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, 1 month ago
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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, 2 months ago
Priyanka Gandhi gets into rigorous damage control mode in wake of her party’s eroding popularity ahead of the polls, reports Renu Mittal Even though the ruling Congress looks politically down ahead of the Lok Sabha elections 2014, Priyanka Gandhi Vadra is doing all in her power to ensure that it’s not out. Along with a team of confidantes, she has put in place a well-coordinated machinery both in the Centre and the states even as Congress chief Sonia Gandhi ...Rediff.com, 1 month ago
With just four days left before the curtains come down on the 15th Lok Sabha, sources in the government say that the Congress is left with no option but to pass the bill otherwise they would be at the losing end in both Seema-Andhra and Telangana. Renu Mittal reports. Facing a vertical split down its own ranks, the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance government is all set to push the controversial Telangana bill for passing in the Lok Sabha on Tuesday amidst the noise and din. The ...Rediff.com, 2 months ago
The Congress plans to ensure that even if its candidates fail to register a win in the Lok Sabha seats in West Bengal, the benefit should go to the Left Front and not to friend-turned-foe Mamata Banerjee’s Trinamool Congress. Renu Mittal reports. Former Team India skipper Mohd Azharuddin, a Congress MP from Uttar Pradesh’s Moradabad, is all set to cross the state frontiers and contest the Lok Sabha elections from Howrah in West Bengal. Sources say that Azhar’s name was cleared ...Rediff.com, 2 months ago
Congress leaders say that controversies like the one triggered by Janardhan Dwivedi could be damaging for the party in the run up to the 2014 Lok Sabha election. Rediff.com’s Renu Mittal reports from New Delhi Congress president Sonia Gandhi has issued a strong contradiction rebutting All India Congress Committee general secretary Janardhan Dwivedi’s pitch to end caste-based reservations after Opposition parties put the government on the mat in Parliament on the issue. Sonia ...Rediff.com, 2 months ago
Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi has called a meeting of chief ministers of 12 Congress-ruled states to figure out how to fill out the vacancies in the Rajya Sabha. Highly-placed sources have said that he wants to cajole Amethis’s former feudal lord Sanjay Singh; by giving him an RS ticket, in view of his own weak position in Amethi. Renu Mittal reports. Rahul has summoned the 12 chief ministers of Congress ruled states, Congress Legislative Party leaders and Pradesh Congress ...Rediff.com, 2 months ago
The party may announce Somen Mitra as the Lok Sabha candidate from North Kolkata whose name is set to be decided upon following intra-party elections to choose contenders -- a move initiated by the Congress vice-president to ensure transparency in ticket-distribution system. Renu Mittal reports. As the next step to Rahul Gandhi’s ‘Experiments with Truth’, the Congress party’s first candidate for the upcoming Lok Sabha elections may be announced on February 9. North ...Rediff.com, 2 months ago
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