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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: What explains BJP’s love for Charan Singh?

Charan Singh began his political career in the Congress party and only parted ways with it after the 1967 elections when he was not made the chief minister.

Former prime minister Chaudhary Charan Singh.(File)
Published on Feb 21, 2024 01:42 PM IST

Caste census lessons for new government in Bihar

Reservations alone can’t alleviate economic deprivation. They must be complemented by the increased availability of jobs and strong inclusive growth.

Patna, Bihar, India - Aug . 02, 2023: Enumerator staff collect information from residents for a caste-based census in Bihar after Patna High Court rejected a petition against the survey, at Phulwari Sharif in Patna , Bihar,India, Wednesday, July, 02, 2023. (Photo by Santosh Kumar / Hindustan Times)
Published on Feb 20, 2024 10:04 PM IST

Number Theory: Can the BJP win 370 seats in Lok Sabha polls?

One way to answer this question is to look at how much the BJP will have to gain compared to previous elections to achieve this target.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi predicted on Monday that the NDA will cross the 400 mark in the 2024 Lok Sabha elections.(HT File Photo/Sanchit Khanna)
Updated on Feb 07, 2024 12:32 AM IST

Number Theory: Will Hemant Soren’s ST pitch aid JMM prospects?

The BJP performed much better than the JMM even in ST-reserved Lok Sabha constituencies during the 2019 general elections

Jharkhand CM Champai Soren (left) with Hemant Soren (centre) in Ranchi on Monday. (ANI Photo)
Updated on Feb 06, 2024 07:39 AM IST

Budget focus on BITs is good for the Indian economy

BITs and ISDS are significant because they constitute an integral part of the international legal infrastructure regulating the global economy.

FDI inflows depend on a variety of dynamics
Published on Feb 05, 2024 09:50 PM IST

How Bihar has fared under Nitish Kumar

How has Bihar fared under Nitish Kumar on growth, human development and governance indices?

Nitish Kumar on Sunday formed a government in alliance with the BJP. (PTI file photo)
Published on Jan 30, 2024 10:11 PM IST

Number Theory: Will the BSP play a role in this year's elections?

With the BJP becoming a dominant party, a lot of the non-SC support, and perhaps even non-Jatav SC support the BSP enjoyed, has gone back to the BJP

BSP chief Mayawati at a press conference on her birthday in Lucknow on Monday.(ANI Photo)
Updated on Jan 16, 2024 08:34 AM IST

Number Theory: A look at urban migration amid language riots in India

Is fear of migrants taking over the most lucrative segments of Karnataka’s economy fuelling such violence in India’s biggest urban centres?

Activists of the Karnataka Rakshana Vedike during a rally over the 60% Kannada sign board rules, in Bengaluru on December 27, 2023.(PTI)
Updated on Jan 05, 2024 09:39 AM IST

Number Theory: 4 charts that capture 2024’s biggest political questions

The BJP’s first full-term government at the Centre was formed after the 1999 elections. That victory came on the back of a broad-based alliance.

A voting machine on display before polls. (HT File Photo)
Published on Jan 01, 2024 10:25 AM IST

Number Theory: Are state poll verdicts becoming clearer now?

Twenty-seven of 30 state elections (90%) from 2019 to 2023 ended in a clear verdict

There has been no change since 1978 in the probability of a clear verdict in elections to 10 assemblies(Agencies)
Updated on Dec 21, 2023 01:14 AM IST
By, New Delhi

Number Theory: Decoding BJP’s improved showing in state elections

The BJP’s record in the last two Lok Sabha elections continues to be better than its performance in state elections in most cases

A long-term analysis of BJP’s state election performance suggests that it has improved its performance in them after 2014.(PTI)
Updated on Dec 19, 2023 01:11 AM IST

Bihar: Miscreants loot 16.5 lakh from bank in Ara

Bhojpur SP Pramod Kumar said five miscreants entered into the bank at 10.15am and escaped with looted cash within four minutes

For representational purposes only. (Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Published on Dec 06, 2023 04:53 PM IST
ByPrashant Ranjan

Number Theory: Why is 2023 different from 2018? And what of 2024?

The Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) has won elections in three out of the four states for which results were declared on Sunday.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi being felicitated by top BJP leaders after the assembly election results on Sunday.
Published on Dec 04, 2023 07:44 AM IST

Assembly polls: The inability to retain mandate haunts Congress

The Congress’s loss in Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh this time is symptomatic of a bigger crisis facing the party.

Supporters of Congress celebrate victory for their party in Telangana state elections in Hyderabad on Sunday. (AP)
Updated on Dec 04, 2023 02:12 AM IST

Decoding the mechanics of the Congress win in Telangana

BRS has lost almost ten percentage points in vote share between 2018 and 2023 which exactly how much Congress has gained in the state between the two elections.

