Articles about Anand Sharma

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.

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

16 Feb 2022

Politics
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.

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

30 Sep 2021

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'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.

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

24 Apr 2021

Politics
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.

Congress leaders Anand Sharma, Adhir Chowdhury bicker over ISF alliance

02 Mar 2021

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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.

Sonia Gandhi meets Congress dissenters, hunt for new chief on

19 Dec 2020

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Sonia Gandhi meets Congress dissenters, hunt for new chief on

On Saturday morning, Congress President Sonia Gandhi met a section of dissenters, whose letter in August had sparked a major leadership crisis within the party.

What happened inside Rajya Sabha last Sunday? Footage reveals details

27 Sep 2020

Politics
What happened inside Rajya Sabha last Sunday? Footage reveals details

The conduct of the government, opposition, and Deputy Chairman Harivansh Singh inside the Rajya Sabha last Sunday garnered much attention.

Opposition boycotts Lok Sabha over suspended MPs, farm bills

22 Sep 2020

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Opposition boycotts Lok Sabha over suspended MPs, farm bills

The Opposition has boycotted the Parliament in protest of the farm bills. They on Tuesday staged a walkout of the Lok Sabha after a similar move in the Rajya Sabha.

Sonia remains Congress chief; election of successor in 6 months

24 Aug 2020

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Sonia remains Congress chief; election of successor in 6 months

The seven-hour long meeting of the Congress Working Committee has come to an end. During the meeting, it was decided that Sonia Gandhi will continue to serve as the interim President of the Indian National Congress (INC).

Find new chief: Sonia Gandhi, keen on resigning, tells Congress

24 Aug 2020

Politics
Find new chief: Sonia Gandhi, keen on resigning, tells Congress

At the crucial Congress Working Committee (CWC) meeting today, interim President Sonia Gandhi is likely to offer her resignation, amid a rift that emerged in the party after a letter was sent to her by 23 members demanding an overhaul in the organization.

Senior Congress leaders seek reforms in letter to Sonia Gandhi

23 Aug 2020

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Senior Congress leaders seek reforms in letter to Sonia Gandhi

Several senior leaders of the Indian National Congress (INC) have written to party chief Sonia Gandhi seeking sweeping changes in the party.

Government says parents' place, date of birth essential for NPR

06 Mar 2020

India
Government says parents' place, date of birth essential for NPR

Amid uproar regarding the National Population Register (NPR), the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has informed a standing committee of Parliament that questions related to parents' birth were asked in the past as well and it's necessary for "back-end data processing".

Citizenship (Amendment) Bill passes Rajya Sabha after heated discussions

11 Dec 2019

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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.

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

11 Dec 2019

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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.

EU delegation leaves for Kashmir to assess situation, opposition unhappy

29 Oct 2019

India
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.

Rahul Gandhi and other opposition leaders to visit J&K today

24 Aug 2019

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Rahul Gandhi and other opposition leaders to visit J&K today

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi will visit Jammu & Kashmir on Saturday along with 11 other leaders from various opposition parties.

Chidambaram arrested: CBI, ED are revenge seeking departments, says Congress

22 Aug 2019

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Chidambaram arrested: CBI, ED are revenge seeking departments, says Congress

The dramatic arrest of P Chidambaram from his residence on Wednesday night forced Congress to reach out to the other Opposition parties.

Pranab Da gets Bharat Ratna, Gandhis skip event. But why?

09 Aug 2019

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Pranab Da gets Bharat Ratna, Gandhis skip event. But why?

Pranab Mukherjee, one of the tallest leaders of Congress, was awarded the Bharat Ratna, India's highest civilian honor on Thursday, by President Ram Nath Kovind.

Congress names Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury as leader in Lok Sabha

18 Jun 2019

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Congress names Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury as leader in Lok Sabha

The 2019 Lok Sabha elections spelled trouble for Congress as the party failed to improve its previous tally of 44. Despite five years of BJP rule, Congress won only 52 seats, casting doubts on the leadership of Rahul Gandhi.

Rahul Gandhi's meeting with G20 envoys canceled after Pulwama attack

15 Feb 2019

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Rahul Gandhi's meeting with G20 envoys canceled after Pulwama attack

On Thursday, the Congress called off a meeting of its president Rahul Gandhi and senior leaders with senior diplomats of G20 nations and neighboring countries, in the wake of the Pulwama attack that killed 40 CRPF jawans in Kashmir.

Discipline is branded 'autocracy' these days, says PM Modi

02 Sep 2018

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Discipline is branded 'autocracy' these days, says PM Modi

Praising Rajya Sabha Chairman Venkaiah Naidu's disciplinarian nature, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday said these days discipline is branded as autocracy in the country.

After no-confidence motion, Congress mulls privilege motion against Sitharaman, Modi

23 Jul 2018

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After no-confidence motion, Congress mulls privilege motion against Sitharaman, Modi

Congress is likely to move a privilege motion in the Lok Sabha against Defense Minister Nirmala Sitharaman over the Rafale deal.

#RafaleDeal: France supports PM, but RaGa stands by his statement

20 Jul 2018

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#RafaleDeal: France supports PM, but RaGa stands by his statement

Congress President Rahul Gandhi has reportedly denied France's statement regarding the Rafale Deal and said he stands by his statements.

