Manoj C.G


Manoj C G is a Senior Assistant Editor. He writes on politics. He has worked with the PTI before joining The Indian Express in 2008.


Rahul Gandhi set to take over as Congress chief before Gujarat elections
Sun, Nov 19, 2017

Sources in the party said the Mullappally Ramachandran-headed central election authority, which oversees conduct of the organisational polls, has submitted multiple schedules to the Congress president.

Delayed by alliance talks, disputes, Congress first list likely tomorrow
Sat, Nov 18, 2017

With the last date for filing of nominations for the first phase coming up on November 21, party leaders said the first candidates’ list is expected to be announced over the weekend.

Gujarat Elections 2017: Congress holds meet to pick candidates
Thu, Nov 16, 2017

While the Congress was immersed in candidate selection, state Dalit leader Jignesh Mevani, who is in Delhi, said he will neither extend support to any political party nor share stage with them.

Stormy scenes in Supreme Court over college bribe case: ‘Internal matters should be sorted out in collegium’
Sun, Nov 12, 2017

M Veerappa Moily said “internal matters” of the Supreme Court should be sorted out in the collegium and “should not come to open in this way”.

Kerala solar scam: Congress puts up brave face, leaders admit loss of face
Fri, Nov 10, 2017

While some in the party believe those who figure in the report should step down from their positions, the majority view is that the report should be “politically fought”.

Winter session of Parliament faces delay as election campaign warms up
Thu, Nov 09, 2017

Last year, the Winter Session began a little early, on November 16, in order to expedite passage of the GST Bill and to make way for an early Budget Session, so that the Budget date could be preponed to February 1 instead of the end of the month.

Gujarat polls: Past backfires in mind, Congress walks quota tightrope while wooing Hardik
Thu, Nov 02, 2017

Few would understand the Congress’s challenge better than Ashok Gehlot, the AICC general secretary in charge of Gujarat, who is overseeing the talks with Patidar leaders.

PM Narendra Modi hit economy with torpedoes of demonetisation, GST: Rahul Gandhi
Tue, Oct 31, 2017

Former PM Manmohan Singh, former finance minister P Chidambaram and finance ministers of Congress-governed states attended one meet.

Karnataka DSP suicide: CM Siddaramaiah rules out minister’s resignation
Sat, Oct 28, 2017

Many top leaders of the Congress believe the case will give the BJP a handle to attack the ruling party in the run-up to the Assembly elections next year.

Opposition plans joint protests on note ban anniversary
Tue, Oct 24, 2017

As many as 17 parties are planning to hold coordinated nationwide protests on and around November 8.

Expect EC to announce Gujarat poll schedule now: Ghulam Nabi Azad
Mon, Oct 23, 2017

Azad said it was unfortunate that the Election Commission had failed to announce elections to Himachal Pradesh and Gujarat together.

Dinakaran seeks Election Commission nod for cross-examination
Tue, Oct 17, 2017

Earlier, the apex court disposed of a petition filed by Dinakaran, challenging a Madras High Court order asking the EC to decide on the dispute between his faction and the EPS-OPS camp over control of the party.

For 2019 general elections, should CPM reach out to Congress? Party brass split 32-31
Tue, Oct 17, 2017

While both Yechury and Karat came up with some proposals, it was finally agreed that the Politburo should prepare the draft resolution to be presented before the party’s national conclave next year.

Virbhadra Singh is campaign panel chief
Tue, Oct 17, 2017

Sukhu’s appointment as chairman of the campaign committee, a post which would have given him a say in selection of candidates and in running of the campaign, had upset Singh.

Meeting Baba Ramdev: I should not have done it, admits Pranab Mukherjee
Wed, Oct 25, 2017

Pranab Mukherjee was then the Finance Minister. He and Sibal, then HRD Minister, met Ramdev, who flew into the capital in a chartered jet from Ujjain, on June 1 and discussed issues raised by him, including bringing back black money stashed abroad.

VS Achuthanandan tilts towards Sitaram Yechury on secular coalition debate
Mon, Oct 16, 2017

Sources said the opinion in the party central committee, which is meeting in Delhi to discuss the contentious issue of its approach towards the Congress in the next general election, is divided.

Dinakaran prepares to bring forgery charge against EPS-OPS camp
Mon, Oct 16, 2017

At the last hearing on October 6, the united OPS and EPS camps had told the Election Commission that around 95 per cent of the party is with them and urged the poll panel to recognise them as the real AIADMK.

Kerala finance minister backs Sitaram Yechury view on alliance issue
Sun, Oct 15, 2017

Kerala’s Finance Minister Thomas Issac is learnt to have argued that if the party is not seen to be in the forefront of attempts to overthrow the Narendra Modi government, then it will lose faith among minorities in Kerala.

