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Congress MP Anand Sharma at Parliament House complex.(PTI File Photo)

'Unfortunate': Anand Sharma on Adhir Chowdhury's retort over ISF alliance tweet

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Amit Chaturvedi
PUBLISHED ON MAR 02, 2021 05:38 PM IST
In a tweet on Monday, Sharma, the Congress' deputy leader in the Rajya Sabha, accused the party’s Bengal president and its leader in the Lok Sabha Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury of diluting its core ideology and the secularism upheld by Gandhi and Nehru.
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Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad gestures on his retirement as the Rajya Sabha member during the budget session of Parliament, in New Delhi on Tuesday.(ANI Photo)
Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad gestures on his retirement as the Rajya Sabha member during the budget session of Parliament, in New Delhi on Tuesday.(ANI Photo)

Who could replace Azad as Leader of Opposition in RS? List of probables

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Amit Chaturvedi
PUBLISHED ON FEB 09, 2021 02:56 PM IST
The Congress, however, is keen to bring Azad back to the Upper House. A senior party leader, who did not wish to be named, earlier told HT that Azad could be nominated from Kerala in April.
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Farmers protest against farm laws at Singhu Border in New Delhi, (ANI Photo)
Farmers protest against farm laws at Singhu Border in New Delhi, (ANI Photo)

News updates from HT: Farmers forced to fight for justice, says Congress

By hindustantimes.com, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON FEB 05, 2021 01:47 PM IST
Here are today’s top news, analysis, and opinion. Know all about the latest news and other news updates from Hindustan Times.
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Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI) Dr V G Somani addresses a press conference to announce the approval of Oxford Covid-19 vaccine Covishield, manufactured by the Serum Institute, and indigenously developed Covaxin of Bharat Biotech for restricted emergency use in the country, in New Delhi.(PTI)
Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI) Dr V G Somani addresses a press conference to announce the approval of Oxford Covid-19 vaccine Covishield, manufactured by the Serum Institute, and indigenously developed Covaxin of Bharat Biotech for restricted emergency use in the country, in New Delhi.(PTI)

Cong, BJP trade barbs over Indian vaccine’s DCGI nod

By HTC and Agencies | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON JAN 04, 2021 03:59 AM IST
India’s drugs regulator DCGI on Sunday approved Oxford’s Covid-19 vaccine, Covishield, and Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin for restricted emergency use.
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Anand Sharma was a part of the group of 23 dissenters who wrote to party president Sonia Gandhi earlier this year, seeking a complete overhaul of the organisation within Congress.(ANI Twitter)
Anand Sharma was a part of the group of 23 dissenters who wrote to party president Sonia Gandhi earlier this year, seeking a complete overhaul of the organisation within Congress.(ANI Twitter)

‘Centre and state govts stood together in face of crisis’: Congress leader Anand Sharma

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Prashasti Singh | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 21, 2020 02:29 PM IST
India made a comeback in the second quarter after the first quarter was the worst for the economy as the GDP was adversely hit, Congress leader Anand Sharma said.
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Sonia Gandhi at a Congress Working Committee ( CWC ) meeting at the party headquarters in New Delhi in December 2017.(Sonu Mehta/HT FILE PHOTO)
Sonia Gandhi at a Congress Working Committee ( CWC ) meeting at the party headquarters in New Delhi in December 2017.(Sonu Mehta/HT FILE PHOTO)

Sonia Gandhi meets section of Congress dissenters, looks to end crisis

By Aurangzeb Naqshbandi | New Delhi, Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON DEC 19, 2020 12:40 PM IST
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
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West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee addressing during a rally at Rashmela Ground in Cooch Behar district, Wednesday.(PTI File Photo)
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee addressing during a rally at Rashmela Ground in Cooch Behar district, Wednesday.(PTI File Photo)

Bengal-Centre standoff on House panel radar

By Deeksha Bhardwaj | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 19, 2020 05:05 AM IST
The order regarding the transfer of the IPS officers on central deputation came after Bharatiya Janata Party national president JP Nadda’s convoy was attacked in West Bengal during a recent visit.
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File photo: Congress leader Anand Sharma addresses a press conference.(Mohd Zakir/HT PHOTO)
File photo: Congress leader Anand Sharma addresses a press conference.(Mohd Zakir/HT PHOTO)

‘Concerns over delays in decisions in SC on important constitutional matters’: Congress leader

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 14, 2020 10:44 PM IST
Sharma, a former union minister, said the judiciary in India is independent and the Supreme Court has a constitutional duty and mandate to uphold the Constitution.
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File photo: Congress leader and Rajya Sabha MP Anand Sharma.(Mohd Zakir/HT PHOTO)
File photo: Congress leader and Rajya Sabha MP Anand Sharma.(Mohd Zakir/HT PHOTO)

