On the question of the reaction of the Congress Party over the statement of Mr. Jagan Mohan Reddy in Delhi that whatever he has done is right, Smt. Natarajan said that the party has already taken cognizance of the matter and whatever interaction needs to happen will happen with the General Secretary In-Charge Mr. Moily and the High Command.
Smt. Jayanthi Natarajan said that she wanted to express the growing concern of the Congress Party over the attacks upon Indian ship, particularly the latest with 97 Indian sailors being captured by the Somali pirates.
Shri Ashwani Kumar said that he intends to talk essentially on two or three fundamental points not because they are new or have not been spoken of earlier but because we need to bring back the debate to the core issues that confronts the people of India.
Highlights of the Press Briefing held on Monday, 31st Jan 2011.
Highlights of the Press Briefing held on 30 Sep 2010.
Smt. Jayanthi Natarajan said that tomorrow will mark the 25th memorial commemoration day of the assassination of one of India's most distinguished daughters and citizens former Prime Minister Smt. Indira Gandhi.
Shri Abhishek Singhvi said that for the BJP morality is selective, memory is affirmable and accusation is expedient but the detail is inconvenient.
Highlights of the Press Briefing held on Monday, 30th May 2011.
Abhishek Singhvi said that the past record of the Congress-led UPA and its manifesto about its achievements and its future programme is path breaking; it reflects a different philosophy, a different thought and a revolutionary approach to governance.
Shri Singhvi said the Congress-led UPA Government has declared a war on inflation. The Congress has always stood for strong economic and monitory measures to combat inflation.
Smt. Jayanthi Natarajan said that we have come to the last briefing for 2009 and I just wanted to mention that 2009 has been an exceptionally important and successful year for the Indian National Congress.
Shri Abhishek Singhvi said the BJP is unfortunately up to its antiques again and those antiques only display the BJP's hypocrisy, duplicity and irresponsibility.
Highlights of the Press Briefing held on 30th Aug 2010.
Shri Kumar said that while Congress seeks popular mandate to combat terror and secure the nation's security, the BJP and its allies cannot think beyond Pilibhit, Ayodhya, Gujarat and Kandhamal.
Shri. Manish Tewari expressed party's happiness over the US House of representative passing the Indo-US nuclear deal with two-third majority. Efforts that started three years and three months ago have reached its final lap. The time has come when we need to dispassionately take stock as to what India has achieved out of this Indo-US civil nuclear agreement. Despite nay Sayers, prophets of doom, what India has been able to achieve is probably both unparallel and something which should be regarded as milestone in independent India's history.
Highlights of the Press Briefing held on 29th Oct 2010.
Smt. Jayanthi Natarajan said that on behalf of the Indian National Congress we strongly condemn the attacks that have been happening against people from different States in Maharashtra. We would like to make an unambiguous assertion that the Indian National Congress, which has taken the lead in the Independence movement and has played the prominent role in the freedom movement of the country, will not tolerate any attack upon the unity and integrity of the country. We will not remain a silent spectator to any attempts at regional chauvinism that will destroy the unity of the country, the peace and brotherhood among all citizens of India and their fundamental rights to decide and work in any part of our country.
In another question related to the allegations leveled by Mr. Jagan Mohan Reddy, Shri Tewari said that the present and the future will validate that the party is, will remain and always has been above any individual. Shri Tewari further said that it would not be appropriate for him to react to feverish imagination which does not warrant any response.
Shri Janardan Dwivedi said that the previous UPA government had fulfilled all its promises and he hoped that this time too no stone would be left unturned in fulfilling all the promises made to the people of India. He said that those who have been entrusted with party responsibilities would work to strengthen the organization.
Shri Manish Tewari said that from Nathu Ram Godse to the programme in Gujarat, from the Member of Parliament of Gandhinagar to the Chief Minister of Gujarat, it has once again become very evident that the Bhartiya Janata Party believes in the politics of lampoonism, in the politics of violence and extends it even to complicity in mass murder.
On a related question whether the CWC had asked the Prime Minister to meet the media, Smt. Natarajan said I am not a member of the CWC and will not be able to share the internal discussions of the CWC assuming I had the knowledge.
To a question on Raj Thakeray, Dr. Shakeel Ahmed said that there was no politics involved in Raj Thakeray being granted bail and the Congress party had nothing to do with this and this was a legal issue.
Shri Abhishek Singhvi said the Congress party is proud that the Congress-led UPA has finally approved the very significant Lokpal Bill.
Shri Abhishek Singhvi said the irresponsibility of the opposition is reaching alarming heights. This is not a discussion about price rise.
Highlights of the Press Briefing held on 29 Jan 2010.
Shri Shakeel Ahmad said that in the recently concluded plenary session of the Congress party, the Congress party has released a book on the history of Indian National Congress in the making of Indian nation.
Shri Abhishek Singhvi said we now have to look ahead living in the present while looking positively at the future is much better than digging up the past.
Dr. Shakeel Ahmed said that the AICC is with the people of Bihar in this hour of grief when the floods have caused havoc in the State. He thanked the Central Government, the Prime Minister and the UPA Chairperson for announcing Rs 1,000 crore plus relief package for Bihar. He said more aid would be rushed to Bihar if the need arises.
Shri Abhishek Singhvi said that the BJP and the Left are displaying blatant opportunism, collusion and complicity in destabilizing secular forces like the Congress and the UPA.
Dr. Abhishek Singhvi said that the BJP to hide its inadequacies has been attacking the Congress party on complete non-issues.
We have pleasure in announcing and welcoming their entry into the Congress Party under the kind permission of the Congress President.
Dr. Singhvi said that it is a tragic invocation of the "aam-aadmi" or a common man by the Maoists. The Maoists swear in the name of the common man.
Shri. Manish Tewari said that the last forty hours have indeed been difficult for India, but a nation's lifetime are often characterized by such difficulties.
Highlights of the Press Briefing held on Monday, 28th Mar 2011
Highlights of the Press Briefing held on 28th Jun 2010
Highlights of the Press Briefing held on 28th Jul 2010.
Shri Manish Tewari said AICC condemns in strong terms the bomb blasts in Ahemdabad that claimed lives of many innocent people. We appeal to the Central and State Governments to ban those organizations that have indulged in such inhuman acts and arrest those behind it and bring them to early and speedy trial.
Highlights of the Press Briefing held on Friday, 28th Jan 2011.
Congress President and the Congress Party condoles the passing away of Shri Ram Babu Sharma, former President, Delhi Pradesh Congress Committee.
Shri Abhishek Singhvi said the Congress party congratulates the balanced progressive, inclusive growth-oriented and dynamic budget presented today.
Highlights of the Press Briefing held on 28 Apr 2010.
Shri Anand Sharma said that the BJP continues to be selective in their statements and misleading in their inceptions and continue to adopt double speak on every subject, an art which they have mastered.
Highlights of the Press Briefing held on 27th Oct 2010.
