The biggest gainer will be the ruling Samajwadi Party (SP) whose current strength of 227 MLAs would mean the party can nominate at least six members for three of its MPs completing tenure.
During the debate, MPs highlighted a numbers of problems in the education sector, from shortage of school teachers to weak learning outcomes in primary education to political interference in higher education.
A debtor could be jailed for up to five years for concealing property or defrauding creditors under the new law. Bankrupt individuals would be barred from contesting elections.
As the discussion got underway, it was clear that the Congress attack was directed more at Swamy than the government. Their strategy seemed simple: stay united, sound aggressive and take him head on.
Chaudhry was among nearly 12 Congress MPs, including Vijaylakshmi Sadho, Parvez Hashmi, Rajni Patil, who had left the House just before 6 pm, but came trooping back the moment Ahmed Patel started speaking.
Subramanian Swamy on Wednesday attacked Congress leaders over the VVIP chopper scam in Rajya Sabha.
Defense Minister Manohar Parrikar offers to make a statement and present chronological facts about AgustaWestland in the House ahead of the discussion.
Mallya, who faces a case of loan default of over Rs 9,400 crore, resigned from the Rajya Sabha Monday, a day before the Ethics Committee of the House was expected to recommend his disqualification.
Top Congress leaders huddled at party chief Sonia Gandhi’s residence to finalise the line of defence and attack in Rajya Sabha on Wednesday. Former defence minister A K Antony is expected to lead the charge.
Roy wanted Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar to make a statement on the issue after suspending regular business and matter discussed.
Liquor baron Vijay Mallya, whose passport has been revoked by the government, on Monday resigned from the Rajya Sabha.
BJP Minister called the opposition’s actions as ‘diversionary tactics’ and said, “They are trying to divert attention from
AgustaWestland (helicopter) deal”
TMC gave a notice in the House to suspend all other business and dedicate its time for discussion on the alleged AugustaWestland scam.
The House resumed in the afternoon five minutes late at 2.35 pm due to lack of quorum. Deputy Chairman P J Kurien said the delay was because of “no quorum”.
Continuing further, Agrawal said that in other countries, there were laws which make celebrities endorsing a product, which fails to make up to the standards projected, liable.