Anand Sharma

  • UPA MPs to write to Lok Sabha Speaker seeking call on Leader of Opposition issue July 7, 2014

    New Delhi: Upping the ante on the Lok Sabha Leader of Opposition issue, the Congress and its allies on Monday said they will write to Speaker Sumitra Mahajan seeking an immediate decision in the matter. Party spokesman Anand Sharma said that the Congress would exercise all options to ensure a "democratically...
  • Gopal Subramaniam one of the finest lawyers of his time: Anand Sharma June 25, 2014

    Reacting to former Solicitor General Gopal Subramaniam's decision to opt out of the race for Supreme Court judge's post, Congress leader Anand Sharma said, "He is respected globally,one of the finest lawyers of his time. I can only say this is most unfortunate." ...
  • Centre distances itself from VK Singh's stand, Lt Gen Suhag to be next Army Chief June 11, 2014

    New Delhi: Despite MoS and former Army chief General (retired) VK Singh expressing his strong displeasure over the appointment of Lieutenant General Dalbir Singh Suhag as the next Army Chief, the Narendra Modi government has decided to stand by the previous UPA government's decision to promote the officer to lead...
  • Congress pitches for Leader of Opposition post in Lok Sabha June 9, 2014

    New Delhi: Congress on Monday pitched for the post of Leader of the Opposition in the Lok Sabha notwithstanding a taunt by Parliamentary Affairs Minister M Venkaiah Naidu that people have not chosen any party for the position. Seeking a "quick and proper" decision on the issue, Congress spokesman Anand...
  • Ghulam Nabi Azad appointed as Leader of Congress in Rajya Sabha June 8, 2014

    New Delhi: Former Union Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad on Sunday appeared all set to become Leader of the Opposition in Rajya Sabha after his appointment as Leader of Congress in the Upper House. Anand Sharma, another minister in UPA-II, was made Deputy Leader of the party, Congress General Secretary Janardan Dwivedi...
  • Congress 'out-funded' by BJP, says Jairam Ramesh; seeks audit of parties May 13, 2014

    New Delhi: After the conclusion of what he termed was a "difficult campaign" for the party, Congress leader Jairam Ramesh on Tuesday said they were "out-funded" by BJP in the wake of the publicity blitzkrieg by Narendra Modi for the Lok Sabha polls. While Modi's campaign spending had reached an...
  • Anand Sharma warns Modi phenomenon 'ominous for democracy' May 5, 2014

    Shimla: Lambasting the BJP-RSS combine for projecting Narendra Modi as the sole leader of the country, Union Commerce Minister Anand Sharma on Monday warned that the 'Modi phenomenon' was ominous for parliamentary democracy. Addressing a press conference in Shimla, Sharma said that through "an aggressive and systematic campaign" a personality...
  • Government, industry ask EU to lift ban on India mango exports April 30, 2014

    New Delhi: The government and exporter body FIEO have asked the European Union to lift a ban on mangoes shipped from India, saying concerns raised by the 28-nation bloc about the quality of the fruit have been addressed. Commerce and Industry Minister Anand Sharma has written to EU Trade Commissioner Karel...
  • Chidambaram has nothing to hide in Saradha scam: Anand Sharma April 28, 2014

    Kolkata: Rebutting Narendra Modi's charge that Union Finance Minister P Chidamaram had something to hide in the Saradha scam, Union Commerce Minister Anand Sharma on Monday said that Trinamool Congress leaders were involved in the scandal and they would be investigated and punished under law. Sharma alleged that Chief Minister Mamata...
  • Criticism of Narendra Modi only to seek clarification: Anand Sharma April 28, 2014

    Kolkata: Political discourse was being taken to a new low by Narendra Modi, union minister Anand Sharma alleged on Monday, while claiming that criticism of the Gujarat Chief Minister by the Congress was for seeking clarification. "The arrogant and egoistic Narendra Modi has taken political discourse in India to a new...
  • BJP knows where black money is hidden: Anand Sharma April 27, 2014

    Ahmedabad: Accusing BJP of spending Rs 10,000 crore on media campaign of its prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi, senior Congress leader and Union Minister Anand Sharma on Sunday claimed that BJP leaders knew where the black money had been stashed away, and "how to use it". "Modi's media campaign is remarkable....
  • Anand Sharma hits out at Modi, says BJP wants to grab power at any cost April 27, 2014

    Union Minister Anand Sharma on Sunday hit out at Narendra Modi, saying BJP wants to grab power at any cost. He said, "There is an unprecedented publicity campaign around Modi, it's of Rs 10,000 crore." ...
  • Congress demands FIR against Modi for 'violation' of model code April 24, 2014

    New Delhi: Congress demanded registration of FIR against Narendra Modi dubbing as a "flagrant violation" of the model code telecast of his roadshow and his filing of nomination in Varanasi in 117 constituencies going to polls on Thursday. "We do not want just issuing of notice. We want action. FIR should...
  • Reports of investments flowing into Gujarat false: Anand Sharma April 19, 2014

    Union Commerce Minister Anand Sharma on Saturday hit out Narendra Modi saying that the reports of investments flowing into Gujarat is false. ...
  • BJP must disclose whose money it is using for campaign blitz: Anand Sharma April 12, 2014

