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Rahul Gandhi LIVE: EC 'not in hurry' for Wayanad bypoll as Rahul Gandhi has 1 month to file appeal

Rahul Gandhi News Live Updates: Congress and other Opposition parties are contemplating moving a no-confidence motion against Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla next week

P. Chidambaram, Adhir Chaudhury at Red Fort for Mashaal march

The tension between the BJP and Congress has continued to soar since the suspension of Rahul Gandhi's membership from the lower house of the parliament last week. The Congress party has accused the Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led central government of trampling democracy. The BJP rebutted that Gandhi's disqualification from the parliament is as per the law and denied any political intervention.

Following Gandhi's disqualification as an MP from the Wayanad seat, several opposition leaders have extended support to the grand old party and slammed the Centre.

on Monday, the opposition parties launched a 'black protest'. Yesterday, the Congress party took out Loktantra Bachao Mashaal Shanti march in old Delhi.

However, Delhi police, which comes under the Central government, detained the protestors in order to clamp down the protest. Congress leader Harish Rawat who was also detained by the Delhi Police said that the Central government "is scared" of Opposition unity.

The Congress has announced a month-long protest programme over the disqualification after he was found guilty and sentenced to two years in prison in a defamation case from 2019 last week.

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29 Mar 2023, 02:54 PM IST 'Everything fine', says Sanjay Raut after meeting Sonia, Rahul

Shiv Sena (UBT) leader Sanjay Raut on Wednesday met former Congress presidents Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi and said "everything is fine", signalling an end to the row over V D Savarkar.

The Thackeray faction of the Shiv Sena was upset over Rahul Gandhi's strident attack of Savarkar, a revolutionary leader revered in Maharashtra, leading to friction in the Maharashtra Vikas Aghadi coalition with the Congress and NCP in the state.

29 Mar 2023, 02:11 PM IST Plea challenging Rahul's conviction to be moved soon: Reports

A petition challenging Congress leader Rahul Gandhi's conviction and sentencing by a trial court in Surat in a defamation case is ready and is likely to be filed very soon, people familiar with the matter told news agency PTI on Wednesday.

Rahul Gandhi was convicted and was given a two-year sentence in the 2019 defamation case over his remarks on Modi surname, following which he was disqualified as MP of Lok Sabha.

29 Mar 2023, 01:51 PM IST Rahul visits Cong's office in Parliament House complex

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday visited the party's office in the Parliament House complex and met some members there. Gandhi spent around 20 minutes at the party office and met Shiv Sena (UBT) MP Sanjay Raut and others. He later left along with his mother and Congress Parliamentary Party chairperson Sonia Gandhi for lunch. He did not talk to media. Congress leaders K C Venugopal and Adhir Ranjan Chowdury were also present at the party's parliamentary office.


29 Mar 2023, 01:24 PM IST EC 'not in hurry' for Wayanad bypoll as Rahul Gandhi has 1 month to file appeal

There is no hurry to declare byelection to the Wayanad Lok Sabha seat as the trial court has given Rahul Gandhi, who was disqualified by the Lok Sabha, one month to file an appeal.

Chief Election Commissioner Rajiv Kumar said the poll panel has taken decisions on vacancies that have occurred till February.

During the press conference, the CEC said the Surat trial court has given Rahul Gandhi 30 days too seek a judicial remedy the matter.

"There is no hurry, we will wait. There is not hurry to do it before exhausting that particular remedy which the trial court had accorded. We will take a call after that," Kumar said.

He said the vacancy in the Wayanad parliamentary party was notified on March 23 this year and as per the law, a bypoll has to be conducted within six months.

Kumar said the law also states that if the remainder of the term was less than one year, then the election will not be held. The CEC said that in the case of Wayanad, the remainder of the term is more than a year.

29 Mar 2023, 01:12 PM IST Assam Assembly: 3 MLAs suspended on ruckus over Rahul Gandhi's disqualification

As the disqualification of Congress leader Rahul Gandhi from Lok Sabha sparked a united outrage by opposition parties, its heat was also felt in the ongoing Assam state assembly on Wednesday. The assembly witnessed a ruckus after the Congress introduced an adjournment motion to discuss the disqualification of Rahul Gandhi from Lok Sabha following a court verdict.

