Congress MPs stall Parliament over Vaidik’s meeting with Hafiz

Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha saw disruptions as soon as the two Houses met for the day.

By: Press Trust of India | New Delhi | Updated: July 15, 2014 1:36 pm
jaitley “It is a diplomatic misadventure of a private individual,” Arun Jaitley on Vaidik’s meeting with Hafiz.

The turmoil over the meeting between Ved Pratap Vaidik with terror mastermind Hafiz Saeed on Monday stalled Parliament for the second consecutive day, with Government stating it has nothing to do with it and terming it as “diplomatic misadventure of a private individual”.

Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha saw disruptions as soon as the two Houses met for the day, with opposition Congress seeking suspension of Question Hour to get government’s response over the “serious” matter.

Both Houses were again disrupted during the Zero Hour with Congress members expressing concern over the meeting and entering the Well raising slogans.

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley told Rajya Sabha that the government has nothing to do with either the visit or the meeting between Ved Pratap Vaidik and Saeed. “It is a diplomatic misadventure of a private individual,” he said.

In Lok Sabha, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said government has nothing to do with a journalist meeting India’s one of the most wanted terrorists Hafiz Saeed in Pakistan recently.

“Allegation that the government facilitated the journalist’s meeting with Hafiz Saeed is false and baseless,” Swaraj said.

The issue led adjournment of the Rajya Sabha twice and Lok Sabha once.

Jaitley said in the Upper House that the concerns of the Leader of the Opposition are also the concerns of the entire country.

“Yesterday, I clearly said in unambiguous terms that Government of India has nothing to do with either his visit or his meeting with someone whom we regard as a terrorist,” he said.

“The person or his views has nothing to do with either the government or my party,” Jaitley said leading to uproar with
slogan-shouting Congress members storming the Well.

As soon as the Lok Sabha assembled for the day, Congress members led by Mallikarjun Kharge were on their feet demanding
a reply from the government on the reported meeting of the journalist with Saeed, India’s one of the most wanted terrorists who was also the mastermind of the 26/11 attack.

When Speaker Sumitra Mahajan declared that Question Hour will not be suspended, Congress members trooped into the Well shouting slogans like ‘Vaidik ko mat bachao’ (Don’t save Vaidik), ‘Home Minister jawab do’ (Home Minister give reply), ‘Hafiz ka sach batao’ (Tell us the truth on Hafiz affairs).

Amid uproar, Jammu and Kashmir People’s Democratic Party members Mehbooba Mufti and Tariq Hameed Karra too came to the Well protesting against the killing of “innocent” in Gaza due to the bombing by Israel.

They were carrying placards that read ‘Gaza needs our voice’, ‘In solidarity with Gaza’ and shouted slogans like ‘Speak India Speak’.

Mahajan asked the members not to disturb Question Hour and warned the PDP members not to show placards as it was against the Parliamentary rules.

Earlier, Home Minister Rajnath Singh and Parliamentary Affairs Minister M Venkaiah Naidu said government would make a
statement on the issue of journalist meeting Saeed only when the Chair allowed.

The Speaker told the opposition members not to take the House for granted by staging protests during Question Hour.

“Suspension of Question Hour is not done. Question Hour is for all the members. If you do not want the Question Hour,
drop it. I do not have any objection. But do not make it (disruption) a precedent,” she said.

Congress leader Kharge said they tried to raise the issue yesterday at least twice but in vain as there was no response
from the government which forced them to stage protest today.

Members of Left parties too supported the PDP protest against Israel’s bombing in Gaza and stood in the aisle demanding a reply from the government.

RJD member Rajesh Ranjan alias Pappu Yadav opposed the introduction of a new examination pattern by the Union Public
Service Commission (UPSC) and asked the government to intervene.

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    Cool Drango
    Jul 15, 2014 at 11:49 am
    Vaidik went with congressmen to stan. So why is the congress shouting? Hope the intelligence agencies behave more sensibly and extract information
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      Girish
      Jul 15, 2014 at 9:02 am
      streets are for protests, not the well of the parliament, doesn't the Speaker know that? and if she does, why isn't she enforcing it?
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        Katewal
        Jul 15, 2014 at 11:20 am
        There is a saying "keep close enemies but carry a big stick" and that's very true with this LeT terror leader.
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          RAVI K
          Jul 15, 2014 at 1:40 pm
          TO BE FORTHRIGHT WITH PEOPLE LIKE RAMDEV,VAIDIK AND GIRIRAJ SINGH MR MODI DOES NOT NEED ANY OPPOSITION.THESE PEOPLE ARE ENOUGH TO CREATE ENOUGH PROBLEMS TO THE GOVERNMENT.REIN THEM, VERY SAD,
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            OldHabits?
            Jul 15, 2014 at 1:07 pm
            ..Congress has hardly ANY ISSUE against the NDA government......to take it to task. Let the Congress raise the non-issues.....But, why they should STALL the proceedings of Parliament - is NOT CLEAR....While ruling they spoilt treasury, while in opposition now also they are doing the same....As the saying goes .."Old Habits Don't Die".....?
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              s s nair
              Jul 15, 2014 at 11:24 am
              Congress is giving a BJP their own medicine.
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                You Rock
                Jul 15, 2014 at 3:06 pm
                Funny they are not highlighting the fact that the tour was organized by Congress Stalwart Mani Shankar Aiyar which also included Salman Khurshid.
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