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Saubhadra Chatterji

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

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Sonia Gandhi writes letter to PM, raises 9 issues including Manipur situation

Gandhi wrote the letter this morning after Opposition parties held discussions on issues the party wants to raise during the special session of Parliament.

Congress parliamentary party chief Sonia Gandhi . (File photo)
Updated on Sep 06, 2023 03:36 PM IST

India bloc meeting: Sonia Gandhi to write to PM Modi on Parl session agenda

Congress leaders said the plan for Sonia Gandhi to write to Modi was endorsed by all 24 INDIA constituents with a presence in Parliament

Congress leader Sonia Gandhi.(PTI)
Updated on Sep 06, 2023 07:40 AM IST
By, New Delhi

INDIA bloc to focus on local issues in key cities, election-bound states

The 19-member committee will share its recommendations with the coordination and election strategy committee, which is the pivotal group for poll preparations

Congress president Mallikarjun Kharge chairs a meeting of opposition INDIA alliance in New Delhi on Tuesday. (PTI)
Updated on Sep 06, 2023 12:30 AM IST
By, New Delhi

Oppn meetings to chalk out plan for House session today

The 28-party opposition INDIA bloc will hold two key meetings on Tuesday to plan their agenda for the special session of Parliament on September 18-22.

INDIA bloc to hold two key meeting to plan their agenda for special session of Parliament. (HT Archive)
Updated on Sep 05, 2023 04:44 AM IST

INDIA discusses the Modi challenge at Mumbai meet

Former Congress chief Rahul Gandhi addressed the Indian National Developmental Inclusive Alliance (INDIA) meeting, debunking three myths about PM Modi.

Opposition leaders during the INDIA meet, in Mumbai on Friday. (PTI)
Updated on Sep 02, 2023 02:59 AM IST

INDIA vows to fight 2024 polls together, names coordinators

The election campaign might start from Rajghat on October 2, with the bloc unveiling its vision on issues such as unemployment, price rise, among others.

The election campaign might start from Rajghat on October 2, Mahatma Gandhi’s birth anniversary, with the bloc unveiling its vision on issues such as unemployment, price rise and Centre-state relations, and announce a plan on alternative policies, a member said. (Satish Bate/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Sep 02, 2023 01:24 AM IST

INDIA vows to fight 2024 polls together, names coordinators

The Indian National Developmental Inclusive Alliance (INDIA) has announced talks on seat-sharing arrangements and key panels as it prepares for the 2024 elections. The alliance, comprised of 28 parties, aims to campaign together and tackle issues such as unemployment and price rise. However, thorny issues remain, and the alliance has not yet named a convener. The INDIA group hopes to unveil its vision and alternative policies on Mahatma Gandhi's birth anniversary on October 2.

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Updated on Sep 01, 2023 11:55 PM IST

Prepare for more attacks, raids, arrests: Mallikarjun Kharge at key INDIA meet

Inaugurating the formal meeting of ‘INDIA’ in Mumbai, Kharge said the success of the bloc can be measured by PM Modi’s increasing attack on the alliance

Congress president Mallikarjun Kharge (centre) with senior party leaders Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi in Mumbai on Friday. (PTI Photo)
Updated on Sep 01, 2023 02:08 PM IST

How ‘special session’ announcement changed the mood of Opposition’s Mumbai meet

Reacting to the announcement, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, who addressed the press on the latest revelations on the Adani group on Thursday, dubbed the Centre’s decision to call a special session “as out of panic”

The meeting is being held to chart out a concrete roadmap take on the BJP-led central government in the 2024 Lok Sabha polls (File Photo)
Updated on Sep 01, 2023 01:49 PM IST

Why is PM not ordering a probe into Adani row: Rahul Gandhi

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi has demanded an explanation from Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi regarding allegations of irregularities in the Adani Group's use of offshore funds. Gandhi is calling for a joint parliamentary committee (JPC) probe into the issue and has criticized the prime minister for not initiating an investigation. The Adani Group has rejected the allegations, calling them "recycled." Gandhi also suggested that world leaders may question why Adani was given preferential treatment at the upcoming G20 summit in New Delhi.

Congress party leader Rahul Gandhi seeks an explanation from Prime Minister Narendra Modi over fresh allegations of irregularities in the Adani Group’s use of offshore funds (Hindustan Times)
Updated on Sep 01, 2023 12:22 AM IST

INDIA leaders push for quick decisions, plans ahead of 2024 polls

Leaders from 28 opposition parties in India's Indian National Developmental Inclusive Alliance (INDIA) met in Mumbai to discuss poll preparations and strategies

Congress president Mallikarjun Kharge, party leader Rahul Gandhi, West Bengal CM and TMC supremo Mamata Banerjee and Bihar CM Nitish Kumar during the INDIA alliance meeting in Mumbai on Thursday. (PTI)
Updated on Sep 01, 2023 04:31 AM IST

‘India’s reputation is at stake’: Rahul Gandhi seeks JPC probe into Adani case

Rahul Gandhi pointed to the upcoming G20 summit in New Delhi and said that world leaders might ask PM Modi why Gautam Adani was given “a free ride”

Rahul Gandhi showcasing a report published in the Guardian (Twitter/@RahulGandhi)
Updated on Aug 31, 2023 08:44 PM IST

Special session of Parliament on Sept 18-22, says Pralhad Joshi, sparks buzz

The agenda of the special session is expected to be finalised next week and could include “a discussion on a key issue and a few bills”

Union Minister of Parliamentary Affairs Pralhad Joshi said: “Amid Amrit Kaal looking forward to have fruitful discussions and debate in Parliament. (X/JoshiPralhad)
Updated on Aug 31, 2023 05:21 PM IST

Special five-day Parliament session from Sept 18: Govt

The agenda will be finalised once the G-20 Leaders Summit that is happening between September 8 and September 10 ends

The decision to convene a session of Parliament rests with the government. (HT file photo)
Updated on Aug 31, 2023 04:54 PM IST

Panels, logo, public outreach on agenda of INDIA meeting

Sixty-three leaders from 28 opposition parties flew into Mumbai on Wednesday for a two-day meeting of the INDIA.

