18th Lok Sabha session: Opposition stage walk out over NEET scandal

Earlier, Congress MP B Manickam Tagore gave a suspension of business notice in Lok Sabha to discuss the NEET issue.
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The Opposition MPs staged a walkout from the Lok Sabha on Monday after Leader of Opposition (LoP) Rahul Gandhi raised concerns over alleged irregularities in the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET)

The three criminal laws, which came into effect on Monday, July 1, 2024, the controversy brewing over NEET and the "misuse" of central agencies by the ruling BJP government dominated as the 18th Lok Sabha session resumed on Monday.

Several Opposition INDIA bloc MPs, including Leader of Opposition, Rahul Gandhi, protested at the Parliament complex alleging the "misuse" of central agencies.

They held placards reading, such as, "End the Reign of Fear, Stop, ED, IT cell misuse," and "Stop Dictatorship," and shouted slogans against the "misuse" of the central agencies.

Shiv Sena (UBT) MP, Priyanka Chaturvedi raised the issue saying that when the trial court had granted bail to Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, it had said no base for his arrest. The same was the case with Hemant Soren. The Jharkhand High Court which granted him bail said that there is no base. These show that this is not a free and fair investigation but a political witch-hunt.

Earlier, Congress MP B Manickam Tagore gave a suspension of business notice in Lok Sabha to discuss the NEET issue.

As there was an uproar over the NEET issue, BJP's Rajnath Singh slammed the Opposition members and said that he has "never seen" in the history of parliamentary democracy that any issues would have discussed before Motion of Thanks to President. 

Congress MP Manish Tewari demanded that Parliament re-examine the new criminal laws, which has come into force from Monday.

Manish Tewari moved an adjournment motion for the purpose of discussing them.

"The new criminal Laws that came into effect from 12 midnight July 1st 2024 - (Today) lay the foundations of turning India into a Police State," he posted on X.

The three new laws — the Bharatiya Nyaya Sanhita, the Bharatiya Nagarik Suraksha Sanhita and the Bharatiya Sakshya Adhiniyam — are replacing the IPC, CrPC and Evidence Act. 

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