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Smriti Irani ended her visit by listening to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s radio programme Mann ki Baat in the Salon assembly segment of Rae Bareli. (Photo @BJP4Amethi)

Will snatch Rae Bareli as well in 2024: Smiti Irani warns Congress

Hindustan Times, Lucknow | By Manish Chandra Pandey
UPDATED ON DEC 28, 2020 09:27 AM IST
Keeping up the attack on the Gandhi family, Union minister Smriti Irani dared Rahul Gandhi for a debate on the farmers’ issue and raised questions about Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra’s proposed Kisan Yatra in UP, describing it as a stunt.
Sunil Kedar’s outburst is in response to a letter signed by 23 leaders in which they have suggested far-reaching changes, including dissolution of powers to state units and revamping the CWC. (Photo @SunilKedar1111)
Sunil Kedar’s outburst is in response to a letter signed by 23 leaders in which they have suggested far-reaching changes, including dissolution of powers to state units and revamping the CWC. (Photo @SunilKedar1111)

‘Won’t let you move around in state’: Congress minister warns dissenters

Hindustan Times, Mumbai | By Faisal Malik
UPDATED ON AUG 24, 2020 06:48 PM IST
The letter by dissidents said that the party has witnessed a steady decline reflected in successive electoral verdicts in 2014 and 2019, noting that the reasons were manifold.
The chief minister said there was not a single village in India which did not have a Congress member to carry forward its ideology of upholding the Constitutional principles, rights and freedoms.(Sanjeev Sharma/HT file photo)
The chief minister said there was not a single village in India which did not have a Congress member to carry forward its ideology of upholding the Constitutional principles, rights and freedoms.(Sanjeev Sharma/HT file photo)

Amarinder opposes challenge to Gandhi family leadership

Hindustan Times, Chandigarh | By HT Correspondent, Chandigarh
UPDATED ON AUG 23, 2020 07:56 PM IST
‘Only Gandhis can lead the party back to glory and protect nation from internal and external threats’
Union Home Minister Amit Shah speaks in the Rajya Sabha during the ongoing Winter Session of Parliament, in New Delhi, Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2019. Shah emphatically rejected the charge that political vendetta was the driving force behind amending the SPG bill.(PTI)
Union Home Minister Amit Shah speaks in the Rajya Sabha during the ongoing Winter Session of Parliament, in New Delhi, Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2019. Shah emphatically rejected the charge that political vendetta was the driving force behind amending the SPG bill.(PTI)

Parliament amends SPG Act, government denies vendetta

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON DEC 04, 2019 06:24 AM IST
The bill, passed by the Lok Sabha last week, received the Rajya Sabha’s approval after a fierce debate in which Congress members accused the government of not being sensitive to the security needs of the Gandhi family. They asked the government to rise above party politics.
Three security officers have been suspended and a high-level probe has been ordered into a security lapse at Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra’s residence
Three security officers have been suspended and a high-level probe has been ordered into a security lapse at Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra’s residence

Govt explains what led to breach at Priyanka’s home; three suspended

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON DEC 04, 2019 05:56 AM IST
Earlier in the day, Priyanka Gandhi’s husband Robert Vadra described it as a “very big” security lapse and alleged that it was a “political move” to remove SPG cover for the Gandhi family
The longer the Congress remains a Family firm, the easier it will be for Narendra Modi to deflect criticism of his policies and remain not just in power, but in control of the political narrative(ANI Photo)
The longer the Congress remains a Family firm, the easier it will be for Narendra Modi to deflect criticism of his policies and remain not just in power, but in control of the political narrative(ANI Photo)

Why the Gandhis cannot lead India’s Opposition, writes Ramachandra Guha

UPDATED ON JUL 25, 2020 02:20 AM IST
Younger Indians are rightly appalled that the party of the freedom movement believes that only a fifth-generation dynast can lead it. Sonia, Rahul and Priyanka may think they owe it to the Congress to stay in politics. They owe it to the country to go
Congress President Sonia Gandhi with party leader Rahul Gandhi.(PTI PHOTO.)
Congress President Sonia Gandhi with party leader Rahul Gandhi.(PTI PHOTO.)

