New Delhi: The Rajya Sabha on Monday resumed the budget session amid protests by the Congress MPs. The Opposition leaders protested in the well of the house over the CAG report on Gujarat’s petroleum corporation. They raised slogans against PM Narendra Modi and demanded a response from him over the CAG report. The proceedings in the pre-noon session were choppy as the AgustaWestland VVIP chopper deal made inroads into various discussions, setting in motion a series of ruckus-filled debates that led to adjournments every now and then.
The Trinamool Congress (TMC) on Monday gave a notice in the Rajya Sabha for suspension of all business to pave way for an immediate discussion on the alleged AgustaWestland chopper scam.
Meanwhile, Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar is expected to brief the Parliament on AgustaWestland issue. Parrikar has said he will place all facts along with the detailed chronology about the controversial chopper deal. “I will place the detailed chronology with documents giving facts about AgustaWestland chopper deal before Parliament on May 4,” he said in Panaji.
Here are the updates:
3.05 pm: “When House is in session, what prevents RM from coming to house and speaking. There should be an enquiry,” says Anand Sharma.
3.03 pm : Shanta Ram Naik moves privilege notice against Defence Minister.
2.24 pm: Rajya Sabha adjourned till 3 pm.
2.20 pm: Congress protests in the well of the house, raises slogans against PM.
2. 15 pm: Naresh Gujaral says let’s discuss who was in power at that time; how much money went down the drain in the last ten years.
2.12 pm: Tapan Sen agrees that discussion is required on KG basin issue, says “I am not part of the divisionary tacics.”
2.10 pm: We are discussing a matter of national importance. We are talking about thousands of crores that have been lost: Anand Sharma, INC
2.07 pm: “When a matter is in front of PAC, Centre doesn’t discuss it,” says Arun Jaitley.
2.03 pm: CAG report on Gujarat’s petroleum corporation is a national issue and it must be discussed, says Ghulam Nabi Azad.
12.01 pm: RS adjourned for the third time amid ruckus.
11.35 am: House adjourned again till 12 pm.
11.32 am: Congress MPs have come to the well and are shouting slogans.
11.15 am: House adjourned till 11.30 pm.
11.10 am: TMC MP Sukhendu Sekhar Roy raises AgustaWestland in Rajya Sabha, asks Defence Minister to give statement.
11.05 am : Protest in Rajya Sabha over AgustaWestland issue.
11.00 am: Parliament proceedings begin.
10.00 am: The Trinamool Congress (TMC) gives notice in the Rajya Sabha for suspension of all business to pave way for an immediate discussion on the alleged AgustaWestland chopper scam.