DK Singh

DK Singh

DK Singh was part of Hindustan Times’ nationwide network of correspondents that brings news, analysis and information to its readers. He no longer works with the Hindustan Times.

Articles by DK Singh
Unon finance minister Arun Jaitley and Union minister Vijay Goel arrive to attend the BJP parliamentary party meeting, during the Budget session of Parliament in New Delhi on Thursday.(PTI)
Unon finance minister Arun Jaitley and Union minister Vijay Goel arrive to attend the BJP parliamentary party meeting, during the Budget session of Parliament in New Delhi on Thursday.(PTI)

Arun Jaitley’s Budget 2018 focuses on outreach to key segments

New Delhi, Hindustan Times | By DK Singh
UPDATED ON FEB 02, 2018 12:27 AM IST
The intent of Arun Jaitley’s Budget 2018 speech was unmistakable: ‘poor’ and ‘poverty’ figured 23 times in it; so did ‘jobs’, ‘employment’ and ‘farmers’; and there were 11 mentions of ‘women’.
Karnataka chief minister Siddaramaiah(File photo)
Karnataka chief minister Siddaramaiah(File photo)

‘Absolutely no anti-incumbency’ in Karnataka, Congress will retain power: Chief minister Siddaramaiah

Hindustan Times | By DK Singh, Bengaluru
UPDATED ON JAN 30, 2018 08:20 AM IST
Karnataka chief minister Siddaramaiah said he was confident the Congress would be able to counter the popularity of Prime Minister Narendra Modi because the people would “compare the achievements of the state government with those of the Centre”.
Chief minister of Karnataka Siddaramaiah.(File)
Chief minister of Karnataka Siddaramaiah.(File)

PM Modi is popular but did not keep his promises, says Karnataka CM Siddaramaiah

Bengaluru, Hindustan Times | By DK Singh
UPDATED ON JAN 30, 2018 09:24 AM IST
The people of Karnataka are happy with us, there is absolutely no anti-incumbency, the chief minister says.
BJP president Amit Shah with Karnataka BJP chief BS Yeduyurappa.(PTI File Photo)
BJP president Amit Shah with Karnataka BJP chief BS Yeduyurappa.(PTI File Photo)

BJP will contest Karnataka polls on its own: Amit Shah

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Shishir Gupta and DK Singh
PUBLISHED ON JAN 25, 2018 08:24 AM IST
The BJP chief says if general elections were held today, the BJP would do better than it did in 2014.
Anil Ambani, chairman of Reliance Communication.(Reuters file)
Anil Ambani, chairman of Reliance Communication.(Reuters file)

Anil Ambani ‘hurt’ by Congress’ statements on Rafale jet deal

New Delhi, Hindustan Times | By DK Singh
UPDATED ON JAN 05, 2018 10:06 PM IST
In a letter to Randeep Surjewala, in charge of the Congress party’s communication department, Ambani rejected the opposition party’s contention about his company’s lack of experience in aerospace.
BJP president Amit Shah flashes victory sign as he is welcomed on his arrival at the party headquarters in New Delhi on December 18.(PTI Photo)
BJP president Amit Shah flashes victory sign as he is welcomed on his arrival at the party headquarters in New Delhi on December 18.(PTI Photo)

Gujarat election results: How BJP cut into Congress gains to retain its hold on state

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By DK Singh
UPDATED ON DEC 19, 2017 07:57 AM IST
The saffron party bagged 99 seats in the 182-member assembly in Gujarat and retained its hold over the state where BJP has been in power for over two decades.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi shows his ink-marked finger after casting his vote outside a polling station during the last phase of Gujarat state assembly election in Ahmedabad, December 14, 2017.(REUTERS)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi shows his ink-marked finger after casting his vote outside a polling station during the last phase of Gujarat state assembly election in Ahmedabad, December 14, 2017.(REUTERS)

How assembly election results 2017 will boost Narendra Modi’s reforms agenda

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By DK Singh
UPDATED ON DEC 18, 2017 02:07 PM IST
Results of the assembly elections in Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh will come a repudiation of these naysayers as people chose to repose faith in Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Railways minister Piyush Goyal speaks at a FICCI event in New Delhi on Tuesday.(PTI)
Railways minister Piyush Goyal speaks at a FICCI event in New Delhi on Tuesday.(PTI)

Passengers likely to pay less for Shatabdi, Rajdhani, Duronto tickets during off-seasons, lean days

