ASHWANI KUMAR

  • Inappropriate to use such such language: Ashwani Kumar on Niranjan Jyoti December 2, 2014

    Congress leader Ashwani Kumar hit out at BJP minister Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti for her controversial remarks and said, "It is very inappropriate to issue such comments and use such language and it has never been used before. From this we understand where politics is heading in the next couple of...
  • Sonia needs to lead from the front now: Congress leader Ashwani Kumar May 19, 2014

    New Delhi: As the Congress meets to discuss the reaons for its debacle in the Lok Sabha elections, party leader Ashwani Kumar has said that party President Sonia Gandhi needs to lead from the front now. Speaking to CNNIBN, Kumar also admitted that some campaign managers made mistakes. Adding suggestions to...
  • Crushing and devastating defeat for Congress: Ashwani Kumar May 16, 2014

    Congress leader Ashwani Kumar admitted that the Congress had failed to understand the aspirations of the people. ...
  • 'Shanawaz Hussain must contest LS polls from Muslim-dominated Kishanganj' March 8, 2014

    A BJP leader, Ashwani Kumar Choubey, wants Shahnawaz Hussain, the party's best known Muslim face, should contest from Muslim-dominated Kishanganj, not from Hindu-majority Bhagalpur. The former Bihar minister, a vocal supporter of the BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi, made the request while speaking to the media in Bhagalpur. Choubey, a BJP...
  • JDU says SC order on Section 377 not right December 11, 2013

    New Delhi: Janata Dal United leader and Rajya Sabha MP Shivanand Tiwari spoke against the Supreme Court order criminalising gay sex by overruling a Delhi High Court order that the set aside Indian Penal Code Section 377. "I don't support the Supreme Court decision. I think the Delhi High Court order...
  • PM appoints Ashwani Kumar special envoy with cabinet rank August 22, 2013

    New Delhi: Nearly three months after he had to resign as Union Law minister in a blaze of controversy, Ashwani Kumar has been appointed by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh as his Special Envoy to visit Japan in the rank of a Cabinet Minister. The Prime Minister has nominated Kumar "to visit...
  • Coal allocations scam: CBI to file status report in Supreme Court July 8, 2013

    New Delhi: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) will file a status report in the Supreme Court on the Coal allocations scam on Monday. The CBI will give status of 13 FIRs and 3 Preliminary Enquiries (PEs) in a sealed envelope to the Supreme Court. The report will also give details...
  • Coal scam: CBI questions former coal secretary HC Gupta June 20, 2013

    New Delhi: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Thursday questioned former coal secretary HC Gupta for his role in the coal allocation scam. Gupta is currently being interrogated at the CBI headquarters in New Delhi. Reports suggested that Gupta is being probed as to why coal blocks were allocated...
  • GoM meet on BSNL, MTNL revival deferred by a day June 10, 2013

    New Delhi: The meeting of the Group of Ministers (GoM) looking into the revival strategy for state owned telecom firms BSNL and MTNL has been deferred by a day to June 12. "It has been deferred to June 12," an official source told reporters. The GoM, headed by Finance Minister P...
  • Not against Food Bill, Cong making 'baseless allegation': BJP June 8, 2013

    Panaji: Insisting that it is not against the Food Security Bill, BJP on Saturday said Congress is making "baseless allegation" that the main opposition party is blocking the proposed law, even as it faulted the draft legislation on a "lot" of provisions. The party contended that it was not responsible for...
  • Permission to question Gupta denied to shield PM: Javadekar June 5, 2013

    Shillong: BJP on Tuesday alleged that government's rejection of CBI plea to question former coal secretary HC Gupta was to "shield" Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, during whose tenure as Coal minister, coal blocks were allotted to private companies. "This is being done to save the Prime Minister," BJP leader Prakash...
  • Mulayam may skip UPA dinner hosted by PM tonight May 22, 2013

    New Delhi: Distancing himself from the UPA's falling fortunes, Samajwadi Party Chief Mulayam Singh Yadav may skip the dinner which Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will host on Wednesday for its allies and supporting parties, according to sources. An invite has also gone to the BSP's Maywawati. However, sources say she may...
  • UPA dragged its feet to sack Bansal, Kumar: NCP May 21, 2013

    On the UPA's fourth anniversary, ally NCP said the government dragged its feet on the sacking of Pawan Bansal and Ashwani Kumar. "The timing was perhaps wrong. There was no need to wait for things to go wrong," said Praful Patel. ...
  • PM to present Report Card of UPAII on May 22 May 19, 2013

    New Delhi: With the image of his government in tatters, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will present the last Report Card of UPAII on May 22 in which he is expected to list the positives such as Direct Benefit Transfer and FDI in retail in a bid to boost the sagging...
  • Collegium system of judges' appointment opaque: Sibal May 13, 2013

    New Delhi: Law and Justice Minister Kapil Sibal on Monday said that the present collegium system of making appointments to the higher judiciary was "opaque" and "nontransparent", but nothing could be done to change it overnight. "The present system of appointment of judges is opaque and nontransparent," Sibal said in an...
  • Coal scam: PM's future hangs in the balance as Cong awaits SC hearing May 13, 2013

