Parliament Budget Session: The Centre and Opposition parties traded charges against each other in Lok Sabha over the alleged misuse of CBI in West Bengal. Calling the detention of CBI officials “unprecedented,” Home Minister Rajnath Singh said the situation in Bengal is “unfortunate and threatens the federal structure.” Singh also requested the West Bengal government to cooperate with the probe. The Opposition meanwhile constantly raised the slogans of “CBI tota hai.” (CBI is a parrot)
Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge accused the government of using the CBI as a “weapon to eliminate the Opposition.” Adding that this was happening at places where the central government is being opposed, Kharge warned that the opposition will “not bog down.” Both the Houses were adjourned for the day as the protests continued.
The Budget Session that began on January 31, 2019, is the last session before General Elections. The session will continue till February 13.
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Lok Sabha adjourned till tomorrow
Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan was forced to adjourn the proceedings of the Lower House as the Opposition protests continued over the CBI issue.
Rajya Sabha adjourned for the day
The Upper House of the Parliament was adjourned for the day to reconvene at 11 am Tuesday.
Both the Houses reconvene
Both Rajya Sabha and Lok Sabha were reconvened at 2 pm amid heavy sloganeering from Opposition members.
Opposition raises slogans as Rajnath Singh addresses Lok Sabha
Adding that CBI was forced to question Kolkata Police Commissioner Rajeev Kumar after he refused to cooperate with the agencies, Singh told House. "The action was taken after SC had ordered an investigation into Saradha chit fund case. The Police Commissioner was summoned many times but he did not appear." Adding that the MHA has sought reports from the government, Singh requested West Bengal government and Mamata Banerjee to cooperate in the probe. "West Bengal Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi has summoned Chief Secretary and Director General of Police and has asked them to take immediate action to resolve the situation," he said.
The Opposition is constantly raising slogans of 'CBI tota hai (CBI is a parrot).
Detaining CBI officials unprecedented: Rajnath Singh
Home Minister Rajnath Singh is now addressing the House. "Yesterday CBI officials were detained. This is unprecedented in the history of the agency," he said, amid Opposition's slogans in House.
"Muscle power that the CBI is using against a woman leader should be condemned," NCP leader Supriya Sule said. The Samajwadi Party and the Rashtriya Janata Dal also support the Trinamool Congress.
Kharge accuses Modi govt of 'misusing CBI'
Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge is addressing Lok Sabha. Amid ruckus in the House, Kharge accuses Modi government of using the CBI as a "weapon to eliminate the Opposition." "Whoever tries to oppose the govt, they are using the CBI to eliminate the opposition. In a state where they are not allowed to place their feet, they send 40 officials on a Sunday evening for questioning. This is happening in Lucknow, Karnataka and everywhere where they are facing opposition." He also warns that the opposition will "now bog down."
BJD leader Bhartruhari Mahtab called the episode in Kolkata a "mark of impropriety." "We are not a banana republic," he said in Lok Sabha.
AITC leader Saugata Roy demands answers from PM Modi over CBI vs Mamata issue
AITC leader Saugata Roy raises the CBI vs Mamata Banerjee government issue in the West Bengal. Alleging that the agency was forced to act after the Opposition's rally organised in Kolkata, Roy called it a "damage to the constitutional structure." He also demanded that the prime minister comes to the House and answers the Parliament.
Lok Sabha resumes
After brief adjournment, Lok Sabha resumed at 12 pm. The House is currently discussing papers that will be laid on the table today
Lok Sabha adjourned till 12 pm
When Speaker Sumitra Mahajan said they can raise the West Bengal issue after Question Hour, TMC members rushed to the Well of the House and started raising slogans against the BJP. Members of the Telangana Rashtra Samiti (TRS) were also in the Well supporting the TMC. Later, Congress members entered the Well holding placards about the Rafale jet deal and unemployment figures. They, however, did not shout slogans. The Speaker continued with the Question Hour for 15 minutes and later adjourned the House till noon. (PTI)
TMC members raise CBI vs Mamata issue in Lok Sabha
In Lok Sabha, Speaker Sumitra Mahajan read the obituary reference. Later the leaders paid their respects to departed souls. Supriya Sule raises the issue over NSSO data. TMC members raise slogans against the government, demanding that CBI vs Mamata issue be discussed in the House today.
Ruckus over Mamata vs CBI in Rajya Sabha, House adjourned till 2pm
Rajya Sabha was adjourned minutes after the session began. Rukus began in the House as TMC members tried to raise Mamata vs CBI issue. Later Chairman Venkaiah Naidu adjourned the House till 2 PM.
AAP gives notice in Rajya Sabha over 'misuse of CBI'
AAP MP Sanjay Singh has given notice in Rajya Sabha under rule 267 for suspension of business, demanding discussion on 'misuse of CBI', reports news agency ANI.
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