Sushma Swaraj

Foreign retailers will eventually hike prices and loot the people: Sushma Swaraj

Foreign retailers will eventually hike prices and loot the people: Sushma SwarajThe fiery debate over the government's controversial decision to open India's retail sector to foreign investors is still going on.

Senior BJP leader Sushma Swaraj, who is also the leader of Opposition in the lower house, criticized the Congress-led UPA government's decision saying it would let foreign companies liked Wal-Mart to control the supply of food products, and introduce voracious pricing policy.

Initiatives like Mahila Haat empower women entrepreneurs: Swaraj

Initiatives like Mahila Haat empower women entrepreneurs: SwarajWhile Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) promotes bigger players, initiatives like Mahila Haat promotes indigenous handicraft and empower women entrepreneurs, leader of Opposition Sushma Swaraj said.

Praising the initiative of Mahila Haat, Swaraj said that such initiatives make small entrepreneurs self-dependent. She added that women involved in handicraft works craft their products through their talent in the household but they don't get the market to sell their products.

Ajit Singh faces criticism over Air India mess in Parliament

Ajit Singh faces criticism over Air India mess in ParliamentCivil Aviation Minister, Ajit Singh is facing criticism over the ongoing mess in the state-run Air India in the parliament after the largest opposition party, BJP raised the issue in Lok Sabha on Tuesday.

The leader of opposition in the Lok Sabha, Sushma Swaraj demanded Mr. Sigh's presence in the house to answer the questions about the ongoing agitation at the national carrier. The opposition also warned that it might move a privilege motion against Singh for making statements outside Parliament indicating that Ai would be privatized.

Sushma to attend Modi fast on final day Monday

Ahmedabad, Sep 19:  Leader of opposition in the Lok Sabha, Sushma Swaraj, will be among the top Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders to be present on the third and final day of Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi's fast here Monday.

Modi has been fasting since Saturday on a goodwill mission, seeking peace and social harmony.

Maharastra Navnirman Sena (MNS) leader Raj Thackeray greeted Modi at the fast venure earlier in the day.

Small groups of victims of the 2002 Gujarat riots held protests in the city Monday. The action follows the detention of several activists and protestors the previous day.

While the BJP has hailed the fast by Modi, rival parties like the Congress and the Left have criticised it.

Sushma praises PM, slams Congress

Sushma praises PM, slams CongressNew Delhi, Aug 27 : While lashing out at the Congress, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Sushma Swaraj Saturday lavished praise on Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

The prime minister exhibited "statesmanship" by expressing concern over Anna Hazare's health and urging him to end his hunger strike, she said in the Lok Sabha.

"But Congress general secretary (Rahul Gandhi) watered down your (prime minister's) statesmanship," she said, referring to Gandhi's statement in the Lok Sabha Friday on the Lokpal issue.

Rahul Gandhi poured cold water on PM's initiative: Sushma Swaraj

Rahul Gandhi poured cold water on PM's initiative: Sushma SwarajNew Delhi, Aug 27 :Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Sushma Swaraj Saturday said Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi's unscheduled intervention in the Lok Sabha suggesting an autonomous Lokpal "poured cold water on" the statesmanship shown by the prime minister in breaking the logjam.

She also charged that house norms were relaxed to allow Gandhi to make a long speech.

Anna's movement brought Lokpal issue to people: Sushma Swaraj

Anna's movement brought Lokpal issue to people: Sushma SwarajNew Delhi, Aug 27 : Leader of Opposition Sushma Swaraj said that Anna Hazare's anti-graft campaign had brought the issue of Lokpal to the people and the massive support it garnered was because people were "fed up" of increasing corruption in the last two years.

Initiating the debate at a special sitting on the Lokpal bill issue after an address by Leader of House Pranab Mukherjee, Sushma Swaraj also urged the members to set an example by having a peaceful debate.

Sushma Swaraj offers tribute to 7/11 terror attack victims in Mumbai

 Sushma SwarajMumbai, July 11: Leader of the Opposition in the Lok Sabha, Sushma Swaraj, on Sunday paid homage to the victims of the 7/11 serial train blasts in Mumbai, which killed at least 187 people.

Swaraj paid tribute to the victims at the Mahim Railway Station, where she lit candles near their photographs.

Earlier, on Saturday, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader had met one of the victims, Parag Sawant, who has been hospitalized ever since the terror attacks.

The 7/11 bombings were a series of seven bomb blasts that took place over a period of 11 minutes on the suburban railway in Mumbai.

BJP to launch nationwide protests on price rise

BJP to launch nationwide protests on price rise  Hyderabad, Jan 23 : Leader of Opposition in the Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj Saturday said the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) will launch nationwide protests on price rise next week.

The BJP leader told reporters here that the party would also attack the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) central government on the price rise issue in the budget session of parliament.

"In the budget session, we will attack this government, especially on price rise, as this is the major issue of the common man of this country," she said.

Congress slams BJP for holding function inside Bhopal airport

Sushma SwarajBhopal, Dec 29 : The Madhya Pradesh unit of the Congress Tuesday slammed the Bharatiya Janata Party for "violating" the security of Bhopal airport by holding a function within its premises to welcome newly-appointed Leader of Opposition in the Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj.

Taking strong exception to the incident, the Congress has asked the BJP leaders concerned to offer a public apology so that such acts of indiscipline were not repeated in future.

