Aurangzeb Naqshbandi

Aurangzeb Naqshbandi

Aurangzeb Naqshbandi covers politics and keeps a close watch on developments in Jammu & Kashmir. He has been a journalist for 16 years.

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Youth Congress members collect soil for the nationwide campaign titled Ek Mutthi Mitti Shaheedon Ke Naam. (Photo: Sourced)
Youth Congress members collect soil for the nationwide campaign titled Ek Mutthi Mitti Shaheedon Ke Naam. (Photo: Sourced)

Farmers’ protest: Youth Congress collects soil for India’s map as a tribute

PUBLISHED ON JAN 14, 2021 08:55 AM IST
During the campaign from Kashmir to Kanyakumari, the soil will be collected, especially from villages and home towns of the 65 farmers, who have lost their lives during the agitation
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Congress leader Rahul Gandhi. (File photo)
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi. (File photo)

Rahul Gandhi to attend Jallikattu in Madurai on January 14

UPDATED ON JAN 12, 2021 01:27 PM IST
With this, Gandhi will also kick off the party’s campaign for the upcoming assembly elections in Tamil Nadu, where the Congress is in alliance with the DMK
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Congress leader Rahul Gandhi. (Sanjeev Verma/HT PHOTO)
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi. (Sanjeev Verma/HT PHOTO)

Congress panel waits for Rahul Gandhi’s return to finalise internal poll schedule

PUBLISHED ON JAN 12, 2021 09:30 AM IST
At Sonia Gandhi’s meeting with dissenters and other senior leaders at her 10, Janpath residence on December 19, there was a renewed call for Rahul Gandhi to return as the party chief
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The CWC has not witnessed any election in over two decades now.(Reuters)
The CWC has not witnessed any election in over two decades now.(Reuters)

Congress to firm up poll plan in January

By Aurangzeb Naqshbandi | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 27, 2020 05:07 AM IST
A member of the central election authority (CEA) said the panel was to announce the schedule by December-end but got delayed as efforts to build consensus on the presidential candidate are still on.
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A Congress delegation, led by Rahul Gandhi, met the President and submitted a memorandum along with 20 million signatures collected in the past three months against the three laws.(Source: INC)
A Congress delegation, led by Rahul Gandhi, met the President and submitted a memorandum along with 20 million signatures collected in the past three months against the three laws.(Source: INC)

Rahul Gandhi meets Prez over farm laws, says India an ‘imaginary democracy’

By Aurangzeb Naqshbandi | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 24, 2020 05:08 PM IST
The Delhi Police did not allow Congress general secretary in-charge of Uttar Pradesh, Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, and some other leaders to proceed to the Rashtrapati Bhawan and took them into preventive custody
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Representational Photo.(Raj K Raj/HT PHOTO)
Representational Photo.(Raj K Raj/HT PHOTO)

Why no function on 100 years of Nagpur session, ask Congress leaders as party plans ‘selfie with Tiranga’ on its foundation day

By Aurangzeb Naqshbandi | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON DEC 24, 2020 10:01 AM IST
The Congress at the session debated and adopted a resolution steered by Mahatma Gandhi for Poorna Swaraj (complete independence) from the British through non-violence and non-cooperation
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File photo: Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot.(HT Photo)
File photo: Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot.(HT Photo)

‘Much-awaited cabinet reshuffle in Rajasthan delayed further’: Congress leaders

By Aurangzeb Naqshbandi, Sachin Saini | Hindustan Times, New Delhi/Jaipur
UPDATED ON DEC 23, 2020 08:01 PM IST
The fragile truce between warring chief minister Ashok Gehlot and his former deputy Sachin Pilot may have given some respite to the Congress leadership but the infighting in the state unit is far from over.
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Congress leaders Pawan Bansal, Prithviraj Chavan and Harish Rawat after a meeting with party’s Interim President Sonia Gandhi, in New Delhi.(PTI photo)
Congress leaders Pawan Bansal, Prithviraj Chavan and Harish Rawat after a meeting with party’s Interim President Sonia Gandhi, in New Delhi.(PTI photo)

Amid rumblings in Congress, dissenters stress on need for hands-on chief

By Sunetra Choudhury and Aurangzeb Naqshbandi | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 23, 2020 04:53 AM IST
Termed an icebreaker, this was the first in-person interaction amid the Covid-19 pandemic between representatives of the group of dissenters and Sonia Gandhi and other party leaders.
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Gohil, along with Gujarat in-charge Rajeev Satav, had on November 17 offered his resignations to a special panel formed in August o assist Congress president Sonia Gandhi on organisational matters.(Ravi Choudhary/HT file photo)
Gohil, along with Gujarat in-charge Rajeev Satav, had on November 17 offered his resignations to a special panel formed in August o assist Congress president Sonia Gandhi on organisational matters.(Ravi Choudhary/HT file photo)