Singhvi said that the nation is asking the BJP and all its allied organizations to come clean on the recent terror incidents at Malegaon and Modasa as also earlier ones at Nanded and Kanpur. It is officially accepted that the RSS is the mother and the controlling brain of the entire BJP set up and that of its allied organizations. Its top leaders regularly pay obeisance at Nagpur and most have been or are card holding members of the RSS. The Bajrang Dal, the VHP, the ABVP, the Durga Vahini are all official adjuncts of the BJP and the RSS. Some like the Bajrang Dal comprise its youth wing, others like the Durga Vahini comprise its womens' youth wing and still others like the ABVP comprise its student wing.
Shri. Singhvi also complimented Vijay Salaskar and Ashok Kamate, a former Commissioner of Solapur for never fearing from being in the thick of battle.
Shri Abhishek Singhvi said the Communal Violence Proposed Bill to be enacted is a singularly beneficial piece of legislation which shows that the Congress-led UPA takes this pernicious evil seriously.
Shri Anand Sharma said that there are many issues before the country which are discussed and debated during the elections.
Highlights of the Press Briefing held on Monday, 27th Jun 2011
Highlights of the Press Briefing held on Wednesday, 27th Jul 2011
Highlights of the Press Briefing held on 27th Jul 2010.
Dr. Asbhshek Singhvii said that the days of double speak, triple speak and multi speak are back. The days of BJP politics of "masks" and "mukhotas" is back with a bang.
Congress President and the Congress Party deeply condoles the passing away of the former President Shri R. Venkataraman. He most ably piloted the ship of Nation as Head of the State.
Shri Shakeel Ahmad said tomorrow on the 28th Dec 2010 the Congress party is completing 125 years of its founding.
Shri Abhishek Manu Singhvi said the BJP and all its ancillary organizations -- be it the VHP, Bajrang Dal etc -- deserve the strongest condemnation for yet again following the profess path of spreading mistrust, hatred and disaffection.
Smt. Jayanthi Natarajan said that today 13 Opposition parties having declared, what they call a Bharat Bandh, have created difficulty for the very people whose cause they claim to represent.
To a question Dr. Abhishek Singhvi said that Mr. Modi should have resigned seven years ago or at least have felt apologetic or regretful.
The Prime Minister also met Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari in New York and had good discussion with him. Both of them said they want full normalization of the relationship. And India and Pakistan have decided to trade across LOC which will begin on October 21. With this, the LOC will become Letter of Commerce. This will open up a new era in our relationship.
Shri Kapil Sibal said that why does the BJP not talk on the issues and he has been raising this issue in the past also.
Shri Abhishek Singhvi said we hope and trust that the opposition especially the BJP, will allow Parliament to function in a constructive, harmonious and productive spirit.
Dr. Singhvi said that the Congress led UPA is a coalition, a Government of Doers and not of talkers. It is a coalition of solid actions and achievements and not mere slogans.
Highlights of the Press Briefing held on 26th Aug 2010.
Shri Abhishek Singhvi said that we wish to remind you and through you the nation and all parties in Parliament that disruption, obstruction and abrogation of the House for the day is not in anyone's interest - not in national interest and not in public interest.
Highlights of the Press Briefing held on 25th Oct 2010.
Smt. Jayanthi Natarajan said I would like to make a short statement about the situation in Karnataka.
A year has passed since terror and tragedy engulfed Mumbai. The siege by terrorists was a brutal and wanton assault on innocent men, women and children.
Shri Veerappa Moily criticized Advani and Modi for their double standards in the Modassa blast investigation.
Shri Ashwani Kumar said that this is the formal briefing on the manifesto released yesterday.
Smt. Jayanthi Natarajan said that we express our shock and concern over the resignation of former Supreme Court Judge - a person of higher integrity and stature Justice Santosh Hegde - from the post of Lokayukta in Karnataka.
Highlights of the Press Briefing held on Monday, 25th Jul 2011
Dr. Shakeel Ahmed said that this afternoon between 1.30 and 2 five or six bomb blasts took place in Bangalore.
Highlights of the Press Briefing held on 25th Jan 2010.
Highlights of the Press Briefing held on 25 Feb 2010.
Highlights of the Press Briefing held on 25th Aug 2010
Highlights of the Press Briefing held on Monday, 25th Apr 2011
Smt. Renuka Choudhary said that the BJP-ruled states get grants from the Centre for running such schemes but change its name to showcase them as their own.
Shri Manish Tewari said that Pakistan still continues to be flooded.
Welcoming the leaders, Dr. Shakeel Ahmed said the Congress President, Smt. Sonia Gandhi, and the UP Pradesh Congress Committee had approved the entry of these leaders to the Congress Party.
Shri Singhvi said that the Liberhan report once again shows the true character, the true identity and the true thinking of the BJP and that is more important than the nitty-gritty of the fact and that character, that identity and that thinking is nasty, brutish and rabid.
Shri Manish Tewari first spoke about the 65% turn-out in the second phase of polling in the Jammu and Kashmir assembly elections.
Shri Abhishek Singhvi said it is time the BJP and other sections of the opposition introspect.
Shri Manish Tewari said that today they were a number of CP(M)s whether it was Viajayan's CP(M) or Achyutanandan's CP(M) or Biman Bose's CP(M) or even Prakash Karat's CP(M) reflective of the clear divisions in the party.
Highlights of the Press Briefing held on 24 Feb 2010.
Shri Manish Tewari said that the Leader of Opposition has announced that the NDA would pursue a 'muscular foreign policy'.
The revelations show that the BJP, its senior Ministers including then Civil Aviation Minister and lobbyists developed intimate relationships, networking skills - helping and giving, crack business deals especially in the Aviation sector. That the lobbyists have close links with the NDA's Prime Minister's office through a close relative of the then Prime-Minister.
Dr. Singhvi said that ultimately it is not about BJP politics. That is their headache and good luck to them with it. It is about the path of honesty and rectitude which in each of these three cases has been blown to smitherings.
Shri Kapil Sibal said that BJP is on a sticky wicket and is fast loosing ground in the Lok Sabha elections. This is evident by the recent statements of the party's top leaders.
The above statement attributed to Shri. Rahul Gandhi. General Secretary, AICC is not correct.
Highlights of the Press Briefing held on Tuesday, 23rd Nov 2010
Highlights of the Press Briefing held on Monday, 23rd May 2011
Smt. Jayanthi Natarajan, over the honour killings, said that we are deeply concerned over the recent spate of violence and murder in the name of honour killings particularly around the NCR region.
Shri Manish Tewari referred to the statement of Shri Ishan Mohammad Qureshi, Foreign Affairs Minister of Pakistan published yesterday.
Highlights of the Press Briefing held on Wednesday, 23rd Feb 2011.
Dr. Abhishek Singhvi said that on behalf of the Congress President and the Congress Party, we salute the true heroes of 'Achieving India'. This is 'Achieving India' at its best.
To a question as to how to break the logjam, Shri Singhvi said all stakeholders are involved to evolve solution to the current situation. I do not need to say that we should find ways to find a solution to the problem without disturbing the constitutional process. This is a challenge before all of us.
