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

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Cross-voting dominates Rajya Sabha elections

Heavy cross-voting by Congress and other Opposition lawmakers turned the biennial Rajya Sabha elections into a thrilling contest.

Congress MLAs arrive in a bus to cast their votes for the Rajya Sabha elections, at Vidhana Soudha, in Bengaluru on Tuesday. (PTI)
Updated on Feb 28, 2024 01:51 AM IST

Dip in MGNREGA work since pandemic: Data

In the three years since the pandemic, the amount of work in the rural jobs guarantee programme has declined every financial year from 38.9 million person days in 2020-21 to 28 million in the year so far

For representational purposes only. (HT File Photo)
Published on Feb 27, 2024 10:18 AM IST
By, New Delhi

Amethi face-off as Rahul yatra reaches lost citadel

High-profile constituency of Amethi turned battleground as Rahul Gandhi faces off against Smriti Irani in first public rally since 2019 loss.

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi in Amethi on Monday. (PTI)
Updated on Feb 20, 2024 05:46 AM IST

Sonia Gandhi set to enter Rajya Sabha in big Congress shift

Sonia Gandhi will fill the seat that will fall vacant in April after former prime minister Manmohan Singh completes his Rajya Sabha tenure.

Congress Parliamentary Party Chairperson Sonia Gandhi along with party leaders Ashok Gehlot, Priyanka Gandhi, Sachin Pilot leaves after filing her nomination for the Rajya Sabha election, from Rajasthan, at the airport in Jaipur on Wednesday. (ANI)
Updated on Feb 15, 2024 01:30 AM IST
By, New Delhi

Sonia Gandhi to contest Rajya Sabha polls from Rajasthan

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

Former Congress president Sonia Gandhi in Jaipur on Wednesday. (PTI)
Updated on Feb 14, 2024 12:51 PM IST

29 likely to be elected to Rajya Sabha unopposed

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 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 (ANI)
Updated on Feb 14, 2024 04:47 AM IST
By, New Delhi

Landmark laws to breach, mapping journey of 17th Lok Sabha

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

Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla said 222 laws were passed in these five years in the Parliament. (AP)
Updated on Feb 13, 2024 08:02 AM IST

Covid proceedings, new House and key bills marked the 17th Lok Sabha

The 17th Lok Sabha abrogated Article 370, passed the long-pending women’s reservation bill and banned triple talaq

Prime Minister Narendra Modi speaks in the Lok Sabha during the Budget session of Parliament. (PTI)
Updated on Feb 11, 2024 04:22 AM IST

Pranab and Rao: Sidelined Congress stalwarts become Bharat Ratnas in BJP regime

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

This photo from HT archives shows then Prime Minister Narasimha Rao in discussion with Congress leader Pranab Mukherjee. (Sanjay Sharma/HT File Photo)
Published on Feb 09, 2024 07:50 PM IST

PM Modi-led panel clears names for Lokpal chief, vigilance commissioner

The Lokpal is currently headed by justice Pradip Kumar Mohanty, who is the acting chairperson. Of the two VC posts, one is vacant.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi(PTI)
Updated on Feb 08, 2024 04:39 AM IST

Interim budget: 5-year extension to PMAY rural; 20 million houses to be built

In the interim budget for the next financial year, the allocation for the PMAY-Grameen is ₹54,500 crore

According to government functionaries, a major share of the 20 million new houses is likely to be constructed in Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan. (HT Archive)
Updated on Feb 02, 2024 02:12 AM IST

PMAY-G scheme to continue for 5 years with target to build 20m more houses

In her interim budget speech, Sitharaman said the implementation of PMAY-G continued despite the challenges due to the Covid-19 pandemic

PMAY-G was launched in 2015 to provide 29.5 million houses with some basic amenities by 2024. (PTI)
Published on Feb 01, 2024 05:36 PM IST

Space to economy, Prez hails India’s growth areas

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

President Droupadi Murmu addresses the joint session of Parliament on the opening day of the Budget session, in New Delhi, on Wednesday. (PTI)
Updated on Feb 01, 2024 02:52 AM IST

56 RS seats go to polls on Feb 27; NDA to gain 2 seats, INDIA bloc 1

The Election Commission will hold polls for all 56 seats on February 27, and results will be announced the same day

The ruling BJP holds 28 of the 56 seats (including one seat left vacant by party lawmaker Kirodi Lal Meena who has become a minister in Rajasthan) (HT Archive)
Updated on Jan 30, 2024 04:11 AM IST

With return of JD(U) in its fold, NDA gains 5 MPs in Rajya Sabha

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.

BJP national president JP Nadda with Bihar Deputy Chief Ministers Samrat Choudhary and Vijay Sinha during a press conference at BJP office in Patna Bihar on Sunday. (Santosh Kumar/ HT)
Updated on Jan 29, 2024 08:00 AM IST
By, New Delhi

Architect to deserter: Nitish Kumar’s changing equation with INDIA

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.

Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar with Congress President Mallikarjun Kharge and party leader Rahul Gandhi during a meeting in April 2023 as part of the efforts to stitch an alliance against the NDA. (file)
Updated on Jan 29, 2024 08:54 AM IST

Congress hopes to find ‘middle path’ in Bengal as fissures widen in INDIA bloc

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.

West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee recently declared that her party will go solo in West Bengal and claimed that the Congress has rejected her offer of two seats. (PTI)
Updated on Jan 28, 2024 05:23 AM IST

Tradition revived: Murmu, Macron arrive in a buggy on Republic Day

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.

President Droupadi Murmu arrives for the parade with Emmanuel Macron in the presidential buggy on Friday. (PTI)
Updated on Jan 27, 2024 01:36 AM IST

Mallikarjun Kharge speaks to Mamata Banerjee in frantic bid to salvage alliance

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.

West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee. (ANI)
Updated on Jan 26, 2024 04:30 AM IST
By, New Delhi

INDIA bloc gets jolts in Bengal and Punjab as TMC, AAP rule out alliances

In both Punjab and West Bengal, the state Congress chiefs have been opposed to any alliance with the dominant regional party

A senior Congress leader involved in the seat negotiations with allies said, “The party leadership might reach out to Banerjee. But there is also resentment against Trinamool in the party unit.” (PTI)
Updated on Jan 25, 2024 04:11 AM IST
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Congress’s failure to reach out, Rahul’s comment irked Mamata Banerjee

A Congress leader involved in negotiations with allies said the party leadership might reach out to TMC leader Mamata Banerjee

The TMC is the largest ally of the Congress in the INDIA bloc. (HT PHOTO)
Published on Jan 24, 2024 03:02 PM IST

14 suspended Opposition MPs may attend upcoming budget session in Parliament

Amid the acrimony in the winter session, an unprecedented 146 opposition MPs were suspended between December 17 and 19

The Lok Sabha’s privileges committee has called a meeting on January 30 to adopt the draft report on the issue (ANI)
Updated on Jan 24, 2024 04:18 AM IST

Not Congress panel, TMC says it is open to talks with top brass

TMC has refused further negotiations with Congress' national alliance committee for an alliance in West Bengal, but is open to talks between top leadership.

Members of the INDIA alliance during a meeting in New Delhi on December 19, 2023.(Sanjeev Verma/ Hindustan Times)
Updated on Jan 12, 2024 04:07 AM IST

INDIA reaches ‘understanding’ for 40 Maharashtra seats, parleys for 8 still on

The Congress also held a formal meeting with ally Samajwadi Party (SP) for Uttar Pradesh.

Congress president Mallikarjun Kharge with party leader Rahul Gandhi and NCP chief Sharad Pawar at a protest of Indian National Developmental Inclusive Alliance at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi.(PTI)
Updated on Jan 10, 2024 04:14 AM IST
By, New Delhi

Cong, AAP begin seat-sharing negotiations for LS elections

The Congress leaders, however, told AAP representatives that their current mandate was limited to discussing seat sharing in Delhi

Congress and AAP leaders after the meeting in New Delhi on Monday (Raj K Raj/HT Photo)
Updated on Jan 09, 2024 04:31 AM IST
By, New Delhi

INDIA may take call on key posts in 10-15 days: Mallikarjun Kharge

The meeting is being planned amid a growing tussle within the opposition bloc for the post of convener

Congress president Mallikarjun Kharge, party leaders Rahul Gandhi, and KC Venugopal(ANI)
Updated on Jan 07, 2024 12:49 AM IST

Seat talks to start on Sunday with AAP and JD(U): Congress' Salman Khurshid

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.

Congress leader Salman Khurshid(ANI)
Updated on Jan 06, 2024 04:51 AM IST

Congress rebrands and expands Rahul Gandhi’s yatra; UP to be in focus

Gandhi will travel through 100 Lok Sabha constituencies across 110 districts and cover 1,074 kms in Uttar Pradesh over 11 days

Under the revised plan, the yatra will cover 15 states and 110 districts over 66 days, up from the earlier time period of 55 days (ANI File Photo)
Updated on Jan 05, 2024 08:30 AM IST
By, New Delhi

Seat talks with allies ‘without delay’: Congress

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.

Congress President Mallikarjun Kharge with party leaders Rahul Gandhi and Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, CPI(M) General Secretary Sitaram Yechury, NCP chief Sharad Pawar, DMK leader Tiruchi Siva, CPI General Secretary D. Raja and others during a protest of Indian National Developmental Inclusive Alliance (INDIA) at Jantar Mantar, in New Delhi,(PTI)
Updated on Jan 05, 2024 07:56 AM IST
By, New Delhi

UP, Gujarat likely to be focus of Rahul Gandhi’s Bharat Nyay Yatra

In Uttar Pradesh, which accounts for 80 Lok Sabha seats, the Congress has only one MP, Sonia Gandhi from Rae Bareli.

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi.
Updated on Jan 02, 2024 09:17 AM IST
By, New Delhi
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