SPG guarding PM should show courtesy to MPs: Cong members

first_imgNew Delhi, May 11 (PTI) The Special Protection Group (SPG) guarding Prime Minister Narendra Modi should show courtesy to Members of Parliament, Congress members demanded in Rajya Sabha today.Raising the issue T Subbarami Reddy (Cong) said he has given a breach of privilege notice under rule 188 against the SPG for being “rude” and “discourteous” to MPs.At a recent function of Modi at Vishakapatnam, “they were rude to me,” he said. “We dont question their duty but… they should show courtesy to MPs.””How can they be rude to MPs,” he asked.Deputy Chairman P J Kurien said the Chairman will examine the notice Reddy has given.Anand Sharma (Cong) said when a member was narrating from personal experience, the issue should not get restricted to notices.”How can MPs be ill-treated… it is most unfortunate,” he said.Kurien said Reddy himself has said he has given a notice which will now have to be decided by the Chairman.Subramanian Swamy (BJP) said the scope of the notice should also include the SPG guarding Congress President Sonia Gandhi and Vice President Rahul Gandhi.This led to a brief retort from Congress members but order was restored soon after and the House continued with its business. PTI ANZ DVlast_img read more

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Virat Kohli was confident of chasing down 287. Numbers don’t back him up

first_imgVirat Kohli was asked during his interaction with media if the world number one side doubted if it can win the second of the ongoing four-Test series after Australia had set a steep target of 287 on a pace and bounce-rich wicket at the Perth Stadium.The answer, as expected from the India captain, was a big NO. Kohli’s visiting team had lost the last five wickets on Tuesday morning for just 28 runs, eventually getting bowled out for 140 and squandering the 1-0 lead they had clinched in the series opener in Adelaide.”No, not for a moment (doubted if India would be able to chase down the total). We always believe we can win from any situation. Guys in the change room believe they can do special things and that’s the communication we have in the dressing room,” Kohli said.”We urge them to believe they can do something special. If it’s been done in the past and now we remember those as great players of the game, why can’t individuals coming into the team do the same thing? You have to dream big. That’s the mindset that everyone takes on to the field. They want to be match winners.”It will not happen (everytime), but as long as that mindset prevails, and it’s there all the time, you’re heading in the right direction as the team Cricket is a game of variables, you can’t win every time. But there was definitely no sense of lack of belief after I got out or anyone for that matter.advertisement”When I got out and with Rishabh Pant and Hanuma Vihari overnight, they believed that they can get a big partnership and win us the game. So, I think the belief is very important to have.”Kohli and Ravi Shastri-led backroom staff have never been bogged down by results since coming together in 2017. Even when India were struggling to get past the finish line in England, the head coach had insisted that his team has been the best traveling team from the Asian country in the last 15-20 years.Hence, Kohli’s insistence that India believed in themselves to gun down the total on a wearing wicket at the Perth Stadium didn’t come as a surprise. However, numbers paint a different and concerning picture.15 defeats and six draws while chasing more than 200Since 2003 wherein a Sourav Ganguly-led team chased down a 233-run target in Adelaide against Australia, India have not managed to chase 200-plus targets outside the sub-continent. In 21 Tests, the Asian giants have lost 15 and managed to draw six.The 146-run thrashing in Perth was India’s sixth defeat while chasing in 2018. No prizes for guessing, no other team has lost more than four Tests in a calendar year while chasing targets.With a variety-rich and well-oiled bowling attack that many India captains in the past missed, Kohli led India into the new year in South Africa with a lot of promise. However, cut to December, the world No. 1 Test team have managed to win only three Tests, losing two overseas series – in South Africa (2-1) and in England (4-1).Unlike the recent past, India weren’t trashed but their inability to seize crucial moments haunted them both in South Africa and England.When India were ticking all the right boxes in the first Test of the ongoing series in Adelaide, it seemed India had learnt from their mistake but it was not to be as familiar woes came back to haunt the visitors in the Perth Test.Misreading conditions, skewed team selection and failure to perform as a batting unit have haunted Kohli’s men throughout the year and it was deja vu in Perth as well.Chasing 287, India needed a strong start from its openers. But the visitors’ 10-for-2-man, Kohli was out as early as in the fourth over of their chase. KL Rahul, who has been having a horror run in the ongoing series, was dismissed for naught and Cheteshwar Pujara’s early dismissal didn’t help India’s cause.Murali Vijay, who has been struggling to put bat to ball, got a start but eventually fell on 20, leaving the middle order with a lot of work to do.For instance, Australia’s No. 10, Lyon has a better batting average (76) in this series than the two Indian openers, who have managed only 97 runs together so far in the series.Meanwhile, Kohli insisted that India never thought of playing a spinner in Perth but going in with a four-man pace attack had a major influence on the outcome of the match.advertisementAustralia had gone in with their premier spinner, Nathan Lyon and he proved to be the difference between the two sides. While Lyon finished with figures of 106/8, India’s Umesh Yadav, who was included in the playing XI ahead of a specialist spinner, leaked runs (139) and managed only two wickets.Reading conditions, especially at a new Test venue, is not easy but India’s inability to learn from the past mistakes is a major cause for concern for a team that has the potential to challenge top teams at their own backyard.Also Read | Paine on banter with Kohli: He brings out the competitive spirit in a lot of peopleAlso Read | IPL 2019 Auction Live Streaming: When and where to watch IPL 2019 AuctionAlso Read | Virat Kohli surpasses Brian Lara with sixth hundred in a losing cause as captainAlso See:last_img read more

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