Chetan Chauhan is National Affairs Editor. A journalist for over two decades, he has written extensively on social sector and politics with special focus on environment and political economy.
Articles by Chetan Chauhan
Karnataka polls: Will Cong push past halfway mark on its own?
Data from the Election Commission of India’s (ECI) website shows that the Congress has a vote share of around 44.5%, significantly higher than 38% during the previous elections in 2018, when it won 80 seats.
Updated on May 13, 2023 10:22 AM IST
Cong’s anti-graft push in Karnataka reaping rewards, early trends show
A few electoral constants have characterised the Karnataka elections over the past few decades. For one, the BJP has never secured a majority in the state assembly polls. Second, after 1985, no ruling party has secured a majority in the subsequent assembly polls.
Updated on May 13, 2023 10:24 AM IST
Big guns fire as Karnataka poll campaign ends
Campaigning for the Karnataka assembly elections, where BJP hopes to defend its control over the only southern state, closed on Monday.
Updated on May 09, 2023 05:43 AM IST
ByChetan Chauhan, Arun Dev, New Delhi/bengaluru
Karnataka Polls: Top three themes this season
Three main issues that have captured the public imagination are the ban on Bajrang Dal, insults to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and corruption.
Updated on May 08, 2023 07:29 PM IST
Karnataka polls 2023: A Brahmin factor at play
The opposition wants to present the exit of senior leaders from the BJP as a a Lingayat versus Brahmin conflict. So do some BJP leaders
Updated on Apr 24, 2023 01:59 PM IST
Karnataka Election '23: Rebellion is a calculated move
As aspirants denied party tickets quit the BJP and join the Opposition's ranks, the race to win the May 13 polls has only become more complex
Updated on Apr 19, 2023 12:26 PM IST
84 swing seats may seal poll fortunes in Karnataka
Data suggests that Ron is among the 84 assembly seats where the winning party has changed every election since 2008.
Updated on Apr 18, 2023 06:03 PM IST
Tiger population dips in Western Ghats: Report
The report said that tiger populations have also declined in Jharkhand, Odisha, Chhattisgarh, Andhra Pradesh and Telangana.
Updated on Apr 10, 2023 06:16 AM IST
Tiger population declines in Western Ghats despite 6.74% increase in the country
Prime Minister Narendra Modi released the latest tiger census data in Karnataka’s Mysuru on the occasion of 50 years of Project Tiger on Sunday
Updated on Apr 09, 2023 05:52 PM IST
Understanding communal clashes during Ram Navami processions
Places where clashes took place in the past two years have been flashpoints between Hindu and Muslim communities in the past too
Published on Apr 06, 2023 08:07 PM IST
What shapes the electoral landscape in Karnataka
Will the Bharatiya Janata Party be able to fight off anti-incumbency, and also allegations of widespread corruption, in the state? Can the Congress eke out a rare win? And will the Janata Dal (S) still be relevant? .
Updated on Mar 30, 2023 11:24 AM IST
2 U'khand's and 4 in Kerala among top 10 landslide risk districts: ISRO study
“Rudraprayag district in Uttarakhand state, which has highest landslide density in India, is also having highest exposure to total population, working population, literacy and no. of houses (to landslides),” the study based on ISRO satellite maps said.
Published on Mar 05, 2023 12:04 AM IST
Warmer than normal temperature in west, north India
The Rhododendron , Uttarakhand’s state tree, bloomed in first week of February in most parts of north-western Himalayas, at least a month before it usually does
Updated on Feb 18, 2023 12:47 AM IST
BJP left state finances in mess, coming up with open investor policy: Sukhwinder Singh Sukhu
A month after taking over, the Congress government in Himachal Pradesh decided to restore the old pension scheme (OPS) and will soon be coming with an open investor policy to boost state finances, which state chief minister Sukhwinder Singh Sukhu said was in “dire straits”
Published on Jan 28, 2023 12:39 AM IST
Congress wrests hill state with focus on grassroots concerns
This time, the Congress fought the election without its tallest leader in the state and ran a campaign steered by his wife, Mandi MP Pratibha Singh
Published on Dec 09, 2022 03:08 PM IST
ByChetan Chauhan and Naresh K ThakurChetan Chauhan and Naresh K Thakur
Congress soars in Queen of Hills
The Congress on Thursday snatched Himachal Pradesh from the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), marking the first assembly election victory for the beleaguered party in nearly four years that was earned on the back of a committed local leadership and a grassroots campaign.
