Published By: Sanstuti Nath
Last Updated: March 20, 2023, 20:43 IST
New Delhi, India
Rain lashed parts of Delhi on Monday, taking the temperature in the national capital below normal. However, the city witnessed political heat as the Parliament logjam between the BJP-led Central government and Congress-led Opposition continued today as both Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha were adjourned for the day without transacting any business owing to disruptions by treasury benches and opposition members.
In Rajya Sabha, the ruling and opposition parties traded barbs over Rahul Gandhi’s ‘democracy in danger’ remark in London and a demand for a probe into allegations against the Adani Group. Read More
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The national capital’s per capita income grew by 14.18 per cent at the current prices in 2022-23 to Rs 4,44,768 compared to Rs 3,89,529 during 2021-22, the Delhi Economic Survey has said.
The survey was tabled by Delhi Finance Minister Kailash Gahlot on Monday in the Assembly.
According to the survey report, the per capita income in the capital has always been around 2.6 times higher compared to the national average both at the current and constant prices.
Delhi | A delegation of Samyukta Kisan Morcha (SKM) leave from Krishi Bhavan after meeting Union Agriculture minister Narendra Singh Tomar.
“We’ve given a memorandum,” says a farmer leader.
Samyukta Kisan Morcha (SKM) is holding a ‘Kisan Mahapanchayat’ in Delhi over their various demands including legal guarantee on MSP
Delhi’s Rouse Avenue court extended Manish Sisodia’s judicial custody in the Delhi excise scam case till April 3. CBI had sought further extension of JC by 14 days.
CBI has said custody is needed as the investigation is still pending, and the probe is at a crucial stage.
After a week-long bonhomie among the opposition parties, the BRS and the Samajwadi Party on Monday skipped the meeting at leader of opposition (LoP) Mallikarjun Kharge’s chamber in Parliament House, but later both attended the joint press conference.
Trinamool has already been maintaining a distance, while the AAP was present in the meeting.
Apart from the Congress, the following parties attended the Monday meeting — DMK, RJD, CPI(M), CPI, NCP, JD(U), AAP, IUML, SS (Uddhav),JKNC, MDMK, RSP, Kerala Congress and JVCK.
An unambiguous apology from Rahul Gandhi can end the logjam in Parliament, Union minister Hardeep Singh Puri said on Monday as he slammed the Congress leader for his recent remarks in the United Kingdom.
Addressing a press conference, the BJP leader categorically rejected Gandhi’s claims on the prevailing situation in India and urged him to clarify if he was “playing to an agenda”.
During his interactions in the United Kingdom recently, Gandhi alleged that the structures of Indian democracy are under attack and there is a “full-scale assault” on the country’s institutions.
The Delhi High Court on Monday granted interim bail to former Congress MLA Asif Mohd Khan, who was arrested for abusing and manhandling on-duty police officers in the national capital’s Shaheen Bagh area.
On February 28, the High Court had issued a notice to the police on Khan’s bail plea.
The judge granted him interim bail in two FIRs registered in Shaheen Bagh Police Station on a personal bond of Rs 50,000 in each case, with one surety of like amount.
The Delhi Police has contacted its Noida counterparts, who have recovered severed body parts from a drain in Sector 8, over the recovery of some human body parts close to a Rapid Metro construction site in the national capital, officials said on Sunday.
The Delhi Police found a human skull, wrist bones and other small bones in southeast Delhi’s Sarai Kale Khan area on Saturday, the officials said. The Noida Police recovered severed arms and legs earlier last week.
Police received information at 11.56 am about human body parts found near Sarai Kale Khan ISBT, Ring Road, adjoining the flyover in the area of construction site of Rapid Metro, Deputy Commissioner of Police (southeast) Rajesh Deo said. After reaching the spot, it was found that some human body parts — in various stages of decomposition — and a bunch of hair were found, the DCP said.
A 29-year-old businessman and his friend were allegedly assaulted by bouncers at a five-star hotel in the Janpath area, police said. READ MORE
Sanyukt Kisaan Morcha organised Kisan Mahapanchayat at the national capital’s Ramleela Ground on Monday.
‘Kisan Mahapanchayat’ underway at Ramlila Maidan in Delhi
Farmers have gathered here to demand a legal guarantee on MSP and fulfilment of their other demands. pic.twitter.com/CMkvAj1fKd
— ANI (@ANI) March 20, 2023
Congress president Mallikarjun Kharge said time has been sought for Rahul Gandhi to speak in the Lok Sabha on Tuesday and he will make his statement if allowed. Kharge also slammed the BJP-led government over the Delhi Police team reaching Gandhi’s residence on Sunday to inquire about his “women are still being sexually assaulted” statement made during the Bharat Jodo Yatra.
