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.

The shrinking of Indian National Congress
Sun, Mar 19, 2017

With every electoral defeat, the party finds its footprint shrinking and questions being asked of Rahul Gandhi’s ability to take it forward.

After defeat in UP, Uttarakhand, two ex-Congress ministers speak out: Get rid of coterie, sycophancy
Thu, Mar 16, 2017

Kishore Chandra Deo said that AICC vice-president Rahul Gandhi has to get rid of “a dozen people” around him to “survive”.

Rahul takes no blame, Congress veterans call for ‘cardiac surgery’
Thu, Mar 16, 2017

Senior Congress leader K V Thomas told The Indian Express that the Congress leadership should rise to the expectations of the people.

After the results: Rahul says BJP stole people’s mandate, Jaitley says Congress complains too much
Wed, Mar 15, 2017

“The Congress Party complains a bit too much. It accused the BJP of ‘stealing’ the mandate in Goa. It unsuccessfully petitioned before the Supreme Court.”

Congress is screaming for change but is Rahul Gandhi listening? If not, why not?
Thu, Mar 16, 2017

“As far as the Congress party is concerned, we do need to make structural and organisational changes. That is a fact,” Rahul Gandhi said

Post-defeat churn: Cong general secretary quits, M Veerappa Moily calls for ‘surgery’
Tue, Mar 14, 2017

Moily, however, made it clear that this “of course does not apply to our leadership.Rahul Gandhi or Sonia Gandhi”.

Interview: (Anti-incumbency, SP feud) probably had some impact, says Sheila Dikshit
Mon, Mar 13, 2017

"For instance, look our wonderful achievement in Punjab. Look at this also and evaluate the whole thing and take whatever corrective steps need to be taken with a consensus," said Sheila Dikshit.

Election Results 2017: BJP moves fast in Goa & Manipur, Congress wallows in confusion
Mon, Mar 13, 2017

Amid the confusion, the Congress held a meeting of its newly elected 17 MLAs on Sunday afternoon.

UP election results 2017: Routed, Congress leaders ask, did Akhilesh ka saath help at all?
Sun, Mar 12, 2017

Congress leader Ajai Rai said, “The alliance (with SP) was projected as a front to unify Muslim votes... and they (BJP) polarised it.

Five state polls: Is Rahul Gandhi staring down the barrel of a gun?
Thu, Mar 16, 2017

Rahul put all his might and all his eggs in the alliance basket. His campaign in the other states going to the polls was at best, nominal.

Meanwhile, Congress looks back at UPA days: ‘SP was there and so was BSP’
Fri, Mar 10, 2017

The Congress leadership was not willing to take the exit polls at face value.

UP Assembly Elections 2017: Yet to forget Batla House, a village divided over its votes
Fri, Mar 03, 2017

Days ahead of voting, Sanjarpur presents a model for the reasons why the Samajwadi Party should be anxious about the Muslim vote.

UP Assembly Polls 2017: In Azamgarh minus its MP Mulayam, Akhilesh Yadav sets upon uphill task
Wed, Mar 01, 2017

Azamgarh was eastern UP’s only Lok Sabha seat not won by the BJP in 2014. Mulayam won comfortably but is now missing from the action.

In Congress seat, village where Rahul yatra set off still weighs options
Tue, Feb 28, 2017

The village was selected for the launch of the signature drive because of its Congress-linked history.

UP Elections 2017: Sangh Parivar’s Hindutva pitch stands in BJP and Maurya’s way
Tue, Feb 28, 2017

A divide in Sangh Parivar is posing a hurdle to BJP and Maurya. His remarks against Hindu gods and goddesses have returned to haunt him.

UP Polls 2017: PM Modi is tired, let’s give him some rest, says Rahul Gandhi to Akhilesh Yadav
Tue, Feb 28, 2017

On dais, the two fiercely attacked Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and indicated that their friendship will continue after the elections. On ground, workers of their parties showed signs of getting along.

UP Elections 2017: In Congress seat, village where Rahul yatra set off still weighs options
Tue, Feb 28, 2017

In homes Rahul visited, Vimla Devi is unsure where her vote will go, Pradyuman will vote for ‘Modi’ while Bade Lal will go with ‘Panja’

UP Elections 2017: In BJP and Swami Prasad Maurya’s way, divided Sangh Parivar
Tue, Feb 28, 2017

Maurya’s alleged remarks about Hindu gods and goddesses have returned to haunt him.

