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Opposition to meet in November to discuss key issues ahead of winter session

This group of 18 parties holds the promise of a united fight against the formidable Bharatiya Janata Party-led NDA in the 2024 polls
The next meeting, leaders suggest, might just focus on immediate issues such as Pegasus, farmers, and the Parliament session(HT_PRINT)
The next meeting, leaders suggest, might just focus on immediate issues such as Pegasus, farmers, and the Parliament session(HT_PRINT)
Updated on Oct 29, 2021 04:38 AM IST
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BySaubhadra Chatterji, New Delhi

Cong ‘limiting itself to Twitter space’ instead of strengthening opposition: TMC

“We want an alliance to be formed against the BJP. We have said this to the Congress, too. But it is least bothered and shows a lackadaisical approach,” the TMC said in its mouthpiece daily newspaper ‘Jago Bangla’.
Referring to the Bengal chief minister’s proposal during a meeting of opposition parties on August 20 this year for a joint steering committee, the editorial said there has been no progress on that matter since then. In picture - Congress president Sonia Gandhi and West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee.(File Photo)
Referring to the Bengal chief minister’s proposal during a meeting of opposition parties on August 20 this year for a joint steering committee, the editorial said there has been no progress on that matter since then. In picture - Congress president Sonia Gandhi and West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee.(File Photo)
Published on Oct 28, 2021 06:57 PM IST
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Written by Srivatsan K C | Edited by Avik Roy, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Focus on G23 leaders ahead of Congress organisational polls

In mid-October, the Congress party finalised the election schedule that will start on April 16 next year, kicking off with polls for the block-level committees.
Rahul Gandhi with Ghulam Nabi Azad in Jammu on September 10 . PTI
Rahul Gandhi with Ghulam Nabi Azad in Jammu on September 10 . PTI
Updated on Oct 29, 2021 03:13 AM IST
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BySaubhadra Chatterji, New Delhi

Lalu Prasad in Bihar after 3 years, to campaign for RJD in bypolls

Lalu Prasad Yadav will be addressing one meeting each in both the assembly constituencies going for by-polls, according to party functionaries familiar with the matter.
RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav has decided to campaign for his party candidates. (File Photo)
RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav has decided to campaign for his party candidates. (File Photo)
Updated on Oct 27, 2021 08:30 AM IST
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Written by Joydeep Bose | Edited by Amit Chaturvedi, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Congress to launch Jan Jagran Abhiyan from Nov 14

  • The Congress earlier on Tuesday held a meeting of party leaders to decide a strategy for the upcoming legislative elections in the five states.
Congress' meeting also comes before the party is set to launch its new membership drive from next week.(HT File)
Congress' meeting also comes before the party is set to launch its new membership drive from next week.(HT File)
Published on Oct 26, 2021 05:47 PM IST
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Written by Shankhyaneel Sarkar | Edited by Sohini Goswami, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

‘No MLA would join him’: Navjot Kaur Sidhu on Captain Amarinder Singh

The former Punjab CM is expected to formally resign from the Congress tomorrow, and announce his own political party.
Former Punjab CM Captain Amarinder Singh (File Photo)
Former Punjab CM Captain Amarinder Singh (File Photo)
Published on Oct 26, 2021 04:15 PM IST
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Lack of clarity, cohesion in party: Sonia Gandhi

Sonia Gandhi emphasised the need for discipline and unity within the party, adding that “the strengthening of the organisation must override personal ambitions”.
Sonia Gandhi referred to elections in five states next year and added that Congress workers and leaders were gearing up to take up these battles. (PTI)
Sonia Gandhi referred to elections in five states next year and added that Congress workers and leaders were gearing up to take up these battles. (PTI)
Updated on Oct 27, 2021 07:12 AM IST
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BySaubhadra Chatterji, New Delhi

Congress meet today to discuss strategy for internal polls

  • In a letter to all state Congress chiefs, All India Congress Committee general secretary (organisation) KC Venugopal asked them to turn the membership drive for organisational polls into a “mass campaign process”.
The Congress has formed a panel to strategise agitations and protest programmes across states.(HT_PRINT)
The Congress has formed a panel to strategise agitations and protest programmes across states.(HT_PRINT)
Published on Oct 26, 2021 06:43 AM IST
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Written by Susmita Pakrasi | Edited by Meenakshi Ray, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

