Smriti Kak Ramachandran

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Nadda interacts with envoys of 14 countries

The meeting with the heads of mission from 14 countries including USA, Indonesia, Denmark, Australia and Israel among others was second such meeting that the party has held since April.
BJP chief JP Nadda with foreign heads of mission in New Delhi. (HT Photo)
BJP chief JP Nadda with foreign heads of mission in New Delhi. (HT Photo)
Updated on May 17, 2022 07:01 AM IST
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J&K to give temporary, safe accommodations to Pandit staff

Following last week’s killing of an employee, Rahul Bhat, who was posted in the tehsil office in Chadoora, employees working in the Valley have demanded safer accommodation and are pressing the administration to move them to Jammu citing threat to their lives from terror attacks.
A BJP delegation led by Jammu and Kashmir party chief Ravinder Raina meets with J&K Lieutenant governor Manoj Sinha regarding the security of Kashmiri Pandits and people from the minority communities in the valley, in Srinagar on Sunday. (Agencies)
A BJP delegation led by Jammu and Kashmir party chief Ravinder Raina meets with J&K Lieutenant governor Manoj Sinha regarding the security of Kashmiri Pandits and people from the minority communities in the valley, in Srinagar on Sunday. (Agencies)
Updated on May 17, 2022 07:03 AM IST
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Set aside internal differences, focus on exposing Gehlot govt: BJP to Rajasthan unit

The BJP has urged its leaders in Rajasthan to set aside their differences and focus on “exposing deficiencies” of the ruling Congress ahead of next year’s assembly elections.
BJP national president J P Nadda said the party in Rajasthan will need to shift their focus from the infighting to projecting a cohesive unit against the Congress, party functionaries familiar with the matter said. (PTI)
BJP national president J P Nadda said the party in Rajasthan will need to shift their focus from the infighting to projecting a cohesive unit against the Congress, party functionaries familiar with the matter said. (PTI)
Published on May 16, 2022 12:30 AM IST
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Biplab Deb resigns as Tripura CM ahead of state polls, Manik Saha to take over

According to BJP leaders, Deb received a call from a senior party functionary in the morning to submit his resignation to governor Satyadeo Narain Arya.
BJP leader Biplab Deb leaves after submitting his resignation as chief minister of Tripura to Governor Satyadev Narayan Arya, in Agartala on Saturday. (PTI)
BJP leader Biplab Deb leaves after submitting his resignation as chief minister of Tripura to Governor Satyadev Narayan Arya, in Agartala on Saturday. (PTI)
Updated on May 15, 2022 05:15 AM IST
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ByPriyanka Deb Barman, , New Delhi/ Agartala

BJP chief JP Nadda takes charge of HP electioneering, drives campaign strategy

A senior BJP functionary said JP Nadda had spent seven days travelling in Himachal Pradesh over the last one month
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president JP Nadda last visited election-bound Himachal Pradesh in the last week of April (ANI)
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president JP Nadda last visited election-bound Himachal Pradesh in the last week of April (ANI)
Published on May 12, 2022 09:26 PM IST
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'Going by the rule of law' : K'taka CM Bommai on hijab, halal and azaan issues

Karnataka chief minister Bommai also said the government is committed to bring an anti-conversion law, and is examining the issue of implementing a Uniform Civil Code.
Karnataka chief minister Basavaraj Bommai said in the halal case and the issue of allowing Azaan, there are rules laid down by the then Congress government and he was just implementing these. (PTI)
Karnataka chief minister Basavaraj Bommai said in the halal case and the issue of allowing Azaan, there are rules laid down by the then Congress government and he was just implementing these. (PTI)
Updated on May 12, 2022 04:48 AM IST
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Presidential polls: BJP plans to reach out to ‘friendly parties’

The BJP will delegate central ministers to meet CMs of states ruled by parties that are not part of the NDA, but are considered as friendly towards the ruling party, such as the BJD and the YSRCP
President Ram Nath Kovind’s five-year term ends on July 25. (ANI)
President Ram Nath Kovind’s five-year term ends on July 25. (ANI)
Updated on May 08, 2022 05:36 AM IST
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By, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Jammu & Kashmir plans 4,000 crore investment in medical sector

