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Captain Amarinder Singh meets MLAs, Jakhar offers to resign as dissenters await Sonia Gandhi’s word
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Captain Amarinder Singh meets MLAs, Jakhar offers to resign as dissenters await Sonia Gandhi’s word

A day after the three-member panel submitted its report to Congress chief Sonia Gandhi, Punjab CM spent his day meeting MLAs at his official residence, while the dissenters decided to wait for a word from the party high command. Amid all this, state Congress chief Sunil Jakhar said that he would be happy to step aside if doing that would strengthen the party. Jakhar was responding to speculation that he might be replaced as PPCC chief. On Friday, Amarinder spend the day working out of his official residence. According to sources, a few MLAs had complained to the three-member panel that Amarinder was not available for meetings as he mostly stayed at his personal farm house – Mohinder Bagh — in Parol village near Chandigarh. Amarinder had shifted to his farm house about two y...
Revamp state unit; suitably accommodate Sidhu: Congress panel on Punjab infighting submits report to Sonia Gandhi | India News – Times of India
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Revamp state unit; suitably accommodate Sidhu: Congress panel on Punjab infighting submits report to Sonia Gandhi | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: A three-member AICC panel set up to end factionalism in the Punjab Congress submitted its report to party chief Sonia Gandhi on Thursday, suggesting a revamp of the state unit to accommodate all sections. The panel chaired by leader of opposition in Rajya Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge and comprising AICC general secretary in-charge of Punjab affairs Harish Rawat and former MP JP Aggarwal has suggested that all castes, regions and religions be accommodated in the revamped party unit. Rawat said the report has been submitted to the Congress president, who would take a final call on the suggestions made. He did not divulge further details. Though no major changes have been recommended at the top level in Punjab, sources said the panel has said that Navjot Singh Sidhu be "suitably acc...
When Jitin Prasada had almost quit Congress and joined BJP in 2019 | India News – Times of India
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When Jitin Prasada had almost quit Congress and joined BJP in 2019 | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: What perhaps could not happen in March 2019 materialised on Wednesday when senior Congress leader Jitin Prasada, piloted by railways minister Piyush Goyal, joined the BJP in the party headquarters. Jitin is believed to have almost quit the Congress and was about to join the BJP ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha elections. However, the rebellion was nipped after a car drive he had with the then Congress president Rahul Gandhi. Son of former Congress leader late Jitendra Prasada, the party’s Brahmin face in Uttar Pradesh (UP), Jitin had contested and won the 2004 Lok Sabha election from Shahjahanpur in the state. He won the 2009 parliamentary election from Dhaurahra. However, he lost the two subsequent Lok Sabha elections from the seat and also the 2017 UP assembly polls. Jitin Prasa...
Dissidence in Congress: Punjab CM Amarinder puts forward a strong defence in meeting with AICC panel | India News – Times of India
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Dissidence in Congress: Punjab CM Amarinder puts forward a strong defence in meeting with AICC panel | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: After hearing for three days grievances from elected representatives of Congress, the AICC panel looking into dissidence in Punjab unit came across a strong counter defence from chief minister Amarinder Singh. Singh, who gave a point by point rebuttal of the issues raised by party leaders, assured the panel of taking further steps to bolster the party position in the assembly elections in February 2022. Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra joined the meeting through video conferencing. While the CM cryptically told reporters that discussions pertained to internal issues and preparations for polls, it is learnt that the marathon three-hour-long session revolved around the Punjab satrap’s clarification on the issues raise by party members. Some of the isues that were raised i...
Not keen on Congress fielding candidate against Mamata: Adhir to Sonia
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Not keen on Congress fielding candidate against Mamata: Adhir to Sonia

Bengal Congress president Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury on Friday wrote to UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi, saying he is not keen on fielding a candidate from his party against Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee for Bhabanipur Assembly constituency, which will see a bypoll. The move from Chowdhury has fuelled speculation about a future tie-up between the Congress and Trinamool in view of the 2024 Lok Sabha polls. “I feel that that we should not field any candidate against Mamata Banerjee from Bhabanipur seat. I have written a letter regarding this to Soniaji. Our fight against the TMC will continue but on this issue I think we should not field any candidate against her…” Chowdhury said. On May 21, TMC MLA and state minister Sovandeb Chattopadhyay resigned as an MLA, leaving the Bhabanipu...
Amarinder Singh To Meet Congress Panel Tomorrow After Navjot Sidhu And Aides Demand Resignation
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Amarinder Singh To Meet Congress Panel Tomorrow After Navjot Sidhu And Aides Demand Resignation

