Seen 11 PMs but never such contempt of Parliament: Ghulam Nabi Azad

The Congress also stepped up its attack on the Prime Minister over the scrapping of Rs 1,000 and Rs 500 notes.

Written by Manoj C G | New Delhi | Published:November 30, 2016 1:43 am
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Locked in a confrontation with the government over its demand for Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s presence in in Parliament for participation in a discussion on currency withdrawal, Leader of the Opposition in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad said Tuesday the PM’s decision not to “show up” and “speak” in Parliament was simply baffling.

“Today, he addressed BJP MPs at the Parliament library. He has been addressing them every Tuesday. He also speaks outside the House almost regularly,” Azad said. “But he will neither come to the House nor speak. It is baffling. In my long political career, I have seen and worked with 11 prime ministers. I have worked as a minister with four prime ministers. I have not seen this kind of attitude by any of them or such contempt for Parliament,” he told The Indian Express.

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He said prime ministers in the past used to come to the House and intervene or speak if the Opposition demanded it persistently. “Some used to come after hours, some maybe after a day… But now the Opposition has been demanding it in unison for the last several days… but Prime Minister Modi has made it a point not to come to the House. He seems to have taken it as a prestige issue. This attitude does not augur well for parliamentary democracy,” he said.

The Congress also stepped up its attack on the Prime Minister over the scrapping of Rs 1,000 and Rs 500 notes. The party’s communication department head Randeep Surjewala mocked the government for announcing the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Yojana saying it is in effect a “kaladhan dharak kalyan yojana”.

He said the government is now proposing to levy 49.9 per cent as tax, penalty and cess on undisclosed income whereas according to section 271 (1) (C) (iii) of the Income Tax Act, the penalty for undisclosed income was as high as 132 per cent.

“This is Prime Minister Modi and his government’s commitment to root out black money. And to avoid questions in Parliament… the government declared the Taxation Laws (Second Amendment) Bill as a money bill and passed it without a debate… This is the real face of Prime Minister Modi,” he said. “What happened today was travesty of constitutional propriety by a finance minister who claims to have intricate knowledge of law. That is why it becomes doubly culpable.”

Congress spokesperson Sushmita Dev called it the prime minister’s Krackjack or 50-50 moment. “It is a smokescreen. The tax bracket of 132 per cent has been brought down to 50 per cent,” she said. “It is the Krackjack or 50-50 moment of the government. He has let [alone] those people who have hoarded black money by taking a share of 50 per cent from them.

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    indian
    Nov 30, 2016 at 12:50 am
    I have seen many governments but nine as corrupt as your UPA.
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      Chander Pal
      Nov 30, 2016 at 1:17 am
      He may be right. Let's see. 1. Nehru brought in controlled economy of licence raj with 90% tax leading to foundation of black economy. 2. Indira created history when parliament ped the emergency. 3. Rajiv was for Bofors. 4. Manmohan was never a P M he was more of a head clerk. And he declared in parliament that Muslims have first right on government treasurery. Naturally can not compete with these 'stalwarts'
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        SURESH
        Nov 30, 2016 at 1:19 pm
        Interesting to note in a funny country a debate started by AZAD on demonetization on 16 th Nov without being any precondition that PM be present not allowed to continue and complete .The usual practice is that the concerned Minister reply in the end a rare case PM INTERVENE.EVEN AFTER URING AND PM WAS PRESENT DEBATE DID NOT CONTINUE.Janta want to see that day when debate will continue and complete.
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          Srividya Jayaraman
          Nov 30, 2016 at 11:14 am
          You stop.your nonsense. Most of the daily labourers are happy. They are getting the money. Even my servant maod and car drivers are happy. Problem is only with people like you is mostly for to hatred towards Modi
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            My India
            Nov 30, 2016 at 11:13 pm
            He is asking, why PM is not coming to the parliament, why nobody answering his question.
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              PCKULKARNI
              Nov 30, 2016 at 8:27 am
              You have absolutely no idea about rural distress ,people loosing jobs . Also death of over 80 people does not bother you. What a pity.
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                Rajib Nath
                Nov 30, 2016 at 5:13 pm
                Kashmiri and Muslim people in India will continue to remain backward because of leaders like GNA. His name is a contradiction, he is a Gulam but Azad. Is he sure himself.
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                  Saurabh Shukla
                  Nov 30, 2016 at 5:43 am
                  I have never seen such contempt of parliament by opposition benches in last 40 years of my life. understood they have lost millions and billions by modi's denotification move, but life has to go on and parliament has to function. Let it function please!
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                    aceptik@yahoo
                    Nov 30, 2016 at 10:20 pm
                    Where were you when the nation was struggling to make MMS speak. He is dumb PM and you complain about modi? lt;br/gt;You are so stupid..
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                      AK
                      Nov 30, 2016 at 6:44 pm
                      Oh yeah ? Never seen any PM with more contempt for the parliament ? -- Including Indira hi .. during emergency ? lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Perhaps you did not see because you were building your career with her enforcer son Sanjay hi at the same time as Indira's emergency ? .. lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;This from the people's angle Mr. Azad .. ? How do the people trust leaders like you who have such selective eye sight ?
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                        Anuradha Kalhan
                        Nov 30, 2016 at 3:20 am
                        Can someone please tell Azadji that Modiji knows that he can rule without Parliament. He needs the 1% of dollar billionaires, social mediaand whatsapp factories, some RSS manpower, PR agency from America preferably and he can carry on for the next 10 years like this. lt;br/gt;Reagan did it, Bush did it, why cant Modiji?? Indians love all things American including Bush . In a globalized world not just capital but ideas also travel.
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                          Rajesh
                          Nov 30, 2016 at 4:50 am
                          There are lots of things to see you baby. You have worked as an agent of Kashmir problem and did not bother to resolve that rather enjo lavish lives by befooling people of Kashmir and rest of India. God will punish you all.
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                            arjun
                            Nov 30, 2016 at 4:31 am
                            Hmm..dira hi jailed the opposition leaders...
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                              ashok s
                              Nov 30, 2016 at 2:51 am
                              Enough is enough , can we have a meaningful debate in house today on demonetization and money bill ped in lower house
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                                ashok s
                                Nov 30, 2016 at 3:40 am
                                If you are so truthful , you can file a peion in apex court or write to prez to stall this money bill
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                                  ashok s
                                  Nov 30, 2016 at 12:34 am
                                  You need a general on you and not a democractic pm
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                                    laxmi
                                    Nov 29, 2016 at 8:38 pm
                                    Our pm is one of his own not like others that's make him so special
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                                      Atul Bhardwaj
                                      Nov 30, 2016 at 12:55 am
                                      Never seen a more corrupt politician who earns and live in India and works for the The masters in stan-Ghulam nani Azad.
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                                        banabir sinha
                                        Nov 30, 2016 at 3:47 pm
                                        one PM, one Nation and one discition. He is best PM ever who is thinking for w nation. Now we need one Law for all Indians ie. common civil code.
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                                          Against traitors
                                          Nov 30, 2016 at 5:24 pm
                                          Living in other's money is converts like you.
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                                            Against traitors
                                            Nov 30, 2016 at 5:24 pm
                                            Shameless convert! Drink Fonia's salt water
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