Anand Sharma

Rahul Gandhi Take-Over Plan, Sonia Gandhi To Retain Key Role

Rahul Gandhi will take over as Congress president from his mother Sonia Gandhi in a process of organisational elections that begin next month as planned, top party sources said today, seeking to quash rumours that the transition may be delayed. The elections in the mammoth party are expected to be held over several weeks and Mr Gandhi, who is currently the party number 2, will take over as president in

Anand Sharma says he was attacked by ABVP activists at JNU

Senior Congress leader Anand Sharma today said that he has suffered injuries after he was attacked by ABVP activists in JNU campus when he was returning with Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi after attending a protest meet held by students there. The “attack” took place some distance away from the place where the meeting was held at the university campus with the ABVP activists using “cover of the darkness,” Sharma claimed.

Gujarat CM Anandiben Patel's daughter in soup over Gir sanctuary land deal

The Congress has demanded an independent probe by a Special Investigation Team (SIT) into the reported land allotment to a company run by business associates of Gujarat Chief Minister Anandiben Patel’s daughter, Anar Jayesh Patel. A report in Economic Times today claimed that the company was allotted 250 acres of land near the Gir lion sanctuary at an official rate of Rs 15 per square metre. The company owns a

Pathankot terror attack: Congress posts 5 questions to PM Narendra Modi

Lashing out at Centre in the wake of Pathankot terror attack, Opposition parties stepped up attacks on government’s handling of ties with Pakistan. Congress on Tuesday condemned the the airbase terror attack and asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi to explain the outcome of his Lahore visit and re-starting the talks with Pakistan government. Senior Congress leader Anand Sharma said, “Pathankot attack is an attack on the country and on humanity

Dal-roti mat khao prabu ke gun gaao: Rahul Gandhi leads Congress attack on PM Modi

The Congress Party on Monday said Prime Minister Narendra Modi has lowered the dignity of his office and is not subscribing to a healthy democratic discourse. Congress leader Anand Sharma dubbed Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley’s remark that Prime Minister Modi was the ‘worst victim’ of rivals’ ideological intolerance to be ironical. “The Prime Minister who is authoritarian, who is the first Prime Minister to have centralized all decision making

Narendra Modi is insulting his mother: Congress

Hours after Prime Minister Narendra Modi hit out at the Gandhis in his San Jose speech, the main opposition party ‘Congress’ on Monday hit back at him, saying he is a self-obsessed person who can’t think about others. Addressing a press conference in the national capital, senior Congress leader Anand Sharma said, “PM is only about I, me and myself. Have you seen any leader in the world project himself like

Opposition gives privilege notice against Sadhvi Prachi

A privilege notice was given to Rajya Sabha Chairman Hamid Ansari on Friday by 20 opposition members against VHP leader Sadhvi Prachi who is alleged to have said that “there are 1-2 terrorists in parliament”. The controversial remark was made on Thursday, Janata Dal-United leader K.C. Tyagi told IANS. Tyagi is one of the 20 members who gave the notice. “The remarks of Sadhvi Prachi is against the dignity of parliament. We have

BJP launches counter-attack, alleges scams in Congress-ruled states

Countering Congress’ attack as the Monsoon Session of Parliament commenced on Tuesday, BJP said it was ready for discussion on all issues including on “damaad (son-in-law) and Quatrocchi”, besides the “scams” in Congress-ruled states. “The government is willing to discuss everything. We have nothing to hide, nothing to worry,” Parliamentary Affairs Minister M Venkaiah Naidu told reporters. He said that many BJP MPs have given notices for discussion on scams in

Gandhi's killer Nathuram Godse was a patriot: BJP's Sakshi Maharaj

Amid reports of a controversial ceremony organised by the right-wing groups in Maharashtra on Thursday to honour Mahatma Gandhi’s killer, Nathuram Godse, BJP MP Sakshi Maharaj said, “Godse was a patriot. Gandhiji also did a lot for the nation.” In October this year, a Malayalam mouthpiece of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) had said that Nathuram Godse should have killed former Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru and not Gandhi. “Godse was

Rahul Gandhi chants patch-up mantra to revive Congress

Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi has a new task at hand – bridging a widening generation gap in the Grand Old Party by bringing young and elder leaders together to dispense the pall of gloom that descended on party workers after a series of embarrassing electoral reverses. As part of the initiative, Congress sources said, as many as 500 leaders, including several former Youth Congress chiefs, will put their heads together with their

Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti finally apologises for foul language

Union Minister Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti has stoked a controversy by allegedly making an inflammatory speech and using an expletive in an election rally here, drawing severe flak from opposition which accused BJP of pursuing divisive politics and demanded that she be sacked. The remarks left the Narendra Modi government embarrassed as it faced the opposition’s ire in Parliament following which Jyoti expressed “deep regret” over her actions and said she

Congress releases booklet on 100 days of BJP misrule

Congress on Wednesday brought out a booklet on BJP’s “100 days of misrule” insisting that results of all the bypolls after the Lok Sabha election reflect “people’s anger” over “hollow promises of a useless government”. The slide of the ruling party was a “significant trend” that will gather momentum with the “unmasking” of BJP, the party claimed in the booklet titled “Modi government-The truth of BJP government: 100 days of misrule”. “The story till now