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New Delhi: The Rajya Sabha on Monday was rocked by Congress protest against PM Narendra Modi. The House was finally adjourned for the day after repeated disruptions.
 
The Congress demanded Modi’s resignation over his remark on AgustaWestland issue. Congress MPs trooped into the Well demanding PM to speak in the House and substantiate whatever he has said. Congress member Anand Shamrma said PM has violated the norms and should give a clarification in the House.
 
“PM is pre-empting the investigation by CBI. He has made a statement that contradicts what GoI has said in House. When Parliament is in session, PM should speak in house. He has violated the norms. He should come to House and substantiate whatever he has said, Anand Sharma said.
 
 
Opposition leader Ghulam Nabi Azad quoted a newspaper report from a election rally addressed by Modi in Kerala and said the government was using the deal to malign Congress.
 
“We discussed AgustaWestland in both houses. In neither houses did anyone say that UPA leaders took money. Neither has the (Italian) court said that UPA leaders took money,” Azad said.
“We have said since beginning that the purpose (behind this row) is not to discuss the issue inside the house, it is to use it outside the house and use it in elections to malign the Congress leadership. It is similar to what happened in the 1980s with Bofors,” said Azad. “The issue is being raised because it is being used against the Congress in the elections,” Azad said.
 
The Congress members slammed BJP leader Subramanian Swamy for claiming that the documents on AgustaWestland deal that he tabled in Rajya Sabha were “approved” by the chair.
 
“Dr. Swamy, who does not have the habit of speaking truth, says Rajya Sabha has approved his documents. How has Rajya Sabha approved it,” Congress member Jairam Ramesh asked.
 
Ramesh was referring to a tweet by Swamy on Friday in which the BJP leader said: “Rajya Sabha has approved my documents. Jairam Ramesh run for cover.”

 
Following the protests, Rajya Sabha was repeatedly adjourned.
 
Meanwhile, in Lok Sabha, the Uttarakhand Budget for 2016-17 was discussed on the first day of third and final week of current session of Parliament.
 
Here are the Parliament live updates:
 
*Disruption in Rajya Sabha, House adjourned till tomorrow 11 AM.
 
*The Appropriation Bill and Finanace Bills will be passed without a debate: Deputy Chairman V J Kurien
“If disruption continues, the Chair will be forced to pass these bills without a debate”, Deputy Chairman said.
 
* Rajya Sabha resonates with slogans by the Oppn parties.
 
* RS proceedings resume.
 
* House adjourned till 3 pm.
 
*Deputy Chairman allows the point of order.
 
*On policy matters, things should not be said outside: Sitaram Yechury
 
*Anand Sharma: RM never mentioned in his statement that there is any naming/indictment of any Congress leader. He assured fair probe. (PM said otherwise in rallies) How can PM pre-empt an enquiry? Until today, GOI hasn’t certified/authenticated copy of Italian judgement. RM stands contradicted by PM.
 
*It’s the collective responsibility of the cabinet that there should be a fair probe in the issue: Anand Sharma
 
*Ask the govt and let them respond: Sitaram Yechury
 
*Anand Sharma: RM never mentioned in his statement that there is any naming/indictment of any Congress leader. He assured fair probe. (PM said otherwise in rallies) How can PM pre-empt an enquiry? Until today, GOI hasn’t certified/authenticated copy of Italian judgement. RM stands contradicted by PM.
 
*Naqvi: Why should the PM apologise? What crime has he committed?
 
* Sitaram Yechury lends support to Congress, demands answer from govt.
 
*Deputy Chairman V J Kurien asks members to maintain the decorum of the House.
 
*Oppn continues its protest against Narendra Modi.
 
* Rajya Sabha proceedings resume.
 
*RS adjourned till 2pm.
 
*Venkaiah attacks Congress for disrupting Parliament functioning.
 
*Amid ruckus, RS adjourned till 12 pm.
 
*Rajya Sabha  resumes, Congress continues protests.
 
*Congress continues to raise slogans against PM.
 
*Rajya Sabha adjourned again for 30mins.
 
*Rajya Sabha resumes.
 
*Amid ruckus, Rajya Sabha adjourned till 12.
 
*Congress continues to raise PM speech. Pramod Tiwari: Either PM is lying or RM is lying (talking about contradictory statements)
 
*Rajya Sabha resumes.
 
*Anand Sharma: PM is pre-empting the investigation by CBI that reports to it. PM has made a statement that contradicts whatever GoI has said in House. When Parliament is in session, PM should speak in house. He has violated norms. He should come to House and substantiate whatever he has said.
 
*RS adjourned for 10mins.
 
*Naqvi: PM hasn’t said anything new. He has said whatever the whole world knows. What the Italian court has said. Nothing about any policy decision. If you don’t know rules, then we can’t help you.
 
*Naqvi objects to language being used against PM. Congress says, “Narendra Modi jhootha hai”.
 
*Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi repeated the government’s stand that guilty in the AgustaWestland case would be punished.
 
*Chair refuses to take cognisance because speech was made outside…
 
*Congress sloganeering: Narendra Modi maafi mango.
 
*Chair doesn’t allow Sharma to raise AgustaWestland under 267. Calls it misuse of rule 267. TMC challenges Congress too.
 
*Congress in the well of the house: Pradhanmantri jawaab do.
 
 
*Anand Sharma: PM must come and substantiate his statement. He has said court has indicted.
 
*Naqvi: We’ve said that bribe-takers will soon be booked. Middlemen will be taken to task. You shouldn’t worry. Culprits will be attacked, and innocents won’t be bothered.
 
*Azad: When this matter is being discussed in Parliament, why didn’t PM speak in Parliament? Why is he making it an election issue? CBI is probing matter. CBI comes under PM. If PM uses such language, then how will there be an unbiased probe? Hence we’ve demanded SC monitored probe.
 
*4:00 PM, Monday, 9 May 2016, FICCI, Federation House, Tansen Marg, New Delhi.
 
*Bandaru Dattatreya to address the AGM of All India Organisation of Employers.
 
*Azad: Attempt to use this in elections (AugustaWestland) and defame Congress. Hence we’ve been saying book the guilty and take strictest action. Reads of Indian Express article on Modi speech on AgustaWestland.
 
*Azad: Attempt to use this in elections (AugustaWestland) and defame Congress. Hence we’ve been saying book the guilty and take strictest action.
 
*Chair rules: The responsibility of authentication is Swamy’s. Chair bears no responsibility.
 
*Swamy: I rise in protest of him saying I’m in habit of telling lies. Chairman has allowed me to lay papers on table.
 
*Jairam Ramesh has habit of putting his hand in the wrong place. Twitter is between me and my followers. Jairam Ramesh is the follower of some Buddhu. Improper procedure that Chairman is being brought into controversy. Challenging decision of Chairman.
 
*Ramesh: Swamy tweeted “RS approved my documents” but RS secretary general bulletin says papers laid on table; they are up for scrutiny. If RS has not approved, then I demand an apology.
 
*Jairam Ramesh raises Point of Order against Swamy in RS.
 

First Published | 9 May 2016 12:53 PM
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