ALLIES

  • PM Narendra Modi meets NDA MPs, tells them to think big, far and above politics October 26, 2014

    New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday evening hosted a high tea for all NDA MPs at his residence in the national capital. This was the first time when all the MPs of NDA came together since the BJP led-government assumed office. The focus of the meeting was on the...
  • DA case: AIADMK allies stand by Jayalalithaa, say verdict not final September 28, 2014

    Chennai: Rallying behind beleaguered AIADMK supremo Jayalalithaa, two of her allies on Sunday said the Bangalore special court verdict convicting her in the disproportionate assets case was not final and expressed hope that she would emerge victorious. "The verdict is not final and Chief Minister Jayalalithaa will break the barriers through...
  • BJP's regional allies not happy with rail budget July 8, 2014

    New Delhi: Even as BJP hailed the railway budget, some of its regional allies expressed unhappiness over exclusion of their regions. While BJPled NDA's second largest constituent Shiv Sena said the extended suburbs of Mumbai have been left out, its southern ally the PMK was displeased with inadequate projects for Tamil...
  • BJD, AIADMK take Uturn, warm up to BJPled NDA ahead of poll results May 14, 2014

    New Delhi: With most of the exit and postpoll surveys predicting the BJPled NDA winning the Lok Sabha elections, regional parties and estranged allies seem to be warming up the saffron party. While the BJD indicated that it might extend conditional support to the NDA, an AIADMK leader too hinted that...
  • BJP desperate to mend ways with Shiv Sena, Modi speaks to Uddhav Thackeray March 11, 2014

    Mumbai: With the skirmishes between BJP and its ally Shiv Sena refusing to settle down, NDA's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi stepped in and spoke to Sena supremo Uddhav Thackeray over the phone on Tuesday evening. It is being reported that the two discussed alliance in Maharashtra. This comes on...
  • BJP high on opinion poll projections, hopes to woo back exallies January 24, 2014

    BJP on Friday trumpeted projections of recent opinion polls to claim that only NDA can provide a stable government after Lok Sabha elections and suggested that several regional parties, which were once its allies, could return to its fold leading to "greater NDA". Leader of the Opposition in Rajya Sabha Arun...
  • Allies back BJP decision to anoint Modi as PM candidate September 13, 2013

    New Delhi: Bharatiya Janata Party's only allies Akali Dal and Shiv Sena on Friday backed the party's decision to anoint Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi as BJP's prime ministerial candidate. Party President Rajnath Singh had informed the chiefs of both the parties and they have endorsed the decision. Rajanth called Shiv...
  • World View: Will America and allies strike Syria? August 31, 2013

    The US and UK on Thursday appeared to have backed down from an immediate punitive military strike against Syria, even as embattled President Bashar al-Assad vowed that his country would emerge "victorious" in any confrontation with America and its allies. ...
  • Joshi, Maken in Rahul's highpower coordination committee July 23, 2013

    New Delhi: Congress on Tuesday brought in senior leaders C P Joshi and Ajay Maken into the party's highpower coordination committee headed by Rahul Gandhi for the 2014 Lok Sabha polls. With their addition, the number of members of the committee, set up in November 2012, has gone up to eight....
  • Cautious towards Middle East, Obama gets second chance in Egypt July 5, 2013

    Washington: When President Barack Obama sat down with his top national security aides this week to determine how to react to a military takeover in Egypt, he had a tough choice to make. He could denounce what had taken place as a coup launched against a legitimately elected president in...
  • Our ally betrayed us in Vidarbha elections: MPCC Chief April 28, 2013

    Pune: In an apparent reference to NCP, Maharashtra PCC President Manikrao Thakre on Saturday said "an ally'' of Congress in the state had "betrayed" it during recent local self government elections held in Vidarbha. "The likeminded party, which is our ally, has betrayed us in the Vidarbha local body polls...
  • Kerry says United States ready to 'reach out' to North Korea April 15, 2013

    Tokyo: US Secretary of State John Kerry on Sunday stressed the United States is willing to engage with North Korea as long as it takes steps to give up nuclear weapons. He also vowed Washington would protect its Asian allies against any provocative acts by the North, but said it...
  • Rajnath slams BSP, SP for supporting UPA government April 13, 2013

    Saharanpur: BJP president Rajnath Singh on Friday hit out the SP and BSP for extending support to the UPA government saying the two political parties have cheated the people by backing Congress and its allies at the Centre. "Despite their differences with the Congress, both SP and BSP have cheated...
  • Iran announces uranium discovery days before nuclear talks February 23, 2013

    Dubai: Iran said it has found significant new deposits of raw uranium to feed its nuclear programme and has identified sites for 16 more nuclear power stations, just days before talks with the US and its allies over its disputed atomic programme. The Iran Atomic Energy Organisation report cited by...
  • Cong identifying new allies, reaching out to estranged ones February 9, 2013

    New Delhi: Gearing up for the 2014 general elections, Congress on Friday kickstarted the process of identifying new allies and exploring avenues to reach out to those who have parted ways with the ruling coalition. Headed by Defence Minister AK Antony, the subgroup on prepoll alliances, at...
  • BJP looking for allies in Meghalaya, Tripura, Nagaland January 20, 2013

