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Arunachal row rocks Rajya Sabha again, house disrupted

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Proceedings of the Rajya Sabha were again disrupted by the opposition Congress on Thursday over the crisis in Arunachal Pradesh, forcing two adjournments in the pre-lunch session.

Soon after the house met at 12.37 p.m. after the first adjournment, Chairman Hamid Ansari tried to conduct question hour but Congress members started shouting slogans from their seats.

Amid the din, Human Resource Development Minister Smriti Irani answered a question on mid-day meal in schools.

After a few minutes, Congress members trooped near the chairman’s podium, forcing Ansari to adjourn the house till 2 p.m.

The winter session of the Arunachal Pradesh legislative assembly was held at a community hall on Wednesday with participation of only 34 legislators, including the deputy speaker in chair. Chief Minister Nabam Tuki and 26 Congress legislators, including the speaker, boycotted the session, terming it unconstitutional.

Governor J.P. Rajkhowa had convened the winter session from Wednesday instead of its normal schedule of January 14 next year.

Earlier, Leader of Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad raised the Arunachal Pradesh issue at zero hour, questioning the conduct of the governor.

“How can the sitting of the house be done outside the assembly and in a private house? It has never been done in the history of independent India,” Azad said.

Deputy Chairman P.J. Kurien said the notice given by Azad was under consideration of the chairman, so the matter could be discussed only after his ruling.

Janata Dal-United member Sharad Yadav and Communist Party of India-Marxist member Sitharam Yechuri also demanded the matter should be discussed immediately as it was urgent.

Congress members trooped near the chairman’s podium and started shouting slogans.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi was present in the house when the opposition members raised slogans against him too.

Chairman Hamid Ansari then took the chair and requested the agitated members to allow the house to take question hour.

He then adjourned the house at 12.07 p.m. for 30 minutes.

Wefornews Bureau

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Maharashtra minister Ashok Chavan tests Covid-19 positive

He is the second Cabinet Minister in the Maha Vikas Aghadi govermnent to test positive after Housing Minister Jitendra Awhad was diagnosed last month.

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Mumbai, May 25 : Maharashtra PWD Minister Ashok Chavan is reported to have tested Covid-19 positive, party sources said here late on Sunday.

The former Chief Minister’s condition has been described as asymptomatic and he is under treatment in Nanded, his home town.

He is the second Cabinet Minister in the Maha Vikas Aghadi govermnent to test positive after Housing Minister Jitendra Awhad was diagnosed last month. After nearly a month’s treatment, Awhad was fully cured and discharged.

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Will not tolerate high-handedness of UP govt: Jitin Prasada

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New Delhi, May 24 (IANS) Upset over the arrest of state party president Ajay Kumar Lallu and registration of cases against its leaders, the Congress has warned the UP government that this “high-handedness” will not be “tolerated”.

Congress working committee member Jitin Prasada, talking to IANS, alleged that the government is misusing the lockdown as opposition parties can”t assemble and agitate at the moment. But as and when the lockdown is lifted, the Congress and its workers will not leave any stone “unturned”.

The Congress and the UP government are at loggerheads since the state government refused to allow buses provided by Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, on pretext of not providing the ”appropriate list”. The Congress has alleged that the government is insensitive towards the plight of the migrants who are walking towards their home.

Uttar Pradesh Congress president Ajay Kumar Lallu was brought to Lucknow, late on Wednesday night from Agra, and produced before a magistrate. He was taken for medical examination at the Civil Hospital and then taken to a temporary jail.

He was arrested in a case of fraud and forgery, related to bungling in the list of buses submitted by the Congress to the Uttar Pradesh government for bringing migrant workers.

Lallu was arrested immediately after he was granted bail in another case by the court in Agra on Wednesday. He had been arrested in Agra on Tuesday for protesting against the government”s refusal to allow movement of buses in the state.

Meanwhile, talking to reporters in Lucknow during his medical examination, Lallu said, “Such cases and jail sentences are a reward for a political worker. The government can heap cases on me and keep me in jail but they should provide immediate relief to migrant workers.”

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Thackeray hints at lockdown extension, flight restrictions

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Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray, here on Sunday, hinted at further extension of the lockdown after May 31 and proposed restrictions on plans to resume domestic flights from May 25 as the Covid-19 situation could worsen after the onset of monsoon.

Addressing the state, Thackeray said it was not proper to impose the lockdown suddenly and now it couldn’t be lifted abruptly as it would be detrimental to the people.

“We will have to study the situation carefully before moving ahead. The coming weeks are critical as the spread of coronavirus is increasing. People must exercise extreme precautions during monsoon,” Thackeray said.

Hours after Home Minister Anil Deshmukh red-flagged the Centre’s plans to resume domestic flights from Monday, Thackeray spoke with Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Puri on the issue.

The Chief Minister has communicated that till Mumbai International Airport plans and finetunes airport operations, they (Centre) should initiate minimum possible domestic flights from Maharashtra from Monday.

“These should be purely emergent in nature, like for international transfer passengers, medical emergencies, students and cases on compassionate grounds,” said an official from the CMO.

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