Once tipped to be the PM candidate, Arun Jaitley has emerged as one of the most important leaders in the BJP. Starting his political career as a student leader in the 1970s, Jaitley’s first major stint with Indian polity was when he was put under preventive detention during Emergency days. Over the time, Jaitley, who was once an ABVP leader in Delhi University, has emerged as a prominent face of the BJP and is currently among the top ranks of the party. Jaitley made his debut as a Lok Sabha candidate from Amritsar this time, only to lose against Captain Amarinder Singh of Congress. However, despite the loss, Jaitley is expected to get a top portfolio in the Modi Cabinet.


BJP leadership upset over Subramanian Swamy’s tirades against Arun Jaitley
Fri, Jun 24, 2016

Sources indicated the party was not in a hurry to act against Swamy, a Rajya Sabha member, and would adopt a wait- and-watch attitude for some time.

Arun Jaitley meets state FMs on GST: All states oppose GST cap, his message to Congress
Wed, Jun 15, 2016

Cong wants rate ceiling specified; Govt hopes to push Bill in monsoon session

Hopeful legislative activity can proceed much more in Rajya Sabha: Arun Jaitley
Mon, Jun 13, 2016

Jaitley parried questions over RBI Governor Raghuram Rajan, whose continuation has been strongly opposed by BJP MP Subramanian Swamy, and said "We do not discuss these matters through media."

Popularity of PM Modi intact, 2014 a turing year for Indian politics: Arun Jaitley
Mon, Jun 13, 2016

"BJP has strengthen its base at places where it was weak. Politics is changing. The popularity of the prime minister is intact," said Jaitley.

Arun Jaitley says not satisfied with existing film certification system, ‘radical changes’ soon
Fri, Jun 10, 2016

Stating that he was "not satisfied" with the existing system of film certification, Jaitley said there are some changes that are about be made.

Judiciary and executive are two independent sections: Jaitley
Thu, Jun 09, 2016

It is essential for democracy that powers be independent. Judiciary can only direct the executive and cannot perform the executive function said, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley

Rs 40,000-cr fund: Arun Jaitley reviews NIIF progress; talks on for CEO selection
Thu, Jun 09, 2016

The governing council reviewed overseas long term investors, sovereign wealth funds, pension funds’ interest in investing in the NIIF. They also discussed the guidelines for investment of the corpus of NIIF, including the investment policy.

Long term desire to go back to academia, says RBI Governor Raghuram Rajan
Wed, Jun 08, 2016

Raghuram Rajan refused to comment on his extension and instead mentioned that academia would be his 'best destination'.

Will protect bankers who clean up NPAs: Arun jaitley at review meeting
Tue, Jun 07, 2016

While banks made operational profits of over Rs 1.4 lakh crore in the last fiscal year, higher NPAs and consequential provisioning from profits against bad assets led to PSBs suffering cumulative net losses of Rs 18,000 crore, he said.

Captain Amarinder Singh slams Jaitley for ‘fraud notice’ against his son
Mon, Jun 06, 2016

Former Punjab chief minister Captain Amarinder Singh dubbed the Enforcement Directorate summon issued against his son Raninder Singhas a ‘fraud notice’ and slammed Arun Jaitley for his defeat in 2014.

Govt to soon clear merger of SBI and associates: FM Arun Jaitley
Mon, Jun 06, 2016

The merged entity will create a banking behemoth, which can compete with the largest in the world, with an asset base of Rs 37 trillion (Rs 37 lakh crore) or over USD 555 billion

Jaitley reaches out to banks hoping to boost economic growth
Mon, Jun 06, 2016

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, however, said no discussion took place on bank recapitalisation.

Jaitley to hold meeting with PSBs, performance review on the cards
Mon, Jun 06, 2016

Arun Jaitley will review the overall performance of the public sector banks

Arun Jaitley: Loan defaulters cannot be let off easily
Sun, Jun 05, 2016

The Finance Minister has promised that the government will provide greater capital support to the banks

Higher oil prices may create adversity: Finance Minister Arun Jaitley
Sun, Jun 05, 2016

The government, Jaitley said, is looking at the direct tax reform to bring down the tax rate as also the indirect tax reform through the Goods and Services Tax (GST) regime to create single sales tax for the country.

Arun Jaitley trashes talk of federal front posing challenge to BJP
Sun, Jun 05, 2016

"I think this is a great debate that has started which will now go on as to who is the opponent to the BJP. It is clear that the opposition is fragmented", Jaitley said.

Indian economy will more than double to $5 trillion in few years: Arun Jaitley
Fri, Jun 03, 2016

Jaitley said since India is currently a USD 2 trillion economy, it is only a matter of a few years before it jumps to 3 and then to 5 trillion.

