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.


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.

Gauri Lankesh murder: Congress slams Sangh ideology, Digvijaya raises Kalburgi case
Thu, Sep 07, 2017

Rahul Gandhi said party chief Sonia Gandhi has spoken with Siddaramaiah and “urged him to swiftly bring culprits to book”.

Nirmala Sitharaman breaks glass C(CS)eiling, Opposition says go beyond symbolism
Mon, Sep 04, 2017

Nirmala Sitharaman became the Defence Minister to join External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, Home Minister Rajnath Singh and Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on the CCS, apart from the PM.

Reshuffle case of maximum government, no governance: Opposition
Mon, Sep 04, 2017

The choice of four former bureaucrats for ministerial posts sends out the message that “the PM does not trust his political colleagues.

Sonia Gandhi meets Virbhadra and Bihar leaders to quell trouble
Fri, Sep 01, 2017

Virbhadra, sources said, wants somebody who is amenable to him to be at the helm ahead of the elections. The six-time CM wants a free hand in the polls. He has told MLAs loyal to him that he will neither contest the elections nor lead the party into the elections.

Your claims flat on demonetisation, apologise to the nation: Opposition to Govt
Thu, Aug 31, 2017

The main Opposition Congress sought an apology from the Prime Minister for having “unleashed financial anarchy” in the country and heaping “misery” on the people. It called demonetisation a “fraud” perpetrated on the nation.

Demonetisation: As money flowed back in, how goalposts were shifted
Thu, Aug 31, 2017

Demonetisation: A scrutiny of RBI’s earlier provisional disclosures and the government’s structured public remarks reveal a pattern: aware that much of the money would return, the government and the political establishment kept shifting the goalposts.

Privacy verdict need not impact Aadhaar architecture: Ashwani Kumar
Wed, Aug 30, 2017

Ashwani Kumar, Union Law Minister in the previous UPA government, tells The Indian Express about the Right to Privacy, and why it is an urgent and compelling necessity.

Himachal polls: CM Virbhadra Singh says he will not contest, alarmed MLAs seek AICC intervention
Tue, Aug 29, 2017

Virbhadra Singh, who has been demanding state Congress chief Sukhvinder Singh Sukhu's ouster, has now conveyed to the party high command that he will not contest the elections in a move being seen as muscle-flexing on his part.

Right to Privacy: Supreme Court links privacy to plurality, warns against state control
Fri, Aug 25, 2017

“Privacy protects heterogeneity and recognises the plurality and diversity of our culture,” Justice D Y Chandrachud wrote in his order for himself and Chief Justice J S Khehar and three others.

Landmark decision that has vindicated constitutional conscience: Former Law Minister Ashwani Kumar
Thu, Aug 24, 2017

The Supreme Court has vindicated the constitutional conscience and has validated yet again its role as a guardian of our constitutional rights. The judgment will pave the way for further strengthening the edifice of our dignitarian Constitution.

Sub-categorisation OF OBCs: Congress guarded, M Veerappa Moily says his govt did it in Karnataka
Thu, Aug 24, 2017

The Congress cannot afford to oppose the move either, as Karnataka was among the many states that had carried out sub-categorisation back in the 1990s under a Congress government

Congress welcomes SC order, divided on need for legislation
Wed, Aug 23, 2017

Moily says legislation a must after ‘national consultation'; Surjewala says case decided, no need for any further law

Relieved, Muslim MPs say court leaves no role for govt
Wed, Aug 23, 2017

Asaduddin Owaisi of AIMIM, the Lok Sabha MP from Hyderabad, in fact said the verdict has thrown a spanner in the plans of NDA government to bring in uniform civil code (UCC). He said the lack of unanimity among the judges shows how contentious the issue is

High command not listening to us: 2 Congress MLAs close to former Haryana CM Hooda
Wed, Aug 23, 2017

The MLAs said the high command is not “listening to us” and argued that nobody wants to contest the elections under the current leadership

High command not listening to us: 2 Congress MLAs close to Bhupinder Singh Hooda
Wed, Aug 23, 2017

The MLAs said the high command is not “listening to us” and argued that nobody wants to contest the elections under the current leadership

Triple Talaq verdict: Congress welcomes Supreme Court ruling, calls it ‘progressive decision’
Tue, Aug 22, 2017

Congress leader Manish Tewari, in a statement said that all progressive thinkers will welcome the verdict.

