Desperation and desertions appear to be growing in the Congress as the Lok Sabha election nears. Rediff.com’s Renu Mittal reports With the 2014 Lok Sabha election schedule being announced and the model code of conduct in play, there is both good news and bad for the Congress party which is desperately working hard to avoid a humiliating defeat. In Bihar, after a great deal of dithering and speculation, the Congress and Lalu Prasad Yadav’s Rashtriya Janata Dal have finally tied the ... Rediff.com, 3 days ago
Opposition BJP has assured the ruling UPA that it would support the bill for the creation of Telangana in Parliament. Renu Mittal explains why The decks have been cleared for tabling the Telangana Bill in Parliament which will bifurcate Andhra Pradesh and create the 29th state of India. After many delays and hurdles, the Union Cabinet has passed the Telangana Bill, which will now be sent to President Pranab Mukherjee for his approval and then be tabled in Parliament. The Telangana ...Rediff.com, 4 weeks ago
With the mood in the party one of “gloom and doom”, some MPs are getting ready to desert the Congress. A poor result in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections could lead to a “million mutinies” Rediff.com’s Renu Mittal reports In a desperate attempt to keep the morale of the party high in the run-up to the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Monday hosted a farewell dinner for the party’s parliamentarians, AICC general secretaries and ...Rediff.com, 5 days ago
Sunanda Pushkar’s shocking and ‘unnatural’ demise has brought Union minister Shashi Tharoor’s political career under the scanner, and with no leniency being shown by the Congress party, it seems the flamboyant MP will have to fight his own battle, reports Renu Mittal. A Pandora’s box of possibilities is out in the open after a team of three All India Institute of Medical Sciences doctors said Sunanda Pushkar’s death was “sudden and unnatural” ...Rediff.com, 1 month ago
Congress President Sonia Gandhi’s decision not to name Rahul Gandhi as the party’s prime ministerial candidate has demoralised the already-bruised cadre. Expect a stormy AICC session in New Delhi on Friday, says Renu Mittal Congress President Sonia Gandhi, in a classic display of over-cautiousness and over-protectiveness, has turned down the demand of the Congress Working Committee members to name Rahul Gandhi as the party’s prime ministerial candidate though it has been ...Rediff.com, 1 month ago
While its widely being publicised that Environment Minister Jayanthi Natarajan resigned from the council of ministers to work for the Congress party ahead of the crucial Lok Sabha polls, political observers point out that ‘growing unhappiness’ over her performance during her ministership could have possibly led to the move. Renu Mittal reports. Just before Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi addressed the closing session of the FICCI annual general meeting on Saturday, Minister of ...Rediff.com, 2 months ago
The Congress and BJP are cosying up to Anna Hazare to isolate Arvind Kejriwal, who is appearing to be more difficult and impractical than was thought earlier, and probably to regain some credibility. Renu Mittal reports The Lokpal Bill described by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh as a “landmark step” was passed by the Rajya Sabha with the House witnessing unprecedented unanimity and consensus except for the Samajwadi Party which boycotted the proceedings on the plea that they were ...Rediff.com, 2 months ago
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