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Articles by DK Singh

Arun Jaitley’s Budget 2018 focuses on outreach to key segments

The intent of Arun Jaitley’s Budget 2018 speech was unmistakable: ‘poor’ and ‘poverty’ figured 23 times in it; so did ‘jobs’, ‘employment’ and ‘farmers’; and there were 11 mentions of ‘women’.

Unon finance minister Arun Jaitley and Union minister Vijay Goel arrive to attend the BJP parliamentary party meeting, during the Budget session of Parliament in New Delhi on Thursday.(PTI)
Updated on Feb 02, 2018 12:27 AM IST
New Delhi, Hindustan Times | By

‘Absolutely no anti-incumbency’ in Karnataka, Congress will retain power: Chief minister Siddaramaiah

Karnataka chief minister Siddaramaiah said he was confident the Congress would be able to counter the popularity of Prime Minister Narendra Modi because the people would “compare the achievements of the state government with those of the Centre”.

Karnataka chief minister Siddaramaiah(File photo)
Updated on Jan 30, 2018 08:20 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, Bengaluru

PM Modi is popular but did not keep his promises, says Karnataka CM Siddaramaiah

The people of Karnataka are happy with us, there is absolutely no anti-incumbency, the chief minister says.

Chief minister of Karnataka Siddaramaiah.(File)
Updated on Jan 30, 2018 09:24 AM IST
Bengaluru, Hindustan Times | By

BJP will contest Karnataka polls on its own: Amit Shah

The BJP chief says if general elections were held today, the BJP would do better than it did in 2014.

BJP president Amit Shah with Karnataka BJP chief BS Yeduyurappa.(PTI File Photo)
Published on Jan 25, 2018 08:24 AM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByShishir Gupta and DK Singh

Anil Ambani ‘hurt’ by Congress’ statements on Rafale jet deal

In a letter to Randeep Surjewala, in charge of the Congress party’s communication department, Ambani rejected the opposition party’s contention about his company’s lack of experience in aerospace.

Anil Ambani, chairman of Reliance Communication.(Reuters file)
Updated on Jan 05, 2018 10:06 PM IST
New Delhi, Hindustan Times | By

Gujarat election results: How BJP cut into Congress gains to retain its hold on state

The saffron party bagged 99 seats in the 182-member assembly in Gujarat and retained its hold over the state where BJP has been in power for over two decades.

BJP president Amit Shah flashes victory sign as he is welcomed on his arrival at the party headquarters in New Delhi on December 18.(PTI Photo)
Updated on Dec 19, 2017 07:57 AM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By

How assembly election results 2017 will boost Narendra Modi’s reforms agenda

Results of the assembly elections in Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh will come a repudiation of these naysayers as people chose to repose faith in Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi shows his ink-marked finger after casting his vote outside a polling station during the last phase of Gujarat state assembly election in Ahmedabad, December 14, 2017.(REUTERS)
Updated on Dec 18, 2017 02:07 PM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By

Passengers likely to pay less for Shatabdi, Rajdhani, Duronto tickets during off-seasons, lean days

The move is likely to be extremely popular with passengers. Airlines use a similar model, and to good effect.

Railways minister Piyush Goyal speaks at a FICCI event in New Delhi on Tuesday.(PTI)
Updated on Dec 14, 2017 07:33 AM IST
New Delhi, Hindustan Times | By

Decisions being executed will make us the safest rail network in world: Piyush Goyal

Railway minister says the bullet train project was initiated during the UPA regime, the Congress forgets what they had started.

Railways minister Piyush Goyal completed 100 days in office on Tuesday.(PTI File)
Updated on Dec 13, 2017 11:57 PM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By

Himachal elections: Local dynamics may decide outcome as BJP, Congress eye victory

In the run-up to the Himachal elections, the Congress made the Goods and Services Tax and demonetisation its central planks.

Congress vice-president Rahul Ghandhi with Himachal Pradesh CM Virbhadra Singh waves to a crowd at an election rally at Nagrota in Kangra.(PTI FILE)
Updated on Nov 09, 2017 07:52 AM IST
Shimla/Hamirpur/Una, Hindustan Times | By

Gujarat elections: BJP has lot at stake in its citadel, Congress eyes revival

The BJP can ill-afford a poor performance in Modi’s home state as it could put a spanner in saffron surge and provide the elixir Congress needs to revive itself before the 2019 general elections.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi being welcomed on stage at the public meeting in Ghogha, Gujarat on October 22. Chief minister Vijay Rupani and deputy chief minister Nitinbhai Patel are also seen.(PTI Photo)
Updated on Oct 26, 2017 09:42 AM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By

Was Sonia Gandhi considering Manmohan Singh’s replacement in 2012?

