The Modi government has explicitly embraced “privatisation” instead of “disinvestment.” Its choice of language signals its intent. Unable to manage the nation’s finances, unable to inspire trust in the private sector to boost investment, the government has turned to distress sale of our national assets. Will selling assets for short-term gains make up for the long-term loss of public wealth?
Efforts to extract value from the sale of PSUs will also be hurt by the Modi government’s lack of credibility – Sonia Gandhi
Efforts to extract value from the sale of PSUs will also be hurt by the Modi government’s lack of credibility. Over the last few years, it has failed to achieve its disinvestment targets. Its few disinvestment “successes” have been no more than getting government-owned entities to purchase other PSUs. Thus, the Life Insurance Corporation (LIC) of India bailed out the Industrial Development Bank of India (IDBI), the Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) bailed out Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Limited (HPCL), and so on. What kind of value can the nation expect to receive from this distress sale then?
Delhi High Court on Monday sought the response of Congress chief Sonia Gandhi, her son Rahul and other accused in the National Herald case on a plea by BJP MP Subramanian Swamy seeking to lead evidence in the matter before the trial court. Justice Suresh Kait, while issuing notice to the Gandhis, AICC general secretary Oscar Fernandes, Suman Dubey, Sam Pitroda and Young India (YI), sought their stand on Swamy’s plea by April 12.
“Though I don’t subscribe to this view, I do believe that the party’s leadership lost political focus after my elevation as president. While Sonia Gandhi was unable to handle the affairs of the party, Dr Singh’s prolonged absence from the House put an end to any personal contact with other MPs,” Pranab Mukherjee wrote, according to excerpts from the book released by Rupa.
While Sonia grieved Rajiv Gandhi’s assassination in private, Rao worked on his policies – Vinay Sitapati
In the first couple of years of Rao’s prime ministerial tenure, things weren’t easy between them. While Sonia grieved Rajiv Gandhi’s assassination in private, Rao worked on his policies. Along with Dr Manmohan Singh, he carefully packaged the policies and his government. It was said that he did so, only to impress upon Sonia Gandhi that this was in compliance with Rajiv Gandhi’s vision. This, however, was completely untrue.
Today, we complete one year in this government which was formed unexpectedly. Nobody had imagined its formation, and once formed, there were doubts as to whether it would run. Moreover, many had reservations about me since I had no experience of running an administration. Thanks to my colleagues — Sharad Pawar-ji, Sonia Gandhi-ji — we did run it.
Ahmed Patel, a 24×7 neta who earned the goodwill of his fellow Cong persons and opponents, who was ever helpful Ahmedbhai to one and all, who really was Sonia Gandhi’s shadow and the UPA’s crisis manager, whose power was always understated.. RIP Ahmedbhai!
Congress president Sonia Gandhi condoled senior party leader Ahmed Patel’s demise on Wednesday, saying she has lost an “irreplaceable comrade, a faithful colleague and a friend” whose entire life was dedicated to the party. In her condolence message for Patel, who served as her political secretary for years, Gandhi said, “In Shri Ahmed Patel, I have lost a colleague, whose entire life was dedicated to the Congress Party.”
I am giving a clean chit to Gandhis due to COVID pandemic as they can’t do much right now. There is no change in our demands. They have agreed to most of our demands. Our leadership should hold elections if they want to become a national altenative and revive the party.
In his biography, Former US President Barack Obama notes that Dr Manmohan Singh owed his position to Congress chief Sonia Gandhi
While he praises former PM Manmohan Singh’s sagacity and policies in the first volume of his biography, former US president Barack Obama notes that Singh owed his position to Congress chief Sonia Gandhi and had been chosen as he posed no political threat to Rahul Gandhi, who was seen as the leader in waiting.
Rahul and Sonia Gandhi must explain to the nation the compulsions for stitching this alliance (Gupkar) – Anurag Thakur
In Congress, no one accepts Rahul Gandhi’s leadership. No one knows who can take decisions in Congress. Who knows whether Surjewala’s statement will be accepted? That’s why Rahul and Sonia Gandhi must explain to the nation the compulsions for stitching this alliance. The tie-up of Congress with the Gupkar gang raises a lot of questions. Is Congress’ ideology similar to that of the Gupkar gang? Or is Congress forced to ally with the Gupkar gang owing to its repeated electoral losses? Rahul and Sonia Gandhi should answer this question. When there is tension with China, what is the reason for Rahul Gandhi to bat for China?
