The Winter Session of the Parliament was predicted to be a rocky one as the Opposition planned to turn the heat on the Government on the clash in the Tawang sector, which happened on Friday. However, with Defence Minister Rajnath Singh making a statement on the same in the Lok Sabha, the government doused the heat in time.
Speaking of the clash, the Minister said, “On Dec 9 in Yangtse area of Tawang sector, PLA troops encroached upon & attempted to change the status quo. This attempt was tackled by our troops in a determined manner. Our troops bravely stopped the PLA from encroaching upon our territory and forced them to go back to their post.”
Saying that this matter has also been taken up with China through diplomatic channels, the Minister assured the House that “our forces are committed to guard our borders and ready to thwart any attempt that will be made to challenge it.” The Minister categorically denied any casualties saying, “Few soldiers on both sides suffered injuries…but none of our soldiers died or suffered any serious injury. Due to the timely intervention of Indian military commanders, PLA soldiers have retreated to their own locations.”
The Rajya Sabha was adjourned till 12 amid slogan shouting and demands for a discussion on the China issue. The Defence minister Rajnath Singh was slated to make a statement on the same at 2 pm, but it was advanced to 12 pm.
New Parliament building likely to open from January end; see latest pictures!
The Centre released the layout and latest photos of the newly built Parliament building on Friday that would likely house the second part of the budget session in January this year.
A part of the Central Vista redevelopment project, the new Parliament building is being constructed by Tata Projects Limited and is likely to be inaugurated in March this year. The new building features larger halls, a library, ample parking space, and committee rooms with state-of-the-art facilities.
Here’s the glimpse of the new building…
K’taka says boundary dispute closed chapter; CM Bommai accuses Sanjay Raut of acting like ‘Chinese agent’
CM Basavaraj Bommai speaks tough on Sanjay Raut, says he acting like “Chinese agent”
The Karnataka-Maharashtra border issue has been resonating in the winter sessions of both states’ legislatures, with both states accusing each other of stoking tensions, despite Union Home Minister Amit Shah intervening in the matter.
On Thursday, the Karnataka Legislative Assembly unanimously adopted a resolution, saying that the boundary dispute between Maharashtra and Karnataka is “a closed chapter.” The resolution declared that there was no question of compromising on issues related to “Karnataka’s land, water, and language, and the interests of Kannadigas.”
The Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai said that everyone was committed to initiating constitutional and legal measures to protect the state’s interests.
The CM said that people of both the States have lived cordially over the decades, he accused Maharashtra of trying to affect the cordial relations between people of both States by filing a petition before the Supreme Court in 2004, despite the matter being closed with the report of the Mahajan commission.
Launching an attack on Shiv Sena (Uddhav Balasaheb Thackery) MP Sanjay Raut for his remark that they would “invade” Karnataka on the lines of China invading India, Bommai said, “Sanjay Raut is an agent of China and is a traitor. If they attack China, we will push them back as the Indian Army does on our borders.” He even warned Raut of legal action and said that use of such uncivil language was shocking.
Siddaramaiah, Leader of the Opposition and former Chief Minister of Karnataka, backed the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government on the this issue.
Our morcha was ‘Fadnavis’ size, says Uddhav Thackeray
Former chief minister of Maharashtra and Shiv Sena UBT chief Uddhav Thackeray is in Nagpur for the Maharashtra Assembly winter session. Though an MLC, he did not attend the Assembly but has been part of key Opposition strategy meetings.
Addressing media persons at the Radisson Blu hotel, Thackeray was asked to comment on the recent Maha Vikas Agadhi’s (MVA) protest march that was dubbed a “nano morcha” by Deputy CM Devendra Fadnavis. Taking potshots at Fadnavis’ weight, Thackeray replied to reporters’ queries saying, “ours was a Fadnavis-size morcha.”
The Maha Vikas Aghadi’s (MVA) Halla Bol rally was a 2.3 km long one which began near J J Hospital and concluded at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Terminus. Uddhav Thackeray, NCP’s Ajit Pawar, state Congress president Nana Patole and MLA Aaditya Thackeray were notably present in the rally, which was organised to target the Eknath Shinde-Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government for “insulting remarks” on Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj by Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari, for their stand on the Maharashtra-Karnataka border dispute and for projects being shifted out of Maharashtra.
While Thackeray said he will attend the session, reports say he flew back to Mumbai on Tuesday night.