BJP issues whip to its Rajya Sabha MPs, asks them to be present in House

The ruling NDA lacks a majority in the Rajya Sabha and BJP believes that a maximum presence of its members would be required in case of any voting.

By: PTI | New Delhi | Published:November 19, 2016 7:44 pm
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With a united opposition looking to corner the government in Rajya Sabha on demonetisation issue, BJP on Saturday issued a whip to its members, asking them to be present in the House for three days starting Monday. The ruling NDA lacks a majority in the Rajya Sabha and BJP believes that a maximum presence of its members would be required in case of any voting.

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Sharp clashes have been witnessed in Rajya Sabha in the last two days after Leader of Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad made certain comments linking Uri terror attack casualties to the deaths during demonetisation crisis.

Following Azad’s remarks senior government ministers launched a sharp attack on the Congress leader with Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar calling it an insult to martyrs and M Venkaiah Naidu described it as “anti-national”, and demanding an apology.

On other side, opposition wants that Prime Minister Narendra Modi should be present in the House, during the discussion on the demonetisation issue. “The party has issue whip for three days November 21 to November 23 asking all its MPs in Rajya Sabha to be present in the House,” a source said.

With political battle heating up over the demonetisation issue in and outside Parliament, BJP’s top brass has also asked its MPs to publicise benefits of the demonetisation and also to counter the opposition’s charges against it. BJP’s Parliamentary Party office has given all the MPs, including those of its allies, a compilation of the RBI’s and Finance Ministry’s communication over demonetisation so that they could use the information to inform the masses and counter the opposition’s points, sources said.

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  1. A
    Nov 19, 2016 at 4:15 pm
    In the interest of Our Economy and Democracy it is better to abolish Rajya Sabha and Vidhan Parishad in states (many state have only embly).RS acted as blocking of Bills as seen about GST Bill and many others.
  2. J
    jungle cat
    Nov 19, 2016 at 5:52 pm
    Why you Sanghi, how come you people bother about nation? After all your Sangh (RSS) never bothered to get involved in freedom movement
  3. R
    Nov 19, 2016 at 5:36 pm
    Why ...since when have you started deciding thing for India? We don't need your advise and italian imports to run India.
  4. K
    Nov 19, 2016 at 3:49 pm
    upper house in all states is also a burden abolish upper house and rajysabha too laws and amendments can be ped in lower house after detailed discussions
  5. K
    Nov 19, 2016 at 3:45 pm
    we have elected public reps in loksabha rajyesabha was just to accommodate politicians for extending them pension and perks why waste taxpayers money it is time to abolish it
  6. H
    Nov 19, 2016 at 4:41 pm
    I would say that it is better to abolish the current Lokasabha and let the country be under President'a rule. Your Feku and team cannot rule this illustrious country.
  7. C
    Nov 19, 2016 at 10:28 pm
    This supposed to be elders house has become and is showing more ignorance than intelligence in their debates and are resorting low level high han ded tactics to stall the house and wasting tax payers money. It is time to reduce the number in the house by giving each state big or small 3/5/10 seats only like senate of US and let them be elected directly by the voters or other wise by p the house like many of the monetary bills etc. Jaihind
  8. B
    Nov 20, 2016 at 2:16 am
    s should know that, it's Sangh is only who are waging freedom movement and against filth created by congi and ppl like you. CongISI never let the world know if the contribution of others in the nation building. CongISI s are the biggest enemy of Indians.
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