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Budget session: Opposition turns up the heat on Government

With the row over the JNU sedition case and the death of Dalit scholar Rohith Vemula setting the stage for a stormy start to the Budget session.

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With the row over the JNU sedition case and the death of Dalit scholar Rohith Vemula setting the stage for a stormy start to the Budget session, the idea of India was hotly contested in the Lok Sabha Wednesday as the opposition underlined the expansive definition of nationalism and accused the government of “muzzling the voice of the youth” and “any form of dissent”.

Opposition party leaders protesting against Delhi police Commissioner B S Bassi and Govt. at the Parliament house in New Delhi on Wednesday (February 24).

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The treasury benches hit back, questioning the Congress and Left for “lending “support to those glorifying executed Parliament attack convict Afzal Guru.

Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi and D Raja and other leaders during the protest at the Parliament in New Delhi.

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BJP’s Anurag Thakur said for the Congress, “it is family first, party next and nation last. For us, it is nation first, party next and family last.”

SP chief Mulayam Singh Yadav and BJP leader Kirti Azad at the Parliament in New Delhi.

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Amidst the din, TMC’s Sugata Bose, referring to the alleged anti-national slogans raised on the JNU campus on February 9, said: “The idea of India is not so brittle as to go away with a few slogans.”

Home Minister Rajnath Singh arrives at the Parliament in New Delhi.

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TMC’s Sugata Bose said although he is not a communist, he would support JNU students’ union leader Kanhaiya Kumar and other students for the sake of freedom of expression.

Peoples Democratic Party chief Mehbooba Mufti at the Parliament house in New Delhi.

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Earlier, Scindia raised the Vemula issue and the FTII, IIT Madras and JNU controversies and said “the government is trying to muzzle the voice of the youth”.

AIMIM president Asaduddin Owaisi at the Parliament house in New Delhi.

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Criticising the role of Hyderabad University authorities, Scindia said protests and fights are part of academic institutions but in this case the Vice Chancellor, because of the “politics of the RSS and BJP”, suspended Dalit students and forced them to stay in an open tent.

BJP MP Kirti Azad at the Parliament house in New Delhi.

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Scindia also questioned the silence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, saying “he tweets on every other thing, but it took him five days to speak on this matter, only after a worldwide uproar… there is no reference to this in the Mann Ki Baat.”

Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari at the Parliament in New Delhi.

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Scindia also referred to the Batla House encounter in which a Delhi Police inspector died in an encounter with terrorists and said that a Union Minister of the Congress had then said Sonia Gandhi “cried” over the death of the terrorists.

YSR Congress Party Jaganmohan Reddy at the Parliament house in New Delhi.