Congress president Rahul Gandhi’s twitter transformation was no less than astounding. From dubbing GST as Gabbar Singh Tax to the Vikas Gone Crazy one-liner, his Twitter activities have created a lot of buzz in the last three months. Though his Twitter activism is getting popular and is being well-received, it might also land him in trouble.
New Delhi / Mumbai:
The Rajya Sabha chairman and Vice-President Venkaiah Naidu has forwarded a privilege notice issued against Rahul Gandhi to Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan. Rahul Gandhi is currently serving as a Lok Sabha member and is representing Amethi constituency. Vice president Naidu said that at first glance, the case looks like a breach of privilege.
Last month, the privilege notice was moved against Rahul Gandhi after senior BJP MP alleged a breach of privilege. The notice mentioned Rahul Gandhi’s tweet where he had spelt Jaitly as Jaitley, implicating that Finance Minister Arun Jaitley lies to the country. Yadav said that the metaphor was highly derogatory.
— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) December 27, 2017
What exactly the incident about?
Rahul Gandhi on December 27th had tweeted “Dear Mr Jaitlie – thank you for reminding India that our PM never means what he says or says what he means” with a hashtag #BJPLies. He also shared a video along with the tweet of PM Modi and Finance Minister Arun Jaitley. During the election campaigning of Gujarat, PM Modi had accused former PM Manmohan Singh and former Vice President Hamid Ansari of hatching a conspiracy against him with Pakistan officials at ousted Congress member Mani Shankar Aiyar’s house. The opposition has blocked the government over the issue demanding PM Modi to apologize for it.
How was the issue resolved?
The ruckus created by the opposition had stalled a session of parliament for days. However, both opposition and ruling parties came to an agreement after the leader of the house Arun Jaitley issued a clarification that PM Modi’s remarks did not mean to question Singh and Ansari’s loyalty and dedication towards India. The leader of the opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad too accepted the clarification and apologized for Mani Shakar Aiyar’s “Neech” remarks for PM Modi. The issue was resolved and the parliamentary proceedings were resumed.
What is the basis of Privilege notice against Rahul Gandhi?
According to sources, the Privilege notice was issued on the basis that Rahul Gandhi’s tweet misinterpreted Rajya Sabha proceedings in view of damaging the image of Government. Rajya Sabha chairman Naidu too, had last week said, “The opposition and the government had reached a mutual agreement to resolve the issue. All the members have endorsed it too. Anyone commenting outside on the agreement is not fair for the system as well as parliament house.”
What is Privilege motion and when is it moved?
Indian Parliamentarians such as MPs, MLAs and MLCs enjoy certain rights and privileges that help them to discharge their functions and responsibilities effectively. If any of the members feel that the other member has disregarded the rights, he can move a Privilege Motion against him. The Speaker/Chairman has authority to admit or dismiss the Privilege Motion. If accepted the Speaker can seek the services of “Committee of Privileges” to establish the allegations with facts. The committee may also recommend any punishment, which the Speaker may or may not accept.
Javed Akhtar could have called us: ‘PM Narendra Modi’ producer Sandip Ssingh on credit row
Apart from Javed Akhtar, another veteran lyricist, Sameer, had said that he was surprised to find his name in the credits.
Mumbai| Producer Sandip Singh, whose latest film “PM Narendra Modi” is embroiled in a controversy after Javed Akhtar expressed shock over getting credit for a song in the biopic, says the noted lyricist could have shared his grievance personally.
The 74-year-old writer’s name was mentioned in the credits of the film’s trailer alongside lyricists Prasoon Joshi, Sameer, Abhendra Kumar Upadhyay, Sardar, Parry G and Lavraj.
“Javed sahab is a senior writer in our country. We have grown up listening to his songs. We have used one of his old songs ‘Ishwar Allah’ from ‘1947: Earth’ and gave him credit. T-series is our music partner.