Advocate files PIL in bid to restore SPG cover for Gandhi family

Hindustan Times, Bhopal/Gwalior | By Mahesh Shivhare
UPDATED ON NOV 12, 2019 12:04 AM IST
The advocate said he had also appealed to the high court to ask for the report of the security agency on grounds of which the SPG cover to the Gandhi family was withdrawn by the Centre.
Many in the Congress yearn for Priyanka Gandhi to come to their rescue, but she has shown no sign of being willing to oblige(ANI Photo)
Many in the Congress yearn for Priyanka Gandhi to come to their rescue, but she has shown no sign of being willing to oblige(ANI Photo)

The Congress must bid farewell to the Gandhis | Opinion

By Mark Tully
UPDATED ON JUL 17, 2020 02:23 AM IST
I believe the Congress needs to bid farewell to the Gandhis, and reconstitute itself as a federal party. That would be a party which allows for the emergence of strong, self-reliant leaders
The government on Monday declined to comment on a report that the operating norms of the elite security force were being modified in relation with Congress chief Sonia Gandhi, senior party leader Rahul Gandhi, and party general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra.(ANI)
The government on Monday declined to comment on a report that the operating norms of the elite security force were being modified in relation with Congress chief Sonia Gandhi, senior party leader Rahul Gandhi, and party general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra.(ANI)

Confusion over SPG cover for Gandhis, ally cries foul

New Delhi | By HT Correspondents
UPDATED ON OCT 08, 2019 06:04 AM IST
A report in the English weekly Sunday Guardian said that the Gandhis had been told that SPG personnel would mandatorily accompany them at all times during foreign travels, and that any departure from these norms could lead to a possible curtailment on their private foreign visits over security concerns.
Chidambaram’s lawyer has challenged the Delhi High Court’s order rejecting his request for protection from arrest.(Sanchit Khanna/HT PHOTO)
Chidambaram’s lawyer has challenged the Delhi High Court’s order rejecting his request for protection from arrest.(Sanchit Khanna/HT PHOTO)

‘Chidambaram acting like Vijay Mallya, Nirav Modi’: BJP

New Delhi | By Indo-Asian News Service
UPDATED ON AUG 21, 2019 07:21 PM IST
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) spokesman G.V.L. Narasimha Rao made the comment after the Supreme Court refused to grant any immediate relief to Chidambaram while responding to his plea for protection from arrest in the case.
Sanjay Sinh, Rajya Sabha.(HT Photo)
Sanjay Sinh, Rajya Sabha.(HT Photo)

Sanjay Sinh quits Congress and RS, set to join BJP

New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON JUL 31, 2019 12:35 AM IST
Sinh, 67, a Rajya Sabha member from Assam, also took a dig at the Congress, saying it is still living in the past and unaware of the future.
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi(ANI file photo)
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi(ANI file photo)

Opinion | A road map for a new-look Congress, writes Amarinder Singh

By Amarinder Singh
UPDATED ON JUL 11, 2019 08:45 AM IST
To bounce back, it must pick a young president, empower regional leaders and embrace alliances
For real change, the Congress needs a new leader. One who does not need to seek the approval or affection of the Gandhis and is able to be her own person(AFP)
For real change, the Congress needs a new leader. One who does not need to seek the approval or affection of the Gandhis and is able to be her own person(AFP)

Rahul Gandhi wants to resign. Here’s why this may be farcical, writes Barkha Dutt

UPDATED ON MAY 26, 2020 09:45 PM IST
If the Gandhis continue to control the party, they may as well give up any insistence on quitting
Amid uncertainty over Rahul Gandhi continuing as Congress president, senior leader Mani Shankar Aiyar said on Sunday that a ‘non-Gandhi’ can be party chief, but the Gandhi family must remain active within the organisation. (Pardeep Pandit/HT Photo)
Amid uncertainty over Rahul Gandhi continuing as Congress president, senior leader Mani Shankar Aiyar said on Sunday that a ‘non-Gandhi’ can be party chief, but the Gandhi family must remain active within the organisation. (Pardeep Pandit/HT Photo)

Non-Gandhi can lead Cong but family key to party, says Mani Shankar Aiyar

New Delhi | By Press Trust of India
PUBLISHED ON JUN 23, 2019 11:05 PM IST
“The BJP’s objective is to have a ‘Gandhi-mukt Congress’ so as to have a ‘Congress-mukt Bharat’, he claimed.
If Narendra Modi’s mega mandate isn’t enough to shake the Congress and the others out of their stupor, they must ready for political extinction. (@Rahul Gandhi/Twitter)
If Narendra Modi’s mega mandate isn’t enough to shake the Congress and the others out of their stupor, they must ready for political extinction. (@Rahul Gandhi/Twitter)

Analysis | India needs a new Opposition party. Here’s what the Congress needs to do

UPDATED ON JUN 14, 2019 06:27 PM IST
India desperately needs a new opposition. Among the available options, this can only emerge if one of the existing regional leaders develops a national footprint or if the Congress is reorganised to be a newly born mélange of assertive state chieftains. If Narendra Modi’s mega mandate isn’t enough to shake them out of their stupor, they must ready for political extinction.
Delhi Congress chief Sheila Dikshit Wednesday visited party president Rahul Gandhi’s residence at 12, Tughlaq Road, to urge him to reconsider his decision to step down from the party’s helm.(HT File)
Delhi Congress chief Sheila Dikshit Wednesday visited party president Rahul Gandhi’s residence at 12, Tughlaq Road, to urge him to reconsider his decision to step down from the party’s helm.(HT File)

