As the minister for environment, I feel that it is an ecologically fragile zone and the eco-sensitive zone
proposal needs to remain in place.
Union environment minister Jayanthi Natarajan in Mumbai after the Uttarakhand disaster

Friendship runs on mutual understanding but the present situation was such that we found it was better for both of us to separate. Neither the BJP nor the JD-U would have gained had we continued further. So we decided to break ties.
JD-U president Sharad Yadav

The JD-U is a like-minded party which believes in secularism. It has had an alliance with a party (BJP) with which its ideology does not match. So, when the situation comes for taking a call on the alliance with the
JD-U, our senior leaders will decide.
Congress spokesperson Bhakta Charan Das in Delhi

An alternative front can’t be formed by merely announcing it (as Miss Mamata Banerjee had done). It has to be built on the basis of alternative policies and a common programme.
CPI-M Politburo member Sitaram Yechury in Kolkata

The combination of Congress, BJP and CPI-M is deadly. We will never have an alliance with any communal or murderous party.
Bengal Chief Minister Miss Mamata Banerjee in Burdwan

Rahul Gandhi is a natural leader of the Congress party, and I hope that he will be a leader of the UPA alliance. I have always believed Rahul is fit enough to be a leader of the UPA – that is not a question of any speculation. I have always believed he has all the right qualities that a leader should have.
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in Delhi

The government is ready to have a dialogue with the Maoists or Left-wing extremists. If they want to surrender, we welcome and we are ready for talks with them.
Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah

The people of Telangana would not trust Congress leaders if a separate state is not carved out and therefore it is pointless to contest the 2014 elections.
Andhra Pradesh Deputy Chief Minister Damodar Rajanarasimha

The task of rebuilding a desirable Infosys will take at least 36 months, even with a high quality team and full dedication of every Infoscion. In the process, there will be some tough decisions resulting in pain.
Infosys chairman NR Narayana Murthy in Bangalore

We, along with our international partners, remain ready to engage directly with the Iranian government. We hope they will honour their international obligations to the rest of the world in order to reach a diplomatic solution that will fully address the international community’s concerns about Iran’s nuclear programme.
US Secretary of State John Kerry

In terms of what my goals are, the goals are a stable, non-sectarian, representative Syrian government that is addressing the needs of its people through political processes and peaceful processes.
US President Barack Obama

Today’s squad does not have enough in its armoury to win the Confederations Cup, but at the same time it is a chance for the coach and technical staff to stabilise the team so it prepares for the World Cup.
Former Brazilian footballer Pele