Devils Advocate

  • Digvijaya credits Rahul for democracy, primaries in Congress March 30, 2014

    New Delhi: Congress leader Digvijaya Singh credited party Vice President Rahul Gandhi for internal democracy and holding primaries to elect candidate for Lok Sabha elections. He also defended party's manifesto and various promises made by the party. Here is the full transcript of the interview: Karan Thapar: Hello and welcome to...
  • Congress manifesto can't use 'aam aadmi' as it's a party name: Digvijaya March 31, 2014

    New Delhi: Congress leader Digvijaya Singh defended party's manifesto for the Lok Sabha elections and various promises made by the party. He also gave party Vice President Rahul Gandhi credit for internal democracy and holding primaries. Here is the full transcript of the interview: Karan Thapar: Hello and welcome to Devil's advocate....
  • Congress has been handling corruption, media not fair to us: Sibal March 23, 2014

    New Delhi: Union Minister Kapil Sibal on Sunday lambasted at the media for not being fair to the Congress saying that it's the Congress which has been handling corruption in India. "The media has not been fair, because they have not been putting our point of view to the people...
  • Left Front tottering but CPI's AB Bardhan confident of 32 LS seats March 16, 2014

    New Delhi: First, an embarrassing downfall of the 'Third Front' and now its own constituents are unraveling in West Bengal and Kerala. Even as a tottering Left Front tries to hold together ahead of polls, veteran CPI leader AB Bardhan is confident that the communists would be able to clinch...
  • Rahul Gandhi our leader, the boss: Salman Khurshid March 9, 2014

    Emphasising on the hierarchy in the UPA, External Affairs Minister and senior Congress leader Salman Khurshid said that Prime Minister Manmohan Singh leads the government, Congress president Sonia Gandhi heads the UPA and party Vice President Rahul Gandhi is the second most powerful in the party. Speaking to CNN-IBN's Karan...
  • Devil's Advocate: BJP doesn't indulge in caste politics, says Jaitley March 2, 2014

    Leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha Arun Jaitley has said that the BJP is not a party which indulges in vote bank politics. In an interview with Karan Thapar in 'Devil's Advocate,' Jaitley said, "BJP is not a party which will have religious based reservations and will not go...
  • BJP remains opposed to FDI in retail, won't change stand: Jaitley March 1, 2014

    New Delhi: The Bharatiya Janata Party has ruled out any change in its policy towards Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in retail if it comes to power at the centre. Speaking to CNN-IBN's Karan Thapar on Devil's Advocate, senior BJP leader Arun Jaitley ruled out any possibility of the party reversing...
  • Basis of judgement to commute Rajiv killers' death wrong: Chidambaram February 21, 2014

    New Delhi: Finance Minister P Chidambaram has questioned the legal basis for the Supreme Court commuting the death sentence of Rajiv Gandhi's killers. Speaking to CNNIBN's Karan Thapar, Chidambaram said, "The basis of that judgment is not correct, the legal basis of the judgement said that delay alone is sufficient...
  • Rahul Gandhi has all the qualities of a good leader: Chidambaram February 20, 2014

    Chidambaram was speaking to Karan Thapar on Devil's Advocate. He also spoke about the state of the Indian economy and the situation in Parliament. ...
  • Loyal to Cong, but people's will bigger than party: AP CM on Telangana February 9, 2014

    Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Kiran Kumar Reddy said that he is reflecting will of people over Telangana Bill, which is to keep the state united. He also added that he is prepared for any eventuality including being sacked by his party for his fight to keep the state united. Speaking...
  • Telangana: AP CM Kiran Reddy says ready to be sacked for united Andhra February 7, 2014

    New Delhi: Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Kiran Kumar Reddy said he is prepared for any eventuality including being sacked by his party for his fight to keep the state united. He was speaking to CNNIBN's Karan Thapar on Devil's Advocate. Here is an excerpt of the interview: Karan Thapar: Congress sources are...
  • Hike in LPG cap a misdirected subsidy: RBI Governor Raghuram Rajan February 11, 2014

    Reserve Bank of India Governor Raghuram Rajan has questioned the decision to raise the cap of subsidised LPG cylinders from 9 to 12 per annum, calling it a 'misdirected subsidy'. Speaking to Karan Thapar on Devil's Advocate, Rajan said, "What one should be careful about is expanding the misdirected subsidies...
  • RBI Governor questions rise in LPG cap, calls it misdirected subsidy February 11, 2014

    New Delhi: Reserve Bank of India Governor Raghuram Rajan has questioned the decision to raise the cap of subsidised LPG cylinders from 9 to 12 per annum, calling it a 'misdirected subsidy'. Speaking to Karan Thapar on Devil's Advocate, Rajan said, "What one should be careful about is expanding the...
  • Devyani Khobragade not guilty of any charge, says Salman Khurshid January 13, 2014

    New Delhi: Foreign Minister Salman Khurshid backed Indian Deputy Consul Devyani Khobragade saying she's not guilty of any charge. Speaking to CNNIBN's Karan Thapar, Khurshid said Khobragade has not committed any infraction of the law. Here is the full transcript of the interview: Karan Thapar: Hello and welcome to a special Devil's...
  • Devil's Advocate: Role reversal, Kapil Sibal grills Karan Thapar December 30, 2013

    On this New Year special edition of Devil's Advocate, Union Minister Kapil Sibal plays the Devil's Advocate role and questions senior journalist Karan Thapar about his life as a journalist and the nature of journalism. He also talks about the 2G scam and BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi. ...
  • Rahul can't be blamed for Congress's rout in state polls: Digvijaya January 6, 2014