“They are trying to divert attention from the issues we have been raising. It has been 46 days since the yatra was completed and they are asking now, ‘whom did you meet’. Lakhs of people connected with the yatra and met him (Gandhi) for five minutes and they are asking to identify people,” Kharge told reporters here on Monday before leaving to attend Parliament.
Gandhi’s speech was made in Jammu and Kashmir and the police are asking about it here, the Congress chief said.”This is an attempt to target and harass. They want to weaken us by intimidation, but we will not get scared or be weakened,” Kharge said.
Both Houses of Parliament were adjourned till 2:00 PM amid ruckus.
While the Tregery Bench in Lock Sabha raised slogans of “Rahul Gandhi Shame Shame”, the Opposition continued its demand for a JPC probe in the Adani issue.
Congress MP Gaurav Gogoi gives Adjournment motion notice in Lok Sabha to raise the matter of Delhi police serving notice to Congress MP Rahul Gandhi to seek information regarding a speech he made during the Bharat Jodo Yatra.
K. Kavitha, the daughter of Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao, reached the Enforcement Directorate (ED) headquarters in New Delhi on Monday, to join the second round of questioning in connection with the Delhi excise policy scam. READ MORE
“If any individual goes outside the country he has the freedom to speak but along with that freedom comes what I call the need to have a sense of responsibility. We are the world’s oldest democracy but Rahul Gandhi goes to UK and says Indian democracy is facing an attack on the basic structure,” Union Minister Hardeep Singh Puri
He (Rahul Gandhi) hails China’s Belt & Road Initiative as a visionary step. Does he know that China’s BRI goes through Pakistan-occupied Kashmir?… His grandmother invoked Article 356 150 times to suspend & dismiss legitimately elected state governments: Union Minister Hardeep… https://t.co/4P1fnC59Xe pic.twitter.com/HJHWmIb9OF
— ANI (@ANI) March 20, 2023
Congress MP Jebi Mather gives Suspension of Business Notice under Rule 267 in Rajya Sabha to discuss “the Government’s failure to constitute a Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) to investigate the charges of corporate fraud.”
Congress MP Shaktisinh Gohil give a suspension of business notice under Rule 267 in Rajya Sabha to discuss “on what grounds Kiran Patel was provided with a Z+ security cover and was allowed to go to areas where civilians are not allowed to visit.”
Congress MP Ranjeet Ranjan gives a suspension of business Notice in Rajya Sabha under rule 267 to discuss “ the Government’s failure to constitute a Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) to investigate the charges of corporate fraud.”
Before the proceedings of the Parliament today, the Congress and like-minded parties met at Congress President Mallikarjun Kharge’s office to chalk out their strategy for the ongoing session. Several Opposition MPs have moved adjournment notices in both Houses over Adani issue.
Meanwhile, security personnel have also been deployed at Ramlila Maidan in view of ‘Kisan Mahapanchayat’ today.
The first week of the second leg of the budget session was one of the least productive, as the parliamentary proceedings were disrupted this week without transacting any business. The ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) demanded Congress leader Rahul Gandhi’s apology for the remarks that he made in London recently about democratic backsliding in India.
Meanwhile, the Congress-led Opposition continued its demand for the constitution of a Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) to probe allegations against the Adani Group of companies. The government now has only two weeks to get the Union Budget for FY 2023-2024 passed in Parliament.
Things took a turn for worse with the Delhi Police turning up at Gandhi’s doorstep on Sunday morning. After nearly two hours of drama, Rahul Gandhi, with legal help from Abhishek Manu Singhvi, sent a preliminary reply to Delhi Police regarding their query in connection with the sexual assault remark he made in Srinagar during his Bharat Jodo Yatra.
Terming the police action as “unprecedented”, Gandhi, in his preliminary reply, questioned the sudden urgency shown by the Delhi Police over his January 30 remarks made in Srinagar and sought eight to 10 days to give a detailed response, according to sources privy of the development.
Gandhi, in a four-page preliminary reply to Delhi Police, assured that he would give details of the women he spoke about within a fortnight, and asked whether this had anything to do with his position taken both inside and outside Parliament on the Adani issue, sources said.
He also asked whether campaigns of other political parties including the ruling BJP, have been subjected to such kind of scrutiny or questioning, they added.
This was the third time that Gandhi was approached in this regard, the officials said, adding a notice with a questionnaire was sent to him earlier seeking details of victims who approached him about sexual harassment as the police wants to initiate a probe into the matter as soon as it gets the information.
Security had been stepped up around Gandhi’s residence as the police team descended there.
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