During teh chaos, speaker Biswajit Daimary was forced to adjourn the House twice. Moreover, he suspended two Congress MLAs and an Independent legislator for the day.

As soon as the Question Hour was over, Daimary allowed Leader of the Opposition Debabrata Saikia to raise the notice and asked him to speak on the admissibility of the motion.

"We want to send a resolution to the President of India requesting her to uphold the Constitution. The Constitution is same for all and the executive must act fairly to protect it," the Congress leader said.

The leader also mentioned various clauses of the Constitution in relation to the disqualification of a parliamentarian and claimed of its violation.

29 Mar 2023, 01:07 PM IST Amid ruckus, Lok Sabha adjourned for the day after passing Competition (Amendment) Bill, 2022

Amid ruckus over the formation of Joint Parliamentary Committee to probe on Adani issue and disqualification of Rahul Gandhi, Lok Sabha was adjourned at 12 pm after passing the Competition (Amendment) Bill, 2022.

29 Mar 2023, 12:17 PM IST Rajya Sabha proceedings adjurned till 2 pm today

Amid ruckus by opposition, Rajya Sabha proceedings were adjurned minutes after it began till 2 pm on Wednesday. Minutes after assembling, the opposition MPs kept raising slogans demanding a JPC probe into the allegations against the Adani Group.

MPs of the Congress and other parties, several of them dressed in black, started raising slogans such as "Modi-Adani Bhai Bhai" as soon as Chairman Jagdeep Dhankhar took his seat. Amid slogan shouting, listed papers were tabled in the House.

29 Mar 2023, 11:16 AM IST He is corrupt himself, not saying anything to those who looted the country, Mallikarjun Kharge on PM Modi

Calling out upon PM Modi, Congress President Mallikarjun Kharge said PM Modi is corrupt himself and he is not even saying anything to those who looted the country and no investigation has been done against them. 

“JPC is not being constituted, so has he joined hands with the corrupt people?" said Congress President Mallikarjun Kharge.

29 Mar 2023, 10:20 AM IST Is Rahul Gandhi above the law...: Ashwini Vaishnaw

Launching an attack on Rahul Gandhi, Union Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw on Wednesday said that Rahul Gandhi was disqualified from the parliament because of his “arrogance". He also alleged that the Congress leader considers it his "birthright" to rule the country since he is born in a certain family.

29 Mar 2023, 09:31 AM IST TMC MPs to protest against Centre in Parliament over issue of ‘Save Democracy’

After showing support to Rahul Gandhi and Congress, TMC will protest at Ambedkar Statue in the Parliament at 10 am on Wednesday. The protest coincides with a two-day dharna by party chief Mamata Banerjee, who will protest against the centre in Kolkata.

The TMC will hold the protest against the centre for allegedly not disburing funds for West Bengal and the Centres “anti-people policies".

29 Mar 2023, 07:23 AM IST Opposition parties likely to bring no-confidence motion against Om Birla

Congress and other Opposition parties are contemplating moving a no-confidence motion against Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla next week on the ground that opposition members are not being allowed to speak, according to the agencies report.

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28 Mar 2023, 10:50 PM IST We'll go to judiciary but we'll also go to people in every village, says Harish Rawat

28 Mar 2023, 10:19 PM IST Congress leaders were detained during the 'Loktantra Bachao Mashaal Shanti March'

28 Mar 2023, 09:02 PM IST Savarkar row: Congress to tone down attack after Pawar's intervention

Amid strains in the Maharashtra Vikas Aghadi alliance over Rahul Gandhi's strident criticism of V D Savarkar, NCP chief Sharad Pawar has stepped in to play the peacemaker by conveying Shiv Sena's concerns on the issue to the Congress leadership. Read here

28 Mar 2023, 08:44 PM IST Congress leader Srinivas heckled by police: We were given permission

Congress leader Srinivas heckled by police

28 Mar 2023, 08:39 PM IST Sec 144 issued in Red Fort area ahead of Congress' Mashaal March

Congress leaders being detained at Red Fort by Delhi Police after being denied permission for ‘Loktantra Bachao Mashal Shanti March’ citing Sec 144 of CrPC

28 Mar 2023, 08:25 PM IST Fear the dictator…:  Congress tweets

Congress tweets in Hindi, Fear the dictator. Parliament gets muted as soon as Adani's name comes up. If there is a demonstration on the road, the police gets it installed.

