Parliament Monsoon Session Highlights: Responding to Opposition’s remarks that the BJP criticised MGNREGA when introduced by the UPA government, yet using the scheme now, Sitharaman said, “Launching Mahatma Gandhi NREGA is one thing and using it effectively is another. According to CAG (Comptroller & Auditor General of India), MGNREGA funds were sent in ghost accounts (under UPA).”
After being adjourned four times over ruckus by the opposition parties on MoS Anurag Thakur’s Gandhi-Nehru remarks on Friday, the Lok Sabha proceedings resumed at 6 pm. On the insistence of Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla, Thakur apologised to the House, saying his aim was not to hurt anybody’s sentiments through his words. “I am pained if my words hurt anybody,” he added.
The Lok Sabha was adjourned till 6 pm after Opposition was irked and demanded apology from Thakur over his remarks on Gandhi Family. While opposition leaders such as Shashi Tharoor, Manish Tewari and Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury criticised the PM CARES fund during the discussion on The Taxation and Other Laws (Relaxation and Amendment of Certain Provisions) Bill, Thakur accused Gandhi family of ‘cheating’ public by pooling public money through creation of various funds under different names.
While defending the PM CARES fund, Thakur said, “From the high court to the Supreme Court, all courts have validated the PM CARES fund. Even children have contributed to it from their piggy banks. Nehru had set up a fund that has not been registered to date. You (Congress) only made a trust for the benefit of the Gandhi family. You made Sonia Gandhi its chairman. It should be probed,” said Anurag Thakur. “Nehru ji ordered the creation of Prime Minister’s National Relief Fund in 1948 like a royal order but its registration has not been done even till today. How did it get FCRA clearance?” Thakur asked. This irked the Opposition and Congress leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury lashed out at Thakur calling him chhokra (boy) from Himachal, he also demanded Thakur’s apology for allegedly maligning Nehru-Gandhi family.