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Congress members on Thursday staged a walkout from the Lok Sabha demanding suspension of BJP member Virendra Singh unless he tendered an “unconditional apology” for making certain remarks against Congress leaders.

Trinamool Congress parliamentarians too staged a walkout, saying the government had not risen to the occasion to resolve the impasse in the house.

Raising the issue after Question Hour, Congress leader in the house, Mallikarjun Kharge, alleged that the government seemed to be supporting the BJP member.

“Unless you suspend (the member) or there is an unconditional apology, it will affect the dignity of members. Please suspend him,” Kharge said.

“If the government supports such people, we are not going to tolerate,” Kharge added.

The Congress leader said there was intolerance during the present government’s rule and it was indulging in political vendetta against its opponents.

“We are walking out for the day,” Kharge said.

sumitraThe Congress on Wednesday complained to Speaker Sumitra Mahajan about Virendra Singh’s remarks. The Speaker told the members on Thursday that she had expunged the objectionable part of Virendra Singh’s remarks.

Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Rajiv Pratap Rudy responded to Kharge’s remarks and said the house was discussing the drought situation for the past two days but the Congress members were continually laying siege to the speaker’s podium.

He said Congress members had also raised slogans with their back to the prime minister but did not express any regret over their behaviour.

“How long will these double standards continue,” he wondered.

Participating in a debate in the Lok Sabha on the drought situation in several parts of the country, parliamentarian Virendra Singh on Wednesday had challenged the Congress leaders on their knowledge about farmers in the country.

In his speech, he made certain remarks against Congress leaders Rahul Gandhi and Jyotiraditya Scindia to which the Congress members objected.

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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