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Budget session: PM Modi speaks on motion of thanks to President’s address in RS

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New Delhi, Feb 8, 2017: The Budget session of Parliament enters its sixth day and Prime Minister Narendra Modi is likely to reply on Presidential speech in Rajya Sabha today.

However, both the Houses are expected to witness protest from the MPs of Trinamool Congress on the pain caused to the people due to notes ban.

On Tuesday, PM Modi replied on Presidential speech in the Lok Sabha. In his address, he took a dig at Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi on his ‘earthquake’ jibe.

He strongly defended his government’s decision to scrap high-value currency notes, asserting that the timing of the decision was perfect as the economy was doing well and hit out at Congress whose record he questioned with regard to various issues.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi speaking on President’s address:

  • Small countries like South Korea and Malaysia are models for us when it comes to cleanliness.
  • I was surprised that people made fun of the Swachh Bharat Mission also.
  • No government sleeps. Even the last government didn’t. I said from the ramparts of Red Fort that all PMs, governments help India get she is. No other PM said that.
  • Attacks on my party, our govt, on me understandable but why was RBI governor dragged into this, it was not good.
  • We will have to be tough on people cheating the system, only then the hands of the poor will be strengthened.
  • Anand Sharma was asking why are you spending crores on Digital tech. Not a single extra penny was spent in development of BHIM app.
  • Congress MPs stage a walkout in Rajya Sabha over PM Modi’s remark on former PM Manmohan Singh.

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  • Uproar in Rajya Sabha over PM’s remark on Manmohan Singh.

PM Modi on Demonetisation:

  • Over 7.6 lakh citizens have received reward money worth Rs. 117 crore in 45 days for embracing Digital Payment.
  • For almost 35 years, Manmohan Singh had a lot of influence on country’s economic policies.
  • Worlds’ economists don’t know parameters to assess it.What India did will be a case study for economists worldwide.
  • Sarkar aur janta saath saath the is waqt mein.
  • You quote foreign economists, I can quote 10 of them on the fact that such an action hasn’t been taken in the world ever.
  • For the first time, a horizontal divide was visible. The mood of the people completely different from the mood of politicians.
  • Banks ke paas bohot paisa aaya, byaaz dar ghati.
  • In 40 days almost 700 Maoists surrendered during the period of November-December. This happened for the first time.

Today’s Update:

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  • Kerala MPs stage a protest in front of Gandhi statue inside Parliament House complex over Father Tom issue.
  • TMC MPs stage a protest in front of Gandhi statue inside Parliament House complex on Demonetisation.
  • PM Narendra Modi to reply to the debate on the motion of thanks to President’s address in Rajya Sabha, later today.

TMC leader Derek O’Brien on Notes ban:

  • TMC MPs to protest at Gandhi statue in Parliament and will raise the issue in both Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha on pain and suffering caused by demonetisation.
  • Three months since #demonetisation notice, pain and suffering of people still not over. The economy under the complete mess.
  • TMC MPs to hold the protest at Gandhi statue in Parliament at 10:30 am Demonetisation.

Lok Sabha:

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  • Congress President Sonia Gandhi attends Lok Sabha proceedings in the Parliament.

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  • Prime Minister Narendra Modi attends Lok Sabha proceedings in the Parliament.

Rajya Sabha:

  • Rajya Sabha adjourned till 2 PM.

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LS to take up no-trust motion on Friday, Modi, Rahul to speak

Seven hours have been set aside for the debate which will begin at 11 am and go on without the lunch break.

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New Delhi, July 19 : The BJP and opposition Congress sharpened their attacks on each other on Thursday, a day before the Lok Sabha takes up the no-confidence motion for debate and voting in an increasingly polarised environment with each side trying to maximise its chances of victory in the 2019 general elections.

Top guns of the two parties, including Congress President Rahul Gandhi, will take part in the debate which will conclude with a reply from Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Seven hours have been set aside for the debate which will begin at 11 am and go on without the lunch break. Officials said as per calculations based on the strength of a party in the House, the BJP will get over three hours and Congress around 45 minutes.

Ruling coalition, the National Democratic Alliance (NDA), appeared confident of the numbers with Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar saying that it will be “NDA plus” at the end of voting.

“We have talked to several parties. We will get fresh support from the south and the northeast. It will be NDA plus,” he said.

In the 545-member (including the Speaker) Lok Sabha, the BJP-led NDA can bank on around 311 members in the Lok Sabha including 273 of BJP, SAD (4), Shiv Sena (18), LJP (6), RLSP (3), JD-U (2), Apna Dal (2), All India N R Congress (1), SDF (1) and NDPP (1).

Kumar also took a swipe at Congress leader Sonia Gandhi for her remarks on Wednesday that the Opposition had the required strength.

“She is not able to do her maths properly. What happened in 1999 is being repeated. The Congress had faced embarrassment,” Kumar said.

Kumar also taunted Congress for its support to TDP’s no-confidence motion. “There is a talk that Congress is following those it opposes,” he said.

While Shiv Sena has issued a whip to its members in the Lok Sbha to be present and vote in favour of the government, AIADMK indicated that it might not support the no-confidence motion. AIADMK has 37 MPs.

Telugu Desam Party (TDP) member Kesineni Srinavas, whose notice was accepted by Speaker Sumitra Mahajan on Wednesday as it was the first to be submitted, will initiate the debate on the motion.

A TDP delegation on Thursday sought the support of Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal to the no-trust vote.

Apart from TDP, the notice of no-confidence had also been given by members of the Congress, NCP, RSP and CPI-M. AIMIM member Asaduddin Owaisi.

BJP sources said Modi will speak for about one-and-a-half hours. Partry MPs
Anurag Kashyap and Hukumdev Narayan Yadav may also speak in the debate.

