Parliament: No end to impasse, BJP issues whip for three days

While the Congress is on disagreement with the government over the provision under which the House should debate banking irregularities, including the PNB scam, parties from Andhra Pradesh are seeking special status for financial support for their state.

Written by Liz Mathew | New Delhi | Updated: March 13, 2018 9:59 am
BJP issues whip in House for three days Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Rajnath Singh and Amit Shah during a BJP Parliamentary party meet in New Delhi. (Express Photo/Anil Sharma/File)

With both Houses of Parliament disrupted continuously, the government has decided to push legislative business amid the chaos from Tuesday. Even as the government introduced two Bills — the Fugitive Economic Offenders Bill and the Chit Funds (Amendment) Bill on Monday — the ruling party has issued a whip for its Lok Sabha members for three days.

BJP sources said the government has decided to push its crucial financial business, including passage of the Finance Bill, in the coming days. The party has issued a three-line whip for its members to be present in the lower house on March 13, 14 and 15.

“There is no breakthrough in the stalemate. The government has been talking to all parties but there is no sign of relief. But we have to conduct business,” a senior BJP leader said. The proceedings were adjourned abruptly for the sixth consecutive day on Monday as members of various parties — TDP, YSR Congress, TRS, AIADMK and TMC — were in the centre of the House, raising slogans and placards.

The second half of the Budget Session resumed on March 5 and has been a complete washout so far. While the Congress is on disagreement with the government over the provision under which the House should debate banking irregularities, including the PNB scam, parties from Andhra Pradesh are seeking special status for financial support for their state. The TRS members are seeking enhanced reservation in Telangana, while AIADMK is pressing for constitution of the Cauvery river board to settle Tamil Nadu’s water dispute with neighbours.

BJP issues whip in House for three days TDP members protest outside Parliament. They are demanding special category status for Andhra Pradesh. (Express Photo/Anil Sharma)

When Lok Sabha met after an hour’s break at noon, the government tabled the Bill seeking to confiscate all assets of absconding fraudsters and loan defaulters for recovering dues from them. Minister of State for Finance Shiv Pratap Shukla moved the Fugitive Economic Offenders Bill, 2018 despite objections raised by BJD MP Bhratruhari Mehtab. Mehtab argued that provisions in the Bill violate fundamental rights of a citizen. “…You cannot restrain a person from going to the court of law to get justice. This Bill restrains the person to go to a court of law,” Mehtab said.

However, the minister tabled the Bill, which is said to be aimed at impounding and sell assets of fugitives. This assumes significance as the government is facing flak over Nirav Modi, who is alleged to be behind the nearly Rs 12,700 crore fraud at PNB. The law will apply to defaulters who have an outstanding of Rs 100 crore or more and have escaped from the country.

Shukla also moved the Chit Funds Amendment Bill to streamline and strengthen the chit fund sector, mandating videoconferencing while the opening of bids and seeks to hike commission of foremen from 5 per cent to 7 per cent. The Chit Funds (Amendment) Bill, 2018 is based on the recommendations of the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Finance and the Advisory Groups on Chit Funds set up by the Centre.

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  1. P
    Mar 13, 2018 at 10:28 am
    The TDP and AIADMK are JUST NON-ISSUES. CONgress CONism is just that -- CON game. Such members do NOT belong to the Hallowed Ins ution THEY must be SUSPENDED for the YEAR with NO pay or Financial benefits at all but BJP is TOO DEMOCRATIC TO DO THAT THIS WHAT must be DONE. DON'T you think so. pramodkaimalat
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      Gangu Radhakishan
      Mar 13, 2018 at 9:47 am
      Parliament disrupted means that a they are ing the progress of the nation. No problem is solved. Every member should share his opinion and government should finalize what needs to be done in the best interests of the nation. Why to waste time and money of all? All members should focus on quality development and quality services to the people of India without any selfish acts or for political gains. Further our parliament should work more time, may be round the year to shape India a developed, bright, sacred and powerful nation in the world in near future. Each and every member should become statesman personality.
      1. S
        Mar 13, 2018 at 9:32 am
        Fekuchand should answer some questions. 1. When the requirement of 126 planes changed to 36. 2. Who changed this? 3. Why was it changed. 4. With increased tensions on both borders, how all of the sudden, 36 planes became adequate instead of 126 earlier indented. 5. If adequate, why army indented 126 first. 6. Is it a proper precedence for a prime minister to take unilatral decision and then taking approval of CCS? If tomorrow, next pm takes such unilatral decision like this, will it be ok? 7. What material was available with pm while inking deal in 2015 and why it took 16 months to take CCS? 8. What is secret about prices.? 9. If u were in opposition, would u accept price as a secrecy clause? Answer with caution. Tom u may be in opposition and someone else may be pm of india. If he does like this, will u accept? There are several things to be purchased in future.
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          N K Gurjar
          Mar 13, 2018 at 10:37 am
          Ask some question to Pappu bhai and Sonia who ruled over 60 years.
          1. suresh VRG
            Mar 13, 2018 at 1:39 pm
            1. It never changed, even today it is 126. 2. Nobody changed that is why the new tender for 100jets 3. Not applicable. 4. Old tender was stale mated by intransigence of AK Antony. It was a deal breaker. Since IAF’s requirement was becoming critical PM Modi chose an interim arrangement of 2 squadrons of 18 planes each. 5. Not adequate Hence the new RFI of 100 jets. 6. Yes, in case of emergency it is okay. Why should he not? In any case the CCS approval was there as deal was signed 17 months later.7. Full material, ground reality of falling squadron strength. This was ignored completely by previous RM AK Anthony for whom his own personal re tion was more important.8 Prices are always kept secret so that our enemies don’t come to know of specifications and other strategic details. The C17 Globemaster jets deal was signed by UPA – what details do you know about it? 9 Always. That is normal tradition of Indian Armed Forces.
            1. suresh VRG
              Mar 13, 2018 at 1:39 pm
              Why should it be changed just for Pappu Badshah to score anti-national Brownie points? By the way are you Rahul Gandhi or eep Singh Surjewala in reality?
          2. W
            Mar 13, 2018 at 9:24 am
            1. W
              Mar 13, 2018 at 9:22 am
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