Sitaram Yechury

  • Bypoll defeat will lead BJP-RSS to focus more on communal polarisation: CPM 2 days ago

    New Delhi: Poor performance of BJP-led NDA in successive assembly by-elections would eventually lead the BJP-RSS combine to focus more on the core Hindutva agenda of communal polarisation, CPI(M) has warned. "Of the 50 assembly seats that went to the polls in these three rounds of by-elections across various states...
  • Allow us to donate part of MPLAD fund for J&K: Sitaram Yechury to Hamid Ansari 1 week ago

    New Delhi: CPI(M) leader Sitaram Yechury on Saturday urged Rajya Sabha Chairman Hamid Ansari to permit MPs to donate part of their MPLAD funds for relief and rehabilitation work in flood-ravaged Jammu and Kashmir. In a letter to Ansari, he said, "it has been the usual practice that such a...
  • Modi government failed to fulfil its poll promises in 100 days: Sitaram Yechury September 1, 2014

    New Delhi: On the completion of the Narendra Modi government's 100 days, senior CPM leader Sitaram Yechury said that the government did not present a blueprint for the first 100 days in the joint session of Parliament convened after general elections. Measuring performance against poll promises, the Left leader said...
  • Hindu-Hindi row: Hindutva aims to convert secular India into an intolerant nation, says Yechury August 30, 2014

    New Delhi: CPM Politburo member Sitaram Yechury has slammed Minority Affairs Minister Najma Hetpullah for her controversial remark that Indians living in India should be called Hindus. Even as she later clarified that she did not say the word 'Hindu' but 'Hindi' to refer to Indians, Yechury said, "distorting history...
  • PMO should clarify who was spreading rumours about Home Minister's son: Left August 27, 2014

    New Delhi: With Narendra Modi government facing embarrassment over "rumours" about "alleged misconduct" by Home Minister Rajnath Singh's son, Left parties today said that the rift within the ruling BJP was now out in the open and the PMO should clarify who was spreading these "rumours". "It is very much...
  • Modi's decision to scrap Planning Commission evokes mixed responses August 16, 2014

    The Prime Minister's declaration to scrap the socialist-style Planning Commission, evoked mixed responses from politicians across party lines. While some politicians like Rashid Alvi and Sitaram Yechury questioned the move and demanded to know more about the institution that will replace it, others like Abhishek Manu Singhvi agreed that the...
  • Insurance bill 'welcome gift' from government to John Kerry: CPM July 31, 2014

    New Delhi: With the insurance bill aimed at raising the FDI cap from 26 to 49 per cent listed in Parliament's agenda, CPI(M) on Thursday said that it was a "welcome gift" from the Narendra Modi government to visiting US Secretary of State John Kerry. "The Modi government has extended...
  • Don't doubt our intention on shredded files: Rajnath Singh July 14, 2014

    New Delhi: The members should not doubt the government's intention in destroying files in the home ministry, Home Minister Rajnath Singh said on Monday after questions were raised about the files shredded by his ministry. "Don't doubt the intention of government in destroying files. We will not do anything that will...
  • NDA's Rail Budget a cosmetic exercise: CPI(M) July 8, 2014

    New Delhi: CPI(M) on Tuesday described the NDA government's maiden railway budget as "a cosmetic exercise" and said it was designed to impose greater burdens on the common people who used railways the most. "It is a classic exercise in a beauty parlour treatment. It was a cosmetic exercise and the...
  • Congress takes its protests against price rise to the streets July 7, 2014

    New Delhi: The NDA government is facing the heat not just in the Parliament but even outside since the Congress has now taken its protests against price rise to the streets. Congress workers held protests in Jantar Mantar slamming the government over inflation and rising prices. The party also held...
  • Modi government undermining parliamentary, democratic practices: CPM June 26, 2014

    New Delhi: CPI(M) on Thursday drew a parallel between the Emergency imposed by Indira Gandhi and the "authoritarian tendencies" of the Narendra Modi government which, it said, was "undermining" parliamentary and democratic practices. "What we are seeing today is not merely the tendencies that can pose a danger to democracy alone....
  • President's address compilation of poll slogans: CPM June 10, 2014

    New Delhi: CPI-M leader Sitaram Yechury on Tuesday termed the president's address to the joint session of parliament a "compilation of election slogans" of the BJP. "The president's speech is a compilation of all slogans of BJP's election campaign. You can also rehash the election manifesto, but how would you achieve...
  • All issues will be discussed within the party: Prakash Karat June 3, 2014

    Amidst a strong demand within the party for leadership change in the wake of its electoral rout, CPM general secretary Prakash Karat on Tuesday said the questions raised over the party's political line will be discussed in its next Central Committee meeting. He, however, noted that any decision taken in haste...
  • Narendra Modi has our full support: MNS May 14, 2014

    Raj Thackeray's MNS has reiterated its support to Narendra Modi even as it remains outside the NDA. ...
  • Modi, Rajnath meeting RSS brass BJP's internal matter: CPM May 11, 2014

    New Delhi: CPI(M) on Sunday dubbed as "internal matter" of BJP the meeting its prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi and party chief Rajnath Singh had with RSS top brass. "BJP has always been and will remain the political front of the RSS and it was their internal matter why and what...
  • No scope for 'blackmail' by Congress, BJP: Yechury on Third Front May 5, 2014

