The Rajya Sabha passed the Banking Regulation (Amendment) Bill 2017. The Bill is important as it gives the Reserve Bank of India directions to banks to act against loan defaulters.
Venkaiah Naidu, the Vice-President of India is known for his one liners. He did not disappoint when he made his debut as the chairman of the Rajya Sabha on Friday. “If you cooperate, I will operate better,” is what Naidu said.
The NCP skipped the joint opposition meeting on Friday. The decision by the NCP to stay away from the meeting came as a jolt to the opposition which had something to smile about following the Rajya Sabha win by Ahmed Patel.
The Gujarat MLAs who were holed up at a Bengaluru resort to avoid poaching ahead of the Rajya Sabha elections have arrived in Ahmedabad.
The Gujarat MLAs have left the Eagleton resort where they were holed up for over a week. The MLAs were brought in to the resort located 40 kilometres away from Bengaluru ahead of the Rajya Sabha elections in Gujarat in which Congress candidate Ahmed Patel is contesting. The elections will be held on August 8.
The BJP with 58 members has now overtaken the Congress as the largest political party in the Rajya Sabha. The Congress has 57 members in the upper house of Parliament.
The BJP created history when it became the largest political party in the Rajya Sabha. The BJP with 58 members overtook the Congress which today has 57.
The BJP’s national president, Amit Shah is livid after a key clause in a bill had to be dropped in the Rajya Sabha owing to the absence of several MPs. Shah has sought a written explanation from the MPs including Union ministers, whose absence from the Rajya Sabha despite a whip resulted in opposition amendments getting passed.
The stern words by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on attendance in the Rajya Sabha appears to have made little difference to his party’s lawmakers. The BJP was not able to muster up the numbers which led to the dropping of a crucial clause from the bill granting constitutional status to the National Commission on Backward Classes.
The big question for the Congress is whether its leader Ahmed Patel can enter the Rajya Sabha for the fifth time. Considered to be one of Sonia Gandhi’s closest aide, Patel’s defeat will be a major loss of face for the Congress.