Published: Sun, December 17, 2017
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Amit Shah makes his RS debut

Amit Shah makes his RS debut

BJP president Amit Shah made his debut in Parliament on Friday when he attended the proceedings of Rajya Sabha.

Yadav had moved the Delhi high court on Tuesday, arguing that he was not given any chance by Rajya Sabha chairman M Venkaiah Naidu before passing an order against him and his party colleague and MP, Ali Anwar, on December 4. Prime Minister Narendra Modi and leader of the House and finance minister Arun Jaitley sit in the first row of the first block.

While the Opposition looks to corner the government in Parliament on a host of issues, inside the Rajya Sabha, the BJP is likely to have it easy as three key Opposition leaders - CPI (M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury, JD (U) rebel Sharad Yadav and BSP chief Mayawati will be absent from the house.

When the House reassembled again, Mr Azad raised the issue of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's allegation during Gujarat Election campaign against his predecessor Dr Manmohan Singh and others over their recent meeting with a Pakistani delegation in New Delhi.

No sooner had Shah settled down than BJP members such as Smriti Irani, Satyanarayan Jatia, Parsottambhai Rupala and Prakash Javadekar trooped to greet him. He then went straight to his assigned seat in the front row. Naidu is now Vice-President and Rajya Sabha Chairman. The ruling side is seated on the one side of the semi- circle and the principal opposition party, Congress on the other. The front row of the Opposition benches will have new faces. The JD (U) which joined the National Democratic Alliance, will be sitting closer to the treasury benches. After her resignation, her seat has been given her confidante and BSP leader Satish Mishra.

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