“I did not get any call from him and so I also did not call him. He spoke about it on Twitter, so even I replied there. But he could have called us,” Singh told PTI.
Apart from Akhtar, another veteran lyricist, Sameer, had said that he was surprised to find his name in the credits.
In his response, Singh said on Saturday that they gave credit to Sameer because they had incorporated his song “Suno gaur se Duniya walon” from the film “Dus”.
The trailer of the Omung Kumar-directed film, featuring Vivek Oberoi in the lead, released on Wednesday.
When asked about the response to the trailer, Singh said, “We can’t always have everyone like our work. We welcome all the criticism and we will learn from it.”
The film, which also features Boman Irani, Manoj Joshi, Zarina Wahab and Prashant Narayanan, releases on April 5.
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New Delhi| The Modi government on Saturday appointed Vice-Admiral Karanbir Singh as the next Naval Chief of Staff. He will take over the charge from former Navy Chief Sunil Lamba. Vice Admiral Singh has been serving as the Flag Officer Commanding in Chief of the Eastern Naval Command in Visakhapatnam. According to a news agency, Lamba will retire as the Navy Chief on May 31, 2019.
The Vice-Admiral in his career spanning over 36 years has served as the Fleet Operations Officer of the Western Fleet. He has also been Joint Director Naval Air Staff at the Naval Headquarters, Captain Air and Officer-in-Charge of the Naval Air Station at Mumbai and as a member of the Aircrew Instrument Rating and Categorisation Team (AIRCATS).
In the election month, 4.74 Cr farmers to get second installment of PM Kisan Scheme
Ahead of the Lok Sabha polls, the Centre announced the Rs 75,000-crore Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi (PM Kisan) scheme.
New Delhi| About 4.74 crore small and marginal farmers registered under the PM-Kisan scheme before the Model Code of Conduct (MCC) for general election came into effect on March 10 will get the second instalment of Rs 2,000 each in their bank accounts, a senior government official said Saturday.
Of these 4.74 crore beneficiaries, 2.74 crore farmers have so far received the first instalment and the rest will be covered by month-end, he said.
The Election Commission of India (ECI) has allowed the Union Agriculture Ministry to transfer the first and second tranche of the payment to all those beneficiaries registered under the scheme before March 10, the official added.
Ahead of the Lok Sabha polls, the Centre announced the Rs 75,000-crore Pradhan Mantri Kisan Samman Nidhi (PM Kisan) scheme under which Rs 6,000 per year would be disbursed in three instalments to around 12 crore farmers who hold cultivable land up to 2 hectares.
In the budget, the NDA government allocated a sum of Rs 20,000 crore, to transfer Rs 2,000 each to farmers in the first instalment by March-end, for the ongoing fiscal under the scheme.
The PM Kisan scheme was formally launched at the national level by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on February 24 at Gorakhpur in Uttar Pradesh by transferring the first instalment to 1.01 crore farmers, amounting Rs 2,021 crore.
“We were hoping to have the data of 12 crore farmers from across the country. But the data of 4.74 crore farmers have come before the MCC was enforced,” the official told PTI.
The government has already released the first instalment of Rs 2,000 each to 2.74 crore beneficiaries and the remaining will be covered before this month-end, he said.
With regard to the payment of the second tranche to begin from April 1, the official said the ECI has allowed making the payment to all those beneficiaries registered before the MCC kicked in.
“We can go ahead and make the payment of the first instalment to the rest of the people whose names are on the portal. We can go ahead and make the payment for the second instalment as well,” the official said.
In Uttar Pradesh, the first instalment has been released to around one crore farmers so far and the Centre has received data of additional 66 lakh farmers.
The official further said that Punjab and Haryana are amongst the top beneficiary states as more than 80 per cent of the farmers registered under the PM Kisan scheme have received the first instalment.
While, some states including West Bengal, Delhi and Sikkim have yet not submitted the farmers’ data and therefore no money has been transferred.
The official also mentioned that no fresh data has come from states after the MCC came into effect.
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