UPA

  • Food Security Act: BJP wanted to oppose but feared backlash January 22, 2015

    New Delhi: When the UPA government brought Food Security Bill, BJP had felt that the coverage of 67 per cent population under it was too high but did not oppose then because of the fear of being branded "anti-poor", a senior party leader said on Thursday. BJP then decided to...
  • Congress to explain the real beneciary of the coal scam: Narsimha Rao January 21, 2015

    "I think during the entire UPA tenure, pressure was put on the CBI not to investigate, examine the then coal minister Manmohan Singh," said Narsimha Rao. ...
  • If government couldn't appoint members in 7 months, not our fault: Censor Board January 17, 2015

    "I agree with Arun jaitely's statement that the members of censor board were appointed during UPA's regime. The government requested us to stay as board members till new members are appointed," said Pankaj Sharma. ...
  • Congress became 'weak' due to 'some wrongs' of UPA-II: Janardhan Dwivedi January 11, 2015

    Lucknow: The Congress became "weak" in the country because of "certain wrongs" of the UPA-II leading to its present scenario, senior party leader Janardan Dwivedi said as he spoke of the need to launch a struggle to strengthen the organisation. "Some wrongs of the UPA-2 have led to the present scenario...
  • Jairam Ramesh criticises Modi government over land act amendments January 5, 2015

    Greater Noida: Senior Congress leader and former Union Minister Jairam Ramesh on Monday criticised the Centre over the ordinance making amendments to the land acquisition act. Addressing a Mahapachayat at Gharbara village, Ramesh said the erstwhile UPA government had formulated pro-farmer land policy after consultations with all political parties including...
  • President questioned government's urgency before signing Ordinance on Land Bill: Sources January 2, 2015

    New Delhi: Though the government cleared the ordinance on the Land Acquisition Bill with the approval of Pranab Mujherjee, sources say that the President questioned the Centre over the hurry in the matter. According to sources, the President even communicated to Unions ministers that it would have been better if the...
  • IIT Delhi director quits over payment of dues to Subramanian Swamy; HRD Ministry issues denial December 28, 2014

    New Delhi: The Union Human Resources Development (HRD) Ministry is in the midst of another controversy as IIT Delhi director Raghunath K Shevgaonkar has quit. While reports said Shevgaonkar resigned as he was facing pressure to give IIT land for a Sachin Tendulkar cricket academy and over pending dues of...
  • IIT Delhi director quits over land to Tendulkar cricket academy, dues to Subramanian Swamy December 28, 2014

    New Delhi: The Union Human Resources Development (HRD) Ministry is in the midst of another controversy as IIT Delhi director Raghunath K Shevgaonkar has quit. Reports said Shevgaonkar resigned as he was facing pressure to give IIT land for a Sachin Tendulkar cricket academy and over pending dues of BJP leader...
  • Conferring Bharat Ratna on Atal Bihari Vajpayee would have honoured UPA government: L K Advani December 26, 2014

    New Delhi: Veteran BJP leader L K Advani on Thursday said it would have been an honour for the then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh had the erstwhile UPA government conferred Bharat Ratna on Atal Bihari Vajpayee. He termed Vajpayee's tenure as "most outstanding" if one makes the balance sheet of all...
  • Congress to go for revamp after disappointing assembly election results December 24, 2014

    New Delhi: The assembly election results in Jharkhand on Tuesday came as a blow to the Congress though the tally was not as disappointing in Jammu and Kashmir. Congress leaders said they will go for organisational revamp in the coming weeks to resurrect the party's electoral fortunes. In Jharkhand, the Congress...
  • UPA government should have conferred Bharat Ratna on Atal Bihari Vajpayee: Omar December 21, 2014

    Jammu: Amid speculation that Atal Bihari Vajpayee may be bestowed with Bharat Ratna, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Sunday said the UPA government should have conferred the country's highest civilian honour on the former Prime Minister. Omar also said it was a "lost chance" for the UPA, which...
  • Cleared by Cabinet, GST Bill to be taken up in Parliament during Winter Session December 18, 2014

    New Delhi: The Constitution Amendment Bill on Goods and Services Tax (GST) is likely to be taken up in the ongoing session of Parliament with the Union Cabinet giving its nod to bring about long-pending indirect tax reforms. The Bill was approved by the Cabinet late on Wednesday evening and it...
  • Two years on, not a penny spent from Nirbhaya fund: report December 17, 2014

    Even two years after the government had announced Nirbhaya fund for the benefit of women in distress, not a penny has been spent from the fund, said report. Ranjana Kumari, Director of Centre for Social Research, said, "The UPA in spite of the fact that they promised Rs 1000 crore...
  • Controversy over Sadhvi's caste, Opposition says she is not a Dalit December 5, 2014

    New Delhi: Amidst the hullabaloo over the abusive remarks of Union Minister of State for Food Processing Industries, a controversy has also arisen now over her caste and her background. While the BJP leaders maintained that the Sadhvi was a Dalit, the Opposition contested that claim and said she came...
  • Hot Seat with Bhupendra Chaubey: Shashi Tharoor reposes faith in Congress leadership, pledges loyalty December 4, 2014