There is a fear that the secret of '20 thousand crores' may not be revealed.

28 Mar 2023, 08:17 PM IST Delhi police heckle Congress workers, detains many

Delhi police heckle Congress workers, detains many. Delhi Congress chief, Youth Congress chief, others were detained ahead of the protest.

28 Mar 2023, 08:11 PM IST Will not stop till PM Modi gives an answer on the Adani scam: Congress

Congress leader Anil Kumar said, until PM Modi gives an answer on the Adani scam, the government will not give an account.. we will not stop till the answer is given.. every worker of Congress will ask questions and agitate until the answer is received.. because this question is for the country.

28 Mar 2023, 08:08 PM IST Not even ‘letting us stand’ at the Red Fort premises: Cong worker

Congress workers allege Delhi police are not letting them participate in the peace march, not even ‘letting them stand’ at the Red Fort premises

28 Mar 2023, 08:02 PM IST The dictator got scared of 'Satya' and ‘Satyagraha’: Congress

Congress tweets in Hindi, The dictator got scared of 'Satya' and 'Satyagraha'.

A large number of police were deployed near the Red Fort to stop the peaceful 'torch march' of the Congress.

Congress colleagues are being detained from every corner of Delhi.

28 Mar 2023, 07:54 PM IST Congress workers raise slogan ‘Modi-Adani bhai bhai’ at Mashaal march

Congress workers raise slogan ‘Modi-Adani bhai bhai’ at Mashaal march

28 Mar 2023, 07:52 PM IST BRS leaders also join Congress Loktantra Bachao Shanti March near Red Fort

BRS leaders also join Congress Loktantra Bachao Shanti March near Red Fort 

28 Mar 2023, 07:48 PM IST Delhi police reach Red Fort ahead of Congress Mashaal March

Delhi police reach Red Fort ahead of Congress Mashaal March. Watch video

28 Mar 2023, 07:42 PM IST P. Chidambaram, Adhir Chaudhury at Red Fort

Former Union Home Minister Mr P. Chidambaram, senior Congress leader Adhir Chaudhury and other MPs reach Red Fort to participate in the Mashaal march

28 Mar 2023, 07:31 PM IST Congress allege Delhi Police stopped them ahead of Mashaal March

The Delhi Police is stopping us from taking out the Loktantra Bachao Mashal Shanti March from Red fort, and did not allow us to reach the venue!, Congress tweeted

However, this has not deterred us, and we have begun our march from the police barricades itself.

28 Mar 2023, 07:15 PM IST Congress leaders, workers detained at Red Fort ahead of Mashaal march

Congress leaders and workers were detained by police as they gathered at Red Fort for 'Loktantra Bachao Mashaal Shanti March' till Town Hall.

28 Mar 2023, 07:10 PM IST  Rahul Gandhi to address a public meeting on Modi surname remark

Amid the protests by the Congress against his disqualification from the Lok Sabha, Rahul Gandhi on April 5 will address a public meeting at Kolar in poll-bound Karnataka, the same place where he made the remark for which he was convicted of criminal defamation and stripped off his membership of the Lower House.

Speaking to ANI on Tuesday, a senior Congress member in Karnataka said the disqualified MP will return to Kolar for a campaign event on April 5.

It was in Kolar that Rahul made the remark using the surname 'Modi' while headlining a campaign rally for the 2019 Lok Sabha polls.

28 Mar 2023, 06:53 PM IST Cong moots bringing no-confidence motion against Speaker

The Congress is in talks with other opposition parties to consider moving a no-confidence motion against Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla over his alleged bias, sources said on Tuesday.

They said the proposal to bring a motion was mooted at the meeting of party MPs this morning and Congress leaders are now talking to other party leaders over it.

The motion is likely to be brought on Monday in the Lok Sabha but some parties are opposed to the move, saying it may hurt the momentum of opposition unity.

The no-confidence motion will highlight the pace at which Rahul Gandhi was disqualified as MP -- within hours of his conviction by a Surat court in a defamation case over his remarks on the prime minister's surname.

28 Mar 2023, 06:29 PM IST Savarkar's name being 'blackened'…: Venkaiah Naidu

Former vice president M Venkaiah Naidu on Tuesday said it was unfortunate that V D Savarkar's name was being "blackened needlessly" by those who seem to be ignorant of his "matchless sacrifice" during the freedom struggle.