    New Delhi: Gearing up for Assembly polls in Meghalaya, Tripura and Nagaland, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Sunday said its leaders are in talks with political parties to look for possible alliances in the three northeastern states. The lists of candidates have almost been finalised by party's election committee,...
  • Venezuela: Chavez's allies sweep regional vote December 17, 2012

    Caracas: Allies of cancerstricken President Hugo Chavez swept nearly all of Venezuela's 23 states in Sunday's regional vote, but Henrique Capriles consolidated his position as top opposition leader by winning reelection as governor. The 40yearold governor of Miranda beat Chavez's former vice president Elias Jaua to retain his job at...
  • UPA disrupting RS to avoid vote on FDI: BJP December 5, 2012

    New Delhi: Leader of the Opposition in Rajya Sabha Arun Jaitley on Wednesday claimed that the disruption in the House is a tactic adopted by the UPA government and its allies in order to stay way from the FDI debate. Jaitley accused the government of diversionary tactics in the Rajya...
  • After allies, PM to host dinner for BJP leaders to win support over FDI November 17, 2012

    New Delhi: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will host a dinner for the BJP leaders on Saturday to win over political support for retail FDI ahead of the crucial Winter Session. After playing host to UPA allies on Friday night, the Prime Minister will continue his dinner diplomacy by hosting senior...
  • UPA allies can't live up with Cong 'arrogance': BJP September 17, 2012

    New Delhi: BJP on Sunday hit out at Congress saying its isolation is complete with UPA allies not being able to live up with its "arrogance" after indications emerged that Trinamool Congress may consider pulling out its ministers from the Centre over diesel hike and FDI issues. Party leader Balbir...
  • TN: AntiCong mood in Tiruchy DMK camp August 1, 2012

    Tiruchy: A strong antiCongress sentiment prevailed in the DMK, which began preparations for the TESO conference with a meeting of activists here on Tuesday. Despite all the curbs by the leadership against attacking its United Progressive Alliance (UPA) ally, speakers devised innovative ways to express their suppressed anger and resentment...
  • Anand Sharma seeks allies' support for FDI in retail June 6, 2012

    New Delhi: With the "crisis"ridden economy posing "testing times" for the country's leadership, Commerce and Industry Minister Anand Sharma on Tuesday appealed to UPA allies to allow FDI in multibrand retail and support other key reforms. "These are testing times for the country, for the leadership...
  • Nothing wrong in allies speaking their mind: Congress May 26, 2012

    New Delhi: Hemmed in by the Opposition and UPA constituents, which are protesting against petrol price hike, Congress on Friday sought to put up a brave front saying there was nothing wrong if allies express their concern on the issue. Party spokesperson Manish Tewari also indicated that a revision in...
  • UPA allies are 'hypocrites': Brinda Karat May 25, 2012

    Coimbatore: CPI(M) Politburo member Brinda Karat on Thursday came down heavily on Trinamool Congress chief and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and some other UPA allies terming them as 'hyprocrites' on various issues, including the petrol price hike. If Mamata was really concerned about the wellbeing of...
  • 'UPA on shaky footing as it bows to dictates of allies' May 23, 2012

    New Delhi: The BJP on Tuesday attacked UPA alleging it was gripped by "policy paralysis" and said it was on a "shaky footing" as it bowed to dictates of alliance partners. On the conclusion of the budget session of Parliament, the party said in a statement...
  • Three years of UPAII: Any reason to cheer? May 21, 2012

    New Delhi: As Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Congress President Sonia Gandhi get ready to present their report card for the UPAII's third year, it seems there would not be much to celebrate. It has been a year of controversies for the UPAII... attacks, couterattacks... angry and sulking allies... and finally...
  • UPAII govt completes 3 years in office tomorrow May 20, 2012

    New Delhi: Battling serious perceptions of policy paralysis, the UPA government completes three years in office in its second term tomorrow amidst uncertainty over passage of key economic legislations and decisions like FDI in retail and faces tough challenges in the run up to the general elections two years hence. Hopping...
  • Pranab seeks out allies, opposition for economy March 25, 2012

    New Delhi: Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee said on Saturday the government needs to take some difficult decisions such as capping subsidies and controlling expenditure to bring down the fiscal deficit in the next few months to get the Indian economy back on the growth track. "We cannot go on with the...
  • TMC plays down absence of leaders at PM's dinner March 14, 2012

    Kolkata: The Trinamool Congress (TMC) on Tuesday night tried to play down the absence of its top Parliamentary leaders and union ministers at a dinner hosted by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh for UPA allies in New Delhi. TMC leader and party MP Derek O'Brien tweeted, "Dr Ratna Nag who attended the...
  • Temporary problems with allies will be overcome: PM January 7, 2012

    New Delhi: As tensions escalated between the UPA and key alliance partner Trinamool Congress, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Friday tried to soothe the frayed ties, saying he was confident that "temporary problems" with allies would be overcome. "We have our problems but I am confident that if we have the...