Kumar Uttam

Kumar Uttam

Kumar Uttam covers politics and public affairs. He has been a journalist for 15 years.

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Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis at the election rally of BJP candidate for Chinchwad assembly constituency in Pune, on Thursday,October,10, 2019.(HT Photo)
Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis at the election rally of BJP candidate for Chinchwad assembly constituency in Pune, on Thursday,October,10, 2019.(HT Photo)

Maharashtra Assembly Election 2019: Why and how Devendra Fadnavis emerged as BJP’s top pick

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Kumar Uttam
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.
Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis & Shiv Sena Chief Uddhav Thackeray seen together at an event. BJP-Shiv Sena have come to terms regarding assembly seat sharing.(Hindustan Times)
Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis & Shiv Sena Chief Uddhav Thackeray seen together at an event. BJP-Shiv Sena have come to terms regarding assembly seat sharing.(Hindustan Times)

Why Shiv Sena accepted ‘junior partner’ status in Maharashtra alliance

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Kumar Uttam
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.
CM Devendra Fadnavis at Garware Hall, Churchgate in Mumbai, on September 30, 2019. (Photo by Anshuman Poyrekar/ Hindustan Times)(Hindustan Times)
CM Devendra Fadnavis at Garware Hall, Churchgate in Mumbai, on September 30, 2019. (Photo by Anshuman Poyrekar/ Hindustan Times)(Hindustan Times)

BJP announces first list of candidates for Maharashtra polls, CM Devendra Fadnavis to contest from Nagpur

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Kumar Uttam
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.
A worker carries a sack at a wholesale market in Delhi. The official said there will be extensive focus on promoting Apprenticeship training(Photo: Bloomberg)
A worker carries a sack at a wholesale market in Delhi. The official said there will be extensive focus on promoting Apprenticeship training(Photo: Bloomberg)

Centre pledges Rs 560 crore to states for skill development

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Kumar Uttam
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.
In the upcoming Haryana assembly elections 2019, wrestler Babita Phogat will contest from Dadri.(Sanjeev Verma/HT PHOTO)
In the upcoming Haryana assembly elections 2019, wrestler Babita Phogat will contest from Dadri.(Sanjeev Verma/HT PHOTO)

Haryana assembly elections 2019: In first list of 78 candidates, BJP fields sportspersons Babita Phogat and Yogeshwar Dutt

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Kumar Uttam
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.
The BJP on Sunday fielded former Congress MLA Alpesh Thakor in the by-election to Radhanpur assembly segment of Gujarat.(Alpesh Thakor/Twitter)
The BJP on Sunday fielded former Congress MLA Alpesh Thakor in the by-election to Radhanpur assembly segment of Gujarat.(Alpesh Thakor/Twitter)

For Gujarat bypolls, BJP gives tickets to 2 ex-Congressmen

New Delhi | By Kumar Uttam
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.
Devendra Fadnavis, Maharashtra CM, speaks to the media. BJP has deployed senior leaders like BJP’s general secretary Bhupendra Yadav, Uttar Pradesh’s deputy chief minister Keshav Prasad Maurya and Karnataka deputy chief minister Laxman Savadi to pre-empt any rebellion in the party after candidate selection.(Kunal Patil/ Hindustan Times)
Devendra Fadnavis, Maharashtra CM, speaks to the media. BJP has deployed senior leaders like BJP’s general secretary Bhupendra Yadav, Uttar Pradesh’s deputy chief minister Keshav Prasad Maurya and Karnataka deputy chief minister Laxman Savadi to pre-empt any rebellion in the party after candidate selection.(Kunal Patil/ Hindustan Times)

How BJP plans to negate the problem of plenty for Maharashtra elections

New Delhi | By Kumar Uttam
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.
Harish Salve being presented Re 1 for appearing before the International Court of Justice in the case relating to Kulbhushan Jadhav. (Image tweeted by Swaraj Kaushal)
Harish Salve being presented Re 1 for appearing before the International Court of Justice in the case relating to Kulbhushan Jadhav. (Image tweeted by Swaraj Kaushal)

