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
parliament session today, parliament session india, parliament of india, parliament session, Monsoon session of Parliament, Sushma Swaraj, Rahul Gandhi, parliament session live, parliament monsoon session, parliament live Both the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha adjourned sine die today

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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                    Aadhapagal
                    Aug 13, 2015 at 12:40 pm
                    Is beech Mr Maun modi ka kehna hai "Mitro meri lelo"
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                      Aadhapagal
                      Aug 13, 2015 at 12:11 pm
                      Mr Maun modi will only speak Jumla he never gets time for real issues
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                        Aadhapagal
                        Aug 13, 2015 at 12:32 pm
                        No i dont follow hi but I expect Mr Maun modi to speak and fix this issue so that parliament can work,How many more foreign trips for Mr Maun modi
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                          Aadhapagal
                          Aug 13, 2015 at 12:43 pm
                          na bhai sirf national level chor ni inko to international level pr bhi koi beat ni kr skta
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                            indian
                            Aug 13, 2015 at 1:04 pm
                            Very sad for country and democracy. There must be some way to protect nation from congress. We all must protest against parliament disruption and demand for no work no pay for lawmakers.
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                              Anup Malhotra
                              Aug 13, 2015 at 11:13 am
                              The mother-son duo are hardly interested in the development of the country . Their interests lie elsewhere . With yesterday's debate it is clear that there is no substance in the charges made by Congress . This is the reason Congress never wanted any debate on this . Just by repeating untrue charges hundred times it does not become a truth. People of this country are watching the conduct and behavior of Sonia and Rahul and will teach them an appropriate lesson .
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                                anuradha
                                Aug 13, 2015 at 12:57 pm
                                Govt with majority of 440 seats can not function. BJP do not have political maturity to run the country with this huge majority also. They are blaming Congress who is sitting with just 44 seats. Mind you in next election Congress may go to 100 and still BJP will be in power. BJP need to start thinking as ruling party. They are having task of running Governement, sansad and finally this country,. BJP can not blame others for its lack of will and foolishness
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                                  Deepak sharma
                                  Aug 13, 2015 at 11:42 am
                                  Congress main intention was to stop GST. But they could not have done it openly and directly. Hence they created all this drama so that GST get blocked by default. That is why they asked for 3 resignations knowing well that 3 resignations, that too of a cabinet minister and 2 chief ministers, can not happen like this.
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                                    Dinesh Jethi
                                    Aug 13, 2015 at 5:04 pm
                                    BJP should ashamed of itself by not letting the important bills ped. The BJP is so arrogant that it wants to secure brownie points by matching the Congress tactics. Mr Modi should walked down to Sonia hi for support rather than indulging in these disruptive methods. The entire blame is on BJP.
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                                      Jegan
                                      Aug 13, 2015 at 1:18 pm
                                      The big mistake congress has done is, it had no ear for a report and discussion in parliament about Lalit Modi affair. after which only, its demand for anybody's resignation would be valid. Sushma must have been allowed for her submission in Parliament. Second mistake it behaved as an anti national party and its stance was as if to challenge the govt to run the parliament. It does not want the Bjp to take the credit of improving the administration and the economy of our country. I wish better sense will prevail the congress henceforth at least to behave as a national party.
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                                        gurcharan
                                        Aug 13, 2015 at 4:38 pm
                                        BJP is solely responsible for this mess. They gave more importance to matching lung power with lung power and winning brownie points than the core business of getting important legislation ped. This could have been done if the BJP had not adopted arrogant atude and instead a tactful diplomacy. Even after losing the w session of Parliament they do not seem to have learnt any lesson. They think by attacking the opposition they will be able to cow them down into submission. They are wrong. They will suffer the consequences. The should use their majority to get parliamentary work done and not get the power into their head. The power has gone into their head. The main responsibility is that of the Prime Minister. Modi should have engaged more diplomatically with the opposition leaders instead of living in the ivory tower. I remember once Sonia hi walked down to Ramvilas Paswan house to meet him to get his support. And she got it. Similarly she always cultivated leaders like Harkishan Singh Surjeet, Mulayam Singh Yadav, Lalu Prasad, Mayawati and other senior opposition leaders. She always gave them full respect. On the other hand Modi has made no effort whatsoever to be friendly with any senior opposition leader. Politically the Congress while in power used to attack and criticize but at personal level Sonia hi was always friendly and respectful. The problem of the BJP leaders is their immaturity and the their arrogant habit of hitting below the belt by dragging family members who are not even in politics. This was never done before. BJP has started this harmful practice which has embittered the relations among the leaders. Then the BJP is absolutely arrogant.
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                                          gurcharan
                                          Aug 13, 2015 at 5:12 pm
                                          Modi has got it all wrong. Instead of meeting opposition leaders to repair the bitter relations he is asking his party and go and increase attacks on opposition parties. He should behave like a leader a leader of w of India and not a mere BJP leader. During the Lok Sabha session not even once he stood up and ured the the opposition that he Govt. would look into their demands. Rather he asked them to match lung power with lung power. He is responsible for not been able to get any work done. It is the job of the opposition to raise many issues which they think are politically beneficial to them, it is the job of the Govt. not to get distracted from their agenda. The BJP failed this test. They are proven to be incapable of governing. BJP should remember that elections are over. BJP seems to be in an campaign mode even after winning the election. The should concentrate on governance. In governance you have to be flexible. BJP is stubborn. They are proud of their brute majority. Let BJP remember if Congress can be reduced to 44 they can also be reduced to 2 with which they began. Delhi has already shown it. They always taunt the Congress that they have ruled 60 years and have done nothing. Let ne ask them if they have done nothing then how come the Congress got elected time after time for 60 years. Obviously the people voted them because they good work. So please stop telling lies and stop making fool of people by mere empty slogans, mere jumlas and false promises and false hopes. Ye public hei he sab janti hei and it will punish you if you do not measure up to it.
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                                            Gary Singh
                                            Aug 13, 2015 at 4:31 pm
                                            BJP is solely responsible for this mess. They gave more importance to matching lung power with lung power and winning brownie points than the core business of getting important legislation ped. This could have been done if the BJP had not adopted arrogant atude and instead a tactful diplomacy. Even after losing the w session of Parliament they do not seem to have learnt any lesson. They think by attacking the opposition they will be able to cow them down into submission. They are wrong. They will suffer the consequences. The should use their majority to get parliamentary work done and not get the power into their head. The power has gone into their head. The main responsibility is that of the Prime Minister. Modi should have engaged more diplomatically with the opposition leaders instead of living in the ivory tower. I remember once Sonia hi walked down to Ramvilas Paswan house to meet him to get his support. And she got it. Similarly she always cultivated leaders like Harkishan Singh Surjeet, Mulayam Singh Yadav, Lalu Prasad, Mayawati and other senior opposition leaders. She always gave them full respect. On the other hand Modi has made no effort whatsoever to be friendly with any senior opposition leader. Politically the Congress while in power used to attack and criticize but at personal level Sonia hi was always friendly and respectful. The problem of the BJP leaders is their immaturity and the their arrogant habit of hitting below the belt by dragging family members who are not even in politics. This was never done before. BJP has started this harmful practice which has embittered the relations among the leaders. Then the BJP is absolutely arrogant.
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