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An aggressive opposition, in the aftermath of the Bihar debacle, has been accusing the government of witch-hunting in the wake of the National Herald case. The standoff overshadowed the Winter Session of Parliament. The ministers will now take the government’s side of the story to clear the perception about the government, sources said.Tell their story
An aggressive opposition, in the aftermath of the Bihar debacle, has been accusing the government of witch-hunting in the wake of the National Herald case. The standoff overshadowed the Winter Session of Parliament. The ministers will now take the government’s side of the story to clear the perception about the government, sources said.

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Juvenile Justice Bill: After heated debate, public agitation, new law passed in Rajya Sabha

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After heated debate, public outcry, new juvenile justice law passed in Rajya Sabha

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Delhi gangrape: Maneka Gandhi blames Rajya Sabha for release of juvenile convict

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Dadri lynching: Mohd Akhlaq’s son contradicts UP govt’s claims, says will go to any extent to get justice

Mohammad Akhlaq

A day after Uttar Pradesh government claimed that the family members of Dadri lynching victim, Mohd Akhlaq, did not want any further probe in the matter, his son on Monday said he would “go to any extent to get justice”.”I haven’t said that I don’t want any further probe,” his son, Sartaj Saifi said, adding, “Meine sirf yeh kaha tha mujhe CBI probe ki abhi koi zarurat nahi hai” (I only said that presently there is no need for a CBI probe).”Insaaf ke liye, mujhe kahin tak bhi jaana pada, toh mein jaounga (for the sake of justice, I will go to any extent),” he said in various tweets from his Twitter handle @sartajsaifi162.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”Mein UP govt dwara ki gyi police karvayi se abhi tak santusth hun (I am satisfied with police probe till now),” Sartaj, who is a corporal with Indian Air Force, tweeted. When contacted, Sartaj told PTI over phone that he had got this tweeted to Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav’s office.A UP government spokesperson had on Sunday said the mother, brothers and other kin of Akhlaq, a resident of Bishada village in Gautam Budh Nagar district whose killing in September sparked nationwide outrage, had called on Yadav at his residence here. According to the spokesperson, the family members of the victim said they were satisfied with the action taken in the case so far and with the Rs 45 lakh compensation extended to them.”They also said that they do not want any further probe in the matter,” an official release issued by the government had said.50-year-old Akhlaq was beaten to death and his 22-year-old son Danish critically injured by a 200-strong mob which barged into their house following rumours that the family had consumed beef. Cow slaughter is banned in UP. Following the incident, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar had said that Sartaj was being given accommodation at IAF’s Subroto Park residential complex in Delhi.Amidst debate in political circles over the issue, the Union government told Parliament during the current Winter Session that though no inquiry has been initiated by the Home Ministry into the Dadri lynching, a report has been sought from the state government.

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Assam speaker suspends 6 BJP MLAs, 9 Congress MLAs who backed opposition

With no signs of cooling of frayed tempers, the Speaker called the Marshals, who took the BJP MLAs out of the House, and announced his decision to suspend the members for the Winter Session period.

