Manoj Ahuja

Manoj Ahuja

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
Every second person in Rajasthan’s Phalodi town is into gambling. It’s like a second business for them.(HT Photo)
Every second person in Rajasthan’s Phalodi town is into gambling. It’s like a second business for them.(HT Photo)

From IPL to elections, gambling no taboo in Rajasthan’s betting hub of Phalodi

Hindustan Times, Phalodi (Jodhpur) | By Manoj Ahuja
UPDATED ON OCT 21, 2018 07:51 AM IST
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.
The BJP has identified about 20 seats where it has lost successively in the past two or three elections.(AFP/Picture for representation)
The BJP has identified about 20 seats where it has lost successively in the past two or three elections.(AFP/Picture for representation)

Rajasthan BJP comes out with constituency-specific strategy to win assembly election

Hindustan Times, Jaipur | By Manoj Ahuja
PUBLISHED ON SEP 15, 2018 01:35 AM IST
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.
The total outlay for the new scheme is yet to be worked out, but the money will come out of the welfare budget allocated to the labour department.(Picture for representation)
The total outlay for the new scheme is yet to be worked out, but the money will come out of the welfare budget allocated to the labour department.(Picture for representation)

Rajasthan govt to sponsor professional education of labourers’ children

Hindustan Times, Jaipur | By Manoj Ahuja
PUBLISHED ON SEP 13, 2018 01:11 AM IST
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.
The discom has also come out with a monthly lottery system to encourage digital electricity bill payments through the app. (Sakib Ali /HT Photo)
The discom has also come out with a monthly lottery system to encourage digital electricity bill payments through the app. (Sakib Ali /HT Photo)

Congress flays Jaipur discom’s ‘Tuglaki order’ over use of payment app

Hindustan Times | By Manoj Ahuja
UPDATED ON SEP 09, 2018 12:38 AM IST
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.
Rajasthan chief minister Vasundhara Raje during her ‘Rajasthan Gaurav Yatra' in Bikaner.(PTI)
Rajasthan chief minister Vasundhara Raje during her ‘Rajasthan Gaurav Yatra' in Bikaner.(PTI)

Police lathi-charge farmers, Congress workers on Gaurav Yatra route, 7 hospitalised

Hindustan Times | By Manoj Ahuja
UPDATED ON SEP 09, 2018 12:33 AM IST
Fifteen people, including Sriganganagar Kisan Samiti convener Ranjit Singh Raju and Congress leader Prithvipal Singh Sandhu, have been arrested.
Rajasthan chief minister Vasundhara Raje during 'Rajasthan Gaurav Yatra', in Bikaner on September 6, 2018.(PTI Photo)
Rajasthan chief minister Vasundhara Raje during 'Rajasthan Gaurav Yatra', in Bikaner on September 6, 2018.(PTI Photo)

Police cane charge farmers, Congress leaders in Rajasthan; scores injured

Hindustan Times, Jaipur/Bikaner | By Manoj Ahuja and Aparnesh Goswami
PUBLISHED ON SEP 08, 2018 01:12 PM IST
Eyewitnesses said some shots were fired in the air, but police denied the charge. One police officer was also injured in the clashes.
Paying electricity bills is just a finger tap away through the new Bijli Mitra app.(AFP file)
Paying electricity bills is just a finger tap away through the new Bijli Mitra app.(AFP file)

Toy seller gets Rs 5,000 bonanza after paying electricity bill of Rs 88 online

Hindustan Times | By Manoj Ahuja
UPDATED ON SEP 08, 2018 01:24 AM IST
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.
Rajasthan chief minister Vasundhara Raje speaks during the 'Labharthi Samvad' programme in Jaipur.(Himanshu Vyas/HT File Photo)
Rajasthan chief minister Vasundhara Raje speaks during the 'Labharthi Samvad' programme in Jaipur.(Himanshu Vyas/HT File Photo)

Vasundhara Raje govt to give free smartphones to 1 crore families in Rajasthan

Hindustan Times, Jaipur | By Manoj Ahuja
UPDATED ON SEP 05, 2018 02:25 PM IST
Launching the Bhamashah Digital Parivar Yojana on Tuesday, Rajasthan chief minister Vasundhara Raje said the subsidy of Rs 1,000 will be given to card holders in two instalments.
Manvendra Singh (grey turban), is an influential BJP rebel MLA from Sheo assembly constituency in Barmer.(HT PHOTO)
Manvendra Singh (grey turban), is an influential BJP rebel MLA from Sheo assembly constituency in Barmer.(HT PHOTO)

