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  • Mulayam Faction Releases SP Candidates' List for Uttarakhand Polls
    Looking to make inroads in the hill state of Uttarakhand, the Mulayam faction of the Samajwadi Party has released a list of 26 candidates for the 70-seat Uttarakhand assembly, even as the internal fight within the party's first family continues. The list has been signed by the deposed party chief Shivpal Yadav, who happens to be the party's in-charge in Uttarakhand. According to sources, the party has decided to contest on 50 seats and its second list will also be out soon. The Samajwadi Party has never won a seat in the Uttarakhand assembly elections.
    2017-01-16 11:20:30 AM
  • Congress Ropes In Poll Strategist Prashant Kishor For Uttarakhand Assembly Polls 2017
    The Congress has roped in poll strategist Prashant Kishor for the upcoming Uttarakhand Assembly election. This is the third poll-bound state where Kishor will work for the party after Uttar Pradesh and Punjab. Congress general secretary and in-charge of party affairs in Uttarakhand Ambika Soni said that Kishor will help strategise the party's campaign in the hill state where Assembly polls are slated to be held on February 15. Soni, who is also the campaign committee chairman of Punjab Congress, said that party workers who had faced 'oppression' under the Akali rule during the last 10 years should not be ignored at the time of allotting poll tickets. She added that veteran party workers had the first right on poll tickets over "outsiders" coming into the Congress-fold ahead of the polls.
    2017-01-06 01:00:02 PM
  • BJP Set to Dethrone Congress in Uttarakhand, Says India Today-Axis Survey
    The India Today-Axis opinion poll has predicted that the Congress will find it difficult to retain power in the hill state of Uttarakhand. The opinion poll has given BJP 41 to 46 seats in the 70-seat Uttarakhand legislative assembly. The Congress is predicted to win 18 to 23 seats while others could get 2-6 seats. The survey also showed that the BJP is way ahead of Congress and other parties in terms of vote share. While the BJP is expected to get 45 per cent of vote share, Congress may come a distant second with 33 per cent. Prime Minister Narendra Modi's demonetisation move is not going to affect the BJP's poll prospects as a majority of respondents (79 per cent) view the note ban as good.
    2017-01-06 04:09:42 PM
  • EC To Announce Assembly Poll Dates For Five States Today
    The Election Commission of India is going to announce the schedule for the five upcoming state assembly elections at noon today. The five states going to polls early this year are Punjab, Goa, Manipur and Uttarakhand besides the politically significant Uttar Pradesh. The model code of conduct will come into effect immediately after the announcement of the poll date, restricting the state and the central government from declaring new sops and schemes. It is being speculated that the Election Commission might defer elections in Manipur due to the ongoing economic blockade by the United Naga Council in the state.
    2017-01-04 10:59:11 AM
  • EC team reviews Uttarakhand's preparation for 2017 assembly polls
    A three-member team of the Election Commission of India (ECI) reached Uttarakhand to review the state's preparation for conducting the 2017 assembly elections. Chief Election Commissioner Nasim Zaidi was in the state capital Dehradun along with two Election Commissioners Achal Kumar Jyoti and OP Rawat. The team held meetings with representatives of different political parties in the fray and collected feedback from them. Uttarakhand Chief Electoral Officer Radha Raturi apprised the team about the ongoing preparation in the state for the coming 2017 assembly polls and IG Deepam Seth briefed them about the law and order situation in the state.
    2016-11-03 11:35:45 AM

  • Uttarakhand Polls 2017: Samajwadi Party Leader Joins Congress
    The Samajwadi Party suffered a major setback ahead of the 2017 Assembly elections in Uttarakhand with the exit of its general secretary Abdul Matin Siddiqui. Siddiqui has joined Congress along with hundreds of his supporters. He was a senior leader of the Samajwadi Party with a strong support base in  Nainital and Udham Singh Nagar. The Samajwadi Party has been struggling to make a mark in Uttarakhand since its formation in 2000.