Assam speaker Pranab Gogoi

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Six BJP MLAs and nine from Congress, who had recently declared their allegiance to the opposition party, were on Monday suspended from Assam Assembly for the 5-day Winter Session by Speaker Pranab Gogoi for disobeying his ruling and creating noisy scenes.Just before the beginning of the Question Hour on the first day of the session, the Speaker gave the ruling that all the BJP members and those from Congress supporting it, have been suspended from the House for the entire Winter Session.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>BJP has six MLAs and nine Congress MLAs recently announced their decision to join the party. All of them were suspended. The strength of the Assembly is 126. Earlier, when the House assembled, BJP MLA Jadav Chandra Deka demanded scrapping of the Question Hour and holding of a discussion on the “deteriorating law and order situation” in the state.”The law and order situation is deteriorating day by day. Hindi-speaking people are being tortured and Jehadi activities are on rise. Allow us to discuss the issues by today itself,” Deka said.When the Speaker did not accept his demand, all BJP MLAs stood up and shouted in support of their demand. Immediately, all Congress MLAs, including the ministers, countered the opposition demand by shouting back.The BJP MLAs then rushed to the Well of the House and pressed the Speaker with their demand. They were joined by the Congress MLAs, who had recently declared their allegiance to the opposition party but had not resigned from the ruling party. Thereafter, Congress MLAs also rushed to the Well and shouted slogans against BJP, leading to a face-off between the members. With no signs of cooling of frayed tempers, the Speaker called the Marshals, who took the BJP MLAs out of the House, and announced his decision to suspend the members for the Winter Session period. Congress MLAs then returned to their seats and normal business began.Outside the House, the expelled BJP members shouted slogans against the state government and Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi, who holds the Home portfolio. The opposition members also demanded immediate resignation of the Chief Minister for failing to improve the law and order situation in the state.However, the Congress MLAs, supporting BJP, have not formally resigned forcing the ruling party to seek termination of their membership just before the start of the Winter Session. On Monday, after the Question Hour ended, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Rockybul Hussain again demanded action against the nine Congress members.”Some of our MLAs walked out with BJP members and they have not resigned from the party. It proves that they have defected. There are many recommendations against defection in India. I request you to take action against them accordingly,” Hussain told the Speaker. On this, the Speaker said, “I will take action as per rules.”

Cabinet expansion after Winter Session

Maha chief minister Devendra Fadnavis on Sunday said that Cabinet expansion would be done after December 23

Maha CM Devendra Fadnavis

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Stating that he had some difficulties for which he could not effect Cabinet reshuffle before the Winter Session, chief minister Devendra Fadnavis on Sunday said that Cabinet expansion would be done after December 23, when the winter session of state assembly as well as that of Parliament gets over. The chief minister was asked as to whether there were differences between him and the BJP state unit president Raosaheb Danve. Danve announced that Cabinet expansion would be done before the Winter Session. Even PWD minister Chandrakant Patil announced expansion before the Winter Session.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –> The chief minister said that there were some problems for which he could not effect the expansion. In the same breath he said that since the Parliament session already has begun, he would go for expansion only after December 23 when the Parliament session comes to an end

Dadri lynching: Don’t want further probe, victim’s family tells Akhilesh Yadav

Amidst debate in political circles over the issue, the Union government told Parliament during the current Winter Session that though no inquiry has been initiated by the Home Ministry into the Dadri lynching

Mohammad Akhlaq

The family members of Dadri lynching victim Mohd Akhlaq, whose killing generated considerable political heat in the country, on Sunday told Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav that they do not want the probe to continue into the matter while expressing satisfaction over the action taken in the case.A UP government spokesperson said that the mother, brothers and other kin of Akhlaq, the resident of Bishada village in Gautam Budh Nagar district whose killing in September sparked nationwide outrage, called on Yadav at his residence here. According to the spokesperson, the family members of the victim said they were satisfied with the action taken in the case so far and with the Rs 45 lakh compensation extended to them.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>50-year-old Akhlaq was beaten to death and his 22-year- old son Danish critically injured by a 200-strong mob which barged into their house following rumours that the family had consumed beef. Cow slaughter is banned in UP. Danish’s elder brother, Sartaj, is a corporal with Indian Air Force and Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar had said following the lynching incident that Sartaj was being given accommodation at Air Force’s Subroto Park residential complex in Delhi.Amidst debate in political circles over the issue, the Union government told Parliament during the current Winter Session that though no inquiry has been initiated by the Home Ministry into the Dadri lynching, a report has been sought from the state government on the incident. Meanwhile, the kin of a police constable, Azmat, posted in Bulandshahr who died allegedly due to a wrong injection in October this year, too, met the chief minister.Yadav condoled the bereaved family members and extended to them a compensation of Rs 20 lakh. He also said that strict action would be taken against those found responsible for having caused Azmat’s death.

Bill for fast-tracking nuclear power projects likely in Winter Session

The Union Cabinet had last month approved amendments to the Atomic Energy Act to enable Nuclear Power Corporation of India Ltd (NPCIL) to enter into join ventures with other public sector undertakings (PSUs).