Chandigarh: Infighting is being witnessed in Capt Amarinder Singh's Punjab government as more than 20 MLAs are not satisfied with the way the state government is functioning. For the past few days, leaders including Navjot Singh Siddhu have been demanding the Congress party to change the Chief Minister of Punjab. Amid the chaos and infighting, Congress has formed a committee to address the issues, the leaders of Punjab are facing.At least 25 leaders of the Punjab Congress, mostly aides of Navjot Sidhu met the three-member panel set up by the high command on Tuesday to resolve infighting in the state unit of the party and now sources have revealed that Capt Amarinder Singh left for Delhi at 11:30 am on a private jet from Chandigarh and is likely to meet the panel.Sour...
BJP says Congress giving ammo to Pakistan to defame India
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BJP says Congress giving ammo to Pakistan to defame India

Stepping up its attack against the opposition parties for their criticism of the government’s Covid management, the ruling BJP Saturday accused the Congress of “providing tools” to Pakistan to “defame India”. Citing the alleged remarks of former Madhya Pradesh chief minister Kamal Nath that India is now infamous following the spread of the infectious disease, BJP spokesperson Gaurav Bhatia asked the Congress to clarify its stand on the issue. The BJP, which had slammed Kamal Nath for describing the virus mutation B.1.617 as the Indian variant, blamed the Congress president for his remarks. According to Bhatia, whatever Kamal Nath says is at the behest of Congress president Sonia Gandhi. “What Kamal Nath says is the Congress’s ideology and does so on behalf of Sonia Gandhi. ...
Congress to kick start new relief activities: Azad | India News – Times of India
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Congress to kick start new relief activities: Azad | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Thursday urged the government to announce free education for Covid orphans in Navodaya Vidyalayas. She noted that they were the legacy of late PM Rajiv Gandhi. All India Congress Committee relief task force chairman Ghulam Nabi Azad has said that the party will scale up its Covid relief work from Friday, which marks the death anniversary of the late PM. In a letter addressed to PM Modi, she said young children losing parents in the pandemic are faced with an uncertain future. “One of my husband Rajiv Gandhi’s most significant legacies is the network of Navodaya Vidyalayas. It was his dream to make high-quality modern education accessible and affordable to talented youth, predominantly from rural areas,” she wrote. She also added, “I request ...
Get Bharat Biotech to share vaccine manufacturing tech with other WHO prequalified pharma cos: Ghulam Nabi Azad | India News – Times of India
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Get Bharat Biotech to share vaccine manufacturing tech with other WHO prequalified pharma cos: Ghulam Nabi Azad | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Following in the footsteps of a string of Congress leaders including former PM Manmohan Singh, party president Sonia Gandhi and MP Rahul Gandhi, former Union minister Ghulam Nabi Azad on Saturday wrote to PM Modi and Health minister Harsh Vardhan with suggestions to ramp up vaccine manufacture in the country. All letters to the PM by opposition leaders have remained unanswered so far. Continuing with Congress called was its “opposition Raj Dharma” – to offer constructive suggestions – Azad, in his letter, sought the government’s push to ensure that Bharat Biotech shares the manufacturing technology for Covaxin with all WHO-accredited, prequalified pharma companies in India so that vaccine production can be ramped up. Pointing to 21 major vaccine manufacturing pharma companies...
Fadnavis writes to Sonia, slams Maharashtra govt’s handling of pandemic | India News – Times of India
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Fadnavis writes to Sonia, slams Maharashtra govt’s handling of pandemic | India News – Times of India

