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Congress slams Centre’s decision to pause DA hike

Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Saturday opposed the Central government’s decision to cut back hike in dearness allowance (DA) of government employees and pensioners. Singh said that he did not think that at this “stage such cuts were necessary”. In a video message released by the Congress, Manmohan Singh, former Congress chief Rahul Gandhi,...

BJP accuses Congress of “cheap politics” after Sonia Gandhi’s remark on communal hatred

Stung by Sonia Gandhi accusing it of “spreading the virus of communal hatred” at a time it should be fighting the coronavirus, the ruling BJP on Thursday said the Congress president should not do “cheap politics”. “We are not creating communal divisions. We are unitedly fighting COVID-19. We request them to not do cheap politics....

Mamata slams Centre for sending faulty COVID-19 kits, central teams to Bengal

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday slammed the Centre for sending teams to look into Bengal’s preparedness for tackling the COVID-19 outbreak and alleged faulty testing kits were dispatched to the state. Banerjee’s comments came a day after a war of words broke out between West Bengal and the Union government over the...

Congress leader points out huge difference in COVID-19 tally of states, Centre & ICMR

Senior Congress leader P Chidambaram on Sunday pointed out the huge difference between the number of positive coronavirus cases put out by different states, the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) and the Union Health Ministry. “Usually, states’ total is the highest, followed by ICMR number, followed by the Ministry of Health and Welfare’s number....

Lockdown can “pause” spread of COVID-19, not end it: Rahul Gandhi

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Thursday said the government must explore ways of gradually lifting the nationwide lockdown because lockdown can only “pause” the spread of novel coronavirus, not end it. “Lockdown is not a solution, neither a treatment. Therefore, we must find a strategy to come out from the lockdown phase. PM’s role should...

Rahul Gandhi slams Centre for low testing figures, shortage of testing kits for COVID-19

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi criticised the government on Tuesday for what he said was a delay on its part in the purchase of testing kits for COVID-19 and said the country is “now critically short of them”. The comments by the former Congress president came after the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) said on...

Congress terms PM Modi’s address as “rhetoric” & “hollow on specifics”

The Congress on Tuesday termed the Prime Minister’s address to the nation as “rhetoric” and “hollow on specifics”, saying there was no mention of a financial package or concrete steps to revive the economy. Congress chief spokesperson Randeep Surjewala asked where is the country’s roadmap to fight coronavirus. He said leadership does not mean making...

Sonia Gandhi gives “five concrete suggestions” to PM Modi in battle against coronavirus

Ban government ads, stop the “self-indulgent” Rs 20,000 Crore “beautification drive” in Delhi and suspend official foreign tours, Congress president Sonia Gandhi said Tuesday, responding to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s call for suggestions in the fight against coronavirus. The letter came a day after the cabinet decided on a 30 per cent salary...

First step in the right direction, says Rahul Gandhi after govt announces relief package

The government’s bailout package to soften the impact of coronavirus on Thursday got a rare thumbs-up from Rahul Gandhi, who called it the “first step in the right direction”. This is hours after his mother and Congress president Sonia Gandhi wrote a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi pledging full support to the government in...

Kamal exits, Mama to return to power with Maharaj’s support

The suspense in the Madhya Pradesh political thriller finally ended on Friday, with Chief Minister Kamal Nath tendering his resignation ahead of the crucial trust vote. Nath’s resignation was expected as last-ditch efforts to woo the rebel Congress MLAs failed and the Congress government with its wafer-thin majority gone was almost certain to lose the...

Governor within rights to ask for trust vote in Madhya Pradesh: SC

In a major blow to the Congress party in Madhya Pradesh, the Supreme Court on Thursday said the Governor was within his rights to ask for a trust vote if a government lost its majority while the state assembly is not in session. “If the House is not in session and if the government loses...

PC wants govt to lock down cities for 2-3 weeks to contain coronavirus

Former home minister and senior Congress leader P Chidambaram on Thursday questioned the Narendra Modi-led government at the Centre for being hesitant of ordering a lockdown of all cities and towns. Taking to Twitter, Chidambaram said: “After WHO Director General’s statement yesterday, there should be no hesitation in ordering an immediate lockdown of all our...