Ajay Rai: News

Ajay Rai is an Indian politician from Uttar Pradesh who has worked with various political parties over the years. In 1996, he began his political career with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), later joined the Samajwadi Party (SP), and moved to the Indian National Congress (INC) in 2012. Rai is a five-time MLA of the Uttar Pradesh State Assembly from 1996 to 2017, four times from the Kolasla constituency (now dissolved) and later in 2012, from the Pindra constituency (created in 2008). A BJP MLA from 1996 to 2007, Rai resigned from the party in 2009 to join the SP for contesting the Lok Sabha Elections that year, which he lost from Varanasi to BJP's Murli Manohar Joshi. However, he later won the Kolasla Assembly by-poll and served as an independent MLA between 2009 and 2012 before joining the INC to contest the 2012 Assembly polls. He won again from Pindra and remained in office till 2017 when he lost his seat to BJP's Avadhesh Singh. Rai was fielded again from Varanasi in the 2014 and 2019 Lok Sabha Elections against BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi, suffering crushing defeats both times.

25 Mar 2024

Congress Party

2024 Lok Sabha polls: Congress releases 6th list of candidates

The Congress has unveiled its sixth list of candidates for the upcoming 2024 Lok Sabha elections.

24 Mar 2024

Narendra Modi

Who is Ajay Rai, Congress's Varanasi candidate contesting against Modi

The Congress party has released its fourth list of candidates for the upcoming Lok Sabha election in Uttar Pradesh.

05 Jun 2023

Mukhtar Ansari

Gangster Mukhtar Ansari gets lifer in 32-year-old murder of politician

An Uttar Pradesh court on Monday sentenced jailed gangster-turned-politician Mukhtar Ansari to life in prison in the 32-year-old murder case of Congress leader Awadhesh Rai.

18 Feb 2023


Rahul Gandhi's plane landing: Ajay Rai booked for 'false statements'

Congress leader Ajay Rai has been booked for allegedly making false statements that Varanasi airport authorities denied permission for Rahul Gandhi's plane to land earlier this week, the police confirmed on Saturday.

20 Dec 2022

Smriti Irani

'Not unparliamentary': Congress's Ajay Rai defends 'latka-jhatka' jibe at Irani

Congress leader Ajay Rai on Tuesday defended his "latka-jhatka" comment against Union minister and Amethi MP Smriti Irani, claiming the words are not "unparliamentary" but "colloquial language."

07 Sep 2020

Salman Khurshid

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.

20 Jul 2019

Narendra Modi

Narendra Modi's election from Varanasi challenged, Allahabad HC issues notice

On Friday, the Allahabad High Court issued a notice to Prime Minister Narendra Modi in connection to a plea challenging his election from Varanasi Lok Sabha seat.

25 Apr 2019

Narendra Modi

No Priyanka v/s Modi in Varanasi, Congress fields Ajay Rai

Ending weeks of speculations, Congress didn't field Priyanka Gandhi Vadra from Varanasi and gave a ticket to Ajay Rai instead.