Telangana Congress chief A Revanth Reddy with party workers in Hyderabad. (PTI)
Updated on Dec 04, 2023 02:20 AM IST

MP Congress leaders blame Kamal Nath for party’s loss in assembly polls

Congress leaders in Madhya Pradesh blamed the party high-command for the loss in the assembly elections saying that it was totally dependent on Kamal Nath for victory

Madhya Pradesh Congress president Kamal Nath. (PTI)
Updated on Dec 03, 2023 07:27 PM IST

Number Theory: Results may go beyond states that went to polls

The results of the assembly elections in the states of Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Telangana will be announced today

MP election results 2023: A polling official puts a mark with indelible ink on the finger of a voter prior to casting her vote at a polling booth for the Madhya Pradesh Assembly elections.(ANI)
Published on Dec 03, 2023 07:20 AM IST

Workers rescued from Uttarakhand tunnel land in Patna, welcomed by labour minister

Five workers from Bihar, who were rescued after being trapped in a collapsed tunnel in Uttarakhand for 17 days, have returned to Patna.

One of the workers from Bihar rescued from the tunnel in Uttarakhand, Sabah Ahmad, with his family members after his arrival at the airport in Patna on Friday. (Santosh Kumar/HT)
Updated on Dec 01, 2023 09:23 PM IST
By, Prashant Ranjan, Patna/ara

Number Theory: Will Telangana elect BRS for the third time?

An HT analysis of past results shows that any opposition party will have to really outperform its previous best

File image(PTI)
Updated on Nov 30, 2023 07:53 AM IST

Number Theory: The importance of Scheduled Tribe vote for the BJP

Here are the some charts that explain the importance of the ST outreach by the Prime Minister

ANI Photo
Published on Nov 29, 2023 07:55 AM IST

Rajasthan’s electoral contest explained

A look at some charts that explain the nature of the electoral battle taking place on November 25

Polling for the assembly elections in Rajasthan will take place on November 25.
Published on Nov 24, 2023 09:14 PM IST

Number Theory: The largest of the five-phase poll cycle

What is at stake in the election today?

Representative image(HT_PRINT)
Published on Nov 17, 2023 10:23 AM IST

Caste survey pledge adds a new poll edge in Madhya Pradesh

In some ways, the challenge is similar to the one that Mandal-era parties are facing in the original cauldron of social engineering.

Polling officials at a distribution centre of EVMs and other election material ahead of Madhya Pradesh assembly elections, in Bhopal on Thursday. (PTI)
Updated on Dec 01, 2023 03:01 PM IST
By, Dhrubo Jyoti

Congress seeks NIA probe as videos intensify furore over Tomar’s son

The political row over a series of video clips in which Union minister Narendra Singh Tomar’s son is purportedly heard discussing some financial dealings intensified on Wednesday as the Congress demanded an NIA probe into the matter.

Union minister Narendra Singh Tomar. (ANI)
Updated on Nov 16, 2023 06:24 AM IST
By, Bhopal

New video intensifies row over Union minister Tomar’s son

The Congress intensifies attack against BJP candidate Narendra Singh Tomar after emergence of video claiming his son discussed financial transactions.

Union minister Narendra Singh Tomar. (ANI)
Updated on Nov 15, 2023 06:24 AM IST
By, Bhopal

Chambal, once the land of dacoits, stares at illegal arms ahead of MP polls

The presence of illegal weapons and their supply through porous Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan borders is still a concern in the Chambal region in Madhya Pradesh

According to locals, caste vote consolidation is another major issue in the Chambal region ahead of the assembly polls in Madhya Pradesh. (File Photo)
Published on Nov 14, 2023 04:24 PM IST

Can BJP win back Karnataka by turning to Yediyurappa, Deve Gowda?

​Six months after it lost the Karnataka election, the BJP state unit has got a new president in B Y Vijayendra, the son of veteran BJP leader B S Yediyurappa.

Former Karnataka chief minister and BJP leader BS Yediyurappa congratulates son BY Vijayendra Yediyurappa on Friday. (ANI)
Updated on Nov 14, 2023 08:07 AM IST

Elect BJP, get free darshan of Ramlala in Ayodhya: Amit Shah in MP

Addressing several rallies in poll-bound Madhya Pradesh, Amit Shah underlined how religious places are being renovated under the leadership of PM Modi

Union home minister Amit Shah addresses a public rally in poll-bound Madhya Pradesh Assembly on Monday. (ANI)
Updated on Nov 13, 2023 09:57 PM IST

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

HT Image
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
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