Without naming anyone, he said the country's heroes and nationalists deserve utmost respect.

"Those who criticise Veer Savarkar should first inform themselves of his contribution and selfless sacrifice in the cause of the freedom struggle, before they attempt to tarnish his reputation," Naidu said in a Facebook post.

His remarks come amid a political row over Congress leader Rahul Gandhi using Savarkar's name to hit out at the ruling BJP.

28 Mar 2023, 05:23 PM IST All Cong MPs to participate in ‘Mashaal’ march today

All MPs and leaders of the Congress party will take part in the 'Loktantra Bachao Mashaal Shanti March' from Red Fort to Town Hall at 7pm today, senior Congress leader Jairam Ramesh said.

In the next 30 days, 'Jai Bharat Satyagrah' will be organised at the block, state and national levels across the country with the participation of party's leaders and workers

28 Mar 2023, 05:02 PM IST Rahul Gandhi is a ‘serial offender’ with 7 defamation cases: BJP

Why no eminent lawyer of the Congress came to the aid of Rahul Gandhi when he was convicted in a defamation case leading to his disqualification from Parliament, Union Minister Anurag Thakur asked on Tuesday and wondered if it was deliberate and part of a conspiracy within the party.

Thakur, addressing the 'Times Network India Digital Fest', also described Gandhi as a "loose cannon" and a "serial offender" who has seven cases of defamation in various courts even after being cautioned by the apex court.

The Information and Broadcasting Minister made it clear that neither the government nor the Lok Sabha secretariat had any role to play in the former Congress president's disqualification from the Lok Sabha.

Thakur said that according to the Representation of the People Act, Rahul Gandhi stood disqualified the moment he was sentenced to a two-year jail term in a criminal defamation case.

28 Mar 2023, 04:37 PM IST Rahul Gandhi's disqualification is a conspiracy: Gehlot

Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot on Tuesday alleged that Congress leader Rahul Gandhi was disqualified from the Lok Sabha under a conspiracy.

Gandhi was disqualified as a Lok Sabha member on March 24, a day after he was sentenced to two years in jail by a Surat court in a 2019 criminal defamation case.

"Rahul Gandhi's membership of parliament was terminated... This was done under a conspiracy," Gehlot said.

The Rajasthan chief minister was speaking at the inauguration of the students' union office at the government-run Dungar College in Bikaner.

Claiming that the success of Gandhi's 'Bharat Jodo Yatra' worried the BJP leaders, Gehlot reiterated that democracy is under threat and no one knows in which direction India is heading.

28 Mar 2023, 04:36 PM IST If Centre is not guilty, why is it running away…: Congress

This government doesn't want to listen to anything on the Adani scam. Today also, we demanded JPC inquiry into this scam. If the govt is not guilty, why is it running away from forming a JPC on this issue? Congress leader KC Venugopal said as reported by ANI

28 Mar 2023, 03:52 PM IST Fight not meant for Rahul Gandhi but to safeguard democracy: Congress

The Congress' campaign following Rahul Gandhi's "hasty disqualification" from the Lok Sabha is meant to safeguard democracy and highlight corruption in the country, senior leader Ajay Maken said on Tuesday.

The former Union minister also reiterated the party's demand for setting up a Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) to probe into the allegations against the Adani Group.

"Look at the sequence of events, which culminated in the hasty disqualification of Gandhi -- who raised serious questions on the links between (Prime Minister Narendra) Modi and Adani in Parliament. Instead of getting answers, he was disqualified which we see as democracy-disqualified.

"Our fight is not for Rahul (Gandhi) but it is meant to safeguard democracy in the country. We will continue our protest to expose corruption and safeguard the interests of the common citizens, who are becoming victims of crony capitalism," Maken told reporters at the Congress' headquarters here.

Gandhi was on March 23 sentenced to two years in jail by a Surat court in a 2019 criminal defamation case. The two-year jail term triggered his disqualification as a Lok Sabha member from the date of the verdict.

28 Mar 2023, 03:47 PM IST Rahul, 'sanskar' of Sonia …: Irani slams Congress

Union Minister Smriti Irani has accused the Congress party leadership of making indecent remarks against her through its youth wing president, Srinivas BV. Irani claims that the comments made by Srinivas were reflective of the teachings and values of Rahul Gandhi and Sonia Gandhi. 

