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Go fight in polls, not here, Speaker Sumitra Mahajan tells BJP MP, Mulayam Singh Yadav

Speaker rebukes BJP MP and Samajwadi Party supremo over horse-trading in local body polls.

Speaker Sumitra Mahajan

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A BJP MP and Samajwadi party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav, on Friday, clashed in the Lok Sabha over alleged horse-trading in local body polls in Uttar Pradesh, prompting Speaker Sumitra Mahajan to tell them ‘to go and fight’ in elections in the state.Daddan Mishra, a BJP MP from Shrawasti, raised the issue of alleged horse-trading in the elections of block president and district president.”There is a lot of horse-trading taking place and polls should be conducted directly by the people. I also urge the Government of India to look into the matter,” Mishra said as he raised the issue in Zero Hour.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>To this, the Speaker said the issue was not under the purview of the Centre and was a state subject, but Mishra continued speaking on it.It was the SP chief who sprang up to defend the state government.”Let the polls happen under the eyes of people. We have no objection to it. The election results speak for itself,” Yadav said.The Samajwadi Party has fared better than the BJP in the state polls.As his party chief took charge, Dharmendra Yadav rushed to join him. He was also joined by SP member Tej Pratap Yadav, even as the two sides sparred with each other.”Wahaan jaake lado (Go and fight there). The talks on local body polls don’t happen here. Go and work there,” Mahajan said.

Unruffled by storm in LS, BJP MP says he quoted Ram Manohar Lohia

Singh, 59, a third-time MP who calls himself an agriculturist, social worker and sportsperson, stood by his remarks and said farmers never apologise.

BJP MP Virendra Singh, who was in the eye of the storm in Lok Sabha over his comments against Congress leaders, appeared unruffled by the uproar. His controversial remarks were expunged by Speaker Sumitra Mahajan, but the Congress boycotted the House for the entire day after its demand for either action against Singh or an apology from him was rejected. The issue has further intensified the rancour in relations between the ruling side and Congress. Singh, 59, a third-time MP who calls himself an agriculturist, social worker and sportsperson, stood by his remarks and said farmers never apologise. “What have I said? Has the Congress not been disrupting the House even before yesterday? I have not made any derogatory statement. I said rulers were born not just from queens but also women who do menial jobs. Ram Manohar Lohia had said that several times in Parliament,”he told reporters later.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The Bhadohi MP had targeted Congress leaders Rahul Gandhi and Jyotiraditya Scindia amid the party’s furore in the House over the National Herald case. “I also said that both Rahul Gandhi and Jyotiraditya Scindia learn about farmers only from books, they cannot differentiate between gehun, jowar and bajra. We know the difference because we work in the soll,”he said. Less than a week ago, Singh had demanded that the Modi government open a “gobar (cow dung) bank”. He also sought subsidy to farmers on cow dung manure to curtail cow slaughter, while participating in a debate on a private members’bill on implementation of recommendations of National Commission on farmers. With a 96 per cent attendance in the House, the member has participated in 11 debates, mainly in agriculture-related issues, in the current Lok Sabha. The standoff over his remarks remained unresolved on Thursday. The Lok Sabha resumed business after the Congress staged a walkout, followed by Trinamool Congress. However, the Congress strategy on Friday on the issue was uncertain. The Congress, demanding Singh’s suspension for “derogatory remarks” against its leaders during the a debate on drought, rushed into the well of the House shouting “Speaker Mahoday nyay karo, sadan ka apman nahi sahenge (Speaker, do justice, can’t tolerate insult to House)”. Mahajan said she had expunged the remarks and as far as asking the member to apologise was concerned, she would have to take a similar approach towards the Opposition for throwing paper in the House. The House was adjourned for a 25 minutes. After it met again, the Congress walked out , followed by TMC, saying it will not attend the House for the entire day. “If the government supports such people, we are not going to tolerate. Unless you suspend him or there is an unconditional apology, it will affect dignity of the members,” Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge said before the walkout.

Kerala, Tamil Nadu MPs clash over Mullaperiyar dam in Lok Sabha

As the clash continued, Speaker Sumitra Mahajan adjourned the House for lunch recess.

