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Vishal Kant works as an Assistant Editor with Hindustan Times. He tracks developments in Aam Aadmi Party and Delhi government. Vishal has spent about a decade covering the city politics and governance, besides writing on Delhi’s civic issues, urban transport and infrastructure.

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Chouhan, Sarma to lead BJP charge in Jharkhand assembly polls

Chouhan, the new Union agriculture and rural development minister, has been appointed as in-charge and Sarma as co-in-charge for the assembly elections likely to be held in November-December this year, where the BJP will be up against the ruling Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM)-led INDIA bloc.

Assam CM Himanta Biswa Sarma and Shivraj Singh Chouhan during the election campaign for the Lok Sabha polls. (ANI)
Published on Jun 17, 2024 10:05 PM IST
By, Ranchi

Annapurna Devi: From being a politician by default to union minister

Known for her soft-speaking nature, Annapurna Devi went on to grow in the BJP hierarchy after her victory in Koderma in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.

New Delhi, June 11 (ANI): Annapurna Devi takes charge as the Union Minister for Women and Child Development, in New Delhi on Tuesday. (ANI Photo)(PIB)
Published on Jun 13, 2024 12:38 AM IST

Jharkhand: Jailed minister Alamgir Alam resigns from state cabinet

Alam also sent a copy of his resignation letter as Congress legislature party leader to the party’s national president Mallikarjuna Kharge

Jharkhand politician Alamgir Alam being produced before a PMLA court in Ranchi in connection with an alleged money laundering case last month. (ANI Photo)
Published on Jun 11, 2024 11:46 AM IST

Jharkhand CM to take over minister Alam’s portfolios

The department of cabinet secretariat and vigilance on Friday issued a notification, allotting the four departments headed by Alam to chief minister Champai Soren.

All these four departments have been with Alam in the previous Hemant Soren and incumbent Champai Soren cabinets. (PTI)
Updated on Jun 07, 2024 09:59 PM IST
By, Ranchi

INDIA bloc will win at least eight seats in the state: Mir

Mir said a decision will be taken over arrested Alamgir Alam’s ministerial berth after the Lok Sabha election process is over

Ghulam Ahmed Mir, in charge of Jharkhand Congress (HT Photo)
Published on Jun 03, 2024 10:00 PM IST
By, Ranchi

Interview: Congress will win 8-10 seats in Jharkhand, says party’s state in-charge

In an interview with HT, Congress in-charge of Jharkhand Ghulam Ahmed Mir speaks on a host of issues including equations with allies, the party’s action against jailed minister Alamgir Alam and possibility of any overhaul in the state unit

Congress in-charge of Jharkhand Ghulam Ahmed Mir. (Arvind Yadav/HT PHOTO)
Published on Jun 03, 2024 08:00 PM IST

Lok Sabha polls: Last three seats locked in Jharkhand; turnout 68.32%

As per the data available until 7 pm, 68.3 per cent of voters exercised their franchise across the three seats in Jharkhand, which is about four per cent lower compared to 2019, when the voting percentage in these seats was 71.01 per cent.

Voters stand in a queue to cast their vote at a polling booth during the last phase of the Lok Sabha elections, in Dumka on Saturday. (ANI)
Published on Jun 01, 2024 09:59 PM IST
By, Ranchi

Forced to take charge after husband’s arrest, Kalpana strikes a chord

Kalpana Soren, who was involved in ticket distribution and attended INDIA bloc rallies in Mumbai, Delhi, and Ranchi, also contested an assembly by-election, triggering speculation that she could replace Champai Soren as the chief minister. Champai Soren was made the chief minister after Hemant Soren resigned minutes before he was arrested on January 31.

JMM leader Kalpana Soren during an election campaign rally in favour of Vijay Hansda. (PTI)
Published on May 30, 2024 09:10 PM IST
By, Ranchi

Forced to take charge after husband’s arrest, Kalpana Soren strikes a chord

Kalpana Soren was forced to take charge after Hemant Soren, who was expected to lead the national poll campaign in Jharkhand, was arrested

Kaplana Soren. (HT PHOTO)
Published on May 30, 2024 04:41 PM IST

BJP’s Sita Soren aims to wrest Dumka, once a JMM bastion

But the seat isn’t just a prestige battle for the JMM. It is in Dumka that Babulal Marandi beat Shibu Soren in 1998 and 1999, and the Jharkhand BJP chief is now spearheading the party’s campaign in the seat.

