Congress walks out of Lok Sabha during Gadkari’s reply

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Nitin Gadkari

New Delhi: Congress members on Tuesday walked out of the Lok Sabha after its leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury was not allowed to raise an issue in the House.

Chowdhury was urging Lok Sabha speaker Om Birla to allow him to raise an important issue, but Birla denied as Union Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari has started speaking on the demand for grants under his ministry.

Congress members then walked out of the House but later came back.

Replying to a discussion on demands for grants for the Road Transport and Highways ministry in the Lok Sabha, he said the government built 40,000 kilometres of highway in the last five years.

Amid concerns expressed by some members over collection of toll in different parts of the country, Gadkari said money collected through toll from those areas which have capacity to pay are utilised for building roads in rural and hilly areas.

“Toll zindagi bar band nahi ho sakta… kam zyaada ho saktha hai. Toll ka jaanamdata mein ho… (Toll system can never end though rates may vary from time to time. Toll is my brain child,” Gadkari said.

“If you want good services, you have to pay for it. Government does not have money…,” he stressed.

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