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"The PM would arrive here on Saturday morning to address the gathering. He is scheduled to leave on the same day," news agency PTI quotes a senior official as saying.(REUTERS)

News updates from HT: PM to address Combined Commanders' Conference today

PUBLISHED ON MAR 06, 2021 09:04 AM 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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A senior leader in the group, who wrote a letter to Sonia Gandhi and was present at the Gandhi Global Family Function in Jammu, told ANI that no one from the AICC contacted them after the programme.
A senior leader in the group, who wrote a letter to Sonia Gandhi and was present at the Gandhi Global Family Function in Jammu, told ANI that no one from the AICC contacted them after the programme.

Congress deadlock to continue: G-23 planning event in Haryana now

Posted by Prashasti Singh | ANI, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON MAR 02, 2021 09:51 AM IST
According to sources, the party high command is dealing with the situation with care so that no wrong message goes to the party cadre.
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In his address, Sibal expressed his unhappiness that the party didn’t choose to accommodate Azad in Parliament after his retirement.(PTI Photo)
In his address, Sibal expressed his unhappiness that the party didn’t choose to accommodate Azad in Parliament after his retirement.(PTI Photo)

Party is getting weak, say Congress 'letter writers'

PUBLISHED ON FEB 28, 2021 01:43 AM IST
Last August, the 23 leaders wrote a letter to Congress president Sonia Gandhi in which they called for “full-time and effective leadership”, elections to the Congress Working Committee (CWC), and a mechanism to guide the party’s revival.
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Congress president Sonia Gandhi lashed out at the government over soaring fuel prices and asked the Centre to alleviate the concerns raised by protesting farmers.(Vipin Kumar/HT PHOTO)
Congress president Sonia Gandhi lashed out at the government over soaring fuel prices and asked the Centre to alleviate the concerns raised by protesting farmers.(Vipin Kumar/HT PHOTO)

Sonia Gandhi writes 3-page letter to PM Modi on fuel prices. Read full text here

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Arpan Rai, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON FEB 21, 2021 06:29 PM IST
The letter from the Congress chief comes a day after petrol price reached an all-time high of 97 in Mumbai, while diesel was selling at 88.06 in the country's financial capital.
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File photo of Congress president Sonia Gandhi.
File photo of Congress president Sonia Gandhi.

'Govts elected to ease burden of people': Sonia Gandhi to PM on fuel price hike

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Amit Chaturvedi
UPDATED ON FEB 21, 2021 05:37 PM IST
The deregulation of fuel prices, said Gandhi, was meant to benefit the common man. "The fact that your government fails to do so implies a deliberate and conscious decision to deny the common man his legitimate due."
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Congress president Sonia Gandhi with Ghulam Nabi Azad, A K Antony, Manmohan Singh.(Vipin Kumar/HT PHOTO)
Congress president Sonia Gandhi with Ghulam Nabi Azad, A K Antony, Manmohan Singh.(Vipin Kumar/HT PHOTO)

Election or nomination? Congress divided over CEC

By Sunetra Choudhury, New Delhi
UPDATED ON FEB 08, 2021 04:38 AM IST
Hindustan Times has spoken to several delegates who attended the meeting, including signatories to the letter written in August to interim chief Sonia Gandhi in which they demanded a “full-time and effective” leadership that is “visible” and “active.”
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Former Congress president Rahul Gandhi is widely preferred within the party to replace Sonia Gandhi as efforts to pick a non-Gandhi party president have not succeeded in the past two years ago.(Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)
Former Congress president Rahul Gandhi is widely preferred within the party to replace Sonia Gandhi as efforts to pick a non-Gandhi party president have not succeeded in the past two years ago.(Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)

Congress Working Committee meet on Jan 22 with eye on party polls

PUBLISHED ON JAN 21, 2021 04:32 AM IST
“It will be a meeting of the full CWC,” a senior Congress leader said on condition of anonymity. The meet will include 19 members, 26 permanent invitees and nine special invitees other than the Congress president.
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Fans light fireworks to celebrate Team India's victory in Brisbane, at sports complex in Ahmedabad on Tuesday.(Reuters Photo)
Fans light fireworks to celebrate Team India's victory in Brisbane, at sports complex in Ahmedabad on Tuesday.(Reuters Photo)

Sonia Gandhi congratulates Team India, wishes many other victories in future

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Amit Chaturvedi
PUBLISHED ON JAN 20, 2021 12:29 PM IST
The Indian cricket team showed a never-seen-before zeal to retain the coveted Border-Gavaskar trophy with a historic three-wicket win over Australia in the fourth and final Test at Brisbane.
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Priyanka Vadra during an election campaign for her mother and Congress president Sonia Gandhi in Rae Bareli.(File Photo/Representational use)
Priyanka Vadra during an election campaign for her mother and Congress president Sonia Gandhi in Rae Bareli.(File Photo/Representational use)

