The Rajya Sabha is expected to be stormy on Thursday as it is slated to hold a discussion on the sensitive issue of recent atrocities against Dalits in Gujarat’s Una town and Dayashankar’s comment.
– Even after the constitution was laid down by Baba Ambedkar, dalits still have not received their full rights: Mayawati in Rajya Sabha
– Unfortunate that discrimination agaist dalits in country hasn’t ended despite BJP, Congress long tenure after independence-Mayawati in RS
– Everyone talks about the atrocities on Dalits in Parliament, but nothing happens practically: Mayawati in Rajya Sabha
– Forget about dalits getting justice, even their FIR is not filed many times and the latest example is Una (Gujrat) incident: Mayawati in RS
– Atrocities on dalits continue to happen, but they do not get justice and that’s why dalits are sad: Mayawati in RS
– CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury says that since BJP has come to power, there are new avenue for attacking Dalits.
– Why is the Prime Minister silent over atrocities against Dalits in Gujarat? Didn’t he seek votes in the name of the Gujarat Model?: Ahmed Patel
-Janata Dal (United) slams the government over the thrashing of Dalit youth in Una, Gujarat. Dalits are being attacked with impunity, says JD(U) lawmaker Sharad Yadav in Rajya Sabha.
– Rajya Sabha adjourned till 2 PM
– Will constitute an expert committee to review the use of pellet guns for crowd control: Rajnath Singh in Lok Sabha
– The Kashmir issue needs to be dealt with collectively. Everyone needs to partake in the responsibility of making the situation better: HM
– Atal Vajpayee ji said “chingari ka khel bura hota hai, auro ke ghar aag lagane ka jo sapna apne hi ghar main khada hota hai”: HM in LS
– People following Islam in India are not something Pakistan need to worry about: HM Rajnath Singh in LS
– Pakistan instead of fixing its internal matters is trying to destabilize India: HM Rajnath Singh in LS
Both houses saw protests from opposition parties on the third day. Even as the Modi government made statements in the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha stressing that the Gujarat government took appropriate action to tackle the situation on Wednesday.
While the Rajya Sabha lost the entire day to protests and adjournments, the Lok Sabha witnessed an uproar but the issue did not lead to adjournments.
In the Lok Sabha, the highlight was a video clip that showed Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi dozing off when his party members were protesting against the Home Minister’s response on the Dalit issue.
Congress President Sonia Gandhi, addressing the Congress parliamentary party on Wednesday morning had announced that the party would take up the matter.
In the Rajya Sabha as soon as the house met for the day, opposition members demanded a debate on the issue. Even as Deputy Chairman P.J. Kurien was scrutinising the notices, opposition members trooped near the Chairman’s podium raising anti-government slogans.
Clarifications came from Social Justice and Empowerment Minister Thawar Chand Gehlot who said the Gujarat government has taken action against the culprits.
The minister said an FIR has been registered and a probe was also underway. He also regretted the suicide by a Dalit, who was one of the five who consumed poison during protests in different parts of Gujarat.
The minister added that the issue should not be “politicised”.
Later, Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said a discussion on the issue will be taken up on Thursday.
The upper house was finally adjourned for the day around 3.40 pm amid protests.
In the lower house, members, including Congress floor leader Mallikarjun Kharge, tried to raise the issue more than once. However, as Speaker Sumitra Mahajan called for taking up the question hour, opposition members rushed to the well of the house.
Home Minister Rajnath Singh, making a statement during zero hour, termed as “unfortunate” the attack on Dalits at Una on July 11.
Condemning the attacks, he said Gujarat Police had acted swiftly and nine people have been arrested so far.
Lauding the role of the BJP government after the incident, he said the state government is also trying to set up a special court for speedy trial of the case.
“But the state needs to take the permission from the high court in this connection,” Singh added.