Shaktisinh Gohil wants Cong to relieve him of duties in Bihar, Delhi

By Aurangzeb Naqshbandi | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON DEC 21, 2020 06:05 AM IST
Gohil, 60, had tested positive for Covid-19 on November 6 in the midst of Bihar assembly elections. On December 3, the senior Congress leader announced on social media that he was being treated for post-Covid complications.
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Rajasthan chief minister Ashok Gehlot along with Congress leaders Ambika Soni and AK Antony after a meeting with party's Interim President Sonia Gandhi, in New Delhi on December 19, 2020.(PTI Photo)
Rajasthan chief minister Ashok Gehlot along with Congress leaders Ambika Soni and AK Antony after a meeting with party's Interim President Sonia Gandhi, in New Delhi on December 19, 2020.(PTI Photo)

Sonia Gandhi holds meeting for ‘rapprochement’

By Aurangzeb Naqshbandi | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 20, 2020 02:57 AM IST
The meeting took place following a late-night huddle between some of the dissenting leaders following comments by party general secretary Randeep Singh Surjewala who said on Friday that there were no issues pending after the party kicked off the process of organisational elections.
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Sonia Gandhi at a Congress Working Committee ( CWC ) meeting at the party headquarters in New Delhi in December 2017.(Sonu Mehta/HT FILE PHOTO)
Sonia Gandhi at a Congress Working Committee ( CWC ) meeting at the party headquarters in New Delhi in December 2017.(Sonu Mehta/HT FILE PHOTO)

Sonia Gandhi meets section of Congress dissenters, looks to end crisis

By Aurangzeb Naqshbandi | New Delhi, Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON DEC 19, 2020 12:40 PM IST
An internal crisis in the party erupted after a group of 23 signatories wrote to the Congress president in August, seeking full-time and active leadership and introspection behind the “steady decline” of the 135-year-old organisation
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A Congress functionary said the first in-person meeting between the party chief Sonia Gandhi and senior leaders during the Covid-19 pandemic could extend to Sunday as well.(ANI File Photo)
A Congress functionary said the first in-person meeting between the party chief Sonia Gandhi and senior leaders during the Covid-19 pandemic could extend to Sunday as well.(ANI File Photo)

Sonia Gandhi calls Congress strategy meet tomorrow, dissenters to attend

By Aurangzeb Naqshbandi | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 18, 2020 11:45 AM IST
In her upcoming meetings, Sonia Gandhi is expected to discuss the party’s dismal show in the assembly polls in Bihar and by-polls to 58 seats in 11 states apart from the setbacks in the local bodies’ elections in Rajasthan, a state ruled by the Congress, ane Telangana, Goa, Kerala and Bodoland Territorial Council (BTC) in Assam.
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Representational Image.(HT file)
Representational Image.(HT file)

Goa Congress chief resigns after party’s rout in zila parishad polls

By Aurangzeb Naqshbandi | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 17, 2020 08:26 AM IST
Congress won just four of the 37 seats it contested. The ruling BJP swept the polls, winning 33 out of 49 seats
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The Congress leadership has asked the state incharges to start the consensus-building exercise across the country.(AP)
The Congress leadership has asked the state incharges to start the consensus-building exercise across the country.(AP)

Congress seeks local leaders’ advice on state heads

By Aurangzeb Naqshbandi | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 14, 2020 05:05 AM IST
The move is largely aimed at checking infighting in states and uniting warring factions, a Congress functionary said on condition of anonymity.
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The top three candidates with maximum enrolment will be called for an interview and the final selection will be based on ideology and previous organisational work, according to the Youth Congress website.(Arabinda Mahapatra/File Photo)
The top three candidates with maximum enrolment will be called for an interview and the final selection will be based on ideology and previous organisational work, according to the Youth Congress website.(Arabinda Mahapatra/File Photo)

Youth Congress scraps internal polls for president selection

By Aurangzeb Naqshbandi | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 10, 2020 08:14 AM IST
The Youth Congress has abolished the electoral-college and secret ballot methods and devised a new format that is based on membership enrolment to elect its state unit chiefs, one of the functionaries said.
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Haryana chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar and his deputy and JJP leader Dushyant Chautala. In the 90-member Haryana assembly, the BJP has 40 legislators, JJP 10, and Congress 31.(File photo)
Haryana chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar and his deputy and JJP leader Dushyant Chautala. In the 90-member Haryana assembly, the BJP has 40 legislators, JJP 10, and Congress 31.(File photo)