The Jammu & Kashmir government is eyeing investment of over 4,000 crore in the medical sector with a twin purpose of enhancing medical facilities as well as increasing availability of hospital beds and MBBS seats in the Union territory.
At the recently-concluded Gulf Countries’ Investment Summit, lieutenant governor Manoj Sinha said the J&K administration has finalised investment proposals worth <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>38,000 crore for which land has already been allocated.
At the recently-concluded Gulf Countries’ Investment Summit, lieutenant governor Manoj Sinha said the J&K administration has finalised investment proposals worth 38,000 crore for which land has already been allocated.
Updated on May 07, 2022 07:14 AM IST
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Nitish conveyed reason for absence to Centre, says party

The Bihar CM's JD(U), which governs the state in alliance with the BJP, which has a government at the Centre, has dismissed speculations that Kumar's absence from the meeting of chief ministers called by the Union law ministry was an indication of souring relations between the two allies.
Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar’s decision to send the state’s law minister to represent him at the meeting fuelled speculation of deepening fissures in the alliance. (PTI)
Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar’s decision to send the state’s law minister to represent him at the meeting fuelled speculation of deepening fissures in the alliance. (PTI)
Published on Apr 30, 2022 11:44 PM IST
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2023 assembly polls: BJP sets target of 50% vote share in Madhya Pradesh

In the 2018 state assembly elections, the BJP’s vote share dipped to 41% from over 43% and Congress formed the government
The BJP returned to power in Madhya Pradesh in 2020 after the resignations of 22 Congress lawmakers brought down chief minister Kamal Nath’s government. (/HT Photo)
The BJP returned to power in Madhya Pradesh in 2020 after the resignations of 22 Congress lawmakers brought down chief minister Kamal Nath’s government. (/HT Photo)
Published on Apr 29, 2022 12:10 PM IST
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BJP identifies 4 areas in Karnataka to improve assembly seat tally

Former chief minister BS Yediyurappa will also have a key role because of his political heft and hold over Lingayats, who account for up to 17% of the electorate
The party will project chief minister Basavaraj Bommai as the “face of the common man”. (PTI)
The party will project chief minister Basavaraj Bommai as the “face of the common man”. (PTI)
Published on Apr 29, 2022 11:19 AM IST
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BJP sets up panel to bolster party in 74,000 booths

The four senior BJP functionaries who have been assigned to carry out the task are national general secretary CT Ravi, national vice-presidents Baijayant Panda and Dilip Ghosh, and party’s SC Morcha chief Lal Singh Arya, a senior party leader said.
BJP sets up panel to bolster party in 74,000 booths
BJP sets up panel to bolster party in 74,000 booths
Updated on Apr 26, 2022 05:49 AM IST
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BJP leaders gear up to celebrate 8 years of Modi government

Elaborate preparations are underway to mark eight years of the Narendra Modi government on May 30 by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the central government, people familiar with the matter said.
Elaborate preparations are underway to mark eight years of the Narendra Modi government on May 30 by the BJP and the central government. (HT file)
Elaborate preparations are underway to mark eight years of the Narendra Modi government on May 30 by the BJP and the central government. (HT file)
Updated on Apr 26, 2022 02:20 AM IST
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BySunetra Choudhury and Smriti Kak Ramachandran, New Delhi

BJP leader CT Ravi slams Shiv Sena for ‘going against Hindutva’

He referred to the controversy over reciting of Hanuman Chalisa and said Shiv Sena founder Bal Thackeray’s soul must be crying
BJP leader CT Ravi. (ANI)
BJP leader CT Ravi. (ANI)
Updated on Apr 25, 2022 03:34 PM IST
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Structures taken down legally: BJP leaders’ defence