She further alleged that Congress members who seek promotion will continue to use such language against her as long as the Gandhis are in power. The Congress had organized the Sankalp Satyagrah at Rajghat to protest the disqualification of Rahul Gandhi as a Lok Sabha member. 

28 Mar 2023, 03:34 PM IST Leave if you cannot tolerate Savarkar's insult: Maha BJP chief to Uddhav

Maharashtra BJP chief Chandrashekhar Bawankule on Tuesday dared Shiv Sena (UBT) leader Uddhav Thackeray to walk out of Maha Vikas Aghadi if he really cannot tolerate late Hindutva ideologue V D Savarkar's "insult" by Congress leader Rahul Gandhi. 

Addressing a press conference, Bawankule said the country can never forget the contribution of Savarkar. Gandhi's "My name is not Savarkar, my name is Gandhi and Gandhi does not offer an apology to anyone" remark has drawn fire from BJP.

28 Mar 2023, 03:27 PM IST Congress Mashal march today at 7pm.  Check the routes here

The Congress party has organized a protest march named 'Loktantra Bachao Mashal Shanti March' against the disqualification of party leader Rahul Gandhi from Lok Sabha. The march will start from Red Fort and end at Town Hall in Chandni Chowk, Old Delhi. 

Congress MPs will participate in the 'Loktantra Bachao Mashal Shanti March' starting from Red Fort at 7 pm,

28 Mar 2023, 03:18 PM IST Jagdeep Dhankhar trying to pacify the protesting opposition. Watch 

Watch Rajya Sabha Chairman Jagdeep Dhankhar trying to pacify the protesting opposition. 

28 Mar 2023, 02:59 PM IST BJP OBC MPs demand apology from Rahul Gandhi for 'Modi surname' remark

BJP MPs, mostly from the Other Backward Classes, staged a protest march from Parliament to Vijay Chowk, demanding an apology from Congress leader Rahul Gandhi for his remarks about the “Modi surname."

The BJP's OBC Morcha has also announced a campaign between April 6 and 14, reaching out to one crore households across one lakh villages to highlight the Modi government's historic decisions for the community's welfare and to condemn Gandhi's insulting comments about backward castes. The campaign will be launched by BJP President J P Nadda from Manesar in Haryana.

28 Mar 2023, 02:51 PM IST Rajya Sabha adjourned for the day 

Opposition members continued their protest over the Adani issue, leading to the adjournment of Rajya Sabha proceedings for the day. When the Upper House assembled after an earlier adjournment, Chairman Jagdeep Dhankhar informed the House about the bills scheduled for discussion. 

However, several Opposition MPs dressed in black disrupted the proceedings. Union Minister V K Singh corrected the answer to a starred question on behalf of his cabinet colleague Jyotiraditya Scindia regarding net losses incurred by the aviation industry.

28 Mar 2023, 02:30 PM IST Confident we'll see Rahul Gandhi back in Parliament: Khurshid

Salman Khurshid, a senior Congress leader, believes that the disqualification of Rahul Gandhi from the Lok Sabha has provided a good opportunity for opposition unity. He believes that this could be the beginning of sustained cooperation between opposition parties and it is worth paying the price for it. Khurshid also expressed confidence that Rahul Gandhi would soon return to Parliament through the legal process.

 He further stated that changes to the law on disqualification of legislators were inevitable due to unintended consequences of steps taken to clean up the political system.

28 Mar 2023, 02:27 PM IST Lok Sabha adjourned for day amid protests

Opposition protests over the Adani issue led to the adjournment of Lok Sabha proceedings for the day on Tuesday. As the House resumed at 2 pm after adjournment in the morning, opposition members demanded a joint parliamentary committee probe into the Adani issue, rushing to the Well of the House and raising slogans. Amid the uproar, papers and reports were laid on the table of the House. 

Several opposition leaders were dressed in black as a mark of protest against the government, holding placards with "save democracy" written on them, and continued their protests and sloganeering. The Chair, Rama Devi, adjourned the proceedings for the day due to the continued disruptions. The Adani issue has been a contentious topic in Indian politics, with allegations of favoritism towards the Adani Group by the government.

