Our Correspondent /
Opposition parties have demanded that parliament condole the death of those who they allege have died because of the cash crunch after demonetisation.
“The 70 people who have died standing in queues at banks also deserve a tribute…they were also Indians, hard-working citizens,” said the Congress’ Ghulam Nabi Azad after the Rajya Sabha mourned the death of 130 people in a train accident on Sunday.
Earlier both Houses of Parliament observed a minute’s silence to condole the deaths in the tragic rail accident.
The government has said that PM Modi will not contribute in the Rajya Sabha or Upper House, where the government is in a minority.
Finance Minister Arun Jaitley says he’s ready to explain the government’s stand, but the opposition is preventing that because it wants to stall parliament rather than engage in discussion. “The opposition is running away from a debate,” he said today.
TIA NEWS /
Cricketer-turned politician Navjot Singh Sidhu today resigned from the BJP and Rajya Sabha. He is likely to join the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP).
There are speculations that the party may project him as AAP’s chief ministerial candidate. Sidhu handed over the resignation to the Rajya Sabha chairman in the afternoon. However, he has not resigned from the BJP primary membership.
Though a four-time MP, Sidhu was ignored at the recent rejig of ministers, where even some first-timers were made ministers.
Meanwhile, according to reports, Sidhu’s wife Navjot Kaur Sidhu has also resigned as chief parliamentary secretary in Punjab. There are reports that the couple are joining the AAP in Delhi.
Sources said Sidhu had asked the BJP leadership to break away from Akalis in Punjab. While the BJP is sticking to the Akalis for now. Perhaps it was after judging the “situation” in Punjab that BJP president Amit Shah decided to leave the planning of the Punjab strategy to the “big brother” Akalis.
Sources in the BJP say Sidhu used his Rajya Sabha nomination to leverage a “better deal” with the AAP.