Sachin Saini

Sachin Saini is Special Correspondent for Rajasthan. He covers politics, tourism, forest, home, panchayati raj and rural development, and development journalism.

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Rumblings continue in Rajasthan Congress day after Gehlot attacks Pilot

A day after Rajasthan chief minister Ashok Gehlot referred to Congress leader Sachin Pilot as a “traitor”, two MLAs of the party criticised the remarks and said Pilot enjoyed wide support within the party’s state unit.

Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot (right) with former deputy chief minister Sachin Pilot (left). (File image)
Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot (right) with former deputy chief minister Sachin Pilot (left). (File image)
Published on Nov 26, 2022 12:15 AM IST

Gehlot-Pilot face-off: ‘Should maintain dignity in words’, senior Raj Congress leader

Targeting Rajasthan chief minister Ashok Gehlot for using words such as ‘gaddar’ (traitor) for senior state Congress leader Sachin Pilot, the party’s steering committee member Harish Choudhary on Friday urged that one must maintain “dignity” in political discourse

Rajasthan chief minister Ashok Gehlot (right) with senior state party leader Sachin Pilot. (AP File Photo)
Rajasthan chief minister Ashok Gehlot (right) with senior state party leader Sachin Pilot. (AP File Photo)
Updated on Nov 25, 2022 07:41 PM IST

Rajasthan: Man allegedly shot dead in Bhilwara; internet suspended for 48 hours

Agitated family members stormed the hospital and demanded for compensation of ₹50 lakh and government job with ₹10 lakh to the injured along with a thorough probe into the shooting incident

Superintendent of police, Bhilwara, Adarsh Siddhu said two accused have been detained in the case. (Representative image)
Superintendent of police, Bhilwara, Adarsh Siddhu said two accused have been detained in the case. (Representative image)
Published on Nov 25, 2022 01:29 PM IST

Internal tussle: Rumblings in Rajasthan Congress after CM Gehlot attacks Pilot

Gehlot’s unprecedented remarks, made in an interview to NDTV, also stuck out for their timing as they were made while Pilot was participating in the Bharat Jodo Yatra in Burhanpur (Madhya Pradesh) and was photographed with Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra.

Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot, Congress leader Sachin Pilot and others during state level coordination committee meeting on party's 'Bharat Jodo Yatra', at RPCC war room in Jaipur. (PTI)
Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot, Congress leader Sachin Pilot and others during state level coordination committee meeting on party's 'Bharat Jodo Yatra', at RPCC war room in Jaipur. (PTI)
Updated on Nov 25, 2022 06:00 AM IST

Sachin Pilot is ‘gaddar’, cannot be made CM: Ashok Gehlot

In July 2020, Pilot along with 18 other MLAs, which included three ministers, rebelled against the Gehlot leadership. He was thereafter, removed from the post of state party chief and also, from the post of deputy chief minister

Pilot on Thursday participated in Rahul Gandhi-led Bharat Jodo Yatra with Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi (ANI Photo)
Pilot on Thursday participated in Rahul Gandhi-led Bharat Jodo Yatra with Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi (ANI Photo)
Published on Nov 24, 2022 08:16 PM IST

Rajasthan Congress MLA hits out at CM Gehlot over OBC reservation

Chaudhary threatened to launch an agitation if “anomalies” in OBC reservation were not removed created by the former Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government that allow ex-servicemen to dominate the OBC quota giving them 12.5% reservation

Several members of OBC communities have also asked the Gehlot government to make changes implemented by the BJP government in 2018 demanding the quota issue be fixed (PTI Photo)
Several members of OBC communities have also asked the Gehlot government to make changes implemented by the BJP government in 2018 demanding the quota issue be fixed (PTI Photo)
Published on Nov 12, 2022 04:34 PM IST

Budget 2023-24: Rajasthan to bring in separate outlay for youths

Chief minister Ashok Gehlot introduced the first ever separate agriculture budget in February this year

Rajasthan chief minister Ashok Gehlot. (AFP Photo)
Rajasthan chief minister Ashok Gehlot. (AFP Photo)
Updated on Nov 10, 2022 06:30 PM IST

