Ramesh Vinayak

A journalist of over 35 years standing, Ramesh Vinayak is Executive Editor of Hindustan Times at Chandigarh He specialises in covering the north Indian territory of Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh, besides the Punjabi diaspora.

Articles by Ramesh Vinayak

HT Interview: Focus on rehab, restoring infra in disaster-hit Himachal, says CM

CM Sukhu is pulling out all the stops to convince the Centre to declare the state’s losses as national disaster and also give a special relief package.

Hands-on and Humane: Last week, Sukhu donated <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>51 lakh from his personal savings to state disaster relief fund, a symbolic gesture that earned him a measure of public appreciation across the state. (HT photo)
Updated on Sep 19, 2023 01:24 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

If Mann defames me outside House, he’ll face criminal case: Punjab governor

Purohit had termed the session ‘ patently illegal”, saying it violated constitutional provisions, a stance contested by the AAP government.

Punjab governor Banwarilal Purohit interacting with HT at Punjab Raj Bhavan in Chandigarh on Friday. (Keshav Singh/HT)
Updated on Aug 06, 2023 04:46 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Exclusive| AAP govt not listening, there’s no transparency: Punjab governor

In March, the Punjab govt moved the SC accusing governor Banwarilal Purohit of not “reverting” to the cabinet’s decision of summoning the budget session

Punjab governor Banwarilal Purohit interacting with HT at Punjab Raj Bhavan in Chandigarh on Friday. (Keshav Singh/HT)
Updated on Aug 06, 2023 12:05 PM IST

‘Mind your words’ or face criminal complaint: Punjab governor to Bhagwant Mann

Punjab governor Banwarilal Purohit has accused chief minister Bhagwant Mann of making derogatory references to him in the last assembly session in June.

Bhagwant Mann (PTI)
Updated on Aug 06, 2023 12:07 PM IST

Parkash Singh Badal: Akali Dal giant who reshaped Punjab’s politics dies aged 95

In the tumultuous terrain of a front-line Sikh majority state, Parkash Singh Badal was the quintessential moderate, a secular man, and a fighter for Punjab.

In its 100-year-old history, Shiromani Akali Dal, one of the oldest regional parties, has not seen a figure as towering as Parkash Singh Badal . He was the state’s longest serving chief minister, at 17 years across five terms (HT photo)
Updated on Apr 26, 2023 05:16 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Parkash Singh Badal: Giant who reshaped Punjab’s politics dies aged 95

Parkash Singh Badal, a five-time chief minister of Punjab and the last surviving member of a political generation that saw independence, has died at 95. He was a pragmatic practitioner of communal harmony, a liberal and secular man, and an avowed protagonist of and a fierce fighter for Punjab?s interests.

Parkash Singh Badal with Atal Bihari Vajpayee and Madan Lal Khurana in 1996. (HT Archive)
Updated on Apr 26, 2023 12:21 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

HT interview: Will fight radicalism with good governance, says Punjab CM Mann

In an exclusive sit-down interview with Hindustan Times, Punjab CM Bhagwant Mann says there is no surge of radicalisation in state. “The social bonding in Punjab is very strong. Punjabis’ issues now are employment, industry, higher education and health,” says Mann

interview BATTLE READY Punjab CM Bhagwant Mann says the state has lately seen a growing nexus of drug smugglers, gangsters and terrorists. Now, the drone-dropped consignments from Pakistan carry drugs, money and arms. To deal with this, he has sought the Centre’s help for police modernisation and anti-drone technology (Sameer Sehgal/HT)
Updated on Mar 17, 2023 01:46 PM IST
By, Chandigarh

Double-engine factor has given us advantage in Himachal and Gujarat, says Nadda

In an interview with Hindustan Times, Nadda while talking about the BJP exuded confidence on the party’s poll prospects in Himachal and Gujarat.

BJP national president JP Nadda during an exclusive interview with Hindustan Times, in Chandigarh on Wednesday. (Ravi Kumar/ HT Photo)
Updated on Oct 13, 2022 12:02 PM IST

Punjab not ready to resolve water dispute, says Haryana CM ML Khattar

Haryana is contemplating a model where the government will not be paying money for getting the land allotted to set up additional assembly building in Chandigarh, says chief minister ML Khattar. 

interview On SYL, Haryana chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar says he has sought the mediation of Centre. He has written to the Union Jal Shakti Ministry to convene a meeting of Haryana and Punjab at the earliest. (Sanjeev Sharma/HT)
Updated on Jul 18, 2022 11:20 AM IST
ByRamesh Vinayak and Hitender Rao, Chandigarh

Tangible growth in Ladakh since it became Union Territory: RK Mathur

Ladakh was carved out as a Union Territory from the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir three years back

Ladakh lieutenant governor RK Mathur. (HT PHOTO)
Updated on Jun 24, 2022 12:45 PM IST

