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14-Feb-2019 New Delhi

CAG report useless, timing suspect: Chidambaram

Dismissing the CAG report on the Rafale jet deal as worthless, Congress leader P. Chidambaram said here on Thursday it was presented deliberately on the last day of the budget session of Parliament to escape the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) scrutiny."The Comptroller...

10-Feb-2019 New Delhi

Unemployment, fear, major poll planks for Congress : P. Chidambaram

The unemployment crisis and the "reign of fear" are two major planks the Congress is banking on in the Lok Sabha polls to dethrone the Narendra Modi government and defeat the BJP-RSS bid to replace the Indian Constitution with "Hindutva", says senior Congress...

07-Feb-2019 New Delhi

Sedition law must go: P. Chidambaram

Senior Congress leader P. Chidambaram on Thursday called for scrapping the sedition law following the BJP-led Tripura government's order to file charges of sedition against those protesting the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill."Section 124A of Indian Penal Code...

21-Jan-2019 New Delhi

BJP's claim bogus, UPA-1 growth rate best ever: P. Chidambaram

Rubbishing the BJP's claim of higher growth rate as "bogus" and concocted by the Niti Aayog, former Finance Minister P. Chidambaram on Saturday said economic growth during the UPA-1 tenure was the best India had ever seen."UPA-1 years (2004-09) were the best growth...

18-Jan-2019 New Delhi

Government will again miss fiscal deficit target : P. Chidambaram

Claiming that the Narendra Modi government's efforts during its remaining tenure cannot revive the "perilous condition" of the Indian economy, former Union Minister and Congress veteran P. Chidambaram on Friday said the Centre might not able to achieve its set...

27-Dec-2018 New Delhi

Where's money for Modi's farmers' relief plan : P. Chidambaram

Amid speculations that the Narendra Modi government could announce a major relief plan for farmers ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha polls, former Union Minister and Congress veteran P. Chidambaram on Thursday asked how the government will fund the new plan.On...

21-Dec-2018 Bengaluru

Congress will win heartland states in 2019, too : P. Chidambaram

Buoyed by the Assembly election victories in Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan, senior Congress leader P. Chidambaram on Friday said the national party is confident of winning in the same heartland states in the ensuing general elections in April-May...

21-Dec-2018 Bengaluru

Next Parliament will order JPC probe into Rafale deal : P Chidambaram

Reiterating the Congress demand, senior party leader P Chidambaram on Friday said the next Parliament would constitute a Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) to inquire into the controversial Rafale deal the NDA government had signed with the French aerospace major...

21-Dec-2018 Bengaluru

Farm loan waiver imperative : P. Chidambaram

Defending farm loan waiver, senior Congress leader and former Union Finance Minister P. Chidambaram on Friday said freeing farmers from debt was imperative due to agrarian crisis across the country."Farm loan waiver is imperative in the present scenario. As the...

21-Dec-2018 Bangalore

P. Chidambaram calls for JPC probe into Rafale deal

Accusing the NDA government of misleading the Supreme Court, senior Congress leader P. Chidambaram on Friday demanded a Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) probe into the multi-million dollar Rafale fighter deal."A defence deal worth Rs 60,000 crore that will...

21-Dec-2018 New Delhi

P. Chidambaram calls BJP's 8 tax rates under GST 'stupid'

Senior Congress leader P. Chidambaram on Friday termed the BJP government's eight tax rates under the Goods and Services Tax (GST) regime "stupid idea" saying "filing GST returns has been a nightmare"."The stupid idea was the BJP's idea of having eight rates...

19-Dec-2018 New Delhi

Modi government's plans on GST belated wisdom : P. Chidambaram

Congress leader P. Chidambaram on Wednesday termed as "belated wisdom" Prime Minister Narendra Modis remarks that 99 per cent goods would be at 18 per cent GST and said that the ruling BJPs governance mantra is 'leap before you look.'In a series of tweets, the...

01-Dec-2018 Jaipur

BJP failed to deliver double-digit growth : P. Chidambaram

The Narendra Modi-led central government has failed to deliver on its promise of a double-digit growth in the last four years and it will not manage it even in the remaining six months of its term, Former Finance Minister P. Chidambaram said on Saturday."This...

30-Nov-2018 New Delhi

P. Chidambaram mocks new GDP estimates, says UPA years best

Ridiculing the official back-series estimates for India's GDP as a "puzzle", former Union Finance Minister P Chidambaram on Friday wondered how growth during the Narendra Modi government is pegged higher when all other economic parameters pointed downwards.Participating...

30-Nov-2018 New Delhi

BJP has weponised fear, alleges Congress

Accusing the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) of "weaponising fear", the Congress on Friday said liberty under the Narendra Modi regime has got significantly eroded with people of all classes living in fear.Participating in an interactive programme "Is India Being...