Updated on Dec 09, 2022 04:01 PM IST
ByChetan Chauhan and Gaurav Bisht, New Delhi/shimla
Close contest between Congress, BJP as early trends emerge in Himachal
According to the trends, ruling Bharatiya Janata Party was leading on 33, Congress 32, and independents on three seats
Published on Dec 08, 2022 10:18 AM IST
Gujarat polls: Poll arithmetic in tribal belt changes due to AAP’s entry
The Congress has been traditionally winning most of the tribal dominated seats in Gujarat, even though it has been out of power for the past 27 years.
Updated on Dec 04, 2022 05:23 AM IST
ByChetan Chauhan, Madosa/dahod
Ex-minister’s arrest a key election issue in north Gujarat
On September 16, Vipul Chaudhary was arrested by Gujarat’s anti-corruption branch from his residence in Gandhinagar, which alleged that as chairman of the Mehsana District Cooperative Producers Union (Dudhsagar Dairy), he had committed financial irregularities worth ₹750 crore between 2005 and 2016.
Updated on Dec 04, 2022 07:08 AM IST
ByChetan Chauhan, Mehsana
Gujarat elections: Mevani goes all out in key Vadgam battle
Gujarat elections: As more people join in to listen, Jignesh Mevani attacks the BJP for the release of 11 people convicted in the Bilkis Bano rape case.
Updated on Dec 03, 2022 03:37 AM IST
ByChetan Chauhan, Vadgam
Gujarat elections: Dairy cooperatives shape rural contest
In Gujarat’s Banaskantha district, Nagana is a sleepy but well-developed village. A vast majority of the homes here are part of the village cooperative that collects milk for Banas Dairy, Gujarat’s biggest district milk union.
Updated on Dec 02, 2022 12:37 PM IST
ByChetan Chauhan, Palanpur/mehsana
Data bill suggests key changes to RTI law
The draft of the Digital Data Protection Bill proposes to do away with 8.1 (j) section of the RTI Act, which allows information commissioner to determine if personal information about administration officials can be released in the greater public interest.
Updated on Nov 21, 2022 07:33 AM IST
Himachal Pradesh Elections: There is no legacy leadership after Virbhadra’s death, says Sukhu
Himachal Pradesh Elections 2022: Himachal Congress campaign committee chairperson and party candidate from Nadaun in Hamirpur district, Sukhwinder Singh Sukhu, said that new leadership has emerged in the Himachal Congress after former six-time chief minister Virbhadra Singh’s death
Published on Nov 10, 2022 01:33 AM IST
New leadership has emerged in Himachal Congress after Virbhadra’s death: Sukhu
Congress leader Sukhwinder Singh Sukhu said there was no legacy leadership in Himachal Pradesh after the death of Virbhadra Singh and a new leadership has replaced legacy leadership
Published on Nov 09, 2022 04:58 PM IST
Himachal polls: Congress banking on anti-incumbency but faces leadership vacuum
The polling to elect the 68-member Himachal assembly will held on November 12 and the results will be declared on December 8
Published on Nov 08, 2022 02:56 PM IST
Himachal elections | Kingmaker Kangra: Why winning here matters for parties
Unlike most other districts of Himachal, the introduction of the Agnipath scheme in the country from June 2022 appears to be an election issue in Kangra and neighbouring districts of Hamirpur, Una and Mandi, which sends 35 of 68 law-makers to the state legislative assembly
Updated on Nov 04, 2022 02:44 AM IST
5 years on, how state’s political arena changed in Gujarat
Political experts say the Patidar agitation has lost steam, that businesses have become accustomed to GST, and that the BJP has sought to counter anti-incumbency by replacing almost the entire cabinet in 2021 with Bhupendra Patel replacing Vijay Rupani as chief minister.
Updated on Nov 04, 2022 02:17 PM IST
ByChetan Chauhan and Maulik Pathak
Elections 2022: Both Congress and BJP wary of ‘Dhumal factor’ in Himachal Pradesh
Prem Kumar Dhumal’s biggest success was in 1998 when he became the chief minister with the help of former Union communications and information technology minister Sukh Ram
Published on Nov 01, 2022 01:23 PM IST
Himachal Pradesh election is BJP-Cong battle, accept challenge: CM to HT
Thakur said two days are left for the withdrawal of nominations and he hopes they will be able to convince some of the rebels to withdraw
Updated on Oct 27, 2022 03:16 PM IST
Himachal polls: BJP hopes to repeat 2017 sweep in CM Thakur’s home district
In 2017, the BJP swept the district -- the second-largest after Kangra -- and won all 10 seats.
Updated on Oct 27, 2022 05:15 AM IST
ByChetan Chauhan, Seraj (mandi):