After three day logjam on the Adani Group issue, Lok Sabha today took up discussion on Motion of Thanks to President Droupadi Murmu’s address to the joint sitting of both Houses of Parliament. Initiating the discussion, BJP MP C P Joshi lauded Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s leadership saying India’s stature at world forum has strengthened. He said, the government has taken a series of measures for the welfare of every section of society.
He said, in 2014 when Narendra Modi’s government came into power, there was widespread corruption in the country which has been checked by the present regime.
He said the government is working on a vision of Antyodaya, which means empowering the last person at the last mile. Mr. Joshi added that farmers, youth and the poor are looking upto Mr. Modi with high hopes. He alleged that previous government’s ignored them but this government has taken several steps for their welfare. He said, under this government, the economy remained stable despite the challenges posed by the Covid-19 pandemic. Participating in the discussion, another party leader Uday Pratap Singh listed out steps taken by the government for the welfare of the women, marginalized sections and poor of the country.
In his speech, Congress MP Rahul Gandhi said, the President’s address has not mentioned the issues related to unemployment, and price rise. He questioned the government over the merits of the Agnipath scheme, alleging that the scheme has been imposed on Armed Forces. Mr. Gandhi accused the government of favouring Adani Group by facilitating contracts in different sectors.
Referring to the Hindenburg report on the business group, the government should look into the claims made in it about shell companies. When Mr. Gandhi was speaking Union Minister Kiren Rijiju said, wild allegations have been made against Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the Congress leader should desist from making baseless allegations.
DMK MP Kanimozhi Karunanidhi alleged that the central government is undermining the federal structure of the country. She also questioned the government over the women reservation bill. TMC MP Kalyan Banerjee also raised the issue of the Hindenburg report on the Adani Group to target the government. He said, serious allegations of money laundering have been made in the report and it should be probed. The discussion is underway.
Meanwhile, Rajya Sabha today took up discussion on Motion of Thanks to President Droupadi Murmu’s address to the joint sitting of both Houses of Parliament. Initiating the discussion, BJP MP Dr. K Laxman said, the world is looking towards India for the solution to problems including Covid pandemic, terrorism and global peace order. He said, the government’s bold steps have strengthened the country's economy and now it has become the 5th largest economy in the world. He said, this government is giving priority to public welfare by focusing on innovation and technology and ensuring basic amenities for all. Highlighting the importance of National Education Policy, Mr. Laxman said, emphasis has been laid upon the policy for the promotion of regional languages. Another party MP Prakash Javadekar lauded the government's efforts for containing inflation saying that in comparison to other countries, inflation is less in India. On the job creation front, Mr. Javadekar said, the government is continuously working in this direction.
Participating in the discussion, Congress MP Digvijay Singh criticized the government for not allowing a Joint Parliamentary Committee probe into the Adani Group issue. He said, Hindenburg's report on the company is being discussed worldwide and the government must come out with a statement on it. He said, why the regulatory and investigating agencies including SEBI, ED and CBI are silent on this issue. Echoing the same view, TMC MP Derek O Brien accused the government of weakening the institutions like RBI and SEBI. He also accused the government of misusing the Prevention of Money Laundering Act and investigative agencies against the opposition. He said various issues including inflation, doubling of farmers’ income and smart cities were not mentioned in the President’s address.
DMK MP Tiruchi Shiva accused the government of adopting a pro-rich policy and anti-poor approach. He also demanded a Joint Parliamentary Committee probe into the Adani Group issue. He accused that BJP in its election manifesto had promised to double the income of the farmers but instead of doubling the income, prices of fertilizer have gone up. Sasmit Patra of BJD raised the issue of the Women Reservation Bill and urged the government to bring it up immediately. V Vijaysai Reddy of YSR Congress demanded special category status for Andhra Pradesh. The discussion is underway. (AIR NEWS)