Atal Bihari Vajpayee

  • Centre considering Bharat Ratna for former PM Vajpayee August 11, 2014

    New Delhi: Speculation is rife that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) led NDA government is considering to honour former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee with Bharat Ratna award. Names of other icons including Bahujan Samaj Party founder (BSP) Kanshiram are also under consideration for the highest civilian honour. ...
  • Bharat Ratna speculation sparks a debate, Congress pitches for freedom fighters, Sena for Savarkar August 11, 2014

    New Delhi: After speculation over who will be conferred the Bharat Ratna sparked off a row, government sources have told CNN-IBN that no decision has been taken on the award yet. While sources say that the government is likely to award the Bharat Ratna to former prime minister Atal Bihari...
  • Centre will decide on who should be given Bharat Ratna: Rajiv Shukla August 11, 2014

    Senior Congress leader Rajiv Shukla said that the government will decide on who should be given Bharat Ratna. "It is the government's decision, but we can be sure only after the list is out." The remarks came in the backdrop of reports suggesting that former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee...
  • Gandhi, Netaji should be kept above Bharat Ratna: Sugata Bose August 10, 2014

    New Delhi: Subhash Chandra Bose's grandnephew, acclaimed historian and Trinamool Congress MP Sugata Bose disapproved of the possibility of Netaji being conferred with the Bharat Ratna this year, insisting that Gandhi and Bose should be kept above such partisan politics. "I firmly believe that Gandhi and Bose should be kept...
  • Centre considering Bharat Ratna for former PM Vajpayee, BSP founder Kanshiram: sources August 10, 2014

    New Delhi: Speculation is rife that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) led NDA government is considering to honour former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee with Bharat Ratna award. Names of other icons including Bahujan Samaj Party founder (BSP) Kanshiram are also under consideration for the highest civilian honour. The announcement is...
  • Rajnath Singh seeks upgradation of rail service for Lucknow July 7, 2014

    Ahead of the rail budget, union Home Minister Rajnath Singh has spoken to Railway Minister D.V. Sadanand Gowda about service upgradation of railways in Lucknow - his constituency, sources said here Monday. With footfalls at Lucknow's Charbagh Railway Station increasing every day, Rajnath Singh now wants the Gomtinagar Railway Station to...
  • After suspense for 5 days, LK Advani allotted a room in Parliament June 10, 2014

    New Delhi: Senior leader of the Bharatiya Janata Party LK Advani has got a room in Parliament, thus bringing the controversy over the same to an end. There had been mumurs of a shift of guard in the Bharatiya Janata Party after Advani's name plate had been removed from the...
  • Shivraj Singh Chouhan wants Narmada-Malwa link to be made national project June 3, 2014

    Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has urged Union Water Resources Minister Uma Bharti to declare Narmada-Malwa link and Bargi diversion as national projects. Chouhan, in a letter to Bharti on Sunday, also urged for early clearance of pending irrigation projects of the state, an official release said on Monday....
  • Shivraj Singh Chouhan wants Narmada-Malwa link to be made national project June 2, 2014

    Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has urged Union Water Resources Minister Uma Bharti to declare Narmada-Malwa link and Bargi diversion as national projects. Chouhan, in a letter to Bharti on Sunday, also urged for early clearance of pending irrigation projects of the state, an official release said. He said that...
  • Ravishankar Prasad returns to cabinet with experience May 26, 2014

    Ravishankar Prasad, one of the most articulate BJP leaders and a familiar face in TV debates, returns to the union cabinet with a bagful of experience having been in charge of various portfolios for four years under Atal Bihari Vajpayee government. Ravishankar Prasad began his political career as a fiery student...
  • Interactive timeline: Prime Ministers of India from Jawaharlal Nehru to Narendra Modi May 26, 2014

    Narendra Modi has been sworn in as the 15th Prime Minister of India. This interactive timeline guides you from 1947 to 2014 showing who all occupied the post and for what period of time.Full list of the Prime Ministers of India:FromToNameParty15 August 194727 May 1964Jawaharlal NehruIndian National Congress27 May 196406...
  • Rajnath Singh forms panel for development of Lucknow May 19, 2014

    BJP president Rajnath Singh, who won the just-concluded Lok Sabha polls from the prestigious Lucknow seat, has constituted a committee to study problems relating to infrastructure in the constituency and suggest ways and means to overcome them. The committee, led by retired IAS officer Diwakar Tripathi, will submit its report to...
  • Modi to meet RSS top brass in Delhi, may discuss Cabinet formation May 18, 2014

    New Delhi: With the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) receiving a decisive mandate and winning by a massive margin in the Lok Sabha elections, Prime Minister designate Narendra Modi was on Saturday welcomed with open arms in Delhi and Varanasi. But with the first target now achieved, it is time for...
  • Rajnath Singh surpasses Vajpayee's victory margin in Lucknow May 17, 2014

    BJP president Rajnath Singh broke the record of victory margin held by former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee as he was declared victorious from the Lucknow Lok Sabha constituency. Rajnath Singh trounced Congress candidate Rita Bahuguna Joshi by a margin of 2.72 lakh votes on Friday night, which is the highest...
  • Good days have come, it's now a Congress-mukt Bharat: Vasundhra Raje May 16, 2014

