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  • Technical loan write-off route should not be applied for fugitives: P Chidambaram to govt Apr 29, 2020 02:15 PM IST

    Technical loan write-off route should not be applied for fugitives: P Chidambaram to govt

    His remarks came after Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said that wilful defaulters were beneficiaries of 'phone banking' under the UPA regime and the Modi government is chasing them to recover the dues.

  • Govt must protect salaries, wages of workers: P Chidambaram Apr 29, 2020 02:10 PM IST

    Govt must protect salaries, wages of workers: P Chidambaram

    The former finance minister asked the government to prepare an exit strategy in view of the lockdown and look into the issue of migrants stranded in different place due to it.

  • Rahul Gandhi should take tuition from P Chidambaram: BJP Apr 29, 2020 01:55 PM IST

    Rahul Gandhi should take tuition from P Chidambaram: BJP

    "Rahul Gandhi should take tuition from P Chidambaram on the difference between " 'write-off' and 'waive-off'. The Narendra Modi government has not waived off any loan. 'Write off' is a normal accounting process. It doesn't stop recovery or action against defaults," senior BJP leader and Union Minister Prakash Javadekar said.

  • Manmohan Singh slams govt over dearness allowance freeze Apr 25, 2020 12:10 PM IST

    Manmohan Singh slams govt over dearness allowance freeze

    The finance ministry on Thursday froze inflation-linked allowance for 50 lakh central government employees and 61 lakh pensioners till June 2021 due to the COVID-19 crisis. However, DA and dearness relief (DR) at current rates will continue to be paid, it said.

  • Chidambaram asks govt to act, distribute free food to the poor Apr 19, 2020 09:53 AM IST

    Chidambaram asks govt to act, distribute free food to the poor

    "There is overwhelming evidence that more and more people have run out of cash and are forced to stand in lines to collect free cooked food. Only a heartless government will stand by and do nothing," he said.

  • Congress says PM Modi's address hollow, no mention of financial package Apr 14, 2020 11:28 AM IST

    Congress says PM Modi's address hollow, no mention of financial package

    Senior Congress leader P Chidambaram said, "The poor have been left to fend for themselves for 21+19 days, including practically soliciting food. There is money, there is food, but the government will not release either money or food. Cry, my beloved country," he said on Twitter.

  • Coronavirus pandemic | Chidambaram advocates aggressive testing for COVID-19 Apr 05, 2020 01:16 AM IST

    Coronavirus pandemic | Chidambaram advocates aggressive testing for COVID-19

    He also welcomed the ICMR's advice to the government for starting antibody tests in hotspots, as it was overdue.

  • Must extend support to PM, govt; Modi commander, people foot soldiers: Chidambaram on lockdown Mar 25, 2020 04:16 PM IST

    Must extend support to PM, govt; Modi commander, people foot soldiers: Chidambaram on lockdown

    Chidambaram also suggested a 10-point plan to put money in the bank accounts of the poor and the marginalised, including farmers and labourers, and demanded a cut in GST rates by 5 per cent on all wage goods, essential goods and services, and all goods of mass consumption

  • Coronavirus pandemic | Chidambaram questions govt over delay in set up of economic task force Mar 24, 2020 11:09 AM IST

    Coronavirus pandemic | Chidambaram questions govt over delay in set up of economic task force

    The senior Congress leader took to twitter to question the delay

  • Welcome indications that Finance Minister will announce for relief measures: P Chidambaram Mar 23, 2020 01:40 PM IST

    Welcome indications that Finance Minister will announce for relief measures: P Chidambaram

    The former finance minister also hoped that there would relief measures and cash incentives offered to the poor in view of the virus threat and lockdown.

  • P Chidambaram cross-examined, refutes allegations of cash distribution in 2009 LS election Mar 09, 2020 09:45 PM IST

    P Chidambaram cross-examined, refutes allegations of cash distribution in 2009 LS election

    On asked about the declaration of election results and the delay in his constituency, the former minister said he was not aware of the time when the election results were out and also in most of the places he knew it was only during that time the official results were announced.

  • Disappointed that Delhi riots not debated in Parliament so far: Chidambaram Mar 08, 2020 08:00 AM IST

    Disappointed that Delhi riots not debated in Parliament so far: Chidambaram

    The opposition has been demanding a discussion on Delhi riots, but the government has not relented.

