Sunetra Choudhury is the National Political Editor of the Hindustan Times. With over two decades of experience in print and television, she has authored Black Warrant (Roli,2019), Behind Bars: Prison Tales of India’s Most Famous (Roli,2017) and Braking News (Hachette, 2010). Sunetra is the recipient of the Red Ink award in journalism in 2016 and Mary Morgan Hewett award in 2018.
Articles by Sunetra Choudhury
In the run-up to the Himachal Pradesh assembly elections at the end of this year, the focus is on the incumbent BJP’s main challengers: the Congress, which tasted success in recent bypolls, and the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) looking to repeat its stellar performance in Punjab
An analysis of Rajya Sabha seats that will go to elections on June 10 in 15 states shows that regional parties such as the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK), the YSR Congress Party and the Aam Aadmi Party(AAP) stand to gain by increasing their tally from the current 25 to 27 seats out of the 57.
Among the new entrants is likely to be Rashtriya Lok Dal leader Jayant Chaudhary, with the support of his alliance partner Akhilesh Yadav’s Samajwadi Party, according to people familiar with the matter who asked not to be named.
Updated on May 20, 2022 01:33 AM IST
BySunetra Choudhury and Pankaj Jaiswal, New Delhi
The Election Commission of India last week sent Soren a notice asking him to explain why he should not be disqualified over the lease
Jharkhand chief minister had written to the ECI on Monday, seeking a four-week extension of time to respond to the notice. The ECI, however, granted Soren 10 days to submit his reply.
Rahul Gandhi was elected Congress president in December 2017, succeeding mother Sonia Gandhi, and remained in the position till he resigned in May 2019 after the party won only 52 seats in the Lok Sabha elections.
The political strategist said on Monday that it was ‘time for him to go directly to the people’, creating a buzz in political circles.
Kishor’s announcement of ‘Jan Suraaj’ comes at a time when there are murmurs of Chief Minister Nitish Kumar facing an existential crisis within the ruling coalition
Madhya Pradesh Congress chief Kamal Nath’s resignation as the leader of the opposition in the state assembly on Thursday comes on the heels of an incident last month.
The Congress announced the decision to accept Kamal Nath’s resignation on Thursday. A statement said seven-time MLA Govind Singh had been appointed as the new Congress Legislature Party (CLP) leader.
Taking note of a complaint by the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), the poll body had recently written to state chief secretary Sukhdev Singh seeking “authentication” of the documents related to granting of the mining lease to the chief minister.
Meanwhile, a person familiar with happenings on both sides said the door was still open for a deal, and that Kishor and the Congress may well revive their discussions after the Gujarat elections.
The changes are aimed at “course correction”, streamlining the party’s messaging and consolidating internal divisions, but challenges remain
While the Congress thanked Kishor for his “effort and suggestions”, he said that, more than him, the party needed “leadership and collective will to fix the deep-rooted structural problems” in order to revive its fortunes.
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.
Updated on Apr 26, 2022 02:20 AM IST
BySunetra Choudhury and Smriti Kak Ramachandran, New Delhi
While ministers have been asked to spend a day or two in some of India’s 118 “aspirational districts”, bureaucrats of deputy secretary and higher rank have been asked to travel to border areas and give an “on-the-ground assessment’’ of government schemes to their respective ministries.
The committee comprising AK Antony, Mallikarjun Kharge, Ambika Soni, Mukul Wasnik and others, has given its inputs ahead of Prashant Kishor’s final meeting with Congress chief Sonia Gandhi any time over the next few days to decide if the strategist will become an office bearer of the party.
Kishor’s presentation was full of data and results of various polls, one of the people cited above said, seeking anonymity.
Speaking to Sunetra Choudhury on phone from her home district of Mon, Konyak said deep-rooted patriarchy holds women back, but her election proves things are changing. Edited excerpts:
HT reported last year that Kishor approached the Congress party in early 2020 with a plan to help with its 2024 election campaign.
What’s the problem with the Grand Old Party? What are its roots and symptoms? And what’s the way out? HT spoke to Congress leaders, activists, and former partymen to decode all that has gone wrong
The Congress Working Committee (CWC) unanimously decided that Sonia Gandhi will continue as the interim chief till organisational polls are held and announced a brain-storming session, signalling an urgency ahead of assembly elections in other states and the Lok Sabha polls in 2024.
The state, which saw the emergence of caste-based parties in the 90s, has typically witnessed a multi-party fight in assembly elections ever since.
Uttar Pradesh polls: Kanugolu, some in the Congress say, could fill the role the party envisaged for election strategist Kishor, who mentored the former and made him part of the team that managed Narendra Modi’s 2014 campaign.
The international human rights body confirmed that on February 16, India sent its response to the charge of violating international human rights law and other rights codified in the 2015 minimum standards of treatment of prisoners, also known as the Mandela Rules.
It’s not that Nagaur MP Hanuman Beniwal has been ignored by the committees that allot residences to members of Parliament, but the search for a house for him is stuck in a legal battle and one former parliamentarian’s refusal to vacate his home.
Updated on Feb 18, 2022 07:54 AM IST
BySunetra Choudhury and Risha Chitlangia, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
‘It says the government has to work to promote the education of weaker sections of the society, of backward classes, and arguably these young women, by virtue of being women if nothing else’
On Tuesday, BJP chief Nadda told his office bearers that he expected senior leaders to motivate workers to not just donate but to also use this as an occasion to recruit new members.
After filing his nomination papers, the sitting Parliamentarian from SP Singh Baghel told HT that he was delighted to be the surprise nominee for his party and that he has the requisite experience to take on Yadav as he had already fought against four members of the SP family in the past.
Ahead of the upcoming assembly polls, including in Congress-ruled Punjab, former Rajasthan deputy CM Sachin Pilot spoke to Sunetra Choudhury about the rumblings in the party.