BJP mismanaged Kashmir issue "like never before": Manmohan Singh

18 Mar 2018

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BJP mismanaged Kashmir issue "like never before": Manmohan Singh

At the final day of the Congress' plenary session in New Delhi, senior party leaders launched blistering attacks on the ruling BJP, blaming it for mismanagement of the Kashmir issue "like never before," the "big lie" of demonetization and its "greatest disservice" to India: pushing people into poverty.

Parliament Winter Session: Lok Sabha adjourned till Dec 18

15 Dec 2017

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Parliament Winter Session: Lok Sabha adjourned till Dec 18

On the first day of the Parliament's Winter Session, the Lok Sabha was adjourned after obituary references. Proceedings will resume from 11am on December 18.

Gujarat polls: Manmohan Singh lambasts PM Modi, seeks his apology

12 Dec 2017

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Gujarat polls: Manmohan Singh lambasts PM Modi, seeks his apology

The usually restrained Manmohan Singh condemned PM Narendra Modi for spreading "falsehoods" and "canards." Condemning him of setting a "dangerous precedent," Singh asked Modi to apologize.

Rahul's elevation: PM Modi congratulates Congress on its "Aurangzeb Raj"

04 Dec 2017

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Rahul's elevation: PM Modi congratulates Congress on its "Aurangzeb Raj"

Rahul Gandhi filed his nomination for Congress president today, amid high drama.

Despite 80cr turnover, Jay lost 1.5cr: Amit Shah defends son

14 Oct 2017

Politics
Despite 80cr turnover, Jay lost 1.5cr: Amit Shah defends son

BJP President Amit Shah has come to son Jay's defence after The Wire had alleged that the firm, Temple Enterprises Pvt. Ltd., owned by Jay Shah had increased its revenue 16,000 times after PM Narendra Modi came to power.

'Biggest scam of this century': Two sizes of Rs.500 notes?

08 Aug 2017

Politics
'Biggest scam of this century': Two sizes of Rs.500 notes?

The "biggest scam of this century" rocked the Parliament today as the opposition alleged that the new Rs. 500 notes were being printed in two sizes, "one for the ruling party and one for the others".

'Murderous' attack on Rahul Gandhi's car unleashes war of words

05 Aug 2017

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'Murderous' attack on Rahul Gandhi's car unleashes war of words

Yesterday, Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi's car was attacked by a man in Gujarat's flood-hit Banaskantha district.

Parliament Day 13: Raids at Karnataka minister's house causes chaos

02 Aug 2017

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Parliament Day 13: Raids at Karnataka minister's house causes chaos

Day 13 of the Parliament's monsoon session was ruled by this morning's I-T raids at Karnataka Minister DK Shivakumar's residence and a resort where 42 Gujarat Congress MLAs are staying.

Parliament day 10: 'Stop murder of Constitution, democracy!'

28 Jul 2017

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Parliament day 10: 'Stop murder of Constitution, democracy!'

On Day 10 of the monsoon session of parliament, the House witnessed noisy protests by the opposition, who claimed the ruling BJP was misusing Gujarat Police.

Parliament Day 8: House rocked by Kovind's speech, missing Indians

26 Jul 2017

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Parliament Day 8: House rocked by Kovind's speech, missing Indians

The eight day of parliament was rocked by debates on Indians missing in Iraq, President Ram Nath Kovind's oath-taking speech and more.

Parliament Day 3: Session marred by cow vigilantism, farmers' suicides

19 Jul 2017

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Parliament Day 3: Session marred by cow vigilantism, farmers' suicides

Day Three of the Parliament's Monsoon Session was rocked by issues including the spate in mob lynching in the name of 'gau raksha', farmers' suicides and Indian hostages in Mosul, among others.

Opposition parties offer Centre unequivocal support on #SikkimStandoff

15 Jul 2017

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Opposition parties offer Centre unequivocal support on #SikkimStandoff

All opposition parties, including the Congress, TMC and CPM, have offered the Central government their unequivocal support in the ongoing standoff between India and Chinese troops at Doka La, near Sikkim.

4 detained for tailing Smriti Irani

02 Apr 2017

India
4 detained for tailing Smriti Irani

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

UP Polls: BSP's Ayodhya candidate booked for rape

05 Mar 2017

Politics
UP Polls: BSP's Ayodhya candidate booked for rape

The BSP's Ayodhya candidate, Bazmi Siddiqui has been booked by police along with 6 of his aides for raping a woman in Faizabad city.

UP Polls: Mukhtar Ansari's parole cancelled

27 Feb 2017

Politics
UP Polls: Mukhtar Ansari's parole cancelled

The Delhi High court cancelled MLA Mukhtar Ansari's parole, granted to him by a trial court, allowing him to campaign for the elections.

PM invoking communalism, EC should examine remarks: Congress

20 Feb 2017

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PM invoking communalism, EC should examine remarks: Congress

Congress has asked the Election Commission to look into PM Narendra Modi's 'communal' remarks, saying such comments bring 'disrepute' to his post.

Candidate gets brother killed for sympathy votes in UP election

09 Feb 2017

Politics
Candidate gets brother killed for sympathy votes in UP election

Police have arrested Manoj Gautam, the Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) candidate from Khurja, Bulandshahr district, UP, for allegedly killing his brother Vinod "for electoral gains."

Hitmen, guns/liquor smugglers in demand before UP elections

06 Feb 2017

Politics
Hitmen, guns/liquor smugglers in demand before UP elections

Steps have been taken to keep politics clean in polls-bound Uttar Pradesh (UP).