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Parliament: Stalemate in RS over BJP CMs in 2 states; LS discusses US hate attacks, JNU dalit suicide

New Delhi, March 15: The Rajya Sabha proceedings on Wednesday began with an uproar over the formation of government in Manipur and Goa by BJP, runner-up in both the asseblies.

The upper house of Parliament (Rajya Sabha) was adjourned for a brief after Congress Parliamentarians protested against the decisions ofGovernors to invite the BJP for government formation in the two states, despite Congress being the single-largest party as a result of assembly polls.

Yesterday former Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar took oath as Goa Chief Minister while Biren today Biren Singh would be sworn in as Manipur CM.

After multiple disruptions, Rajaya Sabha was adjourned for the day.

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj addressed Lok Sabha on the issue of racially motivated hate attacks on Indian-origin people in the USA. 

Sushma informed the House that the FBI is probing the hate crime in the US. She said, on March 4, Deep Rai in Seattle was killed. We heard he was told to leave the country before being shot.

The US government has assured the safety of Indian-origin people. The US government has assured us that the attacks do not reflect the mindset of the American people.

Replying to Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge, Sushma said, Indian government is not oblivion to the attacks on Indians abroad. I talked to families of Srinivas Kuchibhotla and Deep Rai. We also raised these issues with highest authorities in US. American authorities including President Donald Trump have strongly condemned these incidents, says Sushma.

Swaraj read out letter of wife of Srinivas Kuchibhotla to Indian Ambassador to the US: All help extended to me in time is deeply appreciated.

Safety and security of Indians is our top most priority: Sushma Swaraj in Lok Sabha.

After her kidney surgery Sushama had attended the Parliament for the first time. Entire House, including leaders of opposition, welcomed the senior leader.

Later on, the issue of alleged suicide by a Dalit student of Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), J. Muthukrishnan, was raised in the Lok Sabha. The government assured the House of necessary action.

Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar condoled the death of Muthukrishnan, saying: The death has aggrieved all. A post-mortem examination is being conducted at the AIIMS. He added, After this, the cause of death will be known. The Delhi Police is investigating the matter and suitable action will be taken.

Soon after the House met for the day, the AIADMK members wanted to raise the issue, but Speaker Sumitra Mahajan did not allow it.

After the Question Hour, when Mahajan disallowed the notice of adjournment given by AIADMK member V. Elumalai, the AIADMK trooped near the Speaker’s podium.

The AIADMK members were seeking permission to raise the matter.

There are perceived discriminations of Dalit students and those from south India,” Elumalai said also raking up the other suicide cases and discrimination against Dalit students, including Rohit Vemula.

Congress member from Kerala K. Suresh also expressed shock and demanded a fair probe.

Earlier, the family members of J. Muthukrishnan, an M.Phil student of JNU, who was found hanging on Monday from the ceiling fan in his friend’s room, suspected foul play and demanded a probe.

Wefornews Bureau

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