Anand Sharma: News

Born on January 5, 1953, Anand Sharma is an Indian politician, a former Union Cabinet Minister, and a Rajya Sabha member who is associated with the Indian National Congress. As of 2021, he is serving as the Deputy Leader of opposition in Rajya Sabha, a position he held since 2014. He completed his education from RKMV College Shimla, and the Faculty of Law, Himachal Pradesh University. He entered politics in his youth and was instrumental in laying the foundation of the National Students’ Union of India (NSUI), which is a students wing of the Congress. He also served as the president of the Indian Youth Congress and became a Rajya Sabha member from Congress in 1984. During the 10-year Manmohan Singh government, Sharma held various positions including the Minister of Commerce and Industry and Minister of Textiles. As the Minister of Commerce and Industry, he was instrumental in the introduction of India’s first National Manufacturing Policy in 2011, with an aim to increase the contribution of manufacturing in India’s GDP from 16% to 25%. Under his tenure, India received $190 billion as FDI. A lawyer by profession, Sharma has also authored four books.

21 Mar 2024

Mallikarjun Kharge

Congress leader Anand Sharma questions party's stand on caste census

Senior Congress leader Anand Sharma has written a letter to party president Mallikarjun Kharge, expressing his concerns about the party's active campaign for a "caste census."

21 Aug 2022

Himachal Pradesh

Anand Sharma quits key Congress post in poll-bound Himachal Pradesh

In yet another jolt to the Indian National Congress (INC), senior leader Anand Sharma on Sunday announced his resignation from a key Himachal Pradesh unit post.

16 Feb 2022

Ghulam Nabi Azad

Congress' G-23 leaders call for introspection over leaders leaving party

With the exit of senior Congress leader Ashwani Kumar on Tuesday, the simmering tension within the grand old party came to the fore again.

30 Sep 2021

Shashi Tharoor

'True Congressman': Shashi Tharoor supports Sibal, day after violent protest

Congress leader Shashi Tharoor today voiced support for his colleague Kapil Sibal, a day after some party workers protested outside the latter's house and damaged his car.

24 Apr 2021


Centre morally and politically accountable for COVID-19 crisis: Anand Sharma

Noting that accountability of government is integral to democracy, Congress leader Anand Sharma on Saturday said the Narendra Modi dispensation must be held morally and politically accountable for the death of COVID-19 patients due to shortage of oxygen and medicines.

02 Mar 2021

West Bengal

Congress leaders Anand Sharma, Adhir Chowdhury bicker over ISF alliance

After Congress leader Anand Sharma criticized his party's alliance with the Indian Secular Front (ISF) for the upcoming West Bengal Assembly elections, fellow party leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury delivered a stinging response.

11 Dec 2019

Lok Sabha

Citizenship (Amendment) Bill passes Rajya Sabha after heated discussions

The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill is all set to become a law, as the Rajya Sabha has passed it.

11 Dec 2019

Hindu Mahasabha

Citizenship (Amendment) Bill: Indian Muslims shouldn't be scared, says Shah

After tabling the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill in the Rajya Sabha, Home Minister Amit Shah said Indian Muslims need not fear due to the proposed amendments.

29 Oct 2019

Shashi Tharoor

EU delegation leaves for Kashmir to assess situation, opposition unhappy

A European Union delegation, consisting of 27 MPs, left for Jammu and Kashmir from Delhi earlier today to assess the situation in the border state, that has been under lockdown since August.

02 Apr 2017


4 detained for tailing Smriti Irani

Four youths were detained for reportedly following Union Textiles Minister Smriti Irani's car in Delhi.