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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.


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.

Jaitley disapproves personal attacks on RBI chief Raghuram Rajan
Thu, May 26, 2016

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said that one can either agree or disagree with the RBI's judgement but that is a debate on issues, its important that it doesn't turn into a debate on individuals.

Arun Jaitley keeps options open on extension of RBI governor Raghuram Rajan’s term
Thu, May 26, 2016

The government's stand becomes important in view of Subramanian Swamy's letter to the prime minister on Thursday listing reasons why Raghuram Rajan should not be given a second term.

Congress actions have distanced people from it: Arun Jaitley
Sun, May 22, 2016

Jaitley claimed that during UPA rule there was a rise in corruption cases as the then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh did not have much say in the decision-making.

Congress suffering because of dynasty issues: Arun Jaitley
Sat, May 21, 2016

Responding to a query on GST implementation, Jaitley said he is hopeful of its passage in the monsoon session as most political parties except the Congress are in favour of this historic tax reform.

Consolidation govt policy; need global-sized institutions: Arun Jaitley
Wed, May 18, 2016

The proposal of SBI to merge its five associate banks with itself and acquire Bharatiya Mahila Bank is in line with the government's policy of consolidation, Arun Jaitley said.

Decision on Raghuram Rajan extension without influence of any factor: Arun Jaitley
Tue, May 17, 2016

Arun Jaitley parried a question on Subramanian Swamy's demand for immediate sacking of RBI Governor Raghuram Rajan saying the Government and RBI are responsible institutions and decisions will be taken without being influenced by "any other factor."

Arun Jaitley: NPAs have peaked, situation will improve
Tue, May 17, 2016

Finance minister Arun Jaitley on Monday said bad loans have reached the peak and the situation will get better with improvement in six sectors understress.

Government open to removal of 1% inter-state levy under GST: Arun Jaitley
Tue, May 17, 2016

jaitley said it may be difficult to get peak growth rate in the backdrop of global tailwinds such as slower global growth.

Courts can’t substitute executive, must draw Lakshman rekha: Arun Jaitley
Tue, May 17, 2016

Jaitley asserted that "activism" has to be blended with "restraint".

‘Leave it to the courts’, says Arun Jaitley on Malegaon case
Mon, May 16, 2016

He also hit back at Congress, accusing it of using investigation agencies when UPA was in power for "fabricating" chargesheets and said in each of these cases, courts discharged the accused even without a trial.

India to renegotiate tax treaty with Singapore: Arun Jaitley
Mon, May 16, 2016

Jaitley said that since the discussions are between two sovereign states, he cannot "unilaterally" fix its timetable.

Not to be discussed in media: Arun Jaitley when asked if Raghuram Rajan will get second term
Mon, May 16, 2016

To a question whether Rajan is getting an extension, he quipped "these are not issues which we discuss through the media."

Delhi confidential: Hot Topic
Mon, May 16, 2016

More than the food, the hot topic of discussion was loan defaulter Vijay Mallya and what needs to be done to recover the money from him and others like him.

Investors making money must pay taxes, no fear of FDI fall: Arun Jaitley
Sun, May 15, 2016

India had in August 1982 signed the treaty with Mauritius to eliminate double taxation of income and capital gains to encourage mutual trade and investment.

Will go for voting on GST bill if Congress doesn’t come onboard, says Arun Jaitley
Mon, May 16, 2016

Finance minster Arun Jaitley said the bill will be put to vote in next Parliament session even if Congress continues to oppose it, the AIR said in a release.

Jaitley condemns journalists’ murder: Independent investigation may be instituted
Sat, May 14, 2016

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley today strongly condemned the murder of two journalists in Bihar and Jharkhand and demanded an independent investigation.

SP, BSP, SAD MPs speak out against ‘judicial overreach’
Sat, May 14, 2016

Mayawati said the judiciary was exploiting the differences within the political class.

Cabinet decision: Intellectual Property Rights policy cleared; sops for R&D, startups
Sat, May 14, 2016

India’s IPR policies are WTO-compliant, FM said in reply to concerns by developed nations on Section 3(D).

Breaking down news: A Question of Degrees
Sat, May 14, 2016

The best spoof on the loose is not about Narendra Modi. It’s a picture showing Albert Einstein getting his BSc degree verified by Arvind Kejriwal.

Judiciary is destroying legislature brick by brick: Arun Jaitley
Thu, May 12, 2016

“Step by step, brick by brick, the edifice of India’s legislature is being destroyed,” Jaitley said during a discussion on The Appropriation (No.2) Bill 2016 and the Finance Bill, 2016.

No small change
Thu, May 12, 2016

Amended tax treaty with Mauritius promises more transparency, reduced evasion, shored up revenues.

India, Mauritius amend tax treaty, capital gains to come under tax net
Wed, May 11, 2016

This amendment follows on Finance Minister Arun Jaitley’s announcement in the budget for 2016-17 to implement General Anti-Avoidance Rules (GAAR) from April 1, 2017.

PM Narendra Modi cannot be gagged against speaking on corruption: Arun Jaitley
Tue, May 10, 2016

"Prime Minister is entitled to speak on corruption" both inside and outside the House, he said.

Lok Sabha clears Finance bill: India will grow faster if monsoon forecasts hold true, says Arun Jaitley
Fri, May 06, 2016

The passage of the Finance Bill will allow formation of the six-member monetary policy committee, which will include the RBI Governor and three government nominees.

Arun Jaitley warns of tough action against tax evasion
Thu, May 05, 2016

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Thursday warned of action against those passing off income from other sources as agriculture income but ruled out levying any tax on farm earnings.