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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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Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot may seek trust vote, will allow time to reset ties

While the chief minister told HT that the decision on the floor test will be taken once the assembly session starts on August 14, a Congress leader said the move is unavoidable as the party cannot keep its legislators lodged in hotels forever.

With 19 rebel legislators returning to the party fold, the Congress has a comfortable majority in the 200-member assembly.(ANI)
Updated on Aug 12, 2020 07:09 PM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By

Real battle is to save democracy in country: Ashok Gehlot

Rajasthan chief minister Ashok Gehlot said the current situation in the country and also in states clearly indicates that democracy is under threat.

Ashok Gehlot said the current situation in the country and also in states clearly indicates that democracy is under threat.(HT Photo)
Updated on Aug 12, 2020 04:16 AM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By

Rajasthan truce sealed, chorus for Rahul Gandhi as Congress chief picks pace

The Rajasthan crisis ended soon after Sachin Pilot met Rahul Gandhi on Monday afternoon. As a way out and to assuage the sentiments of all sides, the party then decided to form a three-member committee to address the grievances of the rebel legislators, including Pilot.

The renewed bid to persuade Rahul Gandhi to accept the responsibility came a day after Sonia Gandhi completed one year as an interim Congress president on Monday. (PTI file photo)
Updated on Aug 11, 2020 10:05 PM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By

Boost for CM Ashok Gehlot as Sachin Pilot mutiny all but over

Pilot expressed his “grievances in detail” in the “open and conclusive discussion” with former party president Gandhi, the Congress said in a statement, while declaring the formation of a three-member committee to look into the issues raised by the 42-year-old leader and the 18 other rebel legislators who backed him.

At one point, a rapprochement looked distant with Ashok Gehlot launching a personal attack on Pilot , but Monday’s meeting changed all that.(PTI)
Updated on Aug 11, 2020 05:27 AM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | BySunetra Choudhury and Aurangzeb Naqshbandi, New Delhi:

Three-member panel to address rebels’ grievances

The panel at the All India Congress Committee (AICC) level will have senior leaders as its members and it will “hear all the sides and also go into the details of the political turmoil” in the state before submitting its report, including a possible solution, to the Congress high command.

In a statement, KC Venugopal, Congress general secretary in charge of the organisation, said Sachin Pilot met with Gandhi and expressed his grievances in detail.(ANI/Twitter)
Updated on Aug 11, 2020 01:08 AM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By

Sachin Pilot falls in line after Rahul meet, settles for 3-member panel to hear his side

Sachin Pilot decision to stay in the Congress ensures the survival of the Ashok Gehlot government that is set to face a trust vote when the Rajasthan assembly meets on 14 August

Sachin Pilot smoked the peace pipe with Rahul Gandhi at their first meeting after Pilot shifted Rajasthan MLAs loyal to him to Gurugram near national capital Delhi(Facebook/Sachin Pilot)
Updated on Aug 10, 2020 08:00 PM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By

Punjab Congress seeks action against MPs Bajwa, Dullo

The recommendation, in form of letter, has been sent to the party’s central disciplinary action committee headed by former defence minister AK Antony and comprising veteran leaders Motilal Vora and Sushil Kumar Shinde, and also Congress president Sonia Gandhi.

Bajwa and Dullo have stepped up their attacks against the chief minister and Jakhar following the recent hooch tragedy in which over 100 people were killed.(Ravi Kumar/HT Photo)
Updated on Aug 09, 2020 07:31 AM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By

Bihar is going to change ‘disha and dasha’ of India: Rahul Gandhi

Addressing a virtual meeting of around 1000 party leaders and workers, Gandhi said the alliance with like-minded parties will be based on “mutual respect” and “reasonable give and take” and then only the coalition will be successful in defeating the ruling Janata Dal (United)-Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) combine.

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi.(ANI)
Updated on Aug 07, 2020 10:23 AM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByAurangzeb Naqshbandi | Edited by Amit Chaturvedi

Congress gives opportunities to young across spectrum: RPN Singh

Former union minister and the Congress’s Jharkhand in-charge RPN Singh says the ongoing old versus young debate in the Congress is uncalled for.