28 Mar 2023, 02:23 PM IST Congress to hold ‘Mashal’ march tonight

The Congress on Tuesday announced a ‘Mashal’ march from Red Fort to Town Hall in old Delhi's Chandni Chowk in the evening. The march is against the disqualification of party leader Rahul Gandhi from Lok Sabha. Several Congress MPs will participate in the 'Loktantra Bachao Mashal Shanti March' starting from Red Fort at 7 pm, news agency ANI reported. Read here

28 Mar 2023, 01:44 PM IST Another problem arising for Rahul Gandhi? Here's what BJP said

Another problem is likely to emerge for Congress leader Rahul Gandhi. According to a report by Live Hindustan, Livemint's sister publication, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has claimed that the certificate of Gandhi's car has expired. The saffron party leaders have demanded the Delhi police to issue a challan to Gandhi.

BJP Leader Tajinder Pal Singh Bagga shared a picture of Rahul Gandhi and wrote, "EX MP Rahul Gandhi driving a car DL9CQ5112 . Pollution Certificate of this car is expired on 27 Jan 2023. pls send Challan".


28 Mar 2023, 01:06 PM IST Here's how Rahul Gandhi replied on bungalow eviction

Rahul Gandhi's official reply to the bungalow eviction notice speaks about his “happy memories" at 12 Tughlak Lane.

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Rahul Gandhi's official reply to Lok Sabha Secretariat
28 Mar 2023, 12:27 PM IST Rahul Gandhi responds to Lok Sabha Secretariat on bungalow eviction

Rahul Gandhi has agreed to vacate the 12, Tughlaq Lane bungalow. On Tuesday he responded to the letter of the Lok Sabha secretariat in which he wrote, "As an elected Member of Lok Sabha over last 4 terms, it is the mandate of the people to which I owe the happy memories of my time spent here. Without prejudice to my rights, I will, of course, abide by the details contained in your letter".

28 Mar 2023, 12:11 PM IST VD Savarkar's grandson threatens to file FIR against Rahul Gandhi

VD Savarkar's grandson Ranjit Savarkar has threatened to file FIR against Rahul Gandhi.

The grandson of late Hindutva ideologue VD Savarkar has challenged the Congress leader to show documents that prove he had apologised to the British.

Gandhi's remark after his disqualification from the Lok Sabha has drawn fire from the BJP. Last week Gandhi said, "My name is not Savarkar, my name is Gandhi and Gandhi does not offer an apology to anyone".

Calling such comments childish, Savarkar's grandson Ranjit Savarkar on Monday said, "Rahul Gandhi is saying he won't apologise as he isn't Savarkar. I challenge him to show documents that prove Savarkar apologised".

"Using the names of patriots to promote politics is wrong and deplorable. Action must be taken," Ranjit Savarkar said.

28 Mar 2023, 12:05 PM IST PM Modi, Smriti Irani doing politics in name of OBC, says Congress leader

Congress leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury rebutted charges that Gandhi has hurt OBC's sentiments. He argued that Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Smriti Irani are trying to act like "thekedar" of the OBC communities, but in reality are playing politics.

"...This has nothing to do with OBCs. Neither Modi nor Smriti Irani should become 'thekedar' of OBC. They want to do politics & nothing else in the name of OBC...Running away from Rahul Gandhi, PM Modi has deployed Smriti Irani today. If she says 'no', she'll lose her job...Come to us with real issues...If you (PM Modi) have courage, sit before media & tell them to ask you anything...." he said.

28 Mar 2023, 11:28 AM IST Mashal march by Congress party today in Delhi

Congress to organise 'Mashal March' today evening from Red Fort to Town Hall in Delhi. Congress national president Mallikarjun Kharge and party MPs will participate with party workers in the march, according to ANI news agency.

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India's Congress party activists and supporters protest against conviction of Congress party leader Rahul Gandhi in a criminal defamation case
28 Mar 2023, 11:10 AM IST Mallikarjun Kharge holds a meeting with Congress MPs 

Congress President and Leaders of Opposition Rajya Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge holds a meeting with the party's Rajya Sabha and Lok Sabha MPs at the Congress Parliamentary Party office in Parliament House.

