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Parliament Updates: Amit Shah says 'coincidence' when asked about security breach at Priyanka Gandhi's home as RS passes SPG Amendment Bill

Parliament LIVE Updates | In the duration of his response to arguments for and against the SPG Bill in the Rajya Sabha, Home Minister Amit Shah on Tuesday also spoke about the Opposition's accusation of 'political vendetta' after the Centre terminated the special security for the Gandhi family.

FP Staff December 03, 2019 18:42:38 IST
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Parliament Updates: Amit Shah says 'coincidence' when asked about security breach at Priyanka Gandhi's home as RS passes SPG Amendment Bill
  • Union Home Minister Amit Shah will move The Special Protection Group (Amendment) Bill, 2019 in the Rajya Sabha

  • In the Lok Sabha, a discussion on crop losses and the resultant impact on farmers will be discussed

  • The Congress is likely to raise the issue of Priyanka Gandhi Vadra suffering a security breach weeks after her SPG cover was removed

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Dec 03, 2019 - 18:09 (IST)

Rajya Sabha latest updates

Bill to merge two UTs passed in Upper House

The Rajya Sabha on Tuesday passed the Dadra and Nagar Haveli and Daman and Diu (Merger of Union Territories) Bill, 2019. The government reportedlt submitted that the merger will enable convenience in administration of the two regions "which are located in close proximity geographically".

News18 reported, "Issues of languages spoken in the two UTs, jurisdiction of the Bombay High Court and changes to administrative take place as part of the merger were discussed by the Upper House."

Dec 03, 2019 - 18:05 (IST)

Rajya Sabha latest updates

Rajya Sabha adjourned till tomorrow

In addition to discussing the SPG (Amendment) Bill, the Upper House also discussed the Dadra and Nagar Haveli and Daman and Diu (Merger of Union Territories) Bill on Tuesday.

The Rajya Sabha has been adjourned till 11.00 am on Wednesday, 4 December.

Dec 03, 2019 - 17:18 (IST)

Sharda Tyagi says 'deeply anguished' about security breach at Priyanka Gandhi's residence

Sharda Tyagi, who was in the vehicle which breached security at Priyanka Gandhi Vadra's residence in Delhi reportedly on 25 November, said, "I was born in the Congress and I am dedicated to the party. I was deeply anguished to find that security was left on the home guards. I went there for the first time and saw this."

"I didn't know her (Priyanka Gandhi Vadra's) house number and asked about it by calling the Congress office. When I went there, (security) didn't even care to see who was sitting in the car, barricade was removed immediately and gate was opened," she added.

Dec 03, 2019 - 17:02 (IST)

Rajya Sabha latest updates

Amit Shah comments on security breach at Priyanka Gandhi's residence

In the duration of his response to arguments for and against the SPG Bill in the Rajya Sabha, Home Minister Amit Shah on Tuesday also spoke about the Opposition's accusation of "political vendetta" after the Centre terminated the special security for the Gandhi family.

On the security breach that occurred at Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra's house, Shah said, "Incident happened on 25 November. Priyanka Gandhi got information that Rahul Gandhi was coming to meet her in a black SUV, but another black SUV came at the same time which had Meerut Congress leader Sharda Tyagi in it. The car and timing were same, such was the coincidence. That's why the car with Sharda Tyagi went in without security check. Then also, we've ordered high-level probe and suspended 3 officers responsible for breach."

Dec 03, 2019 - 16:55 (IST)

Rajya Sabha latest updates

Former PMs' SPG cover was also withdrawan: Amit Shah

Union Minister Amit Shah, in his address in the Rajya Sabha regarding the SPG Bill, said that former prime ministers' SPG cover had also been withdrawan. He was responding to the accusations raised by Opposition leaders over the withdrawal of the special protection from the Gandhi family.

He said, "Former prime ministers' SPG cover was also withdrawn. Narsimha Rao, Chandrashekar, IK Gujral, and Manmohan SIngh are among former prime ministers whose SPG security cover has been withdrawn. In a democracy, the law is the same for everyone, not special for a family."

Dec 03, 2019 - 16:36 (IST)

Rajya Sabha latest updates

Upper Houses passes SPG Bill after Opposition stages walkout

The SPG Bill was passed by the Rajya Sabha on Tuesday after it was passed by Home Minister Amit Shah. While members of the Opposition raised arguments against the amendment and also accused the BJP of "political vendetta" against the Gandhi family over the withdrawal of their SPG cover, Shah responded to them by saying that the amendment had "nothing to do" with the Gandhis.