Bill for fast-tracking nuke power project likely in Winter Session
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A bill seeking to fast-track nuclear power projects is likely to be introduced in the Winter Session of Parliament, while another legislation for according greater autonomy to the atomic energy regulator may not be brought this time.The Union Cabinet had last month approved amendments to the Atomic Energy Act to enable Nuclear Power Corporation of India Ltd (NPCIL) to enter into join ventures with other public sector undertakings (PSUs). The move will help secure funds for big ticket projects.Concern over lack of financial resources has been raised by the Department of Atomic Energy (DAE) frequently. The amendment will enable NPCIL, which is one of the PSUs under the DAE, to enter into joint ventures with other government undertakings.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>However, sources said, the Nuclear Safety Regulatory Authority (NSRA) Bill may not be presented before Parliament even in this session. The NSRA Bill will seek to create a more independent authority, replacing the Atomic Energy Regulatory Board (AERB)—the atomic energy sector watchdog.The Bill, first introduced in the Lok Sabha in 2011, has lapsed and will have to be reintroduced.

BJP leader Prem Kumar becomes leader of Opposition in Bihar assembly

The Winter Session of Bihar Assembly is beginning from tomorrow to facilitate the newly-elected MLAs who would take oath on November 30 and December 1 respectively.

Bharatiya Janata Party’s Prem Kumar has become the new Leader of Opposition in the Bihar Assembly.

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Bharatiya Janata Party’s Prem Kumar has become the new Leader of Opposition in the Bihar Assembly. Senior Congress MLA Sadanand Singh on Sunday took oath as the Pro-tem Speaker of the Bihar Assembly. Governor Ram Nath Kovind administered the oath to Singh at a function at the Raj Bhawan here. The Winter Session of Bihar Assembly is beginning from tomorrow to facilitate the newly-elected MLAs who would take oath on November 30 and December 1 respectively.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Speaker will be elected on December 2. The Governor will address the joint session of the two Houses of the state legislature the following day. The Winter Session will be up to December 8.WIth agency inputs

Ignoring contribution of Nehru reflects intolerance: Congress’ Ghulam Nabi Azad

New Delhi: Attacking the BJP in Parliament for not acknowledging the contributions of leaders like Jawaharlal Nehru in making of the Constitution, Congress on Friday said this attitude reflected the ruling party’s intolerance.

The main opposition party in the Rajya Sabha also accused the BJP of trying to appropriate the icons of India’s freedom struggle without having such a leader of its own and trying to “manufacture a clash” between these famous personalities.

“You can talk about the German Constitution, its dictator … but you feel ashamed to talk about (Jawaharlal) Nehru. …You are not able to recognise the contribution of the first Prime Minister …. This is called intolerance. It flows from the top and percolates down to the streets,” the leader of opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad said while participating in a debate on the commitment to the Constitution and B R Ambedkar.

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Image courtesy: PTI

In a hard-hitting speech in the Rajya Sabha in the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Azad accused the ruling dispensation of attempting to “manufacture a clash” between the personas of freedom struggle like Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose, Sardar Patel and Nehru on the lines of the “divide and rule” policy.

Azad referred to leader of the house Arun Jaitley’s speech and said it became clear to him that the discussion on Ambedkar and commitment towards the Constitution was actually a “shield to take aim at other targets.”

He said Jaitley had referred to Hitler and not acknowledged Nehru, which made it clear that “nazar kahin thi, nishana kahin tha”.

“Those who don’t have icons who took part in freedom struggle are trying to appropriate others,” he said, adding that Ambedkar, Bose, Nehru, Prasad, Maulana Azad cannot be appropriated and “will always belong to the people of the country”.

Taking a jibe at the RSS and the BJP, he said there were a lot of people belonging to “a parivar” who did not agree with the Constitution and “it is good if they also show their commitment. Der aaye, durust aaye (better late than never)”.

As Azad questioned the procedures adhered to by the government in celebrating the Constitution Day, Jaitley stood up and asked why was there a “grudging feeling” in acknowledging Ambedkar’s contribution.

