All stories by Renu Mittal
Why is Delhi police 'snooping' on Rahul?Rediff.com14 Mar 2015
Congress leaders are fuming after the Delhi police has been snooping around Rahul Gandhi's office. A police team visited the office in the Congress headquarters last week and asked personal questions about the its vice president -- about his looks, his height, the colour of his hair and eyes.
Relief for govt as Congress willing to support insurance billRediff.com12 Mar 2015
The Insurance Laws Amendment Bill is likely to come up in the Rajya Sabha on March 12 for consideration and passage.
Bumpy ride ahead for Modi govt in ParliamentRediff.com7 Mar 2015
The opposition has decided to continue with their winning streak and further embarrass the government.
Delhi wipeout: Cong fears a clash between workers and leadersRediff.com12 Feb 2015
Several in the Congress party are asking whether Vice President Rahul Gandhi is really interested in politics. Renu Mittal reports
No Rahul in Congress posters, billboards and ad campaignRediff.com17 Jan 2015
In what is being seen as a great irony, Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi's face has been removed from the latest posters, billboards and advertising campaign of the Congress party.
Congress lost polls because of workers' angst: Rahul GandhiRediff.com14 Jan 2015
A rare meeting of the Congress Working Committee was held at 24 Akbar Road but after several hours of deliberations, Congress President Sonia Gandhi failed to put forward a road map for the party's revival or how to broaden the party's shrinking voter base. Instead, Gandhi focused much of her opening remarks on laying out a critique of the Narendra Modi government.
Will the Insurance Bill find resistance in Rajya Sabha?Rediff.com10 Dec 2014
Uncertainty looms over the Insurance Bill as the Congress looks unlikely to support it in the current session of Parliament which is what the Modi government is looking at as a 'gift' to United States President Barrack Obama who comes to India in January. Renu Mittal/Rediff.com reports
Why Ajit Seth got another extension as cabinet secretaryRediff.com6 Dec 2014
Prime Minister Narendra Modi giving yet another six-month extension to Cabinet Secretary Ajit Seth has created ripples in the corridors of power since the latter was a United Progressive Alliance appointee and was seen as the main reason behind the non-performing image of the UPA government at the fag-end of their tenure.
What transpired at the meeting to decide new CBI chiefRediff.com4 Dec 2014
Rajasthan Director General of Police Omendra Bhardwaj, who made it to the final shortlist of 3 candidates for the post of CBI chief, could not get the top post because he had no experience as an investigator.
PM-led panel to decide next CBI chief on TuesdayRediff.com1 Dec 2014
Rajasthan Director General of Police Omendra Bhardwaj has emerged as the front-runner for the post of Central Bureau of Investigation chief in place of Ranjit Sinha who retires at midnight on Tuesday night.
Congress gets a taste of regime changeRediff.com18 Nov 2014
Congress leaders were in for a rude shock on Monday when the media sidelined their much-touted Jawaharlal Nehru birth anniversary event, and instead turned its full attention to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who was addressing thousands of supporters in Sydney's Allphones Arena
Insurance Bill likely to run into rough weatherRediff.com14 Nov 2014
The Insurance Bill that the Bharatiya Janata Party government had announced would be passed in the winter session of Parliament has run into rough weather.
An anti-BJP political formula is brewing in DelhiRediff.com7 Nov 2014
With the Congress down in the dumps and the BJP juggernaut on a roll, 'secular' parties are attempting to revive the Janata Parivar coalition to fill the vacuum.
Why Congress can't fulfill its leaders' Rajya Sabha dreamsRediff.com5 Nov 2014
The Congress is finding it tough to accommodate defeated senior leaders in the Rajya Sabha as it does not have the numerical strength in various assemblies to win the seats.
Jaya, first CM to be convicted for corruptionRediff.com27 Sep 2014
'As she has been sentenced to 4 years in prison, her disqualification period begins after that for 6 years, totaling the next 10 years of her life, which may indicate that her legislative career in politics is over for the time being.'
Tough road for Congress ahead of assembly pollsRediff.com12 Sep 2014
After it failed the crucial May 2014 'exams' without even getting 'passing marks', its that time again for the Congress as elections for the two state assemblies of Maharashtra and Haryana taking place on October 15. Renu Mittal reports
Sonia, Rahul abroad as elections approachRediff.com12 Sep 2014
Congress leaders feel party President Sonia Gandhi is withdrawing from centre-stage, but without her son filling that void, it could be continued chaos for her party.
Undeterred Rahul Gandhi calls for primary elections againRediff.com6 Sep 2014
An internal democratic and competitive way of selecting candidates within the party, the primary elections had failed to work during the Lok Sabha elections. Rahul Gandhi now wants to implement it on a trial basis. Renu Mittal reports
Face-off averted, Congressmen agree on generational changeRediff.com5 Sep 2014
Young Congress secretaries submit grievance letter to AICC general secretary Janardan Dwivedi, but keep language temperate as directed by party president Sonia Gandhi. Renu Mittal reports
Why is Team Rahul angry with Digvijaya?Rediff.com4 Sep 2014
Sixteen Congress secretaries drafted a letter on September 2 to be sent to party general secretaries and Congress Working Committee members, criticising senior leaders (without names, of course!) for their comments, asking the old guard to introspect about what went wrong at the general election.
