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Swamy challenges expunging of comments in Rajya Sabha




Subramanian Swamy has filed a notice in the Rajya Sabha challenging the expunging of his comments by Deputy Chairman, calling the decision as arbitrary, unreasonable and against the House rules.

Rajya Sabha LOP Ghulam Nabi Azad said people from minorities communities are being attacked in country. Minorities Affairs Minister Najma Heptulla replied that members should not get emotional. We will verify facts and take action.

Swamy  also moved  breach of privilege proceedings against Leader of the Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad for “falsely” saying that the UPA government had blacklisted Finmeccanica, the manufacturer of AgustaWestland choppers.

P.J. Kurien said  that Chairman will examine the notice regarding breach of privilege and then take a further decision.

In Rajya Sabha ,Subramanian Swamy gave  breach of privilege motion against Gulam Nabi Azad and protests by Congress MPs created ruckus in the house.
The BJP MP had made certain comments targeting Sonia Gandhi while speaking on the issue of minority institution and Rajya Sabha Deputy Dhairman P J Kurien expunged them following vociferous protests from the opposition MPs.

The Congress had warned not to allow him to speak until he apologises to the expunged comment on Sonia Gandhi while raising the AgustaWestland chopper scam in the House on Wednesday, and so they rose in protest when the nominated BJP leader tried to speak as soon as the Zero Hour began.

He had told Swamy that he was “unnecessarily provoking others” and asked him to refrain from it.

An unrelenting Swamy tweeted today, “I have filed a notice in the RS challenging the expunging of my words by the Dy Chairman since it is arbitrary, unreasonable and against the RS rules.”

In another tweet, he said, “Today I will seek to move a Breach of Privilege against Ghulam Nabi Azad for his falsely stating in the RS that the UPA had blacklisted Finmeccanica.”

Azad yesterday said Swamy is just two days old in the House and his remarks have already been expunged twice. “There are 365 days in a year, how many times are you going to expunge his words,” he asked the Chair.

The Congress leader said Swamy does not know the difference between street language and parliamentary words.

“He does not allow his hair to grey so he can learn and mature


Office of profit case: Delhi HC sets aside disqualification of 20 AAP MLAs




New Delhi, March 23: In a massive relief for Arvind Kejriwal government, the Delhi high court on Friday restored membership of 20 disqualified AAP MLAs who were disqualified by the Election commission of India in connection with the office of profit case.

After delivery the judgement, the Court referred the case back to the poll panel citing the disqualification of AAP MLAs was bad in law.

In its verdict, the court said “the violation of oral hearing norms by EC and failure to communicate that  Chief Election Commissioner OP Rawat after recusing had rejoined proceedings were the reasons to quash the January 19 order”.

The MLAs who had been engaged in the battle were Alka Lamba, Adarsh Shastri, Sanjeev Jha, Rajesh Gupta, Kailash Gehlot, Vijendra Garg, Praveen Kumar, Sharad Kumar, Madan Lal Khufiya, Shiv Charan Goyal, Sarita Singh, Naresh Yadav, Rajesh Rishi, Anil Kumar, Som Dutt, Avtar Singh, Sukhvir Singh Dala, Manoj Kumar and Nitin Tyagi.

On January 19, the election commission sent its recommendation to the President for his assent to disqualify 20 Aam Aadmi party MLAs for holding ‘office of profit’.

Following this, President Ram Nath Kovind disqualified 20 AAP MLAs for holding Office of Profit.

The poll panel was referring to the fact the MLAs had been appointed parliamentary secretaries to ministers in the Delhi government in March 2015.

Challenging EC’s recommendation, then AAP MLAs approached the Delhi High Court.


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INX Media case: Delhi High Court grants bail to Karti Chidambaram



New Delhi, March 23: The High Court on Friday granted bail to former Finance Minister P Chidambaram’s son Karti Chidambaram in connection with the INX Media case. 

Earlier, the court had reserved order on the bail plea of Karti Chidambaram on March 16 after hearing arguments from prosecution as well as defence counsel.

Karti Chidambaram’s advocate had told the court that his client has been co-operative during the investigation.

Countering his claim, the Central Bureau of Investigation contended that he did not co-operate and has tried to influence witnesses in the case. However, the probe agency did not reveal the name of witnesses.

The special court March 12 sent Karti Chidambaram to judicial custody till March 24.

Karti Chidambaram was held in February for allegedly taking money to facilitate Foreign Investment Promotion Board (FIPB) clearance to INX Media in 2007 when his father was the Finance Minister.


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Anna attacks Modi government on Lokpal, agrarian crisis



Anna Hazare
Anna Hazare begins fast for LokPal

New Delhi, March 23: Launching a fresh anti-corruption agitation with an indefinite fast here on Friday, social activist Anna Hazare said his efforts to communicate with the Modi government on issues of Lokpal and agrarian distress had yielded no result.

“I have written 43 letters to the Modi government in the last four years but did not get any reply,” he said soon after he began his hunger strike at the sprawling Ramlila Maidan here after paying tributes to Mahatma Gandhi at Rajghat.

“The farmers in the country are in distress as they are not getting remunerative prices and the government is not acting to ensure fair prices.”

Hazare has been pressing for setting up Lokpal at the Centre and Lokayuktas in the states to probe corruption cases, bring in new electoral reforms and implementation of the M.S. Swaminathan Committee report to address the agrarian crisis in the country.

He said he would hold discussions with the government during the agitation but his indefinite hunger strike, called ‘Satyagraha’, would continue “till the government comes out with a concrete action plan”.

The activist, who held a major agitation in 2011 against corruption catching the imagination of Indians, said Union Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh and some ministers from Maharashtra met him on Thursday and gave certain assurances.

“But I said I don’t trust you. How many promises you have fulfilled so far? Nothing. So come with concrete action plan,” he said in his address to thousands of supporters gathered at the iconic ground in the heart of Delhi.

Hazare said the Commission for Agricultural Costs and Prices (CACP), which decides prices for 23 crops, should be made autonomous for fair price fixation.

Currently, the Central government controls CACP and cuts the fair price rates suggested by states by 30-35 per cent, he said.

“I will prefer dying for the nation than by heart attack,” said the 80-year-old activist, whose 2011 agitation gave birth to the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) now ruling in Delhi.

The agitation also contributed to the Congress-led UPA losing the 2014 general elections that brought the BJP to power at the Centre.

Last month, Hazare accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of not being interested in the appointment of the Lokpal at the Centre.

The veteran activist said Modi was “never serious about Lokpal”.

The reason behind the delay, he said, in the appointment of a Lokpal was because the Prime Minister was afraid that once this became a reality, his office as well as that of his cabinet members would also come under its purview.


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