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The Rajya Sabha’s proceedings were disrupted once again on Monday as Congress members demanded Finance Minister Arun Jaitley’s resignation over alleged corruption in the DDCA.

The disruptions came despite an understanding reached on Friday at an all-party meeting on the passage of several pending bills.

Soon after Rajya Sabha members agreed on the urgency of the juvenile justice bill, leader of opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad raised the DDCA issue and mentioned Jaitley’s alleged involvement.

Deputy Chairman P.J. Kurien, however, expunged his remarks from record.

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, who is also leader of the house and facing heat in the Delhi and District Cricket Association case, said he was ready to respond to any charges, and asked the opposition for a discussion.

He said he had already taken legal recourse on the charges made against him outside parliament.

“I have absolutely no difficulty… some people make allegation outside (parliament). I have taken legal recourse… please waive off all rules and ask the leader of opposition to start discussion on any specific things against me; I will answer it right now,” Jaitley said.

“I am not going to live by these vague statements. Let him make any specific charge, I will answer it right now,” the finance minister said.

The Congress members however began raising slogans, prompting Jaitley to question: “Do I assume they have nothing to say?”

The house was then adjourned for 15 minutes.

When the house met again, Parliamentary Affairs Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu said a supplementary list of business will be brought to discuss the juvenile justice bill.

As the deputy chairman prepared to take up the zero hour mentions, Congress members began raising slogans again.

The Congress members raised slogans, demanding Jaitley’s resignation, displayed placards and trooped near the chairman’s podium.

“Even when the finance minister says he is ready for discussion, shouting of slogans is unjustifiable and unacceptable. This is most unfortunate,” Kurien said before adjourning the house till 12 noon.

Chairman Hamid Ansari later adjourned the house till 12.30 p.m.

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Court mulls moving Netanyahu’s trial to new location

Netanyahu, who denies wrongdoing, faces charges of fraud and breach of trust in all the cases, as well as bribery in one of them.

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Jerusalem, May 26 : Officials were considering moving the corruption trial of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu from the Jerusalem District Court to a different location due to the turmoil caused by having to secure the site for the premier, it was reported.

Netanyahu was required to attend the opening hearing of his trial on Sunday, which involved a major security operation and the closure of roads in the area around the courthouse.

The court was not able hear any other cases at the time, The Times of Israel reported on Monday citing the Hebrew language Channel 12 as saying.

In a meeting on Monday, the court officials reviewed the events of the previous day and in the coming weeks the administration, together with Jerusalem District Court President Aharon Farkash and the three judges presiding over the trial, will decided whether to relocate for the rest of the proceedings, the Channel 12 report said.

Netanyahu on Sunday became the first serving Israeli premier to stand trial.

The Prime Minister, who was sworn back into office as head of a rare national unity government last week, will be allowed to skip the next hearing, which will take place on July 19, with the judges saying he would not have to return to court until the evidence stage, said The Times of Israel.

Netanyahu, who denies wrongdoing, faces charges of fraud and breach of trust in all the cases, as well as bribery in one of them.

Before entering the courtroom on Sunday, he told the media that the cases against him were fabricated and part of an attempted “political coup” to oust him from power.

According to Israeli law, a Prime Minister charged with a crime is not required to resign.

Even if he is convicted, Netanyahu will not be required to resign unless and until any appeals are exhausted, reports the BBC.

Under the unity government deal with former political rival Benny Gantz, a new role of “alternate prime minister” was created, which means when the two men switch positions in 18 months’ time.

Netanyahu will still occupy a prime ministerial office and stay on as Gantz’s deputy.

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Absolutely absurd, says Rahul on Yogi’s remark on states

Yogi Adityanath on Monday had said that his government will lay down stringent conditions for ensuring social security of workers from UP who are hired by other states.

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New Delhi, May 26 : Reacting to Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath’s statement that states will have to take his permission if they employ migrant workers from UP, former Congress President Rahul Gandhi said “absolute absurd position”.

Rahul Gandhi was addressing a press conference on Tuesday.

When asked about UP Chief Minister’s statement, he said, “Its unfortunate, people are Indians first and then they belong to any state.”

“Its people of India to decide where they want to go to fulfill their dreams.” Rahul Gandhi said its not the chief minister who will decide who wants to go where to earn and live.

Yogi Adityanath on Monday had said that his government will lay down stringent conditions for ensuring social security of workers from UP who are hired by other states.

“Other states will also need to seek permission from his government before engaging workers from UP,” he said while addressing a webinar on Sunday.

The Chief Minister stated, “If any state wants manpower, the state government will have to guarantee social security and insurance of the workers. Without our permission they will not be able to take our people,” he said.

He said all migrant workers who have returned to the state were being registered and their skills were being mapped by the administration. Any state or entity interested in hiring them will need to take care of their social, legal and monetary rights.

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Transparency needed on India-China face-off at LAC: Rahul

He said, what happened with Nepal and why, what is happening in Ladakh should be made clear.

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New Delhi, May 26 : Amid reports of a face-off between the Indian Army and China’s People’s Liberation Army in eastern Ladakh at the Line of Actual Control (LAC), former Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday said that the Narendra Modi government must come clean on the situation arising and inform the citizen what is happening at the border.

Addressing a press conference through video conferencing, Rahul Gandhi said: “The details of what happened along the border, the government should share with the people.”

He said, what happened with Nepal and why, what is happening in Ladakh should be made clear.

“I cannot see transparency. The issue of Ladakh and China is a live issue. Transparency is required,” he said.

He was responding to a question on the face-off on LAC that was triggered the Chinese objected to road construction and development of infrastructure by India within the Indian territory.

Last week Nepal Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli asserted that Lipulekh, Kalapani, and Limpiyadhura belong to Nepal and vowed to “reclaim” them from India through political and diplomatic efforts. His Cabinet also endorsed a new political map showing the three areas as Nepalese territory. Oli went a step further and told in the Npal parliament that the territories belong to Nepal but has been made a disputed area.

The former Congress chief also said that till the time there is no transparency, till that time it would not good for him to speak. “If I have more information then I will share more details on it,” he added.

This is Rahul Gandhi’s fourth interaction with the media in the last two months.

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