The second half of Parliament’s Budget Session resumed on Monday. However, proceedings in the Lok Sabha were adjourned till 2 pm after an obituary reference to Baidyanath Prasad Mahto, JD(U) MP from Valmiki Nagar, Bihar who passed away on February 28.
In Rajya Sabha, protests were witnessed over the riots in northeast Delhi last week in which 46 people have been killed so far. Amid the uproar, the Upper House was adjourned till 2 pm.
The session resumed with a stormy note with the opposition protesting over the Delhi violence and Congress MP’s showing placards and raising slogans, demanding the resignation of Home Minister Amit Shah.
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Speaking in Lok Sabha, Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Direct Tax Vivad Se Vishwas Bill said: “We want a resolution in the form of Direct Tax Vivad Se Vishwas Bill. This scheme, if brought in, will allow settlement option for those who wish to opt for it. This scheme will be of great help to those who wish to settle any disputes.”
The first half of the Budget Session, which began on January 31 with an address by President Ram Nath Kovind to the joint sitting of the two Houses, had seen protests over the CAA. The second leg of the Budget Session is slated to conclude on April 3.
Congress leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury on Sunday said that his party will continue to press for the resignation of Home Minister Shah and will also unmask them over the violence in Delhi, which left 45 people dead and over 200 injured.
“We will raise all the important issues and unmask them. We will not spare them (BJP). We are asking for Amit Shah’s resignation. We will continue to do so in Parliament as well,” Chowdhury told ANI.
“Delhi violence took place under their watch. Now the same thing is happening in West Bengal. They are creating the same atmosphere. ‘Goli Maro Saalo Ko’ slogan is being raised in West Bengal,” he added.
The Congress leader also accused the BJP of dividing the country along communal lines.
“They are the ones who are trying to divide the nation. The BJP is the real leader of ‘Tukde Tukde’ gang. From North-East to Delhi, from Delhi to Karnataka, everywhere they are dividing people,” he added.
“The whole country is slowly getting embroiled in communal violence. Wherever they (BJP) go, they will only spew venom,” said Chowdhury.
In the second half of the Budget Session, the government is expected to push its legislative agenda that includes Bills relating to surrogacy and resolution of disputed tax.