  • Delhi BJP chief Adesh Gupta along with other senior leaders met Union home minister Amit Shah on Wednesday evening, but senior party leaders claimed the Jahangirpuri issue was not discussed.
Residents look through the rubble after the North Delhi Municipal Corporation razed shops during an anti-encroachment drive in Jahangirpuri in New Delhi on Wednesday, April 20, 2022. (Amal KS/HT Photo)
Residents look through the rubble after the North Delhi Municipal Corporation razed shops during an anti-encroachment drive in Jahangirpuri in New Delhi on Wednesday, April 20, 2022. (Amal KS/HT Photo)
Published on Apr 21, 2022 05:04 AM IST
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Set house in order before polls: BJP chief Nadda tells Rajasthan unit

The central leadership also informed the state leaders that Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be face of the elections in the state, said the functionary, requesting anonymity.
BJP National President JP Nadda. (PTI Photo)
BJP National President JP Nadda. (PTI Photo)
Updated on Apr 20, 2022 01:21 AM IST
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BJP banking on women-centric policies to retain power in Tripura: CM Biplab Deb

On Monday, chief minister Biplab Deb, who is in the national Capital, was dismissive of the Mamata Banerjee-led Trinamool Congress (TMC) emerging as a threat to the ruling dispensation
Tripura chief minister Biplab Deb said while the BJP is confident of “winning comfortably” in the 60-member assembly, whatever opposition it will face will be from the CPI(M). (File photo)
Tripura chief minister Biplab Deb said while the BJP is confident of “winning comfortably” in the 60-member assembly, whatever opposition it will face will be from the CPI(M). (File photo)
Published on Apr 19, 2022 12:41 AM IST
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‘Petty politics’: Nadda hits out at Opposition letter over communal violence

The BJP chief said the government is cracking down on anti-social elements who “bullied common people”
BJP chief JP Nadda. (PTI)
BJP chief JP Nadda. (PTI)
Updated on Apr 19, 2022 05:05 AM IST
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BJP looks to corner TMC government in Bengal over violence against its cadre

The state unit of the party has planned public programmes to keep the focus on the attacks carried out against its workers for which the BJP blames the ruling Trinamool Congress party (TMC) in West Bengal, according to several BJP leaders.
The public programmes is also to signal that the BJP is serious about emerging as an alternative to the ruling TMC in West Bengal. (PTI)
The public programmes is also to signal that the BJP is serious about emerging as an alternative to the ruling TMC in West Bengal. (PTI)
Updated on Apr 17, 2022 12:59 AM IST
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Nadda forms team to look into alleged gang rape in Bengal

A 14-year-old girl died hours after she returned from a birthday party, where she was given alcohol and then allegedly sexually assaulted
 (HT PHOTO (Representative))
(HT PHOTO (Representative))
Updated on Apr 14, 2022 05:17 AM IST
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By, Kolkata/new Delhi

Modi writes to PMAY beneficiary, says houses instil confidence about better tomorrow

The beneficiary earlier wrote to Modi to thank him and referred to the problems he faced while living in rented accommodation
Prime Minister Narendra Modi. (ANI)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi. (ANI)
Published on Apr 12, 2022 12:25 PM IST
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BJP launches foreign outreach programme

The visit was a first of its kind, where the head of a country visited a political party’s headquarters on the invitation of the party president.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Nepalese counterpart Sher Bahadur Deuba arrives at Hyderabad House, in New Delhi on Saturday. (Narendra Modi Twitter)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Nepalese counterpart Sher Bahadur Deuba arrives at Hyderabad House, in New Delhi on Saturday. (Narendra Modi Twitter)
Updated on Apr 11, 2022 07:12 AM IST
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‘Focus on welfare schemes:’ BJP sets poll plank for its K’taka unit

A message to refrain from stoking controversies over issues that can be perceived to polarise the electorate was also relayed by BJP leadership to Karnataka chief minister Basavaraj Bommai, who was in the national capital for a two-day visitthis week, party functionaries aware of the details said.
The BJP central leadership has also given its nod for a reshuffle in the Basavaraj Bommai-led Karnataka cabinet to buck anti-incumbency. (PTI)
The BJP central leadership has also given its nod for a reshuffle in the Basavaraj Bommai-led Karnataka cabinet to buck anti-incumbency. (PTI)
Updated on Apr 09, 2022 04:44 AM IST
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Budget session ends a day early; 11 bills passed

