A journalist of over 35 years standing, Ramesh Vinayak is Executive Editor of Hindustan Times at Chandigarh He specialises in covering the north Indian territory of Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh, besides the Punjabi diaspora.
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CM Sukhu is pulling out all the stops to convince the Centre to declare the state’s losses as national disaster and also give a special relief package.
Purohit had termed the session ‘ patently illegal”, saying it violated constitutional provisions, a stance contested by the AAP government.
In March, the Punjab govt moved the SC accusing governor Banwarilal Purohit of not “reverting” to the cabinet’s decision of summoning the budget session
Punjab governor Banwarilal Purohit has accused chief minister Bhagwant Mann of making derogatory references to him in the last assembly session in June.
In the tumultuous terrain of a front-line Sikh majority state, Parkash Singh Badal was the quintessential moderate, a secular man, and a fighter for Punjab.
Parkash Singh Badal, a five-time chief minister of Punjab and the last surviving member of a political generation that saw independence, has died at 95. He was a pragmatic practitioner of communal harmony, a liberal and secular man, and an avowed protagonist of and a fierce fighter for Punjab?s interests.
In an exclusive sit-down interview with Hindustan Times, Punjab CM Bhagwant Mann says there is no surge of radicalisation in state. “The social bonding in Punjab is very strong. Punjabis’ issues now are employment, industry, higher education and health,” says Mann
In an interview with Hindustan Times, Nadda while talking about the BJP exuded confidence on the party’s poll prospects in Himachal and Gujarat.
Haryana is contemplating a model where the government will not be paying money for getting the land allotted to set up additional assembly building in Chandigarh, says chief minister ML Khattar.
Updated on Jul 18, 2022 11:20 AM IST
ByRamesh Vinayak and Hitender Rao, Chandigarh
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
Published on Jan 28, 2022 02:01 AM IST
ByRamesh Vinayak and Navneet Sharma
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
Updated on Dec 28, 2021 11:10 AM IST
ByRamesh Vinayak and Navneet Sharma
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.
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
Published on Sep 29, 2021 02:50 AM IST
ByNavneet Sharma and Ramesh Vinayak, Chandigarh