    2016-08-10 11:24:51 AM
  • Uttarakhand EC Targeting 80% Voter Turnout in 2017 Elections
    The Uttarakhand state election authorities are hoping for an 80 per cent voter turnout in the state Assembly elections due next year. Uttarakhand has witnessed a continued rise in voter turnout in the past three state assembly elections. The polling percentage was 54.34 per cent in the 2002 assembly elections. It rose to 59.42 in the 2007 and in 2012, it was 67.22 per cent. A meeting of election officers of the poll-bound state of Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Manipur, Goa and Punjab was held recently at the Election Commission's office in Delhi and a range of issues related to polls preparedness in these states were discussed.
    2016-07-21 11:46:44 AM
  • Amit Shah Attacks Rawat, Sounds Bugle for 2017 Uttarakhand Polls
    While addressing a ‘Shankhnaad rally’ gathering at Rishikul Maidan in Uttarakhand, BJP chief Amit Shah appealed to the people of the state to remove the “corrupt” Congress government and vote in favour of BJP in the mountain state that goes to polls in 2017. Shah promised a corruption-free government that will work for development if voted to power in the coming assembly polls.
    2016-06-27 11:34:37 AM
  • President's Rule lifted in Uttarakhand; Rawat to take charge as CM again
    After the deposed Chief Minister Harish Rawat won the trust vote on 10 May, the President’s rule in the State was revoked. The Centre conceded the defeat on Wednesday and the Attorney-General Mukul Rohatgi told lawyers that Rawat can take charge as the CM.
    2016-05-12 11:31:52 AM
  • Uttarakhand crisis: Centre to move Supreme Court today
    The Centre is taking the case of imposing President's Rule in Uttarakhand to Supreme Court on Friday. This move comes after the Uttarakhand High Court found faults in the Centre's justification of imposing President's Rule in the state. However, the union government sources said that they can provide substantial legal ground in the top court.
    2016-04-22 11:26:12 AM

  • Uttarakhand Comes Under President's Rule
    The state of Uttarakhand came under President's rule on Sunday after days of political turmoil. A central rule was recommended by the Union cabinet at its emergency meeting on Saturday which was chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. President Pranab Mukherjee signed the proclamation to dismiss the Congress government in the state after getting briefed by cabinet minister Arun Jaitley. The proclamation comes a day before Chief Minister Harish Rawat was to face the scheduled floor test in the state Assembly to prove his majority.  
    2016-03-28 12:18:46 PM
  • BJP demands Uttarakhand CM's resignation
    The BJP on Wednesday demanded the resignation of Uttarakhand Chief Minister Harish Rawat, alleging he was involved in a liquor scam and "loot" during the 2013 floods. "The Uttarakhand chief minister and his personal secretary were involved in a liquor scam and loot during the Uttarakhand floods," union Commerce and Industry Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said at a press conference. She also released a sting operation video and said: "We have video proof which shows involvement of the Uttarakhand CM and his powerful close confidante in the scam." Source: IANS
    2015-07-22 06:14:24 PM
  • Uttarakhand CM reviews 'Char Dham Yatra' preparations
    Uttarakhand Chief Minister Harish Rawat paid a visit to the Badrinath shrine on Monday and took stock of the "Char Dham Yatra" preparations, an official said. The yatra is an annual pilgrimage to the four Hindu religious shrines of Kedarnath, Badrinath, Yamunotri and Gangotri. He said that the snow having been cleared, the yatra pathway has been opened and assured locals that a permanent solution for landslide-prone areas would be ensured within two years by constructing a tunnel in Lambagar. Source: IANS
    2015-04-21 09:31:35 AM
  • By-election trends in six assembly constituencies till 10.45 am
    By 10.45 am Gobind Singh Longowal of Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) is ahead in the lone assembly constituency of Dhuri in Punjab by 25,741 votes. While Trupti Sawant of Shiv Sena is leading in the coveted Vandre-east constituency by 19,741 votes, whereas NCP's Suman Patil, widow of R.R. Patil, seems all set to sweep the polls in Tasgaon Kavathe Mahankal as she has 90,863 votes as compared to Swapnil Patil's just 10,361 votes. Congress's Mamata Rakesh has won the Bhagwanpur assembly segment of Uttarakhand with a total of 46,988 votes, while Urmila Devi Rajpoot of the Samajvadi Party is ahead in Charkhari assembly constituency of Uttar Pradesh by 25,000 votes. Source: News Reports
