan 17, 2017

Akhilesh had earlier said that if the Congress and SP formed an alliance, they could win over 300 seats.

Eyes on UP prize, BJP plays the OBC card in first candidate list
Tue, Jan 17, 2017

There are at least 26 Thakurs and 15 Brahmins in the list, too. There are 15 Jats and four Gujjars in the list and all are in western UP.

Tussle over Samajwadi Party ‘cycle’ symbol: EC verdict likely today, faction leaders keep fingers crossed
Mon, Jan 16, 2017

Both sides claim that the judgment will be in their favour and have started campaigning for the upcoming Assembly polls, scheduled to begin from February 11, with the symbol.

Despite crisis in party, Shivapal Yadav announces candidates for Uttarakhand
Mon, Jan 16, 2017

The Uttarakhand unit of SP has decided to contest on the symbol which Mulayam Singh Yadav gets after the Election Commission’s decision, which is expected on Monday.

Uttarakhand: In the seats of newly inducted MLAs, BJP’s existing aspirants
Mon, Jan 16, 2017

Vijay Bahuguna: The former CM had defeated Prakash Pant in a bypoll in Sitarganj. In the general elections, Pant had lost from Pithoragarh.

RSS cadres start massive campaign for BJP in Uttar Pradesh
Sun, Jan 15, 2017

The message on the pamphlets read — “Rashtrahit me kaam karne wale jo log hain, unke paksh me matdata apna matdaan karein (Voters should vote for those who work for national interest)”.

Uttar Pradesh polls: As turncoat MLAs hope for tickets, BJP braces for mutiny
Sat, Jan 14, 2017

In the past few weeks, 15 MLAs of BSP, five of Congress, three of the ruling Samajwadi Party and two of Rashtriya Lok Dal have switched over to BJP.

All is well in party, says Akhilesh Yadav
Fri, Jan 13, 2017

“You will get tickets, do not worry. Work hard for SP’s victory,” said Akhilesh Yadav

Election Commission to decide on ownership of SP symbol today, Mulayam meets Lok Dal chief for plan B
Fri, Jan 13, 2017

If denied cycle symbol, he may contest Assembly polls on Lok Dal symbol

Eye on Yadav feud, RLD, JD(U), BS4 mum on poll candidates
Thu, Jan 12, 2017

Sources close to these parties said they are hopeful that the SP opts for an alliance with the Congress and others, replicating the ‘mahagathbandhan’ formed during the Bihar polls.

Have given everything to Akhilesh Yadav, now have nothing but you: Mulayam Singh to party workers
Thu, Jan 12, 2017

Mulayam Singh Yadav said those who want a split in the party were meeting leaders of other parties, but neither he nor Shivpal Yadav has met any other party's leader regarding SP's affairs.

Uttar Pradesh election: Despite Supreme Court order, BJP to hold meets in Dalit areas
Wed, Jan 11, 2017

Earlier, from October to December, BJP had held around 200 ‘Pichhda Varg Sammelans, (backward castes conventions) across all Assembly segments, to woo OBC voters ahead of the Assembly polls.

Akhilesh Yadav – Mulayam Singh meet ends with no common ground — again
Wed, Jan 11, 2017

Sources said while issues like distribution of tickets have been resolved, neither Mulayam Singh nor CM Akhilesh Yadav are not ready to compromise on the post of SP national president.

AIMIM releases first list, says next one will have Dalits too
Tue, Jan 10, 2017

The All India Majlis-e-Ittehad-ul-Muslimeen (AIMIM) on Monday released its first list comprising 11 candidates for the upcoming state Assembly elections, also announcing a series of public meetings of party chief Asaduddin Owaisi.

Family feud unresolved, SP leaders fret about M-Y votes and BJP
Mon, Jan 09, 2017

The BJP has been making efforts to woo non-Yadav backward voters. In PM Modi’s rally in Lucknow last week, the BJP ensured all its prominent OBC faces were among the senior leaders present on stage.

Mulayam Singh visits SP office to make presence felt
Mon, Jan 09, 2017

This was Mulayam’s first visit to the party office after UP Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav replaced him as SP’s national president in a party convention called by Ram Gopal Yadav on January 1.

Etawah: Tension between SP factions, police deployed
Sun, Jan 08, 2017

Heavy police has been deployed outside the SP district office in Etawah to ensure supporters of the two groups don’t clash.

No reconciliation in sight, SP ticket seekers stranded
Sun, Jan 08, 2017

While visits from senior party leaders to Mulayam’s residence continued throughout the day, Akhilesh focused on his official duties and held a meeting with senior officials to review the government’s work.

Tussle within SP finds echo in party’s Etawah office
Sun, Jan 08, 2017

The trouble started after newly appointed state party chief Naresh Uttam, appointed Gopal Yadav as Etawah party chief in place of Sunil Singh Yadav, who was appointed by Mulayam’s brother Shivpal

Samajwadi Party rift: Akhilesh Yadav continues to skip meetings at Mulayam house
Sun, Jan 08, 2017

Mulayam wanted the entire party to accept him as national president, according to sources, whereas Akhilesh reportedly wanted to hold on to the post for at least three months — the period of the Assembly elections.

Samajwadi Party rift: Shivpal meets Akhilesh, truce not yet declared 
Sat, Jan 07, 2017

Party insiders claim that Akhilesh was not ready to compromise on the posts of the party's national president and state president and on the right to distribute assembly tickets.

UP polls: To claim cycle symbol, Akhilesh Yadav begins drive
Fri, Jan 06, 2017

The SP has 229 MLAs and 67 MLCs. Akhilesh directed over 35 district unit presidents to get the affidavits signed by district executive committee members.

Uttar Pradesh elections: BJP to release list ‘after Makar Sankranti’
Fri, Jan 06, 2017

Party leaders await central election committee’s final stamp of approval to candidates on January 16.

RSS affiliate to launch national campaign against triple talaq
Thu, Jan 05, 2017

MRM is going to hold ‘Jalsas’ in different districts of UP to speak to Muslim women and seek their support.

Netaji our leader but it’s confusing, say Shivpal’s MLAs
Tue, Jan 03, 2017

One prays for good sense to prevail on Akhilesh, one plans to meet him, one says no confusion

Mulayam Singh Yadav lonelier, on son Akhilesh’s side are ministers, old aides, family members
Mon, Jan 02, 2017

With the scales tilted in favour of Akhilesh, only a few leaders visited Mulayam on Sunday.

Akhilesh’s former deputy, Naresh Uttam a strong organiser
Mon, Jan 02, 2017

Uttam is also a member of Janeshwar Mishra Trust, which is headed by Akhilesh.

Leaders seen at Akhilesh convention likely to skip Mulayam meet
Mon, Jan 02, 2017

A party MLA, requesting anonymity, said, “Only one convention can be genuine — either the one held today or the one on January 5."

Samajwadi Party crisis: Who controls ‘cycle’ symbol? Ball now in EC’s court
Tue, Jan 03, 2017

If the EC considers Samajwadi Party's constitution, several sections in it could go in favour of Mulayam.

Uttar Pradesh CM’s official residence 5, Kalidas Marg: The hotbed
Mon, Jan 02, 2017

A few minutes after Mulayam Singh Yadav announced Akhilesh’s expulsion on Friday, hundreds of his supporters assembled outside 5, Kalidas Marg and started raising slogans against the SP chief.

‘Netaji is your leader… for me, he is both leader and father’: Akhilesh Yadav to supporters
Mon, Jan 02, 2017

Sources said Akhilesh indirectly blamed Rajya Sabha member Amar Singh for the turmoil in the Samajwadi Party.