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Onus of running parliament smoothly on BJP: Lok Sabha Congress leader


New Delhi: The Congress party does not want any “unnecessary disruptions” during the upcoming winter session of parliament, according to a top leader of the party.

Mallikarjun Kharge, leader of the Congress in Lok Sabha says that his party is all for peaceful discussion on issues of national importance, but the onus of ensuring smooth functioning of Parliament would be on the BJP.

“We are ready to cooperate (on running the house smoothly) but the obligation of it would be on the BJP,” Kharge told IANS in a telephonic interview.

The winter session of parliament begins on November 26 and will last till December 23.

The Congress leader, when asked about the impact of Bharatiya Janata Party’s defeat in Bihar assembly polls on Parliament, said no party wanted disruptions in the house but the BJP cannot go on “bulldozing (the Opposition) in the Lok Sabha” just because it has a majority.

“They would have to make it a bilateral process. (They) would have to discuss issues with opposition parties before proceeding ahead,” he said, accusing the ruling alliance of not taking the Opposition into confidence in the past which resulted in problems in the Rajya Sabha.

Kharge said that the Congress party would meet either on November 25 or 26 to decide its strategy. He said his party would also discuss the issues with all opposition parties before the session begins.

The Congress leader stressed several times that the Opposition would not try to disrupt parliamentary proceedings unnecessarily.

“There would be no unwarranted disruptions,” he said, adding that they would raise various issues, including inflation, atrocities on Dalits and the Dadri incident.

“We want public grievances to be highlighted,” he said.

On being asked about BJP’s comment that there would not be any impact of Bihar results on national politics, Kharge said: “They themselves are demoralised. How can they say it would have no impact.”

The Congress leader warned that “If anything goes wrong” the ruling party would be responsible for it unless they followed a policy of “give and take.”

The last session of the 16th Lok Sabha witnessed constant disruptions and no major business could be transacted.

(Sushil Kumar, IANS)

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Benefits Meant for the People Should Reach Them On Time: Prime Minister Narendra Modi

In a month, development projects worth more than Rs 20,000 crore have been either inaugurated or initiated in Odisha, said Modi

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"We ensured everyone gets what they deserve" PM Modi

Pime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday attacked previous governments at the Centre for ruling the country like their “Sultanates”, neglecting its rich heritage.

“Past governments ruled like Sultans and neglected our rich heritage. They ignored our glorious civilisation and failed to pay attention to their preservation,” said Modi while addressing a public meeting in Balangir town in Odisha.

“This criminal error will always stick to the parties, who the country gave the opportunity to run governments for decades. Surprisingly, they have not taken lessons from this,” he added.

He also attacked the state government under Naveen Patnaik and said the benefits meant for the people should reach them on time and must not be used as an election tool.

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Benefits Meant for the People Should Reach Them On Time: Prime Minister Narendra Modi


This was Modi’s third visit to the state in the past three weeks and showed the importance that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) was attaching to the state ahead of the general and assembly elections.

The Prime Minister said his government was committed to conserving and preserving the country’s rich cultural heritage.

He said his government has been constantly making efforts to bring back the idols stolen from the temples in India.

He also attacked the parties for opposing the International Yoga Day and the construction of the Statue of Unity.

“Some parties were against organising the International Yoga Day. These are the people who did not promote yoga. These people neither understand India nor tourism,” he added.

“They raised questions on erecting the statue of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel. But, after becoming the world’s tallest statue, it has generated jobs for people residing around the structure.

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Elaborate preparations for PM’s election rally. VOA

“They were also against changing the names of islands in Andaman and Nicobar islands,” said Modi.

He said the central government has cancelled around six crore fake ration cards, gas connections, scholarships with wrong names, grabbing pension under wrong names over the last four years.

“We plugged these leakages, saving crores of rupees. All ration cards have been digitised and around 80 per cent of them have been linked with Aadhaar,” said the Prime Minister.

“The middlemen used to loot the money meant for poor. We have stopped this. We ensured everyone gets what they deserve,” he added.

The Prime Minister said there are people, who are angry because he has put a stop to their loot and corruption.

PM believes in Constant Development and Promoting tourism.

Highlighting the developmental works being carried out by the Centre in the state, he attacked the Odisha government for failing to utilise the District Mineral Foundation (DMF) fund in the mineral bearing areas.

“Odisha has Rs 4,000 crore in its DMF Fund which has remained unutilised so far. What has happened to the government? It is in deep slumber. The government of Odisha should ensure that the benefits reach the tribal people.

“Do not wait for the elections. Ease the problems of people, elections will keep coming,” said Modi.

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He said the central government has allocated over Rs 20,000 crore for the development of Railways in Odisha in the last four years alone, which is five times more than the allocation by the previous government.

In a month, development projects worth more than Rs 20,000 crore have been either inaugurated or initiated in Odisha, said Modi. (IANS)