Parliament’s Monsoon session washed out, GST bill not passed

This is the last and final day of the monsoon session of Parliament. Wednesday saw heated exchange of words between Sushma Swaraj and Congress lawmakers.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: August 13, 2015 3:40 pm
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The monsoon session of Parliament, which saw protests between the government and the opposition, has been a complete washout. A day after intensified sloganeering by the Congress party and war of words between Sushma Swaraj and Rahul Gandhi, both houses — Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha adjourned sine die.

Centre’s most important reform bill, the Goods and Services Tax (GST) bill, remained in the Upper House without it being passed.

From day 1 of the monsoon session, the Congress had stepped up its agitation demanding the resignations of Swaraj and Rajasthan CM Vasundhara Raje in the Lalit Modi controversy and Madhya Pradesh CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan in the Vyapam scam. But the government had made it clear that there wouldn’t be any resignations and requested the Congress to agree to a debate and discussion.

Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi told reporters today that PM Narendra Modi is scared and that the Congress will put pressure on the government to bring back Lalit Modi.

However, the Congress insisted first on resignations of the concerned persons. During the course of the session, 25 Congress lawmakers were suspended by the Speaker for five days for raising slogans and carrying placards despite the Speaker telling not to do so. That move compelled senior Congress leaders to protest outside the Parliament. Congress president Sonia Gandhi had called it the ‘murder of democracy.’

On Wednesday, the Congress finally moved an adjournment motion demanding a debate on the Lalit Modi affair to which Swaraj readily said yes. Eventually, there was a war of words between Swaraj and the Congress lawmakers. Swaraj denied all charges and hit back at the Congress reminding them of the controversies the party has been involved in right from Ottavio Quattrochi to Warren Anderson. Finance Minister Arun Jaitley reiterated at the end of the session that there was no question of Swaraj resigning.

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The virtual closing of the monsoon session without any major business being transacted is a blow to the government which was looking to get major pending legislations, including the GST bill, passed in both houses of Parliament so as to get the economy back on track. The Congress, on the other hand, has been aiming to play the role of the main opposition party in the Lok Sabha even though its numbers are small.

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    Sachi Saldhana
    Aug 13, 2015 at 2:49 pm
    Well.Time now to think who is responsible for making parliament function.The President/Prime Minister/Speaker/Rajya Sabha Chairman/all members??? Who?? It can't go on like this.Sometimes BJP blocks functioning and sometimes Congress.How long the country will suffer because of this political stubbornness?There should be some bill to "Make parliament work" before any other bill is introduced.
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      Haradhan Mandal
      Aug 13, 2015 at 2:29 pm
      No Big deal! A Raja, a Dalit, has to face RESIGNATION, ARREST and INVESTIGATION, then why not others the same??? What happened to LOKPAL, independent CBI, CVC, CIC? Why those people, who were ready to die for LOAKPAL (and for the fight against BRASTHACHAR) are silent now. Why they (ANNA HAZARE/Kejriwal - need to mention their names) are silent when nothing has happened in Saradha case in West Bengal? Who syphoned CRORES off the money of Saradha's depositors? Mayawati?
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        Rob
        Aug 13, 2015 at 5:59 pm
        Its time to start a war of Independence from the Italian rulers and their chamchas. We won a hard fought independence from Britain, only to give it away to the Italians and the hi khandaan. At some level, I think Churchill was right that we Indians were not ready to govern ourselves. We just gave it all away to this clan which has looted this country for the last 60 years and still have such a strong following that the symbol of our freedom, our parliament, will not be allowed to function. Slavery to hi khandaan once again!!!!!
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        Anand
        Aug 13, 2015 at 3:59 pm
        Congress should be ashamed of not letting the GST bill p. It is one good thing that could have happened in India.
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          Sheen91
          Aug 13, 2015 at 1:33 pm
          Shane on these politicians...it's a waste of our votes.. They deserve no pay do no work during this session!
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            Rekha joshi
            Aug 13, 2015 at 1:43 pm
            A complete washout of Mansoon Session.Again our business remain in backfoot.This is the muder of democracy.
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              Rekha joshi
              Aug 13, 2015 at 3:07 pm
              Cong,BJP war affect house business in future too.Parliament Monsoon session ended on Thursday without clearing important bills and wasting most of its time on shouting matches b/w cong & ruling alliance MPs.
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                Rekha joshi
                Aug 13, 2015 at 2:29 pm
                Lets make decorum in the country.
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