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Manoj C.G

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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.

He tweets @manojcg4u

Presidential polls: For Congress, a prelude to battles ahead
Mon, May 23, 2022

Will it be able to rally Opposition parties together after Rahul Gandhi criticised them recently, or will some of these parties keep the grand old party out and formulate their own strategy? Either way, the NDA has the numbers.

Indian democracy a public good, if it cracks, problem for all: Rahul
Sun, May 22, 2022

Gandhi claimed European diplomats had told him that the Indian foreign service has become “arrogant,” a comment which drew a sharp rebuff from External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar who tweeted: “it’s not called arrogance…it’s called confidence.”

Perarivalan: From flaying ruling to silence on Stalin bid to respecting Gandhis, Congress walks a tightrope
Mon, May 23, 2022

The Congress’s silence over Stalin’s warm welcome to Perarivalan is telling. The DMK and Stalin are now closer to the Congress than ever before.

As regional parties bristle at remark, Rahul Gandhi clarifies: ‘Congress doesn’t want to be Big Daddy’
Sat, May 21, 2022

Clarifying his earlier comment, Rahul Gandhi said the Congress is in no way “superior” to the other opposition parties, but added that the “ideological battle” is between “the national vision of the RSS and the national vision of the Congress.”

Review or repeal? SC’s GST ruling sparks debate on stand within Cong
Sat, May 21, 2022

A section of the Congress leaders believe that the party should have demanded a review of the GST mechanism or repeal of the GST Act in its Udaipur chintan shivir declaration and that it lost an opportunity by not doing so.

Shashi Tharoor on Congress Chintan Shivir: ‘Beginning of an important process, but lot depends on how it unfolds’
Thu, May 19, 2022

“Losing any valuable member diminishes us... So one of the reasons we wanted these reforms was to give every Congressman and woman a sense of involvement in the party, which clearly Hardik felt he did not have”

Days after Udaipur meet, a reality check: Hardik lists issues which Congress shirked
Thu, May 19, 2022

In his resignation letter to party president Sonia Gandhi, Hardik took swipes at Rahul directly, saying there was lack of seriousness about all issues – again not a new charge against the party's de facto president.

Congress Chintan Shivir: Sonia announces task force to drive reforms, advisory group of seniors
Mon, May 16, 2022

Buried in the Udaipur declaration adopted by the shivir was a suggestion by the youth panel that a “retirement age” should be fixed for all “elected posts” and in Parliament, assemblies and legislative councils.

Congress Chintan Shivir: Rahul admits people connect lost, Sonia announces all-India yatra
Mon, May 16, 2022

To reestablish that connection, Sonia announced the party will undertake a Bharat yatra from October 2 this year. The party also announced a series of organisational reforms at the end of its three-day chintan shivir here to bring new and young faces into leadership roles.

Congress’s balancing act: Advisory panel for seniors, 50% representation for young leaders
Mon, May 16, 2022

Udaipur Declaration includes a suggestion to reserve half the poll tickets, 2024 LS elections onwards, for those below 50 years

Congress talks reforms, but goes all coy on age-ceiling proposal
Sun, May 15, 2022

From a Compact Task Force to drive internal reforms to the one-family-one-ticket rule, the Congress announced a string of organisational reform measures.

On regional allies, Rahul says one thing, party quite another
Mon, May 16, 2022

Declaration says party will keep doors open for alliances

Congress Working Committee approves one family, one ticket rule; conditions apply
Sun, May 15, 2022

The Udaipur Nav Sankalp Shivir declaration has been adopted by the CWC at its meeting presided over by party chief Sonia Gandhi.

Chintan Shivir ends today: Hindutva debate in Cong, party ducks hard talk on defeat
Sun, May 15, 2022

The CWC will finalise the Udaipur declaration Sunday based on inputs from six committees which discussed: political challenges, organisational issues, economic issues, social justice, youth and empowerment; and farmers and agriculture.

Cong Chintan Shivir Sidelights, Day 2: Call for Rahul as ‘full-time & consistent’ party chief
Sun, May 15, 2022

While the media was kept away from the Chintan Shivir venue, some of the senior Congress leaders visited the media enclave — a make-shift structure set up some distance away from the venue — to enquire about the facilities and engage in chit-chat with journalists.

In U-turn, Cong looks at quota for SC, ST, OBCs in women’s Bill
Sun, May 15, 2022

The Women’s Reservation Bill was passed by Rajya Sabha in 2010 but the UPA govt could not take it forward due to strong opposition from Mulayam Singh Yadav, Lalu Prasad Yadav and Sharad Yadav.

Banning wheat export an anti-farmer measure, Chidambaram flays Centre
Sat, May 14, 2022

Congress asks the central government to extend the GST compensation period by another three years, adds that the “time is ripe for a comprehensive review of Centre-states fiscal relations.”

Chintan Shivir: Three decades after liberalisation, Congress calls for reset of economic policies
Sat, May 14, 2022

Addressing a press conference on the sidelines of the Congress's Chintan Shivir, Chidambaram said the state of the Indian economy is a "cause of extreme concern" and called for a "reset" of the country’s economic policies. 

Anti-BJP alliance later, setting house right Congress priority now
Sat, May 14, 2022

For an alliance against BJP, Kharge said the party wants to take everyone along — “we will walk with those who believe in the secular fabric and constitutional values”. But first, he added, “we want to set our own house in order”.

Congress Chintan Shivir Sidelights: Leaders’ mobiles, PAs barred from venue
Fri, May 13, 2022

Media persons were not allowed to enter the venue and cover Sonia Gandhi's inaugural address. A make-shift media enclave has been set up some distance away from the venue, where Gandhi's address was beamed live.

Sonia at Chintan Shivir: Modi govt has ‘brutalised minorities’, kept country ‘permanently polarised’
Fri, May 13, 2022

“By now it has become abundantly and most painfully clear what Prime Minister Modi and his colleagues really mean by their frequently repeated slogan: maximum governance, minimum government. It means keeping the country in a state of permanent polarisation, compelling our people to live in a constant state of fear and insecurity,” she said.

Congress’s 1 family, 1 ticket plan doesn’t apply to quite a few families
Sat, May 14, 2022

Both Congress president Sonia Gandhi and her son and ex-party president Rahul Gandhi can contest the coming Lok Sabha elections.

Faced with ‘unprecedented’ situation, time for Congress to ‘self-reflect’: Sonia Gandhi
Fri, May 13, 2022

Subsume personal aspirations. Our resurrection will happen only through big collective efforts that cannot be put off, says Congress president at Chintan Shivir

Congress Chintan Shivir begins today: Party promises ‘big changes’ including age ceiling
Fri, May 13, 2022

There is near unanimity on proposals to set up an in-house mechanism – public insight department – to conduct surveys on a day-to-day basis to gauge the mood of the people.

From Sonia’s ascension in 1998 to Rahul’s in 2013: A look back at previous Congress ‘Chintan Shivirs’
Fri, May 13, 2022

Much of what the Congress party discussed at the last conclave in Jaipur remains on agenda today

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