28 Mar 2023, 10:53 AM IST 'Petty politics of petty men': Kapil Sibal slams Centre

Rajya Sabha MP Kapil Sibal has slammed PM Modi-led central government over Congress leader Rahul Gandhi being asked to vacate his official bungalow. Sibal called it, "petty politics of petty men".

Sibal, who was a Union minister during the UPA 1 and 2 regimes, quit the Congress in May last year and was elected to the Rajya Sabha as an independent member with the Samajwadi Party's support.

28 Mar 2023, 10:34 AM IST 'Rahul Gandhi can come to me and I'll vacate,' says Mallikarjun Kharge on bungalow eviction notice

Salmming the BJP, Congress President Mallikarjun Kharge has said the saffrom party will make all attempts to weaken Rahul Gandhi. On eviction of 12 Tughlaq Lane bungalow, Kharge added, “If he vacates the bungalow, he'll go live with his mother or he can come to me and I'll vacate one. I condemn the attitude of Govt to scare, threaten & humiliate him. This isn't the way. Sometimes, we've been without a bungalow for 3-4 months. I received my bungalow after 6 months. People do this to humiliate others. I condemn such an attitude".

28 Mar 2023, 10:17 AM IST Congress MPs give suspension of business notice to Parliament

Congress MPs gave suspension of business notice and adjournment motion notice to both houses of Parliament to discuss the Adani issue and Rahul Gandhi's disqualification from Lok Sabha.

Congress MP Manish Tewari gave an adjournment motion notice in Lok Sabha, while Pramod Tiwari gave suspension of business notice under rule 267 in Rajya Sabha to discuss the "failure of Modi Govt to investigate the opaque overseas investment of nearly 20,000 Crores by offshore companies linked to the Adani's into Adani Group of companies". Congress MP Manickam Tagore gave an adjournment motion notice in Lok Sabha to discuss the Adani Group issue and the disqualification of Rahul Gandhi.

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Congress MP Manish Tewari gives adjournment motion notice in Lok Sabha on Tuesday to discuss the disqualification of Rahul Gandhi.
28 Mar 2023, 10:09 AM IST 'We will be with the opposition': Sanjay Raut extends support to Rahul Gandhi, Congress party

Rajya sabha MP Sanjay Raut has extended his support for Rahul Gandhi and the Congress party. The minister from Uddhav Thackeray-led faction blamed the Centre for the failed parliament's proceedings. He said, “We will be with the Opposition. We will abide by whatever decision the Opposition takes. Parliament proceedings are not taking place. The onus lies on the Govt. It doesn't want the Parliament to function. They want to suppress Opposition's voice on all the serious issues - on Adani, on Rahul Gandhi, on democracy". 

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Shiv Sena (Uddhav Balasaheb Thackeray) MP Sanjay Raut (File photo)
28 Mar 2023, 09:56 AM IST BJP MP Smriti Irani verbally attacks Rahul Gandhi; Here's what she said

Smriti Irani said that the political psychosis of Rahul Gandhi is on full display. He kept lying in London and India, inside and outside the Parliament. Rahul Gandhi's target is PM Modi and PM Modi's target is the development of the country, she added.

Rahul Gandhi's promise to a magazine editor to rip Modi's image apart is a promise that shall remain unfulfilled because PM Modi's greatest strength is the people of India, Smriti Irani told ANI news agency.

Rahul Gandhi in a magazine interview said that he will keep attacking PM Modi's image until he destroys it. The Gandhi family tried to malign the image of PM Narendra Modi when they were in power but they failed miserably, he could not decrease the love that common people have for PM Modi, she said.

28 Mar 2023, 09:20 AM IST About 12 Tughlaq lane--the power centre of Congress

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi has a got a notice to vacate his bungalow-12, Tughlaq Lane following his conviction.

It is said in political circles that the house emerged as the second power centre of the Congress after Sonia Gandhi's 10 Janpath bungalow.

Rahul Gandhi has been residing at 12, Tughlaq Lane for almost 19 years. He was allotted this house after becoming the first-time MO from Amethi in 2004.

Considered to be the highest class in the category, the bungalow has gym and offices.

Now after 19 years, Gandhi will let go of this house. Gandhi has reportedly begun to look for a new house. His sister Priyanka, too, was asked to vacate her Lodhi Estate bungalow as she was no longer SPG protected and now lives in Sujan Singh Park.

