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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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Did intelligence failure lead to LAC build-up, asks Sonia

Gandhi raised several questions about the situation along the LAC. “In fact, even at this late stage, we are still in the dark about many crucial aspects of the crisis,” she said.

Sonia Gandhi during all-party meet with PM Modi and other opposition parties.(PTI)
Updated on Jun 20, 2020 07:51 AM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByAurangzeb Naqshbandi and Smriti Kak Ramachandran

Was there intel failure? Sonia Gandhi asks PM on border stand-off with China

In her address at the all-party meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to discuss the border stand-off with China, Gandhi asked pointed questions on whether there was an intelligence failure on the massive build-up of Chinese forces along the LAC.

The Congress has been asking the government to be transparent about the situation along the LAC, especially after 20 Indian soldiers were killed in violent face-off with Chinese troops on Monday night.(File photo)
Updated on Jun 19, 2020 10:47 PM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By

Sonia Gandhi writes to PM, asks for rollback in fuel price hikes

In her letter, Gandhi said the hikes came at a time when the country was facing unprecedented public health, economic and social challenges during the ongoing battle against Covid-19 pandemic.

Congress president Sonia Gandhi urged the Prime Minister to roll back these increases and pass on the benefit of low oil prices directly to the citizens.(Photo: Twitter/ INCIndia)
Published on Jun 17, 2020 06:40 AM IST
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Congress’ highest decision-making body to meet on June 23, discuss face-off with China, Nepal

Congress president Sonia Gandhi had accused the BJP of spreading the virus of communal prejudice and hatred in the country.

The CWC meeting will be chaired by Congress president Sonia Gandhi.(PTI Photo)
Updated on Jun 17, 2020 11:20 AM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByAurangzeb Naqshbandi | Edited by: Amit Chaturvedi

‘Insensitive’: Sonia Gandhi slams fuel price hike during Covid-19 in letter to PM Modi

Petrol and disease prices were raised for the tenth day in a row on Tuesday by state-run oil marketing companies even as crude oil rates have come down to multi-year lows.

Congress chief Sonia Gandhi chairs a meeting with leaders of opposition parties via video conferencing, in New Delhi, in this file photo.(PTI Photo)
Updated on Jun 16, 2020 10:40 AM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByAurangzeb Naqshbandi | Edited by: Amit Chaturvedi

Congress seeks early end to Bihar alliance woes

The other smaller constituents of the mahagathbandhan or grand alliance, too, have demanded clarity on the issues of leadership and distribution of seats, a Congress functionary said on condition of anonymity.

Congress president Sonia Gandhi and Congress leader Rahul Gandhi arrive to a meeting in Parliament Annexe building, in New Delhi.(Sonu Mehta/HT file photo)
Updated on Jun 15, 2020 02:35 AM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By

India, US in war of ideas with China: Ex-US diplomat in chat with Rahul Gandhi

Describing China as an “authoritarian country” without the “self-corrective part” of the national DNA seen in India and the US, former US diplomat Nicholas Burns said the leadership in Beijing is “fearful”.

Former US diplomat Nicholas Burns on Friday interacted with Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Covid-19.(Kalpak Pathak/ HT Photo)
Updated on Jun 13, 2020 06:37 AM IST
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‘Transactional and episodic’: Rahul Gandhi on India-US ties

Rahul Gandhi bemoaned the loss of “tolerant DNA”, the one that accepted new ideas in conversation with a former US diplomat.

Rahul Gandhi also hit out at the divisions prevailing in the US and India, saying they weaken nations.(ANI)
Updated on Jun 12, 2020 03:16 PM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByAurangzeb Naqshbandi | Edited by Ashutosh Tripathi

China has fearful leadership, lacks openness like India or US: Nicholas Burns

China, Burns added, lacks the sophistication and openness of a democratic country such as India or the US and has a “fearful leadership”.

Nicholas Burns was part of a video conversation with Rahul Gandhi, Congress MP from Wayanad. He played a key role in finalising the India-US civil nuclear deal came against the backdrop of a border stand-off between India and China.(Twitter/@RNicholasBurns)
Updated on Jun 12, 2020 12:57 PM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By

Wary of defections, Congress moves Rajasthan MLAs to resort before Rajya Sabha polls

Rajasthan Congress leaders alleged that attempts are being made by the BJP to lure legislators with huge financial inducements, a charge vehemently denied by the BJP.