Direct impact upon Indians of a philosophy of looking ahead, of Intergenerational impact.
The Congress Party lauds the initiative taken by the Congress-led UPA Government in respect of Jammu & Kashmir.
Shri Manish Tewari first of all paid respect to the daring Police Inspector M C Sharma, who gave his life fighting terrorists in Delhi.
Shri. Manish Tewari said it is a matter of great pride that India has become the sixth nation to launch a moon mission this morning. He said the Congress party and the Congress President congratulates all the scientists on the success of the Chandrayaan-I lunar mission. It is an epoch making event that reflects our self reliance and success in space research.
On the question of the reaction of the Congress party on Supreme Court's comments on the CVC, Smt. Natarajan said it is not for the Congress party to respond. I am sure the Law Ministry and the appropriate agencies in Government who are dealing with the issue, will show clarity in the matter.
Smt. Jayanthi Natarajan said today the BJP and the entire opposition have once again stalled the proceedings of the House.
Shri Abhishek Singhvi said that the BJP and Mr. Modi have repeatedly supposedly sworn by the law and sworn to uphold the law.
To a further question whether there was any rift between the Finance Minister and the Home Minister; Smt. Natarajan said she repeats what Shri Pranab Mukherjee has said.
Dr. Shakeel Ahmed said that the Congress party welcomed the decision taken by the Central Government today to declare the CPI Maoists as a terrorist organization.
Shri Abhishek Singhvi said the BJP and its Karnataka unit government have lived up to their acronym - the ‘Bharashtra Jamao Party', or if you like 'Bharashtrra Jagao Party'.
Smt. Jayanthi Natarajan said that she would like to make a statement about the reports that have already appeared more than a week ago about the mass virginity test conducted by Shadol District Administration in Madhya Pradesh.
Highlights of the Press Briefing held on 22 Jan 2010.
Smt. Jayanti Natrajan said that today the Prime Minister has moved a motion, as you are all aware for the appointment of JPC in regard to the 2G spectrum issue.
Shri Abhishek Singhvi said that today is the first day of Parliament in this year and of the Parliament's longest session and the first day is the President's address which is the statement by the Government of the day of its various programmes, policies and intention and the Government of the day is a Congress Party led UPA Government and is, therefore, very much a declaration of the Congress Party and the UPA's programmes, policies and intentions.
Shri Sharma said that our opponents, as we have said earlier, too lack the coherent vision for a national agenda. Their approach has been reactive and negative.
Shri. Abhishek Manu Singhvi said that the arrest of Raj Thackeray shows that the Congress and the UPA will not allow the political fringe of India to hijack the basic values of federalism, of secularism, of fraternal behavior, which is the foundation of united India.
Shri Janardan Dwivedi, MP, General Secretary, AICC; Smt. Mohsina Kidwai, MP, General Secretary, AICC; Shri Anand Sharma, Minister of State for External Affairs, Govt. of India were present in the briefing.
Shri Manish Tewari said that if you look at the events connected with the NDA and its major constituent - the BJP in a perspective over the last 6 years, there are certain things which now appear to be absolutely crystal clear.
Shri Manish Tewari said the Bhartiya Janata Party yesterday once again leveled the baseless accusations that the foreign policy of the UPA Government is guided by the United States of America.
Shri Singhvi said the contrasts cannot be more striking in the entire sequence of events relating to the 123 and leading up to the trust vote. On the one hand we have the BJP which has exhibited hypocrisy and opportunism and on the other we have the Left which has shown inflexibility and tunnel vision. In the third part, we have regional players like the BSP, the JDS and others which have exhibited nothing but personal avarice and ambition. All have proved their scant regard for national interest and for energy security for India.
Shri Abhishek Singhvi said we truly pity the desperation reflected in Mr. Advani's attack on the Prime Minister. The eternally in-waiting Prime Minister Mr. Advani has neither the patience to wait nor to learn the lessons of history.
Shri Singhvi said that all Parliamentary Session are important but constitutionally some are more important and the Budget Session can be characterize to be important for a variety of reasons.
To a question on a statement coming in from the party as well as the government that all measures will be taken to control the price but the ground situation seems to be different, Smt. Natarajan said that there is absolutely no question. We are confident that this will not be allowed to spiral out of control.
Smt. Jayanti Natarajan said that the situation in Jammu & Kashmir is rapidly returning to normal due to the efforts been made at various levels and talks been carried out by the Central Government and by the Governor. First steps towards normalcy have been taken with the relaxation of curfew today and it is our earnest hope that this will develop and peace will spread in the Valley and the situation will return to normal in a very near future.
Highlights of the Press Briefing held on 21 Apr 2010.
Smt. Natarajan said that the Indian National Congress is of the view that this election must be fought on substantial issues of development and inclusive growth.
Highlights of the Press Briefing held on 20th Oct 2010.
On the question of the reaction of the Congress party on BJP demanding the resignation of the Home Minister over the goof up galore, Shri Singhvi said I have already said what I wanted to say about the lists.
To a question over the statement of a police officer of the state that these were isolated incident, Smt. Natarajan said I condemn that officer's attitude and his statement.
Highlights of the Press Briefing held on Wednesday, 20th Jul 2011
Dr. Abhishek Manu Singhvi said that the bell tolls for the UP Chief Minister. The fear, the frustration and the hypocrisy is writ large on the actions and the reactions of the UP Chief Minister and the BSP Government in their daily deeds and statements.
Shri Abhishek Singhvi said that we appeal through you to all sections to try their utmost to maintain peace and harmony in Andhra Pradesh on the Telengana issue.
Dr. Shakeel Ahmed said that he wants to draw attention of the media to a serious issue. I would like to remind them that in the past there were blasts in Malegaon.
To a question whether the Congress party will reply to the letter of Shri Anna Hazare written to Smt. Sonia Gandhi, Smt. Natarajan said she has no idea.
This paper attempts to place a few facts on the table for the people of India in order to separate fact from fiction.
It is equally important, it is the need of the hour, for States to ensure that divisive and destructive and negative activities and proclivities, especially targeting minorities, are stopped and curbed with a firm hand.
To another question on the reaction of the Congress party on the statement of Shri Pranab Mukherjee on the remit of CAG, Shri Singhvi said that you are absolutely right but you are misinterpreting what he has said.
On the question whether there was any connection between Malegaon and the recent Goa blast, Dr. Singhvi said that it is not possible to offer any comment at this stage.
Dr. Singhvi introduced the President of UP Congress Committee who in turn introduced Shri Salim Sherwani, Shri Ram Lal Rahi and Shri Dharam Raj Patel who joined the Congress Party today.
Dr. Shakeel Ahmed further expressed great appreciation for the way in which the Prime Minister had conveyed his message in clear and straightforward terms at the highest level which not only consolidated India's stand in Pakistan but all over the world.
Highlights of the Press Briefing held on 19th Jul 2010.
