Saubhadra Chatterji

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

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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

Nava Raipur: Congress leader Rahul Gandhi addresses the Congress' 85th Plenary session on its 3rd day, in Nava Raipur, Sunday, Feb. 26, 2023. (PTI Photo)(PTI02_26_2023_000102A)(PTI)
Updated on Feb 27, 2023 12:37 AM IST

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

Congress Parliamentary Party chairperson Sonia Gandhi and party chief Mallikarjun Kharge at the 85th Plenary Session of Congress, in Raipur on Friday. (ANI)(HT_PRINT)
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”

Congress president Mallikarjun Kharge with senior party leader Sonia Gandhi during the 85th Plenary Session of the Indian National Congress, in Raipur, Saturday, Feb. 25, 2023.(PTI)
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.”

The 85th Plenary Session of the Indian National Congress began Friday in Raipur (Twitter/@IYC)
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

The Congress’ 85th plenary session entered its second day in Chhattisgarh’s Raipur on Saturday. (PTI)
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

The 85th Plenary Session of the Indian National Congress (Twitter/@VikrantBhuria)
Updated on Feb 25, 2023 12:27 PM IST
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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.

Chhattisgarh chief minister Bhupesh Baghel with Congress chief Mallikarjun Kharge in Raipur on Friday. (ANI)
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.

Chhattisgarh chief minister Bhupesh Baghel with Congress chief Mallikarjun Kharge in Raipur on Friday. (ANI)
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.

Congress president Mallikarjun Kharge waves upon his arrival at Raipur airport in Chattisgarh on Thursday. (PTI)
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

Congress leaders protesting on the tarmac. (PTI)
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.

Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar.
Updated on Feb 21, 2023 04:07 AM IST
By, New Delhi

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”

KC Venugopal, Congress general secretary in charge of organisation, says the party knows its role “very well” and its sole objective is to bring down the Lok Sabha tally of the Bharatiya Janata Party (Amal KS/HT PHOTO)
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.

On November 25, 2021, 12 out of 17 Congress MLAs of Meghalaya, including former chief minister Mukul Sangma. (ANI)
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

The remark of the Supreme Court will definitely have an impact on the ongoing talks, an official involved in the talks said. (ANI)
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.

On April 15 last year, the Congress announced major changes in the organisation with the setting up of an Election Management Department (a key suggestion of pollster Prashant Kishor) to fight polls more efficiently and a task force to drive the process of internal reforms. (ANI)
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

Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla said the opposition should be ‘positive, constructive and in the direction of ensuring accountability in governance’. (ANI)
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.

Opposition MPs raise slogans in the well of Rajya Sabha, in New Delhi on Monday. (ANI)
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.

Opposition MPs stage a walkout in the Rajya Sabha during the Budget Session of Parliament, in New Delhi on Friday. (ANI)
Published on Feb 13, 2023 12:08 AM IST
By, New Delhi

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.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi replies to the Motion of Thanks on the President's address in the Rajya Sabha during Budget Session of Parliament (PTI)
Updated on Feb 10, 2023 05:07 AM IST
By, New Delhi

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.

Rajya Sabha chairman Jagdeep Dhankhar conducts the proceedings of the House during the Budget Session of Parliament, in New Delhi on Monday. (ANI)
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.

The Congress party has called a meeting of opposition outfits on Monday morning to take everyone on board. (PTI)
Updated on Feb 06, 2023 09:32 AM IST
By, New Delhi

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.

Both Houses were adjourned on Friday as the Opposition joined ranks to demand a discussion on the Adani group row. (PTI)
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.

Congress MP P Chidambaram arrives at Parliament on Thursday. (ANI)
Published on Feb 03, 2023 12:05 AM IST
By, New Delhi

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.

Opposition parties during a meeting in the chamber of Congress president Mallikarjun Kharge on Thursday. (ANI)
Published on Feb 03, 2023 12:00 AM IST
By, New Delhi

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

Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge, Sanjay Singh (AAP ) with other opposition party leaders address the media at Vijay Chowk on Thursday. (HT Photo/Raj K Raj)
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”.

Union finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman at a post-budget press conference in New Delhi on Wednesday (PTI)
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

The Centre shelled out <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>1.10 lakh crore and <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>97,000 crore in the pandemic-hit FY2021 and FY2022 respectively before demand started to wane as the economy opened up. (PTI File)
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

Union finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman in New Delhi on Wednesday. (Raj K Raj/ HT Photo)
Updated on Feb 01, 2023 06:47 PM IST
By, New Delhi

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

PMAY-G is among the most popular social welfare schemes. (PTI)
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.

New Delhi, Jan 31 (ANI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union Minister Piyush Goyal and other dignitaries during President Droupadi Murmu's address to the joint session of Parliament, in New Delhi on Tuesday. (ANI Photo) (ANI)
Updated on Feb 01, 2023 12:54 AM IST
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