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.


Articles By Manoj C.G

RTI Bill set to face rough weather in Rajya Sabha

UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi on Tuesday alleged that the Central government is “hell-bent” on subverting the RTI Act, which now stands on the “brink of extinction”.

Kumaraswamy loses Karnataka trust vote: Govt out, all eyes on fate of rebels

The fall of the coalition government could not have come at a worse time for the party which has plunged into crisis since Rahul Gandhi stepped down as its chief following the Lok Sabha election rout.

D Raja interview: ‘CPI will have to be active at grassroots’

On a day he took over as CPI general secretary, D Raja speaks to Manoj C G on the road ahead for the party and why the Left continues to be relevant.

Sheila Dikshit, the CM who shaped new Delhi passes away

With Delhi emerging as the epicentre of the anti-UPA establishment, Dikshit was the first to feel the shock-waves in the 2013 assembly elections before the Congress was drummed out of power in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections. And in 2015, the Congress won none of Delhi’s 70 seats.

D Raja set to be next CPI general secretary

The leadership change in the CPI comes at a time when Communist parties are facing an existential crisis of sorts after their worst-ever performance in the Lok Sabha elections.

Karnataka Trust Vote today: Supreme Court verdict not in our way, says Congress, will issue whip

The decision to issue the whip to all 116 MLAs of the coalition (minus the Speaker) was taken by the Congress and the JD(S) shortly after the SC issued an interim order on the pleas of 15 rebel MLAs who approached the court for directions to the Speaker to accept their resignations.

In undecided Congress, first open call for Priyanka: She should be party chief

Congress leaders have, so far, not pushed her name openly because Rahul Gandhi, while conveying his decision to step down at the CWC meeting on May 25, had said that the party should find someone other than a member of the Gandhi family for the post.

Economy doesn’t need PM or FM to double: Chidambaram

Congress leader said the government’s tax collection targets and projections were “completely unrealistic” and questioned the claim that domestic savings will increase which would, in turn, spur investment.

Let Congress have interim chief, 4 young deputies: Karan Singh

There has been intense lobbying in the Congress ever since Rahul Gandhi resigned last week with the seniors suggesting that a veteran should take over and be assisted by one or more young working presidents.

Explained: With Karnataka govt on brink of collapse, why all eyes are on the Speaker

As the coalition government teetered on the brink of collapse, all eyes are now on Speaker K R Ramesh Kumar. So far he has bought some time for the coalition to manage the crisis by deciding to look into the resignation of the MLAs on Tuesday.

Milind Deora eyes Delhi role, joins Scindia, others in quitting Congress post

While the obvious choices are considered to be Scindia and Rajasthan Deputy Chief Minister Sachin Pilot, Deora, many believe, has now thrown his hat into the ring.

Amid crisis in Congress, Amarinder Singh calls for ‘young leader’

While Singh did not take any names, party leaders said Rajasthan Deputy Chief Minister Sachin Pilot and AICC general secretary in charge of Uttar Pradesh West Jyotiraditya Scindia are the two obvious choices if the party decides to opt for a younger leadership.

In Karnataka, Congress-JD(S) coalition on brink as 13 MLAs resign

Cong leaders rush to Bengaluru, Speaker says will decide in House

Rahul Gandhi quits as Congress chief: Hard decisions, accountability needed

Although he had made it known at the Congress Working Committee meeting on May 25 that he would no longer lead the party, Rahul Gandhi's resignation Wednesday without naming a successor added to the turmoil in the party.

Rahul Gandhi resigns: Successor names do the rounds, Congress party weighs its options

The Congress said Rahul will continue to be president until his resignation is accepted by the CWC and a new chief is appointed after due process, nixing speculation that Motilal Vora, the most senior AICC general secretary, would be taking over as interim president.

UP order to grant caste certificate not constitutional, says Centre

The High Court, while hearing a PIL, had said that “in the event, any caste certificates are issued pursuant to the order impugned, those certificates shall be subject to the outcome of the writ petition”.

As more resign, Rahul Gandhi calls meeting of all Congress CMs today

With Rahul Gandhi firm on his decision to step down, the Congress is facing a crisis unparalleled in its recent history, with several leaders now calling for mass resignations.

Anand Sharma: Viable mechanism needed to revive Congress; Rahul, Sonia integral to solution

Senior Congress leader and deputy Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Anand Sharma speaks to The Indian Express on Congress chief Rahul Gandhi’s decision to resign and the need to fix accountability within the party.

Flurry of resignations as leadership crisis deepens young-vs-old faultlines in Congress

The Indian Express on Friday reported about Rahul Gandhi’s unhappiness over the fact that none of those state leaders and in-charges under whose watch the party fared badly owned up responsibility even after he decided to step down.

‘Transparent introspection needed, must not shirk from conclusions’

Kumar also took veiled potshots at party leader Anand Sharma, who has said that the inclusion of promises like repeal of the sedition law and amendment of the AFSPA in the Congress manifesto were avoidable as the BJP used it attack the party.