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Parliament Live: 'Suit-boot ka kaam' cannot go on, says Rahul Gandhi in LS

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May 12, 2015 - 15:35 (IST)

Biggest thieves come during the day.. wearing a suit: Rahul Gandhi

Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi took Lok Sabha by storm this afternoon attacking the Modi government for pushing forward the controversial land acquisition bill.

"It took us two years to get the land bill and the NDA govt murdered the bill in a few days. Nobody (in the government) cares about the poor or the farmers. They will just go and take away land. You have said there's no need for social impact assessment. We asked for one.. to know how it will impact farmers.. how they will be affected but you say there is no need for it," he said.

Rahul further said that the government's defence of projects being stalled was a lie. "The government is in a hurry to get this bill passed. Someone filed an RTI to find out how mnay projects are pending due to land issues. Your own Finance Ministry has said eight. Only eight. There is no shortage of land with the government then why do you want to grab more?"

The party leader also said that the government is keen on acquiring land in areas that are high in real estate. "Land is not acquired in Bundelkand or Rajasthan. They want places near cities.. near Noida. There's gold underyour feet and these people (govt) want to steal it from you."

"This government is anti-farmer, anti-poor. This is a 'suit-boot ki sarkar'. At one time leaders like Advaniji and Sushmaji were standing where I am right now and they said the same things I was saying. Now they are on the other side and I wonder what has changed."

Warning the government of not going ahead with the proposed legislation, Rahul said: "We will take to the streets if you go ahead with the new bill. This 'suit-boot ka kaam' will not go on. I was told that robbers come in at midnight, silently jump through the window... but the biggest thieves come during the day... and they come wearing a suit."



 

May 12, 2015 - 14:38 (IST)

GST bill referred to Select Committee of Rajya Sabha

The Rajya Sabha on Tuesday referred the GST Bill to a Select Committee and has asked that the committee headed by BJP MP Bhupendra Yadav submit its report on the last day of the first week of the Monsoon Session.

May 12, 2015 - 12:24 (IST)

Uproar erupts in LS yet again, Cong attacks govt on Purti scam issue

After apologising to the Speaker for his remarks, Congress leader Deepender Singh Hooda again created uproar in the House as he slammed the government over the Purti scam issue, criticising Nitin Gadkari. "The CAG report points out irregularities of not just the the Purti scam but also the then government in 2002 and 2003." Hooda also said that a loss of Rs 12.7 crore was caused through this scam.

In response, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Venkaiah Naidu said that the present government was not involved in the scam.

May 12, 2015 - 12:14 (IST)

Deepender Singh Hooda apologises as Lok Sabha resumes

As Lok Sabha resumed on 12 pm, Congress leader Deepender Singh Hooda apologised for his statements against the Speaker.

"If some words were said that insulted what the Speaker said, that was not our intention. I have never said anything like that in 10 years. I express regret over it," Hooda said.

May 12, 2015 - 12:01 (IST)

Are you challenging me, asks Sumitra Mahajan

Addressing the House and reacting to the Oppositon's allegation, Sumitra Mahajan said, In the statement given by the government on Amethi food park issue, all the details are present. Harsimrat Kaur spoke twice and not five times," said Mahajan. 

Opposition benches created ruckus at this and tried disrupting the House when an angry Speaker asked the Congress members, "Are you challenging me?"

The Speaker adjourned the House till noon. 

May 12, 2015 - 11:57 (IST)

Speaker versus Opposition in Lok Sabha

The Congress slammed Speaker Sumitra Mahajan over Harsimrat Kaur's statement in the Lok Sabha. "You have allowed Harsimrat Kaur to speak five times on the same topic. But we have not been allowed to speak even once. You (Speaker) cant let government repeat their arguments five times in the hope that it will drown our voice," Congress members in Lok Sabha alleged today. 

Leader of Oppositon Mallikarjun Kharge said, "Power shouldn't be misused. Remove me from membership, I am ready to vacate my seat. When we have given adjournment motion you do not give us time, we can not tolerate this."

May 11, 2015 - 13:13 (IST)

Rajya Sabha adjourned.. Again!

By the looks of it, Rajya Sabha hardly processed any business today. PTI reported that the Upper House was adjourned for the fifth time till 1pm after uproar by Congress on the Gadkari issue. 

The government was all set to bring the Goods and Services Tax (GST) bill, before the Rajya Sabha today which aimed at reforming of India's indirect tax regime.

The Lok Sabha has already passed a vital legislation to introduce the bill, rejecting the demand of the opposition for sending it to the Standing Committee.

Reports earlier claimed that the Congress will be working on multiple strategies to scuttle the Goods and Services Tax bill.
 

Sources had also added saying that the party was hoping that the proceedings will be disrupted over the national auditor's report alleging financial irregularities by the Purti Group, in which Union minister Nitin Gadkari owns stakes. 

The proceedings in Rajya Sabha had been washed out on Friday following disruption with an united Opposition demanding that Gadkari be sacked. 

Meanwhile, member of the Parliament and actor Rekha was spotted outside the Rajya Sabha on Monday. 

