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INDIA will conduct caste census if voted to power: Rahul Gandhi

The promise came two days after Rahul Gandhi pitched in Parliament for the census and reservation for OBCs in the women’s quota bill

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi with party leaders Jairam Ramesh and KC Venugopal. (PTI)
Published on Sep 22, 2023 02:57 PM IST

Women’s reservation bill clears Lok Sabha

Only All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) members Asaduddin Owaisi and Imtiaz Jaleel voted against the bill

Members of Parliament while voting on clauses of the women's reservation bill on demand of an Opposition MP in Lok Sabha during the Special Session of Parliament in New Delhi on Wednesday. (ANI)
Published on Sep 21, 2023 12:03 AM IST
By, New Delhi

2 strange things, says Rahul Gandhi on census, delimitation condition in 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

Congress MP Rahul Gandhi speaks in the Lok Sabha during the special session of the Parliament on Wednesday (PTI)
Published on Sep 20, 2023 06:50 PM IST

Sonia Gandhi declares support to women’s reservation bill

In her speech, Gandhi recalled the contribution of Indian icons such as Sarojini Naidu, Sucheta Kriplani, Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit, Aruna Asaf Ali

Congress MP Sonia Gandhi speaks in the Lok Sabha during a special session of the Parliament in New Delhi on Wednesday. (PTI)
Updated on Sep 20, 2023 01:16 PM IST

Conceived in 1996, bill comes to life

The 128th Constitution amendment bill to reserve seats for women in Indian legislatures is likely to succeed after several major parties voiced their support.

BJP Mahila Morcha activists celebrate after the introduction of the Women's Reservation Bill in Parliament, in Patna.(PTI)
Updated on Sep 20, 2023 08:09 AM IST
By, New Delhi

Women’s reservation bill tabled in Lok Sabha

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.

Modi leads MPs to the new Parliament building on Tuesday. (ANI)
Updated on Sep 20, 2023 12:05 AM IST
By, New Delhi

‘Can’t paint big picture on small canvas’: PM Modi on building stronger India

PM Modi said after 1952, 41 heads of states addressed MPs in the old Parliament building, and more than 4,000 bills were passed

Prime Minister Narendra Modi meets parliamentarians during an event organised in the Central Hall of Parliament on the occasion of the shifting of Parliament to the new building on Tuesday (PTI)
Published on Sep 19, 2023 02:04 PM IST

Women’s Reservation Bill: Sonia Gandhi says it’s ours as Congress seeks credit

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

Former Congress president Sonia Gandhi. (ANI )
Published on Sep 19, 2023 10:35 AM IST

Women’s quota bill cleared by Cabinet

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

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Updated on Sep 19, 2023 12:12 AM IST

Women's reservation bill gets Cabinet nod at key meeting: Officials

Some BJP functionaries claimed that the new women's reservation bill won’t be identical to 2010 bill.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi chairs Union Cabinet meeting in New Delhi on Monday, ( HT PHOTO)
Updated on Sep 18, 2023 11:51 PM IST

Bring women’s bill in Parl special session, Cong tells govt

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.

Congress President Mallikarjun Kharge, party leaders Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi wave at supporters during the 'Vijayabheri' public meeting, at Thukuguda on the outskirts of Hyderabad, Sunday (PTI)
Updated on Sep 18, 2023 12:13 AM IST

Onus on Congress to protect Constitution, democracy: Kharge at key panel meet

Mallikarjun Kharge has asked party leaders to “continuously raise” basic issues and expose and anti-people policies of BJP

Congress President Mallikarjun Kharge (PTI)
Updated on Sep 18, 2023 05:00 AM IST

Kharge tells extended CWC not to praise PM unnecessarily

On Saturday, the Congress Working Committee had adopted a resolution criticising the Modi’s government’s systematic undermining of the federal structure.

Rangareddy, Sept 17 (ANI): Congress Parliamentary Party (CPP) Chairperson Sonia Gandhi with party President Mallikarjun Kharge, party leader Rahul Gandhi and Telangana party chief Revanth Reddy(Congress Twitter)
Updated on Sep 18, 2023 06:39 AM IST

Congress key panel firms up poll plans, leaders voice concern on AAP tie-up

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.

