Later, soon after the bill was moved, the Congress started its protest, demanding the resignation of External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje and Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan.
Even AIADMK, which had given a dissent note to the select committee of Rajya Sabha on the bill, seems to have been won over after a meeting between Tamil Nadu chief minister J Jayalalitha and prime minister Narendra Modi in Chennai last week.
The speaker of India’s Parliament on Monday barred 25 opposition legislators from its sessions for the rest of the week for causing “grave disorder” after they created noisy scenes. There were indications that even the Real Estate Bill could be brought in.
Rejecting the opposition’s charge the government had not reached out to them, Naidu said he had called a meeting of various parties on Friday morning as well but Congress backed out at the last moment and added that he was looking to call a meeting on Monday.
Congress on Thursday ruled out talks with the government for breaking the logjam in Parliament, making it clear that it will continue till its demand for resignations of External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and BJP chief ministers of Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan is met.
He said the Congress should not have raked up the case of Rajasthan chief minister Vasundhara Raje signing an affidavit to get permanent residency for Modi in Britain, as the move broke 65 years of consensus of not raising state issues in Parliament, with the exception of human...
The Opposition parties, mainly the Congress, which is in a majority in the Upper House, has vowed not to let the House function smoothly unless Ms Swaraj and Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje, whose alleged links with Lalit Modi have also given fuel to the Opposition, were...