India Inc backs Raghuram Rajan for second term as RBI Governor
Thu, Jun 02, 2016

Naushad Forbes, president of CII, echoed Finance Minister Arun Jaitley's stand that personal attacks on the RBI governor Raghuram Rajan are unwarranted and "demeaning".

Govt to push reforms to take India from emerging to ‘more developed economy’: Arun Jaitley
Thu, Jun 02, 2016

Jaitley is confident that the reform process that has been started by the government has helped to restore the credibility of the economy, and both domestic and international investors are much more confident about investing in India.

Defamation case: AAP leader Ashutosh moves Delhi HC against ‘fresh allegations’ by Jaitley
Thu, Jun 02, 2016

The judge had sought response from the AAP leaders to Jaitley’s rejoinder. This order came on the AAP leaders’ plea to strike off new allegations Jaitley allegedly had in his replication.

Jaitley tells blackmoney holders: Pay your taxes to sleep well
Wed, Jun 01, 2016

Under the Income Declaration Scheme, persons making disclosure of unaccounted assets will be given time up to November 30 to pay taxes, penalty and surcharge totaling 45 per cent at the fair market value.

Arun Jaitley pushes Japanese investors to participate in India’s growth story
Wed, Jun 01, 2016

The FICCI delegation to Japan accompanying the Finance Minister participated in the NIKKEI Conference, which was followed by a round-table on National Investment and Infrastructure Fund (NIIF).

GST will create unified market, make goods and services cheaper: Jaitley
Wed, Jun 01, 2016

Jaitley says that he is willing to accept one of the changes that the opposition is demanding, and prefers to pass the bill with consensus, failing which he will have to seek a Parliamentary vote.

India to move up rapidly in ease of doing biz ranking in 1-2 years: Jaitley
Wed, Jun 01, 2016

Jaitley said that major reforms were underway to phase out exemptions as far as the direct tax system was concerned, and bring down corporate tax to 25 per cent from the current 30 per cent.

GDP on upward curve, investors should put funds in India: Jaitley in Japan
Wed, Jun 01, 2016

Jaitley said Indian economy clocked 7 per cent growth rate in every quarter last fiscal despite an unsupportive global economy and two consecutive years of weak monsoon.

GDP: At 7.6%, India’s growth points to fastest growing large economy
Wed, Jun 01, 2016

India's GDP numbers for quarter January-March stood at 7.9 per cent as against 7.3 per cent in October-December, thereby making it the fastest growing economy in the world.

Govt meets 3.9% FY16 fiscal deficit target, total expenditure at Rs 17.73 lakh cr
Wed, Jun 01, 2016

The Centre’s fiscal deficit stood at Rs 5.32 lakh crore or 3.9 per cent of GDP in FY16, marginally lower than the revised estimate (RE) of Rs 5.35 lakh crore.

Going beyond the ambit
Wed, Jun 01, 2016

Arun Jaitley’s remarks on judicial activism are timely. The Supreme Court is increasingly, and controversially, asserting control over the executive and legislature.

Jaitley meets investors in Tokyo, pitches for infra funding
Tue, May 31, 2016

Finance Minister Jaitley stated that efforts are on to make India the most advantageous tax jurisdiction

In Japan, Arun Jaitley promises more structural, market-oriented reforms
Tue, May 31, 2016

As Finance Minister Arun Jaitley is on a six-day tour to Japan, he focuses on structural and market oriented reforms, development in rural areas and social securities and stepping up of infrastructure spending.

Indian economy set to retain fastest growing tag: Survey
Tue, May 31, 2016

India's growth rate at 7.5 per cent between January and March, contrasts with neighbouring China, where growth has slipped to 6.7 per cent in the first quarter - the slowest in seven years.

Ban on large diesel vehicles a transient phase, says Arun Jaitley
Mon, May 30, 2016

The ban on sale of large diesel cars and sport utility vehicles with engines of two litres or more was first imposed in December.

Arun Jaitley in Japan, will meet PM Abe and industry leaders
Mon, May 30, 2016

Meeting with Abe is planned for tomorrow when he will also attend the 22nd International Conference on 'The Future of Asia' organised by Nikkei Inc.

Those with illegal money to be prosecuted: Jaitley on Panama Papers
Sun, May 29, 2016

"If illegal money is found in accounts of those who are named in Panama case, then they will also be prosecuted as in case of HSBC accounts," he said.

Modi govt’s first two years are like batting in slog overs: Arun Jaitley
Sat, May 28, 2016

In the lighter vein, the Union minister said that it is not easy to be a minister in this government as one has to keep pace with the prime minister who has been aptly described as 24X7 PM in articles in magazines.

Historic opportunity for BJP to replace Left in Bengal: Arun Jaitley
Sat, May 28, 2016

The ceremony was boycotted by the state unit of BJP. The Union Finance Minister, however, clarified that political difference apart, the “federal structure of the country” has to be respected.