The fourth day of the Parliament Monsoon Session will see members discussing the recent incidents of ‘atrocities against Dalits in the country’. The discussion is scheduled to take place at 2 pm in the Rajya Sabha.
On Wednesday, the session began with Opposition parties cornering the government over alleged Gau Rakshaks flogging a Dalit family in Una for skinning a cow carcass. The House saw repeated adjournments as the Opposition was unrelenting in its protest against the incident.
The debate shifted to the BSP hitting out at the BJP for comments made by its Uttar Pradesh vice-president Dayashankar Singh against Mayawati. At a party event, Singh compared Mayawati to a prostitute while commenting over BSP’s ticket distribution policy. This eventually led to the BJP suspending Singh for six years and sacking him from the vice-president post.
Despite the uproar, the Parliament has passed the Transgender Persons Bill 2016, which criminalises offences against the transgender community. So far, four bills were passed by the House in the monsoon session. The IIT (Amendment) Bill, 2016, is likely to be taken up for consideration today.
4:30 pm Forget about Dalits getting justice, even their FIR is not filed many times and the latest example is Una (Gujarat) incident: Mayawati
4:27 pm Atrocities on Dalits continue to happen, but they do not get justice and that’s why Dalits are sad: Mayawati
4:24 pm “Unfortunate that discrimination against Dalits in country hasn’t ended despite BJP, Congress long tenure after independence. Even after the constitution was laid down by Baba Ambedkar, Dalits still have not received their full rights,” said Mayawati.
4:23 pm Everyone talks about the atrocities on Dalits in Parliament, but nothing happens practically: Mayawati
4:15 pm “I appreciate BJP for sacking Daya Shankar Singh but I would be more happy if the party itself had lodged the FIR against Singh,” said Mayawati.
4:13 pm Mayawati says the remark by BJP leader Daya Shankar Singh has upset women across the country. She thanked all MPs for speaking in one voice and condemning the remark.
3:30 pm: CPI General secretary Sitaram Yechruy said there has been 19 percent increase in attack on Dalits in 2015. He said the present mindset against Dalits worries him.
2:46 pm: Vinay condemns attack on Dalits by Gau Rakshaks in Una district. He also criticises the derogatory remark by a BJP leader against Mayawati.
2:45 pm: BJP MP from Maharashtra Vinay Sahastrabuddhi speaks on Dalit issue.
2.30 pm: “To make such derogatory statements against a Dalit women (Mayawati) who is a four-time chief minister is very sad,” said Congress MP Ahmed Patel.
2.24 pm: “When dalits are attempting to commit suicide, then the situation is very dire. If this situation is not brought under control then it might get worse,” said Congress MP Ahmed Patel.
2.18 pm: An FIR must be registered against Dayashankar Singh for insulting Mayawati: Sharad Yadav.
2.15 pm: “Who created this Gau Rakshaks, why doesn’t the government ban it? What is this tamasha?” asks Sharad Yadav.
2.05 pm: Dalits are being targeted across the country, says JD(U) MP Sharad Yadav.
2.00 pm: “Removing from party is a normal process. It would have been better if they (BJP) had registered FIR against him (Dayashankar Singh),” says BSP Chief Mayawati.
12.46 pm: Legal proceedings should be carried out against Dayashankar Singh: Jyotiraditya Scindia in Lok Sabha.
12.25 pm: Rajnath Singh on pellet guns
“The Government has directed security forces to exercise maximum restrain while dealing with protesters in Kashmir. It was not the first time that pellet guns were used in Kashmir. The practice started in 2010. I am not accusing any government, but five Kashmiris lost their vision back then.
“We will constitute an expert committee to review the use of pellet guns for controlling crowds. They will submit a report within two months.”
12.15 pm: We all need to work together to improve the situation in Kashmir, says Rajnath Singh.
12.10 pm: Union Home Minsiter Rajnath Singh on Pakistan
“Our neighbours are trying to destabilise India. If there are any terrorists in India, they are Pakistan sponsored.”
Quoting former prime minsiter Atl Bihari Vajpayee, Rajnath said: “Chingari ka khel bura hota hai, auro ke ghar aag lagane ka jo sapna apne hi ghar main khada hota hai.”
12.05 pm: Rajnath Singh on Kashmir
“I understand that everyone in the House is concerned about the situation in Kashmir. Our PM was on a foreign trip during the recent unrest. Despite him being abroad, I apprised him of the situation. The first thing he did on his return was chair a high-level meeting on the issue.
“India has a special status. It is glowing example of ‘unity in diversity’. People of different cultures, who speak different languages, follow different customs and have different cuisines live together in harmony. Despite all this, our nation stands united.”
11.30 am: Question Hour is currently underway in both Houses.
11.00 am: Union Minister Venkaiah Naidu on Dayashankar Singh
“We have taken action against Dayashankar Singh. The issue has ended now. Let protests happen. BSP knows that BJP is moving forward in UP, and that their main fight is with the BJP.”