Shri Abhishek Singhvi said that earlier from this podium I had occasion to mention that imitation is the best form of flattery.
Shri Moily said that the space provided by the Pakistan Government to Talibans in SWAT valley is the most dangerous threat to the civilization particularly in the Asian Continent. Providing a space or carving out a space for them for Talibanization is absolutely the issue which has threatened the mankind. This can also provide the fundamentalism not only the practice by Talibanism but may also provoke that kind of fundamentalism elsewhere.
Shri Abhishek Singhvi said that by a considered and reasoned process the Hon'ble Union Minister of State for External Affairs has resigned.
Shri Manish Tewari said that the Congress party would like to unequivocally condemn that statement of the UP Chief Minister where she has openly in a manner called for civil war and said that she would ensure that anarchy prevails throughout the country.
Highlights of the Press Briefing held on 18th Oct 2010.
Highlights of the Press Briefing held on Friday, 18th Nov 2011.
Shri Manish Tewari said since 2008 the media have been seeing the continuing, unending and unremitting saga of corruption in Karnataka. Mr. Ashok Chavan had to go not because any court had convicted him.
Shri Singhvi said that he has no doubt that as we enter into the second session of Parliament which is significantly new after the general elections, we will continue to try to uphold the highest traditions of parliamentary democracy.
On the question of the reaction of the Congress party over different versions emerging from various quarters on Bhatta-Parsaul incident, Smt. Natarajan said I would like you to refer to footage of what our General Secretary Shri Rahul Gandhi said and requested media to kindly quote him correctly.
Shri Tewari further said under those circumstances I would like to say is that what needs to be kept in mind is that the ultimate beneficiary for whom grapes might have gone sour.
Highlights of the Press Briefing held on 18 Jan 2010.
Highlights of the Press Briefing held on Thursday, 18th Feb 2011
Shri Manish Tiwari said that the speech of the leader of the opposition on the Presidential address has just concluded.
To a question why Anna was called in the Standing committee and heard for so long, Smt. Chowdhary said there is no pressure and we had been trying to find a solution for which reason he was called in the Standing committee.
Shri Manish Tewari said our attention has been drawn to a very disturbing news item of unfortunate demise of 49 infants, less than one year old, while they were being subjected to clinical trials of new drug therapies. It seems that 4,142 infants were put through this testing process at the department of pediatrics in the All India Institute of Medical Sciences.
Highlights of the Press Briefing held on Monday, 18th Apr 2011.
Shri Kapil Sibal explained as to how the BJP's Prime Ministerial candidate Mr.L.K.Advani, presents a wrong version of history and distorts facts stands exposed in his autobiography "My Country My Life".
To a question why the Congress, which had been maintaining that the present laws were enough to deal with terrorism, had suddenly felt the need for new comprehensive anti-terror legislation, she said such a demand was raised in the context of the changing dynamics and evolving situation.
Shri. Abhishek Manu Singhvi said that the BJP is guilty of blatant politicization of investigation and blatant communalization of terror.
Shri Manish Tewari said that on 16th of May 2009 - a year from now - it had become amply clear by the evening that the Congress Party is emerged as the single largest political party in the Lok Sabha and the United Progressive Alliance again formed the Government.
Shri Abhishek Singhvi said it is utterly regrettable, indeed completely unsupportable that the BJP is back to its old tactics of disrupting parliament acting contrary to all elementary norms of democracy.
Smt. Jayanthi Natarajan summed up the most important event that happened during this brief session of Parliament - the historic passing of the Women's Reservation Bill in the Rajya Sabha and the fact that it was the commitment in our manifesto
To the question regarding the Congress Party .left out in the cold. by the RJD in Bihar, Smt. Natarajan said that certainly three parliamentary seats are unacceptable to the Congress Party.
Shri Manish Tewari said that the Congress Party would like to advise the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh that whenever she makes statements on such personalities whose lives and deeds have found a place in the nation's consciousness, she should exercise restraint on her tone and choice of words.
Shri Manish Tewari said we have some questions for the Bhartiya Janata Party.
Shri Manish Tewari said that the congress party offers its deep condolences to the family of the bereaved jawan who has laid his life while combating the naxalism and said that we salute such security force personnel who have laid down their lives while fighting naxalism.
Dr. Singhvi said that those who criticized the vote-on account yesterday failed to understand its true letter or indeed its true spirit.
Shri. Abhishek Manu Singhvi said that the Congress led UPA government means business when it comes to the issue of terror.
Highlights of the Press Briefing held on Wednesday, 17th Aug 2011
Highlights of the Press Briefing held on 17th Aug 2010.
Dr. Abhishek Singhvi said that the government has joined the judiciary in the continuing war upon judicial arrears. The recent address of the Prime Minister and of several others and the on-going Chief Justices' and Chief Ministers' conference reflects one of the most comprehensive strong, clear and unequivocal declarations on the subject of judicial arrears or legal arrears.
To the question of people of India being aware of everything, they voted the BJP to power in Gujarat, Shri Kumar said that he has every hope that they will not bring BJP to power again.
To a question that one of the Ministers said that he will travel "cattle class" to show solidarity with "holy cow".
Highlights of the Press Briefing held on Tuesday, 16th Nov 2010
Shri Manish Tewari said that Shri Bal Thackrey's reaction to Shri Sachin Tendulkar's assertion of his Indian-ness is completely uncalled for, unwarranted and deserves to be condemned in the strongest possible terms.
On the question of open invitation by TMCfor the Congress party to join her government in West Bengal, Shri Tewari said large number of you has just covered the call which the President of TMC hasmade on the Hon'ble CongressPresident; obviously there would be discussion on the whole issue which would take place and once things have crystallized, we will definitely get back toyou.
Smt. Jayanthi Natarajan said Kerala Pradesh Congress Committee has reached to an understanding on the seat sharing with its allies of UDF.
Highlights of the Press Briefing held on 16 Mar 2010.
Dr. Abhishek Singhvi said that the Left parties protest too much and they protest unfairly, hypocritically and dishonestly.
Highlights of the Press Briefing held on 16 Jun 2010.
To a question as to how to unearth the whole truth, Smt. Natarajan said it should be done through a thorough probe by the authorities who are designated by the anti-terror squad, by the Government and whatever authority is competent to go into this. We call for a thorough probe by all relevant Government agencies.
Shri Janardan Dwivedi said that whatever happened in Uttar Pradesh last night was very unfortunate. He said that the Congress President Smt. Sonia Gandhi has expressed her deep pain and anguish over the events that have taken place.
Smt. Jayanti Natarajan said that the over the last few days, some very shocking, baseless, unfair and unwarranted allegations have been made in the public domain alleging that horse trading was going on and that MP's were being offered 25 crores for their vote.
Shri Abhishek Singhvi said that it looks like the BJP and the NDA is bent upon inflicting an endless and infinite list of PMs in-waiting on the country.
Smt. Jayanthi Natarajan said that the Indian National Congress congratulates Hon'ble Prime Minister and Shri Pranab Mukherjee on the interim budget that has been presented today.
