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Urvashi Dev Rawal is assistant editor with Hindustan Times Rajasthan edition and is based in Jaipur. She reports on politics, development journalism and women’s issues. She has reported from Delhi and Gujarat previously.

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Raj: BJP balances caste equations, pushes new names in Lok Sabha seats

BJP declares names for 24 out of 25 Lok Sabha seats in Rajasthan, balancing caste equations; new faces and surprises indicate power shift in party.

The party has tried to balance caste equations while distributing the seats, giving tickets to seven Jats, four Rajputs, two Brahmins, two OBCs, one Vasihya, one Gurjar. Four sets are reserved for SC and three are reserved for ST (Agencies)
Updated on Mar 27, 2024 08:31 PM IST
ByUrvashi Dev Rawal I Edited by Shilpa Ambardar, Jaipur

BJP announces three more candidates, replaces MoS on Manipur Lok Sabha seat

As part of its 6th list released on Tuesday, the BJP dropped Singh, who won the seat in 2019, and fielded state minister Thounaojam Basanta Kumar Singh instead.

Security personnel in Manipur’s Imphal. (Reuters)
Updated on Mar 27, 2024 03:55 AM IST
By, , Guwahati/jaipur

A lifeline for 26 parched districts in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh

The idea of diverting water from surplus basins to parched ones was simple and brilliant. However, the PKC ERC project remained stalled for five years

**EDS: IMAGE VIA @gssjodhpur** Jaipur: Union Minister of Jal Shakti Gajendra Singh Shekhawat with Rajasthan Chief Minister Bhajan Lal Sharma and Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Mohan Yadav during signing of an MoU on the Eastern Rajasthan Canal Project (ERCP), on Sunday, Jan. 28, 2024. (PTI Photo)(PTI01_29_2024_000047B)(PTI)
Published on Jan 31, 2024 06:57 PM IST

First-time MLA Bhajan Lal Sharma to be next Raj CM

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Tuesday named first-time lawmaker and long-time backroom strategist Bhajan Lal Sharma as the next chief minister of Rajasthan, completing a generational shift in three key heartland states that delivered impressive victories to the party in recently concluded assembly polls

Defence minister Rajnath Singh, former Rajasthan CM Vasundhara Raje and newly-elected Rajasthan CM Bhajan Lal Sharma in Jaipur. (PTI)
Updated on Dec 13, 2023 05:48 AM IST
By, Jaipur

Hectic parleys in BJP units to pick CMs in heartland states

According to people familiar with the matter, the BJP brass has been holding back-to-back meetings with state units since the results were finalised late on Sunday, but no decision has yet been made on holding the legislative party meetings to that effect.

BJP workers celebrate as the party leads in Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, and Chhattisgarh assembly elections during the counting of votes, in Ranchi on Sunday. (ANI)
Updated on Dec 05, 2023 07:10 AM IST

BJP improves tally in Marwar and Jaipur, retains hold in Mewar belt

The BJP’s vote share went up to 41.9% as compared to 38.77% in 2018. The Congress vote share went up marginally to 39.3% from 39.30% in 2018

BJP supporters celebrate party's victory, in Jaipur (PTI)
Updated on Dec 04, 2023 01:22 AM IST
By, Jaipur

BJP central team took reins of campaign to cement win

A major reason behind the party high command’s decision to take reins of the election in their hands was the knowledge that factionalism in the state unit posed a big challenge and threaten the BJP’s chances, according to senior party leaders

That done, a senior BJP leader who asked not to be done said the party decided to focus on “simmering anger” among the electorate on issues such as appeasement and corruption. (X)
Updated on Dec 04, 2023 07:34 AM IST
By, New Delhi/jaipur

Rajasthan: BJP retains hold in Mewar, Hadoti, improves tally in Marwar, Jaipur

BJP’s vote share in Rajasthan went up to 41.9 percent as compared to 38.77 in 201 wile the Congress’ vote share went up marginally to 39.53 from 39.30 in 2018

