Saubhadra Chatterji

Saubhadra Chatterji is Deputy Political Editor at the Hindustan Times. He writes on both politics and policies.

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Stalin calls mega Opposition meet in Chennai next week

Jharkhand chief minister Hemant Soren, Bihar’s deputy CM Tejashwi Yadav, former CMs Akhilesh Yadav and Farooq Abdullah are among those to attend the meeting.

Tamil Nadu chief minister MK Stalin (CMOTamilNadu Twitter)
Updated on Mar 31, 2023 04:33 AM IST
By, New Delhi

Rahul Gandhi disqualified: Congress plans to scale up protest, get other parties on board

The Congress on Tuesday hit the streets, announced a series of protest programmes, including a “Jai Bharat Satyagraha”, and indicated wider Opposition action to protest against the disqualification of former party chief, Rahul Gandhi, from the Lok Sabha last week following his conviction in a criminal defamation case.

Congress workers being detained by Delhi Police at Red Fort in New Delhi on Tuesday. (Sanchit Khanna/HT)
Updated on Mar 29, 2023 12:33 AM IST
By, New Delhi

Centre looks to push 3 key bills this Parliament session

In this tumultuous budget session, the government has transacted limited legislative business and cleared only the budget proposals in both Houses. It has introduced just one bill related to the defence services.

In this Budget session, the government has transacted limited legislative business. (ANI)
Updated on Mar 29, 2023 06:45 AM IST
By, New Delhi

Rahul Gandhi gets notice, told to vacate MP bungalow

Rahul Gandhi house: The Lok Sabha secretariat on Monday asked former Congress chief Rahul Gandhi to vacate his official residence by April 22, after he was disqualified as a member of the Lok Sabha due to his conviction in a criminal defamation case in Gujarat last week.

A Congress supporter outside the residence of party leader Rahul Gandhi, in New Delhi, on Monday. (Sanjeev Verma/HT)
Published on Mar 28, 2023 12:39 AM IST
ByDeeksha Bhardwaj, , New Delhi

Rahul, BJP trade punches on Adani, disqualification

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi said on Saturday that he has been disqualified from the Lok Sabha because Prime Minister Narendra Modi “is scared of my next speech on Adani”.

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi (PTI Photo)(PTI)
Updated on Mar 26, 2023 04:52 AM IST
By, New Delhi

‘I’m disqualified because PM is scared of my next speech on Adani’: Rahul Gandhi

Rahul Gandhi said his disqualification from Lok Sabha will help the Congress as it has given the party new ammunition

Rahul Gandhi addressed a press conference in Delhi on Saturday, a day after he was disqualified from Lok Sabha. (REUTERS)
Updated on Mar 25, 2023 02:57 PM IST

Day after conviction, Rahul barred from House for 8 yrs

Former Congress chief Rahul Gandhi was on Friday disqualified as a member of the Lok Sabha after 19 years as a lawmaker, a day after a Surat court pronounced him guilty of criminal defamation for a remark he made ahead of the 2019 general elections about the Modi surname

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Published on Mar 24, 2023 11:54 PM IST
By, New Delhi

Rahul Gandhi tore ordinance in 2013 for 3-month protection from disqualification

Rahul Gandhi called the ordinance utter nonsense and suggested it should be torn into pieces before proceeding to do just that to a printout to prove his point.

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi arriving at Surat district court. (PTI)
Updated on Mar 24, 2023 01:41 AM IST

‘Allow Rahul to speak’: Cong on Parl impasse

A top-ranking official has been informally talking to Opposition leaders to broker a compromise formula under which the government and the Opposition are supposed to set aside their key issues for the smooth running of Parliament, said people aware of developments.

Protests from both sides have marred the Parliament proceedings for a week. (AP)
Published on Mar 22, 2023 11:49 PM IST
By, New Delhi

Constant disruptions in Parliament have been a challenge for 19 years

In 2018, the Rafale jet fighter deal was at the heart of disruptions in Parliament, with the Congress raising questions over how the deal was closed.