Smt. Jayanthi Natarajan said that today the Hon'ble Speaker had referred the report of the Parliamentary Committee on the "Cash for Votes" scam to the government for necessary action.
Shri Abhishek Singhvi said we want to raise and deal with some issues of principle.
Dr. Singhvi said that he has some questions for Shri Advani and his claims of 'Majbooti'. Some of the issues are similar but they are totally on different angle and different passage.
Smt. Jayanthi Natarajan said that today all party meeting is still going on and I wanted to share with you the stand of the party as has already been articulated upon this issue.
It is but obvious that if a terrorist a commits a) crime in State X and coordinates another similar act in State Y and runs to State Z, an effective central agency is something to be urgently needs to be considered for that we need to have full cooperation of States of other political parties both in Parliament to consider necessary legislative changes and for States' ratification.
The Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh addressed a press conference today and claimed that her actions in canceling the rail coach factory project are not dictated by the desire for political revenge. This is absolutely contrary to the truth as reflected in her actions over the past one and half years. In Rae Bareli and Amethi alone there are four developmental projects, which would have contributed to the progress of Uttar Pradesh and the progress of India, which have been stalled because of intransigence of the Mayawati Government.
Highlights of the Press Briefing held on Monday, 15th Nov 2010
To a question on Rajnath Singh meeting Amar Singh, Shri Kapil Sibal said that the Congress party could not stop others from meeting anybody.
To another question on the reaction of the Congress party over the blast in Assam yesterday, Shri Singhvi said if there has been a blast, then media should not only ask this question from the Congress party but from other political parties also. We expect that all parties should condemn such attack in strongest possible words.
Shri Abhishek Singhvi said that we hold our head high as we offer ourselves for a critical appraisal of 12 years as a political party under the leadership and steward-ship of Mrs. Sonia Gandhi.
Smt. Jayanthi Natarajan said I want to make a reference to the remarks just made by Mr. Nitin Gadkari about Congress President Smt. Sonia Gandhi.
Highlights of the Press Briefing held on Friday, 15th Jul 2011
Dr. Shakeel Ahmed said that the "anti-Marathi sentiment" of the Shiv Sena and its competitors like MNS seems to be rubbing of on the BJP too.
Shri. Abhishek Manu Singhvi said that the Congress Party calls upon Pakistan to show results. He repeated that only action will be accepted as a proof of sincerity and that Pakistan's civil society, press and political leadership needed to introspect.
Shri Abhishek Singhvi said the Congress party applauds several initiatives taken in the recent past in the foreign policy arena to improve the relations, not only with our neighbors but to enhance India's footprint globally, to reconnect with those with whom we share synergies and policy perspectives and to strengthen India domestically and internationally.
Smt. Natarajan further said that it is shocking that Advani boycotted the Prime Minister's farewell for the outgoing Speaker Somnath Chatterjee.
Dr. Abhishek Singhvi said that the Congress party and the UPA, wherever applicable, is gearing up for the elections.
The Double standards of the BJP on the Issues of terror are manifesting themselves repeatedly.
Highlights of the Press Briefing held on 14 May 2010.
Dr. Abhishek Manu Singhvi said that there was really nothing much to say now because the results would speak for themselves on the 16th of May.
Highlights of the Press Briefing held on Thursday, 14th Mar 2011
Shri Veerappa Moily said that he has the pleasure to present our External Affairs Minister Shri Pranab Ji for a press brief.
Narendra Modi should apologize to the nation for playing a fraud upon the people of Bihar, as well as the minority community in Azamgarh, for falsely depicting a picture of girls from Shibli College Azamgarh, as being the example of the progress of the minority community in Gujarat.
Shri Abhishek Singhvi said it is difficult to believe that in a country like ours which we proudly govern by rule of law, what I am going to describe now, can truly happen.
Shri Manish Tewari said that the shock of defeat had stung the BJP so badly that it had started reflecting in their language.
Smt. Jayanthi Natarajan said I wanted to make a reference to a press release which has been issued by the Comptroller & Auditor General on 12th January.
Shri Manish Tewari said PDP's depiction of the map of Jammu & Kashmir in yellow, green and red colours is highly objectionable.
Highlights of the Press Briefing held on Sunday, 14th Aug 2011
Highlights of the Press Briefing held on 13 Sep 2010.
Shri Janardan Dwivedi said, as informed earlier, the AICC meeting will be held on 2nd November 2010 in Delhi.
To a further question on whether Mayawati was acceptable to the Congress party, Shri Mohan Prakash said that it would not be appropriate to comment on this issue at this moment.
Smt. Natarajan said that Indian National Congress has always tried to fight for the rights of the 'Aam-Aadmi' and at every step of the way our efforts have been resisted.
Highlights of the Press Briefing held on Monday, 13th Jun 2011
Shri Singhvi further added that the Congress party is fully behind this exercise and the Prime Minister. There is an exercise of deep interaction and full support but it does not mean that you start questioning that prerogative which is based on extremely diverse factors.
Dr. Abhishek Manu Singhvi said that the Left parties in a coalition had always treated themselves a notch above ordinary mortals and rest of humanity as they always put themselves and their principles on a pedestal.
Shri Manish Tewari conveyed good wishes to the newspersons Happy Lohri and Makar Sankranti.
Dr. Singhvi said that the response from Pakistan has certainly been positive as far as the terror attack on Mumbai 26/11 is concerned.
Highlights of the Press Briefing held on Wednesday, 13th Apr 2011
The BJP seems to have made a virtue of a series of honourable violations of the law committed by its candidates and leaders over the past many years.
Shri Abhishek Singhvi said is this a 'yatra' which symbolizes injustice and arbitrariness. Far from being an anti-corruption 'yatra', is this 'yatra' symbolic of corruption, injustice and arbitrariness.
On a question of Congress party getting a majority of its own, Dr. Abhishek Singhvi, said that as a single party, it may not be possible for any party in the country to get majority by itself.
Shri Manish Tewari said that Hon'ble Congress President has approved the nomination of Shri N. Janardan Reddy for Rajya Sabha from Andhra Pradesh.
Shri Tewari said that the mandate of the 15th Lok Sabha has been based on the principles set out in the preamble of the Constitution of India and this mandate has further strengthened the faith in such principles.
Shri Manish Tewari said that the Central Bureau of Investigation has filed a charge sheet against the Hon'ble Speaker of Punjab Vidhan Sabha in a CBI Special Court. The matter pertains to alleged corruption in the recruitment of 909 Panchayat Secretaries during the tenure of the current Speaker of the Punjab Vidhan Sabha when he was the Minister for Rural Development and Panchayti Raj.
Shri Abhishek Singhvi said those who live in glass house should not throw stones on others. The BJP is a negative and a regre ssive force in this country.
Smt. Jayanthi Natarajan made a statement about the truckers strike. She said Indian National Congress condemns the on-going strike by the truck operators which has resulted in very great hardship for ordinary citizens all over the country.
