Parliament Winter Session 2019 Updates: The issue of fee hike at the Jawaharlal Nehru University witnessed sharp arguments from the BJP and Left in Rajya Sabha on Friday. Soon after CPI-M’s K K Ragesh raised the issue and demanded a judicial probe into alleged police thrashing of protesting students, BJP’s Prabhat Jha responded raising the issue of defacing of Swami Vivekananda’s statue inside the JNU campus.
The ongoing Winter Session of Parliament has so far witnessed little business amid daily interruptions from the Opposition led by the Congress. Privatisation of Public Sector Units including the Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited (BPCL), Electoral Bonds, fee hike in Jawahar Lal Nehru University (JNU) are some of the issues over which the Opposition has been demanding an explanation from the government.
The issue of Electoral Bonds reverberated in Rajya Sabha on Thursday with both the Congress and BJP trading barbs. Congress leader Manish Tewari raised the issue first describing electoral bonds “opaque” and called them “threat to democracy”. Responding to the charge, Union Minister Piyush Goyal defended Electoral Bonds while terming Congress’s stand as an “alliance of the defeated and the dejected corrupt politicians”.
Congress leader Digvijaya Singh and CPI-M’s KK Ragesh had earlier given zero-hour notice in Rajya Sabha over ‘fee hike in Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU)’. On the other hand, Trinamool Congress MP Dola Sen has given zero-hour notice in Rajya Sabha over ‘privatisation of profit-making Public Sector Undertakings (PSUs)’.