Chhailla Chowk to China: Himachal security has a dogs day out

April 17th, 2009  |  by  |  published in Featured, Politics

This is not a first hand account. Rather I’ve heard it from different sources. The local MLA (member of legislative assembly) from Jubbal-Kotkhai, Narendra Baragta, recently, at a public rally to appease the common man

Himachal BJP back on roads

May 1st, 2008  |  by  |  published in Featured, Politics

Let me confess it. I’m a pucca Congressi. But I’d no qualms in accepting that one good thing BJP did in its last regime were the roads. Even being a pucca Congressi, I’d lambasted the ousted Chief Minister, Virbhadra Singh, for neglecting the road to his constituency (Shimla-Rohru) and making trips by air. It’s early […]

Himachal CM in a vindictive mood

March 7th, 2008  |  by  |  published in Politics

Hill Beat Shimla: The BJP appears to be in a vindictive mood in Himachal Pradesh. Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal has a reason to target former CM Virbhadra Singh after the Supreme Court in a recent judgement declared that Singh had “illegally” granted permit to a transporter for plying vehicles on a restricted route in […]

Himachal electorate throws ADR Report to wind

December 28th, 2007  |  by  |  published in Activism, Elections, Politics

New Delhi: The Himachal electorate has thrown the ADR (Association for Democratic Reforms) Report – ‘Himachal Pradesh Election Watch’ (HPEW) – to the wind and have voted for 21 of the 50 candidates that have criminal cases pending against them. Of the 21 candidates, 19 belong to BJP and two to Congress and one as […]

Why does Himachal not count in national politics?

December 12th, 2007  |  by  |  published in Elections, Featured, Politics

Both Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh are going for assembly elections, yet the national newspapers here in Delhi, have just a small para on Himachal elections, somewhere tugged inside, while Gujarat has a devoted full-page. Why is Himachal not so important for the media or even the national politics? The only noise that Himachal made lately […]

Himachal BJP fields most candidates with pending criminal cases

December 12th, 2007  |  by  |  published in Activism, Elections, Politics

New Delhi: Surprise! The favourite Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP) on the election poll on hillbeat.in has 25 candidates out of 68 candidates it has fielded for elections with pending criminal cases against them. That means a huge 36.76 per cent. The figures have been made public by ‘Himachal Pradesh Election Watch’ (HPEW), a non-partisan civil […]

SDRS demands eye bank in Himachal in its manifesto

December 8th, 2007  |  by  |  published in Elections, Politics

Hill Beat Shimla: Society for Disability and Rehabilitation Studies (SDRS), Himachal Pradesh Chapter, has come out with a People’s Manifesto for the Disabled in connection with the ensuing assembly election in the hill state. Ajai Srivastava, Chairman of the society and a crusader for the rights of the disabled, released the manifesto on the occasion […]

I'm going out with a clean image: Sat Mahajan

November 4th, 2007  |  by  |  published in Politics

New Delhi: “When everyone wants you to be in politics, it’s the right time to retire,” Himachal’s octogenarian Congress stalwart, Sat Mahajan told Hill Beat, in an exclusive interview, here. He said that even opposition leaders were surprised at his move and a very senior BJP leader (name suppressed on request) had told him that […]

Will BSP eat into the BJP voter share in Himachal?

November 1st, 2007  |  by  |  published in Featured, Politics

The Mayawati-lead, Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), that has made its intentions clear that it will go alone in Himachal Pradesh and will contest on all the 68- seats in the state, may eat into the Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP) vote pie. While I’ve no survey to defend that statement, my assumption is, BJP which generally […]

Judicial panel redeems Himachal former minister, Bali

October 22nd, 2007  |  by  |  published in Politics

Shimla: The one-man Garg Inquiry Committee set up by the Himachal Pradesh High Court to look into the conduct of former Tourism Minister at a private party, has given a clean chit to the latter. The verdict comes as a boost to the sitting MLA, just before the elections and as a shot in the […]

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