The premature end of the session -- this is the sixth session in a row to be adjourned ahead of schedule -- set off a political debate with the Congress accusing the government of avoiding a debate on price rise.
Congress president Sonia Gandhi greets Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union defence minister Rajnath Singh and Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla, in New Delhi on Thursday. (PTI)
Congress president Sonia Gandhi greets Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union defence minister Rajnath Singh and Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla, in New Delhi on Thursday. (PTI)
Updated on Apr 08, 2022 07:08 AM IST
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BySaubhadra Chatterji and Smriti Kak Ramachandran

In a divided world, India speaks of humanity: PM Modi

Addressing party workers on the occasion of the BJP’s 42nd foundation day, the PM said the policies of India-first and self reliance have given the country a chance to forge ahead without giving in to any pressure.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses the party workers on the occasion of the party's 42nd foundation day, in New Delhi on Wednesday. (ANI)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses the party workers on the occasion of the party's 42nd foundation day, in New Delhi on Wednesday. (ANI)
Updated on Apr 07, 2022 06:15 AM IST
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Modi says politics, national policy go hand in hand for BJP

In his address to the party workers on the BJP’s foundation day, Modi spoke about the policy of India-first and self-reliance
Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressing BJP workers on the occasion of the party's foundation day. (PTI)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressing BJP workers on the occasion of the party's foundation day. (PTI)
Updated on Apr 06, 2022 12:28 PM IST
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Modi urges BJP MPs to focus on ‘seva’, welfare

Addressing the BJP’s parliamentary party meeting at the Ambedkar Centre in Delhi, the PM said lawmakers should ensure that schemes such as Har Ghar Nal (piped water in every house) and Ayushman Bharat (a health insurance programme) are reaching intended beneficiaries and people are aware of the schemes tailored for their specific needs. E
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP president J P Nadda and Union minister Amit Shah at the BJP Parliamentary party meeting, in New Delhi on Tuesday. (Arvind Yadav/HT photo)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, BJP president J P Nadda and Union minister Amit Shah at the BJP Parliamentary party meeting, in New Delhi on Tuesday. (Arvind Yadav/HT photo)
Updated on Apr 06, 2022 04:56 AM IST
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By, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Modi asks BJP lawmakers to create awareness about govt schemes

Schemes offering subsidised health care, housing, and free ration have been credited for BJP’s success in the assembly elections held in four states in February and March
Prime Minister Narendra Modi. (ANI)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi. (ANI)
Published on Apr 05, 2022 12:20 PM IST
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Amit Shah sought MPs’ suggestions on criminal bill, says BJP leader

In December last year, Union home minister Amit Shah had written to all lawmakers, seeking their suggestions on the proposed law, the leader cited above said, seeking anonymity.
Union home minister Amit Shah speaks in Lok Sabha during the second part of the Budget Session of Parliament, in New Delhi April 4, 2022. (ANI Photo)
Union home minister Amit Shah speaks in Lok Sabha during the second part of the Budget Session of Parliament, in New Delhi April 4, 2022. (ANI Photo)
Updated on Apr 05, 2022 08:30 AM IST
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By, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Modi leads Rajya Sabha farewell to 72 retiring members

In his speech, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the experience gained by the members within the four walls of the House could now be spread in four different directions of the country to inspire the younger generation.
Union minister Nitin Gadkari with former Rajya Sabha MP Ghulam Nabi Azad, during a farewell function in honour of retiring Members of Rajya Sabha, in New Delhi on Thursday. (PTI)
Union minister Nitin Gadkari with former Rajya Sabha MP Ghulam Nabi Azad, during a farewell function in honour of retiring Members of Rajya Sabha, in New Delhi on Thursday. (PTI)
Published on Apr 01, 2022 12:50 AM IST
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