Opposition MPs raise slogans in the well of Lok Sabha demanding a Joint Parliamentary Committee probe into the Adani Group issue during the second phase of the budget session of the Parliament, in New Delhi on Tuesday. (ANI)
Updated on Mar 22, 2023 03:53 AM IST
By, New Delhi

‘Guillotine’ on anvil as House logjam persists

All-party meetings scheduled by Rajya Sabha Chairman Jagdeep Dhankhar and Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla on Tuesday failed to break an ongoing deadlock between the government and Opposition that has jammed Parliament, hinting that the second half of the budget session might be headed towards a complete washout

The Lok Sabha was adjourned after the Jammu and Kashmir budget was passed on Tuesday. (ANI)
Updated on Mar 22, 2023 02:56 AM IST
BySaubhadra Chatterji, Smriti Kak Ramachandran, New Delhi

In letter to Om Birla, Rahul Gandhi cites 2015 case to give reply in Lok Sabha

In his letter, Gandhi said the BJP was throttling the right to speak and said it would be fair if he was given time to speak too.

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi. (PTI)
Updated on Mar 21, 2023 01:14 AM IST
By, New Delhi

Mumbai project a factor in differences with NCP on Adani: Cong leaders

The comments came after the Trinamool Congress and Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) refused to sign a complaint against the Adani Group that was addressed to the Enforcement Directorate

Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge and former Congress president Sonia Gandhi with Rahul Gandhi and other opposition leaders during a protest against the Adani Group at Parliament House complex in New Delhi on March 17. (Sanjeev Verma/HT Photo)
Updated on Mar 20, 2023 02:02 AM IST
By, New Delhi

BJP, Congress chiefs lock horns over Rahul Gandhi's democracy remarks

Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) president JP Nadda and the Congress party chief Mallikarjun Kharge crossed swords on Friday, with the former, in a statement questioning Congress MP Rahul Gandhi’s motives in raising questions about India’s democracy on foreign soil.

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi during a session at the Chatham House think tank in London.(ANI)
Updated on Mar 18, 2023 04:01 AM IST
BySmriti Kak Ramachandran and Saubhadra Chatterji, New Delhi

‘Will speak in House if Indian democracy functioning’: Rahul amid UK speech row

Congress leaders have ruled out an apology by Rahul Gandhi, who met Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla and sought permission to respond in Parliament to the allegations levelled against him.

Rahul Gandhi.
Updated on Mar 17, 2023 05:58 AM IST
By, New Delhi

Dhankhar meets Congress MPs in bid to end logjam

Rajya Sabha chairman Jagdeep Dhankhar met a Congress delegation led by Leader of the Opposition Mallikarjun Kharge on Wednesday to end the ongoing impasse after three consecutive days of the second half of the budget session were washed out.

Rajya Sabha chairman Jagdeep Dhankhar during the meeting with Congress leaders in New Delhi on Wednesday.
Published on Mar 16, 2023 01:08 AM IST

Budget session: Parliament logjam likely to stay; Opposition, govt remain at odds

Disruptions and protests washed out a second day of proceedings in Parliament on Tuesday as the government and the Opposition stuck to their demands, indicating that there was little possibility of an early resolution to the impasse jamming the second half of the Budget session.

Lok Sabha proceedings underway on Tuesday. (PTI)
Published on Mar 14, 2023 11:58 PM IST
BySmriti Kak Ramachandran, Saubhadra Chatterji, New Delhi

Akhilesh to meet Mamata as opposition looks to bring 8 parties on board

The leaders of these parties wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on March 5 against what they saw as the ‘blatant misuse’ of central agencies, to work in unison. The Congress, which was not a signatory to the letter, does not figure in the plans.

As a part of the plan, Samajwadi Party leader and former Uttar Pradesh chief minister Akhilesh Yadav will travel to Kolkata on March 17 to meet West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee. (ANI file)
Updated on Mar 15, 2023 06:07 AM IST
By, New Delhi

TMC leader writes to Speaker over notice on ‘misuse’of probe agencies

Former Union minister and TMC leader Saugata Ray on Monday wrote to Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla, saying his notice to raise “misuse of agencies” in the House has been disapproved by “higher authorities”.

Alleged misuse of central probe agencies against Opposition parties is one of the key issues for them. (ANI)
Published on Mar 14, 2023 12:47 AM IST
By, New Delhi

Congress plans to intensify protest over Adani issue

Along with other opposition parties, the Congress has been demanding a joint parliamentary committee (JPC) probe on the Adani-Hindenburg issue.

