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Aurangzeb Naqshbandi covers politics and keeps a close watch on developments in Jammu & Kashmir. He has been a journalist for 16 years.

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No-trust motion moved against RS dy chairman

While the two farm bills were passed through a voice vote, the opposition claimed that the due process of allowing a detailed discussion on the bills was not followed.

Congress spokesperson Abhishek Manu Singhvi claimed that no bill was passed by the Rajya Sabha.(ANI)
Updated on Sep 21, 2020 12:21 AM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByAurangzeb Naqshbandi and Smriti Kak Ramachandran

Opposition parties snub Congress in joint protest over GST

Leaders belonging to the Trinamool Congress, Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS), Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD), Aam Aadmi Party (AAP), Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK), Samajwadi Party (SP), Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) and the Shiv Sena gathered near the statue of Mahatma Gandhi in the Parliament House complex to seek immediate release of compensation for a shortfall in their share of GST collections.

Opposition MPs hold placards as they protest demanding to clear the GST dues to states, in front of Mahatma Gandhi Statue at Parliament during the Monsoon Session, in New Delhi on September 17, 2020.(ANI Photo)
Updated on Sep 18, 2020 01:47 AM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By

Congress dissenters chart next step

A leader present in the meeting, who did not want to be named, said they were not satisfied with the changes as these “do not in any way” address the concerns raised by them in their August 7 letter to Sonia Gandhi that triggered a flutter.

Congress president Sonia Gandhi, party leader Rahul Gandhi and former PM Manmohan Singh in New Delhi.(ANI Archive)
Updated on Sep 13, 2020 02:41 AM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By

Key changes, boost to Team Rahul as Congress rejigs panels

The reshuffle comes against the backdrop of 23 Congress leaders, including four CWC members (Azad, Anand Sharma, Mukul Wasnik and Jitin Prasada), writing a letter to Sonia Gandhi on August 7, and calling for full-time leadership and an introspection behind the “steady decline” of Congress.

Congress leader Sonia Gandhi(PTI photo)
Updated on Sep 12, 2020 05:09 AM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By

Rahul Gandhi, CDS Rawat attend House defence panel meet

The meeting -- in which Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) General Bipin Rawat was present -- centered around the topic on the agenda, “provision and monitoring of the quality of ration and livery items to the defence forces”.

Rahul Gandhi on Friday expressed concern over the food items being provided to soldiers as compared to officers, saying rank should not considered for providing the “type of food or nutrition” in the defence forces, sources said.(Mohd Zakir/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Sep 12, 2020 02:23 AM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By

Congress plans joint opposition candidate for Rajya Sabha post

The decision was taken at a meeting of the parliament strategy group of the Congress on Tuesday, a party leader said on condition of anonymity.

Congress president Sonia Gandhi.(PTI)
Updated on Sep 09, 2020 02:47 AM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By

Opposition parties to put up a joint candidate for RS deputy chairperson’s election

The RS deputy chairperson’s post has been lying vacant after Janata Dal’s (United) member Harivansh’s tenure had ended in April. However, Harivansh’s got re-elected to the Upper House from Bihar soon after his tenure had ended

The RS deputy chairperson’s post has been lying vacant after Janata Dal’s (United) member Harivansh’s tenure had ended in April.(Arvind Yadav/HT photo)
Published on Sep 08, 2020 02:34 PM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By

Key Congress panel headed by Manmohan Singh hasn’t met in 2 months

The last meeting of the 11-member panel was held in July, a Congress functionary said on condition of anonymity.

Former prime minister and senior Congress leader Manmohan Singh.(Reuters file photo)
Updated on Sep 07, 2020 04:24 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By

‘Congress has to confront the question of secularism’, says Manish Tewari

The Congress party needs to confront the “central question of secularism” and “combat the immoral allure of majoritarianism”, Congress MP Manish Tewari told HT in his first interview since he and 22 other leaders signed a controversial letter seeking sweeping reforms in the party.

Congress MP Manish Tewari(Raj k Raj/ Hindustan Times)
Updated on Sep 06, 2020 08:40 AM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByHarinder Baweja and Aurangzeb Naqshbandi

‘The tag of a conscientious dissenter works for me’, says Manish Tewari

Former Union minister and Lok Sabha MP Manish Tewari in an interview to Hindustan Times talks about the letter that created ripples within the Congress and the party’s future course of action.

