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Indian Muslims don’t let their children get radicalised by ISIS: Rajnath Singh

“As Home Minister, I want to tell you that Indian Muslims are the ones who don’t let their children get influenced or radicalised by ISIS,” he added.

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Congress says ‘odd-even’ scheme a Muhammad Tuglaq-like act from Kejriwal

“Odd and Even ways !! Creating parallel lists of exemption, is complete hypocrisy. If a law is implemented in the interest of the people, we all must adhere, and not be VIPs,” he said in his Facebook post.
Reacting to it, AAP said he is the “biggest hypocrite” and advised him to contribute and not comment on the initiative.

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India, Pakistan and Bangladesh can become a ‘federation’: Ram Vilas Paswan

Paswan rejected suggestions from opposition parties that ‘Ache Din’ is yet to come for ‘aam aadmi’ even after one-and-half year tenure of the Modi Government, as he listed various initiatives of the Centre, including Jan Dhan Yojana, Pradhan Mantri Jeevan Jyoti Bima Yojana, Pradhan Mantri Suraksha Bhima Yojana and Mudra Bank.

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Women outnumber men for PG, M Phil courses

The survey data, which was released recently, also says the highest number of students enrolled for undergraduate courses. Out of the total students, 79.9% students are enrolled at the undergraduate level, the survey report said, while only 11.45% of the students were enrolled at Post Graduate level.

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ATS questions Pune girl ‘radicalised’ by ISIS sympathisers

The girl is now undergoing a de-radicalisation programme with the help of her family members and community religious leaders.
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A Pune-based 16-year-old Muslim girl, who was reportedly radicalised by her ISIS contacts abroad and brain-washed to go to Syria, has been questioned by sleuths of Pune Anti-Terrorism Squad and sent to a de-radicalisation programme, an ATS officer said on Thursday night. According to the officer, the girl is a bright convent educated class XI student, studying in a city college.”The girl was interrogated by the ATS last week after monitoring her movements for many days on getting information about her. It confirmed her initiation by the ISIS. The interrogation of the girl revealed that she was ready to go to any extent to carry out the ISIS directive,” Pune ATS officer Bhanupratap Barge told PTI revealing the details of the ATS operation.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The girl is now undergoing a de-radicalisation programme with the help of her family members and community religious leaders, who are fully cooperating with us, he added.According to the ATS, the minor girl got attracted to the ISIS ideology after watching a documentary on television and subsequently started regularly monitoring news on Al Jazeera channel.”Later, she used the internet to get in touch with ISIS contacts and got in touch with about 200 young persons from different countries. Her interrogation revealed that she was told to come to Syria for medical education and for further initiation,” Barge said.He said that the girl, who is highly intelligent, had recently changed her lifestyle and started wearing burqa, giving up jeans she used to wear before her exposure to the ISIS contacts.”Even her family members noticed the change in her and felt disturbed,” the ATS inspector said.Barge said the de-radicalisation programme of the ATS with the help of community clergy and family members was “working” for the girl with encouraging results. Pune has been on the terrorist radar and had witnessed bomb blasts including the German Bakery blast that killed 17 persons including many foreigners in 2010.2 YSRC MLAs suspended; House adjourned over ‘call money’ issue Hyderabad, Dec 17 (PTI) Two members of YSR Congress were today suspended from Andhra Pradesh Assembly for two days after the Opposition party stalled the House proceedings on the issue of ‘call money’ racket.Speaker K Sivaprasad Rao suspended B Sivaprasad Reddy and D Ramalingeswara Rao alias Raja for two days, for obstructing the cameras meant for showing the House proceedings. Legislative Affairs Minister Y Ramakrishnudu, who moved a motion for suspension of the two members, said obstructing the cameras is against the democratic principles of letting people know the proceedings of the Legislature.The YSR Congress stalled the proceedings seeking a debate on the alleged ‘call money’ racket, pertaining to harassment and exploitation of borrowers by private money lenders after providing loan on call. The racket, in which names of people with political connections cropped up, came to light in Vijayawada and police conducted searches across the state on private money lenders. The Speaker rejected the adjournment motion given by YSR Congress for a debate on the issue and sought to take up scheduled debate. The YSRCP members, however, stood in the well of the House and raised slogans against the TDP government. As the din continued, the Speaker adjourned the House twice but the situation did not improve.Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu said he would make a statement tomorrow on the ‘call money’ issue and sought to speak on Constitution and the contribution of B R Ambedkar to its making. The Legislative Affairs Minister attacked Opposition leader and YSRCP President Y S Jaganmohan Reddy for not letting the House debate on as noble an issue as Constitution and Ambedkar.As the Opposition members continued to insist on a debate on the ‘call money’ issue, the Speaker adjourned the House for the day.

Arunachal Pradesh political crisis: Gauhati HC stays all proceedings of present Assembly session till Feb 2

Coming down heavily on the notification issued by Governor J P Rajkhowa advancing the session, Justice Hrishikesh Roy observed that prima facie it was in violation of Art 174 and 175 of the Constitution dealing with convening of the session Governor and his message to House.

Rebel Congress MLA Kalikho Pul celebrates with supporters after he was elected as” Chief Minister” by 33 legislators in Itanagar, Arunachal Pradesh on Thursday.

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In a new twist to the ongoing political drama, the Gauhati High Court on Thursday kept in abeyance all decisions, including the removal of Arunach Pradesh Assembly Speaker Nebam Rebia, at a special “session” on Thursday, hours after Chief Minister Nabam Tuki was “voted out” and a dissident Congressman was “elected” as CM in a hotel.Coming down heavily on the notification issued by Governor J P Rajkhowa advancing the session, Justice Hrishikesh Roy observed that prima facie it was in violation of Art 174 and 175 of the Constitution dealing with convening of the session Governor and his message to House. The court order came on a writ petition filed by the Speaker challenging the Dec 9 notification issued by the Governor advancing the Assembly session to December 16 from the scheduled day of January 24, 2016.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Earlier today, in a bizarre turn of events, Opposition BJP and rebel Congress MLAs got together in a local hotel to “vote out” the Nabam Tuki-led Congress government in Arunachal Pradesh and to “elect” a rebel Congress MLA as the new “chief minister”. The dramatic development came a day after they “impeached” Speaker Nabam Rebia in a make-shift “Assembly” premises in a community hall.Issuing notice, Justice Hrishikesh Roy kept in abeyance the impugned decisions including the notification issued by the Deputy Speaker restoring the membership of 14 suspended MLAs and the holding of the “session” at a new place and also the decision taken at the “session” yesterday in which the Speaker was removed. The judge allowed petitioner Kapil Sibal to implead the government of Arunachal Pradesh as a party respondent. He posted the case for next hearing on February 1, 2016.Eleven BJP MLAs and two Independent MLAs joined hands with 20 Congress rebels to meet at a conference hall of a hotel here as the Assembly premises have been sealed since Wednesday. Today, a “no confidence” motion moved by BJP MLAs and Independent MLAs was “adopted” with Deputy Speaker T Norbu Thongdok, who is also a rebel Congressman, in the Chair.A total 33 members of the 60-member house, including 20 dissident Congress MLAs, later “elected” another dissident Congressman Kalikho Pul as the new “chief minister” of the state. The Chief Minister Nabam Tuki and his 26 supporting MLAs boycotted the proceedings terming them as “illegal and unconstitutional”.The Chief Minister later wrote to President Pranab Mukherjee and Prime Minister Narendra Modi seeking their intervention to “uphold” the Constitution in the face of the “unprecedented murder” of democracy and “bypassing” of a democratically-elected government by Governor Jyoti Prashad Rajkhowa.Angry over the Governor’s action in calling a session of the Assembly bypassing the government the Congress has paralysed the Rajya Sabha for the last two days. MORE PTI UPL Yesterday, a delegation led by Congress President Sonia Gandhi met President Mukherjee in Delhi and lodged a strong protest against Rajkhowa.”It is clear that the BJP top leadership in connivance with some dissident Congress MLAs planned to destabilize the democratically-elected Congress Government in Arunachal Pradesh. This is obviously a pre-planned design involving the highest functionaries of the Central Government in this unprincipled enterprise,” the Congress chief told reporters after handing over a memorandum to the President.On Thursday’s “proceedings” were held in the new venue as the make-shift premises where Speaker Nabam Rebia was ‘impeached’ on Wednesday was vandalised by miscreants and the MLAs opposing Tuki were not allowed to enter the Assembly premises by security forces. As per directive of the Speaker, the district administration has sealed the Assembly premises since Wednesday.The MLAs then with “due consent” from Governor J P Rajkhowa shifted the venue to the conference hall of a in Naharlagun. The “session”, which was chaired by Deputy Speaker T Norbu Thongdok passed the motion by voice vote and signature consent by 33 members in the absence of 26 Congress MLAs including Tuki and his council of ministers.Thongdok announced Pul as the “new Leader of the House” and said that the “proceedings” would be sent to the Governor who would ask the new chief minister and his council of ministers to take the oath of office shortly.

When PM Narendra Modi’s gesture evoked applause

As Mann was shouting slogans, he said his throat had dried but nobody was listening. He looked for water on the table of the Lok Sabha secretariat officials in front of the Speaker’s podium. Modi poured water into a glass from a bottle on his table and gave it to Mann, who drank it

Sometimes, even political rivalry does not come in the way of a human gesture. On Wednesday morning a glass of water offered by Prime Minister Narendra Modi to AAP’s Bhagwant Mann raised laughter, applause and eyebrows in Lok Sabha, amid the political face-off.It was an unusual courtesy in a House where political acrimony was raising the heat. Mann, who was protesting against the government over the CBI raids on Delhi Secretariat, was in the well of House. Holding a bunch of papers he moved towards the government side, where the Prime Minister was sitting. The Congress members were agitated over the Arunachal Pradesh governor calling a session.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>As Mann was shouting slogans, he said his throat had dried but nobody was listening. He looked for water on the table of the Lok Sabha secretariat officials in front of the Speaker’s podium. Modi poured water into a glass from a bottle on his table and gave it to Mann, who drank it. Modi and Mann exchanged smiles and put the glass on the table. Modi then put the lid on the glass.The treasury benches thumped the desks. On the other side, Congress President Sonia Gandhi, who missed the scene because the protestors in the well of the House blocked her view, was seen asking others what had happened. When she got to know, she too smiled.

Odisha Assembly passes resolution demanding Bharat Ratna for former CM Biju Patnaik

None of the opposition members were present when the House adopted the resolution.

Former Odisha CM Biju Patnaik
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Odisha Assembly on Wednesday adopted a resolution seeking “Bharat Ratna” for freedom fighter and former Chief Minister Biju Patnaik.”The House adopted a resolution empowering the state government to make a demand before the Centre for conferring Bharat Ratna on Biju Patnaik posthumously and observe birth centenary of the legendary leader next year,” Speaker Niranjan Pujari said after the House adopted the resolution moved by the government chief whip Ananta Das.Das had moved a motion on Tuesday on the ‘Role of Legendary Biju Patnaik during freedom struggle and nation building after Independence’.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>None of the opposition members were present when the House adopted the resolution. Opposition Congress, BJP and CPI-M are keeping away from the House to protest the suspension of Congress MLA Nabakishore Das by Speaker Niranjan Pujari for seven days on the charge of watching objectionable video on mobile phone in the house on Monday.At least eight ministers and 20 MLAs participated in the debate which began yesterday. Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, who is also the younger son of Biju Patnaik, however, did not take part in the debate.BJD lawmakers said the legendary leader had been honoured with the highest civilian award by Indonesian government and the government of Russia. National flags of three nations were therefore draped on his body in his funeral, they said.Rout also said how Biju Patnaik had contributed to the security of the country during Chinese aggression in 1962 and war with Pakistan in 1965.”Biju Patnaik had a major role for which Jammu Kashmir is now part of India. Biju Babu carried V K Krishna Menon to Kashmir in his plane and convinced Raja Hari Singh to keep Jammu and Kashmir with India,” Rout said.When Pakistan along with some other nations announced war against India in 1965, the then Prime Minister Lal Bahadur Sashtri sought Patnaik’s help to ensure that Indonesian naval warship do not come to the rescue of the enemy country and Patnaik used his personal relation with President Sukarno and stopped Indonesia’s warship moment, he said.Government Chief Whip Ananta Das said, “Biju Babu suggested Dr APJ Abdul Kalam to select Wheeler Island for test launching of missiles instead of setting up a National Test Range at Baliapal in Balasore district. Then, Dr Kalam and his team visited the island and found the place most suitable place in the world for missile testing.” The House was adjourned sine-die after the resolution was adopted.

PM Modi offers a glass of water to AAP MP protesting against CBI raids

A smiling Modi offered him the glass of water kept on his table which the AAP member readily drank. The two exchanged smiles before Mann kept the glass on the table and the PM put the cover on it. Several BJP members thumped their desks at the PM’s gesture.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday offered a glass of water to AAP member Bhagwant Mann, who was protesting in Lok Sabha against the CBI raids on Delhi government secretariat where Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal sits.Mann, who was shouting slogans in the Well, felt uneasy and was apparently looking for water on the table of Lok Sabha secretariat officials who sit in the Well.A smiling Modi offered him the glass of water kept on his table which the AAP member readily drank. The two exchanged smiles before Mann kept the glass on the table and the PM put the cover on it. Several BJP members thumped their desks at the PM’s gesture.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Mann, thereafter, continued to raise anti-government slogans.Mann, along with several Congress members, were protesting inside the Well soon after the Speaker disallowed their notices of motions to adjourn the Question Hour on various issues including role of Arunachal Pradesh Governor.The Question Hour continued amidst the din.The AAP member from Sangrur constituency in Punjab had been showing a bunch of papers to Speaker Sumitra Mahajan to attract her attention. At one point, the Speaker warned Mann and said his behaviour was “not good”.Mann had then moved to the other side of the Well and was standing near the Prime Minister’s seat when the incident occured.Congress chief Sonia Gandhi, who could not see what had happened as several of her party members were standing in the Well blocking her view, wanted to know what occured. She went into a peal of laughter after getting the details.External Affairs Miniser Sushma Swaraj, seated in the front row along with the PM and other leaders, was also seen laughing.While Mann and Sandhu Singh of AAP, as also some Congress members, were raising slogans in the Well, another party member Dharmveer Gandhi was standing on his bench holding a placard demanding renaming of Chandigarh airport after freedom fighter Bhagat Singh.A furious Kejriwal had yesterday accused the Modi government of targeting him over a day-long CBI raid at the Delhi Secretariat.

Congress, BJP clash in Lok Sabha over withdrawal of invite to Kerala CM Oommen Chandy

Home Minister Rajnath Singh dismissed the charge as “baseless” and said the decision to withdraw the invite to Chandy for the event in Kerala was taken by SNDP, a social organisation which is hosting it, due to its “internal row” and the government had nothing to do with it.

Oommen Chandy
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Congress and BJP members clashed in the Lok Sabha on Monday over the exclusion of Kerala Chief Minister from a Prime Minister’s event on Tuesday with the former alleging that the PM’s constitutional position was being used for “political vendetta”, a charge denied by the government.Home Minister Rajnath Singh dismissed the charge as “baseless” and said the decision to withdraw the invite to Chandy for the event in Kerala was taken by SNDP, a social organisation which is hosting it, due to its “internal row” and the government had nothing to do with it. The Speaker was forced to adjourn the House earlier due to the uproar over the issue, along with the protests by AAP members against demolition drive in the national capital.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>K C Venugopal (Cong) raised it during the Zero Hour soon after the House reassembled noon. “It is an agonising issue which has seriously affected emotions of people of Kerala and the country. It is a serious breach of political morality… Due to the unfair political move by the ruling party at the Centre (BJP), he (Chandy) was dropped. The entire state is shocked and agitating. The PMO or the Prime Minister has a hand in this. Humiliating the Chief Minister is humiliation of Kerala. The constitutional position is being used for political vendetta,” Venugopal said.Citing the programme schedule sent to the PMO by the state’s protocol department, he said it included the name of Chandy who was to preside over the function while Modi was to unveil the statue of former state chief minister R Shankar. “This is against cooperative federalism. The Prime Minister like always is keeping unjustifiable silence,” he said.Rejecting the charge as “unfounded and baseless”, the Home Minister said it was true that SNDP had first invited Chandy which led to some “internal row” within it and the organisation then adopted a “unanimous resolution” saying the Chief Minister should not come. “Who is invited and who is not is a decision for the SNDP to take and the government has nothing to do with it,” Singh said. Asserting that the central government does not want any confrontation with states, the Minister said it had taken many steps to strengthen “cooperative federalism”. Venugopal said the event has been projected as a private event due to political reason.Saugata Roy (TMC) was heard saying that the Prime Minister should not go to the event amid protests by Congress and Left members. The members of the three parties soon staged a walk out, along with those of the NCP and RJD.Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Rajiv Pratap Rudy cited a letter by Chandy quoting him that he would not be attending the event as he was not available. Rudy said Venugopal’s charge was absolutely incorrect. SNDP, an organisation of Ezhava community, has entered into an political alliance with the BJP.

Karnataka Lokayukta resigns over alleged bribery scandal

Rao, who had resisted growing calls for stepping down following the allegation, had tendered his resignation on Monday and it was accepted by Governor Vajubhai R Vala on Tuesday, ending months of uncertainty hanging over the institution.