Sonia chose Singh as PM since he was no threat to Rahul – Former US President Barack Obama in his biography
(Manmohan Singh) owed his position to Sonia Gandhi… More than one political observer believed that she’d chosen Singh precisely because as an elderly Sikh with no national political base, he posed no threat to her … son Rahul, whom she was grooming to take over the Congress party.
Do Sonia Ji and Rahul Ji support such moves of the Gupkar Gang? They should make their stand crystal clear to the people of India. They want to take away rights of Dalits, women and tribals that we have ensured by removing Article 370. This is why they’re being rejected by the people everywhere. Indian people will no longer tolerate an unholy ‘global gathbandhan’ against our national interests. Either the Gupkar Gang swims along with the national mood or else the people will sink it.
We also know what Adhir Ranjan Choudhury said in the Parliament after receiving instruction from Sonia Gandhi – Sambit Patra of BJP
We also know what Adhir Ranjan Choudhury said in the Parliament after receiving instruction from Sonia Gandhi. These are Gupkar…They are speaking on the lines of Pakistan. Pakistan reached the UN to oppose abrogation of Article 370, now they are also opposing, are they Gupkar or Guptchar? (secret agents)’
We have improved with each and every crisis and also formed UPA government in 2004 under the able leadership of Soniaji – Ashok Gehlot
There are various reasons for Electoral loses. But each time rank and file of the Congress Party has shown undivided and firm belief in the party leadership and that is why we came out of it stronger and united after every crises. We have improved with each and every crisis and also formed UPA government in 2004 under the able leadership of Soniaji, we shall overcome this time too.
Sonia Gandhi wished fellow citizens on the occasion of Diwali and hoped that the festival of lights would end the gloom of pandemic
Congress president Sonia Gandhi wished fellow citizens on the occasion of Diwali and hoped that the festival of lights would end the gloom of pandemic, darkness of economic recession and distress. Sending greetings and warm wishes to all countrymen and women, she wished this joyous and pious occasion will put the nation back on to the path of progress, harmony and prosperity.
Congress president Sonia Gandhi congratulated U.S. President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect, Kamala Harris
Like millions around the world, the Indian people have followed with great interest the course of the election during the last 12 months. We were greatly re-assured by your measured speeches, stress on healing divisions among the people, and promotion of gender and racial equality, global co-operation and sustainable development of all countries. The Indian people share these concerns and we are confident that India and the United States will continue to work together, as in the past decades, for the welfare of the people of both countries.
Sonia Sena is targeting democracy in the country by placing a gun on Shiv Sena’s shoulder – Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan on Arnab Goswami’s arrest
In the wake of the blatant abuse of state machinery by Maharashtra Government, forcefully arresting Republic Media Network’s Editor in Chief Arnab Goswami on Wednesday morning, Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan has hinted that it as a plot orchestrated by Congress with Shiv Sena as its face. “Sonia Sena is targeting democracy in the country by placing a gun on Shiv Sena’s shoulder, but they do not know how deep the roots of democracy are in India,” the union health minister tweeted in Hindi.
What makes you angry when someone refers to you as Sonia Sena.. Pappu Sena.. Penguin – Kangana Ranaut
What makes you angry when someone refers to you as Sonia Sena? What angers you when someone calls you Pappu Sena? Why are you so annoyed when people call you a penguin? You look like a penguin so people will call you that.
On one side, Sonia Gandhi writes articles and says that ‘democracy is being killed’ – Sambit Patra on Arnab Goswami’s arrest
On one side, Sonia Gandhi writes articles and says that ‘democracy is being killed’ and Rahul Gandhi writes and says he does ‘politics of love’. Isn’t democracy being killed in this case? Is this politics of love?
Liberal media has been portraying Modi as an authoritarian leader, but truth is Gandhis are the most dictatorially vindictive political family in India – Dr Praveen Patil
Liberal media has been portraying Modi as an authoritarian leader, but the truth is that the Gandhis are the most dictatorially vindictive political family in India. Rahul G has always blamed the “Arnab interview” for his political destruction & has been hell bent on vengeance.
This is yet another instance of Sonia and Rahul Gandhi-directed antic – JP Nadda on Arnab Goswami’s arrest by Mumbai Police
Every person who believes in a free press and freedom of expression is furious at the Maharashtra Government’s bullying and harassment of Arnab Goswami. This is yet another instance of Sonia and Rahul Gandhi-directed antic of silencing those who disagree with them. Shameful!
Sonia Sena, how many mouths will you gag – Kangana Ranaut on Arnab Goswami’s arrest by Maharashtra Govt
I want to ask the Maharashtra government that today, you barged into Arnab Goswami’s house, pulled him by his hair and assaulted him. How many houses will you level? How many throats will you choke? How many voices will you silence. If you will muzzle one voice, several others will grow. Sonia Sena, how many mouths will you gag? Before us, many martyrs’ throat were slit, they were hanged for their right to free speech.
