Deep Joshi

Deep Joshi is a Dehradun based special correspondent at HT bureau and covers politics

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Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank gets HRD ministry in PM Modi’s new cabinet

Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank , the e Haridwar Lok Sabha member, who won the seat by a significant margin of votes, joined the Narendra Modi cabinet on Thursday after the ruling BJP’s landslide win in the just-concluded parliamentary elections.
Former Uttarakhand CM and Haridwar MP Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank took charge as the HRD minister on Friday, May 31, 2019, soon after the announcement of portfolios.(HT Photo)
Former Uttarakhand CM and Haridwar MP Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank took charge as the HRD minister on Friday, May 31, 2019, soon after the announcement of portfolios.(HT Photo)
Updated on May 31, 2019 03:29 PM IST
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Lok Sabha Elections Results 2019: What led to Congress Lok Sabha poll debacle in Uttarakhand

According to a political analyst Congress paid a heavy price because of its failure to highlight the state government’s failure to tackle issues like farmers’ distress and unemployment
BJP candidate from Tehri seat Mala Rajya Laxmi Shah with state minister Dhan Singh Rawat and city mayor Sunil Uniagal Gamma in a roadshow after her victory in the Lok Sabha elections, in Dehradun, Friday, May 24, 2019.(PTI)
BJP candidate from Tehri seat Mala Rajya Laxmi Shah with state minister Dhan Singh Rawat and city mayor Sunil Uniagal Gamma in a roadshow after her victory in the Lok Sabha elections, in Dehradun, Friday, May 24, 2019.(PTI)
Published on May 24, 2019 05:57 PM IST
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BJP repeats 2014 Uttarakhand sweep, retains all 5 seats

State BJP president Ajay Bhatt claimed that the ruling party won all the five seats owing to the policies pursued by PM Modi.
For the Congress, it is the second electoral drubbing in two years, after it lost the 2017 assembly election to the BJP.(Diwakar Prasad/ HT PHOTO)
For the Congress, it is the second electoral drubbing in two years, after it lost the 2017 assembly election to the BJP.(Diwakar Prasad/ HT PHOTO)
Updated on May 24, 2019 08:42 AM IST
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Ahead of Lok Sabha polls result, PM Modi to offer prayers at Kedarnath, Badrinath

PM Modi will arrive in Uttarakhand on May 18 for his two-day visit during which he will offer prayers at Badrinath and Kedarnath shrines apart from reviewing the Kedarpuri reconstruction project.
Modi will begin his two-day visit by offering prayers at the altar of Kedarnath temple on May 18.(PTI photo)
Modi will begin his two-day visit by offering prayers at the altar of Kedarnath temple on May 18.(PTI photo)
Updated on May 16, 2019 10:04 PM IST
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Uttarakhand government wants farmers to go organic to keep Ganga toxin-free

According to a government official, the project is one of the several schemes being implemented to keep the Ganga free of chemical pollution.
Forty two villages from five districts of Uttarakhand have been selected for organic farming project.(HT Photo / Representative Image)
Forty two villages from five districts of Uttarakhand have been selected for organic farming project.(HT Photo / Representative Image)
Published on May 13, 2019 03:45 PM IST
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Uttarakhand government to offer improved online helpline for Chardham Yatra pilgrims

The improved hi-tech online centralised customer care service this time will be different from the complaint redressal mechanism available on Twitter, Facebook and WhatsApp, which was introduced some years back.
The Badrinath shrine in Uttarakhand’s Chamoli district is one of the four shrines in the state form the Chardham Yatra.(HT File Photo)
The Badrinath shrine in Uttarakhand’s Chamoli district is one of the four shrines in the state form the Chardham Yatra.(HT File Photo)
Published on Apr 17, 2019 03:05 PM IST
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Lok Sabha Elections 2019: ‘Work done in last five years had never been carried out in 55 years’: BJP Haridwar candidate Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank

