Saubhadra Chatterji is Deputy Political Editor at the Hindustan Times. He writes on both politics and policies.
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High-profile constituency of Amethi turned battleground as Rahul Gandhi faces off against Smriti Irani in first public rally since 2019 loss.
Sonia Gandhi will fill the seat that will fall vacant in April after former prime minister Manmohan Singh completes his Rajya Sabha tenure.
The Congress is set to win 11 seats of Parliament’s upper House in the latest round of biennial elections to 56 Rajya Sabha seats on February 27
The polling will be held on February 27 and the results will be declared the same day. The last date of filing nomination is February 15.
The 17th Lok Sabha cleared landmark laws witnessed the 75th anniversary of Independence and the consecration of Ram Mandir, worked through the Covid-19 pandemic, and shifted to a new building
The 17th Lok Sabha abrogated Article 370, passed the long-pending women’s reservation bill and banned triple talaq
When Rao was arrested by Delhi Police in October 1996 on charges of corruption, it was Mukherjee’s wife Geeta who gave surety and secured his bail
The Lokpal is currently headed by justice Pradip Kumar Mohanty, who is the acting chairperson. Of the two VC posts, one is vacant.
In the interim budget for the next financial year, the allocation for the PMAY-Grameen is ₹54,500 crore
In her interim budget speech, Sitharaman said the implementation of PMAY-G continued despite the challenges due to the Covid-19 pandemic
India has transformed in the past decade, Murmu said, from a “fragile five” to a “top five” economy, with an increase in its tax base and exports
The Election Commission will hold polls for all 56 seats on February 27, and results will be announced the same day
Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar's decision to ally with the BJP will increase the ruling dispensation's numbers in the Rajya Sabha to 114 out of 238 members.
Nitish’s move lend a serious blow to the alliance’s prospects, especially in Bihar, the only Hindi-belt state where the INDIA allies were in power.
The Congress has expressed hope that the opposition INDIA bloc will fight as an alliance in West Bengal, despite recent tensions over seat-sharing agreements.
The buggy has been used on several occasions in recent years, but it was the first time since the 1984 Republic Day that the carriage was used on January 26.
Top political functionaries said that the two leaders spoke on both the seat-sharing impasse and Rahul Gandhi’s Bharat Jodo Nyay Yatra that has entered Bengal.
In both Punjab and West Bengal, the state Congress chiefs have been opposed to any alliance with the dominant regional party
A Congress leader involved in negotiations with allies said the party leadership might reach out to TMC leader Mamata Banerjee
Amid the acrimony in the winter session, an unprecedented 146 opposition MPs were suspended between December 17 and 19
TMC has refused further negotiations with Congress' national alliance committee for an alliance in West Bengal, but is open to talks between top leadership.
The Congress also held a formal meeting with ally Samajwadi Party (SP) for Uttar Pradesh.
The Congress leaders, however, told AAP representatives that their current mandate was limited to discussing seat sharing in Delhi
The meeting is being planned amid a growing tussle within the opposition bloc for the post of convener
The Congress leader emphasised that formula for seat sharing will vary from state to state and that the focus should be on the party's viability beyond 2024.
Gandhi will travel through 100 Lok Sabha constituencies across 110 districts and cover 1,074 kms in Uttar Pradesh over 11 days
Some allies, including the TMC, JD(U), AAP, and Shiv Sena, are growing impatient with the Congress's delay in finalizing the seat-sharing pact.
In Uttar Pradesh, which accounts for 80 Lok Sabha seats, the Congress has only one MP, Sonia Gandhi from Rae Bareli.
Parliament's winter session ended Dec 29, proroguing Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha, concluding the suspension of 132 MPs as it was session-specific.
During the internal discussions, the quality of seats, the current political situation, the depleted strength of allies in some areas were among the issues that had come up