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  • SC says it will revisit its definition of 'Hindutva' in the light of growing hate speeches
  • Indigo reduces the flying ban on stand-up comic Kunal Kamra to three months after an inquiry committee finds that it was a Level 1 offense not meriting a 6-month ban
  • Akali Dal MP Naresh Gujral says Delhi Police did not act on his phone call asking them to help 16 people trapped in riot-hit areas
  • AAP councillor Tahir Hussain, booked for murder and arson, says he is being framed
  • New HC bench allows the Delhi Police plea that the situation is no conducive to the filing of FIRs and also allows the Centre to become a party to the case
  • Justice S Muralidhar of the Delhi High Court, who was part of the bench that pulled up the Delhi Police for not filing FIRs against BJP leaders for hate speeches, transferred to Punjab HC
  • Two Special Investigation Teams (SITs) of Crime Branch in Delhi Police have been formed under DCP Joy Tirkey and DCP Rajesh Deo. The teams will immediately take over the investigations of the cases related to northeast Delhi violence. Both the teams will be under the supervision of BK Singh, additional commissioner of police (Crime Branch)
  • Sporadic violence was reported from riot-hit areas in the capital as the intensity of the madness seems to have abated. The death toll has risen to 37
  • Special DG (Training) in CRPF, S N Shrivastava, appointed special commissioner (law & order) in Delhi Police in order to quell the violence. He is also expected to take over as chief of Delhi police once Amulya Patnaik's term ends on February 29
  • Curfew and shoot at sight orders reportedly in force in some areas, but Delhi Police HQ does not issue a notice for the same
  • The Central government has pressed paramilitary forces to control the riots in Delhi
  • Mobs in Delhi target journalists, check them for religious identity and snatch equipment
  • 13 people deal until now in one of the worst spells of violence in Delhi
  • Violence in Delhi shows no signs of abating with fresh areas in the north-eastern part of the capital coming under its grip
  • Delhi High Court says DGCA was wrong in approving the flying ban on stand-up comic Kunal Kamra by airlines other than Indigo for his alleged misbehavior with TV anchor Arnab Goswami aboard an Indigo flight
Delhi Police file a case for murder and arson against Aam Aadmi Party councillor Tahir Hussain. Hussain is believed to have played a role in the murder of IB staffer Ankit Sharma whose body was found in Jafrabad
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Let Parliament Function Smoothly and Get Business Done

By Sunil Garodia
First publised on 2016-07-18 12:23:48

About the Author

Sunil Garodia Editor-in-Chief of indiacommentary.com. Current Affairs analyst and political commentator. Writes for a number of publications.
The second phase of the monsoon session of Parliament begins today. Both the government and the opposition have a huge responsibility to ensure that it is not washed out in unnecessary fighting over inconsequential and frivolous issues. There are urgent matters that require the attention of our lawmakers.

The Congress will now be confident in both the houses because it has won three major victories outside parliament. First, it convinced Supreme Court that the Centre had dismissed its government in Arunachal Pradesh in an unconstitutional manner and got the court to pass several adverse remarks about the handling of the issue by both the Governor and the Centre. Then, it scored a major court victory in the national Herald case when the court decided not to make some documents available to petitioner Subramaniam Swamy. Finally, in a swift move, the party changed the CLP leadership in Arunachal to outfox the BJP and get a breather for its government there. The Congress is hence brimming with confidence and should be in a better mood to listen to the government in matters of public importance.

As for the BJP, its confidence after the victory in Assam and good showing elsewhere got dented for the above three reasons. Hence, it has tried to reach out to the opposition. Finance minister Arun Jaitley held meetings with the Congress and other opposition parties to narrow down the differences over the GST bill. This legislation needs to be passed in the current session to bring about a huge reform and make India one marketplace with easy and transparent indirect tax laws.

There are other important legislations that need to be passed. Hence, it will be good if the opposition takes cognizance of the lessening of arrogance on part of the NDA government and works with it to ensure smooth functioning of both the houses of parliament.