Rajiv Shukla

Congress hints at new alliance in Bihar

Rajiv-Shukla_Patna, May 30 : Union Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Rajiv Shukla Thursday said the Congress will form a new alliance in Bihar ahead of the next general elections in 2014.

"Congress is working towards the formation of a new alliance in Bihar before the next Lok Sabha polls," Shukla told newspersons here.

Shukla was here on his way to campaign for the party candidate in the June 2 Lok Sabha byelection from Maharajganj constituency in the state's Saran district.


Modi not a national leader, says Congress

Rajiv-ShuklaNew Delhi, March 4 : A day after Narendra Modi launched an attack on the Nehru-Gandhi family, Congress leader Rajiv Shukla Monday said the Gujarat chief minister did not have the stature to be country's prime minister.

"The kind of language that Modi used does not suit any leader of national stature. I think he is yet not capable of attaining the stature of a national leader," Shukla told reporters outside parliament.

The Gujarat chief minister has emerged as a strong contender for prime minister's post from the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).


Hyderabad Test will take place as schedule: Rajiv Shukla

Hyderabad Test will take place as schedule: Rajiv Shukla New Delhi, Feb. 22 : Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Rajiv Shukla on Friday ruled out the shifting of the second test match to be played between India and Australia in Hyderabad to some other venue, saying BCCI President N. Srinivasan is aware of the need to ensure adequate security for both players and spectators.

Shukla said that Union Home Secretary R. K. Singh, who was in Hyderabad, briefed him about the latest developments after holding discussions with Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N. Kiran Kumar Reddy and other officials of the state government.


BJP demands inquiry into Wal-Mart lobbying in India

BJP demands inquiry into Wal-Mart lobbying in IndiaIndia's main opposition party, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has demanded a probe into the allegations that US based retail giant, Wal-Mart lobbied to enter the Indian market.


Akhtar’s jibe will not affect Indo-Pak cricket ties: BCCI

Akhtar’s jibe will not affect Indo-Pak cricket ties: BCCINew Delhi, Sept 26 : The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has said Shoaib Akhtar's autobiography might have created tension in the Indian community, but it will not affect the renewal of Pakistan-India cricket ties.

The former fast-bowler had claimed in his book that Indian legend Sachin Tendulkar, who is also referred to as the God of Cricket, was afraid of his bowling. He had also alleged that Bollywood superstar Shahrukh Khan had cheated him regarding payments of his Indian Premier League stint.


BCCI''s Shukla defends Team India after its 20-20 World Cup exit

BCCI''s Shukla defends Team India after its 20-20 World Cup exitNew Delhi, June 15 : The Board of Control for Cricket in India’s (BCCI) media and finance committee chairman Rajiv Shukla on Monday defended Team India and its skipper M S Dhoni, a day after the team was ousted from the second Twenty20 World Cup that is being played in England.

Talking to reporters here, Shukla admitted that it was a big loss, but added: "We must concentrate on the upcoming West Indies series."


Congress claims NDA paid five crore dollars to end Kandahar hijacking

Congress claims NDA paid five crore dollars to end Kandahar hijackingMumbai, Apr. 15 : Congress leader Rajiv Shukla has claimed that the opposition National Democratic Alliance (NDA) Government paid five crore US dollars to end the 1999 hijack of an Indian Airlines plane in Kandahar, Afghanistan, in January 2000.

Shukla claimed that the amount was paid to Jaish-e-Mohammad terrorist Maulana Azhar Masood in exchange for the nearly 200 passengers taken hostage in December 1999.


Dhoni Lambasts Asia Cup Schedule; BCCI Hits Back

Dhoni Lambasts Asia Cup Schedule; BCCI Hits BackDisqualifying Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s statement against tight scheduling of the Asia Cup, BCCI vice-president, Rajiv Shukla said that the team was well informed about the schedule of Asia Cup and the players had the choice of backing out if they thought they needed rest.

Dhoni said that the team is struggling as they are being burdened with too much cricket. "We hardly get any time to recover”.  The captain said that dipping energy levels were the major factor for the below par performance.


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