    In an interview with with CNN-IBN Shashi Tharoor reposed faith in Congress leadership and pledged his loyalty toward the party. ...
  • Congress releases booklet on BJP's poll promises, says Modi regime took over 25 U-turns in 180 days December 1, 2014

    New Delhi: Claiming that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led government at the Centre has taken over 25 U-turns in 180 days in government, the Congress on Monday released a booklet stating how the government has gone back on its poll promises. While calling it a "U-turn government", Congress leader Ajay...
  • BJP has achieved what UPA couldn't do over the years: Javadekar December 1, 2014

    Lauding the work of the Central government in the past six months, Union minister Prakash Javadekar said that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has achieved what the previous UPA government could not achieve over the years. ...
  • Modi government likely to replace Planning Commission in December November 30, 2014

    New Delhi: Work has moved into top gear for finalising the name and structure for the new institution that will replace the 64-year old Planning Commission and the same may be unveiled this December. "The Prime Minister has convened a meeting of the Chief Ministers on December 7 to seek their...
  • Sushma Swaraj not a dummy External Affairs Minister, says Prakash Javadekar November 29, 2014

    New Delhi: Lauding the work of the Central government in the past six months, Union minister Prakash Javadekar said that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has achieved what the previous UPA government could not achieve over the years. "What we have achieved in months was not achieved by UPA in years...
  • UPA had no intention to work for the people: Prakash Javadekar November 28, 2014

    In an interview with CNN-IBN, Union Minister Prakash Javadekar said that the UPA government had no intention to work for the people. "People are now aware that there is a government that will act and ensure progress," said Javadekar. ...
  • No dilution of MNREGA scheme: Government November 27, 2014

    New Delhi: The government on Thursday allayed apprehensions over continuance or dilution of MNREGA scheme launched during the previous UPA rule and said all necessary funds have been released. "There is no ambiguity about the government's intention. The scheme will continue in all the 6,500 blocks," Rural Development Minister Birender...
  • Jaitley accuses UPA government for stalling black money probe, opposition stages walkout November 26, 2014

    Replying to a debate on black money in the Rajya Sabha, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Wednesday said the government will "pro-actively chase" those having black money and will not rest till the last account is identified. ...
  • Centre has stopped funding West Bengal development projects, says CM Mamata Banerjee November 25, 2014

    Digha: The Centre has stopped funding development projects in West Bengal and is taking away a major chunk of the state's earnings for debt servicing of more than Rs 2 lakh crore, putting in jeopardy people's "welfare projects", Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday alleged. "Development of Bengal cannot be...
  • Senior Congress leader, former minister Murli Deora dies in Mumbai November 24, 2014

    Mumbai: Senior Congress leader and former Union minister Murli Deora died at the age of 77 in Mumbai on Monday morning after prolonged illness. His final rites are scheduled to take place on Monday at 4pm in Chandanvadi in Mumbai. His body will be kept at the Maharashtra Pradesh Congress...
  • 40,000 crore project planned to strengthen rural power supply: Union Cabinet November 21, 2014

    New Delhi: The Union Cabinet has approved schemes to ensure connectivity to all households. It has approved an 40,000 crore plan to strengthen rural power supply. The Deendayal Upadhyaya Gram Jyoti Yojana, is aimed at ensuring eight hours of quality power supply to agricultural consumers and 24-hour electricity to rural...
  • Sonia Gandhi adopts Rae Bareli' Uruva village under PM Modi's 'Model Village Scheme' November 14, 2014

    New Delhi: Congress President Sonia Gandhi on Friday adopted a village called Uruva in Jagatpur block of Rae Bareli under Model Village Scheme. While confirming the reports, sources within the Congress said that adopting a scheme does not mean endorsing it. They said that this is not an endorsement of...
  • Arun Jaitley defends Cabinet expansion, slams Congress claims November 10, 2014

    New Delhi: The NDA government on Monday strongly defended the Cabinet expansion undertaken on Sunday in the wake of "taint" charges raised against some of the inductees by Congress, saying that Prime Minister Narendra Modi had chosen his team after "checking the credentials and the facts related to each one...
  • Narendra Modi Cabinet leaner than UPA and previous NDA November 9, 2014

    New Delhi: New Delhi: The big expansion of his Council of Ministers by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday has taken the number of ministers to 66 but it is still leaner than those headed by Manmohan Singh and Atal Bihari Vajpayee before him. The strength of Singh's UPA ministry...
  • Mamata Banerjee seeks chamber's help in setting finances right November 7, 2014

    Kolkata: After futile efforts to wrest a financial package from the Centre during the past UPA-II and present NDA regime, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Friday turned to an industry body to plead for the state's case. "After coming to power three-and-half...
  • Compare NDA and UPA stance on black money, says Radha Mohan Singh November 4, 2014

    Patna: Union minister Radha Mohan Singh on Tuesday mentioned comparative efforts of Narendra Modi government and UPA rule on black money issue and appealed to political parties to speak with "gravity" after seriously pondering over the matter. "Black money issue has today become an important issue in the country. Leaders...