A civilisational triumph for a newly independent country

  • Held between October 1951 and February 1952, the first election was a carnival of celebration, a festival of avowal, a rite of anointment by the people of India of the great cast of the theatre of Swaraj
Voters form a queue in front of a polling station in India’s inaugural general election in January 1952 in erstwhile Calcutta. Gamma-Keystone via Getty Images
Voters form a queue in front of a polling station in India’s inaugural general election in January 1952 in erstwhile Calcutta. Gamma-Keystone via Getty Images
Updated on Oct 25, 2021 12:00 PM IST
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No drugs, alcohol, public criticism of party: Cong's new rules for new members

  • The membership form designed by the Congress ahead of its membership drive launch outlines 10 points for a personal declaration by those willing to join the party.
Congress’ membership drive will begin on November 1 and continue till March 31 next year before organisational elections.(HT File)
Congress’ membership drive will begin on November 1 and continue till March 31 next year before organisational elections.(HT File)
Published on Oct 23, 2021 09:06 PM IST
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Written by Shankhyaneel Sarkar | Edited by Poulomi Ghosh, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Singh questions Cong’s secularism, accuses it of ‘sheer political opportunism’

In his no-holds-barred attack, Singh also questioned the Congress’s tie-up with Shiv Sena, asking Harish Rawat if it was okay to join forces with so-called communal parties if it suited the party’s purpose
Former Punjab CM Capt Amarinder Singh hit out at Congress, questioning its secularism and accusing it of ‘sheer political opportunism’, a day after Harish Rawat questioned his secular credentials.
Former Punjab CM Capt Amarinder Singh hit out at Congress, questioning its secularism and accusing it of ‘sheer political opportunism’, a day after Harish Rawat questioned his secular credentials.
Updated on Oct 22, 2021 01:41 AM IST
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ByHT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh

‘Committed a sin’: BJP slams Cong over alleged anti-Patel remarks in CWC meet

Former PDP leader Tariq Hameed Karra, who joined the Congress in 2017, made these remarks, BJP spokesperson Sambit Patra said, citing a media report.
Tariq Hameed Karra joining Congress in 2017 (PTI)
Tariq Hameed Karra joining Congress in 2017 (PTI)
Published on Oct 18, 2021 01:59 PM IST
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Congress to elect new president in Aug-Sept

Rahul Gandhi, who quit in 2019 following his party’s dismal showing in the Lok Sabha polls -- it won 54 of the 543 seats in the house -- said he needed time to think about this, people present at the meeting said on condition of anonymity.
Congress interim president Sonia Gandhi greets during the party Working Committee meeting, at AICC office, in New Delhi on Saturday. Congress leaders Rahul Gandhi, AK Antony, Ambika Soni and Ghulam Nabi Azad also present.(ANI)
Congress interim president Sonia Gandhi greets during the party Working Committee meeting, at AICC office, in New Delhi on Saturday. Congress leaders Rahul Gandhi, AK Antony, Ambika Soni and Ghulam Nabi Azad also present.(ANI)
Updated on Oct 17, 2021 12:15 AM IST
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BySaubhadra Chatterji, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Congress to hold ‘massive training programmes’ for party workers, leaders

  • This announcement comes hours after the party's top decision-making body, Congress Working Committee’s (CWC), met in-person on Saturday
Congress has also “passed resolutions on the political situation, inflation and 'diabolical attack' on India's farmers” during the CWC meet on Saturday(HT File)
Congress has also “passed resolutions on the political situation, inflation and 'diabolical attack' on India's farmers” during the CWC meet on Saturday(HT File)
Updated on Oct 16, 2021 05:40 PM IST
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Byhindustantimes.com | Written by Ayshee Bhaduri | Edited by Avik Roy, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Sidhu assured Rahul Gandhi he has withdrawn his resignation as PCC chief: Rawat

