In a stinging rebuttal to Gandhi's repeated criticism of the Goods and Services Tax, a key economic reform of the NDA government, Modi said a recently emerged "economist" was propagating a "grand stupid thought" by suggesting that GST rate be capped at 18 per cent.
The former Union minister said that although the Modi government took steps such as demonetisation and the "half- cooked" GST, it did not pay heed to the people's problems caused by the note ban.
Athawale said he has planned the initiative to thank Prime Minister Narendra Modi for targetting black money through 'notebandi' last year, wherein high value currencies of Rs 500 and Rs 1,000 were withdrawn from circulation.
India, the Kerala MP said, was not investing money in building the infrastructure needed to draw tourists.
Hitting out at the Narendra Modi-led central dispensation on the economy front, he said government's policies "have virtually ruined" the country's economy and said it did not know how to revive it and provide relief to people.
RJD supremo Lalu Prasad told reporters here that the date for the rally would be announced after consultation with the other party leaders.
In the third volume of his autobiography titled "The Coalition Years 1996-2012", he also feels the ruling NDA's "India Shining" campaign spawned the opposite outcome and the Vajpayee government was routed in an election against most reports predicting a majority to the BJP-led coalition.
Revenue Minister Chandrakant Patil had said earlier this week that the Sena had made "a fool of itself" by taking to the streets against the government of which it is a part.
After inaugurating the two-day meeting here, Shah held a meeting with office-bearers, state chiefs and key organisational leaders to finalise agenda items, including resolutions, which the national executive is expected to discuss on September 25, the birth anniversary of Hindutva icon Deen Dayal Upadhyaya.
Citing an instance, Shah said surgical strikes had enhanced the image of India across the globe and there was recognition that the country was capable of defending its frontiers.
On Sunday, the reshuffle was majorly for the BJP members. JD(U) and Shiv Sena chose to stay from the oath-taking ceremony.
Live updates as Prime Minister Narendra Modi revamps his Cabinet in what is expected to be the last change of faces before the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.
The Bihar-based party is expected to endorse a proposal to join the NDA in its national executive meeting in Patna on August 19, after which it is likely to join the Narendra Modi cabinet.
In a BSE filing, Lupin said it has received 505 (b) (2) NDA approval for its Nikita Pitavastatin tablets 1mg, 2mg and 4mg from the United States Food and Drug Administration (USFDA).
The name of the next vice president of India will be known tomorrow evening after members of Parliament cast their ballot during the day in Parliament House.
Modi won the biggest mandate in 30 years in the 2014 general election, giving him control of the lower house. But his nationalist coalition still lacks a majority in the upper house that represents India's 29 states and has proven to be a stumbling block for its legislative agenda.
The senior RJD leader also challenged Kumar to address a meeting in an area dominated by people from Dalit, Mahadalit and other backward castes, saying "He (Kumar) will face of the wrath of the people."
A counting of the strength of different parties besides independent and nominated members suggest that the Modi dispensation can expect the support of at least 121 members in the 245-member House.
JD(U)'s national spokesperson K C Tyagi also hit out at the Congress saying it does not have any credibility and accused it of not being serious about fighting corruption.
In its appraisal of the 12th Five Year Plan (2012-17), the Aayog said that when measured at factor cost, the real GDP growth under the old methodology turns out to be 4.5 per cent in 2012-13 and 4.7 per cent in 2013-14.
NDA's vice presidential nominee M Venkaiah Naidu today warned Pakistan against aiding and abetting terror, saying it should recall what happened in the 1971 Indo-Pak war when it faced a humiliating defeat and Bangladesh was born
Paswan, a prominent Dalit face of the ruling NDA, said maximum atrocities against Dalits had happened in Uttar Pradesh when she was chief minister
Kovind is expected to win the presidential race given that the BJP and its allies have a majority in electoral college comprising Members of Parliament and members of legislative assemblies and councils of all states.
The name of the next occupant of the Rashtrapati Bhawan would be known by 5.00 pm. The voting took place on Monday.
Two key ministries-- defence and environment--are without a full-time minister.Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and Science and Technology Minister Harsh Vardhan are holding the additional charge of these two portfolios respectively.