BJP leader Sita Soren. (ANI)
Updated on May 30, 2024 07:48 AM IST
By, Ranchi

Action against corrupt will intensify after June 4, says PM Modi at Dumka rally

Prime Minister Narendra Modi also alleged that the tribal population in the area was decreasing due to influx of infiltrators from Bangladesh

Prime Minister Narendra Modi. (Narendra Modi | Official X account)
Published on May 28, 2024 05:37 PM IST

Four more seats sealed in Jharkhand; voter turnout 62.31%

As per the data available till 7 pm, 62.31 per cent of voters exercised their franchise across the four seats, which is over two per cent lower compared to 2019, when the voting percentage in these seats was 64.81.

62.31 per cent of the 8.2 million registered voters exercised their franchise across Ranchi, Jamshedpur, Dhanbad, and Giridih (PTI)
Published on May 25, 2024 10:08 PM IST
By, Ranchi

BJP will emerge stronger in east, west and south: Shivraj Chouhan

Former Madhya Pradesh CM and BJP national VP Shivraj Singh Chouhan speaks on various issues including 2024 elections, welfare schemes, and opposition criticism.

Former Madhya Pradesh chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan was in Jharkhand for campaigning (HT Photo)
Updated on May 23, 2024 09:55 PM IST

HT interview: BJP will emerge stronger in East, West and South, says Shivraj Singh

‘400 paar is not a mere slogan’. We are set to emerge as the biggest party in the South. We would emerge stronger in East, West and South. Be it Bengal, Odisha, Andhra or Telangana

Former MP chief minister Shivraj Singh Chauhan (File Photo)
Published on May 23, 2024 08:28 PM IST

JMM formally expels Sita Soren, Hembron from party for six years

Dropping its sitting MP Sunil Soren, the BJP has fielded Sita from the Dumka Lok Sabha seat, considered the citadel of the JMM that has been represented by Shibu Soren in the Parliament on eight occasions.

Sita Soren resigned from the JMM in March and joined the BJP. (ANI)
Updated on May 17, 2024 10:23 PM IST
By, Ranchi

Four seats up for grabs today as Jharkhand begins voting in Lok Sabha elections

Approximately 6.4 million voters in Jharkhand will vote for Lok Sabha seats in the upcoming fourth phase, with high-profile candidates in the fray.

Vehicles on election duty parked at the Birsa College Stadium on the eve of the fourth phase of Lok Sabha elections, in Khunti. (PTI)
Updated on May 12, 2024 10:06 PM IST
By, Ranchi

All bets off in three tribal seats of Jharkhand voting on May 13

In 2019, BJP has won 11 Lok Sabha seats out of the total 14 in Jharkhand and its ally Ajsu Party has won one seat. The remaining two, Singhbhum and Rajmahal in Santhal Parganas, were won by JMM-led alliance. However, BJP’s victory margin in seats reserved for STs was small — 1,445 votes in Khunti and 10,363 votes in Lohardaga. Congress defeated BJP by 72,155 votes in Singhbhum.

The three Lok Sabha seats of Khunti, Singhbhum and Lohardaga in Jharkhand are set for a keen contest (ANI)
Published on May 11, 2024 10:14 PM IST
By, Khunti/singhbhum/lohardaga

Tribal seats in Jharkhand going to polls to witness close triangular contest

Singhbhum Lok Sabha has six assembly segments and all are with the ruling JMM-Congress alliance. The seat has traditionally seen a direct fight between the Congress and the BJP

The three SC reserve Lok Sabha seats – Khunti, Singhbhum and Lohardaga – will go to polls on May 13 (Representative Photo)
Updated on May 11, 2024 04:02 PM IST

Pak hoping for Rahul to become India’s PM: Modi

PM Modi accuses previous Congress-led governments of being weak on terrorism, denies BJP will change Constitution, criticizes RJD's history of appeasement.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses an election rally in Palamu on Saturday. (ANI)
Updated on May 05, 2024 05:52 AM IST
By, Bishnu K Jha, Ranchi/ Darbhanga

In Jharkhand rallies, Modi swears by Constitution

Addressing two back-to-back rallies in Palamu and Lohardaga on Saturday, Modi said that the BJP exposed the intent of the Congress-led alliance of giving religion-based reservation by cutting into the share of the Scheduled Caste (SC), Scheduled Tribe (ST), and Other Backward Classes (OBCs).