Congress monitoring developments in BJP-JJP ties in Haryana over farmers’ agitation

By Aurangzeb Naqshbandi | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 04, 2020 11:03 AM IST
Upbeat over its victory in the Baroda by-poll, the Congress has decided to keep a close watch on the developments and not get “actively involved” in bringing down the Manohar Lal Khattar government
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In this file picture from 2019, Congress leader Ahmed Patel flanked by KC Venugopal Rao and Mallikarjun Kharge (R) addresses a press conference, in Mumbai.(PTI)
In this file picture from 2019, Congress leader Ahmed Patel flanked by KC Venugopal Rao and Mallikarjun Kharge (R) addresses a press conference, in Mumbai.(PTI)

Ahmed Patel: Congress’ chief trouble shooter and master strategist is no more

By Aurangzeb Naqshbandi | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON NOV 25, 2020 11:39 AM IST
Ahmed Patel had been the chief crisis manager, the key trouble shooter, the go-to man in emergency situations and a master strategist for the Congress for decades.
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Furqan Ansari questioned Rahul Gandhi’s campaigning in Bihar. He also claimed that the people working in Rahul Gandhi’s office and his advisors were mainly MBA graduates.(PTI)
Furqan Ansari questioned Rahul Gandhi’s campaigning in Bihar. He also claimed that the people working in Rahul Gandhi’s office and his advisors were mainly MBA graduates.(PTI)

Congress cracks whip on dissenters, Jharkhand leader issued show-cause notice for remarks against Rahul Gandhi, RPN Singh

By Aurangzeb Naqshbandi | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON NOV 19, 2020 06:37 PM IST
Differences in the Congress have surfaced again after the results of assembly elections in Bihar and bypolls in several states, including Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Karnataka and Uttar Pradesh
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Tejashwi Yadav and other Mahagathbandhan leaders during the release of their manifesto ahead of Bihar assembly election in Patna, in October.(HT Photo)
Tejashwi Yadav and other Mahagathbandhan leaders during the release of their manifesto ahead of Bihar assembly election in Patna, in October.(HT Photo)

Exit of smaller parties dented Mahagathbandhan’s chances of regaining power in Bihar

By Aurangzeb Naqshbandi | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON NOV 18, 2020 09:19 AM IST
Out of the 40 Lok Sabha seats in Bihar, only the Congress from the opposition grouping managed to win a seat. The NDA, comprising BJP, Janata Dal (United), and Lok Janashakti Party, won the remaining 39 seats
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Congress has lost 12 of its legislators to the BJP, which has reduced its strength to 65. On the other hand, the BJP has increased its tally to 111.(AP-Photo)
Congress has lost 12 of its legislators to the BJP, which has reduced its strength to 65. On the other hand, the BJP has increased its tally to 111.(AP-Photo)

Congress back to Square One in Gujarat

By Aurangzeb Naqshbandi | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON NOV 13, 2020 05:06 AM IST
In December 2017, the party restricted the BJP to 99 seats, its lowest tally in the state in 22 years and also registered its best performance in two decades, winning 77.
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Congress general secretary Randeep Singh Surjewala addressing a press conference at Scada Business Centre, in Patna.(Santosh Kumar/ Hindustan Times)
Congress general secretary Randeep Singh Surjewala addressing a press conference at Scada Business Centre, in Patna.(Santosh Kumar/ Hindustan Times)

Poor selection, parachuting leaders spelled Cong debacle

By Aurangzeb Naqshbandi | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON NOV 13, 2020 03:00 AM IST
Apart from sidelining of state leadership, choice of seats, poor selection of candidates and lack of coordination with partners identified as key reasons for defeat
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Bihar Pradesh Congress President Madan Mohan Jha addresses a press conference at party office, in Patna.(PTI)
Bihar Pradesh Congress President Madan Mohan Jha addresses a press conference at party office, in Patna.(PTI)

Sidelining of state leaders could have led to Congress’ drubbing

By Aurangzeb Naqshbandi | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON NOV 12, 2020 09:27 AM IST
A Congress functionary said Bihar leaders felt slighted after the central team completely took over the party’s election management from the state leadership.
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Congress and RJD party supporters holding poster sitting during havan for the victory of the party in the Bihar Assembly elections and by-polls, in Kanpur on Tuesday. (ANI Photo)
Congress and RJD party supporters holding poster sitting during havan for the victory of the party in the Bihar Assembly elections and by-polls, in Kanpur on Tuesday. (ANI Photo)

