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Monday, August 10, 2020

Manoj C.G


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


Parliamentary committee begins discussing EIA draft despite NDA members’ objections
Sat, Aug 08, 2020

The BJP-NDA members, while underlining that environment is an important issue, are learnt to have suggested that the committee can discuss the final draft once it is released.

In Congress, some ‘disappointed’ on jubilation over Ram temple
Fri, Aug 07, 2020

These leaders underlined that they are not against construction of the temple, as the Supreme Court verdict favoured it. They argued that the party and some of the leaders should have reflected the sentiments of the minorities, too.

Ayodhya temple Bhoomi Poojan: Opposition responds by invoking Ram and unity, avoids BJP reference
Fri, Aug 07, 2020

The chorus was an invocation of Ram and underlining of religious co-existence and plurality.

Legitimisation of Babri destruction… official status to one religion: Left on Ram temple ceremony
Thu, Aug 06, 2020

The CPI hit out at the Prime Minister for drawing a parallel between the freedom struggle and Ram mandir movement, arguing that the PM’s remarks and his presence as the head of the government at the bhoomi pujan event marked a “dark day for democracy and secularism in India”.

Dropping of sedition charges may fail to cut ice with Sachin Pilot, rebel Congress MLAs
Thu, Aug 06, 2020

The decision to drop the sedition charge and transfer the cases to the Anti-Corruption Bureau (ACB) comes days after Gehlot said that he will welcome back the rebel MLAs if the party leadership “forgives them”.

Ram belongs to all is Congress refrain, finds an echo across Opposition
Wed, Aug 05, 2020

The Congress invoked faith and humanity, from Priyanka Gandhi Vadra underlining the inclusive, all-encompassing nature of Ram to Kamal Nath hosting Hanuman Chalisa at home and announcing that he would send 11 silver bricks for the construction of the temple.

Counter-narrative or silence: Congress faces tightrope walk on Ram Temple
Tue, Aug 04, 2020

While the party understands that any “false step” could hurt its prospects further in the Hindi heartland, a section of its leaders believes the Congress should shed its silence as the BJP looks to consolidate its Hindutva base by recentering the Ayodhya issue.

Emerging signs of young vs senior tussle: Four Congress leaders take on Rajya Sabha MP Rajeev Satav
Sun, Aug 02, 2020

Rajeev Satav, a Rajya Sabha MP considered close to Rahul Gandhi triggered a row at a meeting of the party's Upper House MPs on Thursday. Satav suggested that introspection in the party, if need be, should begin from the UPA-2 period.

Set up party panel to examine NEP, ex-UPA minister urges Sonia Gandhi
Sun, Aug 02, 2020

Former Union minister K V Thomas has written to party chief Sonia Gandhi, asking her to set up a panel to examine the “long-term implications” of the NEP.

‘(Pilot, Scindia) want to take a lift up 10-floor building, not stairs’: Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury
Sun, Aug 02, 2020

There was a need for grassroots and regional leaders with potential, said leader of Congress in Lok Sabha, Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, adding that there was no weakness at the top.

Manish Tewari takes on UPA critics: Those who can’t see big changes need re-education
Sat, Aug 01, 2020

Talking to The Indian Express, Manish Tewari claimed that the UPA was a victim of “internal sabotage” and “vicious campaign of calumny and innuendo” from outside.

Congress veterans say look within, young MP says start with yourself, UPA II
Fri, Jul 31, 2020

Sparks flew at a meeting of its Rajya Sabha MPs convened by Congress president Sonia Gandhi Thursday.

Rajasthan crisis: Why Ashok Gehlot — or Sachin Pilot or BJP — is not asking for a floor test
Fri, Jul 31, 2020

Rajasthan government crisis: What is stopping the government from mentioning a confidence vote or a floor test as the agenda for the Assembly session? What is the Congress’s game-plan? Over a fortnight into the crisis, what is the state of play in Rajasthan?

Duties require access to data: Home, agencies to House panel
Tue, Jul 28, 2020

The representatives cited the "sensitive" nature of their functions and duties, as well as gave the Covid-19 pandemic as a reason why the government needed access to personal data.

Explained: Governor’s role, in review
Tue, Jul 28, 2020

Rajasthan Governor’s recent decisions recall the actions of Governors in various states over the years, from dismissal of Namboodiripad government in 1959 to government formation controversies in recent years

Rajasthan powerplay: Congress fields party’s legal eagles to battle Governor’s delay on calling House session
Tue, Jul 28, 2020

The party also took to the streets, holding demonstrations outside Raj Bhavans in all state capitals.

Ashok Gehlot sends another note for session on July 31; Congress attacks Governor
Mon, Jul 27, 2020

The Gehlot government wants a floor test so that it can prove its majority, and be spared of another count in the Assembly for the next six months.

Congress feels House test best bet, Gehlot ready to take battle to PM
Sun, Jul 26, 2020

Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot has conveyed to the leadership that he is confident of the numbers and the party will now insist on a floor test in the Assembly rather than fight it out in courts.

Explained: Why Sonia Gandhi took so long to acknowledge Narasimha Rao’s contributions
Mon, Jul 27, 2020

Were the remarks by Sonia Gandhi and the Congress party’s decision to let its Telangana unit celebrate Rao’s birth centenary a political posturing? Or is there a realization that it was time to let bygones be bygones? Manoj C G explains.

HC relief for Pilot camp, Congress cites Supreme Court ruling to raise questions
Sat, Jul 25, 2020

The direction effectively means that rebel MLAs will not be required to submit their reply to the Speaker and no action can be taken against them till the hearing resumes in the Supreme Court on July 27.

Madhya Pradesh to Rajasthan crises: Such a long journey
Sat, Jul 25, 2020

A fortnight of resort politics later, the fight is now over convening of the Assembly session for a trial of strength. Gehlot wants a session, but Governor Kalraj Mishra is yet to give his nod. In Madhya Pradesh, the case was just the opposite.

Rajasthan power play: Relief in Pilot camp after HC ruling; party on backfoot, asks him to spell out demand
Sat, Jul 25, 2020

Sources close to Pilot said the main contention of the rebel MLAs was that the Speaker’s notice was “biased” and that he was “acting in haste".

Crisis in Rajasthan: Gehlot seeks floor test, targets Governor, ‘not calling House, pressure from above’
Sat, Jul 25, 2020

CM warns of gherao as his MLAs protest at Raj Bhavan; Governor raises six queries – freedom of MLAs to why session if you have majority

Sonia Gandhi finally puts Narasimha Rao on Cong pedestal, praises his bold leadership
Fri, Jul 24, 2020

Sonia Gandhi said P V Narasimha Rao became Prime Minister at a time of “grave economic crisis” and the country was able to overcome the many challenges successfully through his “bold leadership”.

Ashok Gehlot: ‘Problem due to Pilot’s over-ambition… will welcome him if he again reposes faith in Congress’
Fri, Jul 24, 2020

Ashok Gehlot said, "The crisis is not on account of anything related to performance of the state government. This problem has been created by over-ambition of Shri Sachin Pilot and a small group of MLAs of my party who are playing in the hands of the BJP."