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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 turmoil exposes fault lines, indecisiveness in Congress

The power struggle between Rajasthan chief minister Ashok Gehlot and Sachin Pilot has been going on for a long time. It escalated after the Congress came to power in the 2018 assembly elections.

The gamesmanship peaked with a notice to Pilot from the Special Operations Group of the Rajasthan police to record his statement in connection with its probe into an alleged attempt to topple the Gehlot government.(PTI File Photo)
Updated on Jul 15, 2020 05:31 AM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By

From MP in 2004 to a rebel in 2020: Sachin Pilot’s journey in Congress

Since Pilot was considered close to Rahul Gandhi, the Gehlot camp viewed his appointment as state chief as an attempt to cut the veteran leader to size.

Sachin Pilot during a press conference on at AICC headquarters in New Delhi in October 2018.(Sonu Mehta/HT File Photo)
Updated on Jul 15, 2020 06:15 AM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By

How Ashok Gehlot retained support, made inroads into Sachin Pilot camp

A Rajasthan Congress functionary said on condition of anonymity that Gehlot was able to convince four Pilot loyalists that they would have no future with Pilot, who was then rumoured to be joining the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

Rajasthan chief minister Ashok Gehlot addressing the media after visiting the State Governor at his residence in Jaipur on Tuesday.(PTI)
Updated on Jul 15, 2020 07:33 AM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi/Jaipur | ByAurangzeb Naqshbandi and Rakesh Goswami, New Delhi/jaipur

Congress ejects Pilot from power; CM Gehlot still in Rajasthan cockpit

As the intra-Congress battle took a decisive turn, the BJP — which had, so far, claimed to be just “watching the developments” and blamed it on the Gandhi family — indicated that its doors were open for Pilot, and claimed that Gehlot’s government had lost its majority.

File photo of the rebel Congress leader Sachin Pilot (R) is seen with the then Congress President Rahul Gandhi and Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot during a party function in Jaipur on March 26, 2019.(PTI File Photo)
Updated on Jul 15, 2020 04:42 AM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi/Jaipur | ByAurangzeb Naqshbandi, Sachin Saini and Smriti Kak Ramachandran

Sachin Pilot changes his Twitter bio after Congress sacks him, says truth cannot be defeated

Now, Pilot’s Twitter bio reads: MLA (member of legislative assembly) Tonk and a former Minister of IT, Telecom & Corporate Affairs, Government of India.

Sachin Pilot changed his Twitter bio soon after he was sacked as Rajasthan’s deputy chief minister(HT File Photo)
Updated on Jul 14, 2020 03:43 PM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By

Rajasthan turmoil continues as Ashok Gehlot, Sachin Pilot dig in heels

Monday witnessed dramatic political developments in both Jaipur and Delhi as the situation remained fluid due to three factors -- the shifting arithmetic in the assembly; the lack of clarity about steps Congress would take against Pilot and the nature his next move; and uncertainty about the BJP’s plan of action.

Observers sent by the party’s central leadership to Jaipur, while contending that the Rajasthan government was stable, made a public appeal to Sachin Pilot, who is also the state unit chief, to return to the fold.(AP File Photo)
Updated on Jul 14, 2020 04:14 AM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByAurangzeb Naqshbandi and Sachin Saini

Sachin Pilot hardens stand after setback in Jaipur, preps for Round 2

Pilot and a group of lawmakers loyal to him kept away from Monday’s meeting. But Congress leaders underlined that Gehlot still had the majority support in the Rajasthan Assembly after accounting for the support from other parties and Independents.

Rajasthan deputy chief minister Sachin Pilot will skip the Congress legislature party meeting called for Tuesday morning.(Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Jul 14, 2020 01:21 AM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByAurangzeb Naqshbandi | Edited by Aloke Tikku

Ashok Gehlot aces 1st test, sequesters MLAs in luxury resort to prep for more

Rajasthan political crisis: Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot is preparing for the next round of attacks that could come from the rival Bharatiya Janata Party

Rajasthan political crisis: Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot moved Congress lawmakers to a Fairmont resort on the Delhi-Jaipur highway(Photo courtesy/Fairmont)
Updated on Jul 13, 2020 06:39 PM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByAurangzeb Naqshbandi | Edited by Aloke Tikku

Rajasthan govt in crisis as Sachin Pilot leads rebels out

In a late-night statement released on WhatsApp, Sachin Pilot’s camp said the deputy chief minister has the backing of about 30 legislators in the 200-member assembly.

