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Interview: What wrong has Adityanath said? He is a sanyasi, so he faces questions: Trivendra Singh Rawat
Mon, Mar 20, 2017

Trivendra Singh Rawat spoke to Indian Express about his victory, the agenda for the state and UP CM Yogi Adityanath.

Trivendra Singh Rawat, former RSS pracharak, to take oath as Uttarakhand CM today
Sat, Mar 18, 2017

Trivendra Singh Rawat will take the oath of office along with his council of ministers in Dehradun on Saturday, PM Modi, Amit Shah to attend the ceremony.

Uttarakhand election results 2017: BJP begins process for picking CM, leaders say only Modi, Shah know
Wed, Mar 15, 2017

BJP state chief Ajay Bhatt, who lost from his home seat of Ranikhet, will meet party chief Amit Shah and Pandey on Wednesday.

In Uttarakhand, BJP office quiet as party cautious about its CM choice
Mon, Mar 13, 2017

Central leaders, including party chief Amit Shah and state in-charge Shyam Jaju, have clarified that the new CM need not be from the state.

Uttarakhand election results 2017: Despite rebels, BJP wave takes state, gives space for CM experiment
Sun, Mar 12, 2017

With 57 or over 80 per cent of the total 70 seats, this is, perhaps, one of the most comprehensive victories for the BJP in any state ever.

Uttarakhand election results 2017: Reality check for Independent candidates, regional parties
Sun, Mar 12, 2017

While Independents got a reasonable 10 per cent vote, and the BSP received 7 per cent, their total seat tally, however, ended at just two.

Uttarakhand election results 2017: Harish Rawat loses seats, state and the plot
Sun, Mar 12, 2017

After worst ever loss, Congress has to find new leaders quickly, or it faces ejection from popular imagination.

Uttarakhand delivers stability verdict, riding on PM Modi hope
Sun, Mar 12, 2017

The BJP fought the election only on Narendra Modi plank and the result shows the hopes riding on it.

Uttarakhand assembly election results 2017: Importing talent makes a difference
Sun, Mar 12, 2017

The BJP’s massive four-fifths majority (57 seats) has cut out the leverage that the Congress rebels who have won on the party’s ticket might have hoped to have.

Uttarakhand Elections 2017: Negotiation with Independents begin
Sat, Mar 11, 2017

Rawat also admitted that the party had an “option to field better candidates in three or four cases”.

In last lap, Election Commission dismay at ‘inflammatory’ talk, tells parties to not raise religion, caste
Mon, Feb 27, 2017

The EC censure comes at a time when the political discourse in poll-bound Uttar Pradesh has taken on religious and caste overtones.

Assembly elections 2017: Record voting in Uttarakhand at 68 per cent
Thu, Feb 16, 2017

Maximum voting was recorded in Uttarkashi district (73 per cent), followed by Nainital and Haridwar (both 70 per cent). Almora (52 per cent) in Kumaon recorded the lowest polling until 5 pm.

Uttarakhand elections: Here comes home minister’s samdhi, his team tells voters
Wed, Feb 15, 2017

Narayan Singh Rana, RSS swayamsevak, is the father of Sushma, who is married to Pankaj Singh, son of Home Minister Rajnath Singh.

Uttarakhand elections: Across the border; next door to UP, new caste calculus
Wed, Feb 15, 2017

Dalit-Muslim politics of Uttar Pradesh gives way to Thakur-Brahmin dominance in Uttarakhand.

Revenge of the mythmaker
Wed, Feb 15, 2017

Modernity dismissed myth as inferior knowledge. Recent politics, wrongly described as post-truth, is a revolt against this condemnation

Uttarakhand elections 2017: Remember Shaktiman? MLA who flogged the horse asks for votes
Wed, Feb 15, 2017

It was alleged that Joshi hit the horse, breaking its hind leg.

Congress rift widens on last lap in Uttarakhand
Wed, Feb 15, 2017

In 2012, this seat was represented by former CM Vijay Bahuguna who led the defection last year to the BJP against what the rebels termed was Chief Minister Harish Rawat’s “arrogance”.

Uttarakhand elections: Eye on soldiers’ votes, PM Modi speaks of PoK strikes, OROP
Wed, Feb 15, 2017

Addressing two rallies in Pauri Garhwal and Pithoragarh, Modi once again raised the issue of surgical strikes and said that while it was a “big event in the military history”, the Congress questioned it.

