A new low in state politics
The monsoon session of the Assembly will be remembered for new lows in the state’s politics when two members — Leader of the Opposition Abhay Chautala and Congress MLA Karan Singh Dalal — took off their shoes, hurling at each other.
The session will also be remembered for a goodwill gesture by Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar towards a departed member Hari Chand Midha, the INLD MLA from Jind who died on August 27, by considering questions listed by him as demands and accepting them.
Barring the Budget sessions, which are normally of 10 to 12 sittings, the other sessions — the monsoon session and the winter session — seldom last for more than three or four sittings.
The short duration of the sessions leave the impression that these are held more to meet the legal requirement of having gap of less than six months between two sessions.
In Assembly Speaker Kanwar Pal Gujjar’s words, the number of sitting of the House should be 35 in a year.
Gujjar told that before he took over, the number of sittings used to be 13 to 14 in a year, but he has been able to increase it to 23. The Budget session should have 15 sittings, but it was also not being followed in the past.
He said he had increased the number of sittings in Budget sessions to 13 or 14 now. Not only this, most of the Bills in the Assembly are passed without any debate whatsoever.
However, the manner in which two senior members of the House charged at each other with shoes in their hands after hurling abuses forcing the Speaker to summon marshals on Tuesday was unprecedented.
The monsoon session will also be remembered for a gesture of goodwill exhibited by Khattar when he considered all questions submitted by late MLA Hari Chand Midha to the Assembly secretariat for Question Hours as his demands for his Jind Assembly constituency and accepted them all.
Though the Opposition termed Khattar’s gesture as a ploy to woo Jind voters, as the Assembly segment is likely to see a bypoll in the near future, Khattar said fulfilling the demands of Midha’s area would be the real tribute to him.
Other highlights of the session was government’s announcement to reduce the power tariff on monthly consumption of up to 200 units from Rs 4.50 per unit to Rs 2.50 per unit and for those with monthly electricity consumption up to 50 units to Rs 2 per unit.
The manner in which two senior members of the House charged at each other with shoes in their hands forcing the Speaker to summon marshals was unprecedented
The monsoon session will also be remembered for a gesture of goodwill exhibited by the CM when he considered all questions submitted by late MLA Hari Chand Midha to the Assembly Secretariat
The short duration of the sessions leave the impression that these are held just to meet the legal requirement of having gap of less than six months between two sessions
Has the dignity of the House fallen by this move of both the leaders?
Chit fund firm’s fortunes rose from Rs1 lakh to Rs120 cr in 3 years
The Future Maker Life Care Private Limited was incorporated on February 26, 2015, with a total paid up capital of just Rs 1 lakh and authorised capital of Rs 50 lakh. After three and a half years, it was able to deposit Goods and Services Tax (GST) of Rs 27 crore.
Hisar Deputy Excise and Taxation Commissioner Sameer Yadav said they were flagged by the head office in July after which the firm was issued system-generated notice for tax default.
“The firm deposited Rs 10 crore initially. When we scanned the records and found more default, it deposited another Rs 17 crore to the State Excise and Taxation Department,” he informed, saying that the firm then wrote to the department they were related to, the Central Excise and Taxation Department.
Experts maintained that on a rate of 18 per cent tax levied in the GST, the firm has a turnover of around Rs 150 crore. “This is a huge growth for the firm which started at Rs 1 lakh paid up capital,” said a chartered accountant.
The firm has mentioned two persons as directors — Bansi Lal and Radhey Shyam — and a key management personnel, Bansi Lal.
Significantly, about an year ago, the duo incorporated another firm — FMLC Global Marketing Private Limited — with a paid up capital of Rs 1 lakh and authorised capital of Rs 10 lakh on August 22, 2017.
Cyberabad Police Commissioner VC Sajjanar, when contacted by The Tribune, said they had seized four bank accounts of the firm, having around Rs 220 crore. “We have wrote to the Central Excise and Taxation Department to coordinate with the police and also institute an investigation into the financial fraud committed by the Hisar-based firm”, he said, adding that it has turned out to be a Rs 1,200-crore fraud in Telangana.
Is this an open loot?
Fuel hike: Cong MLAs ride horse-cart to Assembly
Supporting the Bharat Bandh call given by the Congress, party legislators from Haryana made their way to the Haryana Vidhan Sabha to attend the ongoing monsoon session on a horse-cart.
This was their way of protesting against the fuel hike and the Bharatiya Janta Party-led NDA’s inability to rein in rising prices and the falling value of the rupee.
Carrying placards and raising slogans, the MLAs, including Congress Legislature Party leader Kiran Choudhry and former Speaker Kuldeep Sharma, maintained that the BJP at the Centre and also in the state had failed on all fronts. Being unable to control spiralling prices is just one of its many failures, they claimed.
MLA Shakuntala Khatak, holding the reins of the horse as she and other leaders marched alongside, said that fuel prices had gone beyond the reach of the common man.