Sitting MP Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank has once again been fielded by the BJP from the Haridwar Lok Sabha constituency.
BJP MP from Haridwar, Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank(HT Photo)
BJP MP from Haridwar, Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank(HT Photo)
Published on Apr 05, 2019 05:49 PM IST
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I have the full support of Dalits, OBC and minority voters, says Congress Haridwar candidate Ambrish Kumar

Congress’ Haridwar Lok Sabha candidate Ambrish Kumar says that his rival, BJP’s Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank, is a rank outsider in the constituency.
Ambrish Kumar is the Congress candidate from the Haridwar Lok Sabha seat in Uttarakhand.(HT Photo)
Ambrish Kumar is the Congress candidate from the Haridwar Lok Sabha seat in Uttarakhand.(HT Photo)
Updated on Apr 05, 2019 05:38 PM IST
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Lok Sabha Elections 2019: Congress organisationally weak, its chief no match for Modi, claims Uttarakhand BJP

The Uttarakhand BJP has chalked out a strategy for its final round of intensive poll campaign to be carried out for the next 10 days ahead of the Lok Sabha elections.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi is likely to address an election rally in Dehradun on April 5.(HT File Photo)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi is likely to address an election rally in Dehradun on April 5.(HT File Photo)
Published on Apr 01, 2019 04:49 PM IST
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Uttarakhand CM Rawat ‘faces Lok Sabha polls test’

Political analysts say that the Lok Sabha polls would be a referendum on whether the growth agenda that the Uttarakhand CM Trivendra Singh Rawat pursued has gone down well with people or not. His party, the BJP, is aiming to retain all five Lok Sabha seats in the state.
Chief minister Trivendra Singh Rawat (centre) welcomes the acting president of BJP state unit, Naresh Bansal (L), at party state headquarters in Dehradun on Wednesday, March 27, 2019.(Vinay Santosh Kumar / HT Photo)
Chief minister Trivendra Singh Rawat (centre) welcomes the acting president of BJP state unit, Naresh Bansal (L), at party state headquarters in Dehradun on Wednesday, March 27, 2019.(Vinay Santosh Kumar / HT Photo)
Updated on Mar 28, 2019 05:05 PM IST
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Lok Sabha Elections 2019: Congress ready to give BJP tough fight in Uttarakhand

The Congress may give the BJP a tough fight in Uttarakhand owing to two factors - the poll arithmetic favouring it and the strong anti-incumbency prevailing against the latter, said its leaders.
Dehradun: Uttarakhand Congress President Pritam Singh, leader of the Opposition (LoP) Indira Hridayesh and other state leaders address the media, in Dehradun, Sunday, March 17, 2019.(PTI)
Dehradun: Uttarakhand Congress President Pritam Singh, leader of the Opposition (LoP) Indira Hridayesh and other state leaders address the media, in Dehradun, Sunday, March 17, 2019.(PTI)
Updated on Mar 25, 2019 04:40 PM IST
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Lok Sabha Elections 2019: Uttarakhand BJP chief Ajay Bhatt is party’s Nainital candidate

Ajay Bhatt, the Uttarakhand BJP chief, was named the party’s Nainital-Udhamsingh Nagar candidate, after former chief minister and the BJP’s sitting MP BS Koshiyari declined to contest from this Lok Sabha constituency, citing his age.
Ajay Bhatt, Uttarakhand BJP chief, is considered to be close to PM Modi and party president Amit Shah. His relationship with them was further cemented after the Bharatiya Janata Party swept the 2017 assembly polls with an unprecedented majority.(HT Photo)
Ajay Bhatt, Uttarakhand BJP chief, is considered to be close to PM Modi and party president Amit Shah. His relationship with them was further cemented after the Bharatiya Janata Party swept the 2017 assembly polls with an unprecedented majority.(HT Photo)
Updated on Mar 22, 2019 04:02 PM IST
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Lok Sabha Elections 2019: BJP fields sitting MP Mala Rajya Laxmi Shah from Tehri Garhwal seat

