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

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Lok Sabha polls: Opposition ups ante over PM Modi’s Rajasthan rally remarks

The Opposition parties have lodged a slew of protests over what the PM said in two rallies in Rajasthan

The Congress party went to the Election Commission of India (ECI) seeking action against PM Modi. (PTI file photo)
Published on Apr 23, 2024 10:37 AM IST

Modi guarantees vs Siddaramaiah’s schemes in battleground Karnataka

Last time, the BJP won 25 of the state’s 28 seats, and supported an independent in the 26th (she won).

Chief minister Siddaramaiah with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in New Delhi.(PTI)
Updated on Apr 23, 2024 07:41 AM IST
By, Tumkuru/ Bengaluru

INDIA’s show of strength in Ranchi; Uddhav Thackeray says bloc to win 300 seats

INDIA bloc leaders urged people to end the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)’s decade-long rule while warning it would “amend the Constitution”

Leaders join hands at the INDIA bloc's rally in Ranchi on Sunday. (X)
Updated on Apr 22, 2024 09:50 AM IST

INDIA bloc’s poll panel fails to bring together members

INDIA alliance formed panels for coordination & campaign management, but delays in seat-sharing & setting up secretariat led to losses & setbacks.

NLeaders of the INDIA bloc at a meeting held in New Delhi last month. (HT Photo)
Updated on Apr 22, 2024 04:23 AM IST

INDIA bloc seeks to keep southern citadel intact as Lok Sabha polling kicks off

The largest chunk of seats going to polls in the first phase of Lok Sabha elections are in Tamil Nadu, where voting is being held in all 39 constituencies

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi in Kerala’s Kannur on Thursday. (X)
Updated on Apr 19, 2024 10:26 AM IST

HT interview: Congress will get at least 15-20 seats in Karnataka, says MB Patil

Karnataka’s infrastructure development minister MB Patil confident of party’s improved performance in the Lok Sabha polls, countering BJP-JD(S) alliance.

Congress leader and Karnataka’s infrastructure development minister MB Patil . (Agency)
Updated on Apr 19, 2024 10:28 AM IST

Campaign for 1st LS poll phase ends, Rahul says BJP will be reduced to 150 seats

West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee, another prominent member of the opposition bloc, has said the BJP was going to be restricted under 200 seats

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi addressing a public meeting in Karnataka’s Kolar. (X)
Published on Apr 18, 2024 09:24 AM IST

Disagreements stall Haryana Congress candidate list, Priyanka gets larger role

The disagreements have prompted Congress chief Mallikarujun Kharge to form a committee of KC Venugopal, Madhusudan Mistry, and Salman Khurshid

Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra at a rally in Rajasthan’s Jalore. (PTI)
Published on Apr 17, 2024 09:54 AM IST

Lok Sabha election manifestos: Modi’s Guarantee, Congress’s NYAY

The BJP and Congress have through their manifestos tried to reach out to the poor, women, and youth but with different approaches

The Congress has pledged to reserve 50% of central government jobs for women from 2025. (HT PHOTO/File)
Updated on Apr 16, 2024 12:04 PM IST

INDIA targets NDA with ‘electoral bonds’, again; Mayawati, AAP keep hopes alive

The INDIA group might also explain its stand on common issues even as the parties are unlikely to draft a joint common minimum programme

Rahul Gandhi (right) with Tamil Nadu chief minister MK Stalin in Coimbatore. (AFP Photo)
Published on Apr 16, 2024 09:38 AM IST

Congress names Kanhaiya Kumar as LS candidate; SC to hear Kejriwal’s plea

Kanhaiya Kumar contested the 2019 national polls from Bihar’s Begusarai but lost to Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) Giriraj Singh

Congress leader Kanhaiya Kumar. (PTI)
Published on Apr 15, 2024 09:30 AM IST

With less than 300, Congress to contest fewest Lok Sabha seats ever

The Congress party will contest around 298 seats, down from previous elections.

Congress president Mallikarjun Kharge (ANI)
Updated on Apr 15, 2024 04:25 AM IST

Lok Sabha elections: Congress fields Vikramaditya, Manish Tewari

More candidates for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections were announced after a meeting of the party’s top poll body.

Congress chief Mallikarjun Kharge along with Parliamentary Party chairperson Sonia Gandhi during a meeting of the party’s Central Election Committee (CEC) in New Delhi on Saturday. (ANI)
Updated on Apr 14, 2024 05:50 AM IST
By, New Delhi

Rahul Gandhi appeals to ‘save democracy’; Tharoor-Chandrasekhar row heats up

Shashi Tharoor has asked Rajeev Chandrasekhar to withdraw his statements and tender an apology, and warned the minister of legal action

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi addresses a public meeting in Bikaner on Thursday. (PTI Photo)
Published on Apr 12, 2024 08:59 AM IST

Parliament complex set for a green, sustainable facelift

The section of Sansad Marg between the new building and the old one is likely to be made vehicle-free.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi speaks after the inauguration of the new parliament building, in New Delhi, India, Sunday, May 28, 2023. India’s major opposition parties Sunday boycotted the inauguration of a new parliament building by Modi in a rare show of unity against his Hindu nationalist ruling party, which has spent nine years in power and is seeking a third term in general elections next year. (AP Photo) (AP)
Updated on Apr 12, 2024 04:48 AM IST

