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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)

For the Congress, why status quo is untenable

Hindustan Times | By Chanakya
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
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

Hindustan Times, Pune | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON DEC 20, 2020 04:41 PM IST
Sathe, who studied in Pune, has also been given charge of Assam
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

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Poulomi Ghosh
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.
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

New Delhi, Hindustan Times | By Aurangzeb Naqshbandi
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
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

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
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.
The meeting will be held on the lawns of Sonia Gandhi’s residence on Saturday.(Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)
The meeting will be held on the lawns of Sonia Gandhi’s residence on Saturday.(Sonu Mehta/HT PHOTO)

Sonia Gandhi to meet dissenters today, discuss key issues

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON DEC 19, 2020 03:54 AM IST
While the letter didn’t attack Sonia Gandhi or Rahul Gandhi directly, it did point out the failure of the party to discuss the real reasons behind the 2019 Lok Sabha election loss.
The grand old party will be electing its new President ahead of the crucial polls of West Bengal, Kerala, Assam and Tamil Nadu.(ANI)
The grand old party will be electing its new President ahead of the crucial polls of West Bengal, Kerala, Assam and Tamil Nadu.(ANI)

99.9% Congress members want Rahul Gandhi as President: Randeep Surjewala

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Nilavro Ghosh
UPDATED ON DEC 18, 2020 07:01 PM IST
Surjewala said that the electoral college of the Congress, All India Congress Committee (AICC) members and Congress workers and members would be involved in the procedure.
A Congress functionary said the first in-person meeting between the party chief Sonia Gandhi and senior leaders during the Covid-19 pandemic could extend to Sunday as well.(ANI File Photo)
A Congress functionary said the first in-person meeting between the party chief Sonia Gandhi and senior leaders during the Covid-19 pandemic could extend to Sunday as well.(ANI File Photo)

Sonia Gandhi calls Congress strategy meet tomorrow, dissenters to attend

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Aurangzeb Naqshbandi
UPDATED ON DEC 18, 2020 11:45 AM IST
In her upcoming meetings, Sonia Gandhi is expected to discuss the party’s dismal show in the assembly polls in Bihar and by-polls to 58 seats in 11 states apart from the setbacks in the local bodies’ elections in Rajasthan, a state ruled by the Congress, ane Telangana, Goa, Kerala and Bodoland Territorial Council (BTC) in Assam.
UPA Presidential candidate Pranab Mukherjee at his residence in New Delhi.(Ajay Aggarwal / HT Archive)
UPA Presidential candidate Pranab Mukherjee at his residence in New Delhi.(Ajay Aggarwal / HT Archive)

In memoir, Pranab blames Manmohan, Sonia for Cong’s defeat, says Modi govt’s first term autocratic

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON DEC 12, 2020 12:28 AM IST
The Presidential Years is the fourth volume of Mukherjee’s memoirs and will be released in January 2021.
The release said Sonia Gandhi made a promise to create separate Telangana if Congress comes into power during the 2004 elections.(PTI file photo)
The release said Sonia Gandhi made a promise to create separate Telangana if Congress comes into power during the 2004 elections.(PTI file photo)

Include Sonia Gandhi’s life in school syllabus, Cong leader urges Telangana CM

Hyderabad | By Asian News International| Posted by: Harshit Sabarwal
PUBLISHED ON DEC 11, 2020 06:33 AM IST
“As a mark of respect and gratitude, you are requested to direct the authorities to include Sonia Gandhi’s life in school syllabus,” Congress leader Sravan Dasoju said according to a release.
Congress chief Sonia Gandhi (PTI file photo)
Congress chief Sonia Gandhi (PTI file photo)

Congress wants Sonia Gandhi’s biography in Telangana’s school syllabus

Hyderabad | By Asian News International| Posted by Akhilesh Nagari
PUBLISHED ON DEC 10, 2020 05:46 PM IST
While writing to the Telangana Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao (KCR), Dasoju said “As a mark of respect and gratitude, you are requested to direct the authorities to insert Smt Sonia Gandhi’s life in school syllabus.”
Congress president Sonia Gandhi who is in Goa at present turns 47 on Wednesday.(ANI)
Congress president Sonia Gandhi who is in Goa at present turns 47 on Wednesday.(ANI)

‘Long and healthy life,’ PM Modi, Nitin Gadkari wish Sonia Gandhi on her birthday

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Poulomi Ghosh
UPDATED ON DEC 09, 2020 11:40 AM IST
Sonia Gandhi is not celebrating her birthday in the view of the pandemic and the ongoing farmers’ protest.
Farmers arrive at Ghazipur border on a tractor to join protest against farm reform laws, in New Delhi, India, on Monday, December 7, 2020. (Photo by Raj K Raj/ Hindustan Times)
Farmers arrive at Ghazipur border on a tractor to join protest against farm reform laws, in New Delhi, India, on Monday, December 7, 2020. (Photo by Raj K Raj/ Hindustan Times)

