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BJP aims to make inroads in West Bengal, Odisha in last phase of Lok Sabha polls

In 2019, the BJP won 18 seats in West Bengal, which was perceived as a big win for the party which had little presence on the ground

In both states, the party has been working diligently to expand its footprint and strengthen its hold over the polity. (Representative file photo)
Published on May 29, 2024 09:52 AM IST

BJP perceives positives in Kashmir turnout; SC pulls up party over anti-TMC ads

Prime Minister Narendra Modi referred to the record voter turnout in the Anantnag-Rajouri constituency and called it a “vibrant testament” to “democratic spirit”

The BJP perceives the higher turnout as a sign of the acceptance of the abrogation of the Constitution’s Article 370. (PTI/Representative)
Published on May 28, 2024 10:06 AM IST

Congress fights fire with fire in Himachal; Shah vows UCC if BJP returns to power

Amit Shah in an interview to news agency PTI asserted that UCC for the entire country will be rolled out if the BJP is voted back to power

Union home minister Amit Shah. (Santosh Kumar/ HT Photo)
Published on May 27, 2024 09:38 AM IST

BJP banks on Modi as it contests on its own in Punjab

The Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) quit the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) over the now-scrapped farm laws

Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Punjab. (PTI)
Updated on May 24, 2024 08:55 AM IST

Unjustly targeted, BJP notice is demoralising, says Jayant Sinha

He also dismissed the party’s claim that he did not vote in the ongoing Lok Sabha elections.

File: BJP leader Jayant Sinha (Sonu Mehta/HT Photo)
Updated on May 24, 2024 05:34 AM IST

‘Unjustly targeted by BJP’: Jayant Sinha on party's show-cause notice

Sinha said he wanted to be relieved of direct electoral duties so that he can focus on combating global climate change in India and around the world

BJP leader Jayant Sinha. (HT File Photo)
Updated on May 23, 2024 09:16 AM IST

BJD ups ante over Sambit Patra’s ‘slip of tongue’; EC censures ex-Cal HC judge

Sambit Patra landed himself and the party in a soup when during an interview where he claimed that he inadvertently said that even Lord Jagannath is a bhakt (devotee) of Prime Minister Narendra Modi

Patra has apologised and vowed penance, but the ruling BJD is having none of that. (PTI file photo)
Published on May 22, 2024 10:18 AM IST

How does Kejriwal explain journey from IAC to INDIA alliance, asks Goa CM Sawant

Goa chief minister Pramod Sawant, who is in Delhi to campaign for the May 25 election, asked how does Arvind Kejriwal explain his journey from India Against Corruption to INDIA alliance

Goa chief minister Pramod Sawant campaigns for BJP candidate from the West Delhi seat, Kamaljeet Sehrawat, for the Lok Sabha polls at Sagarpur on Monday. (PTI)
Published on May 21, 2024 07:09 PM IST

BJP pulls out all the stops for the remaining phases

A meeting of national general secretaries chaired by JP Nadda was held on Monday to assess the BJP’s performance in the five phases that have been held so far

Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath (centre) at a public meeting in support of BJP East Delhi candidate Harsh Malhotra in Mayur Vihar, New Delhi on Monday. (ANI Photo)
Updated on May 21, 2024 10:20 AM IST

Lok Sabha polls: BJP pulls out all stops for remaining phases

The BJP is pulling out all the stops ahead of the next two phases of the ongoing Lok Sabha elections to galvanise the cadre and motivate the electors

Prime Minister Narendra Modi during a road show in Puri on Monday. (ANI)
Published on May 20, 2024 08:12 PM IST

Polling underway in 5th LS poll phase; Shah confident of meeting seat target

The BJP faces a challenge from the opposition in Maharashtra, where it has been accused of engineering divisions in Shiv Sena and NCP

A voter gets finger marked before voting in the fifth phase of Lok Sabha elections. (PTI)
Published on May 20, 2024 08:56 AM IST

BJP raises Hindutva pitch in Puri, Kandhamal

In Puri and Kandhamal, the Ram temple issue is influencing the elections, with BJP emphasizing Hindu pride and BJD focusing on development and governance.

upporters gather during an election campaign by Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Odisha. (Prahlad Mahato)
Updated on May 20, 2024 08:06 AM IST

HT interview: We are trying to unite people, Oppn trying to divide, says Nadda

In an interview to HT, the BJP president rejected the Opposition’s accusation that the government was relying on polarisation to meet its electoral target

interview BJP president JP Nadda (HT)
Updated on May 19, 2024 12:25 PM IST

PM sets ‘125-day target’ for new govt; Oppn sticks to ‘will ban quota’ rhetoric

Prime Minister Narendra Modi said during an interview on Thursday that he is seeking ideas from the youth of India for his development agenda

A BJP supporter at a roadshow of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. (ANI Photo)
Published on May 17, 2024 08:14 AM IST

BJD, BJP vie for women voters to tip the scales in Odisha

According to the Election Commission, of the 33.6 million eligible voters in Odisha, 16.3 million are women.

