Asad Rehman

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Articles By Asad Rehman

Poll panel takes cognisance of Yogi’s Sambhal speech, seeks DM’s report

The remarks come after the EC banned Adityanath from campaigning for 72 hours over violation of the Model Code of Conduct.

Eye on Delhi, Mayawati, Mulayam end 24-yr rivalry to share stage in Mainpuri

The two leaders have been at loggerheads since the “Guest House” incident in 1995 when Mayawati was allegedly attacked by SP workers in Lucknow.

The chorus in Mainpuri: If they are together, it only makes them stronger

They have always been fierce rivals, but when SP founder Mulayam Singh Yadav and BSP chief Mayawati came together in Mainpuri in a show of strength and bonhomie, a rally like this had not been seen in UP.

All eyes on Mulayam family: Of five seats, Kannauj, Firozabad likely to see tough fight

Among these five seats, while others seem to be in a better position against rival candidates, the equations on Kannauj and Firozabad seats has made the fight toughest for Dimple and Akshay this election.

If Muslims don’t vote for me, then come for jobs, I will say forget it: Maneka Gandhi

UP Additional Chief Electoral Officer Brahm Ram Dev Tiwari told The Indian Express that the poll panel had taken cognizance of her speech. “We have sought a report from the District Magistrate and will take the next step after we receive it,” Tiwari said.

Lok Sabha polls 2019: At western UP booths, young voters have jobs, education on their minds

Jobs and peace were again the concerns in Baghonwali village of Bijnor constituency, where most of the young men were preparing for government job recruitment.

Election Commission to issue notice to Mayawati, Yogi Adityanath too under lens

According to sources, Mayawati’s remarks are a violation of the Model Code of Conduct, which states “there shall be no appeal to caste or communal feelings for securing votes”.

RLD approaches Uttar Pradesh poll panel on Sanjeev Balyan ‘threat’ to voters

The RLD attached a video of the BJP leader’s speech along with its complaint, in which Balyan is purportedly heard saying that he will settle scores with alleged “criminals” campaigning for his opponent.

‘Poor don’t know how much is owed to them’

The family of five lives in a kuchcha home in Latifpur village, 31 km from Lucknow. The SC Dhanuk family makes straw baskets, takes up odd jobs.

UP Lok Sabha elections: Congress replaces Maharajganj candidate, fields journalist

Srinate, who replaced Tanushree, told The Indian Express that politics would give her a platform to bring about change.

Uttar Pradesh: Man killed in clash over platform used for Muharram

The FIR states Anwar was attacked when he tried to prevent a group from demolishing a platform where some villagers kept tazias.

BSP fields JD(S) turncoat Danish Ali, Bharat Bandh violence accused

Former BSP MLA from Hastinapur, Yogesh Verma, who was named as an accused in the violence in Meerut during a Bharat Bandh on April 2 last year, has been fielded from Bulandshahr, a reserved seat.

Will not contest LS polls, focus on win for alliance: Mayawati

She, however, added that “after the elections, I can get any seat vacated and contest from there to go to the Lok Sabha”. In a tweet posted on her official Twitter account, she appealed to her supporters not to be “disheartened” by her “decision not to contest LS poll now”.

Akhilesh tweets alliance ‘logo’ made by supporter

The picture is accompanied by a slogan: “Mahagathbandhan se Mahaparivartan”.

BJP MLA’s remarks on Mayawati sparks row

BJP spokesperson Rakesh Tripathi told The Indian Express, "Politicians should be careful when they talk about women and people belonging to disadvantaged communities.” He refused to speak further on the matter.

Akhilesh, Maya, Ajit Singh to hold joint rallies starting April 7 — 3 days before Phase 1 campaigning deadline

With the campaigning for the first phase set to end on April 9, the alliance will only get two days to campaign in the region with the alliance top leaders addressing their first joint rally in Saharanpur’s Deoband on April 7.

Lok Sabha elections: Traders unsure of campaign material for SP-BSP alliance

70-year-old Mohan Lal Agarwal says he does not know how long the alliance will last and hence, he has not invested a lot of money in material of the alliance.

Lucknow: Muslim litigants meet AIMPLB officials, clerics before Ayodhya panel begins work

At the meeting, the litigants, who will be appearing before the panel to reach an amicable solution for the dispute, and others reportedly talked over the argument to be presented in favour of their case.

Lucknow professor says name dropped from award list over posts critical of government

On Saturday evening, SP chief Akhilesh Yadav tweeted in support of the professor stating, “The BJP’s assault on Dalits continues unabated. Today Prof. Ravi Kant of Lucknow University was stripped of a state-sponsored award for having anti-BJP views. This is the true face of their so-called ‘nationalism.’”

SP declares candidate list: Mulayam Singh to contest from Mainpuri, Dimple fielded in Kannauj

Akshay Yadav has been fielded from Firozabad seat again. In 2014, he had won the seat after securing 5,34,583 votes (48.93%) and had defeated BJP’s SP Singh Baghel who had got 4,20,524 votes (38.07%). BSP’s Vishwadeep Singh had stood third with 1,18,909 votes (10.76%).