I-Day speech censoring undemocratic, authoritarian, expression of intolerance: Tripura CM Manik Sarkar
Fri, Aug 18, 2017

National Independence Day, in my humble experience, is not just a simple ritual function. It is a day for national introspection.

Bihar Congress leaders seek state chief Ashok Choudhary’s removal
Fri, Aug 18, 2017

Sources said former Lok Sabha MP Akhilesh Prasad Singh, who joined the Congress from the RJD in 2010, is among the frontrunners for the post of PCC chief in the event of replacement of Choudhary, who many in the party believe was close to Chief Minister Nitish Kumar.

Opposition says PM’s outreach to Kashmir lacks conviction, calls it contradictory
Wed, Aug 16, 2017

Senior Congress leader P Chidambaram , meanwhile, posted a series of tweets questioning various aspects of the PM’s speech. “PM said ‘will embrace Kashmir’. Humbly submit one cannot embrace with a gun in hand,” he tweeted.

On day Tamil Nadu CM meets PM Narendra Modi, strong merger signs in Chennai
Sat, Aug 12, 2017

On Friday, the rival O Panneerselvam camp approached the Election Commission (EC), demanding that party general secretary V K Sasikala and her nephew and deputy general secretary T T V Dinakaran’s posts be declared invalid.

NCP skips meet called by Sonia Gandhi, JD(U) MP who attended suspended from parliamentary party
Sat, Aug 12, 2017

The NCP’s decision to stay away from the meeting is being linked to the Gujarat Rajya Sabha polls. Ghulam Nabi Azad said he had spoken to NCP chief Sharad Pawar on Friday morning. “Pawar told me he has been unwell... he would have attended,” Azad said.

Quit India speeches in House become ‘my party vs your party’
Thu, Aug 10, 2017

Sonia Gandhi, on the other hand, recalled that Quit India movement followed a resolution moved at the AICC session in Bombay on August 8, 1942. She said the resolution, moved by Nehru and backed by Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel, had asked the British to quit India.

Learnt lesson from ’62, troops capable: Arun Jaitley
Thu, Aug 10, 2017

Initiating a special debate to mark the 75th anniversary of the launch of the Quit India Movement in Rajya Sabha, Jaitley spoke on the challenges faced by the country, including from neighbours. “

Gujarat RS elections: Even if two votes were not rejected, we would have won, says Ashok Gehlot
Thu, Aug 10, 2017

Former Rajasthan chief minister Ashok Gehlot tells Indian Express that the party's morale has received a boost with Ahmed Patel's victory in the Rajya Sabha election from Gujarat after a high-decibel drama through Tuesday

Sitaram Yechury: Movement forward shouldn’t be for Hindu Pakistan
Thu, Aug 10, 2017

Yechury said the movement should be remembered for its shared legacy, which had united Hindu, Muslim, Dalit, Brahmin and Rajput. “We achieved our independence because of that unity,”

Arun Jaitley cites challenges from LWE & across border in Rajya Sabha, Azad says danger is from within
Thu, Aug 10, 2017

Jaitley said India faced several challenges, including challenges from neighbours and the challenges of terrorism. Without naming Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi, he said a prime minister and a former prime minister had to lost their lives to terrorism.

Flashback: In Cong’s winning argument, the defeat party faced in Haryana last year
Wed, Aug 09, 2017

Surjewala alleged that the two legislators, instead of showing their ballots to the party’s election agent, displayed it to BJP president Amit Shah and Union minister Smriti Irani and this “should not be accepted”.

Ahmed Patel’s RS re-election: Crisis manager overcomes toughest hurdle, Congress braces for tough times
Wed, Aug 09, 2017

At the end of the day-long see-saw battle, Patel may have won, but party leaders admitted the victory was a mixed bag. They said there was no point arguing that his defeat would have pushed the Congress further into the abyss.

Opposition says, two kinds of Rs 500, Rs 2,000 notes; govt calls it frivolous
Wed, Aug 09, 2017

As Rajya Sabha began, slogan-shouting Congress members trooped into the well. They were supported by Sharad Yadav displaying copies of currency notes, while TMC’s Derek O’Brien displayed new Rs 500 notes to show them as differently sized.

Far behind, Gopalkrishna Gandhi fell 30 short of Opposition hopes too
Sun, Aug 06, 2017

The 18 parties backing Gopalkrishna Gandhi included the JD(U) (18 MPs), which is now with the BJP.