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In Rohtak, Employment dreams take centre stage in poll season

In 2014, the BJP won the assembly elections, riding on both its Lok Sabha triumph and a clever caste calculus.

Thousands of people in Haryana took part in the January recruitment drive held for menial jobs in Israel. (HT file)
Updated on May 25, 2024 04:35 AM IST
BySunil Rahar, , Rohtak

Election in Pincodes: Hearts, minds collide in a fraying Congress stronghold

HT looks at some key constituencies across the country that encapsulate the issues shaping the ongoing Lok Sabha electoral contest

BJP’s Smriti Irani and Congress’s Kishori Lal Sharma during roadshows in Amethi. (ANI & PTI)
Updated on May 14, 2024 08:20 AM IST

Lok Sabha elections phase 2: Poll mercury rises as 88 seats up for grabs today

Lok Sabha polls: 158.8 million voters, 12 states, 1 UT, 88 constituencies, 3.4 million 1st-time voters, 32.8 million young voters, 1,202 candidates, 189 seats.

Polling staff carrying EVMs and other polling materials leave for their respective polling stations on the eve of 2nd Phase of voting for the General Elections 2024, in Ghaziabad on Thursday.(ANI )
Updated on Apr 26, 2024 04:40 AM IST

Election in Pincodes: As scars heal, disaffection widens in fractured town

Ahead of the Lok Sabha polls, HT looks at some key constituencies across India that encapsulate the issues shaping the elections

Union minister of state Sanjeev Balyan (centre) and RLD chief Jayant Chaudhary(on his left) in Muzaffarnagar on April 9. (X)
Published on Apr 19, 2024 11:53 AM IST

Regional parties face battle for relevance in election arena

In many ways, it is clear that the 2024 elections are framed by a challenge repeatedly thrown out by Prime Minister Modi over the past few weeks.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar in Aurangabad on March 2. In January, the latter returned to the BJP-led NDA fold. (HT file)
Updated on Mar 17, 2024 06:26 AM IST
By, New Delhi

The first single-party majority in a generation

The Congress slumps to its worst-ever showing. For the BJP, some of the highest vote shares by a single party since the 1980s.

Narendra Modi inspects a guard of honour at Red Fort, during Independence Day celebrations. (HT Photo)
Updated on Apr 05, 2024 01:53 PM IST

Scandal, airstrikes, farm plans: 5 key moments

In an era of scams, the primary opposition finds a new face. There's a battle on the borders. A new strongman emerges.

Opposition Parliamentarians protest against the UPA regime at the Gandhi statue in the Parliament complex. (HT Photo)
Updated on Apr 05, 2024 01:45 PM IST

Modi, Shah, Rahul Gandhi: 5 key leaders

These five Indians will be remembered for their role in this era.

People at a TMC rally in Midnapore, West Bengal, wait for a helicopter carrying party chief Mamata Banerjee to land, in 2016. (HT Photo)
Updated on Apr 05, 2024 01:57 PM IST

Sharp curves: An era of dramatic reversals

A reversal of fortunes marks the start of a decade of Congress rule.

Atal Bihari Vajpayee at a rally in Bhopal. (HT Photo)
Updated on Apr 05, 2024 01:43 PM IST

No-trust vote, India Shining, UPA is born: 5 key moments

Mayawati withdraws support for the second Vajpayee government, a campaign backfires spectacularly, a major alliance is born, and an inner voice is heeded.

UPA leaders with copies of the alliance’s common minimum programme in New Delhi. (HT Photo)
Updated on Apr 05, 2024 01:42 PM IST

Vajpayee, Sonia, Manmohan: 5 key leaders

These five Indians will be remembered for their role in this era.

A political rally at Chandwa in Latehar district, Jharkhand. (HT Photo)
Updated on Apr 05, 2024 01:42 PM IST

A time of shaky victories, changing equations

A dramatic fall, an assassination, a hung House; new conflicts and new divisions emerge.

Rajiv Gandhi votes during the 1989 general election. (HT Photo)
Updated on Apr 05, 2024 01:39 PM IST

Bofors, Janmabhoomi, an assassination: 5 key moments

A weapons scam breaks, unprecedented in its scale and impact. Rajiv Gandhi is assassinated, aged 46. A rath yatra marks a turning point for a nation.

Rajiv Gandhi's funeral procession makes its way through New Delhi. (HT Photo)
Updated on Apr 05, 2024 01:39 PM IST

Advani, Narasimha Rao, Jayalalithaa: 5 key leaders

These five Indians will be remembered for their role in this era.

BSP’s Mayawati at an election rally in Varanasi. (HT Photo)
Updated on Apr 05, 2024 01:38 PM IST

Victory, amid the shadow of change

The Congress tally of 404 in 1984 remains the only time a political party has crossed the 400-figure mark in the Lok Sabha. But already, the 30 seats won by the TDP marked a shift in the making.

Voters at a polling booth during the 1984 election. (HT Photo)
Updated on Apr 05, 2024 01:37 PM IST

Southern sojourn, Janata implodes, an assassination: 5 key moments

Six months after she is bundled out of power, Indira strikes a chord with a visit to a remote troublespot. Elsewhere, a coalition loses popularity, then crumbles. And a plane crash permanently alters the course of history.