Smt. Renuka Chowdhary said you have seen the steps that we have been taking to ensure that the parliament functions smoothly and other important issues that have been taken up and addressed within the forum of parliament.
Shri Manish Tewari said that if Pakistan wanted evidence of permanent training camps on its soil, it need not look any further than the reports that have been appearing in its own media over the last 8 years.
Smt. Jayanthi Natarajan said all of you are aware that both the Houses of Parliament are functioning
On the question of action taken against two journalists on a sting operation, Shri Manish Tewari said that there are two different legal points before the Court of law involved in this case.
Highlights of the Press Briefing held on 12 Apr 2010.
Shri Manish Tewari said what happened in Bangalore today morning, has once again exposed the fascist face of the Bhartiya Janata Party.
Highlights of the Press Briefing held on 11th Nov 2010.
Dr. Abhishek Singhvi said that we have received the peoples verdict in the recently concluded Assembly and one Parliamentary election with gratitude and with humility.
On the question as to whether the Congress party wanted Dr. Joshi to resign, Smt. Natarajan said that all issues will be raised in the committee.
On the question of TRS joining the NDA rally at Ludhiana yesterday, Shri Ashwani Kumar said that the Congress party had not lost any allies and the TRS was with the Left front before joining the NDA.
On the question whether Shri Digvijay Singh's statement directly implicates Rajiv Gandhi Government apart from Shri Arjun Singh, Smt. Natarajan said there is no question of Rajiv Gandhi Government being implicated.
On a question on Shashi Tharoor, Shri Abhishek Singhvi said that after the clarification, the matter stands closed.
Shri Abhishek Singhvi said certain newspaper reports report a former Minister of Telecommunications suggesting that he has complained to the Prime Minister or to the PMO regarding certain issues.
Smt. Jayanthi Natarajan said that today both houses of Parliament were discussing the important issue of the terror attack in Mumbai.
If one goes through the contents of that petition, it is indeed a chilling story of obstruction of justice.
To a question over the statement of Shri Kumaraswamy on the constitution of the drafting committee, Shri Singhvi said that is his own perception. Certainly there are bad apples in every field but we are not as pessimistic as to assume that there cannot be good people in every vocation and unless and until we have that optimism and unless and until there are people like, this whole system would not work.
Smt. Jayanthi Natarajan said that the Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi has called the Congress a 125 year old party who 'like an old woman has become a burden to the country'.
Highlights of the Press Briefing held on 10 Sep 2010.
President Bush had said the US will fulfill all its fuel assurance commitments in the agreement. He also specified that the agreement recognizes India's right to reprocess spent fuel.
Smt. Jayanthi Natarajan said that the winter session of Parliament has begun from yesterday and we looked forward to considered and detailed discussion on various important subjects which are in the public mind as well as the passing of important pieces of legislation but it is deeply regrettable and unfortunate that once again opposition parties have resorted to obstruction of parliamentary work and are refusing to allow the functioning of parliament.
Tourism in Madhya Pradesh against Ms Jain, the Returning Officer for he election.
Shri Abhishek Singhvi said that we have been watching with some interest and not little amusement the curious happenings in Jharkhand.
Shri Abhishek Singhvi said, in the last day or two, serious allegations have come in the public domain about large scale concrete illegalities especially in the nature of bribery, corruption and nepotism in the state of Karnataka.
Shri Manish Tewari said that the commitment of the Congress party to the cause of empowerment of women has been both historic and consistent.
Shri Manish Tewari said that the political resolution of Bhartiya Janata Party is nothing except the bundle of unadulterated lies. It betrays their nervousness and its correct place is in a political dust bin.
Shri Abhishek Singhvi said that the Congress party appreciates the statement of the Government of Australia, through its Foreign Minister, recognizing and accepting categorically for the first time the serious nature and the frequently racist nature of the violence and the incidents in Australia, especially in Melbourne.
To a question, Shri Abhishek Singhvi said that the Congress party's stand was the most consistent of any party in the country or in the State of Andhra Pradesh on the Telengana issue.
Smt. Jayanthi Natarajan said that firstly, the Congress Party would like to officially take note of the election results that have come in from the five states and thanked the people of all the states where the Congress has made a spectacular comeback.
Highlights of the Press Briefing held on Wednesday, 10th Aug 2011
Highlights of the Press Briefing held on 10th Aug 2010.
In this session we have had clearly a remarkably productive output of bills passed and more important declaration of legislative intent by introducing bills.
Shri Azad said that he has great pleasure in announcing that Shri Thirunnavukkarasar, Member of Parliament (Rajya Sabha) has resigned from BJP and also submitted his resignation to the Chairman of Rajya Sabha and his admission to the Congress party has been approved by the Congress President.
To another question on the power sharing between DMK and the Congress party in Tamil Nadu, Shri Tewari said that as far as power sharing is concerned, power sharing will be discussed and decided once the results of assembly elections in Tamil Nadu are out.
To another question on the secular group leaving the BJP, Smt. Natarajan said that we do not really have a serious rival at this point of time at the national level.
On the question of verdict on Bhopal gas tragedy and whether Anderson was allowed to let go, Smt. Natarajan said that it is a very important and very tragic incident not just in Indian history but in the world history.
Shri Manish Tewari said it would be appropriate that we try and put things into a perspective and it is important to know and the Indian National Congress would like to reiterate and underscore the point as to why the Indo-Us nuclear deal is so important for India and why is it that the government has decided to go ahead with the deal. Its appropriate to first of all review the International energy scene as it stands today and also see as to where India is located in that context.
Dr. Shakeel Ahmed read the statement of the Congress Party on the Middle-East crisis and invasion of Gaza by Israel.
Highlights of the Press Briefing held on Wednesday, 9th Feb 2011.
Dr. Singhvi said that Pakistan must come clean on the degeneration of its Institutions, its organs of the civil society, its symbols of governance; many of which have been shown beyond doubt to be involved in the terrorist activities.
Smt. Jayanthi Natarajan said that the Congress party would firstly like to place on record their total condemnation for the unruly, undemocratic and unparliamentary behaviour of the BJP MPs during the debate on the Liberhan Report yesterday in the Lok Sabha and today during the first part of the debate in the Rajya Sabha.
Shri Manish Tewari said the situation in Gujarat especially with regard to the petition which Mr. Sanjeev Bhatt has filed in the Hon'ble Supreme Court, I think; is very peculiar and extraordinary to some extent.
Highlights of the Press Briefing held on 09th Aug 2010.
Shri Abhishek Singhvi said that the tragic incident as Dantewada is an affront to the human rights to life of all Indians and to live a life of dignity.
We took into account contemporary global realities and the imperative to engage with regional and international organizations, which influence global political and economic affairs.
Shri. Manish Tewari said the question that is being asked in the country is whether there is enough proof to ban Banjrang Dal.
Shri Kapil Sibal said that the people of Delhi, Rajasthan and Punjab had proved that they were not 'Pappus' by coming out and casting their vote despite the hot weather.
