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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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Number Theory: Bihar's poverty hurdle, explained in six charts

What explains Bihar’s poverty? The answer to this question is not as simple as it sounds. Here are six charts which try to explain this

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Published on Nov 10, 2023 10:10 AM IST

There is pro-incumbency, people see BJP has transformed their lives: Scindia

Due to the development work of the BJP for 18 years, MP is heading towards hitting the highest points on social welfare indicators, Jyotiraditya Scindia said

Union civil aviation minister Jyotiraditya Scindia. (Sanchit Khanna/ HT Photo)
Published on Nov 10, 2023 08:58 AM IST

Number Theory: What Bihar caste census data does not tell us

Without taking away anything from the importance of the data which has been released, here are some aspects which have been left unaddressed

The Nitish Kumar government released socio-economic caste survey data this week(PTI)
Updated on Nov 09, 2023 01:05 PM IST

Murder and caste divide: Fault lines play out in Chambal electoral arena

Last September, Rajputs and Gurjars in the region clashed over whether Samrat Mihir Bhoj was a Rajput or a Gurjar.

Police personnel deployed at Rathaul Ka Pura in Madhya Pradesh’s Morena district. (HT photo)
Updated on Nov 09, 2023 06:06 AM IST
By, Morena/bhind/datia

Modi hits out at Oppn, Nitish comments on campaign trail

The BJP and the National Commission for Women criticised Kumar’s comments, even as his ally and deputy chief minister Tejashwi Yadav defended him, saying his intent was to laud women

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Updated on Nov 09, 2023 05:40 AM IST
By, Bhopal

PM Modi slams Bihar CM Nitish Kumar’s comment on population control as ‘obscene’

PM Modi also targeted two Congress chief ministers in Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh over alleged corruption allegations against them

Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses a public rally in Guna in poll-bound Madhya Pradesh on Wednesday. (ANI)
Updated on Nov 08, 2023 05:47 PM IST

Congress failed to control Naxals: PM

Prime Minister Narendra Modi accused the Congress government in Chhattisgarh of corruption and failure in tackling Maoism. He also accused the Opposition of insulting backward communities and claimed that only the BJP protected the interests of marginalised castes. Modi made these remarks during three separate poll rallies in Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, and Telangana. He promised that if the BJP won the November 30 polls, the next chief minister of Telangana would be from the Other Backward Classes (OBC) community.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Union minister G Kishan Reddy in Hyderabad on Tuesday. (PTI)
Updated on Nov 08, 2023 05:16 AM IST
By, , , Hyderabad/bhopal/raipur

Between capital and State: The model BIT

An investment treaty with countries like the UK will further boost the confidence of foreign investors and attract even higher levels of investments to India

A balanced Model BIT will also help Indian corporations when they invest in choppy jurisdictions abroad.
Published on Nov 07, 2023 10:41 PM IST

Number Theory: Decoding the 1st phase of assembly elections

The voting on November 7 is the first and smallest of four phases of voting in the current round of elections

Voters queue up outside a polling booth in Kondagaon as they await their turn to cast a vote in the first phase of Assembly elections.(ANI)
Updated on Nov 07, 2023 09:56 AM IST

Not concerned about CM post... aim is to ensure society’s welfare: Chouhan

Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan is confident of winning a fifth term in the upcoming assembly elections

Shivraj Singh Chouhan. (Arvind Yadav/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Nov 06, 2023 11:58 AM IST

Tribal leaders in Madhya Oradesh fear polarisation by BJP

Local tribal leaders believe that the BJP is attempting to polarise the tribal voters by prompting the legendary icons and the foundation stone of the ‘Veerangana Rani Durgavati Smarak aur Udyaan’ in Jabalpur – laid by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on her 500th birth anniversary on October 5 – is part the ruling party’s agenda to lure in the tribals

Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan (File Photo)
Published on Nov 04, 2023 04:47 PM IST

No anti-incumbency in Madhya Pradesh, BJP will retain power: Prahlad Singh Patel

Union minister Prahlad Singh Patel is one of seven Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Parliament members contesting the Madhya Pradesh elections

Union minister Prahlad Singh Patel. (HT PHOTO)
Published on Nov 03, 2023 04:44 PM IST

Convincing rebels to withdraw topped Shah’s priorities during last MP visit

Denial of tickets has prompted many Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) rebels to contest as independent candidates or to defect to other parties.

Union home minister Amit Shah with chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan in Bhopal. (ANI)
Updated on Nov 01, 2023 04:49 AM IST

HT interview: My party asked me to contest saying there is no leader bigger in stature (in MP) than mine, says Kulaste

There was no change in me when I became a Union minister. I’m the same man today when I am contesting for the assembly, says the minister

Faggan Singh Kulaste is among the four MPs the BJP has fielded for the upcoming assembly polls in Madhya Pradesh’s Mahakoshal (ANI)
Updated on Oct 29, 2023 05:30 AM IST
By Vinod Sharma, , Niwas (mandla)

Number Theory: How bipolar are the MP, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh polls?

An HT analysis shows that the answer varies depending on which indicator one is looking at. Here are four charts which explain this in detail.