The Congress, the key rival of BJP in poll-bound Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Chhattisgarh, is expected to target the government on issues ranging from economy, problems of farmers and unemployment to the situation in Jammu and Kashmir and petroleum prices.

It will also attack the government over “lynchings, social disharmony and social tensions.”

Party leader Anand Sharma said on Thursday that the “government should come up with a white paper on economy and release fresh GDP growth numbers.”

The motion will be the first to be faced by the Narendra Modi government, which is left with less than a year in office.

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Modi capitulating to US while pretending otherwise: CPI-M

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New Delhi, July 19 (IANS) The Modi government is getting ready to capitulate to the demands of the Trump administration while taking a public stand that seems otherwise, the CPI-M has said.

“The contradiction between the strategic alliance with the US and India’s national interest is coming to the fore,” an editorial in the CPI-M journal “People’s Democracy” said.

“The Modi government is not going to resolve this contradiction in the national interest. Rather, it is getting ready to capitulate to the demands of the Trump administration,” said the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M).

On the surface, the public stance adopted by the Modi government on issues such as maintaining economic and trade relations with Iran, or, buying sophisticated weaponry from Russia seems to be in consonance with national sovereignty and independent decision making, it said.

“However, the reality is that this public stance is only a camouflage for the pusillanimous and weak-kneed positions the BJP rulers are adopting.”

While External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj stated publicly that India will accept sanctions only by the UN and not any country against Iran, New Delhi had already started cutting down on oil imported from Tehran, the editorial said.

Iran is the third largest supplier of oil to India. The US has announced it would re-impose sanctions on the Iranian petroleum sector.

The editorial said that on June 28, the Ministry of Petroleum told oil refinery companies to explore alternatives to Iranian oil imports and to prepare for the eventuality of drastic reduction in oil purchases from Iran, or, even zero imports from that country.

The CPI-M berated the Modi government for letting the US ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, tell Modi to re-think its relationship with Iran.

“The temerity of a junior US functionary conveying such a peremptory demand to the Indian Prime Minister was an affront which no self-respecting government should have stomached. But the Modi government, which is deeply entrapped in the subordinate alliance with the US, kept quiet.”

It said in June there was a 16 percent cut in oil imports from Iran compared to May. “This was obviously done in preparation for the visit of a US team which is coming to India on July 17.”

At the same time, India was being pressurised to buy more oil from the US, the CPI-M said.

It added that the US was pressing India to sign the Communications Compatibility and Security Agreement (COMCASA). This will enable the installation of high end communication equipment on weapons platforms sold to India by the US.

“The US is making this communication systems agreement conditional for selling high-tech weaponry to India. Such an agreement will further bind the Indian armed forces to the US defence system.

“It will entail opening Indian military bases for US personnel to check the communication systems. It will also enable the US to monitor communications within the Indian military. Further, it will also make Russian equipment incompatible with other weapon systems.”

The editorial said the Modi government had already signed a logistics exchange agreement with the US in 2016 which would allow the US Air Force and Navy to use Indian bases for re-fuelling, maintenance and supplies.

Signing the COMCASA would be another step in undermining the independence and integrity of the Indian armed forces, it said.

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New Delhi, July 19: The Modi government is getting ready to capitulate to the demands of the Trump administration while taking a public stand that seems otherwise, the CPI-M has said.

“The contradiction between the strategic alliance with the US and India’s national interest is coming to the fore,” an editorial in the CPI-M journal “People’s Democracy” said.

“The Modi government is not going to resolve this contradiction in the national interest. Rather, it is getting ready to capitulate to the demands of the Trump administration,” said the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M).

On the surface, the public stance adopted by the Modi government on issues such as maintaining economic and trade relations with Iran, or, buying sophisticated weaponry from Russia seems to be in consonance with national sovereignty and independent decision making, it said.

“However, the reality is that this public stance is only a camouflage for the pusillanimous and weak-kneed positions the BJP rulers are adopting.”

While External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj stated publicly that India will accept sanctions only by the UN and not any country against Iran, New Delhi had already started cutting down on oil imported from Tehran, the editorial said.

Iran is the third largest supplier of oil to India. The US has announced it would re-impose sanctions on the Iranian petroleum sector.

The editorial said that on June 28, the Ministry of Petroleum told oil refinery companies to explore alternatives to Iranian oil imports and to prepare for the eventuality of drastic reduction in oil purchases from Iran, or, even zero imports from that country.

The CPI-M berated the Modi government for letting the US ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, tell Modi to re-think its relationship with Iran.

“The temerity of a junior US functionary conveying such a peremptory demand to the Indian Prime Minister was an affront which no self-respecting government should have stomached. But the Modi government, which is deeply entrapped in the subordinate alliance with the US, kept quiet.”

It said in June there was a 16 percent cut in oil imports from Iran compared to May. “This was obviously done in preparation for the visit of a US team which is coming to India on July 17.”

At the same time, India was being pressurised to buy more oil from the US, the CPI-M said.

It added that the US was pressing India to sign the Communications Compatibility and Security Agreement (COMCASA). This will enable the installation of high end communication equipment on weapons platforms sold to India by the US.

“The US is making this communication systems agreement conditional for selling high-tech weaponry to India. Such an agreement will further bind the Indian armed forces to the US defence system.

“It will entail opening Indian military bases for US personnel to check the communication systems. It will also enable the US to monitor communications within the Indian military. Further, it will also make Russian equipment incompatible with other weapon systems.”

The editorial said the Modi government had already signed a logistics exchange agreement with the US in 2016 which would allow the US Air Force and Navy to use Indian bases for re-fuelling, maintenance and supplies.

Signing the COMCASA would be another step in undermining the independence and integrity of the Indian armed forces, it said.

IANS

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