Pranab Mukherjee has a reason to be upset, more qualified for PM: Manmohan Singh
Sat, Oct 14, 2017

Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh described former President Pranab Mukherjee as one of the greatest living politicians and Congressmen who the party turned to whenever there was a crisis to be resolved.

Left holds patent for outside support: Sitaram Yechury
Sat, Oct 14, 2017

Sources in CPI(M) said Yechury is of the view that without an electoral alliance or front, CPI(M) should seek the cooperation of non-Left secular parties to defeat the BJP

Congress slams Pinarayi Vijayan ‘politics’, silent on Oommen Chandy
Thu, Oct 12, 2017

AK Antony said the state government sat on the report and chose to announce a follow-up action on the day of the bypoll.

Congress demands PM Modi order probe into Amit Shah son’s firm
Sun, Oct 08, 2017

Senior Congress leader Kapil Sibal cited filings with the Registrar of Companies (RoC) and said it was surprising to see a company with no inventory or assets show a turnover of Rs 80.5 crore.

Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi authorised to nominate Delhi Congress chief
Sun, Oct 08, 2017

All the state units have been asked to complete the election exercise by October 10 by the party central election authority headed by Lok Sabha MP Mullappally Ramachandran.

Arvind Kejriwal says next general election between PM Modi and rest of the country
Fri, Oct 06, 2017

At Manish Tewari book launch, Yashwant Sinha says he was aware that the “company in which I have been photographed will send some message.... But I must also say that I don’t really care because... I am past caring”.

Congress view from the sidelines: CPM giving BJP unnecessary importance
Thu, Oct 05, 2017

The grand old party admits that the BJP’s moves will charge up its cadres, but hopes Kerala is not yet ready to open up its arms to the saffron party.

Himachal chief Sukhwinder Singh Sukhu to stay, Congress tells Virbhadra Singh
Sat, Sep 30, 2017

Virbhadra Singh had been demanding that Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu be removed and signalled that he would not contest or lead the party into the Assembly elections.

Kamal Nath endorses Jyotiraditya Scindia as CM face in Madhya Pradesh
Thu, Sep 28, 2017

Senior Congress leader Kamal Nath said he had no problems if the party projected MP Jyotiraditya Scindia as the chief ministerial face of Madhya Pradesh. The Congress party vice-president Rahul Gandhi will take the final call.

Eye on Patidar vote, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi picks temple visits carefully
Wed, Sep 27, 2017

A decisive vote bank in Gujarat, a large section of the Patidar (or Patel) community is up in arms against the ruling BJP over the reservation issue, and the Congress is wooing the community ahead of the polls.

Congress locks horns with govt on standing committee
Fri, Sep 22, 2017

In the Rajya Sabha, the Congress currently has chairmanship of three standing committees — home, personnel, public grievances, law and justice and science and technology.

Use majority to clear women’s quota Bill: Sonia Gandhi writes to PM
Fri, Sep 22, 2017

The letter comes amid reports that the BJP government is planning to take the Bill — envisaging 33 per cent reservation for women in Parliament and state legislatures — out of cold storage.

Interaction at Princeton University: Cong failed, PM also failing on job front, says Rahul Gandhi
Thu, Sep 21, 2017

Rahul referred to the “politics of polarisation” once on Tuesday, but framed it in the context of it hampering economic growth and social development, and creating spaces for hostile neighbours to create trouble.

Congress for talks, critics warn against blanket blacklist
Tue, Sep 19, 2017

Former Law Minister Ashwani Kumar, who has sought to intervene in the case “on behalf of three lawyers” told The Indian Express: “India is in breach of all its international obligations when it says it will not accept the refugees.”

CPM expels RS MP Ritabrata, Yechury-Karat tussle deepens
Thu, Sep 14, 2017

Banerjee was a state committee member. Sources in the party said the decision need not be ratified by the central committee. Banerjee is considered close to Yechury and many in the party view the action against him in the context of the deepening tussle in the party.

Certain amount of arrogance crept into Congress in 2012, ended culture of conversation: Rahul Gandhi at UC Berkeley
Tue, Sep 12, 2017

Rahul Gandhi, speaking at University of California, Berkeley, said rebuilding the Congress requires designing a vision that India can use going forward.

Bihar Congress chief Ashok Chaudhary says Delhi leaders conspiring against him
Fri, Sep 08, 2017

Day after Congress MLAs met Rahul Gandhi, Chaudhary says rumours being spread about him

Concrete conditions have changed, so our alignment will accordingly change: Sitaram Yechury
Fri, Sep 08, 2017

The CPM is gearing up to have a re-look at the political tactical line following the BJP’s continuous victory march and the West Bengal unit’s push for an electoral collaboration with the Congress.