P. Chidambaram

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

National Herald: Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi move SC to quash charges against them

Congress president Sonia Gandhi and her son, party vice-president Rahul Gandhi, on Thursday moved the Supreme Court to quash charges against them in the National Herald case on Thursday. The two top leaders of the party, along with other senior leaders had last year appeared in the Patiala Court for a hearing in the case. Senior advocates Harin Raval and Vivek Tankha filed a Special Leave Petition in the Supreme

Pranab Mukherjee ordered ED probe against me as revenge for Tharoor sacking, claims Lalit Modi

Former IPL chief Lalit Modi has alleged that it was Pranab Mukherjee who had ordered the Enforcement Directorate probe against him in connection with his IPL-related and personal financial transactions. Mukherjee was the finance minister in the UPA-2 government when the ED probe against Lalit Modi was initiated in 2010. Soon after the probe was ordered, Lalit Modi left India and has been living in the United Kingdom since. The

Lalit Modi row: Government hits back at Congress

Hitting back at the Congress over the ongoing controversy surrounding former Indian Premier League (IPL) boss Lalit Modi, the NDA government on Thursday said Modi had committed all offences during the previous UPA rule but it took no action against him. While Law Minister Sadananda Gowda attacked Congress alleging the UPA government did not take any action against Modi, his Cabinet colleague Rajiv Pratap Rudy dismissed the demand of resignation

Narendra Modi, Amit Shah, Arun Jaitley have frightened BJP workers: Arun Shourie

Arun Shourie has fired a volley of shots across Narendra Modi’s bows days before the government’s first anniversary. Shourie, who was Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s blue-eyed boy as a disinvestment minister in his government, alleged that Modi’s economic policy was “directionless”, investments had not picked up and the “Make in India” concept would not take off unless labour reforms were ushered in, and debunked as “hyperbole” the claim of a projected

Rahul Gandhi: Clean India photo op while communal poison is being spread

Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi on Thursday accused the Narendra Modi government of holding photo opportunities with its Clean India campaign while ignoring the communal hatred being propagated by groups affiliated to the BJP. “Photo ops being organised with brooms in hand and walls being whitewashed while the poison of communalism is being spread,” Gandhi said in his address to Congress workers at New Delhi’s Talkatora Stadium, where the Delhi unit of the

Congress morale low, Sonia and Rahul must speak more

Former Finance Minister P Chidambaram on Friday said the Congress morale was “pretty low” at the moment and that both party president Sonia Gandhi and vice-president Rahul Gandhi needed to “speak more”. They should show the “urgency” to reorganise the party and lead the Congress to play the role of the “true opposition”, Chidambaram told. He also agreed a non-Gandhi could lead the party “some day”. On the land deal

Rahul Gandhi on front bench, Congress on front foot

Shedding his reluctance, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi Thursday sat on the front row of the opposition benches in Lok Sabha to listen to the NDA government’s maiden Budget and then tore into the government, accusing it of “usurping” UPA’s ideas and saying that the budget’s overall content would “slow down” the economic pulse. His party, too, called the budget “uninspiring and insipid” and said it failed to live up to

Digvijay Singh plays safe on Telangana statehood row

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has charged the Congress Party of betraying the people of Telangana for the last 56 years, and said that the ruling party at the Centre is confused on the issue because there is no ideological commitment. Congress General Secretary Digvijay Singh on Monday continued to maintain suspense on the issue of separate statehood to Telangana, saying a decision is to be taken. “I really don’t