New Delhi, Hindustan Times | By DK Singh
UPDATED ON DEC 14, 2017 07:33 AM IST
The move is likely to be extremely popular with passengers. Airlines use a similar model, and to good effect.
Railways minister Piyush Goyal completed 100 days in office on Tuesday.(PTI File)
Railways minister Piyush Goyal completed 100 days in office on Tuesday.(PTI File)

Decisions being executed will make us the safest rail network in world: Piyush Goyal

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By DK Singh
UPDATED ON DEC 13, 2017 11:57 PM IST
Railway minister says the bullet train project was initiated during the UPA regime, the Congress forgets what they had started.
Congress vice-president Rahul Ghandhi with Himachal Pradesh CM Virbhadra Singh waves to a crowd at an election rally at Nagrota in Kangra.(PTI FILE)
Congress vice-president Rahul Ghandhi with Himachal Pradesh CM Virbhadra Singh waves to a crowd at an election rally at Nagrota in Kangra.(PTI FILE)

Himachal elections: Local dynamics may decide outcome as BJP, Congress eye victory

Shimla/Hamirpur/Una, Hindustan Times | By DK Singh
UPDATED ON NOV 09, 2017 07:52 AM IST
In the run-up to the Himachal elections, the Congress made the Goods and Services Tax and demonetisation its central planks.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi being welcomed on stage at the public meeting in Ghogha, Gujarat on October 22. Chief minister Vijay Rupani and deputy chief minister Nitinbhai Patel are also seen.(PTI Photo)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi being welcomed on stage at the public meeting in Ghogha, Gujarat on October 22. Chief minister Vijay Rupani and deputy chief minister Nitinbhai Patel are also seen.(PTI Photo)

Gujarat elections: BJP has lot at stake in its citadel, Congress eyes revival

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By DK Singh
UPDATED ON OCT 26, 2017 09:42 AM IST
The BJP can ill-afford a poor performance in Modi’s home state as it could put a spanner in saffron surge and provide the elixir Congress needs to revive itself before the 2019 general elections.
Former president Pranab Mukherjee (left) with former prime minister Manmohan Singh at the release of his book ‘The Coalition Years’ at a function in New Delhi on Friday.(PTI Photo)
Former president Pranab Mukherjee (left) with former prime minister Manmohan Singh at the release of his book ‘The Coalition Years’ at a function in New Delhi on Friday.(PTI Photo)

Was Sonia Gandhi considering Manmohan Singh’s replacement in 2012?

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By DK Singh, New Delhi
UPDATED ON OCT 14, 2017 11:09 AM IST
At his book release function, Pranab Mukherjee decribed the Congress as a coalition in itself, as it brings all ideas on one platform.
Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorists executed terror strikes in Mumbai on November 26, 2008. Taj Mahal Hotel was one of the 12 places attacked by the terrorists.(HT File Photo)
Lashkar-e-Taiba terrorists executed terror strikes in Mumbai on November 26, 2008. Taj Mahal Hotel was one of the 12 places attacked by the terrorists.(HT File Photo)

26/11 attacks: India asked Pak foreign minister to leave, reveals Pranab book

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By DK Singh
UPDATED ON OCT 14, 2017 01:17 PM IST
Former president Pranab Mukherjee, who released his autobiography — The Coalition Years 1996-2012 — on Friday, said he had interrupted the press conference of visiting Pak foreign minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi and asked him to leave immediately amidst high tension in the country over 2008 terror strikes in Mumbai, which killed at least 162.
Gujarat chief minister Vijay Rupani flags off the traditional march on the occasion of ‘Shahid Divas’ in Ahmedabad on 23 March 2017.(HT File Photo)
Gujarat chief minister Vijay Rupani flags off the traditional march on the occasion of ‘Shahid Divas’ in Ahmedabad on 23 March 2017.(HT File Photo)

Personality politics versus governance: How BJP and Cong will fight the coming assembly elections

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By DK Singh
UPDATED ON OCT 13, 2017 05:51 PM IST
The BJP’s performance in Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh will impact the government’s appetite for bolder policies.
President Ram Nath Kovind, vice president M Venkaiah Naidu and Prime Minister Narendra Modi pose with some of the new members of the Union cabinet after a reshuffle exercise, at the Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi on Sunday.(PTI)
President Ram Nath Kovind, vice president M Venkaiah Naidu and Prime Minister Narendra Modi pose with some of the new members of the Union cabinet after a reshuffle exercise, at the Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi on Sunday.(PTI)

