The statements of Anand Sharma led to protests from treasury benches with Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Vijay Goel stating that Sharma was trying to demoralise investigating agencies. Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu said that legal avenues were available and why was Sharma demoralising agencies. Further, Sharma said if parallel FIRs for the same alleged offence was an oversight, then why was the government silent.
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Anand Sharma claimed that the government owes an explanation to the Parliament. "PM Narendra Modi was fully aware of the understanding between India and France for 126 aircraft. Our PM arbitrarily, without any sanction from the Cabinet Committee of Security, changed the Rafale Deal, where the price was much higher per unite of aircraft. The PM must confirm or deny in the Parliament that after returning from France the Deal was changed without informing the Cabinet Committee of Security," he added.
Vijila Sathyananth said that the hike in the MSP comes to 13 percent and not the promised 50 percent over the cost of production. The increase was also short of the M S Swaminathan committee recommendation of an MSP of Rs 2,340 per quintal, she said. She also demanded that the government procure 100 percent of paddy produced as against about 25 percent procurement currently.
AIADMK leader Vijila Sathyananth today during the ongoing monsoon session of Parliament assailed the government's decision on the minimum support price for summer season crops, saying it falls short of the promise to give 50 percent profit on the cost of production. Raising the issue through a zero hour mention, she said the MSP for common variety paddy has been increased by Rs 200 per quintal to Rs 1,750 per quintal for the Kharif season 2018-19.
All India Majlis-e-Ittehad-ul Muslimeen (AIMIM) chief Asaduddin Owaisi said the report questioning the role of the Rajasthan Police in the Alwar lynching case didn’t come as a shock to him. “The same thing happened in Pehlu Khan case. The government, the police and these gaurakshaks are working together.”
TDP MP Jayadev Galla: We had been moving the no-confidence motion for entire second half of budget session, finally the discussion took place but PM Narendra Modi didn't bother to answer any of our questions, we heard the same statements, so nothing has changed for us, no option rather than to protest.
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Leader Ananth Kumar targeted the opposition and said that "disunity among opposition parties is clear now, their strategy of moving no-confidence motion has already fallen flat and that was the first earthquake." He further asserted that since Rahul Gandhi has now been affirmed as the leader, there will be the second earthquake and everything will get finished hence.
Mallikarjun Kharge, the Leader of the Opposition in Lok Sabha, trained his guns on the government over the Alwar lynching. “The gaurakshaks are creating a mess, and another person has been killed in MP on suspicion of child lifting. The government is supporting such people, the BJP and the RSS are backing it, the democracy is in danger. Maybe the BJP and RSS are not listening to the Prime Minister or maybe they are working on his instructions,” he said.
ANI tweeted an image from the site of protest today ahead of today's monsoon session of Parliament:
#Delhi: TDP MPs protest in front of Mahatma Gandhi statue in Parliament over special category status to Andhra Pradesh and implementation of AP re-organizing Act #MonsoonSession pic.twitter.com/5fxr8r0Ul9— ANI (@ANI) July 23, 2018
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