Lok Sabha adjourned briefly over Lalit Modi issue

New Delhi, Aug 12 (IANS) The Lok Sabha was on Wednesday adjourned briefly over the modalities of a discussion on the Lalit Modi controversy.

The Congress which had demanded a discussion under an adjournment motion said that the matter should be discussed under the the title of “Modi Gate”.

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However, Speaker Sumitra Mahajan had strong objections to the word and said that it cannot be done.

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said even if the speaker did not agree to the name of the debate the Congress was free to use any word during the discussion.

“Don’t make excuses and run away from the debate. Use any words whether ‘Modi Gate’ or otherwise. But please discuss the issue and end the stalemate”.

Congress members, however, did not agree to this and kept up with their loud sloganeering. Following this, the speaker adjourned the house till 12.30 p.m.

LS Speaker admits Kharge’s adjournment motion on Lalit Modi issue

New Delhi, (IANS): The Lok Sabha on Wednesday began a debate on the Lalit Modi controversy which has paralysed the house for the entire ongoing monsoon session.

The discussion was held under an adjournment motion as demanded by the Congress was opened by senior party leader Mallikarjun Kharge.

Before the discussion began, there was a heated discussion on whether former IPL chief Lalit Modi, who is being probed by the Enforcement Directorate, can be called a fugitive.

The Congress has been demanding External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj’s resignation for allegedly helping Lalit Modi.

Speaker Sumitra Mahajan asked Finance Minister Arun Jaitley for his opinion who said Modi has been now declared a fugitive.

“During the UPA government’s regime, he was not a fugitive and only today under the NDA that he has been declared a fugitive,” he said.

Following this, Mahajan said: “So the word can be used on Wednesday.” After this, Kharge moved that the discussion be taken up under rule 61.

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