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Rahul Gandhi accuses government of trying to give away internet space to corporates

New Delhi(web team): Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday accused the Narendra Modi regime of trying to give away internet space to some corporate groups, a charge vehemently denied by the government.

Raising the issue during Zero Hour in Lok Sabha, Gandhi said the government “wants to distribute internet among industrialists. Every youth should have access to internet…

This government wants to carve out the internet and hand it over to some corporates.”

He demanded that either the existing laws be amended or a new law be brought.

Meanwhile, responding to charges, Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said, “Government wants to assure Parliament. Prime Minister speaks of digital India so that 125 crore people have the internet,” he said.

Rahul Gandhi to speak in the Parliament on

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12:40 IST Wednesday, 22 April 2015

Responding to Rahul Gandhi’s accusations, Ravi Shankar Prasad said the BJP government stood for ‘digital India’ and the internet was available to people in a “non-discriminatory” manner

“Government wants to assure Parliament. Prime Minister speaks of digital India so that 125 crore people have the internet,” he said.

Playing down the TRAI consultation paper in this regard which has sparked a debate over net-neutrality, he said the regulatory body was doing it under the Act governing the issue, but it was “for me and the government to take a final call on the issue.

12:38 IST Wednesday, 22 April 2015

Rahul Gandhi accuses government of trying to give away internet space to corporates.

11:19 IST Wednesday, 22 April 2015

Rahul Gandhi to speak on net neutrality

I am going to speak a few words on Net Neutrality in the Parliament: Rahul Gandhi

Rahul Gandhi to speak in the Parliament on #NetNeutrality https://t.co/LXKAAymW6f

— ANI (@ANI_news) April 22, 2015

11:00 IST Wednesday, 22 April 2015

We want to provide a non-discriminatory net to the people of nation: RS Prasad

Speaking to media outside Parliament, Ravi Shankar Prasad said, “Government is serious about Net Neutrality issue. Telecom commission will look into the recommendation of TRAI and then it will take final decision.”

He further added, “We have already put our point forward, we want to provide a non-discriminatory net to the people of nation.”

10:50 IST Wednesday, 22 April 2015

Raising the issue of net neutrality, Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday sought suspension of Question Hour in Lok Sabha and gave a notice for an adjournment motion to discuss the matter immediately.

10:45 IST Wednesday, 22 April 2015

Following is the Parliament schedule

Lok Sabha: Discussion and voting on Demands for Grants for Ministries of Drinking Water & Sanitation and Chemicals & Fertilisers.

Previous updates

Day 1 Coverage

17:11 IST Monday, 20 April 2015

Venkaiah Naidu repeatedly stresses that his government is pro poor and pro farmer. He says some problems are extremely fundamental in nature and will take some time to get sorted out. He says Congress has ruled for so long, so it is unfair to cast aspersion on the work done in 9 months.

16:46 IST Monday, 20 April 2015

Rahul Gandhi says government is doing a huge mistake by hurting farmers and workers and in future they will hurt NDA. According to Congress Vice President, farmers and workers are pillars of the country and hence they need to be protected.

Now, Venkaiah Naidu is speaking after Rahul Gandhi’s speech. He says government has extended massive support to the farmers hard done by unseasonal rain. He says past governments have not been able to do their job properly and hence it will take some time to change the condition of the farmers.

16:36 IST Monday, 20 April 2015

Commotion in the Parliament just as Rahul Gandhi started hitting out at Government. Rahul says NDA government is pro industrialist and doesn’t care for poor people. He says it is a government of people wearing suits. He terms it bot anti farmer and anti workers.

Alluding to Land Ordinance, Rahul Gandhi asks why is PM trying to antagonise nearly 60% of India’s population.

16:30 IST Monday, 20 April 2015

Rahul Gandhi is now speaking at the Parliament. He quotes stats of agricultutal growth to claim that UPA did more for farmers than NDA. He says that country will not grow if farmers are not given proper facility.
Rahul says that agriculture growth rate is stagnating and MSP is very poor.

Rahul says when experts are pointing out flaws, PM is trying to undermine it.

12:10 IST Monday, 20 April 2015

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj makes statement on government’s successful evacuation operation in Yemen.

12:05 IST Monday, 20 April 2015

Land acquisition amendment ordinance tabled in Lok Sabha by Rajiv Pratap Rudy

11:57 IST Monday, 20 April 2015

Union minister Giriraj Singh regrets over his remarks against Sonia Gandhi

Union Minister Giriraj Singh apologises for his remarks against Sonia Gandhi. He said, “My intention was not to hurt anyone, if my comments have hurt anyone, I apologise.”

1:32 IST Monday, 20 April 2015Lok Sabha adjourns for 20 mins amid uproar over Union Minister Giriraj Singh’s remarks against Congress chief Sonia Gandhi.

11:39 IST Monday, 20 April 2015

Uproar over Union Minister Giriraj Singh’s remarks against Congress chief Sonia Gandhi.​

11:42 IST Monday, 20 April 2015

Jyotiraditya Scindia raises Giriraj Singh’s remarks against Congress chief Sonia Gandhi.​ Says its is “condemnable, insults women, every Indian and every Nigerian”.

Scindia seek the resignation of such ministers and MPs, also want Prime Minister Narendra Modi to apologise.

10:48 IST Monday, 20 April 2015

Addressing media, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said, “The second half of Parliament Budget session begins today. I am grateful to opposition parties for their cooperation in previous sessions. I am confident that the second half of the session will also see high level of constructive discussions with similar cooperation of all parties.”

10:42 IST Monday, 20 April 2015

Congress leader Jyotiraditya Scindia said, “We have a clear stand, we will strongly oppose any anti-poor, farmer policy”

Mallikarjun Kharge said, “We will strongly raise issue of land ordinance in Parliament today, lets see.”

9:58 IST Monday, 20 April 2015

Opposition will strongly raise Kashmir and Land ordinance issue, says Tariq Anwar

Ahead of the parliament session, NCP leader Tariq Anwar said, “Opposition will strongly raise Kashmir and Land ordinance issue. Both are important as one is a matter of national security and the other is about the rights of farmers.”

8:02 IST Monday, 20 April 2015

I look forward to a productive session: PM Modi

Parliament session begins today. I look forward to a productive session, filled with constructive debates on several issues.

Parliament session begins today. I look forward to a productive session, filled with constructive debates on several issues.

— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) April 20, 2015

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