May 11, 2015 - 12:53 (IST)

Bill to amend whistleblowers law introduced in Lok Sabha

A Bill to amend the Whistleblowers Protection Act 2011 to keep issues of national security out of its purview was introduced in the Lok Sabha today.

The introduction of the Whistleblowers Protection (Amendment) Bill 2015 came close on the heels of the Opposition attacking the government for not notifying the bill despite it getting the President's assent in May 2014.

The amendments to the bill are being carried out with a view to incorporate necessary provisions aimed at strengthening safeguards against disclosures which may prejudicially affect the sovereignty and integrity of the country and security of the state, among other things.

While government insists the amendments would address concerns relating to national security, some activists have claimed that it will dilute the measure.

"This would strengthen the safeguards against disclosures which may prejudicially affect the sovereignty and integrity of the country, security, strategic, scientific or economic interest of the state, relations with a foreign state or leads to incitement of an offence. Safeguard has also been provided in respect of such disclosures which have been exempted under section 8(1) of the Right to Information Act, 2005," the government said.

In order to give statutory protection to whistleblowers in the country, the Public Interest Disclosures and Protection to Persons making the Disclosures Bill, 2011 was introduced in the Lok Sabha in August, 2010.

The bill was passed by Lok Sabha in December 2011, as the Whistle Blowers Protection Bill, 2011.  The Rajya Sabha had passed it on February 21 last year. -- PTI

May 11, 2015 - 12:30 (IST)

Lok Sabha adjourned till 12.30 pm

Lok Sabha adjourns briefly after heated exchanges between Oppn and treasury members over ban on fishing on high seas. 

Meanwhile, Rajya Sabha was adjourned for the fourth time over Opposition's protests seeking Nitin Gadkari's resignation.

May 11, 2015 - 12:14 (IST)

Congress, TMC, AAP stage walkout in Lok Sabha

Congress, TMC, AAP Left parties stage walk out in Lok Sabha protesting introduction of Land Acquisition Bill.

New Delhi: The Budget session of Parliament resumes today. The government plans to table the new land ordinance in the Lok Sabha, where the government has a solid majority.

Congress' Mallikarjun Kharge said his party will participate in the debate, but "have sent a resolution and we will oppose the bill tooth and nail."

Prime Minister Narendra Modi in a tweet said that he is looking forward to a productive session, filled with constructive debates on several issues.

"Parliament session begins today. I look forward to a productive session, filled with constructive debates on several issues," Modi said in his tweet.

The controversial land bill issue is expected to generate much heat in Lok Sabha with the government deciding to table the new land ordinance on the very first day of the second half of Budget session.

Parliament Live Suitboot ka kaam cannot go on says Rahul Gandhi in LS

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While the Lok Sabha reconvenes today, the Rajya Sabha will start a new session from 23 April. It was prorogued to allow the government to issue a new ordinance or emergency order on land acquisition, incorporating nine amendments cleared by the Lok Sabha in the first part of the Budget session.

Speaking to Times Now, Union minister Venkaiah Naidu said that important issues like black money and GST need to be discussed during the Budget Session.

"Land bill is in the interest of the farmers and we have brought the bill after consultation with other states. We are not intimidated. We don't even know when the Congress leadership will go missing in action, Naidu said taking a jibe at Rahul Gandhi's almost two-month-long sabbatical.

Naidu added: "They are issue-less, because there is no scam and prices have come down. Congress is criticising us after we have been in power for 9 months. They forget what they did to India in 50 years under their rule."

He alleged that Congress is "politicising" the land acquisition issue unmindful of the consequences for development of the country.

To buttress his point, Naidu also quoted from a purported interview of former Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh to a magazine wherein Ramesh was reported to have said that excluding 13 acts from the purview of the land act of 2013 was 'real politics'.

Naidu expressed bewilderment over Ramesh saying in the said interview, as to how would it matter even if projects are delayed by three to four years on account of the provisions of land Act of 2013 like the consent clause and social impact assessment (SIA).

"Such delays would result in time and cost overruns to which several Congress Chief Ministers have objected to while seeking changes in the land Act of 2013 proposed by the Congress led UPA Government," he said.

Naidu also ridiculed Congress' allegation that the changes proposed by the NDA government would be used to acquire lands for the "benefit of RSS-affiliated organisations" and assets that it shall never be done.

According to the schedule of business, Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Rajiv Pratap Rudy will lay on the table a copy of the Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement (Amendment) Ordinance, promulgated by the President on April 3 under Article 123(2)(a) of Constitution.

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj will also make a statement regarding the 'Recent Developments in the Republic of Yemen and efforts made for safe evacuation of Indian nationals from there'.

The Budget session will conclude on May 8. The Rajya Sabha is having a new session from April 23 that will end on May 13.

On the eve of resumption of Budget Session, Modi yesterday voiced hope that it would be full of "outcomes", noting that the productivity of Parliament has "reached 125 percent" since his government came to power.

With Parliament set to witness a stormy session over a host of issues, including the land bill, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Venkaiah Naidu asked BJP MPs to be present in their House throughout.

The land acquisition ordinance, which the government could not get converted into a legislation in the first half of the budget session in Parliament due to stiff opposition in Rajya Sabha, was re-promulgated on April 3, a day before it was to lapse.

With inputs from PTI

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