    2015-04-15 10:52:45 AM
  • By-elections: Counting on in six assembly constituencies of four states
    Counting began this morning in the six assembly constituencies of four states where polling took place on 11 April for by-elections. As of 9.30 am Gobind Singh Longowal of Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) was ahead in the lone assembly constituency of Dhuri in Punjab by 11,323 votes. While Trupti Sawant of Shiv Sena was leading in coveted Vandre-east constituency by 7,122 votes, whereas NCP's Suman Patil, widow of R.R. Patil, seems all set to sweep the polls in Tasgaon Kavathe Mahankal as she had 65,385 votes as compared to Swapnil Patil's 6,576 votes. Congress's Mamata Rakesh was leading in Bhagwanpur assembly segment of Uttarakhand, while Urmila Devi Rajpoot of the Samajvadi Party was ahead in Charkhari assembly constituency of Uttar Pradesh. Trends for Pharenda in Uttar Pradesh were yet not announced. Source: News Reports
    2015-04-15 09:52:30 AM

  • SAD, Congress win a seat each
    Results of by-elections in Dhuri (Punjab) and Bhagwanpur (Uttarakhand) have been announced while couinting of votes is still going on in the rest of the assembly constituencies. Gobind Singh Longowal of Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) has won the Dhuri assembly seat of Punjab by 37,501 votes, while Mamata Rakesh of Congress bagged the Bhagwanpur seat of Uttarakhand with 46,988 votes. On the other hand, with the counting for 16 rounds completed, Shiv Sena is leading in Vandre-east by 20,692 votes, while Suman Patil of NCP is ahead in Tasgaon Kavathe Mahankal with 1,09,545 votes. In uttar Pradesh, Samajvadi Party candidate Urmila Devi Rajpoot is ahead by 25,000 votes. Source: News Reports
    2015-04-15 11:54:27 AM
  • Uttarakhand Assembly Constituency by-elections results 2015
    In Uttarakhand's Bhagwanpur Assembly Constituency by-elections Congress's Mamata Rakesh is leading. Source: Various Media Reports
    2015-04-15 09:22:26 AM
  • By-elections results in four states to be announced on Wednesday
    The counting of votes for the by-elections in four states will be done and results will be announced on Wednesday, 15 April 2015. A total of six legislative assembly constituencies went for polls on Saturday, 11 April amidst tight security arrangements. The assembly constituencies that went for polls are Charkhari and Pharenda in Uttar Pradesh, Bhagwanpur in Uttarakhand, Dhuri in Punjab and Vandre-east and Tasgaon-Kavathe Mahankal in the state of Maharshtra. Source: IANS
    2015-04-13 10:12:39 AM
  • By-elections in four states today
    Polling for the six legislative assembly constituencies in four states of Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Maharashtra and Punjab started this morning at 8. The assembly constituencies going for polls are Charkhari and Pharenda in Uttar Pradesh, Bhagwanpur in Uttarakhand, Dhuri in Punjab and Vandre-east and Tasgaon-Kavathe Mahankal in the state of Maharshtra. The polling will go on till 5 pm. The counting of votes will be done and the results will be announced on Wednesday, 15 April. Source: News Reports
    2015-04-11 10:01:28 AM
  • By-elections in four states on 11 April
    By-elections in Punjab, Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand will be held on 11 April. A total of five assembly constituencies in these four state will go for polls on Saturday between 8 am and 5pm. The assembly constituencies going for polls are Dhuri in Punjab, Charkhadi and Pharenda in Uttar Pradesh, Bhagwanpur in Uttarakhand and Tasgaon-Kavathe Mahankal in Maharshtra. The results of elections in all the constituencies will be announced on 15 April. Source: News Reports
    2015-04-07 03:12:04 PM

  • Uttarakhand assembly budget session starts on positive note
    The budget session of the Uttarakhand assembly began on Wednesday on a positive note and Chief Minister Harish Rawat thanked the opposition for allowing the governor to address the house peacefully. While Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) legislators earlier squatted in the corridor of the assembly before the address by Governor K.K. Paul, alleging discrimination in developmental work, they later allowed the governor to address the house. "We did not want to disrupt proceedings as we wanted to hear out the governor's address which reflected the intent and policies of the Congress-led government," a BJP leader said. He said that the party would, however, like to debate the address for four days before it is passed, as it was "full of blatant lies". Rawat welcomed the "positive attitude" of the opposition, and said that if this continued in the days to come, he will try to bridge differences with them. Source: IANS
