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Cong to bring privilege motion against Irani in both Houses

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Escalating the battle in Parliament,the Congress and JD-U  will bring  privilege motion against HRD minister Smriti Irani in both the Houses for “misleading” Parliament and the country on the suicide of Dalit scholar Rohith Vemula .

At a press conference on Saturday, the Congress said that Irani’s claims have been contested by Rohith’s mother Radhika Vemula.

“The Congress will move a privilege motion against the HRD minister for misleading the parliament,” Congress general secretary Mukul Wasnik told reporters here. He was accompanied by party leaders Kumari Selja and Manish Tewari.

“The minister has not only been economical with the truth but has also wilfully misled the parliament on the unfortunate suicide of a young Dalit student Rohith Vemula,” Wasnik said.

Hitting out at Irani, he said the BJP government was keen on quelling dissent.

“The strong words from Rohith’s mother, who has lost her son in particular to the HRD minister’s campus politics is a stamp of how recklessly and ruthlessly their party is hell bent on clamping down the voices of dissent,” he said.

Radhika Vemula had on Friday accused Irani of lying in parliament about cricumstances surrounding death of her son.

Wasnik said Radhika Vemula had said that she wanted to meet Irani and ask her about the basis on which her son had been termed “anti-national”.

He said some friends of Rohith Vemula had also contradicted statements given by the minister.

Congress leaders said breach of privilege notices would be given in both Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha.

Janata Dal (United) MP KC Tyagi and nominated MP KTS Tulsi will on Monday give privilege notice against Smriti Irani in Rajya Sabha over Rohith Vemula suicide case.

As per reports, CPI (M) lawmaker Mohammad Salim will also move motion against Irani for misleading the house.

Irani’s remarks about goddess Durga in the Rajya Sabha generated much political heat in the upper house on Friday as well, with the opposition demanding an apology from her and she rejecting it.

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Crucial CWC meet of Congress begins

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Ahead of the eleventh round of meetings between the farmers and the Centre, a crucial meeting of the Congress Working Committee (CWC) began here on Friday to discuss the farmers’ agitation among other issues. Also likely to be discussed is the schedule of the election of a new party president.

Congress General Secretary and national media in-charge Randeep Singh Surjewala said, “CWC meeting begins. Congress President Sonia Gandhi addresses the CWC.”

According to party sources, the virtual meeting being chaired by Sonia Gandhi will discuss Arnab Goswami’s alleged chat leak related to the national security, the Covid-19 situation apart from the ongoing farmers’ agitation.

Sources also said that during the meeting, the schedule of election for the new party chief will also be discussed.

Thousands of farmers have been protesting against the three farm laws on the borders of the national capital since November 26 last year, demanding that the three laws be repealed.

On Tuesday, former Congress chief Rahul Gandhi slammed the government over the three farm laws, saying they were introduced to destroy the Indian agricultural sector.

On Wednesday, the Congress fielded former Defence Minister A.K. Antony, former Home Minister Sushil Shinde, former Law Minister and External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid and leader of opposition in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad to corner the government over the alleged chat leaks involving Goswami.

The Congress described the leak of secret information as treason and demanded an immediate enquiry into the matter.

(IANS)

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Lalu Prasad ‘stable and recovering’, to undergo CT scan

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Incarcerated RJD President Lalu Prasad will undergo a CT scan on Friday to ascertain his exact health condition even as a senior officer said he was “stable and recovering”.

An official at the Hotwar jail in Ranchi said that the former Bihar Chief Minister’s health had caused concern after he complained of uneasiness in breathing on Thursday evening. Subsequently, a team of doctors from Ranchi’s Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences examined the RJD leader.

Jharkhand Health Minister Banna Gupta also rushed to the RIMS and met with the doctors treating the veteran politician. Jharkhand Inspector General of Police (Jails) Birendra Bhushon said that Lalu Prasad’s health had deteriorated on Thursday but was now “recovering and stable”. Earlier, Lalu Prasad also underwent a Covid test and was found negative.

Lalu Prasad is suffering from kidney ailment, besides diabetes and high blood pressure. The RIMS doctors have diagnosed that his kidneys are damaged to the extent of 75 per cent. Doctors could go for a dialysis if his kidneys’ functioning deteriorated further.

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Fire at Delhi’s ITO building, no casualties

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A fire broke out at the Institution of Engineers building at ITO on Friday here. No injuries were reported, and the blaze has been brought under control, the Fire Department said.

The fire started from a meter board of the building. “We received a call around 8.30 a.m. about a fire in the meter board at the Institution of Engineers building at ITO. A total of 12 fire tenders were rushed to the site. The fire was on the second floor of the building,” said Atul Garg, Director Delhi Fire Service.

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