Voters display identity cards while standing in queue to cast their votes during the 4th phase of general elections, in Berhampur, Odisha(PTI)
Updated on May 17, 2024 01:22 AM IST

Shah calls bail to Kejriwal special treatment; Sarma explains 400-seat target

In an interview with the news agency ANI, Shah said the Supreme Court has a right to interpret the law but the judgement in Kejriwal’s case was not routine

Union home minister Amit Shah. (PTI)
Published on May 16, 2024 09:19 AM IST

Bundelkhand: A parched land caught in electoral politics

There is a section that supports the idea of trifurcating Uttar Pradesh into Poorvanchal, Bundelkhand and Harit Pradesh

One of most water-deprived, drought prone areas of the country, Bundlekhand is spread over seven districts in Uttar Pradesh and eight districts in Madhya Pradesh. (Vipin Kumar/HT File Photo)
Published on May 15, 2024 09:26 AM IST

A gentleman politician passes on

In her tribute, Union finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman said his participation in the GST Council discussions was “well informed and thoughtful”

Late Sushil Kumar Modi. (PTI File Photo)
Published on May 14, 2024 09:40 AM IST

The suspense over statehood for Delhi and BJP’s changing stance

In 2014, the BJP in its manifesto promised full statehood for Delhi, pointing out that it would end multiplicity of agencies

View from the Kartavya Path on a hot summer day in New Delhi. (Raj K Raj/ HT Photo)
Published on May 13, 2024 08:43 AM IST

2 political heavyweights face off in a battle of narratives in Odisha

The elections to choose a parliamentary lawmaker from Sambalpur and legislators from the seven assembly segments will be held on May 25

Union minister Dharmendra Pradhan on his way to file his nomination from Sambalpur Lok Sabha seat on May 2. (ANI)
Updated on May 13, 2024 07:16 AM IST

A gripping battle in Odisha amid Lok Sabha, assembly polls

The ongoing assembly and Lok Sabha polls in the state have morphed into an exciting political battle that is drawing attention to the electoral exercise and evoking sharp response from people in the state

Naveen Patnaik is battling to retain power for the sixth time in the state. (Representative file photo)
Published on May 10, 2024 09:59 AM IST

Strong undercurrent for BJP in Odisha: Sambit Patra

BJP national spokesperson Sambit Patra is trying his luck again from Odisha’s Puri Lok Sabha seat after losing the 2019 national election from there

BJP national spokesperson Sambit Patra. (X)
Published on May 09, 2024 09:59 AM IST

LS polls: In Odisha, BJP draws plan to make gains in former ally’s citadel

The two parties, which have been allies for over two decades, are now competing against each other in the simultaneous Lok Sabha and assembly polls in Odisha.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Odisha chief minister Naveen Patnaik in Jajpur district of the state on March 5. (PTI)
Updated on May 09, 2024 04:41 AM IST

Adored by people, Naveen Patnaik went into cocoon: Bhartruhari Mahtab

Bhartruhari Mahtab, the six-time lawmaker from Cuttack who joined saying the BJP in March, said he sees no future for the Odisha’s ruling BJD

Six-time BJD lawmaker Bhartruhari Mahtab joined BJP in March. (X)
Published on May 08, 2024 08:57 AM IST

Modi predicts Patnaik govt’s ‘expiry date’, CM retorts with ‘daydreaming’ jibe

The PM’s attack on the state government, on Patnaik with whom he shared friendly ties, has driven home the message that the two parties are no longer ‘frenemies’, but serious contenders

BJP supporters during the public rally of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Berhampur, Odisha on Monday. (Photo from X)
Published on May 07, 2024 08:33 AM IST

Odisha votes: Stiff battle between BJP and BJD; Congress battles ‘lack of funds’

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik share friendly relations and the ties between the two parties have been cordial

Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Odisha chief minister Naveen Patnaik. (PTI File Photo)
Published on May 06, 2024 08:33 AM IST

In Odisha, battle for ‘Odia pride’ takes centre stage

The prolonged negotiations between the BJP and BJD for what was touted as a reunion for “larger interests” was a political potboiler with an insipid ending.

Odisha chief minister Naveen Patnaik with party leader VK Pandian (extreme left) in Puri on Saturday. (ANI)
Updated on May 06, 2024 07:24 AM IST
By, Bhubaneswar/cuttack/puri

West Bengal Raj Bhavan back in the news with fresh controversy

A Raj Bhavan employee has accused West Bengal Governor CV Ananda Bose of molestation, an allegation he has vehemently denied

West Bengal Governor CV Ananda Bose. (PTI Photo)
Updated on May 03, 2024 08:59 AM IST

ECI orders transfer of VK Pandian’s wife Sujata Karthikeyan after BJP complains

The BJP and the BJD are locked in a tight battle in Odisha, where elections to pick a new assembly are being held simultaneously with the Lok Sabha polls

Election Commission of India (Representative Photo)
Updated on May 02, 2024 10:01 PM IST

Quota politics takes centre stage; spotlight on Raebareli

Amit Shah has said that the BJP’s Raebareli unit has decided that it will announce the candidate only after the Congress does

Prime Minister Narendra Modi during an election campaign rally on Wednesday. (Reuters Photo)
Published on May 02, 2024 09:24 AM IST
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