Raj Babbar: News

Renowned Punjabi and Hindi film actor, Raj Babbar was born and brought up in Uttar Pradesh. After completing his graduation from Agra, he attended the National School of Drama (NSD) due to his interest in acting. Babbar got involved in street theater while attending NSD and then moved to Mumbai to start his film career. 'Kissa Kursi Ka' (1977) and the 1980 films 'Aap To Aise Na The' , 'Jazbaat', and 'Sau Din Saas Ke' are among his earliest Hindi movies. However, he received disrepute in the industry after being portrayed as a rapist in the movie 'Insaaf Ka Taraazu'. Along with Hindi cinema, Babbar also worked in Punjabi cinema, where he managed to gain a huge fan following. His movies 'Chann Pardesi', 'Marhi Da Deeva', and 'Long Da Lishkara' became three of his most important movies in the Punjabi industry. In Bollywood, Babbar became popular as an antagonist in several movies. In 1989, he entered politics by joining Janata Dal. Later, he shifted to Samajwadi Party and became a Member of Parliament thrice. After being suspended from the party, he joined Indian National Congress and became an MP for the fourth time in 2009. However, in 2014 and 2019, he lost the General Elections from Ghaziabad.

08 Jul 2022

Samajwadi Party

Raj Babbar awarded 2-year sentence in assault case; gets bail

The MP/MLA court in Lucknow awarded a two-year jail term to former Bollywood actor and Congress leader Raj Babbar on Thursday.

07 Sep 2020

Shashi Tharoor

Letter writers dropped from Congress' A-teams formed for UP polls

Congress, eyeing a resurrection in politics, on Sunday evening announced seven committees for Uttar Pradesh polls, which are still two years away. Unsurprisingly, it handed over a major snub to notable leaders like Jitin Prasada and Raj Babbar, who had signed the letter to party President Sonia Gandhi demanding the party's re-haul.

23 Aug 2020

Shashi Tharoor

Senior Congress leaders seek reforms in letter to Sonia Gandhi

Several senior leaders of the Indian National Congress (INC) have written to party chief Sonia Gandhi seeking sweeping changes in the party.

22 Jan 2020


'Absent' Sidhu features in Congress' star campaigners list for Delhi

After a rather publicized fallout with Punjab Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh, Congress leader Navjot Singh Sidhu sort of vanished from the news.

07 Jul 2019

Narendra Modi

Haryanvi dancer Sapna Choudhary joins BJP at Delhi membership drive

On Sunday, famous Haryanvi singer and dancer Sapna Chaudhary joined the Bharatiya Janata Party during the party's membership drive program in Delhi.

24 May 2019


After Congress' wipe-out, Raj Babbar sends resignation to Rahul Gandhi

Raj Babbar, who heads Congress in Uttar Pradesh, sent resignation to his boss Rahul Gandhi on Friday, a day after the party was wiped out of the most populous state in Lok Sabha elections.

27 Apr 2019

West Bengal

How does Mamata know Modi's kurta size, asks Raj Babbar

On Saturday, senior Congress leader Raj Babbar made a condescending remark at West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee by asking how she knew the size of PM Modi's kurtas.

17 Apr 2019

Yogi Adityanath

Priyanka Gandhi will be seen as 'thief's wife': Uma Bharti

In what marks as another low in political discourse, Union Minister Uma Bharti on Tuesday said people of country would see Priyanka Gandhi Vadra as "thief's wife".

11 Feb 2019


Watch: Priyanka Gandhi, brother Rahul start roadshow in Lucknow

Eighteen days after she got a top post in Congress, Priyanka Gandhi Vadra hit the campaign trail on Monday in Lucknow.

11 Feb 2019

Narendra Modi

Priyanka Gandhi joins Twitter, gets 32,000 followers in minutes

Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, the in-charge of Congress for Uttar Pradesh East, joined Twitter on Monday ahead of her mega roadshow in Lucknow.