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Sena backs Rajnath Singh on secularism remark, says Congress amends Constitution to suit itself

Mumbai: Shiv Sena on Friday backed Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh‘s remarks that secularism was the “most misused” term and hit out at Congress alleging that it effected constitutional amendments to suit its “dirty politics”.

The party said that the Dalit population has over the years realised that Congress has used the ‘divide-and-rule formula’ to serve its “selfish politics” of votebank.

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Representational image. AFP

“The Congress ensured that walls of caste, creed and religion were permanent. The word secularism has been misused in our country,” the Sena said in an editorial in party mouthpiece Saamna.

“The Constitution was framed to ensure that the country remains a strong sovereign nation. But several amendments were made for dirty politics. In the Shah Bano case, constitutional amendment was made to overturn a historic Supreme Court verdict,” the ruling alliance partner alleged.

Because of such instances, the country’s sovereignty is under threat, it said.

“Secularism is the most misused word in the country. Its misuse should come to an end. Because of the rampant misuse of the word, there have been instances of tension in the society,” Rajanth had said on Thursday during a debate on the ‘Commitment to India’s Constitution’ as part of 125th birth anniversary of BR Ambedkar in Lok Sabha.

Singh had also said that Ambedkar, the architect of the Constitution, had never thought of putting the term ‘secularism’ in the Preamble, but it was incorporated through an amendment in 1976.

“The words ‘socialist’ and ‘secular’ were incorporated in the Preamble through the 42nd amendment of the Constitution. We have no objection,” he said.

Referring to the debate in Lok Sabha, the Saamna editorial slammed the Congress for claiming that Ambedkar, his constitutional framework and its implementation were all because of the party.

“The Dalit population has over the years realised that the Congress, which ensured Ambedkar’s defeat in the Lok Sabha polls, has used the ‘divide-and-rule formula’ and used followers of Ambedkar for their selfish politics as votebank,” the Sena further alleged.

The celebration of Constitution Day would be meaningful if wisdom dawns on selfish politicians not to use these words, the editorial opined.

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BJP MLA OP Sharma suspended for Winter session following derogatory remarks against AAP’s Alka Lamba

New Delhi: Amid relentless protests over Delhi BJP MLA Om Prakash Sharma’s derogatory remarks against AAP legislator Alka Lamba, Speaker Ram Niwas Goel on Thursday suspended him for the rest of the ongoing Winter session of the Assembly and referred his matter to House Ethics Committee.

However, all six women MLAs and other ruling party legislators were adamant for permanent suspension of Sharma from the House, but the Speaker decided to suspend the BJP legislator till December 4 after the House passed a proposal to take strict action against him by voice vote.

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Representational image. PTI

As uproar continued in the Assembly, the Speaker had to adjourn the House twice.

Najafgarh MLA Kailash Gahlot moved a privilege motion against Sharma for his remarks against the Speaker, who later suspended the BJP legislator after the House passed a proposal against him by voice vote.

On November 24, Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia had moved a proposal to hand over the matter of Sharma to the Assembly Ethics Committee. Tourism Minister Kapil Mishra in Thursday proposed the same.

Demanding permanent Sharma’s suspension from Assembly, AAP’s six women MLAs, sporting black badges, sat in the well of the House, saying that he be “jailed” for his behaviour.

Sisodia urged the MLAs to withdraw their protest. However they did not relent.

All the women MLAs called off their protest after Speaker assured them that the Ethics Committee’s report will be tabled in the next Assembly session.

“Six women MLAs represent the Delhi’s women inside the Assembly. We will not tolerate the insult of women. Sharma has no right to continue as legislator,” AAP MLA Rakhi Birla said in the House.

The nine-member Ethics committee oversees the moral and ethical conduct of members and examines complaints relating to unethical conduct of a member referred to it by the House or Speaker.

Earlier in the day, leader of Opposition in the Assembly Vijender Gupta and MLA Jagdish Pradhan walked out of the House in protest against non-acceptance of privilege motion under Section 66 of the Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business of Delhi.

Gupta along with Om Prakash Sharma and Pradhan sat in protest till evening outside the Assembly Hall near Gandhi statue.

Gupta also said that he informed that he had moved the motion under Section 66 in the morning but it was “arbitrarily” turned down by the Speaker.