BJP supporters celebrate the party’s victory in the Rajasthan Assembly elections in Jaipur on Sunday. (PTI)
Updated on Dec 03, 2023 11:56 PM IST

Rajasthan: Raje, Shekhawat, Meghwal among contenders for CM’s post

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) contested the polls without a chief ministerial candidate with Prime Minister Narendra Modi leading the campaign

BJP supporters outside the party headquarters in Jaipur. (PTI)
Updated on Dec 03, 2023 01:59 PM IST

Cheap LPG cylinders to government jobs: BJP’s Rajasthan poll vows

The BJP manifesto for Rajasthan promises welfare schemes for farmers, women, and marginalized sections, and a probe into alleged corruption by the Congress.

BJP chief JP Nadda with senior party leaders Vasundhara Raje and CP Joshi releasing the party’s manifesto in Jaipur on Thursday. (ANI)
Updated on Nov 17, 2023 12:58 AM IST
By, Jaipur

Kanhaiya Lal murder: Brutal hate crime becomes a focal poll point in Udaipur

Son of a man who was brutally killed for allegedly supporting a BJP leader, has taken vow to not cut his hair or wear shoes until the perpetrators are hanged.

Yash Sahu, the son of Kanhaiya Lal Sahu who was killed in June 2022. (HT)
Updated on Nov 12, 2023 04:50 AM IST

Poll-bound | The key strategists in Rajasthan's upcoming elections

In the Congress, CM Ashok Gehlot is holding the reins; in the BJP, while the high command proposes, on-ground leader of opposition Rajendra Rathore disposes

BJP leader Rajyavardhan Rathore's and Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot (left)
Published on Nov 10, 2023 08:54 AM IST

Rajasthan elections: BJP begins outreach with focus on women and religious leaders

The polls for the 200-member assembly are scheduled for November 25, with the vote count set for December 3

In the 2018 assembly elections, the BJP won 73 seats out of the 200-member house (ANI)
Published on Nov 01, 2023 06:51 PM IST
By, Jaipur

Mahila chaupals, Sanatan Dharma part of BJP’s poll strategy in Rajasthan

Stating that the BJP will hold ‘Mahila Chaupal’ across the state in a push for women’s empowerment starting Nomvember 10, Pancharia said that the Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led government brought the reservation bill, which the Congress failed to do despite it being a long pending demand

The polls for the 200-member assembly are scheduled for November 25, with the vote count set for December (Representative Photo)
Published on Nov 01, 2023 04:43 PM IST

Caste census finds resonance in Rajasthan

As more and more caste groups seek a clear understanding of numbers, will a promise be enough to bring Ashok Gehlot's Congress government back another term?

Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot with Congress leader Sachin Pilot. (PTI)
Published on Oct 20, 2023 10:06 PM IST

In Rajasthan, BJP releases first list

The candidates’ list was released hours after the Election Commission announced the schedule for polls in five states

HT Image
Updated on Oct 10, 2023 08:48 AM IST

Behind women’s quota in local body polls, tales of patriarchy, proxy candidates

Many women in local politics still rely on their male family members to run affairs. Poor women's education and deep-rooted patriarchy contribute to this issue.

30 years after the 73rd amendment, while there have been benefits, there is also evidence on the ground that there is a long road to emancipation.(HT file (representative image))
Updated on Oct 10, 2023 04:50 AM IST

BJP hopes for ‘parivartan’ in upcoming Rajasthan polls

But the jury’s out on whether it has made a mistake by not making Vasundhara Raje — or any other BJP leader — the CM’s face in the state

Former Rajasthan chief minister Vasundhara Raje. (PTI)
Updated on Oct 07, 2023 02:15 PM IST

Vasundhara Raje confidant, Rajput leader Devi Singh Bhati rejoins BJP

Bhati, 78, is a seven-time MLA from the Kolayat assembly seat and is said to wield influence in the Rajput community

Devi Singh Bhati (HT photo)
Published on Sep 29, 2023 04:14 PM IST

Rajasthan elections: Shah, Nadda hold meet to firm up strategy

Union home minister Amit Shah and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president JP Nadda held a series of meetings with Rajasthan unit leaders over two days on Wednesday and Thursday, discussing strategy for the upcoming elections.