Sushma Swaraj’s daughter fulfils her mother’s last promise

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Kumar Uttam
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.
Assembly elections are due next month in Maharashtra.(Vijayanand Gupta/HT Photo)
Assembly elections are due next month in Maharashtra.(Vijayanand Gupta/HT Photo)

BJP-Shiv Sena seat sharing announcement for Maharashtra assembly elections likely over weekend

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Kumar Uttam
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.
Indian wrestler Yogeshwar Dutt (second from left) and former Indian hockey captain Sandeep Singh (right) joined the BJP in the presence of Haryana state unit chief Subash Barala (left) in New Delhi on Thursday.
Indian wrestler Yogeshwar Dutt (second from left) and former Indian hockey captain Sandeep Singh (right) joined the BJP in the presence of Haryana state unit chief Subash Barala (left) in New Delhi on Thursday.

In Haryana, BJP not to field immediate kin of MLAs, MPs

New Delhi | By Kumar Uttam
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.
The BJP won Maharashtra and Haryana for the first time in 2014. It got a majority in Haryana and emerged as the single largest party in Maharashtra.(HT file photo)
The BJP won Maharashtra and Haryana for the first time in 2014. It got a majority in Haryana and emerged as the single largest party in Maharashtra.(HT file photo)

BJP’s candidate list for Haryana, Maharashtra polls likely next week

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Kumar Uttam
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.
BJP leaders have also been advised to avoid flashy branding of the event and ensure only Gandhi’s pictures and quotes on publicity material.(Photo: satyakumar_y/ Twitter)
BJP leaders have also been advised to avoid flashy branding of the event and ensure only Gandhi’s pictures and quotes on publicity material.(Photo: satyakumar_y/ Twitter)

Khadi, marches by leaders part of BJP’s October 2 plan

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Kumar Uttam
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.
The BJP is yet to announce a seat-sharing deal with the Shiv Sena, but analysts say it is possible that the latter will, for the first time, accept the status of a junior partner in the coalition.(Reuters file photo)
The BJP is yet to announce a seat-sharing deal with the Shiv Sena, but analysts say it is possible that the latter will, for the first time, accept the status of a junior partner in the coalition.(Reuters file photo)

BJP eyes solo win, better margin

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Kumar Uttam
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.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and BJP Maharashtra president Chandrakant Patil being garlanded by supporters during the 'Vijay Sankalp Rally' in Nashik.(PTI photo)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis and BJP Maharashtra president Chandrakant Patil being garlanded by supporters during the 'Vijay Sankalp Rally' in Nashik.(PTI photo)

BJP plans to bank on new faces in upcoming elections

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Kumar Uttam
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.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi in conversation with Union Home Minister Amit Shah, and BJP working President JP Nadda.(Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi in conversation with Union Home Minister Amit Shah, and BJP working President JP Nadda.(Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)

In BJP’s new appointments, a push for younger faces

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Kumar Uttam
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.
During the day, Prime Minister Modi will visit the site of Gujarat’s Sardar Sarovar Dam on the Narmada river whose water level has reached its highest mark for the first time to celebrate the feat and kick off Namami Narmade festival.(File photo: PTI)
During the day, Prime Minister Modi will visit the site of Gujarat’s Sardar Sarovar Dam on the Narmada river whose water level has reached its highest mark for the first time to celebrate the feat and kick off Namami Narmade festival.(File photo: PTI)

PM Modi 69th Birthday: Greetings pour in for PM Modi as he turns 69

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Kumar Uttam
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.
Bhagwat often holds such interactions with the journalists in the national capital and in states, but this is perhaps the first time that the RSS chief is meeting journalists working for foreign publications.(HT image)
Bhagwat often holds such interactions with the journalists in the national capital and in states, but this is perhaps the first time that the RSS chief is meeting journalists working for foreign publications.(HT image)

Mohan Bhagwat to meet 70 int’l journalists to explain the functioning of RSS

New Delhi | By Kumar Uttam
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.
A boy walks as volunteers of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) stand before 'Path Sanchalan' (route march) on Vijyadashmi festival at Shukrawar Peth in Pune.(Pratham Gokhale/HT file photo)
A boy walks as volunteers of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) stand before 'Path Sanchalan' (route march) on Vijyadashmi festival at Shukrawar Peth in Pune.(Pratham Gokhale/HT file photo)