'If Sachin Pilot is not made CM...': Rajasthan MLA's message to Ashok Gehlot

Even after there are statements being made targeting the chief minister and the state government Gehlot claims that ‘all’s well in his government’

Congress MLA Divya Maderna also supported Gudha’s statement. Sharing the video of Gudha, Maderna also hit out at the bureaucracy (PTI Photo)
Congress MLA Divya Maderna also supported Gudha’s statement. Sharing the video of Gudha, Maderna also hit out at the bureaucracy (PTI Photo)
Updated on Nov 10, 2022 06:47 PM IST

Writers Madhu Kankariya, Madhav Hada awarded the Bihari Puraskar

The Bihari Puraskar is one of the three literary awards instituted by KK Birla Foundation in 1991. Named after the famous poet Bihari, the award for Rajasthani authors carries a cash prize of ₹2.5 lakh, a plaque and a citation.

Writers Dr Madhav Hada and Madhu Kankariya were awarded the Bihari Puraskar on Wednesday.
Writers Dr Madhav Hada and Madhu Kankariya were awarded the Bihari Puraskar on Wednesday.
Updated on Nov 10, 2022 05:35 AM IST

In Rajasthan town, teacher undergoes gender change procedure, marries ex-student

Aarav Kuntal’s father Biri Singh said he was happy for him and that even as a child, Aarav identified himself as a male rather than a girl

Kalpana credited her husband for training her in kabaddi. She said it was because of him that she has been able to thrice represent Rajasthan at a national level (Twitter/ANI)
Kalpana credited her husband for training her in kabaddi. She said it was because of him that she has been able to thrice represent Rajasthan at a national level (Twitter/ANI)
Updated on Nov 08, 2022 11:12 PM IST

27 girls missing from Rajasthan village, says NCPCR chief; Probe ordered

The NCPCR chief’s visit to the village came after the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) on October 27 issued a notice to the Rajasthan government on the reported auctioning of girls on stamp papers

National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) chairperson, Priyank Kanoongo said the place he visited is also the village of the main kingpin of the 2019 scandal where two girls from a family were allegedly sold. (Twitter/Priyank Kanoongo)
National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) chairperson, Priyank Kanoongo said the place he visited is also the village of the main kingpin of the 2019 scandal where two girls from a family were allegedly sold. (Twitter/Priyank Kanoongo)
Updated on Nov 08, 2022 06:59 PM IST

Demand for community-specific boards gathers momentum in Rajasthan

Political analyst Manish Godha said that the government takes such steps to constitute bodies, which are area or community specific, ahead of polls

Rajasthan chief minister Ashok Gehlot. (Himanshu Vyas/ HT File Photo)
Rajasthan chief minister Ashok Gehlot. (Himanshu Vyas/ HT File Photo)
Updated on Nov 08, 2022 12:53 PM IST

Rajasthan minister Rajendra Gudha claims power ‘centralised with CM Ashok Gehlot’

Gudha is one of the six Bahujan Samaj Party-turned Congress MLAs who was in the Ashok Gehlot camp. However, he is now considered an ally of former deputy CM Sachin Pilot

Rajasthan chief minister Ashok Gehlot. (PTI Photo)
Rajasthan chief minister Ashok Gehlot. (PTI Photo)
Published on Nov 07, 2022 08:40 PM IST

Rajasthan: Mentally ill mother strangles minor daughter to death, arrested

At the time of the incident, their father Shivraj Singh, an auto-rickshaw driver was out earning a livelihood, and their elder son Nikendra (16) was in school

Rajasthan: Mentally ill mother strangles minor daughter to death, arrested
Rajasthan: Mentally ill mother strangles minor daughter to death, arrested
Published on Nov 06, 2022 03:53 PM IST

Rajasthan man kills 4 of his family members, dies by suicide

A 38-year-old man in Lohawat area of Jodhpur district in Rajasthan allegedly murdered four family members and dumped their bodies in the water tank of the house before fleeing to a relative’s residence and dying by suicide in the water tank there, police said on Friday

Rajasthan man kills 4 of his family members, dies by suicide
Rajasthan man kills 4 of his family members, dies by suicide
Published on Nov 05, 2022 12:02 AM IST

‘Every person must have ambition’: Gehlot takes swipe at Pilot over ‘PM’s praises’ saga