Speaker Goel had suspended Sharma till November 26 for using derogatory language against the Lamba during a discussion on night shelters.

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‘One man can’t have all the answers’: Rahul Gandhi takes jibe at Modi in Bengaluru

Bengaluru: On the eve of the winter session of Parliament, Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday said Congress “strongly” believed in GST, but government should reach out to the opposition on certain issues, including the cap on rate.

The Congress vice president outlined the party’s stand on the contentious Goods and Service Tax(GST) Bill even as he made an all-round attack on the Modi government calling it “much worse” than “suit-boot-ki-sarkar.” The NDA government is keen to push key reforms legislations like the stalled GST bill in the winter session.

Rahul Gandhi‘s interaction was the first in the series of Gandhi’s outreach to the students across the campuses in the country.

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File photo. Image courtesy: PTI

Fielding questions on a wide range of issues during an interaction with students of a women’s college here, Gandhi also spoke on “rising intolerance”, saying it “disturbs” him as an Indian, highlighting that “live and let live” was the country’s biggest strength.

Targeting Narendra Modi, Gandhi said the prime minister believes the country could be run from the PMO and that he alone could transform the country. He further said there were very few people with decision making powers at the Centre and “one man decides evey single decision.”

“One man can’t have all the answers…,” he said, adding dialogue was very important.

Asked about GST, which is hanging fire for the last several years, Gandhi said, “we strongly believe in GST.”

He said GST and other bills were “very important” but the government’s approach has to be one of reaching out to the Opposition.

Speaking to reporters later, Gandhi said the Congress would raise in Parliament the issues of “rising intolerance”, which was “very disturbing”, GST and also Prime Minister’s “silence” on various issues.

Questioned why the GST bill was being stalled, he said it was Congress which brought it forward and “…we are for GST…we support GST…” But, he noted, the BJP had opposed it and blocked it for three years with Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, then in the Opposition, even justifying blocking Parliament as a strategy.

Gandhi said there were three differences between BJP and Congress on GST. They related to cap on tax to be charged, dispute resolution and one per cent tax on inter-state sales (doing away with it).

He said government had to accept the fact that Congress “sits in Parliament”, “Congress has a view” and “Congress has 20 per cent hope” (referring to the people’s mandate).

Attacking the Modi government for not having “conversation” with the Opposition, he said the Prime Minister had not even once picked up phone and spoken to any Congress leader, which his predecessor Manmohan Singh used to do.

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Government reaches out to Opposition on GST

Finance minister Jaitley held a meeting with ministry officials to discuss changes in the bill that could get the Congress on board

In order to reach out to Opposition ensuring a smooth Winter Session starting from Thursday, to roll out its pending reform agenda, the central government is considering changes to the Goods and Services Tax Bill. Finance ministry source says to dna that government was ready for an optimum revenue neutral rate around 19-20%.The Congress wanted an 18% ceiling specified, calling it a “reasonable, moderate and adequately revenue-generating GST rate”. It also wanted scrapping of the proposal to levy an additional one per cent tax. The latest government stance has brightened chances of consensus with Opposition. But still there is some time as the Minister of state for finance, Jayant Sinha said that a high-powered committee will submit its report in the first week of December.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Finance minister Arun Jaitley on Monday evening held a meeting with ministry officials, reportedly to discuss changes in the bill that could get the Congress on board. The Congress has blocked the bill, touted as major game changer for economic reforms, in the Rajya Sabha where the government is in a minority. The winter session, is the last chance to get Parliament’s approval in time to implement the new tax regime from April 2016.The Congress also wants alcohol and petroleum products to be included in the new tax regime and says the current proposals will push GST above 25%, making it consumer-unfriendly.The government is also considering doing away with the one per cent additional tax at the point of origin, sources said. And Chief Economic Advisor Arvind Subramanian made a presentation this evening; a committee headed by him will submit a report on a revenue-neutral rate by December 4 or 5, sources added.The Goods and Services Tax, aims at doing away with more than a dozen state levies to create a single market. Two thirds of both houses must pass the constitutional amendment. Once the GST Bill is passed, more than half of the states have to ratify it before Parliament passes another enabling bill to implement the new tax regime.

