Saubhadra Chatterji is Deputy Political Editor at the Hindustan Times. He writes on both politics and policies.
Articles by Saubhadra Chatterji
Will keep raising Adani issue till truth comes out: Rahul
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Sunday mounted a fresh attack on the Bharatiya Janata Party-led government over the Adani-Hindenburg row, likening the Adani conglomerate with the British East India Company, and accusing Prime Minister Narendra Modi of being “united” with the group chairman
Updated on Feb 27, 2023 12:37 AM IST
BySaubhadra Chatterji, Ritesh Mishra, Raipur
New law against hate crimes, call for alliance part of Congress resolution
With a series of assembly polls this year and the Lok Sabha election in 2024, the resolution announced a new vision document for the national election and “the widest possible consensus” with all like-minded political parties to take up the issue of EVMs with the Election Commission of India
Updated on Feb 26, 2023 04:24 AM IST
Happy to end innings with Bharat Jodo: Sonia
Former Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Saturday declared that “victory will be ours” as she urged a 15,000-strong audience at the party’s plenary in Raipur to tackle the “regime with boldness and vigour”
Updated on Feb 26, 2023 12:45 AM IST
Congress’ resolution proposes new economic performance metric
Ahead of the 2024 Lok Sabha poll, the draft economic resolution, to be adopted in the plenary, promised that the party will “herald a new beginning, just as we did in 1991, involving all sections of people in nation-building.”
Published on Feb 25, 2023 02:49 PM IST
Congress to go all out on alliance, promises to amend anti-defection law
The Congress has proposed to amend the Constitution to eliminate toppling of elected governments through purchasing legislators
Updated on Feb 25, 2023 02:29 PM IST
Congress to propose legislation against hate crime, religious discrimination
Congress members, on conditions of anonymity, added that the proposed law will also be a part of the party’s manifesto for the 2024 General elections
Updated on Feb 25, 2023 12:27 PM IST
BySaubhadra ChatterjiSaubhadra Chatterji
Congress seeks quota overhaul in EWS, party
The Congress party will push for inclusion of Scheduled Castes (SCs), Scheduled Tribes (STs), Other Backward Classes (OBCs) and minorities in the economically weaker sections (EWS) quota launched by the Narendra Modi government in 2019 through a Constitutional amendment.
Updated on Feb 25, 2023 12:17 AM IST
No elections for Congress Working Committee, Kharge to nominate members
The Congress’s steering committee decided against holding elections to the party’s highest executive body, the Congress Working Committee, and empowered party president Mallikarjun Kharge to nominate the members.
Published on Feb 25, 2023 12:14 AM IST
Coalition push, economic plan focus of Congress Plenary Session 2023
A fresh push for coalition politics and alliances led by the Congress, a new economic vision, and an all-encompassing reservation policy for the organisation are on the agenda of the Congress’s 85th plenary session, aimed to prepare the party for the 2024 Lok Sabha polls and an upcoming round of assembly elections.
Updated on Feb 24, 2023 05:21 AM IST
‘Your bag has a wrong tag’: How Pawan Khera was taken into custody
But when Khera disembarked, a Delhi Police team waiting outside told him he cannot fly out of the city, and prompted Congress leaders travelling with him to stage a sit-in on the tarmac
Updated on Feb 23, 2023 05:17 PM IST
Nitish plans Opposition meeting on day of Congress plenary
Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar’s decision to call a meeting of the ruling Mahagathbandhan (grand alliance) partners on February 25 has made the central leadership of the Congress uncomfortable as the date coincides with the all-important 85th plenary of the All India Congress Committee.
Updated on Feb 21, 2023 04:07 AM IST
Congress set to play a bigger role in Oppn unity, says Venugopal
New Delhi There could be no opposition unity in the 2024 general elections without the Congress, the party said on Sunday, adding that it has started a “clear-cut initiative” to bring all like-minded outfits on a common platform, asserting that it will “play its role in a bigger manner”
Published on Feb 20, 2023 12:04 AM IST
Meghalaya polls to test TMC’s expansion plan
West Bengal’s ruling party has won three consecutive assembly polls in its home, but its ambition of expanding beyond Bengal to consolidate its position as a key political outfit has faced challenges.
Published on Feb 19, 2023 01:36 AM IST
SC remark brings in focus call for clarity on Speaker’s role on disqualification issue
The Supreme Court had remarked that a Speaker of a legislative body, and not a court, should be the first forum for deciding disqualification issues
Published on Feb 19, 2023 01:28 AM IST
Congress yet to enact key changes proposed at Udaipur chintan shivir
A senior Congress leader said that it is possible that “the panels will be formed after the AICC plenary”. The Congress plenary is scheduled from February 24 in Raipur.