The main factor that is said to have worked in favour of Mala Rajya Laxmi, BJP candidate from Tehri Garhwal Lok Sabha constituency, was speculation that if she was not nominated she could have join the Congress, BJP insiders said.
Mala Rajya Laxmi Shah, BJP’s Tehri Garhwal Lok Sabha constituency, is the first woman to be elected to the Lok Sabha from Uttarakhand since its formation in 2000.(HT Photo)
Mala Rajya Laxmi Shah, BJP’s Tehri Garhwal Lok Sabha constituency, is the first woman to be elected to the Lok Sabha from Uttarakhand since its formation in 2000.(HT Photo)
Updated on Mar 22, 2019 03:45 PM IST
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Lok Sabha Elections 2019: Old hand Tirath Singh Rawat is BJP’s choice for Uttarakhand’s Pauri seat

BJP insiders, however, feel that the party’s Pauri Lok Sabha constituency candidate Tirath Singh Rawat’s low profile as a politician and lack of oratory skills are his weak points.
Tirath Singh Rawat is the BJP candidate from the Pauri Lok Sabha constituency.(HT Photo)
Tirath Singh Rawat is the BJP candidate from the Pauri Lok Sabha constituency.(HT Photo)
Updated on Mar 22, 2019 04:07 PM IST
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Lok Sabha Elections 2019: For BJP’s Haridwar candidate Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank, anti-incumbency remains an issue

Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank, a former chief minister of Uttarakhand and BJP’s candidate from Haridwar Lok Sabha constituency, had defeated his nearest rival the Congress’ Renuka Rawat by about 200,000 votes in the last Lok Sabha election held in 2014.
Former Uttarakhand CM and sitting MP Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank has been fielded by the BJP once again from the Haridwar Lok Sabha constituency.(HT File Photo)
Former Uttarakhand CM and sitting MP Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank has been fielded by the BJP once again from the Haridwar Lok Sabha constituency.(HT File Photo)
Updated on Mar 22, 2019 04:05 PM IST
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Lok Sabha Elections 2019: BJP fields Ajay Tamta again for Uttarakhand’s Almora seat

The two-term legislator Ajay Tamta is a minister of state in the Union cabinet. The BJP’s Almora candidate was also a member of the consultative committee of the ministry of water resources and river development and Ganga rejuvenation.
Ajay Tamta is the BJP candidate from Almora Lok Sabha constituency. The party brass seems to have given Tamta, a Union minister of state in the Union cabinet, preference because of his administrative experience.(HT File Photo)
Ajay Tamta is the BJP candidate from Almora Lok Sabha constituency. The party brass seems to have given Tamta, a Union minister of state in the Union cabinet, preference because of his administrative experience.(HT File Photo)
Updated on Mar 22, 2019 04:08 PM IST
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PM Modi to launch BJP campaign in Uttarakhand on March 28 with rally in Rudrapur

Uttarakhand BJP’s vice president JP Gairola said Modi’s rally in Rudrapur on March 28 will boost party’s campaign for the Lok Sabha elections.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will launch BJP’s Lok Sabha elections campaign in Uttarakhand on March 28.(PTI File)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will launch BJP’s Lok Sabha elections campaign in Uttarakhand on March 28.(PTI File)
Updated on Mar 20, 2019 03:24 PM IST
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Lok Sabha Elections 2019: Modi’s pro-poor schemes to help BJP win 5 seats, says Uttarakhand CM

Analysts say that the Trivendra Singh Rawat government’s role in executing various projects and the “pro-poor” schemes envisioned by Prime Minister Narendra Modi may help the BJP retain the five Lok Sabha seats in Uttarakhand.
Uttarakhand chief minister Trivendra Singh Rawat.(HT File Photo)
Uttarakhand chief minister Trivendra Singh Rawat.(HT File Photo)
Published on Mar 18, 2019 04:42 PM IST
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PM Modi or Amit Shah likely to launch BJP’s LS poll campaign in Uttarakhand by March-end

