Arun Jaitley

MP Naresh Agarwal Links Hindu Gods to Alcohol, Apologises After Outrage

Samajwadi Party lawmaker Naresh Agarwal had the government benches in the Rajya Sabha up in angry protest today when he referred to Hindu Gods in comments that have been expunged or removed from records. The Upper House of Parliament had to be adjourned amid loud protests. Mr Agarwal has since expressed regret. Since the comments have been expunged, they cannot be reported. The Samajwadi Party lawmaker was speaking in a

GST Bill will ‘become a reality soon’: Arun Jaitley

Finance minister Arun Jaitley on Thursday expressed hope that the opposition parties will “see reason” and the Goods and Services Tax (GST), which is currently bogged down in the Rajya Sabha, will become a reality soon. “It (GST) has been supported by most political parties and I am sure others will also see reason and this law will become a reality very soon,” the minister said while inaugurating the two-day

Narendra Modi likely to rejig Cabinet; Arun Jaitley may move to defence

Prime Minister Narendra Modi may look to press the reset button on his leadership this spring to reinvigorate stalled economic reforms and appease critics, eyeing a mix of tried and tested allies and fresh blood, senior government sources said. The government has overseen rapid economic growth but failed on tax and land reforms, and the euphoria that met Modi’s 2014 election triumph has given way to investor disillusionment; stocks have

Did not receive any money as DDCA Chief: Arun Jaitley tells court

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Tuesday told a Delhi court that he had not received any money from anybody during his tenure as DDCA President and charged Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal with deflecting attention from CBI probe “against a particular person” working with him. Jaitley alleged that Kejriwal and five other AAP leaders – Kumar Vishwas, Ashutosh, Sanjay Singh, Raghav Chadha and Deepak Bajpai – had falsely stated that as

DDCA scam: Court to hear Arun Jaitley's defamation suit against Arvind Kejriwal today

Patiala House Court will on Tuesday hear the criminal defamation case filed by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley against Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and other Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leaders. The case comes in the wake of the AAP leaders charging the Delhi District Cricket Association (DDCA) with widespread financial irregularity under the tenure of Jaitley as president. The case has been filed against five members of AAP namely, Ashutosh,

Suresh Prabhu asks Finance Minister Arun Jaitley for Rs 32,000 crore assistance

Railways minister Suresh Prabhu has requested Union finance minister Arun Jaitley for a financial assistance of about Rs 32,000 crore to absorb impact of 7th Pay Commission recommendations. “I would therefore earnestly request you to help the ministry of Railways and hand-hold it for implementation of 7th CPC recommendations,” Prabhu said in a letter addressed recently to Jaitley. “This may be done either through compensation of loss for coaching services

Anna Hazare writes to PM Narendra Modi, reminds him of unfulfilled poll promises

Social activist Anna Hazare dashed off another letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, reminding him of his unfulfilled poll promises and said there is “no visible difference” between his government and the previous Congress-led UPA regime. Wishing Modi for the New Year, the 78-year-old anti-graft crusader in his three-page letter took a swipe at the prime minister, saying he may have forgotten the things which he promised during the 2014

Arvind Kejriwal 's big reveleation: "DDCA official sought SEX for selection

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Tuesday accused Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA) official of asking for sex in return for selection of cricketers. “A senior journalist came to me and said his wife was asked to come for sex in return for selection of his son in the cricket team,” Kejriwal told NDTV. He did not name the journalist. Kejriwal also said that “apart from the financial irregularities,

DDCA probe panel chief Gopal Subramanium seeks officers from NSA Doval

DDCA probe panel chief Gopal Subramanium has written to National Security Advisor Ajit Doval, asking him for a team of officers. In his letter to NSA Ajit Doval, Subramanium has asked for CBI officers, IB officers and police personnel to form a Special Investigation Team to inquire into allegations of financial irregularities in DDCA. In his letter to Doval, Subramanium wrote, “I, therefore, request you to knidly shortlist and send,

Kirti Azad escalates DDCA fight, raises more charges against Arun Jaitley

Suspended Bharatiya Janata Party MP Kirti Azad, Monday, continued to raise more serious charges against Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, who once headed the DDCA body. While addressing a press conference on the alleged DDCA scam, Azad said: Finance Minister Arun Jaitley must take moral responsibilities for irregularities in DDCA occurred during his regime. I presented my points in Parliament only after Speaker allowed me to do so. I did not raise

BJP demands 'public appology' from Arvind Kejriwal over DDCA row, Delhi CM hits back

Hours after a three member report on the alleged DDCA scam did not mention Union Minister’s name, coming down heavily on Arvind Kejriwal, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) said on Sunday that the Delhi chief minister should “publicly apologise” to Jaitely for defaming him. Addressing a press conference here, senior BJP leader MJ Akbar said, “You (Arvind Kejriwal) have done your inquiry from all angles. Delhi Government appointed committee has

I want Narendra Modi to tell me what my fault is: Rebel BJP leader Kirti Azad

Cricketer-turned-politician Kirti Azad clarified his position on Thursday morning, asking the Prime Minister what mistake he committed to attract suspension from the BJP for indiscipline and anti-party activities. The BJP on Wednesday suspended Azad, its MP for Darbhanga in Bihar, who defied orders to stop a tirade over alleged corruption in the Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA) that finance minister Arun Jaitley had headed for more than a decade.