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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.

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Next President will be elected on July 18, Opposition for contest against NDA
Fri, Jun 10, 2022

Victory for BJP-led NDA candidate foregone conclusion; nomination window open until June 29

Presidential elections: Over 70 years, 14 Presidents, 15 big fights
Fri, Jun 10, 2022

From the 1969 polls that led to the split in the then mighty ruling Congress, to the 1997 elections when the Opposition BJP backed the ruling coalition's candidate, presidential elections have been politically fascinating

Explained: How the President of India is elected
Mon, Jul 04, 2022

The Election Commission has notified the election of India’s next President on July 18. A look at the voting procedure, how the votes of MLAs and MPs are weighted, and how previous elections have played out.

Explained: How are Rajya Sabha MPs elected? Why are the polls important?
Fri, Jun 10, 2022

On June 10, the Assemblies of 4 states will elect 16 MPs to Rajya Sabha. What is the process for conducting such an election, how are the votes counted, and why do Rajya Sabha numbers matter to all parties?

For MLAs of 3 states, Rajya Sabha polls a walk in the park, splash in the pool
Wed, Jun 08, 2022

Ahead of the June 10 Rajya Sabha elections, legislators of at least three states – Rajasthan, Haryana and Maharashtra – are huddled in five-star hotels and resorts to ensure rival parties do not lure away their MLAs.

Road to 2024: Friendless and snubbed, why Congress has no ally shedding tears for it
Tue, Jun 07, 2022

The silence of the other Opposition parties -- “like-minded parties”, as the Congress calls them – was curious even though the Congress's ties with friendly parties and allies are evidently under strain now.

Naveen Patnaik hits refresh: Controversial ministers among 11 dropped in Odisha reshuffle
Mon, Jun 06, 2022

Several new ministers of state included; greater representation for west Odisha, where BJP performed well in 2019 LS polls.

ED summons to Sonia & Rahul Gandhi reeks of vendetta, fear: Congress
Thu, Jun 02, 2022

Congress party says its president will ‘100 per cent’ appear before the agency on June 8. ‘If Rahul Gandhi is here … then he will also go. Otherwise, we will seek some time.’

Rajya Sabha Polls: Heartburn in Congress; party straying from Udaipur resolve, say leaders
Tue, May 31, 2022

On Sunday, the Congress announced its 10 candidates from seven states, renominating loyalists and MPs P Chidambaram and Jairam Ramesh, and denying berths to G23 leaders Ghulam Nabi Azad and Anand Sharma.

Rajya Sabha nominees: Congress high command picks loyalists, G 23 leaders Ghulam Nabi Azad, Anand Sharma not in list
Mon, May 30, 2022

After days of intense deliberations and hectic lobbying, the party tonight announced its 10 candidates from seven states, keeping the suspense on its nominee from Jharkhand where ally JMM is said to have agreed to back a Congress candidate after some persuasion by Congress president Sonia Gandhi.

Newsmaker | After fast rise in Congress, Kapil Sibal’s sudden exit; big blow to rebel G23
Thu, May 26, 2022

Having emerged as one of the most trenchant critics of the Gandhis in the last two years, Kapil Sibal's exit may not really ruffle them. In fact, some in the leadership are heaving a sigh of relief, at being spared of his frequent acerbic attacks.

Kapil Sibal interview post resignation: Future plans are to unite opposition to oppose BJP
Thu, May 26, 2022

Kapil Sibal interview: In an interview to the Indian Express minutes after he announced his resignation, Sibal said "my future plans are to unite the opposition to oppose the present BJP dispensation which is following anti-people policies and which is dividing the inclusive culture of India."

G23 unravels as Kapil Sibal quits Congress, gets SP support for a Rajya Sabha ticket
Thu, May 26, 2022

The resignation of Sibal, one of the most trenchant critics of the Gandhis in the last two years, may also cripple the G23, the ginger group of senior leaders who had sent a letter to party chief Sonia Gandhi in August 2020 seeking sweeping changes in the party's structure.

Post-Udaipur’s Chintan Shivir, some sops for G23 leaders — but mostly on paper
Wed, May 25, 2022

Besides Azad and Sharma, the political affairs group has Rahul Gandhi, Leader of the Opposition in Rajya Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge, CWC members Ambika Soni and Digvijaya Singh, AICC general secretary in charge of organisation K C Venugopal and AICC general secretary in charge of Assam Jitendra Singh.

Outreach to G-23 as Sonia Gandhi sets up groups for 2024
Tue, May 24, 2022

G-23 leaders Ghulam Nabi Azad, Anand Sharma in new political affairs group. Poll strategist Sunil Kanugolu in the task force for 2024 Lok Sabha elections.

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