PRAFUL PATEL

  • India will bid for Club World Cup: AIFF president December 20, 2014

    Mumbai: India has not yet given up on its plans to host a Club World Cup in the near future, according to AIFF president Praful Patel, who asserted that the country's football scene would soon develop "qualitatively and quantitatively". Patel on Saturday chaired the All India Football Federation's (AIFF) Annual General...
  • Anti-Hijacking Bill introduced in Rajya Sabha amidst uproar December 17, 2014

    New Delhi: The Narendra Modi government on Wednesday introduced Anti-Hijacking (Amendment) Bill 2010 in Rajya Sabha amidst uproar by opposition parties. The MPs have been demanding a statement by the Prime Minister on conversion row and did not let the House function. The Anti-Hijacking (Amendment) Bill, 2010 was introduced in Rajya...
  • Not suprised over NCP's move to back BJP government: Congress October 19, 2014

    New Delhi: Congress is "not surprised" over NCP's announcement that it is willing to extend outside support to BJP to form government in Maharashtra. A senior AICC functionary on Sunday said, "It was well- planned. Now it is playing out what I had apprehended long back. We are not at...
  • NCP offers outside support to BJP in Maharashtra October 19, 2014

    Mumbai: After receiving a massive drubbing in the Maharashtra Assembly elections, the Nationalist Congress Party offered outside support to Bharatiya Janata Party which has emerged as the single largest party in the state. "It's wiser for NCP to support the single largest party," NCP leader Praful Patel said. The BJP is...
  • Maharashtra polls: NCP says it will play crucial role, BJP says no truck with it October 16, 2014

    Mumbai: NCP leader Praful Patel on Thursday said that his party would play a crucial role in the formation of the next government in Maharashtra, while BJP, touted to emerge as the single largest party, said it would never join hands with the Sharad Pawar-led party. "NCP will have a...
  • I-League is India's real league, ISL short-term booster: AIFF October 15, 2014

    New Delhi: With comparisons aplenty between I-League and the newly-started Indian Super League, FIFA and the All India Football Federation (AIFF) said that the older league will always get priority. "I-league is the only league in India. You can not have two leagues in a country. We will not call ISL...
  • We will excel well in Maharashtra polls, no party will get absolute majority: Praful Patel October 15, 2014

    As the state of Maharashtra voted for its new state government on Wednesday, NCP leader Praful Patel talks to CNN-IBN. ...
  • NCP's watch is stuck on a time when they can loot the most, says Modi at Maharashtra election rally October 5, 2014

    Gondia: Prime Minister Narendra Modi labelled the previous NCP-Congress government as looters while addressing a rally in Gondia ahead of the Maharashtra assembly elections. Modi said that NCP chief Sharad Pawar played safe by not contesting the Lok Sabha elections which led to his party's debacle. The PM claimed that Pawar...
  • Political upheavel in Maharashtra, BJP ends alliance with Shiv Sena, NCP dumps Congress September 25, 2014

    Mumbai: In a massive upheavel in the Maharashtra politics, the Bharatiya Janata Party ended its 25-year-old alliance with the Shiv Sena while the Nationalist Congress Party called off its ties with the Congress. The NCP, which had been in an alliance with the Congress for 15-years, declared that Deputy Chief...
  • NCP calls off 15-year-old alliance with Congress, withdraws support from Maharashtra government September 25, 2014

    Mumbai: In a major shake-up in Maharashtra politics, the Nationalist Congress Party on Thursday announced the end of its ties with the Congress ahead of the Assembly elections due in the state on October 15. The NCP, in a press conference, declared that it was withdrawing of its support from...
  • Maharashtra elections: Congress, NCP seat-sharing talks inconclusive September 23, 2014

    Mumbai: The Congress and National Congress Party held talks to try and iron out their differences over seat sharing for Maharashtra Assembly elections. The Congress said that the first round of meeting on Tuesday morning was inconclusive. Senior Congress leader Narayan Rane told reporters that the two sides have decided to meet...
  • Congress hints at going alone in Maharashtra as seat sharing tussle with NCP continues September 23, 2014

    Mumbai: The seat sharing tussle between the Congress and National Congress Party continues to rock the Maharashtra Assembly elections. Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan has hinted at Congress contesting alone in the upcoming polls if a consensus is not reached. The remarks came after Chaven held a late night emergency meeting...
  • Maharashtra: BJPShiv Sena, CongressNCP alliances hang in balance over seatsharing for polls September 22, 2014

    New Delhi: The two principal alliances that play the major role in the Maharashtra political scene are floundering in the heat of elections. The seatsharing tussle continues between the Congress and the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) on the one hand and the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Shiv...
  • Maharashtra: CM Chavan snubs NCP over 'ultimatum', says is firm in saddle September 21, 2014

    Mumbai: Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan on Sunday snubbed NCP over an "ultimatum" given by party leader Praful Patel on its demand to contest 144 seats in October 15 Assembly elections, saying that such discussions are not held through press conferences. "Such discussions are not held through press conferences. Talks are...
  • NCP core panel meet on Monday to decide on deadlock with Congress September 21, 2014

