Force used by Police to break blockade outside Parliament in Poland

Amidst the ongoing political crisis in Poland, the police force was seen forcefully removing protesters from maintaining the hours-long blockade outside the exit gates of the Parliament house on early Saturday morning in order to aid the politicians leaving the place.

The protests come as the conflict between the ruling Law and Justice (PiS)party and the opposition party turned more aggressive, with more accusations being levied against the PiS for violating the constitution.

Apparently,  Marek Kuchcinski, the party’s speaker moved a key vote on next year’s budget outside the parliament and refrained the media from recording it. This has been labeled by Civic Platform head Grzegorz Schetyna as, ‘illegal’ and ‘a constitutional crisis’, reported Reuters.

Since its move from communism in 1989, this is the first incident of a sitting of the lower chamber of the parliament and a budget vote being held outside the main chamber in Poland.

The opposition claims the vote to be illegal, as there is no way to confirm that the required number of lawmakers was present for this vote. This claim has been refuted by PiS leader Kuchcinski.

According to the local media, opposition party lawmaker Jerzy Meysztowicz confirmed the use of tear gas by the police to break the blockage to help Kaczynski and Prime Minister Beata Szydlo exit the Parliament. Although the Warsaw police officials have denied this, they confirmed the use of force to remove the protesters.

Many fear that further escalation of the conflict might lead to violence, like in Ukraine during the anti-government protests in 2013 and 2014.

 

SOURCES: The Guardian, The Wire

IMAGE SOURCE: Reuters

ADVANI GOES EMOTIONAL OVER PARLIAMENT DISRUPTIONS

BJP veteran leader LK Advani expressed his desire to resign

as a result of the unending disruptions in the Parliament.

 

According to reports,

he told three members of parliament including Nana Patole. He also mentioned

that former B.J.P leader Atal Bihari Vajpayee would be very sad to witness this

state of affairs.

The Lok Sabha was adjourned shortly after noon and other

members started to leave, however, Advani

remained seated there. Idris Ali, MP of Trinamool Congress asked him whether

his health was okay or not. Advani replied that his health his fine however the

health of the parliament has deteriorated.

Advani also informed Smriti Irani and Rajnath Singh of his disappointment as a

result of the protests.

 

L.K Advani also said that the ruling and opposition leaders

should approach speaker Sumitra Mahajan and debate about demonetization on the

last day of the winter session.

 

Recently on 7 December when such a situation occurred before,

Advani had remarked that neither speaker Sumitra Mahajan nor Parliamentary

Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar seemed to be running the house. Today for the 20th

day Lok Sabha was adjourned as a result of heated exchanges between the B.J.P

and opposition benches.

Rajya Sabha, Deputy Chairman PJ Kurien criticized both the

government and the opposition for disrupting the house.

 

Sources: New Indian Express , DNA

Image Source: Deccan Chronicle

 

 

Historic impeachment day for Park Geun-hye

The influence peddling scandal has made President Park Geun-hye face an impeachment vote in Parliament on Friday. This will result in her removal from the office in disgrace.

People are supporting her impeachment through opinion polls and rallies on every Saturday for the past six weeks. According to the opposition parties, the Parliament is expected to vote in favour of impeachment and they are getting a full support from some members of Park’s conservative Saenuri Party. However, the Constitutional Court must decide whether to uphold the motion, a process that could take up to 180 days.

As reported Park is accused of conspiring with a former aide, and a friend.They have been charged with pressurizing big businesses to donate to two foundations, which have been set up to back her policy initiatives. Nonetheless,she has totally denied all accusations, but she is sorry for being incautious in her ties with her friend, Choi Soon-sil.

The Parliament is scheduled for the session and is to begin at 3 p.m. As per the media, it will take one hour to complete the balloting. Further, Park is waiting for the court’s ruling, and signaling.

The impeachment bill was produced in Parliament on Thursday,and it has to be voted on within 24 to 72 hours.

Sources – DNA, CNBC

Image sources – Huffington Post

Opposition observes “black day” in parliament over demonetisation

Opposition parties on Thursday have staged protest against the government’s demonetisation policy by observing “black day” near the Mahatma Gandhi statue in the Parliament premises. This has resulted in disruption and later, adjournment of both the houses for the day.