Karnataka Lokayukta resigns
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Facing the prospect of his removal, controversial Karnataka Lokayukta Y Bhaskar Rao has resigned over an alleged extortion racket in the anti-graft ombudsman’s office involving his son.Rao, who had resisted growing calls for stepping down following the allegation, had tendered his resignation on Monday and it was accepted by Governor Vajubhai R Vala on Tuesday, ending months of uncertainty hanging over the institution. “Hon’ble Governor of Karnataka is pleased to accept the resignation of Dr. Justice Y. Bhaskar Rao, as Lokayukta of Karnataka State with immediate effect,” a Raj Bhavan communique said on Tuesday.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Rao is on a long leave since July last after his son Ashwin Rao was arrested by the Special Investigation Team (SIT) in connection with the case. A motion moved by BJP and JDS and also supported by the ruling Congress seeking the removal of Rao is pending before the Karnataka Assembly with the Speaker Kagodu Thimappa considering it before referring the issue to the Karnataka High Court Chief Justice to take the process forward.According to the Lokayukta Act, recently amended to simplify rules for removal of the anti-graft ombudsman, on admission of the motion, the presiding officers shall refer the matter to the High Court Chief Justice for investigation into the grounds over which the removal is sought. If the charges against the Lokayukta are proved by the inquiry, it is then taken up for consideration and adoption of the motion and sent to the Governor for assent.The investigation for proof of misbehaviour or incapacity of Lokayukta has to be done as provided in the Judges (Inquiry) Act, 1968, by a three-member committee, comprising two judges and a jurist. The scandal surfaced after Lokayukta Superintendent of Police Sonia Narang wrote a letter to the Registrar of Karnataka Lokayukta about the complaint she received from a person who alleged that someone from the Lokayukta office demanded Rs 1 crore in bribe to avoid a raid. The SIT has arrested 11 persons, including Ashwin Rao, and registered five cases in connection with the alleged racket.In another development, a motion seeking removal of Upa Lokayukta Subhash Adi, moved by the Congress but not supported by BJP and JDS, is also before the Assembly. In their petition against Adi, the ruling party members have accused him of “misuse of office, misconduct and inefficiency”. The Opposition maintains there are no specific charges against Adi and the move against him is an attempt to shut down the Lokayukta institution itself.Former Upa Lokayukta SB Majage had earlier alleged that Adi had closed a case of misconduct against a medical officer from Hubballi, which was a being handled by him. Following that, some Congress leaders had demanded Adi’s resignation. The Congress leaders had also alleged that the medical officer was a relative of Opposition BJP leader in the Assembly Jagadish Shettar, during whose Chief Ministership Adi was appointed as the Upa Lokayukta. Procedure for removal of the Upa Lokayukta is similar to that for a Lokayukta.The Assembly Speaker has, however, said that he is not convinced with the evidence produced that alleged Adi had shown favouritism and exceeded his jurisdiction.

Uproar in Odisha Assembly over ‘locking’ of girls during CM Naveen Patnaik’s visit

Showing newspaper clippings, Bahinipati alleged that around 10 girl students of Maa Rama Devi University here were locked up in a room by the police anticipating disturbance during Patnaik’s campus visit for inaguration of the state’s first women’s university yesterday.

The Odisha Assembly on Friday witnessed repeated adjournments with opposition Congress demanding unconditional apology from Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik over alleged locking of some girl students during his visit to a city college. The issue was raised by Congress Chief Whip Taraprasad Bahinipati as soon as the House assembled for the question hour.Showing newspaper clippings, Bahinipati alleged that around 10 girl students of Maa Rama Devi University here were locked up in a room by the police anticipating disturbance during Patnaik’s campus visit for inaguration of the state’s first women’s university yesterday.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>While demanding unconditional apology from the Chief Minister, who is also the Home Minister, the Congress members, led by Bahinipati, attempted to climb on the Speaker’s podium and grab his mike.Unable to run the House, Speaker Niranjan Pujari adjourned the House till 12 noon. As soon as the House reassembled, the Congress lawmakers again created furore. Following this, the Speaker adjourned the House till 3 PM.Leader of the Opposition Narasingha Mishra (Cong) said, “I demand that the Chief Minister should come to the House and beg apology for illegally confining girls in their own college. This action of police clearly violated the basic human rights and constitutional rights of girls.”

Switch off mobile phones before entering House: Bihar Speaker

Earlier, protem speaker Sadanand Singh had made a strong comment on some members clicking photograph from their mobile during oath taking function on December 1.

The new Bihar Legislative Assembly Speaker Vijay Chaudhary on Friday took strong note of members using mobile phone inside the House and gave a stern instruction to put the cell phone on “switch off mode” before entering.”I have seen mobile phone of members ringing inside the house while proceeding is on. It looked very bad today when it happened during Governor’s speech also,” Chaudhary said before concluding business of the house for the day. “Such incidents are against respect of the House,” the Speaker said.”We have to make arrangement either to keep the mobile phone of the members outside the house or else members should themselves ensure that cell phone is put on switch off mode before entering into the House,” Chaudhary said resuming business of the House on departure of Governor Ram Nath Kovind after addressing the joint session of the two Houses.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Earlier, protem speaker Sadanand Singh had made a strong comment on some members clicking photograph from their mobile during oath taking function on December 1. Later, talking to reporters Chief Minister Nitish Kumar shared the Speaker’s anxiety over use of mobile phone inside the House and stressed on strong ruling to enforce it.

Outlook apologises to Rajnath Singh, says he never called ‘Modi first Hindu leader in 800 years’

The article created a storm in Lok Sabha after Salim raised it, prompting the Home Minister to strongly deny it. The statement of Salim was later expunged by the Speaker.

Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh

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Outlook magazine on Monday night admitted to have ‘erroneously’ attributed to Home Minister Rajnath Singh Hindu leader remark which created a storm in Lok Sabha.The magazine tweeted a link to the following statement:”In a Lok Sabha debate on November 30, 2015, Mr. Mohammad Salim, the honorable Member of Parliament of the CPI-M, referred to an Outlook cover story (“The Mirror States”, dated November 16, 2015).In this story, a remark (“first Hindu ruler after 800 years”) made by the late Ashok Singhal of the Vishwa Hindu Parishad was erroneously attributed to Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh. Outlook deeply regrets the lack of diligence in verifying the source of the statement.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>It was not our intention to denigrate the home minister or Parliament. Outlook sincerely regrets the embarrassment caused to Mr. Rajnath Singh and Mr. Mohammad Salim. The online version of the said article has been corrected to put the facts on record.”Related read: Did he or didn’t he? Rajnath Singh and Mohd Salim spar over ‘Hindu Prime Minister’ commentThe article created a storm in Lok Sabha after Salim raised it, prompting the Home Minister to strongly deny it. The statement of Salim was later expunged by the Speaker.Outlook tweeted the following statement:

Delhi Assembly to house Abdul Kalam belongings till AAP govt readies memorial

AAP MLA Somnath Bharti moved a private member’s Bill calling for the Centre to “reverse its decision” and allot a plot of land given to BJP for the building of a school in Kalam’s memory.

Delhi Assembly on Friday passed a proposal for keeping all the belongings of former President APJ Abdul Kalam on the House premises till the time a ‘Knowledge Centre’ comes up in his memory in the national capital as proposed by the ruling AAP here. The proposal was moved by Speaker Ram Niwas Goel and was passed by voice vote by the 70-member House along with another proposal to instal pictures of Kalam inside the Assembly. Kirari MLA Rituraj had moved the second proposal on a day on which the House also saw some uproar when AAP MLA Somnath Bharti moved a private member’s Bill calling for the Centre to “reverse its decision” and allot a plot of land given to BJP for the building of a school in Kalam’s memory.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Talking about the proposal adopted today, Goel said, “The Assembly will provide two-three rooms for keeping all of Kalam’s belongings. These will be permanently kept here until the ‘Knowledge Centre’ comes up in Delhi. “Kalam was a kind of person whose house had Ramayana, the Gita, Quran and Bible and it is our responsibility to preserve his memory.” Participating in the discussion, Delhi Tourism Minister Kapil Mishra criticised the Centre for setting a deadline of October 31 for Kalam’s house at 10, Rajaji Marg, to be cleared of his belongings. Several AAP MLAs participated in the discussion and said that the Centre should not have ordered that Kalam’s house be vacated. “Kalam’s family has given its consent for providing all the belongings of the former President. The government has also formed a three-member committee to facilitate this transfer of Kalam’s belongings to their rightful place,” the minister said.He added that the Assembly would “like to thank the Speaker for giving his consent for keeping all of Kalam’s belongings on the premises of Delhi Assembly till the time the ‘Knowledge Centre’ comes up in Delhi”. Recently, Kalam’s elder brother, APJM Maraikayar, had urged Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal to set up a ‘Kalam National Centre for Knowledge Discovery’ in Delhi.

This Winter Session may see lesser paper in Parliament.

While most members favoured the move, some said it should be implemented gradually as not all members were comfortable with accessing online.

Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan announced steps taking the House closer to the goal of a paperless Parliament. At an all-party convened by her, Mahajan launched a refurbished version of the Lok Sabha website and said unstarred questions, bulletin-I, private members bills and annual reports would be made available online and not be given to every member in hard copy form. While most members favoured the move, some said it should be implemented gradually as not all members were comfortable with accessing online. Mahajan has set the target of a paperless Parliament as one of her priorities and was trying to evolve a consensus among members of Parliament on giving up paper and going online. As of now, questions are written or typed and sent to the table office and chosen through a lottery.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> With the last session being a washout, Mahajan has asked members to ensure “maximum decorum” to ensure “maximum debate” While Prime Minister Narendra Modi attended the dinner later, among those present in the meeting were Mallikarjun Kharge, leader of Congress in the Lok Sabha, Shiv Sena’s Anandrao Adsul, E Ahmed of the Muslim League and Sudip Bandopadhyay of the TMC were among others present for the meeting.

DCW’s Swati Maliwal shocked by BJP MLA OP Sharma’s comments about AAP’s Alka Lamba

The DCW had earlier recommended registration of FIR against Sharma for calling the AAP legislator a “drug addict” in August this year. “Shocked at Sharma’s comments on lady MLA Alka Lamba…

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Delhi Commission for Women (DWC) chairperson Swati Maliwal expressed shock over BJP MLA OP Sharma’s derogatory remarks against AAP legislator Alka Lamba, and assured the latter of support. Dubbing Sharma as a “habitual offender” and one lacking respect for women, Maliwal said the DCW had recommended registration of FIR against Sharma in another case earlier, but the absence of police action has emboldened the BJP leader to “repeat” such offence. The DCW had earlier recommended registration of FIR against Sharma for calling the AAP legislator a “drug addict” in August this year. “Shocked at Sharma’s comments on lady MLA Alka Lamba…He appears to be a habitual offender and lacks respect for women. I had recommended registration of FIR against Sharma to police. Sad no FIR was registered. That’s why he got the courage to repeat such offence,” she said.”MLA Sharma been elected by Delhi to protect women and work towards making Delhi safe for them. Not for sexist comments n threatening them. DCW will now support MLA Alka Lamba to take this battle to court. No man should get away with misbehaving with a woman (sic),” Maliwal tweeted.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Sharma made the remarks during a discussion in assembly on homeless people and night shelters in the city, initiated through a calling attention motion by BJP’s Vijender Gupta. Gupta said this year 402 deaths of homeless persons were reported till date, under Kashmiri Gate police station area in the city, while the number was 221 last year and alleged that the AAP government was not serious about this matter. Alka LambaLamba intervened in the discussion saying that the deaths were not due to cold but due to “use of drugs”. This prompted Sharma to counter Alka and make a personal derogatory comment against her. AAP MLAs immediately voiced their protest over the remarks and rushed into the well of the House shouting slogans and demanding his expulsion.The Speaker expressed his regret over the incident and suspended Sharma till Thursday.

AAP MLA Pankaj Pushkar gets thrown out of Assembly for criticising Arvind Kejriwal govt

The Timarpur MLA, who is an active member of Yogendra Yadav and Prashant Bhushan-run Swaraj Abhiyan, accused the government of having “failed” to provide better education to children.

Pushkar also attacked Goel saying the Speaker was “misusing his post by not allowing him to speak.”

Dissident AAP MLA Pankaj Pushkar was today marshalled out of the Delhi Assembly after he raised the issue of lakhs of government school students having “failed” the mid-term exams. The action was taken after Pushkar persistently raised the issue which was seen by the Speaker as disruption of House proceedings. “Out of 3 lakh class 9 students studying in Delhi government schools, 2.5 lakh students failed the mid-term exams. Government doesn’t want to allow me to take up this issue in the Assembly,” Pushkar said.The Timarpur MLA, who is an active member of Yogendra Yadav and Prashant Bhushan-run Swaraj Abhiyan, accused the government of having “failed” to provide better education to children. “With the failing of lakhs of students you can well imagine what type of education is being imparted in govt schools,” he said.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Pushkar also attacked Goel saying the Speaker was “misusing his post by not allowing him to speak.” Pushkar termed the recently tabled Education Bills as an “eyewash” and alleged that they were being introduced “on the behest of private schools.”

Modi in UK: Full text of PM Modi’s speech at British parliament

He had earlier given a joint statement with UK PM David Cameron on issues of terrorism, intolerance and civil nuclear agreement.