‘Don’t see AAP as a threat to’s disintegrating’

In a wide-ranging interview with HT, Himachal Pradesh chief minister Jai Ram Thakur assessed the AAP challenge, dwelt at length on his report card, and explained why his party would win

Himachal Pradesh chief minister Jai Ram Thakur will face his first test next month -- the Shimla municipal polls, which will be AAP’s debut election in the state
Updated on Apr 13, 2022 01:52 PM IST

Meet Punjab’s True ShowMann

At 48, Bhagwant Mann will be the youngest to helm the state since 1970 when 42-year-old Parkash Singh Badal headed a coalition government. As a rank outsider who cut his teeth in politics in 2012, Mann has come a long way in a decade before he got nominated as the party’s CM face last month

A supporter applies ‘tilak’ on the poster of AAP chief ministerial candidate Bhagwant Mann in celebration of the party’s win in the Punjab assembly elections at the party headquarters in New Delhi on Thursday. (PTI Photo)
Published on Mar 10, 2022 07:51 PM IST

Punjab voted with vengeance, and decisively

BEYOND THE NEWS: High on a heady victory, Bhagwant Mann has his task cut out. He will have to navigate the burden of soaring expectations stemming from a raft of populist promises that the AAP has made, while steering the state beset with daunting challenges: A ballooning ₹3 lakh crore public debt, farm distress, burgeoning unemployment and drug menace

Aam Aadmi Party supporters celebrating the stunning victory of the AAP in Punjab on Thursday. For once, restive Punjab, caught in a subliminal churn of anger and aspirations, has inflicted a collective punishment on an entrenched political class and reset the political dynamics like never before. (Keshav Singh/HT)
Published on Mar 10, 2022 07:03 PM IST

Broom makes clean sweep in Punjab

In its historic win, the Arvind Kejriwal-led party smashed Punjab’s long-entrenched bipolar polity lorded over by the Congress and Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) which have ruled the state almost alternatively for last six decades.

AAP supporters celebrating their historic win in Punjab, at Mohali on Thursday. (Ravi Kumar/HT)
Updated on Mar 10, 2022 04:01 PM IST
By, Chandigarh

People will vote decisively on Feb 20, say Punjab’s 3 chief ministerial faces

Punjab election: Charanjit Singh Channi, Bhagwant Mann and Sukhbir Singh Badal have emerged as the crucial swingers in the Punjab elections. HT asked them 10 questions on the issues that hold the key to their electoral fate and Punjab’s future.

interview Punjab CM Charanjit Channi (left), SAD's Sukhbir Singh Badal (centre) and AAP's Bhagwant Mann (right).
Updated on Feb 16, 2022 04:12 PM IST
By, , Chandigarh, Hindustan Times

‘AAP’s work in Delhi is visible; will repeat here’: Bhagwant Mann

“Two parties have been taking turns to rule the state. People had no option, but they have now got the third alternative,” the Aam Aadmi Party's CM candidate Bhagwant Mann said. 

AAP's CM candidate Bhagwant Mann.(HT Photo)
Published on Feb 16, 2022 03:56 AM IST

‘SAD is the only Punjabi party, rest are national’: Sukhbir Singh Badal

“We are the only Punjabi party; the rest are national,” said Sukhbir Singh Badal.

Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) president Sukhbir Singh Badal.
Published on Feb 16, 2022 03:53 AM IST

‘If AAP wins, it will compromise state’s interests’: Punjab CM Channi

“The Congress is seeking a mandate for another five years so that we can take Punjab forward,” CM Charanjit Singh Channi said.

Punjab CM Charanjit Singh Channi.
Updated on Feb 16, 2022 03:52 AM IST

Punjab polls: In Channi anointment, a unity game plan by Congress

Channi’s anointment has capped, for now, intense jockeying for chief ministerial sweepstakes by an ambitious Sidhu, who apparently acquiesced to the high command’s game plan for a shot at retaining power in the border state. 

Ludhiana, India - February 06, 2022: Senior Congress leader Rahul Gandhi and Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee (PPCC) president Navjot Singh Sindhu congratulate Punjab Chief Minister Charanjit Singh Channi after the announcement of his name as the Congress CM candidate during a virtual rally, in Ludhiana, Punjab, India on Sunday, February 06, 2022. (Photo by Gurpreet Singh/Hindustan Times)
Published on Feb 07, 2022 12:26 AM IST

Punjab Polls: Stakes are higher for Sidhu in challenge from Majithia

Stakes are high for Majithia and Sidhu, but much higher for the latter, unexpectedly pitch-forked into the toughest electoral test he has faced since former Indian cricketer shifted to political pitch after joining the BJP ahead of the 2004 Lok Sabha polls

Majithia and Sidhu were comrades-in-arms to the extent that young Akali leader would be on the wheel of former cricketer’s campaign vehicle in three successive Amritsar Lok Sabha polls which the latter won. That was until they fell out bitterly sometime in 2013 over their clashing power ambitions in the Majha region. (HT FIle/video grab)
Published on Jan 28, 2022 02:01 AM IST
ByRamesh Vinayak and Navneet Sharma

Punjab elections: Border state braces for close fight in a 5-cornered contest

Battle lines have been clearly drawn for a no-holds-barred five-cornered election contest in Punjab, in which there are no clear favourites.