Union home minister Amit Shah and BJP chief JP Nadda at the meeting on Thursday. (ANI)
Updated on Sep 29, 2023 06:04 AM IST
By, Jaipur

Rajasthan polls: Shah, Nadda hold meets to iron out differences within state unit

Union home minister Amit Shah and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) chief JP Nadda held the meetings ahead of the declaration of the party’s first list of candidates for the Rajasthan polls

Union home minister Amit Shah and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) chief JP Nadda in Jaipur. (ANI)
Published on Sep 28, 2023 01:23 PM IST

Raje addresses meetings, participates in BJP meet amid ambiguity over role

Opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders appeared to be closing ranks in poll-bound Rajasthan ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Jaipur rally

Former Rajasthan chief minister Vasundhara Raje. (PTI)
Updated on Sep 25, 2023 02:30 PM IST

BJP eyeing 138 SC/ST seats in Rajasthan, launches special campaign

The Dalits and tribals together account for about 31% of Rajasthan’s population and wield considerable political influence.

The BJP has launched a month-long special drive to connect with voters in those reserved seats (Representative Photo)
Updated on Sep 09, 2023 03:39 PM IST

BJP to undertake statewide ‘parivartan yatras’ ahead of polls in Rajasthan

BJP leader Vasudev Devnani said the yatras will begin at three religious spots–Ganesh Temple in Sawai Madhopur, Banswada’s Beneshwar Dham, and Gogamedi in Hanumangarh

The BJP hopes to return to power in Rajasthan. (HT PHOTO)
Updated on Jul 11, 2023 03:33 PM IST

SC orders release of four men acquitted in Jaipur blast case

The SC ordered the release of four people who were acquitted by the Rajasthan high court earlier this year in connection with the 2008 Jaipur serial blasts.

The bench said the accused will have to appear at their respective police stations daily between 10am and 12pm. (HT)
Updated on May 18, 2023 03:18 AM IST
By, Jaipur

Rajasthan to amend notification for return of govt’s contributions to NPS

The state government is considering approaching the Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority, which regulates the NPS, for the return of its contribution of about ₹14,000 crore

Chief minister Ashok Gehlot-led Rajasthan government was the first to restore OPS in April 2022. (PTI)
Updated on Apr 20, 2023 04:41 PM IST

Social service in India precedes the arrival of missionaries: Bhagwat

RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat was speaking at the inaugural session of the three-day Rashtriya Sewa Sangam event in Jaipur.

RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat. (ANI)
Updated on Apr 08, 2023 12:20 AM IST
By, Jaipur

Raj public health experts hail RTH bill, call protest ‘unjustified’

Reacting to the protests, Chhaya Pachauli, state coordinator of the Jan Swasthya Abhiyan, said: “The state government has agreed to the demands of private doctors and they have no justification to continue the agitation.”

Patients await treatments in Bikaner (PTI)
Published on Mar 22, 2023 07:02 PM IST
ByUrvashi Dev Rawal I Edited by Shilpa Ambardar, Jaipur

Rajasthan BJP asks leaders to take party’s permission before organising protests

The decision comes after the BJP’s infighting surfaced during a protest on Saturday as supporters of member of Parliament Kirori Lal Meena chanted slogans against state BJP president Satish Poonia

Rajasthan BJP asks leaders to take party’s permission before organising protests
Published on Mar 14, 2023 12:56 PM IST

Jats to gather in Jaipur on Mar 5 to demand greater political representation

The gathering is seen as part of the community’s show of strength ahead of the elections that are due in Rajasthan later this year

Rajasthan Jat Mahasabha chief Rajaram Meel said community members from across the country were expected to attend the gathering. (HT PHOTO (Representative))
Published on Feb 27, 2023 04:33 PM IST
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