Parliament loses one more day over 'action' or 'discussion' on Lalitgate

After the first day of the Monsoon Session was marred by protests and repeated adjournments in Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha, the Opposition created a ruckus in both houses of Parliament on Wednesday. The Congress-led Opposition moved an adjournment motion demanding a discussion on the 'Lalitgate' and the controversial Vyapam scam in which senior BJP leaders Sushma Swaraj and chief ministers of Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh Vasundhara Raje and Shivraj Singh Chouhan respectively are alleged to be involved. However, the Opposition's reluctance in allowing a debate on controversial issues despite government's readiness for the same led to the adjournment of the two Houses.

By Ritesh K Srivastava | Last Updated: Wednesday, July 22, 2015 - 15:39

New Delhi: After the first day of the Monsoon Session was marred by protests and repeated adjournments in Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha, the Opposition created a ruckus in both houses of Parliament on Wednesday. The Congress-led Opposition moved an adjournment motion demanding a discussion on the 'Lalitgate' and the controversial Vyapam scam in which senior BJP leaders Sushma Swaraj and chief ministers of Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh Vasundhara Raje and Shivraj Singh Chouhan respectively are alleged to be involved. However, the Opposition's reluctance in allowing a debate on controversial issues despite government's readiness for the same led to the adjournment of the two Houses.

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22 July 2015, 15:08 PM

We want accountability to be fixed for EAM, not just a discussion: Anand Sharma, Congress tells reporters outside Parliament.

Arrogance of PM is the reason Parliament is not functioning. Different standards are being applied as compared to what they pressed, says Sharma.

Also Read: PM Modi's arrogance not letting Parliament function, alleges Congress

22 July 2015, 14:13 PM

Both Houses of Parliament were adjourned for the day as the Opposition members continued to create ruckus and demanded immediate resignations of tainted BJP ministers, which was categorically ruled out by the NDA government. The government's appeal to Opposition to allow debate on pressing issues yielded no results as the Congress-led Opposition pressed for 'action first' against the Centre's proposal for 'discussion'. Reacting to Finance Minister Arun Jaitley's appeal to Opposition MPs, Congress leaders Anand Sharma and Ghulam Nabi Azad said in one voice that they wanted government's action before discussion. 

22 July 2015, 13:48 PM

No body (Opposition) has been able to point out which is the law that EAM Sushma Swaraj has breached. Investigation happens when there is a breach of legal provisions, but when we asked Opposition about this they had no answers: Arun Jaitley on Congress attack. Clearly the Opposition does not have correct facts and figures in this regard, Jaitley added.

EAM kept her points across us in BJP Parliament party meet, we want them to be presented to nation and Opposition, but they are weak on arguments, strong on disturbances, said Jaitley.

Also Read: Opposition unable to point out law breached by EAM, says Jaitley

When Advani and my name came in the Hawala issue, we said that we won't enter Parliament till our names are cleared. We not just resigned, but vowed not to enter Parliament till getting a clean chit. They should do the same too. They should resign: Sharad Yadav of JD(U).

We are not saying that MP govt should be dismissed or Modi govt should collapse. We want individual resignations, then discussion, says Sharad Yadav.

What we are doing is not wrong. It is necessary to bring to the attention of the nation: Mallikarjun Kharge, Congress

Also Read: Tainted BJP ministers should resign on moral grounds: JD(U)

22 July 2015, 13:06 PM

She (Sushma Swaraj) cannot continue to be the Foreign Minister in the wake of serious charges against her: Mani Shankar Aiyar, Congress

We have requested the Speaker that we want decorum in the house: We will challenge Congress within and outside Parliament: RP Rudy, BJP

Instead of demanding resignations, Congress should file chargesheet in court and allow debate in Parliament: Subramanian Swamy, BJP.

22 July 2015, 12:49 PM

Very unfortunate that even though Sushma ji wants to make her statement, she is not being allowed to. Sushma ji has clearly said that she wants to give her statement on the baseless allegations levelled against her: Rajnath Singh

Meanwhile, Congress MP Jyotiraditya Scindia says its time for NDA govt to take action against its tainted leaders. Resignation of External Affairs Minister is necessary to ensure smooth functioning of Parliament.

Also Read: No resignations, no wrong done by Sushma, two CMs, says BJP

22 July 2015, 12:20 PM

Youth Congress activists shout 'Narendra Modi hai hai' slogans. Security forces use water canons to disperse agitating youth Congress workers.

In Lok Sabha, Speaker Sumitra Mahajan issued warning to MPs for showing black flags in the floor of the House and later adjourned the Lower house till 2 pm. Meanwhile, NCP also distanced itself from Congress, saying it is against disruption of House and wants discussion.