    Rajasthan, Chief Minister Vasundhra Raje on Friday said "good days" have arrived as the country is now "free" from Congress. "With the historic win, good days have come. Congress mukt (free) Bharat is now in our hands. Congress mukt Bharat is a reality now. As promised, we have accomplished Mission-25 in...
  • Modi's river-linking plans extremely dangerous, says Maneka Gandhi May 14, 2014

    Terming the ambitious river-linking plans of BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi as 'extremely dangerous', party MP Maneka Gandhi has said it was she who had stopped former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee from going ahead with it. The idea of inter-linking of rivers was floated during the NDA government headed by...
  • New government must continue peace process with Pakistan: Omar Abdullah May 13, 2014

    Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Tuesday said that it is important that the new central government continues the peace process with Pakistan. Speaking at a discussion titled "Discussion between India and Pakistan on Jammu and Kashmir - A historical perspective" at the Kashmir University, Abdullah said...
  • Lalu, Nitish can't stop Modi, they will become history: Sushil Kumar Modi May 9, 2014

    New Delhi: Even as Lalu Prasad's Rashtriya Janata Dal mounts a serious challenge to the Bharatiya Janata Party in Bihar, the latter is confident of winning the largest number of Lok Sabha seats in the state. Senior Bihar BJP leader Sushil Kumar Modi on Friday responded to Lalu's tweet of...
  • 'Neech' thoughts and words do not behove Narendra Modi: Sonia Gandhi May 8, 2014

    Narendra Modi was on Thursday at the receiving end of 'neech (low-level)' barb again, this time from Congress President Sonia Gandhi, who berated his "insult" of Rajiv Gandhi and said such "low-level" thought and words does not behove him and national politics. Sonia also invoked former Prime Minister and ailing BJP...
  • Poll 'technicalities' force BJP to cut down on Modi posters in Varanasi May 7, 2014

    As Lok Sabha polls draw closer in this temple town, Narendra Modi's presence on party posters and banners on Wednesday surprisingly came down drastically - apparently due to "technical" reasons related to election expense limits. Modi has been replaced by Atal Bihari Vajpayee on many posters and banners, including those at...
  • Rajkumari Kaul dies at 86 May 4, 2014

    New Delhi: Rajkumari Kaul, who was part of former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee's adopted family, died on Saturday. Kaul, 86, died of cardiac failure at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences to which she was brought on Friday. She was cremated at the Lodhi crematorium later in the evening. ...
  • BJP now party of 'one-man' leadership, won't return: Jaswant Singh May 2, 2014

    Targeting Narendra Modi, expelled leader Jaswant Singh today said BJP has become a party of "one-man leadership" or by "small coterie" chosen by one personality. The former External Affairs Minister, who had been earlier expelled from the party in August 2009 for praising Pakistan founder M A Jinnah and returned almost...
  • Rajnath Singh hopes to uphold Atal Bihari Vajpayee's legacy in Lucknow April 29, 2014

    Mere prabhu! Mujhe itani unchai kabhi mat dena, gairon ko gale na laga sakun itani rukhai kabhi mat dena (My lord! Never give me such a high position that I am unable to hug those who are not close to me) These words echoed the sentiments of the person who gained...
  • Fourth phase of UP poll to seal fate of Sonia, Rajnath April 29, 2014

    Polling for 14 seats in the fourth phase of Lok Sabha elections in Uttar Pradesh would be held on Wednesday to decide the fate of 233 candidates, including political heavyweights Sonia Gandhi and Rajnath Singh. Three Union Ministers and chairperson of a national commission are also in the fray in this...
  • Rajnath holds roadshow in Lucknow in last leg of campaigning April 27, 2014

    In the last leg of campaigning, BJP national president and candidate from Lucknow Rajnath Singh on Sunday held a grand road show and mass contact programme in the state capital. During his road show, Rajnath, who was accompanied by Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar, Chattisgarh CM Raman Singh, local MP Lalji...
  • Why no talk of Vajpayee's niece joining Congress: Chidambaram April 27, 2014

    Vadodara: Seeking to downplay the issue of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's half-brother, Daljeet Singh Kohli, joining BJP, Union Finance Minister P Chidambaram today asked why nobody made a fuss over Karuna Shukla, former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee's niece, quitting BJP and joining Congress earlier. "Why no question is being asked on...
  • Era of 'Atal and Advani' has ended, BJP now captured by foxes: Karuna Shukla April 26, 2014

    Congress leader Karuna Shukla on Saturday said era of "Atal and Advani" has come to an end in BJP and now personality cult has gripped the party. "The era of Atal and Advani has come to an end in BJP and now personality cult has gripped the party which has been...
  • Didn't go to town when Vajpayee's niece joined us: Congress April 26, 2014

    New Delhi: Hitting back at the BJP for showcasing its new recruit, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's half brother, the Congress on Saturday said it did not go to town when former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee's niece quit the BJP and joined its fold. "I don't think this is something you...
  • BJP, Modi not separate from each other, says Chouhan April 24, 2014

    Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Thursday said Narendra Modi and BJP cannot be viewed as separate from each other and maintained the Prime Ministerial candidate has blessings of all top party leaders. "BJP and Modi are complementary to each other. They are inseparable and Modi has full blessings...
  • How can Modi strengthen India when Muslims are afraid of him: Nitish Kumar April 22, 2014

    Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Tuesday mocked BJP's slogan of strong India under strong leadership and asked when "crores of Muslims get frightened in the name of their leader how it could be achieved". "A country like India will not become strong merely by increasing number of submarines, missiles or...