Nothing wrong in supporting Shibu Soren: Sushma Swaraj

ShibuSoren-SushmaSwarajBhopal, Dec 28 : Leader of Opposition in the Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj Monday said there was nothing wrong in the Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) decision to support a Shibu Soren-led Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) government in Jharkhand, as he had been absolved of murder charges by the high court.

"The party's parliamentary board was unanimous on the decision of joining hands with Soren and there were no differences in the party over forming a government with him in Jharkhand," she told media persons during her first visit to the city after taking over from L. K. Advani.

Sushma Swaraj: BJP's gen-next woman of substance

Sushma SwarajNew Delhi, Dec 18 : Bharatiya Janata Party leader Sushma Swaraj, who Friday was elevated as the leader of opposition in the Lok Sabha, has an electoral profile not matched by any other second generation leader in the party.

She has been a minister in Haryana, chief minister of Delhi and has contested Lok Sabha elections from Haryana, Delhi, Karnataka and Madhya Pradesh.

Her elevation is symbolic for the BJP as she will be the first woman leader of opposition from the Hindu nationalist party. An impressive orator, Sushma has been a top campaigner.

Sushma Swaraj to take over as Leader of Opposition

New Delhi, Dec 18 : Sushma Swaraj will take over as Leader of Opposition in the Lok Sabha from L. K. Advani, the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) formally announced Friday.

BJP chief Rajnath Singh moved a resolution to amend the constitution at the meeting of the parliamentary party Friday evening to pave the way for the next generation.(IANS)

Sushma Swaraj's husband made Karnataka government counsel

Sushma Swaraj Bangalore/New Delhi, Dec 14 : Swaraj Kaushal, husband of senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Sushma Swaraj who recently brokered peace between dissidents and the party's first chief minister in Karnataka, has been appointed Karnataka government's standing counsel.

The state government order appointing Kaushal, a former governor of Mizoram, was issued on Dec 5.

In the order, the address of Kaushal is 8, Safdarjung Lane, New Delhi, which is the residence of wife Sushma Swaraj as a Lok Sabha member.

Sushma steals Rajnath thunder

Sushma SwarajThe Lok Sabha witnessed more heated arguments on the Liberhan report on Tuesday, the second day of the debate.

Reflecting the BJP’s internal tussle, Opposition deputy leader Sushma Swaraj put up a more aggressive performance than party president Rajnath Singh who had spoken the previous day — to show she was ahead in the race to succeed L. K. Advani as Leader of Opposition.

Swaraj, who could not initiate the debate because Singh wanted to speak first, addressed the RSS’s concerns much like he did but in a more assertive style.

Karnataka crisis put us to shame, says Sushma

Sushma SwarajLending finishing touches to the fortnight-long exercise undertaken to quell dissidence among its legislators in Karnataka, the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Wednesday described the rebellion against Chief Minister B. S. Yeddyurappa as unfortunate.

The party maintained that the breach had been bridged with the meetings of the recently formed coordination committee and the BJP legislature party.

But factionalism reportedly raised its head during the fag end of the exercise.

BJP will emerge stronger from internal crisis in Karnataka: Sushma Swaraj

BJP will emerge stronger from internal crisis in Karnataka: Sushma SwarajBangalore, Nov 19 : Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) senior leader Sushma Swaraj has said her party will emerge stronger from the internal crisis in Karnataka.

Talking to reporters here after a meeting of the newly constituted coordination committee and the BJP legislature party, Swaraj said: " All through the crisis, the party has emerged stronger. We have learnt many lessons and the main lesson is that the root cause of most problems is lack of dialogue."

BJP's future not bleak: Sushma Swaraj

Sushma SwarajAddressing the Hindustan Times Leadership Summit in New Delhi, BJP leader Sushma Swaraj saw the role of the Opposition as a watchdog of peoples' rights with the responsibility to keep a check on the government. Swaraj also said that BJP is a strong opposition and its future in the country is not bleak.

Urging the media to be more responsible while reporting parliamentary affairs, Swaraj clarified that the BJP as opposition walks out of the Parliament only on rational issues and not for personal gains.

Media should consider these issues before criticising walk outs, she said.

Sushma Swaraj meets Jaswant Singh

Sushma Swaraj meets Jaswant SinghNew Delhi, Aug 31 : The deputy Leader of Opposition in the Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj met the expelled Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Jaswant Singh at his residence on Monday.

According to sources, Swaraj sought for an appointment to meet Singh in the morning but the reasons for the meeting is still not known.

The BJP expelled Singh who is representing the Darjeeling constituency on Aug 19, two days after the launch of his controversial book "Jinnah: India, Partition and Independence" the biography of Pakistan founder Mohammad Ali Jinnah.

Sushma Swaraj, other BJP brass meet at Advani residence

Sushma Swaraj, other BJP brass meet at Advani residenceNew Delhi, Aug. 29 : Senior Bharatiya Janata Party leader and Deputy Leader of the Opposition in the Lok Sabha, Sushma Swaraj, has joined other party colleagues at the residence of Leader of Opposition L. K. Advani to reportedly discuss a viable succession plan.

According to a Times Now television report, Swaraj''s visit to the Advani residence is significant in the wake of the BJP''s parent body -- the RSS -- reportedly readying a succession plan with Arun Jaitley being tipped for BJP President and Sushma Swaraj as the Leader of Opposition.

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