Lok Sabha polls: AAP continues to battle amid crisis

Delhi social welfare minister Raaj Kumar Anand on Wednesday resigned from his post as a minister and also from AAP accusing the party of corruption

With both top leaders, Kejriwal and Manish Sisodia in jail, another minister has quit the party. (Representative file photo)
Published on Apr 11, 2024 09:49 AM IST

Congress may hold next meeting on Lok Sabha candidates on April 13

The upcoming CEC is important as party leaders are expected to discuss candidates for the high-profile seats of Amethi and Raebareli

Former Congress president Sonia Gandhi and current party chief Mallikarjun Kharge. (File photo.)
Published on Apr 10, 2024 12:43 PM IST

MVA finalises seat-sharing formula; row over Congress leader’s comments on Hema Malini

The Election Commission has issued a show cause notice to Randeep Singh Surjewala over his “undignified, vulgar and uncivilized” remarks on BJP MP and film star Hema Malini

Shiv Sena (UBT) chief Uddhav Thackeray (middle), Maharashtra Congress president Nana Patole (left) and Sharad Pawar in Mumbai on Tuesday. (PTI Photo)
Updated on Apr 10, 2024 10:03 AM IST

BJP continues offensive, Congress hits back over ‘Muslim League’ remarks

Congress on Monday filed a memorandum with the Election Commission of India (ECI) over Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Muslim League remarks

Congress chief Mallikarjun Kharge and party leader Rahul Gandhi. (ANI)
Updated on Apr 09, 2024 10:07 AM IST

Months after breach, CISF to soon take over all Parliament security

The Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) will soon take over the entire security of the premises, three officials aware of the development said on Monday

The new plan is based on the principle that multiple agencies should not be involved in securing one of the most high-profile complexes in the country. (HT Photo)
Updated on Apr 09, 2024 07:14 AM IST
By, New Delhi

Congress, NC announce Lok Sabha poll pact in J&K, Ladakh; leave out PDP

The Congress-National Conference alliance means that Peoples Democratic Party, a constituent of the opposition INDIA bloc that includes Congress and NC, would not be part of the arrangement

The National Conference and the Congress announced the alliance on Monday
Updated on Apr 08, 2024 05:34 PM IST

TMC, BJP war of words escalates; Mufti versus Azad in Anantnag

TMC accused the BJP of trying to “manage the referee” through the use of central agencies to “keep out the players” during the Lok Sabha polls

West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee at a rally in Purulia. (ANI)
Published on Apr 08, 2024 09:22 AM IST

Ahead of elections, Priyanka’s role within Congress on gradual rise

After confining her political activity in just a few pockets of UP for years, Priyanka Gandhi has finally expanded her role in campaigning for the 2024 LS polls

Priyanka Gandhi Vadra with Sonia Gandhi.(PTI Photo)
Updated on Apr 08, 2024 08:55 AM IST
By, New Delhi

Congress panel may meet next week on Amethi and Raebareli seats

The Congress has so far announced 14 of its 17 candidates in Uttar Pradesh, but the party has remained silent on Amethi and Raebareli

The nomination for both these seats will start from April 26 and the last date of filing nominations is May 3 (PTI)
Updated on Apr 07, 2024 01:05 AM IST
By, New Delhi

In five years, Congress builds on its nyay theme

The 2024 manifesto also proposed to provide fast-track courts to adjudicate cases of leaking of question papers for recruitment examinations and provide monetary compensation to the victims

Congress leaders Sonia Gandhi, Mallikarjun Kharge and Rahul Gandhi at the launch of the party's manifesto for the 2024 Lok Sabha elections, at AICC headquarters in New Delhi on Friday (ANI)
Updated on Apr 06, 2024 06:56 AM IST
By, New Delhi

Kharge attacks Modi over ‘Chinese encroachment’; Vadra hints at contesting polls

Mallikarjun Kharge accused Modi of prioritising attacks on the Gandhi family whose members sacrificed their lives for the country

Congress chief Mallikarjun Kharge with former Rajasthan deputy chief minister Sachin Pilot in Chittorgarh. (PTI)
Published on Apr 05, 2024 09:14 AM IST

Congress hopes to repeat 2019 performance in Kerala, no friendly fight with Left

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi contested the 2019 Lok Sabha polls from Kerala as the party and its allies swept the elections in the state winning 19 of 20 seats

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi in Wayanad on Wednesday. (X)
Updated on Apr 04, 2024 09:39 AM IST

Major relief for AAP as Sanjay Singh gets bail; Rahul to file nomination today

Top AAP leaders Arvind Kejriwal and Manish Sisodia continue to be in judicial custody in what looks like a long legal battle for them

AAP leader Sanjay Singh. (PTI)
Updated on Apr 03, 2024 09:25 AM IST

Ex-PM Manmohan Singh retires from Rajya Sabha after 33 years

Manmohan Singh, 91, was the third PM from the Rajya Sabha after Indira Gandhi (in her first term) and Inder Kumar Gujral.

Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh being escorted after casting his vote for the presidential election, at Parliament House, in New Delhi,on July 18, 2022 (HT File)
Updated on Apr 03, 2024 10:08 AM IST
By, New Delhi

Congress gets major tax reprieve; Kejriwal 4th prominent AAP leader in Tihar

The Congress last week hit out at what it described as tax terrorism and alleged its ability to fight the national polls was being deliberately crippled

Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal being brought to Tihar Jail. (HT PHOTO)
Published on Apr 02, 2024 09:31 AM IST
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