BJP’s Uttarakhand unit chief Ajay Bhatt said the party’s campaign for the 2019 Lok Sabha elections could be launched by PM Modi or national president Amit Shah with a public meeting on March 25 or 26.
BJP’s Uttarakhand president Ajay Bhatt (C) presides over an election management committee meeting at the BJP office in Dehradun on Tuesday, March 12, 2019.(Vinay Santosh Kumar / HT Photo)
BJP’s Uttarakhand president Ajay Bhatt (C) presides over an election management committee meeting at the BJP office in Dehradun on Tuesday, March 12, 2019.(Vinay Santosh Kumar / HT Photo)
Updated on Mar 13, 2019 03:36 PM IST
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BJP to reach out to minorities, Dalits in Uttarakhand as part of Lok Sabha poll strategy

The Uttarakhand unit of BJP will chalk out the programmes for Lok Sabha Elections 2019 in an organisational meeting to be held in Dehradun on March 12.
The Bharatiya Janata Party will chalk out programmes for the Lok Sabha elections in a meeting at its headquarters in Dehradun on Tuesday, March 12, 2019.(HT Photo)
The Bharatiya Janata Party will chalk out programmes for the Lok Sabha elections in a meeting at its headquarters in Dehradun on Tuesday, March 12, 2019.(HT Photo)
Updated on Mar 12, 2019 04:58 PM IST
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Lok Sabha Elections 2019: In Haridwar constituency, Modi magic waning among farmers, Muslims and SCs

Lok Sabha Elections 2019: The Haridwar parliamentary constituency is represented by BJP veteran Ramesh Pokhariyal Nishank . Barring urban centres like Roorkee and Haridwar, the Modi magic seems to be waning in this constituency where the odds appeared to be in favour of the Congress
Lok Sabha Elections 2019: A view of the Haridwar Lok Sabha constituency.(HT Photo)
Lok Sabha Elections 2019: A view of the Haridwar Lok Sabha constituency.(HT Photo)
Updated on Mar 11, 2019 02:02 PM IST
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PM Modi, Amit Shah to intensify BJP Lok Sabha poll campaign in Uttarakhand

Lok Sabha Elections 2019: The general view among the Uttarakhand unit of BJP is that both PM Modi and national president Amit Shah would have to be roped in to give a boost to its electoral prospects owing to the strained relations among its top local leaders.
The Uttarakhand unit of the Bharatiya Janata Party is trying to rope in PM Modi and party president Amit Shah to launch a second phase of campaign in the state for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections.(HT FIle)
The Uttarakhand unit of the Bharatiya Janata Party is trying to rope in PM Modi and party president Amit Shah to launch a second phase of campaign in the state for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections.(HT FIle)
Updated on Mar 07, 2019 04:44 PM IST
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All sitting BJP MPs in Uttarakhand may not get LS ticket: Thawar Chand Gehlot

BJP’s Uttarakhand in-charge Thawar Chand Gehlot’s statement may lead to rebellion in the party in view of some of its five sitting parliamentarians aspiring for tickets yet again.
Union minister of social justice and empowerment Thawar Chand Gehlot (2nd from right) addresses a press conference at BJP office in Dehradun on Thursday.(HT Photo)
Union minister of social justice and empowerment Thawar Chand Gehlot (2nd from right) addresses a press conference at BJP office in Dehradun on Thursday.(HT Photo)
Updated on Jan 25, 2019 03:54 PM IST
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Uttarakhand BJP to woo farmers, youth with eye on Lok Sabha elections

As part of its pre-poll campaign Bhartiya Janata Yuva Morch (BJYM) national president Poonam Mahajan would address a meeting of BJYM office bearers on January 29 at Parade Ground in Dehradun.
During the campaign, farmers will be informed about a centrally-funded scheme under which organic farming will be promoted among Uttarakhand’’s marginal hill farmers, says a minister.(HT File)
During the campaign, farmers will be informed about a centrally-funded scheme under which organic farming will be promoted among Uttarakhand’’s marginal hill farmers, says a minister.(HT File)
Updated on Jan 23, 2019 04:06 PM IST
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BJP says grand alliance’s ‘sole agenda is to defeat Modi’

