Sunetra Choudhury

Sunetra Choudhury

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New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Union Ministers Nitin Gadkari, Rajnath Singh, Amit Shah and others during the first cabinet meeting(PTI)
New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Union Ministers Nitin Gadkari, Rajnath Singh, Amit Shah and others during the first cabinet meeting(PTI)

What makes the Cabinet committees so significant

New Delhi | By Sunetra Choudhury
UPDATED ON JUN 09, 2019 10:12 AM IST
The body has representation from allies like, for instance, the Akalis and Shiv Sena in the Modi government, which has made it large and unwieldy, according to officials in the know.
A day after announcing new Cabinet committees for employment and growth, the government on Thursday reconstituted six other panels. (Ajay Aggarwal/HT PHOTO)
A day after announcing new Cabinet committees for employment and growth, the government on Thursday reconstituted six other panels. (Ajay Aggarwal/HT PHOTO)

PM Modi, Rajnath Singh on 6 Cabinet committees, Amit Shah on all 8

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Sunetra Choudhury
UPDATED ON JUN 07, 2019 07:14 AM IST
Interestingly, in the list released on Thursday morning, Singh was named as a member of just two, albeit crucial committees -- the Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) and the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA).
Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar addresses the media in Patna(PTI)
Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar addresses the media in Patna(PTI)

Why Nitish Kumar chose to stay out of the NDA cabinet

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Sunetra Choudhury
PUBLISHED ON MAY 31, 2019 10:09 PM IST
JD (U) won 16 of the 17 seats it contested in Bihar and so was unhappy with the formula worked out by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to give a single cabinet berth to each ally in the National Democratic Alliance (NDA), regardless of the number of seats won.
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) national president Amit Shah signs the documents after taking oath during a swearing-in ceremony, at the forecourt of Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi, on Thursday, May 30, 2019.(Ajay Aggarwal/HT PHOTO)
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) national president Amit Shah signs the documents after taking oath during a swearing-in ceremony, at the forecourt of Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi, on Thursday, May 30, 2019.(Ajay Aggarwal/HT PHOTO)

Amit Shah’s presence in PM Modi’s new cabinet to boost govt

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Sunetra Choudhury
UPDATED ON MAY 31, 2019 09:48 AM IST
He may have been third in line in seniority in the Cabinet after the Prime Minister and Rajnath Singh. But 55-year-old Amit Shah is set to be the second-most powerful person in Narendra Modi’s council of ministers.
Seen here is Muralidhar Rao, National General Secretary of Bhartiya Janta Party.((Photo by Arijit Sen/Hindustan Times))
Seen here is Muralidhar Rao, National General Secretary of Bhartiya Janta Party.((Photo by Arijit Sen/Hindustan Times))

Lack of trust in Congress helped BJP in Rajasthan, says Murlidhar Rao

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Sunetra Choudhury
PUBLISHED ON MAY 29, 2019 07:40 AM IST
The BJP won all 25 parliamentary constituencies in Rajasthan, just five months after being defeated by the Congress in state assembly elections
PM Narendra Modi (R) and Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP) president Amit Shah gesture to supporters as they celebrate the victory in India's general election at the party headquarters in New Delhi on May 23, 2019.(AFP file photo)
PM Narendra Modi (R) and Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP) president Amit Shah gesture to supporters as they celebrate the victory in India's general election at the party headquarters in New Delhi on May 23, 2019.(AFP file photo)

BJP’s next target: 333 in 2024 Lok Sabha polls with focus on south

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Sunetra Choudhury and Smriti Kak Ramachandran
UPDATED ON MAY 28, 2019 10:30 AM IST
In an attempt to increase its footprint in the southern states, the BJP will recast itself as a pan-Indian party and not a “Hindi-speaking outfit” in time for the next Lok Sabha election, senior functionaries said
Congress supporters during a protest against alleged corruption in the Rafale fighter jet deal in Assam on April 9, 2019.(ANI Photo)
Congress supporters during a protest against alleged corruption in the Rafale fighter jet deal in Assam on April 9, 2019.(ANI Photo)

Lok Sabha elections 2019: Chowkidar to Rafale, Congress’s graft pitch failed

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Sunetra Choudhury
UPDATED ON MAY 24, 2019 09:22 AM IST
Interestingly, Gandhi’s continued use of the slogan prompted the Prime Minister to make it the prefix of his Twitter ID, encouraging his council of ministers and other BJP followers to emulate him.
To defeat Modi, Gandhi had agreed to give up several things(PTI file photo)
To defeat Modi, Gandhi had agreed to give up several things(PTI file photo)