A message in cabinet reshuffle: PM Modi won’t shy away from testing strategies

New Delhi, Hindustan Times | By DK Singh
UPDATED ON SEP 03, 2017 11:57 PM IST
Nirmala Sitharaman was appointed the defence minister and Piyush Goyal the railway minister as Prime Minister Narendra Modi revamped his team on Sunday.
President Ram Nath Kovind, vice president M Venkaiah Naidu and Prime Minister Narendra Modi with newly sworn-in ministers, at Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi on Sunday.(PTI)
President Ram Nath Kovind, vice president M Venkaiah Naidu and Prime Minister Narendra Modi with newly sworn-in ministers, at Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi on Sunday.(PTI)

Cabinet rejig: PM springs a few surprises; Nirmala gets defence, Goyal railways

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By DK Singh
UPDATED ON SEP 04, 2017 08:57 AM IST
Nirmala Sitharaman and Piyush Goyal emerged as two biggest gainers in the cabinet reshuffle. Another gainer in the latest round of restructuring was road transport and highways minister Nitin Gadkari.
Smriti Irani greets Dharmendra Pradhan as Nirmala Sitharaman looks on during the swearing-in ceremony at the Rashtrapati Bhawan in New Delhi on September 3, 2017. PM Narendra Modi rejigged his Council of ministers for a third time since he became prime minister in 2014.(Arvind Yadav/HT Photo)
Smriti Irani greets Dharmendra Pradhan as Nirmala Sitharaman looks on during the swearing-in ceremony at the Rashtrapati Bhawan in New Delhi on September 3, 2017. PM Narendra Modi rejigged his Council of ministers for a third time since he became prime minister in 2014.(Arvind Yadav/HT Photo)

Cabinet reshuffle Highlights: Parrikar praises Sitharaman, Prabhu wishes Goyal luck

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By DK Singh
UPDATED ON SEP 03, 2017 07:41 PM IST
In Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s third cabinet rejig, Nirmala Sitharaman was named defence minister, taking over from Arun Jaitley, while Piyush Goyal took over railways from Suresh Prabhu.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi waves at supporters as BJP President Amit Shah looks on, prior to a meeting with chief ministers of BJP-ruled states in New Delhi.(PTI FILE PHOTO)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi waves at supporters as BJP President Amit Shah looks on, prior to a meeting with chief ministers of BJP-ruled states in New Delhi.(PTI FILE PHOTO)

Cabinet reshuffle: Ex-Mumbai top cop, former diplomat among PM’s 9 new ministers

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By DK Singh
UPDATED ON SEP 03, 2017 08:18 AM IST
Nine new ministers of the Narendra Modi government will be sworn in at 10:30am on Sunday and the portfolios are likely to be announced later in the day.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi looks inclined to deal with non-performing assets in his team.(AP file)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi looks inclined to deal with non-performing assets in his team.(AP file)

What will shape PM Narendra Modi’s new cabinet, poll compulsion or good governance?

Hindustan Times | By DK Singh
UPDATED ON SEP 02, 2017 04:45 PM IST
In his last reshuffle in July 2016, the PM had dropped five ministers and demoted two. He had inducted 19 ministers, some of them keeping the then upcoming Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand polls in mind.
Niti Aayog building at Parliament Street in New Delhi.(HT File)
Niti Aayog building at Parliament Street in New Delhi.(HT File)

67 references to China reveal inspiration of Niti Aayog’s 3-year action plan

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By DK Singh
UPDATED ON AUG 28, 2017 10:14 AM IST
The agenda, released by finance minister Arun Jaitley on August 24, not only hails and acknowledges China’s economic muscle but also highlights how India comes up short.
Members of the Jat community protest for expanded rights.(HT File Photo)
Members of the Jat community protest for expanded rights.(HT File Photo)

OBC sub-categorisation: Mandal 2.0 moment for Indian politics?

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By DK Singh
UPDATED ON AUG 24, 2017 07:38 AM IST
The proposed sub-categorisation may bring together a coalition of non-dominant castes.
Shayara Bano at her house in Haldwani, Uttarakhand.(HT File Photo)
Shayara Bano at her house in Haldwani, Uttarakhand.(HT File Photo)

From Shah Bano to Shayara Bano: The evolution of Indian society and polity

Hindustan Times | By DK Singh, New Delhi
UPDATED ON AUG 23, 2017 08:54 AM IST
The Supreme Court on Tuesday struck down instant triple talaq, calling it unconstitutional and against the tenets of Islam.
The Supreme Court’s striking down of instant triple talaq could help the ruling BJP further consolidate its base among Muslims ahead of assembly polls in several states.(PTI file photo)
The Supreme Court’s striking down of instant triple talaq could help the ruling BJP further consolidate its base among Muslims ahead of assembly polls in several states.(PTI file photo)