News updates from Hindustan Times: Haryana farm group backs Centre’s agricultural laws and all the latest news

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By hindustantimes.com
UPDATED ON DEC 08, 2020 08:56 AM IST
Here are today’s top news, analysis and opinion at 9am. Know all about the latest news and other news updates from Hindustan Times.
Congress president Sonia Gandhi.(File photo)
Congress president Sonia Gandhi.(File photo)

Sonia Gandhi not to celebrate her birthday in view of farmers’ protests, Covid-19

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent | Edited by Smriti Sinha
UPDATED ON DEC 08, 2020 08:31 AM IST
The Congress leader, who will turn 74 on December 9, is currently in Goa after doctors advised her to shift out of Delhi in view of heavy pollution and poor air quality that had aggravated her chest infection
The ‘Bharat Bandh’ or the nationwide strike called by the farmers against the farm laws will begin at 11am and continue till 3pm on Tuesday.(PTI)
The ‘Bharat Bandh’ or the nationwide strike called by the farmers against the farm laws will begin at 11am and continue till 3pm on Tuesday.(PTI)

Sonia Gandhi won’t celebrate birthday over farmers’ agitation, pandemic

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By hindustantimes.com| Edited by Susmita Pakrasi
UPDATED ON DEC 08, 2020 08:15 AM IST
Farmers protesting the Centre’s agricultural sector laws have called a ‘Bharat Bandh’ on Tuesday after several rounds of talks with the government over the new farm laws remained inconclusive.
Congress president Sonia Gandhi with Ahmed Patel.(PTI File)
Congress president Sonia Gandhi with Ahmed Patel.(PTI File)

Ahmed Patel, Congress’ crisis manager: Five instances of how he was a problem solver

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Sunetra Choudhury | Edited by Zara Khan
UPDATED ON NOV 26, 2020 10:21 AM IST
Patel had cordial ties with leaders from other parties; even younger leaders from the Congress found him approachable
Senior leader of the Indian National Congress party Ahmed Patel.(Hindustan Times)
Senior leader of the Indian National Congress party Ahmed Patel.(Hindustan Times)

The centrality of Ahmed Patel in Indian politics

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Prashant Jha
UPDATED ON NOV 26, 2020 03:21 AM IST
Ahmed Patel’s loss is the most significant setback to India’s Grand Old Party in recent times.
Ahmed Patel.(PTI File)
Ahmed Patel.(PTI File)

The centrality of Ahmed Patel in Indian politics

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Prashant Jha
PUBLISHED ON NOV 25, 2020 02:03 PM IST
If there was one Congress leader who had an almost instinctive understanding of how to manage these various sources and sites of power, it was Ahmed Patel
Ahmed Patel.(HT Archive)
Ahmed Patel.(HT Archive)

Ahmed Patel: Congress’ indispensable man, an emissary and an archetypal party person

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Vinod Sharma
UPDATED ON NOV 25, 2020 02:44 PM IST
A three-term Lok Sabha and five-time Rajya Sabha member, Patel never held a ministerial office. He was an archetypal party person, an apparatchik whose membership of the Congress’s core group fetched him a slot on the high table
Congress leader Ahmed Patel is seen in this file photo in New Delhi. Patel, who was in a hospital after testing positive for the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) last month, died on Wednesday.(PTI Photo)
Congress leader Ahmed Patel is seen in this file photo in New Delhi. Patel, who was in a hospital after testing positive for the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) last month, died on Wednesday.(PTI Photo)

Had friends across parties: Leaders mourn Ahmed Patel’s death

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Meenakshi Ray
PUBLISHED ON NOV 25, 2020 08:48 AM IST
Ahmed Patel died on after multi-organ failure at a hospital in Gurugram where he was undergoing treatment after testing positive for the coronavirus disease (Covid-19). He was 71.
Congress president Sonia Gandhi and Congress Rajya Sabha MP Ahmed Patel seen speaking to each other at a rally in Rajkot in this file picture.(PTI File)
Congress president Sonia Gandhi and Congress Rajya Sabha MP Ahmed Patel seen speaking to each other at a rally in Rajkot in this file picture.(PTI File)

‘Lost an irreplaceable comrade, faithful colleague’: Congress president Sonia Gandhi condoles Ahmed Patel’s death