The CM’s reaction came three days after Pilot took a dig over Gehlot and Prime Minister Narendra Modi sharing the stage at a public gathering and the latter speaking highly of the chief minister

Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Rajasthan chief minister Ashok Gehlot at an event in Banswara on November 1. (Ashok Gehlot /Twitter Photo)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Rajasthan chief minister Ashok Gehlot at an event in Banswara on November 1. (Ashok Gehlot /Twitter Photo)
Updated on Nov 04, 2022 08:35 PM IST

Rajasthan man kills 4 members of family before killing self

Badri Prasad, a local police officer, said that the man was a farmer and an opium and liquor addict, who first killed his 65-year-old father with an axe when he was sleeping

All the bodies were recovered on Friday morning. (HT PHOTO)
All the bodies were recovered on Friday morning. (HT PHOTO)
Published on Nov 04, 2022 03:58 PM IST

‘Message is clear’: AAP leader’s status-check on Pilot vs Gehlot in Rajasthan

Sachin Pilot told reporters on Wednesday that PM Modi’s praise of Ashok Gehlot at a Banswara event was an “interesting” development and should not be taken lightly by the party.

Sachin Pilot targeted chief minister Ashok Gehlot on Wednesday referring to the event at Mangarh Dham in Banswara district, where Gehlot shared the dais with PM Modi. (HT File Photo)
Sachin Pilot targeted chief minister Ashok Gehlot on Wednesday referring to the event at Mangarh Dham in Banswara district, where Gehlot shared the dais with PM Modi. (HT File Photo)
Published on Nov 03, 2022 06:46 PM IST

Modi praising Gehlot should not be taken lightly, says Sachin Pilot

A day after Prime Minister Narendra Modi heaped praises on Rajasthan chief minister Ashok Gehlot, senior Congress leader Sachin Pilot on Wednesday described it as an “interesting development”.

Congress leader Sachin Pilot speaks to reporters in Jaipur on Wednesday (ANI)
Congress leader Sachin Pilot speaks to reporters in Jaipur on Wednesday (ANI)
Updated on Nov 03, 2022 02:34 AM IST

3 police officers suspended after Kanhaiya Lal murder reinstated in Rajasthan

About a dozen police personnel were suspended by the authorities for negligence following the brutal murder of Kanhaiya Lal in June this year

Members of the police patrol a street during restrictions imposed by authorities after the killing of Kanhaiya Lal Teli, a Hindu tailor, carried out by two suspected Muslim men who filmed the act and posted it online, in Udaipur (Reuters File Photo)
Members of the police patrol a street during restrictions imposed by authorities after the killing of Kanhaiya Lal Teli, a Hindu tailor, carried out by two suspected Muslim men who filmed the act and posted it online, in Udaipur (Reuters File Photo)
Published on Nov 02, 2022 10:37 PM IST

‘PM praised Ghulam Nabi Azad too’: Sachin Pilot to party in new attack on Gehlot

Chief minister Ashok Gehlot responded to Sachin Pilot’s barbs, saying party leaders should not give such statements and that the only objective before the Congress was to retain power in the next year’s assembly elections

Congress leader Sachin Pilot also described PM Modi’s remarks at an event about Gehlot as “very interesting”, and slipped in a word of caution to the party leadership (PTI File Photo)
Congress leader Sachin Pilot also described PM Modi’s remarks at an event about Gehlot as “very interesting”, and slipped in a word of caution to the party leadership (PTI File Photo)
Published on Nov 02, 2022 04:38 PM IST

PM Modi leads tributes to tribals killed during 1913 uprising

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday urged the Rajasthan, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra governments to hold detailed discussions and prepare a roadmap to develop the Mangarh Dham in Rajasthan.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi interacts with Rajasthan chief minister Ashok Gehlot in Banswara on Tuesday. (ANI)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi interacts with Rajasthan chief minister Ashok Gehlot in Banswara on Tuesday. (ANI)
Published on Nov 01, 2022 11:45 PM IST

Mangarh massacre not given due place in history, mistake being corrected: Modi

PM Modi said the Mangarg massacre of tribals to crush the Mangarh uprising was not given its due place and these mistakes made decades ago was being corrected

Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the public programme ‘Mangarh Dham ki Gaurav Gatha’, in Banswara on Tuesday. (ANI/ PIB)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the public programme ‘Mangarh Dham ki Gaurav Gatha’, in Banswara on Tuesday. (ANI/ PIB)
Published on Nov 01, 2022 05:47 PM IST

Chhattisgarh govt seeks cancellation of forest clearance for Parsa coal block

The Chhattisgarh government has written to the Union environment ministry seeking cancellation of the forest clearance given to the Parsa coal block in Hasdeo Arand forest

The Chhattisgarh government has cited ‘law and order’ problem and overall benefit of the locals in the area. (HT File Photo)
The Chhattisgarh government has cited ‘law and order’ problem and overall benefit of the locals in the area. (HT File Photo)
Published on Nov 01, 2022 05:32 PM IST

‘Became a leader via flattery’: Congress MLA targets Ashok Gehlot’s supporter

Congress MLA Ramniwas Gawriya’s attack on Dharmendra Rathore came after the RTDC chairman’s visit to Parbatsae for a function relating to the Rajput community which was also attended by a former BJP legislator

Congress legislator Ramniwas Gawriya attacked Dharmendra Rathore, a party leader close to Ashok Gehlot, after his visit to Parbatsar constituency (Twitter/RamniwasGawriya)
Congress legislator Ramniwas Gawriya attacked Dharmendra Rathore, a party leader close to Ashok Gehlot, after his visit to Parbatsar constituency (Twitter/RamniwasGawriya)
Published on Oct 31, 2022 05:53 PM IST

Morbi tragedy: Congress demands increase in compensation, probe by HC judge

On Sunday evening, hundreds of people fell into the Machchhu river in Gujarat’s Morbi district after a cable suspension bridge they were walking on collapsed

Rescue operations underway after the collapse of a suspension bridge over the Machchhu river in Gujaray’s Morbi on Sunday night. (PTI Photo)
Rescue operations underway after the collapse of a suspension bridge over the Machchhu river in Gujaray’s Morbi on Sunday night. (PTI Photo)
Updated on Oct 31, 2022 03:15 PM IST

BJP attacks Rajasthan govt over ‘auctioning of girls’

The Congress has accused the BJP of maligning the image of the state, as chief minister Ashok Gehlot assured a proper probe into the matter.

BJP national spokesperson Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore attacked the state government over the report, saying such instances reminded one of the Taliban. (PTI)
BJP national spokesperson Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore attacked the state government over the report, saying such instances reminded one of the Taliban. (PTI)
Published on Oct 29, 2022 12:11 AM IST

NCW sends team to Bhilwara to probe report on girls sold in Rajasthan

Bhilwara collector Ashish Modi said the specific instance of human trafficking highlighted by the newspaper were first reported in 2019 and two dozen people were arrested in this connection

NCW chairperson Rekha Sharma said the women rights body has asked the state chief secretary and police chief to file a first information report and arrest the accused. (AP File Photo/Representative)
NCW chairperson Rekha Sharma said the women rights body has asked the state chief secretary and police chief to file a first information report and arrest the accused. (AP File Photo/Representative)
Published on Oct 28, 2022 05:38 PM IST

IPS officer Umesh Mishra appointed Rajasthan DGP, gets 2-year term

Umesh Mishra is director general of intelligence in Rajasthan. He will take over from ML Lather who retires on November 3

Umesh Mishra, a 1989 batch IPS officer was recommended for appointment as DGP by a committee set up by UPSC (Twitter/Premraj4242)
Umesh Mishra, a 1989 batch IPS officer was recommended for appointment as DGP by a committee set up by UPSC (Twitter/Premraj4242)
Published on Oct 28, 2022 02:15 PM IST

Girls sold, women raped to settle disputes in Rajasthan: report

The report prompted the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) to issue a notice to the state government on Thursday

The report said a caste council forced a man to sell his sister first and then his 12-year-old daughter to settle a <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>15 lakh debt. (Shutterstock)
The report said a caste council forced a man to sell his sister first and then his 12-year-old daughter to settle a 15 lakh debt. (Shutterstock)
Published on Oct 28, 2022 09:30 AM IST
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