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Uproar in Lok Sabha over electoral bonds, Congress stages walkout

Congress MP Manish Tewari raised the issue in Zero Hour and mentioned about the adjournment motion over electoral bonds issue.

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New Delhi, Nov 21 : Calling electoral bonds a “big scam”, the Congress along with some opposition parties on Thursday alleged during Lok Sabha proceedings that there is “lack of transparency” in the scheme, and staged a walkout on the issue.

The matter was raised by the Congress soon after the House assembled for the day with its leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury announcing that his party has moved an adjournment motion over the issue.

Chowdhury accused the Centre over electoral bonds issue, saying “the country is being looted through the scheme. It is a very big scam. The issue is serious and we have given an adjournment notice.”

Referring to treasury benches, he said they had not allowed the House to function when they were in opposition and had made allegations against the UPA government over coal block allocations.

The Congress members protested on the issue during Question Hour and trooped near the Speaker’s podium.

Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla intervened and asked the protesting members to go to their seats and raise the issue during Zero Hour, reiterating “Question Hour is important as all members want to raise their issues.”

Birla also warned that “no member should speak to the Chair from the well of the House”.

“I am a new member of the House and want to maintain its dignity. I will give you opportunity after Question Hour,” he told Congress members.

Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi also asked the Congress leaders to allow the functioning of the House and raise their issues during Zero Hour.

Congress MP Manish Tewari raised the issue in Zero Hour and mentioned about the adjournment motion over electoral bonds issue.

“Since February 1, 2017 when this government moved a proposal to issue unknown electoral bonds during common budget, it was an attempt to cover up corruption. When the scheme was implemented, it was limited only to the Lok Sabha elections,” Tewari said.

As Tewari was not allowed to speak by the Speaker when he tried to raise questions over the Prime Minister’s Office mentioning any incident before Karnataka elections, the Congress members walked out of the House raising slogans against the government.

Congress Leader Ghulam Nabi Azad had on Wednesday attacked the Bharatiya Janata Party-led government at the Centre over the electoral bonds scheme during a press conference, calling the scheme a “conspiracy”.

Electoral bonds may be purchased by a person, who is a citizen of India or incorporated or established in India. A person being an individual can buy electoral bonds, either alone or jointly with other individuals.

Only political parties registered under Section 29A of the Representation of the People Act, 1951 (43 of 1951) and which secured not less than one per cent of the votes polled in the last general election to the House of the People or the Legislative Assembly of the state shall be eligible to receive the electoral bonds.

The bonds shall be encashed by an eligible political party only through a bank account with the authorised bank.

Birla continued Zero Hour as earlier he declared that he has disallowed the adjournment motion moved by the Congress.

The adjournment motion is an extraordinary procedure which, if admitted, leads to setting aside the normal business of the House for discussing a definite matter of urgent public importance.

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Aligarh Muslim University shut down till Jan 5 after violence

Additional forces have been rushed in from adjoining districts. Rapid Action Force has also been deployed in the campus.

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Aligarh, Dec 15 : The Aligarh Muslim University has been shut down till January 5 after violence erupted in the university late on Sunday night, in protest against the controversial Citizenship (Amendment) Act.

AMU students mounted a violent protest against the police crackdown on students in Jamia Milia in Delhi.

Cops used tear gas shells and lathi-charged students to disperse the mob. Angry policemen were also seen breaking the motorbikes parked outside the AMU campus.

Additional forces have been rushed in from adjoining districts. Rapid Action Force has also been deployed in the campus.

According to reports, a large number of students had collected outside the administrative block late on Sunday evening and pelted stones at the police. The protestors shouted abusive slogans against the police.

Efforts to pacify the AMU students by the AMU officials proved futile and the agitationists continued to pelt students.

Two policemen alongwith a senior police and several journalists were injured in the violence, according to reports.

Senior police officials have reached the AMU and firing was reported from inside the campus.

Earlier, AMU students vandalized the area at Chungi gate and some vehicles were also set on fire.

Senior police officials in Lucknow were closely monitoring the situation and taking measures to prevent escalation of violence.

Unconfirmed reports said that AMU had been closed till January 5 but no official was ready to confirm this.

Aligarh had been simmering since Friday when the district authorities ordered a shutdown of Internet services in the district.

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Protest in Patna against CAA, several cops hurt

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Patna, Dec 16 : Agitating against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act and the National Register of Citizens (NRC), a mob set afire a police post and targeted some vehicles at Kargil Chowk, here on Sunday.

According to Patna District Magistrate Kumar Ravi, the protesters were moving towards the Kargil Chowk from Ashok Rajpath when they were intercepted by the police.

They attacked a Vajra vehicle and pelted stones on the police, leaving around a dozen policemen injured, Ravi said. The police had to lob three rounds of tear gas to disperse the mob, he said.

An FIR has reportedly been registered at the Gandhi Maidan police station for organising a procession without permission and destroying public property.

The police is examining CCTV footage to identify the miscreants.

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Delhi Police entered the campus without permission, says Jamia chief proctor

Meanwhile, Chinmoy Biswal, DCP South East said: “Our only interest is to push the mob back, so law and order can be restored in the area. We have no problem with the university (Jamia Millia Islamia University) students.”

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Delhi: Jamia Millia Islamia chief proctor Waseem Ahmed Khan said that the Delhi Police entered the campus without permission and beat up staff members and students.

“Delhi police entered our campus by force, no permission was given. Our staff and students are being beaten up and are forced to leave the campus,” Khan told reporters here.

Meanwhile, Chinmoy Biswal, DCP South East said: “Our only interest is to push the mob back, so law and order can be restored in the area. We have no problem with the university (Jamia Millia Islamia University) students.”

Biswal said that the mob indulged in arson set motorcycles ablaze and pelted stones at the police and that around six policemen were injured in the stone-pelting.

The police said it fired tear gas shells at the protesters outside the campus of the varsity and also resorted to lathi-charge to disperse the crowd. They also detained some protestors from outside gate number 1 in the course of action.

A police personnel too sustained injured in the commotion which broke outside the campus.

Earlier, three Delhi Transport Corporation (DTC) buses were set ablaze by protesters near Bharat Nagar during the course of demonstrations against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA).

The protesters also damaged a fire tender and other buses and personal vehicles in the area.

Meanwhile, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has said that he has spoken to Lieutenant Governor (L-G) Anil Baijal and urged him to take all possible steps to restore normalcy and peace in the city-state.

“Spoke to Hon’ble LG and urged him to take all steps to restore normalcy and peace. We are also doing everything possible at our end. Real miscreants who caused violence should be identified and punished,” Kejriwal tweeted today.

The Delhi Chief Minister urged protestors to remain peaceful, stating that any kind of violence is unacceptable.

“No one should indulge in violence. Any kind of violence is unacceptable. Protests should remain peaceful,” Kejriwal had tweeted after three DTC buses were set on fire in Bharat Nagar area of the national capital.

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