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New Delhi: The Rajya Sabha on Wednesday witnessed an uproar over the controversy about BJP leaders’ links with former IPL chief Lalit Modi and the Vyapam recruitment scam as the opposition demanded the resignation of the leaders involved.

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The government said there will be no resignations, even as the opposition remained adamant that there would no discussion in the house until the concerned individuals resigned.

The opposition parties are seeking the resignation of External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje over their association with Modi, and Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan’s removal over Vyapam.

On the second day of parliament’s monsoon session, the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) sought permission to speak on the Modi and Vyapam issues.

Leader of House Arun Jaitley said the debate should be taken up immediately.

“If the opposition wants to change the rules and discuss state issues we are ready. We will raise all state issues ranging from what is happening in Kerala and Himachal Pradesh, Assam and Goa will also be discussed,” said Jaitley.

As din continued, the house was adjourned for 15 minutes.

When the house met again, BSP leader Mayawati accused Sushma Swaraj and Raje of helping Modi.

“But the center is not ready to take action against both these women…,” she said.

Mayawati added: “Vyapam is not a state issue, it is a national issue.”

Jaitley then raised a point of order against raising state issues. However, Communist Party of India-Marxist leader Sitaram Yechury said people have died outside Madhya Pradesh in Vyapam scam so it is not a state issue.

“The job of parliament is to make government accountable. Discussion is not a substitute to investigation. Till an investigation is ordered and concerned people step down there can’t be discussion,” said Yechury.

To this Jaitley questioned which provision of law has Sushma Swaraj broken that an investigation should be ordered.

“May I ask which provision of law has the external affairs minister violated that an investigation can be ordered?” said Jaitley.

With ruckus continuing, Deputy Chairman P.J. Kurien adjourned house till 12 noon.

The scene remained the same when the house resumed for question hour and Chairman M. Hamid Ansari adjourned the proceedings for another half-an-hour.

When the house met again, Janata Dal-United leader Sharad Yadav said it has been a tradition that ministers should resign if there are such allegations.

“There has been a tradition… When Advaniji and I were named in hawala, we resigned… We said as long as we are not cleared we will not come to house. You will become stronger with the resignation,” Yadav said.

Jaitley, however, accused the opposition of playing politics over the issue.

“There has been enough politics, start the debate… this house is not for sloganeering,” the finance minister said.

Treasury benches also emphasized that there will be “no resignations”.

As the logjam and din continued, Ansari adjourned the house till 2 p.m.

(IANS)

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Facts About Parliament Of India You Didn’t Know Before

Parliament of India is the supreme legislative authority in India

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Parliament of India is a source of interest for many people because of various reasons. Wikimedia Commons
Parliament of India is a source of interest for many people because of various reasons. Wikimedia Commons

By Ruchika Verma 

  • Parliament of India is the supreme legislative authority in India
  • Indian Parliament is divided into two houses – Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha
  • Indian Parliament is one of the biggest and has a very intricate architecture

Parliament of India is the supreme legislative body in India. It controls and creates all the bills and laws in the country. Parliament of India is bicameral. It is divided into two parts namely Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha. Lok Sabha is called the Lower House and Rajya Sabha is referred to as the Upper House.

Parliament of India is the largest legislative authority in India.
Parliament of India is the largest legislative authority in India.

Rajya Sabha has 238 members wheres the Lok Sabha seats are 545 is number. The term of Rajya Sabha and Lok Sabha are 6 years and 5 years respectively. The head of the Parliament of India is the Indian President. The proceedings in Lok Sabha is controlled by the speaker of Lok Sabha whereas, in Rajya Sabha, there is a chairman.

Apart from these basic facts, here are some other interesting Indian Parliament facts you may not have known before:

  • Parliament of India is called the Sansad or Bhartiya Sansad
  • The Parliament of India is circular in shape which represents the “Continuity.” The Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha halls are constructed in the shape of a horseshoe.

    The carpet colours of the halls of Lok sabha and Rajya sabha also hold significance. KPN
    The carpet colours of the halls of Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha also hold significance. KPN
  • The carpets in the halls of the Parliament of India are also very significant. Lok Sabha’s hall’s carpet is green in colour which represents the people that are elected from grass root level. The hall of Rajya Sabha is adorned with red carpet which denotes royalty and is a constant remembrance of the struggle faced by our freedom fighters.

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  • The library in the Parliament House is the second largest library of India after the National Library in Kolkata.
  • Indian Parliament has a canteen, and it is the cheapest canteen in the country with a 3-course veg meal available for Rs. 61 only.

    Parliament of india is circular in shape which denotes continuity.
     Indian Parliament is circular in shape which denotes continuity.
  • Rishang Keishing is the oldest members who served the Parliament of India. He was a member of Rajya Sabha twice and retired at the age of 92.
  • The first female speaker of Parliament of India was Meira Kumar.
  • According to rules between two sessions of parliament, there should not be a gap of more than 6 months.

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  • In Parliament of India, as per common practice, Question Hour starts at 11 a.m. where MPs put forward their questions. The Zero Hour starts at 12 noon where MPs can discuss general questions.
  • The office of President in the Parliament is in the room no. 13, which is considered inauspicious by many.