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Parliament Live: What Action Will You Take on Lynchings, Congress Asks PM Modi

News18.com | July 31, 2017, 12:56 PM IST
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A debate on the recent cases of cow vigilantism is underway in the Lok Sabha. Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge is recounting the recent attacks on Muslims and Dalits, asking the government what action it plans to take.

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Jul 31, 2017 12:56 pm (IST)

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A night with gau rakshaks in Alwar | The cattle market from where Pehlu Khan had bought cows | How cow vigilantism is hurting the milk economy

Jul 31, 2017 12:48 pm (IST)

CLICK TO READ | 'Not in My Name': 114 Military Veterans Write to PM Modi Against Lynchings

The letter, dated July 30, also expressed concerns over "clampdown" on free speech and the "climate of fear". The letter, which was also sent to chief ministers of all states, has been signed by 114 armed forces veterans.

Jul 31, 2017 12:39 pm (IST)

Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge raises the recent killing of an RSS worker in Kerala. "When an RSS worker dies in Kerala, the Governor calls up the CM. Why this discrimination?" he asks.

Jul 31, 2017 12:37 pm (IST)

"The Government is indirectly encouraging groups like the VHP, Bajrang Dal and also Gau rakshaks," says Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge in Lok Sabha.

Jul 31, 2017 12:36 pm (IST)

"The government needs to explain the actions being taken against Gau Rakshaks who are involved in recent criminal activities," says Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge in Lok Sabha.

Jul 31, 2017 12:29 pm (IST)

Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge lists out incidents of atrocities against Dalits and Muslims in Lok Sabha.

Jul 31, 2017 12:27 pm (IST)

"Jharkhand and Madhya Pradesh have become mob lynching centres" says Congress' Mallikarjun Kharge.

Jul 31, 2017 12:27 pm (IST)

"What is the PM planning on mob lynchings? How many people have been imprisoned for mob lynchings?" asks Congress' Mallikarjun Kharge.

Jul 31, 2017 12:24 pm (IST)

"We condemn mob lynchings in any state or situation. All institutions involved in mob lynchings are indirectly involved with the BJP. PM Narendra Modi speaks only his own Mann ki Baat," says Congress' Mallikarjun Kharge.

Jul 31, 2017 12:08 pm (IST)

Raising the of Gujarat MLAs, Madhusudhan Mistry (Cong) alleged that his party MLAs were being "kidnapped" and offered "Rs 10-15 crore" with a view to influence their vote in the August 8 elections to send three members from the state to the Rajya Sabha.

Jul 31, 2017 11:31 am (IST)

The Rajya Sabha has been adjourned for 10 minutes after the Congress' protests.

Jul 31, 2017 11:29 am (IST)

Visuals of the uproar in Rajya Sabha by Congress leaders over the Gujarat MLAs issue.

Jul 31, 2017 11:24 am (IST)

"The whole state of Gujarat is under floods and Congress MLAs are enjoying in a resort in Karnataka," says BJP leader Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi.

Jul 31, 2017 11:21 am (IST)

After a ruckus in Lok Sabha, there is a row taking place in the Rajya Sabha over the Gujarat MLAs defection case.

Jul 31, 2017 10:55 am (IST)

"We will raise the Lynching issue in Parliament today after 12 noon," said Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge. The MP talked about the Gujarat Congress crisis and said, "What BJP is doing in Gujarat is not fine. Their plan is going to fail."

Jul 31, 2017 10:03 am (IST)

CLICK TO READ | Lok Sabha Braces for Debate on Mob Lynchings Today

The lower house of Parliament had witnessed uproarious scenes on Thursday when Congress members demanded a discussion on the issue. Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge had accused the government of shying away from a debate.

Jul 31, 2017 9:42 am (IST)

Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar has said that the opposition wanted to discuss violence that was occurring outside, but did not want to speak on the incident that took place in the House when paper bits were thrown at the Speaker. The opposition has been trying to corner the government in Parliament on a number of issues, including the recent lynchings of Muslims and Dalits by self-styled cow vigilantes.

Jul 31, 2017 9:41 am (IST)

"When we met you I was very happy when you said you are ready for the debate, and we should convince the government side..." Mallikarjun Kharge had said. Speaker Mahajan had retorted immediately, saying: "Don't twist my words." Kharge, however, had insisted that the Speaker had said she was ready for discussion, but the government was not.

Jul 31, 2017 9:38 am (IST)

The issue of mob lynchings had sent tempers flaring in the Lok Sabha on Thursday with the Congress, CPI(M) and the Trinamool Congress accusing the BJP-led government of shying away from a debate. Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge had told Speaker Sumitra Mahajan that two notices were submitted for the debate. "You (Mahajan) are ready (for a debate) but government is not," Kharge had said.

Jul 31, 2017 9:37 am (IST)

The party paraded the MLAs before the media on Sunday and claimed the BJP had offered each of them Rs 15 crore to cross-vote in the Rajya Sabha election on August 8. The Congress has been criticised for “locking in” the MLAs in Karnataka while the constituencies of many of them back home face crippling floods.

Jul 31, 2017 9:34 am (IST)

Sources tell CNN-News18 that the Congress is likely to bring up the issue in Parliament. The party has been keeping 44 of its Gujarat MLAs in a Bengaluru resort to guard them being “poached” by the BJP ahead of Rajya Sabha polls in Gujarat. At stake is the Rajya Sabha nomination of senior leader Ahmad Patel, a close aide of party chief Sonia Gandhi. BJP chief Amit Shah and Union minister Smriti Irani have also filed their Rajya Sabha nominations from Gujarat.

Jul 31, 2017 9:31 am (IST)

Parliament is likely to witness uproarious scenes today when the Lok Sabha takes up for debate the recent cases of cow vigilantism and mob violence against persons from minority communities. The Congress is also likely to raise the issue of its MLAs being “poached by the BJP” in Gujarat.

Parliament Live: What Action Will You Take on Lynchings, Congress Asks PM Modi
Congress leader Mallikarjun Khage speaks in the Lok Sabha in this file photo.

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