Stay on as chief: Sheila Dikshit to Rahul Gandhi

New Delhi | By Soumya Pillai
PUBLISHED ON MAY 30, 2019 04:59 AM IST
Hundreds of Delhi Congress workers waited outside Rahul’s residence waving placards with messages such as “hope for the nation, Rahul Gandhi” and “har ghar ki hai yehi aawaz, Rahul Gandhi par humko naaz ”.
Congress president Rahul Gandhi and AICC general-secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra along with senior party leaders arrive for Congress Working Committee (CWC) meeting at AICC headquarters, in New Delhi, India, on May 25, 2019.(Sanjeev Verma/HT PHOTO)
Congress president Rahul Gandhi and AICC general-secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra along with senior party leaders arrive for Congress Working Committee (CWC) meeting at AICC headquarters, in New Delhi, India, on May 25, 2019.(Sanjeev Verma/HT PHOTO)

Rahul Gandhi ticks off 3 senior Congress leaders for pushing sons before party: Report

New Delhi | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON MAY 27, 2019 08:45 AM IST
The Congress chief also said he does not want any other member of the Gandhi family to succeed him, virtually ruling out Priyanka Gandhi as well for the top party position.
Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra(ANI file photo)
Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra(ANI file photo)

‘Arrogant like Duryodhan’: Priyanka Gandhi jabs PM after ‘corrupt Rajiv’ attack

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON MAY 10, 2020 04:41 PM IST
Over the last few days, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his party’s top leadership have scaled up attacks on the Gandhi family, particularly on former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi.

‘Baseless allegation’: Amethi hospital denies PM’s charge of turning away patient

Gwalior | By Press trust of India
UPDATED ON MAY 05, 2019 09:27 PM IST
The hospital authorities though accepted that the patient died at the facility, rejected suggestion it was linked with politics, saying no hospital has any political, religious or caste affiliation.
Election Results 2019, Rae Bareili: People gathered at Jambhulwadi polling booth to cast their vote for Loksabha 2019 election for Baramati constituency in Pune, India, on Tuesday, April 23, 2019. (Photo by Ravindra Joshi/HT PHOTO)
Election Results 2019, Rae Bareili: People gathered at Jambhulwadi polling booth to cast their vote for Loksabha 2019 election for Baramati constituency in Pune, India, on Tuesday, April 23, 2019. (Photo by Ravindra Joshi/HT PHOTO)

Election Results 2019 : Sonia Gandhi is contesting from family pocket borough Rae Bareli for the fifth time

New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON MAY 23, 2019 03:50 PM IST
Uttar Pradesh, which sends the maximum number of members to Parliament at 80, will go to polls in all the seven phases of the Lok Sabha election 2019. Votes will be counted on May 23.
UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi performing puja before filing her nomination papers in Rae Bareli on Thursday. Congress president Rahul Gandhi was present during the havan ceremony.(HT photo/Subhankar Chakraborty)
UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi performing puja before filing her nomination papers in Rae Bareli on Thursday. Congress president Rahul Gandhi was present during the havan ceremony.(HT photo/Subhankar Chakraborty)

In Rae Bareli to file nomination, Sonia Gandhi sticks to 52-yr-old tradition

Hindustan Times, Rae Bareli, Uttar Pradesh | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON APR 30, 2020 01:29 AM IST
Former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi performed havan in 1967 before filing her nomination from Rae Bareli.
Union minister Prakash Javadekar hit out at Congress leader PC Chacko for describing the Gandhi family as the “first family of India”.(PTI)
Union minister Prakash Javadekar hit out at Congress leader PC Chacko for describing the Gandhi family as the “first family of India”.(PTI)

Prakash Javadekar hits out at Gandhi family remark

New Delhi/Jaipur | By Agencies
PUBLISHED ON MAR 31, 2019 04:35 AM IST
Earlier on Saturday, Chacko told reporters in New Delhi that PM has a “negative opinion” about the “first family of India” and that the country is “obliged to them”.
Congress general secretary for eastern Uttar Pradesh Priyanka Gandhi during her election campaign at Kumarganj in Ayodhya on Friday.(HT photo/Deepak Gupta)
Congress general secretary for eastern Uttar Pradesh Priyanka Gandhi during her election campaign at Kumarganj in Ayodhya on Friday.(HT photo/Deepak Gupta)

