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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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INDIA bloc organises mega rally, Mamata dares BJP

A large number of people gathered on a hot Sunday afternoon for what was the largest public meeting of the INDIA bloc at Delhi’s Ramlila Maidan

Over 10 parties were represented at the “Loktantra Bachao Rally”. (ANI)
Updated on Apr 01, 2024 12:55 PM IST

Inside war room: How Congress is gearing up for Lok Sabha polls

The Congress has fielded a large number of new candidates in this general election as it seeks to avoid another embarrassing defeat at the hands of the BJP.

The Congress’s war rooms are also organising training sessions for polling agents in every states. (PTI)
Updated on Mar 31, 2024 08:36 AM IST

Congress cites fresh tax notice to attack BJP, war of words ensues

Income Tax authorities served the Congress a notice to pay ₹1,823.08 crore, triggering accusations of "tax terrorism" ahead of elections.

Congress leaders Ajay Maken, Jairam Ramesh and Pawan Khera at a press conference on Friday. (Ajay Aggarwal/HT Photo)
Updated on Mar 30, 2024 06:42 AM IST
By, New Delhi

Kharge hits back at Modi; Mukhtar Ansari’s death sparks blame game

Kharge said Modi has forgotten that Supreme Court judges were forced to hold an unprecedented press conference and warn against the “destruction of democracy”

Congress chief Mallikarjun Kharge. (HT PHOTO)
Published on Mar 29, 2024 09:46 AM IST

Setbacks continue for AAP; Opposition seat sharing talks remain troubled

The Enforcement Directorate (ED) has summoned AAP leaders from Goa, including the state chief Amit Palekar, for questioning in the excise policy case

AAP's legal cell members protest in support of Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal. (PTI)
Updated on Mar 28, 2024 10:08 AM IST

Kejriwal issues 2nd order from ED custody; what next for Varun Gandhi

The AAP hopes to get sympathy votes while its rivals expect Kejriwal’s arrest to work in their favour as they have targeted him from continuing as the chief minister

Delhi Police use water cannon to disperse BJP workers during protest demanding the resignation of chief minister Arvind Kejriwal. (HT PHOTO)
Published on Mar 27, 2024 10:07 AM IST

INDIA battles impasse on seat talks, desertions before polls

Although the nomination process for the first phase of polling of the general elections has started, the Congress and Lalu Prasad’s Rashtriya Janata Dal have not been able to reach a deal on sharing seats in Bihar, one of the key north Indian states with 40 Lok Sabha seats.

In the past six months, the bloc of 40 parties that rules nine states has not been able to arrange a single rally with all constituents in attendance. (ANI)
Updated on Mar 27, 2024 07:36 AM IST
By, New Delhi

Congress still testing waters while BJP takes long strides with PM Modi

PM Modi has traversed the vast lengths and breadths of the country, visiting temples, meeting voters and expressing confidence that his NDA government will get more than 400 seats in the Lok Sabha

Congress president Mallikarjun Kharge with Rahul Gandhi in New Delhi. (ANI Photo)
Published on Mar 26, 2024 09:40 AM IST

Congress changes Jaipur candidate amid uproar

In Uttar Pradesh, a state where the Congress won just one of the 80 seats, the party has made a number of changes

The Congress has changed more than 60% of its candidates in its latest list (File photo)
Updated on Mar 25, 2024 07:14 AM IST
By, New Delhi

INDIA bloc rallies behind Kejriwal

From Sharad Pawar and Rahul Gandhi to TMC MP Derek O’Brien, opposition leaders slammed the BJP government for Kejriwal’s arrest

Leaders of the opposition INDIA bloc in Mumbai earlier this month. (ANI Photo)
Published on Mar 22, 2024 09:29 AM IST

DMK’s promise to clip guv powers; Congress boosted in Bihar; in HP, leaders dither

States like Tamil Nadu and Delhi are pushing back against governors' power over elected governments, with DMK promising to curb their powers in their manifesto. Congress gains momentum as Pappu Yadav and Danish Ali join ahead of polls.

DMK’s promise to clip guv powers; Congress boosted in Bihar; in HP, leaders dither
Updated on Mar 21, 2024 09:08 AM IST

Congress body clears 10 names for Maharashtra; 7 each for Raj, Guj

The CEC will again meet on Thursday to take up seat from Tamil Nadu, Bihar, Jharkhand and Uttar Pradesh

Congress president Mallikarjun Kharge (right) with Sonia Gandhi at AICC headquarters in New Delhi. (HT Photo)
Published on Mar 21, 2024 08:30 AM IST

INDIA bloc riding on Congress’ guarantees

The Congress Working Committee on Tuesday authorized party president Mallikarjun Kharge to give the manifesto its final shape, which would highlight 25 guarantees for youth, women, farmers, works and social justice

Congress president Mallikarjun Kharge with Sonia Gandhi in New Delhi on Tuesday. (ANI Photo)
Updated on Mar 20, 2024 08:47 AM IST

Congress body clears Adhir’s candidature from Baharampur

Congress clears 30 names for Lok Sabha elections in 5 states and 2 Union territories. Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury to contest from Baharampur in West Bengal.

