NEW DELHI: The budget session of Parliament has been extended by eight working days till 7 August, Union parliamentary affairs minister Pralhad Joshi informed the Lok Sabha on Thursday. The session, which began on 17 June, was earlier scheduled to conclude on Friday.
The decision to extend the session was made by Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi in Lok Sabha, soon after the House passed the Triple Talaq bill was passed. Earlier in the day, the Cabinet Committee on Parliamentary Affairs met here to take the decision.
However, the “last-minute decision” to extend the session has not gone down well with Opposition with Trinamool Congress MP Derek O’Brien saying, “It is not a college campus”. “This is not a college campus where we are organising an intra- college festival. This is the Parliament of India,” the TMC MP told reporters, as he accused the government of “bulldozing” Parliament.
He, however, said that the ways of the ruling party did not surprise him as the BJP was “attempting to destroy all institutions.”
In the Rajya Sabha, when Joshi announced that the opposition will get an opportunity to discuss calling attention motions on important issues next week, TMC member Sukhendu Sekhar Roy said that the chair has not declared any extension of the current session and the minister should withdraw his words.
“The Trinamool Congress will work as a constructive opposition. We will not yield and will do all that it takes to save the constitution and the country,” he told reporters.
‘Love jihad’: Samajwadi Party to oppose law in UP Assembly, here’s why
A day after Uttar Pradesh Governor Anandiben Patel signed the ordinance on forced religious conversions, the Samajwadi Party announced that it will oppose the ‘love jihad’ law when it comes up in the Assembly next month.
Samajwadi Party (SP)President Akhilesh Yadav said his party is not in favour of such a law and will oppose it strongly.
“On one hand, the government offers Rs 50,000 to those opting for inter-caste and inter-religion marriages, and on the other, they have brought this law. We will ask the government to bring a law which guarantees doubling of farmers’ income instead,” he said.
The SP chief accused the BJP government of planning to sell a government-owned shopping mall worth Rs 1,000 crore to a private entity at throwaway prices. He further added that an expressway was also being sold in a similar fashion.
“This will be probed when time comes. We will expose the corruption this government is indulging in,” he said.
Akhilesh further said it is ironic that the government talks of zero tolerance for corruption but, in an international survey, the country has figured on the top of the list of nations where bribery is most prevalent.
Reacting to Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath’s announcement of setting up 10,000 MW solar power units, Yadav said, “He does not know anything about a solar panel. During the SP government, we had set up a solar power unit. The unit produced enough power to meet the needs of an entire village, but this government snapped the supply saying the villagers have not paid bills.”