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.


In blow for Sitaram Yechury, CPM backs Prakash Karat line on no understanding with Congress
Mon, Jan 22, 2018

With Yechury’s draft rejected, the alternative document presented in the central committee by his predecessor Prakash Karat and S Ramachandran Pillai would now go to the party’s once-in-three-year national conclave scheduled to be held in Hyderabad this April.

CPM central committee meeting: Sitaram Yechury, Prakash Karat factions to table separate drafts
Thu, Jan 18, 2018

The two sides having failed to iron out their differences on the party’s approach towards the Congress and the central committee will now consider two separate drafts of the political resolution.

Supreme Court crisis: PM Modi’s Principal Secy Nripendra Misra drops by CJI Dipak Misra’s home
Sun, Jan 14, 2018

SC judges meet: “It was not a structured meeting at all. It was a social meeting. He just wanted to pay a friendly visit to the CJI,” said another government source.

Congress firms up Karnataka strategy, to counter BJP ‘tactics’ strongly
Sun, Jan 14, 2018

“I am also a Hindu, but I’m a Hindu with humanity, they are Hindus without humanity. That is the difference between me and (them),” Siddaramaiah said

CJI must take the call, set things right: M Veerappa Moily
Sun, Jan 14, 2018

"I think it is high time the CJI immediately take the call and ensure that the things are brought in order... Otherwise, the outside forces tend to disturb the autonomy of the judiciary and .... we should not allow that to happen," Moily said

SC judges raised important concerns, stop selective case assigning: Congress
Sat, Jan 13, 2018

Congress backed the argument of the four judges that “established conventions and traditions of the courts must be followed, and selective assignment of cases must be stopped”.

Judges vs CJI: Govt cautious, Opposition weighs options, says probe issues
Sat, Jan 13, 2018

The Opposition described the judges’ allegations as “disturbing” and “extremely serious”, with Congress president Rahul Gandhi saying that the points raised by them were “extremely important”.

Instant triple talaq Bill deferred, penal clauses offer room for give-and-take
Sat, Jan 06, 2018

After the session concluded, Ghulam Nabi Azad, Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha, offered to agree to the penal provisions in the Bill, provided it is insulated from outside interference and has a mechanism for subsistence allowance.

2G case: A Raja writes to Manmohan to say ‘I stand vindicated’, ex-PM replies he is very happy
Fri, Jan 05, 2018

Speaking to The Indian Express, Raja said: “As a Cabinet colleague of his, I wanted to convey to him my righteousness. He was my prime minister."

Rajya Sabha standoff over triple talaq Bill: Cong told Govt will support Bill if you agree to pay subsistence allowance
Fri, Jan 05, 2018

While the Opposition stuck to its demand that the Bill be referred to a select committee, the government, sources said, made an attempt to secure Congress support but did not eventually accept its proposal to break the deadlock.

Oppostion changes tactics to stall debate on instant triple talaq Bill, Centre says sham
Thu, Jan 04, 2018

The show of strength by the Opposition in Rajya Sabha, where it outnumbers the ruling coalition, drew a sharp response from the government.

Thanks to absent MPs, record for questions taken up in Rajya Sabha
Wed, Jan 03, 2018

This prompted chairman M Venkaiah Naidu to say “not coming to the House is not a good practice”.

Opposition, TDP want select panel to look at triple talaq Bill
Wed, Jan 03, 2018

Although the bill was listed, Rajya Sabha did not take it up since Opposition members said the business advisory committee had not allocated it time.

Pre-April 2014 loans led to bulk of NPAs: Arun Jaitley
Wed, Jan 03, 2018

Jaitley said these loans were given at times without proper risk assessment and even without being backed by securities.

Shah Bano vs Triple Talaq: A tale of two Congresses
Fri, Dec 29, 2017

Speaker Sumitra Mahajan allowed every member who had given notice objecting to the introduction of the Bill to speak at the time of its moving. There was no such notice from the Congress.

Lok Sabha passes Bill making instant triple talaq a crime, Opposition doesn’t protest too much
Fri, Dec 29, 2017

We are making history today, says Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad on Triple Talaq Bill; some MPs said send Bill to House panel

Need to counter BJP spin that Congress for Muslims, they for Hindus, says Ashok Gehlot
Fri, Dec 29, 2017

For Congress, secularism has always been a guiding principle, Ashok Gehlot said.

Rajya Sabha: BJP moves privilege notice against Rahul Gandhi for Arun Jaitley tweet
Fri, Dec 29, 2017

Rahul Gandhi had tweeted “Dear Mr Jaitlie — thank you for reminding India that our PM never means what he says or says what he means. #BJPLies.”