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Published on Oct 27, 2023 11:43 AM IST

Madhya Pradesh polls: BJP, Cong face defections, anger over ticket distribution

The BJP has so far denied tickets to 32 lawmakers, including three ministers, as it has announced the names of 228 out of 230 candidates

Congress supporters protest outside former chief minister Kamal Nath's residence. (ANI)
Published on Oct 24, 2023 10:15 AM IST

27% OBC candidates feature in Congress list for MP polls

Rahul Gandhi had earlier this month, during a rally in Madhya Pradesh, said his party would conduct a caste-based census to know the exact number of OBC people living in the country if it is voted to power at the Centre.

Congress has declared all but one candidate for elections to the 230-member assembly in Madhya Pradesh (Representative Photo)
Published on Oct 20, 2023 07:15 PM IST

Congress dubs BJP’s ‘nutritious food to children’ campaign as political gimmick

According to the party’s publicity campaign it has recently launched another scheme - ‘nutritious food to children’- associated with the CM Ladli Behna Yojana

The BJP has put up hoardings all around the state highlighting the ‘nutritious food element’ related to the Ladli Behna scheme (HT Photo/Sourced)
Published on Oct 20, 2023 01:24 PM IST

Leo review: Vijay’s emotionally weak actioner held up by some crafty filmmaking

Leo review: Vijay’s performance in emotional scenes evokes no reactions even as Lokesh Kanagaraj provides ample electrifying action scenes.

Leo review: Vijay plays Leo Das in Lokesh Kanagaraj's new film.
Published on Oct 19, 2023 03:03 PM IST

Limits to women’s reproductive rights

The issue of compelling a woman to continue a pregnancy against her will is complex and contentious.

The SC’s ruling conveys a clear message to women in India: Your reproductive rights have limitations. (HT archive)
Published on Oct 18, 2023 11:34 PM IST

Madhya Pradesh polls: Shrinking Muslim representation unlikely to improve

The representation of Muslims is unlikely to increase with just one Muslim candidate featuring on the Congress’s first list of 144 candidates announced on Sunday

Madhya Pradesh is going to the polls on November 17. (ANI)
Published on Oct 16, 2023 03:54 PM IST

MP polls: Congress hopes to counter BJP’s Ladli Behna with student cash scheme

Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi announced a cash scheme for the students in Madhya Pradesh during her public meeting in tribal dominated Mandla district on Thursday

Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi with Madhya Pradesh Congress president Kamal Nath during a public meeting poll bound Madhya Pradesh’s Mandla district on Thursday. (PTI)
Published on Oct 14, 2023 03:39 PM IST

Shivraj Chouhan’s CM question at rally in MP triggers unease in BJP

“Should Mama (as he is popularly called) become chief minister or not?” Chouhan asked the crowd on Friday

Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan(PTI)
Updated on Oct 08, 2023 05:33 AM IST

Rebellion by leaders denied tickets worry BJP in Madhya Pradesh

The ruling Bharatiya Janata Party in Madhya Pradesh is facing challenges due to resentment in the party’s rank and file over ticket distribution ahead of the upcoming assembly elections in the state

The major problem for the BJP is emerging from the Vindhya region, where the party won on 80% of the seats in 2018 elections. (File Photo)
Published on Oct 07, 2023 02:52 PM IST

On Khalistan, Canada has ignored global law

Instead of accusing India, Canada should look within and examine its record of compliance with international law towards India.

Tensions flared between India and Canada last month following Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's unsubstantiated allegations of
Published on Oct 05, 2023 09:56 PM IST

Madhya Pradesh: Cong seeks to counter Sanatan controversy by alleging corruption

Congress has sought to counter the ruling BJP attempt to capitalise on Tamil Nadu minister Udhyanidhi Stalin’s controversial call for eradicating Sanatan

Congress is hoping to return to power in Madhya Pradesh. (HT PHOTO)
Updated on Sep 25, 2023 03:10 PM IST

How will BJP-JD(S) alliance impact Karnataka?

The JD (S)’s decision to join the NDA comes just about six months before the 2024 general elections.

Union Home Minister Amit Shah and BJP National President JP Nadda with former Karnataka chief minister HD Kumaraswamy durig a meeting, in New Delhi on Friday. (PTI)
Updated on Sep 23, 2023 08:18 AM IST

In MP’s Indore, Gangajal bottles is Congress’s counter to sanatana dharma barbs

MP Congress leader Himanshu Yadav said the Gangajal “was to signify Congress’s stand on Sanatan Dharma”

Madhya Pradesh Congress president Kamal Nath being felicitated at a Vishwakarma community convention in Bhopal on Wednesday (ANI)
Updated on Sep 21, 2023 08:55 PM IST

CM Chouhan unveils 108-ft tall Adi Shankaracharya statue in MP’s Omkareshwar

Adi Shankaracharya, as per Hindu religion scholars, is credited with restoring the glory of Sanatan Dharma in ancient India with his preaching and debate with scholar

Adi Shankaracharya’s 108 feet tall statue known as Statue of Oneness on the bank of Narmada river at Omkareshwar (HT Photo)
Updated on Sep 21, 2023 06:04 PM IST

INDIA bloc considering electoral alliance for Madhya Pradesh polls; AAP wary

Another constituent of the INDIA bloc, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), is keen to contest all 230 seats in the state assembly on its own

Three key constituents of the INDIA have begun talks for an electoral alliance in the Madhya Pradesh assembly (Representative Photo)
Updated on Sep 17, 2023 04:46 PM IST
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