PM Narendra Modi spoke at the British Parliament and addressed the lawmakers there. PM Modi is on a three-day trip to the United Kingdom. He had earlier given a joint statement with UK PM David Cameron on issues of terrorism, intolerance and civil nuclear agreement.Here is the full text of PM’s address to the British Parliament:Lord Speaker, Mr. Speaker, Mr. Prime Minister I am delighted to be in London. Even in this globalised world, London is still the standard for our times. The city has embraced the world’s diversity and represents the finest in human achievements. And, I am truly honoured to speak in the British Parliament. <!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Mr. Speaker, thank you for opening the doors to us, here in this magnificent setting of the Royal Court. I know that the Parliament is not in Session. Prime Minister Cameron looks relaxed and relieved. But, I want to remind you, Mr. Prime Minister, that you owe me royalty for an election slogan. I know that you are hosting me at the Chequers this evening. But, I also know that you will understand if I am fair to both sides of the floor. Especially since British MPs of Indian Origin are evenly balanced between the Treasury and the Opposition benches. So, I also extend my good wishes to the Labour. Indeed, since these are still early days after the election, my warm congratulations to the Members of the House. And, greetings to the eminent leaders of Britain and great friends of India present here today. So much of the modern history of India is linked to this building. So much history looms across our relationship. There are others who have spoken forcefully on the debts and dues of history. I will only say that many freedom fighters of India found their calling in the institutions of Britain. And, many makers of modern India, including several of my distinguished predecessors, from Jawaharlal Nehru to Dr. Manmohan Singh, passed through their doors.There are many things on which it is hard to tell anymore if they are British or Indian: The Jaguar or the Scotland Yard, for example. The Brooke Bond tea or my friend late Lord Ghulam Nun’s curry. And, our strongest debates are whether the Lord’s pitch swings unfairly or the wicket at Eden Gardens cracks too early. And, we love the Bhangra rap from London just as you like the English novel from India. On the way to this event, Prime Minister Cameron and I paid homage to Mahatma Gandhi outside the Parliament. I was reminded of a question I was asked on a tour abroad. How is it that the statue of Gandhi stands outside the British Parliament? To that question, my answer is: The British are wise enough to recognise his greatness; Indians are generous enough to share him; we are both fortunate enough to have been touched by his life and mission; and, we are both smart enough to use the strengths of our connected histories to power the future of our relationship. So, I stand here today, not as a visiting Head of Government, given the honour to speak in this temple of democracy. I am here as a representative of a fellow institution and a shared tradition. And, tomorrow, Prime Minister and I will be at the Wembley. Even in India, every young footballer wants to bend it like Beckham. Wembley will be a celebration of one-half-million threads of life that bind us; one and half million people – proud of their heritage in India; proud of their home in Britain. It will be an expression of joy for all that we share: values, institutions, political system, sports, culture and art. And, it will be a recognition of our vibrant partnerships and a shared future. The United Kingdom is the third largest investor in India behind Singapore and Mauritius. India is the third largest source of Foreign Direct Investment projects in the United Kingdom. Indians invest more in Britain than in the rest of European Union combined. It is not because they want to save on interpretation costs, but because they find an environment that is welcoming and familiar. It takes an Indian icon, Tata, to run a British icon and become your nation’s largest private sector employer. The UK remains a preferred destination for Indian students. And, I am pleased that an Indian company is taking a thousand British students to India to skill them in Information Technology. We are working together in the most advanced areas of science and technology. We are finding solutions to the enduring human problems of food and health security, and seeking answers to emerging challenges like climate change. Our security agencies work together so that our children return home safe and our increasingly networked lives are not prey to the threats on cyber space. Our Armed Forces exercise with each other, so that they can stand more strongly for the values we represent. This year alone, we have had three exercises together. And, in the international arena, your support has made it more possible for India to take her rightful place in global institutions and regimes. And, it has helped us both advance our common interests. Mr. Speaker, Strong as our partnership is, for a relationship such as ours, we must set higher ambitions. We are two democracies; two strong economies; and, two innovative societies. We have the comfort of familiarity and the experience of a long partnership. Britain’s resurgence is impressive. Its influence on the future of the global economy remains strong. And, Mr. Speaker, India is new bright spot of hope and opportunity for the world. It is not just the universal judgment of international institutions. It is not just the logic of numbers: a nation of 1.25 billion people with 800 million under the age of 35 years. This optimism comes from the energy and enterprise of our youth; eager for change and confident of achieving it. It is the result of bold and sustained measures to reform our laws, policies, institutions and processes. We are igniting the engines of our manufacturing sector; making our farms more productive and more resilient; making our services more innovative and efficient; moving with urgency on building global skills for our youth; creating a revolution in Startup enterprises; and, building the next generation infrastructure that will have a light footprint on the Earth. Our momentum comes not just from the growth we pursue, but from the transformation that we seek in the quality of life for every citizen. Much of India that we dream of still lies ahead of us: housing, power, water and sanitation for all; bank accounts and insurance for every citizen; connected and prosperous villages; and, smart and sustainable cities. These are goals with a definite date, not just a mirage of hope. And, inspired by Gandhiji, the change has begun with us – the way the government works. There is transparency and accountability in governance. There is boldness and speed in decisions. Federalism is no longer the fault line of Centre-State relations, but the definition of a new partnership of Team India. Citizens now have the ease of trust, not the burden of proof and process. Businesses find an environment that is open and easy to work in. In a nation connected by cell phones, Digital India is transforming the interface between Government and people. So, Mr. Speaker, with apologies to poet T.S. Eliot, we won’t let the shadow fall between the idea and reality. If you visit India, you will experience the wind of change. It is reflected in the surge of investments from around the world; in enhanced stability of our economy; in 190 million new bank accounts of hope and inclusion; in the increase in our growth to nearly 7.5% per year; and, in the sharp rise in our ranking on Ease of Doing Business. And, the motto of Sab Ka Saath, Sab Ka Vikas, is our vision of a nation, in which every citizen belongs, participates and prospers. It is not just a call for economic inclusion. It is also a celebration of our diversity; the creed for social harmony; and, a commitment to individual liberties and rights. This is the timeless ethos of our culture; this is the basis of our constitution; and, this will be the foundation of our future. Mr. Speaker, Members and Friends, The progress of India is the destiny of one-sixth of humanity. And, it will also mean a world more confident of its prosperity; and, more secure about its future. It is also natural and inevitable that our economic relations will grow by leaps and bounds. We will form unbeatable partnerships, if we combine our unique strengths and the size and scale of opportunities in India. We will see more investment and trade. We will open new doors in the Services sector. We will collaborate more – here and in India – in defence equipment and technology. We will work together on renewable and nuclear energy. We will explore the mysteries of science and harness the power of technology and innovation. We will realise the opportunities of the digital world. Our youth will learn more from – and with – each other. But, a relationship as rich as this, with so much promise as ours, cannot be measured only in terms of our mutual prosperity. Mr. Speaker, Ours is an age of multiple transitions in the world. We are yet to fully comprehend the future unfolding before us. As in the previous ages, it will be different from the world we know. So, in the uncharted waters of our uncertain times, we must together help steer a steady course for this world in the direction that mirrors the ideals we share. For, in that lies not just the success of our two nations, but also the promise of the world that we desire. We have the strength of our partnership and the membership of the United Nations, the Commonwealth and the G-20. We live in a world where instability in a distant region quickly reaches our doorsteps. We see this in the challenges of radicalization and refugees. The fault lines are shifting from the boundaries of nations into the web of our societies and the streets of our cities. And, terrorism and extremism are a global force that are larger than their changing names, groups, territories and targets. The world must speak in one voice and act in unison to combat this challenge of our times. We must adopt a Comprehensive Convention on International Terrorism in the UN without delay. There should be no distinction between terrorist groups or discrimination between nations. There should be a resolve to isolate those who harbour terrorists and willingness to stand with nations that will fight them honestly. And, we need a social movement against extremism in countries where it is most prevalent and, every effort to delink religion and terrorism. Oceans remain vital for our prosperity. Now, we have to also secure our cyber and outer space. Our interests are aligned across many regions. We have a shared interest in stable, prosperous and integrated South Asia, drawn together in a shared march to prosperity. We want an Afghanistan that is shaped by the dreams of the great Afghan people, not by irrational fears and overreaching ambitions of others. A peaceful, stable Indian Ocean Region is vital for global commerce and prosperity. And, the future of Asia Pacific region will have profound impact on all of us. We both have huge stakes in West Asia and the Gulf. And, in Africa, where, amidst many challenges, we see so many promising signs of courage, wisdom, leadership and enterprise. India has just held an Africa Summit, in which all 55 countries, and 42 leaders participated. We must also cooperate to launch a low carbon age for a sustainable future for our planet. This is a global responsibility that we must assume in Paris later this month. The world has crafted a beautiful balance of collective action – common but differentiated responsibility and respective capabilities. Those who have the means and the know-how must help meet the universal aspiration of humanity for clean energy and a healthy environment. And, when we speak of restraint, we must not only think of curbing fossil fuels, but also moderating our lifestyles. We must all do our part. For India, a target of 175 GW of additional capacity in renewable energy by 2022 and reduction in emission intensity of 33-35 % by 2030 are just two of the steps of a comprehensive strategy. I have also proposed to launch during the COP 21 meeting an International Solar Alliance to make solar energy an integral part of our lives, even in the most unconnected villages. In Britain, you are more likely to use an umbrella against rain than the sun. But, my team defined the membership of the Solar Alliance in more precise terms: you have to be located within the Tropics. And, we are pleased that the United Kingdom qualifies! So, we look forward to an innovative Britain as a valuable partner in this endeavour. Prime Minister Cameron and I are, indeed, very pleased that cooperation on affordable and accessible clean energy is an important pillar of our relations. Mr. Speaker, This is a huge moment for our two great nations. So, we must seize our opportunities, remove the obstacles to cooperation, instill full confidence in our relations and remain sensitive to each other’s interests. In doing so, we will transform our strategic partnership, and we will make this relationship count as one of the leading global partnerships. Ever so often, in the call of Britain’s most famous Bard that we must seize the tide in the affairs of men, the world has sought the inspiration to act. And, so must we. But, in defining the purpose of our partnership, we must turn to a great son of India, whose house in London I shall dedicate to the cause of social justice on Saturday. Dr. B. R. Ambedkar, whose 125th birth anniversary we are celebrating now, was not just an architect of India’s Constitution and our parliamentary democracy. He also stood for the upliftment of the weak, the oppressed and the excluded. And, he lifted us all to a higher cause in the service of humanity; to build a future of justice, equality, opportunity and dignity for all humans; and, peace among people. That is the cause to which India and the United Kingdom have dedicated themselves today. Thank you very much, thanks a lot. Also read: LIVE| Modi in UK: Modi speaks about ‘growing intolerance’, says strict action is taken against such incidents

Meet Salim, a Muslim man in-charge of Durga Puja celebrations for 23 years in Raigarh

Raigarh (Chhattisgarh): In a unique example of communal harmony, a Muslim man has been presiding over Durga Puja celebrations in Chhattisgarh’s Raigarh district for the past 23 years.

Sheikh Salim Niyariya, a 50-year-old Congress Corporator, has been managing ‘Handi Chowk Durga Committee’ at Handi Chowk area in Raigarh since 1992.

Representational image. AFP

Representational image. AFP

“Handi Chowk Durga Committee has three Muslim office bearers (out) of the total 25 members who play an active role in organising the puja,” Niyariya told PTI.

Muslim ‘karigars’ (artisans) are also a part of the team that decorates the deity’s pandal, he said.

Niyariya presently holds the post of Speaker of the Raigarh Municipal Corporation.

He not only incepted the Durga Puja by installing the Goddess’ idol but also initiated the culmination procession before idol immersion on Navmi (the ninth day).

He has also set up a Hanuman temple in the area.

“Peace and harmony of this locality is an example to the nation. Both Muslim and Hindu communities take part in each other’s festivals with full enthusiasm,” Niyariya asserted.

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Vidhan Sabha recruitment scam: Digvijay Singh to appear before Bhopal Police over

The alleged scam took place between 1993 and 2003, when Singh was the Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh.

Congress general secretary Digvijay Singh will appear before the Bhopal Police on Thursday in connection with the probe of a recruitment scam case of Madhya Pradesh.The statement of Congress general secretary would be recorded in Jahangirabad police station.The alleged scam took place between 1993 and 2003, when Singh was the Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh.Earlier this year, Jahangirabad police had registered a case against Singh, former Speaker Sriniwas Tiwari and others for alleged forgery, conspiracy, cheating, misuse of office as well as offences under the Prevention of Corruption Act following a complaint filed by the Assembly secretariat about irregularities in recruitment during 1993 to 2003.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>

Experts’ panel recommends 400 percent hike in basic salary of Delhi MLAs

New Delhi: Salary and allowances of Delhi MLAs may see a whopping two-and-half fold hike from current Rs 88,000 per month to Rs 2.10 lakh if recommendations of an expert panel are accepted by the government.

An experts' panel has recommended a 400 percent hike in the basic salary of the Delhi MLAs. PTI

An experts’ panel has recommended a 400 percent hike in the basic salary of the Delhi MLAs. PTI

The three-member committee chaired by former Secretary General of Lok Sabha PDT Achary, in its report submitted to Assembly Speaker Ram Niwas Goel, has favoured a 400 percent hike in basic salary of MLAs from Rs 12,000 to Rs 50,000 per month.

Overall, the hike recommended has been 138 percent.

In July, a group of AAP legislatiors had demanded a significant hike in salary, arguing their earnings were not enough to run their family and offices.

“The committee has recommended to increase the existing salary of MLAs from Rs 12,000 per month to Rs 50,000 per month. Also, total salary and allowances of MLAs have been recommended to be enhanced from the present Rs 88,000 per month to Rs 2.10 lakh per month,” Achary told reporters.

The recommendations were made considering Constitutional provisions and their job profile, he said.

Apart from basic salary, the committee has recommended hiking constituency allowance from current Rs 18,000 to Rs 50,000, saying the current amount was “grossly” inadequate.

A reimbursible sum of Rs 70,000 per month has also been recommended as allowance under ‘Secretarial, Research and Office Assistance’ head which is Rs 30,000 at present.

An ‘office rental and related utilities’ allowance of Rs 25,000 has been recommended for meeting expenditure on office space and other essential amenities provided by government agencies.

The committee has also suggested a communication allowance of Rs 10,000 per month as well as Rs 30,000 as monthly conveyance allowance for each MLA.

The ‘Daily’ allowance of each MLA during every sitting of the House or its committees has been recommended to be hiked from Rs 1,000 to Rs 2,000.

The one-time allowances of MLAs have also been recommended to be increased significantly with one time ‘office furnishing’ allowance of Rs 1 lakh, Rs 60,000 for purchasing office equipment and a vehicle loan of Rs 12 lakh, which is Rs 4 lakh at present.

The lawmakers’ salary was last increased by 100 percent in September 2011 by the then Sheila Dikshit government, citing inflation and the rise in the cost of living cost.

The committee has also recommended a hike in monthly pension from the existing Rs 7,500 to Rs 15,000 per month for first term of membership and an additional pension of Rs 1,000 per month for every successive year of membership beyond the first term, Achary said.

The family pension has been recommended at 50 percent of the pension being paid to a deceased member or an ex-member, he said.

The committee’s recommendations also include a maximum reimbursable travel allowance fo Rs 3 lakh per annum for each MLA and his dependents by air, rail, road or steamer.

In an important recommendation, it also favoured a 10 per cent raise in the basic salary, Rs 5,000 per month, after every 12 months, from the date on which new salary and allowances come into force.

The committee of experts finalised its 21-page “unanimous report” over five lengthy sittings. The committee, including non-official members KV Prasad and Balraj Malik, went through pay and allowances structures of many state assemblies as well as those of the US Congress, UK, Australia and many other Commonwealth nations, member secretary of the committee Prasanna Kumar said.

The guiding principle for the committee was to take a constructive, logical and scientific path and recommend measures that will help build the ‘office’ of a legislator, an institutional concept not formally approached so far in the country, he said.

With the proposed hike in salary, the committee felt that there is no need for additional provision to meet the expenses incurred by MLAs on domestic consumption of power and water. Also, it said there is no need to provide MLAs with either rent-free official accommodation or house rent allowance, which is a standard practice in every legislature in the country, he said.

The report of the committee handed over to the Speaker will now by put before the Assembly’s Committee of Salary and Allowances for consideration. Thereafter the government will consider it and, if accepted, come up with a Bill, he added.

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There should be debate on all ideologies despite differences: Rajnath Singh

New Delhi: The year-long birth centenary celebrations of RSS ideologue Deen Dayal Upadhyaya kicked off on Friday with Home Minister Rajnath Singh stressing upon the need for debate on every ideology, notwithstanding the differences of opinion.

Home Minister Rajnath Singh. AFP

Home Minister Rajnath Singh. AFP

“In India, there are some people who want to restrict any debate around a few individuals. Our belief is no matter how many ideologies there are, there can be differences of opinion regarding them, but there should be debate on all ideologies,” Singh said.

He was speaking at an event at the Nehru Memorial Museum and Library (NMML) to launch the birth centenary celebrations of Upadhyaya, one of the foremost leaders of Bhartiya Jan Sangh, BJP’s forerunner, where Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan and Finance Minister Arun Jaitley also paid tributes to the leader.

Asked why NMML was chosen for the launch of celebrations, Tourism Minister Mahesh Sharma said it was not an attempt at “saffronisation”.

“To call this saffronisation is indicative of a small mindset. For us Nehruji is as revered. Today we are celebrating Deen Dayalji’s birth annivarsary. I think it is fortunate if, as per the objectives behind this institution, apart from Nehruji, others who contributed to the freedom struggle or making of modern India also find place here,” Sharma told reporters.

He had recently said the government will undertake a major overhaul of 39 institutions, including the Gandhi Smriti and Nehru Memorial Museum and Library, to introduce modern Indian component, including works of the Modi dispensation, a move that was termed as “diabolical” by Congress. More PTI ADS SK SK

In his speech, Rajnath Singh referred to communist leader Dr Manabendra Nath Roy, and asked that if there can be debate on his radical humanism, why can there be not discussion on Deen Dayal Upadhyaya’s idea of Integral Humanism.

“Radical Humanism, you will teach in text books, then why can’t Integral Humanism be discussed,” he asked.

Speaking about Upadhyaya’s vision for uplift of the weak, Singh said one way to help them is by extending them government facilities over a long period, while the second is to make them self-sufficient so they are no longer dependent.

“Now you have to choose, what is the best way. Our government has never tried to win support by offering baksheesh (tip),” the Home Minister said.

Jaitley said Upadhyaya, a journalist, economist and political scientist, had left his imprint on a variety of fields.

Referring to Jawaharlal Nehru without naming him, Jaitley said after independence there was a political party and a Prime Minister who had tall political stature and ideologically there was dominance of communism worldwide.

Lauding Upadhyaya, he said in such a situation, creating a parallel thought and establishing a distinct organisation required an exceptional personality.

Jaitley also credited to Upadhayaya’s vision several measures taken by the Modi government for the people.

Lok Sabha Speaker Mahajan said Upadhyaya felt that a strong opposition was important in democracy and believed that “social untouchability is evil, but political untouchability is even more dangerous.”

Mahajan also emphasised on the need for holistic education and questioned the present system where there is too much focus on obtaining maximum possible marks in examinations.

She also said the world is keenly following the working of Indian Democracy.

Lok Sabha TV is going to telecast a 13-episode documentary based on Upadhyaya’s life weekly begining today.

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Can’t step into function of Parliament, will cross ‘lakshman rekha’: Supreme Court

“We cannot monitor Parliament. The Speaker of the House knows how to manage the function of the House. We should know our ‘lakshman rekha’. We should never cross the ‘lakshman rekha’. We should not be overstepping our boundary to say Parliament be conducted in this manner and not in that manner. No, we cannot say,” the bench said.