Rajasthan chief minister Ashok Gehlot too claimed lots of money has changed hands in Jaipur and said there were reports that the BJP was planning a Madhya Pradesh-like operation in his state.(Anshuman Poyrekar/HT Photo)
Updated on Jun 12, 2020 03:03 AM IST
Hindustan Times, Jaipur/New Delhi | BySachin Saini and Aurangzeb Naqshbandi

Opposition likely to unite in House against draft electricity bill

On April 17, the Centre issued a draft proposal for the amendment of Electricity Act, 2003, in the form of draft Electricity Act (Amendment) Bill, 2020 , inviting comments from stakeholders within 21 days. The deadline was later extended till June 2.

Congress chief Sonia Gandhi speaking in the Lok Sabha during the Budget Session of Parliament in July 2019.(PTI File Photo)
Updated on Jun 09, 2020 09:38 PM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By

Infighting in Gujarat Congress over Rajya Sabha polls

Eight Congress legislators have resigned from the assembly since March, and apart from two other vacancies due to court cases over poll-related disputes, the effective strength of the 182-member Gujarat assembly now stands at 172.

A Gujarat Congress leader said on the condition of anonymity that 42 of the 65 legislators back Solanki and would vote for him.(PTI)
Updated on Jun 07, 2020 01:24 AM IST
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Cong names Kharge for K’taka RS seat; another Guj MLA quits

Four Rajya Sabha members — two from the Congress (BK Hariprasad and Rajeev Gowda), Prabhakar Kore of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Janata Dal (Secular) leader D Kupendra Reddy — are retiring on completion of their terms on June 25.

In the 223-member Karnataka assembly, a candidate will require 44 votes to be elected to the Upper House of Parliament. (PTI Photo)
Updated on Jun 06, 2020 12:27 AM IST
Hindustan Times, Bengaluru/New Delhi | ByVenkatesha Babu and Aurangzeb Naqshbandi

Govt flattened wrong curve: Rajiv Bajaj to Rahul Gandhi

Rajiv Bajaj was speaking to Gandhi as part of the series of video conversations with global and Indian thought leaders to discuss the Covid-19 crisis and its consequences on the country’s economy.

Rajiv Bajaj was speaking to Gandhi as part of the series of video conversations with global and Indian thought leaders to discuss the Covid-19 crisis and its consequences on the country’s economy.
Updated on Jun 05, 2020 12:08 AM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByAurangzeb Naqshbandi and Rajeev Jayswal

Setback for Congress ahead of RS polls as two Gujarat MLAs resign

The resignations prompted the Congress to divide its remaining legislators into seven groups and rush them to different places in the state to prevent further desertions until the polling is held, party functionaries aware of the matter said.

Congress leaders attend a CLP meeting ahead of the Rajya Sabha elections after two MLAs quit, in Ahmedabad on Thursday.(PTI)
Updated on Jun 04, 2020 11:13 PM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By

India flattened the wrong curve: Rajiv Bajaj tells Rahul Gandhi on Covid-19 battle

“You (the government) have not solved that problem. But you have definitely decimated the economy. You flattened the wrong curve. It is not the infection curve, it is the GDP (Gross Domestic Product) curve. This is what we have ended up with, the worst of both the worlds,” Bajaj told former Congress president Rahul Gandhi during an interaction via video link.

Rajv Bajaj, MD of Bajaj Auto also urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to spell out how the country would move forward after the lockdown is fully lifted, claiming that the unlocking would be anything but smooth.(YouTube/Rahul Gandhi)
Updated on Jun 04, 2020 06:29 PM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By

For online reach, Rahul Gandhi may soon start podcasts

“Right now, we are at the planning stage and are discussing the finer points with the experts and asking them how to go about it,” said a Congress office bearer who refused to be named.

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi launched his YouTube channel some time ago but started promoting it only during the lockdown period. It has so far got 294,000 subscribers.(ANI file photo)
Updated on Jun 02, 2020 06:58 AM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By

Entire country but central government heard the cries of migrant workers: Sonia Gandhi

Party chief Sonia Gandhi said the entire country, except the Union government, had heard the cries and felt the pain of migrant workers.