Former union minister and the Congress’s Jharkhand in-charge RPN Singh.(Parwaz Khan/HT file photo)
Updated on Aug 07, 2020 10:14 AM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By

Defence ministry statement on LAC taken down, row erupts

The statement, posted online on August 4 but removed two days later without any explanation, said Chinese aggression along the contested Line of Actual Control (LAC) had gone up and the ongoing border standoff was expected to be prolonged.

The external affairs ministry on Thursday made it clear once again that the disengagement and de-escalation process along the LAC had not made progress because of the lack of cooperation from the Chinese side.(PTI file photo)
Updated on Aug 07, 2020 01:07 AM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByRahul Singh and Aurangzeb Naqshbandi

Congress looks to alter perception on Ram Mandir issue

The Congress, which has since been trying hard to change the image, maintained , in the run-up to the 2019 elections, that it would will abide by the Supreme Court’s verdict on the Ayodhya issue or support any negotiated settlement.

Hindu devotees gather at illuminated Ram Ki Paidi to celebrate the groundbreaking ceremony of the Ram Temple, in Ayodhya on August 5, 2020.(PTI Photo)
Updated on Aug 06, 2020 06:34 AM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By

Vocal in support for Ram temple now, Congress seeks to change its pro-Muslim party image

Ever since the hammering at the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, the Congress has been trying hard to change its image as being pro-Muslim.

Hindu saints at the Ram temple groundbreaking ceremony in Ayodhya on Wednesday.(AP)
Published on Aug 05, 2020 07:15 PM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By

Calls grow for Rahul Gandhi’s return at helm

The demands came in three meetings: the Congress Working Committee (CWC) meeting on June 23; at Sonia Gandhi’s deliberations with the party’s Lok Sabha members on July 11; and during her interaction with the party’s Rajya Sabha MPs on July 30.

Some sections of Congress party have started demanding that Rahul Gandhi return to the post of Congress president that he gave up in May 2019(Keshav Singh/HT)
Updated on Aug 04, 2020 03:06 AM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By

Congress warns leaders over Twitter war amid Rajasthan crisis

Rahul Gandhi has been upset by media reports suggesting a deep divide within the party between the seniors and young leaders and “unwarranted” criticism of the UPA government, the leader said.

The party’s media department head Randeep Singh Surjewala was asked by the top leadership to rush to Delhi from a trip to Jaisalmer in Rajasthan and address a news conference to ask the warring leaders to refrain from escalating the matter(Sushil Kumar/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Aug 03, 2020 12:31 AM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By

Nobel laureate lays stress on informal sector post Covid-19

In an online interaction with Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, Nobel laureate Muhammad Yunus proposed an autonomous rural economy as a solution to this problem.

An employee works at a factory of Renesas Semiconductor Co. during a government organised tour of the facility following the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Beijing, China May 14, 2020. REUTERS/Thomas Peter(Reuters)
Updated on Aug 01, 2020 01:05 AM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByAurangzeb Naqshbandi and Rajeev Jayaswal

Rajasthan political crisis: Why Congress avoided mention of floor test in its proposals

Constitutional expert PDT Achary said in normal circumstances, there is not a possibility of the governor recommending President’s rule on the basis of the government seeking a floor test.

Rajasthan chief minister Ashok Gehlot in Jaipur.(PTI)
Updated on Jul 30, 2020 10:19 AM IST
Hindustan Times | By

Rajasthan impasse continues as Ashok Gehlot pushes for session

Separately, the Congress accused the governor of acting under pressure of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), while leaders privately said they would wait for the governor’s response before determining their next step.

Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot speaks to the media outside the Governor’s residence, in Jaipur.(HT photo)
Updated on Jul 29, 2020 12:45 AM IST
Hindustan Times, Jaipur/New Delhi | BySachin Saini and Aurangzeb Naqshbandi

Support, sympathy for Sachin Pilot waning within the Congress

Soon after Pilot rushed to Delhi along with 18 other legislators on July 11, a host of Congress leaders, including Kapil Sibal and Vivek Tankha, expressed concern over the developments in the grand old party.

Hours before the Rajasthan Congress Legislature Party (CLP) met on July 14 morning, the emissaries reached out to Sachin Pilot to resolve the crisis.(HT photo)
Updated on Jul 29, 2020 03:50 AM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By

Won’t lie about Chinese intrusions even if political career goes to hell: Gandhi

Rahul Gandhi, who has been criticised by the Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) for his remarks on the border standoff, said “hiding the truth” and allowing China to occupy Indian territory is “anti-national”, and bringing it to people’s attention is “patriotic”.

