Manoj Ahuja is a principal correspondent based in Indore. He writes on business, agriculture and aviation. His focus is on south-western Madhya Pradesh, particularly the tribal belt.
Articles by Manoj Ahuja
Punters are not only taking bets on which party will win elections but also on who will become chief minister if the Congress indeed comes to power.
Hindustan Times, Phalodi (Jodhpur) | ByManoj Ahuja
The BJP has segregated 200 assembly constituencies of Rajasthan into three categories — A, B and C. The first category includes BJP strongholds where it is confident of victory. The second includes seats that could go either way and the third includes those constituencies where the party is weak.
Rajasthan labour minister Jaswant Yadav said that about 21 lakh labourers registered under BOCW (building and other construction workers) will be eligible to avail the benefit. The eligible students will be able to apply for the scholarship online through the labour department’s website.
Rajasthan Congress president Sachin Pilot said the discom’s action amounted to being a whimsical order, and alleged that the discom was working in an autocratic fashion.
Fifteen people, including Sriganganagar Kisan Samiti convener Ranjit Singh Raju and Congress leader Prithvipal Singh Sandhu, have been arrested.
Eyewitnesses said some shots were fired in the air, but police denied the charge. One police officer was also injured in the clashes.
Hindustan Times, Jaipur/Bikaner | ByManoj Ahuja and Aparnesh Goswami
The monthly lottery system is an initiative of the Jaipur Discom to encourage digital payments through its newly launched ‘Bijli Mitra’ app. While the winners don’t get any cash, their future monthly bills are adjusted against the winning amount.
Launching the Bhamashah Digital Parivar Yojana on Tuesday, Rajasthan chief minister Vasundhara Raje said the subsidy of ₹1,000 will be given to card holders in two instalments.
The revocation of expulsion is being seen as an attempt to counter the influence of rebel MLA Manvendra Singh, son of former Union minister Jaswant Singh.
Raje’s Gaurav Yatra might have been in news for the protests staged in Jodhpur division, but the yatra has also given an opportunity to the rural folks to be heard and get their issues addressed.
Hindustan Times, Jaisalmer | ByManoj Ahuja, Jaisalmer
Vasundhara Raje hints at Congress leader Ashok Gehlot, says she will not be deterred from carrying out statewide tour called Gaurav Yatra.
Hindustan Times, Jodhpur | ByManoj Ahuja
Addressing a women’s convention in Jaisalmer, the Rajasthan CM said her government has brought out several programmes aimed at empowering the girl child.
Hindustan Times, Jaisalmer | ByManoj Ahuja
Residents of Ramdevra, be it farmers, traders or priests, have only one expectation from Rajasthan chief minister Vasundhara Raje’s public meeting. They want her to announce that ‘meetha paani’ (potable water) will soon be available in the village that is dependent on groundwater which is hard and unfit for consumption.
Hindustan Times, Ramdevra (Jaisalmer) | ByManoj Ahuja
Rs 16,000 for pen drive, Rs 63,000 on mufflers: How BJP spent over Rs 1 crore on Vasundhara Raje’s Gaurav Yatra
The Rajasthan high court had directed the BJP’s state unit to respond to a petition, which alleged the state government machinery was being misused for Vasundhara Raje’s yatra.
During his 36-minute speech, Gandhi said the mood of the people was positive and Congress would form the government in Rajasthan, MP and Chhattisgarh.
Announcements made by the government after it came out with the organic farming policy in 2017, such as setting up of a directorate and earmarking separate space for selling organic produce in krishi upaj mandis, have remained on paper.
Leaders of some newly floated parties and some independent MLAs opposed to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Rajasthan are planning to join hands to fight the upcoming assembly elections
The woman was accused of pushing three children, two boys and a girl, into a well in August 1981
In September 2013, Congress president Rahul Gandhi had launched Rajasthan’s poll campaign with a farmers’ and tribal rally at Salumber in Udaipur district. A month later, BJP’s the then prime ministerial candidate, Narendra Modi, addressed a big rally in Udaipur that had set the tone for the assembly elections held two months later
The passenger, who was booked on to an IndiGo flight to Delhi from Jaipur, was apparently miffed that he had to undergo a second security check.
Hindustan Times, Jaipur | ByManoj Ahuja and Jaykishan Sharma
Rajasthan’s home minister Gulabchand Kataria said on Friday the state government has prepared a blueprint to prevent the rising lynchings by mobs.
The BJP in Rajasthan has faced renewed criticism after a 29-year-old man was allegedly beaten to death late in July by suspected cow vigilantes in Alwar district, where three people engaged in the cattle trade have been killed since April last year.
BJP’s Vasundhara Raje cabinet in Rajasthan is battling on two fronts - the anti-incumbency and disgruntled party workers.
Hindustan Times, Jaipur | ByChetan Chauhan and Manoj Ahuja
She makes it a point to visit at least one temple during Jan Samwad events in districts
MLA Gyandev Ahuja also brushed aside the opposition’s accusation that the BJP and some MLAs like him were trying to use the lynching incident to create polarisation in the run up to the elections, and blamed the Congress instead.
Shah says assembly polls will be conducted under Raje’s leadership and she will become the chief minister.
PM Modi’s popularity rising, lynchings being done to defame him, claims Union minister Arjun Ram Meghwal
Union minister and senior BJP leader Arjun Ram Meghwal said incidents such lynchings would increase the more popular PM Narendra Modi becomes.
New Delhi | ByManoj Ahuja
Union minister Arjun Ram Meghwal says more lynching incidents will take place with the rise in popularity of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, blames detractors
Arjun Ram Meghwal said the such mob lynching incidents were happening to defame the BJP government amid rising popularity of Modi.
New Delhi, Hindustan Times | ByManoj Ahuja