Punjab chief minister Charanjit Singh Channi during a rally, ahead of Punnjab assembly elections, at Rajpura in Patiala, on Friday. (PTI)
Published on Jan 09, 2022 12:04 AM IST

‘On CM face, Congress high command will have to honour merit’

In a freewheeling interview at his Patiala residence, Navjot Singh Sidhu talks about the Punjab CM’s post, the need to honour merit, and the changes since Capt Amarinder Singh’s exit from the Congress

‘I am in a hurry to bring an agenda, a road map. I am a man in a hurry to not repeat my mistakes,’ Navjot Singh Sidhu told HT during an interview in Patiala. (HT photo)
Updated on Dec 28, 2021 11:10 AM IST
ByRamesh Vinayak and Navneet Sharma

‘Drug FIR not setback, will fight vendetta’: Sukhbir Badal

Come election season, offence is often the best defence

Shiromani Akali Dal president Sukhbir Singh Badal. (HT Photo)
Updated on Dec 26, 2021 03:25 PM IST

‘People trust SAD for a proven track record of development’: Sukhbir Singh Badal

“People still trust the Shiromani Akali Dal because we are the only Punjab party with a proven track record of development, be it power plants, airports, roads, urban infrastructure or social welfare,” Sukhbir Singh Badal said. 

Shiromani Akali Dal president Sukhbir Singh Badal.(HT Photo )
Published on Dec 26, 2021 02:30 AM IST
By, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

2022 Punjab elections: Second coming or fractured mandate?

A fierce four-way fight for the seat of power in Chandigarh is wide open, with no discernible wave for or against any of the contestants thus far

Having ousted Amarinder to ward off anti-incumbency and end the infighting in the Punjab unit, the Congress is banking on Charanjit Singh Channi, the state’s first Dalit chief minister, to turn around the party’s fortunes(HT Photo)
Published on Dec 23, 2021 01:36 PM IST

Agri laws: Repeal ripples will go far beyond the farm in Punjab

The repeal of three farm laws is sure to impact the political dynamics in the poll-bound Punjab where the assembly election is slated for early next year.

After PM Modi announced repeal of the three farm laws, farmers took no time in celebrating the occasion in Amritsar on Friday. (Sameer Sehgal/HT)
Updated on Nov 20, 2021 05:31 AM IST
By, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh

Farm laws repealed: 5 ways in which Centre’s move will impact poll dynamics in Punjab

Farm laws repealed: The Centre’s move is sure to impact the political dynamics in poll-bound border state of Punjab where the assembly election is slated for early next year.

Farm laws repealed: Farmers celebrate in Punjab’s Jalandhar after the Centre decided to revoke the laws on Friday. (ANI)
Published on Nov 20, 2021 12:08 AM IST
By, Chandigarh

Five ways in which repeal of farm laws impacts Punjab's political dynamics 

The surprise announcement is sure to impact the political dynamics in the border state of Punjab where assembly elections are slated for early next year. Here is how:

A file photo of farmers protesting over the three farm laws on September 25, 2020 at the Shambu Punjab-Haryana border near Ambala. (PTI/File)
Updated on Nov 19, 2021 02:44 PM IST

‘Capt colluded with Akalis... govt now working for people’: Punjab CM Channi

Channi says Amarinder promised a lot of things, particularly on sacrilege and drugs front but did not make earnest efforts to ensure justice. The Punjab chief minister says after his elevation to the top post, the narrative has started changing in the state and the Congress is back in the game

During his exclusive interview to Hindustan Times, Punjab chief minister Charanjit Singh Channi said the exit of Amarinder will benefit the Congress in the upcoming assembly polls as people were not happy with the former CM for his failure to fulfil various promises, including bringing the sacrilege accused to justice. (Sanjeev Sharma/HT)
Updated on Nov 15, 2021 04:53 AM IST
By, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh

Masterstroke or a hit wicket? The jury is still out on Navjot Sidhu’s move to resign

The ruling Congress in Punjab has lately been busy in scoring self-goals as high command upstaged its regional satrap Amarinder Singh, installing Charanjit Singh Channi as his surprise successor

Punjab chief minister Charanjit Singh Channi with others during an event. The last week’s choreographed coup, was aimed at putting a full stop to the long-running factional feud and to shore up the stock of Navjot Sidhu.
Published on Sep 29, 2021 02:50 AM IST
ByNavneet Sharma and Ramesh Vinayak, Chandigarh
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