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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.


Once upon a time, they were all in the Congress — until…
Wed, Feb 24, 2021

The Congress has suffered countless splits and desertions since Independence. Here are some prominent examples of Congress offshoots that became powerful regional political forces.

Questions within Congress: Did high command neglect discontent?
Tue, Feb 23, 2021

Although the Congress believes it can gain in the upcoming elections, riding on a sympathy factor, party leaders say many questions remain.

6-time MP, Gandhi family’s pointsman in Amethi and Rae Bareli, Satish Sharma dies at 73
Thu, Feb 18, 2021

In a party where loyalty to the Gandhi family has a high premium, Satish Sharma ranked among the top. He was not a career politician – Sharma was an airline pilot and was friends with Rajiv Gandhi.

‘Whatever damage had to be done, she (Kiran Bedi) has done’: V Narayanasamy
Wed, Feb 17, 2021

"The removal of Dr Kiran Bedi has been a long-pending demand of the people of Puducherry, because she was behaving in an autocratic manner (by) violating rules of business," said Chief Minister V Narayanasamy.

Puducherry Congress govt on the brink, Kiran Bedi removed as L-G
Wed, Feb 17, 2021

The development comes hours after the Congress government in the Union Territory lost its majority with another ruling party legislator resigning today.

Cong (LS) vs Cong (RS): Page from past that also betrays current divides
Sun, Feb 14, 2021

A section of Congress Lok Sabha MPs believe the Rajya Sabha leadership should not have agreed to the debate. They say Rahul Gandhi had taken a clear view that the Opposition should continue to protest if the government doesn’t accept the demand for a separate debate on farm issues.

Mallikarjun Kharge set to replace Azad as Leader of Oppn in RS
Sat, Feb 13, 2021

While Congress sources said there is no change in the leadership structure of the party in the Upper House, Kharge’s appointment has triggered several debates – one on the internal dynamics of the party and another on regional balance.

Rajya Sabha passes ports Bill by 1st division vote in Covid times
Thu, Feb 11, 2021

The Bill was passed with 88 votes for and 44 against, with members of the Upper House seated across chambers and galleries of both Houses.

Ghulam Nabi Azad replacement: Many names of heavyweights in Cong’s balancing game
Wed, Feb 10, 2021

Will the party factor in regional balance and appoint a leader from the Hindi heartland, where the party was routed in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections?

PM Modi says reforms here to stay, can fix loose ends: ‘MSP was, is, will be’
Tue, Feb 09, 2021

PM Narendra Modi Speech in Rajya Sabha: Replying to the debate on the motion of thanks on the President’s Address, the Prime Minister also promised that the Minimum Support Price (MSP) mechanism “was there, is there and will remain”.

PM quotes Manmohan, slams ‘andolanjeevi, using foreign ideas’
Tue, Feb 09, 2021

Citing former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and UPA Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar, Modi said the Congress has taken a U-turn after advocating reforms and argued that the country should be cautious of a new community of people, whom he called “andolanjeevi”, with “FDI (Foreign Destructive Ideology)”.

Praise for farmers, attacks on Oppn: PM so far on new agriculture laws
Mon, Feb 08, 2021

Addressing a BJP event on September 25, he said the laws will benefit and empower farmers and accused the opposition of spreading rumours.

Cong says India Internet shutdown capital; BJP says look at your past
Sat, Feb 06, 2021

While Congress and other Opposition parties slammed the government over what they called a clampdown on the protest, the BJP hit back, asking the Congress to look at its past record.

Ghazipur blockade greets Opposition leaders
Fri, Feb 05, 2021

Police officers at the spot, the MPs said in the letter, "rudely asked us to turn back, showing that there were prohibitory orders. However, we stayed on for some time, trying to persuade the police to let us go".

Once upon a time in 1996: Congress, BJP, for & against on insurance
Thu, Feb 04, 2021

For, both the BJP and the Congress have opposed — and also backed — raising the limit at different times depending on whether they were in the government or the opposition.

Amarinder Singh cites Op Blue Star, threat from Pak to call for early resolution to farmers’ agitation
Wed, Feb 03, 2021

Recalling how, soon after two-month negotiations on an earlier Punjab crisis, relating to a list of some 42 demands, Operation Blue Star had happened, the Chief Minister warned that “If anger builds here, it will be exploited”, the release said.

Parliament Budget session: Opp uproar over farm stir, Govt says ready to discuss inside, outside House
Wed, Feb 03, 2021

With a united Opposition raising slogans, staging walkouts, and trooping into the Well, both Houses saw multiple adjournments before they were finally adjourned for the day.

No heart behind it… Budget theme is sell India: Opposition
Tue, Feb 02, 2021

While Congress leader Rahul Gandhi said the government is planning to hand over India’s assets to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s crony capitalist friends, the Left called it pro-corporate and the Trinamool Congress said the theme of the budget is “sell India”.

Government cold to Opposition demand for discussion on farmers’ stir
Mon, Feb 01, 2021

Sources in the Opposition said that the signal from the government was that a focussed discussion on the farmers’ agitation was unlikely to take place in the first half of the Budget session.

Explained: Electing a Congress president — how these polls are meant to be held, how it plays out
Wed, Feb 03, 2021

Without a regular president since 2019, the Congress has put off its presidential election again. A look at how polls to the president’s post and key party bodies are meant to be held, and how it actually plays out.

PM at all-party meet: Offer to pause farm laws still on table, Agri Minister just phone call away
Sun, Jan 31, 2021

This assurance came after almost the entire Opposition, which had boycotted the President’s address yesterday, raised the farm protests issue. Many, including the Congress, demanded the repeal of the laws and a discussion in Parliament.

Farmers’ agitation will spread unless resolved soon: Rahul
Sat, Jan 30, 2021

Referring to violent incidents at the Singhu border on Friday, Gandhi accused the government of “attacking” and “beating” the farmers and said it was “absolutely wrong”.

Backing farmer protests, Oppn to boycott President’s address today
Fri, Jan 29, 2021

The Economic Survey is to be tabled Friday, and the Union Budget will be presented Monday. The monsoon session too had ended on a bitter note in September with chaotic scenes in Rajya Sabha over the passage of the agriculture laws.

People exhausted, exasperated by antics of BJP, TMC: Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury
Wed, Jan 27, 2021

Chowdhury strongly condemned the “heckling” of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee but also disapproved of the TMC’s insider-outsider poll plank.

Congress announces panels for Assam polls
Tue, Jan 26, 2021

Sources said AICC In charge Jitendra Singh had told top Congress leaders from the state at a closed-door meeting recently that the party will not project anyone as the CM candidate.