Uttar Pradesh

BSP chief Mayawati says will resign as Rajya Sabha MP over Dalit atrocities

A furious Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati today threatened to resign from the membership of the Rajya Sabha if she was not allowed to raise the various incidents of violence against Dalits and other minorities. “Let me speak or I will resign from the Rajya Sabha if I am not allowed to speak on Dalit atrocities,” Mayawati told Rajya Sabha Speaker PJ Kurien after he asked her to cut

Suresh Raina joins Virat Kohli in elite list

Suresh Raina became the second Indian batsman after Virat Kohli to cross 1000 runs in T20 Internationals in the course of his impressive innings against Australia in the first of three matches at the Adelaide Oval today. Raina was dropped from the Indian ODI side for the five-match series against Australia after a poor series at home against South Africa late last year. But the Uttar Pradesh southpaw did well

Azam Khan calls Rahul Gandhi a kid, asks him to have toffees

Taking a jibe at Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi, Samajwadi Party (SP) leader Azam Khan has said the former is still a kid and nobody takes him seriously. Khan sarcastically said that he wondered as to why the nation did not take the Congress vice-president seriously. “He should take some toffees along, have them, and distribute them among other kids too. I don’t understand why this country doesn’t take him seriously.

Narendra Modi likely to rejig Cabinet; Arun Jaitley may move to defence

Prime Minister Narendra Modi may look to press the reset button on his leadership this spring to reinvigorate stalled economic reforms and appease critics, eyeing a mix of tried and tested allies and fresh blood, senior government sources said. The government has overseen rapid economic growth but failed on tax and land reforms, and the euphoria that met Modi’s 2014 election triumph has given way to investor disillusionment; stocks have

Akhilesh Yadav skips Saifai Mahotsav, sparks speculation about rift within family

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav’s absence from inauguration function of ‘Saifai Mahotsav’, a cultural festival held every year in his native village in Etawah district has kicked off speculations about differences in the Samjawadi Party’s top leadership and the Yadav family. There were reports about Akhilesh Yadav’s unhappiness over sacking of his two close associates from the party few days ago. Samajwadi Party on Friday had expelled three leaders

Hema Upadhyay murder case: 2 suspects arrested in Varanasi by UPSTF

Investigators made a breakthrough in the mysterious murder of celebrity artist Hema Upadhyay and her lawyer Haresh Bhambani with the arrest of two suspects holed up in Uttar Pradesh on Monday. A UP Police special task force team took into custody two persons in Varanasi but refused to disclose the identity of the duo. Officers investigating the case have refused to assign a motive behind the murder but acknowledged a deep-rooted

BJP gearing up for UP elections? Varun Gandhi meets Amit Shah

It seems that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has started its preparation for Uttar Pradesh assembly elections. At his residence, BJP party president Amit Shah has met MP Varun Gandhi and Maneka Gandhi. The meeting took place for nearly half an hour. Sources said that this time the saffron party would project CM candidate during the election campaign, unlike the other state elections. The party has already faced huge criticism

Congress to contest elections in UP on its own

The Uttar Pradesh Congress convened a meeting here on Saturday in which it was decided that the party would contest the Uttar Pradesh Assembly elections on its own. The decision taken at the ‘UP Congress Chitan Shivir’ puts to rest speculation of the Congress contesting the UP elections in alliance with regional parties. The meeting, which was attended by UP Congress Working Committee (CWC) members, former Congress Ministers and MPs,

In PM Narendra Modi 's 'village', BJP-backed candidate suffers embarrassing defeat

In what can be seen as a setback for the BJP, the results of the Uttar Pradesh Block and District Panchayat elections shaped up in an embarrassing manner for the party riding on the ‘Modi wave’. Arun Singh Rinku, a BJP-backed candidate from Jayapur, a village adopted by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, lost the Panchayat elections, sending alarm bells ringing among the party cadres. The BJP put up an unimpressive show

Congress condemns invoking of NSA against Ajay Rai

Congress on Thursday strongly condemned the imposition of National Security Act (NSA) on its MLA Ajay Rai in connection with the violence in Varanasi during the Pratikar Yatra on October 5. Congress Legislative Party (CLP) leader Pradeep Mathur condemned the booking of Rai under NSA, alleging that the SP government in Uttar Pradesh had completely surrendered before Prime Minister Narendra Modi. In a statement issued here, Mathur said that the party

PM Narendra Modi Says Dadri Mob Killing Sad, But What is the Centre's Role?

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has for the first time spoken directly on the mob killing of a Muslim man in Uttar Pradesh’s Dadri over beef rumours, calling it “really sad” but also underscoring that his government had no role in the case. “Incidents like Dadri and the protest against the Pakistani singer (Ghulam Ali) are really sad but what is the Centre’s role in them?” PM Modi has told the

Ready to kill, get killed to save cows: Sakshi Maharaj

Adding more fuel to the political slugfest over Dadri lynching, BJP MP Sakshi Maharaj has said that he is willing to kill and get killed to save cows. “We won’t tolerate insult to our mother…will die, will kill,” he said, adding that the politics going on over the issue is condemn-able. Slamming the Uttar Pradesh government’s handling of the situation, Maharaj said double standards are being employed by the Samajwadi Party.