BJP, Congress express scepticism over Jan Lokpal Bill

Both BJP and Congress have been protesting against AAP government demanding it to table the Jan Lokpal Bill in the Winter Session of Delhi Assembly which began on Wednesday

Opposition BJP and Congress on Wednesday expressed their scepticism over the Jan Lokpal Bill cleared by the Delhi government, and claimed it was brought by the AAP dispensation under their “sustained pressure”.BJP’s Leader of Opposition in Delhi Assembly Vijender Gupta said, “if it is true then its our victory as tabling of Jan Lokpal Bill has been one of our main demands.” “The AAP government did not intend to bring the Bill and it has acted under compulsion. There are always doubts about anything done under compulsion and so we will go through the Bill before any comment on it,” Gupta said. Delhi Congress president Ajay Maken too expressed reservations about the Bill approved by the government, adding, his party will not accept any “diluted” form of it.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”We want the same Jan Lokpal Bill that AAP government had introduced in the Assembly on its 49th day and then stepped down accusing Congress of blocking its passage,” Maken said. “Congress will strongly oppose if the Bill proved to be a diluted version of the previous Jan Lokpal Bill the then AAP government had brought in its first term,” he added.Both BJP and Congress have been protesting against AAP government demanding it to table the Jan Lokpal Bill in the Winter Session of Delhi Assembly which began today. While BJP MLAs raised the issue in the Assembly session, Congress workers led by Maken earlier staged a demonstration outside Vidhan Sabha demanding tabling of the Jan Lokpal Bill.

Government hopes parties would extend cooperation in Winter session

The Cabinet Committee on Parliamentary Affairs (CCPA) headed by the Home Minister decided that the Winter Session of the Parliament will be held between November 26-December 23

Rajnath Singh

Government on Tuesday hoped all political parties will extend cooperation to it in passing crucial bills in Parliament during the forthcoming Winter Session beginning November 26.”We hope that everyone, all political parties will cooperate in the House and help us to pass the bills which are in the interests of the country,” Home Minister Rajnath Singh told reporters at a ‘Diwali Milan’ function.”All should help us,” he said. There are eight pending bills in Lok Sabha and 11 in Rajya Sabha. Among the crucial legislations which are pending for Parliamentary approval include GST Bill.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>The Cabinet Committee on Parliamentary Affairs (CCPA) headed by the Home Minister on Monday decided that the Winter Session of the Parliament will be held between November 26-December 23, including a special two-day sitting on the first two days of the session to commemorate the adoption of the Indian Constitution on November 26, 1949, and honour its architect, Dalit icon BR Ambedkar.

Maha CM Devendra Fadnavis likely to expand his Council of Ministers before winter session

Mumbai: Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis is likely to expand his Council of Ministers before the winter session of the state legislature, scheduled from 7 December in Nagpur.

“There are 12 vacancies at present in the Council of Ministers. Out of the 12 vacancies, two will go to Shiv Sena and four to the smaller allies. The chief minister will take a call on whether to fill up all the six vacancies from the BJP quota or keep two pending,” state PWD Minister Chandrakant Patil told PTI.

Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis. PTIMaharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis. PTI

Maharashtra CM Devendra Fadnavis. PTI

“The expansion may happen before the Winter Session of the legislature,” he said.

Fadnavis took oath as the chief minister on 31 October, last year with seven Cabinet and two Ministers of State.

When Shiv Sena later joined the government, the strength of the ministry was increased from 10, including chief minister, to 30.

At present, there are 20 ministers from BJP and 10 from Sena.

Rashtriya Samaj Party MLC Mahadev Jankar, Republican Party of India’s Rajya Sabha MP Ramdas Athavale, Swabhimani Party’s Lok Sabha MP Raju Shetti and Shiv Sangram MLC Vinayak Mete are seeking that their parties get ministerial slots.

As per the constitutional provisions, the Maharashtra Assembly, which has 288 MLAs, can have 42 ministers which is 15 per cent of the total strength.