Wary of Swabhiman rally, Rajasthan BJP revokes expulsion of two Rajput leaders

Hindustan Times, Jaipur | By Manoj Ahuja
UPDATED ON SEP 04, 2018 08:29 AM IST
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.
Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje during Women Shakti Conference in 'Rajasthan Gaurav Yatra', in Jaisalmer on Friday, Aug 24, 2018.(PTI)
Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje during Women Shakti Conference in 'Rajasthan Gaurav Yatra', in Jaisalmer on Friday, Aug 24, 2018.(PTI)

CM Raje’s Gaurav yatra raises hopes on old issues, BJP upbeat on poll gain

Hindustan Times, Jaisalmer | By Manoj Ahuja
PUBLISHED ON AUG 28, 2018 03:06 PM IST
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.
Bawdi: Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje addresses a public meeting during her 'Rajasthan Gaurav Yatra' at Bawdi near Jodhpur on August 25, 2018.(PTI)
Bawdi: Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje addresses a public meeting during her 'Rajasthan Gaurav Yatra' at Bawdi near Jodhpur on August 25, 2018.(PTI)

Stones thrown at Vasundhara Raje’s bus, BJP blames Congress for attack

Hindustan Times, Jodhpur | By Manoj Ahuja
UPDATED ON AUG 27, 2018 01:12 PM IST
Vasundhara Raje hints at Congress leader Ashok Gehlot, says she will not be deterred from carrying out statewide tour called Gaurav Yatra.
Rajasthan chief minister Vasundhara Raje at the Shakti Sammelan women’s convention in Jaisalmer on Friday.(PTI Photo)
Rajasthan chief minister Vasundhara Raje at the Shakti Sammelan women’s convention in Jaisalmer on Friday.(PTI Photo)

Even as CM, I have faced problems: Vasundhara Raje on gender discrimination

Hindustan Times, Jaisalmer | By Manoj Ahuja
UPDATED ON AUG 25, 2018 10:19 AM IST
Addressing a women’s convention in Jaisalmer, the Rajasthan CM said her government has brought out several programmes aimed at empowering the girl child.
Rajasthan chief minister Vasundhara Raje, in a bid to retain power in the assembly elections later this year, has embarked upon Gaurav Yatra that will traverse more than 6,000 km during the 40-day tour of the state.(PTI/File Photo)
Rajasthan chief minister Vasundhara Raje, in a bid to retain power in the assembly elections later this year, has embarked upon Gaurav Yatra that will traverse more than 6,000 km during the 40-day tour of the state.(PTI/File Photo)

At Ramdevra, Raje’s Gaurav Yatra stop on Friday, people yearn for ‘meetha paani’

Hindustan Times, Ramdevra (Jaisalmer) | By Manoj Ahuja
UPDATED ON AUG 24, 2018 08:17 AM IST
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.
The BJP spent Rs 1.75 lakh on the branding of the chief minister’s rath (bus) that has been fitted with an elevator and a sunroof that allows Raje to address the public from the roof of the bus(PTI)
The BJP spent Rs 1.75 lakh on the branding of the chief minister’s rath (bus) that has been fitted with an elevator and a sunroof that allows Raje to address the public from the roof of the bus(PTI)

Rs 16,000 for pen drive, Rs 63,000 on mufflers: How BJP spent over Rs 1 crore on Vasundhara Raje’s Gaurav Yatra

Hindustan Times, Jaipur | By Manoj Ahuja
UPDATED ON AUG 22, 2018 03:35 PM IST
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.
Congress president Rahul Gandhi with Rajasthan unit president Sachin Pilot and former chief minister Ashok Gehlot at the Ramlila grounds in Jaipur on Saturday.(HT Photo)
Congress president Rahul Gandhi with Rajasthan unit president Sachin Pilot and former chief minister Ashok Gehlot at the Ramlila grounds in Jaipur on Saturday.(HT Photo)

No parachute candidates will get tickets in Rajasthan assembly polls, says Rahul

Hindustan Times | By Manoj Ahuja
UPDATED ON AUG 11, 2018 10:28 PM IST
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.
Official data indicates that the use of chemical fertilisers in Rajasthan has risen to 52 kg per hectare from 48 kg per hectare over the past four years.(HT File Photo)
Official data indicates that the use of chemical fertilisers in Rajasthan has risen to 52 kg per hectare from 48 kg per hectare over the past four years.(HT File Photo)