Bihar Assembly Election 2020: Congress’s poor show hurts allies, party says fought tough seats

By Aurangzeb Naqshbandi | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON NOV 11, 2020 06:18 AM IST
Considered a “weak link” in the GA and despite piggybacking on the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD), the Congress could not match its performance of the 2015 assembly elections. It had then contested 41 seats and won 27.
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RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav addresses an election campaign rally for Assembly polls, at Bochha in Muzaffarpur district of Bihar, Thursday.(PTI)
RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav addresses an election campaign rally for Assembly polls, at Bochha in Muzaffarpur district of Bihar, Thursday.(PTI)

Bihar Assembly Election 2020: Exit polls give edge to RJD-led alliance

By Subhash Pathak, Aurangzeb Naqshbandi and Smriti Kak Ramachandran | Hindustan Times, New Delhi/ Patna
UPDATED ON NOV 08, 2020 12:38 AM IST
Five of eight major exit polls backed the GA – comprising the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD), Congress and three Left parties – to outpace the NDA and cross the majority mark of 122 in the 243-member assembly.
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar wave at party supporters during an election rally, ahead of the Lok Sabha polls, in Bhagalpur, Bihar on Thursday, April 11,2019.(Photo by Santosh Kumar/Hindustan Times)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar wave at party supporters during an election rally, ahead of the Lok Sabha polls, in Bhagalpur, Bihar on Thursday, April 11,2019.(Photo by Santosh Kumar/Hindustan Times)

NDA, Grand Alliance confident of win as smaller factions eye inroads

By Smriti Kak Ramachandran and Aurangzeb Naqshbandi | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON NOV 07, 2020 07:12 AM IST
The NDA comprises the Janata Dal (United), the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), the Hindustani Awam Morcha-Secular (HAM-S) of former chief minister Jitan Ram Manjhi and the Vikassheel Insaan Party (VIP) of Mukesh Sahani, popularly known as ‘Son of Mallah’.
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Representational Image.
Representational Image.

Maharashtra: Internal tussle in Congress delays legislative council nominations

By Aurangzeb Naqshbandi | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON NOV 04, 2020 01:01 PM IST
The Congress has finalised its three names – Rajni Patil, Sachin Sawant and Muzaffar Hussain – and is now trying to resolve its internal tussle over the fourth seat
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Congress leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury questioned the inclusion of journalist Uday Mahurkar in the list of probable candidates for the information commissioner’s post(ANI File Photo)
Congress leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury questioned the inclusion of journalist Uday Mahurkar in the list of probable candidates for the information commissioner’s post(ANI File Photo)

Congress alleges violations in Central Information Commission selection

By Aurangzeb Naqshbandi | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON OCT 30, 2020 02:11 AM IST
Congress’s Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury alleged that transparency was not followed in the selection process and the apex court guidelines were violated by the government by not making public the names of the shortlisted candidates and the criteria for their selection.
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The Wall Street Journal report in August suggested Facebook was going easy on hate speeches by BJP members and triggered a controversy.(REUTERS File)
The Wall Street Journal report in August suggested Facebook was going easy on hate speeches by BJP members and triggered a controversy.(REUTERS File)

‘Demonstrate neutrality’: Congress welcomes Facebook’s India leadership change

By Aurangzeb Naqshbandi | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON OCT 29, 2020 12:38 PM IST
The Congress in August wrote to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and called for an inquiry into a report suggesting the social media company was biased towards the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party in censoring hate speech
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The crowd during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s election campaign rally in Sasaram, Bihar, on October 23.(HT Photo)
The crowd during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s election campaign rally in Sasaram, Bihar, on October 23.(HT Photo)

Campaigning for phase-2 of Bihar polls begins; Modi, Rahul to address rallies today

By Aurangzeb Naqshbandi | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON OCT 28, 2020 09:57 AM IST
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address meetings in Darbhanga, Muzaffarpur, and Patna, where voting will be held in the second phase of balloting on November 3; Rahul Gandhi will address public meetings in West Champaran and Darbhanga
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Congress interim president Sonia Gandhi.(ANI File)
Congress interim president Sonia Gandhi.(ANI File)

After Bihar Assembly Election 2020, another reshuffle in Congress on the cards

By Aurangzeb Naqshbandi | Hindstan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON OCT 21, 2020 10:39 AM IST
In September this year, the Congress president announced major organisational changes, revamping the party’s highest decision-making body, the Congress Working Committee, and removing some key faces as general secretaries
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