    New Delhi: Days after the Congress suffered a major setback in the assembly elections of the four states Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Rajasthan and Delhi, the party once again refused to blame party's Vice President Rahul Gandhi for the defeat. In an exclusive interview with Karan Thapar in Devil's Advocate,...
  • US will work with Narendra Modi if he becomes PM: Condoleezza Rice December 10, 2013

    New Delhi: The Bharatiya Janata Party, riding high on its victory in the recent assembly elections, has more reason to cheer. In a major boost to BJP Prime Ministerial Narendra Modi, former US secretary of state Condoleezza Rice claimed the Gujarat riots were no longer an issue and the US...
  • Rahul Gandhi not responsible for election debacle: Digvijaya Singh December 9, 2013

    Congress General Secretary Digvijaya Singh admits that Manmohan Singh's government is a lameduck one but refuses to blame party Vice President Rahul Gandhi for the election debacle. Speaking to CNNIBN's Karan Thapar on Devil's Advocate, he said, "You can't hold one person responsible for state election. The selection process of...
  • Both sides need to learn lessons, says Salman Bashir on IndiaPak relations November 24, 2013

    The outgoing High Commissioner of Pakistan to India Salman Bashir has said that PakistanIndia relations are important in the context of foreign policy. Speaking to CNNIBN's Karan Thapar on Devil's Advocate ahead of the fifth anniversary of 26/11 Mumbai attacks, Bashir said, "Both the sides need to learn lessons. We...
  • Congress not confident of opinion polls' transparency, integrity and methodology: Sibal November 10, 2013

    Law Minister Kapil Sibal cleared the air on the Congress party's decision to ban opinion polls saying that his party had concern regarding the way opinion polls are conceived. Speaking to CNNIBN's Karan Thapar on Devil's Advocate, Sibal said that the Congress party was not confident of the transparency, integrity...
  • Govt may refuse Congress party's suggestion to ban opinion polls: Kapil Sibal November 9, 2013

    Law Minister Kapil Sibal said that the government may refuse Congress party's suggestion to ban opinion polls. Speaking to CNNIBN's Karan Thapar Thapar on Devil's Advocate, Sibal conceded that polls can be scientific too. ...
  • Modi's role during 2002 riots would have saddened Sardar Patel: Rajmohan Gandhi November 4, 2013

    Rajmohan Gandhi said if Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel had seen the way Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi handled the 2002 postGodhra riots then he would have been very saddened. He added that he had never met Modi and he judged him only through the things he had done. ...
  • FIR against Birla doesn't mean government targeting industry: Montek October 21, 2013

    New Delhi: Planning Commission Deputy Chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia on Monday admitted that Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh took the right decision in the allocation of coal blocks to Hidalco industries run by the Birla group. In an interview to CNNIBN's Karan Thapar, he said, "There is no doubt that...
  • Need a broader view of issues involved: Manish Tewari on Coalgate October 21, 2013

    Union Information and Broadcasting Minister Manish Tewari speaking to Karan Thapar on Devil's Advocate said that it was unfair to hold the Prime Minister responsible for the administrative decisions taken by the government at the bureaucratic level. ...
  • I am in favour of Telangana, says Chandrababu Naidu October 21, 2013

    Telugu Desam Party chief N Chandrababu Naidu said he's in favour of Telangana but wants justice for Seemandhra people as well. Speaking to CNNIBN's Karan Thapar on Devil's Advocate, the TDP chief said, "You cannot divide state without delivering justice to everyone." ...
  • History will judge Rahul Gandhi by his action on ordinance, says Sachin Pilot October 7, 2013

    Minister of State for Corporate Affairs Sachin Pilot defended Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi 'nonsense ordinance' remark. Speaking to CNNIBN's Karan Thapar on Devil's Advocate, Sachin said, "history will judge Rahul" for his action on the ordinance to shield the convicted legislators. ...
  • Rahul is more sincere, enduring and durable than Modi: Ramesh September 29, 2013

    Hitting out at the critics who say that Rahul Gandhi has no ambitions for India, Union Minster Jairam Ramesh said that he is more sincere, enduring and durable than BJP's prime ministerial candidate and Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi. While talking to CNNIBN's Karan Thapar on Devil's Advocate, Ramesh...
  • PM must be congratulated for having talks with Pakistan: Farooq Abdullah September 29, 2013

    New Delhi: Union Cabinet Minister Farooq Abdullah said that he believes that the recent attack in Jammu that killed 10 people was deliberately done to scupper the talks between the Indian and the Pakistani Prime Minister in New York. He also added that the talks are the only way forward...
  • Big surge in favour of Modi due to the vacuum created by Cong, says Mehta September 23, 2013

    New Delhi: Noted academic and political thinker Pratap Bhanu Mehta said that that there is a big surge created by the Congress leadership which can push Gujarat Chief Minister and BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi ashore. In an interview with Karan Thapar on Devil's Advocate, Mehta also said...
  • Modi's anointment as BJP PM nominee done in democratic way, says Jaitley September 16, 2013

    Leader of the Opposition in the Rajya Sabha Arun Jaitley said Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi's anointment as the Bharatiya Janata Party's prime ministerial candidate was done in the most democratic manner. Speaking to CNN-IBN's Karan Thapar on Devil's Advocate, senior BJP leader said the opinion poll has shown that...