Indira Gandhi’s funeral procession at Teen Murti Bhawan. (HT Photo)
Updated on Apr 05, 2024 01:37 PM IST

Rajiv Gandhi, Charan Singh, NTR: 5 key leaders

These five Indians will be remembered for their role in this era.

Congress supporters in New Delhi. (HT Photo)
Updated on Apr 05, 2024 01:36 PM IST

After a dark day, a vital shift

Emergency serves as an impetus for a landmark first: the first majority secured by a non-Congress party.

Janata Party supporters congratulate Morarji Desai after the 1977 election victory. (HT Photo)
Updated on Apr 05, 2024 01:35 PM IST

Garibi Hatao, Bangladesh war, Emergency: 5 key moments

Shastri's unexpected death heralds a change, a new country is born of a war on the border, and Emergency acts as a black mark on the national record.

Soldiers heading to the frontlines during the Bangladesh war. (HT Photo)
Updated on Apr 05, 2024 01:34 PM IST

Indira, Kamaraj, Jayaprakash Narayan: 5 key leaders

These five Indians will be remembered for their role in this era.

Supporters of Indira Gandhi. (HT Photo)
Updated on Apr 05, 2024 01:34 PM IST

A Centre takes shape

These were the years of the Congress, and of Jawaharlal Nehru. Smaller parties could win only a handful of seats. The Communist Party of India emerged as the second-biggest party in the Lok Sabha, but was a distant runner-up.

Ballot boxes stored in Varanasi. (HT Photo)
Updated on Apr 05, 2024 01:32 PM IST

States are reorganised, a caste panel formed: 5 key moments

Allahabad East-Jaunpur West, as it was called then, would send Jawaharlal Nehru to the Lok Sabha for three consecutive terms. Syama Prasad Mookerjee's Bharatiya Jana Sangh would find its feet. And the Kalelkar Committee would begin an early exploration of issues of caste.

C Rajagopalachari, Vallabhai Patel, and Jawaharlal Nehru. (HT Photo)
Updated on Apr 05, 2024 01:32 PM IST

Nehru, Ambedkar, Shastri: 5 key leaders

These five Indians will be remembered for their role in this era.

An election rally in Amethi. (HT Photo)
Updated on Apr 05, 2024 01:28 PM IST

Parliament security breach: How Bhagat Singh endures, even for the misguided

It's no surprise that even as legacies of Nehru, Patel & Gandhi are ensnared in modern-day political chambers, battle and fascination for Bhagat Singh endures

In a country where history is now increasingly contested, where leaders are valorised and demonised in equal measure, Bhagat Singh is everyone’s hero. (File)
Updated on Dec 15, 2023 04:47 AM IST

Modi’s guarantees ensured credibility among the people: Raman Singh

After a stunning victory in the Chhattisgarh elections, three-term chief minister Raman Singh credits the announcement of welfare schemes as the turning point for the BJP. Corruption was also a major issue in the campaign, with the Congress being punished for their involvement. The BJP's success in tribal seats is attributed to the Congress' lack of understanding and empathy for these regions. The party's first priorities in government will be to fulfill their manifesto promises. The decision of who will be the next Chhattisgarh CM will be made by the party in a meeting of legislators.

Senior BJP leader Raman Singh (ANI)
Updated on Dec 04, 2023 07:42 AM IST

Misfired OBC gambit, infighting: How to lose a mandate in 5 years

A senior leader said that a simmering leadership struggle within the Congress in the wake of the 2018 win also cost the Congress

Raipur, Dec 03 (ANI): A view of the Chhattisgarh Congress office during the counting of votes for the State Assembly elections, in Raipur on Sunday. As per official EC trends, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is leading in the state with 54 of the total 90 seats. (ANI Photo) (ANI)
Updated on Dec 04, 2023 07:22 AM IST

Anti-incumbency a challenge in rural Telangana as BRS eyes return

An expert said while headwinds against the ruling BRS have only crystallised over the last few weeks of the campaign, the signs of disaffection have been there.

Telangana chief minister and BRS president K Chandrashekar Rao in Kamareddy on November 9. (PTI)
Updated on Nov 28, 2023 06:58 AM IST
By, Kaleshwaram/chelpur

Telangana elections: BJP’s prospects take hit as it cedes ground

Since the state was created in 2014, the BRS has always been the pre-eminent political force, winning both assembly polls and most seats in the 2019 LS polls

In 2019, the BJP had won 4 of the 17 seats, winning 23% of the vote, and pushing Congress, the traditional opposition, down into third (ANI)
Updated on Nov 27, 2023 01:30 AM IST
By, Hyderabad

Talks of change shroud AIMIM bastion of Hyderabad after Cong finds space

Hyderabad has always been central to Telangana’s identity. It is a city that saw the most strident protests for the creation of the new state in 2014.

Hyderabad is perhaps the most important district politically; it has 15 of the 119 seats in the state (HT file photo)
Updated on Nov 26, 2023 06:00 AM IST
By, Hyderabad

Paddy gambit may hold the key to power in Chhattisgarh

In many ways, conversations around paddy have framed political fortunes in Chhattisgarh since it became a state in 2000.

In many ways, conversations around paddy have framed political fortunes in Chhattisgarh since it became a state in 2000. (HT file)
Updated on Nov 07, 2023 06:02 AM IST
By, , Raipur/new Delhi
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