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BJP MP gives privilege notice over Youth Congress protest

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New Delhi:  BJP parliamentarian Kirit Somaiya on Thursday gave a privilege notice over a protest by Indian Youth Congress (IYC) activists at the residence of Speaker Sumitra Mahajan here.

Parliamentary Affairs Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu dubbed Wednesday’s protest “an assault on democracy” while Bharatiya Janata Party parliamentarian Arjun Ram Meghwal said it was “murder of democracy”.

Raising the issue in the Lok Sabha, Somaiya said a demonstration was held against the Lok Sabha Speaker at her residence and added that there was even a threat to burn her effigy.

He urged the Speaker to accept his notice of privilege. Several BJP members associated themselves with Somaiya’s notice.

Expressing concern, Naidu asked why the IYC members went to the Speaker’s residence.

“It is nothing but threatening. It is a very serious issue. It is an assault on parliamentary democracy. It has to be taken seriously,” the union minister said.

“You can disagree, but attributing motives, going to the house, (talking about) burning effigy,” Naidu said urging the Speaker to accept the privilege notice.

IYC members had on Wednesday staged a protest outside the Speaker’s official residence here over the suspension of 25 Congress MPs by her on August 3.

The Congress parliamentarians were suspended for five days for “wilfully obstructing the business of the house” and not listening to her repeated requests to observe the rules in the house.

IYC president Amarinder Singh Raja Warring dubbed the suspensions an “insult to democracy”.

The Congress has been boycotting the proceedings of the Lok Sabha over the suspension of its 25 MPs. Members of several other opposition parties have also joined the Congress in its protest.

(IANS)

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Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) Now Keen to Develop Young Leaders

The first camp in this regard will be held in Jhansi

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The RSS will be holding camps in Uttar Pradesh to discuss ways to identify and groom young leaders. Pixabay

With most senior leaders in the BJP having retired from active politics, the Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS) is now looking towards building a new leadership. Later this month, the RSS will be holding camps in Uttar Pradesh to discuss ways to identify and groom young leaders.

According to a senior RSS functionary in Lucknow, the first camp in this regard will be held in Jhansi, possibly on June 29 and RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat will be attending it. Another camp is scheduled to be held in Lucknow.

“After Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Amit Shah, there seems to be a dearth of second rung leadership in the bhBJP. There is a need to develop leadership that will carry forward the work initiated by these two leaders.

“Rajnath Singh is a senior leader, but his age is 67. He would have crossed 70 by the time the next general elections are held in 2024. We have to identify and inculcate leadership qualities in the younger lot,” the functionary said.

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The Rashtriya Swayamsewak Sangh (RSS) is now looking towards building a new leadership. Pixabay

He further said that identifying young talent that could be groomed for greater responsibilities was a continuous process in the organisation and it never stopped.

“It is not a sudden decision but the RSS leadership always has a vision for the future and thinks ahead. We keep finding young people with leadership skills,” the functionary added.

Earlier this month, the RSS chief had underlined the need for checking misuse of power at a four-day camp that he addressed in Kanpur.

“Those getting elected in a democratic set-up have immense power, but this does not mean that it should be misused. If the government falters at any point of time, the Sangh will give it advice and suggestions with a positive point of view,” he had said.

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The RSS chief had also discussed the topics of nationalism, social equality and service in his interaction with over 600 volunteers. He also focused on qualitative development of the Sangh volunteers and apprised them of his views on dedication towards society.

The RSS leadership is also expected to come to Lucknow for a separate camp at the end of this month. In Lucknow, the RSS leaders will pay homage to senior journalist Rajnath Singh Surya, who passed away earlier this month. Surya was also a senior RSS functionary.

Officially, however, the RSS office bearers said that they had yet to receive any programme of Bhagwat and said that such camps were a ‘routine affair’. (IANS)