Congress's young leaders and old guard on collision courseRediff.com3 Sep 2014
Can the govt fire a governor? Supreme Court steps inRediff.com23 Aug 2014
There appears to be a surprising reaction from the Supreme Court on the actions, activities and decisions of the Narendra Modi government.
Congress takes the bitter pill, supports Judicial commission billRediff.com13 Aug 2014
With just a day left for the budget session of Parliament to wind up, the government finally scored a goal when it passed the Judicial Commission and Constitution Amendement Bills in the Lok Sabha, hurriedly obtained the President's signature in a matter of hours and by late evening brought the Constitution amendment part of the Bill to the Rajya Sabha for consideration.
Parliament row raises questions on LS secretariat's functioningRediff.com12 Aug 2014
The Lok Sabha speaker and the secretariat found themselves embroiled in an angry dispute on Tuesday as members of the Trinamool Congress party and Telugu Desam Party clashed over the contentious Room no 5 on the first floor of Parliament House.
Govt tries to break Oppn ranks on Insurance BillRediff.com5 Aug 2014
The government is making behind-the-scenes offers to other parties in a bid to break them but as long as the Congress is firm on the decision, there is little that the government can achieve on the Insurance Bill.
Janardhan Dwivedi joins 'repair Congress' bandwagonRediff.com4 Aug 2014
All India Congress Committee general secretary Janardhan Dwivedi has created a flutter by saying that the "party leadership should not only speak, but also have the courage to listen".
Natwar's claims will hugely help ModiRediff.com31 Jul 2014
Some analysts believe that it suits Prime Minister Narendra Modi at this stage to debunk the image of Sonia Gandhi as a woman who declined the prime ministership of the country with great personal sacrifice, just as it would suit him to portray Rahul as a coward who was afraid his mother would be killed -- claims made by former Union minister Natwar Singh in his yet-to-be-released book. Rediff.com contributor Renu Mital reports.
Sonia likely to host Iftar party on July 27Rediff.com24 Jul 2014
According to sources, Congress President Sonia Gandhi has not appreciated senior leader and one of her main confidantes A K Antony stating publicly that there is a perception that the Congress lost because it was seen to be too much pro-Muslim and this led to a Hindu consolidation in favour of the Bharatiya Janata Party.
Team Rahul rift with veterans continues, no respite in sightRediff.com23 Jul 2014
The divide between 'teams' of Congress president Sonia Gandhi's and that of vice president Rahul Gandhi is increasing by leaps and bounds, according to party sources. There appears to be no common ground between the two sides, with both blaming the other for the state of affairs in the party. Renu Mittal reports
Modi sarkar diktat to MPs: Don't talk to journos, don't skip meetingsRediff.com22 Jul 2014
Prime Minister Narendra Modi wants to keep tabs on ministers who do not attend the weekly meetings on Monday convened by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley for the spokespersons of the Bharatiya Janata Party and it is a wing of the parliamentary party. Renu Mittal reports
Vaidik issue overshadows PM Modi's Brazil visitRediff.com15 Jul 2014
The Prime Ministers Office is upset that the Congress party was deliberately playing up the Saeed-Vaidik meeting in Parliament to detract attention from Prime Minister Narendra Modi's meeting with the Chinese president. Rediff.com contributor Renu Mittal reports
Patience wearing thin with Rahul's style of functioning?Rediff.com14 Jul 2014
Congress Vice president Rahul Gandhi's decision to use the same team he used in the Lok Sabha polls for the upcoming assembly elections has not gone down well with many in the party. Rediff.com contributor Renu Mittal reports
Budget high on rhetoric, low on content: CongressRediff.com11 Jul 2014
The Congress feels there was no articulation of a bold vision of a statement of intent in the Budget, no articulation of a direction in which the economy has to go, and it lacks imagination. Renu Mittal reports.
Modi won't do anything radical soon: US expertRediff.com4 Jul 2014
Thomas Blom Hansen, director of Centre for South Asia and Reliance-Dhirubhai Ambani Professor of Anthropology at Stanford University, believes that Modi wants to make India a dominant power in South Asia and that well not give concessions to Pakistan or anyone.
Congress sharpens knives, but awaits LoP statusRediff.com3 Jul 2014
Armed with a list of issues to target the Narendra Modi government in the forthcoming Budget session of Parliament, the Congress is making one last attempt to gain the leader of opposition status.
Will the Congress now be adopting a soft Hindutva approach?Rediff.com29 Jun 2014
AK Antony's statement of the Congress appearing to no longer being secular and playing minority politics just might be one of the reasons for the party's poor showing in the Lok Sabha elections. Renu Mittal reports how the Congress may be adopting a new approach.
Haryana Congress leaders want Hooda to quitRediff.com13 Jun 2014
Senior Congress leaders from Haryana have asked for the resignation of Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda before the assembly elections in the state slated to be held by October this year.
Modi's plans to make ministers redundantRediff.com11 Jun 2014
The prime minister's office will play the principal role in decision-making.
Rahul tries to infuse some new, young blood in the Upper HouseRediff.com10 Jun 2014
In his attempt to revive a beleaguered Congress, Rahul Gandhi is trying to bring in new leadership in the form of Rajeev Gowda and BK Hari Prasad, whose names have been nominated for the Rajya Sabha, says Renu Mittal.
No office for Advani in Parliament HouseRediff.com6 Jun 2014
Bonhomie prevailed on day two of the 16th Lok Sabha, but one veteran leader was left out in the cold.