BJP leaders Sushma Swaraj and Arun Jaitley spoke on the proceedings of the monsoon session of Parliament in a press conference held at the party headquarters in New Delhi. Here are the highlights:
- The bills which govt was trying to pass stating 'urgency', we failed to stop those bills as well
- There were few discussions on the economy and on inflation
- As far as bills were concerned- Food Security Bill, Land acquisition and pension bills - these 3 important bills we passed
- But the govt was trying to pass a few bills like the RTI in 'hadbadahat'(hurry)
- They wanted the Judicial appointment bill to be passed in a hurry too. We said we wanted it to be sent to the standing committee.
- When the bill came up in Rajya Sabha, we walked out
- In Lok Sabha, the bill didn't even come up
- We were successful in sending three bills to the standing committee for wider consultations
- The economy is dipping, there are no solutions, and the govt claims external factors are responsible. But manufacturing is down and there is no foreign investment.
- We tried our best to bring in discussions on economy
- We tried to force a reluctant Prime Minister to answer questions on these topics
- Lack of leadership and corruption- this is all the govt is today
- 'Netritvahinta and corruption'-this is all the govt is today
- The PM says he is not custodian of the coal files and walks out after making a statement
- He knew that the govt has no answers in coal scam and the missing coal files
- It's a govt without credibility
- Our objective was that these two issues- coal scam and missing coal files- be highlighted
- We led the attack on behalf of the country on the issue of missing coal files- the issue was taken up three or four times.
- On nomination of JPC members, we made our protest clear.
- I wrote to the chairman and the government to reconsider as they were fixing JPC numbers to fix report. One extra member matters.
AK Antony in Rajya Sabha:
- In the past few months we have raised forces
- On one side we will strengthen relations with China, but there will not be any let up - we will continue to improve capabilities in the border areas
- Diplomatically we are trying to settle long-pending border issues with China
- Successive government's have continued this policy but it will take some time
- Borders can't be an area of permanent tension. Our min attempt is to maintain peace and tranquility
- Now infrastructure is coming to border areas, so both armies' patrols are coming closer
- It happens - they come they go, we come we go. Channels reported a face-off that was old... many face-offs take place of which the longest was Depsar
- Unlike in the past India is catching up with China. That's why every year we are complaining of incursions
- On the one side, since China has built up enough capabilities and are still continuing, regarding that there is no compromise
- We will strengthen our capabilities, we will protect every Indian inch of land
- At the same time, we want a peaceful solution to the long-standing border issues
- I can understand Parliament is concerned and members are agitated
- Shyam Saran has himself said he has not given such a report
- There is not a single line that says Chinese Army is occupying Indian territory
- I assure the house - no compromise on national interests
Lok Sabha adjourned till 3.00 pm after uproar by BJP, SP members over Chinese incursions.
Lok Sabha adjourned till 2.00 pm following uproar over Chinese incursion issue.
BJP members continue to raise their voice, demand to ask Defence Minister questions. Speaker says, "Please give a notice. Rule 372 can't be violated. We will have a discussion after you give a notice."
Defence Minister AK Antony speaks in Lok Sabha on reports of Chinese incursion into India:
- The report is primarily focused on border infrastructure
- The report reviews the progress in development of border infrastructure required to ensure connectivity betn the neighbouring areas
- For construction, maintenance and up gradation of roads
- Also deals with requirements of air facilities
- Availability of modern machinery for maintenance and upgrade of roads has been discussed
- Report also deals with air connectivity, better facilities for ITBP
- Shyam Saran has not said China has occupied any part of Indian territory
- No question of India ceding territory to China, government keeps a constant watch
Finance Minister P Chidambaram moves the Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority Bill, 2013 for consideration
Parliamentary Affairs Minister Kamal Nath:
- No doubt the Chinese incursion is a serious issue
- Many rumours are spread however
- The government, however, has nothing to hide. It will not suppress the truth.
- Yeh sarkaar na kamzor hai, na nikammi hai
Samajwadi Party chief Mulayam Singh Yadav:
- Government soft on Chinese aggression
- Forget price hikes, scams, save our borders
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Arun Jaitley on appointment of judges:
- Any collegium is as good as its members
- Judicial activism is welcome but activism and restraint are two sides of the same coin.
- Supreme Court is not infallible but it is final.
- Above the Supreme Court there is God and God doesn't correct judgements
- Activism, restraint two sides of the same coin
- Supreme Court can't have an economic policy
- Courts can enlarge jurisdiction, legislatures can't
- Nobody can check the jurisdiction of courts
- We're going too far now in creating post-retirement jobs
- Temptation to occupy a Lutyen's bungalow is very serious
- Fees of a college is an accountant's job, not of retired judges