New Delhi, Feb 12 : Parliamentary Affairs Minister Kamal Nath Wednesday termed as "unfortunate" the disruption during the rail budget, and said it was setting a bad precedent for the future Lok Sabhas.
"It is very unfortunate... the obstruction and creating disturbances and all kinds of unruly scenes... This is a very bad precedent for the future Lok Sabhas," Kamal Nath told reporters after the drama in the Lok Sabha during the railway budget presentation.
Railways Minister Mallikarjun Kharge could not read his entire speech and a couple of members nearly came to blows in the lower house Wednesday.
New Delhi, Feb 3 : The government Monday sought the cooperation of the opposition parties in passing anti-corruption bills as well as the women's reservation bill in parliament. But the BJP and the CPI-M said the Congress should restrain its own members from causing disruptions.
Speaking to reporters after an all-party meeting ahead of the second half of the winter session beginning Feb 5, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Kamal Nath said there was a need to rise above politics to get the anti-corruption bills and the women's reservation bill passed in this session of parliament.
New Delhi, Dec 19 : Union Minister Kamal Nath on Thursday said the United States must apologise for arresting diplomat Devyani Khobragade.
"America must apologise and accept their fault. Only then, will we be satisfied," Nath told reporters here.
On Wednesday, US Secretary of State John Kerry spoke to National Security Advisor Shivshankar Menon and expressed 'regret' over the incident.
In telephone call to Menon, Kerry expressed also hope that this isolated episode would not harm the close and mutually respectful ties between the two countries.
New Delhi, Dec 17, : Pitching India's strong protest against the treatment meted out to Devyani Khobragade by the U. S. authorities, Union Parliamentary Affairs Minister Kamal Nath on Tuesday said the U. S. should step out of its mindset of taking other countries like a banana republic.
"The incident with the Indian diplomat is not just merely unfortunate. Calling it unfortunate will be putting it mildly. The incident should be condemned," Nath said.
Earlier, the Delhi Police began removing barricades placed outside the U. S. embassy in Delhi.
New Delhi, Dec 16 : The anti-corruption Lokpal bill is top priority for the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) and, if needed, the government will extend parliament's winter session to pass it, a minister said Monday.
"The Lokpal bill is the highest priority for us. We will sit late and pass the bill. We will even extend the session, if needed, to pass the bill," Parliamentary Affairs Minister Kamal Nath told reporters after the Congress core group, headed by Congress chief Sonia Gandhi, deliberated over the issue.
New Delhi, Dec 11 : After three no-confidence motions over the Telangana issue, the government Wednesday said these did not pose a threat and the 2014 general elections would be held on time.
Six Congress, four TDP and two YSR Congress members submitted fresh notices of no-confidence against the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government in the Lok Sabha but they could not be taken up by Speaker Meira Kumar due to chaos in the House.
The notices given by these members Tuesday too had met a similar fate.
However, the headache is not over for the government as the members are expected to submit fresh notices Thursday also.
New Delhi, Dec 3 : There was a consensus among various political parties on tabling a bill for the creation of Telangana state in the winter session and it will be the government's endeavour to bring it "as soon as possible", Union Parliamentary Affairs Minister Kamal Nath said Tuesday.
Talking to reporters after an all-party meeting ahead of the winter session commencing Dec 5, Kamal Nath said all political parties had agreed upon bringing the Telangana bill in the winter session.
"It will be the government's endeavour to bring the bill as soon as possible," he said.
Paris, June 27 : Urban Development Minister Kamal Nath Thursday urged French companies to seriously explore the "exciting opportunities" India's booming urban development sector presents.
Addressing a gathering of the French employers association here, Kamal Nath said the Indian growth rate of over 5 percent was still very attractive in today's context.
Most economies were struggling to reach even a 2 percent growth rate and some others, like France, were in recession.
New Delhi, June 12 : The proposed third front as an alternative to the UPA and the NDA is not of much credence in the 2014 general elections, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Kamal Nath said here Wednesday.
"I don't give much credence to the third front... the country will have a secular government in 2014," Nath told reporters here.
Talks are on among some non-Congress and non-BJP parties to form a federal front for next year's Lok Sabha polls.