Mullaperiyar dam

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Members from Kerala and Tamil Nadu clashed in the Lok Sabha today after a Congress member expressed concern over the safety of Mullaperiyar dam saying it was developing cracks. As soon as Anto Antony raised the issue during Zero Hour claiming that water has reached a high level in the reservoir and cracks have developed, AIADMK members rushed to the aisle, threatening to storm the Well. Members from Kerala immediately came to the help of Antony insisting that they were worried only about the safety of the dam and were not in any way opposing giving water to Tamil Nadu from the project.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>As the clash continued, Speaker Sumitra Mahajan adjourned the House for lunch recess.The states of Tamil Nadu and Kerala have been on a long legal battle over the 116-year-old Mullaperiyar dam on the Periyar river. The control and safety of the dam and the validity and fairness of the lease agreement have been points of dispute between the two states.

Parliament logjam: Bhutanese parliamentary delegation watches ruckus in House

Ansari’s comments evoked all-round laughter, as the House has been witnessing uproarious scenes and disruptions ever since the Monsoon session began on July 21 Many MPs later including NCP spokesman D P Tripathi acknowledged that giggles and laughter was in a bad taste, and amounted disrespect of foreign guests.

As soon as Rajya Sabha chairman Hamid Ansari while welcoming Bhutanese parliamentary delegation on Monday morning said they have come to learn more about India’s parliamentary system, there were giggles in the House. The Bhutanese MPs were also seen smiling.Ansari’s comments evoked all-round laughter, as the House has been witnessing uproarious scenes and disruptions ever since the Monsoon session began on July 21 Many MPs later including NCP spokesman D P Tripathi acknowledged that giggles and laughter was in a bad taste, and amounted disrespect of foreign guests.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>But it is not first time that a Bhutanese parliamentary delegation has witnessed pandemonium in Indian parliament. They have seen such scenes twice in past and in total 19 foreign delegations, be that Pakistan, Mongolia, European Union, Russia etc, who had come to witness proceedings between 2004 and 2014, the period UPA was ruling, returned witnessing pandemonium and ruckus.”I take pleasure in extending a hearty welcome to the leader and other members of the (Bhutanes) delegation and to wish our distinguished guests an enjoyable and fruitful stay in our country. We hope that during their stay here they would be able to see and learn more about our parliamentary system,” said Hamid Ansari, before he could start business of House.The Bhutanese parliamentary delegation was led by Lyonpo Jigme Zangpo, Speaker of National Assembly of the Parliament of Bhutan. It also included Sonam Kinga, chairperson of the National Council of Bhutan.Earlier, they saw proceedings in Lok Sabha, where also Congress protests forced adjournments. The 25 Congress members, whose five-day suspension by the Speaker had ended on Friday evening, were back in the House in full strength. Amid bedlam created by a united opposition, Speaker Sumitra Mahajan adjourned the House for 30 minutes at the suggestion of SP supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav to call leaders of various parties to break the logjam. Yadav’s suggestion did not find favour with Congress as Sonia Gandhi was seen saying “no” and party leader Mallikarjun Kharge suggesting that the SP leader was giving his individual views. As Yadav again sought to press his point, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi was seen telling party men to resume sloganeering.

Suspended MPs’ questions deleted

Eleven questions of the suspended MPs were crossed in the question papers and names of those listed with others like Rajeev Satav and D K Suresh were also deleted through a notice by the Lok Sabha Secretariat.

Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan, who suspended 25 Congress MPs for a week to bring an end to unruly scenes in the House, on Thursday went a step further deleting the questions listed against the suspended MPs. The Congress and other Opposition parties, barring AIADMK and Biju Janata Dal (BJD) continued boycotting the Lok Sabha for the third day. Led by Sonia Gandhi and her son Rahul, the parties demonstrated outside Parliament building.Eleven questions of the suspended MPs were crossed in the question papers and names of those listed with others like Rajeev Satav and D K Suresh were also deleted through a notice by the Lok Sabha Secretariat. The MPs suspended for five days lose all rights, including the right to get answers for questions that they had submitted before their suspension and as such their names were dropped, the secretariat sources said.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Left, RJD and Samajwadi Party MPs wanted to raise the issue of suspensions right at the start of the Lok Sabha sittings but Speaker Sumitra Mahajan disallowed them, saying they had not given any notice. They held noisy protest for five minutes and then walked out.The Rajya Sabha remained paralysed yet again and adjourned for the day, though the agitating Congress MPs returned to their seats to allow a statement by home minister Rajnath Singh without any disturbance on the terrorist attack in Jammu and Kashmir and arrest of a Pakistani terrorist who identified himself as Mohd Naveed Yakub alias Usman from Faisalabad. He offered to respond to any clarifications sought by the members as unlike the Lok Sabha, the rules in the Rajya Sabha allow members to seek clarifications on a minister’s statement. Congress member Satyavrat Chaturvedi even got up to pose a question, but Opposition leader Ghulam Nabi Azad cut him short, telling the Chair that many MPs on the Opposition benches would like to seek clarifications only when a discussion takes place on the issue of terrorism and not now.Immediately, thereafter, the Congress MPs jumped into the well raising slogans that forced adjournment of the House till noon, with another adjournment shortly afternoon and finally deputy chairman adjourned the House for Friday.

BJP members submit privilege motion against Youth Congress for ‘attacking’ office of Speaker

BJP members have submitted a privilege motion against Youth Congress leaders for “attacking” the office of Speaker by demonstrating outside her residence in protest against her decision to suspend 25 Congress members from the Lok Sabha.

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BJP members have submitted a privilege motion against Youth Congress leaders for “attacking” the office of Speaker by demonstrating outside her residence in protest against her decision to suspend 25 Congress members from the Lok Sabha.When the matter was raised in the House by several BJP MPs, including Parliamentary Affairs Minister M Venkaiah Naidu who wanted the notice to be sent to the Privileges Committee, Speaker Sumitra Mahajan sounded reluctant but later said she would consider it. Raising the issue, Kirit Somaiya termed the Youth Congress demonstration outside the Speaker’s official residence on Wednesday as unprecedented and said such an incident has never happened.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>BJP chief whip Arjun Ram Meghwal called it “murder of democracy”, saying the Speaker has been accused of being “partisan” and motives were being imputed to her actions. With Speaker Sumitra Mahajan sounding reluctant, Naidu urged her not to take the issue as “personal” as it was about the “institution” of her office. He requested her to send the notice to the Privileges Committee. Mahajan said she would consider it.The motion was supported by several BJP members including R K Singh. “It pains if somebody protests against the Speaker outside her residence and threatens to burn her effigy… It is nothing but blackmailing, threatening. This is a very serious issue. It is an assault on the system. Even people outside are aghast. People can disagree with the Speaker. What is the purpose of going to the Speaker’s house,” Naidu said.Youth Congress members held a demonstration outside the Speaker’s official residence here on Wednesday to protest against her decision to suspend 25 Congress MPs.

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.

Term ‘Hindu terrorism’ coined by UPA has weakened India’s stand: Rajnath Singh

New Delhi: Government on Friday hit out at 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 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.

Rajnath Singh. PTIRajnath Singh. PTI

Rajnath Singh. PTI

After making the statement, he raked up a host of issues, including 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.

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.

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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.

Lok Sabha adjourned till 2 PM after opposition protests

As soon as the House met for the day, Speaker Sumitra Mahajan told members that she has rejected notices of adjournment motion on the IPL scam by Mallikarjun Kharge, M Veerappa Moily (both Congress), K Karunakaran (CPI-M) and N K Premchandran (RSP) and similar notice given by Mohd Salim on Vyapam scam and Jeethendra Reddy (TRS) on separate High Court in Telangana.

