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Sonia Gandhi holds meeting for ‘rapprochement’

The meeting took place following a late-night huddle between some of the dissenting leaders following comments by party general secretary Randeep Singh Surjewala who said on Friday that there were no issues pending after the party kicked off the process of organisational elections.
Rajasthan chief minister Ashok Gehlot along with Congress leaders Ambika Soni and AK Antony after a meeting with party's Interim President Sonia Gandhi, in New Delhi on December 19, 2020.(PTI Photo)
Rajasthan chief minister Ashok Gehlot along with Congress leaders Ambika Soni and AK Antony after a meeting with party's Interim President Sonia Gandhi, in New Delhi on December 19, 2020.(PTI Photo)
Updated on Dec 20, 2020 02:57 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByAurangzeb Naqshbandi

Congress sets in motion organisational polls, asks states to update list of AICC delegates

Finalising the list of AICC delegates, comprising state and central leaders, is one of the key tasks in conducting the organisational polls, as they elect the party president and the Congress Working Committee, the apex decision-making body of the 135-year-old party
Interim Congress president Sonia Gandhi had formed the CEA for holding internal polls while carrying out a major organisational reshuffle on September 11.(HT Archive)
Interim Congress president Sonia Gandhi had formed the CEA for holding internal polls while carrying out a major organisational reshuffle on September 11.(HT Archive)
Published on Sep 30, 2020 08:21 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByAurangzeb Naqshbandi

After CWC, key Congress poll panel set for rejig

Chances of the CEC being reconstituted before the Bihar elections are bright, given that the panel will select the party candidates for the assembly polls
The central election committee (CEC), an important panel that selects party candidates for an election after being shortlisted at various levels, is currently headed by Sonia Gandhi.(Representational Photo/HT)
The central election committee (CEC), an important panel that selects party candidates for an election after being shortlisted at various levels, is currently headed by Sonia Gandhi.(Representational Photo/HT)
Published on Sep 29, 2020 09:09 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByAurangzeb Naqshbandi

Rahul Gandhi, CDS Rawat attend House defence panel meet

The meeting -- in which Chief of Defence Staff (CDS) General Bipin Rawat was present -- centered around the topic on the agenda, “provision and monitoring of the quality of ration and livery items to the defence forces”.
Rahul Gandhi on Friday expressed concern over the food items being provided to soldiers as compared to officers, saying rank should not considered for providing the “type of food or nutrition” in the defence forces, sources said.(Mohd Zakir/HT PHOTO)
Rahul Gandhi on Friday expressed concern over the food items being provided to soldiers as compared to officers, saying rank should not considered for providing the “type of food or nutrition” in the defence forces, sources said.(Mohd Zakir/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Sep 12, 2020 02:23 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByAurangzeb Naqshbandi

Congress will sit in opposition for 50 years if party election doesn’t happen: Ghulam Nabi Azad

The Congress party has been appointing “someone as party president in the state” who comes and goes to Delhi and who are recommended by big party leaders, he said.
Congress senior leader Ghulam Nabi Azad(ANI)
Congress senior leader Ghulam Nabi Azad(ANI)
Published on Aug 28, 2020 06:18 AM IST
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New Delhi | ByAsian News International | Posted by Prashasti Singh

Our victory that Congress will have full-time president after six months, party chief should be elected: Ghulam Nabi Azad

Ghulam Nabi Azad referred to the stormy meeting of the Congress Working Committee and said both Sonia Gandhi and party leader Rahul Gandhi showed statesmanship.
Senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad has pitched for elections to the key organisational posts of state chief and district chief.(PTI File Photo)
Senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad has pitched for elections to the key organisational posts of state chief and district chief.(PTI File Photo)
Published on Aug 27, 2020 11:22 PM IST
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New Delhi | ByAsian News International | Posted by Kanishka Sarkar

‘Unfortunate’ that Jitin Prasada is being targeted in UP, tweets Kapil Sibal

The Lakhimpur Kheri District Congress reportedly passed a resolution demanding action against Prasada, a leader from Uttar Pradesh, and has accused his family of being against the Gandhi family.
(HT Photo)
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Updated on Aug 27, 2020 04:42 PM IST
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New Delhi | ByPress Trust of India | Posted by Prashasti Singh