Also Read: Speaker warns of action against protesting members in LS

22 July 2015, 12:11 PM

Opposition storm over Lalitgate forces adjournment of Rajya Sabha for another 30 minutes.

There are charges against ministers and leaders of 7 Congress ruled states, are they going to resign?, asks Venkaiah Naidu. “House is there to debate, decide and discuss. Appeal Opposition to allow the House to function ,” Venkaiah Naidu.

Meanwhile, several NSUI workers staging protest against the NDA govt over Vyapam scam and Lalitgate have been detained by the security forces.

22 July 2015, 12:04 PM

NSUI activists protests against BJP govt in national capital over Lalitgate and Vyapam recruitment scam.

22 July 2015, 12:01 PM

BJP strategy meeting is being held in Venkaiah Naidu's chambers in Parliament.

22 July 2015, 11:55 AM

I will speak inside the Parliament: Sushma Swaraj tells reporters on her tweet. Sushma Swaraj has told BJP Parliamentary Party that she offered no help to Lalit Modi and also defended MP govt over Vyapam issue, says MA Naqvi of BJP.

22 July 2015, 11:49 AM

Sushma Swaraj meets senior NDA ministers Rajnath Singh, Arun Jaitley, Nitin Gadkari among others to discuss strategy to counter Opposition attack on Govt.

22 July 2015, 11:46 AM

In view of Opposition storm over Lalitgate, the Rajya Sabha was again adjourned till 12 noon.

22 July 2015, 11:35 AM

BSP chief Mayawati speaks on Lalitgate, demands actions against EAM Sushma Swaraj. Why has the government not taken any action against EAM Swaraj, who has misused her official position by helping fugitive former IPL chief Lalit Modi, says Mayawati. Lalit Modi stayed in London with help of government and Vasundhara Raje, says Mayawati adding, “Lalitgate and Vyapam are national issues. These controversies have exposed the Prime Minister.” Opposition MPs continue to disrupt proceedings.

Also Read: Mayawati questions govt inaction against Sushma Swaraj

22 July 2015, 11:17 AM

Opposition MPs disrupt proceedings in Parliament. Congress MPs wear black band, shout anti-govt slogans. Finance Minister Arun Jaitley reiterated the Govt is ready for discussion on any issue. With din continuing in the House, Speaker adjourns Lok Sabha till noon. Similarly, Rajya Sabha was also adjourned for 15 minutes.

22 July 2015, 11:12 AM

Both Houses of Parliament convene for normal business.

22 July 2015, 11:10 AM

We will speak in the Parliament: Rahul Gandhi on Sushma Swaraj's tweet.

Also Read: Will speak in Parliament, says Rahul Gandhi

22 July 2015, 11:01 AM

Congress moves adjournment motion in Parliament on Vyapam issue. Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge and Veerappa Moily move adjournment motion in the Lok Sabha on Lalitgate and Anand Sharma on Lalitgate.

Also Read: Congress moves adjournment motion in LS

22 July 2015, 10:43 AM

Good that our attacks have started, now Congress will know that this game is not easy: Sanjay Raut, Shiv Sena.

22 July 2015, 10:42 AM

Rattled by Sushma Swaraj's tweet, Congress changes its strategy. Sonia Gandhi, Rahul postpone dharna in Parliament after Congress fails to build consensus among Opposition parties against BJP: Reports.

22 July 2015, 10:42 AM

Sushma Swaraj is behaving like a school kid who has been caught, she has to apologise to the nation: Congress on EAM's tweet.

22 July 2015, 10:34 AM

Sharad Pawar-led NCP hits back at BJP on Sushma Swaraj's tweet. Why didn't Sushma reveal this when she was being pressured?, asks NCP.

22 July 2015, 10:14 AM

BJP Parliamentary Party meeting underway.

 

 

22 July 2015, 10:12 AM

PM Narendra Modi, BJP chief Amit Shah and EAM Sushma Swaraj arrive for BJP Parliamentary Party meeting.

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22 July 2015, 10:03 AM

BJP Parliamentary Party to meet today to chalk out strategy to counter Opposition attack on Vyapam scam and the 'Lalitgate'.

22 July 2015, 09:08 AM

Senior Congress leaders Kamal Nath and Jyotiraditya Scindia will move adjournment motion in the Parliament over the Vyapam scam, according to reports.

22 July 2015, 09:06 AM

Congress chief Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi and senior party leaders will hold silent protest at Gandhi Statue in the Parliament against the Vyapam recruitment scam.

22 July 2015, 08:53 AM

Under Opposition attack, EAM Sushma Swaraj today said that she will disclose the name of the Congress leader who pressurised her to issue diplomatic passport to coal scam accused Sanotsh Bagrodia.

Also Read: Congress leader pressurised me to help coal scam accused, claims Swaraj 

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