Sonia Gandhi was outraged on listeing to Shiv Sena-NCP-Congress alliance in Maharashtra, revealed Ashok Chavan
As reported in media, Congress leader Ashok Chavan said that they met Sonia Gandhi in Delhi and briefed her the entire situation saying it was still a better option to be part of the government rather than BJP forming the government. He said Sonia Gandhi was outraged by listeing to this but later she listened and agreed to be part of the Shiv Sena-NCP government.
Dear my brothers and sisters of Bihar. Government in Bihar has gone astray. High on power and its ego, current Bihar government has deviated from its path. Neither their saying nor doing is good. Labourers are helpless, farmers are anxious and youth are disappointed. Public is with Congress Mahagatbandhan and it is the call of Bihar.
The Rahul Gandhi-directed drama of burning PM’s effigy in Punjab is shameful but not unexpected. After all, the Nehru-Gandhi dynasty has NEVER respected the office of the PM. This was seen in the institutional weakening of the PM’s authority during the UPA years of 2004-2014.
Dissent is deliberately stifled as ‘Terrorism’ or branded as an ‘Anti-National activity’ – Sonia Gandhi
What is less appreciated is that all the pillars of a democratic system of the governance are under assault. The fundamental right to freedom of expression has been systematically suspended through suppression and intimidation. Dissent is deliberately stifled as ‘terrorism’ or branded as an ‘anti-national activity.
Modi government and the ruling BJP conjure up sinister conspiracies behind every political protest – Sonia Gandhi
Of course, some of these threats are real and have to be dealt with uncompromisingly but the Modi government and the ruling BJP conjure up sinister conspiracies behind every political protest, indeed behind any and everything they see as opposition to them. India’s hard-won democracy is being hollowed out.
Whose son-in-law has snatched the land of farmers, they won’t be able to save their lands – Smriti Irani’s indirect reference to Sonia Gandhi & Robert Vadra
In a scathing attack on the Congress party for opposing farm acts, Union Minister and BJP leader Smriti Irani said that how they will protect farmers when their own son-in-law has looted their lands. Addressing an election rally in Gujarat’s Vadodara, Irani said “Whose son-in-law has snatched the land of farmers, they won’t be able to save their lands”.
Neither Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi nor Priyanka Gandhi visited the family of the victim in Tanda (Punjab)
Neither Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi nor Priyanka Gandhi visited the family of the victim in Tanda. They do not pay heed to the injustice done to women in the states ruled by their party, but visit Hathras and other places for photo-op with the victim’s family.
I cannot understand why the Gandhi family chooses to be absolutely silent on this issue (Kamal Nath) – Smriti Irani
I find absolutely no justification that Kamal Nath ji can give for using such derogatory word against a female political activist. For the life of me, I cannot understand why the Gandhi family chooses to be absolutely silent on this issue.
Such people (former CM Kamal Nath) have no right to stay in Madhya Pradesh… Sonia Gandhi to remove him from the party – BJP leader Imarti Devi
What’s my fault if I was born in a poor family? What is my fault if I belong to the Dalit community? Such people (former CM Kamal Nath) have no right to stay in Madhya Pradesh…I demand Congress president Sonia Gandhi to remove him from the party. She is also a woman and a mother, will she tolerate if anybody will say something like this about her daughter?
Our democracy is passing through its most tumultuous times.There’s a designed attack on our Constitution. Our country is being ruled by Govt that is systematically bartering interests of citizens at altar of profiteering by handful of crony capitalists
Madam Sonia Gandhi, a leader of your party, a former CM (Kamal Nath) has made such a comment – Shivraj Singh Chouhan – Shivraj Singh Chouhan
Madam Sonia Gandhi, a leader of your party, a former CM has made such a comment. Is it okay? Do poor women have no respect? Madam, if you think the remark was wrong, what action will you take? I am writing to you, make a decision.
Congress president Sonia Gandhi Sunday launched a scathing attack on the government over the three farm laws, the handling of the Covid-19 pandemic, economic slowdown and alleged atrocities against Dalits, while claiming that Indian democracy is passing through its “most difficult phase”.
Months after internal party crisis over president post, the Congress may have a new president by January 2021, sources have informed. The process to conduct the elections will be over by the month of November and a new president will be in place by January next year, if everything goes as per schedule.
Nice to know Gunda government is being questioned by Honourable Governor sir, Gundas have opened bars and restaurants but strategically keeping temples shut. Sonia Sena is behaving worse than Babur Sena.
