ANAND SHARMA

  • Deadlock over Niranjan Jyoti's hate speech resolves in Rajya Sabha December 8, 2014

    New Delhi: After a week of uproar by opposition parties over Minister of State Food Processing Industries Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti's hate speech, the deadlock has finally ended in Rajya Sabha on Monday. As the Narendra Modi government refused to adopt a resolution condeming Jyoti's speech, which could be seen as a...
  • Restructuring of Planning Commission aimed at benefitting vested interests, says Congress December 7, 2014

    New Delhi: Congress on Sunday launched a scathing attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi alleging that the government's plans of a "political burial" of the Planning Commission were being carried out in a "devious" manner characterised by "subterfuge and doublespeak". The party said the steps to dismantle the plan panel...
  • Plan panel needed reorientation, not political burial: Congress December 7, 2014

    New Delhi: Congress on Sunday said dismantling Planning Commission will be "unwarranted, shortsighted and dangerous" as it will have long term adverse effect on Centre-state relations and asserted that the plan panel needed "reorientation" and not "political burial". "The move is shortsighted and dangerous. It will also have long term...
  • Elements in Pakistan supporting terror attacks, says Anand Sharma December 6, 2014

    Senior Congress leader Anand Sharma condemned the terror attacks on four towns of Jammu and Kashmir and said some elements in Pakistan were supporting terrorists. "These terror attacks in Jammu and Kashmir deserves strongest condemnation. It is evident there are elements in Pakistan supporting them," he said. ...
  • Opposition parties unite, demand BJP minister Niranjan Jyoti's resignation December 3, 2014

    New Delhi: The opposition parties on Wednesday cornered the Narendra Modi government in Parliament over the controversial statement made by Minister of State Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti. Parties were led by the Trinamool Congress in both the Houses as they demanded Jyoti's resignation for using abusive language. Parliamentary Affairs Minister Venkaiah Naidu...
  • Modi government planning to impose cess on petroleum products: Congress November 28, 2014

    New Delhi: Congress on Friday claimed that the NDA government is planning to impose a cess on petroleum products and that the party would strongly oppose this move. Party spokesman Anand Sharma told reporters that when the prices of crude oil have reached a record low in international market, the Narendra...
  • Jaitley says 250 traced names admitted to having foreign bank accounts November 26, 2014

    Replying to a debate on black money in the Rajya Sabha, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Wednesday said the government will "pro-actively chase" those having black money and will not rest till the last account is identified. ...
  • Black money debate in RS: Jaitley says 250 traced names admitted to having foreign bank accounts November 26, 2014

    New Delhi: Replying to a debate on black money in the Rajya Sabha, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Wednesday said the government will "pro-actively chase" those having black money and will not rest till the last account is identified. Identity of 427 account holders abroad has been established and 250 of...
  • Anand Sharma refutes charges of senior Congress leaders not invited for Nehru's event November 21, 2014

    The rift within the Congress party seems to be wide open. According to sources, senior party leaders like former finance minister P Chidambaram and former Union minister Kamal Nath are upset with the Congress high command over not being invited for the event organised on the 125th birth anniversary of...
  • Both Sonia and Rahul Gandhi give us strength, says Congress leader Anand Sharma November 1, 2014

    In an interview to CNN-IBN, Congress leader Anand Sharma said that Sonia Gandhi is the parties source of inspiration while Rahul Gandhi contributed in mobilizing the youth. "Both Sonia and Rahul give us strength," said Sharma. ...
  • Digvijaya Singh pitches Rahul Gandhi's name to lead Congress, party leaders slam him November 1, 2014

    New Delhi: Congress General Secretary Digvijaya Singh on Saturday stirred up another hornet's nest by saying that party Vice President Rahul Gandhi should take charge of the party. Singh said, "It's a general feeling within Congress that party has always encouraged younger workers and it's time for Rahul Gandhi to...
  • Defence Ministry never been reduced to an additional charge: Congress October 9, 2014

    The firing has stopped for the moment at the border but the opposition continues to target the Centre in Delhi. The Congress has slammed PM Narendra Modi for not being able to deal with the border situation effectively. "We do not want to politicise the issue but we have not...
  • PM Modi should do homework well; Maharashtra ahead of Gujarat: Congress October 5, 2014

    Mumbai: Claiming that Maharashtra is ahead of Gujarat in terms of development and education, former Union Minister and Congress leader Anand Sharma said Prime Minister Narendra Modi should to do his "homework before saying anything." Sharma said Modi is "scared" and that is the reason he is holding over 20 rallies...
  • Modi's US visit disappointing on outcomes: Congress October 1, 2014

    New Delhi: Congress on Wednesday launched an all-out attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi, saying his US visit was "disappointing" on outcomes and claimed that an atmosphere of a grand event was created with the help of "cheerleaders" many of whom brought from India. Accusing the Prime Minister of "hurting" the...
  • Diplomacy not event management: Congress to Modi on Chinese intrusions September 24, 2014

    New Delhi: Accusing the Narendra Modi government of not being serious about Chinese intrusions, Congress on Wednesday demanded that the Prime Minister appoint a Special Representative to carry forward the talks on border issues as "diplomacy is not event management". "I would like to advice Prime Minister that diplomacy is not...
  • 100 days of Modi government: Centre hasn't done anything to fulfil poll promises, claims Congress September 2, 2014

    New Delhi: As the Narendra Modi government completes 100 days in power, the Congress has hit out at the Centre. The Congress alleged that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) made tall claims while in opposition but has not done anything to fulfil its promises, specially on the issue of black...
  • Modi government simply repackaged UPA schemes: Congress September 1, 2014

    The Opposition has raised questions on Narendra Modi's 100 days in office. Congress strongly criticised Prime Minister's Jan Dhan Yojana. The Opposition has claimed that the government has simply repackaged UPA schemes and is misleading people. Senior congress leader Anand Sharma told CNNIBN that the UPA had started the process...
  • Anand Sharma declares Congress support for Judicial Appointments Bill in Rajya Sabha August 13, 2014

    New Delhi: After supporting the government in getting the National Judicial Appointments Commission Bill passed in the Lok Sabha, the Congress party will not cause any hindrance in its clearance in the Rajya Sabha too, said senior party leader Anand Sharma. Speaking to CNNIBN, Sharma said, "The government has addressed the...
  • Congress slams PM Modi, BJP for 'misleading' people August 9, 2014

    New Delhi: Congress on Saturday launched an all out attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi accusing him of "misleading" people on the WTO issue and ridiculed BJP over its "Congress phobia". "The statements that Modi has made are confirming the worst apprehensions of a partisan political agenda to mislead and...
  • Most opposition parties want bill to be sent to select committee, says Congress August 7, 2014

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday called a meeting with Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and Home Minister Rajnath Singh to discuss the Insurance Bill. Meanwhile, the Congress remains firm that the bill should be sent to a select committee. Congress leader Anand Sharma said, "Our stand on bill hasn't changed,...
  • 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 UPAII, was made Deputy Leader of the party, Congress General Secretary Janardan Dwivedi...
  • Congress 'outfunded' 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 "outfunded" 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 BJPRSS 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 28nation 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...