    2015-03-12 10:10:11 AM
  • States ask centre to bear cost of anti-Maoist operations
    Home Minister Rajnath Singh on Monday held a meeting with the chief ministers of Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Uttarakhand and Chhattisgarh, during which the states demanded that the central government bear the cost of anti-Maoist operations. The Central Zonal Council meeting, held in the Uttar Pradesh capital after 20 years, was aimed at seeking solutions to inter-state disputes and to other problems faced by these states. Akhilesh Yadav (Uttar Pradesh), Shivraj Singh Chauhan (Madhya Pradesh), Harish Rawat (Uttarakhand) and Raman Singh (Chhattisgarh) discussed many pending issues with Rajnath Singh. The chief ministers demanded that the central government bear the cost of operations against Maoists. Chhattisgarh officials said that the state had spent Rs.3,200 crore on central forces involved in anti-Maoist operations in the last few years. Source: IANS
    2015-01-20 10:20:47 AM
  • Hopeful of UP-Uttarakhand disputes' resolution: Harish Rawat
    Uttarakhand Chief Minister Harish Rawat on Tuesday expressed hope that the contentious issues between his state and Uttar Pradesh will soon be sorted out. He was in Lucknow to attend the central zonal council meeting of chief ministers. Before leaving for Uttarakhand, Rawat told reporters at the Amausi airport that a committee, headed by chief secretaries of both the states, would be constituted soon to find solution to all pending disputes. Rawat said that he was hopeful of an early and satisfactory solution to the decade-old issues as he found Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav, and PWD and Irrigation Minister Shivpal Singh "extremely generous and very understanding people". Instructions have been issued to complete the ground work for resolving the problems within 15 days, he said. Source: IANS
    2015-01-20 04:36:47 PM
  • BJP questions Akhilesh on bodies found in Ganga, Betwa
    The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Friday questioned Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav's silence on the recovery of as many as 110 bodies in the Ganga and Betwa rivers in the last few days. Saying that the chief minister should have spoken on the issue and initiated a high-level probe into the matter, BJP state spokesperson Vijay Bahadur Pathak said that it was sad that instead of Akhilesh Yadav, the ministers of the Samajwadi Party (SP) government were making wild comments over the issue. Alluding to state Urban Development Minister Mohammed Azam Khan's allegation that BJP's parliament member Sakshi Maharaj, from Unnao district, brought the bodies in a truck and dumped them in the Ganga, Pathak said that the chief minister should either question Azam Khan over his statement or ask security agencies to check its veracity. Source: IANS
    2015-01-16 01:53:56 PM
  • States fearful about losing Planning Commission: Uttarakhand CM
    There is a strong sense of apprehension and uncertainty among states like Uttarakhand following the union government's proposal to wind up the Planning Commission, Uttarakhand Chief Minister Harish Rawat said on Saturday. The Congress leader made the comments at a summit organised by the India Today group in the national capital on centre-state relationships, as he locked horns with BJP leader and his Maharashtra counterpart Devendra Fadnavis over the issue of centre-state relations in the Indian federation Saturday. "There is uncertainty among small states like mine regarding the potential dismantling of the Planning Commission. Who do we approach for funding and other concerns now? Rawat asked as he shared his fears over the loss of an autonomous body at the Centre that sets the country's development agenda. Source: IANS
    2014-12-13 10:05:40 PM
  • Harish Rawat wins Uttarakhand assembly bypoll
    Uttarakhand Chief Minister Harish Rawat won the bypoll for the Dharchula assembly seat, election officials said.   Source: IANS
    2014-07-25 12:37:35 PM
  • Chinese choppers entered India twice in recent months : Arun Jaitley
    Chinese choppers entered Indian territory in Uttarakhand twice in April and June, due to "differing perception of the LAC", Defence Minister Arun Jaitley said on Tuesday. In a written reply in the Rajya Sabha, Jaitley said a protest was lodged with the Chinese side by the Indian Army. "Two Chinese helicopters transgressed the Line of Actual Control (LAC) on April 30 and June 13, 2014, in Uttarakhand," Jaitley told the house. "Due to differing perception of the LAC by both India and China, transgressions do occur," he said.