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Judiciary cannot monitor the business of Parliament as doing so would be “overstepping” its boundary and crossing the ‘lakshman rekha’, the Supreme Court observed on Thursday while dismissing a petition seeking guidelines to ensure uninterrupted functioning of Parliament.”We cannot monitor Parliament. The Speaker of the House knows how to manage the function of the House. We should know our ‘lakshman rekha’. We should never cross the ‘lakshman rekha’. We should not be overstepping our boundary to say Parliament be conducted in this manner and not in that manner. No, we cannot say,” the bench said.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Further, it said, “in democracy, the parliamentarians know how to function. We are not here to teach them. They know better,” the bench said while rejecting a public interest litigation (PIL) of NGO, Foundation for Restoration of National Values. The PIL said over the last six Parliament sessions, nearly 2,162 hours of business have been lost. Seeking guidelines from the apex court, it said that in the absence of a law, there is total vacuum to deal with the issue of non- functioning of Parliament as was witnessed in the recent monsoon session when large part of the proceedings were washed out due to opposition protests.”Sustained disruptions, unruly protests” and abstentions by elected members have led to losses to the public exchequer,” the PIL contended. Making it clear that it cannot intervene on such issues, the court said, “We cannot start advising Parliament and they know what they have to do. They are experienced people and people with wisdom. They know and understand their responsibility well.”Objecting to bringing up such a matter before it, the apex court asked the counsel arguing on the issue, “Have you kept your house (courts) clean”. “You may not know. As Chief Justice of India, I know. How many houses (courts) you have kept clean,” Chief Justice H L Dattu told the counsel, in an apparent reference to the recent incidents in Madras High Court where lawyers disrupted the court proceedings by raising slogans against the High Court Chief Justice.When the counsel tried to pacify the CJI by saying that “the highest court of the country is clean,” the bench, also comprising Justice Amitava Roy, interrupted him and explained that any indulgence by the apex court in the matter of Parliament proceedings would amount to “over-stepping.” The bench suggested that a representation should be made to the Speaker about the lacunae in law so that it can be taken care of.When advocate Ravi Prakash Mehrotra drew the attention of the court on concerns voiced by President Pranab Mukherjee on disruption and non-functioning of Parliament, the bench said, “the first citizen of the country has already advised them and they would take the advise seriously.”

Bihar Assembly polls: Lalu’s sons Tej Pratap, Tejaswi enter electoral politics

Patna: Following their father’s footstep, two sons of RJD chief Lalu Prasad on Wednesday entered electoral politics as their names were announced by Chief Minister Nitish Kumar for the ensuing five-phase Assembly polls in Bihar.

Tej Pratap Yadav and Tejaswi Yadav will contest from Yadav-dominated Mahua and Raghopur seats respectively as per the list of candidates for the ‘Grand Secular Alliance’ announced by Kumar.

Tej Pratap and Tejaswi Yadav.Tej Pratap and Tejaswi Yadav.

Tej Pratap and Tejaswi Yadav.

Both the seats in Vaishali district were with the JD(U) in 2010.

Apprehending the reverse, Mahua MLA Ravindra Rai has joined HAM(S) and is nominated by that party while at Raghopur, Satish Kumar, who had defeated Rabri Devi in 2010, has joined BJP which has fielded him from the seat.

RJD has chosen Subedar Singh against former chief minister and Hindustani Awam Morcha (HAM-S) leader Jitan Ram Manjhi at Makhdumpur(SC).

At Imamganj (SC), the Speaker of outgoing Assembly Uday Narayan Chaudhary has been retained to take on Manjhi who is contesting from two seats.

A total of 25 women candidates have been given tickets forming 10 per cent of the total.

As per seat sharing, JD(U) and RJD are contesting for 101 seats each while Congress on 41 seats. Kumar said name of the candidate for Rajgir (SC) seat would be declared later.

In reply to a question that while JD(U) has relied on its core support base in Kurmi and Kushwaha castes, RJD tilt is towards backward Yadav caste and Muslims while Congress nominees were mainly from general category, Kumar said, “each party has its area of influence and this has been kept in mind to help others’ candidates.”

State presidents of constituent parties JD(U), RJD and Congress in Basistha — Narayan Singh, Ramchandra Purbe and Ashok Chaudhary — were present at the release of list by the chief minister.

Immediately after the list of candidates was announced, a large number of people protested at the JD(U) office complaining denial of tickets to persons of their choice.

Kumar and other leaders were present in the party office while slogan shouting was going on outside the gate.

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AAP govt forms search panel for forming Delhi Human Rights Commission

As per a government order, the search committee will also comprise Delhi Assembly Speaker Ram Niwas Goel, Home Minister Satyendar Jain and Opposition leader Vijender Gupta.
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Setting the ball rolling for constituting ‘Delhi Human Rights Commission’, the AAP government has formed a four-member search committee, headed by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, to finalise names of its chairperson and other members.As per a government order, the search committee will also comprise Delhi Assembly Speaker Ram Niwas Goel, Home Minister Satyendar Jain and Opposition leader Vijender Gupta. In July this year, Supreme Court had expressed concern over the fact that there was no State Human Rights Commission in Delhi since last 22 years and asked the government to set up the same within six months.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>A senior government official said that Committee will search the name of Commission’s Chairperson, who has been a Chief Justice of a High Court.”One member of the Search Committee should be, or has been, a Judge of a High Court or District Judge in the national capital territory of Delhi with a minimum of seven years experience as District Judge. One other member will be appointed amongst persons having knowledge of, or pratical experience in, matters relating to human rights,” the official said, adding that committee has been asked to give proposed names at the earliest.During his speech in Delhi Assembly in July, Kejriwal had said that in view of the Supreme Court directions and also the fact that Delhi has the second highest number of human rights violations in the country, the state government has already initiated the process for setting-up the State Human Rights Commission.The Supreme Court, had on July 24 observed that successive governments had simply not bothered to set up the SHRC even 22 years after Parliament enacted the Protection of Human Rights Act in 1993.

Maharashtra government’s attitude towards drought has NCP leaders Supriya Sule, others protesting

Sule, a Lok Sabha member from Baramati protested in Jalna, while former state minister Anil Deshmukh led the agitation in Nanded. In Osamanbad and Parbhani, senior leader Padamsinh Patil and Leader of Opposition in the Legislative Council Dhananjay Munde led the ‘Rasta Roko’ agitation respectively while former Maharashtra Assembly Speaker Dilip Walse Patil spearheaded the protest in Aurangabad.

Maharashtra government’s attitude towards drought has NCP protesting

Senior NCP leaders including party MP Supriya Sule on Monday took to the street in Maharashtra’s drought hit Marathwada region as they protested against the “apathetic” attitude of the BJP-led government to the plight of farmers.Sule, a Lok Sabha member from Baramati protested in Jalna, while former state minister Anil Deshmukh led the agitation in Nanded. In Osamanbad and Parbhani, senior leader Padamsinh Patil and Leader of Opposition in the Legislative Council Dhananjay Munde led the ‘Rasta Roko’ agitation respectively while former Maharashtra Assembly Speaker Dilip Walse Patil spearheaded the protest in Aurangabad. All the leaders courted arrest following the protest.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>State NCP president Sunil Tatkare said in Mumbai that 2.5 lakh farmers in the 8 districts of Marathwada region joined the protest. “The ‘rasta roko’ and ‘jail bharo’ agitation took place at 106 places in 8 districts of Marathwada and Buldhana district of Vidarbha,” he said. The Sharad Pawar-led party has organised a three day “Jail Bharo” agitation to highlight the government’s failure to address woes of farmers.Meanwhile, to a question on whether ACB summons had anything to do with he and former Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar had stayed away from the agitation, Tatkare said ,”both myself and Ajit dada (Ajit Pawar) were asked by our leadership to stay in the party office and monitor the agitation and ensure that it is conducted peacefully.” He said,” those attempting to find a link between our non-participation in the agitation and the ACB summons are belittling the seriousness of the drought and farmers problems.”The state NCP chief also said he welcomed the inquiry into the irrigation scam and assured all co-operation in the probe. “We will co-operate with the ACB,” he said when asked about the summons.Maharashtra ACB has asked Tatkare to report on September 15 and Pawar, the next day on September 16.

India will not hesitate to retaliate if disturbed, says Rajnath Singh

Bhopal: In a strong warning to those disrupting border peace, Home Minister Rajnath Singh has said the country will not hesitate in retaliating if someone fires first and asserted the government is ready to talk to Pakistan over PoK and not Kashmir.

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Home Minister Rajnath Singhm. Reuters

“India always wants good friendly relations with its neighbours and continues with its policy of not disturbing anyone. But if someone fires at us first, we will not count the retaliatory bullets. Chhedenge nahi, par chhodenge bhi nahi (will not disturb anyone, but if disturbed, then won’t spare anyone),” Singh said.

He was addressing an inaugural programme of the first YN Singh Memorial Foundation Lecture Series on ‘National Security, Challenges and Strategy’ here last night.

Late YN Singh had served in co-operative department of Madhya Pradesh government. He was remembered for enhancing agriculture production through fertiliser distribution strategies.

On Pakistan raising the issue of Kashmir, Rajnath said, “During my meeting with the Pak Rangers and its delegation, I have cleared to them, Kashmir was, is and will remain India’s integral part and if you wish to talk, then talk about Pakistan-Occupied Kashmir (PoK) only.”

“I have also tried to convince?? Pak Rangers that why they fire at the uniform (soldiers). First you fire, then we retaliate. Why not both of us will together fire at terrorism to end the menace,” he said.

The Home Minister said it was a challenge to protect the country’s over 23,000-km-long border, but assured it was well protected.

He also exuded confidence that India will become the world’s largest economy in next 10-15 years.

“The world over it was believed that down the line India will emerge as a major economy along with US and China. However, I am confident that because of India’s core strength, it will become the world’s largest economy in next 10-15 years. But, some anti-national forces don’t want to see India in that position,” he said.

Singh said India believes in co-existence and it is the only country in the world where Islam’s all 72 ‘firke’ (sects) exist. In no other country, even in Islamic nations, all these 72 firkes were found. The same thing also applies for Christianity and Buddhism, he said.

Praising Prime Minister Narendra Modi‘s diplomatic skills, Rajnath said it is because of his leadership quality that even a country like United Arab Emirates (UAE) has stood with India on the issue of fighting against terrorism.

“It was unthinkable earlier,” he said.

On the steps taken by the government to enhance vigil on borders, he said in the last one year, the smuggling of cows to Bangladesh has come down to 2.5-3 lakh from the earlier figure of 22 lakh.

“This figure is not just provided by the Border Security Force (BSF) but also by NGOs working on the issue,” he said.

Referring to North East region, he said 70 terrorist organisations are active there and dealing with them is a challenge, but added that change is visible there also while citing the recent agreement with National Socialist Council of Nagaland (NSCN-IM), to prove his point.

On the issue of Naxalism, he said 26 districts in the country are affected with the menace and that the respective state governments are dealing with the problem in an effective manner with the active support from the Centre, both in terms of deploying Central forces and required funds.

Earlier, addressing the function, Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh termed “Naxalism as a bigger threat than terrorism.”

It (Naxalism) is persisting in the country because of an international conspiracy to destabilise India’s economy, he said.

The Chhattisgarh CM also highlighted various steps taken by his government, including setting of educational hubs in hardcore Naxal areas, to deal with the problem which helped in checking the menace to a great extent, especially in the state’s Sarguja district.

Chhattisgarh Government’s Principal Secretary Aman Singh, in whose father’s memory the lecture series was launched, highlighted the objectives of the YN Singh Memorial Foundation.

Madhya Pradesh Assembly Speaker Dr Sitasharan Sharma, Chhattisgarh Assembly Speaker Gaurishankar Agrawal, Leader of Opposition in Chhattisgarh TS Singhdeo and a host of retired and serving bureaucrats were among others present on the occasion.

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India will not hesitate to retaliate if disturbed: Rajnath Singh

Bhopal: In a strong warning to those disrupting border peace, Home Minister Rajnath Singh has said the country will not hesitate in retaliating if someone fires first and asserted the government is ready to talk to Pakistan over PoK and not Kashmir.

Home Minister Rajnath Singhm. Reuters

Home Minister Rajnath Singhm. Reuters

“India always wants good friendly relations with its neighbours and continues with its policy of not disturbing anyone. But if someone fires at us first, we will not count the retaliatory bullets. Chhedenge nahi, par chhodenge bhi nahi (will not disturb anyone, but if disturbed, then won’t spare anyone),” Singh said.

He was addressing an inaugural programme of the first YN Singh Memorial Foundation Lecture Series on ‘National Security, Challenges and Strategy’ here last night.

Late YN Singh had served in co-operative department of Madhya Pradesh government. He was remembered for enhancing agriculture production through fertiliser distribution strategies.

On Pakistan raising the issue of Kashmir, Rajnath said, “During my meeting with the Pak Rangers and its delegation, I have cleared to them, Kashmir was, is and will remain India’s integral part and if you wish to talk, then talk about Pakistan-Occupied Kashmir (PoK) only.”

“I have also tried to convince?? Pak Rangers that why they fire at the uniform (soldiers). First you fire, then we retaliate. Why not both of us will together fire at terrorism to end the menace,” he said.

The Home Minister said it was a challenge to protect the country’s over 23,000-km-long border, but assured it was well protected.

He also exuded confidence that India will become the world’s largest economy in next 10-15 years.

“The world over it was believed that down the line India will emerge as a major economy along with US and China. However, I am confident that because of India’s core strength, it will become the world’s largest economy in next 10-15 years. But, some anti-national forces don’t want to see India in that position,” he said.

Singh said India believes in co-existence and it is the only country in the world where Islam’s all 72 ‘firke’ (sects) exist. In no other country, even in Islamic nations, all these 72 firkes were found. The same thing also applies for Christianity and Buddhism, he said.

Praising Prime Minister Narendra Modi‘s diplomatic skills, Rajnath said it is because of his leadership quality that even a country like United Arab Emirates (UAE) has stood with India on the issue of fighting against terrorism.

“It was unthinkable earlier,” he said.

On the steps taken by the government to enhance vigil on borders, he said in the last one year, the smuggling of cows to Bangladesh has come down to 2.5-3 lakh from the earlier figure of 22 lakh.

“This figure is not just provided by the Border Security Force (BSF) but also by NGOs working on the issue,” he said.

Referring to North East region, he said 70 terrorist organisations are active there and dealing with them is a challenge, but added that change is visible there also while citing the recent agreement with National Socialist Council of Nagaland (NSCN-IM), to prove his point.

On the issue of Naxalism, he said 26 districts in the country are affected with the menace and that the respective state governments are dealing with the problem in an effective manner with the active support from the Centre, both in terms of deploying Central forces and required funds.

Earlier, addressing the function, Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Dr Raman Singh termed “Naxalism as a bigger threat than terrorism.”

It (Naxalism) is persisting in the country because of an international conspiracy to destabilise India’s economy, he said.

The Chhattisgarh CM also highlighted various steps taken by his government, including setting of educational hubs in hardcore Naxal areas, to deal with the problem which helped in checking the menace to a great extent, especially in the state’s Sarguja district.

Chhattisgarh Government’s Principal Secretary Aman Singh, in whose father’s memory the lecture series was launched, highlighted the objectives of the YN Singh Memorial Foundation.

Madhya Pradesh Assembly Speaker Dr Sitasharan Sharma, Chhattisgarh Assembly Speaker Gaurishankar Agrawal, Leader of Opposition in Chhattisgarh TS Singhdeo and a host of retired and serving bureaucrats were among others present on the occasion.

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Delhi govt not calling off CNG inquiry is ‘retrogressive’: BJP

Last week, the MHA declared Delhi Government-constituted Commission of Inquiry to probe into the alleged CNG fitness scam “legally invalid and void”.

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The Delhi BJP on Wednesday termed AAP government’s decision of not calling off inquiry into the CNG fitness scam despite Centre declaring it illegal as “retrogressive and said Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal was “stubborn” in not accepting the special position of the National Capital.”The Home Minister has already clarified that the Government of National Capital Territory of Delhi (GNCTD) is not competent to set up such an inquiry under various provisions of the Constitution and the Commission’s of Inquiry Act -1952. It is absolutely against the letter and the spirit of the Constitution of India that a State Government should dare the Central Government to go to the Court for implementation of Constitutional Authority’s order,” Leader of Opposition in Delhi Legislative Assembly Vijendra Gupta said.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Last week, the MHA declared Delhi Government-constituted Commission of Inquiry to probe into the alleged CNG fitness scam “legally invalid and void”. Gupta also said setting up an inquiry panel to probe the CNG fitness case despite the Ministry of Home Affairs calling it illegal is against the constitution. AAP had reacted sharply to it alleging that the Centre was trying to protect the “corrupt”.Gupta, also a senior BJP leader lashed out at deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia for showing “ill-placed audacity” to assert that a Court alone and not the Home Ministry can cancel Delhi Government inquiry into the CNG fitness scam.”On the orders of the Lt Governor, the Anti-Corruption Branch (ACB) is looking into the entire matter afresh. It has issued notices to all concerned, including government officers named in the original complaint. He (LG) stressed that ACB has been asked to complete the inquiry on priority basis. It will undoubtedly reach bottom of the matter and ensure that culprits are brought to book,” Gupta said.The BJP leader said the Delhi Government has shown scant regard for the office of the Speaker of the Lok Sabha as it has gone against her advice within a day. He was referring to Speaker’s mention of “special circumstances of Delhi”.”She (Mahajan) advocated a balanced approach between the Centre and the State. She had only yesterday pointed about the delicate relationship between Centre and Delhi due to Delhi’s Special position,” Gupta added.

Shocked to see Sonia Gandhi in the Well of Lok Sabha: Speaker Sumitra Mahajan

The Speaker said that she could not understand what was happening when Gandhi rushed into the Well along with other Congress MPs.

The Speaker said that she could not understand what was happening when Gandhi rushed into the Well along with other Congress MPs.