  • Navjot Singh Sidhu met Rahul Gandhi at the latter's residence in New Delhi after months of turmoil in the Punjab Congress which eventually saw the ouster of Captain Amarinder Singh as the chief minister.
Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee chief Navjot Singh Sidhu with Congress's Punjab in-charge Harish Rawat after a meeting in New Delhi.(PTI)
Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee chief Navjot Singh Sidhu with Congress's Punjab in-charge Harish Rawat after a meeting in New Delhi.(PTI)
Published on Oct 15, 2021 09:56 PM IST
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Byhindustantimes.com | Written by Kunal Gaurav, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

'How to lose friends': Rahul Gandhi takes swipe at Centre after Bhutan-China MoU

  • Bhutan and China signed an agreement on a “three-step roadmap” for expediting the boundary negotiations.
Rahul Gandhi said the government’s foreign policy is to “lose friends and influence nobody”.(AFP)
Rahul Gandhi said the government’s foreign policy is to “lose friends and influence nobody”.(AFP)
Published on Oct 15, 2021 07:21 PM IST
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Congress finalises succession plan for House panels

  • Congress seems to have managed the process efficiently in its parliamentary wings.
File picture of Rajya Sabha in session(HT File)
File picture of Rajya Sabha in session(HT File)
Updated on Oct 15, 2021 04:52 AM IST
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BySaubhadra Chatterji, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Sidhu in Delhi today, to discuss 'organisational matters' with Cong leaders

  • The meeting between Sidhu and the senior leadership of Congress is first since September 28, when he posted his resignation on social media.
Punjab Congress president Navjot Singh Sidhu.
Punjab Congress president Navjot Singh Sidhu.
Updated on Oct 14, 2021 06:20 AM IST
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Written by Shivani Kumar | Edited by Amit Chaturvedi, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Karnataka Congress takes action against 2 leaders over remarks on Shivakumar

  • Action was initiated against the duo after a video surfaced in which the two leaders were reportedly heard talking about Shivakumar and “his people” taking money
Soon after the surfacing of the clipping, VS Ugappa addressed a press conference stating that a private conversation was being taken out of context
Soon after the surfacing of the clipping, VS Ugappa addressed a press conference stating that a private conversation was being taken out of context
Published on Oct 13, 2021 04:59 PM IST
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Byhindustantimes.com, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Lakhimpur Kheri violence case: Cong delegation to meet President Kovind tomorrow

The seven-member delegation, led by Rahul Gandhi, will meet the President at 11:30am, and submit a ‘memorandum of facts.’
The violence broke out during a farmers’ protest in UP's Lakhimpur Kheri district on October 3. (ANI)
The violence broke out during a farmers’ protest in UP's Lakhimpur Kheri district on October 3. (ANI)
Published on Oct 12, 2021 01:40 PM IST
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Byhindustantimes.com, New Delhi

Maharashtra bandh over Lakhimpur Kheri violence tomorrow. What you need to know

The four farmers were mowed down by an SUV while they were returning from the protest against the Centre’s three farm laws in Lakhimpur Kheri on October 3.
The Maharashtra bandh has been called to show that the state is with the farmers of the country, Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut said. (ANI Photo)
The Maharashtra bandh has been called to show that the state is with the farmers of the country, Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut said. (ANI Photo)
Published on Oct 10, 2021 01:52 PM IST
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Byhindustantimes.com | Written by Meenakshi Ray, New Delhi

Have sought audience with Prez on Lakhimpur case, tweets Cong. Then hits delete

In the now-deleted post, the party said that a seven member delegation led by Rahul Gandhi would share with the President a ‘memorandum of facts.'
8 people, including four farmers, were killed in Uttar Pradesh's Lakhimpur Kheri on October 3 (HT)
8 people, including four farmers, were killed in Uttar Pradesh's Lakhimpur Kheri on October 3 (HT)
Published on Oct 10, 2021 12:29 PM IST
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Byhindustantimes.com, New Delhi

All Cong unit chiefs to observe 3-hour 'maun' protesting Lakhimpur violence

BJP leader, Haryana home minister Anil Vij said Navjot Sidhu's 'maun vrat' is actually beneficial for Congress and the country.
Youth Congress supporters climb over police barricades during a protest over the Lakhimpur Kheri incident near Union Home Minister's residence, in New Delhi on Saturday. (ANI)
Youth Congress supporters climb over police barricades during a protest over the Lakhimpur Kheri incident near Union Home Minister's residence, in New Delhi on Saturday. (ANI)
Published on Oct 09, 2021 08:06 PM IST
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Byhindustantimes.com | Written by Poulomi Ghosh