I thank Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra for giving me this opportunity – Subhashini Yadav, Sharad Yadav’s Daughter after joining Congress
I thank Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra for giving me this opportunity. Sharad Yadav is not actively taking part in the Bihar elections, as he is not well. He has always supported the ”Mahagathbandhan”. It is my responsibility to take this fight forward and to take Bihar to greater heights.
Congress threatened to protest against removal of party chief Sonia Gandhi’s inaugural plaque from the Atal Tunnel
Congress in Himachal Pradesh has threatened to launch a protest against the alleged removal of party chief Sonia Gandhi’s inaugural plaque from the Atal Tunnel in the state. Congress leaders in Himachal Pradesh have alleged that the foundation plaque bearing Ms Gandhi’s name was removed from the tunnel ahead of its inauguration.
I wanted to hand over the resignation letter in person (to Sonia Gandhi) – Khushbu Sundar after joining BJP
I promise to carry out any assignment given to me by the party and express faith in the leadership of our honourable Prime Minister Narendra Modi ji. People like me, who wanted to work for the party sincerely are being pushed and suppressed. This letter was ready way back in March, and since I had joined the Congress in the presence of Ms. Gandhi, I wanted to hand over the resignation letter in person. But the COVID-19 pandemic and the subsequent lockdown prevented it.
When we are observing birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi & Lal Bahadur Shastri, farmers are protesting against 3 ‘anti-farmer’ laws – Sonia Gandhi
Today when we are observing birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi & Lal Bahadur Shastri, farmers are protesting against 3 ‘anti-farmer’ laws. I believe that agitation by farmers & Congress will be successful & farmers will emerge victorious.
Some people swear by Gandhi ji’s name but demolish his ideals and principles through their actions – Sonia Gandhi
Some people swear by Gandhi ji’s name but demolish his ideals and principles through their actions. Anarchy, atrocity and mistreatment prevail everywhere. An environment of discrimination has been created in the society where atrocities are being inflicted on innocent people.
Enough is enough. I would like to say that some people are running the government by creating an atmosphere of emotion, confusion and fear (bhavna, bhram aur bhay). You (people) need to remain alert and cautious and take the right decisions. We have to fight it out together and that will be our real tribute to Gandhi ji.
Whenever the Congress tries to work for the development of the poor, certain forces stand up against the party for their vested interest – Sonia Gandhi
Whenever the Congress tries to work for the development of the poor, certain forces stand up against the party for their vested interest. Just imagine what could have happened if there was no MNREGA during the Covid pandemic? People in large numbers would have starved.
I want to say that Hathras’ Nirbhaya has not died, she has been killed — by a ruthless government, by its administration and by the UP government’s ignorance – Sonia Gandhi
There was an attempt to hush up the matter. The girl was not given timely treatment and a daughter is no longer among us. I want to say that Hathras’ Nirbhaya has not died, she has been killed — by a ruthless government, by its administration and by the UP government’s ignorance. When she was alive, she was not heard, she was not protected, and after her death she was deprived of her home. She was not handed over to her family and a crying mother was not even given the chance to bid goodbye to her daughter. This is a big sin.
Simarjit Singh Bains said the Congress high command should direct the chief ministers of Congress-ruled states to unite and launch an agitation against the farm Bills
Workers of the Lok Insaaf Party (LIP), led by Simarjit Singh Bains, took out a motorcycle rally from Fatehgarh Sahib to Delhi today to protest the “black laws” passed by the NDA government. The members urged Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh to lead the agitation against the laws in the capacity of a Chief Minister, not a Congress leader. Bains said the Congress high command should direct the chief ministers of Congress-ruled states to unite and launch an agitation against the farm Bills.
Congress interim president Sonia Gandhi has left for the United States for a routine medical check-up, sources said on Saturday. Sonia Gandhi, 73, is expected to be away for around a fortnight and would miss more than half of the Monsoon Session of Parliament.
Sonia Gandhi ji being a woman arn’t you anguished by the treatment I am given by your government – Kangana Ranaut
Dear respected honourable Congress president Sonia Gandhi ji being a woman arn’t you anguished by the treatment I am given by your government in Maharashtra? Can you not request your Government to uphold the principles of the Constitution given to us by Dr. Ambedkar? You have grown up in the west and lived here in India. You may be aware of the struggles of women. History will judge your silence and indifference when your own Government is harassing women and ensuring a total mockery of law and order. I hope you will intervene.
Interim Congress Chief Sonia Gandhi on Monday extended greetings on the occasion of Onam saying that let the message “spirit of inclusiveness and sharing” transcend all barriers and “add colours of health”.