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Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan has said that she was ‘shocked’ to see Sonia Gandhi storm into the Well of the House on the last day of the Monsoon Session, reports CNN-IBN. In an interview with the news channel, the Speaker said that she could not understand what was happening when Gandhi rushed into the well along with other Congress MPs. Gandhi on that day had protested vigorously and forced abrupt adjournment of the House for about an hour after a BJP member made certain remark against her in the context of blackmoney.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>She added that the Congress too were using unparliamentary words and that she could not understand the on-goings amidst the din caused by the Parliamentarians. “I did not understand why she (Gandhi) came into the Well because so much of ruckus was on. And they were also saying something about others. The words written on the placard were also not good. All this is on, I just do not know who is right and who is wrong.”She said she always managed to control her anger but the MPs were creating quite a ruckus that day. She added that the choice of words used by the Parliamentarians was so bad that she could not repeat them on the channel.Mahajan had suspended 25 Congress MPs for disrupting Parliamentary proceedings on August 3. During the recent President Pranab Mukherjee’s ‘At Home’ reception on Independence Day, the Congress President was seen greeting Lok Sabha speaker Sumitra Mahajan with a hug and exchanged pleasantries. With agency inputs

Alka Lamba submits evidence to DCW; unhappy with ‘inaction’ of commission

Lamba, however, accused the commission of inaction, and drew parallel with the previous regime, saying the DCW under Barkha Shukla completed proceedings quickl

Alka Lamba accused the commission of inaction.

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AAP MLA Alka Lamba on Thursday appeared before the Delhi Commission of Women (DCW) in connection with her complaint against BJP MLA OP Sharma and was asked to appear again on August 17 along with the SHO and the DCP investigating the case. “The commission summoned Alka Lamba today in connection with her complaint against O P Sharma for using improper language against her. She was asked to submit evidence. She has submitted a CD, which will be investigated,” sources at the DCW said.She has been asked to appear before the DCW on August 17 along with the SHO, Kashmere Gate, and DCP (North), who are probing the trespassing complaint against her, the sources said. <!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Lamba, however, accused the commission of inaction, and drew parallel with the previous regime, saying the DCW under Barkha Shukla completed proceedings quickly. She said that no FIR had been registered against Sharma, whom she accused of using “improper language”, and instead a counter FIR was filed against her. “I have been told that I can be arrested. OP sharma used foul language against me… the DCW called me after three days today, that too for evidence,” Lamba told reporters.”I have been told that the CD will be probed and it will take time. I have been again summoned on August 17. I am a woman MLA, I was attacked and then I am the one who is being summoned again and again. When Barkha Shukla was the DCW chief during the Congress government, proceedings were fast and summons issued on the same day,” she said.A case of trespassing, damage to property and preventing government servant from discharging his duty was registered against Lamba, the AAP MLA from Chandni Chowk, at Kashmere Gate police station on August 10 on a complaint by traders there.Lamba was injured when someone allegedly threw a stone at her during an anti-drug drive there on Sunday.A video clip later showed her vandalising shops along with some of her supporters. She had lodged a complaint on the same day with the DCW against Sharma. “During the one day special session of Delhi Assembly, he used improper language against me several times and the Speaker had removed it from the proceedings of the Assembly. Also, during a convention on 7 August, he threatened me saying that I was quite active and I should better be careful,” Lamba had said in her complaint to the DCW.

Undaunted by Sushma Swaraj’s fightback, Congress keeps up its combative

Chidambaram noted that there were basically three sets of questions, one relating to the External Affairs Minister’s intervention, second the passport case of Lalit Modi and third the letters he had written as Finance Minister to his British counterpart.

Union Minister for Finance, Corporate Affairs and Information and Broadcasting, Arun Jaitley with Minister of Communications and Information Technology Ravi Shankar Prasad addresses a press conference at BJP headquarters in New Delhi on Thursday.

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Undaunted by External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj’s spirited fightback and backing by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, Congress on Thursday said it would persist with raising questions on the Lalit Modi controversy as government has ‘failed’ to respond on key issues. The party also demanded “unqualified apology” from Swaraj for allegations against Rajiv Gandhi during Wednesday’s debate in the Lok Sabha and approached the Speaker to seek expunction of the charges against the former Prime Minister.”Swaraj and Jaitley put up a last-ditch effort. They did everything except to answer crucial questions that arose out of Swaraj’s intervention on behalf of Lalit Modi,” the controversial former IPL boss, senior party leader P Chidambaram told reporters.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Chidambaram noted that there were basically three sets of questions, one relating to the External Affairs Minister’s intervention, second the passport case of Lalit Modi and third the letters he had written as Finance Minister to his British counterpart. He insisted that Swaraj and Jaitley had not answered them.”I am afraid that the two Ministers have failed the government and the people. Instead of a debate, we got a diatribe. Instead of answers, we got sermons. Instead of facts, we got a fudge. If the Ministers think that these questions will go away, I am afraid they will not”, Chidambaram said at the AICC briefing, wondering why government was not releasing letters written by him as Finance Minister to his British counterpart. He said that if the government failed to release the letters, some enterprising journalist would do so and dismissed the present Finance Minister’s claim that the release of the letters would prejudice the investigations or help Lalit Modi.”Which Ministry or authority has objected to the release and, if so, under which provision of RTI Act?”, Chidambaram said. He also sought to know who took the decision not to file an appeal in the Supreme Court in the passport cancellation case of Lalit Modi.Besides, he took strong exception to “blatantly false” references made by Swaraj to Rajiv Gandhi and alleged payments to him by Ottavio Quattorocci in the Bofors case.”Why did she not turn to Jaitley and seek confirmation of her allegations?”, he said seeking her unqualified apology. He dwelt at length over the judgement of Justic Kapur of the Delhi High Court in the matter.In a related development, Congress leader in Lok Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge wrote to Speaker Sumitra Mahajan seeking expunction of the allegations made by Swaraj against the late Prime Minister, party whip K C Venugopal said. The Congress reaction came a day after an adjournement motion in the Lok Sabha was negatived after a four-hour debate which witnessed attacks and counterattacks by the Union Ministers and Rahul Gandhi.

Stormy Monsoon session comes to an end; key legislations delayed

Rajya Sabha was a complete washout while Lok Sabha managed to work during Question Hour amid din for a number of days and saw some legislative business in the absence of boycotting opposition parties.
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The stormy Monsoon session of Parliament came to an end on Thursday, becoming a virtual washout and delaying legislations, including the crucial GST bill, which could not be passed because of continuous acrimony and disruptions. During the entire four weeks of the session which began on July 21, the Lalit Modi controversy and Vyapam scam of Madhya Pradesh dominated, resulting in paralysis of both Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha.The confrontation escalated when Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan on August 3 suspended 25 of the 44 Congress members for five days for continously disrupting the House and displaying placards. The Speaker’s action made several opposition parties join hands with Congress and they collectively boycotted the Lower House of Parliament for five days to show solidarity with the suspended MPs.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Rajya Sabha was a complete washout while Lok Sabha managed to work during Question Hour amid din for a number of days and saw some legislative business in the absence of boycotting opposition parties. The proceedings in both the Houses were drowned during the entire session in slogan-shouting by Congress members who were pressing for resignation of External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje over Lalit Modi controversy and ouster of Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan over Vyapam scam. As a result of paralysis in Parliament, most of the legislative work could not be conducted.Among the major reform legislations which remained pending were the ambitious Goods and Services Tax (GST) bill, which aims at overhauling the indirect taxation system in the country by ushering in a uniform regime. The much-talked about Land Acquisition Bill too was put off till the next session despite much climbdown by the government on key provisions as the joint committee report could not be presented due to tussle between BJP and its detractors.Lok Sabha finally took up a discussion on the Lalit Modi row on the penultimate day yesterday, which saw attacks and counter attacks between treasury and opposition benches before Congress walked out. Even today, when the House was adjourned sine die, Congress and a number of other Opposition parties staged a walkout raising a variety of issues, including the demand for the Prime Minister’s reply to the charges against Swaraj and Raje and Chouhan. While adjourning the House sine die, the Speaker referred to her decision to suspend 25 Congress members, saying she was forced to take the “tough action as a last resort and a last option”.The Rajya Sabha, which was the worst hit, worked for just about nine hours and lost a massive 82 hours to disruptions. Lok Sabha sat for 47 hours and 27 minutes working in the din but lost 34 hours and four minutes due to the protests. However, it also sat late for five hours and 27 minutes to compensate the time lost to some extent.While 10 bills were introduced and 6 were passed in the Lok Sabha, Rajya Sabha saw passage/return of 2 bills and withdrawl of three bills. The two Houses saw statements being made on terrorist attacks in Gurdaspur and Udhampur and the twin train accidents in Harda district of Madhya Pradesh. This was the first session of the new Lok Sabha which witnessed so many disruptions as the earlier sessions during the Narendra Modi dispensation had witnessed a record work. In Rajya Sabha, Chairman Hamid Ansari dispensed with the convention of reading out the work done by the House during the session.Mahajan lamented that so much time was lost to disruptions and hoped that future sessions would see some work happening. “I am confident that in the coming sessions, we will continue to work better and more,” she said. She noted that in earlier sessions during the current Lok Sabha, the House had set a benchmark of high standards and productivity ratio was well over 100 per cent.Noting that she had to resort to suspension of some members on August 3 for five days, she said she had to take this “tough action as a last resort and a last option” due to persistent disruptions of proceedings. She hoped that the Chair would not be forced to resort to such a step in future.

Chidambaram rebuts Sushma Swaraj’s charge that his wife was involved in conflict of interest

The engagement was without the Finance Minister’s knowledge, says sources.

Chidambaram rebuts Sushma Swaraj’s charge that his wife was involved in conflict of interest

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Sources close to Congress leader P Chidambaram on Wednesday dismissed the charge of conflict of interest when his wife appeared as a senior counsel for the income tax department in 2004 when he was Finance Minister or when she took up the case of a woman in connection with the Sarada chit fund scam case. Sources close to Chidambaram said his wife Nalini was engaged as senior counsel by the junior counsel of the Income Tax Department.She appeared for the department and not against the department. The engagement was without the Finance Minister’s knowledge. The CBDT issued a statement regretting the embarrassment caused by the engagement, they said.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>They also said Chidambaram made a statement in Parliament and tere was a discussion. At the end, the Speaker announced that the matter was closed. This was in 2004. It was never raised again. They were reacting to a statement in this regard by External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj in the Lok Sabha while she intervened during a discussion on the Lalit Modi controversy. The sources also said Nalini Chidambaram was counsel for a woman in a Saradha scam case. She advised her in a transaction that was being negotiated. Finally, she advised her client against going through with the transaction. This had nothing to do with the Finance Ministry or Chidambaram. All this was explained about 3-4 years ago by Nalini Chidambaram, they said and asked “Where is the conflict of interest?”

Angered by BJP MPs remark, Sonia Gandhi storms into well of Lok Sabha

Incensed by the remark, the Congress President was heard saying, “kya bola (what did he say)?” While protesting, she addressed Speaker Sumitra Mahajan and said, “What is this?” In an unusual move, she rushed into the Well and was followed by her party colleagues.

A remark against her by a BJP member on Wednesday angered Sonia Gandhi who rushed into the Well of Lok Sabha along with her party colleagues, protesting vigorously and forcing abrupt adjournment of the House for about an hour.When the House re-assembled, Parliamentary Affairs Minister M Venkaiah Naidu said no allegation should be made by anybody against any member, particularly an important leader, may it be the Congress President, the Prime Minister or the BJP President.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>He said the remark against Gandhi had, in any case, not gone on record.Earlier, all hell broke loose when a BJP member made certain remark against Gandhi in the context of blackmoney when Leader of Congress Mallikarjun Kharge was speaking on the Lalit Modi controversy.Incensed by the remark, the Congress President was heard saying, “kya bola (what did he say)?” While protesting, she addressed Speaker Sumitra Mahajan and said, “What is this?” In an unusual move, she rushed into the Well and was followed by her party colleagues.The Speaker said she was not aware what was said in the din and if there was anything unparliamentary, she would expunge it from the proceedings.Kharge insisted that nothing short of an apology was acceptable.As the uproar continued, Speaker adjourned the House for about an hour, till 2.45 PM.

In a U-turn, Mulayam Singh Yadav disrupts Lok Sabha proceedings

A shrewd politician, Mulayam Singh early morning summoned his four Lok Sabha MPs, asking them to team up with the RJD’s Jaiprakash Narain Yadav, who had given notice for releasing the caste census data.

A day after breaking ranks with Opposition and then earning praise from none but Prime Minister Narendra Modi for serving an ultimatum to Congress for disruptions in Parliament, Samajwadi Party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav on Tuesday did a U-turn. He not only led MPs in disruption of Lok Sabha on Tuesday, but also warned the government he would block Parliament functioning unless the government releases the findings of a vast census that collected socio-economic and caste data. He along with Rastriya Janata Dal (RJD) MPs took to the well of the House after registering protest against government for not releasing the caste-data. Yadav, however, made it clear he was steering away from issues being raked by Congress that is resignation of external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj and Rajasthan chief minister Vasundhra Raje for allegedly helping Lalit Modi and Madhya Pradesh CM Shivraj Singh Chauhan over Vyapam issue.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Just an hour earlier, Prime Minister Modi, while addressing the last meeting of the BJP parliamentary party during the monsoon session, hailed Mulayam Singh Yadav for “understanding this conspiracy” and working to end the logjam in the House. Modi castigated the Congress leaders saying “some people” with “vested political interests” were disrupting Parliament to block economic development and thwart the country’s dreams.Parliament’s monsoon session ends on Thursday; virtually no business has been transacted because of daily protests within the House. But Yadav’s decision lending moral strength to the BJP has not gone down well within his own party. Sources in his party said, that senior leaders, including his son UP chief minister Akhlesh Singh, felt that the party’s appearing siding with the BJP will cost it heavily. A rejuvenated Congress had already made it clear it will take the issue of Yadav coming to the rescue of the BJP to UP and hit Yadav’s image of being a champion of ‘secular’ causes.A shrewd politician, Mulayam Singh early morning summoned his four Lok Sabha MPs, asking them to team up with the RJD’s Jaiprakash Narain Yadav, who had given notice for releasing the caste census data. The SP supremo said his party will force the government to release the caste data by making it a public issue in the coming days in UP and Bihar.There were already speculations that Mulayam had softened his aggressive tone against the BJP after a CBI probe began against Noida authority engineer Yadav Singh. But as sources in his party say, the SP does not want to look to be seen as having aligned with Congress, which is vying for a similar secular space in UP.Meanwhile, the Lok Sabha witnessed a high drama. Some paper balls were thrown at the deputy speaker, when the government tried to hold discussions on the Lalit Modi issue on its own terms, with the open support of Speaker Sumitra Mahajan. She had rejected the adjournment motion of the Opposition in the morning to discuss the alleged help extended to fugitive IPL founder Lalit Modi by foreign minister Sushma Swaraj while allowing a discussion on a call-attention motion by BJP chief whip Arjun Ram Meghwal under rule 193 to discuss “matters arising out of Indian Premier League (IPL) controversy and other related issues.”When deputy speaker M Thambi Durai tried to start the debate on Meghwal’s motion, some of the Congress MPs already agitating in the well of the House tore papers and flung them towards him. He immediately adjourned the House for 15 minutes.The Congress alleged that the ruling BJP MPs resorted to “intimidation” of its two members in the Lok Sabha, by elbowing and pushing them during their protests in the well of the House.”Two of our members, who are very polite and who never get angry, Gaurav Gogoi and Bittu (Ravneet Singh) were intimidated by the MPs of the ruling party. They tried to assault them, they elbowed them and pushed them. This is something which has happened in the House for the first time,” Congress group leader Mallikarjun Kharge told reporters here after the Lok Sabha was adjourned for the day.The BJP MPs had entered the well under the leadership of water resources minister Sadhvi Uma Bharti, with an apparent attempt to take on the Congress MPs agitating in the well with placards, but the Speaker immediately adjourned the House for 15 minutes. Earlier, while parliamentary affairs minister M Venkaiah Naidu kept pursuing the Speaker to take action against the agitators and accused the Congress of running away from debate, Congress group leader Mallikarjun Kharge retaliated that his party was ready to hold discussions on the adjournment motion he had piloted but rejected by the Speaker. He accused the ruling BJP diluting it by forcing discussion under Rule 193 amounting to “discuss and disperse” instead of voting after discussion. “Why the government is afraid of voting despite having a brute majority in the House,” Kharge asked.

PM Modi hails Mulayam Singh Yadav’s support to end logjam in Parliament

“The Prime Minister said a message has gone out as the session draws to a close that there are some people who are using misusing Parliament to stop the pace of country’s development. Their main goal is to stop the economic growth.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on hit out at Congress for “misusing” Parliament to stop the country’s growth and hailed SP chief Mulayam Singh Yadav for “understanding this conspiracy” and working to end the logjam in the House.Addressing the last scheduled BJP parliamentary party meet in the Monsoon session, Modi spoke of “some people”, a reference to top Congress brass, who are working to stall economic growth, Union Minister Rajiv Pratap Rudy told reporters after the meeting.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”The Prime Minister said a message has gone out as the session draws to a close that there are some people who are using misusing Parliament to stop the pace of country’s development. Their main goal is to stop the economic growth.”He expressed his gratitude to those, especially Muyalayam Singh Yadavji, and all those parties who have felt that this is a conspiracy to stop the country’s progress. He hailed them and asked the party and members to do so as well,” Rudy said quoting Modi.The SP supremo yesterday broke ranks with the opposition which has been agitating in Parliament over the Lalit Modi row and the Vyapam scam, saying, “Enough is enough… We will not back you if you keep protesting.”This came as a surprise to Congress as Yadav had last week extended his party’s support to Congress after 25 of its members were suspended by the Speaker.Congress had sarcastically dubbed the SP supremo as ‘Khudai Khidmatgar’, which implies that a person is more loyal than the king himself.”If Yadav had any plan or was wanting to mediate, he should have talked to the Congress and should not have gone about the way he had gone,” a Congress leader had said.

