Kumar Uttam covers politics and public affairs. He has been a journalist for 15 years.
Articles by Kumar Uttam
By Kumar Uttam
PUBLISHED ON OCT 18, 2019 12:04 AM IST
UPDATED ON OCT 11, 2019 12:51 PM IST
Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis has managed to emerge as a strong leader despite not belonging to one of the dominant castes of the western state. Here are the reasons for the rise in his stature.
UPDATED ON JUL 06, 2020 01:42 AM IST
Sena realises that the BJP’s strength and size has grown manifold over the past five years. The BJP is no more a party of urban pockets and has grown even in rural areas.
BJP announces first list of candidates for Maharashtra polls, CM Devendra Fadnavis to contest from Nagpur
UPDATED ON OCT 01, 2019 02:10 PM IST
The BJP and the Sena on Monday announced that the two parties will contest the October 21 Maharashtra Assembly elections together, but stopped short of disclosing their seat-sharing formula.
PUBLISHED ON SEP 30, 2019 07:45 PM IST
MSDE minister Mahendra Nath Pandey made this announcement at a meeting with states, which also saw collaboration with 22 organizations to provide apprenticeship training opportunities to more than 2.5 lakh youth in the country.
Haryana assembly elections 2019: In first list of 78 candidates, BJP fields sportspersons Babita Phogat and Yogeshwar Dutt
UPDATED ON SEP 30, 2019 06:47 PM IST
Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar will contest from Karnal, the seat he won for the first time in the last assembly election.
UPDATED ON SEP 30, 2019 06:03 AM IST
The BJP has also given ticket to Daval Singh Zala, also a former Congress MLA, it’s ticket time contest the bye election from Bayad.
UPDATED ON SEP 29, 2019 10:26 AM IST
The BJP is now in seat-sharing talks with its partner in Maharashtra, the Shiv Sena. According to an Election Commission notification, the last date for filing of nominations for the Maharashtra polls is October 4; the verdict will be out on October 24.
UPDATED ON SEP 27, 2019 10:41 PM IST
Bansuri called on Salve to hand over to him a coin of rupee as his fee for appearing before the International Court of Justice in the case relating to Kulbhushan Jadhav, who is in Pakistan Jail on charges of spying.
PUBLISHED ON SEP 27, 2019 10:21 AM IST
BJP contested the 2014 assembly election without an alliance with Sena, furled candidates in 260 out of 288 seats, and won 122 seats.
UPDATED ON SEP 27, 2019 12:39 AM IST
Rajya Sabha MP Chaudhary Birender Singh could be an exception to this rule. Singh’s son Birjendra Singh successfully contested the Lok Sabha election from Hisar. Singh’s wife, Prem Lata, too, is a legislator from Uchana Kalan and is likely to be renominated.
UPDATED ON SEP 25, 2019 11:59 AM IST
The election commission on Saturday announced the schedule for the assembly election in these two states, fixing October 4 as the last date to receive nomination.
PUBLISHED ON SEP 25, 2019 12:46 AM IST
A five page-note on the Gandhi Sankalp Yatra that BJP’s working president JP Nadda shared with his party colleagues urged them to wear clothes made from the homespun cotton that for Gandhi was a symbol of self-reliance.
UPDATED ON SEP 22, 2019 02:08 AM IST
The BJP has set a target of 220-plus in the 288-member Maharashtra assembly (along with its ally, Shiv Sena) and 75-plus in the 90-seat Haryana House.
UPDATED ON SEP 21, 2019 02:59 AM IST
Maharashtra and Haryana will go to polls in October, while Jharkhand votes in December. All three states are ruled by a BJP government, although the party has a majority on its own only in Haryana.
PUBLISHED ON SEP 18, 2019 09:08 AM IST
This strategy will also have its reflection in the team of national office bearers when it is constituted after the election of Jagat Prakash Nadda as the party president by year end.
PUBLISHED ON SEP 17, 2019 09:39 AM IST
Several Union ministers, vice-president M Venkaiah Naidu, West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee were among those who wished Prime Minister Modi his birthday.
UPDATED ON SEP 13, 2019 11:58 PM IST
An RSS leader said that the idea for such an interaction was being discussed within the organization since the April-May parliamentary elections when a section of the foreign media reportedly presented the Sangh parivar affiliates in a poor light.
UPDATED ON SEP 13, 2019 02:28 PM IST
The Congress was entertaining the idea of Preraks or motivators across the country to “envision, design and deliver” training skills to its workers as part of efforts to scale-up its mass contact programmes following a series of electoral setbacks.
New Delhi | By Kumar Uttam and Anisha Dutta
UPDATED ON SEP 13, 2019 12:46 AM IST
The decision came on a day Tamil Nadu and Uttar Pradesh joined a growing band of states that say the fines, which have increased in some cases by as much as tenfold, are too high.
Hindustan Times, Patna | By Kumar Uttam
UPDATED ON SEP 12, 2019 09:11 AM IST
A former union minister, Sanjay Paswan is currently a BJP member in the Bihar legislative assembly and his words should, ideally, have been taken seriously. But the BJP was quick to dismiss his suggestion as a personal remark. The JD(U) too is fuming.
Hindustan TImes, New Delhi | By Kumar Uttam
UPDATED ON SEP 11, 2019 05:32 AM IST
The minority affairs minister believes Prime Minister Modi has established a culture of clean and transparent politics by demolishing “arrogance of power”.
UPDATED ON SEP 09, 2019 09:03 AM IST
Nitish virtually took digs at the BJP, which has ruled the state for maximum period, and said the state carved out of undivided Bihar has not progressed the way it was expected to. He taunted the BJP government saying people from Bihar, where prohibition is in force, come to Jharkhand for liquor.
UPDATED ON SEP 05, 2019 09:34 AM IST
Junior home minister Nityanand Rai continues to head the Bihar BJP, unlike his Uttar Pradesh and Maharashtra counterparts who were relieved of their organisational assignment within months of their induction into the union council of ministers.
UPDATED ON SEP 04, 2019 09:48 AM IST
Tamilsai Soundararajan is the second BJP leader after former Kerala BJP chief Kumannam Rajasekharan to have been given a gubernatorial assignment when they were heading the party in their state.
UPDATED ON SEP 04, 2019 03:12 AM IST
The Centre last month abrogated Constitution’s Article 370, which gave special status to Jammu and Kashmir and barred outsiders from buying property and getting government jobs in the state. The abrogation was among the key poll promises of the BJP.
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Rajeev Jayaswal and Kumar Uttam
PUBLISHED ON SEP 01, 2019 11:36 PM IST
The senior Congress leader was reacting to the 5% Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth in the April-June quarter, the slowest in more than six years.
UPDATED ON AUG 31, 2019 05:20 AM IST
The ruling party will observe “Seva Saptah” (service week) between September 14 and 20.
UPDATED ON AUG 29, 2019 06:44 PM IST
UPDATED ON JUN 22, 2020 09:27 PM IST
A special focus of the Fit India Movement campaign will be on rural India that lacks basic facilities to improve physical well-being and awareness of fitness, one of the two persons cited above said on condition of anonymity.