At his book release function, Pranab Mukherjee decribed the Congress as a coalition in itself, as it brings all ideas on one platform.

Former president Pranab Mukherjee (left) with former prime minister Manmohan Singh at the release of his book ‘The Coalition Years’ at a function in New Delhi on Friday.(PTI Photo)
Updated on Oct 14, 2017 11:09 AM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By, New Delhi

26/11 attacks: India asked Pak foreign minister to leave, reveals Pranab book

Former president Pranab Mukherjee, who released his autobiography — The Coalition Years 1996-2012 — on Friday, said he had interrupted the press conference of visiting Pak foreign minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi and asked him to leave immediately amidst high tension in the country over 2008 terror strikes in Mumbai, which killed at least 162.

Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorists executed terror strikes in Mumbai on November 26, 2008. Taj Mahal Hotel was one of the 12 places attacked by the terrorists.(HT File Photo)
Updated on Oct 14, 2017 01:17 PM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By

Personality politics versus governance: How BJP and Cong will fight the coming assembly elections

The BJP’s performance in Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh will impact the government’s appetite for bolder policies.

Gujarat chief minister Vijay Rupani flags off the traditional march on the occasion of ‘Shahid Divas’ in Ahmedabad on 23 March 2017.(HT File Photo)
Updated on Oct 13, 2017 05:51 PM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By

A message in cabinet reshuffle: PM Modi won’t shy away from testing strategies

Nirmala Sitharaman was appointed the defence minister and Piyush Goyal the railway minister as Prime Minister Narendra Modi revamped his team on Sunday.

President Ram Nath Kovind, vice president M Venkaiah Naidu and Prime Minister Narendra Modi pose with some of the new members of the Union cabinet after a reshuffle exercise, at the Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi on Sunday.(PTI)
Updated on Sep 03, 2017 11:57 PM IST
New Delhi, Hindustan Times | By

Cabinet rejig: PM springs a few surprises; Nirmala gets defence, Goyal railways

Nirmala Sitharaman and Piyush Goyal emerged as two biggest gainers in the cabinet reshuffle. Another gainer in the latest round of restructuring was road transport and highways minister Nitin Gadkari.

President Ram Nath Kovind, vice president M Venkaiah Naidu and Prime Minister Narendra Modi with newly sworn-in ministers, at Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi on Sunday.(PTI)
Updated on Sep 04, 2017 08:57 AM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By

Cabinet reshuffle Highlights: Parrikar praises Sitharaman, Prabhu wishes Goyal luck

In Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s third cabinet rejig, Nirmala Sitharaman was named defence minister, taking over from Arun Jaitley, while Piyush Goyal took over railways from Suresh Prabhu.

Smriti Irani greets Dharmendra Pradhan as Nirmala Sitharaman looks on during the swearing-in ceremony at the Rashtrapati Bhawan in New Delhi on September 3, 2017. PM Narendra Modi rejigged his Council of ministers for a third time since he became prime minister in 2014.(Arvind Yadav/HT Photo)
Updated on Sep 03, 2017 07:41 PM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByDK Singh

Cabinet reshuffle: Ex-Mumbai top cop, former diplomat among PM’s 9 new ministers

Nine new ministers of the Narendra Modi government will be sworn in at 10:30am on Sunday and the portfolios are likely to be announced later in the day.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi waves at supporters as BJP President Amit Shah looks on, prior to a meeting with chief ministers of BJP-ruled states in New Delhi.(PTI FILE PHOTO)
Updated on Sep 03, 2017 08:18 AM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By

What will shape PM Narendra Modi’s new cabinet, poll compulsion or good governance?

In his last reshuffle in July 2016, the PM had dropped five ministers and demoted two. He had inducted 19 ministers, some of them keeping the then upcoming Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand polls in mind.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi looks inclined to deal with non-performing assets in his team.(AP file)
Updated on Sep 02, 2017 04:45 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By

67 references to China reveal inspiration of Niti Aayog’s 3-year action plan

The agenda, released by finance minister Arun Jaitley on August 24, not only hails and acknowledges China’s economic muscle but also highlights how India comes up short.