Lakhimpur Kheri: Sidhu ends hunger protest after Ashish Mishra reports to cops

Demanding the arrest of Ashish Mishra, Sidhu started the hunger strike on Friday at the Lakhimpur residence of late journalist Raman Kashyap, who was among the eight people killed in the October 3 violence.
Punjab Congress president Navjot Singh Sidhu (File Photo)
Punjab Congress president Navjot Singh Sidhu (File Photo)
Updated on Oct 09, 2021 12:16 PM IST
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Written by Joydeep Bose | Edited by Meenakshi Ray, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Will Lakhimpur case revive Cong-led opposition? ‘No,’ cautions Prashant Kishor

The poll strategist explained that this was because of ‘deep-rooted problems’ within the Grand Old Party.
Election strategist Prashant Kishor. (File Photo/HT)
Election strategist Prashant Kishor. (File Photo/HT)
Published on Oct 08, 2021 01:26 PM IST
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Byhindustantimes.com, New Delhi

BJP announces candidates for bypolls to two seats in Rajasthan

The Bharatiya Janata Party has fielded Himmat Singh Jhala from Vallabhnagar (Udaipur) and Khet Singh Meena from Dhariawad (Pratapgarh) assembly seats.
Polling will take place on October 30 and counting of votes will be held on November 2.(AP)
Polling will take place on October 30 and counting of votes will be held on November 2.(AP)
Published on Oct 07, 2021 05:08 PM IST
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Highlights: UP Police paste notice outside Ajay Mishra's residence

Lakhimpur Kheri violence: A major political storm ravages Uttar Pradesh, with opposition parties accusing the ruling BJP government of shielding the culprits.
A vehicle was set ablaze after violence broke out during the farmers’ protest in the Lakhimpur Kheri district of Uttar Pradesh on Sunday. (HT_PRINT)
A vehicle was set ablaze after violence broke out during the farmers’ protest in the Lakhimpur Kheri district of Uttar Pradesh on Sunday. (HT_PRINT)
Updated on Oct 07, 2021 08:11 PM IST
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Byhindustantimes.com, New Delhi

Systematic attack on farmers, says Rahul Gandhi; adds will visit Lakhimpur Kheri

Rahul Gandhi slammed Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who visited Lucknow for launching various projects on Tuesday, saying he did not visit Lakhimpur Kheri.
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi addressed a press conference at party headquarters in New Delhi on Wednesday.(Sanjeev Verma/HT Photo)
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi addressed a press conference at party headquarters in New Delhi on Wednesday.(Sanjeev Verma/HT Photo)
Published on Oct 06, 2021 10:32 AM IST
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Byhindustantimes.com | Written by Amit Chaturvedi, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Gandhinagar Municipal Corporation election result: BJP wins 41 out of 44 seats

  • The results have been a major setback for Congress and the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) that won two and one seats respectively.
Voters stand in a queue to cast their votes during the Gandhinagar Municipal Corporation elections, on Sunday.(PTI Photo)
Voters stand in a queue to cast their votes during the Gandhinagar Municipal Corporation elections, on Sunday.(PTI Photo)
Published on Oct 05, 2021 02:31 PM IST
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Byhindustantimes.com, Hindustan Times, New Delhi

Detained on her way to Lakhimpur Kheri, Priyanka Gandhi offers ‘shramdaan’

Priyanka Gandhi, who landed at Lucknow airport on Sunday night, was initially stopped at her residence and as she tried to leave for Lakhimpur Kheri.
Priyanka Gandhi Vadra and other party leaders were detained before reaching Lakhimpur Kheri. (PTI Photo)
Priyanka Gandhi Vadra and other party leaders were detained before reaching Lakhimpur Kheri. (PTI Photo)
Published on Oct 04, 2021 12:41 PM IST
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Byhindustantimes.com | Written by Meenakshi Ray, New Delhi
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