Smt. Jayanthi Natarajan said a heinous conspiracy was hatched to destroy the political career of Shri Rahul Gandhi.
Shri Abhishek Singhvi said that the Women's Reservation Bill is a subject where the only question is when and not if. It is an idea whose time has come and the inevitable cannot be postponed despite all the churlish attempts to the contrary.
Highlights of the Press Briefing held on 08 Feb 2010
Shri Manish Tewari said that the Hon'ble Supreme Court today made a very important and significant observation. The court observed that investigation into the telecom related matter should go back to 2001.
Shri Manish Tewari said Article 149 of the Constitution of India essentially bestows an accounting function on the Comptroller & Auditor General of India.
Shri Abhishek Singhvi said the Congress party stands for a crusade against corruption. The Congress party is the only party which has scrupulously avoided any heist between preaching and practicing.
Smt. Natarajan said that with every passing day, the BJP party and its isolation are further exposed.
Highlights of the Press Briefing held on Wednesday, 07 Sep 2011
Dr. Abhishek Singhvi said that the demand of the BJP for immediate dissolution of the Jharkhand Assembly and threatened action in that connection is unreasonable and perverse. It is nothing but political gimmickry and melodrama. So you know the melodrama starts with a statement that all the BJP MLAs shall resign. Dr. Singhvi said that he wants to only point out 4 or 5 facets which prove that this is nothing but the usual BJP style of gimmickry, melodrama and ignoring the substance.
Shri. Abhishek Manu Singhvi said that we are proud of our Army, but we are ashamed of the acts and omissions of those who seek to infiltrate
Dr. Veerappa Moily said that the 4th phase of the election polling was coming to end and the polling percentage would be around 58% at the end of the day.
To a question whether there are any further developments on coalition with DMK with regard to Assembly elections in Tamil Nadu, Shri Singhvi said there are no new developments.
Smt. Jayanthi Natarajan said that we want to express concern over situation in Jammu & Kashmir and the fact that elements from across the border - separatist elements inimical to the unity of our country - are trying to create tension and violence in the valley.
Shri Manish Tewari said that the BJP and the Left should give a closer look at the budget. Only then would they find that the reforms proposed by the Finance Minister were revolutionary.
Highlights of the Press Briefing held on Friday, 7th Jan 2011.
Highlights of the Press Briefing held on Monday, 7th Feb 2011.
Smt. Jayanthi Natarajan said that today once again Parliament was obstructed. For the last 17 days we have made the same statement from this podium and we would like to repeat that statement today.
Shri Manish Tewari said that the Congress party is deeply saddened by the unfortunate incidents that have taken place in Ludhiana (Punjab) over the last three days.
Smt. Jayanthi Natarajan said that we express our shock and sorrow at the outrageous attack on the security forces by the so-called Maoists' fighters at the terrible loss of life and the direct challenge to the constitutional principles of our democracy.
The leadership of the BJP is indeed exceptional not for its capacity to inspire the nation but for its ability and penchant to express it.
Shri Singhvi said remember, Mr. Chavan lost his seat of Chief Minister - constitutional authority, Mr. Raja, Cabinet Minister lost his seat, Mr. Kalmadi and so many other examples Mr. Maran. Forget, did the Congress at any time say that the criminal action against them was politically motivated.
On a question whether the Congress Party endorses the Prime Minister's statement that the Supreme Court should not interfere in executive policy making domain, Shri Singhvi said that first of all I certainly do not want to para-phrase or re-phrase what the Prime Minister has said, whatever he has said, he has said.
Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh and President Bush today spoke to each other on telephone. The Prime Minister thanked President Bush for his role in taking forward the civil nuclear initiative and the decision by the Nuclear Suppliers Group to adjust its guidelines to enable full civil nuclear cooperation between India and the international community. The two leaders expressed their belief that mutually beneficial relations between India and the United States were in the interest of their peoples, and were on a path of steady consolidation and multifaceted expansion, to which both leaders reiterated their commitment.
The State Government has been termed as an unfortunate incident and the Maoists have already claimed, several times before and officially once again, responsibility for killing Swami Laxmi Nanda Saraswati.
Shri Abhishek Singhvi said the Congress President; the Congress party offers its deepest condolences on the terrible sad tragic demise of the Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh.
Highlights of the Press Briefing held on 06 May 2010.
Shri Ashwani Kumar said that the BJP's blinkered vision of the ground reality of its shrinking political base across the country and its refusal to accept the withering away of the NDA alliance is both comic and ironic. BJP's self congratulating approach is comic for its self evident absurdity and depressing for its obstinate proclivity to deliberately mislead the country.
Highlights of the Press Briefing held on Thursday, 6th Jul 2011
Dr. Abhishek Manu Singhvi said that the Budget 2009 was progressive, inclusionary, growth oriented and balanced. It has a lot of things for a lot of sectors and people he said.
Shri Abhishek Singhvi said hypocrisy of BJP is like a Himalayan peak. There is no wider hiatus between preaching and practice that you can ever find anywhere.
Smt. Jayanthi Natarajan said that we wanted to express our concern over the continuing attacks upon Indians particularly Indian students in Australia.
The Indian National Congress strongly condemns the blatant move by the Karnataka BJP Government to saffronise and Talibanise the State.
Shri Abhishek Singhvi said that the demand for the joint parliamentary committee (JPC) and for obstruction of Parliament until that demand is met is neither reasonable nor fair.
On the question of tabling of the Bill, Smt. Natarajan said that Parliamentary Affairs Minister will be in a better position to answer this since she is not aware of the actual procedure behind tabling of the Bill.
Smt. Jayanthi Natarajan said we have raised from this platform an important issue relating to major corruption in theKhushabhau Thakre Trust and land allotment in Madhya Pradesh.
Mr. Advani promised to bring out a White Paper on the ISI but forgot about it during NDA's five year rule.
Shri Tewari further said I think that is the obvious and expected reaction from the BJP and I don't think much credence needs to be given to that.
While India is fighting minimalist but potential international opposition at the international fora by putting its best foot forward, at the same time, he said we have the strange and sorry spectacle of the Left and the BJP working in tandem, uniting to undermine India's case, India's spirited defence globally. Mr Karat and Mr Advani are, therefore, criss crossing India, hand in hand, on this issue.
Dr. Singhvi said that the Congress party expresses deep sympathy and empathy for those afflicted by and suffering in the floods in several parts of the country particularly in Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and parts of Maharashtra.
Shri Abhishek Singhvi said that the BJP, NDA and other opposition parties should introspect. The country is asking several questions.
Shri. Abhishek Manu Singhvi said that constructive suggestions from all quarters, including the opposition BJP on the "war on terror" are always welcome.
Smt. Jayanthi Natarajan made a statement about an issue which was raised in the Rajya Sabha today by Smt. Mohsina Kidwai, General Secretary.
Shri Abhishek Singhvi said that Chief Minister Moortidevi Mayawati of Uttar Pradesh has, as a first reaction, brushed aside her and her State's responsibility to provide funds for operationalising the fundamental right to education.
