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Lok Sabha adjourned sine die, Speaker hails session

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New Delhi, April 12, 2017: The Lok Sabha was adjourned sine die today by Speaker Sumitra Mahajan after working for around 176 hours during the budget session.

Mahajan told the house that 8.12 hours were wasted due to disruptions. The Lok Sabha held 28 sittings during the session.

Hailing the session as “very fruitful and productive”, she said the house introduced 24 bills and passed 23 including on Goods and Services Tax.

Besides four bills related to GST, the Payment of Wages Amendment Bill, Specified Bank Notes Bill, The Maternity Benefits Amendment Bill, Enemy Property (Amendment and Validation) Bill, The Mental Health Care Bill and Taxation Laws Amendment Bill were also passed.

Describing the session as historic, the Speaker hoped that members would continue to work like this to serve the nation.

The budget session began on January 31 with President Pranab Mukherjee addressing Parliament.

The house discussed for over 10 hours before passing the Motion of Thanks on Presidential address on March 7.

The General Budget, merged with Railway Budget for the first time, was presented on February 1.

The house discussed the budget for more than 26 hours, Mahajan said.

Mahajan also congratulated the members for completing the process of passing the Union Budget before April 1.

“All processes related to the Budget, related to tax or expenditure, have been completed before the end of this financial year. This gave government departments an opportunity to spend on public welfare related works,” she added.

The first half of the session was held from January 31 to February 9 and the second half began on February 9.

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Priyanka addresses Dalit panchayat in Uttar Pradesh

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Lucknow: Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, on Friday, expressed concern over the increasing atrocities on Dalits in Uttar Pradesh.

Addressing a Dalit panchayat at the party’s state headquarters, through virtual medium, she said that the Yogi Adityanath government was putting Dalits in the dock, instead of addressing their problems, and lauded the efforts being made by the UP Congress in reaching out to the victims.

Referring to incidents in Hathras, Kanpur, Lalitpur, Azamgarh and other districts, she said that even the Chairman of the Congress SC/ST cell was falsely implicated in a criminal case and arrested.

“I have spoken to inmates of Ambedkar hostels and they are apprehensive that the government may close down their hostels. You all should stay united and the Congress will always support you,” she said.

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DMK to hold black flag protest against farm laws on Saturday

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Chennai, Dec 4 : DMK President M.K. Stalin on Friday said that his party will hold a black flag protest against the three farm laws passed by the Central government.

In a letter to party members, he said the protest will be held in solidarity with the farmers protesting against the laws in Delhi.

Stalin said party leaders will hold the black flag protest in all the district headquarters following the Covid-19 safety precautions.

Reacting to the DMK’s protest, Tamil Nadu BJP’s agriculture wing head G.K. Nagaraj said Stalin, who is supporting the protesting middlemen in Delhi, should tell what he has done for the welfare of the farmers.

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Jitin Prasada forms ‘security force’ for empowerment of Brahmins

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New Delhi, Dec 4 : A ‘Brahmin Security Force’ has been formed by Congress leader and former Union Minister Jitin Prasada to protect Brahmins from onslaughts and also to fight for their rights and empowerment.

The announcement by Prasada was made in Uttar Pradesh’s Farukkhabad on Thursday during a community event that he chaired.

Speaking to IANS, Prasada said: “For overall development of Brahmins and to fight for their rights from jobs to education and more importantly for political empowerment, this organisation has been formed which will work under the Brahmin Chetna Parishad.”

According to Jitin Prasada the community has been disempowered under the BJP regime and has to fight back to regain its position in the state.

The Congress leader belongs to the same community and is trying to organise the Brahmins who have been traditional BJP voters except on a few occasions. The 11 percent population is kingmaker in the state and all political parties vie for this vote bank.

The Brahmins prior to the emergence of the BJP had been voting for the Congress but with the rise of Hindutva, the Brahmins have largely moved to the BJP except in 2007 when it voted for the BSP as its leader Satish Chandra Mishra was able to unite the Brahmins with the Dalits and catapulted the BSP to power. But the BSP could not maintain its hold on the Brahmins and they slipped into the hands of the BJP.

But since 2017 when the BJP took power, the Brahmins have been marginalised, alleged Prasada. However the BJP has rejected the charge of bias.

But the BJP is more interested in an umbrella Hindutva vote bank rather than appeasing a particular community, said an analyst. The Congress which ruled the state till 1989 had Brahmins, Dalits and Muslims as its core voters, who have moved in three directions leaving the party in single digits in the assembly.

Since 1989 when the Congress had its last government and the last Brahmin Chief Minister in ND Tiwari, the BJP has held the state many times, while the BSP and the SP also formed the government but no Brahmin could reach the top post.

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