  • Delhi govt no less ill-informed than Centre in understanding sedition law: Chidambaram Feb 29, 2020 10:35 AM IST

    Delhi govt no less ill-informed than Centre in understanding sedition law: Chidambaram

    "Delhi Government is no less ill-informed than the central government in its understanding of sedition law," Chidambaram tweeted.

  • FM Sitharaman's inability to answer ques in RS speaks volumes about this govt: Chidambaram Feb 11, 2020 10:40 PM IST

    FM Sitharaman's inability to answer ques in RS speaks volumes about this govt: Chidambaram

    Chidambaram said the clarification was sought on four numbers that are on the first page of Budget at a Glance.

  • Put money in hands of poor to revive demand: Chidambaram Feb 07, 2020 09:12 PM IST

    Put money in hands of poor to revive demand: Chidambaram

    The jibe 'suit boot ki sarkar' (a government of rich and elite classes) had been first used by Congress leader Rahul Gandhi while targeting the Narendra Modi-led Union government during its first term.

  • People of J&K, Ladakh want freedom, restoration of human rights: Chidambaram Feb 02, 2020 08:46 AM IST

    People of J&K, Ladakh want freedom, restoration of human rights: Chidambaram

    Chidambaram made the remarks when he was asked by reporters to comment about the higher allocation for the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir in the Union budget.

  • Indians are innocents who believe government claims: P Chidambaram Jan 11, 2020 11:32 AM IST

    Indians are innocents who believe government claims: P Chidambaram

    Many news items and data were contrary to the truth, he added.

  • Govt clueless on how to deal with sinking economy: Congress Jan 06, 2020 08:05 PM IST

    Govt clueless on how to deal with sinking economy: Congress

    Chidambaram said direct tax revenue collections were only 41.6 per cent of the budget estimates and the credit growth to industry was 3.4 per cent, while manufacturing output had shrunken by 3.8 per cent.

  • NRC is mischievous plan to divide India: P Chidambaram Jan 06, 2020 02:54 PM IST

    NRC is mischievous plan to divide India: P Chidambaram

    Addressing a press conference, he also said there is a world of difference between the National Population Register of 2010 and the NPR of 2020.

  • Shameful that Jafar, Darapuri arrested without evidence: Chidambaram Jan 05, 2020 11:03 AM IST

    Shameful that Jafar, Darapuri arrested without evidence: Chidambaram

    He also said that it was a shocking admission by the police that there is no evidence of their involvement.

  • ED questions P Chidambaram in UPA-era aviation scam case Jan 03, 2020 07:10 PM IST

    ED questions P Chidambaram in UPA-era aviation scam case

    The case pertains to alleged losses suffered by Air India due to the alleged multi-crore aviation scam and irregularities in fixing air slots for international airlines.

  • They want to somehow implement 'Hindu Rashtra': P Chidambaram attacks BJP Dec 27, 2019 08:30 AM IST

    They want to somehow implement 'Hindu Rashtra': P Chidambaram attacks BJP

    Chidambaram said that countrywide protests against the CAA should not be portrayed as an issue between the government and Muslims because "that is what government is also wanting".

  • BJP govt has sinister agenda, NPR dangerous: P Chidambaram Dec 26, 2019 11:37 AM IST

    BJP govt has sinister agenda, NPR dangerous: P Chidambaram

    Chidambaram said if the BJP's motives are bonafide, the government should unconditionally state that they support the NPR form and design of 2010 and do not intend to link it to the controversial NRC

  • All non-BJP parties must rally around Congress to save Constitution: P Chidambaram Dec 23, 2019 06:10 PM IST

    All non-BJP parties must rally around Congress to save Constitution: P Chidambaram

    All non-BJP parties must raise their sights and rally around the Congress to save the Constitution of India," he said on Twitter.

  • From 'landmark day' to 'dark day': How political leaders described passage of Citizenship (Amendment) Bill in Rajya Sabha Dec 12, 2019 10:40 AM IST

    From 'landmark day' to 'dark day': How political leaders described passage of Citizenship (Amendment) Bill in Rajya Sabha

    The Opposition has termed the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill "unconstitutional", "divisive" and "an assault on the democratic and secular fabric of the nation"

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