Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury

  • NDA government doing everything to 'appease capitalists': Congress July 8, 2014

    New Delhi: Congress on Tuesday latched on to the rail budget to claim there was a "capitalist" tilt to the functioning of the Narendra Modi government and that it was bent upon privatising the railways. Looking to put the NDA dispensation in the dock over rail budget 2014-15, Congress not only...
  • Rape for revenge remark: TMC says matter ends after Tapas Pal's apology July 2, 2014

    Kolkata: The Trinamool Congress on Wednesday gave a clean chit to its Lok Sabha MP Tapas Pal for his 'rape for revenge' remark. TMC MP and spokesperson Derek O'Brien said that the matter is over now. "The TMC is satisfied with the tone and tenor of the Tapas Pal's apology...
  • LS polls: Adhir Chowdhury's assets multiply, so do his criminal cases April 22, 2014

    Along with his assets, the number of criminal cases pending against union minister and West Bengal state Congress president Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury - fighting to retain his Bahrampur Lok Sabha seat - have multiplied manifold over the past five years. According to his affidavit submitted as part of the nomination filing...
  • Bengal Congress aims to retain 2009 tally of six LS seats April 14, 2014

    Kolkata: Congress on Monday said its primary aim is to retain the six seats it had won in 2009 Lok Sabha polls in West Bengal and then work toward adding a few more seats in the election to the 42 constituencies in the state, which is set for a tough...
  • FIR filed against Congress' Bengal chief in murder case April 10, 2014

    A first information report (FIR) has been filed against West Bengal Congress president Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury in connection with the murder of a Trinamool Congress supporter in the state's Murshidabad district, police said on Thursday. "The FIR was filed late Wednesday night in connection with the murder of Badal Sheikh. 28...
  • Trinamool used railway ministry to mislead people: Congress March 4, 2014

    Minister of State for Railways Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury on Tuesday accused the Trinamool Congress of using the railways portfolio to announce projects without proper sanctioned funds with a aim to mislead the people of West Bengal. Chowdhury, also the state Congress president, said Mamata Banerjee during her tenure as the railways...
  • SMS alert service for waitlisted rail passengers launched March 3, 2014

    New Delhi: Now you will no longer have to dial 139 or visit the rail website to check the status of your waitlisted ticket as the railways will now send booking status messages to passengers on mobile phones, if the tickets get confirmed before the journey. "For the last 10 days...
  • Sonia Gandhi reshuffles party leadership in states ahead of LS polls February 10, 2014

    As a part of the preparations for Lok Sabha elections, Congress President Sonia Gandhi has reshuffled party leadership in several states. Gandhi has approved the appointment of new Congress party chiefs in three states, namely Haryana, Kerala and West Bengal. VM Sudheeran has been appointed as the new Kerala Pradesh Congress...
  • Hike in freight tariff from October, says MoS Railways August 27, 2013

    Railways is likely to take a decision on further hike in freight tariff in October when it will review the fuel adjustment component (FAC) in the wake of rising energy cost but passenger fares will not be touched. "Tariff has already been increased. As per the proposal of the budget, it...
  • Bihar train tragedy: MoS Railways admits to lack of co-ordination August 20, 2013

    New Delhi: Minister of State for Railways Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury on Tuesday admitted to lack of co-ordination between the railway authorities and the state administration that led to the death of 28 people in Bihar. twenty eight people dies and 9 others were injured, most of them were pilgrims, when...
  • MoS railways blames Nitish govt for Dhamara Ghat tragedy August 20, 2013

    The Railways on Tuesday blamed the Bihar government for the train disaster at Dhamara Ghat in Khagaria district and said that actually 28 persons died in the accident, instead of 37 put by Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, and nine others were injured. "Probably he (Nitish Kumar) mixed up the figures of...
  • Pranab Mukherjee's Bangladesh trip begins on Sunday March 3, 2013

    New Delhi: President Pranab Mukherjee is visiting Bangladesh on March 3-5 in a trip that is expected to take bilateral relations between the two neighbours to new heights. Mukherjee, in his first trip abroad after assuming presidency, is accompanied by Minister of State for Railways Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury and four MPs....
  • President Pranab to visit Bangladesh from March 3 to 5 March 2, 2013

    New Delhi: President Pranab Mukherjee is visiting Bangladesh on March 3-5, 2013 in a trip that is expected to take bilateral relations between the two neighbours to new heights. Mukherjee, in his first trip abroad after assuming presidency, will be accompanied by Minister of State for Railways Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury and...
  • Rail Ministry to decide soon on Tariff Regulatory Authority December 27, 2012

    Raipur: The Railway Ministry is likely to take a decision soon to set up Rail Tariff Regulatory Authority (RTRA) to suggest tariff hike in passenger and freight fare, Minister of State for Railways Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury said on Wednesday. "Modalities for such a body (RTRA) including its composition, role and responsibility...
  • Manmohan's new team comes under scrutiny October 29, 2012

    New Delhi: The new Manmohan Singh team, which is expected to pull the UPA out of troubled waters following allegations of massive corruption, ineffective governance and policy paralysis, is already facing tough questions over its credibility. While Salman Khurshid, who has been facing allegations of siphoning off funds for the...
  • Will quit if charges are proven against me: MoS Railways October 29, 2012

    Kolkata: Controversy has already come calling for one of the three ministers sworn in from West Bengal during the big Cabinet reshuffle on Sunday. Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, who was sworn in as the Minister of State for Railways, has now said that he will resign if criminal charges are proven...
  • Sever ties with TMC: Cong MPs urge high command July 9, 2012

    Kolkata: With the Trinamool Congress still undecided on whom to support in the July 19 presidential election, two influential Congress MPs on Monday urged the Congress high command to break the alliance with Mamata Banerjee's party and allow Congress to go it alone in West Bengal. Emerging from a meeting with...
  • 'Why doesn't Mamata follow Goa model on petrol?' May 26, 2012

    Kolkata: As West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee gets ready to launch her protest against the petrol price hike, the Congress has hit back saying that the Trinamool Congress is free to withdraw support. Congress leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury said, "The TMC is free to withdraw support from the UPA if...
  • Talk less, work more: Congress to Trinamool May 17, 2012

    New Delhi: The achievements of the Mamata Banerjee government in West Bengal on Thursday came in for question with key ally Congress asking it to "talk less and work more", saying it was not known as to which of the promises had been implemented by it so far. "Till now, we...