11 Feb 2019


Roadshow in Lucknow: Neta Priyanka and brother Rahul take centerstage

Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, the in-charge of Congress for UP East will sound the poll bugle in Lucknow with a grand roadshow on Monday.

06 Feb 2019

Uttar Pradesh

Priyanka Gandhi takes office: Here's what happened on first day

Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, the newly-inducted Congress general secretary for UP East, got into action on Tuesday, a day after she returned from a private visit to the United States.

13 Jan 2019

Yogi Adityanath

BJP's end near, feels RaGa; 'snubbed' Congress makes plans

That Samajwadi Party and Bahujan Samaj Party joined hands and left Congress won't change the end result for Bharatiya Janata Party, said President Rahul Gandhi on Saturday in Dubai.

12 Dec 2018


#AssemblyElections: Star campaigner Yogi Adityanath gets BJP heartbreak in heartland

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath was the trump card which Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) hoped would help it win Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, and Rajasthan, but the results brought only sad news for the saffron party.

26 Nov 2018


#RoadTo2019: Politicians' words are getting filthier. We have compiled few

The results of polls in five states, namely Chattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Mizoram, and Telangana, will be announced on December 11.

25 Nov 2018

Madhya Pradesh

PM attacks Congress for comparing sliding rupee with his mother

PM Modi hit out at the Congress yesterday, days after its leader, Raj Babbar compared the rupee's slide with the age of his mother, saying those who didn't have issues to talk about, resort to abusing someone else's mother.

23 Nov 2018

Narendra Modi

Brahmins know Hinduism: Congress-leader's comments on Modi's caste spark row

Congress has found itself in yet another controversy after senior leader CP Joshi said only Brahmins are learned enough to speak on Hinduism.

14 Nov 2018

Madhya Pradesh

Adityanath attacks Congress, says it encouraged corruption, Naxalism, terrorism

UP CM Yogi Adityanath today accused Congress of "encouraging corruption, Naxalism, terrorism, and misrule" during its 55-year rule.

23 Sep 2018


Congress optimistic of 'grand alliance' in UP, says Raj Babbar

Undeterred by the BSP's recent alliance in Chhattisgarh and declaration of seats for Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh Congress chief Raj Babbar has said that his party is "optimistic" of a grand alliance in the state for the 2019 Lok Sabha polls.

02 Sep 2018


Raj Babbar says Rahul Gandhi is Congress's PM candidate

Uttar Pradesh Congress President Raj Babbar, on Saturday, said INC President Rahul Gandhi is the party's natural Prime Ministerial candidate, but the citizens of the country will decide who will be the PM after 2019 general elections.

UP's law and order situation, key 2019 LS election issue

With the Lok Sabha polls just months away, the law and order situation in Uttar Pradesh is set to be a key election issue for both the ruling BJP and the opposition in the state.

28 Jul 2018


Biopic on my mother should be called 'Ek-Thi-Smita': Prateik Babbar

Prateik Babbar would love to have a biopic on his mother Smita Patil and he even has a title in mind. It should be called "Ek Thi Smita".

20 Jul 2018

Rahul Gandhi

Congress didn't pay Rs. 35/month rent, asked to vacate Allahabad-office

The grand old party, the Congress may be looking to regain its lost lustre in national politics but it stands to lose its iconic office in Allahabad.

29 Jun 2018


UP Congress conducts written test, practice interviews for potential spokespersons

The Uttar Pradesh unit of the Congress party has conducted a written test and interviewed candidates for its new-media team in UP, introducing a system the party had tried in Gujarat and Karnataka.

29 Jun 2018

Narendra Modi

Aspiring Congress spokespersons appeared in 'exam' on 'Modi government's failures'

Aspiring spokespersons of the UP Congress Committee (UPCC) had a surprise yesterday: they were made to sit for a 30-minute 'exam' and an interview for the post.

