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Parliament Live: RS adjourned after Oppn uproar over printing of new currency notes

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New Delhi, Aug 8, 2017: After three-day break for the fourth week of Monsoon Session, the Parliament has began with witnessing uproars as Opposition parties cornered ruling government on many key issues like attack on Rahul Gandhi convoy, Chandigarh stalking issue and many others.

Rajya Sabha:

  • Rajya Sabha adjourned till 11:43 am.
  • Leader of the House Arun Jaitley snapped saying Zero Hour can’t be misused like this. MPs troop the Well. P.J. Kurien adjourns the House.
  • Meanwhile, Congress leader Anand Sharma said that the circulation of this currency is a serious matter.
  • Chairman P.J Kurien said that if notice has been given it will be examined by the chairman else it cannot be discussed here without notice and cannot be discusses in POINT of ORDER.
  • Congress leader Pramod Tiwari said BJP has printed two kinds of notes this is a serious matter. I have given notice in this regards. One kind of note is being given to BJP people and other to your.
  • Rajya Sabha was adjourned for 15 minutes after Sharad Yadav flashed currency notes of various sizes claiming that all around the world there are no two notes of a particular country. This is a serious matter. I can sign on this photocopy of the notes and give it to you.
  • Other opposition leaders including Trinamool’s Derek O’Brien, JD-U’s Sharad Yadav and Samajwadi Party’s Naresh Agrawal also sided with the Congress.
  • Leader of Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad alleged that the demonetisation was the “biggest scam of this century”.
  • As soon as the House met, Congress member Kapil Sibal alleged that the “RBI prints two types of currency notes. These are of different size and different design… How is it possible?” Sibal asked, displaying images of two Rs 500 denomination notes pasted on a placard.

Lok Sabha:

  • Lok Sabha adjourned till 12 noon following uproar over attack on Congress VP Rahul Gandhi’s convoy in Gujarat.
  • In the last two years, Rahul Gandhi was out for 72 days on 6 foreign tours, but didn’t take SPG cover. We want to know where did he go? Why didn’t he take SPG cover? This is not only a violation of SPG Act but being negligent to safety issues as well: Rajnath in LS.
  • Rajnath condemns the attack on Rahul Gandhi. He says that appropriate security detail was provided to Gujarat Police ahead of his visit to Banaskantha. The security was beefed up as part of an intelligence report, he added. In Dhanera, two SP rank officers and several armed police were looking after Rahul Gandhi’s security too, he said.
  • He also added that Rahul did not listen to the area police or SPG officials but only his Personal secretary.
  • Congress leader Mallikarjuna Kharge raised attack on Rahul Gandhi convoy issue in Lok Sabha by calling the attack cowardly and alleges that the BJP government turned a blind eye to the attack. This has led to commotion in the Lok Sabha.

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EC yet to rule on complaints against Modi, BJP in Gujarat

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Gandhinagar, Dec 17: The Gujarat election verdict will be delivered on Monday but the Election Commission is still looking into a plethora of complaints against the ruling BJP and Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

The Congress feels that little was happening to all its complaints against the Bharatiya Janata Party while things moved quickly when it came to grievances against others in the fray.

The stock reply of the Gujarat Chief Election Officer (CEO) to all queries is: “We are looking into it.” The CEO’s office could not tell IANS for two days the number of complaints it got for violation of the model code of conduct. The Congress has made 20 applications.

Since the announcement of the Gujarat elections on October 25, the code of conduct came into effect, preventing the government from making any policy announcements related to new schemes and preventing all parties from invoking communal and caste tensions.

The parties were also barred from using official machinery to influence voters.

The key instances of allegations of violation of the code of the conduct were against Modi.

The first was during a public meeting he addressed in Palitana in Bhavnagar district on November 29 where he allegedly incited hatred between the Patidar and Rajput communities over a conflict that occurred more than 30 years ago.

In 1982, three members of the Rajput community of Chomal village near Mangadh were killed and 19 Patels were charged with murder but were acquitted.

In an alleged reprisal in 1984, the Rajputs killed nine Patidars in Mangadh. After that, Mangadh village remained embroiled in caste conflict. But time healed matters and since then the area has seen peace.