PM Modi did not question Manmohan Singh, Hamid Ansari commitment, says Arun Jaitley in Parliament
Thu, Dec 28, 2017

The Congress had been disrupting Parliament from day one of the winter session, seeking first an apology and then settling for a clarification from the PM Narendra Modi over his remarks about Manmohan Singh and Hamid Ansari.

As all parties attack Pakistan, Congress readies to target govt over Kulbhushan Jadhav
Thu, Dec 28, 2017

Slogan-shouting by Congress and TRS members — over different issues — subsided for a while when Arvind Sawant (Shiv Sena) flagged the Jadhav family meeting.

Rahul Gandhi chairs CWC meet: Need to reconnect with urban areas, youth, says Manmohan Singh
Sat, Dec 23, 2017

According to sources, Singh said there was still lot of goodwill for the Congress in urban centres and people understood the good work done by the UPA government.

2G is a scam of lies of BJP, Vinod Rai should apologise to the nation: Kapil Sibal
Fri, Dec 22, 2017

2G case verdict: It is a moral victory for the Congress because the court has held that there was no corrupt motive involved and the whole theory of loss is totally irrelevant. On both these counts, we have been vindicated: Sibal

2G case judgment speaks for itself: Manmohan Singh
Fri, Dec 22, 2017

Leading the charge was Manmohan Singh, who had borne the brunt of an aggressive BJP attack when he was Prime Minister.

2G spectrum case verdict: Kanimozhi’s phone does not stop ringing, Raja ensures lunch for all
Fri, Dec 22, 2017

CBI court acquitted DMK leaders A Raja, Kanimozhi and all other accused in the 2G spectrum case.

PM Modi’s comments against Manmohan Singh: Govt says no apology, standoff goes on
Thu, Dec 21, 2017

Not insisting on apology, says Congress, let PM Narendra Modi simply say it was a poll stunt and withdraw his statement

Governance was not as per expectation: Himachal Cong chief counters Virbhadra
Wed, Dec 20, 2017

The BJP won 44 seats in the state, reducing the Congress to just 21 in the 68-member state Assembly.

Rahul Gandhi raises question over PM Modi’s credibility, calls Gujarat verdict a big jolt to BJP
Wed, Dec 20, 2017

Asks why PM Modi is silent on Rafale and Jay Shah, BJP hits back with Bofors and Vadra.

Parliament Winter Session: Amid standoff over PM Modi’s remarks on Manmohan, govt meets opposition
Wed, Dec 20, 2017

In Lok Sabha, Cong MPs speak with microphones off

Gujarat election results 2017: The way we fought… reverse countdown for Modi has begun, says Ashok Gehlot
Tue, Dec 19, 2017

"There was anger against them (BJP). But there was an atmosphere of fear — there was a fear of Income Tax, ED, CBI and local government agencies," Gehlot said

Opposition’s Gujarat elections takeaway: Can and must come together
Tue, Dec 19, 2017

The ferocity of the Congress campaign which managed to give the BJP some nervous moments has earned the new Congress leader quiet respect within and outside the party.

Gujarat results: 61 to 77: Cong calls it the Rahul effect but challenges ahead
Mon, Dec 18, 2017

Gujarat Assembly election result: The results show while the issues raised by Congress had a resonance among the electorate, the absence of a credible counter-narrative, an alternative vision, stopped the voters from embracing the party fully.

In Gujarat fight, the Congress has some good lessons to learn
Mon, Dec 18, 2017

While the BJP, being a cadre party, has a strong organisation right from booth level complimented by the RSS machinery, the Congress has gaping holes in the organisation. The connect with the masses can be made only when workers at the ground level establish a direct contact with the voters.

A tale of two speeches: In 2017, Sonia Gandhi returns to 1998
Sun, Dec 17, 2017

Nineteen years ago, speaking just a month after Lok Sabha elections in which the Congress had been routed and the BJP had gained, Sonia Gandhi had been introspective, though upfront, about what the party needed to do.

Rahul Gandhi takes over today: Sonia Gandhi talks of retirement, Congress wants her to stay as ‘mother’
Sat, Dec 16, 2017

On Saturday, Rahul Gandhi will take over as Congress president at a time when the party finds itself in a severe political crisis. The transition bears an uncanny resemblance to the time when Sonia took over and the party clocked its worst performance since Independence in the 1999 elections, winning 114 seats.

Ex-judge’s sexual harassment plea can’t be proved but transfer wrong: Rajya Sabha panel
Sat, Dec 16, 2017

Justice SK Gangele was accused of sexually harassing a woman judge following which 58 members of the Rajya Sabha, on March 4, 2015, gave a notice to the then RS Chairman to move a motion for Gangele's impeachment

Gujarat Assembly elections: 34 rallies by PM Modi, 30 by Rahul Gandhi plus his 12 temple visits
Wed, Dec 13, 2017

BJP chief Amit Shah addressed 31 rallies while travelling 6,665 km in his home state since November 21