Triple talaq verdict: BJP looks set to reap electoral gains, Congress in damage-control mode

By DK Singh
UPDATED ON AUG 22, 2017 11:52 PM IST
The striking down of instant triple talaq by the Supreme Court is likely to benefit the ruling BJP in the coming assembly elections in Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh
Ahmed Patel celebrates after winning the Rajya Sabha election.(Siddharaj Solanki/HT Photo)
Ahmed Patel celebrates after winning the Rajya Sabha election.(Siddharaj Solanki/HT Photo)

JD(U) vote may have swung Gujarat Rajya Sabha election for Ahmed Patel

Hindustan Times, New Delhi/Gandhinagar | By DK Singh, Hiral Dave
UPDATED ON AUG 10, 2017 08:29 AM IST
Ahmed Patel was declared elected to the Council of States in early hours after a night of drama and a day of claims and counter-claims of support for the Congress leader.
Congress leader Ahmed Patel after casting his vote for the Rajya Sabha election at the Secretariat in Gandhinagar on Tuesday. It is a big victory for Patel, Congress president Sonia Gandhi’s political secretary, who would have faced many party snipers had he lost(PTI)
Congress leader Ahmed Patel after casting his vote for the Rajya Sabha election at the Secretariat in Gandhinagar on Tuesday. It is a big victory for Patel, Congress president Sonia Gandhi’s political secretary, who would have faced many party snipers had he lost(PTI)

Rajya Sabha win will reinforce Ahmed Patel’s reputation as the Congress’s Chanakya

Hindustan Times | By DK Singh
UPDATED ON AUG 09, 2017 02:20 PM IST
Although it will boost the morale of Congress workers, but party needs to do much more to dethrone the BJP in either Narendra Modi’s Gujarat or elsewhere
Chief minister of Bihar Nitish Kumar (L) with Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi.(PTI File Photo)
Chief minister of Bihar Nitish Kumar (L) with Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi.(PTI File Photo)

In backing Nitish Kumar, Modi sets up corruption-versus-development plank for 2019

New Delhi, Hindustan Times | By DK Singh
UPDATED ON JUL 28, 2017 12:44 AM IST
One often hears clarion calls for parties to come together for the sake of secularism. But secular-versus-communal debates have gone in favour of the BJP in the past few elections.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi offers sweet to Ram Nath Kovind on being elected as the 14th President of India, in New Delhi on Thursday.(PTI Photo)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi offers sweet to Ram Nath Kovind on being elected as the 14th President of India, in New Delhi on Thursday.(PTI Photo)
People raise slogans at a rally to pay tribute to slain gangster Anandpal Singh at Saanvrad village in Nagaur on Thursday.(PTI photo)
People raise slogans at a rally to pay tribute to slain gangster Anandpal Singh at Saanvrad village in Nagaur on Thursday.(PTI photo)

Anandpal encounter: A gangster’s killing in Rajasthan exposes the BJP’s faultlines

Hindustan Times | By DK Singh
UPDATED ON JUL 15, 2017 07:34 PM IST
Since he was killed, Rajput bodies across the state have blocked roads and vandalised public property in demand for an inquiry into what they allege was a staged encounter.
Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar has remained silent on the CBI raids against RJD chief Lalu Prasad.(PTI File Photo)
Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar has remained silent on the CBI raids against RJD chief Lalu Prasad.(PTI File Photo)

Lalu may play the victim card for larger role in national politics, but all eyes are on Nitish Kumar | HT analysis

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By DK Singh
UPDATED ON JUL 08, 2017 07:46 AM IST
Lalu would seek to play a bigger role nationally by cobbling up a grand alliance of opposition parties at the Centre, and his clamour of ‘political vendetta’ is likely to find resonance with many parties, such as the Congress, Trinamool Congress, DMK and AAP.
Security personnel fire teargas shells during a protest by GJM activists in Darjeeling.(PTI file photo)
Security personnel fire teargas shells during a protest by GJM activists in Darjeeling.(PTI file photo)

Darjeeling unrest: Mamata Banerjee corners BJP but may have to pay for political brinkmanship

New Delhi | By DK Singh
UPDATED ON JUN 20, 2017 07:19 AM IST
It was Mamata Banerjee’s announcement to make Bengali language compulsory in schools that gave Bimal Gurung, the GJM chief, an opportunity to regain his dwindling political stocks
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