Preraks a no-go for Congress, but lessons for the party in RSS structure | Opinion

New Delhi | By Kumar Uttam
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.
Gujarat and Uttarakhand, both ruled by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), have already lowered fines while another BJP-administered state, Karnataka, has indicated it will slash penalties soon.(HT image)
Gujarat and Uttarakhand, both ruled by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), have already lowered fines while another BJP-administered state, Karnataka, has indicated it will slash penalties soon.(HT image)

Nitin Gadkari to call CMs on MV Act changes

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.
A Bharatiya Janata Party leader in Bihar said it was time for Nitish Kumar to graduate to national politics.(Parwaz Khan /HT PHOTO)
A Bharatiya Janata Party leader in Bihar said it was time for Nitish Kumar to graduate to national politics.(Parwaz Khan /HT PHOTO)

Nitish Kumar is NDA captain in Bihar, BJP has to wait and watch | Analysis

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.
Minority affairs minister , Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi believes abrogation of Article 370 was necessary.(Mohd Zakir/ Hindustan Times)
Minority affairs minister , Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi believes abrogation of Article 370 was necessary.(Mohd Zakir/ Hindustan Times)

‘People criticising J&K move doing it for politics’: Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi

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”.
Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar(HT Photo)
Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar(HT Photo)

Four reasons why Nitish Kumar is taunting BJP in Jharkhand

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Kumar Uttam
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.
Junior home minister Nityanand Rai continues to head the Bihar BJP, months after their induction into the union council of ministers.(PTI file photo)
Junior home minister Nityanand Rai continues to head the Bihar BJP, months after their induction into the union council of ministers.(PTI file photo)

Forward caste or OBC? BJP in a bind over new Bihar chief

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Kumar Uttam
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.
Tamilisai Soundararajan being felicitated by BJP supporters after appointed as a Telangana Governor in Chennai.(ANI Photo)
Tamilisai Soundararajan being felicitated by BJP supporters after appointed as a Telangana Governor in Chennai.(ANI Photo)

Behind BJP choosing Tamilisai as Telangana governor, a Tamil Nadu plan | Analysis

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Kumar Uttam
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.
Haryana and Maharashtra chief ministers Manohar Lal Khattar and Devendra Fadnavis have launched statewide campaigns for the assembly elections.(Nitin Kanotra/HT File Photo)
Haryana and Maharashtra chief ministers Manohar Lal Khattar and Devendra Fadnavis have launched statewide campaigns for the assembly elections.(Nitin Kanotra/HT File Photo)

BJP to showcase Article 370 move in state polls

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Kumar Uttam
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.
Former PM Manmohan Singh has sounded his concerns over the recent slowdown in growth.(HT FILE)
Former PM Manmohan Singh has sounded his concerns over the recent slowdown in growth.(HT FILE)

Economy in prolonged slowdown: Manmohan Singh

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.
Party state headquarters will send copies of a book on PM’s life and achievements to intellectuals and those working in different walks of life on PM’s birthday.(HT FILE)
Party state headquarters will send copies of a book on PM’s life and achievements to intellectuals and those working in different walks of life on PM’s birthday.(HT FILE)

To mark Modi’s birthday on Sept 17, BJP to observe ‘service week’

New Delhi | By Kumar Uttam
UPDATED ON AUG 31, 2019 05:20 AM IST
The ruling party will observe “Seva Saptah” (service week) between September 14 and 20.
The Fit India Movement will be a “multi-ministry effort” aiming at bringing about behavioural change and introducing basic fitness practices.(File photo: Bijay/ Hindustan Times)
The Fit India Movement will be a “multi-ministry effort” aiming at bringing about behavioural change and introducing basic fitness practices.(File photo: Bijay/ Hindustan Times)

Govt campaign to focus on bringing key behavioural changes in people

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Kumar Uttam
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.
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