    Hyderabad: Regional and Left parties are working for a majority on their own in the next Lok Sabha, sans support from Congress or BJP, senior CPI(M) leader Sitaram Yechury said on Monday. "No, I am saying that the number of other parties, excluding Congress and BJP, will be substantial...
  • Left parties to help provide alternative government: Sitaram Yechury April 15, 2014

    Nashik: Senior CPI(M) leader Sitaram Yechury said on Tuesday that the left parties can help to provide an alternative non-Congress and non-BJP government at the Centre with the help of 11 like-minded parties after the 2014 Lok Sabha elections. He alleged that both the BJP and the Congress are similar when...
  • CPM hopes to win one seat in Assam, says Sitaram Yechury March 29, 2014

    The CPM hoped to win one Lok Sabha seat in Assam where it has put up three candidates, party Politburo member Sitaram Yechury said on Saturday. "We have a very good chance to win the Barpeta seat. Our performance in the state is going to be better this time," Yechury told...
  • Can't minimise AAP's importance in lok Sabha polls: HD Deve Gowda March 28, 2014

    Bangalore: Former Prime Minister and JDS supremo HD Deve Gowda on Friday said he will not minimise the importance of the Aam Aadmi Party in the coming Lok Sabha polls. "I'm not going to minimise the importance of Aam Aadmi Party, whether they are going to win ten seats, five seats,...
  • Budget 2014: What is the state of the economy the UPA leaves behind? February 17, 2014

    In an election year, Finance Minister P Chidambaram presented an Interim Budget shorn of rhetoric and stuck to highlighting the Congress-led UPA Government's achievements of the last 10 years. CNN-IBN's Karan Thapar debates this budget with Union Minister Kapil Sibal, BJP leader Arun Jaitley and CPI(M) leader Sitaram Yechury. ...
  • Third Front formation possible only after LS polls: Yechury February 10, 2014

    New Delhi: Any Third Front alliance would only take shape after the Lok Sabha polls and not in the run up to it, CPI(M) leader Sitaram Yechury said on Monday even as heightened activity continues for the forging of such a coalition. "There is not going to be a (Third) Front...
  • Is DCGA promoting VIP culture at airports? January 29, 2014

    Aviation regulator Directorate General of Civil Aviation has asked all airlines and airports to treat MPs as VIPs and adhere to the guidelines on protocol norms. Meanwhile, Union Civil Aviation Minister Ajit Singh clarified that neither the Ministry nor the DGCA has issued any order directing private airlines to provide...
  • Aviation Ministry says no order to private airlines to treat MPs as VIPs January 29, 2014

    New Delhi: Even as the debate over the VIP culture of Parliamentarians raises more heat, Union Civil Aviation Minister Ajit Singh on Wednesday clarified that neither the Ministry nor the Directorate General of Civil Aviations has issued any order directing private airlines to provide special privileges to MPs. "No guidelines...
  • Opposition hits out at Manmohan, says his speech was a sham January 6, 2014

    New Delhi: Minutes after Prime Minister Manmohan Singh briefed the media on his 10 year long tenure, the Opposition upped the ante against him, saying his speech was a sham. "Prime Minister's speech was a sham. How can the Prime Minister say he had no role in the scams. He...
  • CPI, CPI(M) want Naveen to take leadership of Third Front January 6, 2014

    The ruling BJD in Odisha on Thursday claimed that CPI and CPI(M) wanted Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik to take leadership of the proposed Third Front. "Two Left parties, CPI and CPI(M) want that Naveen Patnaik take leadership of the proposed Third Front after the general elections in 2014," BJD Vice-President and...
  • Centre gives Rs 300 crore to cyclone-hit Odisha December 6, 2013

    New Delhi: Centre on Friday decided to release the first tranche of assistance of Rs 300 crore towards relief and rehabilitation of the people hit by severe cyclonic storm Phailin in Odisha, a day after CPI(M) attacked the UPA government for not disbursing a single paisa so far. "The government has...
  • Jaganmohan meets Left leaders, seeks support against Andhra bifurcation November 16, 2013

    Continuing with his efforts to keep Andhra Pradesh united, YSR Congress Party chief YS Jaganmohan Reddy, on Saturday, sought the support of two Left parties to defeat the Telangana Bill when it is introduced in Parliament. Jaganmohan, in the city as part of his nationwide tour to garner support among political...
  • Anti-communalism convention a 'doosra' for communal forces: Yechury November 1, 2013

    Terming the anti-communalism convention organised by the Left parties in New Delhi a "doosra", CPI-M politburo member Sitaram Yechury on Friday said it would send communal forces "to the pavilion". "Just as the 'doosra' is bowled to send a batsman back to the pavilion, the convention is a 'doosra' to send...
  • Regional parties unite for a secular front, attack Modi October 31, 2013

    New Delhi: The political churning ahead of the 2014 elections has begun with 14 regional parties led by the Left coming together on Wednesday in Delhi for exploring possibilities for the setting off talks of a possible third front once again. Jharkhand Vikas Morcha Leader Babu Lal Marandi, who attended...
  • Thorough inquiry should be in coal block allocation scam: Yechury October 20, 2013

    CPI(M) leader Sitaram Yechury said there should be a thorough inquiry in the coal block allocation scam. He said, "Everybody involved should be brought to books and punished as the Prime Minister is the head of the government. Any scam that involves anyone from the government, the PM will have...