In a video message posted as part of the Congress’s nationwide online campaign, Sonia Gandhi also urged the Centre to unlock its coffers to help those affected by the Covid-19-induced lockdown.(PTI)
Updated on May 28, 2020 06:27 PM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By

Some issues bound to be there among 3 allies: Maharashtra minister Nitin Raut

Maharashtra minister Nitin Raut, says “Congress has its ideology and identity. All our legislators got elected on the basis of the ideology and its strengths. I do not think BJP will break us.”

Nitin Raut during the swearing ceremony at Shivaji Park, Dadar in Mumbai on November 28, 2019.(Anshuman Poyrekar/HT Photo)
Updated on May 28, 2020 07:56 PM IST
Hindustan Times, Mumbai | By

Congress, BJP spar over government’s Covid strategy

Harvard University professor Ashish Jha said the lockdown has slowed down the virus spread while according to Swedish epidemiologist Johan Giesecke, India will ruin its economy if the severe restrictions continue.

Union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad separately hit out at Gandhi and accused him of trying to weaken the country’s resolve to fight the challenge.(Keshav Singh/Hindustan Times)
Updated on May 28, 2020 07:29 AM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By

There will be a Covid-19 vaccine by next year: Global health expert to Rahul Gandhi

Ashish Jha is a professor of Global Health at TH Chan School of Public Health and director, Harvard Global Health Institute.

Ashish Jha made the remarks during his interaction with Rahul Gandhi, who has been holding a series of dialogues with global experts on various aspects of Covid-19 via video-conference since the viral outbreak.(ANI)
Updated on May 27, 2020 01:55 PM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By

New world order post Covid-19, balance of power between US, China will change: Rahul Gandhi

Gandhi’s remarks came during a video interaction with American health expert and Harvard Global Health Institute director Ashish Jha.

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi believes that Covid-19 will alter the world order(Gurinder Osan/HT File Photo)
Updated on May 27, 2020 01:40 PM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By

2 months on, lockdown has failed in its purpose: Rahul Gandhi

Gandhi also reiterated that the coronavirus disease outbreak and lockdown have multiplied the unemployment problem and forced many small and medium businesses to go bankrupt.

In his fourth video news conference since the nationwide lockdown came into effect on March 25, Gandhi urged the Centre to spell out its strategy for opening up the country.(ANI)
Updated on May 27, 2020 03:01 AM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By

Congress plans online protest demanding aid for migrants

The opposition party is planning to hold an online nationwide protest on Thursday to put pressure on the Centre to accept its demands for providing immediate financial assistance to farmers, migrant workers, daily wage earners and small businesses hit by the pandemic.

The online campaign will run from 11am to 2pm.(REUTERS)
Updated on May 27, 2020 02:59 AM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By

We are not decision makers in Maharashtra, says Rahul Gandhi

Rahul Gandhi said there is a difference between running the government and supporting it.

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi addresses a press conference, in New Delhi on Tuesday.(ANI)
Updated on May 26, 2020 06:08 PM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By

‘Not personal property of UP’: Rahul Gandhi to CM Yogi on hiring workers

Interacting with the media at a webinar organised by the Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS) publication Organiser on Sunday, Adityanath had said other states will have to seek permission from his government before hiring workers from Uttar Pradesh.

A police officer stands guard as migrant workers and their families wait to get on a bus to reach a railway station to board a train to their home state of Bihar, during an extended lockdown to slow the spreading of the coronavirus disease (Covid-19).(REUTERS)
Updated on May 26, 2020 04:51 PM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By

Government should come clear on Ladakh standoff with China: Rahul Gandhi

The external affairs ministry has rejected China’s contention that Indian troops trespassed across the LAC, and accused Chinese forces of hindering patrols of the Indian side of the disputed border.

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi requested transparency on the Ladakh standoff issue.(Mohd Zakir/HT File Photo)
Updated on May 26, 2020 02:02 PM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By

BJP, Congress youth wings go all-out to outdo other in Covid-19 relief

The Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha (BJYM) and the Youth Congress have been flooding the social media platforms with posts regarding their relief activities during the pandemic.

Youth Congress workers distributing food packets. (Photo@IYC)
Updated on May 23, 2020 08:19 PM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | BySmriti Kak Ramachandran and Aurangzeb Naqshbandi | Edited by Ashutosh Tripathi

Congress releases video on Rahul Gandhi’s interaction with migrant workers

In the 17-minute video, Gandhi is seen sitting on a footpath with the migrants and interacting with them.

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi released a documentary where he is seen interacting with migrant labourers.(PTI)
Updated on May 23, 2020 12:05 PM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By
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