Budget session Day 1: BJP gives notice on JNU row, Ishrat Jahan in Lok Sabha

On the first day of the Budget session of Parliament, Bharatiya Janata Party national spokesperson Meenakshi Lekhi on Tuesday gave a notice in the Lok Sabha on the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) row and the Ishrat Jahan case.

Union parliamentary affairs minister M Venkaiah Naidu earlier said that there were different views on the JUN issue which needs to be addressed and debated.

Three hitherto unknown University students – Rohith Vemula, Kanhaiya Kumar and Umar Khalid are expected to bring Parliament to a halt when the lawmakers meet to discuss the annual Budget and other things.

The Opposition questioned how come that NDA ruled states  Haryana, Gujarat and Andhra Pradesh  are  fallen victim to quota agitation,  thus setting the stage for another confrontation with the Centre in the budget session.

While Jats are demanding inclusion in the state’s OBC quota, a section of the Patidars in Gujarat is up in arms for reservation. In Andhra Pradesh, the Kapu community is fighting for Backward Caste status.

Leader of the Congress in the Lok Sabha, Mallikarjun Kharge, said Bills would be allowed to be cleared on “merit.” Sources said a broad consensus had been reached on clearing a Bill on delimitation of electoral constituencies in West Bengal following the Indo-Bangladesh land boundary agreement.

“Contentious Bills should not be brought. Bring only those Bills on which there is a general agreement. Bills like the Goods and Services Tax Bill will not come in the first half of the session,” Mr. Kharge said.

Wefornews Bureau

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