MUMBAI: BJP leader Devendra Fadnavis on Saturday wrote to Congress president Sonia Gandhi about the Covid-19 situation in Maharashtra, and said she should rather advise the states where her party is in power about how to handle the pandemic. State Congress leaders hit back, alleging that the BJP-led Union government's "arrogance and complacency" led to the present crisis. The former Maharashtra chief minister in his letter pointed out the high mortality rate in the state and alleged that the Shiv Sena-NCP-Congress government was neglecting Vidarbha, Marathwada and North Maharashtra in the fight against the pandemic. Fadnavis's letter follows Gandhi's own missive some time ago to Prime Minister Narendra Modi about alleged slip- ups in the handling of the Covid-19 outbreak by the Centre. ...
Death of Covid-19 patients due to lack of oxygen serious: Sanjay Raut | India News – Times of India
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Death of Covid-19 patients due to lack of oxygen serious: Sanjay Raut | India News – Times of India

MUMBAI: Shiv Sena leader Sanjay Raut on Wednesday expressed concern over the death of Covid-19 patients due to the shortage of medical oxygen in the country. Talking to reporters here, he said, "All chief ministers need to be in constant touch with each other. Let's help each other to defeat the pandemic. Don't hide Covid-19 facts in the states." Raut also said that the incident of bodies found floating in a river was scary. As per reports, over 50 bodies have been found floating in the Ganga river in Ballia district of Uttar Pradesh so far. "Death of patients due to non-availability of oxygen in different parts of the country is a serious matter. There was a shortage of oxygen in Maharashtra also, but the state government handled the situation well," he said. Raut said the national tas...
Cong’s 5-member group under Ashok Chavan to evaluate poll debacle; Azad to head Covid-relief team
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Cong’s 5-member group under Ashok Chavan to evaluate poll debacle; Azad to head Covid-relief team

The Congress on Tuesday set up a five-member group headed by former Maharashtra chief minister Ashok Chavan to evaluate the party’s performance in the just-concluded assembly polls, and another team under senior leader Ghulam Nabi Azad to coordinate its Covid-19 relief work. It comes a day after party chief Sonia Gandhi proposed, at a meeting of the Congress Working Committee (CWC), the formation of a group to assess the party’s losses in Kerala, Assam, West Bengal and Puducherry. “The Congress president has constituted a group to evaluate the results of the recently concluded assembly elections, with immediate effect. Ashok Chavan will be the chairman and other members of the group are Salman Khurshid, Manish Tewari, Vincent H Pala and Jothi Mani,” an official statement fr...
Sonia Gandhi Appoints G-23 Leader Ghulam Nabi Azad As Chairman Of Congress Task Force On Covid-19
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Sonia Gandhi Appoints G-23 Leader Ghulam Nabi Azad As Chairman Of Congress Task Force On Covid-19

New Delhi: Congress President Sonia Gandhi on Tuesday appointed senior leader Ghulam Nabi Azad as the chairman of the party’s Covid task force.The other members of the Congress Covid task force include Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, Pawan Kumar Bansal, Mukul Wasnik, KC Venugopal, Ambika Soni, Jairam Ramesh, Randeep Singh Surjewala, Dr Ajoy Kumar, Manish Chatrath, Pawan Khera, Gurdeep Singh Sappal and BV Srinivas.The Congress posted the same on its official Twitter handle stating the Congress President has constituted the Covid-19 Relief Task Force to coordinate relief activities of the party with immediate effect.“INC COMMUNIQUE Important Notification regarding constitution of COVID-19 relief task force,” the party posted on Twitter along with the release mentioning the name...
Sonia’s CWC speech audible at apex court’s Covid e-hearing | India News – Times of India
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Sonia’s CWC speech audible at apex court’s Covid e-hearing | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: A technical snag in the Supreme Court’s server on Monday derailed the scheduled video-conference hearing in the suo motu case “distribution of essential supplies and services during the pandemic” and the court adjourned further hearing to Thursday. Prior to the commencement of hearing, solicitor general Tushar Mehta struggled to get properly connected to the system. Minutes after getting connected, he was seen requesting the SC control room to unmute senior advocates-cum-Congress members Kapil Sibal and P Chidambaram, who were appearing for some state governments. Immediately after they were unmuted, Congress chief Sonia Gandhi’s speech at Congress Working Committee meeting was audio-streamed into the system as probably one of Congress members, who was participating in the SC...
After poll debacle, Sonia wants Congress house to be put in order; election for party president on June 23
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After poll debacle, Sonia wants Congress house to be put in order; election for party president on June 23

