Smriti Kak Ramachandran
Smriti covers an intersection of politics and governance. Having spent over a decade in journalism, she combines old fashioned leg work with modern story telling tools.
Articles by Smriti Kak Ramachandran
UPDATED ON MAR 01, 2021 01:38 PM IST
- Starting Monday, the coronavirus vaccination drive has been opened to senior citizens and people with comorbidities who are in the age group of 45 to 59 years
By Smriti Kak Ramachandran, Hindustan Times, Delhi
PUBLISHED ON FEB 27, 2021 12:20 PM IST
A former EC official said the poll panel does take into consideration the suggestions on the polling schedule made by the political parties.
PUBLISHED ON FEB 27, 2021 01:58 AM IST
The elections are crucial for the LDF, with Kerala being the solitary communist bastion after the fall of the Left government in Tripura. For the Congress, a victory in the state would offer a balm after a bunch of electoral (and post-electoral) reverses.
PUBLISHED ON FEB 26, 2021 06:27 PM IST
The elections are crucial for the incumbent LDF, since Kerala remains the only Communist bastion in the country after the fall of the Left government in Tripura
UPDATED ON FEB 24, 2021 01:34 PM IST
However, there are concerns that the AAP could stoke issues that have been weak spots for the BJP, such as the Patidar movement that sought to bring the community under the ambit of the OBC quota
PUBLISHED ON FEB 23, 2021 08:51 AM IST
The government is planning to implement postal voting on a pilot basis for NRIs in the US, Canada, New Zealand, Japan, Australia, Germany, France and South Africa
PUBLISHED ON FEB 22, 2021 09:24 AM IST
At meetings with local leaders, Sangh functionaries have underlined the need to differentiate between the pro-farmer groups and individuals and organisations known to support the Khalistan movement
By Smriti Kak Ramachandran, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON FEB 22, 2021 03:36 PM IST
"The vote share in 2016 was around 15%; it went up in the Lok Sabha elections and then further up in the local body polls," he said.
PUBLISHED ON FEB 22, 2021 06:08 AM IST
The resolution, passed at the end of a daylong national office bearers’ meeting addressed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, also praised the Union government’s response to the Covid pandemic, its economic management amid a global slump and efforts at ensuring the passage of new farm and labour laws.
PUBLISHED ON FEB 21, 2021 04:58 PM IST
- India’s response to the Chinese aggression in eastern Ladakh was also discussed at the meeting of BJP national officer bearers.
UPDATED ON FEB 21, 2021 02:11 PM IST
- This is the first physical meeting of top BJP functionaries after the outbreak of Covid 19 disease.
UPDATED ON FEB 19, 2021 03:56 AM IST
The National Conference MPs from Kashmir, Farooq Abdullah, Hasnain Masoodi and Akbar Lone, who are also associate members of the Commission, did not attend the meeting, and said the exercise itself was “unconstitutional”.
UPDATED ON FEB 18, 2021 12:47 PM IST
NC president and Lok Sabha member Farooq Abdullah said his party has conveyed to the commission in writing the reasons for being absent from the meeting
UPDATED ON FEB 18, 2021 06:00 PM IST
The union minister said that from the government’s side, senior leaders including union agriculture and home ministers have interacted with groups [of farmers] and they are open to the idea of meeting them again.
PUBLISHED ON FEB 18, 2021 09:23 AM IST
Balyan was closeted with elected representatives from the Jat dominated areas of Haryana, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh a day after the party brass instructed them to reach out to the Khaps and dispel their resentment against the farm laws
By Smriti Kak Ramachandran, Hindustan Times, Bengaluru
UPDATED ON FEB 18, 2021 03:57 AM IST
The highest decision-making body of RSS, the Akhil Bharatiya Pratinidhi Sabha is set to meet in Bengaluru on March 19 and 20.
UPDATED ON FEB 15, 2021 11:24 AM IST
The BJP is seeking to attract the 35.9 million women voters who make up 49% of the electorate, the SC communities that account for 23.51% of the population and the STs that are 5.8% of the population, according to the 2011 census.
UPDATED ON FEB 14, 2021 04:44 AM IST
In an interview with Smriti Kak Ramachandran ahead of the upcoming assembly polls, he also accused chief minister Mamata Banerjee’s government of corruption, and said “Jai Shri Ram” has become Bengal’s election slogan.
UPDATED ON FEB 11, 2021 02:07 PM IST
In his address to BJP lawmakers on the death anniversary of party ideologue Deen Dayal Upadhyaya, the PM said, “Politics for us is the means to achieve a national policy. As I said earlier, the government may run with a majority, but nations are run with consensus”
UPDATED ON FEB 11, 2021 12:11 PM IST
Abdul Basit said Madhav’s tone was “unpleasant and aggressive” during the meeting at the India Foundation’s office in New Delhi in 2014, just before the assembly elections in J&K
UPDATED ON FEB 10, 2021 12:30 PM IST
Modi, who led the BJP to massive wins in the 2014 and 2019 national elections, does not shy away from attacking his opponents in bitterly fought elections. But he has on several occasion showered praise on them as well
PUBLISHED ON FEB 10, 2021 08:49 AM IST
On Monday, Vijay Sai Reddy urged the Chair to expunge portions of a speech by the TDP MP; Naidu said the issue should be brought to his notice in writing. Subsequently, Reddy made a comment against the Chair that was later expunged
PUBLISHED ON FEB 10, 2021 03:28 AM IST
“I am concerned that whoever is appointed to his position may not be able to match up to him,” Modi said, pointing to Azad, who was sitting across the hall in the slot occupied by the Opposition floor leader in the Rajya Sabha.
PUBLISHED ON FEB 09, 2021 08:58 AM IST
Some of these meetings are being held by former TMC leaders, who have joined the BJP, such as Suvendu Adhikari. Adhikari and is considered to wield considerable “clout” among several unions
UPDATED ON FEB 04, 2021 11:36 AM IST
Participating in the discussion on the motion of thanks to the President’s address, Jha criticised the government’s response to the farmers’ protest and the tendency to dub anyone with a contrary opinion as anti-national
UPDATED ON FEB 04, 2021 11:01 AM IST
BJP has been carrying out an outreach on the ground and on social media to counter accusations by the Opposition and a section of farm leaders that the three farm laws passed in September benefit big corporations
UPDATED ON FEB 03, 2021 10:05 PM IST
Global pop star Rihanna on Tuesday extended her support to the farmers by sharing a news report highlighting the internet shutdown aimed at crippling the protest movement.
PUBLISHED ON FEB 03, 2021 12:22 PM IST
Azad said Prime Minister Narendra Modi is the only person who can find a solution to both the problems—Jammu and Kashmir and the farmers’ agitation
PUBLISHED ON FEB 03, 2021 11:30 AM IST
The use of mobile phones is barred on the floor of the House. While Rajya Sabha television records and beams the House proceedings live, the chair has the authority to instruct that disruptions not be shown
UPDATED ON FEB 03, 2021 10:03 AM IST
In the Rajya Sabha on Wednesday, the government and the Opposition members reached a consensus on the issue of holding discussion on the farmers’ issue, allocating 15 hours to the discussion on the motion of thanks