    New Delhi: For nine years now, through all the UPA's ups and downs, Sonia Gandhi and Manmohan Singh have enjoyed a nearperfect relationship. But last week, they hit a wall, perhaps for the first time. CNNIBN learnt that the decision to remove Pawan Bansal and Ashwani Kumar as cabinet ministers...
  • Coal scam: Digvijaya questions SC observations on Ashwani Kumar May 13, 2013

    Congress General Secretary Digvijaya Singh questioned as to based on what law can the Supreme Court supervise a CBI investigation. ...
  • Decision to drop two ministers was joint, says Congress May 13, 2013

    New Delhi: The Congress on Sunday said that decision to drop Pawan Kumar Bansal and Ashwani Kumar from the cabinet was "joint decision" of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and party chief Sonia Gandhi even as BJP sought his resignation over reports that he was nudged into taking the decision. Congress general...
  • PM has become a great burden on the country: BJP May 12, 2013

    New Delhi: Demanding Manmohan Singh's resignation for allegedly shielding former Law Minister Ashwani Kumar and former Railways Minister PK Bansal, the BJP on Sunday said that the Prime Minister has become 'a great burden on the country'. BJP leader M Venkaiah Naidu said, "His (Prime Minister) approach is see nothing, hear...
  • No rift between PM, Sonia: Congress May 12, 2013

    New Delhi: Days after two Union Ministers were sacked, there were reports of a feud between Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi. But the Congress on Sunday downplayed that and said that there is no rift. The party has rubbished all reports that the Prime Minister has...
  • PM stands isolated, Cong core group to meet on Sunday May 12, 2013

    New Delhi: Days after Union Ministers Pawan Kumar Bansal and Ashwani Kumar were sacked, there seems to be an apparent divide between Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and the Congress party. The Congress has given full credit to UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi for the resignation of the Bansal and Ashwani. Sources...
  • Resignations of Kumar, Bansal won't rock UPA: Shinde May 12, 2013

    Pune: Union Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde on Saturday said the resignations of Union Ministers Ashwani Kumar and Pawan Kumar Bansal would not pose any danger to the UPA government. "There is no danger to UPA government. The decisions taken by the Prime Minister and the two ministers are right....
  • Congress credits Sonia for Ashwani, Bansal's exit, PM stands isolated May 11, 2013

    New Delhi: With the sacking of Ashwani Kumar and Pawan Bansal as Law Minister and Railways Minister, the heat is now on Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. The new Law Minister will have to shield the PM even as there's a widening divide between him and his party. Ashwani's exit has...
  • Coal scam: Attorney General to continue in his position, say Govt sources May 11, 2013

    New Delhi: Attorney General GE Vahanvati, who was under scanner for trying to influence CBI's coal scam status report, will continue in his position. Government sources on Saturday confirm there will be no action against the top law officer. Meanwhile, sacked Law Minister Ashwani Kumar on Saturday came out in his...
  • PM's role must be probed in coal scam report sharing , says CPM leader May 11, 2013

    CPM leader Nilotpal Basu said both Pawan Kumar Bansal and Ashwani Kumar should have been sacked earlier. ...
  • BJP will flag the demand for PM's resignation, says Arun Jaitley May 11, 2013

    New Delhi: The Bharatiya Janata will continue to demand the resignation of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh over the coal scam controversy. Speaking to Karan Thapar on this week's Devil's Advocate, Leader of the Opposition in the Rajya Sabha Arun Jaitley has said the exit of Ashwani Kumar in the matter...
  • Congress gives credit to Sonia for sacking Ashwani, Bansal May 11, 2013

    Congress Spokesperson Bhakta Charan Das admits there was a difference of opinion between the Prime Minister and the party over the sacking of Ashwani Kumar and Pawan Kumar Bansal and that the initiative was taken by Congress President Sonia Gandhi. He spoke to CNNIBN's Rupashree Nanda. ...
  • Is the government distancing itself from Ashwani Kumar? May 11, 2013

    New Delhi: It seems that the government is distancing itself from sacked Law Minister Ashwani Kumar. Sources say that the government had prepared a statement to defend Ashwani Kumar after he resigned, however, it did not release that statement. Sources say the statement said, "Ashwani resigned because of perception and...
  • Ashwani says he resigned to avoid 'unnecessary controversy' May 11, 2013

    New Delhi: Sacked Law Minister Ashwani Kumar on Saturday came out in his defence saying he resigned only to avoid any unnecessary controversy claiming that his conscience still remains clear. "I tendered my resignation to put an end to unnecessary controversy in a matter pending before the Supreme Court. My...
  • Sibal may be new Law Minister, CP Joshi likely to get Railways May 11, 2013

    New Delhi: A day after Prime Minister Manmohan Singh was forced to sack Ashwani Kumar as Law Minister and Pawan Kumar Bansal as Railway Minister, the Congress party has given full credit to party President Sonia Gandhi and Vice President Rahul Gandhi for taking action against the tainted ministers. "Congress...