New Delhi: The first day of the monsoon session of Parliament was stormy as the Congress refused to relent and demanded the resignations of Union Minister for External Affairs Sushma Swaraj and Rajasthan Chief Minister on the cricket tycoon Lalit Modi issue and Chief Minister of Madhya Pradesh shivraj Singh Chouhan due to the massive recruitment and medical entrance examination scam.
While the Lok Sabha was adjourned for the day immediately after obituary reference, the Upper House witnessed noisy scenes and was repeatedly adjourned. Earlier, the opposition gave notice in Rajya sabha for suspension of rules to discuss the Lalit Modi issue. Former Union Minister Anand Sharma drew attention to the issue of Sushma Swaraj writing to the British authorities to provide travel documents to Lalit Modi. Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley immediately responded by saying the Government is ready for discussion on anty issue but it appears that the Congress members are not prepared for it.
Answering questions by media-persons in the Parliament premises, Prime Minister Narendra Modi restricted his reply to saying: “I hope important decisions would be taken during the current session.”
At Jantar Mantar here, which is not far from Parliament, the women’s wing of Congress also held a protest demonstration today.
New Delhi: 24 airports at Tier-II/III (non-metro) cities have been identified where Common User Domestic Cargo Terminal (CUDCT) is proposed to be established by carrying out cargo feasibility study and minor modifications in the old/redundant passenger terminal buildings.
Giving this information, Minister of State for Civil Aviation Mahesh Sharma stated in a written reply in Lok Sabha today that keeping in view the requirements, cargo feasibility study is conducted regularly to provide basic infrastructure.
Keeping the current requirement in perspective the Airports Authority of India (AAI) has decided to utilise old and redundant passenger buildings with minor modifications or by creating a new facilities for International cargo operations. AAI has already established a Common User Domestic Air Cargo Terminals at airports in Coimbatore, Jaipur and Lucknow.
New Delhi: A toned down version of the Land Acquisition Bill–with nine amendments but without the consent or the social impact assessment clause – was passed by Lok Sabha today. There was furore over the ruling side’s reluctance to consider the Opposition stand especially on the question of social impact and the Bill was passed with Congress staging a walkout.
BJP’s ally Shiv Sena abstained from voting.
In fact the Opposition had moved 53 amendments but none were passed. To accommodate the Opposition the Centre moved the amendment for a “hassle-free” mechanism for redressal of grievance and doing away with the exemption to social infrastructure projects in the PPP mode.
According to former Solicitor General Mohan Parasaran, “In the event that the government is unable to actually get any voting done before the Rajya Sabha and as it has happened with regard to the MMDR Bill, then actually they will be in a limbo. In such an event, the only course that will be open with the government is to repromulgate the ordinance.”
“Sheer tyranny of majority” led to the passage of the Bill in the Lok Sabha, observed chief Congress spokesperson Randeep Surjewala.
New Delhi: There was uproar in Parliament today over over hardline separatist Masarat Alam’s release from prison by the PDP-BJP Government in Jammu and Kashmir.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi said in Parliament that the release of Masarat Alam was unacceptable and that the decision (to release him) was taken by the J&K Government without the Centre’s consent. “This is not one party’s outrage, it is the nation’s outrage,” PM Modi said in the Lok Sabha,
Home Minister Rajnath Singh told Parliament that the Jammu and Kashmir government has said in a report that there were 27 criminal cases against separatist leader Masarat Alam since 1995 and he has been granted bail in all these cases by the High Court.
The J&K Government’s report, Singh said, further states that he could be detained for only two years for the same crime. The Home Minister told Parliament that the Central Government is not satisfied with the J&K Government’s clarification and has sought clarifications.After the clarification from the state government, the Centre will issue a “strong advisory” if need arises”
The Rajya Sabha was adjourned this morning till noon as Congress members rushed into the Well of the House shouting slogans like “aatankwadi ko chhodnewalon, sharam karo, sharam karo (shame on people releasing terrorist).”
After the House was adjourned, prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Rajnath Singh were engaged in a meeting in Parliament on this embarassing issue, which has put the ruling side on the defensive.
Earlier Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman PJ Kurien had ruled out an adjournment motion after Finance Minister Arun Jaitley assured the House that neither the Government nor the BJP would compromise on national security. In the heat of the moment, Trinamool Congress MP Derek O’Brien sought a statement from the Prime Minister accusing the Centre of compromising national security.
In Lok Sabha, Speaker Sumitra Mahajan also rejected the Opposition’s demand to adjourn the listed business and suspend the Question Hour. In the midst of noisy scenes over release of Hurriyat leader Masarat Alam, Lok Sabha was also adjourned till 11:30 a.m.
Bahujan Samaj Party president Mayawati targeted the BJP saying it should not “compromise national interest for the lust of power”. She told the House that in 2003, she had preferred to resign as Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh – when she had formed a government with BJP support – as BSP did “not want to compromise on principles”.
In Lok Sabha Opposition members were heard shouting slogans like “Jawab do jawab do, Pradhan Mantri jawab do (Prime Minister give a reply)”.
Amidst sound and fury, Parliamentary Affairs Minister M Venkaiah Naidu, told Parliament that Centre had not been consulted by the J&K government on Masarat Alam’s release. This is a serious issue, he said adding it concerns the entire country.
According to available reports, Alam had nearly15 cases pending against him which included those registered under Section 20 and 121 Ranbir Penal Code (waging war against the country) and the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act. In Srinagar, Masarat Alam told reporters that J&K chief minister Mufti Sayeed should not try to take political advantage out of his release, which was the result of normal legal procedure. His detention under the Public safety Act (PSA) was to end in the next two to three days, he said.