CAMPAIGN TRAIL: In Shamli, BJP’s Rana Bites Into Sugarcane, Asks Akhilesh How’s Biryani As Son Feasts Over 97 % Marks

Thana Bhawan (SHAMLI): Walking briskly on Delhi-Shamli highway, amid a shower of marigold by his supporters, BJP’s poster boy for Hindutva and Yogi government’s sugarcane development minister Suresh Rana doesn’t mince his words on religious appeasement of his party’s principal opponent. This, as he staunchly defends his role in 2013-14 Muzaffarnagar riots during Akhilesh regime […]

UP Polls: In Wild West’s Shamli,  “Big Genitalia” Risque Still Shudders Them; Muslims Too Pin Gaddars In ’80-20′

THANA BHAWAN (SHAMLI, UP): At a roundabout near Hedgewar Chowk in Thana Bhawan — the constituency of Yogi Adityanath government’s sugarcane development minister and two-time MLA Suresh Rana in Uttar Pradesh’s notorious Shamli region — Manoj Kucchal, a retail shop owner, shudders as he recalls frequent distasteful innudendoes made on women by hawkers, real estate […]

In UP’s Kairana, Hindus Say will Pack Bags, Run For Life If Govt Changes

KAIRANA: Sitting inside the corner of his grocery shop in the Chowk Bazaar in UP’s Kairana, Varun Singhal, looks taut at the memory of a gory incident that turned his family’s life upside down. His brother Vinod Kumar Singhal was shot dead in full public glare with bullets pumped inside him, a brutal crime that triggered […]

Kairana Kickstarts UP Fight: SP MLA-Pick Nahid Arrested After Fukran Convicted Over 2014 Hindu ‘Exodus’

LUCKNOW/NEW DELHI: UP Police on Saturday arrested Samajwadi Party’s sitting MLA Nahid Hasan, whose candidature from the seat was announced  two days ago from  Kairana, a communally sensitive high-profile seat that saw accusations of exodus by Hindus in 2014 amid threats of extortion. Kairana goes to polls in first phase that begins on February 10. […]