Modi Govt wants to destabilise state governments, they are killing democracy, says Congress

NEW DELHI: The second half of the Budget session of Parliament on Monday began on a stormy note, with Congress members in both Houses storming the Well and party leader Mallikarjun Kharge staging a dharna in the Lok Sabha.

Congress backed by the Left, JD(U) and other opposition parties, cornered the Centre over the imposition of President’s rule in Uttarakhand.

Within few minutes of the session began, Opposition leaders raised slogans against Modi government and demanded discussion on Uttarakhand issue.

“It is a murder of democracy,” Kharge said as the Lower House assembled for the day.

Members of JD(U) and AAP were also in the Well along with Congress and AAP leader Bhagwant Mann was repeatedly seen pleading with the Chair to allow Kharge to have his say.

Belligerent Congress members in the Lok Sabha were heard shouting slogans like ‘Taanashahi band karo (Stop dictatorship)’ and ‘Modi sarkar hosh mein aao’ (Modi government, come to senses). Congress President Sonia Gandhi was also seen protesting.

Even as the government has listed a heavy agenda for the session, including passage of 13 bills in Lok Sabha and 11 bills in Rajya Sabha, there is understanding among its floor managers that pushing the contentious measures like GST won’t be possible in first few days.

Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan on Sunday held an all-party meeting to ensure smooth functioning of the Parliament.

The session will continue till May 13.

12:43 PM
Centre wants to destabilise state governments, they are killing democracy, says Congress

12:16 PM
Centre wants to destabilise all non-BJP government, they are killing democracy: Mallikarjun Kharge in Lok Sabha

11:53 AM
Rajya Sabha adjourned till 12 noon after uproar over Uttarakhand issue as opposition storm the well of the house.

11:52 AM
Opposition raise slogans of ‘Loktantra ke hatyaaron sharam karo’ in Rajya Sabha.

11:40 AM
Uttarakhand crisis: In Lok Sabha around 20 Congress MPs including Mallikarjun Kharge & KC Venugopal sit on the floor near Speaker’s chair in protest. (ANI)

11:25 AM
Uttarakhand row: You want to discuss it as a pre-proclamation stage, this cannot happen, says Arun Jaitley

11:24 AM
BJP MP and actor Paresh Rawal violates Odd-Even rule, reaches Parliament in an even number car.

11:00 AM
Uproar in Rajya Sabha over Uttarakhand crisis. Congress demand debate in the House.

“Will have to discuss Uttarakhand issue first,” says Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad.

10:32 AM
First part of the budget session was productive, hope that second part will also be productive. We will take good decisions. We hope that all parties will cooperate in making second part of budget session a success as well: PM Modi

09:34 AM
Rajya Sabha Chairman Hamid Ansari calls an all-party meeting at 10:30 am in Parliament.

09:34 AM
Don’t think there will be stormy proceedings, says Venkaiah Naidu

Speaking to ANI, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Venkaiah Naidu said, “I don’t think there will be stormy proceedings as this is the second part of the budget session. Government is willing to discuss every issue, but if somebody wants to discuss an issue which is before Supreme Court, rules & regulation don’t allow it.”

09:30 AM
Sitaram Yechury to raise morphed pic issue in Parliament

CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury said he will raise the issue of morphed picture used by Trinamool Congress in the Parliament session.

“I will raise the morphed picture issue in Parliament. Our party has already lodged a police complaint in this connection in Delhi,” Yechury said at an election meeting in Hooghly district.

09:30 AM
Delhi government will run six air-conditioned special buses to ferry MPs and appealed to the lawmakers to follow the odd-even rule.

“We will launch special shuttle services for MPs. There is no need for them (MPs) to be exempted from Odd-Even,” said Delhi Transport Minister Gopal Rai.