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Parliament Monsoon Session Day 13: Cong corners govt over Karnataka IT raids

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New Delhi, Aug 2: Parliament monsoon session witnessed stormy scenes on Wednesday, as the Opposition relentlessly protested against IT raids on Karnataka Minister DK Shivakumar accused government for misusing the power to threaten party’s Gujarat MLAs, while the centre repeatedly denied.

After Rajya convened, Congress leader Anand Sharma raised the issue of I-T raids  carried out on the residence of Karnataka power minister DK Shivakumar and Eagleton resort in the Rajya Sabha during Question hour.

Sharma said it is now becoming a trend to target opposition by using state machinery.

Responding to this Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said none of your MLAs have been searched nor interrogated, adding DK Shivakumar was the target of I-T raids, who has been under the I-T scanner from past few days.

Reacting to Jaitley’s claim, Sharma said Shivakumar and his brother had been allotted the task to look after the 44 Gujarat MLAs  who have been residing at Eagleton Golf Resort, ahead of Rajya Sabha polls in anticipation of cross voting that is why it is a targeted timing. He said that the Opposition will not buy the argument that this is a mere coincidence.

After this when ruckus created in RS which prompted the Chair to adjourn the house.

Leader of opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad said conduct raids on residences of those people from your party (BJP) who are offering Rs 15 crores.

Meanwhile in Lok Sabha the BJP raised issue of ‘political killings’ of RSS workers in Kerala and Congress voiced that the government’s attitude towards opposition is wrong. Opposition also raised IT raids issue.

Updates: 

Rajya Sabha

  • Amid chaos over the issue the upper house adjourned for a day, as opposition continued sloganeering.
  • When Karnataka CM Siddaramaiah claimed I-T dept did not keep local police in loop and CRPF men were used. This revelation triggered further protests in both houses.
  • Congress leader Kapil Sibal stated the central forces are intruding into a state and destabilizing a state.
  • Opposition again protested over Karnataka I-T raids.
  • Congress leader Hussain Dalwai invoked the CBI action against news channel NDTV, adding the BJP using state machinery against those who criticise govt.
  • As proceedings resumed, Leader of opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad said Conduct raids on residences of those people from your party (BJP) who are offering Rs 15 crores:
  • After this ruckus created  RS which prompted the Chair to adjourn the house.
  • Reacting to Jaitley’s claim, Sharma said Shivakumar and his brother had been allotted the task to look after the 44 Gujarat MLAs
  • Responding to this Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said none of your MLAs have been searched nor interrogated, adding DK Shivakumar was the target of I-T raids, who has been under the I-T scanner from past few days.
  • Congress leader Anand Sharma it is now becoming a trend to target opposition by using state machinery.

Lok Sabha

  • Saugata Roy of Trinamool Congress told LS that the entire banking system is on the verge of collapse and this ordinance is the straw.
  • Congress’ Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury said India is an over-legislated country, then whats the need of  the banking ordinance.
  • Later debate on Banking Regulation (Amendment) Bill 2017 started.
  • After a long discussion, the LS passed  “Integrated Goods and Services Tax (Extension to Jammu and Kashmir)”
  • Finance minister Arun Jaitley said it was integral to incorporate Jammu and Kashmir into GST law.
  • TDP’s Jayadev Galla stated that number of citizens are still anware about the single tax regime.
  • Congress Shashi Tharoor said we are in favor of  GST Bill, but against the methods. He also raised concern over Tax slabs citing that people are witnessing problems.
  • After lunch house held discussion over IGST & CGST (Extension to Jammu and Kashmir) Bills ahead of the Banking Regulation (Amendment) Bill.
  • BJP MP Meenakshi Lekhi raised issue of ‘political killings’ of RSS workers in Kerala and listed several incidents.
  • Amid of sloganeering LS discussesed ‘matters of urgent public importance’
  • Reacting to this, Arun Jaitely refuted the allegation of Kharge and said Don’t relate IT raids with Gujarat election, but with economic offence.
  • He said do not terrorise or threaten people, otherwise the government will not function and called IT raids as political vendetta.
  • In LS Mallikarju Kharge raised IT raids, Congress MLAs being threatened, harassed by Tax officers ahead of RS polls.
  • After Question hour Congress voiced that the government’s attitude towards opposition is wrong.
  • Question Hour progressed smoothly.

Wefornews Bureau

 

 

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