VHP backs India’s decision on CPU meet in Pakistan

“We support the action taken by the government regarding boycotting the participation of parliamentary speakers meeting in Pakistan,” VHP patron Ramakant Dubey told reporters said on Monday.

Vishwa Hindu Parishad today backed India’s decision to boycott Commonwealth Parliamentary Union meeting in Islamabad next month in protest against Pakistan’s refusal to invite the Speaker of Jammu and Kashmir Assembly. “We support the action taken by the government regarding boycotting the participation of parliamentary speakers meeting in Pakistan,” VHP patron Ramakant Dubey told reporters said on Monday.”Ground for denial of invitation to our Speaker is totally baseless since it is world over known that in our state elections are regularly being held in a transparent and independent way which of course has never been done in Pakistan,” he said. <!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>

PDP disapproves Pakistan’s thinking on Assembly’s legitimacy

We (legislators) have a democratically elected character. So, no one can say that we are no ones. We disapprove of that and we do not accept that: PDP

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The ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Sunday said Pakistan’s line of thinking that Jammu and Kashmir Assembly or its Speaker has no legitimacy will not help in addressing the issues or creating an atmosphere of peace in the state. “We do not agree with this that the Jammu and Kashmir Assembly or its Speaker has no legitimacy. In fact, this is the only legitimately elected body of representatives who have the right to talk,” PDP spokesman Naeem Akhtar told reporters here.Apparently referring to separatists, Akhtar, who is also a minister in the PDP-BJP government said, others who talk on Kashmir issue only represent an idea and have a point of view, but we (legislators) have a democratically elected character. So, no one can say that we are no ones. We disapprove of that and we do not accept that,” he said, when asked his reactions on Special Adviser to Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on foreign affairs and national security, Sartaj Aziz’s statement that Kashmir was a “disputed territory and Pakistan does not recognise its Assembly.”<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Akhtar said, that does not have any bearing on our legitimacy, the whole world knows that we are legitimately elected through a free and fair election in which about 80 per cent people participated. “Pakistan has a point of view, our country has a point of view, our party too has a point of view and then others as well have a point of view. But within that entire debate, the fact lies that I am a democratically elected representative.” The PDP leader said some people also raise questions over the state legislature, but Aziz’s comments were not acceptable and not right as well. “We (legislators) have come with 80 per cent votes. If someone says that we are not legitimate, then I do not think it is correct. This line of thinking won’t help in addressing the issue or creating an atmosphere of peace,” he said.Aziz had yesterday said Pakistan will not invite Jammu and Kashmir Assembly Speaker to Commonwealth Parliamentary Union (CPU) meeting as it would compromise its position on Kashmir issue. He said Kashmir was a disputed territory and Pakistan does not recognises its Assembly. “We will never invite the Speaker of occupied Jammu and Kashmir Assembly. Pakistan does not recognise and accept the said Assembly as a legitimate one,” he had said.Pakistan is hosting Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference from September 30 to October 8 for which over 70 per cent of the delegates have confirmed participation. India has threatened to boycott the meet if J-K Assembly Speaker was not invited.

Congress forced 3 Northeast CMs to retract views on Naga peace deal: BJP

Union Minister Nirmala Sitharaman rebutted the charge that no one was consulted by Modi government before signing the Nagaland Accord with NSCN (IM) and said the Prime Minister held detailed discussions with the Chief Minister, the Speaker and members of Nagaland assembly besides also working in close coordination with Home Minister Rajnath Singh.

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BJP on Saturday accused Congress of forcing its Chief Ministers of Assam, Manipur and Arunachal Pradesh to retract statements on Naga peace accord and said it “augurs badly” for the country that the opposition party does so on the issue of national security. BJP asked Congress to introspect and reminded Sonia Gandhi of the Shillong Accord signed in 1975 when the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi did not brief or consult the Chief Ministers of North East, charging it with adopting different measures for Prime Minister Narendra Modi and NDA government.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Union Minister Nirmala Sitharaman rebutted the charge that no one was consulted by Modi government before signing the Nagaland Accord with NSCN (IM) and said the Prime Minister held detailed discussions with the Chief Minister, the Speaker and members of Nagaland assembly besides also working in close coordination with Home Minister Rajnath Singh. “Congress party should introspect rather than criticise the government even on a measure like this which has waited for a very long time and several governments have been engaged for it. It is not good for the country, particularly for the North East. I think the approach of Congress party should be for more in the national interest,” she said.Sitharaman accused Congress of going against the voice of its own Chief Ministers and MPs who had initially welcomed the move but are now opposing the accord. “To muffle their voice and make them speak much against their own opinion does not speak about any freedom of speech, freedom of expression and democracy within Congress party and on a matter of national security,” she said.The Minister added that it is important that Congress plays an important role of being in opposition, as a constructive opposition and differentiates on issues and their national importance rather than pick up a fight on every issue and say they are shocked, surprised and will tooth and nail oppose it.

Sonia, Rahul Gandhi sharpen attack on Sushma Swaraj

On Friday, the last day of ‘dharna’ as it was last day of suspension of her MPs, Sonia took on external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj, who in her defence had asked how Congress president would have tackled humanitarian issue related to illness of Lalit Modi’s wife.

Congress MPs protest against suspension of 25 party members during Monsoon session at Parliament on Friday
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Leading from the front, raising slogans with clenched fists and extorting her MPs, who were demoralised on account of diminished strength in Lok Sabha over past one year, Congress president Sonia Gandhi since past four days has acted like a typical revolutionary. By applying brakes to crucial legislations, she perhaps has succeeded in conveying that Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led government, despite a brute majority was not invincible.Not known to drive from a front seat, an aggressive Sonia has been leading the led ‘dharna’ every morning, since Tuesday, against the suspension of her 25 MPs. Usually keeping media at an arm’s length, she along with her son Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi over past four days, also obliged TV channels to their surprise.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>On Friday, the last day of ‘dharna’ as it was last day of suspension of her MPs, Sonia took on external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj, who in her defence had asked how Congress president would have tackled humanitarian issue related to illness of Lalit Modi’s wife. She dismissed Sushma’s clarification saying, “Sushmaji theatrics karne main maahir hain.” She also ridiculed Sushma for suggesting that she would have also done the same to help Lalit Modi’s wife Minal, who is battling cancer. “I would have done my best to help the lady (Modi’s wife), but not by breaking the law,” she said.Sonia Gandhi flayed the PM on the Naga peace accord as well. “Nobody has even bothered to brief them (chief ministers) perhaps not in detail, but in a wide sense. After all, our chief ministers are directly affected, be it Manipur, Arunachal Pradesh or Assam. So, what do I take from this? From this I take that this government is arrogant,” she said.As if Sonia’s rejection of Sushma Swaraj’s apparent alibi in getting British travel documents to Lalit Modi in August last year were not enough, Rahul Gandhi chipped in: “Why was such secrecy maintained by Sushmaji if she was helping him (Lalit Modi) on humanitarian grounds? We want the financial transaction between Lalit Modi and Sushmaji’s family to be made public,” he said.Buoyed by the solidarity extended to the Congress dharna in Parliament premises by other opposition parties like the SP, the NCP, the RJD and the JD(U), Rahul also struck a belligerent note, saying that after forcing the government to retreat on the land acquisition bill, there would be no let-up on other demand, like seeking resignations of Sushma Swaraj, Rajasthan CM Vasundhara Raje and Madhya Pradesh CM Shivrajs Singh Chouhan. Irani taunts CongressThe BJP fielded HRD minister Smriti Irani to retaliate to the Congress leaders’ charges. “The Congress party is moving away from discussion and the Lok Sabha because they don’t have any proof of the allegations that they are making. It is easy for them to give a byte of one and a half minute than to speak for one and a half hour in Parliament,” Irani said.She also took on the Congress leaders saying “people in this country know that a woman coming from a normal family has to toil hard to make space for herself in the society and its economy. It is generally seen that children of such women also work hard. Congress may have an exception in the Gandhi family where they don’t have to sweat it out in the sun to earn their livelihood. I completely reject their charges (against Swaraj),” she said.The minister also castigated the Youth Congress over their protest outside Speaker Sumitra Mahajan’s house, saying the “boys of Congress” removed their shirt and asked if this was the value Rahul wanted Congress to absorb. “As a woman I want to ask this. The Speaker is the honour of Parliament…. Is this the value Rahul Gandhi wants to give to Congress?” .

India to boycott Commonwealth meet after Pakistan snub to J&K speaker

CPA has not invited presiding officers of two houses of Jammu and Kashmir assembly

A paramilitary jawan patrols near a railway track where a Lashkar militant was killed during a gunfight in south Kashmir on Friday

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India on Friday announced that it will boycott the meeting of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) in Pakistan. The provocation is that hosts Pakistan, while inviting speakers of all the state assemblies, didn’t invite presiding officers of two Houses of Jammu and Kashmir legislature, citing disputed nature of the territory and a 60-year old UN Security Council resolution.Pakistan is hosting the 61st CPA conference in Islamabad from September 30 to October 8. Under the norms, the host country is authorised to send invitations to the member countries and their state branches for the summit.Ironically, in 2007 at the height of peace process between the two countries, Pakistan had allowed J&K legislature to proceed to attend the CPA meeting in their country.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>An emergency meeting of Speakers and Chairmen of Legislative Bodies in India was convened by the Lok Sabha Speaker, Sumitra Mahajan in a resolution decided to boycott Islamabad meeting in solidarity with the presiding officers of J&K assembly. The resolution also asked the CPA Secretariat to shift the venue from Islamabad.”We all (the Chairs of state assemblies) met today (Friday) and have decided that we will boycott the CPA if Pakistan does not send the invite to J&K,” Mahajan said. “Either the venue needs to be changed or we will not attend,” the resolution said.”They cited some old rule and said they had mentioned that they will not send the invite to J&K as the issue is in the UN Security Council,” Mahajan said. She said J&K was an inseparable part of India and Pakistan’s decision was not acceptable.India is represented in the CPA, through its 31 branches that constitute speakers and representatives from state assemblies. So far as relevant provision in the CPA constitution is concerned, Article 8 provides that each branch shall be entitled to send prescribed number of delegates and officials to each plenary conference and accordingly Jammu and Kashmir branch is entitled to send one delegate to the conference.The meeting resolved to call upon Dr Shirin Chaudhury, Speaker of Bangladesh Parliament and Chairperson of the CPA Executive Committee to use her good offices to immediately resolve the matter and ensure issue of invitation to the Jammu & Kashmir, failing which India will boycott the 61st Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference in Islamabad. Political parties unitePakistan’s snub to speaker has triggered a major political storm with almost all the mainstream parties rallying behind the speaker to hit out at Pakistan for questioning the representative character of the assembly.Main opposition National Conference lambasted Pakistan for not inviting J&K speaker saying assembly represents the people of Jammu and Kashmir.”Apart from the fact that he belongs to BJP, one thing is sure that the speaker represents the assembly which has a representative character of the state. It is no business of Pakistan to put a question mark on the representative character of the assembly. It cannot trespass the legitimacy of the Assembly,” said Aga Ruhullah Mehdi, chief spokesman of NC.BJP took a strong objection to Pakistan for denying invite to speaker saying it proves that the neighbouring country does not believe in democratic set up. “Pakistan does not believe in democracy. Pakistan Occupied Kashmir has been deprived of democracy. They are feeling threatened,” said Khalid Jahangir, BJP spokesman for Kashmir.

Commonwealth Parliamentary Union row: Hope better sense prevails on Pakistan, says Union Minister Venkaiah Naidu

Remarks from several political leaders came soon after India decided to boycott the Commonwealth Parliamentary Union meeting in the midst of tensions over the two terror attacks in Punjab and Jammu and Kashmir.
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Union minister Venkaiah Naidu on Friday hoped that “better sense prevails on Pakistan” after India decided to boycott a Commonwealth meeting in Islamabad next month to protest against the neighbouring country not inviting the Speaker of Jammu and Kashmir Assembly for the event.”Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference without India is incomplete and India without J-K is incomplete. Hope better sense prevails on Pakistan,” Naidu said on twitter.Another Union minister, Rajiv Pratap Rudy, said Pakistan is possibly trying to “divert” attention because it is on the back-foot over incidents like the Gurdaspur terror attack in Punjab or the infiltration in J-K’s Udhampur.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”There is no question of even considering anyone’s point of view that Kashmir is disputed. It is absolutely resolved that Kashmir is an integral part of India. Kashmir is an undisputed territory and it is absolutely bizarre (if anyone tries to debate that),” said Rudy.The above remarks came soon after India decided to boycott the Commonwealth Parliamentary Union meeting in the midst of tensions over the two terror attacks in Punjab and Jammu and Kashmir.”A meeting of the Speakers of all states here today unanimously decided that India will boycott the meeting of the CPU if the Speaker of the J-K Assembly is not invited,” Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan said.Pakistan has not sent an invitation to the J-K Assembly Speaker for the Inter-Parliamentary Union meeting to be held from Sept. 30 to Oct. 8 in Islamabad while invitations have been sent to all the other Speakers in India. The decision of the Speakers came against the backdrop of simmering tensions between the two countries over recent attacks in Punjab and J-K perpetrated by terrorists who had infiltrated from Pakistan.Reacting to the boycott decision, Pakistan CPA representative Mian Tariq Mahmood said such a move would lead to no outcome and that “if a person has not been invited, then India should not sabotage the entire conference”.

BJP is my home, I am not leaving the party, says Shatrughan Sinha

Earlier, Sinha tweeted that he was “feeling unhappy about the developments in the Parliament and the expulsion of 25 learned MP friends.”
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BJP leader and actor Shatrughan Sinha on Friday rubbished reports that he may leave the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). He stressed that his loyalty to BJP remains the same and that he has been through the party in its ups and downs.”I am not leaving BJP. And if someone thinks that I am going then he or she is wrong. I am the first ever Bollywood actor to ever have joined this party. I have been with BJP ever since they had only two seats,” Sinha told the media.Defending his tweets once again on the suspension of 25 Congress MPs he said, “Opposition parties are not enemies but part of our society. To appreciate the opposition, even if they do good work, is not wrong. I was inspired by Jaiprakash Narayan to join healthy politics and I don’t think if I laud the opposition my loyalty to my party can be questioned. Making cordial relations and friendship with everyone are just the basic etiquettes of politics,” he added.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Earlier, Sinha tweeted that he was “feeling unhappy about the developments in the Parliament and the expulsion of 25 learned MP friends.”After the tweet went viral he offered a clarification on Twitter saying, “Sincere request. Please don’t go overboard in reaction. I have only expressed my sadness that things have come to such a pass that the honorable and respected Speaker had to take such a strong decision.”