Rahul Gandhi asserted he wouldn’t lie to the people of India on Chinese intrusions even if it costs him politically.(PTI File Photo)
Updated on Jul 27, 2020 04:36 PM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By

Gehlot says democracy is in danger, seeks session again

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Published on Jul 26, 2020 11:47 PM IST
ByAurangzeb Naqshbandi and Sachin Saini

We’ll protest at PM’s house, warns Gehlot

Gehlot told MLAs at a Congress Legislature Party (CLP) meeting that he was ready to knock at the doors of the President’s House and protest outside the Prime Minister’s residence in the national capital to defeat the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)’s “conspiracy”.

Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot speaks to the media.(Himanshu Vyas/ Hindustan Times)
Updated on Jul 26, 2020 12:32 AM IST
Hindustan Times, Jaipur/New Delhi | BySachin Saini and Aurangzeb Naqshbandi

Amid political crisis, Congress divided over assembly floor test in Rajasthan

The Congress has so far claimed that 109 legislators in the 200-member assembly are supporting the Ashok Gehlot government and insisted that the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) too had not yet sought a floor test.

Ajay Maken and Randeep Singh Surjewala have been deputed by the Congress leadership as the party’s two special observers to deal with the political crisis in Rajasthan.(HT PHOTO.)
Updated on Jul 23, 2020 07:17 PM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByAurangzeb Naqshbandi | Edited by Sohini Sarkar

Rahul Gandhi says PM failed to come with a vision to deal with China

He said that as an opposition leader, it is his responsibility to question the prime minister, who in turn has to give a vision.

Gandhi sought a changed approach to deal with the border issue with China.(ANI file photo)
Updated on Jul 23, 2020 01:57 PM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By

In renewed attack on border row, Rahul Gandhi connects PM’s image and China’s plan

He contended that if Modi “allowed the Chinese to understand that they can manipulate him because of his image, the Prime Minister will no longer be worth anything for India”.

In his first video on Friday, Rahul Gandhi had said the “troubled economy, foreign policy and neighbourhood” prompted China to take an aggressive stand against India.(ANI file photo)
Updated on Jul 20, 2020 12:25 PM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By

Rahul Gandhi releases video attacking Modi govt, says China’s actions prompted by India’s disruption over 6 years

Rahul Gandhi has been critical of the government on its handling of the border stand-off with China and has repeatedly asked it to come clean on the alleged intrusion by Chinese forces in Ladakh and also on the disengagement process.

On Friday, Gandhi released a video on the India-China border stand-off in Ladakh as part of his move to share his thoughts on national issues through a series of short and incisive videos.(ANI)
Updated on Jul 17, 2020 02:13 PM IST
Hindustan Times | By

Congress ready for a ‘face saver’ for Pilot, he keeps them on the edge

Rajasthan political crisis: The Congress left a window open for Sachin Pilot to come back to the party but made it clear that it believed that he had conspired to topple the Ashok Gehlot government

Rajasthan political crisis: Sachin Pilot needs to make some hard choices about his next step(Ht Photo)
Updated on Jul 16, 2020 01:02 PM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByAurangzeb Naqshbandi | Edited by Aloke Tikku

Won’t join BJP: Sachin Pilot; CM Ashok Gehlot says a coup was in works

The Congress said its doors were still open for Pilot, with former party president Rahul Gandhi understood to have told party leaders to leave room for an “honourable stay” in the party. But the Congress laid out a clear set of conditions for Pilot.

Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot talking to media persons outside Hotel Fairmont in Jaipur, Rajasthan on Wednesday.(HT Photo)
Updated on Jul 16, 2020 04:51 AM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi/Jaipur | ByAurangzeb Naqshbandi, Sachin Saini and Rakesh Goswami

Congress gives Sachin Pilot a to-do list, asks him to prove his intentions

Congress leader Randeep Singh Surjewala’s call for evidence came in a video message put out by the party that started with declaring that the BJP conspiracy to topple the Gehlot government had failed.

Former Rajasthan Congress chief Sachin Pilot looks on during a press conference on at AICC headquarters in New Delhi on October 22, 2018.(Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Jul 16, 2020 09:11 AM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByAurangzeb Naqshbandi | Edited by Aloke Tikku
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