Varinder Bhatia

Articles By Varinder Bhatia

Haryana: As exit polls indicate BJP’s return, opposition leaders keep fingers crossed

As the ruling party chases its 75-plus seats target, the exit polls’ trends mean that several political bigwigs of Haryana, especially those in the opposition, will keep their fingers crossed for October 24 results.

Caste equation at play; in 30% seats big battle between Jat candidates

Out of 90 Assembly constituencies, at least one-third will be witnessing a direct contest among the Jat candidates nominated by the three parties.

BJP works its might to halt Bhupinder Singh Hooda run, targets his citadel — Rohtak

In the final lap, BJP plans two more Modi rallies, Hooda says saffron party in a state of panic

50 village meetings a day: Capt Abhimanyu banks on ‘personal connect’, says no opposition in Haryana

Amid peak political campaign in Haryana that goes to Vidhan Sabha polls on October 21, a large number of villagers wait to welcome Capt Abhimanyu as a convoy of vehicles arrive.

Haryana elections: Article 370 not an issue, my fight with Khattar, says Bhupinder Hooda

Asked about reason behind such an appeal, Hooda says with a smile, “Because the contest is between myself and him.”

After dig at Sonia Gandhi, Manohar Lal Khattar’s jibe at Congress: Just proverbs

Khattar said that the proverbs used by him were not coined by him, but in use for generations and that they help people understand things better.

Haryana elections: 14-year-old ‘reporter’ in spotlight this poll season

Goldy, who hails from Kunger Bhani village in Bhiwani district and currently lives in Jind city, has already interviewed Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, Jannayak Janata Party (JJP) leaders Dushyant Chautala and Digvijay Chautala, among others.

Haryana: BJP’s task cut out in seats dominated by Muslims, hit by 2016 Jat quota stir

Regarding Muslim dominated constituencies, BJP has fielded INLD turncoats Zakir Husain in Nuh, Naseem Ahmed in Firozpur Jhirka. Both are seeking re-election. In Punhana, BJP has fielded debutant Nouksham Chaudhary.

Art 370 would have ended last term but an incident happened: Rajnath

Sources said the incident was the Pulwama terror attack on February 14, when 40 CRPF jawans were killed.

‘BJP is trying to camouflage its failures in Haryana by raising national issues’

Former Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda sees in BJP campaign a camouflage to hide its failures in Haryana. He tells The Indian Express why future belongs to national parties and justifies 'deserving' dynasts in politics.

Haryana elections: BJP bid to polarise voters won’t work, says Randeep Singh Surjewala

Congress leader Randeep Singh Surjewala, who is seeking re-election from Kaithal, speaks to The Indian Express on election issues in the state and why he thinks BJP’s strategy will fail.

Haryana elections: Those who called me novice now call me a player, says Manohar Lal Khattar

On Rahul Gandhi's resignation after Lok Sabha polls, Manohar Lal Khattar said, "...They dug up a mountain and what came out was a dead rat...Because they can see nothing beyond Sonia, Rahul and the Gandhi family."

Haryana elections: BJP says fight with ‘few known faces’, rolls out plan for 6 Jat heavyweights

Rallies of BJP star campaigners, including PM Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Amit Shah, have been carefully planned to expand the party in electoral catchment area of these Jat leaders.

Haryana elections: BJP bets big on nationalism while Opposition points to local issues

BJP’s success rate over the last one year is making both the Congress and the INLD work overtime to prevent erosion of their traditional votebank. The BJP has won the Jind bypoll, Mayoral polls and the recently concluded Lok Sabha polls in the state.

Congress kicks off Haryana campaign with unity call, focus on ‘big picture’

Campaigning for Congress candidate Amit Sihag, Kumari Selja said, “We have seen the worst of times and the best times. It was all possible due to you. Today again there is a big challenge ahead of us. Politics has changed a lot these days.”

The Congress has killed itself: Sampat Singh

In a conversation with The Indian Express, the former Congress leader accuses the party of sidelining him and claims that Congress won’t be able to secure the number of seats it got in 2014.

Haryana elections: BJP aims for 75-plus seats, but faces an uphill task in nearly 39

Besides these 39 seats, there are 21 Assembly segments where BJP won for the first time in 2014 Vidhan Sabha polls.

Haryana elections: BJP goes all out to swing Jat votes in its favour

After consolidating its non-Jat base, the BJP is now gunning to capture Jat-dominated seats — with a targeted approach to at least 23 Assembly constituencies.

As infighting rages, Congress looks set to stretch losing streak in Haryana

From infighting, factionalism, defections and uncertainty in party leadership to a “rebellion” through a show of strength by former chief minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda, and now state unit chief Ashok Tanwar’s resignation — nothing seems to be going right for the grand old party.

‘Hyped data, favours to builders marked Gurgaon Rapid Metro’

Haryana IAS officer Ashok Khemka has drawn the attention of Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar in a letter and accused Haryana Shahari Vikas Pradhikaran (HSVP, earlier HUDA) and the concessionaire companies of indulging in “shadow boxing”.