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Sunetra Choudhury is the National Political Editor of the Hindustan Times. With over two decades of experience in print and television, she has authored Black Warrant (Roli,2019), Behind Bars: Prison Tales of India’s Most Famous (Roli,2017) and Braking News (Hachette, 2010). Sunetra is the recipient of the Red Ink award in journalism in 2016 and Mary Morgan Hewett award in 2018.

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United Oppn will form a stable govt for 10 years, says Kharge

Congress president Mallikarjun Kharge is optimistic about his party's campaign, INDIA's prospects, and hints at a regime change after the election results.

Congress chief Mallikarjun Kharge. (HT)
Updated on May 24, 2024 05:33 AM IST

Conspiracy to force me to quit as CM... but I will not resign: Arvind Kejriwal

Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal campaigns at a gruelling pace, confident of winning. He criticizes PM Modi on local issues, inflation, and unemployment.

Arvind Kejriwal, chief minister of Delhi, at his house in Civil Lines on Wednesday. (Sanchit Khanna/HT Photo)
Updated on May 23, 2024 07:11 AM IST

Poll prep: BJP deploys veterans to mentor contenders in key seats

BJP deploys mentoring system for first-time contestants, reminiscent of Krishna guiding Arjuna in Mahabharata. Senior leaders mentor candidates in general elections.

BJP supporters in Amritsar on Friday. (ANI)
Updated on May 13, 2024 06:56 AM IST

HT interview: We empower citizens, Opp wants to steal their wealth, says PM Modi

There is no scope for complacency in the BJP as it is here to fulfil the vision of Viksit Bharat by 2047, says Prime Minister Narendra Modi

interview Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke about the state of the campaign, and the focus of his next government should it return to power.
Updated on May 12, 2024 11:40 AM IST

Class of ’92 in fray: 4 Doon batchmates set for Lok Sabha poll battles

The last time the political leaders got together was their 25th anniversary of graduating from the school in 2017.

Four of Doon school’s alumni from the class of 1992 are contesting in polls this year.
Updated on May 05, 2024 08:20 AM IST

Eknath Shinde: Thackerays sat at home, cheated people out of natural alliance

‘Our priority right now is to make Modi the PM for the third time. Our target is to win more seats in Maharashtra (than in 2019),’ Eknath Shinde tells HT

Mumbai, India – May 01, 2024: Maharashtra CM Eknath Shinde addressing the media at Balasaheb Bhavan, in Mumbai, India, on Wednesday, May 01, 2024. (Photo by Bhushan Koyande/HT Photo)
Updated on May 04, 2024 09:32 AM IST

Focus now is to make Modi the PM, we’ll think about CM later, says Shinde

Maharashtra CM Shinde took time off from hectic campaigning on Friday to speak to HT on why there is no need for a reconciliation between the two Sena factions.

Maharashtra chief minister Eknath Shinde. (HT photo)
Updated on May 04, 2024 01:11 AM IST

HT interview: Maratha quota protest not an issue, says Piyush Goyal

The Union minister also mounted an attack on Opposition, saying that they cobbled together a failed alliance.

Piyush Goyal said that entire Shiv Sena and the entire NCP is with the BJP. (PTI)
Updated on May 03, 2024 06:00 AM IST

Rahul doesn’t want Congress to field any family member from Amethi, Rae Bareli

Rahul Gandhi has now fixed plans for a rally in Pune on May 3, the last date for filing nominations for Phase 5 when Amethi and Raebareli go to polls on May 20.

Congress leaders Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi. (File Photo)
Updated on May 01, 2024 03:09 PM IST

HT interview: JD(U) losing ground, BJP has lost identity, says Tejashwi Yadav

Rashtriya Janata Dal leader and former Bihar deputy chief minister Tejashwi Yadav speaks to HT on a range of issues.

RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav speaking with media persons after election meeting with party senior leaders at RJD office in Patna, Bihar, India, Tuesday, 09, 2024. (Photo by Santosh Kumar/ Hindustan Times)
Updated on Apr 29, 2024 07:11 AM IST

HT interview: Hindus most affected by unemployment, says Tejashwi Yadav

In conversation with HT’s Sunetra Choudhury, RJD leader Tejaswhi Yadav says PM Modi and the BJP are nervous, and voters are tired of their unfulfilled promises.

Rashtriya Janata Dal leader and former deputy chief minister of Bihar, Tejashwi Yadav. (File Photo by Santosh Kumar /Hindustan Times)
Updated on Apr 28, 2024 07:09 PM IST

How caste factor plays out in BJP, Congress lists

In the BJP’s case, 27% of the 432 candidates declared so far are from an OBC, while the proportion for the Congress is 24.8% of 294 candidates.

A shopkeeper displays a model of an Electronic Voting Machine in Kolkata. (AFP Photo)
Updated on Apr 24, 2024 09:53 AM IST
By, New Delhi

Interview: Dalits not forgetful, Mayawati not missing, says BSP's Akash Anand

In an interview with HT, BSP leader Mayawati’s successor Akash Anand describes himself as a custodian of the party

BSP national coordinator Akash Anand addresses a public meeting ahead of the Lok Sabha elections in Agra on April 11. (PTI)
Updated on Apr 20, 2024 07:58 PM IST

HT interview: Economy relevant to elections, says Nirmala Sitharaman

Finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman has been on the campaign trail, across southern India, and also parts of the North-East.

Union finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman.
Updated on Apr 20, 2024 10:04 AM IST

Electoral bonds will be back after consultations: Finance Minister Sitharaman

BJP plans to reintroduce electoral bonds if re-elected in 2024, aiming for transparency. Nirmala Sitharaman criticizes Opposition, advocates economic stability.

Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman (ANI)
Updated on Apr 20, 2024 04:40 AM IST

Internal surveys show BJP gaining ground in Odisha

The BJP’s internal survey gave the party 15 of the 21 Lok Sabha seats, almost double the eight it won in 2019, people aware of the details said.

Odisha chief minister Naveen Patnaik with Prime Minister Narendra Modi. (PTI)
Updated on Apr 18, 2024 07:10 AM IST
By, New Delhi

BJP was sending feelers... I was clear my future is in Congress: Vikramaditya Singh

Bollywood actor Kangana Ranaut is trying to beat Congress minister Vikramaditya Singh, who has stepped in for his mother Pratibha Singh

Vikramaditya Singh (PTI)
Updated on Apr 17, 2024 09:02 AM IST

BJP could face a challenge in 5 Haryana , 6 Rajasthan seats: Survey

Haryana and Rajasthan have 10 and 25 LS seats, respectively. In 2019, the party won all the Haryana seats; it won 24 in Rajasthan and its then ally RLP, one.

BJP supporters during a public meeting for the 2024 Lok Sabha polls, in Uttar Pradesh on Friday. (PTI PHOTO)
Published on Apr 13, 2024 04:40 AM IST
By, New Delhi

1 in 4 in Congress list, 1 in 5 in BJP’s from political families

To be sure, given the churn in politics, not all those from political families contesting these elections are doing so for the same party as their elders

The candidates themselves say it is unfair to target them just because they are from political families, and point out that winning an election gives them legitimacy. (Arijit Sen/HT Photo)
Published on Apr 10, 2024 07:45 AM IST

HT interview: History has many IFS officers in politics, says Taranjit Singh Sandhu

Sandhu worked closely with PM Minister Narendra Modi during New Delhi’s negotiations with Washington to seal the $3 billion predator drones deal

Former Indian Ambassador to the US, Taranjit Singh Sandhu joins the BJP in the presence of party general secretaries Vinod Tawde and Tarun Chugh at BJP headquarters in New Delhi on March19. Sandhu was the 28th Ambassador of India to the US. (ANI.)
Published on Mar 22, 2024 07:06 PM IST

Another Jat leader exits NDA but BJP confident of retaining the vote base

There are other Jat leaders who haven’t quit but aren’t feeling particularly happy.