‘Regretting the error’: Cong MP Anand Sharma clarifies, amends tweet after seeming to praise PM Modi

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON NOV 30, 2020 12:23 AM IST
Sharma’s tweet saw considerable traction on microblogging site Twitter with some asking if he was headed to the BJP.
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Congress leader Anand Sharma.(HT archive)
Congress leader Anand Sharma.(HT archive)

India’s move on RCEP ill-advised, says Congress leader Anand Sharma

By HT Correspondent | Edited by Smriti Sinha | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON NOV 18, 2020 09:15 AM IST
Congress president Sonia Gandhi had last year stated that signing the RCEP agreement will deal a “body blow” to the economy and result in “untold hardship” for farmers, shopkeepers and small enterprises
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Congress leaders KC Venugopal (right) and Randeep Singh Surjewala addressing a press conference at the All India Congress Committee (AICC) headquarters in New Delhi on Monday. (Arvind Yadav/ HT Photo)
Congress leaders KC Venugopal (right) and Randeep Singh Surjewala addressing a press conference at the All India Congress Committee (AICC) headquarters in New Delhi on Monday. (Arvind Yadav/ HT Photo)

7 hours of fireworks at CWC

By Aurangzeb Naqshbandi | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON AUG 25, 2020 12:30 PM IST
Four of the 23 signatories – Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad, general secretary Mukul Wasnik, former Union ministers Anand Sharma and Jitin Prasada – found themselves at the receiving end of attacks by other members.
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Congress party leader Rahul Gandhi and party president Sonia Gandhi arrive to attend Prime Minister Narendra Modi's swearing-in ceremony at the presidential palace in New Delhi.(REUTERS)
Congress party leader Rahul Gandhi and party president Sonia Gandhi arrive to attend Prime Minister Narendra Modi's swearing-in ceremony at the presidential palace in New Delhi.(REUTERS)

Letter-writers may have lost upper hand after leak

By Saubhadra Chatterji | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON AUG 25, 2020 03:02 AM IST
Signatories to the letter, including Ghulam Nabi Azad and Anand Sharma, came under intense attack from colleagues at Monday’s meeting of the Congress Working Committee (CWC), which ended with the party reaffirming its faith in the leadership of Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi.
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The panel also told the government that hospitals and pharma companies are charging exorbitant amounts from the patients for Covid-19 drugs.(Reuters File Photo)
The panel also told the government that hospitals and pharma companies are charging exorbitant amounts from the patients for Covid-19 drugs.(Reuters File Photo)

House panel urges govt to cap coronavirus medicine prices

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUL 16, 2020 04:14 AM IST
Union home secretary Ajay Bhalla, joint secretary in health ministry Lav Agarwal, and other senior officials the briefed the committee, which pointed out that locally made affordable drugs should be made available to the public.
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Parliament authorities have spent long hours to work out how to conduct such meetings online, but to no avail, as depositions and discussions are wrapped in layers of secrecy.(Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)
Parliament authorities have spent long hours to work out how to conduct such meetings online, but to no avail, as depositions and discussions are wrapped in layers of secrecy.(Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)

MPs demand online House panel meeting

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUL 08, 2020 02:14 AM IST
Science and technology committee chairman Jairam Ramesh, who will head the discussions, has written to Rajya Sabha chairman N. Venkaiah Naidu seeking his approval for panel members to meet online.
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The Congress has demanded that PM Modi should clarify his stand on BJP leader Anantkumar Hegde’s remark on Mahatma Gandhi.(PTI)
The Congress has demanded that PM Modi should clarify his stand on BJP leader Anantkumar Hegde’s remark on Mahatma Gandhi.(PTI)

‘PM must clarify in Parliament’: Congress’ demand over Anantkumar Hegde’s Mahatma Gandhi remark

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON FEB 03, 2020 06:04 PM IST
Anantkumar Hegde, known for his controversial statements, had described the freedom struggle led by Mahatma Gandhi as “drama” and also questioned as to how “such people” came to be called ‘Mahatma’ in India.
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Union Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi, MoS Arjun Ram Meghwal arrive for the BJP Parliamentary Party meeting, at Parliament House in New Delhi, Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2019.(PTI)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Union Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi, MoS Arjun Ram Meghwal arrive for the BJP Parliamentary Party meeting, at Parliament House in New Delhi, Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2019.(PTI)

‘If Sardar Patel meets Modiji…’: Anand Sharma jabs PM on Citizenship (Amendment) Bill