Tracking Uttarakhand’s snow-hit ballot: From mules to helicopters, gloves to sleeping bags, boots to booths
Sun, Feb 12, 2017

Starting today, polling officials will get their final directions and set off for their poll booths. From mules to helicopters, gloves to sleeping bags, boots to booths, ASHUTOSH BHARDWAJ tracks a snow ballot.

Prime Minister Modi’s raincoat remark: Learn to talk decently about past PMs, says Rahul Gandhi
Fri, Feb 10, 2017

“Modi is the first Prime Minister who cannot talk decently about past prime ministers. He should learn,” said Rahul.

Between the battle lines in Uttarakhand, the Kumaon versus Garhwal subtext
Thu, Feb 09, 2017

In two regions that constitute state, rivalries etched deep in history play out in Congress rebellion and current elections.

Uttarakhand assembly elections 2017: River and rebellion take centrestage in Gangotri
Wed, Feb 08, 2017

Gangotri constituency is symbolic not just in religious terms but also politically. Whichever party has won here has always formed the government of the state, be it Uttarakhand or Uttar Pradesh.

Uttarakhand election 2017: From curbing migration to handling disasters, what parties promise
Tue, Feb 07, 2017

Both Rawat and the Congress talk about the appointment of five aapda mitra in every village, but neither spells out details of training, relief equipment and how they would help during a disaster

In the Himalayas, interest peaks on one poll promise: All-weather road
Tue, Feb 07, 2017

Talk in Yamunotri constituency is about major project any leader has proposed this time: the “all-weather char dham roads” announced by PM Modi during a December rally in Dehradun.

Uttarakhand’s other players, often key to BJP and Congress
Mon, Feb 06, 2017

The BSP has always been a major player in the plains, especially in the districts of Udham Singh Nagar and Haridwar.

Uttarakhand: Congress promises homes, jobs
Mon, Feb 06, 2017

The manifesto comes a week after Rawat had released his own “resolutions”, as his promises for his next term.

Ten days to polls, it’s Congress vs Congress vs BJP vs BJP in Uttarakhand
Sun, Feb 05, 2017

Leaders in the two parties estimate that at least a thousand of their members have switched camps in the past fortnight.

Uttarakhand polls 2017: Congress defies EC notice, distributes ‘job cards’ to youths
Sat, Feb 04, 2017

Congress spokesperson claimed that it was in consonance with the code of conduct.

Uttarakhand PCC, BJP chiefs face a rebel each in battle for survival
Tue, Jan 31, 2017

Against PCC chief Kishore Upadhyaya is Congress rebel Aryendra Sharma, while on the other side, state BJP chief Ajay Bhatt faces BJP rebel Dr Pramod Nainwal.

‘Rebel issue is a trap set by Harish Rawat’
Fri, Jan 27, 2017

Anil Baluni, BJP spokesperson travelling through Uttarakhand, dismisses talk of resentment over BJP tickets to Congress rebels

Interview with Harish Rawat: ‘Good the mighty have left, commoners with me’
Wed, Jan 25, 2017

The Uttarakhand CM, holding the Congress flag amid the exit of several senior leaders, speaks to Indian Express

Kedarnath wonders how Congress MLAs they blamed are now BJP candidates
Tue, Jan 24, 2017

Visits to some 20 constituencies across Garhwal suggested a general sentiment that BJP tickets to Congress rebels have, ironically, diluted the sense of anti-incumbency.

Congress first list Uttarakhand: Harish Rawat to contest from two seats, many turncoats in Cong list of 63
Mon, Jan 23, 2017

Uttarakhand Congress president Kishore Upadhyay was given ticket from Sahaspur seat instead of Tehri.

RSS quotes BR Ambedkar to say reservation should go, clarifies not against quota
Sat, Jan 21, 2017

Earlier, during the discussion, Vaidya said caste-based reservation in the context of SCs and STs was meant to address historical discrimination perpetrated by “us”.

Uttarakhand: Few voters, no jobs in abandoned hills
Fri, Jan 20, 2017

In the cradle of the Himayalas, Pauri Garhwal district suffers high migration out of the hills, thanks to near-zero irrigation, declining farming, zero employment, poor education and health facilities.

Uttarakhand: A half-built capital waits for a government
Wed, Jan 18, 2017

After many election promises, work began on a permanent capital in Gairsain 2 years ago but project now awaits funds.