Lok Sabha Elections 2019

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Travels through the

Hindi belt

A multi-part series on the jobs crisis in 3 states crucial to the Lok Sabha election: Chhattisgarh, Bihar and UP

Kanpur
Travels through the Hindi belt: Unpaid and unemployed, Kanpur's textile workers slam Modi for failing to revive mills

Travels through the Hindi belt: Unpaid and unemployed, Kanpur's textile workers slam Modi for failing to revive mills

Once called Manchester of East for its thriving textile industry, the textile mills in Uttar Pradesh's Kanpur now resemble a ghost town with hundreds of textile workers scrambling for alternative livelihoods

Bulandshahr
Travels through the Hindi belt: Hatred, unemployment spur UP youths in search of purpose to join cow vigilante groups

Travels through the Hindi belt: Hatred, unemployment spur UP youths in search of purpose to join cow vigilante groups

After Yogi Adityanath took over as chief minister of Uttar Pradesh in March 2017, things have gotten worse, say critics, with cow vigilantes running amok.

Aligarh
Travels through the Hindi belt: GST, demonetisation, Chinese competition leave Aligarh's famed lock industry struggling

Travels through the Hindi belt: GST, demonetisation, Chinese competition leave Aligarh's famed lock industry struggling

the Tala Nagri of Uttar Pradesh, as Aligarh is popularly called, is struggling due to the combination of demonetisation, GST and invasion from China.

Meerut
Travels through the Hindi belt: A year on from SC/ST Act agitation, Shobhapur village is a virtual ghost town

Travels through the Hindi belt: A year on from SC/ST Act agitation, Shobhapur village is a virtual ghost town

On 2 April last year, residents had poured on to the Delhi-Dehradun highway running perpendicular to the village to protest the dilution of the SC/ST Act. Similar agitations had been held across the country. But the demonstration at Shobhapur took a violent turn.

Kairana
Travels through the Hindi belt: In dry Ramda village of UP's Kairana, Mallah community has little choice but to migrate

Travels through the Hindi belt: In dry Ramda village of UP's Kairana, Mallah community has little choice but to migrate

The current trend of migration in Mallah community is depriving the next generation of schooling as well.

Meerut
Travels through the Hindi belt: In Yogi Adityanath's Uttar Pradesh, unemployment beats national rate; sports goods industry takes hit

Travels through the Hindi belt: In Yogi Adityanath's Uttar Pradesh, unemployment beats national rate; sports goods industry takes hit

After Yogi Adityanath became the chief minister of Uttar Pradesh in March 2017, he has been cracking down on cow slaughter.

Muzaffarnagar
Travels through the Hindi belt: Fragile peace in Muzaffarnagar engendered by interdependence, unemployment

Travels through the Hindi belt: Fragile peace in Muzaffarnagar engendered by interdependence, unemployment

The interdependence of the communities in Muzaffarnagar made them realise peaceful coexistence is the only way forward

Darbhanga
Travels in the Hindi belt: 'How bad can Rahul be, Modi hasn't set a very high standard,' say some young voters in Bihar

Travels in the Hindi belt: 'How bad can Rahul be, Modi hasn't set a very high standard,' say some young voters in Bihar

Bihar is a state where caste identities probably matter more than the rest of India. The upper caste, Baniyas and Rajputs are firm with BJP, just as they have traditionally been. Yadavs and Muslims are more consolidated with the RJD and the Congress than they have ever been. The swing vote in Bihar is usually the non-Yadav Other Backward Class (OBCs) and the Economically Backward Class (EBCs).

Mathurapur
Travels through the Hindi belt: Bihar's unemployed keep faith in Modi, mainly due to lack of credible Opposition

Travels through the Hindi belt: Bihar's unemployed keep faith in Modi, mainly due to lack of credible Opposition

According to the Centre of Monitoring Indian Economy's report of December 2018, Bihar's overall unemployment rate is 10.9 percent, far above India's 6.8, as of 27 March

Darbhanga
Travels through the Hindi belt: Bihar's unemployed keep faith in Modi, mainly due to lack of credible Opposition

Travels through the Hindi belt: Bihar's unemployed keep faith in Modi, mainly due to lack of credible Opposition

According to the Centre of Monitoring Indian Economy's report of December 2018, Bihar's overall unemployment rate is 10.9 percent, far above India's 6.8, as of 27 March

Darbhanga
Travels through the Hindi belt: For farm workers in Bihar's Darbhanga, seasonal migration to Punjab only hope of livelihood

Travels through the Hindi belt: For farm workers in Bihar's Darbhanga, seasonal migration to Punjab only hope of livelihood

Thousands of villagers from Bihar’s Darbhanga district migrate around March-end to work as labourers in Punjab’s wheat fields, where they toil away for over a month.

Gora village
Travels through the Hindi belt: Cast out of cow trade, Bihar's Gora village plunges into despair, poverty; MGNREGA offers no relief

Travels through the Hindi belt: Cast out of cow trade, Bihar's Gora village plunges into despair, poverty; MGNREGA offers no relief

Half of Gora with a population of nearly 3,000 had been engaged in the cattle trade.

Motihari
Travels through the Hindi belt: Motihari sugar mill in Bihar a poll plank since 2005 with no word on operations resuming yet

Travels through the Hindi belt: Motihari sugar mill in Bihar a poll plank since 2005 with no word on operations resuming yet

Narendra Modi, before the 2014 Lok Sabha election, had said that during his next visit to Motihari, he would have tea with sugar crushed at this mill.

Gaya
Travels through the Hindi belt: In Bihar's Gaya, parents forced to put kids to work in absence of solution from state

Travels through the Hindi belt: In Bihar's Gaya, parents forced to put kids to work in absence of solution from state

Bihar's Gaya district, home to the famour Mahabodhi temple, is infamous for being the centre of child trafficking in the state.