As the Congress Working Committee gathered virtually on Monday to brainstorm over the party’s poll performance, Sonia Gandhi announced that the process of electing the new party president will be held on June 23. Over the past year, senior leaders like Ghulam Nabi Azad, Anand Sharma, Shashi Tharoor and Kapil Sibal have called for “full-time” and “effective leadership” that will be “visible” and “active” in the field. Speaking over the party’s performance in the recently held Assembly polls, Gandhi said that they should “take note of the setbacks and put the house in order”. “A small group will be set up to look at every aspect that caused the party’s electoral reverses. We need to candidly understand as to why the Congress failed to dislodge incumbent govts in Kerala and As...
‘Didi significant frontline occupant of anti-BJP space, but let’s not decide on a leader right now’ | India News – Times of India
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‘Didi significant frontline occupant of anti-BJP space, but let’s not decide on a leader right now’ | India News – Times of India

File photoDiscussing the implications of the recent round of assembly polls for the opposition, senior Congress MP Abhishek Singhvi told Subodh Ghildiyal that an anti-BJP front must be built with consensus and calibration. Excerpts from the interview: Congress fought against Trinamool but now Congress leaders are hailing Mamata Banerjee’s victory over an aggressive BJP led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Isn’t it strange? Even Mamata’s worst enemy must concede that she has won an amazing victory, seemingly with money, logistics, central agencies and carpet bombing through media, all stacked against her. I have no inhibition in hailing her in keeping the anti-BJP secular flag flying high. That does not mean we will not introspect and try to rebuild Congress in West Bengal. After TMC’s s...
Sonia Gandhi Calls For All-Party Meet On Covid Crisis, Says,’ System Hasn’t Failed, Modi Govt Has’
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Sonia Gandhi Calls For All-Party Meet On Covid Crisis, Says,’ System Hasn’t Failed, Modi Govt Has’

New Delhi: Congress President Sonia Gandhi held a virtual meet with party members and cited concerns related to the Coronavirus pandemic the country is facing. Sonia Gandhi slammed Prime Minister Narendra Modi and called the situation of the country as Modi government's failure.Delivering the opening remarks at a virtual meeting of the CPP (Congress Parliamentary Party), she urged the Prime Minister to "urgently call an all-party meeting" to discuss the COVID-19 situation.Also Read|Trains Cancelled Full List: Southern Railway Suspends Operation As A Measure To Curb Covid Spread"India is in the grip of a deadly health disaster. Thousands have died and millions are scrambling to access basic healthcare, life-saving medicines, oxygen, and vaccines. It is heartbreaking t...
Nation sinking under weight of Modi govt’s indifference: Sonia Gandhi
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Nation sinking under weight of Modi govt’s indifference: Sonia Gandhi

Slamming the Modi government over its handling of the coronavirus situation, Congress president Sonia Gandhi, while addressing the virtual Congress Parliamentary Party meeting on Friday, said the Centre has failed the people of India as the “country is crippled by political leadership that has no empathy for its citizens”. “The nation is sinking under the Narendra Modi government’s indifference. Tackling the Covid crisis requires able and visionary leadership. However, the battle against the virus transcends political differences and the country will have to fight this together,” she added. The Modi government, she said, must urgently call an all-party meeting on the Covid-19 situation. She also demanded that standing committees be convened to ensure collective action and a...
Adhir Chowdhury: ‘Humiliating loss… need to hit streets, come out of Twitter, Facebook’
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Adhir Chowdhury: ‘Humiliating loss… need to hit streets, come out of Twitter, Facebook’

Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, who led the Congress’s campaign in West Bengal, is the leader of the party in the Lok Sabha. When the group of 23 wrote to Congress president Sonia Gandhi seeking reforms in the party, he strongly defended the leadership. In an interview to The Indian Express after its debacle in the recent Assembly elections, he admits need for a change in the party functioning. What went so wrong for the Congress in West Bengal? Your vote share is down to 3%, you did not win even one seat. The TMC wanted to retain power and the BJP wanted to wrest power. We did not have such stakes, our fight was for survival. The BJP left no stone unturned to communalise the political environment. They failed. But in some areas where Muslims are concentrated, like Murshidabad and ...