Congress leader Manish Tewari(Sonu Mehta/ HT archive)
Updated on Sep 06, 2020 05:55 AM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByHarinder Baweja and Aurangzeb Naqshbandi

Congress likely to set up panel for internal polls

The previous CEA, headed by present Kerala Congress president Mullapally Ramachandran, was dissolved soon after the election of Rahul Gandhi as the party chief in December 2017.

Congress’ Rahul Gandhi and his mother Sonia Gandhi.(REUTERS)
Updated on Aug 30, 2020 07:12 AM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By

Opposition CMs join hands against holding NEET, JEE

Amid a growing chorus for postponing the JEE and NEET in view of the pandemic, the Centre has maintained that the tests will be conducted in September as scheduled. While JEE Main is scheduled from September 1-6, NEET is planned on September 13.

Congress Interim President Sonia Gandhi chairs a virtual meeting with Chief Ministers of 7 states to discuss various issues, in New Delhi, Wednesday, Aug 26, 2020.
Updated on Aug 27, 2020 08:37 AM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByAurangzeb Naqshbandi and Amandeep Shukla

‘Let’s go to SC’: Mamata Banerjee at Sonia Gandhi’s CMs’ meet over exams

Mamata Banerjee urged all chief ministers to together move the Supreme Court for postponing the NEET and JEE exams to be held amid Coivd-19 pandemic as students are not prepared.

Amid a growing chorus for postponing the JEE and NEET exams in view of the Covid-19 pandemic, the Centre has maintained that these will be conducted in September as scheduled.(ANI)
Updated on Aug 26, 2020 06:50 PM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By

Sonia and Rahul speak to leaders who wrote letter

A Congress functionary said on condition of anonymity that Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi called up some of the senior leaders -- among the group of 23 who wrote a letter to Sonia Gandhi asking for structural changes in the party -- and conveyed to them that they hold no grudges.

Congress party leader Rahul Gandhi and his mother and party president Sonia Gandhi arrive to attend Prime Minister Narendra Modi's swearing-in ceremony at the presidential palace in New Delhi.(REUTERS)
Updated on Aug 26, 2020 12:30 AM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By

Kapil Sibal withdraws statement after Rahul Gandhi calls him

It was preceded by a bit of friction between Sibal and the Congress chief spokesperson Randip Surjewala, who rejected allegations that Rahul Gandhi accused some seniors of “colluding” with the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) during the high-voltage CWC discussions.

In this Aug. 15, 2013 file photo, senior Congress leaders Kapil Sibal and Ghulam Nabi Azad during the 67th Independence Day celebration in New Delhi.(PTI)
Updated on Aug 25, 2020 05:39 AM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | BySaubhadra Chatterji and Aurangzeb Naqshbandi

7 hours of fireworks at CWC

Four of the 23 signatories – Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad, general secretary Mukul Wasnik, former Union ministers Anand Sharma and Jitin Prasada – found themselves at the receiving end of attacks by other members.

Congress leaders KC Venugopal (right) and Randeep Singh Surjewala addressing a press conference at the All India Congress Committee (AICC) headquarters in New Delhi on Monday. (Arvind Yadav/ HT Photo)
Updated on Aug 25, 2020 12:30 PM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By

Sonia stays in charge of Congress after acrimonious CWC meet

The CWC — held in the backdrop of the first-ever show of dissent by prominent leaders against the party’s first family — authorised Sonia Gandhi to effect any necessary organisational changes, reaffirmed its faith in both Sonia and former president Rahul Gandhi.

Rahul Gandhi led the attack on the signatories by saying it came when the Congress was fighting political battles in Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan, and Sonia Gandhi was in hospital.(PTI)
Updated on Aug 25, 2020 05:02 AM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | BySunetra Choudhury and Aurangzeb Naqshbandi

Rahul Gandhi never said signatories of letter were colluding with BJP: Azad

A Congress leader also said Azad made it amply clear that the letter was not against Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi as “misconstrued” and alleged by some people

Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad cleared the air on the controversy over Rahul Gandhi’s alleged comment(Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Aug 24, 2020 05:43 PM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By

Sonia asks CWC to elect a new chief, Rahul questions timing of dissenters’ letter

The CWC had named her the party’s interim chief on August 10 last year after Rahul turned down calls to withdraw the resignation he had given on May 25, taking moral responsibility for the party’s rout in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections

Rahul Gandhi questioned the timing of the letter written by dissenters—the Congress president was ill and the party was fighting the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan.(PTI)
Updated on Aug 24, 2020 03:27 PM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By

CWC meet today, Sonia Gandhi in favour of a new leader

Hindustan Times has learnt that Gandhi responded to the letter a few days later with a hand-written note to one of the signatories.

