Rafale deal: Sonia leads oppn protest, demands JPC probe Aug 11, 2018 0 36 12345 New Delhi: On the last day of Parliament's monsoon session, UPA Chairperson and Congress leader Sonia Gandhi on Friday led her party MPs and other Opposition leaders in their protest against the Narendra Modi government on the controversial Rafale deal, and demanded a JPC probe into it. Holding placards, the Congress leaders assembled near the Gandhi statue in Parliament lawns where they shouted slogans denouncing the government and demanding a JPC probe into the fighter jet deal. Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad, former Defence Minister A.K. Antony, senior leader Ambika Soni and party lawmakers participated in the protest. Among the other parties which also joined the protest included Trinamool Congress, Communist Party of India (CPI) and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP). Earlier, the Congress members in the Lok Sabha raised slogans during the Zero Hour demanding a JPC probe into the Rafale deal and entered the well of the House. Later, they staged a walkout. The Congress MPs also protested in the Rajya Sabha, disrupting the House proceedings briefly."This is the biggest scam of the world. We demand formation of a JPC to investigate the deal,"Azad said in the Rajya Sabha. Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Vijay Goel, however, dimissed the allegations, saying the opposition MPs need to have substantial proof if they accuse the Prime Minister of graft. Trinamool Congress MP Saugata Roy also backed Congress'demand for a JPC probe into Rafale deal."The demand raised by Congress MP Sunil Jakhar for a JPC probe into the purchase of Rafale jets has merits. This is not our party's demand. But since the government has a majority, they should have the courage and accept the demand for a probe into it by a JPC,"Roy said. (IANS) POST A COMMENT RELATED ARTICLES Thousands excluded from NRC throng centres to file claims Aug 11, 2018 0 47 'Male bastion' falls as first female SWAT team ready Aug 11, 2018 0 42 M'rashtra ATS nabs 3 'Hindu militants' over terror plot Aug 11, 2018 0 341 SC concerned at sexual abuses in childcare homes, seeks report on facilities IANS New Delhi Expressing concern over sexual abuse of minor girls at shelter homes in Uttar Pradesh and Bihar, the Supreme Court on Friday sought a report from the Centre on utilisation of funds meant for childcare .. India, Switzerland discuss bilateral ties, black money New Delhi: India and Switzerland discussed on Friday various aspects of bilateral ties, including the issue of curbing black money, as well as regional and multilateral issues during a meeting between External Affairs .. Senior CPI-M leader Jayarajan to return as Minister Thiruvananthapuram: The CPI-M state secretariat on Friday gave the nod for the re-induction of CPI-M leader EP Jayarajan into the Pinarayi Vijayan cabinet, according to party state secretary Kodiyeri Balakrishnan. .. Incessant heavy rain forces opening of all five floodgates of Idukki dam Idukki: With heavy rains continuing in Idukki, the authorities in Kerala were forced to open the remaining two more floodgates of the nearly overflowing Idamalayar dam on Friday afternoon even as the death toll reached .. Protests in New Delhi after seven-year-old girl raped AFP New Delhi Scores of angry parents protested outside a government-run school in New Delhi on Friday after a seven-year-old girl was allegedly raped by an electrician on its premises, police said. The incident comes on .. Rajasthan HC issues notice on expense details of Gaurav Yatra Jaipur: The Rajasthan High Court on Friday issued notice to the BJP state unit chief on a PIL regarding the expenses incurred on the party's ongoing 'Gaurav Yatra'led by Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje in the ..