    2014-07-15 05:04:07 PM
  • Congress announces contestants for assembly bypolls in Uttarakhand
    The Congress which is a ruling party in Uttarakhand has announced its candidates for the three assembly seats in the state where bypolls are scheduled to be held on July 21.CM Harish Rawat will contest from Dharchula seat, Hira Singh Bisht from Doiwala and Rekha Arya, who joined the party just few days back will contest from Someshwar.
    2014-06-27 03:05:18 PM
  • Sonia Gandhi interacts with people in Kausani
    Congress president Sonia Gandhi recently visited the hill town of Kausani in Uttarkhand's Bageswar district. Gandhi interacted with the local people and inquired about their general condition. She also met the villagers in the state and discussed their problems. Sonia Gandhi "travelled almost 1.5-km on foot to reach the Rudradhari Shiv Mandir which is almost a century old", said a villager.
    2014-06-27 03:06:23 PM
  • Uttarakhand Panchayat poll results will be available online
    The results of Uttarakhand panchayat poll, for the first time, will be available on the internet and mobile phones. The Election Commission will display the results online with the help of National Informatics Centre, said State Election Commissioner Subardhan  He reviewed the preparations for counting in the three-tier panchayat elections which were held in three phases on June 18, 21, and 24. To get the results on phone, the user can download the application from ECI website.  
    2014-06-27 03:07:26 PM
  • BJP failing on checking price rise, protecting women: Congress
    The BJP has failed to check price rise or provide security to women despite tall promises made during elections, a Congres spokesperson claimed. "During the election campaign, the BJP sold dreams of 'acche din' by promising to curtail price rise... Indian voters gave them 10 seats more than the majority figure of 272 so that they do not give excuses of compulsion of coalition politics. However, the BJP has failed the people on both these fronts," contended Congress spokesperson Shobha Oza. Source : IANS
    2014-06-24 09:44:58 AM
  • UGC, DU standoff continues; colleges defer admissions
    The standoff between the UGC and Delhi University (DU) over the four-year undergraduate programme (FYUP) continued with most of the university's colleges deferring admissions, leading to confusion among lakhs of aspirants just a day before the admission process was to begin. Even as the University Grants Commission (UGC), a statutory body of the government to coordinate and maintain the standards of university education in India, ordered the DU to scrap the FYUP "without fail" by Monday, the university was tight-lipped over the issue. Source : IANS
    2014-06-24 11:17:04 AM
  • Qureshi sworn in as UP governor
    Uttarakhand Governor Aziz Qureshi took over additional charge as governor of Uttar Pradesh. He was administered the oath of office by Allahabad High Court Chief Justice D.Y. Chandrachud at Raj Bhavan in presence of Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav, his cabinet colleagues and other dignitaries. Qureshi was given additional charge of the state after B.L. Joshi quit as governor last week following an "advisory" by the union home ministry. Source : IANS  
    2014-06-24 09:26:38 AM
  • Jaitley warns hoarders over food prices
    Blaming hoarding of food articles for rising prices, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley asked states to take effective steps against "speculative hoarding". "The state governments should take effective steps to ensure that speculative hoarding is discouraged," Jaitley said in a post on Facebook. "The government is committed to take measures which will positively impact the GDP and result in higher growth than expected," he added. Source : IANS
    2014-06-17 04:08:32 PM
  • UP governor Joshi resigns