Police use water cannons to disperse Congress workers during a protest march to Raj Bhavan, in Bhopal, on Monday. (PTI)
Updated on Mar 14, 2023 05:36 AM IST
By, New Delhi

Stormy start to Parliament over Adani, Rahul remarks

Both the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha were adjourned for the day amid protests from both sides.

New Delhi, Mar 13 (ANI): Proceedings of Lok Sabha underway on the first day of the second phase of the Budget session of the Parliament, in New Delhi on Monday. (ANI Photo/Sansad TV)(ANI)
Published on Mar 14, 2023 12:12 AM IST

Budget session resumes, Opposition strategy meet today

Opposition parties will meet on Monday at Congress president and Rajya Sabha Leader of Opposition Mallikarjun Kharge’s office to discuss their floor strategy.

Rajya Sabha chairman Jagdeep Dhankhar asks the Opposition MPs to calm down as they raise slogans in the House during the Budget Session of Parliament. (ANI)
Updated on Mar 13, 2023 07:07 AM IST
By, New Delhi

Parliament to resume today, V-P holds all-party meeting

Rajya Sabha chairman and Vice President Jagdeep Dhankhar held a meeting with various floor leaders on Sunday, a day before the Budget session of Parliament was set to resume, and discussed several issues, including how disruptions can be curbed, even as Opposition members signalled they will keep raising issues to confront the government

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Published on Mar 13, 2023 12:19 AM IST
BySaubhadra Chatterji and Smriti Kak Ramachandran, New Delhi

‘Knowledgeable people…’: V-P Dhankhar defends attaching staff to committees

The Vice President said he had got inputs ahead of the March 7 decision from a number of members and chairpersons for parliamentary panels.

Vice President Jagdeep Dhankhar with former Rajya Sabha member Karan Singh at the release of the book ‘Mundaka Upanishad: The Bridge to Immortality’ authored by the latter, in New Delhi on Thursday. (ANI)
Updated on Mar 10, 2023 02:50 AM IST

‘Affront to nation’: V-P Dhankhar lambasts ‘Parliament’s mike put off’ claim

Vice President Jagdeep Dhankhar said attempts to tarnish India’s Constitution and Parliament is too serious and not acceptable

Vice President of India Jagdeep Dhankhar. (ANI File Photo)
Published on Mar 09, 2023 08:25 PM IST

Assembly election results: TMC expansion plan faces jolt

The Trinamool Congress (TMC) drew a blank in Tripura and won just five seats in Meghalaya in the just-concluded assembly elections in the northeast states

The Trinamool Congress has claimed that the assembly elections results are a decent beginning for the party. (Representative Image)
Published on Mar 02, 2023 08:30 PM IST

Congress enters Tripura, Bengal assembly in an otherwise lackluster show

The Congress, wiped out in Tripura in 2018 polls, returned to the assembly after 5 years with three seats and got its first seat in West Bengal after it drew a blank in 2021 election

The Congress won 5 seats in Meghalaya—a loss of 16 seats—and drew a blank in Nagaland, as it did in 2018. (HT PHOTO)
Published on Mar 02, 2023 07:44 PM IST

Key Lok Sabha panel to meet ahead of second half of Budget session

A meeting of the Lok Sabha’s business advisory committee has been called on March 1, 12 days before the second half of the budget session begins.

Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla. (ANI)
Updated on Feb 28, 2023 03:22 AM IST
By, New Delhi

‘Sonia Gandhi not retiring from politics’: Congress leader rejects speculation

Sonia Gandhi is not retiring from politics, Congress leader Alka Lamba said on Sunday, a day after the former party president said that she was happy that her innings could conclude with the Bharat Jodo yatra.

Congress leader Sonia Gandhi. (ANI)
Updated on Feb 27, 2023 03:50 AM IST

Quota in higher judiciary to caste census, Congress draws outreach plan

The Congress party on Sunday promised to consider reservations for Scheduled Castes, Scheduled Tribes and Other Backward Classes in the higher judiciary, earmark a portion of the general budget for them and include the poorer sections among them in the economically weaker section quota.

Nava Raipur, Feb 26 (ANI): Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel greets former Congress president Sonia Gandhi in presence of party leader Rahul Gandhi and others at the final day of the party's 85th Plenary Session, in Nava Raipur on Sunday. (ANI Photo)(Bhupesh Baghel Twitter)
Updated on Feb 27, 2023 03:35 AM IST
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