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Congress rakes up old videos of Modi to corner government on China clash

Congress spokesman Randeep Surjewala mockingly said “It”s right that the problem is in Delhi and the PM is silent.”

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New Delhi, June 17 : After 20 Indian Army soldiers, including an officer, were killed in a violent clash with Chinese PLA troops in Galwan valley in eastern Ladakh on Monday night, the Congress is out to corner Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Defence Minister Rajnath Singh.

The Congress is highlighting old videos and tweets of Modi and Rajnath prior to 2014 when the Congress-led UPA government was in power, and in recent days when BJP leaders were addressing ”virtual” political rallies.

One video is of a rally of Modi in which he is seen saying that China has eyes on Indian territory and the weakness is not at the borders or in the army but in Delhi.

Congress spokesman Randeep Surjewala mockingly said “It”s right that the problem is in Delhi and the PM is silent.”

The Congress also pointed to a tweet by then Gujarat Chief Minister Modi, using it to criticise the Prime Minister.

“We wish to ask the Prime Minister, are you not weak? If indeed you are a strong government, the country needs proof of that,” the Congress party tweeted, using the exact same words in a tweet by Modi on May 4, 2009.

Congress has also used old videos of then BJP President and current Defence Minister Rajnath Singh to corner the government over the deaths of Indian soldiers in the clash.

Congress has also lashed out the media for allegedly questioning the capabilities of the Indian Army as Surjewala said, it”s “unacceptable” that the media was trying to implicate the Army rather than the government.

“This is sacriligious and India won’t accept the insult of our Army,” tweeted Surjewala.

The Prime Minister has called an all-party meeting on June 19 over the India-China border issue following the violent face-off with Chinese troops.

The Prime Minister”s Office (PMO) in a tweet on Wednesday said that the meeting will be held at 5 p.m. on June 19 in which issues related to the face-off between Indian troops and Chinese People”s Liberation Army soldiers in eastern Ladakh will be discussed.

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LS business lists schedule for Amit Shah

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Union Home Minister Amit Shah is to lay papers on the table in the Lok Sabha and introduce Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Amendment Bill, 2020 along with two other Bills for passage, revised list of Business of the lower House reveals.

It will be his first presence during the ongoing Monsoon Session of Parliament after he defeated coronavirus or Covid-19 pandemic which infected him last month.

The Minister is expected to join proceedings of the House when it will assemble for the day at 3 pm. He will be present along with his two junior Ministers Nityanand Rai and G. Kishan Reddy, the legislative Business of the lower House mentions.

As per the legislative Business of the House, the Minister will lay Home Ministry papers on the Table and then introduce the Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Amendment Bill, 2020 which seeks amendment into the Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act, 2010.

Shah will also move the National Forensic Sciences University Bill, 2020 for its passage. The Minister’s name is mentioned in the legislative business list to press for the Bill which provides establishment and declare an institution to be known as the National Forensic Sciences University as an institution of national importance to facilitate and promote studies and research and to achieve excellence in the field of forensic science in conjunction with applied behavioural science studies, law, criminology and other allied areas and technology and other related fields.

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Brief ruckus in RS over YSRCP member’s remark against Cong

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New Delhi, Sep 20 (IANS) Even as the government introduced two of the three contentious farm Bills in the Rajya Sabha on Sunday, the Upper House witnessed ruckus for a brief period when a YSR Congress Party member used the word “dalal” for the opposition Congress.

Speaking in the House, YSRCP MP VV Reddy said that there was no reason for the Congress to oppose these Bills. He called the Congress a “party of middlemen”. Reddy brandished a Congress poll manifesto that he claimed promised to repeal the marketing committees and establish farmers’ markets to call out its alleged hypocrisy on the issue.

This comment infuriated former Union Minister and Congress member Anand Sharma, who demanded an apology from Reddy.

The Congress called the contentious Bills as “death warrants” for the peasants.

Congress member Partap Singh Bajwa, who hails from Punjab and is one of the most vociferous opponents of the Bills, said: “We will not sign on these death warrants of farmers. Agricultural markets are a State subject. APMC and MSP shouldn’t be tinkered with.”

He also raised the issue of the timing of the Bills, which were passed by the Lok Sabha, saying that the pressing need for the Bills to be brought in when India is battling the coronavirus pandemic and LAC tension was beyond comprehension.

Meanwhile, Communist Party of India-Marxit MP KK Ragesh called the Bills “corporate’s freedom”. He said: “The government is throwing the farmers at the mercy of our corporates. This is not the farmers’, but corporates’ freedom. They are prone to sell their produce according to the dictates of the corporates.”

Earlier in the day, Union Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar moved the Farmers’ and Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Bill, 2020, and Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services Bill, 2020, in the Rajya Sabha. The BJP had issued a 3-line whip to all its members to be present in the Upper House.

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Farmers’ income won’t double before 2028, Derek tells RS

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New Delhi:  Taking a dig at the Centre’s claim to double the income of farmers by 2020, Trinamool Congress MP Derek O’Brien on Sunday said that it cannot be doubled before 2028.

Discussing the contentious farm Bills introduced in the Rajya Sabha, the TMC member said: “The Prime Minister said that the opposition is trying to mislead the farmers. You promised to double the farmers’ income by 2020. At the current rate, it won’t happen before 2028.”

He was referring to the Prime Minister’s remarks on Saturday that some persons were trying to mislead and even lie to the farmers.

Referring to the land acquisition Bill and TMC’s stance, O’Brien said: “How qualified is the TMC to speak on the Bills? Seven years ago… during the land acquisition bill… we spoke in favour of the farmers. Later, the Supreme Court said that the rights of the farmers cannot be overlooked.”

The TMC leader also claimed that West Bengal farmers’ income has doubled.

“Don’t bring the debate down to MSPs; we are opposing everything in the Bills. The Centre doesn’t have the right to implement these in the states. The states will not be able to ensure farmers’ interests. Who are you going to fool here? For the consumers too, what’s the protection? These Bills will have to be discussed and debated,” he said.

The TMC MP also moved amendments to send the farm Bills to the Select Committee of the Rajya Sabha. He said that the parliamentary committees are not to break but contribute to law-making.

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