UPA GOVERNMENT

  • Want to put environment ministry on autopilot: Prakash Javadekar 1 week ago

    New Delhi: Minister of State for Environment, Forest and Climate Change Prakash Javadekar said on Friday that he wanted to put the environment ministry in "autopilot" with transparent, policy-based decision making and acknowledged that the previous UPA government had hampered growth by not clearing key environmental decisions. "I want to put...
  • Government hopes to finalise GST contours this year: Arun Jaitley July 10, 2014

    New Delhi: Committing to expeditiously rolling out Goods and Services Tax (GST), Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Thursday said a solution to the issues relating to the comprehensive indirect tax regime may be finalised in the current year itself. "I do hope we are able to bring a final solution in...
  • Appointment of new Chhattisgarh governor likely before Parliament session June 24, 2014

    Some BJP veterans are likely to be appointed as governors once some of the incumbents chosen by the previous UPA government make their exit. While governors of Chhattisgarh and Uttar Pradesh have already quit, sources said that many others have been sounded out. "A list is being prepared by the ruling...
  • Rajasthan Governor Margaret Alva meets Narendra Modi June 17, 2014

    Rajasthan Governor Margaret Alva on Tuesday called on Prime Minister Narendra Modi here amid reports that a number of Governors appointed by the previous UPA government may be asked to quit. "It was a courtesy call," a PMO statement said without giving any further details on the meeting Alva had with...
  • Congress slams BJP over power crisis in Jharkhand June 16, 2014

    Slamming BJP for playing "politics over power", Congress on Monday blamed the saffron party for the electricity crisis in Jharkhand as it had ruled the state for maximum years, but "failed" to produce even a unit in state. "We all need electricity. But BJP is indulging in politics over power. It...
  • FM Arun Jaitley slams UPA government over economic situation June 10, 2014

    New Delhi: Government on Tuesday slammed the previous UPA regime saying it has left the country in a shambles with low growth and "elevated" poverty and vowed to resurrect the economy with a strong Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the helm. Finance Minister Arun Jaitley also sought to allay apprehensions on...
  • Diesel prices hiked by 50 paise per litre May 31, 2014

    Diesel prices were on Saturday hiked by 50 paise a litre, excluding state levies, the second increase in rates three weeks. The monthly hike in price came after several rounds discussions that the new Oil Minister Dharmendra Pradhan held with stateowned oil firms on continuing with the reform initiated by the...
  • Will enact bill for setting up central university at Motihari: Sushil Modi May 29, 2014

    The NDA government will soon enact a legislation for setting up a Central university at Motihari in Bihar, senior BJP leader Sushil Kumar Modi said. Modi has spoken to HRD Minister Smriti Irani and Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh who have assured him that the Bill on setting up the Central...
  • Defence Ministry's decision on Army Chief ethically wrong: VK Singh May 12, 2014

    New Delhi: BJP Lok Sabha candidate and former Army Chief Gen VK Singh on slammed Defence Ministry's decision to go ahead with the process of appointing the next Army Chief, saying it is "ethically" wrong and would make the present chief "ineffective". "There is a question mark over the decision and...
  • Next government will have to redevelop confidence in economy: Arun Jaitley May 7, 2014

    BJP leader Arun Jaitley on Wednesday said the main challenge before the next government will be to work for redeveloping the confidence in the economy and expedite decision making. "In order to regain that confidence, we will need to expedite all decision making process and a new mechanism would need to...
  • If voted to power, BJP plans to abolish UPA welfare laws: Rahul Gandhi May 4, 2014

    Questioning BJP's intention on development issue, Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi on Sunday alleged that the saffron party if voted to power planned to abolish welfare laws such as food security and employment guarantee introduced by the UPA government. "I have got information that the intention of BJP and Modi is...
  • UPA government badly steeped in corruption, SP, BSP backing it: Rajnath April 23, 2014

    BJP on Tuesday lashed out at SP and BSP for supporting UPA government at the Centre, despite knowing fully well that it was "badly steeped" in corruption. BJP President Rajnath Singh told an election meeting at Mainpuri that SP and BSP accuse each other during elections in Uttar Pradesh, but after...
  • Centre deliberately suppressing Census figures, says Harsh Vardhan April 18, 2014

    New Delhi: BJP on Friday accused the Congress-led UPA Government of deliberately not releasing Census figures as it was afraid that poor economic condition of the Muslim community under its rule would be exposed. Delhi BJP president Harsh Vardhan said that the Census process was completed in 2011 and it took...
  • LS polls: 20 Rajasthan seats record 63.25 per cent voter turnout in first phase April 17, 2014

    58.70 per cent voters in Rajasthan's 20 Lok Sabha constituencies casted their ballots on Thursday, with people turning up early at the polling booths before the sun began to beat down on them. The polling was majorly peaceful and brisk polling was witnessed in Rajasthan with Barmer recording 65.66 per cent voter turnout,...
  • Centre fooling people on one rank, one pension: VK Singh April 16, 2014

