Arun Jaitley: News

Arun Jaitley was one of the tallest leaders of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), a Senior Advocate in the Supreme Court of India, and a Rajya Sabha Member of Parliament. Jaitley did his BCom (Hons) from Sri Ram College of Commerce, Delhi, and LLB from the Faculty of Law, University of Delhi. He joined ABVP during his college days and was elected the Delhi University Students' Union (DUSU) President in 1974. He was under preventive detention during the Emergency (1975-77) years in Ambala Jail, Punjab, and later in Tihar Jail, Delhi. Jaitley started practicing law in 1977 and became the Additional Solicitor General of India in 1989. He was designated as Senior Advocate in 1990 by the Delhi High Court. A Member of Rajya Sabha from 2000 till his demise in 2019, Jaitley served as the Minister of State (MoS) for Information & Broadcasting and Disinvestment and Minister of Law and Justice during the Vajpayee government (1999-2004). Later, Jaitley was the Minister of Finance and Corporate Affairs in the first Modi government (2014-19) and oversaw the implementation of the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (IBC), the Goods and Services Tax (GST), and the 2016 Demonetisation, among others. Jaitley passed away in 2019 due to health complications.

02 Apr 2019


#CongressManifesto is 'dangerous'; an agenda for India's 'balkanization': Arun Jaitley

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Tuesday criticized the Congress manifesto for the 2019 Lok Sabha elections hours after it was released.

31 Mar 2019


Scrapping Article 370 will break relationship with J&K, warns Mehbooba

PDP leader and former Chief Minister of J&K, Mehbooba Mufti said on Saturday Article 370 shouldn't be touched as abolishing it will force the northernmost state to "rethink" its relationship with Union of India.

22 Mar 2019


Ahead of national elections, former cricketer Gautam Gambhir joins BJP

Former cricketer Gautam Gambhir, who was part of India's World Cup-winning squad, joined BJP on Friday in the presence of Union Ministers Arun Jaitley and Ravi Shankar Prasad.

17 Mar 2019

Andhra Pradesh

BJP releases list of 177 candidates for Andhra, Arunachal elections

The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has released a list of 177 candidates for the Assembly elections in Andhra Pradesh and Arunachal Pradesh.

01 Mar 2019

Pakistan News

Driven by Modi hatred, Opposition is helping Pakistan: PM

Few parties are helping Pakistan with their statements, said Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday in Tamil Nadu while addressing a rally.

CBDT's task force to review direct-tax laws gets 3-month extension

A task force set up under the CBDT to draft a new direct tax law and replace the existing Income Tax Act has been given a three-month extension till May, an official order said.

27 Feb 2019

Pakistan News

If US can kill Osama, why can't India: Arun Jaitley

Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Wednesday asked if the United States could kill Osama bin Laden by entering Abbottabad in Pakistan, why can't India.

24 Feb 2019


GST rate on affordable housing slashed from 8% to 1%

In a big favor to home buyers, the GST Council, on Sunday, slashed GST on affordable housing to 1%, down significantly from the previous 8%.

18 Feb 2019


Suspended BJP MP from Bihar Kirti Azad joins Congress

Darbhanga MP Kirti Azad, who was suspended by the ruling BJP for anti-party activities, joined Congress today.

17 Feb 2019

Pakistan News

Soldiers given freedom to attack: PM Modi speaks on Pulwama

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday turned up the heat on Pakistan at an official event in Maharashtra saying armed forces are free to hit back.

15 Feb 2019

Narendra Modi

Pulwama terror attack: PM Modi chairs CCS meeting

With anger and outrage flying high in the country after Thursday's horrendous Pulwama terror attack, Prime Minister Narendra Modi chaired a Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) meeting at 9:15 AM on Friday.

11 Feb 2019

Lok Sabha

Government to table CAG report on Rafale in Parliament tomorrow

The government is scheduled to table the CAG report on Rafale jet fighter deal, which has generated a massive political controversy, in Parliament tomorrow, sources said.

ICICI Bank fraud: CBI investigator transferred; govt denies meddling

A day after the CBI booked former CEO and MD of ICICI Bank, Chanda Kochhar, her husband Deepak Kochhar, and Videocon Group's V N Dhoot, the investigating officer in the case was abruptly transferred.

23 Jan 2019

Piyush Goyal

Arun Jaitley indisposed; Piyush Goyal made temporary Finance Minister

Union Minister Piyush Goyal has been temporarily given the charge of Arun Jaitley's portfolios of Finance and Corporate Affairs in view of the latter's indisposition, according to a statement by the Rashtrapati Bhavan.

Congress wishes speedy recovery to Amit Shah and Arun Jaitley

On Wednesday, the official Twitter handle of Congress sent best wishes to senior BJP leaders Amit Shah and Arun Jaitley, both of whom are undergoing treatment after an illness.

Jaitley headed to US, for check-up related to kidney ailment

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley unexpectedly left for the US for a medical check-up relating to his kidney ailment on Sunday night, sources said.

09 Jan 2019

Air India

Government eyeing to pocket $1bn from sale of Air India

According to an official, the government is planning to raise around $1bn (around Rs. 7,000cr) from the sale of state-run carrier Air India in the next financial year.

09 Jan 2019


Was Rafale-deal stopped for Michel Mama: PM Modi asks Congress

PM Narendra Modi on Wednesday launched an attack on Congress and Gandhi family by mentioning Christian Michel, the middleman of AgustaWestland, and asked if the Rafale deal got delayed because of him.

