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Rahul said he had come prepared to speak on Friday. But the government demanded that the Congress first apologise for stalling Parliament for 16 days, which led to an uproar and adjournment of the House.
Only 23 MPs came to the House in the afternoon — the minimum attendance required to start the proceedings is 25, or 10 per cent of the House’s sanctioned strength of 245.
“We have changed our tactics... Let’s have a discussion and then we can move a resolution demanding a vote,” the Congress leader told The Indian Express.
He referred to PayTM — the payment gateway has seen a huge growth in numbers since the November 8 announcement — as “Pay to Modi”.
The Congress, out of power for nearly five decades in Tamil Nadu, has neither a charismatic leader nor the organisational network and strength to expand its political footprint.
MPs of various parties tell The Indian Express how they are coping with the cash crunch.
Protests to continue Tuesday, ‘fresh look’ at strategy Wednesday.
The district court judge who is alleged to have been victimised is under suspension.
The idea of the museum was mooted several months ago by topmost authorities in the government.
“There is a cash crunch. But because of a certain degree of credibility, people are giving us things on credit," said Sitaram Yechury.
Rahul Gandhi said PM Modi had “confused” India’s entire cash economy with black economy, demonetised 86 per cent of currency notes and decided to experiment with the financial future of 1.3 billion people.
In a meeting with Sumitra Mahajan, Congress and Trinamool leaders reiterated their stand that there could only be discussion followed by voting.
The passage of the Taxation Laws Bill in Lok Sabha, despite the Opposition’s objection regarding rules, has come up as the latest irritant.
The Congress also stepped up its attack on the Prime Minister over the scrapping of Rs 1,000 and Rs 500 notes.
The House began and ended with Opposition demands for PM Modi’s presence for resuming the discussion on demonetisation.
Sources said the party had urged him to give a television interview, but Manmohan Singh's health came in the way.
After lunch, Opposition parties questioned the PM’s absence, triggering an exchange that derailed the discussion and resulted in adjournment of the House.
The government refused to take up a debate under a rule which entails voting at the end while the Opposition, which did not appear to be united on the voting issue, insisted on an adjournment motion.
Congress wants privilege motion against PM Modi, CPM feels it’s contempt; differences over march, bandh.
Azad, backed by his party, remained firm and hit back at the BJP by raking up the Kandahar hostages-for-terrorists swap.
He said the government and the ruling party is seeking to tar those who question it as “anti-nationals”.
Sources in the Rajya Sabha secretariat confirmed that it has not yet received any communication from the SP conveying that Yadav had been expelled or regarding nomination of a new floor leader.
She suggested that all opposition parties should jointly meet President Pranab Mukherjee and seek his intervention.
The decision to raise the issue forcefully in Parliament came on a day Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi visited a bank branch on Parliament Street and attacked the government for the demonetisation move.
AICC general secretary discusses UP polls and Cong plans with The Indian Express.
As reported by The Indian Express on Sunday, this is the first time an active politician is being appointed to the post, which has been lying vacant for over two years now.
The CWC converted his elevation into a mere formality months ahead of key assembly elections in Uttar Pradesh.
“His elevation is now a foregone conclusion. It should happen anytime, even before November 30. There is complete unanimity on this in the party,” a senior Congress leader.
Sources in the NHRC said this is the first time an active politician is being appointed to the post, which has remained vacant for over two years now.
Delhi CM and Aam Aadmi Party chief Arvind Kejriwal tweeted, “I hope the whole media goes off air for a day in solidarity wid [with] NDTV”.
While Kishor is keen that Priyanka campaign extensively and aggressively, sources said the party leadership is not completely on board on this.
Digvijaya Singh wondered whether it was a “coincidence” that in jailbreaks in Madhya Pradesh, “the only who have escaped are ex-SIMI people”.
Some of the MLAs expressed apprehensions about not being able to maintain the momentum created during the yatra, said sources.
Haryana Congress president Ashok Tanwar was assaulted, allegedly by former Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda’s supporters.
Senior Congress leader Mani Shankar Aiyar said leaders had left the party when it faced bad times in 1967 and post-Emergency, but those leaders never really succeeded.
Rita Bahuguna Joshi’s exit has already triggered a debate within the Congress.