Congress seniors demoralised Rahul Gandhi more than Modi-Shah, BJP: Shiv Sena

The editorial remarked that none of signatories of the letter were mass leaders, questioning their ability to become active leaders within their own party
The ShivSena had earlier backed the leadership of Rahul Gandhi.(REUTERS)
The ShivSena had earlier backed the leadership of Rahul Gandhi.(REUTERS)
Updated on Aug 27, 2020 01:38 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, Mumbai | BySwapnil Rawal

At CWC meet, Rahul Gandhi had a question on leak of letter that set off a storm

One of the members present at the meeting told HT that Rahul Gandhi questioned how the letter was leaked when it was written on the covering note that there is only one copy that was handed over to the Congress president and all other copies were destroyed.
The Congress resolved on Monday to authorise Sonia Gandhi to stay on as party chief till an AICC session was called to elect the next president.(PTI PHOTO.)
The Congress resolved on Monday to authorise Sonia Gandhi to stay on as party chief till an AICC session was called to elect the next president.(PTI PHOTO.)
Updated on Aug 25, 2020 06:45 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | BySunetra Choudhury | Edited by Sohini Sarkar

Sonia stays in charge of Congress after acrimonious CWC meet

The CWC — held in the backdrop of the first-ever show of dissent by prominent leaders against the party’s first family — authorised Sonia Gandhi to effect any necessary organisational changes, reaffirmed its faith in both Sonia and former president Rahul Gandhi.
Rahul Gandhi led the attack on the signatories by saying it came when the Congress was fighting political battles in Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan, and Sonia Gandhi was in hospital.(PTI)
Rahul Gandhi led the attack on the signatories by saying it came when the Congress was fighting political battles in Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan, and Sonia Gandhi was in hospital.(PTI)
Updated on Aug 25, 2020 05:02 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | BySunetra Choudhury and Aurangzeb Naqshbandi

Letter-writers may have lost upper hand after leak

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.
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)
Updated on Aug 25, 2020 03:02 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | BySaubhadra Chatterji

CWC passes resolution after 7-hour-long meeting. Read full statement here

The members of the CWC, the party’s highest decision-making body, decided to form a committee to help Sonia Gandhi in day-to-day functioning of the organisation.
It was decided in the CWC meeting that Sonia Gandhi will continue to lead the party.(ANI)
It was decided in the CWC meeting that Sonia Gandhi will continue to lead the party.(ANI)
Updated on Aug 24, 2020 07:26 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | Byhindustantimes.com | Edited by Prashasti Singh

CWC meeting ends, Sonia Gandhi to continue as Congress president for now

Sonia Gandhi said after the marathon meeting that she doesn’t hold anything against anyone. Gandhi, however, asked leaders to raise concerns at the party forum only.
File photo of Congress president Sonia Gandhi.(PTI)
File photo of Congress president Sonia Gandhi.(PTI)
Updated on Aug 24, 2020 06:37 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | Byhindustantimes.com | Edited by: Amit Chaturvedi

BJP refrains from commenting on CWC meet, calls it Congress’ internal matter

Several BJP leaders however said that the sparring at the CWC showed the lack of internal democracy within the country’s oldest party
At the meeting, which was called to discuss the churning that is taking place with a section of leaders seeking a change in leadership, differences came to fore.(PTI)
At the meeting, which was called to discuss the churning that is taking place with a section of leaders seeking a change in leadership, differences came to fore.(PTI)
Updated on Aug 24, 2020 04:51 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | BySmriti Kak Ramachandran

Rahul Gandhi never said signatories of letter were colluding with BJP: Azad

A Congress leader also said Azad made it amply clear that the letter was not against Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi as “misconstrued” and alleged by some people
Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad cleared the air on the controversy over Rahul Gandhi’s alleged comment(Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)
Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad cleared the air on the controversy over Rahul Gandhi’s alleged comment(Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Aug 24, 2020 05:43 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByAurangzeb Naqshbandi

Sonia asks CWC to elect a new chief, Rahul questions timing of dissenters’ letter

The CWC had named her the party’s interim chief on August 10 last year after Rahul turned down calls to withdraw the resignation he had given on May 25, taking moral responsibility for the party’s rout in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections
Rahul Gandhi questioned the timing of the letter written by dissenters—the Congress president was ill and the party was fighting the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan.(PTI)
Rahul Gandhi questioned the timing of the letter written by dissenters—the Congress president was ill and the party was fighting the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan.(PTI)
Updated on Aug 24, 2020 03:27 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByAurangzeb Naqshbandi