26 May 2018

Virat Kohli

Amid rising fuel prices, Congress member wants bullock cart

Taking a funny dig at the BJP, Uttar Pradesh Congress MLC Deepak Singh has written to the principal secretary of the Vidhan Parishad seeking an entry pass for a bullock cart so that he could attend meetings, without spending a fortune on fuel.

04 Apr 2018

Madhya Pradesh

MP gives ministerial-status to five saints. They cancel anti-government protests

In a controversial move, the BJP government in MP accorded 'Minister of State' (MoS) status to five Hindu saints, part of a Narmada conservation committee.

22 Feb 2018


Expelled BSP leader Naseemuddin Siddiqui joins Congress

Former Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) leader Naseemuddin Siddiqui who was once the close aide of party chief Mayawati, on Thursday formally joined the Congress party, along with some other former Uttar Pradesh ministers.

23 Jan 2018


Prateik Babbar gets engaged to girlfriend Sanya Sagar

The only son of veteran actor Raj Babbar and late actress Smita Patil, Prateik Babbar got engaged to his longtime girlfriend Sanya Sagar in Lucknow on Monday.

30 Nov 2017

Deepika Padukone

Mulayam Singh's daughter-in-law irks Karni Sena by dancing on 'Ghoomar'

That the Karni Sena has a problem with 'Padmavati' is well-known, but it seems it has issues with everyone who associates themselves to it in any way.

19 Nov 2017


What's in a surname? Janhvi, Ishaan drop it for 'Dhadak'

Janhvi Kapoor and Ishaan Khattar became the talk of the town because of their debut film 'Dhadak'.

15 Oct 2017


Rahul Gandhi soon to be Congress President: Bane or boon?

Congress president Sonia Gandhi has confirmed that Rahul Gandhi will soon take over as party chief signifying that Congress' organizational polls, most probably on Oct 25, might finally witness the generational shift.

26 Sep 2017

Narendra Modi

BHU vice-chancellor: 'Can't run university if listen to every girl'

BHU Vice-Chancellor Girish Chandra Tripathi said the molestation incident that led to student protests and a lathi charge was "created by outsiders" with "vested interests."

25 Sep 2017

Narendra Modi

BHU violence: Modi and Shah discuss lathi-charge incident with Yogi

On September 25, during the BJP's National Executive meet's sidelines, PM Modi and Amit Shah discussed the police lathi-charge incident in Varanasi's Banaras Hindu University (BHU) with UP CM Yogi Adityanath.

15 Aug 2017

Narendra Modi

Gorakhpur: Not the first such accident, defends Amit Shah

First, the government was criticized for not responding well in the Gorakhpur tragedy: while PM Narendra Modi kept silent for days, the Adityanath government continued denying lack in oxygen supply despite several reports.

04 Jun 2017

Jammu And Kashmir

BJP demands Sonia Gandhi's apology over booklet row

The BJP was quick to mount an attack on Congress for the booklet-blunder seeking an apology from Congress chief Sonia Gandhi.

27 May 2017

Yogi Adityanath

Rahul Gandhi sets off for Saharanpur despite no permission

Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi left for violence-hit Saharanpur despite being denied permission by authorities.

26 May 2017

Yogi Adityanath

Saharanpur riots- Rahul Gandhi denied permission to visit Saharanpur

Police have denied permission to Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi to visit Saharanpur, which is tense after recent communal clashes that killed at least two and injured several.

26 May 2017

Yogi Adityanath

Akhilesh spent Rs. 10.32cr for pension to Yash Bharti awardees

An RTI query has found that the UP government spent Rs. 10.32cr in 2016-17 to provide pensions to 172 beneficiaries of the Yash Bharti awards.

26 May 2017

Yogi Adityanath

Saharanpur violence: 400 anti-riot personnel sent by Center

The rapid caste violence spreading in Saharanpur from 5th May onwards has killed at least 2 people and left 29 injured.