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Rahul Gandhi leads Congress protest against V K Singh in Parliament

7 December, 2015 7:25 AM
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NEW DELHI: Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi on Monday led his party MPs as they protested against the dog remarks made by Union minister General V K Singh.

"Remove VK Singh," shouted the Congress leaders as they protested next to the statue of Mahatma Gandhi outside Parliament, shortly before the House met for another week in the ongoing winter session.

"Someone who speaks against Dalits has no right to be a minister. The prime minister must remove him," Congress Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad said.

The main opposition party, along with Mayawati's Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), had disrupted the Rajya Sabha last week demanding Singh's ouster from the Council of Ministers.

As the uproar over the burning of two Dalit children few months ago in Haryana's Faridabad grew, Singh had defended the government, saying, "Throw stones at dogs and blame the government."

The Congress said it will continue to boycott Singh in Parliament. "If V K Singh comes to the House, we will protest against it. Our demand is take action against Singh for his remarks," a Congress leader said.

The Congress has said it will also raise the weekend meeting of the National Security Advisors of India and Pakistan in Parliament. The NSAs of the two countries, Ajit Doval and Naseer Khan Janjua, met in Bangkok on Sunday, a meeting that the Congress has called a "great betrayal".

Meanwhile, the government has listed the ambitious Goods and Services Tax (GST) Bill, along with six other bills in Rajya Sabha for this week. Six bills have been listed in the Lok Sabha.

The government's main focus will be on the passage of the GST Bill, officially known as The Constitution (122nd Amendment) Bill, 2014. The Centre plans to roll out the GST from April next year.

The bill has been passed by Lok Sabha but got stuck in Rajya Sabha, where the BJP is in a minority. The Business Advisory Committee of the Rajya Sabha has allotted a time of four hours for the GST Bill, and two hours for the Real Estate Bill.

Other important bills before the House include the Prevention of Corruption (Amendment) Bill, 2013, which was discussed in Rajya Sabha on Friday.

Source: timesofindia.indiatimes.com

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