As the Congress questioned when the political leaders in detention would be released, Shah said the Congress had kept former chief minister Farooq Abdullah’s father in jail for 11 years. “We don’t want to follow them. As soon as administration decides, they will be released,” the minister said.
Meanwhile, MoS for Home Affairs, G Kishan Reddy, in a written reply to a question in Lok Sabha, says, "Directions of SC in its judgment on Ram Janma Bhoomi-Babri Masjid matter include formulation of a scheme by Centre with necessary provisions for setting up of a Trust with a Board of Trustees or any other appropriate body, the functioning of the Trust, the powers of the Trustees, transfer of land to the Trust and all necessary, incidental and supplemental matters. Central Government is duty bound to act as per the directions and orders of the Court, within the stipulated time frame.
On whether the Government of India has taken steps for providing reservation in private sector, the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment in the Lok Sabha says, "As per information provided by Dept for Promotion of Industrial and Internal Trade, no such proposal for reservation in private sector is under consideration."
The Chief of People's Democratic Party (PDP), Mehbooba Mufti, issues whip to its lone MP to vote against the "unconstitutional" Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2019, in Rajya Sabha. The controversial Bill was passed by the Lok Sabha with a majority of 311 votes yesterday.
Ms Mufti has termed CAB bill as unconstitutional & discriminatory. It will trigger degeneration of India’s cherished pluralistic values & ethos. Therefore as PDP President she has issued whip to PDP RS MP @MirMohdFayaz to vote against CAB in Rajya Sabha.— Mehbooba Mufti (@MehboobaMufti) December 10, 2019
Amit Shah adds, "Situation in Kashmir valley is completely normal. I can't make Congress's condition normal, because they had predicted bloodshed after abrogation of Article 370. Nothing of that sort happened, not one bullet was fired. 99.5% students sat for exams there, but for Adhir Ranjan this is not normalcy, 7 lakh people availed OPD services in Srinagar, curfew, section 144 removed from everywhere. But for Adhir only parameter for normalcy is political activity. What about local body polls which were held? "
Verbal Spat between Adhir Chowdhury and Amit Shah over 'Normalcy in Kashmir' | As the Lok Sabha assembles, a verbal spat broke out between Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury and Home Minister Amit Shah over the detention of political leaders in Jammu and Kashmir. Following Chowdhury's question regarding the release of Kashmiri leaders and the return of normalcy, Shah says, "What according to you is normal? Political activity in the country is normal, children giving exams is normal. What according to the Congress is normal?"
Chidambaram Slams 'Unconstitutional' Citizenship Bill | Congress stalwart P Chidambaram today dubbed the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill as "patently unconstitutional" and said with its passage in Parliament, the battleground will shift to the Supreme Court. He claimed that the elected lawmakers were "abdicating their responsibilities in favour of lawyers and judges." "CAB is unconstitutional. Parliament passes a Bill that is patently unconstitutional and the battleground shifts to the Supreme Court. Elected Parliamentarians are abdicating their responsibilities in favour of lawyers and judges!," Chidambaram's tweet read.
Arms (Amendment) Bill in Rajya Sabha Today | Union Home Minister Amit Shah will move the Arms (Amendment) Bill, 2019 for passage in Rajya Sabha today. The Bill enjoyed a smooth passage in the Lok Sabha yesterday. The Bill says makers of illegal arms and those carrying such guns will face maximum punishment of life in jail if convicted under the proposed legislation. The Arms (Amendment) Bill, 2019 also ensures that those using firearm in a rash or negligent manner in celebratory gunfire, endangering human life or personal safety of others shall be punishable with an imprisonment to two years, or with fine which may extend to Rs one lakh, or with both.
File photo of Congress MP Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury. (Image: Twitter/ANI)
The Rajya Sabha, meanwhile, will take up the Citizenship Amendment Bill tomorrow, a day after the Lok Sabha nod to the contentious legislation. Six hours have been allotted for discussion on the issue which saw heated arguments in the Lok Sabha where the Opposition accused the Narendra Modi government of discrimination.
The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2019, seeks to grant Indian citizenship to non-Muslim refugees from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan if they faced religious persecution there. They will be given Indian citizenship after residing in the country for five years, instead of 11 years which is the current norm.
Indigenous people of the Northeastern states fear that the entry of these people will endanger their identity and livelihood.
Shah will also move the Arms Amendment Bill for passage in the Rajya Sabha today a day after the bill, which seeks to enhance punishment for illegal possession and making of arms, was passed in the Lok Sabha. Shah said the bill accorded special status to a sportsperson who needs firearms and ammunition to practice and participate in tournaments.
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