Rajya Sabha

MP Naresh Agarwal Links Hindu Gods to Alcohol, Apologises After Outrage

Samajwadi Party lawmaker Naresh Agarwal had the government benches in the Rajya Sabha up in angry protest today when he referred to Hindu Gods in comments that have been expunged or removed from records. The Upper House of Parliament had to be adjourned amid loud protests. Mr Agarwal has since expressed regret. Since the comments have been expunged, they cannot be reported. The Samajwadi Party lawmaker was speaking in a

BSP chief Mayawati says will resign as Rajya Sabha MP over Dalit atrocities

A furious Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati today threatened to resign from the membership of the Rajya Sabha if she was not allowed to raise the various incidents of violence against Dalits and other minorities. “Let me speak or I will resign from the Rajya Sabha if I am not allowed to speak on Dalit atrocities,” Mayawati told Rajya Sabha Speaker PJ Kurien after he asked her to cut

GST Bill will ‘become a reality soon’: Arun Jaitley

Finance minister Arun Jaitley on Thursday expressed hope that the opposition parties will “see reason” and the Goods and Services Tax (GST), which is currently bogged down in the Rajya Sabha, will become a reality soon. “It (GST) has been supported by most political parties and I am sure others will also see reason and this law will become a reality very soon,” the minister said while inaugurating the two-day

Congress hardens stand on Arun Jaitley, demands SIT probe

The Congress on Monday kicked up a ruckus in both Houses of Parliament to press for Arun Jaitley’s resignation and a Supreme Court-monitored probe into alleged corruption in Delhi’s cricket association when the finance minister headed the DDCA. The party demanded that a CBI special investigation team, supervised by the top court, probe the alleged scam, as it toughened its stand following a strategy meeting Monday morning. Party chief Sonia Gandhi was

Respect judiciary, 100% vendetta from PMO: Rahul Gandhi on Herald case

Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday again accused the government of indulging in “vendetta politics” even as party MPs disrupted business in the House for the second consecutive day with raucous protests. He also rejected the charge that Congress was using Parliament to threaten judiciary saying “it is the other way round”. “One hundred per cent political vendetta. Pure political vendetta coming out of PMO. It is their way of

I absolutely see a political vendetta: Rahul Gandhi on National Herald case

The National Herald case is nothing but a political vendetta, Rahul Gandhi said today while responding to reporters during his day-long Puducherry visit. “I absolutely see a political vendetta. I will answer them in Parliament. The Centre thinks they can stop me from asking questions about them by vendetta politics. That is not going to happen,” the Congress vice-president told reporters as he arrived in the rain-ravaged region to meet

National Herald case: Sonia Gandhi says she’s not scared of anyone

“I am the daughter-in-law of Indira Gandhi. I am not scared of anyone,” a combative Congress President Sonia Gandhi asserted on Tuesday, invoking the legacy of the late Prime Minister in the wake of the National Herald case. She was asked about the Delhi High Court rejecting their pleas for quashing the summons by a Delhi court against them in the National Herald case. Her remarks came as the metropolitan

Law and order deteriorating in Punjab: Ashwani Kumar

A senior Congress member on Friday alleged in Rajya Sabha that the law and order situation was deteriorating in Punjab and “dark clouds of terrorism” were looming over the state again. Making a Zero Hour mention amidst slogan-shouting by BSP and SP members in the Well, former Union Minister Ashwani Kumar said Punjab was facing a “grave situation” with law and order “deteriorating”, as sentiments were being stroked in the

Polls show Narendra Modi in tough battle to win Bihar election

Opinion polls show Prime Minister Narendra Modi faces a close election battle in the country’s third-most populous state, Bihar, where defeat would dent his chances of consolidating power and speeding up economic recovery. Victory in Bihar’s state election would help Modi build his party’s strength in the Rajya Sabha, where its lack of a majority has allowed the opposition to block economic reforms he sees as vital for jobs and

On Narendra Modi speech, this is what Rahul Gandhi said

Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi evaded a question on how he rated Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s second Independence Day speech, saying this was not the day for politics. “Today is not the day for politics. I will speak tomorrow,” Rahul said shortly after Modi delivered a 90-minute address to the nation from the ramparts of the Red Fort in Old Delhi. He, however, did greet India on the occasion. “I wish a

Opposition gives privilege notice against Sadhvi Prachi

A privilege notice was given to Rajya Sabha Chairman Hamid Ansari on Friday by 20 opposition members against VHP leader Sadhvi Prachi who is alleged to have said that “there are 1-2 terrorists in parliament”. The controversial remark was made on Thursday, Janata Dal-United leader K.C. Tyagi told IANS. Tyagi is one of the 20 members who gave the notice. “The remarks of Sadhvi Prachi is against the dignity of parliament. We have

Sushma Swaraj speaks on Lalit Modi row uninterrupted as Opp continues boycott

Making her first statement on the Lalit Modi row in the Lok Sabha, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Thursday said that she had made repeated attempts in both Houses to resolve the deadlock over the former IPL commissioner’s travel documents in the United Kingdom. The Opposition, led by the Congress, has been adamant on Sushma Swaraj’s resignation along with that of Rajasthan CM Vasundhara Raje over the Lalit Modi row.