How Opposition failed to stop the Modi wave, despite unity effort

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Sunetra Choudhury
UPDATED ON MAY 24, 2019 10:59 AM IST
They came, they met and then they lost the game. The opposition league, which was toying with names such as Secular Democratic Front, failed to dent or stop the Narendra Modi wave.
Yeduguri Sandinti Jaganmohan Reddy President YSR Congress(ANI photo)
Yeduguri Sandinti Jaganmohan Reddy President YSR Congress(ANI photo)

Jagan Reddy, Stalin, Naveen other big winners

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Sunetra Choudhury
UPDATED ON MAY 24, 2019 12:10 AM IST
The giant laddoo cake that had been ordered by the Delhi unit of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) hadn’t even arrived yet from Bengali Sweets on Thursday when the party accomplished a majority on its own in the Lok Sabha.
The name SDF was suggested by the Congress, according to people directly involved in the process of forming the alliance who asked not to be named .(Amal KS/HT PHOTO)
The name SDF was suggested by the Congress, according to people directly involved in the process of forming the alliance who asked not to be named .(Amal KS/HT PHOTO)

UPA+ could be branded as Secular Democratic Front

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Sunetra Choudhury
UPDATED ON MAY 23, 2019 08:45 AM IST
The name SDF was suggested by the Congress, according to people directly involved in the process of forming the alliance who asked not to be named
Congress managers who are now working out the post-poll strategy confirmed Pawar’s role as one of the key people talking to parties who may be open to supporting the United Progressive Alliance. (Photo by Bachchan Kumar/ Hindustan Times)
Congress managers who are now working out the post-poll strategy confirmed Pawar’s role as one of the key people talking to parties who may be open to supporting the United Progressive Alliance. (Photo by Bachchan Kumar/ Hindustan Times)

Sharad Pawar works the phones to get new partners for anti-BJP bloc

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Sunetra Choudhury and Aurangzeb Naqshbandi
UPDATED ON MAY 22, 2019 11:51 AM IST
Hindustan Times has learnt from officials aware of developments in the NCP and the Congress that Pawar was getting in touch with the Biju Janata Dal (BJD), the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS), and the YSR Congress Party (YSRCP).
Priyanka Gandhi Vadra hinted that she might contest from Amethi in case Rahul Gandhi wins both the seats he is contesting in the Lok Sabha elections(ANI)
Priyanka Gandhi Vadra hinted that she might contest from Amethi in case Rahul Gandhi wins both the seats he is contesting in the Lok Sabha elections(ANI)

Priyanka Gandhi hints she is game for Amethi bypoll fight

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Sunetra Choudhury
UPDATED ON MAY 18, 2019 07:55 AM IST
It’s not a challenge, Priyanka Gandhi said in an interview to HT on Friday, when asked if she was ready to take on the task of contesting for the Amethi seat in case the Congress president gives it up
Uttar Pradesh, May 9 (ANI): Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi addresses at an election rally(ANI)
Uttar Pradesh, May 9 (ANI): Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi addresses at an election rally(ANI)

‘PM Modi should clearly state what he thinks about Godse’: Priyanka Gandhi

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Sunetra Choudhury
UPDATED ON MAY 18, 2019 11:22 AM IST
“It’s not enough to say that in your heart, you will not forgive them. You are a political leader, you have to state your political position,” Priyanka Gandhi said.
The Election Commission’s decision to transfer West Bengal CID’s additional director general Rajiv Kumar and relieve the state’s home secretary Atri Bhattacharya of his duties in the wake of clashes between Trinamool Congress and Bharatiya Janata Party workers was based on a two-page report by its observers on location.(REUTERS)
The Election Commission’s decision to transfer West Bengal CID’s additional director general Rajiv Kumar and relieve the state’s home secretary Atri Bhattacharya of his duties in the wake of clashes between Trinamool Congress and Bharatiya Janata Party workers was based on a two-page report by its observers on location.(REUTERS)

‘Exceeding brief, interference’: Why top Bengal officials were shifted by EC

New Delhi | By Sunetra Choudhury
UPDATED ON MAY 17, 2019 11:44 AM IST
The report details what happened during and after BJP president Amit Shah’s rally and ends by asking for “Exemplary action against Sh Atri Bhattacharya, Principal Secretary, Home and Sh Rajeev Kumar,. Addl DG, CID”.
Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) chief and Telangana chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao on Monday met Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) leader MK Stalin.(PTI File Photo)
Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) chief and Telangana chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao on Monday met Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) leader MK Stalin.(PTI File Photo)