09 Jan 2019

Narendra Modi

#Budget2019: Interim Budget to be presented on February 1

The Budget session of the Parliament is likely to commence from January 31 and is slated to go on till February 13, reports have stated quoting government officials.

04 Jan 2019


Pliable trends, courtesy Rahul Gandhi's 'definition of journalism'

Congress President Rahul Gandhi used the word 'pliable' to describe ANI editor Smita Prakash, who interviewed Prime Minister Narendra Modi on January 1, Tuesday.

02 Jan 2019

Manohar Parrikar

Jaitley tears into RaGa's Rafale-claims, says family just understands 'money'

After Congress President Rahul Gandhi's speech in the Lok Sabha on Wednesday, Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley stood up to speak on the Rafale Deal and targeted the Gandhi family.

23 Dec 2018

Ravi Shankar Prasad

#SnoopingRow: RTIs reveal UPA intercepted 9,000 calls, 500 emails monthly

Just days back, a political row had erupted over a government order that gave sweeping powers of surveillance to 10 Central agencies.

22 Dec 2018

West Bengal

At GST Council meet, tax rates on 33 items reduced

At its 31st meeting in New Delhi, headed by Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, the GST council decided to move 33 items from 18% GST slab to 12% and 5%.

19 Dec 2018


Elections are won on perception: 5 leaders Modi should sack

The opposite of sadness is not happiness, but the opposite of darkness is light. May not be bright, orange light, but light.

18 Dec 2018

Delhi Police

Man held from near Jaitley's house in Delhi, probe on

A man in his 30s, allegedly suffering from depression, has been detained for lurking suspiciously near the residence of Finance Minister Arun Jaitley in south Delhi's Greater Kailash, police said today.

17 Dec 2018

1984 Anti Sikh Riots

#SajjanConvicted: Jaitley says Congress making another accused CM

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley welcomed the Delhi High Court judgment convicting Congress leader Sajjan Kumar for his involvement in 1984 anti-Sikh riots but also slammed the party for making another accused, Kamal Nath, the Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh.

14 Dec 2018


What happened after what in Rafale deal case: Brief chronology

The Supreme Court today dismissed all the petitions seeking a probe in the decision-making process of controversial Rafale deal and gave the Modi government a clean chit on the procurement of 36 Rafale Fighter Jets.

SC dismisses PIL against Finance Minister Arun Jaitley

The Supreme Court today refused to recall its order by which it had imposed a fine of Rs. 50,000 on a lawyer for filing a PIL against Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, raising allegations relating to the capital reserve of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI).

11 Dec 2018


#IndiaDecidesOnDec11: Shashi Tharoor trolls Arun Jaitley with 'great day' tweet

The results of assembly elections of five states, dubbed as the big semifinal before India votes in 2019, has brought immense joy to Congress.

Jaitley calls for dismantling trade barriers for faster economic growth

Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley today called for open borders, saying trading across national boundaries is an "economic imperative of our times" and that barriers to free trade should be dismantled.

29 Nov 2018

Narendra Modi

Need GST Council like federal institution in healthcare, farm-sector: Jaitley

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley today made a case for developing a federal institution like GST Council in the healthcare and farm sector.

27 Nov 2018

Narendra Modi

Arun Jaitley to Congress: Who was Sardar Patel's father?

Launching fresh salvo at Congress over its leader's question 'Who is the father of Prime Minister Narendra Modi', Finance Minister in a Facebook post on Tuesday, asked who was the father of freedom fighter of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel.

17 Nov 2018


Jaitley defends demonetization, dubs it an 'ethical move not political'

Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley today defended demonetization, saying it was a "highly ethical" move and not a political one.

17 Nov 2018

Madhya Pradesh

MP polls: BJP releases manifesto, promises 10L jobs per year

Providing 10 lakh jobs per year to youths in Madhya Pradesh and welfare of all sections of society are among the major promises made by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in its manifesto for the November 28 Assembly elections.

14 Nov 2018


Supreme Court commences crucial Rafale deal hearing

On Wednesday, the Supreme Court commenced its vital hearing on pleas seeking a court-monitored investigation into the controversial Rafale deal involving the procurement of 36 Rafale jets.

Institutional integrity and credibility of CBI is important: Arun Jaitley

The government's decision to remove CBI Director Alok Verma and Special Director Rakesh Asthana is based on the Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) recommendations, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said on Wednesday

Telecom operators, banks may be allowed to use Aadhaar: Jaitley

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said a Parliament-approved legislation can restore mandatory linking of biometric ID Aadhaar with mobile phones and bank accounts, but did not say if the government will bring a new law for the same.

04 Oct 2018


Gujarat government cuts petrol, diesel prices by Rs. 2.50/liter

The Gujarat government today announced a reduction of petrol and diesel prices by Rs. 2.50 per liter.

04 Oct 2018


Maharashtra announces additional cut of Rs. 2.5/liter on fuel prices

The Maharashtra government today announced a reduction in prices of petrol and diesel by Rs. 2.50 per liter, which will give consumers in the state a relief to the tune of Rs. 5 a liter.

04 Oct 2018

Petrol Diesel Prices

Respite for common-man: Petrol, diesel price cut by Rs. 2.5/liter

Giving a major relief to common man, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley cut the price of petrol and diesel by Rs. 2.50 per liter.

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