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Parliament Day 2: Mayawati threatens to quit from RS; LS adjourned till tomorrow



New Delhi, July 18, 2017: On the second day of Monsoon session of Parliament, the opposition parties have come up with a number of issues to attack the Narendra Modi-led government that resulting in to adjourned both the houses till noon.

The Opposition parties are also expected to attack the government on several issues including farmer’s protests, lynching incidents, Jammu-Kashmir unrest and the border standoff with China.

Both the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha were adjourned on the first day of the monsoon session after the obituary references and oath taking of new ministers.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who arrived at the Parliament to cast his vote in the Presidential polls, hoped that all parties would discuss and take decisions in the national interest as they did on Goods and Services Tax.

Day 2 Updates:

  • TMC leader Derek O’Brien says all opposition in Rajya Sabha to raise the issue of atrocities against marginalised and Dalits in the name of “cow terrorism”, and the plight of farmers in Lok Sabha.


  • BJP lawmaker Shobha Karan says 24 political killings happened in Karnataka but the state government is not serious. She also questioned transfer of IPS officer D Roopa.
  • Trinamool Congress gives notice in Rajya Sabha on rising in mob lynching incidents.

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  • Opposition leaders hold a meeting in Parliament ahead of the second day of monsoon session.
  • RJD’s JP Yadav moves adjournment motion notice in Lok Sabha against ‘harassment of opposition leaders including Lalu Prasad.

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  • NDA’s vice-presidential pick Venkaiah Naidu arrives in Parliament to file nomination. Naidu resigned as a Union minister on Monday after his name was declared as a candidate.

Rajya Sabha:

  • Rajya Sabha chairman adjourns the House till 2 pm following pandemonium.
  • Outside the Parliament, Mayawati accuses the government of remaining spectator when Dalits were brutally attacked in Saharanpur and also asked that When I tried speaking about the weaker sections today in the Rajya Sabha, I was not allowed to speak. Why?
  • Rajya Sabha also adjourned till noon following the uproar.
  • The Congress walked out of the Rajya Sabha after Union Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said the BJP had got a mandate to rule, as BSP supremo Mayawati vociferously spoke against atrocities on Dalits and minorities in Uttar Pradesh and demanded a discussion on the issue.
  • Opposition leaders stand in support of Mayawati, urge the chairman to allow them to speak.


  • Later, she walks out of Rajya Sabha as ruling party members demand her apology for threatening to quit.
  • BSP Supremo Mayawati raised allegations of atrocities against Dalits in Rajya Sabha. Speaking about Saharanpur riots, Mayawati alleged that BJP is spreading communalism. The former UP CM also threatened that she will resign if she was not allowed to speak than Speaker asked her to take the chair, following which a ruckus broke out in the parliament as BJP leaders asked Mayawati to apologise for issuing “threats” in the parliament.

Lok Sabha:

  • Lok Sabha adjourned till 11 am on Wednesday.
  • The lower house of Parliament adjourned till noon amid noisy opposition protests over several issues, including farmers’ plight and cow slaughter.

Wefornews Bureau


Congress demands Goyal apologise for ‘tarnishing Vemula’s memory’

“Culture and mindset of hounding and insulting SC’s everyday has become the DNA of Modi government. Let government and minister apologise!”




New Delhi, June 20 (IANS) Congress on Wednesday demanded apology from Union Minister Piyush Goyal for accusing Indian Union Muslim League (IUML) of using Hyderabad University student Rohith Vemula’s family for political motives.

Terming it “utterly shameful”, Congress spokesperson Randeep Singh Surjewala, in a tweet, said Goyal was “peddling fake news” about Vemula and his mother in order to tarnish the memory of the Dalit student who committed suicide.

“Culture and mindset of hounding and insulting SC’s everyday has become the DNA of Modi government. Let government and minister apologise!” he added.

The BJP on Wednesday accused the IUML of using Vemula’s family for political motives, with Goyal said he was “anxious” after the statement of the student’s mother, claiming that the “IUML made false promises of providing a sum of Rs 20 lakh and asked her to address their rallies and misrepresent the unfortunate incident”.

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Government is committed to Air India’s strategic disinvestment: Union minister



Air India

New Delhi, June 20: Union Minister of State for Civil Aviation Jayant Sinha on Wednesday said that the central government is committed to he strategic disinvestment of national carrier Air India. 

Speaking to media, he also informed that a team headed by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley was reviewing the airline’s financial and liquidity requirements.

“We are committed to supporting and strengthening Air India whatever its financial and liquidity requirements we’ll continue to support it like in the past.

The minister said a team headed by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley was reviewing the airline’s financial and liquidity requirements.

Alternate mechanism headed by Arun Jaitley is reviewing the situation&as required will take the appropriate decision ” News agency ANI quoted Sinha as saying.

The development comes after no bids were received for the Expression of Interest (EOI).

The BJP-led government, which had approved strategic disinvestment for the state-run carrier in last June, had on May 31 this year said no initial bids were received for the proposed stake sale.


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A.R. Rahman appointed Sikkim government’s brand ambassador



A.R. Rahman

Gangtok, June 20: Famed Indian composer and singer-songwriter A.R. Rahman has been appointed the brand ambassador of the Sikkim government, news agency IANS quoted a senior minister as saying on Wednesday.

“We have appointed Rahman as the state government’s brand ambassador for a year,” Sikkim Minister for Tourism, Civil Aviation and Commerce and Industries Ugen T Gyatso, told IANS over phone.

As the government’s brand ambassador, Rahman would keep coming to the Himalayan state from time to time and promote it, said the Minister.

The 51-year-old music producer, who has in his kitty two Academy and two Grammy Awards, is now in Sikkim. “He will leave on Thursday,” the Minister said.

In an official notification, Chief Secretary A.K. Srivastava said Rahman will promote and project the state’s achievements nationally and globally.

Sikkim, with its natural and pristine beauty, has over the last two decades emerged as a world famous eco-tourism destination, besides attaining a distinct identity as the first fully organic farming state of the country, it said on Monday.

The state government had earlier this year made Mr. Rahman its Brand Ambassador of tourism and business.

Rahman is a widely awarded music personality and has worked in an array of international projects.

In 2010, Rahman was conferred the country’s third highest civilian honour Padma Bhushan.


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