Lok Sabha elections 2019: KCR pushes for national role in post-poll scenario

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Aurangzeb Naqshbandi and Sunetra Choudhury
UPDATED ON MAY 14, 2019 08:40 AM IST
KCR is also believed to be negotiating on behalf of the YSR Congress Party (YSRCP), led by Jaganmohan Reddy, in Andhra Pradesh. The two parties hope to have a bloc of around 35-40 seats, a considerable number.
Rahul Gandhi insisted that he spent a lot more time than PM Modi thinking about the country.(REUTERS)
Rahul Gandhi insisted that he spent a lot more time than PM Modi thinking about the country.(REUTERS)

‘He was probably having Modi on’: Rahul Gandhi’s dig at PM’s Obama moment

Hindustan Times, Bathinda | By Sunetra Choudhury
UPDATED ON MAY 10, 2019 06:04 PM IST
In an interview, Rahul Gandhi attempted to shake off this perception about a prime minister who hardly sleeps for a few hours and spends most of his time at work.
The ordinance, aimed at bypassing the Supreme Court order that banned convicted netas, was withdrawn by the Cabinet.(HT Photo)
The ordinance, aimed at bypassing the Supreme Court order that banned convicted netas, was withdrawn by the Cabinet.(HT Photo)

Was too aggressive, says Rahul Gandhi on tearing ordinance on corrupt netas

Hindustan Times, Bhatinda | By Sunetra Choudhury
UPDATED ON MAY 10, 2019 03:18 PM IST
Rahul Gandhi’s dramatic and open condemnation of the ordinance – he called it a “complete nonsense” - sealed its fate.
Congress president Rahul Gandhi(Virendra Singh Gosain/HT PHOTO)
Congress president Rahul Gandhi(Virendra Singh Gosain/HT PHOTO)

Exclusive | ‘Narendra Modi is obsessed with my family’: Rahul Gandhi

Hindustan Times, Bathinda | By Sunetra Choudhury
UPDATED ON MAY 10, 2019 12:48 PM IST
Congress president Rahul Gandhi denied that his father, the late former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi, had gone for a holiday on a warship, a day after PM Modi alleged that the latter had used the INS Viraat as a “personal taxi” for family vacations.
Gandhi says he doesn’t want to respond to the flurry of attacks on his father during the election campaign of 2019.(HT Photo)
Gandhi says he doesn’t want to respond to the flurry of attacks on his father during the election campaign of 2019.(HT Photo)

‘Aircraft carrier not cruise ship’: Rahul Gandhi jabs PM on Viraat vacation

Hindustan Times, Bathinda | By Sunetra Choudhury
UPDATED ON MAY 10, 2019 09:46 PM IST
Congress president Rahul Gandhi admits that he did visit INS Viraat with his father, late prime minister Rajiv Gandhi, but adds that it was an official trip, not a holiday.
K Chandrashekar Rao(PTI file photo)
K Chandrashekar Rao(PTI file photo)

K Chandrashekar Rao sends feeler to Congress over possible post-poll arrangement

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Sunetra Choudhury
UPDATED ON MAY 09, 2019 08:08 AM IST
Late last month, and approximately 10 days after Telangana voted on April 11, a parliamentarian from Rao’s Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) met a senior Congress functionary to set the ball rolling.
Andhra Pradesh chief minister Chandrababu Naidu(PTI file photo)
Andhra Pradesh chief minister Chandrababu Naidu(PTI file photo)

Chandrababu Naidu opts out of PM race, says any Oppn leader better choice than Modi

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Sunetra Choudhury
UPDATED ON MAY 08, 2019 08:22 AM IST
Andhra Pradesh chief minister Chandrababu Naidu has ruled himself out of the prime ministerial race, should no party get a clear majority in the Lok Sabha. The
The Bahujan Samaj Party and the Indian National Congress, potential allies not so long ago, are now busy trading charges.(File Photo)
The Bahujan Samaj Party and the Indian National Congress, potential allies not so long ago, are now busy trading charges.(File Photo)

December dinner indicated Congress, BSP won’t partner

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Sunetra Choudhury
UPDATED ON MAY 06, 2019 08:40 AM IST
In December, at least a month before the alliance of the SP, BSP, and RLD was announced, and ahead of the announcement of the results of the assembly elections in five states, BSP chief Mayawati received a request.
haratiya Janata Party’s national general secretary Ram Madhav(HT Photo)
haratiya Janata Party’s national general secretary Ram Madhav(HT Photo)

