Shah's wealth up due to inheritance: BJP

After that, the PM tasked party president Amit Shah to do tough talk with the party MPs to ensure that they are vigilant towards their parliamentary duties. Now the bill will be sent back to Lok Sabha. The Opposition moved amendments and were passed by its 74 votes against the NDA's 52.

The bill was passed earlier by the Lok Sabha with 360 MPs voting in its favour and two against it in April.

The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) on Monday asked why at least three media houses took down articles on "300 per cent increase" in BJP National President Amit Shah's assets, without giving any explanation.


Shah maintained that when the Rajya Sabha select committee had unanimously passed the bill then why did Congress leaders propose the amendment. The Opposition had specified that the commission should have a panel of 5 members from OBC category including 1 woman and 1 member from another minority, while the government had suggested that the commission composition should not be stipulated in advance. The BJP's strength is 56 while the ruling block enjoys the support of 88 members, counting 10 JD (U) MPs.

Among the ministers not present in the House were Ravi Shankar Prasad, Piyush Goyal, Dharmendra Pradhan, Smriti Irani, MJ Akbar and Nirmala Sitharaman.

Putting up a united fight, the Opposition asked the government to vote in favour of the bill with amendments.


Speculation has been rife in political circles, including sections of the BJP, of Shah's possible appointment as a minister following his entry into the Rajya Sabha.

Referring to Bihar incident, Mr Shah said,"BJP did not break any party". Members not being present in Parliament is "not acceptable", he said, the sources said. "The dropped clause pertains to the insertion of a new article 338B about the constitution and powers of the National Commission for Backward Classes".

BJP President said he was also confident of party's thumping victory in 2019 general elections saying, "We will win 2019 general election even with bigger mandate because of development, good governance".



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