Saubhadra Chatterji is Deputy Political Editor at the Hindustan Times. He writes on both politics and policies.
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Ramesh Bidhuri’s offensive remarks were expunged by the Speaker of the Lok Sabha, Om Birla, who also issued a stern warning to the BJP MP
The promise came two days after Rahul Gandhi pitched in Parliament for the census and reservation for OBCs in the women’s quota bill
Only All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) members Asaduddin Owaisi and Imtiaz Jaleel voted against the bill
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi said only 3 of the 90 secretary-rank officers at the Centre are from the OBC community and they control just 5% of the Indian budget
In her speech, Gandhi recalled the contribution of Indian icons such as Sarojini Naidu, Sucheta Kriplani, Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit, Aruna Asaf Ali
The 128th Constitution amendment bill to reserve seats for women in Indian legislatures is likely to succeed after several major parties voiced their support.
The Indian government has introduced a bill in the Lok Sabha to reserve a third of seats in the Lower House and state assemblies for women. The bill, which requires constitutional amendments, is expected to pass Parliament after receiving support from prominent parties. However, its implementation may take a few years, and quotas for women may not come into effect until after the 2026 delimitation exercise. The bill has sparked a battle for political credit, with the Congress and BJP both claiming credit for the move.
PM Modi said after 1952, 41 heads of states addressed MPs in the old Parliament building, and more than 4,000 bills were passed
The Women’s Reservation Bill was cleared in the Rajya Sabha in 2010 amid a ruckus when Congress-led United Progressive Alliance was in power
The Union Cabinet on Monday evening approved a Constitution amendment bill to provide reservation for women in the national and state legislatures, officials familiar with the matter said, paving the way for the introduction of the landmark legislation in the ongoing special session of Parliament
Some BJP functionaries claimed that the new women's reservation bill won’t be identical to 2010 bill.
The Congress party has demanded the passing of the Women's Reservation Bill in the upcoming special session of Parliament to pre-empt the BJP's attempt to table the legislation. The bill, which reserves a third of all seats for women in state assemblies and the Lok Sabha, has been passed in the Rajya Sabha but not in the Lok Sabha. The Congress's push for the bill coincides with the government's efforts to introduce schemes for women. The bill has the potential to create a division in the opposition INDIA bloc as some alliance partners want sub-quota for SC, ST, and OBC communities.
Mallikarjun Kharge has asked party leaders to “continuously raise” basic issues and expose and anti-people policies of BJP
On Saturday, the Congress Working Committee had adopted a resolution criticising the Modi’s government’s systematic undermining of the federal structure.
The resentment underlined how the Congress as well as the INDIA alliance face steep hurdles at the state level ahead of negotiations on seat-sharing.
Congress president Mallikarjun Kharge has assured the party leaders that the state units will be consulted before taking any decision on poll pacts
On Sunday, the extended CWC, which included chief ministers, state unit chiefs, and legislative party leaders apart from the members of the Working Committee, met to discuss the party’s strategy for the upcoming assembly and Lok Sabha polls
The reconstituted CWC met for the first time after the Congress and 27 other parties formed the INDIA alliance in Patna on June 23
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi said that BJP is trying to create diversion using Sanatana Dharma while Digvijaya Singh suggested to be cautious on the issue.
Congress working committee members have urged Rahul Gandhi to undertake another Bharat Jodo Yatra, this time from the east to west, raising expectations for the second phase of the foot march that has covered Kanyakumari to Kashmir.
Starting the two-day Congress working committee (CWC) meeting, Kharge drew attention to “many serious internal challenges” that India faces today.
In the first meeting of the CWC, after its reconstitution on August 20, Mallikarjun Kharge listed a number of raging issues, demanded a caste census.
The Congress Working Committee (CWC) will discuss election preparations, the Manipur situation, border issues with China, rising prices, and unemployment.
The 81-year-old is feeling quietly confident about the upcoming five state assembly polls
Congress President Mallikarjun Kharge believes that the INDIA alliance will succeed in the upcoming elections, citing voting patterns and data. He also dismissed controversy over his absence from a recent G20 dinner, stating that he is of cabinet rank and not comparable to BJP party chief JP Nadda. Kharge also accused the BJP of using the upcoming special session of Parliament as a campaign tool. He expressed confidence in the alliance's unity and said that even if seat-sharing talks are 90% successful, the alliance will have an edge over the BJP. Kharge refused to comment on the topic of sanatana dharma.
Three Opposition leaders from different parties maintained that the bloc is bracing for last-minute agenda changes from the government, and added that only conducting government business for the five days of the session will not be acceptable.
The coordination panel, which met in Delhi, announced that the group will take up the demand of the caste census, a nationwide count of all castes.
The INDIA group’s coordination committee is expected to discuss formulas for seat adjustments and set deadlines for state pacts between the opposition parties.
At least three Congress chief ministers may skip the G20 dinner to be hosted at Bharat Mandapam on September 9 by President Droupadi Murmu.
The upcoming five-day special session of Parliament in India is likely to be partly held in the new Parliament building, which was inaugurated in May.