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Asad Rehman


Asad Rehman is a reporter based in Lucknow. He covers central and eastern Uttar Pradesh for The Indian Express. Follow his tweets @asad1_rehman

Chandra Shekhar Aazad: ‘Oppn hoped for upper-caste votes, it was never going to happen…no one spoke about reservation’
Thu, Mar 24, 2022

Aazad speaks to The Indian Express about the Uttar Pradesh polls, the BSP and the future of Dalit politics in UP, where the Samajwadi Party’s campaign fell short, and how the BJP can be ousted from power in the future.

Akhilesh picks Assembly seat over LS, hint to BJP: will stay in UP fight
Wed, Mar 23, 2022

Senior Samajwadi Party leader and Rampur MP Azam Khan, who like Akhilesh won in the Assembly polls, has also sent his resignation from Lok Sabha to the Speaker's office, sources close to him said. Khan is currently in jail on criminal charges.

Newsmaker: Mistakes in ticket allocation cost SP-led alliance 50-60 seats, says RLD’s former UP chief
Tue, Mar 22, 2022

Masood Ahmad tells SP to stop looking at Muslims as ‘majboor voters’.

Poll Position: Maya kin set for bigger role in BSP rejigs
Thu, Mar 17, 2022

One of the changes in the BSP was the nomination of Mayawati's nephew Akash Anand as the sole national coordinator of the party. Her brother Anand Kumar remains the No. 2 as national vice-president of the BSP.

BJP benefitted from PM and CM’s communal speeches: SP’s Lalji Verma
Tue, Mar 15, 2022

'The BJP has been successful in misleading people based on its religious agenda. And wherever the party was successful in doing so, it won. In places where they could not do this, they faced big defeats.'

UP election results: 36 Muslim MLAs elected — up from 24 in 2017 polls
Fri, Mar 11, 2022

Among the prominent Muslim MLAs were Azam Khan, his son Abdullah Azam Khan, jailed-gangster-turned-politician Mukhtar Ansari’s son Abbas, and nephew Suhaib.

Crashing hopes: Akhilesh makes strides, but falls short of a leap
Fri, Mar 11, 2022

Akhilesh put up the only challenge to the BJP, drawing crowds, shutting out in-house family squabbling contenders, and trying to distance himself from the “goondaism” baggage of his last government.

Uttar Pradesh Election Results 2022 Highlights: Yogi Adityanath tenders resignation to governor as his first tenure comes to end
Fri, Mar 11, 2022

Uttar Pradesh Election Results 2022, UP Assembly Election Result 2022 Highlights: Calling it a ‘festival of democracy’, Prime Minister Narendra Modi thanked the voters for their mandate in favour of the BJP in Uttar Pradesh and three other states — one he described as “jeet ka chauka”.

Results today, EC sends Delhi, Bihar officials to UP after SP complaints
Thu, Mar 10, 2022

The poll body also announced the suspension of three poll officials in Uttar Pradesh, amid allegations of irregularities by the Samajwadi Party.

UP tribunal moves against accused, fresh notices out
Thu, Mar 10, 2022

Many of the accused have received notices to appear before the Claims Tribunal and asked to submit their objection to the allegation that they were involved in damaging public property.

Non-Yadav OBC votes: As SP bets on Rajbhar, too many cards in play
Sun, Mar 06, 2022

Seeking to expand its base beyond Muslims and Yadavs, the SP has tied up with parties representing non-Yadav OBCs in the state, like Rajbhars.

UP campaign ends: PM, BJP invoke national interest & vikas; Akhilesh talks jobs
Sun, Mar 06, 2022

The seventh and final phase of polling for the UP Assembly will be held on March 7. Top BJP leaders addressed more than a dozen public meetings Saturday; Akhilesh held eight in seven hours.

Ek button pe do Akhilesh: SP Mubarakpur nominee a namesake, but not all name
Sun, Mar 06, 2022

It's the third time in as many elections that the party has fielded this “much-liked” leader and loyal SP worker from the seat, despite his loss both times (the second time by just 688 votes).

Voices from an Azamgarh college: Need women in politics, progress without bias, say first-time voters
Sat, Mar 05, 2022

The conversation veers round to the elections before settling on ‘education’ and ‘development’ — the two issues on which most of the students have an opinion.

Rebels loose ends in BSP’s Ambedkar Nagar bastion, but there is a common thread: Mayawati
Fri, Mar 18, 2022

VOTING TODAY: The district’s caste mix means all parties are hopeful, but Dalits, the largest group, remain loyal to the BSP

In ‘bastion’ Malhani, SP goes all out to secure win
Tue, Mar 01, 2022

While some in the SP say that Mulayam and Shivpal are going to the constituency on the request of Lucky Yadav, others feel that the seat has become a “prestige battle” for the SP and Akhilesh who want to ensure Singh’s defeat “anyhow”.

A Letter From Sitapur: The Night Of…
Tue, Mar 01, 2022

The problem of stray cattle has been rising in UP since the Yogi Adityanath government tightened curbs on slaughterhouses after coming to power in 2017.

Akhilesh hits back at PM Modi: Cycle used by poor, BJP will get 440 volt shock
Tue, Feb 22, 2022

On Sunday, Modi accused the Opposition of being soft on terror and singled out the SP, linking its election symbol, the bicycle, to those used to plant some of the bombs in the Ahmedabad blasts of 2008.

Modi says new system for stray cattle after results: Will earn from even dung
Mon, Feb 21, 2022

In his speech, Modi claimed that the BJP had got the blessings of the people in the poll phases already over, and would continue to get the same.

Where farmers run over, BJP faces hiccups, but incident a pale memory
Mon, Feb 21, 2022

The farmers' killing is a faint memory even at the site of the incident, Tikunia, around 100 km from Jagsar.

Take 5 | Poll Promises: ‘Poor are never heard… Officers say get this paper, get that’
Sat, Feb 19, 2022

SP chief Akhilesh Yadav recently said if voted to power in UP, his government will provide a kilo of ‘ghee’ to the poor along with free ration for five years. He also warned the BJP government would discontinue its free-ration scheme once the polls were over.

Behind Mau switch for Mukhtar’s son, SP bid to ‘avoid criminal tag’
Wed, Feb 16, 2022

Ansari is a history-sheeter in Mohammadabad police station of Ghazipur district with 38 cases filed against him in various police stations in a number of districts, including Lucknow, Ghazipur and Mau. He has been acquitted in most of these cases though.

Behind Mau switch for Mukhtar’s son, SP bid to ‘avoid criminal tag’
Wed, Feb 16, 2022

According to the UP police, 96 members of “Ansari’s gang” have been arrested and 85 of them booked under the Gangsters Act so far.

In Varanasi for Ravidass Jayanti, Punjab polls on top of their minds
Tue, Feb 15, 2022

The annual three-day fair, held at Seer Goverdhanpur town in Varanasi, is organised to mark the birth anniversary of Sant Ravidass, a 15th-16th Century mystic poet saint of the Bhakti Movement.

In two-cornered contest, a ‘new face’ with an uphill battle
Tue, Feb 15, 2022

The scene is strikingly different from that cold, gloomy evening in December, 2019 when she was arrested during an anti-CAA protest in the capital’s Hazratganj area. Her arrest had come while she was doing a Facebook live after violence had broken out at Parivartan Chowk.