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Political Exchange: Experts discuss the stormy start to the winter session

Updated : November 18, 2019 09:25 PM IST

The winter session of the parliament kicked off on Monday and the to-do list for the Indian lawmakers includes 20 sittings over 26 days and deliberating 50 bills that are set to be presented.

Day one saw the opposition asking for the release of National Conference Leader Farooq Abdullah. Opposition MPs asked for a statement from the Home Minister on why Farooq Abdullah, Omar Abdullah, Mehbooba Mufti, and other opposition politicians continue to be been detained in Kashmir.

The Trinamool Congress, Shiv Sena and other opposition parties have also given a notice for a discussion on the economic crisis in the country too.

There is another major story that the ruling party may have to answer for. Why did the BJP government overrule the RBI in giving a go-ahead to electoral bonds? A report by journalist Nitin Sethi in the Huffington Post reveals that the RBI on January 30, 2017, had expressed strong reservations against electoral bonds. The RBI said that the amendment would set a bad precedent, would encourage money laundering and undermine faith in Indian banknotes.

The report based on documents also says that the government showed undue haste with this amendment with the then revenue secretary Hasmukh Adhia swiftly rejecting the RBI’s objection. The opposition now has demanded an immediate inquiry and scrapping of the electoral bonds scheme.

To discuss these issues CNBC-TV18's Parikshit Luthra spoke to  Brijendra Singh, MP - Lok Sabha, BJP, Saugata Roy, MP - Lok Sabha, TMC, AK Bhattacharya, Editorial Director at Business Standard, Rajeev Gowda, MP - Rajya Sabha, Congress and SY Quraishi, Former CEC.
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