BJP out to wrest Sonia Gandhi’s Rae Bareli seat after dethroning Rahul in Amethi

By Umesh Raghuvanshi | Edited by Abhinav Sahay, Lucknow
PUBLISHED ON JAN 15, 2021 08:53 AM IST
  • Senior Congress leaders publicly exude confidence that the BJP would not be able to replicate their performance in Amethi in Rae Bareli, however, the saffron party's attempts to make capture the seat remains an area of concern for them.
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Congress president Sonia Gandhi lashed out at the government over soaring fuel prices and asked the Centre to alleviate the concerns raised by protesting farmers.(Vipin Kumar/HT PHOTO)
Congress president Sonia Gandhi lashed out at the government over soaring fuel prices and asked the Centre to alleviate the concerns raised by protesting farmers.(Vipin Kumar/HT PHOTO)

Sonia Gandhi accuses BJP of profiting off people’s woes as fuel prices soar

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Shankhyaneel Sarkar | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 07, 2021 08:31 PM IST
Sonia Gandhi alleged that the government recovered Rs 19,00,000 crore from the country’s citizens by increasing excise duty and denied extending the benefits of the global reduction of oil prices across the globe.
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In his assessment of the two Prime Ministers Mukherjee worked with, the late president noted that Manmohan Singh had “determination…a strong sense of propriety…steely will power” and documented his long relationship with the former PM.
In his assessment of the two Prime Ministers Mukherjee worked with, the late president noted that Manmohan Singh had “determination…a strong sense of propriety…steely will power” and documented his long relationship with the former PM.

Congress lost focus, wrote Pranab in memoir

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, New Del
UPDATED ON JAN 07, 2021 03:20 AM IST
In a wide ranging autobiography, the late Mukherjee — who passed away in 2020 — has documented his years as President, weaving in the personal and the political.
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Congress President Sonia Gandhi approved the appointment of senior observers in poll bound states in 2021, according to a statement from the party.(PTI)
Congress President Sonia Gandhi approved the appointment of senior observers in poll bound states in 2021, according to a statement from the party.(PTI)

Congress appoints senior observers for poll-bound states

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Srivatsan K C | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 06, 2021 06:37 PM IST
Elections are scheduled in four states and one Union territory namely Assam, Kerala, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal and Pondicherry.
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File photo: Congress leader and former Uttarakhand chief minister Harish Rawat.(Shahbaz Khan)
File photo: Congress leader and former Uttarakhand chief minister Harish Rawat.(Shahbaz Khan)

Congress’ Harish Rawat demands Bharat Ratna for Sonia Gandhi, Mayawati

By Kalyan Das | Hindustan Times, Dehradun
UPDATED ON JAN 05, 2021 10:29 PM IST
Rawat said, “Sonia Gandhi and Mayawati made immense contribution towards women empowerment.”
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Congress President Sonia Gandhi(PTI)
Congress President Sonia Gandhi(PTI)

Farmers’ lives lost due to govt’s harsh attitude: Sonia Gandhi

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 04, 2021 03:14 AM IST
Gandhi’s statement came a day after a farmer on the Uttar Pradesh-Delhi border allegedly committed suicide because the government did not heed farmers’ demands.
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Congress president Sonia Gandhi makes an address via video link.(PTI/Screenshot from video posted by @INCIndia)
Congress president Sonia Gandhi makes an address via video link.(PTI/Screenshot from video posted by @INCIndia)

‘True meaning of democracy is...’: Sonia Gandhi hits out at Centre over farmers’ protest

By HT Correspondent | New Delhi, Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON JAN 03, 2021 04:13 PM IST
Gandhi said that the government’s stand is tantamount to arrogance and it must recognize that the true meaning of democracy is to protect the rights and interests of the farmers and workers.
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Congress leader Rahul Gandhi .(PTI)
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi .(PTI)

Rahul Gandhi reluctant to return as Cong chief; Plan B on cards

By Sunetra Choudhury | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 30, 2020 01:10 PM IST
Hindustan Times spoke to several Congress leaders, some of them part of his core group, about the party’s plans to appoint a permanent president.
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Congress President Sonia Gandhi.(PTI)
Congress President Sonia Gandhi.(PTI)

Congress’ Sonia Gandhi hits out at ‘black’ farm laws

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 29, 2020 03:08 AM IST
Party veteran A.K.Antony hoisted the party flag at the Congress headquarters in New Delhi to commemorate its 28 December, 1885 foundation. Sonia Gandhi and former party president Rahul Gandhi, who left on Sunday on a visit abroad, weren’t present on the occasion.
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The CWC has not witnessed any election in over two decades now.(Reuters)
The CWC has not witnessed any election in over two decades now.(Reuters)

Congress to firm up poll plan in January

By Aurangzeb Naqshbandi | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 27, 2020 05:07 AM IST
A member of the central election authority (CEA) said the panel was to announce the schedule by December-end but got delayed as efforts to build consensus on the presidential candidate are still on.
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Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut with party MLAs.(HT Photo)
Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut with party MLAs.(HT Photo)

Time has come to expand scope of Congress-led UPA: Sanjay Raut

By Press Trust of India| Posted by Mallika Soni | Mumbai
UPDATED ON DEC 26, 2020 09:13 PM IST
“All Opposition parties should come together against the dictatorial attitude of the Central government. A weak opposition is bad for democracy,” the Rajya Sabha MP said.
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Smriti Irani has been a popular actor for a long time.
Smriti Irani has been a popular actor for a long time.

