The Rajya Sabha continued discussion into the fourth day of the monsoon session of Parliament on Thursday and the debate in the Upper House largely focussed on the issue of H1-B visa, India-China border standoff and mob lynchings.
The Opposition led by Congress targeted the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party, with former law minister Kapil Sibal denouncing the lynchings over cow slaughter as “grotesque violence”. Finance Minister Arun Jaitley responded saying that the government is fully committed to protecting Dalits and minorities.
While discussing the Sikkim standoff, external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj said that India wants China to move troops from the Doklam trijunction for the two countries to begin talks on the dispute.
Wednesday was mired in noisy scenes and repeated adjournments as the Opposition created an uproar over cattle-related lynchings and anti-Dalit attacks. In the Lok Sabha, however, discussion ran overtime a day before to discuss farmers’ issues as parliamentarians presented issues facing their states.
The monsoon session of parliament will continue till August 11.
Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley speaking in Rajya Sabha on mob lynching. WATCH :