22-Nov-2018 New Delhi

J&K Governor feels democracy is outdated : P. Chidambaram

Taking umbrage to the sudden dissolution of the Jammu and Kashmir Assembly, former Union Minister and Congress veteran P. Chidambaram on Thursday claimed that for BJP-appointed Governor Satya Pal Malik, parliamentary democracy was "outdated".A day after Malik's...

08-Nov-2018 Kolkata

BJP is back to Hindutva theme, Modi government failed : P. Chidambaram

Former Union Finance Minister P. Chidambaram on Thursday said the BJP has gone back to its old theme of Hindutva after failing on all fronts and reiterated that state-wise alliance would be the best way to defeat the saffron party.He also said the Central government...

03-Nov-2018 New Delhi

SJM, Modi government want Patel out of RBI : P. Chidambaram

Former Union Minister P. Chidambaram on Saturday said the Raghuram Rajan story is being repeated as Prime Minister Narendra Modi is trying to remove RBI Governor Urjit Patel from his post because the Swadeshi Jagran Manch (SJM) wants Patel to exit from the...

01-Nov-2018 New Delhi

Jan Dhan Yojana a 'jumla' by Modi government : P. Chidambaram

Congress leader P. Chidambaram said on Thursday that Pradhan Mantri Jan Dhan Yojana (PMJDY) was a 'jumla' and "an exercise in self-deception" by the Modi government, alleging that the accounts were used to launder money after demonetisation.Addressing a press...

31-Oct-2018 New Delhi

Centre desperate, hiding facts on economy : P. Chidambaram

Former Finance Minister P. Chidambaram expressed concern on Wednesday over reports that the government had invoked a hitherto unused section of the RBI Act to direct the central bank to act at its bidding, saying it shows the government is "desperate" and "hiding...

31-Oct-2018 New Delhi

Centre desperate, hiding facts on economy : P. Chidambaram

Former Finance Minister P. Chidambaram expressed concern on Wednesday on reports that the government had invoked a hitherto unused section of the RBI Act to direct the central bank to act at its bidding, saying it shows that the government is "desperate" and...

29-Oct-2018 New Delhi

Congress accuses BJP of polarising Ram temple issue every 5 years

The Congress on Monday accused the BJP of polarising views on the Ram Temple issue ahead of Lok Sabha polls while it would wait for the Supreme Court verdict on it."Well this is a familiar story. Every five years before elections, the BJP tries to polarise...

29-Oct-2018 New Delhi

BJP rakes up Ram Temple before elections : P Chidambaram

Congress leader and former Union Minister P. Chidambaram on Monday accused the BJP of polarising views on the Ram Temple issue ahead of Lok Sabha polls and said the Ayodhya dispute was "a familiar story"."Every five years before elections, BJP tries to polarise...

29-Oct-2018 New Delhi

Congress launches dedicated website for party manifesto

The Congress on Monday launched a dedicated website to take suggestions from the public to prepare the party's manifesto for the 2019 Lok Sabha elections under the theme 'Jan Aawaz' (people's voice).At a press conference here, senior party leader and former...

26-Oct-2018 New Delhi

Modi threatening idea of India, stifling dissent : Manmohan Singh

Accusing Prime Minister Narendra Modi of curbing academic freedom and stifling dissent, his predecessor Manmohan Singh on Friday said the "idea of India" was being threatened under his government, which not only sought to rule India, but to change its "very heart...

22-Oct-2018 Chennai

Congress has not said Rahul Gandhi is its PM candidate

The Congress has not officially declared Rahul Gandhi as its prime ministerial candidate in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections in which its main objective is to defeat the BJP and usher in a progressive government at the Centre, senior Congress leader P. Chidambaram...

22-Oct-2018 Chennai

Rahul Gandhi not projected as PM candidate : P. Chidambaram

Senior Congress leader P. Chidambaram has said the party has not declared its President Rahul Gandhi as the Prime Ministerial candidate in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections."Congress has not officially said Rahul Gandhi is its Prime Ministerial candidate," he said...

05-Oct-2018 New Delhi

People will pay for this government's follies : P. Chidambaram

Targeting the Narendra Modi government, senior Congress leader P. Chidambaram on Friday said that people will have to pay a "heavy price" for the government's "follies"."The kindest thing that can be said about the government's handling of the current volatile...

24-Sep-2018 New Delhi

P. Chidambaram targets Modi government for dodging Rafale probe

Congress leader P. Chidambaram on Monday ridiculed the Narendra Modi government for refusing a probe into the Rafale deal after Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley discredited former French President Francois Hollande's revelation on the choice of an offset partner."Truth...

16-Sep-2018 New Delhi

Has BJP found free crude oil source : P. Chidambaram

Senior Congress leader P. Chidambaram on Sunday took a dig at the BJPs claim that fuel prices will be brought down soon, saying the saffron party must have found a source of free crude oil."Government says will not cut fuel prices. Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)...