"It's not true that we've brought the SPG Bill by keeping only Gandhi family in mind. Security from Gandhis was withdrawn after the threat assessment analysis even before bringing this bill. After five years, the prime minister's SPG security will also be withdrawn. Now Manmohan Singh's security was also withdrawn and replaced it with ‘Z plus’ security cover."

The amendment was passed after the Congress staged a walkout from the Upper House.

Dec 03, 2019 - 16:28 (IST)

Rajya Sabha latest updates

Uproar in RS after Amit Shah says Opposition has 'no right' to accuse BJP of political vendetta

Home Minister Amit Shah on Tuesday addressed the Upper House regarding the SPG Bill and responded to the "political vendetta" charge of the Opposition over the SPG cover being taken away from members of the Gandhi family. He said, "The Left Front and the Congress cannot accuse the BJP of political vendetta. Under the Left, 120 BJP-RSS workers were killed in Kerala."

Also making a veiled attack on the 'dynastic politics' the Gandhi family has been taunted about by the BJP, Shah said, "This is the fifth amendment in the SPG Act.This amendment is not brought in by keeping the Gandhis in mind, but, one thing that I can say for sure is that the previous amendments were done by keeping only one family in mind."

Dec 03, 2019 - 16:11 (IST)

Rajya Sabha latest updates

Amit Shah says security not only question for Gandhis, but all Indians

The Centre needs to ensure security of all the citizens of India, said Home Minister Amit Shah in his response to arguments regarding the SPG Bill moved in the Rajya Sabha on Tuesday. Shah was addressing concerns and accusations regarding the SPG cover being taken away from the Gandhi family.

"Any citizen of India could also be facing more threats than the Prime Minister of India. Are we to give everyone SPG protection? The SPG cover is only for the prime minister," he said,

Dec 03, 2019 - 16:07 (IST)

Rajya Sabha latest updates

Amit Shah addresses House on SPG bill

After various members of the Upper House delivered arguments for and against the bill related to the Special Protection Group moved by Home Minister Amit Shah on Tuesday.

Shah, after arguments by NDA member Ramdas Athawale, AAP leader Sanjay Singh, and the BSP, explained the motive behind bringing the bill. He said, "Security is not a status symbol," in reference to the SPG-level protection being taken away from the Gandhi family. "The SPG Bill has not been brought to target the Gandhis."

Dec 03, 2019 - 15:47 (IST)

Rajya Sabha latest updates
 

CPM MP questions government's intention behind bringing the Bill


CPM’s KK Ragesh questioned the government’s intentions to bring such a Bill. He said that the Prime Minister has violated the SPG protocol many times, and it's called heroism. “When others do so, it is called disregard,” he said.

Congress’ BK Hariprasad said that in every third speech, Narendra Modi and Amit Shah train attacks on Sonia and Rahul Gandhi. “Do you not think there is a threat perception?” he asked. If there is no protection to those getting lynched in the country, how safe are these politicians, he further questioned.

Parliament Latest Updates | In the duration of his response to arguments for and against the SPG Bill in the Rajya Sabha, Home Minister Amit Shah on Tuesday also spoke about the Opposition's accusation of "political vendetta" after the Centre terminated the special security for the Gandhi family.

On the security breach that occurred at Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra's house, Shah said, "Incident happened on 25 November. Priyanka Gandhi got information that Rahul Gandhi was coming to meet her in a black SUV, but another black SUV came at the same time which had Meerut Congress leader Sharda Tyagi in it. The car and timing were same, such was the coincidence. That's why the car with Sharda Tyagi went in without security check. Then also, we've ordered high-level probe and suspended 3 officers responsible for breach."

In the duration of his response to arguments for and against the SPG Bill in the Rajya Sabha, Home Minister Amit Shah on Tuesday also spoke about the Opposition's accusation of "political vendetta" after the Centre terminated the special security for the Gandhi family.

