The bill on amending the MNREGA will be taken up in Lok Sabha on Thursday, Union Parliamentary Affairs Minister Venkaiah Naidu said on Wednesday after the opposition complained that discussion on the issue was getting postponed.
Senior Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge on Monday complained that his mike was switched off when he wanted to ask questions from Prime Minister Narendra Modi following his statement in Lok Sabha on the controversial remarks made by a Union Minister.
New Delhi: Controversial remarks by Union Minister Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti on Tuesday rocked Parliament with Rajya Sabha being paralysed for the day as a united opposition insisted on her sacking despite her apology.
"A mere apology will not suffice. She will have to resign," was the refrain of the Opposition members who stormed into the Well demanding her sacking.
Soon after both Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha met for the day, opposition members created uproar over Jyoti allegedly making communal remarks and using an expletive in an election rally here and demanded that she should be sacked. They also sought an apology from Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Members of Congress, TMC, SP and other opposition parties rushed to the Well leading to repeated adjournments in Rajya Sabha and Lok Sabha during pre-lunch sitting.
When Rajya Sabha reassembled at 2 PM after four adjournments, CPI-M leader Sitaram Yechury cited a Supreme Court as well as a Calcutta High Court order to drive home the point that mere apology was not enough and an FIR should be filed against her and she should be sacked.
Yechury's argument got instant support from TMC, Congress, SP, JD-U and Left parties.
Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi sought to calm down the Opposition by contending that Jyoti has already apologised and the matter should be put to rest in keeping with tradition.
But the Opposition remained adamant as Deputy Chairman PJ Kurien expressed his inability saying the remarks were made outside the House.
With repeated pleas of Kurien to bring order in the House going unheeded, he adjourned the House for 10 minutes -- the fifth adjournment since morning.
As the tempers ran high when it reassembled, he adjourned it for the day.
Congress had given adjournment notices in both Houses on the issue, but they were rejected.
Decks have been cleared for appointment of the new CBI Director with President Pranab Mukherjee giving his nod to the amended procedure under which leader of the single-largest opposition party in the Lok Sabha will be included in the selection panel.
Amid uproar and Congress walkout, Lok Sabha on Tuesday took up a bill under which absence of any of the three members of the selection committee to choose CBI chief will not hinder the exercise, with the government saying there was no deliberate design in this.
With his rivals in Maharashtra Congress gunning for him after debacles in Lok Sabha and Assembly Elections, former chief minister Prithviraj Chavan on Thursday said he was not in the race for the post of CLP leader.
Nomination of Congress leader in Lok Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge to the selection panel for Chief Information Commissioner was "highly belated" realisation in the government to involve opposition in high-level appointments, the party said on Wednesday.
Congress on Monday staged a walkout from Lok Sabha complaining "lack of business" and said debate on several major issues sought by it was getting a back seat with only matters raised by the government given priority.
The political crisis in Assam further deepened when 32 Congress MLAs led by State`s Education and Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma quit on Monday demanding the immediate ouster of Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi.
The Assam unit of the Congress party is apparently divided over the continuation of Tarun Gogoi as Chief Minister as over 40 dissident MLAs have threatened to dislodge him as the leader of Congress Legislature Party (ACLP) if the central leadership fails to pay heed to their demand.
Congress Tuesday slammed the Railway Budget as "pro-rich" with former Railway Minster Mallikarjun Kharge insisting that it is bereft of any new scheme, plan or railway line and seeks to please the home state of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.