UPA

  • Sitaram Yechury slams Modi government, says UPA's Land Bill was better 3 days ago

    New Delhi: Amidst outrage over the controversial Land Acquisition Bill, CPIM leader Sitaram Yechury on Monday hit out at the Centre government over the proposed legislation. He said the Narendra Modi government is fooling the farmers and UPA's Land Bill was much better than the NDA's. "BJP supported UPA's Land Bill...
  • PM Modi to meet BJP MPs on April 19, ahead of second part of Budget session March 18, 2015

    New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will meet all Bharatiya Janata Party MPs on April 19, a day before the second part of the Budget session begins. The Prime Minister has already asked BJP MPs to visit their constituency and take the feedback on various government policies. The MPs will be directed...
  • Jairam Ramesh attacks Modi over land bill March 8, 2015

    Kochi: Ahead of Monday's debate on the Land Bill in Lok Sabha, Congress MP Jairam Ramesh on Sunday attacked Prime Minister Narendra Modi, saying on the advise of US-based economists, he was trying to send a signal to the corporate world that "big bang reforms" were being carried out by...
  • PM Modi disapproves of J&K CM Mufti's remarks, says zero tolerance to terror March 3, 2015

    New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday said the People's Democratic Party (PDP)-Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) coalition government in Jammu and Kashmir will run on Common Minimum Programme (CMP) and not on comments. The PM's remark was on the controversy generated by J&K Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed's comment...
  • MoD uncovered snooping in South Block in February 2014; AK Antony refuses to comment March 1, 2015

    New Delhi: In the wake of the corporate espionage scandal, sources on Sunday told CNN-IBN that the Ministry of Defence had uncovered snooping in South Block in February 2014. According to information accessed by CNN-IBN, a conversation between the then Chief of Army Staff General Bikram Singh and defence minister...
  • Budget 2015 in favour of corporate sector, says P Chidambaram March 1, 2015

    New Delhi: Former Finance Minister P Chidambaram tore into the Union Budget presented by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and said it was in favour of corporate sector and was "unkind" to the poor and could fail the targeted 8 per cent growth next year. "One cannot avoid the feeling that the...
  • Union Budget 2015: FM Arun Jaitley raises Nirbhaya Fund to Rs 2,000 crore February 28, 2015

    New Delhi: Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Saturday doubled the Nirbhaya Fund to Rs 2,000 crore from Rs 1,000 crore. "My Government is committed to safety and security of women. In order to support programmes for women security, advocacy and awareness, I have decided to provide another 1,000 crore to the...
  • Arun Jaitley's speech peppered with digs at UPA rule February 28, 2015

    New Delhi: Finance Minister Arun Jaitley peppered his speech with digs at the previous UPA regime and sprinkled it with interesting phrases taken out from Urdu poetry and religious scriptures as he presented his first full-fledged budget in Lok Sabha on Saturday. He was wearing a...
  • Full text of Arun Jaitley's Finance Budget 2015-16 speech February 28, 2015

    Finance Minister Arun Jaitley presented the first full-fledged of the Narendra Modi government in Parliament on Thursday aimed at high growth, saying the pace of cutting the fiscal deficit would slow as he seeks to boost investment and ensure that ordinary people benefit. But he pushed back by a year his...
  • Credibility of Indian economy re-established under NDA government, claims Jaitley in Budget 2015-16 February 28, 2015

    New Delhi: Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Saturday claimed that the credibility of Indian economy has been re-established while presenting the first full Budget of the Narendra Modi government. Taking a dig at the previous Congress-led United Progressive Alliance government, Jaitley said the Bharatiya Janata Party-led National Democratic Alliance inherited...
  • MNREGA is a monument of UPA government's failures, we won't stop it: PM Modi February 27, 2015

    New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday declared that the NDA government will not stop UPA's flagship programme Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MNREGA) and that it is a living example of the monument of the previous government's failures. Replying to the Motion of Thanks to the President's...
  • Former Maharashtra CM Prithviraj Chavan rubbishes BJP claim that he sought changes to land act February 26, 2015

    Mumbai: Former Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan on Thursday said that BJP's claim that he had opposed the land acquisition bill of UPA government was "mischievous". "As part of the consultation process, the (then) Union Minister Jairam Ramesh sought views of all the state governments and...
  • NDA government is behaving like a property dealer for industrialists, says Kejriwal February 24, 2015

    New Delhi: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday hit hard at the BJP-led NDA government at the Centre over the controversial Land Acquisition Bill and accused it of behaving like a "property dealer for the industrialists". He also sang paeans about anti-corruption crusader Anna Hazare and invited him to...
  • Facts and fiction of Land Acquisition Ordinance, as narrated by BJP February 24, 2015