Smriti Irani shares her ‘Jaan le lo meri look’ for working moms, Tusshar says ‘I hear you’

PUBLISHED ON DEC 23, 2020 12:53 PM IST
Smriti Irani has shared an interesting picture and it has caught the attention of fans online. Check it out here.
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Congress leaders Pawan Bansal, Prithviraj Chavan and Harish Rawat after a meeting with party’s Interim President Sonia Gandhi, in New Delhi.(PTI photo)
Congress leaders Pawan Bansal, Prithviraj Chavan and Harish Rawat after a meeting with party’s Interim President Sonia Gandhi, in New Delhi.(PTI photo)

Amid rumblings in Congress, dissenters stress on need for hands-on chief

By Sunetra Choudhury and Aurangzeb Naqshbandi | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 23, 2020 04:53 AM IST
Termed an icebreaker, this was the first in-person interaction amid the Covid-19 pandemic between representatives of the group of dissenters and Sonia Gandhi and other party leaders.
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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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Gandhi on Friday reminded Thackeray of the Common Minimum Program (CMP) of state’s Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government, of which the Shiv Sena, Congress and NCP are a part.(HT file photo)
Gandhi on Friday reminded Thackeray of the Common Minimum Program (CMP) of state’s Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government, of which the Shiv Sena, Congress and NCP are a part.(HT file photo)

Sonia’s letter to Uddhav result of lack of communication within Cong: NCP

By Swapnil Rawal | Hindustan Times, Mumbai
UPDATED ON DEC 20, 2020 11:32 AM IST
Maharashtra Congress president Balasaheb Thorat said Gandhi’s letter was not out of resentment, but as part of a dialogue process. “Congress’s stand has always been in favour of uplift of poor and deprived sections of the society and Gandhi’s letter was part of dialogue on how welfare measures can be taken. There is no resentment,” he said.
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Rahul Gandhi said he was ready to accept whatever responsibility the party assigned him but urged them that it would not be appropriate to interfere in the ongoing electoral process.(Ajay Aggarwal /HT file photo)
Rahul Gandhi said he was ready to accept whatever responsibility the party assigned him but urged them that it would not be appropriate to interfere in the ongoing electoral process.(Ajay Aggarwal /HT file photo)

Ready to take any responsibility in party, Rahul Gandhi tells colleagues

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 20, 2020 12:39 AM IST
Addressing reporters after a meeting called by Congress president Sonia Gandhi to resolve the internal crisis, senior party functionary Pawan Kumar Bansal said no one in the party, including the dissenters, has any problem with Rahul Gandhi’s leadership.
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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)

Sonia Gandhi holds meeting for ‘rapprochement’

By Aurangzeb Naqshbandi | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 20, 2020 02:57 AM IST
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.
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If Rahul Gandhi takes over again, it will help bring back some clear authority in the party — but this may not result in any electoral success. If he doesn’t take over, the question is who takes over, whether the new leader will be able to hold the organisation together, and be able to operate autonomously(Raj K Raj/HT PHOTO)
If Rahul Gandhi takes over again, it will help bring back some clear authority in the party — but this may not result in any electoral success. If he doesn’t take over, the question is who takes over, whether the new leader will be able to hold the organisation together, and be able to operate autonomously(Raj K Raj/HT PHOTO)

For the Congress, why status quo is untenable

By Chanakya | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON DEC 19, 2020 08:38 PM IST
Unless the party gets its leadership, messaging, organisation, and social base right, it stares at a third Lok Sabha defeat in 2024
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Sathe, a Fergusson College alumnus, started his political career in 1992 through National Students Union of India (NSUI)(HT PHOTO)
Sathe, a Fergusson College alumnus, started his political career in 1992 through National Students Union of India (NSUI)(HT PHOTO)

Prithviraj Sathe is Congress national secretary

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, Pune
UPDATED ON DEC 20, 2020 04:41 PM IST
Sathe, who studied in Pune, has also been given charge of Assam
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This was the first time Congress leaders met Sonia Gandhi in person since the outbreak of Covid-19. (File Photo)(ANI)
This was the first time Congress leaders met Sonia Gandhi in person since the outbreak of Covid-19. (File Photo)(ANI)

‘Nobody was critical of Rahul Gandhi’: What happened in Congress leaders’ meet with Sonia Gandhi amid overhaul calls

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Poulomi Ghosh | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 19, 2020 07:26 PM IST
The simmering disgruntlement came to the fore after Congress’s abysmal performance in the Bihar election.
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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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Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala during a press conference in Patna, Bihar.(Parwaz Khan/HT File Photo)
Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala during a press conference in Patna, Bihar.(Parwaz Khan/HT File Photo)

Surjewala’s remark upsets section of Congress letter-writers

By HT Correspondent | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
PUBLISHED ON DEC 19, 2020 04:08 AM IST
Some of the dissenters, including Anand Sharma and Prithviraj Chavan, met at Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad’s residence to decide whether to attend Saturday’s meeting with Sonia Gandhi.
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