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Natarajan quits Congress

Natarajan quits Congress

In a major setback to India's main opposition party Congress, former Environment Minister and senior leader Jayanthi Natarajan has decided to quit the party while making a scathing attack on Rahul Gandhi and accusing him of sending "specific requests" on environmental clearances for projects. In a letter to Congress President Sonia Gandhi, Natarajan stated...

Jayanthi Natarajan quits Congress

Jayanthi Natarajan quits Congress

Former Union Environment Minister Jayanthi Natarajan on Friday quit from the primary membership of the Congress citing “humiliating treatment” in the manner in which she was shunted out of the Ministry in 2013 and the refusal of the high command for over a year to hear her defence, reports The Hindu. She also welcomed the comment of Union Environment Minister Prakash Javedekar in New Delhi that all the files relating to projects she had mentioned in a letter to Sonia Gandhi, for which “inputs” of Rahul Gandhi were factored in to make the final decision, would be reviewed. Addressing a press conference in Chennai, a visibly emotional Natarajan said the reporting...

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Future of Congress

Future of Congress

THIS is not the first time that the Congress has been decimated, getting only 44 seats in the 543-member Lok Sabha. The party met more or less a similar fate in the 1977 election held after the emergency. Mrs Indira Gandhi, the architect of the emergency and her extra-constitutional son, Sanjay Gandhi, too...

Congress meet to discuss poll rout

Congress meet to discuss poll rout

Leaders of India's Congress party are due to meet in the capital, Delhi, to discuss the party's disastrous showing in the general election. The party finished with just 44 of the 543 seats and under 20 percent of the vote in what was its worst ever performance. The Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) won...

Congress's Polls Debacle

Rahul, Sonia to offer resignation!

Rahul, Sonia to offer resignation!

As Congress searches for answers for its worst-ever electoral performance, daggers are already out in the party ahead of the crucial Congress Working Committee (CWC) meeting scheduled for tomorrow. Senior party leaders speaking in private are severely critical of some key advisers of Rahul Gandhi, while some have chosen to go public finding fault...

Election result will be a collective responsibility

Election result will be a collective responsibility

Congress said the outcome of Lok Sabha polls would be a "collective responsibility" of party leaders, a statement seen as an attempt to buffer Rahul Gandhi from criticism as a slew of exit polls projected a dismal show by the UPA. Asked if Rahul, who was the face of the Congress campaign, would be...

Rahul's riposte

Rahul's riposte

Days after Narendra Modi took on Rahul Gandhi in Amethi, the Congress vice-president yesterday retaliated by campaigning on the last day in the temple town of Varanasi, where the BJP's prime ministerial candidate is in the fray. Donning a Gandhi cap, Rahul, 43-year-old scion of the Nehru-Gandhi family, flanked by Congress candidate Ajay Rai...

Gandhi district votes in election

Gandhi district votes in election

Amethi, a stronghold of India's governing Congress party, is among 64 seats voting in the eighth phase of the mammoth general election. The seat, held by party leader Rahul Gandhi, has been at the centre of a row after the main opposition BJP's candidate for PM held a rally there. Narendra Modi blamed the Gandhi dynasty for Amethi's "backwardness" and said he wanted to change it. A 97-year-old man, among India's oldest voters, will also vote on Wednesday. Shyam Saran Negi, a retired teacher in the northern state of Himachal Pradesh, has voted in every single election since 1951 - when India held its first general election after gaining independence from British rule. With...

Narendra Modi votes in Indian polls

Narendra Modi votes in Indian polls

Narendra Modi, the man tipped to be India's next PM, has voted in his home state of Gujarat in the seventh phase of the general election. He cast his vote at a school in the city of Ahmedabad. All 26 seats are up for grabs in the state. Transport hubs in the city are bursting...

How India's iconic Gandhi cap has changed sides

How India's iconic Gandhi cap has changed sides

India's Congress party, fighting an uphill struggle to return to power in the current elections, has the Gandhi family on its side, and Rahul Gandhi leading its campaign - but the iconic Gandhi cap has changed sides. This simple white cap, a bit like an upturned boat, has made a political comeback in India's...

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