Published on Feb 17, 2023 12:55 AM IST
MPs should not make baseless allegations: Om Birla
The Lok Sabha speaker also said that one cannot become the “best legislator” by resorting to sloganeering and disrupting the House in a planned manner
Published on Feb 16, 2023 12:44 AM IST
Parliament: First part of Budget session ends amid ruckus, to resume in March
The session will resume on March 13 after a month-long break to allow the standing committees to scrutinise the Budget proposals of the respective ministries.
Updated on Feb 14, 2023 02:36 AM IST
BySaubhadra Chatterji and Smriti Kak Ramachandran, New Delhi
Expunging of remarks a new flash point between govt, Opposition
The Congress’s continued protests against the expunging of remarks made by party president Mallikarjun Kharge and MP Rahul Gandhi highlight a new tension between the Opposition and the government over expunged statements—a process that has not come in for criticism earlier.
Published on Feb 13, 2023 12:08 AM IST
Non-stop chants by Opposition during PM Modi’s Rajya Sabha reply
A number of Opposition MPs came to the Well of the Rajya Sabha and started shouting slogans to demand that the PM replies to one of their key issues -- the stock crash of the Adani Group companies and its fallout on common investor.
Updated on Feb 10, 2023 05:07 AM IST
Oppn not on same page over Prez speech debate
According to a senior Opposition leader, the plan to participate in the discussions had already been finalised in their floor strategy meeting last Thursday.
Published on Feb 07, 2023 12:25 AM IST
After ruckus, Parliament likely to discuss President’s speech today
Opposition leaders indicated that on Monday morning, protests are likely to continue for the first half, but they want discussions to start from 2pm.
Updated on Feb 06, 2023 09:32 AM IST
Centre has nothing to do with Adani issue: Minister
Union finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman too spoke on the issue on Friday, saying in a TV interview that Indian markets were “well regulated” and she did not expect the controversy around Adani to affect investor confidence.
Published on Feb 03, 2023 11:55 PM IST
BySaubhadra Chatterji and Smriti Kak Ramachandran
Chidambaram gets front-row seat in Rajya Sabha
Former Union finance minister P Chidambaram has been allotted a seat in the front row in the latest reshuffle of sitting arrangements in Rajya Sabha.
Published on Feb 03, 2023 12:05 AM IST
Hindenburg report on Adani: Opposition plans joint attack on govt with focus on SBI, LIC
More than 20 Opposition parties on Thursday decided to raise the crisis surrounding the Adani Group during the debate on the President’s speech scheduled to begin on February 13.
Published on Feb 03, 2023 12:00 AM IST
Oppn unites for coordinated attack on govt over Adani crisis fallout on SBI, LIC
The Opposition leaders also decided to protest at the Gandhi statue in the Parliament complex on Friday demanding that allegations of fraud against the Adani Group be investigated
Updated on Feb 02, 2023 10:49 PM IST
FM renews Centre’s outreach to states, continues 50-yr interest free loan
The government also announced in the Budget that “states will be allowed a fiscal deficit of 3.5% of GSDP (Gross State Domestic Product) of which 0.5% will be tied to power sector reforms”.
Updated on Feb 02, 2023 12:43 AM IST
MGNREGS allocation reduces by 33% to ₹60,000 crore in Union Budget
An official justified the lower outlay for the flagship rural scheme, saying the number of people demanding work under MGNREGS was trending around pre-pandemic levels between July and November 2022
Updated on Feb 02, 2023 03:10 AM IST
Government hikes rural housing budget to ₹54,487 crore
According to the rural development ministry data, 21.2 million houses have been constructed and another 8.3 million houses need to be built by March 2024
Updated on Feb 01, 2023 06:47 PM IST
Union Budget: Allocation for housing scheme for rural poor increased by 12%
The new houses under Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana-Gramin come with power, cooking gas, and water connections
Published on Feb 01, 2023 05:13 PM IST
Union Budget 2023: Centre plans to table 19 bills during the session
The first half of the session, scheduled till February 13, will be primarily spent on discussing the President’s address to the joint sitting of both Houses and the Budget, and, according to functionaries familiar with the matter, could end on February 10.
Updated on Feb 01, 2023 12:54 AM IST