After a washout of Lok Sabha proceedings for a week, noisy protests by the opposition over Lalit Modi, Vyapam and other issues on Monday led to adjournment of the House, but only after it took up three questions during the Question Hour.As soon as the House met for the day, Speaker Sumitra Mahajan told members that she has rejected notices of adjournment motion on the IPL scam by Mallikarjun Kharge, M Veerappa Moily (both Congress), K Karunakaran (CPI-M) and N K Premchandran (RSP) and similar notice given by Mohd Salim on Vyapam scam and Jeethendra Reddy (TRS) on separate High Court in Telangana.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Soon, Congress members sporting black bands on their arms rushed to the Well holding placards. They shouted slogans against the Prime Minister for his “silence” on the Lalit Modi controversy, demanding the resignations of External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje. Holding placards, members from Samajwadi Party demanded the release of caste-based census data.Members of the Trinamool Congress were raising slogans demanding withdrawal of controversial amendments to the land acquisition bill and shouting slogans like ‘kisan ro raha hai, Modi sarkar so raha hai’ (farmers are crying while Modi government is sleeping). Despite repeated appeals by the Speaker against displaying placards, Congress, TRS and SP members continued to raise slogans. “Please withdraw the placards, this is against the rules,” she said.Amid the din, the House took up three questions relating to Tribal Affairs, Petroleum and Railways, though nothing much could be heard. Replying to a supplementary, when Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan referred to Prime Minister’s slogan of giving up LPG subsidy, NDA members welcomed the remark by thumping desks, prompting the Opposition members to raise their pitch.As the opposition continued with its protest, Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi was seen directing party members to continue with the sloganeering. Incidentally, he was not wearing black band on his arm today. As the pandemonium continued, the House was adjourned for 35 minutes till 12 noon. Shortly after house resumed, MPs cutting across political divide condemned the Punjab terror attack incident. Lok Sabha was informed that Home Minister will give a detailed statement once the operation gets over.

Congress rallies Opposition on ‘no resignation, no discussion’ strategy

As opposition Congress, TRS and Left members refused to budge, Speaker Sumitra Mahajan adjourned the House till noon, minutes after the Question Hour was taken up.

The deadlock in Parliament is likely to continue with Congress on Thursday rallying other opposition parties on “no resignation, no discussion” strategy over Lalit Modi and Vyapam controversies.Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi and party leader in the Lok Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge met NCP’s Tariq Anwar, JMM’s Vijay Hansdak and AAP’s Bhagwant Mann just ahead of the House assembling for the day. Parliament has witnessed a washout since the Monsoon session began on July 21 with Congress-led opposition aggressively pressing for ouster of External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje, as also Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan, rejecting the government’s offer for a debate.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>In the meeting , it was decided to press ahead with the strategy. Soon afterwards, Question Hour in the Lok Sabha was washed out for the second consecutive day as opposition continued its protest over Lalit Modi controversy.As opposition Congress, TRS and Left members refused to budge, Speaker Sumitra Mahajan adjourned the House till noon, minutes after the Question Hour was taken up. Later, the House was adjourned for the day following continued opposition ruckus. The Government too is digging in its heels, saying there won’t be any probe or resignation.

Oops! 12 BJP MPs hit wrong button in Lok Sabha, vote against Modi sarkar

New Delhi: The government on Wednesday faced some embarrassing moments in Lok Sabha as 12 BJP members voted against a clause of the GST Bill, instead of voting in favour.

The 12 ruling party members pressed red button instead of green when Speaker Sumitra Mahajan put the Clause 2 of the Constitution Amendment Bill to division of votes.

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley. PTIFinance Minister Arun Jaitley. PTI

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley. PTI

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, who was piloting bill for passage, was clearly peeved at the development and was seen speaking to Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Rajiv Pratap Rudy who was involved in floor management.

Rudy, in turn, rushed to speak to the members who had ended up voting against their own government’s move.

A visibly upset Rudy was seen instructing something to the members, possibly about how to use the electronic voting mechanism.

Amid all this, Jaitley said the electronic system had not functioned properly and urged the Speaker to either have a re-division of votes or get the exact votes through slips.

Opposition members, clearly enjoying the scene, opposed this. “This is not done… You cannot have this. We oppose,” said several opposition members.

Mahajan, however, conceded to Jaitley’s request and put the clause to the vote again.

The re-division saw the number of votes against the government going down to five from 24 and the number of those supporting it went to 354 against 264 earlier. 364 members voted this time while only 297 had voted earlier.

The debate on the Bill before it was passed witnessed some light moments too.