Powers that want people to fight are spreading poison of hate in the country. Freedom of expression is under threat, democracy is being destroyed.They want India’s people, our tribals, women, youth to keep their mouths shut. ‘Vo desh ka muh bandh rakhna chahte hain
Sonia Gandhi formed a five-member panel in Rajya Sabha including her confidants and elevating two young MPs
In a clear message to those who recently wrote a dissent letter challenging her leadership, Congress president Sonia Gandhi Thursday formed a five-member panel in Rajya Sabha including her confidants and elevating two young MPs to senior positions in Lok Sabha. Ahmed Patel, KC Venugopal and Jairam Ramesh will be part of the Rajya Sabha Committee, which will also include Leader of Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad and party’s deputy leader Anand Sharma.
Students are our future, we depend on them to build a better India, therefore, if any decision has to be taken regarding their future it is important that it is taken with their concurrence. I hope the government listens to you, listens to your voices and act upon your wishes. This is my advice to the government.
Senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad on Thursday said Rahul Gandhi initially had issues with the letter that was written by him and other party leaders for reforms in Party. Azad added that later, Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi said elections will be held within a month. But it’s not possible, due to coronavirus, so we requested her to continue as President for 6 months.
Congress interim President Sonia Gandhi said that Centre’s refusal to clear Goods and Services Tax (GST) compensation to States is nothing short of betrayal
Congress interim President Sonia Gandhi on Wednesday said that Centre’s refusal to clear Goods and Services Tax (GST) compensation to States is nothing short of betrayal on the part of the Prime Minister Narendra Modi government. Her remarks came during a meeting, held via video conferencing, with Chief Ministers of Congress-ruled states and their counterparts of West Bengal, Maharashtra and Jharkhand on the issues related to GST dues of states, Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) (Main) and the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) (UG) exams.
After the stormy CWC meeting that saw strong attacks on dissenting leaders, Congress president Sonia Gandhi is understood to have spoken to Ghulam Nabi Azad. It is learnt that Rahul Gandhi too spoke to Azad. It is learnt that Sonia called up Azad on Monday evening though details were not available.
Congress President Sonia Gandhi held a virtual meeting with chief ministers of seven states to discuss the JEE, NEET exams issue
Amid a growing chorus to postpone JEE Main and NEET exams, Congress President Sonia Gandhi on Wednesday held a virtual meeting with chief ministers of seven states to discuss the issue. The exams, scheduled in September, have triggered protests by students who are demanding that the entrances be postponed in view of the coronavirus pandemic.
There are a number of issues related to Centre-State relations and since Parliament is expected to meet in less than 3 weeks – Sonia Gandhi
There are a number of issues related to Centre-State relations and since Parliament is expected to meet in less than 3 weeks. I thought we should have an interaction so that we can have a coordinated approach. GST compensation seems to be a big issue. GST compensation being paid to States on time according to laws passed by Parliament is crucial. But it is not happening. Dues have accumulated and finances of all the States are badly affected
She (Sonia Gandhi) has led Congress during times of crisis and saved our party. Anything that has to be discussed must be done so in the party forum and not in the media
Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala refuted reports of Sonia Gandhi’s resignation as party’s interim president post terming them as ‘false’. From Punjab CM Amarinder Singh, former Karnataka CM Siddaramaiah to Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot the old guard of the party has backed Sonia Gandhi. It is unfortunate that the leadership of Gandhi family is being questioned by a few people, said Siddaramaiah.
The Congress Working Committee (CWC) is expected to witness a major showdown in a debate over the leadership issue on Monday. The highest decision-making body of the party will meet at 11 am through video conference amid a debate raging in the Congress over the uncertainty related to its leadership. Sources have revealed that a letter written by 23 senior leaders of the Congress party could be the talking point in tomorrow’s CWC meeting. The letter raises many questions on the functioning of the Congress party post 2014 Lok Sabha debacle.
Sonia Gandhi has told her aides that she does not want to continue as interim Congress president, media reports said today amid a massive controversy over a letter by more than 20 top party leaders calling for sweeping reforms, introspection and “a full-time, visible leadership”. Shortly after her response, the host of other leaders released statements and letters, supporting Sonia Gandhi and her leadership.
These are “testing times for Indian democracy”, Congress president Sonia Gandhi said in her Independence Day message on Saturday, sharpening her attack on the Narendra Modi government. “The present government, it seems, is standing contrary to democratic system, constitutional values and established traditions. These are also testing times for Indian democracy,” Mrs Gandhi said.