Elections 2016

Maulshree Seth

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Maulshree Seth is a Principal Correspondent at The Indian Express

Now in UP: Posters showing Rahul Gandhi as cop
Tue, May 03, 2016

The Congress’s district unit, which claimed it put up the posters “to attract public attention”, is reportedly being made to withdraw them now after the state unit took note of the issue.

Released, Ajay Rai turns Congress hero
Tue, May 03, 2016

With an eye on UP polls next year and to show the alleged nexus between SP and BJP, Congress plans to project Ajay Rai, the party MLA from Pindra constituency in Varanasi, as a “hero” as he travels from Fatehgarh Central Jail in Farrukhabad to Varanasi, following his release on Monday. Each district and city […]

Uttar Pradesh: In Bilari bypoll, a test for Congress’ ‘Dalit programme’
Sat, Apr 30, 2016

The seat had fallen vacant after sitting Samajwadi Party MLA Hazi Irfan died in a road accident.

Uttar Pradesh polls ahead, CM on inauguration spree; projects fly off shelf
Fri, Apr 29, 2016

In these districts, Akhilesh has either inaugurated or laid foundation stones of projects worth over Rs 1,000 crore. He has also distributed laptops, relief material and cheques under welfare schemes.

Uttar Pradesh CM candidate, Priyanka Gandhi as poll in charge: Cong workers spell it out for Prashant Kishor team
Thu, Apr 28, 2016

In Varanasi, the workers demanded that the charge of the poll campaign in the state should be handed over to Priyanka Gandhi.

Uttar Pradesh elections: Hired to script Congress revival, Kishor and team can’t touch Gandhi seats
Wed, Apr 27, 2016

Amethi, Rae Bareli, Sultanpur out of Kishor’s exercise; first two are personally monitored by Priyanka.

Prashant Kishor, hired to script Congress revival, can’t touch Gandhi bastion
Wed, Apr 27, 2016

State president Nirmal Khatri confirmed that the three districts have not been asked to submit feedback.

UP CM Akhilesh Yadav finds his ‘PK’ — in Mayawati
Sat, Apr 23, 2016

With the BSP alleging that the Samajwadi Party government was taking credit for infrastructure projects it had launched when it was in power, CM Akhilesh Yadav on Friday termed Mayawati as SP’s ‘PK’.

Lucknow: Congress worker compares Prashant Kishor with Hanuman
Sat, Apr 23, 2016

On Friday — the last day of his two-day visit to Lucknow — Kishor held a meeting with frontal organisations at the state party headquarters.

Banks slap notice, units fear shutdown: Industry association puts hope on Rahul gandhi, seeks ‘immediate intervention’
Fri, Apr 22, 2016

Shahnawaj Ahmed, Chairman, Amethi Chapter of IIA, told The Indian Express, “On one end, governments are talking about promotional schemes for MSME, but here in Amethi, units are facing the worst scenario.”

Rahul Gandhi’s janata darbar: Amethi villagers queer another pitch- bring the other Gandhi
Fri, Apr 22, 2016

In a one-on-one interaction, Rahul heard public grievances and listened to people as they urged him to travel to other parts of the state and to bring Priyanka Gandhi, his sister, into “active politics” before the assembly elections arrive next year.

‘Green Corridor’ gets liver from Lucknow to Delhi in 90 minutes
Thu, Apr 21, 2016

Lucknow police overcomes crowd of ministers’ in city.

Drought on lips, polls in mind as CM Akhilesh Yadav, minister visit Bundelkhand
Wed, Apr 20, 2016

Last week, CM had directed installation of an additional 666 handpumps in the seven drought-hit districts of Bundelkhand, just a day after he allocated Rs 867.87 crore for farmers in parched areas of the state.

Thanks to CM Akhilesh Yadav’s cook, this Faizabad village gets a new bridge
Tue, Apr 19, 2016

Sundar Lal raised the issue while serving food to Akhilesh Yadav; he granted cook’s village inter college for girls, CHC too

‘Bad weather’ shifts Congress’ grand Dalit public meet to an auditorium
Sat, Apr 16, 2016

Last week, the state Congress had announced that it would hold a grand programme on April 17 at Itaunja on Lucknow outskirts to mark the occasion.