Members of the INDIA bloc during their second meeting in Bengaluru on July 18. (AP)
Updated on Aug 31, 2023 12:07 AM IST

Adhir’s suspension revoked after House panel weighs in

Congress’s Lok Sabha floor leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury’s suspension from the House was revoked on Wednesday.

Congress leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury. (ANI)
Updated on Aug 30, 2023 11:50 PM IST
By, New Delhi

Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury’s suspension from Lok Sabha set to be revoked

Officials said that the House Privileges Committee has decided to recommend the revocation of Chowdhury’s suspension to Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla

Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury. (ANI)
Updated on Aug 30, 2023 02:42 PM IST

Meets with lawmakers, diaspora on agenda of Rahul’s Europe visit

Gandhi’s last official trip to Europe in this year was controversial. At an event in London on March 6, he said democracy in India was under threat.

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi. (PTI)
Updated on Aug 30, 2023 02:13 AM IST
By, New Delhi

For Mumbai meet, panels, social media plan on INDIA agenda

The INDIA alliance held its first meeting in Patna on June 23, and second meeting in Bengaluru on July 17 and 18.

The second meeting saw the number of constituents rise to 26 parties. (ANI)
Updated on Aug 27, 2023 04:51 AM IST

37 non-budget bills referred to House panels during Modi govt’s second term: Data

Among the 37 bills referred to House panels for review, six are from health and family welfare ministry, and five from the home ministry

A total of 210 bills have thus far been brought to Parliament in the 17th Lok Sabha, but only 37 or 17.6% have been referred to parliamentary panels for review, according to the data. (PTI)
Updated on Aug 26, 2023 01:18 AM IST

Opposition MPs seek reason to bring three new bills to replace criminal laws

DMK leader Dayanidhi Maran has shot off a letter to the panel chairman Brij Lal objecting to the “Hindi titles” of the bills

Home secretary Ajay Bhalla will address the queries of Opposition MPs in September (ANI)
Updated on Aug 25, 2023 04:27 AM IST
By, New Delhi

Dhankhar slams freebie culture: ‘Political intoxication of people requires serious thought’

Vice President and chairman of the upper house of Parliament Jagdeep Dhankhar stoked a fresh debate on freebies on Tuesday when he said “political intoxication of the people by distribution of largesse” requires serious deliberation.

Vice President Jagdeep Dhankhar. (PTI)
Updated on Aug 23, 2023 12:07 AM IST
By, Udaipur

Chair has authority to expunge words, bring back parts: Speaker Om Birla

Birla defended the expunged remarks at a media briefing after the meeting of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association’s India Chapter.

Lok Sabha speaker Om Birla. (ANI)
Updated on Aug 23, 2023 01:11 AM IST
By, Udaipur

Dhankhar disses parties for freebies, calls it ‘political intoxication of people’

Jagdeep Dhankhar said parties and governments should focus on generating an ecosystem that empowers the people to unleash their talent and potential

Vice president Jagdeep Dhankar (X/VPIndia)
Updated on Aug 22, 2023 04:36 PM IST

OBC leader to youth Congress’s ex-president: The new faces in CWC

The Congress Working Committee (CWC) has included new faces such as OBC leader Kamaleshwar Patel and former MP Meenakshi Natarajan

Another entrant, former MP Meenakshi Natarajan, hogged the limelight in 2009 when she defeated the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) candidate in Mandsaur, a seat the Congress never won since 1971 (HT Photo)
Updated on Aug 22, 2023 04:49 AM IST
By, New Delhi

Prestige of legislative bodies is increasingly eroding: Om Birla

In the monsoon session, sparks flew between the treasury and Opposition benches no-trust motion debate. Adhir Chowdhury was suspended for unruly behaviour.

Lok Sabha speaker Om Birla. (ANI)
Updated on Aug 22, 2023 12:59 AM IST
By, Udaipur

Mallikarjun Kharge plays delicate balancing act in CWC rejig before 2024 polls

The reshuffle of the CWC on Sunday tried to maintain a delicate balance between different pressure groups and aspirations of important leaders.

Congress President Mallikarjun Kharge (ANI)
Updated on Aug 21, 2023 07:01 AM IST
By, New Delhi

Congress expands CWC, adds ex-‘G23’ rebels

The CWC now has 39 members, up from 25, and includes quotas for youth, SCs, STs, OBCs, and women.

Congress President Mallikarjun Kharge along with party leaders Rahul Gandhi and KC Venugopal.(Congress Twitter)
Updated on Aug 21, 2023 03:52 AM IST
By, New Delhi

Adhir to depose before House panel on Aug 30 over his suspension from Lok Sabha

Congress party's Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, suspended from the Lok Sabha pending a probe, will depose before the privileges committee on August 30.

Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury (ANI)
Updated on Aug 19, 2023 03:48 AM IST

Congress appoints Surjewala as in charge of poll-bound MP

Congress insiders said on the condition of anonymity that these crucial changes were part of an upcoming organisational overhaul

Randeep Surjewala
Updated on Aug 18, 2023 12:18 AM IST
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