    Union minister Anand Sharma, on Friday, criticised BJP for supporting a new concept of individualism and dictatorship by projecting a single face in the ongoing Lok Sabha polls, and alleged that about Rs 10,000 crore was being spent on Narendra Modi's campaign. Sharma alleged Modi has been spending Rs 10,000 crore...
  • BJP promoting personality cult through Modi, alleges Anand Sharma April 10, 2014

    Bangalore: Union Commerce and Industry Minister Anand Sharma on Thursday accused BJP of promoting the "dangerous" practice of personality cult through Narendra Modi and alleged that RSS was pushing for authoritarian system through him. "Narendra Modi, through his thinking and practice is not known to be democratic. He is intolerant, and...
  • Parties battling for ad space, Cong accuses BJP of using black money April 9, 2014

    New Delhi: In this election season, money is running high with the parties battling for the ad space. This has led to the war of words between the parties, with the Congress accusing the BJP for using black money for their campaign. "According to our sources, the BJP has spent Rs...
  • BJP spending Rs 10,000 crore on Modi's poll campaign: Anand Sharma April 9, 2014

    New Delhi: With the Lok Sabha elections on, there is no end to the war of words between the Congress and the Bharatiya Janata Party. The Congress has now accused the BJP of spending crores of black money on its prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi's poll campaign. "According to...
  • Congress likely to announce candidate for Varanasi today April 8, 2014

    New Delhi: The eagerly awaited decision on the Congress's candidate from Varanasi to contest against Bharatiya Janata Party Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi and Aam Aadmi Party convener Arvind Kejriwal is likely to come on Tuesday. Three leaders in the Congress - Rashid Alvi, Digvijaya Singh and Anand Sharma - have...
  • Election manifesto: BJP stole Congress's ideas, says Anand Sharma April 7, 2014

    After much anticipation, the Bharatiya Janata Paryt on Monday released its election manifesto. Leaders across the Congress are lashing out at the BJP. Congress leader Anand Sharma accused the BJP of stealing Congress's ideas. ...
  • Anand Sharma hits out at Modi, calls him 'arrogant' April 5, 2014

    Union Minister Anand Sharma on Saturday launched a scathing attack on BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi, alleging he is arrogant and intolerant and his only aim is to grab power. The "Gujarat model of development is also a disaster", he told reporters in Chandigarh. "Modi is arrogant and intolerant. His...
  • BJP's promotion of personality cult not good for country: Congress March 25, 2014

    New Delhi: Hitting out at BJP chief Rajnath Singh over changing party slogans and centring poll campaign on its prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi, senior Congress leader Anand Sharma on Tuesday said "personality cult and authoritarianism" is not good for the country. The comment came a day after Singh tweeted...
  • Will challenge Modi in Varanasi if Congress wants me to: Anand Sharma March 22, 2014

    New Delhi: With the Congress yet to decide on its candidate against Narendra Modi in Varanasi, Union Minister Anand Sharma on Saturday volunteered to fight the Lok Sabha elections from the Uttar Pradesh constituency. Calling the leaders leaving Congress "seasonal opportunists:, Sharma said that he was ready to fight the...
  • Congress leader Anand Sharma refuses to contest from Hamirpur March 21, 2014

    New Delhi: Another Congress leader Anand Sharma has refused to contest Lok Sabha elections. Sharma, who is the second senior Congress leader after P Chidambaram to pull out of the race, was tipped to contest from Hamirpur in Himachal Pradesh. He had earlier volunteered to contest against BJP prime ministerial candidate...
  • Congress will field its strongest candidate from Varanasi: Anand Sharma March 19, 2014

    BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi and Aam Aadmi Party leader Arvind Kejriwal will be fighting the elections from Varanasi. ...
  • Modi has limited knowledge of economics, says Anand Sharma March 14, 2014

    Dismissing claims of Narender Modi about the development of Gujarat as highly exaggerated, Congress leader Anand Sharma today said the BJP's Prime Ministerial candidate has limited knowledge of economics and his numbers are amazing. "He (Modi) believes in amazing numbers. I know that his knowledge of geography, history and economics is...
  • Government to review proposal to allow foreign investment in rail March 4, 2014

    Trade Minister Anand Sharma said on Tuesday he hoped the government would soon consider a proposal to allow foreign direct investment in India's railways. The proposal, first aired in January, would seek to unblock infrastructure bottlenecks on the world's fourth-largest railway network, which is state run, that have contributed to a...
  • Government to soon take view on FDI policy in railways: Anand Sharma March 4, 2014

    Commerce and Industry Minister Anand Sharma on Wednesday exuded confidence that the Cabinet will soon take a view on liberalising FDI policy in railways sector. "All the concerned stakeholders including the Railways Ministry are on board. I hope this will happen soon," Sharma told reporters in New Delhi. The Department of...
  • Anand Sharma's jibe at Modi: 'Packaging is good, product substandard' March 3, 2014

    New Delhi: Yet another Congress leader has taken on Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi for his "poor Math". "Out of 300 billion dollar FDI, Maharashtra has got the highest - 63 billion dollars. Delhi, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh and some parts in Rajasthan have got 34 billion dollars. Gujarat has got 8...
  • Why Jayalalithaa's stand on LTTE changed, asks Anand Sharma February 20, 2014

    New Delhi: After the Supreme Court on Thursday restrained the Tamil Nadu government from releasing the three Rajiv Gandhi assassins, Santhan, Murugan and Perarivalan, Union Minister and Congress leader Anand Sharma said that terrorism and assassinations cannot be politically legitimised. "Jayalalithaa has to explain that earlier she was opposed to...