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Brotherhood and bonhomie ruled Parliament today

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March 28, 2018 17:53


Parliament witnessed an unusual group of MPs today -- emotional and non-combative.

Rajya Sabha bade farewell to about 60 of its members whose tenures end over the next few weeks, and at the Central Hall of Parliament many MPs seemed actually emotional cutting across party lines conversing with colleagues.  

Here's a listicle who spoke to whom.

-- Congress leader Ahmed Patel was seen in conversation with BJP senior leader Dr Murli Manohar Joshi.

-- NCP chief Sharad Pawar was talking to TMC's Dinesh Trivedi o


-- BJP leader Naresh Aggarwal was seated next to SP Amar Singh and were discussing Uttar Pradesh politics.

-- SP's Jaya Bachchan was seated next to party colleague Dimple Yadav. As Naresh Aggarwal passed by she turned her face away to avoid interacting with him. Jaya Bachchan and Naresh Agarwal are not on talking terms after the SP rejected his candidature for the Rajya Sabha seat. He has also belittled Bachchan when he joined the BJP.

-- Karnataka MPs both from Congress and BJP were exchanging notes of Rahul Gandhi and Amit Shah's visits to the state. BJP MPs from Karnataka crowed that they would be forming the government in the state, while Congress MPs said that if they projected Mallikarjuna Kharge as the CM candidate, they would retain the state. CM Siddaramaiah splitting Lingayat votes also came up for discussion.

-- The Cauvery water issue and the failed attempt to introduce a no-confidence motion in the House were not talked about as the subjects are way too boring for the MPs.

BJP MP Udit Raj from Delhi was talking loudly against his government and he said that people expected more from Modi but the party could not deliver on its promises. Many print media journalists were seen around him.

TDP's CM Ramesh and KSR Rao of the Congress were discussing Andhra Pradesh politics. Ramesh stated that the TDP will go it alone and wants the YSR Congress and BJP should come together so that Christian and Muslim minorities will distance themselves from YSR, which will help the TDP.  

Punjab Governor VP Singh Badnore was in the Central Hall meeting senior Congress leader Moshina Kidwai and others. They were then joined by SAD MP Naresh Gujral, then, interestingly, both went to meet Arun Jaitley at his chambers.

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