‘Royalty? My family ended princely privileges’: Priyanka Gandhi’s comeback at BJP

Ayodhya, Uttar Pradesh | By Indo Asian News Service
UPDATED ON MAR 30, 2019 03:41 PM IST
Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi hit back at the BJP for equating her family with royalty.
Priyanka Gandhi is undertaking a three-day Ganga Yatra in Uttar Pradesh.(Rajesh Kuma/HT)
Priyanka Gandhi is undertaking a three-day Ganga Yatra in Uttar Pradesh.(Rajesh Kuma/HT)

Priyanka Gandhi hits back after PM Modi’s attack, says people can see through

UPDATED ON MAR 20, 2019 12:22 PM IST
Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra said the BJP has systematically attacked every institution in last five years including the media
Speaking in Bhubaneswar during The Odisha Dialogue, Gandhi said the decision on the timing of Priyanka’s political debut was taken some years back.(PTI)
Speaking in Bhubaneswar during The Odisha Dialogue, Gandhi said the decision on the timing of Priyanka’s political debut was taken some years back.(PTI)

Rahul Gandhi on relationship with sister Priyanka and her political debut

New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON JAN 25, 2019 02:35 PM IST
Congress president Rahul Gandhi on Friday spoke at length about the timing of Priyanka Gandhi Vadra’s decision to take the political plunge and about his relations with his sister saying that they had ‘been through hell together’.
Union Law and Justice Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad welcomed Priyanka Gandhi’s role into politics but questioned why she had been given only eastern UP to take care of.(PTI)
Union Law and Justice Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad welcomed Priyanka Gandhi’s role into politics but questioned why she had been given only eastern UP to take care of.(PTI)

Priyanka’s persona merited wider role, says BJP’s Ravi Shankar Prasad

Hindustan Times | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON JAN 23, 2019 07:39 PM IST
Senior Bharatiya Janata Party Sambit Patra launched the attack on the Gandhi family as Priyanka Gandhi Vadra is all set to play her role active politics from February 1.
Congress president Rahul Gandhi has been relentless in his attacks on Prime Minister Narendra Modi over a range of issues.(REUTERS FIle Photo))
Congress president Rahul Gandhi has been relentless in his attacks on Prime Minister Narendra Modi over a range of issues.(REUTERS FIle Photo))

Rahul Gandhi’s swipe at PM Modi over award, Smriti Irani returns compliment

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON JAN 15, 2019 02:43 PM IST
Prime Minister Narendra Modi was the first recipient of the Philip Kotler Presidential award on Monday.
Rajasthan assembly election 2018: BJP National President Amit Shah at an election rally for party candidates in Bundi on Monday, December 3, 2018.(HT Photo)
Rajasthan assembly election 2018: BJP National President Amit Shah at an election rally for party candidates in Bundi on Monday, December 3, 2018.(HT Photo)

Rajasthan Assembly Election 2018: ‘Gandhi tag’ must to become PM in Congress, says Amit Shah

Hindustan Times, Kota | By Aabshar H Quazi, Kota
UPDATED ON DEC 04, 2018 04:31 PM IST
Rajasthan assembly election 2018: BJP national president Amit Shah, addressing an election rally in Rajasthan’s Bundi, also said that Congress operates like a private firm which has no policy or direction while the BJP-led government in the state and Centre are people’s government.
Anil Ambani, in the letter, said Reliance’s joint venture with Dassault was to make components and systems primarily for the aerospace and defence sectors.(HT File Photo)
Anil Ambani, in the letter, said Reliance’s joint venture with Dassault was to make components and systems primarily for the aerospace and defence sectors.(HT File Photo)

In letter to Rahul Gandhi, Anil Ambani had explained why Reliance won Rafale deal

New Delhi | By Press Trust of India, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUL 25, 2018 09:57 PM IST
In a two-page letter written on December 12, 2017, Ambani explained to Gandhi, who has been attacking the government over the Rafale deal, why his Reliance Group bagged the multi-billion dollar project.
Union minister and BJP leader Smriti Irani speaks at Gram Swachhata Sammelan in Gauriganj, Amethi on Friday.(PTI Photo)
Union minister and BJP leader Smriti Irani speaks at Gram Swachhata Sammelan in Gauriganj, Amethi on Friday.(PTI Photo)

Smriti Irani slams Congress for lack of development in Amethi

Press Trust of India, Amethi | By Press Trust of India
UPDATED ON APR 14, 2018 05:30 PM IST
Speaking about the imminent visit of Congress president Rahul Gandhi to the constituency, Irani said she had fulfilled her promise to Amethi’s people that they’d see more of the Gandhi scion due to her
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