    New Delhi: Putting pressure on ally Congress over the deadlock regarding seat sharing for the Maharashtra Assembly polls, NCP on Sunday said a meeting of its core committee in Mumbai on Monday will take a final call on the matter even as it asserted that it is sticking to its...
  • Maharashtra polls: NCP issues ultimatum to Congress over seat sharing issue September 21, 2014

    Mumbai: The deadlock continues over the seat sharing between Congress and National Congress Party for Maharashtra Assembly elections as both parties have refused to blink over the issue. The NCP has issued an ultimatum to the Congress asking it to decide on the seats in 24 hours. Both Congress and NCP...
  • Air India plane buy: Praful Patel shouldn't shy away from probe, says Subramanian Swamy September 14, 2014

    New Delhi: Former civil aviation minister Praful Patel should have no hesitation in facing an inquiry over the largescale purchase of aircraft by Air India if his conscience is clear in the matter, BJP's Subramanian Swamy said on Sunday in light of claims in that regard by exCAG Vinod Rai. "There...
  • Indian Super League launched in a starstudded ceremony August 28, 2014

    The ISL, an IPLstyle tournament involving eight citybased franchise teams, promises to revolutionise the country's football scene like never before. ...
  • Indian Super League launched in a glitzy ceremony August 28, 2014

    Mumbai: The Indian Super League (ISL), the first of its kind glamorous football league in India, was launched on Thursday by star team owners Sachin Tendulkar, John Abraham, Abhishek Bachchan, Ranbir Kapoor and brand ambassador Varun Dhawan who promised to popularise the game and invest in the grassroot development of...
  • India to get new chief football coach August 28, 2014

    Mumbai: The Indian team will soon have a new chief coach as the All India Football Federation (AIFF) on Thursday decided not to renew incumbent Wim Koevarmans' contract but retain him as the technical director. The AIFF executive committee that met here on Thursday and decided not to renew Koevarmans' contract...
  • No seatsharing deal at the cost of selfrespect: Praful Patel August 23, 2014

    Mumbai: Stating that there had been no response from Congress on the seatsharing for the Maharashtra Assembly elections, senior National Congress Party leader Praful Patel on Saturday said that "we favour an alliance but it won't be at the cost of selfrespect". "We will not have alliance with the Congress by...
  • Praful Patel hints at fissures in CongressNCP alliance July 27, 2014

    After the CongressNational Conference alliance split, it looks like the CongressNationalist Congress Party combine could be headed the same way. NCP leader Praful Patel has hinted at some fissures in the alliance ahead of Maharashtra Assembly elections. He said, "Everybody has ability as well as the freedom to fight alone....
  • Weak stand of UPA on PM nominee, a reason for defeat: Praful Patel June 15, 2014

    Gondia: Rajya Sabha member and former MP of BhandaraGondia Praful Patel said that Congress's weak stand on UPA's prime ministerial nominee was one of the reasons for the its debacle in the recentlyconcluded general elections. Patel, who visited the region for the first time after election results were declared on May...
  • NCP leader Praful Patel elected to Rajya Sabha June 12, 2014

    Mumbai: Former Union Minister and senior Nationalist Congress Party leader Praful Patel has been elected to the Rajya Sabha. June 12 was the last date of withdrawal of papers for the polls, slated for June 19. Patel's was the only nomination, therefore he was declared elected, Vidhan Bhawan sources said. Patel...
  • NCP declares Praful Patel as its RS nominee June 2, 2014

    Mumbai: NCP on Monday named former union minister Praful Patel as its candidate for the Rajya Sabha election in Maharashtra slated for June 19. The decision to field Patel was taken at a meeting of the NCP Parliamentary Board here, party sources said. Patel will file his nomination on June 5. NCP...
  • Five sitting MLAs make it to 16th LS from Maharashtra May 17, 2014

    Mumbai: Five sitting MLAs from Maharashtra, including former Chief Minister Ashok Chavan, have made it to the 16th Lok Sabha from the state, which sends 48 members, the highest after Uttar Pradesh. Chavan, who is the sitting MLA from Bhokar Assembly segment, was the only solace for the Congress, which faced...
  • We are with the UPA, won't join NDA: NCP's Praful Patel May 14, 2014

    Congress ally, the NCP, has rubbished reports that it too is going to side with the NDA. "We are with the UPA, we have fought elections with the UPA. What I said yesterday is that whichever government is formed at the Centre should be stable for the good of the...
  • BJP may emerge as the single largest party, admits NCP's Praful Patel May 14, 2014

    New Delhi: Dismissing reports of an alliance with the National Democratic Alliance (NDA), Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) leader Praful Patel said the party has always been a part of the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) and will continue to maintain their alliance with the same. "It is laughable that such speculations...
  • A Billion Votes: Exit polls project NDA win, what next? May 13, 2014

    The post poll surveys have given the Bharatiya Janata Partyled National Democratic Alliance a clear mandate with mission 272 being well within its reach this Lok Sabha election. While the BJP has welcomed the polls and is confident of victory under the leadership of its Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi,...
  • BJP keeping lines of communication open with regional players May 13, 2014

    Although the Bharatiya Janata Party is confident of crossing the mark of 272, it is keeping lines of communication open with regional players. The BJP wants more allies on board to allow passage of legislations in Parliament speedily. YSR Congress Chief Jagan Reddy has already mentioned he is not averse...