Prime Minister Narendra Modi being felicitated by BJP leaders during a public meeting in Palamu district on Saturday. (PTI)
Published on May 04, 2024 10:24 PM IST
By, Ranchi

Congress wants to change Constitution to give quota for minorities: Modi

PM Modi accuses Jharkhand government of looting state's resources, warns voters to 'punish' Congress for alleged plans to change Constitution on reservation.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi alleged on Friday that the INDIA bloc government in Jharkhand looted the state’s resources (PTI)
Updated on May 03, 2024 10:26 PM IST
By, Ranchi

Arjun Munda interview: ‘Entire world knows today about Birsa Munda’

Munda spoke on several issues, including related to tribals and farmers, alleged misuse of agencies, besides his and his party’s electoral prospects in the general elections. Edited excerpts.

Arjun Munda, union minister for agriculture and tribal affairs (Rupesh/HT Photo)
Published on May 02, 2024 10:30 PM IST
By, Khunti

Amit Shah doctored video: Delhi police summons Jharkhand Congress chief

Jharkhand Congress chief Rajesh Thakur said the Delhi police are asking for his phone and electronic devices at a time when the party is busy with election schedule and asked how can the police send such a notice without any investigation

Jharkhand Congress chief Rajesh Thakur. (File)
Published on May 01, 2024 01:55 PM IST

Kalpana files nomination for Gandey assembly seat bypoll

The JMM leader was accompanied by chief minister Champai Soren, Congress legislature party leader Alamgir Alam, Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) minister Satyanand Bhokta, and Kalpana’s brother-in-law Basant Soren at the nomination centre, and will be up against the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)’s Dilip Verma in the bypoll scheduled on May 20.

Kalpana Soren filed her nomination as the Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) candidate for the Gandey assembly by-election. (HT Photo)
Updated on Apr 29, 2024 09:35 PM IST
By, Ranchi

Lok Sabha set to pluck out at least two J’khand MLAs

While fate of this dozen of MLAs would be determined on June 4, at least two of them are set to reach the Lok Sabha since two each in Hazaribag and Dumka are locked in a direct contest.

The strength of the 81-member Jharkhand assembly is set to reduce after the ongoing parliamentary elections in the country (HT Photo)
Published on Apr 27, 2024 10:03 PM IST
By, Ranchi

Kalpana Soren is JMM pick for Gandey assembly seat in bypoll

Gandey assembly bypoll has been necessitated after JMM legislator Sarfaraz Ahmed relinquished his assembly membership on December 30, 2023, when the then CM Hemant Soren was facing an arrest by ED.

Kalpana Soren at a party workers' meeting at Gandey earlier this month. (ANI)
Published on Apr 25, 2024 09:03 PM IST
By, Ranchi

Lok Sabha election: INDIA parties project unity at rally in Ranchi

Leaders from opposition parties in the INDIA bloc rally in Ranchi, warning of BJP's decade-long rule and threat to the Constitution.

INDIA bloc leaders at a rally in Ranchi on Sunday. (PTI)
Updated on Apr 22, 2024 12:50 AM IST
By, Ranchi

Hemant Soren’s arrest a conspiracy, says wife Kalpana in first political speech

Kalpana Soren addressed the 51st foundation day of the JMM in Giridih in presence of senior party leaders including chief minister Champai Soren

Kalpana Soren breaks down during the 51st foundation day function of the Jharkhand Mukti Morcha in Giridih district on Monday. (PTI)
Published on Mar 04, 2024 09:32 PM IST

SC ruling on MPs, MLAs: JMM's Sita Soren to face trial in horse trading case

The eldest daughter-in-law of JMM chief Shibu Soren would have to face trial before the special CBI court which is examining witnesses in the 2012 case.

JMM MLA Sita Soren. (PTI)
Updated on Mar 05, 2024 04:28 AM IST

JMM-Congress leaders busy filling coffers, will recover loot: PM Modi in Dhanbad

PM Modi said that the INDI alliance is anti-development, anti-people and it wants free ration distribution to be stopped but our government will carry on

PM Modi was addressing the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)’s Vijay Sankalp rally in Jharkhand’s Dhanbad (ANI file photo)
Updated on Mar 01, 2024 04:19 PM IST
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