On the security breach that occurred at Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra's house, Shah said, "Incident happened on 25 November. Priyanka Gandhi got information that Rahul Gandhi was coming to meet her in a black SUV, but another black SUV came at the same time which had Meerut Congress leader Sharda Tyagi in it. The car and timing were same, such was the coincidence. That's why the car with Sharda Tyagi went in without security check. Then also, we've ordered high-level probe and suspended 3 officers responsible for breach."

The Centre needs to ensure security of all the citizens of India, said Home Minister Amit Shah in his response to arguments regarding the SPG Bill moved in the Rajya Sabha on Tuesday. Shah was addressing concerns and accusations regarding the SPG cover being taken away from the Gandhi family.

"Any citizen of India could also be facing more threats than the Prime Minister of India. Are we to give everyone SPG protection? The SPG cover is only for the prime minister," he said.

An uproar emanated from the Treasury benches demanding an apology from Congress' Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury for calling Narendra Modi and Amit Shah 'infiltrators' and calling Nirmala Sitharaman, 'nirbala' on Monday. Opposition MPs staged a walkout following the protests.

The government never intervened in the price rise, but only remained a mere spectator, CPM's KK Ragesh said in the Rajya Sabha, alleging that the government is allowing onions to rot in godowns, but not giving them to people.

Rajnath Singh said during the BJP parliamentary meet that Prime Minister Narendra Modi is not satisfied with the poor attendance of MPs in Parliament. He suggested MPs to be in Parliament premises when Bills are being taken up.

Remembering the Bhopal Gas Tragedy, Congress' Digvijaya Singh said that the government should exercise caution to avoid such a disaster in the future.

During the Question Hour in Lok Sabha, BJP's Jual Oram and BJD's Pinaki Misra talked about the relief measures taken after Cyclone Fani, with the former questioning the expenditure of funds granted to the state to cope with the disaster.

Union Home Minister Amit Shah will on Tuesday move The Special Protection Group (Amendment) Bill, 2019 in the Rajya Sabha. The Bill seeks to amend the Special Protection Group Act, 1988, which was passed by the Lok Sabha on 27 November with a voice vote.

A statement from the Home Ministry said, "The Bill says that family members of a former Prime Minister who reside with him at his allotted accommodation will get security cover of the SPG only for five years, from the date he/she ceases to hold the office of Prime Minister."

During the debate on the Bill in Lok Sabha, Shah had said rejected Congress allegations about "political vendetta" in the change in the security of Congress leaders Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra and said that changes had been made in the protection Act earlier keeping "one family in mind".

He said security has been changed of members of Gandhi family after a yearly professional assessment and the change in security has also been done under the ambit of the Act. He added security has been changed from SPG on the basis of an assessment of threat perception.

Shah will also move the Dadra and Nagar Haveli and Daman and Diu (Merger of Union Territories) Bill, 2019 for consideration and passing. The Bill will provide for the merger of Union Territories of Dadra and Nagar Haveli and Daman and Diu.

Additionally, Union Minister Hardeep Singh Puri will table the National Capital Territory of Delhi (Recognition of Property Rights of Residents in Unauthorised Colonies) Bill, 2019 in the Upper House. The Bill makes special provisions for the National Capital Territory of Delhi for recognising the property rights of resident in unauthorised colonies by securing the rights of ownership or transfer or mortgage in favour of the residents of such colonies who are possessing properties on the basis of Power of Attorney, Agreement to Sale, Will, possession letter or any other documents including documents evidencing payment of consideration.

In the Lok Sabha, the Recycling of Ships Bill, 2019, which provides for the regulation of recycling of ships by setting certain standards and laying down the statutory mechanism for enforcement of such standards, will be discussed.

Additionally, the Lower House will see a discussion on crop losses and its impact on farmers. Among the topics on which discussions will be held during Question Hour are Cyclone Fani, PM Kisan scheme, PMGSY, PMAY, RIDF and MGNREGA. The issues of geographical boundaries of the union territories of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh and tribal area status to Ladakh will also be raised.

The Congress is likely to raise the issue of Priyanka Gandhi Vadra suffering a security breach weeks after her SPG cover was removed when a car with five passengers made its way into her residence. Gandhi’s office revealed on Monday that the group went up to her and was able to click pictures of the Z-plus protectee. Priyanka, along with brother Rahul and mother Sonia, was an SPG protectee until 4 November. The Special Protection Group (SPG) cover to all three Congress leaders was withdrawn following which they remain Z-plus protectee.

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