Parliament Winter Session 2019 Updates: The Congress on Tuesday once again raised the issue of SPG cover withdrawal for party president Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi in the Lok Sabha. Speaking in the House, Congress leader Adhir Ranjan Chodhary said that Sonia and Rahul are not normal protectees. “Vajpayee ji had allowed Special Protection Group protection for the Gandhi family. From 1991-2019, NDA came to power twice but their SPG cover was never removed,” he said. Meanwhile, Rajya Sabha Chairman Venkaiah Naidu has ordered to review the new dress code of marshals in the House. Naidu said that he has asked the Rajya Sabha Secretariat to revisit the new military-style uniform. The Rajya Sabha proceedings were adjourned till 2 pm after opposition uproar over alleged police action on protesting JNU students and detention of political leaders in Jammu and Kashmir. Soon after the House transact business for the day, Left and other opposition party members raised the two issues. When the House met at 2 PM, it took up discussion on the Jallianwala Bagh National Memorial (Amendment) Bill, 2019. The bill was cleared by the Lok Sabha in August. The bill seeks to remove the Congress president as a permanent member of a trust that runs the Jallianwala Bagh National Memorial. The Bill also seeks to remove the mention of president of the Indian National Congress as a trustee and empowers the government to remove nominated members.
Later, responding to whether it received any recommendation for Bharat Ratna to Veer Savarkar, the Ministry of Home Affairs informed the lower house that while it receives recommendations for Bharat Ratna on regular basis from several quarters, no formal recommendation for this award is necessary. It added that the decision regarding Bharat Ratna are taken from time to time.