Jaitley, in his reply, took a dig at Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury of Congress for his “kabhi haan kabhi na (sometime yes, sometime no)” jibe at BJP and said the description fitted the Congress.

When Congress President Sonia Gandhi smiled at his comment, Jaitley said he was happy that she smiled as she had also smiled when Chowdhury had spoken.

Gandhi was heard telling him something and both leaders shared a laugh.

At another point, the Finance Minister took a dig at Saugata Roy of Trinamool Congress.

Roy, while making a point on the GST provisions, said West Bengal government where his party is ruling, had imposed ‘luxury tax’ on tobacco products.

To this, Jaitley said he was appreciative of this tax, “an excessive smoker like you (Roy) should give up this luxury”.

He said Roy is often found smoking in the smokers’ room next to the Central Hall of Parliament, evoking laughter from some members. The Trinamool member did not respond.

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Embarrassment for Modi govt as 12 BJP MPs vote against GST bill clause

New Delhi: The government on Wednesday faced some embarrassing moments in Lok Sabha as 12 BJP members voted against a clause of the GST Bill, instead of voting in favour.

The 12 ruling party members pressed red button instead of green when Speaker Sumitra Mahajan put the Clause 2 of the Constitution Amendment Bill to division of votes.

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley. PTIFinance Minister Arun Jaitley. PTI

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley. PTI

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, who was piloting bill for passage, was clearly peeved at the development and was seen speaking to Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Rajiv Pratap Rudy who was involved in floor management.

Rudy, in turn, rushed to speak to the members who had ended up voting against their own government’s move.

A visibly upset Rudy was seen instructing something to the members, possibly about how to use the electronic voting mechanism.

Amid all this, Jaitley said the electronic system had not functioned properly and urged the Speaker to either have a re-division of votes or get the exact votes through slips.

Opposition members, clearly enjoying the scene, opposed this. “This is not done… You cannot have this. We oppose,” said several opposition members.

Mahajan, however, conceded to Jaitley’s request and put the clause to the vote again.

The re-division saw the number of votes against the government going down to five from 24 and the number of those supporting it went to 354 against 264 earlier. 364 members voted this time while only 297 had voted earlier.

The debate on the Bill before it was passed witnessed some light moments too.

Jaitley, in his reply, took a dig at Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury of Congress for his “kabhi haan kabhi na (sometime yes, sometime no)” jibe at BJP and said the description fitted the Congress.

When Congress President Sonia Gandhi smiled at his comment, Jaitley said he was happy that she smiled as she had also smiled when Chowdhury had spoken.

Gandhi was heard telling him something and both leaders shared a laugh.

At another point, the Finance Minister took a dig at Saugata Roy of Trinamool Congress.

Roy, while making a point on the GST provisions, said West Bengal government where his party is ruling, had imposed ‘luxury tax’ on tobacco products.

To this, Jaitley said he was appreciative of this tax, “an excessive smoker like you (Roy) should give up this luxury”.

He said Roy is often found smoking in the smokers’ room next to the Central Hall of Parliament, evoking laughter from some members. The Trinamool member did not respond.

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Lok Sabha amused as BJP MP questions the origin of river Ganga

New Delhi: A question by a Bharatiya Janata Party MP in the Lok Sabha about the origins of Ganga and the ‘effects’ of bathing in it left many members amused on Thursday as the minister quoted a legend to say that King Bhagirath had brought it.

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When the question was asked by Prabhatsinh Pratapsinh Chauhan, Speaker Sumitra Mahajan too wondered: “what is this?… Is this a question?”

Chauhan raised the issue when the Minister of State for Water Resources Sanwar Lal Jat was replying to supplementaries during the Question Hour.

“I want to know who brought the Ganga, why did he bring it?… What effects does bathing in it have,” he asked.

This odd question left many members smiling while some others were seen having an apparently surprised look on their faces.

Jat said it was a “historical” matter and added it is known that Bhagirath had brought the river for the welfare of the masses. “Worship is done there,” he added.

According to scriptures, Bhagirath had propitiated lord Shiva to have the holy river brought down to earth from the heaven.

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