She said the Narendra Modi-led government at the Centre and the Manohar Lal Khattar-led government in Haryana were together taking India back in time.
“These carts are what we have come down to since re-fuelling is burning holes in the public’s pockets,” she said.
They were stopped by the Chandigarh Police on the way and were forced to walk in a procession to the Assembly. There, Congress MLA, just before the question hour began, raised the issue of the Chandigarh Police “ill-treating” the MLAs.
Are people happy with the increase in oil prices?
Health Minister in firing line for ‘misleading’ House
BJP’s firebrand Health Minister Anil Vij was in the firing line of the Opposition Congress and INLD for “misleading” the Haryana Assembly during a calling attention motion on the second day of the ongoing monsoon session.
The demand for apology from the minister and privilege motion against him were raised by the Congress and INLD legislators after Vij had replied to the motion moved by Congress Legislature Party (CLP) leader Kiran Choudhry and others. The Opposition alleged the minister had given a “factually incorrect” answer warranting an apology or privilege motion against him.
In her motion, Choudhry had alleged that thousands of girl students of ANM/GNM diploma courses were moving from pillar to post as their examinations were not being conducted since 2014.
Vij took strong exception to Choudhry’s allegations claiming that during the Congress’ 10-year regime, a majority of 158 nursing colleges were given recognition by adopting “corrupt means” and flouting rules. He alleged that during its tenure, the Congress had constituted the Haryana Nurses Registration Council which adopted the “outdated” Punjab Nurses Registration Act, 1932.
This evoked strong reaction from Congress members, including Choudhry, Kuldeep Sharma and Geeta Bhukkal, who wanted to know what action had been taken against the persons who facilitated the recognition of nursing colleges through “corrupt means”.
Amid charges and counter-charges between Vij and Congress members, Sharma demanded a privilege motion against the minister for “telling a lie” in the House about “adopting corrupt means and flouting rules”.
Leader of Opposition Abhay Chautala also demanded action against the persons who were instrumental in getting recognition for the nursing colleges by flouting norms. Later, Vij entered into a verbal duel with Chautala with both using unparliamentary language at each other.
Earlier, Vij had claimed that examinations were being held regularly since November 2014. As many as 7,078 students will be appearing for the examination of these diploma courses for academic session 2015-16 (supplementary) and 2016-17 (main) in October 2018. The results will be declared by December.
Besides, Vij claimed that the Khattar government had enacted the Haryana Nurses and Nurses Mid Wives Act 2017 which had replaced the then Haryana Nurses Registration Council.
Privilege motion against Vij sought
Amid charges and counter-charges between Anil Vij and Congress members, Kuldeep Sharma demanded a privilege motion against the minister for “telling a lie” in the House about “adopting corrupt means and flouting rules”.
Two Bills passed
- The Haryana Vidhan Sabha passed two Bills on Monday. These included YMCA University of Science and Technology, Faridabad (Amendment) Bill, 2018 and the Haryana Vishwakarma Skill University (Amendment) Bill, 2018.
- However, the Haryana Pond and Waste Water Management Authority Bill, 2018, was deferred to give more time to members to prepare for discussion over the Bill.
- The YMCA Bills has been passed to change the name of YMCA University to JC Bose University of Science and Technology, YMCA, Faridabad.
- Similarly, the Haryana Vishwakarma Skill University (Amendment) Bill, 2018 has been passed to change the name of the university to Shri Vishwakarma Skill University, Haryana.
Is Minister Anil Vij telling a lie?
Won’t be cowed down by ‘false’ case : Hooda
Former Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda on Sunday said he would not be cowed down by a case registered against him allegedly at the behest of the BJP government.
Rolling out the sixth edition of his “Jan Kranti Yatra” from the Sikh-dominated Assembly segment of Pehowa, Hooda alleged he was being implicated in a frivolous case.
This was his first public address after an FIR was registered against him and Robert Vadra, the son-in-law of UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi, in connection with Gurugram land deals.
“In the previous phases of the yatra, I sensed a popular public mood against the BJP. The state government is upset over the thumping response the Congress is getting. So, the BJP is implicating me. But I am not worried,” Hooda said.
At a well-attended public meeting organised by Hooda loyalist and former Finance Minister HS Chatha, the former Chief Minister said people had made their mind to oust the BJP from power in the next year’s Assembly elections.
He alleged the BJP had failed to keep its pre-poll promises, including implementation of the Swaminathan Commission report and disbursal of unemployment allowance.
“If voted to power, the Congress will waive loans of farmers and implement Swaminathan Commission’s key recommendation to fix minimum support price (MSP) for farm produce based on a comprehensive measure of cultivation costs that includes the imputed cost of capital and the rent on the land,” he said.
Hooda added the Congress would fix pay scales of government employees higher than their Punjab counterparts.