APJ Abdul Kalam University rider to colleges to check ‘ghost teachers’
Thu, Apr 14, 2016

The university wants to identify “duplicate entries” and those institutes that have uploaded details of the faculty in an “unauthorised” manner

Delayed MGNREGA payment: Congress to mobilise affected workers to gherao PM office
Wed, Apr 13, 2016

Also plans to oppose PM’s expected visit to Ballia on May 1.

Voices against ‘Bharat Mata ki Jai’ akin to cawing of crows: Ram Naik
Sun, Apr 03, 2016

He said the chanting of slogan was like the sound made by a “koyal (cuckoo)” while the voices objecting it are like “cawing of crows”.

UP elections 2017: To push for Congress revival, Kishor’s team to arm 12,000 workers with smartphones
Sat, Apr 02, 2016

Sources informed that these workers will be trained to collect independent feedback about the constituency, probable candidates, candidates of other parties, their weakness and issues that affect the constituency.

UP Panchayat elections: Gram pradhan turns out to be ‘minor’, used ‘forged’ papers to contest polls
Thu, Mar 31, 2016

“As per population register, her age is 24 and as per voter ID, it is 22. She is studying graduation and has also failed twice,” girls's father-in-law said,

UP Assembly Elections 2017: Revival hopeful Congress’s ‘primary focus’ is Amethi
Wed, Mar 30, 2016

The ruling Samajwadi Party has already announced its candidates for these two seats when it released its first list for the Assembly elections last week.

Tug of war over postings set to begin between IAS, PCS officers
Fri, Mar 25, 2016

The PCS association believes working on these posts will be “below the dignity” of an IAS-ranked officer and “would not send the right message”, Gangwar added.

From April, Congress set to interview probable candidates for 2017 polls
Tue, Mar 22, 2016

Sources in the party said the exercise would begin from April, along with other activities, including padyatras in every district, on issues like the Food Security Act and MGNREGA.

Akhilesh on BSP’s return: Still a year to go… too early to speak
Sat, Mar 19, 2016

Tells IAS officers to finish development projects so SP could return to power.

Lucknow University: Teachers offer mass resignation
Thu, Mar 17, 2016

Allege attack by protesting students and ABVP leaders; V-C claims issue ‘has been resolved’.

Congress unveils first chargesheet against SP govt in four years
Wed, Mar 16, 2016

Says govt failed to protect minority.

Meerut, Moradabad, Faizabad: MoU signed under UPA govt to develop 3 airstrips shelved
Tue, Mar 15, 2016

The step is reportedly being taken as the current Modi government has shown no interest in the projects. The state government would now send a notice to the Airport Authority of India (AAI), cancelling all their previous agreements, said sources.

Prashant Kishor to Cong: Main target is BJP, want to help you win in 2017
Fri, Mar 11, 2016

Prashant Kishor asked district and city presidents to ensure that Congress leaders contest the 2017 polls with the confidence they can win.

In Nirmal Khatri’s mythic class, Cong leaders (devtas) learn how to ‘finish off Mahisasurs’
Fri, Mar 11, 2016

Roles they play: Cong is Kali; Modi, Mulayam and Maya are Mahisasurs.

Day after: Ram Naik asks for CD, transcript of Azam Khan’s speech
Thu, Mar 10, 2016

“The Governor has written to Speaker Mata Prasad Pandey asking him to provide unedited copy of the transcript, and audio and video CD of the proceedings of the House at the earliest."

‘His bookshop was a scholar’s den’
Thu, Mar 10, 2016

Ram Advani, 95, was an institution in Lucknow, known for storing rare books and treating his loyal customers to music and conversations.

To fund its expressways, under-construction and on paper, UP govt to auction their toll rights
Thu, Mar 03, 2016

Govt wants private players to pay in advance the total toll.

UP: To discuss 2017 polls, Rahul to meet 35 state leaders on March 2
Tue, Mar 01, 2016

The party has prepared at least five reports on the upcoming polls, which would be taken up for discussion during the meeting.

Sharing Umar article: LU professor told to explain, says he ‘liked’ core idea
Fri, Feb 26, 2016

The article, “Umar Khalid, my son”, written by Delhi University Professor Apoorvanand, had appeared in The Indian Express on Tuesday.

Sharing article on Umar khalid: Lucknow University seeks explanation, Prof says he liked idea
Fri, Feb 26, 2016

The V-C said he would examine the reply on Friday morning: “I had promised to uncover the truth, and we will have to wait for the reply first,” he said.