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Ranjan Srivastava leads HT’s coverage from Bhopal. He has spent more than two decades in journalism in Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh, covering political and other affairs. For the past 16 years, he has been working in Madhya Pradesh.

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Reasi terror act — Asking the correct questions is critical

Anchors, analysts and politicians harped on the role of Pakistan in the attack. However, such inferences have become repetitive with a shelf life of a few days

The bus carrying the Hindu pilgrims ambushed by gunmen in Kashmir, is pictured in Reasi on June 10, 2024. Soldiers in India-administered Kashmir carried out a large-scale manhunt on June 10, the government said, a day after nine Hindu pilgrims were killed in one of the deadliest recent attacks on civilians, around an hour before Hindu-nationalist Prime Minister Narendra Modi was sworn in for a third term in the capital New Delhi on June 9 evening. (Photo by AFP)(AFP)
Published on Jun 11, 2024 07:41 PM IST

Number Theory: How do the 2024 victory margins compare with past elections?

The 2024 results have taken India back to the era of coalition governments with no single party having a majority of its own

Prime Minister Narendra Modi celebrates after NDA alliance wins majority in LS polls
Updated on Jun 08, 2024 12:23 PM IST

How INDIA bloc constituents fared in LS polls

The member parties of the alliance failed to reach a seat-sharing arrangement mainly in the states of West Bengal, Kerala, and Punjab

How INDIA bloc constituents fared in LS polls
Updated on Jun 06, 2024 08:37 AM IST

How Akhilesh, not Tejashwi, won Mandal battle

Mandal vs Kamandal battle in UP and Bihar shifts in 2024. NDA dominates Bihar but faces major loss in UP. Charts explain the divergence.

SP chief Akhilesh Yadav in Kannauj on May 7. (ANI)
Updated on Jun 05, 2024 04:11 AM IST
By, , ​new Delhi

How Congress regained prominence in Punjab

To be sure, the Congress’s performance can also be ascribed to its ability to win back its vote share in selected pockets of the state

Amrinder Singh Raja Warring of Congress celebrates his victory in Ludhiana with party workers on Tuesday. (Gurpreet Singh/HT)
Updated on Jun 05, 2024 08:20 AM IST

Explaining Cong’s bittersweet result in K’taka LS polls

The Congress added eight seats to its 2019 tally but the results are a let down from the party’s massive assembly election victory in May 2023

Explaining Cong’s bittersweet result in K’taka LS polls
Updated on Jun 05, 2024 07:56 AM IST

How did the Congress bounce back in Punjab?

In 2022, AAP won a three-fourth majority in assembly elections in Punjab. Congress, which was in power in the state, was reduced to a seat share of just 23%

 (Representative Photo)
Updated on Jun 04, 2024 11:25 PM IST

Underlying threads behind BJP’s 2019, 2024 election results

Most exit polls have predicted a third term for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA).

Prime Minister Narendra Modi during a rally in Jadavpur on May 28. (BJP)
Updated on Jun 02, 2024 01:10 AM IST

Highest number of intra-alliance fights for both camps in phase 7

There are overall 92 candidates from INDIA in this phase, with intra-alliance conflicts in 29 of 57 PCs

The seventh and final phase of polling for the 2024 Lok Sabha elections will take place today, June 1, across 57 PCs in seven states and the UT of Chandigarh
Updated on Jun 01, 2024 07:58 AM IST

Number Theory: Decoding BJP’s political fortunes in Uttar Pradesh in 5 charts

BJP is the only political party in Uttar Pradesh to have crossed the 30% vote share threshold since the 1990s.

A child holds a placard depicting PM Modi and the BJP election symbol during a public meeting in Uttar Pradesh.(PTI Photo)
Published on May 31, 2024 07:56 AM IST

Number Theory: SAD and its importance in Punjab's poll contest

The SAD fought the 2022 assembly elections on its own after walking out of the National Democratic Alliance on the issues of three contentious farm laws.

Shiromani Akali Dal president Sukhbir Singh Badal.
Published on May 28, 2024 07:47 AM IST

Decoding the diverging INDIA, NDA alliance equations in latest phase

The single biggest source of intra-alliance conflicts for INDIA bloc is the lack of a formal seat-sharing deal.

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi and Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav in Phulpur on May 19.
Updated on May 25, 2024 04:31 AM IST

Kashmir’s yearning for Democracy

Having witnessed the sense of trust shown by the Kashmiris in democracy, it shall be pertinent for New Delhi to reinforce this success.

Kashmir, India - May. 13, 2024: Voters queue up to cast their votes at a polling station during the fourth phase of voting in Lok Sabha elections in Pulwama district,on 13 May 2024.(Photo By Waseem Andrabi /Hindustan Times)--
Published on May 24, 2024 09:32 PM IST

INDIA bloc wants to steal reservation of backward classes: Amit Shah in Bihar

Shah also hit out at the Congress party and Mamata Banerjee for their approach to reservations, alleging that they sought to dilute the benefits meant for backward castes

Union home minister Amit Shah addressed a rally in Bihar on Friday (Twitter/@BJP4Bihar)
Updated on May 24, 2024 05:17 PM IST
ByPrashant Ranjan

Number Theory: Can Congress stage a comeback in Haryana?

The BJP’s vote share in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections in Haryana was a massive 58%, the second highest in the history of the state.

For representational purposes only. (HT File Photo)
Updated on May 24, 2024 09:08 AM IST

BJP expels Pawan Singh

The Bhojpuri actor is contesting Lok Sabha elections from Karakat seat in Bihar as an Independent candidate against BJP’s wishes.