The opposition used the occasion to charge the Prime Minister of not acknowledging the larger scale problems sparked by the decision. The protest was led by congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi and comprised mainly of Samajvadi Party, Bahujan Samaj Party and Trinamool Congress with over a hundred opposition leaders, notably Ghulam Nabi Azad, Jyotiraditya Scindia.

“Farmers are dying and the Prime Minister seems to be having fun. He should come to parliament to debate on demonetisation, we will not let him run away,” Rahul said.

TMC staged a silent protest wearing a black ribbon at their heads and arms.

Since the beginning of the winter session, opposition has held up both the houses of the parliament demanding the PM to speak up on the matter.

Meanwhile The President has condemned the protest stating that the disruption of Parliament in unacceptable. “Parliament is a place to debate. No MP has the right to disrupt the house. For God’s Sake, please do your job… You are meant to transact Parliament business; not to disrupt it,” he added.

Union Minister Venkaih Naidu in his usual tone has retaliated against the opposition calling the “black day” as “kala dhan samarthan divas” (A day to support black money).

SOURCES: Outlook,  Rajya Sabha TV

IMAGE SOURCE: ANI

Defence Ministry slammed by CAG over ‘avoidable expenditure’ on MiG-29

According to a report by Hindustan Times, The Comptroller Auditor General has slammed the central government for incurring “an avoidable expenditure” of Rs 9.97 crore on India’s mainstream naval fighter MiG-29K due to defects in engine, airframe and serviceability issues, leading to very low adaptability of the aircraft.

It would have been the least of the problems for the government if only CAG would have stopped by saying that the aircraft is riddled with problems, but it went on to explain that the maritime fighters’ battle readiness was at an unimpressive 15.93% to 37.63% for the single sitter and around 21-47% for the twin-seat trainer.

The CAG also added to its statement that the MiG-29K were being technically accepted despite having anomalies relating to airframe.

In another report tabled at the parliament, the auditor has revealed how India had invested almost Rs 19 crore on Boeing C-17 Globemaster but failed to utilize them adequately. 

The MiG aircraft has earned epithets like “widow-maker” and “flying coffin” right from the time it became the backbone of the Indian Air Force.

India has lost half of its MiG combat fleet (872 aircrafts) in accidents, killing 171 pilots, 39 civilians and eight persons from other services

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AAP MP Bhagwat Mann draws flak for filming during parliamentary session

Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) MP Bhagwant Mann drew flak from all quarters of the government for filming security pickets inside the Parliament.

Reportedly, Janta Dal (U) leader Ajay Alok asked Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal to reprimand Mann for his act and asked Lok Sabha speaker Sumitra Mahajan’s to intervene into the matter.

“This is madness. Nobody can be allowed to make a mockery out of Parliament and nation’s security. I want Arvind Kejriwal to personally take note of this act and question him. Lok Sabha Speaker should intervene in this matter and must ask for an explanation and until then he must be refrained from entering into the Parliament,” Ajay Alok told the Indian Express.

However, in his defence the AAP MP said that the purpose of this video was to showcase how Parliament functions and added that he had done nothing wrong.

The Lok Sabha speaker took matters in her hand and reprimanded him and is soon to consult other political parties to take ‘appropriate actions ‘against Mann.

Amid the gravity of this predicament, the MP on Friday gave an unconditional apology and promised to never repeat it again.

However, the speaker wasn’t convinced of his apology and the issue stands unresolved.

AAP MP Bhagwant Mann films parliamentary session, faces flak from politicos

Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) MP Bhagwant Mann drew flak from all quarters of the government for filming security pickets inside the Parliament.

 

Reportedly, Janta Dal (U) leader Ajay Alok asked Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal to reprimand Mann for his act and asked Lok Sabha speaker Sumitra Mahajan’s to intervene into the matter.

 

“This is madness. Nobody can be allowed to make a mockery out of Parliament and nation’s security. I want Arvind Kejriwal to personally take note of this act and question him. Lok Sabha Speaker should intervene in this matter and must ask for an explanation and until then he must be refrained from entering into the Parliament,” Ajay Alok told the Indian Express.

 

However, in his defence the AAP MP said that the purpose of this video was to showcase how Parliament functions and added that he had done nothing wrong.

 

The Lok Sabha speaker took matters in her hand and reprimanded him and is soon to consult other political parties to take ‘appropriate actions ‘against Mann.

 

Amid the gravity of this predicament, the MP on Friday gave an unconditional apology and promised to never repeat it again.

 

However, the speaker wasn’t convinced of his apology and the issue stands unresolved.