BJP national general secretary Saroj Pandey said Congress president Rahul Gandhi had been accusing Modi of corruption in the controversial Rafale fighter aircraft deal with an eye on the Lok Sabha polls, likely to be held in April-May.
Gandhinagar, India - January 18, 2019: Prime Minister Narendra Modi speaks during the inaugural session at Vibrant Gujarat Global Summit, at Mahatma Mandir Exhibition cum Convention Centre, in Gandhinagar, Gujarat, India, on Friday, January 18, 2019. (Photo by Siddharaj Solanki / Hindustan Times)(HT Photo)
Gandhinagar, India - January 18, 2019: Prime Minister Narendra Modi speaks during the inaugural session at Vibrant Gujarat Global Summit, at Mahatma Mandir Exhibition cum Convention Centre, in Gandhinagar, Gujarat, India, on Friday, January 18, 2019. (Photo by Siddharaj Solanki / Hindustan Times)(HT Photo)
Updated on Jan 19, 2019 09:59 PM IST
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Uttarakhand gives nod to implementing 10% quota for economically weaker sections

Uttarakhand CM Trivendra Singh Rawat praised Prime Minister Narendra Modi for bringing the legislation that seeks to provide the economically backward in the general category 10% reservation in government jobs and educational institutions.
Trivendra Singh Rawat-led BJP government of Uttarakhand has decided to implement 10% quota for economically weaker sections.(HT File Photo)
Trivendra Singh Rawat-led BJP government of Uttarakhand has decided to implement 10% quota for economically weaker sections.(HT File Photo)
Updated on Jan 16, 2019 04:07 PM IST
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PM Modi may launch BJP’s Lok Sabha poll campaign from Kedarnath

Modi’s visit will follow BJP chief Amit Shah’s Dehradun visit on February 2, when he will address a meeting of party workers from the two state parliamentary constituencies of Dehradun and Haridwar.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited Kedarnath in November 2018 to review reconstruction work.(PTI FILE PHOTO)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited Kedarnath in November 2018 to review reconstruction work.(PTI FILE PHOTO)
Published on Jan 15, 2019 07:57 AM IST
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With eye on Lok Sabha polls, Uttarakhand’s BJP government likely to table tax-free budget

IAccording to an official privy to the budget-making process, the TS Rawat-led BJP government will table the annual budget in the assembly during its 12-day session that starts on February 11.
The Uttarakhand Assembly.The state finance minister said he had yet not received any proposals for levying fresh taxes in the budget which is likely to be presented during the 12-day assembly session from Feb 11.(HT FIle)
The Uttarakhand Assembly.The state finance minister said he had yet not received any proposals for levying fresh taxes in the budget which is likely to be presented during the 12-day assembly session from Feb 11.(HT FIle)
Updated on Jan 11, 2019 03:03 PM IST
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Uttarakhand BJP faces problem of plenty ahead of Lok Sabha polls

The Uttarakhand BJP faces a challenge of retaining all the five Lok Sabha seats after the Congress won three heartland states of Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan in assembly elections late last year.
Uttarakhand state BJP vice president JP Gairola said so many veterans vying for tickets for the upcoming Lok Sabha polls reflected the party’s democratic nature.(HT Photo)
Uttarakhand state BJP vice president JP Gairola said so many veterans vying for tickets for the upcoming Lok Sabha polls reflected the party’s democratic nature.(HT Photo)
Published on Jan 07, 2019 03:15 PM IST
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Uttarakhand eases construction norms, hikes civic bodies’ financial powers

Presided over by chief minister Trivednra Singh Rawat, the Uttarakhand cabinet also approved a one-time settlement scheme for owners of commercial buildings such as private hospitals and schools etc being run in residential areas.
Chief minister Trivendra Singh Rawat addresses a press conference at his residence in Dehradun on Monday, December 31, 2018.(HT Photo)
Chief minister Trivendra Singh Rawat addresses a press conference at his residence in Dehradun on Monday, December 31, 2018.(HT Photo)
Updated on Jan 01, 2019 04:32 PM IST
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