Chemical fertiliser use shows uptick amid Rajasthan govt’s organic push to farming

Hindustan Times | By Manoj Ahuja
UPDATED ON AUG 10, 2018 10:01 PM IST
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.
Former BJP leader and MLA Ghanshyam Tiwari, who recently floated Bharat Vahini Party (BVP), is now in talks with some MLAs and small parties for forging an alliance.(HT)
Former BJP leader and MLA Ghanshyam Tiwari, who recently floated Bharat Vahini Party (BVP), is now in talks with some MLAs and small parties for forging an alliance.(HT)

‘Third front’ in pipeline as elections approach in Rajasthan

Hindustan Times, Jaipur | By Manoj Ahuja
UPDATED ON AUG 06, 2018 11:12 PM IST
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’s lawyer pleaded she was suffering from a ‘mental disease’ known as premenstrual stress syndrome, which made her dangerously aggressive some days prior to the beginning of her menstrual cycle.(Getty Images/iStockphoto)
The woman’s lawyer pleaded she was suffering from a ‘mental disease’ known as premenstrual stress syndrome, which made her dangerously aggressive some days prior to the beginning of her menstrual cycle.(Getty Images/iStockphoto)

‘Insane due to PMS’: Rajasthan HC acquits woman accused of murdering child

Hindustan Times, Jaipur | By Manoj Ahuja
UPDATED ON AUG 07, 2018 10:25 AM IST
The woman was accused of pushing three children, two boys and a girl, into a well in August 1981
Rajasthan chief minister Vasundhara Raje waves during the 'Rajasthan Gaurav Yatra' at Gogunda near Udaipur on Sunday. Since she became the chief minister for the first time in 2003, Raje has always started her election campaign from the Charbhuja temple in Rajsamand, one of the six districts in Udaipur division that constitute the Mewar region.(PTI Photo)
Rajasthan chief minister Vasundhara Raje waves during the 'Rajasthan Gaurav Yatra' at Gogunda near Udaipur on Sunday. Since she became the chief minister for the first time in 2003, Raje has always started her election campaign from the Charbhuja temple in Rajsamand, one of the six districts in Udaipur division that constitute the Mewar region.(PTI Photo)

Battleground Mewar, launch pad of Raje’s poll yatra, holds the key to Rajasthan assembly

Hindustan Times | By Manoj Ahuja
UPDATED ON AUG 05, 2018 10:53 PM IST
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 man’s bomb scare caused a 30-minute delay to an IndiGo Jaipur-Delhi flight.(Satish Bate/HT File Photo/Representative image)
The man’s bomb scare caused a 30-minute delay to an IndiGo Jaipur-Delhi flight.(Satish Bate/HT File Photo/Representative image)

Annoyed with security protocol, passenger causes bomb scare at Jaipur airport

Hindustan Times, Jaipur | By Manoj Ahuja and Jaykishan Sharma
UPDATED ON AUG 05, 2018 03:36 PM IST
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.
Members of All India Students Association (AISA) hold placards as they protest against the mob lynchings in the country, at Parliament street, in New Delhi, India, on Friday, June 22, 2018.(HT File Photo)
Members of All India Students Association (AISA) hold placards as they protest against the mob lynchings in the country, at Parliament street, in New Delhi, India, on Friday, June 22, 2018.(HT File Photo)

Rajasthan prepares blueprint to prevent lynchings by mobs

Hindustan Times, Jaipur | By Manoj Ahuja
UPDATED ON AUG 03, 2018 11:36 PM IST
Rajasthan’s home minister Gulabchand Kataria said on Friday the state government has prepared a blueprint to prevent the rising lynchings by mobs.
Asmina (centre), the wife of Rakbar Khan, 35, a resident of Kolgaon in Haryana, and others mourn the death of her husband who was allegedly lynched by a mob in Rajasthan’s Alwar district.(Sanjeev Verma/HT Photo)
Asmina (centre), the wife of Rakbar Khan, 35, a resident of Kolgaon in Haryana, and others mourn the death of her husband who was allegedly lynched by a mob in Rajasthan’s Alwar district.(Sanjeev Verma/HT Photo)

Rajasthan govt issues advisory to police on mob lynchings

Hindustan Times, Jaipur | By Manoj Ahuja
PUBLISHED ON AUG 03, 2018 05:17 PM IST
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.
Legislators blamed chief minister Vasundhara Raje for the loss in the last three by­polls. They say Raje is neither “accessible” to them nor party workers. This prompted Raje to start her Jan Samvads (public dialogues) in the state to reach out to people.(HT File Photo)
Legislators blamed chief minister Vasundhara Raje for the loss in the last three by­polls. They say Raje is neither “accessible” to them nor party workers. This prompted Raje to start her Jan Samvads (public dialogues) in the state to reach out to people.(HT File Photo)