Smt. Jayanthi Natarajan said that she wanted to make a statement about the ridiculous bankrupt BJP allegation against the Congress Party which is so ridiculous and laughable but since so many of you have carried reports, we thought it was important to explain the facts.
On the question of a statement on Chief Minister of Arunachal Pradesh and whether there will be a CWC, Smt. Natarajan said we are waiting for final details. As you are aware, we have been following the news that it has not been very encouraging information so far and signs of a crash and breakage have been located but so far final identification has not yet happened.
Smt. Jayanthi Natarajan said that we wanted to welcome the judgment of the Special Court on Ajmal Kasab.
Dr. Veerappa Moily said that after the 3rd phase of poll, the Congress party is now poised to win and lead the UPA Government once again.
On the question of Shri Sharad Pawar's statement on his involvement in IPL issue, Shri Singhvi said that Mr. Sharad Pawar is the head of a valuable ally.
Highlights of the Press Briefing held on Tuesday, 4th Jul 2011
Shri Abhishek Singhvi said that first of all very a Happy New Year at this briefing in the New Year and warm welcome to all of you for your happiness, prosperity and good wishes in this New Year.
Smt. Jayanthi Natarjan said I wanted to make a reference to the meeting which is being called by Shri Pranab Mukherjee of all the opposition parties next week to try and resolve the existing deadlock in parliament.
Shri Manish Tewari said that the Congress-led UPA government has presented the Lokpal Bill today before the Parliament.
On a question that centre must order independent enquiry into Commonwealth Games scam, Shri Tewari said that there are multiple stakeholders who are involved in the preparations for the Games.
Highlights of the Press Briefing held on Monday, 4th Apr 2011.
Shri. Abhishek Manu Singhvi said that the only words available to describe the historic passage of the 123 agreement and its evident signing are the words Unique, Unprecedented, Standalone, Solitary.
Highlights of the Press Briefing held on 3rd Nov 2010.
Shri Abhishek Singhvi said that we have heard many sermons by the BJP regarding or lamenting criminalization in Indian politics.
With corruption and high inflation rate on the piggy back of the Congress party if still the Congress party sees success in the states going into elections, Shri Singhvi said that you are not the sole electorate. When we win the elections, let us wait for the results.
Highlights of the Press Briefing held on 03 Mar 2010.
Shri Manish Tewari said that Indian National Congress would like to express its deepest sympathies towards the players who were injured in the terrorist attack in Lahore today in the morning.
On another question of demand of setting up of a SIT on this issue, Shri Singhvi further said that all demands, reactions and all details depend on seeing the report obviously. On considering our action, we are not a party used to knee jerk unthought-of reactions. It is only a patience which is required, nothing less.
Smt. Jayanthi Natarajan said that there has been a recent trend among some political parties, a pernicious attempt to polarise the country on the lines of regional identities spearheaded by parties like the Shiv Sena.
On the question of the dates of discussion over the Liberhan Commission report in both Houses of Parliament, Shri Singhvi said that there are indications that it might be taken up in Lok Sabha on 7th and 8th and in Rajya Sabha on 9th and 10th December 2009.
Shri. Manish Tewari utilized the opportunity to thank Secretary Condoleeza Rice who is visiting India today, President-elect Obama and all of India's friends around the globe, who expressed their solidarity with us, in this hour of grief.
Shri Abhishek Singhvi said media reports and certain political parties have, since a couple of days, been trying to raise some issue of Rajiv Gandhi Charitable Trust.
Highlights of the Press Briefing held on 03rd Aug 2010.
Shri Kapil Sibal said that the BJP Party has released their manifesto today. We fail to understand the need of announcing their manifesto as they themselves say that they are not going to form the Government.
Highlights of the Press Briefing held on Friday, 02 Sep 2011.
Shri Manish Tewari said the neutralization of Osama Bin Laden underscores the point which India has been belaboring for over three decades now that Pakistan has become a sanctuary for terrorist elements of various shades and hues - the elements within Pakistan who have been using terror as an instrument for the state policy.
Dr. Singhvi said that the BJP has crossed the limits of hypocrisy to gain political mileage out of the same.
Highlights of the Press Briefing held on 02 Jun 2010.
Shri Abhishek Singhvi said that the Karnataka Chief Minister and the Karnataka Government are experts at cover-ups, at white-washing, at legitimation and at defending the indefensible.
Without going in to the merits of the petition submitted by the BJP to the Chief Election Commissioner
Shri Manish Tewari said for the last 63 years India has been acknowledged around the world for its unbroken democratic tradition.
Smt. Jayanthi Natarajan said that today we would like to welcome the encouraging signs in the economy by the projected growth rate.
Shri. Abhishek Manu Singhvi said that the Congress Party and the UPA Government has always been completely sensitive, aware and cognizant of public opinion and spirit.
Highlights of the Press Briefing held on Tuesday, 2nd Aug 2011
Smt. Jayanthi Natarajan said that she wanted to make a reference to the steps taken by the Government to control particularly food inflation and the other inflationary pressures in the economy after considerable effort.
Shri Chidambaram said that in the run up to the elections, the decibel level will go up. The decibel level in the debate will go up.
Smt. Jayanthi Natarajan said Indian National Congress expresses its grave concern over the tense and difficult situation in Orissa as a result of the brutal and vicious attacks by communal forces against Christians and Christian institutions and minorities.
Shri Kapil Sibal said that today Hon'ble Supreme Court passed a historic decision relating to eight cases of the 2002 Gujarat riots namely the Godhra train burning case' Naroda Patya case' Gulbarga society case' British National case' etc.
Smt. Jayanthi Natarajan said that yesterday already the Congress party spoke about the budget.
Highlights of the Press Briefing held on Friday, 1st Jul 2011.
Shri Abhishek Singhvi said that as an example of hypocrisy and political opportunism, this must take the cake.
Shri. Abhishek Singhvi said that the Congress party applauds, welcomes and is extremely happy about the diverse achievements during the recent foreign trip of the Hon'ble Prime Minister to the United States and to CHOGM. We want to emphasize that India's point of view has not only been put forth in a strong and comprehensive manner but has been understood, imbibed and absorbed. This is a unique meeting of the minds, this is a special deepening of the relationship and it is a reaffirmation of our old agreements ncluding e.g 123 agreement and a springboard for several new initiatives.
Smt. Jayanti Natarajan wished to reiterate the resolutions passed at the Congress Working Committee and after having officially expressed grief at the events of the recent past, moved on to taking questions from the press.
Highlights of the Press Briefing held on Monday, 1st Aug 2011
Shri Abhishek Singhvi said the time has come when team India and country India become one not because it is cricket but because it is the manifestation of a united India where every pore, every face, every voice and every limb stands up and speaks up for India unitedly 'Chak-de-India'.
Smt. Jayanthi Natarajan said that the Indian National Congress strongly condemns the action of senior BJP leader Jaswant Singh, who has been caught red handed on television, distributing cash to voters in Gajaria village, Barmer constituency.