Sachin Pilot is under pressure from his supporters to take his ongoing power tussle with Gehlot to a logical conclusion, people familiar with the developments said.(HT File Photo)
Updated on Jul 13, 2020 03:51 AM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi/Jaipur | ByAurangzeb Naqshbandi and Sachin Saini, New Delhi/jaipur

Cong flays govt over handling of Covid-19

Sonia Gandhi said the government is not convening Parliament and shying away from important questions on critical matters.

Rahul Gandhi once again highlighted the alleged failures of the government in tackling Covid-19 and its handling of the lockdown. (ANI Photo)
Updated on Jul 12, 2020 01:41 AM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By, New Delhi

CWC meeting likely soon to extend Sonia’s tenure

The extension is a technical requirement under the Congress’s constitution given that a regular president is yet to be elected, a Congress functionary said. It is also a prerequisite for the party to inform the Election Commission of its decision.

Congress leaders Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi and Manmohan Singh at a CWC meeting in New Delhi on May 25.
Published on Jul 10, 2020 03:34 AM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By

Congress Working Committee may have to give extension to Sonia Gandhi

A Congress functionary said the extension would be a technical requirement as per the party constitution because a regular president is yet to be elected.

The CWC had named Sonia Gandhi as the party’s interim chief on August 10, 2019, after Rahul Gandhi refused to take back his resignation.(PTI Photo)
Updated on Jul 09, 2020 02:16 PM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By

Govt sets up panel to probe 3 Gandhi family-run trusts

The Congress alleged this was an effort to intimidate the party leadership, which would not succeed, and asked the government to probe finances of organisations closely associated with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

Congress president Sonia Gandhi is the chairperson of RGF (ANI Photo)
Updated on Jul 09, 2020 02:39 AM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByNeeraj Chauhan and Aurangzeb Naqshbandi, New Delhi

Tejashwi Yadav as Bihar CM face? Allies unsure

The RJD had projected 30-year-old Tejashwi as the chief ministerial candidate of the grand alliance last year. The announcement came after the RJD’s national council meeting passed a resolution in Patna on December 10, 2019.

The Congress has suggested a state-wide survey to identify the face of the alliance after some of its leaders voiced their opposition to Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader Tejashwi Yadav’s name.(Santosh Kumar/HT Photo)
Updated on Jul 05, 2020 07:21 AM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By

Sonia writes to PM on denial of reservation to OBCs in state medical colleges

Gandhi quoted the data compiled by the federation to claim that OBC candidates lost over 11,000 seats, in All India Quota, due to non-implementation of OBC reservations in medical colleges in states and UTs.

Sonia Gandhi has expressed concern over the denial of the reservation to candidates from the Other Backward Classes (OBCs) under the All India Quota in state-run medical colleges.(Photo: INCIndia/ Twitter)
Updated on Jul 03, 2020 05:47 PM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By

UP Congress leaders want Priyanka Gandhi to shift base to Lucknow

The plea was made two days after the Centre asked Priyanka Gandhi to vacate her government accommodation in Delhi within a month.

Congress leaders, who are perceived to be close to Priyanka Gandhi, said she stays at close relative and former Union minister Sheila Kaul’s residence in Lucknow, whenever she visits UP.(Photo by Sanjeev Kumar/Hindustan Times)
Updated on Jul 03, 2020 05:52 PM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By

Tests reduced despite rising Covid-19 deaths, cases: AIIMS worker to Rahul Gandhi

“This is, indeed, a sad state of affairs. I want to inform you about some statistics. On May 27, the infection rate in Delhi was 13.7%. We were doing 7,000 tests per day. By June 12-13, our infection rate had crossed 30% and we are doing under 5,000 tests per day,” said Vipin Krishnan, who has been working at AIIMS for the past two years.

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi said the doctors are a frustrated lot and do not know how to move forward in terms of conducting Covid-19 tests.(ANI file photo)
Updated on Jul 01, 2020 02:51 PM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By

‘Suggested multiple times’: Congress after PM Modi extends free ration scheme

Congress spokesperson Supriya Shrinate said the announcement came in response to Sonia Gandhi’s letter to Modi on June 22 in which she had requested him to provide free food grains to the poor for three more months.

