Stormy Monsoon Session continues
15:00 IST Monday, 10 August 2015
Amidst protest from opposition leaders, both houses of the Parliament have been adjourned for the day.
14:00 IST Monday, 10 August 2015
Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has lashed out at Congress. According to him, Sushma issue is merely an excuse and in reality Congress is unwilling to let the GST bill pass in the Parliament.
Indirectly attacking Rahul and Sonia Gandhi, Jaitley said that the financial health of the country is getting hampered due to stubborness of two top Congress leaders.
13:00 IST Monday, 10 August 2015
Rahul Gandhi has spoken out on the entire Parliament logjam. He says that they also want the house to function but government has rejected basic issues. According to Congress VP, PM has remained silent about serious issues regarding corruption charges involving Union Ministers and CMs of Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh.
12:44 IST Monday, 10 August 2015
There seems to be a chink in opposition unity in Lok Sabha with Mulayam Singh Yadav of SP saying that they want the house to function. According to the veteran leader, democracy shouldn’t be misused.
12:25 IST Monday, 10 August 2015
There is no stop to opposition protest in both houses of the Parliament. Rajya Sabha has been adjourned till 2 PM , where as Lok Sabha till 12.30 PM.
Congress holds a meeting with the speaker. Will it break the deadlock?
11:30 IST Monday, 10 August 2015
As ruckus continues, Lok Sabha speaker has adjourned the house till 12 noon.
11:15 IST Monday, 10 August 2015
Leader of Congress party in the Parliament, Mallikarjuna Kharge dubs Lalit Modi as ‘bhagoda’, and says Sushma Swaraj didn’t perform any humanitarian activity by arranging for travel documents of ex IPL chief.
Speaker has rejected all the adjourment motions. She says that relevant issues can be raised after the question hour is over.
In Rajya Sabha, Arun Jaitley alleges that Congress Chief Ministers deleted their tweets regarding Naga accord after pressure from the party high command. Jaitley says opposition’s protest sad commentary in the way Parliament is run because government is not allowed to speak.
Rajya Sabha has been adjourned till 12 noon.
11:01 IST Monday, 10 August 2015
Belligerent Congress MPs enter Parliament wearing black arm bands and carrying placards. Will Lok Sabha speaker allow them to carry on their protests?
A string of adjournment motions have also been moved by different parties.
10:30 IST Monday, 10 August 2015
PM Modi is holding a high- level meet with his cabinet colleagues. Arun Jaitley, Rajnath Singh and other top leaders are present.
10:00 IST Monday, 10 August 2015
Congress President Sonia Gandhi is slated to meet all the Lok Sabha MPs from the party a 10.15 am. It;s highky unlikely that Congress will change it’s strategy in the last few days of the Monsoon Session. The session looks all but destined to be a complete wash-out.
With 4 days left in the monsoon session of Parliament, 25 suspended Congress lawmakers are set to be back in Parliament on Monday.
This means that the Lok Sabha is likely to see disruptions once again. The Congress has made it clear that the protests inside the House will continue if the government didn’t accept their demand of removing the ‘tainted ministers and chief ministers’.
Since the beginning of the monsoon session, the Congress, along with other opposition parties, has been insisting on the resignation of External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje over the Lalit Modi scandal, and the Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan over the Vyapam scam.
But the government appears equally determined not to accede to any demands of the Opposition.
On Friday, Rahul Gandhi had accused financial transactions between Sushma Swaraj’s family and Lalit Modi. “She (Sushma Swaraj) should tell the country exactly how much Lalit Modi-ji has paid her family to keep himself out of jail,” he said.
Crucial bills remain stalled. Topping the list is the flagship Goods and Services Tax or GST bill. On Sunday, Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar alleged that Congress was ‘holding back India’s development’ because they did not want the GST bill passed.
Unfortunately, BJP leadership’s thought process is fast turning to the level of personal abuse as reflected from statements of Kailash Vijayvargiya, Prakash Javadekar, Smriti Irani and Santosh Gangwar. “We, in Congress, reject in toto and want to humbly tell the Modi government that politics of abuse will never replace the politics of consensus and construction in India,” Congress’ chief spokesman Randeep Surjewala said in retort.
With Agency inputs