India will boycott Commonwealth Parliamentary Union in Pakistan if J&K Speaker not invited: Sumitra Mahajan

Mahajan said this was against a rule in the CPU in which all the Speakers, who are members of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA), have to be extended an invitation to the CPU meeting.
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India will boycott a Commonwealth Parliamentary Union meeting in Islamabad next month in protest against Pakistan not inviting the Speaker of Jammu and Kashmir Assembly, a decision that comes in the midst of tensions over two terror attacks in Punjab and Jammu and Kashmir.”A meeting of Speakers of all states here today unanimously decided that India will boycott the meeting of the CPU if the Speaker of the Jammu and Kashmir Assembly is not invited,” Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan said. This follows Pakistan not sending an invitation to Jammu and Kashmir Speaker to the Inter Parliamentary Union meeting to be held from September 30 to October 8 in Islamabad while invitations have been sent to all the other Speakers in India.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The decision of the Speakers come against the backdrop of simmering tensions between the two countries over the recent terror attacks in Gurdaspur in Punjab and near Udhampur in Jammu and Kashmir by terrorists, perpetrated by terrorists who had infiltrated from Pakistan. Mahajan said this was against a rule in the CPU in which all the Speakers, who are members of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA), have to be extended an invitation to the CPU meeting.”It is wrong (on the part of Pakistan). They cited an old rule of 1951-57 regarding their having raised an issue in the UN Security Council for not inviting J and K Speaker,” she said adding it had lost relevance. The Speaker said Pakistan gave this reply when India took up the matter strongly with the CPA Chairperson and Secretary General against leaving out Jammu and Kashmir Speaker.”We (31 Speakers) reviewed this issue and felt this was wrong. We reject this decision (of Pakistan). We are writing to the CPA Chairperson that if J&K Speaker is not invited then India will not attend the meeting or change the venue (for us to attend),” she said.Welcoming the decision J&K Speaker Ravindra Gupta, who attended the meeting, thanked the Speakers for the decision saying it was a question of unity and integrity of the country. He called Pakistan a terrorist state. Gupta said Pakistan has done this (not inviting J&K Speaker) “deliberately” and added today’s decision is a strong message to that country. Mahajan made it clear that to ensure participation of the Speaker of Lok Sabha and those of Indian Assemblies, J and K Speaker will have to be invited or the venue should be changed to some other country. She said Pakistan had expressed “constraint” in inviting Jammu and Kashmir Speaker citing an old rule which was “irrelevant” now as the state had participated in such a conference in 2007.Describing Pakistan’s decision as “wrong”, she said she had called today’s meeting to consult Speakers of the Assemblies before taking a decision. The meeting noted that since Speakers of all the state Assemblies are members of the ‘India Region of Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA)’, it was wrong to single out Jammu and Kashmir Assembly and not invite its Speaker.After detailed discussions at the meeting attended by Speakers of 31 Assemblies, a resolution was adopted “unanimously”, condemning the unilateral decision of Pakistan for not inviting Jammu and Kashmir Assembly Speaker to the 61st Conference.The resolution said Pakistani decisions violates the “provisions of the CPA Constitution, keeping the Executive Committee and the General Assembly of CPA in the dark while acting against the century-old tradition of CPA which is a membership organisation that has constitutionally been bound to invite all its member branches to the CPA annual conference so long as a Branch is in good financial standing with the Association.””The meeting resolved to call upon Dr Shirin Chaudhury,Speaker of Bangladesh Parliament and Chairperson of the CPA Executive Committee to use her good offices to immediately resolve the matter and ensure issue of invitation to the Jammu and Kashmir ‘CPA Branch’ failing which ‘CPA India Region’ including the Union and State Branches’ (will) boycott the 61st Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference in Islamabad, Pakistan from September 30 to October 8…,” the resolution said.India’s Parliament and Assemblies are treated as ‘India region’ and all the Assemblies are the members of the CPA.The resolution underlined that Jammu and Kashmir “fulfills all conditions” of CPA membership.”The meeting further resolved that Chairperson and members of the Executive Committee of CPA view this matter in all seriousness and insist that Pakistan CPA Branch forfeit its right to host the 61st CP conference for not inviting Jammu and Kashmir CPA Branch to the conference in violation of Article 8 of the CPA Constitution and that the venue of the conference be shifted to another country,” it said.Article 8 of the CPA Constitution says that each ‘Branch’ (meaning Parliament and State Assemblies) “shall be entitled to send prescribed number of delegates and officials to each plenary conference and accordingly Jammu and Kashmir Branch is entitled to send one delegate to the Conference.” The meeting authorised Lok Sabha Speaker, who is the chairperson of CPA India Region, to take “such further action as may be deemed necessary in the matter”.The Speaker said India took up the issue with the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association Secretariat after Jammu and Kashmir was not invited while all other states of India received the invitations.The CPA Secretariat talked to Pakistan Assembly Speaker who expressed “constraint” in inviting Jammu and Kashmir.Invitations for the conference are sent by the host country.Gupta said Pakistan deliberately wanted to keep his state away from the conference to “humiliate” India.He said Jammu and Kashmir is an integral part of India and thanked the Lok Sabha Speaker and Speakers of other Assemblies on taking the stand.Gupta added that “Pakistan is a terrorist state and many countries do not want to go there” to attend the Conference.PTI AKK “The meeting resolved to call upon Dr Shirin Chaudhury,Speaker of Bangladesh Parliament and Chairperson of the CPA Executive Committee to use her good offices to immediately resolve the matter and ensure issue of invitation to the Jammu and Kashmir ‘CPA Branch’ failing which ‘CPA India Region’ including the Union and State Branches’ (will) boycott the 61st Commonwealth Parliamentary Conference in Islamabad, Pakistan from September 30 to October 8…,” the resolution said.India’s Parliament and Assemblies are treated as ‘India region’ and all the Assemblies are the members of the CPA. The resolution underlined that Jammu and Kashmir “fulfils all conditions” of CPA membership.”The meeting further resolved that Chairperson and members of the Executive Committee of CPA view this matter in all seriousness and insist that Pakistan CPA Branch forfeit its right to host the 61st CP conference for not inviting Jammu and Kashmir CPA Branch to the conference in violation of Article 8 of the CPA Constitution and that the venue of the conference be shifted to another country,” it said.Article 8 of the CPA Constitution says that each ‘Branch’ (meaning Parliament and State Assemblies) “shall be entitled to send prescribed number of delegates and officials to each plenary conference and accordingly Jammu and Kashmir Branch is entitled to send one delegate to the Conference.” The meeting authorised Lok Sabha Speaker, who is the chairperson of CPA India Region, to take “such further action as may be deemed necessary in the matter”.The Speaker said India took up the issue with the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association Secretariat after Jammu and Kashmir was not invited while all other states of India received the invitations. The CPA Secretariat talked to Pakistan Assembly Speaker who expressed “constraint” in inviting Jammu and Kashmir. Invitations for the conference are sent by the host country.Gupta said Pakistan deliberately wanted to keep his state away from the conference to “humiliate” India. He said Jammu and Kashmir is an integral part of India and thanked the Lok Sabha Speaker and Speakers of other Assemblies on taking the stand. Gupta added that “Pakistan is a terrorist state and many countries do not want to go there” to attend the Conference.

Opposition members walk out of Lok Sabha protesting suspension of Congress MPs

They raised slogans to seek revocation of suspension of the Congress members interrupting the session of the House.

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The suspension of 25 Congress members on Friday again led to protests by MPs from the Left, Samajwadi Party and Rashtriya Janata Dal, who raised slogans and staged a walkout of the Lok Sabha proceedings.Soon after the House assembled, SP member Dharmendra Yadav and RJD member Jai Prakash Narayan Yadav raised slogans seeking revocation of suspension of the Congress members for five days. They were joined by members of the Left parties.Speaker Sumitra Mahajan pointed out that the members have not given any written notice, but they could raise the issue during Zero Hour. As opposition members continued raising slogans from their seats, Parliamentary Affairs Minister M Venkaiah Naidu said if those shouting slogans can guarantee that those suspended will cooperate with the Speaker in smooth functioning of the House and their “behaviour” will be up to the expectations, then only they should raise the issue.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>He said he was happy that those boycotting the proceedings have understood the “public response” to their move. At this stage, the opposition members staged a walkout. The minister also said the government wants everyone to be a partner in development by returning to the House and it would have no problem if due process was followed in revocation of the suspension.The practise, he said, is that few of the suspended members meet the Speaker and assure her of their cooperation. He said while Speaker names (identifying those involved in disorderly conduct) the members, the revocation of suspension can be decided by the House.Expelled RJD member Pappu Yadav was one of the only two opposition members sitting in the first set of opposition benches. The other one was P Venugopal of AIADMK. Yadav later raised the issue of “deteriorating” law and order situation in Bihar.

Opposition boycott of Lok Sabha continues for third day in a row

Immediately after the House convened, SP, RJD, NCP and CPI(M) members shouted slogans against the government and wanted to raise some issues during the Question Hour, which could not be heard.

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Opposition parties including SP, RJD, NCP and the Left, on Thursday walked out of Lok Sabha as members of the Congress, TMC and other parties continued boycotting the House for the third consecutive day to protest the suspension of 25 Congress members.Besides Congress and Trinamool Congress, members of the Muslim League members were also not present.Immediately after the House convened, SP, RJD, NCP and CPI(M) members shouted slogans against the government and wanted to raise some issues during the Question Hour, which could not be heard.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>With Speaker Sumitra Mahajan declining to entertain their repeated requests, members of all the three parties staged a walkout.”You have to give prior notice. You cannot raise like this. You can raise it in Zero Hour,” Mahajan told the protesting members.The Question Hour thereafter continued uninterrupted.On Monday, Mahajan had suspended 25 Congress members for five days for protesting with placards in the Well of the House.

Speaker suspends 25 Congress MPs, opposition to boycott session

The government had been pinning its hopes on fissures within the opposition as a strategy in the House, which has remained paralysed over the Congress demand for resignations of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders facing the heat in the Lalit Modi and Vyapam controversies.

(From left) Cong leader Ghulam Nabi Azad , CPI’s D Raja and CPM’s Sitaram after the all-party meet.
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The government-opposition face-off is set to intensify, following Speaker Sumitra Mahajan’s decision to suspend 25 of the 44 Congress members for five days for “persistently, willfully obstructing” the House.In an expression of solidarity with the Congress, eight opposition parties, including the Trinamul Congress and the Left, have decided to boycott the House for the next five days. The government had been pinning its hopes on fissures within the opposition as a strategy in the House, which has remained paralysed over the Congress demand for resignations of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders facing the heat in the Lalit Modi and Vyapam controversies.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The Speaker’s ruling has come as a boon for the Congress, which was feeling isolated with just the Left standing by it and others remaining either neutral. The TMC and the Biju Janata Dal had voiced anguish over continued disruption of the Houses, even in the all-party meeting, which failed to break the deadlock earlier in the day.Both of them had asked the two main parties to resolve the matter to ensure that other issues can be discussed in Parliament. But, after the suspension, the TMC came out openly in support of the Congress, fearing the action could be used against them as well in future.Almost all parties – be it the TMC, BSP, SP, NCP, AAP or Left – rallied behind the Congress, with the possibility of all opposition parties boycotting the Lok Sabha from Tuesday in protest. The boycott idea came from TMC’s Bandyopadhyay, who announced his party’s for five days.The Speaker named the 25 Congress MPs, who were carrying placards and entered the well of the House, and finally suspended them ignoring an appeal by Bandyopadhyay and Saugata Roy that any such action would only aggravate the situation.She told Sudip to try if he can get the agitators out of the well in five minutes, otherwise she would have to take action. She evoked Rule 374(A), which provided for automatic suspension of a member for five days. Those suspended include President Pranab Mukherjee’s son Abhijit, Assam CM’s son Gaurav Gogoi and former Haryana CM’s son Deepender Singh Hooda. Three Left MPs were also protesting from the well but they were neither named nor suspended. The high drama came after a 90-minute all-party meeting, which was held to find a way to end the impasse. As expected, the Congress stuck to its demand for resignations and the government rejected it. The ruling BJP offered that PM Narendra Modi will intervene in the debate, but the Congress refused to give in, saying “resignations first, debate later”. The monsoon session is left with just eight sittings until August 13. It now appears all set to be washed out. Congress leaders Ghulam Nabi Azad and Mallikarjun Kharge attended the meeting. They reminded the BJP that the Congress was only following in their footsteps of disrupting Parliament between 2010 and 2013 and forcing resignations of five Congress leaders even before any charges are framed against them. Finance Minister Arun Jaitley argued that the BJP’s demands were rooted either in CAG revelations, or an FIR or cognisance by courts and were not made in a vacuum. The Congress, however, made it clear it would not budge from its demands. “All I can say is that the government wants to be the king and wants the opposition to behave like subjects. I am afraid that’s not how democracy functions. In a democracy, there is give and take. The government hasn’t taken into account our concerns for action against ministers in the ‘Lalitgate’ and Vyapam scams. The conclusion of the meeting was nil,” Azad said. The Congress MPs suspended from the Lok Sabha are: Abhijit Mukherjee, Gaurav Gogoi, Deepender Hooda, B.N. Chandrappa, Santokh Singh Chaudhary, Abu Hasem Khan Chowdhury, Ms Sushmita Dev, R.Dhruvnarayan, Ninong Ering, Gutha Sukhendra Reddy, K. Suresh, Dr. Thokchom Meinya, S.P. Muddahanume Gowda, Mullappally Ramchandran, K.H. Muniyappa, B.V. Naik, Vincent Paula, M.K. Raghavan, Ms Ranjeet Ranjan, C.L. Ruala, Tamradhwaj Sahu, Rajeev Satav, Ravneet Singh, D.K. Suresh and K.C. Venugopal.

Parliament logjam: AAP, TMC among 9 opposition parties protesting suspension of 25 Congress members

AAP and TMC are among the nine opposition parties- NCP, CPI(M), CPI, RSP, Muslim League, RJD, JD(U) who have decided to boycott Lok Sabha for five days along with the suspended members.

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The Congress has found support in the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and the Trinamool Congress (TMC) after 25 of their Lok Sabha MPs were suspended by Speaker Sumitra Mahajan.AAP and TMC are among the nine opposition parties- NCP, CPI(M), CPI, RSP, Muslim League, RJD, JD(U) who have decided to boycott Lok Sabha for five days along with the suspended members.AAP has decided to boycott the Lok Sabha for five days to show solidarity with suspended Congress members. According to NDTV, AAP had recently attended a floor coordination meeting with the Congress. <!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>AAP Punjab MLA Bhagwant Mann who is among the four Lok Sabha MPs to protest against the Speaker’s decision, was also present in the meeting. He said to NDTV, “The opposition needs to be united, for that we are with the Congress.” TMC’s Kalyan Banerjee said, “We’re also supporting Congress and boycotting decision of Speaker. Sudip Banerjee (Bandyopadhyay) also made a request.”Trinamool Congress leader Sudip Bandyopadhyay said that the issue is between the BJP and the Congress but both are “adamant” on their demands. He said that his party had to discuss a number of demands related to West Bengal but it is not happening due to disruptions. His colleague Derek ‘O’Brien said that “past has now become present” and Congress was doing the same thing now what was earlier done by BJP. He is learnt to have said that members are keen to discuss issues and not individuals, noting that this kind of ‘tu tu main main’ (sparring) will not do. Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan had on Monday suspended 25 Congress MPs for five days from the Lok Sabha. Party President Sonia Gandhi said that it was a ‘black day for India and democracy’.The Speaker ‘named’ (identifying for action) the 25 Congress members who were carrying placards and shouting slogans in the Well while pressing for resignation of External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje over the Lalit Modi row as well as Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan over the Vyapam scam. While taking the tough action under Rule 374(A), she said the members were being suspended for “persistently, wilfully obstructing the House”.Meanwhile, the Lok Sabha has been adjourned till 11 am Tuesday, following frequent disruption by the opposition parties.With agency inputs

This is a black day for India and democracy, says Sonia Gandhi after LS Speaker suspends 25 Congress members

The lawmakers, who have been suspended, include Gaurav Gogoi, Sushmita Dev,Deepender Hooda, Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury,BN Chandrappa, Abhijit Mukherjee, Santokh Chaudhary,Abu Hasem Khan Choudhury, R Dhruvanarayana, Ninong Ering, BV Nayak and Suresh Kodikunnil.

Congress President Sonia Gandhi also did not leave the House for quite some time and were seen holding discussions with leaders of some other opposition parties.
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After the Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan suspended 25 Congress MPs for five days from Lok Sabha, party President Sonia Gandhi said that it was a ‘black day for India and democracy’.The Speaker ‘named’ (identifying for action) the 25 Congress members who were carrying placards and shouting slogans in the Well while pressing for resignation of External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje over Lalit Modi row and Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan over Vyapam scam. While taking the tough action under Rule 374(A), she said the members were being suspended for “persistently, wilfully obstructing the House”.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Sonia Gandhi’s statement over the issue was tweeted by the INC India official Twitter page. The Congress on Monday dubbed Lok Sabha speaker Sumitra Mahajan’s decision to suspend 25 lawmakers of the opposition party as ‘harsh and one-sided’.Congress MP Ninong Ering said, “The Speaker accused us of showing placards and making noise whereas nothing as such was visible on the LokSabha TV. I don’t agree with speaker’s orders. In fact, it is a very harsh and one sided decision.” He further said that all the suspended MPs will protest in front of the Parliament for the next five days.The lawmakers, who have been suspended, include Gaurav Gogoi, Sushmita Dev,Deepender Hooda, Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury,BN Chandrappa, Abhijit Mukherjee, Santokh Chaudhary,Abu Hasem Khan Choudhury, R Dhruvanarayana, Ninong Ering, BV Nayak and Suresh Kodikunnil.Meanwhile, the Lok Sabha has been adjourned till 11 am Tuesday following frequent disruption by the opposition parties.(With Agency Inputs)

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The speaker of India’s parliament Sumitra Mahajan suspends 25 Congress party MPs for “causing grave disruption”.

Parliament logjam: Union Minister Mahesh Sharma talks about ‘no work, no pay’

Government has been making all possible efforts to end the two-week-long deadlock in Parliament with an all-party meeting scheduled for tomorrow. Speaker Sumitra Mahajan had also convened an all party meeting to end the deadlock.

