The Lok Sabha Tuesday passed the Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Bill, 2019. Union Road and Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari had requested the parliamentarians to roll back their amendments. The Opposition members had supported safety and traffic violation aspects of the Bill but at the same time accused the Centre of trying to take away powers of states with certain provisions of the draft law. DMK’s Kanimozhi and Trinamool Congress’ Saugata Roy had moved amendments to the proposed Bill, however their proposals were not moved.
Meanwhile, Opposition MPs walked out of Rajya Sabha in protest that Prime Minister Narendra Modi did not come to the Parliament after repeated requests. Opposition MPs are seeking his response after US President Donald Trump in a statement said that PM Modi had asked him to mediate in the Kashmir issue. Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad in Rajya Sabha said, “Neither the PM responds nor any of his ministers have the courage to tell him that if MPs want him to come to the House, it is his duty to come. It didn’t happen in the last six years, it didn’t happen today.” A meeting of the Opposition leaders was held in Congress’ Ghulam Nabi Azad’s chamber in Parliament early Tuesday morning where the leaders asked for the suspension of all business in the House.
In reply, BJP leader Thawarchand Gehlot said that the Opposition is making baseless demands as External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar already made the statement for the government in the matter. Jaishankar said that PM Modi made no request to Trump to mediate on the Kashmir issue with Pakistan. He said all outstanding issues between India and Pakistan can be discussed only bilaterally. “I would like to categorically state that no such request has been made by the Prime Minister to the US President,” he said after Congress and other opposition parties raised the issue in the House.