All stories by Asim Kamal
'Can't see heavens falling for need of elected Cong Prez'Rediff.com30 Aug 2020
'For people like me, we already have leaders, we have a leader in Mrs Sonia Gandhi, we have a leader in Rahul Gandhi'
Is Congress prepared for Bihar poll?Rediff.com30 Aug 2020
'Leave alone top gear, we are in the neutral and when we are applying gears, we are applying reverse'
'Letter misconstrued; never sought leadership change'Rediff.com29 Aug 2020
Congress leader Jitin Prasada, one of the 23 leaders who wrote to party chief Sonia Gandhi seeking organisational changes, said the letter was written with the sole purpose of suggesting how to reinvigorate and revitalise the party.
Felt deeply sad & hurt: Pilot on Gehlot's name callingRediff.com11 Aug 2020
Pilot also said that during his meeting with former Congress chief Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra on Monday, he had made no personal demands for any post and asserted that he has left it to the party to decide on his "future role".
Congress must find full-term president: TharoorRediff.com9 Aug 2020
Tharoor also said that he certainly thinks Rahul Gandhi has the "mettle, capability and aptitude to once again lead the party", but if he does not wish to do so then the party must "take action" to elect a new chief.
Chinese nationals in India anxious, fear backlashRediff.com17 Jun 2020
Wary of being identified, some said they had been reassured by their friends but were still apprehensive for themselves and their families. Adding to their anxiety was news of protests.
'Political vulturism': Tejashwi on Shah's Bihar rally amid pandemicRediff.com6 Jun 2020
Tejashwi accused the Nitish Kumar-led government of meting out "step-motherly" treatment to migrant labourers.
India sees jump of 61,000 Covid-19 cases in 1 weekRediff.com5 Jun 2020
India's COVID-19 curve has been steadily rising throughout the lockdown period with a massive spike in cases in the fourth phase of the lockdown that ended on May 31 and afterwards.
This Ramzan, poor Muslims struggle for food in lockdownRediff.com23 May 2020
With mosques shut, workers and daily wage workers are left to fend for themselves, underscoring once again the magnitude of the crisis of unemployment and poverty triggered by the lockdown, which began on March 25 to stem the spread of the coronavirus.
Month of May could be 'make or break' for COVID-19 fight: ExpertsRediff.com30 Apr 2020
Medical experts feel an aggressive containment strategy in red zones and insulation of green zones is a must while giving relaxations.
'Lockdown prevented US or Europe-like situation but...'Rediff.com24 Apr 2020
'Lifting of lockdown should be very gradual. Some facilities should remain closed through the month of May like schools, colleges, malls, cinema halls, religious places and markets'
All Muslims can't be blamed for Jamaat's 'crime': NaqviRediff.com23 Apr 2020
Naqvi expressed confidence that Muslims will abide by lockdown guidelines during the holy month of Ramzan.
Rahul remains 'top leader' in Congress: KhurshidRediff.com22 Feb 2020
Khurshid also asserted that the Congress was going through a "transitional process", but there was no leadership crisis plaguing the party as Sonia Gandhi was there at the helm.
'Won't implement CAA if it affects even 1 in J'khand'Rediff.com24 Dec 2019
'We will do a holistic review of the entire act and the policy at the state level and I need to be convinced that not a single Jharkhandi is uprooted from his or her home due to this law'
CAA, NRC India's internal issues, says BangladeshRediff.com22 Dec 2019
Bangladesh Foreign Minister A K Abdul Momen said any 'uncertainty' over the issue in India is likely to affect its neighbours. The minister asserted that his country trusts India.
Ayodhya verdict: 'What is the need for review?'Rediff.com24 Nov 2019
'The common Muslim of this country is not in favour of a review petition because he or she does not want that matters which have been settled are again raised and the community gets caught up in such things'
'Majority appeasement' not the answer of Cong woes: TharoorRediff.com8 Sep 2019
He also alleged that for the Bharatiya Janata Party dispensation and its allies being a Hindu is no different from the team identity loyalty of the 'British football hooligan'.
Minority affairs ministry team to visit J-K on Aug 27-28: NaqviRediff.com25 Aug 2019
The minority affairs minister ruled out reconsideration on abrogation of Article 370 provisions, saying there was no going back.
Lack of clarity at top hurting Congress: Shashi TharoorRediff.com28 Jul 2019
One way forward could be for the CWC to name an interim working president for the party and then ideally dissolve itself, following which the main leadership positions within the party, including the CWC itself, should be opened up to fresh elections
Non-Gandhi can be Congress chief: AiyarRediff.com23 Jun 2019
It would be best that Rahul remains party chief, but at the same time, Rahul's own wishes must also be respected, Aiyar said.
