The issue of imposition of President’s Rule in Uttarakhand today echoed in Parliament with Congress members in both Houses storming the Well and party leader Mallikarjun Kharge staging a dharna in the Lok Sabha.
The Congress, with an eye to stall the session, has identified at least eight issues to corner the BJP. On the top of the agenda, of course, is the recent dismissal of the Harish Rawat government in Uttarakhand. Party leader Ghulam Nabi Azad raised the issue in Lok Sabha.
“It is a murder of democracy,” Kharge said as the Lower House assembled for the day, telling Speaker Sumitra Mahajan that he has given a notice for an adjournment motion on the issue.
Members of JD(U) and AAP were also in the Well along with Congress and AAP leader Bhagwant Mann was repeatedly seen pleading with the Chair to allow Kharge to have his say. Mann was also heard expressing concern over drought situation in several parts of the country and suicide of farmers.
3:10 pm Rajya Sabha adjourned till Tuesday after uproar by the Opposition over the Uttarakhand issue.
2:30 pm Rajya Sabha was adjourned till 3 pm; Opposition raised slogans of ‘Loktantra ki hatya bandh karo’ (Stop the murder of democracy) in the House.
11:52 am Rajya Sabha has been adjourned till 2 pm after uproar over Uttarakhand issue . The adjournment comes after Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad said “We saw how an elected governmnent in Arunachal Pradesh was ousted.. The central government deliberately provokes the Opposition.”
11:37 am Opposition today raised the Uttarakhand issue in Lok Sabha with Congress members shouting slogans like ‘Kendra sarkar hosh mein aao’.
Congress backed by the Left, JD(U) and other opposition parties, is determined to corner the Centre over imposition of President’s rule in Uttarakhand and Arunachal Pradesh, calling it an “assault” on the federal structure.
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11: am Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday hoped for a productive budget session.
“In the last session also we transacted important business. Most of them were on financial issues. The satisfaction about it reflected in the face of our members. I hope similarly business will be transacted smoothly this time as well. We hope all (parties) will cooperate in making the session a success,” Modi said in the Parliament House premises.
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10: am Govt. committed to bring back Mallya: Naidu
Union Parliamentary Affairs Minister Venkaiah Naidu said the government is serious about bringing back Vijay Mallya, who has fled the nation with over Rs 9000 crore of unpaid debt and urged the liquor baron to return to India and face the law.
”Passport (Mallya?s) has been revoked because he was not responding to the notices issued by Enforcement Directorate, I do not know why he is that. He should come and face the law and repay the banks. The government is very serious to bring him back and see that the money that he has taken from banks is paid back. Our government goes by the rule of law, we will not spare anyone,” Naidu told ANI.
8 am : Yechury to raise morphed pic issue in Parliament
CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury will raise the morphing of CPI(M) leader’s photo by Trinamool Congress. Derek O’Brien, the Trinamool spokesperson accused of circulating a morphed photo of Prakash Karat eating ladoo from home minister Rajnath Singh, has already become a talking point in Bengal polls. O’ Brien, just like Yechury, is also a member of the Upper House.
Cong to work with like-minded parties to put govt on backfoot
7:30 am Congress said it will work with like-minded opposition parties and try to put government in the dock on a variety of issues including Uttarkhand developments.
Party leaders also indicated that an adjournment motion on the Uttarkhand issue would be brought in the Lok Sabha and plans are also afoot to embarass the government in the Rajya Sabha on the matter.