    Former Army Chief Gen VK Singh on Wednesday alleged that the UPA government at the Centre was "befooling" the ex-servicemen as the issue of "one rank, one pension" was still alive. "The Congress was in the habit of telling lies and had done nothing concrete," Singh told reporters in Hamirpur, and...
  • UPA government worked for minorities: Sonia Gandhi April 14, 2014

    Congress chief Sonia Gandhi on Monday said the UPA government has done a good job in uplifting the living conditions of the minorities. "We have formulated policies to provide higher education to youth, especially the girls, by giving them scholarships under the Maulana Azad Foundation," she said while addressing an election...
  • India doesn't need 'deaf-dumb' government run by remote control: Narendra Modi April 10, 2014

    Narendra Modi on Thursday denounced the Congress-led UPA government as a handicapped regime run by remote control and said the country does not need another one like it. "The country does not want a deaf and dumb, handicapped government, run by remote control, at the Centre. The country wants a "sevak"...
  • Political parties woo Muslims as west UP goes to polls April 10, 2014

    Muslims have a sizeable presence in the 10 Lok Sabha constituencies of Uttar Pradesh that go to polls Thursday. The region has been polarised following the September 2013 riots. The population of Muslims varies between 19 and 48 percent in the 10 constituencies spread across 13 districts in the western region...
  • People will reply to inflation, corruption with votes: Sushma Swaraj April 9, 2014

    Senior BJP leader Sushma Swaraj on Wednesday said people of the country were fed up with the anti-people policies of the UPA government led by Congress, and will give it a befitting reply over inflation and corruption through the ballot. "People are fed up with the anti-people policies of the UPA...
  • Modi wave sweeping nation, says BC Khanduri April 8, 2014

    Former Uttarakhand Chief Minister and BJP leader BC Khanduri on Monday said a Narendra Modi wave is sweeping the entire country. "After a very long time, an environment has been created where people have already decided that Modi will be the next Prime Minister of India," he told poll meetings here...
  • Congress faced with tough time, says Janardan Dwivedi April 4, 2014

    Admitting that some "mistakes" might have been committed by Congress and UPA government due to "compulsion of coalition", senior Congress leader Janardan Dwivedi today said the party was facing "tough time". "Some mistakes might have been committed by the party and the party-led UPA government," Dwivedi said and blamed it on...
  • Sonia Gandhi woos tribals in her Sidhi rally April 3, 2014

    Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Thursday spoke about the various social security schemes launched by the UPA government, in her bid to woo the tribals of Madhya Pradesh. Addressing an election rally in Sidhi, around 600 km from state capital Bhopal, Gandhi said the Congress has made efforts to emancipate the...
  • Congress did remarkably well in its tenure, BJP talked divisive politics: Rahul Gandhi April 1, 2014

    Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday said that the UPA government did remarkably well during its decade-long governance at the Centre, while the BJP talked divisive politics. Stating that the "Gujarat model" would not be applicable in the entire country, Gandhi told an election meeting in Godda, "The UPA government has...
  • JMM claims no government can be formed at Centre without its support April 1, 2014

    Jharkhand Mukti Morcha, which supports the Congress-led UPA government at the Centre, on Monday claimed that without its support a government could not be formed after the Lok Sabha polls. "We know that our party can't form a government at the Centre. But we also know that without our support government...
  • Modi blasts Congress over weak policies, says its slogan now is 'Mar Jawan, Mar Kisan' March 29, 2014

    BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi on Saturday tore into the foreign policy of the UPA government and accused it of neglecting national interests. He also tweaked the "Jai Jawan, Jai Kisan" slogan. Alluding to the alleged incursions by the Pakistan army and beheading of Indian soldiers in 2013, the Gujarat...
  • Government needs to own up responsibility for IAF accidents: BJP March 28, 2014

    BJP on Friday attacked UPA Government for the crash of a newly acquired US-made C-130J aircraft near Gwalior in which five crew members were killed, saying it needs to own up responsiblility for the accidents in the force. Demanding a probe into the incident, the principal opposition party also expressed concern...
  • SC slams Centre on black money issue, rejects its plea against SIT March 26, 2014

    New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Wednesday took on the government on the black money issue saying that the UPA's unwillingness to bring it back had led to increase in taxes and decline in the per capita income. "For more than 60 years, no government took any action on black money....
  • In show of strength for BJP, Raje addressed massive rally in Barmer March 25, 2014

    A day after senior BJP leader Jaswant Singh claimed Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje and BJP president Rajnath Singh had betrayed his trust, Raje set out to prove a point by calling for a show of strength of the Bharatiya Janata Party in Barmer district, where the senior BJP leader...
  • Ramdev warns BJP of infighting, over-confidence ahead of LS polls March 17, 2014

    Ramdev on Sunday said that BJP was "over-enthusiastic" ahead of the Lok Sabha elections, and warned it against infighting within the party. "BJP is overenthusiastic about winning the general elections this time," Ramdev said at a press conference. It needed to be patient, he added, while conceding that there was resentment...
  • Will take call on supporting Nitish government when time comes: Congress March 14, 2014

    The Congress in Bihar, which allied with the RJD for the coming Lok Sabha polls, on Thursday said that it would take a call on whether to support the JD(U) government in the state when there was a confidence vote. "We will decide when the state government seeks a confidence vote...