Niti Aayog building at Parliament Street in New Delhi.(HT File)
Updated on Aug 28, 2017 10:14 AM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By

OBC sub-categorisation: Mandal 2.0 moment for Indian politics?

The proposed sub-categorisation may bring together a coalition of non-dominant castes.

Members of the Jat community protest for expanded rights.(HT File Photo)
Updated on Aug 24, 2017 07:38 AM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By

From Shah Bano to Shayara Bano: The evolution of Indian society and polity

The Supreme Court on Tuesday struck down instant triple talaq, calling it unconstitutional and against the tenets of Islam.

Shayara Bano at her house in Haldwani, Uttarakhand.(HT File Photo)
Updated on Aug 23, 2017 08:54 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

Triple talaq verdict: BJP looks set to reap electoral gains, Congress in damage-control mode

The striking down of instant triple talaq by the Supreme Court is likely to benefit the ruling BJP in the coming assembly elections in Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh

The Supreme Court’s striking down of instant triple talaq could help the ruling BJP further consolidate its base among Muslims ahead of assembly polls in several states.(PTI file photo)
Updated on Aug 22, 2017 11:52 PM IST
ByDK Singh

JD(U) vote may have swung Gujarat Rajya Sabha election for Ahmed Patel

Ahmed Patel was declared elected to the Council of States in early hours after a night of drama and a day of claims and counter-claims of support for the Congress leader.

Ahmed Patel celebrates after winning the Rajya Sabha election.(Siddharaj Solanki/HT Photo)
Updated on Aug 10, 2017 08:29 AM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi/Gandhinagar | ByDK Singh, Hiral Dave

Rajya Sabha win will reinforce Ahmed Patel’s reputation as the Congress’s Chanakya

Although it will boost the morale of Congress workers, but party needs to do much more to dethrone the BJP in either Narendra Modi’s Gujarat or elsewhere

Congress leader Ahmed Patel after casting his vote for the Rajya Sabha election at the Secretariat in Gandhinagar on Tuesday. It is a big victory for Patel, Congress president Sonia Gandhi’s political secretary, who would have faced many party snipers had he lost(PTI)
Updated on Aug 09, 2017 02:20 PM IST
Hindustan Times | ByDK Singh

In backing Nitish Kumar, Modi sets up corruption-versus-development plank for 2019

One often hears clarion calls for parties to come together for the sake of secularism. But secular-versus-communal debates have gone in favour of the BJP in the past few elections.

Chief minister of Bihar Nitish Kumar (L) with Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi.(PTI File Photo)
Updated on Jul 28, 2017 12:44 AM IST
New Delhi, Hindustan Times | By

Dots and commas among reasons for rejection of votes in presidential poll

Prime Minister Narendra Modi offers sweet to Ram Nath Kovind on being elected as the 14th President of India, in New Delhi on Thursday.(PTI Photo)
Updated on Jul 23, 2017 04:43 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi

Anandpal encounter: A gangster’s killing in Rajasthan exposes the BJP’s faultlines

Since he was killed, Rajput bodies across the state have blocked roads and vandalised public property in demand for an inquiry into what they allege was a staged encounter.

People raise slogans at a rally to pay tribute to slain gangster Anandpal Singh at Saanvrad village in Nagaur on Thursday.(PTI photo)
Updated on Jul 15, 2017 07:34 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By

Lalu may play the victim card for larger role in national politics, but all eyes are on Nitish Kumar | HT analysis

Lalu would seek to play a bigger role nationally by cobbling up a grand alliance of opposition parties at the Centre, and his clamour of ‘political vendetta’ is likely to find resonance with many parties, such as the Congress, Trinamool Congress, DMK and AAP.

Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar has remained silent on the CBI raids against RJD chief Lalu Prasad.(PTI File Photo)
Updated on Jul 08, 2017 07:46 AM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By

Darjeeling unrest: Mamata Banerjee corners BJP but may have to pay for political brinkmanship

It was Mamata Banerjee’s announcement to make Bengali language compulsory in schools that gave Bimal Gurung, the GJM chief, an opportunity to regain his dwindling political stocks

Security personnel fire teargas shells during a protest by GJM activists in Darjeeling.(PTI file photo)
Updated on Jun 20, 2017 07:19 AM IST
New Delhi | By
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