CWC meet: Leaked letter puts Congress seniors on back foot

At the Congress Working Committee (CWC) meeting on Monday, party leader Rahul Gandhi questioned the timing of the letter
Congress president Sonia Gandhi and vice-president Rahul Gandhi.(HT Photo/Sonu Mehta)
Congress president Sonia Gandhi and vice-president Rahul Gandhi.(HT Photo/Sonu Mehta)
Published on Aug 24, 2020 01:47 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | BySaubhadra Chatterji

At CWC meeting, Congress leaders ask Sonia Gandhi to continue as party chief, criticise letter

Sonia Gandhi, meanwhile, asked CWC members to begin deliberations towards the process of transition to relieve her from the duty of party chief, according to people aware of the developments.
Congress’ interim president Sonia Gandhi attends the virtual CWC meeting on Monday.(ANI photo)
Congress’ interim president Sonia Gandhi attends the virtual CWC meeting on Monday.(ANI photo)
Updated on Aug 24, 2020 12:33 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | Byhindustantimes.com | Edited by: Amit Chaturvedi

LIVE: Senior leaders should raise concerns at party forum only, says Sonia Gandhi in concluding remarks

Sonia Gandhi will continue as Congress Party president till an AICC session is called within six months, the Congress Working Committee (CWC) meeting, called to discuss the turmoil within the Congress, concluded. The meeting had turned fiery after those supporting Sonia Gandhi targeted the leaders who wrote a letter to her seeking a complete overhaul. Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, senior leader AK Antony and others urged her to continue on the post till a new president is elected.There was a controversy after reports that Rahul Gandhi said the entire episode was done in collusion with the BJP. When Ghulam Nabi Azad and Kapil Sibal, who were a part of the group which wrote the letter, said they were upset by the remarks, the Congress got into damage control and clarified that Rahul never said anything like this. Sonia Gandhi, however, is adamant on quitting and has asked the CWC members to begin the process of finding a new party chief.Here are the live updates:

Seven-hour-long virtual meeting of Congress leaders has concluded(ANI Photo)
Seven-hour-long virtual meeting of Congress leaders has concluded(ANI Photo)
Updated on Aug 24, 2020 07:09 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | Byhindustantimes.com | Edited by Prashasti Singh

‘A year has lapsed’: Sonia Gandhi asks CWC to relieve her of party chief duties

Sonia Gandhi made the request at the crucial CWC meeting where the issue of leadership will be on agenda.
Congress interim chief Sonia Gandhi addressed the CWC on Monday.(PTI File Photo)
Congress interim chief Sonia Gandhi addressed the CWC on Monday.(PTI File Photo)
Updated on Aug 24, 2020 08:05 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | Byhindustantimes.com | Edited by Kanishka Sarkar

Sonia Gandhi’s resignation, polls for new chief may figure in Congress meet today

The crucial Congress Working Committee (CWC) meeting on Monday will discuss the leadership issue in the context of 23 party leaders seeking organisation overhaul
Congress Working Committee’s virtual meeting began at 11am on Monday.(ANI photo)
Congress Working Committee’s virtual meeting began at 11am on Monday.(ANI photo)
Updated on Aug 24, 2020 11:35 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByHT Correspondent

Ahead of CWC meeting, Kamal Nath and Digvijaya throw weight behind Sonia Gandhi in late-night tweets

Digvijaya Singh went to the extent of saying that he can’t imagine the Congress without Nehru-Gandhi family and that an ordinary worker of the party would not accept anyone else as the party president.
File photo: Congress President Sonia Gandhi.(Arvind Yadav/HT PHOTO)
File photo: Congress President Sonia Gandhi.(Arvind Yadav/HT PHOTO)
Updated on Aug 24, 2020 07:55 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, Bhopal | ByHT Correspondent | Edited by Sparshita Saxena

‘Come back, Rahulji…the country needs you’: Balasaheb Thorat

Maharashtra Congress chief and Revenue Minister Balasaheb Thorat also described Rahul Gandhi as a “courageous, sensitive and intellectually-committed leader”.
Thorat said Sonia Gandhi had over the years, looked after the large Congress family selflessly and had also made innumerable sacrifices for it.(HT PHOTO.)
Thorat said Sonia Gandhi had over the years, looked after the large Congress family selflessly and had also made innumerable sacrifices for it.(HT PHOTO.)
Updated on Aug 23, 2020 09:14 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | Byhindustantimes.com | Edited by Sohini Sarkar

Letter vs letter: After 23 Congress leaders question leadership, others come out in support of Sonia Gandhi