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Shankhyaneel Sarkar
UPDATED ON NOV 25, 2020 09:50 AM IST
‘Lost an irreplaceable comrade, faithful colleague’: Congress president Sonia Gandhi condoles Ahmed Patel’s death
As per the report, Modi had a consolidated brand score of 70, which is almost double that of the nearest political leader.(PTI)
As per the report, Modi had a consolidated brand score of 70, which is almost double that of the nearest political leader.(PTI)

PM Modi led ‘Trends’ across social media, BJP topped engagement in Aug-Oct: Report

New Delhi | By Press Trust of India | Posted by Arpan Rai
PUBLISHED ON NOV 23, 2020 09:07 PM IST
Other leaders who led significant trends include West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi and Congress President Sonia Gandhi, it added.
Congress president Sonia Gandhi with Ghulam Nabi Azad, A K Antony, Manmohan Singh and P. Chidambram as she addresses the media after a meeting of the CWC at AICC in New Delhi.(Vipin Kumar/HT PHOTO)
Congress president Sonia Gandhi with Ghulam Nabi Azad, A K Antony, Manmohan Singh and P. Chidambram as she addresses the media after a meeting of the CWC at AICC in New Delhi.(Vipin Kumar/HT PHOTO)

Congress rumblings grow, Ghulam Nabi Azad for internal polls

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON NOV 23, 2020 02:00 AM IST
Ghulam Nabi Azad , one of the 23 leaders who signed a letter to Congress president Sonia Gandhi in August demanding major changes in the party’s functioning, also said the “general impression (is) that there is no president of the party.”
Sonia Gandhi, 73, arrived in Goa with her son and former Congress president Rahul Gandhi.(PTI Photo)
Sonia Gandhi, 73, arrived in Goa with her son and former Congress president Rahul Gandhi.(PTI Photo)

Sonia Gandhi reaches Goa as Delhi air quality drops

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
PUBLISHED ON NOV 21, 2020 06:47 AM IST
A senior Congress functionary said the doctors had advised her to shift to a warmer place till the air quality in the national capital improves. “Two places had been identified – outskirts of Chennai and Goa -- for the purpose,” he said.
The committees should help the party come up with consistent messaging on important issues.(Vipin Kumar/HT file photo)
The committees should help the party come up with consistent messaging on important issues.(Vipin Kumar/HT file photo)

Congress’ new internal panels include old guard

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON NOV 21, 2020 02:33 AM IST
The appointments come against the backdrop of rumblings within the Congress over the outcome of the assembly elections in Bihar, and by-polls to 58 seats across 11 states.
Congress president Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi.(File photo)
Congress president Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi.(File photo)

Sonia, Rahul Gandhi arrive in Goa on private visit

Hindustan Times, Panaji | By Gerard de Souza
UPDATED ON NOV 20, 2020 05:06 PM IST
The Congress president is believed to have chosen to make the trip on doctors advice and will remain at a resort in South Goa, people familiar with the matter have said
Congress president Sonia Gandhi. (Photo: INCIndia/ Twitter)
Congress president Sonia Gandhi. (Photo: INCIndia/ Twitter)

Sonia Gandhi forms panels on economy, foreign affairs, national security; former PM to head all 3

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent | Edited by Smriti Sinha
UPDATED ON NOV 20, 2020 05:43 PM IST
Apart from Manmohan Singh, the committee on economic affairs will have former union ministers P Chidambaram, Mallikarjun Kharge and Jairam Ramesh, who will also be its convenor, besides former Madhya Pradesh chief minister Digvijaya Singh
Congress president Sonia Gandhi.(PTI File)
Congress president Sonia Gandhi.(PTI File)

Poor air quality forces Sonia Gandhi to shift out of Delhi on doctors’ advice

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent | Edited by Zara Khan
UPDATED ON NOV 20, 2020 05:43 PM IST
The heavy pollution has aggravated her asthma and her chest condition, said a Congress functionary on the condition of anonymity
Representational Image.
Representational Image.

Congress panel meeting today to discuss organisational matters

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent | Edited by Smriti Sinha
UPDATED ON NOV 17, 2020 01:50 PM IST
The six-member panel was formed by Gandhi in August this year as part of the party reshuffle carried out after a group of 23 leaders wrote a letter to her seeking internal elections and organisational overhaul
Congress interim president Sonia Gandhi.(ANI)
Congress interim president Sonia Gandhi.(ANI)

Amid war of words among party leaders, Congress’ Special Committee to meet today

By Asian News International | Posted by Shivani Kumar
UPDATED ON NOV 17, 2020 06:12 AM IST
The Congress is being blamed for the defeat of the Grand Alliance (Mahagathbandhan) in the recently concluded Bihar elections. In the Mahagathbandhan, the success rate of RJD and the Left parties was more than 50 per cent whereas the Congress could win only 19 seats out of 70 seats it contested.
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