The opposition walked out of the Lok Sabha when the speaker discussed NEET.


Opposition leaders walked out of the Lok Sabha on Monday after Speaker Om Birla ruled out a separate one-day debate on the NEET-UG paper leak proposed by Congress MP Rahul Gandhi.

As the Leader of the Opposition, Gandhi raised concerns about irregularities in the NEET shortly after the Lok Sabha assembled for the day, prompting Defense Minister Rajnath Singh to insist that unless the Presidency The motion of thanks on the address does not complete, it cannot be discussed separately.

“We wanted a one-day debate on NEET. It is an important issue. More than two crore students have been affected. There have been paper leaks on 70 occasions. We would be happy if you allow a separate debate on the matter,” he said. Gandhi said.

Speaker Om Birla rejected the opposition's request and said that other issues can be raised after the motion of thanks on the President's address is passed.

Here are the important developments of today's session of Parliament:

  • Leader of the Opposition in the Lok Sabha Rahul Gandhi called for a one-day debate on the alleged malpractice in the NEET-UG exam, but Defense Minister Rajnath Singh refused to allow the debate citing the rules of the House.

    Rajnath Singh said, “In my decades long tenure as a parliamentarian, no other issue has ever been raised during the motion of thanks to the President's address.

  • Speaker Om Birla supported Singh's stand, saying there was no convention for any other debate during the debate on the motion of thanks. He added that the members can give separate notices for discussion on NEET.

  • As the Speaker called on BJP member Anurag Thakur to begin the debate on the motion of thanks on the President's address, opposition members walked out of the House in protest.

    Union Minister Giriraj Singh said the opposition's attitude was against “parliamentary decorum”.

  • Amid opposition uproar in the Lok Sabha, Speaker Om Birla addressed the claims of shutting down the microphone. “Some MPs outside the House are alleging that the Speaker turns off the mic. The control of the mic is not in the hands of the person sitting in the chair,” Birla said.

    Rahul Gandhi had claimed last week that his microphone was turned off after he called for a debate on the NEET issue.

  • Rajya Sabha witnessed a spirited debate as Leader of Opposition Mallikarjan Kharge criticized the ruling party for prioritizing slogans over development work during the debate on the motion of thanks to the President's address.

    Kharge highlighted that the poor, Dalits and minorities were not mentioned in the President's address. Targeting Prime Minister Narendra Modi, he alleged that he was trying to divide society through his election speeches, Kharge claimed that no other prime minister had done this before.

  • The Upper House also saw moments of relaxation during the tussle between Kharge and Rajya Sabha Chairman Jagdeep Dhankhar. Kharge, citing knee pain, said he could not stand for long. Dhankhar immediately replied, “You can sit down and address (the House).”

    Referring to a speech by BJP MP Sidhanshu Trivedi, the Congress chief admitted that he sometimes gets confused between Dwivedi, Trivedi and Chaturvedi as he is from the south. “We can discuss this for half an hour if you like,” said Dhankhar with a smile.

  • Earlier in the day, several Indian Bloc MPs, including Rahul Gandhi, took part in a protest on the steps leading to Makar Dwar in Parliament, alleging that investigative agencies were being misused to target opposition leaders. Is. AAP MP Raghav Chadha holds a poster showing Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal behind bars.

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Devika Bhattacharya

Date of publication:

July 1, 2024

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