Churu MP Rahul Kaswan joined Congress in the presence of party president Mallikarjun Kharge at Kharge's residence in New Delhi(Hindustan Times)
Updated on Mar 13, 2024 01:14 AM IST
By, New Delhi

Goel’s resignation wasn’t prompted by events during ECI’s Bengal visit: Officials

Opposition leaders, including West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee, have attributed Goel’s resignation on Saturday to differences over the election schedule in West Bengal

Election commissioner Arun Goel resigned on Saturday. (PTI)
Updated on Mar 12, 2024 01:18 PM IST

Arun Goel steps down as election commissioner weeks before Lok Sabha polls

Goel’s term was till November 2027, and he was scheduled to become the chief election commissioner (CEC) in 2025

Arun Goel’s term was till November 2027 (Twitter Photo)
Updated on Mar 10, 2024 10:32 AM IST

Seat-sharing talks: BJP to get larger share in Lok Sabha polls, BJD for assembly

The return of the BJD to the NDA fold will bolster the latter’s quest for 400+ seats in the upcoming Lok Sabha polls.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik during a meeting in New Delhi. (PTI/File)
Published on Mar 08, 2024 05:08 AM IST

Farmers’ protest: Mann’s inclusion in negotiating panel irks Punjab BJP

On Tuesday, Punjab BJP chief Sunil Jakhar laid the blame for the failure of the latest round of talks between farmers and the government at the door of state chief minister Bhagwant Mann, whose inclusion in the panel meeting farmers surprised many people.

Punjab chief minister Bhagwant Mann. (AAP Punjab/X)
Updated on Feb 21, 2024 07:34 AM IST
By, New Delhi

BJP picks 14 names for Rajya Sabha elections

The BJP has released its list of candidates for the upcoming Rajya Sabha elections, including former Congress minister RPN Singh and leaders from various states. Notably, sitting ministers are absent from the list. The elections are unlikely to change the balance of power in the House.

In Uttar Pradesh, one of the candidate is former Congress leader RPN Singh, a three-term OBC (Sainthwar) lawmaker from Padrauna who made a political switch to BJP in 2022. (HT Photo)
Updated on Feb 12, 2024 06:18 AM IST
By, New Delhi

After a storied career, ex-PM Manmohan Singh likely to retire from public life

Singh’s only public appearance this year was for his daughter’s book launch at the India International Centre in January, where he was present for an hour or so

Former prime minister Manmohan Singh. (AFP File Photo)
Updated on Feb 09, 2024 09:37 AM IST
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Modi to embark on tour across states before Lok Sabha polls

The PM’s travels actually began over the weekend, with Odisha and Assam, and he will be travelling for at least 15 days this month, including a visit to the UAE

Prime Minister Narendra Modi(PTI)
Updated on Feb 07, 2024 12:55 AM IST
By, New Delhi

Nitish Kumar inches closer to exiting Bihar alliance; BJP ready

If Nitish Kumar makes the switch, as rumoured, it will be the fourth such move in the past decade and the second this term

Bihar CM Nitish Kumar and deputy CM Tejashwi Yadav during a Republic Day event at Gandhi Maidan in Patna. (Santosh Kumar/HT Photo)
Updated on Jan 27, 2024 05:30 AM IST
By, , New Delhi/patna

Playing it forward: R Sukumar interviews jazz legend Herbie Hancock

He's unfazed by the potential of AI. Once an engineering student, he has a soft spot for technology. His focus now, he says, is to pass the baton he was handed.

At the American Center, New Delhi. ‘I was young once, and I made mistakes. But musicians didn’t just put me (down); they showed me how it was done. So now it’s my turn to be the kind of grandfather of the music,’ he says. (HT Photo: Paroma Mukherjee)
Updated on Jan 19, 2024 10:49 PM IST
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