Dhankhar, the chairman of Rajya Sabha, appoints personal staff to 20 committees
Rajya Sabha Chairman Jagdeep Dhankhar assigned eight of his personal staff members to 20
committees that fall within the purview of the Upper House Secretariat on Tuesday.
Eight members of Dhankhar's personal staff, including four who are posted in the Vice-President
Secretariat, have been assigned to the 20 committees, according to the Rajya Sabha Secretariat's
Officials from the Rajya Sabha Secretariat frequently provide committee secretariat support as well.
Eight committees are comprised of four parliamentary standing committees that deal with specific
departments and four additional parliamentary standing committees. These include committees led
by Lawmakers from the opposition and other parties.
There has never been a precedent for the chairperson nominating his staff to committees, according
to sources in the Rajya Sabha Secretariat.
Officers on Special Duty (OSD) to the Vice-President, OSD to the Chairman, and Personal Secretary to
the Vice-President are among those named to the committees.
Source: News 18
Rahul Gandhi, Adani, and Government vs Opposition Stalls Parliament
In the midst of disarray caused by the BJP's attack on Rahul Gandhi's speech in London and the
opposition's demand for a Joint Parliamentary Committee investigation into the Adani-Hindenberg
dispute, Parliament adjourned early today without accomplishing anything.
For the first time since the controversy over his statements about the state of Indian democracy in
London, Rahul Gandhi was spotted in the Lok Sabha. Yet, both houses convened for a brief period of
time before calling a day's adjournment.
The Congress leader had recently told NDTV, "I will speak inside the House if they let me to. When
asked to apologise by the BJP, he responded, "I didn't give any anti-India statement."
Trinamool Party protesters surrounded the Speaker's chair in Lok Sabha while covering their lips
with a black ribbon. Afterwards, opposition supporters assembled in a human chain outside of
parliament to demand an investigation into the Adani-Hindenburg dispute.
The deadlock between the administration and the opposition has put a stop to all work on the
Budget session's second half.
This morning, Law Minister Kiren Rijiju increased the pressure on the Congress by charging Rahul
Gandhi with lying about the UK and disparaging the country.
Speaking to reporters, Mr. Rijiju said, "The person who speaks the most in this nation and constantly
criticises the government claims overseas that he does not have the freedom to speak in India.
"We don't care if Rahul Gandhi brings down the Congress. Yet, we as citizens cannot remain silent if
he attempts to harm or insult the country. The country may have rejected the leadership of the
Congress, but that does not give him the right to mistreat the country overseas "Added he.
"Members of the anti-India group all speak in the same vein. Whatever Rahul Gandhi says, they
repeat it "Mr. Rijiju ranting.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi frequently criticised the Congress while travelling abroad, thus the
Congress has ruled out an apology.
Mr. Kharge added, "I want to ask those who are asking an apology that Modiji went to five to six
nations and there he (Modi) humiliated our country claiming it was a shame to be born in India, now
these same people are curtailing freedom of expression.
Rahul Gandhi has received criticism from a number of Union Ministers for his remarks in London.
PM meets with top ministers to discuss budget session strategy
Prime Minister Narendra Modi met with his top ministers on Monday in New Delhi to discuss the government’s plan of action before the second part of the Budget session.
In order to plan the approach, Congress MPs met earlier on Monday at the Parliamentary Party (CPP) office of the party, presided over by party president Mallikarjun Kharge.
Kharge, Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, and former Congress president Sonia Gandhi are all present for the meeting.
Congress lawmakers from the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha attended the meeting of the Congress Parliamentary Party to determine the budget session strategy.
The 2023 budget session will continue following a one-month break. The break was intended to give the department-specific Parliamentary Standing Committees time to review grant requests and submit reports pertaining to their respective ministries or departments.
Source: Deccan Chronicle
Former Andhra Pradesh chief minister Kiran Kumar Reddy leaves the Congress
Kiran Kumar Reddy, a former chief minister of Andhra Pradesh, has left the Congress.
Manickam Tagore, a congressman and member of parliament, responded to Reddy’s resignation on Sunday by claiming that individuals who had received everything from the party and had completed the Andhra Pradesh Congress were now defecting to the BJP.
Reddy served as Andhra Pradesh’s final unbroken chief minister.
Please take this letter as my resignation from the primary membership of the Indian National Congress, Reddy requested in a letter dated March 11 and written to Mallikarjun Kharge, the president of the Congress.
Reddy had previously left the Congress in 2014 over the decision to split Andhra Pradesh and create Telangana by the then-UPA administration.
Although launching his own political party, the Jai Samaikyandhra Party, he joined the Congress again in 2018.
Source: Deccan Chronicle
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