Rajasthan assembly election: A do or die for CM Vasundhara Raje

Hindustan Times, Jaipur | By Chetan Chauhan and Manoj Ahuja
UPDATED ON JUL 31, 2018 09:52 AM IST
BJP’s Vasundhara Raje cabinet in Rajasthan is battling on two fronts - the anti-incumbency and disgruntled party workers.
CM Vasundhara Raje greets saints during a felicitation ceremony in Jaipur a few months ago.(HT File)
CM Vasundhara Raje greets saints during a felicitation ceremony in Jaipur a few months ago.(HT File)

Temple visits mark Raje’s public events in Rajasthan

Hindustan Times, Jaipur | By Manoj Ahuja
UPDATED ON JUL 28, 2018 09:59 PM IST
She makes it a point to visit at least one temple during Jan Samwad events in districts
File photo of BJP MLA from Ramgarh Gyandev Ahuja speaking to media persons in Alwar circuit house.(HT Photo)
File photo of BJP MLA from Ramgarh Gyandev Ahuja speaking to media persons in Alwar circuit house.(HT Photo)

Alwar lynching accused innocent, should be released: Rajasthan BJP lawmaker

Hindustan Times, Jaipur | By Manoj Ahuja
UPDATED ON JUL 24, 2018 06:28 PM IST
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.
Chief minister Vasundhara Raje’s 40-day ‘Suraj Gaurav Yatra’ will be flagged off by BJP president Amit Shah on August 4.(HT File Photo)
Chief minister Vasundhara Raje’s 40-day ‘Suraj Gaurav Yatra’ will be flagged off by BJP president Amit Shah on August 4.(HT File Photo)
BJP president Amit Shah and Rajasthan chief minister Vasundhara Raje at the closing ceremony of state working committee meeting in Jaipur.(Himanshu Vyas/HT PHOTO)
BJP president Amit Shah and Rajasthan chief minister Vasundhara Raje at the closing ceremony of state working committee meeting in Jaipur.(Himanshu Vyas/HT PHOTO)

Amit Shah endorsement cheers up Vasundhara Raje camp, all eyes on Suraj Yatra

Hindustan Times, Jaipur | By Manoj Ahuja
UPDATED ON JUL 22, 2018 11:43 PM IST
Shah says assembly polls will be conducted under Raje’s leadership and she will become the chief minister.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi (right) is welcomed by minister of state Arjun Ram Meghwal (left) for the first day of budget session of Parliament, in New Delhi, in January 2018.(Arvind Yadav/HT File Photo)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi (right) is welcomed by minister of state Arjun Ram Meghwal (left) for the first day of budget session of Parliament, in New Delhi, in January 2018.(Arvind Yadav/HT File Photo)

PM Modi’s popularity rising, lynchings being done to defame him, claims Union minister Arjun Ram Meghwal

New Delhi | By Manoj Ahuja
UPDATED ON JUL 22, 2018 11:43 AM IST
Union minister and senior BJP leader Arjun Ram Meghwal said incidents such lynchings would increase the more popular PM Narendra Modi becomes.
Union Minister for Water Resources Arjun Ram Meghwal.(PTI File)
Union Minister for Water Resources Arjun Ram Meghwal.(PTI File)

In Alwar lynching, Union minister sees bid to defame PM Modi

Hindustan Times, Jaipur | By Manoj Ahuja
UPDATED ON JUL 21, 2018 10:16 PM IST
Union minister Arjun Ram Meghwal says more lynching incidents will take place with the rise in popularity of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, blames detractors
The lynching on Friday was the third such incident in Alwar since April last year when dairy farmer Pehlu Khan was beaten to death by a mob.(PTI)
The lynching on Friday was the third such incident in Alwar since April last year when dairy farmer Pehlu Khan was beaten to death by a mob.(PTI)

Lynching incidents will happen as PM Modi’s popularity rises, says Union minister Arjun Ram Meghwal

New Delhi, Hindustan Times | By Manoj Ahuja
UPDATED ON JUL 21, 2018 10:29 PM IST
Arjun Ram Meghwal said the such mob lynching incidents were happening to defame the BJP government amid rising popularity of Modi.
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