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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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
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
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
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.
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
Why no function on 100 years of Nagpur session, ask Congress leaders as party plans ‘selfie with Tiranga’ on its foundation day
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
Published on Dec 24, 2020 10:01 AM 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.
Updated on Dec 23, 2020 08:01 PM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi/Jaipur | ByAurangzeb Naqshbandi, Sachin Saini
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.
Updated on Dec 23, 2020 04:53 AM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | BySunetra Choudhury and Aurangzeb Naqshbandi
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.
Published on Dec 21, 2020 06:05 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.
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
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.
Congress won just four of the 37 seats it contested. The ruling BJP swept the polls, winning 33 out of 49 seats
The move is largely aimed at checking infighting in states and uniting warring factions, a Congress functionary said on condition of anonymity.
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.
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
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.
Congress cracks whip on dissenters, Jharkhand leader issued show-cause notice for remarks against Rahul Gandhi, RPN Singh
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
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
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.
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
A Congress functionary said Bihar leaders felt slighted after the central team completely took over the party’s election management from the state leadership.
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.
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.
Updated on Nov 08, 2020 12:38 AM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi/ Patna | BySubhash Pathak, Aurangzeb Naqshbandi and Smriti Kak Ramachandran
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’.
Updated on Nov 07, 2020 07:12 AM IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi | BySmriti Kak Ramachandran and Aurangzeb Naqshbandi
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
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.
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
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
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