Lok Sabha passes Indian Trusts (Amendment) Bill amid ruckus

New Delhi, Dec 9 (IANS) The Lok Sabha on Wednesday passed the Indian Trusts (Amendment) Bill, 2015, amid chaos as the opposition Congress created ruckus in the house over the National Herald case involving Sonia and Rahul Gandhi for the second consecutive day.

The bill, which seeks to amend the Indian Trusts Act, 1882 (Principal Act), was introduced in the Lok Sabha by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on August 13.

As the house met at 2.15 p.m. after lunch, leader of Congress in the Lok Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge said how bills could be discussed and passed “when the house was not in order”.

He appealed to the speaker not to allow any discussion on the bill as nothing could be heard.

As Kharge was making his point, Parliamentary Affairs Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu got up and said the Congress and other opposition parties do not respect the rules.

“Since they do not respect the rules, let’s take up business,” Naidu said.

Kharge and Naidu were engaged in heated exchanges while putting forth their points of view.

“Today (Wednesday) we are protesting as the government is disregarding and disrespecting the opposition. The bills should not be passed (in situation like this),” Kharge said, adding that if the government is so interested in normal business of the house “they must sack V.K. Singh”.

The bill was passed by a voice vote amid sloganeering.

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