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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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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

Age cap, RS term limit on Congress table, Chintan Shivir starts today
Fri, May 13, 2022

Two senior leaders, who are playing a key role in deliberations in the run-up to the Congress Chintan Shivir beginning Friday in Udaipur, told The Indian Express that the party is “seriously thinking” about the two ideas though it is not yet clear “what shape these proposals will take”.

On Congress ‘Chintan Shivir’ agenda: How to keep in step with the youth
Tue, May 31, 2022

Suggestions include 50% posts for those under 50 years; 40 and younger to be given priority for tickets; trained youth cadre

Chintan Shivir agenda: Cong may revive Parliamentary Board, give call for aligning of anti-BJP forces
Tue, May 10, 2022

Ideas like setting up a separate wing to manage elections and a cooling-off period for district and state Congress committee presidents will also be on the table.

Of Chintan Shivirs, Antony panels, and Anth-heen talks
Tue, May 10, 2022

Between 1996 and 2004, when the Congress was in the Opposition for a similar duration, the party held two chintan shivirs -- Pachmarhi in 1998 and Shimla in 2003 -- one AICC session and two AICC special sessions.

BJP-RSS turning benign Ram into Rambo, Hanuman into a symbol of anger: Bhupesh Baghel
Mon, May 09, 2022

In an interview, Chhattisgarh CM tells The Indian Express that the period of 'aggressive nationalism' India is passing through will end and the Congress will make a comeback.

Chhattisgarh CM sets off on state-wide yatra as his government battles perception, reality
Fri, May 06, 2022

Over the last year, Bhupesh Baghel has emerged stronger, putting behind him the constant talk about rotational chief ministership which had dominated the state Congress's politics for a while.

Bengal protests against Chidambaram: Legal battles of another kind for Congress
Fri, May 06, 2022

In the Keventers case, Bengal Cong chief Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury has questioned the sale of more than 46% stake in Metro Dairy, a State-controlled company, to the private firm, saying there was lack of transparency over the deal and question marks over the price fixed for the deal.

Where’s Rahul? BJP asks a familiar question, Congress fears a familiar reply — from an evening in Kathmandu
Wed, May 04, 2022

Many of his colleagues in the Congress party have long been worried about the image of Rahul Gandhi as the “reluctant and absentee” leader disinterested in humdrum political work.

Godse ‘bhakts’ in PMO, Assam and Gujarat govts plotted my arrest: Jignesh Mevani
Tue, May 03, 2022

Mevani, an Independent MLA who had pledged support to the Congress last September, was arrested by the Assam Police from Gujarat’s Banaskantha district on April 20.

Centre says no to CJI plan for national infrastructure panel, jobs for retired HC judges
Sun, May 01, 2022

Agreement on state-level bodies with CMs, CJs, says Rijiju

Congress banks on Virbhadra legacy in Himachal, wife is new chief
Wed, Apr 27, 2022

Anand Sharma heads steering committee; various posts, panels to fit in senior leaders

Congress removes Jakhar from all party posts; he says he does not hold any
Sat, Apr 30, 2022

Panel recommends similar action against K V Thomas too

Congress, Prashant Kishor part ways again, he says it needs leadership, will
Wed, Apr 27, 2022

Several leaders, especially many in the eight-member committee that went through Kishor’s presentation and submitted a report to Gandhi, were dead against the party changing its structure at the behest of an outsider.