Ashutosh Bhardwaj


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.

Decision 2017: Turncoats and relatives crowd BJP list
Wed, Jan 18, 2017

In Uttarkhand, reward for all inductees from Cong including three who joined in morning; Kalyan Singh’s grandson fielded in UP

Turncoats and relatives crowd BJP candidate list in election-bound states
Tue, Jan 17, 2017

In Uttarkhand, reward for all inductees from Cong including three who joined in morning; Kalyan Singh’s grandson fielded in UP.

Two parties, nine rebels and a sparring match in Uttarakhand
Mon, Jan 16, 2017

At his rally in Dehradun last month, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had attacked the Congress government over what is called the “scooter scam”.

Uttarakhand polls: In three-way contest, Harish Rawat versus his party versus BJP
Tue, Jan 10, 2017

On Saturday, Upadhyaya conceded during a press conference that the state Congress is running on “two axes”

Bank staffers illegally converted Rs 3.5 crore in old notes: I-T dept
Sat, Dec 31, 2016

The I-T department is probing the source of around Rs 120 crore deposited in the bank since demonetisation.

In 2016, RSS grew in importance and closer to Modi govt
Fri, Dec 30, 2016

This year, the Sangh did not like Modi’s critical remarks on Gau Rakshaks but both sides quickly covered up the chinks in their relationship and rebuilt trust.

Why hope in Uttar Pradesh based on only Dalits, Muslims could be maya
Fri, Dec 30, 2016

Results of past elections show that not only has Mayawati’s Dalit vote shrunk, she has found the going difficult without support from other — read upper — castes.

From Lucknow to Delhi, parties that died with their founders
Sat, Dec 24, 2016

In this part of a series, The Indian Express finds out how a number of parties in UP, Delhi and MP faded before they were delisted by EC

Where the parties are supposed to be: Dashed political dreams, homes & clinic
Fri, Dec 23, 2016

The Indian Express finds out what stands at the registered offices of some of the 255 parties delisted by EC for failing to contest polls over 10 years.

CBDT warns against ‘undue harassment’
Sun, Dec 11, 2016

At the same time, the directive, issued by CBDT Director Rohit Garg under Section 119 of the Income Tax Act, also asks tax officers to ensure “necessary and strict compliance”.

Delhi gold outlet logs Rs 75-crore cash sales in 4 hrs on night of November 8
Sat, Dec 10, 2016

Sources said the sales conducted that night at the Kucha Mahajani outlet were of below Rs 2 lakh per customer, without their PAN number being recorded.