But Modi stirred passions: “Gujarat cannot forget those days when (Patidar) farmers were looted by a handful of strongmen (Rajputs) who had the blessings of the Congress. Now it is for the people to decide whether they want those days back. Do you want to bless those who carried out murders of innocents in Mangadh?” He repeatedly asked these questions.

Through the Bhavnagar District Collector, the Gujarat Khedut Samaj filed a complaint against Modi and urged the poll panel that he be banned from campaigning further as he was inciting hatred.

Although Election Commission rules prohibit aggravating existing differences or creating mutual hatred or tension, Gujarat CEO B.B. Swain said: “We are looking into it.”

The rules also bar campaigners and candidates from appealing to caste or communal feelings. Mosques, churches, temples and other places of worship cannot be used for election propaganda.

But at an event at the Vadtal Swaminarayan sect temple on November 4, the chief administrator of the shrine, Maharaj Ghanshyam Prasad Das, appealed to the devotees to vote for the BJP — in the presence of Modi and Chief Minister Vijay Rupani.

Asked about this, Swain said: “The Commission is looking into it.”

But the Commission acted swiftly and issued a notice to the Archbishop of Gandhinagar through the District Collector, asking him to explain the intention and aim in writing a letter in which he asked Christians to organize prayer services so that those elected in Gujarat remain faithful to the Indian Constitution.

Chief Minister Rupani announced a ban on controversial film “Padmavati”. Asked if this not a violation of the code of conduct, Swain said: “The Commission is looking into it.”

The code of conduct clearly states that once elections are announced, ministers and other authorities shall not lay foundation stones of projects or schemes.

But on the last day of campaign on December 12, Modi flew off in a seaplane from the Sabarmati riverfront to Dharoi Dam reservoir to announce the launch of the seaplane service by the central government.

When pointed out that this was a clear violation of the code of conduct, Swain maintained: “The Commission is looking into it.”

In sharp contrast, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi was swiftly slapped with a notice for giving interviews to Gujarati TV channels on the eve of polling for the second and last phase on December 14.

But on the day of polling, Modi, a voter from Ranip in Ahmedabad, while returning from the voting booth, openly displayed his finger during a veritable roadshow.

The Congress complained to the Election Commission. Swain said: “The Commission is looking into it.”

The code of conduct prohibits parties and candidates from canvassing within 100 metres of polling stations.

The Congress complained, backed by video evidence, that an outgoing BJP MLA paid money to voters coming out of a polling booth. Swain’s comment: “The Commission is looking into it.”

The Congress asked the Election Commission to bar three tainted officials from conducting poll duty. One of them, Mahendra Patel, had made personal comments against then Congress President Sonia Gandhi on his Facebook page.

And two police officials were involved in alleged controversial encounter killings and were out on bail — Rajkumar Pandian (and Abhay Chudasama.

Mohan Jha, the Additional Director General of Police and the nodal officer for the Election Commission’s police deployment plan, said: “Since there is no ongoing departmental inquiry against these officials, there is no breach or violation of any rules.”

IANS

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Protests over driver’s death in J&K Army ambush

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Srinagar, Dec 17: Protests erupted on Sunday in Jammu and Kashmir’s Kupwara district after a civilian driver was killed during an Army ambush the previous day, a police official said.

The victim, Asif Iqbal, was injured when an Army ambush party fired at a vehicle in Thandipora village on Saturday evening following reports about the presence of militants in the area.

“He was hospitalised but succumbed to critical injuries,” the official added.

The protests erupted after residents of Batpora village clashed with the security forces.

The forces used tear smoke to disperse the protesters.

Internet has been suspended across Kupwara.

(IANS)

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Chhattisgarh village gets electricity connections for the first time since independence

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Jokapath village in Balrampur district of Chhattisgarh gets electricity connections for the first time since independence.

According to news agency ANI the Sarpanch of Jokapath village said,”We are very happy now that we finally have electricity in our village, now our children can study well and progress in life.”

Meanwhile Janpad CEO of chhattisgarh,MS Markam, said,”This is a village surrounded by mountains and forest cover. After 70 years people of Jokapath village now have the facility of electricity.”

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