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Togadia,Owaisi only leaders booked for hate speech in 3 years

The House went through five adjournments before business was closed for the day.

Published: August 14, 2013 1:30:57 am

In the past three years,only two leaders — Vishwa Hindu Parishad’s Praveen Togadia (top) and All India Majlis-e-Ittehad-ul Muslimeen’s Akbaruddin Owaisi — have been booked repeatedly for giving provocative speeches. This was stated by Ministry of Home Affairs in the Lok Sabha on Tuesday. While 11 cases of hate speech were registered against Owaisi,18 cases were registered against Togadia,MoS Home R P N Singh said. When contacted Pravin Togadia termed all the cases registered against him as “politically motivated”.

Thomas BID in vain,discussion on Food bill stalled

Union Minister for Consumer Affairs,Food and Public Distribution K V Thomas took the floor in the Lok Sabha Tuesday to open a discussion on the National Food Security Bill but in vain due to the din. The House went through five adjournments before business was closed for the day. Thomas remained inaudible due to slogan-shouting TDP members over the Telangana issue. BJP members added to the furore by trying to rake up the issues of Kishtwar violence and land deals of Sonia Gandhi’s son-in-law Robert Vadra,with the Left pressing the issue of the solar panel scam in Kerala.

Nath,Joshi spar,Sonia calms tempers

Tempers ran high in Lok Sabha Tuesday following an altercation between Parliamentary Affairs Minister Kamal Nath and senior BJP member Murli Manohar Joshi over repeated adjournments. Peace returned after Nath,repeatedly goaded by Congress president Sonia Gandhi,withdrew his remarks.

RS gives nod to 3 Bills

* National Highways Authority of India (Amendment) Bill,2012

It seeks to expand the NHAI,consisting of a chairman,up to six full-time members and six part-time members.

* Citizenship (Amendment) Bill,2011

It paves way for the registration of “overseas Indian cardholders” instead of “overseas citizens of India”. MoS (Home) Mullappally Ramachandran said the facilities to overseas Indian cardholders will be exactly the same as enjoyed by overseas citizens.

* Registration of Births and Deaths (Amendment) Bill,2012

It makes registration of marriages mandatory,irrespective of religion.

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