Uttar Pradesh Polls 2017: SP-Congress alliance sealed at top, troubled on ground
Mon, Feb 27, 2017

Kishore was forced to fold the flag after SP workers reportedly objected to him putting it up, as the party has fielded its candidate from Khajani, a reserved constituency.

Maharashtra civic elections 2017: With no new ‘post-2014’ story, Congress blames Congress
Fri, Feb 24, 2017

Instead, stunned by its worst electoral defeat in a civic poll in Mumbai and losses across the state, the Congress was fumbling for an answer as it clutched at a familiar alibi: infighting.

MPs with Panneerselvam go to EC: Sasikala named party gen secy illegally
Fri, Feb 17, 2017

Sasikala was elected as AIADMK general secretary on December 29 by the party general council and not by the primary members, they pointed out.

On who to back in Tamil Nadu, President poll weighs on Congress mind
Wed, Feb 15, 2017

The forthcoming Presidential elections appear to be weighing heavily on the mind of the Congress.

Tamil Nadu crisis: Congress to stay neutral in OPS-Sasikala fight
Tue, Feb 14, 2017

P Chidambaram, who had criticised Sasikala’s elevation as CM, is learnt to have opposed any truck with her.

Congress to boycott PM Modi for rest of session
Fri, Feb 10, 2017

At the AICC briefing, Sharma announced the decision to boycott the PM. Lashing out at Modi, he alleged that the PM is intolerant to criticism.

Rising unemployment powder keg: P Chidambaram
Fri, Feb 10, 2017

Speaking in the Rajya Sabha during a discussion on the Budget, Chidambaram said that the government was neither on the path of fiscal prudence nor on the path of wise Budget management.

As EC takes poll position, Congress questions the time
Fri, Feb 10, 2017

The Indian Express explains organisational elections in Cong — process, history and how current situation was reached.

PM Modi’s reply was not a reply — it was an election speech, says CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury
Thu, Feb 09, 2017

"PM Narendra Modi's reply was not a reply. It was a straight forward election speech aimed at his electorate in UP, Uttarakhand and Mizoram," said Yechury.

Human Development Index: ‘Gap remains between SCs, STs and other social groups’
Tue, Feb 07, 2017

Overall unemployment has increased by approximately 31 per cent in the last 5 years.

President’s Speech: Opposition to move slew of amendments
Fri, Feb 03, 2017

CPM seeks mention of demonetisation deaths and amount of black money recovered after November 8.

First step in poll finance reform: Bonds for donors, cash cap down to Rs 2000
Thu, Feb 02, 2017

Finance Ministry accepted the recommendation of the Election Commission (EC) which had proposed to the government to prohibit “anonymous contributions above or equal to the amount of Rs 2,000”.

Lok Sabha elections 2019: How friendships can help
Tue, Jan 31, 2017

Four significant political manoeuvres in the states by Rahul Gandhi, the SP alliance being the latest, underscore a clear effort to shed the past and see the future — for the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.

Once charged by Congress govt with inciting communal enmity, now Congress nominee
Thu, Jan 26, 2017

Rawat promptly brought Chauhan into the party and gave him the ticket despite strong opposition from within.

Vinay Katiyar’s remarks on looks anger Priyanka
Thu, Jan 26, 2017

Stating that the “BJP has insulted India’s womanhood”, Congress communication department head Randeep Surjewala demanded an apology from Prime Minister Narendra Modi and BJP chief Amit Shah.

Congress wanted 150 seats across state, says Ghulam Nabi Azad
Mon, Jan 23, 2017

According to Congress sources, Akhilesh had promised to give the Congress 142 seats before the Election Commission ruled in his favour on the ‘cycle’ symbol but scaled it down to 121 later.

Congress first list Uttarakhand: Harish Rawat to contest from two seats, many turncoats in Cong list of 63
Mon, Jan 23, 2017

Uttarakhand Congress president Kishore Upadhyay was given ticket from Sahaspur seat instead of Tehri.

Uttar Pradesh polls: SP seat talks hit a wall as Congress gets ambitious
Sun, Jan 22, 2017

The SP had shown signs of driving a hard bargain when it announced its list of candidates for 208 seats, with 10 of these in seats held by the Congress.