With a heated argument over several political issues, it was a dramatic day at Parliament on Monday. While a group of TDP leaders was staging protests over demand of special category status for Andhra Pradesh, the ruling BJP moved a privilege motion against Congress president Rahul Gandhi for his ‘false allegations’ at Parliament.
Meanwhile, Tuesday, the fifth day of the Monsoon Session of Parliament may witness another round of dramatic twists with Congress moving a privilege motion against Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman over the Rafale deal row.
Here are the highlights of day 5 from Parliament Monsoon Session:
#05:30 pm: Our government is committed to fulfilling all promises made to Andhra Pradesh, says Home Min Rajnath Singh in Rajya Sabha.
# 02:34 pm: Andhra Pradesh demands full sympathy from the entire nation: Ghulam Nabi Azad.
# 02:20 pm: Lok Sabha is adjourned till 2:30 pm.
# 02:19 pm: Rajya Sabha begins debate on State Reorganisation Act.
# 02:12 pm: Rajya Sabha proceedings resume.
# 01:39 pm: Those talking about lynching incidents are hypocrites, says BJP MP Meenakshi Lekhi.
# 01:04 pm: If state government recommends this, we will consider a CBI inquiry: Home Minister Rajnath Singh in reply to Congress MP Ranjeet Ranjan.
If state govt recommends this, we will consider a CBI inquiry: Home Minister Rajnath Singh in reply to Congress MP Ranjeet Ranjan in Lok Sabha who demanded a CBI inquiry over the incidents of rape at shelter home in Bihar's Muzaffarpur pic.twitter.com/r0dUIlDPEr— ANI (@ANI) July 24, 2018
# 12:42 pm: Rajya Sabha is adjourned till 2 pm following ruckus.
# 12:42 pm: Bank of International settlements data shows a decrease of 34.5 per cent in assets held by Indian residents in Switzerland in 2017, as compared to 2016. Earlier data claiming 50 per cent increase misinterpreted: Finance Minister Piyush Goyal in Rajya Sabha.
# 12:41 pm: According to data released by Swiss National Bank, loans and deposits of individual Indians in the bank decreased by 34.5% in the last year compared to the previous year: Goyal.
# 12:37 pm: After Modi govt came to power in 2014, amount deposited in Swiss National Bank fell by 80% in 3 years: Finance Minister Piyush Goyal in Lok Sabha.
# 12:36 pm: Question Hour begins in Rajya Sabha.
# 12:34 pm: Congress MP Ranjeet Ranjan demands CBI inquiry into Muzaffarpur Shelter Home Rape Case, in Lok Sabha, says 'Till the time the inquiry is not completed, it is to be seen that the girls are given proper security.'
# 12:28 pm: Mob-lynching didn't start recently, the incidents of lynching have been going on since years. I have said this earlier too, the biggest mob lynching is, what happened in 1984: Home Minister Rajnath Singh in Lok Sabha.
We are thoughtful about this. This didn't start only recently, the incidents of lynching have been going on since years. I have said this earlier too, the biggest mob lynching is, what happened in 1984: Home Minister Rajnath Singh in Lok Sabha pic.twitter.com/shJ3mUdOus— ANI (@ANI) July 24, 2018
# 12:23 pm: Venkaiah Naidu lauds MPs for smooth conduction of Zero Hour.
# 12:11 pm: RJD leader Manoj Jha and Jay Prakash Narayan Yadav raise issue of child sexual abuse in Bihar shelter home, say this is shameful for the entire nation.
# 11:52 am: TDP members continue with their protest seeking Special Category Status to Andhra Pradesh showing placards.
# 11:41 am: Our government will ensure that all farmers get maximum benefit of the MSP hike. The onus is also partly on the state governments to make sure procurement is convenient for the farmers: MoS Gajendra Singh Shekhawat in Lok Sabha.
# 11:30 am: Rajya Sabha Zero Hour begins: TMC leader Shanta Chettri brings up issue of mob violence in name of cow protection
# 11:26 am: Question Hour begins: Jan Aushadhi centres lack enough manpower or medicines: BJD MP Tathagatha Satpathy.
# 10:36 am: Delhi: All India Trinamool Congress (TMC) MPs stage protest in front of Gandhi statue in Parliament over incidents of lynching.
# 10:33 am: Telugu Desam Party (TDP) MPs protest in front of Gandhi statue in Parliament over the demand of special status for Andhra Pradesh.
# 10:07 am: CPM MP Mohd Salim gives Zero hour notice in Lok Sabha over situation of violence in West Bengal and Tripura.
# 10:04 am: Congress MP Ranjeet Ranjan and RJD MP JP Yadav give Adjournment Motion Notice in Lok Sabha over the incidents of rape at a shelter home in Bihar's Muzaffarpur.
# 09:58 am: Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) MP Manoj Jha gives Zero Hour Notice in Rajya Sabha over the incidents of rape at a shelter home in Bihar's Muzaffarpur.
Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) MP Manoj Jha gives Zero Hour Notice in Rajya Sabha over the incidents of rape at a shelter home in Bihar's Muzaffarpur (File pic) pic.twitter.com/hwSRdYbv0o— ANI (@ANI) July 24, 2018
Earlier on Monday, while speaking in the House on the no-confidence motion against the government, Congress president Rahul Gandhi had alleged that Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman lied to the nation on the Rafale deal and that she did so under pressure from Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
The Gandhi scion also said Sitharaman had herself said earlier that she would disclose the details about the deal, but later cited a secrecy clause.
The Congress chief said the French president had clearly conveyed to him that there was no problem in sharing details relating to the Rafale deal worth Rs 58,000 crore.
Alleging corruption in the deal, the Congress has been demanding details, including cost of equipment and weapons, but the government has refused to share them citing a secrecy pact with France, he said.