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON SEP 24, 2020 08:39 PM IST
Asserting that the bill was against the Preamble of the Constitution, Anand Sharma asked the BJP to introspect in the wake of violent protests against the legislation in the northeast.
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The Congress on Saturday announced that it will oppose the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill (CAB) and might seek changes to the proposed legislation
The Congress on Saturday announced that it will oppose the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill (CAB) and might seek changes to the proposed legislation

On citizenship bill, Congress says it may ask for changes

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan T8imes, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 08, 2019 06:12 AM IST
Tewari’s statement came after he along with other Congress lawmakers Anand Sharma, Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, and Jairam Ramesh studied the draft bill at a meeting in Delhi on Saturday.
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The government downgraded from SPG to Z-plus the security cover of United Progressive Alliance chairperson Sonia Gandhi, her son Rahul Gandhi, daughter Priyanka Gandhi Vadra and former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.(Mohd Zakir/HT PHOTO)
The government downgraded from SPG to Z-plus the security cover of United Progressive Alliance chairperson Sonia Gandhi, her son Rahul Gandhi, daughter Priyanka Gandhi Vadra and former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.(Mohd Zakir/HT PHOTO)

Congress demands restoration of SPG cover to Gandhis and Manmohan Singh

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON NOV 21, 2019 01:30 AM IST
Raising the issue during Zero Hour in Rajya Sabha, Congress leader Anand Sharma said it is the responsibility of the state to protect its leaders and their safety has to be “beyond party and political considerations.”
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BJP’s working president JP Nadda responded to Congress leader Anand Sharma’s charge about withdrawal of SPG cover to four leaders of the party.(ANI / Twitter)
BJP’s working president JP Nadda responded to Congress leader Anand Sharma’s charge about withdrawal of SPG cover to four leaders of the party.(ANI / Twitter)

‘Nothing political’: BJP’s Nadda responds to Congress in RS on SPG cover to Gandhis

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUL 26, 2020 11:10 PM IST
The Centre replaced SPG security cover given to Congress president Sonia Gandhi, her son Rahul Gandhi and daughter Priyanka Gandhi Vadra with Z-plus security cover of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) earlier this month.
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The Opposition on Monday hit out at the government for facilitating the travel of a delegation of lawmakers of the European Union to Jammu and Kashmir, while the region remained out of bounds for most Indian leaders.(AP)
The Opposition on Monday hit out at the government for facilitating the travel of a delegation of lawmakers of the European Union to Jammu and Kashmir, while the region remained out of bounds for most Indian leaders.(AP)

Why did Centre stop Indian MPs from visiting J-K, asks Opposition

By HT Correspondent | New Delhi
UPDATED ON OCT 29, 2019 07:52 AM IST
On August 24, a delegation of prominent Opposition leaders were not allowed to enter the region after landing in Srinagar airport.
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President Donald Trump and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi walk around NRG Stadium waving to the crowd during the "Howdy Modi: Shared Dreams, Bright Futures" event, in Houston.(AP)
President Donald Trump and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi walk around NRG Stadium waving to the crowd during the "Howdy Modi: Shared Dreams, Bright Futures" event, in Houston.(AP)

‘You are not a star campaigner in US polls’: Congress on PM backing Trump

By HT Correspondent | New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUL 03, 2020 06:06 AM IST
The Prime Minister had used his ‘Abki Baar, Modi Sarkar’ campaign punchline for his ‘friend’ Donald Trump as ‘Abki baar, Trump Sarkar’.
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Congress Senior Spokesperson Anand Sharma (C) speaks to media during a press conference, at AICC Headquarters, in New Delhi, India, on Saturday, September 14, 2019.(Sanjeev Verma/HT PHOTO)
Congress Senior Spokesperson Anand Sharma (C) speaks to media during a press conference, at AICC Headquarters, in New Delhi, India, on Saturday, September 14, 2019.(Sanjeev Verma/HT PHOTO)

Nirmala Sitharaman ‘clueless’, steps to boost economy ‘cosmetic’, says Cong

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON SEP 14, 2019 10:08 PM IST
The Congress maintained that after the earlier announcements of stimulus package, the situation deteriorated and the new steps are not going to help.
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Jammu and Kashmir Highlights: ‘Stories we heard from co-passengers were moving’: Ghulam Nabi Azad

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON AUG 24, 2019 11:06 PM IST