Rahul must quell Cong infighting with iron hand: MoilyRediff.com16 Jun 2019
Moily asserted that Gandhi continues to be the AICC president and he has not stepped down.
BJP marketed 'product Modi' well: TharoorRediff.com29 May 2019
The Congress MP said the party may have underestimated the impact of national security as an electoral topic on the psyche of the voter in North India where the BJP had great success in trying to convert the election into a "khaki' referendum".
'Rahul best person to lead the Congress party'Rediff.com28 May 2019
Shashi Tharoor also said that it was too premature to write the obituary for the Congress party and that as an organisation it had no time to sit and lick its wounds as it must immediately pick itself up for the upcoming state elections.
South will play key role in voting out Modi: TharoorRediff.com7 May 2019
The Congress candidate from Thiruvanathapuram said that the Centre has ignored the concerns and aspirations of southern states and that Rahul Gandhi's decision to contest from the south has made a very effective outreach.
People won't be fooled by 'opportunistic' Sena-BJP tie-up: DeoraRediff.com14 Apr 2019
'Anti-incumbency against sitting MPs and the government is a big issue here. We will win all seats in Mumbai'
Joining Cong was not overnight decision: ShatrughanRediff.com7 Apr 2019
He said he has always held the Congress and the Nehru-Gandhi family in high-esteem.
Rahul has all qualities to make a good PM: TejashwiRediff.com27 Jan 2019
However, he also emphasised that the issue of who will be the prime minister can be settled after the 2019 polls by grand alliance members collectively.
PM at NRIs meet: We plugged '85% loot' taking place during Cong ruleRediff.com22 Jan 2019
Continuing his attack on the Congress, he said efforts to stop the 'leakage' could have been made earlier as well but there was no intention and will power.
Congress best equipped to lead alliance against BJP: TejashwiRediff.com20 Jan 2019
The RJD chief also hailed the Samajwadi Party-Bahujan Samaj Party alliance in Uttar Pradesh.
Factionalism a thing of past, unity our strength: ScindiaRediff.com9 Dec 2018
Asked if he considers himself as a front-runner for the chief minister's post in case the Congress wins the elections, Scindia said he does not want to answer hypothetical questions.
'Uphill task to beat Raje, but I'm here to win'Rediff.com30 Nov 2018
Congress candidate Manvendra Singh, who recently crossed over from the BJP, will be facing off the Rajasthan chief minister in her political fortress of Jhalrapatan.
RLD wants Congress to be 'most accommodating' for 'true rainbow coalition'Rediff.com7 Oct 2018
He, however, expressed confidence that a series of state-specific alliances, where like-minded parties would come together on an anti-BJP platform, was likely for the 2019 general election.
2019 LS poll: How small parties will be 'game changers' in UPRediff.com26 Aug 2018
It is likely that small parties would be given very few seats to contest, but these parties believe that they would be able to swing the result in favour of bigger alliance partners by transferring their vote bank.
Rahul will lead Congress to victory in 2019 polls: Ahmed PatelRediff.com21 Jan 2018
'Gujarat poll results have boosted the morale of Congress workers, not only in Gujarat but all over India'
India, Russia likely to seal Mi-17 copters deal by yr endRediff.com30 Jul 2017
Mikheev said Russia and India are holding talks with a view to sign a contract for 48 (Mi-17V-5) helicopters.
Russia keen to sell MiG-35 to India, says top officialRediff.com23 Jul 2017
The MiG-35 is Russia's most advanced 4++ generation multipurpose fighter jet developed on the basis of the serial-produced MiG-29K/KUB and MiG-29M/M2 combat aircraft.
'Hope Rahul Gandhi is Congress's 2019 PM candidate'Rediff.com22 Mar 2017
Senior Congress leader Mani Shankar Aiyar also said that an alliance similar to the one stitched up in Bihar is needed at the national level for the next Lok Sabha elections.
So what if PM skipped NAM? It's not a conference of PMs: V-PRediff.com16 Sep 2016
Vice President Hamid Ansari said that there is no shift in India's foreign policy and asserted that it is participation that matters as it is "not a conference of Prime Ministers".
Brussels' Maelbeek metro station reopens a month after bombingsRediff.com26 Apr 2016
The reopening of the station early on Monday brought the Belgian capital's underground network back up to full capacity.
We must delink religion from terror: Swaraj tells Arab LeagueRediff.com24 Jan 2016
"Terrorists use religion, but inflict harm on people of all faiths," said Swaraj, who arrived in Manama on Saturday on a two-day visit.