Along with Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, a five-term Lok Sabha MP from Baharampur who became the party’s floor leader in the current Lok Sabha, CEC also cleared 11 other candidates from Bengal (Hindustan Times)
Updated on Mar 20, 2024 08:40 AM IST

Modi’s guarantees will meet the same fate as ‘India Shining’ campaign of 2004: Kharge

‘India Shining’ was a key slogan of the Atal Bihari Vajpayee government in the run up to the 2004 general elections, but it failed to capture the discontent on the ground and Vajpayee lost the polls

Congress president Mallikarjun Kharge (right) with senior party leader Sonia Gandhi at the AICC headquarters in New Delhi on Tuesday. (HT Photo)
Published on Mar 19, 2024 12:09 PM IST

Modi’s attack forces Rahul Gandhi to clarify his shakti remarks

Some Congress leaders conceded that personal attacks on Modi have not helped the party electorally but Rahul Gandhi seems to stick to the same line of attack

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of trying to spin his remarks. (ANI)
Published on Mar 19, 2024 10:27 AM IST

MPs may be able to pick assistants from expert pool

Lok Sabha MPs may soon choose professional assistants to enhance their performance, reducing dependence on aides, following the cash-for-queries scandal.

Senior Lok Sabha officials are involved in developing the new system. (PTI)
Updated on Mar 19, 2024 06:00 AM IST
By, New Delhi

Rahul Gandhi’s Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra concludes with show of strength in Mumbai

Samajwadi Party chief Akhilesh Yadav skipped the rally in Mumbai saying he needed to be in Uttar Pradesh given the poll preparations

The show of strength came a day after the ECI announced the schedule for the Lok Sabha elections. (HT PHOTO)
Published on Mar 18, 2024 09:02 AM IST

Congress banks on INDIA arithmetic, poll pitches to spring a big surprise

The Congress is banking on a number of key factors in its bid to do well in the 2024 Lok Sabha elections that will be held in seven phases starting April 19

The INDIA bloc, comprising 28 parties, was formed last year to take on BJP. (Hindustan Times)
Updated on Mar 17, 2024 06:39 AM IST

Data on electoral bonds gives Opposition ammunition ahead of Lok Sabha elections

The Congress and other Opposition parties will also attempt to corner the BJP over the Supreme Court’s order to scrap the scheme as unconstitutional.

The INDIA bloc plans to attack the Centre on the possibilities of money laundering. (HT file)
Updated on Mar 16, 2024 02:22 AM IST
By, New Delhi

Poll commissioners appointed; ECI set to announce LS poll schedule

The election commissioners were appointed on the day Election Commission of India (ECI) uploaded data on electoral bonds weeks before general elections

Congress leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury gave a dissent note on the selection of the election commissioners. (PTI)
Updated on Mar 15, 2024 03:44 PM IST

Congress’ NARI NYAY plan highlights party’s ambition ahead of Lok Sabha polls

Five years later, the Congress on Wednesday came up with “NARI NYAY”. The new plan didn’t try to find a sub-group of poverty but promised to “empower every Indian woman”

Congress has promised to give poor women <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>1 lakh per year. (File photo)
Published on Mar 14, 2024 09:13 AM IST

Cong releases 2nd list of LS candidates; Gadkari rejects Thackeray’s offer

The second list of candidates shows the party remains focussed on Scheduled Castes, Schedule Tribes, Other Backward Classes, and youth

Rahul Gandhi’s poster in Maharashtra’s Thane. (HT Photo)
Updated on Mar 13, 2024 09:25 AM IST

CAA notified: Rules for the new citizenship law draws Opposition parties’ ire

On December 9, the Modi-led government brought The Citizenship (Amendment) bill which allows non-Muslims from Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan seek citizenship in India

On March 11, the government notified the rules for the new citizenship law. (Parliament of India website)
Published on Mar 12, 2024 09:22 AM IST

Ashok Gehlot, Sachin Pilot unlikely to contest Lok Sabha elections

Congress leaders suggest larger roles for Gehlot and Pilot. Vaibhav Gehlot may stand from Jalore. Kamal Nath's son likely to be repeated in Chhindwara.

Former Rajasthan chief minister Ashok Gehlot and Congress leader Sachin Pilot. (PTI)
Updated on Mar 12, 2024 07:19 AM IST
By, New Delhi

Mayawati reiterates BSP’s plan to contest Lok Sabha polls alone

Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati has decided to contest this year’s Lok Sabha polls all by herself

She said that the BSP is contesting the elections across the country on its own strength. (Mayawati | Official X account)
Published on Mar 11, 2024 09:30 AM IST

In Rajasthan, Congress to assign areas of responsibility to top leaders

The list of possible candidates would be taken up at the party’s central election committee meeting on Monday

Ashok Gehlot and Sachin Pilot (ANI)
Updated on Mar 11, 2024 07:24 AM IST

Suspense continues over Rahul Gandhi’s candidature from Amethi

Gandhi has visited Amethi, which has been his family’s pocket borough for decades, only thrice since losing the seat to Union minister Smriti Irani five years back

Rahul Gandhi in Gujarat’s Jhalod. (AFP)
Updated on Mar 08, 2024 09:36 AM IST

Rahul Gandhi set to contest Lok Sabha elections from Wayanad

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi is set to contest from Kerala’s Wayanad seat again in the 2024 Lok Sabha polls, the party’s central election committee (CEC) decided on Thursday evening, said people aware of developments.

Congress chief Mallikarjun Kharge and party leader Sonia Gandhi during the party’s CEC meeting on Thursday. (Vipin Kumar/HT)
Updated on Mar 08, 2024 07:54 AM IST
By, New Delhi

Congress poll panel to meet today amid calls for Rahul Gandhi’s Amethi candidature

Amethi district Congress chief Pradeep Singhal has said that Rahul Gandhi would contest from his former constituency

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi in Madhya Pradesh’s Ratlam on Wednesday. (PTI)
Updated on Mar 07, 2024 10:15 AM IST
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