Hyderabad: (L-R) Congress leaders Pawan Khera, P Chidambaram and Jairam Ramesh duirng a press conference after the CWC meeting.(PTI)
Updated on Sep 18, 2023 12:33 AM IST
By, Hyderabad

Congress leaders from Delhi, Punjab express reservation about poll pact with AAP

Congress president Mallikarjun Kharge has assured the party leaders that the state units will be consulted before taking any decision on poll pacts

Congress president Mallikarjun Kharge and former party chief Rahul Gandhi during the second day of the Congress Working Committee meeting in Hyderabad on Sunday. (PTI)
Published on Sep 17, 2023 07:14 PM IST

Removing BJP from power in 2024 will be true tribute to Mahatma Gandhi: Kharge

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

A meeting of the extended Congress Working Committee is currently underway in Hyderabad (Twitter/@INCIndia)
Updated on Sep 17, 2023 03:39 PM IST

CWC calls for reservation upper limit to be raised

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 President Mallikarjun Kharge and party leader Rahul Gandhi during the Congress Working Committee (CWC) meeting, at Taj Krishna in Hyderabad on Saturday. (ANI Photo)
Updated on Sep 16, 2023 11:49 PM IST
By, Hyderabad

Congress distances itself from Sanatana Dharma row

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 leader Jairam Ramesh along with party leaders P Chidambaram, Pawan Khera and Dr Vineet Punia address the media on the Congress Working Committee (CWC) meeting, in Hyderabad on Saturday (ANI)
Updated on Sep 17, 2023 05:00 AM IST

Cadre seeks relaunch of Bharat Jodo Yatra

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.

Rahul Gandhi along with party workers during the Bharat Jodo Yatra, in Nanded, India, on Tuesday, November 08, 2022. (Hindustan Times)
Updated on Sep 16, 2023 11:43 PM IST

‘BJP tarnishing India’s secular image’: Kharge at Congress' key meet

Starting the two-day Congress working committee (CWC) meeting, Kharge drew attention to “many serious internal challenges” that India faces today.

Hyderabad, Sep 16 (ANI): Congress President Mallikarjun Kharge with party leaders Rahul Gandhi and KC Venugopal at the Congress Working Committee (CWC) meeting, at Taj Krishna in Hyderabad on Saturday. (ANI Photo/Mohd Zakir)
(Mohd Zakir)
Updated on Sep 17, 2023 02:13 AM IST

Kharge attacks govt for diverting attention from basic issues by coining slogans

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.

Congress chief Mallikarjun Kharge with Congress leader Rahul Gandhi at CWC meeting in Hyderabad (Twitter/@kharge)
Updated on Sep 16, 2023 07:51 PM IST

Manipur, inflation and INDIA bloc in focus of Congress' key meet

The Congress Working Committee (CWC) will discuss election preparations, the Manipur situation, border issues with China, rising prices, and unemployment.

CWC’s first meeting to be held in poll-bound Telangana on September 16-17. (PTI)(HT_PRINT)
Updated on Sep 16, 2023 02:43 AM IST

HT Interview: If Oppn fights together, we are going to succeed, says Kharge

The 81-year-old is feeling quietly confident about the upcoming five state assembly polls

Mallikarjun Kharge (PTI)(HT_PRINT)
Updated on Sep 16, 2023 07:19 AM IST

INDIA group will edge BJP out in ’24: Kharge

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.

Mallikarjun Kharge (PTI)
Updated on Sep 15, 2023 11:58 PM IST

Adani, price rise top INDIA bloc’s agenda for special Parliament session

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.

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Updated on Sep 15, 2023 12:55 AM IST
By, New Delhi

INDIA bloc to begin seat parleys, hold joint rallies

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.

NCP chief Sharad Pawar, Congress leader KC Venugopal, AAP leader Raghav Chadha, Bihar Deputy CM Tejashwi Yadav, and other opposition leaders during the Coordination Committee meeting of Indian National Developmental Inclusive Alliance (INDIA).(PTI)
Updated on Sep 14, 2023 06:58 AM IST
By, New Delhi

Meeting of INDIA bloc’s key panel today, focus on seat-sharing formula

The INDIA group’s coordination committee is expected to discuss formulas for seat adjustments and set deadlines for state pacts between the opposition parties.

INDIA group’s coordination committee to hold its first meeting to set in motion alliance’s plan for 2024 elections on Wednesday. (PTI)
Updated on Sep 13, 2023 06:54 AM IST
By, New Delhi

3 Congress CMs likely to give today's G20 dinner a miss as Kharge not invited

At least three Congress chief ministers may skip the G20 dinner to be hosted at Bharat Mandapam on September 9 by President Droupadi Murmu.

Rajasthan chief minister Ashok Gehlot. (PTI)
Updated on Sep 09, 2023 04:36 AM IST
By, New Delhi

Part of special session is likely to be held in new Parliament building

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.

Lok Sabha officials said the new building is fully prepared for hosting the special session, the agenda for which is yet to be disclosed by the union government. (AFP)
Updated on Sep 08, 2023 04:38 AM IST

Sonia Gandhi writes to PM Modi, lists issues for special Parliament session

Congress Parliamentary Party chief Sonia Gandhi has written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, demanding discussions on nine issues in the special Parl session.

Congress parliamentary party chief Sonia Gandhi . (File photo)
Updated on Sep 07, 2023 04:44 AM IST
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