Bhojpuri singer and actor Pawan Singh. (HT)
Published on May 22, 2024 09:49 PM IST
ByPrashant Ranjan, Ara

BJP expels Bhojpuri singer Pawan Singh for contesting against NDA candidate

Pawan Singh is contesting against NDA’s official candidate Upendra Kushwaha from Bihar’s Karakat Lok Sabha constituency

Pawan Singh (File)
Updated on May 22, 2024 01:20 PM IST
ByPrashant Ranjan

Number Theory: The caste calculus of NDA and INDIA in Uttar Pradesh

Have the NDA and the INDIA bloc fielded candidates from the same or different caste category/castes in parliamentary constituencies?

An elderly voter shows his ink-marked finger after casting his ballot in Etawah, Uttar Pradesh.(ANI Photo)
Published on May 22, 2024 09:08 AM IST

The West must pause selling arms to Israel

Despite the ICJ’s orders, the ground situation in Gaza hasn’t improved materially.

Smoke billows after an Israeli strike on Jabalia as seen from Beit Lahia, in the northern Gaza Strip on May 19, 2024, amid the ongoing conflict between Israel and the militant Hamas group. (AFP)
Published on May 20, 2024 08:44 PM IST

Lok Sabha elections: Understanding NDA, INDIA bloc’s arithmetic in phase 5

INDIA bloc faces intra-alliance conflicts, especially in West Bengal. NDA alliance remains seamless.

PM Narendra Modi and Congress leader Rahul Gandhi(File)
Updated on May 20, 2024 04:56 AM IST
By, New Delhi

Number Theory: The JD(U) risk to the NDA in Bihar

How much will the JD(U) matter for the NDA’s performance in Bihar in these elections? Here are three charts which answer this question

Janata Dal United
Updated on May 15, 2024 09:29 AM IST

BJP age criteria: MP was the first state where ministers were dropped due to age

“The Union home minister Amit Shah or for that matter the BJP can’t take refuge in the party’s constitution that there is no 75-plus rule...”

Senior BJP leaders LK Advani was 86-year-old, and Murli Manohar Joshi, 80, when they contested their last Lok Sabha polls in 2014.(PTI Photo)
Published on May 13, 2024 09:19 PM IST

The contrasting INDIA, NDA alliance equations in Phase 4 of Lok Sabha elections

To be sure, even the intra-alliance conflicts in INDIA are largely notional outside the eight parliamentary constituencies in West Bengal.

In the 96 PCs voting today, the NDA has fielded 97 candidates across 95 PCs, with a notional intra-alliance conflict in just two PCs. (AP)
Updated on May 13, 2024 07:54 AM IST

Number Theory: Understanding the Parliamentary, state contests in Andhra Pradesh

Was YSRCP’s growth at the cost of the TDP a result of the TDP parting ways with the BJP, and will this reverse with the TDP and BJP joining hands again?

India General Elections 2024 Live: A finger of a voter is marked with indelible ink after casting a ballot at a polling station during the third phase of voting for national elections in Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India, on Tuesday, May 7.(Prakash Singh/Bloomberg)
Updated on May 09, 2024 08:32 AM IST

Why we must reassess emergency response in the wake of Delhi school bomb hoax

While the threats turned out to be unfounded, the incident exposed vulnerabilities in current protocols and highlighted the need for better coordination

New Delhi, - May 1, 2024: Air Force Bal Bharati school Lodi Road evacuate in view of Bomb Hoax mail in the morning in New Delhi, , on Wednesday, May 1, 2024. (Photo by Arvind Yadav/ Hindustan Times)(Hindustan Times)
Published on May 07, 2024 03:00 AM IST

How cohesive are NDA, INDIA blocs in third phase of Lok Sabha elections?

Like the first two phases of the 2024 elections, the Congress-led INDIA bloc will contest the third phase in a less cohesive manner than the BJP-led NDA .

Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Jana Sena Party chief and NDA candidate Pawan Kalyan, BJP Rajahmundry candidate Daggubati Purandeswari and others greet the gathering during a NDA election rally in Rajahmundry on Monday. (ANI)
Updated on May 07, 2024 03:43 AM IST

Morena: BJP relies heavily on defections to protect three-decade long stronghold

Given the importance of the seat, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BSP chief Mayawati and Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi have held election meetings in the constituency

 (Representative Photo)
Updated on May 04, 2024 01:41 PM IST

Priyanka Gandhi accuses Modi of indulging in divisive politics for votes, power

Priyanka Gandhi alleged that the inflation was the result of bad implementation of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) and the country’s wealth going into the hands of the PM’s billionaire friends

Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi addressed a public gathering in MP’s Morena on Thursday (Twitter Photo)
Updated on May 02, 2024 09:19 PM IST

Number Theory: Regional dynamics in West Bengal politics

Even a small swing of voters from the TMC to BJP in Burdwan and Junglemahal sub-regions could help the BJP reclaim its 2019 advantage in these two regions.

Representational image.
Updated on May 02, 2024 08:51 AM IST

Lok Sabha polls: EC releases voter turnout data; most regions see dip

EC released disaggregated voter turnout data, which showed that 84% of parliamentary constituencies saw declines of varying magnitude in turnout figures

Phase 1 saw a voter turnout of 66.14% while the voter turnout was 66.71% in Phase 2, according to the ECI data released on Tuesday. (ANI)
Updated on May 01, 2024 07:53 AM IST
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