In a televised address to the nation, Modi announced extension of the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Anna Yojana (PMGKAY), a free ration scheme, for 80 crore people across the country till end of November.(PTI)
Updated on Jun 30, 2020 08:53 PM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By

TRS, Congress in tussle to claim legacy of ex-PM Narasimha Rao

TRS supremo and Telangana chief minister K Chandrashekhar Rao, popularly known as KCR, made a strong pitch for conferring Bharat Ratna, the highest civilian award, on Rao and placed him at par with the country’s first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru.

Competitive politics saw the two parties trying to outdo each other in their bid to claim the political legacy of the late leader.(File photo)
Updated on Jun 29, 2020 07:43 AM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By

Cong leaders told to intensify protests over fuel prices rise

HT Image
Published on Jun 28, 2020 11:49 PM IST
ByAurangzeb Naqshbandi and Rajeev Jayswal

Fuel prices rise: Congress leaders told to intensify protests

Congress general secretary (organisation) KC Venugopal asked leaders to register a strong protest against the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led government at the Centre through demonstrations against the “extortionate increase” in fuel rates.

Prices of petrol have been increased by ₹9.12 paise per litre and diesel by ₹11.01 a litre since June 7.(PTI)
Published on Jun 28, 2020 11:46 PM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByAurangzeb Naqshbandi and Rajeev Jayswal

In Priyanka Gandhi’s double-barrelled attack on UP govt, Mayawati also target

The attack came a day after the Uttar Pradesh State Commission for Protection of Child Rights issued a notice to Priyanka Gandhi, asking her to file a reply within three days for her “misleading” comment on the Kanpur shelter home where 57 girls tested positive for Covid-19.

In a series of tweets, Priyanka Gandhi alleged that the Uttar Pradesh government is threatening her through various departments for speaking the truth.(Sanjeev Kumar/HT file photo)
Updated on Jun 26, 2020 05:52 PM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By

BJP, Cong spar on 45th Emergency anniversary

On the 45th anniversary of Emergency on Thursday, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Congress traded accusations about lack of democracy in their respective political parties.

BJP leader Amit Shah(File photo)
Updated on Jun 26, 2020 05:37 AM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | BySmriti Kak Ramachhandran and Aurangzeb Naqshbandi

BJP’s JP Nadda, Congress spar over LAC standoff

Ruling BJP chief Nadda hit out at the Congress and the Gandhi family for questioning the government’s stand on June 15 face-off between Indian and Chinese troops in Ladakh, saying “a rejected and ejected dynasty is not equal to the entire opposition”.

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) chief Jagat Prakash Nadda(File photo)
Updated on Jun 25, 2020 04:30 AM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | BySmriti Kak Ramachandran and Aurangzeb Naqshbandi

Govt mismanaging border situation: Sonia Gandhi at CWC meeting

The main national opposition also accused the government of “profiteering” by “fleecing” citizens with the repeated increases in petrol and diesel prices.

Congress leader Sonia Gandhi(File photo)
Updated on Jun 24, 2020 04:25 AM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By

Gehlot pushes for Rahul as Cong chief at CWC meet; party says no discussion

A Congress leader familiar with the development said Ashok Gehlot’s suggestion was endorsed by former Uttarakhand chief minister Harish Rawat. However, no other CWC member spoke on the matter, he added.

At a news conference last month, Gandhi had indicated that he will not return as the party chief anytime soon amid speculation about his active involvement in organisational matters and series of conversations with global leaders and experts on the Covid-19 crisis. (Videograb)
Updated on Jun 23, 2020 07:58 PM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By

Sonia Gandhi hits out at Modi government over border standoff with China, economic crisis, fuel hike

The Congress party says Modi’s stand contradicted past remarks by defence minister Rajnath Singh, foreign minister S Jaishankar and army chief Gen MM Naravane on the Chinese intrusions.

During the meet, Sonia Gandhi reiterated Congress party’s support to the government in its efforts to deal with the situation.(PTI)
Updated on Jun 23, 2020 02:13 PM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By

Ensure justice for 20 Indian soldiers killed by Chinese: Manmohan Singh to PM Modi

In his first remarks on the border standoff, Manmohan Singh said China is brazenly and illegally seeking to claim parts of Indian territory, such as Galwan Valley and Pangong Lake, by committing multiple incursions from April onwards.

Former Prime Minister and senior Congress leader Manmohan Singh said, “At this moment, we stand at historic cross-roads. Our government’s decisions and actions will have serious bearings on how the future generations perceive us. Those who lead us bear the weight of a solemn duty.”(Sonu Mehta/HT file photo)
Updated on Jun 22, 2020 01:29 PM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By
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