UPA

  • Former Maharashtra CM Prithviraj Chavan rubbishes BJP claim that he sought changes to land act 13 hours 24 minutes ago

    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 2 days ago

    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 3 days ago

    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 3 days ago

    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 6 days ago

    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 6 days ago

    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 6 days ago

    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 1 week ago

    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 1 week ago

    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 1 week ago

    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...
  • 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. ...