Noisy protests were witnessed over recent racial attacks on Indians in the US.
Second half of Budget Session in Parliament started on Thursday. Noisy protests were witnessed over recent racial attacks on Indians in the US. With the government planning to introduce in Parliament the Central GST (CGST) Bill, PM Modi underlined the importance of it. Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh has made a statement in Parliament on the killing of a suspected ISIS terrorist in Lucknow. Opposition Congress has sought to corner the Narendra Modi government attacks on Indians in the US. Congress today also gave adjournment motion notice in Lok Sabha on ‘hatred generating for Indians in USA’. Noisy protests over PM Modi’s demonetisation move had stalled Parliament in the Winter Session. Hope both houses will witness more transactions of business this time.
Here are top 5 highlights.
1. PM Modi calls for bipartisan support for GST
Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed hope that the Goods and Services Tax (GST) will be passed in the current session. Speaking to the media persons in the Parliament complex, the prime minister said that he was confident of the bill to be passed as most states and regional parties have supported it. He also expressed hope that the Parliament will be conducted in a peacful manner this time, without any chaos.
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2. Rajnath Singh briefs Lok Sabha on Lucknow encounter
In a first in India, a day after the killing of the terrorist Saifullah and the end of the dramatic Lucknow shootout and the arrest of 7 other members of the gang, Home Minister Rajnath Singh stood up in Parliament today and gave his statement in the Lok Sabha on the case in the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Speaker Sumitra Mahajan.
NIA will probe Lucknow encounter, said Home Minister Rajnath Singh in Lok Sabha. Saifullah’s father has refused to take his body as he was a “traitor.” Government and Parliament is proud of him, Rajnath Singh said. The government is expressing sympathy to slain terrorist Saifullah’s father, the Home Minister said.
3. Congress, TMC attack PM Modi over racial attacks on Indians in US
Launching a scathing attack against PM Modi, Leader of Opposition Mallikarjun Kharge must issue statement over the attacks on Indians in the US. Taking a dig at PM Modi, he said “PM tweets on every other issue, why doesn’t he talk on this issue? Why silent? He should make statement today.”
TMC MPs staged protest in front of Gandhi statue at Parliament complex over the attacks of Indians in US.
4. Security beefed up
Security was heightened in and outside Parliament in the wake of killing of one terrorist in Lucknow encounter. Red alert has been issued in the national capital.
5. Rajya Sabha adjourned
Rajya Sabha was adjourned for the day today without transacting any business as a mark of respect to the memory of its sitting member Haji Abdul Salam who died recently. When the House met for the second part of the Budget session, Chairman Hamid Ansari mentioned the passing away of Salam on February 28 at the age of 69 years. Salam represented Manipur in the Upper House since April 2014.
“In the passing away of Haji Abdul Salam, the country has lost a distinguished parliamentarian, an able administrator and a dedicated social worker,” Ansari observed in his obituary reference.