A journalist with 30 years standing, Ramesh is a Senior Resident Editor at Chandigarh. He specialises in covering the north Indian states including Punjab and J & K,besides the Punjabi diaspora.
Articles by Ramesh Vinayak
Ladakh was carved out as a Union Territory from the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir three years back
In a wide-ranging interview with HT, Himachal Pradesh chief minister Jai Ram Thakur assessed the AAP challenge, dwelt at length on his report card, and explained why his party would win
At 48, Bhagwant Mann will be the youngest to helm the state since 1970 when 42-year-old Parkash Singh Badal headed a coalition government. As a rank outsider who cut his teeth in politics in 2012, Mann has come a long way in a decade before he got nominated as the party’s CM face last month
BEYOND THE NEWS: High on a heady victory, Bhagwant Mann has his task cut out. He will have to navigate the burden of soaring expectations stemming from a raft of populist promises that the AAP has made, while steering the state beset with daunting challenges: A ballooning ₹3 lakh crore public debt, farm distress, burgeoning unemployment and drug menace
In its historic win, the Arvind Kejriwal-led party smashed Punjab’s long-entrenched bipolar polity lorded over by the Congress and Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) which have ruled the state almost alternatively for last six decades.
Punjab election: Charanjit Singh Channi, Bhagwant Mann and Sukhbir Singh Badal have emerged as the crucial swingers in the Punjab elections. HT asked them 10 questions on the issues that hold the key to their electoral fate and Punjab’s future.
“Two parties have been taking turns to rule the state. People had no option, but they have now got the third alternative,” the Aam Aadmi Party's CM candidate Bhagwant Mann said.
“We are the only Punjabi party; the rest are national,” said Sukhbir Singh Badal.
“The Congress is seeking a mandate for another five years so that we can take Punjab forward,” CM Charanjit Singh Channi said.
Channi’s anointment has capped, for now, intense jockeying for chief ministerial sweepstakes by an ambitious Sidhu, who apparently acquiesced to the high command’s game plan for a shot at retaining power in the border state.
Stakes are high for Majithia and Sidhu, but much higher for the latter, unexpectedly pitch-forked into the toughest electoral test he has faced since former Indian cricketer shifted to political pitch after joining the BJP ahead of the 2004 Lok Sabha polls
Battle lines have been clearly drawn for a no-holds-barred five-cornered election contest in Punjab, in which there are no clear favourites.
In a freewheeling interview at his Patiala residence, Navjot Singh Sidhu talks about the Punjab CM’s post, the need to honour merit, and the changes since Capt Amarinder Singh’s exit from the Congress
Come election season, offence is often the best defence
“People still trust the Shiromani Akali Dal because we are the only Punjab party with a proven track record of development, be it power plants, airports, roads, urban infrastructure or social welfare,” Sukhbir Singh Badal said.
ByRamesh Vinayak, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
- A fierce four-way fight for the seat of power in Chandigarh is wide open, with no discernible wave for or against any of the contestants thus far
The repeal of three farm laws is sure to impact the political dynamics in the poll-bound Punjab where the assembly election is slated for early next year.
Farm laws repealed: The Centre’s move is sure to impact the political dynamics in poll-bound border state of Punjab where the assembly election is slated for early next year.
The surprise announcement is sure to impact the political dynamics in the border state of Punjab where assembly elections are slated for early next year. Here is how:
Channi says Amarinder promised a lot of things, particularly on sacrilege and drugs front but did not make earnest efforts to ensure justice. The Punjab chief minister says after his elevation to the top post, the narrative has started changing in the state and the Congress is back in the game
The ruling Congress in Punjab has lately been busy in scoring self-goals as high command upstaged its regional satrap Amarinder Singh, installing Charanjit Singh Channi as his surprise successor
ByNavneet Sharma and Ramesh Vinayak, Chandigarh
Chief minister Charanjit Singh Channi’s assertion led to Punjab Congress chief Navjot Sidhu’s resignation, plunging the ruling party into a deeper turmoil
What came as the last straw was Channi exercising the high command-mandated leeway and ignoring Sidhu’s push for the appointment of Siddhartha Chattopadhayaya as director general of police and DS Patwalia as advocate general.
A series of behind-the-scenes events from differences over portfolio allocation to key appointments of DGP and AG led to Sidhu’s exit as Punjab Congress chief in less than five weeks of his taking charge
The aftereffects of a bitter showdown between Amarinder and Navjot Singh Sidhu are already casting a shadow on Channi’s tenure. He takes the onerous charge when incessant infighting – unlikely to ebb in the days to come – has sapped the party’s morale, making a rebound tougher
- The aftereffects of a bitter showdown between Amarinder and Navjot Singh Sidhu are already casting a shadow on Channi’s tenure.
- Confident and in control, he appeared to be master of all he surveyed: a firm grip on the state legislature party with no potential challengers from within, a strong equity with a whittled-down party high command and a dispirited Opposition.
HT interview: Mistrust between Capt, Sidhu must end soon, says Punjab Cong affairs in-charge Harish Rawat
The party’s graph was good till one or two months ago, but now people have started criticising us, says the AICC general secretary, adding that party leaders should take this as a warning bell. Rawat says he expects Congress leaders to resolve their differences and issues within the party and not go public
ByRamesh Vinayak and Navneet Sharma, Chandigarh
"I pray to Waheguru with folded hands daily that mistrust between the two should end. You have to deal with psychology of human beings. The CM has his own experience and Sidhu has his own style."
A little over a fortnight since Navjot Singh Sidhu’s anointment, the Punjab Congress remains a divided house. Adding to a palpable sense of disquiet and drift in the rank and file is a battle of wits playing out between Captain Amarinder Singh and Sidhu, who are now seen as rival centres of power