Former Congress president Rahul Gandhi along with a delegation of opposition leaders today were prevented from visiting Srinagar after they landed there to assess the situation in the Kashmir Valley, where restrictions have been imposed since the Centre revoked Jammu and Kashmir’s special status and divided the state into two union territories on August 5.Ghulam Nabi Azad, KC Venugopal and Anand Sharma were other Congress leaders in the delegation. Trinamool Congress (TMC)’s Dinesh Trivedi, Tiruchi Siva of Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam, Communist Party of India (Marxist) leader Sitaram Yechury and Communist Party of India’s D Raja were other members of the delegation. Loktantrik Janta Dal’s Sharad Yadav, Manoj Jha of Rashtriya Janata Dal, Majeed Memon (Nationalist Congress Party) and D Kupendra Reddy of the Janta Dal (Secular) were also a part of the delegation.Read highlights here:

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A view of the Jallianwala Bagh in Amritsar
A view of the Jallianwala Bagh in Amritsar

Bill to remove Congress chief as Jallianwala Bagh trustee deferred in Rajya Sabha

By Press Trust of India | New Delhi
UPDATED ON AUG 07, 2019 11:29 PM IST
The government in the upper House urged members to pass the bill without discussion as this year marked the centenary of the Jallianwala massacre and also in view of the death of former external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj.
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Several Opposition parties have written to the Rajya Sabha chairman Venkaiah Naidu expressing serious concerns over the passage of bills in Parliament ‘without any scrutiny’.(ANI File Photo)
Several Opposition parties have written to the Rajya Sabha chairman Venkaiah Naidu expressing serious concerns over the passage of bills in Parliament ‘without any scrutiny’.(ANI File Photo)

‘Anguised’ Opposition writes to Venkaiah Naidu over hurried passage of bills

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUL 26, 2019 03:27 PM IST
Among the signatories to the letter are Anand Sharma (Congress), Derek O’ Brien (Trinamool), Ram Gopal Yadav (Samajwadi Party), Keshava Rao (TRS) and Jose K Mani (Kerala Congress).
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A number of top Congress leaders, including Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi and Anand Sharma, protested near the Gandhi statue in the Parliament complex and shouted slogans.(Sonu Mehta/ HT Photo)
A number of top Congress leaders, including Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi and Anand Sharma, protested near the Gandhi statue in the Parliament complex and shouted slogans.(Sonu Mehta/ HT Photo)

Sonia, Rahul Gandhi protest outside Parliament over crisis in Goa, Karnataka

By Press Trust of India | New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUL 11, 2019 12:58 PM IST
The Congress-JD(S) government in Karnataka is in a turmoil after several MLAs, mostly of the Congress, resigned from the Assembly, threatening the stability of the ruling dispensation.
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Senior Congress leader Anand Sharma claimed the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party had made a “fundamental departure” from tradition by conducting business even when sitting member Madanlal Saini passed away.(PTI PHOTO)
Senior Congress leader Anand Sharma claimed the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party had made a “fundamental departure” from tradition by conducting business even when sitting member Madanlal Saini passed away.(PTI PHOTO)

PM expects Rajya Sabha to be rubber stamp, says Congress

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUN 26, 2019 11:59 PM IST
Senior Congress leader Anand Sharma said the PM did not discuss any roadmap to revive the Indian economy.
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There will be no compromise on the issue of defence preparedness on account of lack of resources, Union defence minister Rajnath Singh assured the Rajya Sabha on Monday, while replying to a question on defence allocation.(Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)
There will be no compromise on the issue of defence preparedness on account of lack of resources, Union defence minister Rajnath Singh assured the Rajya Sabha on Monday, while replying to a question on defence allocation.(Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)

No funding constraints for defence budget: Rajnath Singh

By HT Correspondent | New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON JUN 24, 2019 11:49 PM IST
The minister informed the House that the government will not allow any adverse impact on defence preparedness on account of fund constraints.
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Sonia Gandhi has also been given the task to select the leader of Congress in the Lok Sabha.(AFP File Photo)
Sonia Gandhi has also been given the task to select the leader of Congress in the Lok Sabha.(AFP File Photo)

Congress meets at Sonia Gandhi’s residence to decide parliament strategy

By Indo Asian News Service | New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUN 18, 2019 11:27 AM IST
Party President Rahul Gandhi was also expected to join the meeting that was the first one ahead of the crucial session, sources said.
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Congress president Rahul Gandhi with his mother and former United Progressive Alliance chairperson Sonia Gandhi(AFP file photo)
Congress president Rahul Gandhi with his mother and former United Progressive Alliance chairperson Sonia Gandhi(AFP file photo)

Rahul Gandhi, Sonia to attend PM Modi’s swearing-in ceremony

By Press Trust of India | New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAY 29, 2019 07:44 PM IST
United Progressive Alliance chairperson Sonia Gandhi and party leader Anand Sharma will attend the swearing in ceremony of Prime Minister-elect Narendra Modi on Thursday
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