    After a high level meeting of the Bharatiya Janata Party leaders in the national capital on Monday night, the NDA government on Tuesday introduced the Land Acquisition Amendment Bill in Parliament. It will replace the ordinance promulgated by the government in December 2014, which had brought changes in the earlier...
  • Flashback: Key features of the last five Union Budgets February 23, 2015

    Riding high on the development agenda, Narendra Modi led Bharatiya Janata Party triumphed the Lok Sabha elections with a thunderous applause in May 2014. Nine months later, in its first full-fledged Union budget, it is time for the Modi government to put into action the tall promises made during elections. ...
  • UPA caused losses worth crores of rupees in coal: Prakash Javadekar February 20, 2015

    Bhopal: Stating that Rs 80,000 crore has been raked in through auctioning of 14 coal blocks, Union Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar on Friday said the previous UPA government had caused losses worth crores of rupees. "...the government has auctioned just 14 and earned a revenue of Rs 80,000 crore. The...
  • Congress protests over land ordinance to regain lost base: BJP February 20, 2015

    New Delhi: BJP on Thursday attacked Congress over its protest on the land acquisition ordinance issue, saying the rival party's stir was politically-motivated to regain its sliding base after successive electoral defeats. The BJP said the opposition party is frustrated over its electoral losses and is now trying to raise...
  • Bizarre for government to expect support, says Congress ahead of Budget session February 20, 2015

    New Delhi: Amid reports that the government plans to reach out to Congress for passage of crucial bills, senior leader Ahmed Patel on Friday said it would be "bizarre" for the Narendra Modi dispensation to expect support from the party after it has diluted UPA's policies and programmes. "It will be...
  • Lapse by Finance Ministry: Rs 10 notes printed using defective security threads February 20, 2015

    In a huge embarrassment for the previous UPA regime, an internal enquiry report has revealed that during the printing of Indian currency, security features were compromised. The lapses were kept under wraps by senior officials working under the Ministry of Finance. The incident happened in 2012. ...
  • Major lapses in currency printing kept under wraps, UPA government ignored national security February 19, 2015

    In a major security breach that could embarrass the previous Congress-United Progressive Alliance government, an internal enquiry report has revealed that certain security features were allegedly compromised during the printing of Indian currency, and the lapses were kept under wraps by senior officials working under Ministry of Finance. The incident...
  • CAG's stand vindicated on coal auction, says Nirmala Sitharaman February 19, 2015

    New Delhi: The ongoing auctioning of coal blocks has vindicated CAG's criticism of the way the natural resources was allocated by the previous government, Commerce and Industry Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said on Thursday. "Certainly the CAG's position has been vindicated but I am underlining the larger issue here...our position has...
  • Union Budget 2015: Auto makers wants excise duty reduction February 8, 2015

    New Delhi: Automobile industry body SIAM wants Finance Minister Arun Jaitley to reduce excise duty on automobiles in the upcoming Budget to help the sector combat demand slowdown. Besides, measures towards restarting stalled infra projects to help revive demand particularly of commercial vehicles should also be put high on the agenda,...
  • Efforts on to simplify minority schemes implementation: Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi February 8, 2015

    New Delhi: Union Minister of State for Minority Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi on Sunday said efforts were on to simplify the implementation process of various minority-related schemes announced by the previous UPA government. Naqvi also said that he has asked all state governments to ensure full and judicious use of...
  • Common man should get benefit of low crude oil prices: Kerala CM Oomen Chandy February 3, 2015

    New Delhi: Criticising the Centre for hiking excise duty on fuel, Kerala Chief Minister Oomen Chandy on Tuesday said the government should "fully pass on" to the common man the benefit accrued from low global crude prices. The senior Congress leader, who is in the national capital for election campaign,...
  • SC seeks Centre's view on plea against Aadhaar scheme February 2, 2015

    New Delhi: A plea questioning the legality of data collection under the Aadhaar scheme was taken up today by the Supreme Court, which asked the government to make its stand clear on the issue concerning the erstwhile UPA regime's flagship programme. A bench headed by Chief Justice HL Dattu, which did...
  • Congress hits back at Jayanthi Natarajan, says she is acting under pressure from the BJP January 31, 2015

    Jayanthi Natarajan has accused Rahul Gandhi of giving her instructions while she was the environment minister in UPA2. In a letter to Sonia Gandhi she charged Rahul's aides of running a campaign to defame her. The Congress has hit back claiming that she is acting under pressure from the BJP. ...
  • 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...