Many leaders of the Congress wrote a letter to Sonia Gandhi suggesting overhaul of the party. Sonia responded saying all of them should get together and find a new chief as she does not want to carry out the responsibilities any further.
Rajasthan chief minister Ashok Gehlot said if Sonia Gandhi has made up her mind to quit party president’s post, then Rahul should step up and lead Congress.(Sonu Mehta/HT File Photo)
Rajasthan chief minister Ashok Gehlot said if Sonia Gandhi has made up her mind to quit party president’s post, then Rahul should step up and lead Congress.(Sonu Mehta/HT File Photo)
Updated on Aug 23, 2020 07:39 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | Byhindustantimes.com | Edited by: Amit Chaturvedi

‘Wrong to question Sonia Gandhi’s unifying leadership’: Ashwani Kumar

Ashwani Kuma also targeted the leaders who have signed the letter, saying some Congress leaders have harmed the party repeatedly.
File photo of Congress president Sonia Gandhi.(PTI)
File photo of Congress president Sonia Gandhi.(PTI)
Updated on Aug 23, 2020 07:02 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | Byhindustantimes.com | Edited by: Amit Chaturvedi

‘Get together and find a new chief’: Sonia Gandhi in response to letter on leadership

Sonia Gandhi accepted the post of the interim chief after much persuasion only on one condition that the party will find her replacement soon.
In her response, Sonia Gandhi has told Congress leaders that she was not interested in leading the party once again when the Congress Working Committee (CWC) on August 10 requested her to assume the reins of the organisation.(File photo)
In her response, Sonia Gandhi has told Congress leaders that she was not interested in leading the party once again when the Congress Working Committee (CWC) on August 10 requested her to assume the reins of the organisation.(File photo)
Updated on Aug 23, 2020 04:40 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByAurangzeb Naqshbandi | Edited by Sohini Sarkar

CWC flood advisory for several states; cloudburst, flashfloods likely in hilly districts in north

“There is likelihood of flashfloods in some of the hill districts in these states in association with cloudburst,” the Central Water Commission has said.
People residing near the bank of Kirshna rivers , vacating the area and going to safer place due to flood situation of river Krishna during heavy rain in catchment area of Koyana dam in Sangli on Monday.(Uday Deolekar/HT Photo)
People residing near the bank of Kirshna rivers , vacating the area and going to safer place due to flood situation of river Krishna during heavy rain in catchment area of Koyana dam in Sangli on Monday.(Uday Deolekar/HT Photo)
Updated on Aug 18, 2020 06:39 AM IST
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New Delhi | ByPress Trust of India | Posted by Kanishka Sarkar

100 Congress leaders wrote to Sonia Gandhi seeking leadership change, claims ex-leader Sanjay Jha

The expelled leader made his claim about the rumblings in the Congress party on Twitter.
Former Congress leader is seen in this photo. Jha,who was suspended for anti-party activities and breach of discipline in July, made the claim in a tweet.(Twitter/Sanjay Jha)
Former Congress leader is seen in this photo. Jha,who was suspended for anti-party activities and breach of discipline in July, made the claim in a tweet.(Twitter/Sanjay Jha)
Updated on Aug 17, 2020 02:47 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | Byhindustantimes.com | Edited by Meenakshi Ray

‘Only needs to withdraw resignation’: Shashi Tharoor on Rahul Gandhi as Cong chief

A day earlier, on Sunday, Tharoor had said that the Congress needed to hasten the process of finding a full-term president to arrest the growing public perception that the party was “adrift and rudderless”.
Congress MP Shashi Tharoor on Sunday said that the party needed to elect a new chief soon.(HT PHOTO.)
Congress MP Shashi Tharoor on Sunday said that the party needed to elect a new chief soon.(HT PHOTO.)
Updated on Aug 10, 2020 10:11 PM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | Byhindustantimes.com | Edited by Sohini Sarkar

CWC meeting likely soon to extend Sonia’s tenure

The extension is a technical requirement under the Congress’s constitution given that a regular president is yet to be elected, a Congress functionary said. It is also a prerequisite for the party to inform the Election Commission of its decision.
Congress leaders Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi and Manmohan Singh at a CWC meeting in New Delhi on May 25.
Congress leaders Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi and Manmohan Singh at a CWC meeting in New Delhi on May 25.
Published on Jul 10, 2020 03:34 AM IST
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi | ByAurangzeb Naqshbandi
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