Jahanabad
With labour participation rate at 38%, daily wage workers in Bihar blame demonetisation, Nitish Kumar's policies for struggle

With labour participation rate at 38%, daily wage workers in Bihar blame demonetisation, Nitish Kumar's policies for struggle

One of the major reasons behind stark rise in unemployment in Bihar is the agrarian crisis, where more and more farmers are moving out of their farms and seeking work elsewhere. According to the censuses between 1991 and 2011, nearly 15 million farmers in India have dropped out of the profession at the rate of 2035 per day.

Patna
Travels through the Hindi belt: In dry state Bihar, youths resort to bootlegging as unemployment rises at an alarming 19.4%

Travels through the Hindi belt: In dry state Bihar, youths resort to bootlegging as unemployment rises at an alarming 19.4%

Much like the state of Gujarat with a prohibition law for decades, Bihar, too, has slipped into clandestine liquor trade with several jobless youths joining in to make money

Dantewada
Travels through the Hindi belt: Abandoned by Congress govt in Chhattisgarh, BPO in Maoist-hit Dantewada battles existential crisis

Travels through the Hindi belt: Abandoned by Congress govt in Chhattisgarh, BPO in Maoist-hit Dantewada battles existential crisis

Apart from Inspiredge which is working fine, VACSTECH and Geostat are struggling to pay while Sixth Generation Technology Pvt LTD packed up its office.

Bastar
Travels through the Hindi belt: As MGNREGA projects dry up, Chhattisgarh labourers migrating south face squalor

Travels through the Hindi belt: As MGNREGA projects dry up, Chhattisgarh labourers migrating south face squalor

Local journalist Nizam Ali, who blew the whistle on a 120-crore MGNREGA scam in Bastar in 2013-2014, said migration should not come as a surprise, considering fewer projects are on the anvil each year.

Naya Raipur
Travels through the Hindi belt: Chhattisgarh govt struggles to assuage investors, agents duped in chit funds during BJP's tenure

Travels through the Hindi belt: Chhattisgarh govt struggles to assuage investors, agents duped in chit funds during BJP's tenure

Over 400 cases of irregularities have been registered against chit fund companies in Chhattisgarh. The Congress government is struggling to assuage those who lost their money.

Raipur
Travels through the Hindi belt: Chhattisgarh's job woes now haunt Congress as voters accuse party of not walking the talk

Travels through the Hindi belt: Chhattisgarh's job woes now haunt Congress as voters accuse party of not walking the talk

According to CMIE’s figures as of January 2019, unemployment in Chhattisgarh stands at 7.7 percent, 0.4 per cent higher than India’s.

Kanpur

1 stop

Bulandshahr

2 stop

Aligarh

3 stop

Meerut

4 stop

Kairana

5 stop

Meerut

6 stop

Muzaffarnagar

7 stop

Darbhanga

8 stop

Mathurapur

9 stop

Darbhanga

10 stop

Darbhanga

11 stop

Gora village

12 stop

Motihari

13 stop

Gaya

14 stop

Jahanabad

15 stop

Patna

16 stop

Dantewada

17 stop

Bastar

18 stop

Naya Raipur

19 stop

Raipur

20 stop

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Pakistani flags waved at Congress rally

FP Staff

Karnataka, 27 March 2019

Fact : Although the contents of the video were not morphed or tampered with, the video depicts a flag of the Kerala-based IUML

NRIs can vote online in the upcoming polls

FP Staff

New Delhi, 26 March 2019

Fact : NRIs can only register online to vote in Indian elections. They will have to be physically present to cast their vote, the EC has clarified

Priyanka Gandhi wears a cross pendant

FP Staff

Raebareli, 1 April 2019

Fact : The image was been digitally manipulated to morph the cross over the white pendant Priyanka was wearing during one of her rallies

Yogi distributing money to villagers while campaigning

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Gorakhpur, 5 April 2019

Fact : The video was first uploaded in 2012 when Yogi Adityanath was an MP from Gorakhpur. He was reportedly distributing compensation to the farmers whose crops had burnt in a farm fire in the region

Wg Cdr Abhinandan wears scarf with BJP symbol

FP Staff

Online, 13 April 2019

Fact : The person pictured sporting a saffron scarf and lotus symbol is not Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman but a doppelganger sporting his famous gunslinger moustache.

Narendra Modi says he used email and digital camera in 1988

FP Staff

TV interview, 11 May 2019

Fact : The World Wide Web or internet only became available for widespread public use in 1990s, with the advent of modern internet and former US president Bill Clinton during his presidency became the first head of government ever to send an email

Narendra Modi interview with NewsNation was not impromptu as the prime minister had been given a printout of the questions and answers beforehand

FP Staff

TV Interview, 11 May 2019

Fact : A video clip from the interview shows Modi flipping through pages to read out a poem written by him, which also shows questions asked by the interviewer printed on top along with a serial number

Lok Sabha Elections 2019:

Cong leaving 7 seats vacant for SP, BSP and RLD in UP, says Raj Babbar

March 20, 2019

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Election Commission sends notice to Congress over ads depicting Rafale issue

Fact : The MP Election Commission has sent a notice to Congress for using the Rafale issue in poll advertisements as the matter is sub-judice. EC has ordered Congress to take down the six advertisements using the Rafale issue.

Shiv Sena's Sanjay Raut hit with notice for MCC violation after calling for 'EVM tampering'

Fact : Raut, who is the editor of Sena mouthpiece 'Saamana', said in the publication on Sunday that Kanhaiya Kumar should be defeated in the elections even if it means the BJP has to "tamper with EVMs"

poll

Should Rahul Gandhi prop up an outsider against Modi?

Yes

No

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