Will not join the Cabinet : Amit Shah

Aug 01, 2017, 22:49
Will not join the Cabinet : Amit Shah

"Till Parliament is on all members should be present, matter of members not present will be taken up seriously", Union Minister Ananth Kumar told the media after the meeting.

Shah also blamed the previous Samajwadi Party and Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) governments in the state for the mess in Uttar Pradesh and said that they had collectively presided over scams to the tune of Rs 12 lakh crore.

The incident proved to be a major embarrassment for the NDA which commands at least 78 MPs in the Rajya Sabha, excluding 10 members of the JD (U), the BJP's new ally.

He also lambasted the Opposition for terming his lunch at the party workers residence as caste-based politics."I have lunch at the residence of the workers just to show them how much they are important to us and there is no such politics in it", he added.

However, a party source insisted that some of the absentee members might have valid reasons for their absence.

He asked MPs to be present in the House till the session ends.

Shah also said that the government has taken a number of successful steps to curb the issue of black money and money laundering.

Last week, over lack of attendance of the party MPs, PM Modi had asked them to ensure their presence in Parliament through the day.

The BJP chief also launched a scathing attack on RJD supremo Lalu Yadav and Congress, saying that the BJP has not broken any party in Bihar.

The select committee adopted the report without any amendment and the bill was then presented in the Rajya Sabha. The situation left leader of the house Arun Jaitley and MoS for Parliamentary Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi virtually helpless.

The Lower House had already passed the bill, meant to upgrade the Backward Classes Commission from a statutory body to a constitutional body, which will give it powers equal to a court to summon people and inquire into incidents of violence and discrimination against backward classes. The result of the division was 69 ayes and 50 noes. Now the government has to bring a new amended bill, which must be passed by the Lok Sabha as well.

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