Amid a logjam in Parliament, Union Minister Mahesh Sharma has said there is a suggestion for applying ‘no work, no pay’ policy on MPs like it is being done with regard to bureaucrats, triggering a debate after which he went into a denial mode.”There is a suggestion that like for the bureaucrats there is ‘no work, no pay’, we should implement for the MPs also,” he told reporters in Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh on Saturday. Sharma, the Minister for Tourism and Culture, went on to add that the government is planning this and senior ministers are in touch with the opposition to reach a consensus. “There is a planning for it. Our government is trying and our senior ministers are in touch with the opposition. There is an effort to reach a consensus before the tough action is taken,” he said.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>On a visit to Varanasi, Sharma was replying to the queries of reporters as to whether the union government was mulling over any proposal of ‘no work, no pay’ policy for the MPs stalling Parliament as public money is going waste. Parliament has not been functioning properly ever since the Monsoon session began on July 21 as the opposition parties have been pressing for resignation of External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje in connection with Lalit Modi controversy and Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan over Vyapam Scam. respectively.The comments triggered a debate, with opposition parties wanting to know if it was his view or that of the government. Amidst this, Sharma today said, “I still want to see what I had said…. Definitely it is not my statement and I just want to see that.” He added that, “I am not the authorised person. I am not the competent person, and I am not the required person to comment on this issue. I think this will be a matter of our Speaker and our senior ministers to discuss.” “I understand that when the Member of Parliament doesn’t work, it is as per the order of the Speaker. The Speaker says that the House is adjourned. So I will not call, but the whole country, the common man is behind this that the Parliament should run,” Sharma said. He said there should be no wastage of tax payer’s money.”People are watching how opposition is behaving in this manner and they are not allowing Parliament to run in a democratic manner… I would want to see if somebody raises this question over there that when a worker doesn’t get a salary what should happen,” the minister added. Earlier reacting to his yesterday’s comments, Congress spokesperson Manish Tewari wondered why the government was having “this sudden change of heart.”To hit out at the NDA government, he said BJP had vociferously opposed the same suggestion given by Congress after the then opposition party had “wiped out” an entire session of Parliament in 2010.CPI leader D Raja asked whether this is Sharma’s individual suggestion or represents the government’s view. “One should ask the Union Minister whether it is a proposal made by him or by the government itself. The minister should not make some irresponsible comment,” Raja said.Government has been making all possible efforts to end the two-week-long deadlock in Parliament with an all-party meeting scheduled for tomorrow. Speaker Sumitra Mahajan had also convened an all party meeting to end the deadlock. In Varanasi, Sharma had accused the opposition parties of playing “spoilsport” because of “lack of issues to debate” and said the government is ready to debate on any issue. “BJP and our government want that the Parliament should function. But when someone doesn’t have any issue to debate on, then the tactic is to play a ‘spoilsport’,” Sharma said.

UPA’s ‘Hindu terror’ term weakened fight against terrorism: Rajnath Singh

Terrorism is terrorism, it has no religion, no caste, the Home Minister said.

The government on Friday hit out at the Congress, saying the term “Hindu terrorism” coined by its previous government had “weakened” the fight against the scourge by diverting the direction of probe into the incidents of terrorism.Home Minister Rajnath Singh, who made a statement on the Gurdaspur attack in Lok Sabha a day after his speech on the issue was disrupted in Rajya Sabha, attacked the opposition for making it appear that Parliament is divided on terrorism.After making the statement, he raked up a host of issues, including the Sharm-el Sheikh fiasco and statements at Havana NAM Summit besides the 1962 war with China, to underline Congress’ alleged failures, adding fuel to fire in the protests.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Singh’s statement on the Gurdaspur attack was heard in rapt attention with Congress members suspending their protests and returning to their seats from the Well after the Leader of the party Mallikarjun Kharge asked him to do so.But as soon as he concluded his statement, Congress members again stormed the Well and it was a scene of protests and disruptions in the House as seen from day one of the Monsoon session over the Lalit Modi and Vyapam issues.This prompted Singh to attack the Congress. “Terrorism is the biggest challenge facing the country. Neither Parliament nor the country should appear divided on this… On the one hand, our jawans making the supreme sacrifice while fighting against terror, on the other we have this noise and disruption. How can the country accept this,” he said. Expressing readiness to answer any question on the issue if proper notice is given for a discussion, he said, “Our government and the Prime Minister are constantly making efforts to deal with the challenge.”As the protests intensified, he hit back, “In this House in 2013, the then Home Minister (P Chidambaram) had coined the new terminology ‘Hindu terrorism’ in order to change the direction of probe. It weakened our fight. As a consequence, Hafiz Sayeed (LeT founder) of Pakistan had congratulated the then Home Minister. Our government will never allow such a shameful situation again.”Livid Congress members wanted to react but were not allowed by Speaker Sumitra Mahajan, prompting angry protests by the opposition lawmakers, many of whom were seen waving the rule book to make their point.”This is very unfortunate. You are losing our respect,” Kharge was heard remarking amid the din. Opposiiton members crowded around her table to draw her attention that she should allow Kharge to speak but in vain. The Home Minister asserted that terrorism has no caste or religion and “We all must discuss terrorism with all the seriousness.”He recited a Hindi poem to target the foreign policy of previous Congress governments’, saying “China snatched India’s rose, Tashkant saw death of Lal Bahadur Shastri and India lost at diplomatic table after winning the war due to its compromises.”Despite demands from opposition for having its say, the Speaker moved on to another subject, asking members to make their submissions on issues to be included in next week’s agenda.Later, she also asked Finance Minister Arun Jaitley to present a statement on supplementary demands for grants in respect of budget 2015-16.As Opposition members were heard protesting against the way the House was being conducted, Speaker adjourned the House till 1400 hours.

Opposition MP seeks censure motion against Sushma Swaraj in Lok Sabha

NK Premachandran, a leader of the RSP, which is a constituent of the Congress-led UDF in Kerala, gave the notice to the Speaker’s office on Friday,

Wielding another weapon in the Opposition armour in a bid to embarrass the government, a Lok Sabha member has given notice for a censure motion in Lok Sabha against external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj saying she had misused her office to help former IPL commissioner Lalit Modi.NK Premachandran, a leader of the RSP, which is a constituent of the Congress-led UDF in Kerala, gave the notice to the Speaker’s office on Friday, even as the House continued to be disrupted with the Opposition insisting on resignations of BJP leaders facing the heat in Vyapam scam and Lalit Modi row before taking up any discussion in the House.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>If admitted, the censure motion would be discussed under rule 184, which entails voting. With the BJP-led government is in a majority in Lok Sabha, the motion, which expresses disapproval of the minister’s conduct, if take up and put to vote will be defeated but could cause discomfiture to the government.The notice has been sent for comments of the external affairs minister and Prime Minister Narendra Modi, according to sources.Premachandran has given the notice citing six grounds — impropriety, conflict of interest, violation of oath of office by granting “undue” favour to Lalit Modi, ministry not appealing to Supreme Court against cancellation of revoking Modi’s passport, lacking bonafides by not taking ministry into confidence and the Prime Minister not being taken into confidence.The veteran MP has taken Congress leaders into confidence on the notice, sources said. While the government has made it clear that it was ready for a discussion in the House, the Congress and some other Opposition parties have rejected the offer saying Swaraj and chief ministers — Vasundhara Raje and Shivraj Singh Chouhan — should first step down. The ruling side has ruled out giving in to the Opposition demand for resignations. If Premachandran’s censure motion is admitted, it would mean having a debate in the House, which the Opposition has been resisting.A censure motion is generally moved by the Opposition against a specific policy of government or against a minister or ministers. Under rule 184, even if the motion gets the approval of the House, the minister is not bound to resign but it could amount to loss of face for the government.So far, only five such notices for censure motion have been admitted against ministers in the House, sources said. The last one against a minister was in 2000, when S Jaipal Reddy moved a motion seeking the removal of three Cabinet Ministers — LK Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi and Uma Bharti — and disapproving the stand taken by Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee on the Ayodhya issue. The motion was rejected after a 15-hour debate.

Meeting fails to end Parliament logjam, govt indicates all-party meet

The indication came after the Opposition threw the ball in the government’s court saying it was for it to take initiative and the logjam would continue till then.

The Opposition has been seeking resignations of External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan chief ministers Shivraj Singh Chouhan and Vasundhara Raje which has paralysed Parliament for two weeks with the government rejecting their demand.
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An all-party meeting convened by the Lok Sabha Speaker on Thursday failed to break the Parliamentary deadlock but government indicated it was ready to convene an all-party meeting in a bid to end the logjam. The indication came after the Opposition threw the ball in the government’s court saying it was for it to take initiative and the logjam would continue till then.Under opposition attack, Home Minister Rajnath Singh indicated that the government was open to calling an all-party meet to break the impasse.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Leader of the Congress Mallikarjun Kharge accused the government of not reaching out to the Opposition and TMC leader Sudip Bandhyopadhyay charged it with harbouring a “very undemocratic” attitude.”The role and performance of the government is very democratic in nature. Why Prime Minister Narendra Modi has not opened his mouth,” Bandhyopadhyay said initiating the opposition attack. He also made it clear that it was unrealistic to expect that no one will go to the Well of the House. “It cannot happen, it will never happen.”Speaker Sumitra Mahajan told reporters after the meeting that she wanted a consensus against “undignified” modes of protests like members raising placards in the House or rushing into the Well and claimed that most parties agreed with her views.”I am always optimistic. It is a positive beginning,” she said when asked if such protests would stop now.Making it clear that there would be no let-up in the Opposition protests, Kharge said it was the government’s responsibility to run the House and assailed the treasury benches for the not reaching out to them even once since the monsoon session began on July 21.Taking a swipe at the ruling BJP leaders, he said the Opposition was “following the traditions” set up by the likes of L K Advani, Sushma Swaraj and Arun Jaitley who had termed disruptions of Parliament “a legitimate tactic” to pressure the government when the saffron party was in the opposition.Rajnath Singh’s remarks that BJP members had not used placards when it was in opposition was strongly contested by the opposition members.Opposition sources said Singh “welcomed” their suggestion for an all-party meeting.The Opposition has been seeking resignations of External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan chief ministers Shivraj Singh Chouhan and Vasundhara Raje which has paralysed Parliament for two weeks with the government rejecting their demand.

India should avoid bilateral talks, cricket ties with Pakistan: NCP leader Ajit Pawar

In the wake of Gurdaspur terror attack, there should be no bilateral talks with Pakistan and India should not have cricketing ties with the neighbouring country, NCP leader Ajit Pawar said on Thursday.

NCP leader Ajit Pawar

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In the wake of Gurdaspur terror attack, there should be no bilateral talks with Pakistan and India should not have cricketing ties with the neighbouring country, NCP leader Ajit Pawar said on Thursday.Condemning the terror attack, Pawar, former Deputy Chief Minister of Maharashtra and nephew of NCP chief Sharad Pawar, said in the Legislative Assembly, “There should be no talks with Pakistan. Similarly, cricketing ties with the neighbouring country should not be discussed.” Pawar also brought to the notice of the House some posts circulating on Whatsapp “with malicious content against elected representatives.”<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>He also showed the posts on his mobile phone to other members.The NCP leader asked Assembly Speaker Haribhau Bagde to take note of the posts with “objectionable content” and direct the government to take action.Bagde instructed the government to take appropriate action in the matter. However, he also told Pawar that bringing mobile phones in the House was not allowed.

Bribery case: Ex-Goa CM Digamber Kamat to appear before crime branch

Since the Congress leader (Kamat) is an MLA and the House is in session, the summons was routed through the Assembly Speaker.

Former Goa Chief Minister Digamber Kamat would appear before the crime branch on Wednesday in connection with Louis Berger bribery case.”We have summoned Kamat and he would be appearing at around 3 PM,” a senior crime branch official said.Kamat, who was summoned yesterday, had failed to appear before the investigating officer.Since the Congress leader (Kamat) is an MLA and the House is in session, the summons was routed through the Assembly Speaker.Kamat said he will cooperate with the agencies.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”I will go to crime branch today. I have nothing to hide,” said Kamat, who was heading the state between 2007-2012 when Louis Berger company reportedly paid bribe.The US company bribed the ministers to win consultancy for water augmentation and sewerage line project executed under JICA (Japan International cooperation agency) funding.Crime branch yesterday had questioned former public works department minister Churchill Alemao.Police have already arrested A Wachasunder, a senior official who headed the controversial JICA (Japan International Cooperation Agency) water project in Goa that is at the centre of the pay off case.His bail application will be heard by a local court this afternoon.

Parliament logjam: Speaker Sumitra Mahajan convenes all-party meet tomorrow

On Monday, Congress MP Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury had climbed the podium of the Speaker’s dais and banged a placard on it.

Amid continuous disruptions by opposition members, Speaker Sumitra Mahajan has convened an all-party meeting on Thursday to discuss better functioning of the Lok Sabha, proceedings of which have been virtually washed out in the Monsoon Session so far.Sources in Parliament insisted that the meeting was not to “break the deadlock” in the House as it is the duty of the government and not that of the presiding officer.The meeting comes close on the heels of Congress members showing placards in the house despite being warned not to do so.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>On Monday, Congress MP Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury had climbed the podium of the Speaker’s dais and banged a placard on it.Upset over it, Mahajan had asked him to leave the House and named him in a statement for “disregarding the authority of the chair”.The Speaker had on the second day of the Session warned of disciplinary action against the members who were indulging in disorderly conduct over the Lalit Modi controversy.”In the event of disorderly conduct, I would be constrained to initiate appropriate disciplinary action against erring members,” she had said after Congress and Left members stormed the Well carrying placards to protest over the Lalit Modi issue.Mahajan had said she has always provided “adequate” opportunity to all sections of the House to raise matters of topical interest and hoped that all the members would adhere to the set norms of etiquette and standards of behaviour.Congress members are protesting over alleged blackout of the opposition protests by Lok Sabha Television.”We have been monitoring LSTV ever since the Monsoon Session started. There is a complete blackout of our protests.This never happened in the past,” Congress MP Suresh Kodikunnil had said.The party has also complained that Lok Sabha TV broadcast only shows the Speaker and does not focus on protests by opposition members.Since the session began on July 21, there has hardly been any work except on one day when the Speaker went ahead with the Question Hour and Zero Hour amid din by the Opposition members.The House will be meeting tomorrow after a two day break following the demise of former president A P J Abdul Kalam who passed away in Shillong on July 27.

Even Gurdaspur fails to bring peace in House; but govt transacts business amidst furore

Day’s suspension for Cong MP for banging placard on speaker’s table, Notice to Vadra for Facebook post

In an attempt to prevent a complete washout of the monsoon session, Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan in consultation with government on Monday adopted a new strategy of persisting with business in the House despite Opposition ruckus and provocations. But, after introduction of two bills amidst disruptions and parties coming together briefly to condemn the terror attack in Gurdaspur, Lok Sabha adjourned on a bitter note. Congress member Adhir Ranjan Chowdhary banged his placard on Speaker Sumitra Mahajan’s table, amidst slogan-shouting by Congress members demanding resignations of BJP leaders facing the heat of Vyapam scam and Lalit Modi controversy.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> Upset over the Congress member’s behaviour, Mahajan named Chowdhury for disregarding the Chair and suspended him for the rest of the day. Rule 374 (1) authorises the Speaker to suspend a member for at least a day. The Speaker has also asked the House secretariat to seek explanation of Robert Vadra, the businessman son-in-law of Congress president Sonia Gandhi, for his Facebook post dubbed as derogatory to Parliamentarians by two BJP MPs, before sending the complaint to the privilege committee. BJP chief whip Arjun Ram Meghwal, MP from Bikaner, and his party colleague Prahlad Joshi had filed a privilege notice on Thursday against Vadra for insulting Parliament and its members in his Facebook comment: “Parliament begins and so do their petty diversion political tactics … People of India are not fooled. Regret to see India led by such so called leaders !!” In Lok Sabha, the scenario turned ugly around 3 pm when Choudhary banged his placard on the Speaker’s podium. An angry Mahajan adjourned the House for an hour. BJP chief whip Arjun Ram Meghwal was quick to move a resolution to suspend Chowdhary, the West Bengal Congress president, for rest of the session. The Speaker was taken aback by the Opposition showing unity even in this matter as Trinamool Congress and CPM, the rivals of the Congress in the West Bengal politics, came to his rescue. Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi was seen playing an active role in guiding his party members in the protest. Meanwhile, the Rajya Sabha was, however, adjourned without transacting any business as a mark of respect to sitting Biju Janata Dal member Kalpataru Das (65) who died in Delhi on Saturday. The Speaker reprimanded Trinamool’s old guard Saugata Roy for pleading Chowdhary’s case, saying he was insulting her. Roy was only trying to point out that Chowdhary was not alone but among around 40 members demonstrating in the well to exhibit their constitutional right to protest. Chowdhary, however, apologised to end the matter and the Speaker ordered his suspension from the House for the remaining part of the day that hardly lasted another 15 minutes. Meghwal, who had moved a motion for Chowdhury’s suspension from the House for the rest of the session, withdrew it on the Speaker’s request. Bills re-introducedAmidst the rucks finance minister Arun Jaitley re-introduced The Negotiable Instruments Bill, 2015, over which the government had brought ordinance last month. The bill provides for trial in cheque bounce cases at the place where the cheque was presented for clearance and not the place of issue. It had been promulgated as it could not be passed by Rajya Sabha during the last Budget session after being approved by Lok Sabha. Law Minister Sadananda Gowda also introduced The Repealing and Amending (Fourth) Bill, 2015 providing for scrapping of 295 obsolete laws, including an 1898 Act which discriminates against lepers. The House also took up discussion on The Delhi High Court (Amendment) Bill, 2015, which once implemented, would allow transferring civil suits, valued up to Rs 2 crore, to the nine district courts in Delhi from the high court. The Speaker also allowed papers to be laid. Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu laid a statement on excess grants for Railway budget for 2012-13.

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