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View: Why Akhilesh Yadav is demanding a probe into Mukhtar Ansari's death

Asaduddin Owaisi jumped into the fray. After achieving some degree of success in Maharashtra and Bihar, UP looks tempting. It is this that has Akhilesh worried.

Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav meets family members of late gangster-turned-politician Mukhtar Ansari(PTI)
Published on Apr 08, 2024 11:36 AM IST

Lok Sabha elections: In Uttar Pradesh, ‘Ram’ has already made a difference

Political allegiances are changing in UP, clearly in favour of BJP and Modi. But the Ram temple seems to have also deepened the fault lines of polarisation

A file photo of Prime Minister Narendra Modi offering prayers before the Ram Lalla idol during the Pran Pratishtha ceremony at the Ram Mandir in Ayodhya.(PTI file)
Updated on Mar 24, 2024 01:33 PM IST

Lok Sabha elections 2024 ground report: Tamil Nadu remains elusive for BJP

Apart from a few die-hard supporters here and there, the author found no enthusiasm among ordinary folks for the BJP.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi interacts with Tamil Nadu Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) President K Annamalai during a public rally in Kanniyakumari. (ANI Photo)
Updated on Mar 18, 2024 06:43 AM IST

Lok Sabha elections ground report: Ram matters but welfare is key

More than the Ram temple, it is welfare schemes that made it possible for Narendra Modi to have a decent chance of winning a third consecutive mandate.

Narendra Modi's welfare schemes have transformed lives and it will matter more than Ram Temple in 2024 Lok Sabha election.(PTI)
Updated on Mar 15, 2024 05:24 PM IST

Lok Sabha elections 2024 ground report: A tectonic shift in Kashmiri narrative

Lok Sabha elections 2024: From clearly seen hostility earlier, the discourse in Kashmir now has transformed into mainstream “Indian”.

Lok Sabha Elections 2024: Crowd at Prime Minister Narendra Modi's public rally at Bakshi Stadium in Srinagaron on March 7. (Photo By Waseem Andrabi /Hindustan Times)--
Updated on Mar 12, 2024 01:28 PM IST

Lok Sabha polls | Ayodhya ground report: Sheer devotion not assertive aggression

In Ayodhya, fervour is almost as if devotees had rediscovered a world that was lost for a long time. There is nothing that reminds you of unapologetic Hindutva.

The crowd at the Ram Temple in Ayodhya. (Reuters)
Updated on Mar 03, 2024 12:14 PM IST

Lok Sabha polls: Can BJP sneak past 60% vote share in Rajasthan?

Even some Congress loyalists don't see much of a future for the party. Booth level workers of the BJP, on the other hand, are a highly motivated lot.

Rajasthan chief minister Bhajanlal Sharma, party national vice president Vasundhara Raje, state deputy CMs Diya Kumari and Prem Chand Bairwa filing the BJP Rajya Sabha candidate's Rajya Sabha nomination. (File photo)
Published on Mar 02, 2024 12:12 PM IST

Himachal Pradesh: Why the Congress crisis was destined

In the 2019 Lok Sabha elections, the BJP had gathered a staggering 69% of the vote share in Himachal Pradesh.

Leader of Opposition in the Himachal Pradesh assembly, Jairam Thakur speaks to the media after staging a walkout on Wednesday. (ANI)
Published on Feb 28, 2024 05:34 PM IST

Lok Sabha polls: In North Bengal, saffron flags all over, but what about votes?

For those who think the Ram Temple “hype” is a North Indian phenomenon, North Bengal will come as a surprise.

There is a sense of “cease fire” in north Bengal between the TMC and BJP cadre compared to the mayhem one reads about in south Bengal. (HT File)
Published on Feb 25, 2024 03:28 PM IST

Lok Sabha elections ground report: The Bodos seem to be at peace, at last

So, what’s the deal with Bodos? Quite simply, it is a fierce determination to protect their native culture, language and customs.

By and large, Bodos no longer think about violence since they have now the means and the governance powers to protect their culture and heritage.(PTI)
Published on Feb 20, 2024 12:35 PM IST

'Bharat Ratna' Chaudhary Charan Singh was more ‘socialistic’ than Indira Gandhi

Hailed as a son of the soil farm leader, Charan Singh believed in ruthlessly taxing the rich & “luxury” consumption in his only Union Budget.

Former prime minister Chaudhary Charan Singh. (ANI Photo)
Published on Feb 10, 2024 01:36 PM IST

Hemant Soren's arrest by ED and the enduring political instability in Jharkhand

Jharkhand is being left far behind by yet another tribal-dominated state Chhattisgarh that were formed together in November 2000.

Hemant Soren shows a thumbs up as he reaches Raj Bhavan to submit his resignation as Jharkhand chief minister to governor CP Radhakrishnan in Ranchi on Wednesday. (ANI)
Updated on Feb 01, 2024 11:16 AM IST
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