The second session of the Budget session saw the House debate on the attacks against Indians living in the US. Speaking in the Lok Sabha, Leader of the Congress in the Lok Sabha, Mallikharjun Kharge said why the Modi government is silent on the issue and demanded the Prime Minister to make a statement today. “Why is the Modi government silent on the attacks against Indian in the US? The Prime Minister tweets on every other issue, why doesn’t he talk on this issue? Why is he silent? He should make a statement today,” he said. Earlier, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh briefed the House on the Lucknow terror attack. The probe has been handed over to the National Investigation Agency, he said.
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1.38 pm: House adjourned till 2.40 pm.
12.39 pm: AIADMK MP from Tiruvallur, Venugopal raises the shooting incident off the Tamil Nadu coast involving the Sri Lankan navy. A fisherman was killed in a firing incident allegedly involving the Sri Lankan navy. Three other fishermen were also injured.
12.29 pm: Member of Parliament from Andhra Pradesh, Jithender Reddy speaks on the attacks against Indians: Each attack involved a slogan. Go back to your country. The recent attack on two Indian nationals in US is a clear case of racism. America condemned it but is not taking any steps to address the issue. Another incident involving a Sikh also shows there is a sign of xenophobia. Telugu-speaking Indians living in the US are in lakhs. The families are worried about the safety of their kin in the US.
12.25 pm: The probe in the Lucknow encounter to be conducted by NIA, says Home Minister Rajnath Singh.
12.20 pm: HM Rajnath Singh in Lok Sabha: Will take steps to ensure that Indians in USA feel secure there. Government will make a detailed statement soon.
12.14 pm: Why is the Modi government silent on the attacks against Indian in the US? The Prime Minister tweets on every other issue, why doesn’t he talk on this issue? Why is he silent? He should make a statement today: Kharge in Lok Sabha.
12.12 pm: Congress MP Mallikharjun Kharge raises the issue of attacks against Indians in the US.
12.10 pm: With Question Hour ending, Home Minister Rajnath Singh begins his statement on the Lucknow terror operation that took place on Tuesday.
11.19 am: MPs from Tamil Nadu demand for discussion on Sri Lankan navy allegedly killing a fisherman off the state coast.
11.16 am: Rajya Sabha adjourned till 11 am tomorrow.
11.13 am: Opposition raise slogans inside Lok Sabha. Shout “we want justice” in unison.
11.10 am: The government of India is very concerned about the killings in the US, says Ananth Kumar. Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh rises to make a statement on the issue as Opposition leaders voice protest.
11.07 am: Question Hour begins. Opposition MPs appear to be demanding an adjournment of the session to discuss the US killings.
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11.03 am: Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan pays tribute to former members of the Lok Sabha, including former speaker Rabi Ray, who passed away recently.
10.50 am: TMC MPs protest in front of Gandhi statue at Parliament complex against attacks on Indians living in the US.
10.47 am: Hoping to see breakthrough in GST, all states and parties have shown a positive approach: PM Modi.