Sonia Gandhi became interim president of the Congress after Rahul Gandhi quit as the party chief in May 2019, owning responsibility for the Congress’s rout in last year’s general elections.(Photo: INCIndia/ Twitter)
Updated on Aug 24, 2020 02:36 AM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | BySunetra Choudhury and Aurangzeb Naqshbandi

Dissent brewed over aloof leadership?

A communication breakdown between the Gandhis and other leaders in the party was cited by the signatories, who said only party general secretary KC Venugopal and national spokesperson Randeep Surjewala had access to the top leadership.

AICC general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi and UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi in New Delhi on Saturday. (ANI Photo)
Updated on Aug 24, 2020 01:34 AM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | BySunetra Choudhury and Aurangzeb Naqshbandi

‘Get together and find a new chief’: Sonia Gandhi in response to letter on leadership

Sonia Gandhi accepted the post of the interim chief after much persuasion only on one condition that the party will find her replacement soon.

In her response, Sonia Gandhi has told Congress leaders that she was not interested in leading the party once again when the Congress Working Committee (CWC) on August 10 requested her to assume the reins of the organisation.(File photo)
Updated on Aug 23, 2020 04:40 PM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByAurangzeb Naqshbandi | Edited by Sohini Sarkar

Congress to raise China, Facebook, Covid-19 handling in upcoming Parliament session

The party will also raise the issues of job losses, agrarian distress, and the economic crisis

The functionary said they will also demand a Joint Parliamentary Committee probe into the Wall Street Journal report last week that claimed Facebook’s Indian staff ignored its rules in handling hate speech by BJP politicians.(Amal KS/HT Photo)
Updated on Aug 20, 2020 03:56 PM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By

House IT panel divided on summoning Facebook

Committee member and BJP MP Nishikant Dubey told Hindustan Times that Tharoor could not call Facebook to seek an explanation because the House rules don’t allow it .

A report suggesting Facebook was going easy on hate speeches by members of ruling Bharatiya Janata Party has become the subject of a political controversy(Reuters File Photo)
Updated on Aug 18, 2020 02:53 AM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByDeeksha Bhardwaj and Aurangzeb Naqshbandi

Report on Facebook’s leniency to BJP members’ communal posts causes row

In an article published late on Friday, the Wall Street Journal cited interviews with unnamed Facebook insiders to claim that the company’s senior India policy executive Ankhi Das intervened in internal content review processes to stop a ban on BJP’s Telangana MLA T Raja Singh, who made communally charged posts targeting the Muslim community.

A party functionary, who asked not to be named, said the BJP does not subscribe to the views of Singh and has distanced itself from comments that call for violence or are not in line with the party’s stance.(AFP)
Updated on Aug 16, 2020 08:31 AM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByBinayak Dasgupta , Aurangzeb Naqshbandi and Sunetra Choudhury, New Delhi

How Ashok Gehlot managed the crisis

As the crisis — triggered by the rebellion by now-dismissed deputy chief minister Sachin Pilot and doused by a truce call earlier this week — unfolded, Gehlot had his task cut out. He had to fight a two-pronged battle — on the internal and the external fronts. In the end, the outcome was in his favour.

HT Image
Updated on Aug 14, 2020 11:49 PM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByAurangzeb Naqshbandi and Chetan Chauhan

Gehlot, Pilot meet; BJP, Congress talk floor test

Speaker CP Joshi can use his discretion to decide whether to allow the government or the BJP motion — both seeking a floor test, according to analysts.

Political analyst Narayan Bareth said the motion by the ruling side gets preference in such a situation.(ANI)
Published on Aug 14, 2020 04:41 AM IST
Hindustan Times, Jaipur/New Delhi | BySachin Saini, Rakesh Goswami and Aurangzeb Naqshbandi, Jaipur/new Delhi

Ashok Gehlot could call for floor test despite the return of Sachin Pilot camp

Even though the 19 MLAs, including now-dismissed deputy chief minister Sachin Pilot, have returned to the Congress fold, the party thinks that a floor test is the only way to send across a message of unity after a tumultuous month marked by an intense tussle that triggered political uncertainty in the western state.

In an interview with HT, published on Wednesday, chief minister Gehlot did not rule out a floor test, saying a decision will be taken once the assembly session begins on August 14.(PTI)
Updated on Aug 13, 2020 01:00 AM IST
Hindustan Times, new Delhi/Jaipur | ByAurangzeb Naqshbandi and Sachin Saini, New Delhi/jaipur:
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