Kavita Upadhyay

Articles By Kavita Upadhyay

BJP breaks all records in Himachal Pradesh polls, minimum victory margin 3.27 lakh votes

In Hamirpur, the BJP won by a vote margin of 3.99 lakh votes; in Kangra by 4.77 lakh votes, in Mandi by 4.05 lakh votes, and in Shimla (reserved) seat the party won by a margin of 3.27 lakh votes.

Interview: Former Uttarakhand CM Harish Rawat

Speaks to Kavita Upadhyay after the Congress’s debacle in all five seats in the state, including his own defeat from Nainital-Udham Singh Nagar seat.

Himachal Lok Sabha election results: BJP wins all seats

Speaking to the media after the results, the chief minister said, “I worked hard for the polls and visited all state Assembly seats, which is not what is normally done for Lok Sabha elections"

We will have to work on people’s issues: Former Uttarakhand CM Harish Rawat

We will have to work on people’s issues. There is no other way to revive the party, says Rawat.

Ahead of polls, weather, unpaid dues haunt Himachal apple farmers

Apple farmers being duped by commission agents, locally called ‘arthiyas’, is perhaps a burning issue which is expected to impact the prospects of the BJP, especially in the Shimla seat.

PM Modi spends night in meditation cave near Kedarnath

Modi reached Jolly Grant Airport near Dehradun on Saturday morning, where he was received by Chief Minister Trivendra Rawat. He then proceeded to Kedarnath, reaching amidst tight security at 9.30 am, for what Uttarakhand BJP president Ajay Bhatt called a “spiritual and absolutely personal” visit.

As a dynast seeks to debut from Mandi, opponent says his fight is against candidate’s grandfather

As Sukh Ram, former Union minister, addressed the crowd seeking support for Aashray, his voice choked with emotion. In reaction, Aashray’s eyes welled up with tears, and it took some effort on Aashray’s part to take control of his emotions while he was on stage.

“Only defence officials, not politicians should talk about military actions”

With a large population in the Himachal Pradesh — especially in the Kangra and Hamirpur belt — being that of ex-servicemen and personnel currently serving in the armed forces, national security is one of BJP’s main poll pitches.

Anurag Thakur: The contest is about winning with a higher vote margin than 2014

"In 2014, people voted against Congress. But this time their vote will be in favour of (Prime Minister Narendra) Modi for his works and achievements."

Hamirpur: Anurag Thakur faces anti-incumbency, but voters inclined towards Modi

Anurag's primary poll pitch is based on the works done by the Modi government in the past five years, and the developmental works, he claims, he got done in Hamirpur in the past years.

Why is naamdaar pretending to reprimand mentor: Modi in Punjab

On May 9, Sam Pitroda had said “hua to hua (it happened, so what?)” when asked about the 1984 anti-Sikh riots.

Defence deals were ATMs for Congress: PM Modi in Solan

"The high import was because the defence deals were like ATMs for them (the Congress) to extract money, so they didn’t let the country become self-dependent. There is no defence deal over which serious allegations of corruption have not been levelled against them.”

Will scrap Article 370 if BJP voted back to power: Amit Shah

Seeking votes for BJP candidate from Kangra, Kishan Kapoor, Shah said, “I have come here to tell you that if you make Kishan Kapoor an MP and make (Narendra) Modi ji the prime minister, we will endure that Article 370 is scrapped from Kashmir.”

Cong let water flow into Pak to keep its vote bank in India happy: Modi

Addressing a rally in Hoshiarpur, Modi attacked Congress for “favouring Pakistan” while sharing water apparently to keep their “vote bank in India happy.”

Lok Sabha Elections 2019: Rahul draws parallel with kabaddi, says it’s ‘game over’ for Modi

"Modiji gave two tight slaps to his coach (veteran BJP leader L K) Advaniji… He didn’t even listen to his team of Gadkariji, Arun Jaitleyji, Sushma Swarajji, when they warned him against getting into the Congress side (in the kabaddi match)."

Haven’t let you down in last five years: PM Modi tells Himachal voters

PM Modi was campaigning in Mandi to garner support for the BJP candidate from the Mandi Lok Sabha seat, Ram Swaroop Sharma, who is facing anti-incumbency. "Today I have come here to ask for your blessings for myself,” he said, adding that he shares a “bond of love” with the people of the state.

How Kangra voters see it: ‘Congress candidate better, but BJP has Modi’

BJP banks on Modi factor, Congress on traditional, OBC voters as local issues take backseat here.

Seat watch, Mandi: Jai Ram versus Sukh Ram here

In the Mandi Lok Sabha seat, the issues including that of improving communication by four-laning of roads and railway lines, and construction of a salt mining plant have taken a back seat this election season.

Shimla: Modi factor may work for BJP

In 2014 Lok Sabha polls, under an evident “Modi wave”, BJP’s Virender again won against the Congress but this time with a higher margin of 84,187 votes. The Shimla (SC) Lok Sabha seat comprises 17 state Assembly seats. In the 2017 state Assembly polls, the BJP and the Congress had won eight seats each, with the CPM winning one seat

Shimla: Two days after gangrape, no arrests, cops mum on probe

In 2017, the state police had faced flak for carrying out a lax probe into the rape and murder of a minor in Shimla district’s Kotkhai area.