New Delhi: Amidst a generous amount of rain in the scorched National Capital, the government will be commencing the Monsoon session of the Parliament from Monday. As parliamentarians sharpen their political rhetoric, the government will be making sure that this Monsoon session becomes a memorable one.
The Goods and Services Tax (GST) bill, a draft which was introduced in December 2014, was purported be an impetus for growth for the Narendra Modi government. But instead of the bill being passed in parliament, Opposition mulled over a specific demand, and that eventually led to the GST impasse. With the implementation of the bill, there would be a nation-wide value-added tax which would simplify India's taxation system.
- The second day of the Rajya Sabha highlighted the debacle faced by the BJP in Arunachal Pradesh. Home Minister Rajnath Singh said, "Dismissing popular govts is the oldest habit of Congress. They have done it more than 100 times since independence."
- "If there is a hole in their boat and they put it in water, the boat will drown," said Rajnath Singh.
First day of Rajya Sabha
Weighing in on the sensitive situation in Kashmir which has resulted in the death of 39 civilians, Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad on Monday exclaimed in the Rajya Sabha that the government should not treat Kashmiri civilians like militants.
The Congress leader was bemused when he talked about the situation in Kashmir and the imposition of curfew in the Valley. "There used to be upheavals in 2008, 2010, but the current situation in Kashmir is much worse," said Azad. He proclaimed that during his tenure as the Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir, he was equally strict with the militants, but treated the people of Jammu and Kashmir much "more gently".
- Commenting on the controversial GST bill, Congress leader Chidambaram said that Ghulam Nabi Azad and Anand Sharma has talked with the Finance Minister. They are likely to discuss the bill.
- Home Minister Kiren Rijiju has said that the unrest in Kashmir will be discussed in Parliament today.
- Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad has given notice to Rajya Sabha to discuss Kashmir issue. The discussion will likely commence at 2pm.
- Rajya Sabha was adjourned for ten minutes when MPs approached the center of the parliament house and raised slogans against Narendra Modi.
- Vice President Hamid Ansari requested the Members of the Parliament to calm down and ask their questions.
- The upper house was stirred in a ruckus when BSP leader Mayawati exclaimed that the exploitation of Dalit community was rampant under the Narendra Modi government. She put the example of the Dalit cow skin traders who were beaten publicly in Gujarat. Venkaiah Naidu opposed her rhetoric by saying that she could not name a specific party.