‘Will remove Article 370, it blocks integration of Kashmiris’: Ram Madhav

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Sunetra Choudhury
UPDATED ON MAY 09, 2020 05:17 PM IST
In an interview with Hindustan Times, Bharatiya Janata Party’s national general secretary Ram Madhav spoke extensively on Kashmir, where he was one of the architects of the BJP forming an alliance with the Peoples Democratic Party in 2015 that broke down last year
“We have the king so we do not need any kingmakers,” BJP’s national general secretary Ram Madhav said in a reference to Prime Minister Narendra Modi.(Saumya Khandelwal/HT File PHOTO)
“We have the king so we do not need any kingmakers,” BJP’s national general secretary Ram Madhav said in a reference to Prime Minister Narendra Modi.(Saumya Khandelwal/HT File PHOTO)

‘We don’t need any kingmaker, have the king,’ says Ram Madhav

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Sunetra Choudhury
UPDATED ON MAY 09, 2020 05:15 PM IST
Asked if the BJP was in touch with fence sitters like the Biju Janata Dal, the Telangana Rashtra Samithi and Jagan Reddy’s YSR Congress Party, Madhav said, “Strategy is not discussed in front of cameras. Anybody is welcome to walk into the NDA.”
Listing the names of a number of leaders such as Dr Ambedkar, Homi Bhabha, Dr Hargobind Khurana and Dr APJ Kalam, all known for their scholarly abilities, he said, “They did not brag about their hardships or their humble backgrounds.”(Amal KS/HT PHOTO)
Listing the names of a number of leaders such as Dr Ambedkar, Homi Bhabha, Dr Hargobind Khurana and Dr APJ Kalam, all known for their scholarly abilities, he said, “They did not brag about their hardships or their humble backgrounds.”(Amal KS/HT PHOTO)

‘Attractive phrase’: Manmohan Singh on PM’s ‘Harvard vs hard work’ remark

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Sunetra Choudhury
UPDATED ON MAY 02, 2019 02:27 PM IST
HT also asked Dr Singh if he identified with Prime Minister Modi when it came to coming from modest backgrounds.
“In past 70 years, a government in power never had to hide behind the valour of our Armed Forces. Such attempts to politicize our forces are shameful and unacceptable.” said Manmohan Singh .(Ht Photo)
“In past 70 years, a government in power never had to hide behind the valour of our Armed Forces. Such attempts to politicize our forces are shameful and unacceptable.” said Manmohan Singh .(Ht Photo)

‘Nyay will restart economy that has come to a stop today’: Manmohan Singh

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Sunetra Choudhury
UPDATED ON MAY 02, 2019 02:20 PM IST
Comparing NYAY to UPA’s rural job guarantee scheme, MGNREGS, Singh said: “The Congress party is committed to fiscal discipline.”
While BJP president Amit Shah said that Singh didn’t respond when our soldiers were attacked by militants from across the border, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said that India failed to give a fitting response to the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks.
While BJP president Amit Shah said that Singh didn’t respond when our soldiers were attacked by militants from across the border, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said that India failed to give a fitting response to the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks.

‘PM Modi doesn’t come anywhere close to Indira Gandhi or Shastri’: Manmohan Singh

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Sunetra Choudhury
UPDATED ON MAY 02, 2019 01:20 PM IST
Dr Singh’s remarks come after senior BJP leaders have attacked him for being ineffectual as a Prime Minister in his response to terror attacks.
Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has criticised the Narendra Modi-led government for its “unpardonable failures on the economic front”(HT File Photo)
Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has criticised the Narendra Modi-led government for its “unpardonable failures on the economic front”(HT File Photo)

‘Govt is hiding behind valour of armed forces’: Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Sunetra Choudhury
UPDATED ON MAY 02, 2019 09:03 AM IST
Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government had decided to “isolate and diplomatically expose Pakistan as a terror hub” after the 26/11 Mumbai attacks
Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh(Vipin Kumar/HT File PHOTO)
Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh(Vipin Kumar/HT File PHOTO)

‘Many surgical strikes during UPA’s tenure’, says former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh

Hindustan Times | By Sunetra Choudhury
UPDATED ON MAY 02, 2019 01:31 PM IST
“Multiple surgical strikes took place during our tenure, too. For us, military operations were meant for strategic deterrence and giving a befitting reply to anti-India forces than to be used for vote garnering exercises,” Singh, 86, said in an interview with Sunetra Choudhury of Hindustan Times
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