02-Sep-2018 New Delhi

Give details of NPAs under NDA government, P. Chidambaram tells Modi

Former Finance Minister P. Chidambaram on Sunday slammed Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his remarks about bad loans generated during UPA rule, and asked his government to disclose loans given during the NDA rule that turned into Non-performing assets (NPA)."The...

29-Aug-2018 New Delhi

Rs 2.25 lakh cr lost to demonetise Rs 13,000 cr : P. Chidambaram

Making a sharp attack on the Modi government on demonetisation, former Finance Minister P. Chidambaram on Wednesday said the country paid a "huge price" for cancelling what turned out "a small sum" of Rs 13,000 crore.He said for the Rs 13,000 crore, which did...

25-Aug-2018 Kolkata

Congress demands public debate, detailed inquiry into Rafale deal

Firing a fresh salvo at the Modi government on the Rafale aircraft deal, the Congress on Saturday accused it of ignoring the defence procurement procedure and keeping senior ministers in the dark about the negotiations, demanding a public debate and detailed...

19-Aug-2018 New Delhi

UPA I, UPA-II delivered highest decadal growth : P. Chidambaram

Former Union Finance Minister P. Chidambaram on Sunday said that back series calculation of GDP proved that UPA I and II governments led by the Congress (2004-2014) delivered the highest decadal growth of 8.13 per cent since independence.He said that there...

04-Aug-2018 New Delhi

Nitish Kumar should sack social welfare minister : P Chidambaram

Hitting out at Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, Congress leader P. Chidambaram on Saturday said it was not enough for him to say that he was ashamed of the incidents of rape at a state-run shelter home in Muzzaffarpur. "He should sack his social welfare minister...

28-Jul-2018 Bengaluru

Target poll booths, P. Chidambaram tells Karnataka Congress

Ahead of the general elections next year, senior Congress leader and former Union Finance Minister P. Chidambaram on Saturday urged his party cadres in Karnataka to strengthen their presence in every poll booth."It is a booth-wise election ahead, which is...

25-Jul-2018 New Delhi

Government must listen to people speaking truth : P. Chidambaram

Former Finance Minister P. Chidambaram on Wednesday said the Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led government must listen to people speaking truth to power, referring to observations made by economists Arvind Panagariya, Raghuram Rajan and Arvind Subramanian."Government...

22-Jul-2018 New Delhi

GST rates cut with eye on elections : P. Chidambaram

Former Union Finance Minister P. Chidambaram on Sunday said that the decision to slash GST rates on 100 mass-use items was taken keeping upcoming assembly elections in mind."When elections are around the corner, government cuts rates. I suppose that makes a...

19-Jul-2018 New Delhi

CBI pressured to file charge sheet against me : P. Chidambaram

After CBI filed a chargesheet against former Finance Minister P. Chidambaram and his son Karti in the Aircel-Maxis deal, Chidambaram said: "CBI has been pressured to file a chargesheet to support a preposterous allegation," adding that he will contest it vigorously."CBI...

14-Jul-2018 New Delhi

P Chidambaram slams government over 'economic mismanagement'

Senior Congress leader P. Chidambaram on Friday slammed the government over its poor management of economy, saying inflation is at five-month high, industrial growth at five-month low and the trade deficit has soared.Chidambaram, a former Finance Minister,...

23-Jun-2018 New Delhi

Calling Rahul jehadi-Maoist sympathiser is absurd : P. Chidambaram

Union Minister Arun Jaitley's allegation that "jehadists and Maoists" have earned the sympathy of Congress chief Rahul Gandhi is "laughable and absurd" former Finance Minister P. Chidambaram said on Saturday, adding that the party is "stoutly opposed" to the...

20-Jun-2018 New Delhi

Disappointed, not surprised at CEA quitting : P. Chidambaram

Senior Congress leader P. Chidambaram on Wednesday expressed disappointment over Chief Economic Advisor (CEA) Arvind Subramanian's resignation, noting his views were brushed aside on many important issues including GST rates and he was not consulted before...

15-Jun-2018 New Delhi

Shujaat Bukhari victim of collective negligence : P. Chidambaram

Senior Congress leader P. Chidambaram on Friday said senior Kashmiri journalist Shujaat Bukhari, who was shot dead by militants in Srinagar on Thursday, was "a victim of collective negligence"."Shujaat Bukhari was a victim of the collective negligence of all...

11-Jun-2018 New Delhi

BJP's policy blunders causing economic failure : P. Chidambaram

Former Finance Minister P. Chidambaram on Monday said the BJP government's "administrative incompetence" and "policy blunders" were responsible for the rising farm distress, unemployment and failure of economy."Farmers' despondency has turned into anger and...

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