    Uttar Pradesh Governor B.L. Joshi on Tuesday submitted his resignation to President Pranab Mukherjee, officials at Raj Bhawan said. The 78-year-old retired Indian Police Service officer was the Uttar Pradesh governor since 2009 and had enjoyed a good relationship with two successive chief ministers, Mayawati and Akhilesh Yadav. An official who worked with him said that with the ascendancy of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), Joshi was feeling uneasy as the Congress-led government had appointed him. Source : IANS
    2014-06-17 03:38:49 PM
  • Jharkhand CM expands cabinet
    Jharkhand Chief Minister Hemant Soren on Tuesday expanded his cabinet by inducting a minister. Jharkhand Governor Syed Ahmed administered oath to Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) legislator Lobin Hembrom as the 12th minister. Jharkhand can have a maximum of 12 ministers, including the chief minister. Lobin is a legislator from Santhal Paragna. The 12th minister's post fell vacant after Hemant Soren sacked Simon Marandi for working against the party in the April-May Lok Sabha poll.  Source : IANS
    2014-06-17 12:56:15 PM
  • A year later, Uttarakhand's 'Village of Widows' struggles for survival
    On this very day last year, "god's own land" as the hill state of Uttarakhand is called, faced the worst fury of nature which left several thousand people dead and widespread devastation in rain-triggered floods. The ones who died have gone by. But life has become difficult for the families of the dead and the ones who have managed to survive the tragedy, as they are left with no source of livelihood. Most of the men from Deoli village who died in the floods were either priests, hoteliers or porters - the bread winners of the families who are dependent on the pilgrimage season. The ones who have survived are so traumatised that they are terrified to go back to Kedarnath temple, 30 km away, and work. Source : IANS
    2014-06-17 12:08:26 PM
  • Congress scores zero in several states, mauled in many others
    BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi's prediction that Congress would not be able to open its account in several states came true with the party failing to secure a single Lok Sabha seat from Gujarat, Rajasthan, Himachal Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Jharkhand, Jammu and Kashmir and Uttarakhand as votes were counted. Congress leaders said that it was unprecedented for the party not to score seats across regions in a general election. Source: IANS
    2014-05-17 09:34:33 AM
  • Uttarakhand votes
    Balloting in Uttarakhand for all its five Lok Sabha seats has begun, officials said. As many as 74 candidates are in the fray. In Hardwar, the Congress has fielded Renuka Rawat, wife of Chief Minister Harish Rawat, against former chief minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank of the Bharatiya Janata Party. In Garhwal, BJP candidate and former chief minister Maj. Gen. (retd) B.C. Khanduri is pitted against Harak Singh Rawat of the Congress. Source: IANS
    2014-05-07 07:57:46 AM
  • Brisk polling in Uttarakhand
    Brisk polling was seen at most polling stations of Uttarakhand where balloting for all its five Lok Sabha constituencies is taking place. Around 31.97% voting was recorded till 1 pm.
    2014-05-07 02:46:53 PM
  • Uttarakhand records 44 per cent polling till 3 pm
    Brisk polling was seen at most polling stations of Uttarakhand where balloting for all its five Lok Sabha constituencies is taking place. Around 44% voting was recorded till 3 pm.
    2014-05-07 05:29:30 PM
  • N.D. Tiwari not to contest from Nainital
    Senior Congress leader Narayan Dutt Tiwari will not contest from Uttarakhand's Nainital Lok Sabha constituency seat, his close aides said Wednesday. Sources said the former chief minister of Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh wanted to contest one last time and had also pleaded with the party leadership to field his son Rohit Shekhar but his pleas were not yielded to. Source: IANS
    2014-04-16 10:50:29 AM


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