28 Mar 2023, 08:56 AM IST Congress MP Manish Tewari gives adjournment motion notice in Lok Sabha

Congress MP Manish Tewari gives adjournment motion notice in Lok Sabha to discuss the disqualification of Rahul Gandhi. The adjournment motion is introduced in the Parliament to draw the attention to a definite matter of urgent public importance and needs the support of 50 members to be admitted.

28 Mar 2023, 08:51 AM IST Rahul should stay at Andamans jail like Savarkar, says Eknath Shinde

Maharashtra CM Eknath Shinde has hit out at Rahul Gandhi for criticising VD Savarkar. The Maharashtra CM said the Congress leader should go and stay at the Andamans jail like Savarkar if he can.

"Veer Savarkar's insult by Rahul Gandhi is condemnable. He (VD Savarkar) dedicated his life to the country and Rahul Gandhi is insulting him along with criticising our country's democracy abroad. Insulting Savarkar means insulting people of the country," Shinde said.

Last week, during a media briefing, Gandhi said, "My name is not Savarkar, my name is Gandhi and Gandhi does not offer an apology to anyone," following his disqualification as an MP after conviction in a defamation case.

28 Mar 2023, 08:40 AM IST Congress MP Pramod Tiwari gives suspension of business notice

Congress MP Pramod Tiwari gives suspension of business notice under rule 267 in Rajya Sabha to discuss the “failure of Modi Govt to investigate opaque overseas investment of nearly 20,000 Crores by offshore companies linked to the Adani's into Adani Group of companies".

28 Mar 2023, 08:38 AM IST Congress party to meet with MPs today

Congress has called a meeting of its Rajya Sabha and Lok Sabha MPs today at Congress Parliamentary Party office in Parliament at 10:30 am to chalk out the strategy for the Floor of the House.

28 Mar 2023, 08:25 AM IST ‘Rahul Gandhi not worried about house’, says KC Venugopal after eviction order

Congress party general secretary KC Venugopal said, “Rahul Gandhi is not worried about the house. Whatever the government of India is doing with the country's democracy is a bigger issue, that is what he told".

Rahul Gandhi has been asked to vacate 12, Tughlaq Lane in the national capital. Gandhi needs to vacate the premises within 30 days to avoid eviction.

28 Mar 2023, 08:13 AM IST A glimpse of Congress's victory in the general election:

So far 17 general elections have been held in the country under the leadership of the Gandhi family.

Except for the 1996 polls, Congress has fought elections under the leadership of one or the other person from the Gandhi family.

From 1951 to 1967, Jawaharlal Nehru led the party.

Nehru's daughter, Indira Gandhi was in command from 1967 to 1980.

Rajiv Gandhi, son of Indira Gandhi was in the power from 1984 to 1991.

Sonial Gandhi remained Congress party chief from 1998 to 2014. At that time, Manmohan Singh was the prime minister.

28 Mar 2023, 08:02 AM IST What could be next for Rahul Gandhi?

Rahul Gandhi got a major blow from Surat Court last week. The court convicted him in a defamation case and subsequently, the Parliament suspended his Lok Sabha membership. The crises do not end here, as per the SC ruling and the law, Gandhi may also go to jail and could be banned from contesting elections for six years.

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Congress leaders Rahul Gandhi, Sonia Gandhi arrives at Mallikarjun Kharge's residence
28 Mar 2023, 07:53 AM IST Opposition parties protesting against PM Modi's regime

List of parties protesting against PM Modi's regime are--DMK, National Congress Party, Janata Dal-United, Bharat Rashtra Samithi, CPI-M, CPI, Aam Aadmi Party, MDMK, Trinamool Congress, RSP, RJD, National Conference, IUML, Samajwadi Party and JMM.

28 Mar 2023, 07:41 AM IST Opposition parties to continue 'black' protest against Centre

The opposition parties have decided to continue their 'black' protest today. The protest is against the BJP-led government over the disqualification of Rahul Gandhi and "trampling upon democracy in the country".

Like-minded opposition parties decided that the protest of opposition parties will continue and will be held in front of the Gandhi statue in Parliament tomorrow with all of the opposition wearing black clothes.

The final call will be taken at the meeting to be held at Kharge's chamber in Parliament on Tuesday (28 March).

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Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge and Opposition MPs wearing black attires speak to the media

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