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Bihar result not an ‘excuse’ to block Parliament: Modi government warns Opposition

Talking to the media after a meeting of the Cabinet Committee on Parliamentary Affairs (CCPA), Union Parliamentary Affairs Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu said that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) respects the verdict of the people of Bihar.

Vankaiah Naidu

Asserting that the verdict of the Bihar Assembly polls reflect the aspirations of the people of the state and not of the nation, the government on Monday reminded the Opposition that the victory of the Mahagathbandhan could not be used as ammunition to ‘obstruct’ the upcoming Winter Session of Parliament.Talking to the media after a meeting of the Cabinet Committee on Parliamentary Affairs (CCPA), Union Parliamentary Affairs Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu said that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) respects the verdict of the people of Bihar. “We will do a detailed analysis of the outcome, but all concerned need to understand that the Bihar verdict needs to be taken in the right perspective. To interpret the result as mandate to disrupt the Parliament is questioning the wisdom of people of the state,” Naidu said.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>He asserted that it was wrong to say the Bihar results reflected the country’s mood as polls were held only in one state while adding that the Opposition won as the ‘social arithmetic’ dynamics were in their favour.”The verdict is a clear statement of Bihar’s aspirations as their development and that of India are inter-linked and mutually re-enforcing. People of Bihar also want development like any other state and have given their mandate to Nitish, but it is to be understood that the mandate is for their aspirations and not for the Parliament,” Naidu said.The Winter Session of the Parliament is set to begin on November 26 and end on December 23. The Narendra Modi-led NDA Government is keen to take up important legislations like the GST bill, Land Acquisition Bill, the Real Estate Regulation and Development Bill and Negotiable Instruments Arbitration Bill. The last session was a virtual washout.

Bihar elections lost, government announces winter session of Parliament from November 26

The Cabinet Committee on Parliamentary Affairs, which met at the Parliament House in Delhi, decided the dates of the upcoming Winter Session.

Indian Parliament

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The Winter Session of the Parliament is set to begin on November 26 and end on December 23.The Cabinet Committee on Parliamentary Affairs, which met at the Parliament House in New Delhi, decided the dates of the upcoming Winter Session.The meeting was chaired by Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh. The Narendra Modi-led NDA Government is keen to take up important legislations like the GST bill, Land Acquisition Bill, the Real Estate Regulation and Development Bill and Negotiable Instruments Arbitration Bill. The last session was a virtual washout.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>Earlier, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Venkaiah Naidu had said that government will take a call on Parliament’s Winter Session schedule after Bihar polls.”Once the Bihar election is over we will be interacting with our colleagues in the opposition. People are now occupied with Bihar election which will be over on November 8,” Parliamentary Affairs Minister M Venkaiah Naidu had said. The BJP lost the Bihar elections badly, garnering only 58 seats with its alliance partners. The Mahagathbandhan led by Nitish Kumar and Lalu Yadav on the other hand, won the election with a thumping 2/3rds majority of 178 seats.(With ANI inputs)

President Pranab Mukherjee inks ordinance to allow e-rickshaws to ply on Delhi roads

Pranab Mukherjee

President Pranab Mukherjee has signed an ordinance to amend the Motor Vehicles Act, 2014, paving the way for the plying of e-rickshaws on roads of the National Capital Region (NCR). The Union Cabinet had approved promulgation of the ordinance on December 24, 2014, as a bill in this regard could not be passed during the Winter Session of Parliament. E-rickshaws, or battery-operated three-wheeler vehicles, had gone off the roads of the national capital and adjoining areas after the Delhi High Court banned their plying last July over safety concerns. Under the new rules, e-rickshaws will be allowed to carry four passengers and 40 kilograms of luggage while e-carts would transport goods up to 310 kilograms. Under the Motor Vehicles Act, no person can be granted a learner’s licence to drive a transport vehicle unless he or she has held the driving licence for a period of at least one year. As most e-rickshaw and e-cart drivers do not have any license for a year, the extant provision debarred them from operating e-rickshaws and e-carts. To remove this difficulty, the Cabinet approved a proposal of the Road Transport and Highways Ministry to amend the Motor Vehicles Act, through an ordinance.

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