On the second day of the Monsoon Session on Thursday, opposition members in the Lok Sabha raised slogans against Civil Aviation Minister Jayant Sinha for felicitating men convicted of lynching a meat trader in Jharkhand.

As soon as the minister rose to respond to a question on upgrade of airports during the Question Hour, opposition members started raising slogans.

They soon rushed to the Well demanding an apology from the minister. They raised slogans such as “stop garlanding convicts” as Sinha responded to the question.

Sinha, however, continued to speak.

Union minister Nitin Gadkari, who was the senior-most member of the Union Cabinet present in the House, stood up briefly apparently urging opposition members to return to their seats.

As Sinha completed his answer, opposition members withdrew from the Well.
Sinha had sparked a controversy after pictures of him felicitating men convicted of lynching a meat trader in Jharkahand went viral on social media.

He had later expressed regret and had said that he believes in the rule of law.

BJP believes in hiding the truth: Rahul

Criticising the proposed amendment to the RTI Bill that will render it “useless”, Congress President Rahul Gandhi on Thursday slammed the BJP for believing only in keeping the truth hidden.

“Every Indian has the right to know the truth. The BJP believes the truth must be hidden from the people and they must not question people in power. The changes proposed to the RTI will make it a useless Act,” Gandhi tweeted.

The Bharatiya Janata Party’s move to pass ‘The Right to Information (Amendment) Bill, 2018’ “must be opposed by every Indian” he added.

The Centre on Wednesday had said it was considering a proposal to amend the Right to Information (RTI) Act, 2005.

(With inputs from agencies)