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  • CAG doors knocked again over Rafale deal

    New Delhi: The Congress rushed to the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) for the second time in a fortnight on “a deep rooted sinister conspiracy and a clearcut case of loss to public exchequer” in the purchase of 36 Rafale fighter jets.  In the memorandum submitted to CAG Rajiv Mehrishi, a high-level party delegation led by AICC treasurer Ahmed Patel wanted all facts brought on record to enable Parliament fix the accountability

  • Vaghela vows to work for non-BJP parties

    Gandhinagar : The eternal rebel of Gujarat politics, Shankersinh Vaghela has suo moto decided to work for a collaborative of non-BJP parties that would work for the ouster of the Narendra Modi government and a result oriented, stable government to replace it after the 2019 general elections.

  • Sonia Gandhi’s key adviser Ahmed Patel in ED net; probe agency says Rs 25 lakh delivered to Patel’s residency

    New Delhi: It seems the ED is spreading the dragnet for another top Congress leader Ahmed Patel, who is known for his proximity to the Gandhis. The basis of the probe is a startling allegation contained in a remand copy of a person arrested by the directorate in the Sterling Biotech case. The allegation, in turn, stems from an under-oath statement of a ‘cash courier’ that he delivered Rs 25 lakh at

  • Is Haj saving spent on Muslims’ welfare, asks Ahmed Patel

    New Delhi : Ahmed Patel, the political secretary of former Congress President Sonia Gandhi, on Wednesday wrote to Minority Affairs Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi to know whether nearly Rs 200 crore saved in the Haj grant between 2014 and 2017 has been spent on the social-economic welfare of the community as directed by the Supreme Court in its 2012 order.

  • Congress’s working style, corrupt ways remain same: BJP on Rahul’s elevation

    New Delhi : The Bhartiya Janata Party on Saturday shrugged off Rahul Gandhi’s remarks immediately after his elevation as the Congress President, requesting him not to demean the basic nature of democracy in the country, shutting eyes to the nation’s progress under the Modi government.

  • Over 68% voting in first phase: EC

    Gandhinagar : Amidst enhanced time provided to enable voting, an approximately 68 per cent of the 2.12 crore voters cast their franchise to lock the fate of 977 candidates for the 89 seats that went to polls in the first phase in Gujarat on Saturday. Official sources said that the polling was by largely peaceful. These were the voting figures at the time of going to press and polling percentage is expected

  • Posters seeking support for Ahmed Patel as Gujarat CM stir controversy

    Surat : Posters appealing Muslims to vote for Congress to make Ahmed Patel the chief minister came up in some minority-dominated areas here on the last day of campaigning for first phase of Gujarat polls, but Patel called it a “dirty trick” by the BJP and said he was not in the race.

  • Gujarat Assembly Elections 2017: A poster in Surat urges Muslims to support Congress, make Ahmed Patel CM

    Surat: A poster in Gujarat’s Surat was put up calling for the Muslims to unite and support the Congress Party for Ahmed Patel to be made the chief minister of the state. The poster, written in Gujarati, urges the Muslims to support Congress Rajya Sabha MP to be made ‘Wazir-e-Alam’ of Gujarat. Ahmed Patel, who is also political secretary to Congress President Sonia Gandhi, called it a ‘misinformation campaign

  • ISIS link row: BJP doesn’t have sole contract over nationalism, says Ahmed Patel

    Jambusar: The BJP does not have the “sole contract over nationalism”, Congress leader Ahmed Patel said today while rebutting the ruling party’s allegation about his “deep relations” with a Gujarat hospital where an alleged ISIS operative worked. The alleged ISIS operative, before his arrest, worked as a laboratory technician at Ankleshwar town’s Sardar Patel Hospital, with which Patel had been associated as a trustee.

  • ISIS link row: Ahmed Patel writes to Rajnath Singh, seeks impartial probe

    New Delhi: Politicians should rise above political differences in matters of national security, senior Congress leader Ahmed Patel has told Home Minister Rajnath Singh while demanding an “impartial” and “objective” investigation into the arrest of two alleged IS operatives in Gujarat.

  • Congress ridicules Guj CM for insinuation

    New Delhi  : The Congress on Saturday slammed Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani for making an insinuation against its president’s political secretary Ahmed Patel by linking him with an ex-employee of a hospital in his home district Bharuch arrested on the charge of working for terror outfit ISIS.

  • Rahul Gandhi meets activists, kicks off preparations for Guj Assembly polls

    Ahmedabad : Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi kicked off his Gujarat Assembly election campaign here on Monday. Gandhi had a direct dialogue with party activists from across all the constituencies in keeping with the party’s focus on strengthening and revving up the organization.

  • Can Ahmed Patel’s victory rejuvenate Congress?

    Is Congress party going down the hill? Is Congress party directionless? Is Congress party leaderless? Is there a fight between the old guard and the new guard? Can Congress party mount a challenge to Bharatiya Janata Party? Is Congress just a party of dynasts? The above questions are all pertinent ones, but Indian National Congress got a shot in arm when veteran leader and political secretary of Congress president Sonia Gandhi, Ahmed Patel managed

  • Ahmed Patel’s RS poll win, just the booster Congress needed

    New Delhi : The dramatic Rajya Sabha win of Congress’ chief strategist Ahmed Patel is being widely hailed in internal circles as the booster shot the party needed and a turning point in its fortunes. Patel, Congress president Sonia Gandhi’s political secretary, pushed back an aggressive BJP to win a high stakes battle for the RS seat from Gujarat, providing state cadres a big reason to cheer.

  • No victory is final, no defeat is fatal

    The message emanating from Gujarat is emphatic but which the BJP may not hear in the saffron din. That such is the fickle nature of politics that no party can take its support for granted; no victory is complete and no defeat is final. It is a continuing contest that need not be won every time. The BJP needed this grim reminder because like the Congress of yesteryear, it is beginning to suffer from

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