New Delhi, May 25 : Parliamentary Affairs Minister Kamal Nath Saturday said BCCI chief N. Srinivasan should quit following the arrest of his son-in-law Gurunath Meiyappan in the IPL spot fixing scandal.
But Kamal Nath clarified that this was his personal view.
"It is absolutely untenable for the BCCI chief to continue, he has no credibility left," Kamal Nath told TimesNow television.
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Rajiv Pratap Rudy and Communist Party of India leader D. Raja also sought action in the case.
New Delhi, April 30 : Signifying a "total breakdown", the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Tuesday announced it would not be attending any meetings called by Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar or the Parliamentary Affairs Minister Kamal Nath.
Addressing a press conference, BJP leader Sushma Swaraj also attacked Congress president Sonia Gandhi for inciting MPs and ministers to disrupt her speech in the Lok Sabha earlier in the morning. She also said Gandhi had no respect for democratic institutions.
"It is a situation of total breakdown but the government is responsible not me," Sushma Swaraj said.
New Delhi, April 26 : Parliamentary Affairs Minister Kamal Nath Friday said there was no question of the resignation of Law Minister Ashwani Kumar.
The assertion came as opposition BJP and Left parties demanded the resignation of the law minister for vetting a CBI report on the coal block allocation scam, prior to its submission to the Supreme Court.
"The CBI director has clearly said that the draft report was seen by the law minister and not the final report. There is no question of him (Ashwani Kumar) resigning," Nath told reporters here.
Panaji, April 18 : Former union commerce minister Kamal Nath had overruled his ministry's secretary and favoured denotification of three special economic zones (SEZ) in Goa in 2008, suggest recently unclassified diplomatic cables available on Wikileaks.
The cable from the US embassy dated Jan 4, 2008, titled "Centre appears to waffle on Goa SEZ ban", also says that the decision to denotify the SEZs in Goa could have hit the central government's plans for "foreign participation in SEZs".
New Delhi, April 18 ; There was broad consensus on the contentious land acquisition bill, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Kamal Nath said after an all-party meeting on the issue Thursday.
"Largely there is a consensus... although there cannot be unanimity," Kamal Nath told reporters.
"The bill will now move to the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha," he said.
The government is keen to ensure the bill's smooth passage in the second half of the budget session of parliament, beginning April 22.
New Delhi, April 8 : Parliamentary Affairs Minister Kamal Nath Monday said the Congress-led UPA government will complete its full term and the general elections will be held as per schedule in 2014.
"It does look not like an early election at all... we will have elections as scheduled next year... I have no doubt... there is no question of early elections," Kamal Nath told TV news channel NDTV.
Ghaziabad, March 16 : India has the largest aspirational society on the plant that will be engaged in generating economic wealth and creating social harmony to build an India of the 21st century, Urban Development Minister Kamal Nath has said.
Davos (Switzerland), Jan. 25 : Amid today''s gloomy headlines, are we experiencing the best period in world history? That''s the provocative question that a panel of experts, including a top Indian government official, tackled today at a breakfast session at the World Economic Forum''s annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland.
Kochi, Jan 8 : India faces a huge gap in infrastructure but the country hopes to catch up in the next five years, Urban Development Minister Kamal Nath said Tuesday.
The minister was addressing the 11th Pravasi Bharatiya Divas here.
"The common psyche in India is that if something is not booming, then it is gloomy," he said.
The minister pointed out that while the automobile sector in the US grew by five percent, "in our country it grew by 18 percent. Is it not good?" he asked.
Bowing to the Opposition's demand, the government on Wednesday announced a judicial probe into retail giant Wal-Mart Stores Inc's lobbying practices.
Bentonville, Arkansas-headquartered Wal-Mart recently admitted that it spent $25 million (around Rs 136 crore) on lobbying to enter India's huge retail sector.
Parliamentary Affairs Minister Kamal Nath announced in Lok Sabha that the judicial probe into the world's biggest retailer will be conducted by a retired judge.
The winter session of Parliament, which will begin on November 22 and end on December 20, is expected to be a stormy session as the government will be back with financial sector reform on the agenda.
While the government has plans to table twenty-five Bills for consideration and passage during the imminent session, Trinamool Congress is preparing to bring a no-confidence motion against the Congress-led UPA government over the FDI in retail issue.