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Jaya Bachchan in RS: Aap ke bure din ayenge, I curse you

When Samajwadi Party (SP) Jaya Bachchan rose to speak on the NDPS (Amendment) Bill, 2021, there were heated exchanges between her and the treasury benches, forcing Bhubaneswar Kalita, who was in the chair, to adjourn the House till 5 PM.

After she rose to speak, Jaya Bachchan was not heard saying a word on the proposed amendment in the NDPS law. She instead went on and on about the conduct of others in the house, including that of Kalita who was acting on his own behalf before managing the chair for while in the absence of Chairman Venkaiah Naidu. A BJP then rose to object, saying the SP MP was casting aspersions on the chair.

Then, sources in the oposition claim, a member from the treasury bench made a personal remark about the Bachchan family in the light of the Enforcement Directorate’s summons to actress and the SP MP’s daughter-in-law Aishwarya Rai Bachchan. Retorting, a combative Jaya Bachchan said: “Aapke bure din aaenge (your bad patch would arrive eventually). I curse you.”

Jaya Bachchan then indulged in arguments with members of the treasury benches instead of addressing the chair. On being intervened, she said she was given a chance to speak and the chair should not interject now. The chair said it was, of course, her turn to speak but only on the subject of NDPS. She couldn’t care less, moving to the issue of the ouster of 12 MPs from the Rajya Sabha at the beginning of the winter session for their unruly conduct in August.

Aishwarya Rai Bachchan today reached the ED office in Mumbai where the agency recorded the statement of the 48-year-old actress in the case over allegations of stashing wealth abroad under the Foreign Exchange Management Act, 1999. The actress had earlier submitted records on the foreign payments under investigation.

Sources said that ED had summoned the actress earlier too but she could not appear and sought next dates at least two times.

The Panama Papers pertain to leaked documents that point towards fraud and tax evasion by many individuals and corporate entities across the world. Aishwarya Rai Bachchan’s name featured in the list of 500 Indians who were named in the massive leak of 11.5 million tax documents exposing their secret offshore dealings.

“The Panama Papers” case is a sprawling investigation spanning millions of documents stolen and leaked to the media in 2016, which involves allegations that the world’s rich and powerful set up offshore accounts or shell companies to avoid taxes.

Over 300 Indians were said to be part of the Panama Papers.

Many Indian celebrities including Amitabh Bachchan and Aishwarya Rai were named in this paper leak. All these people were accused of tax fraud. After the name surfaced in this case, Amitabh had said that he has sent money abroad only under Indian rules. He also denied having any affiliation with the companies that appeared in the Panama Papers.

Rajya Sabha proceedings today saw its third adjournment in the day till 5 PM amid uproar by opposition members over various issues, including the suspension of 12 MPs and the Lakhimpur Kheri violence.

Opposition members continued sloganeering during a discussion on the NDPS (Amendment) Bill, 2021. Several members, including Vemireddy Prabhakar Reddy of the and Prashanta Nanda of the BJD, spoke on the bill.

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