Day 13 Parliament: Rajya Sabha adjourned till 5 December amid uproar from Opposition

Dec, 02 2016 IST

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    Lok Sabha debates Disability Bill

    Possibly the only work that was undertaken during Winter Session, MPs in Lok Sabha are debating the Disability Bill and are planning to pass it. Today is the last day of Winter Session. 

    Rajya Sabha was adjourned sine die earlier today. 

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    Speaker Sumitra Mahajan disallows demand for adjournment motions in Lok Sabha

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    Peace prevailed only when obituaries were read out: Hamid Ansari

    The Rajya Sabha on Friday concluded its winter session after an emotional speech by the Chairman as the house was adjourned sine die.
     

    "Regular and continuous disruptions signify this session... The rules about displaying placards and shouting slogans were ignored by all sections of the house," Rajya Sabha Chairman Hamid Ansari said in his closing statement before adjourning the house.
     

    Peace prevailed only when obituaries were read out, he added.

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    Hamid Ansari raps MPs on last day of Winter Session

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    Lok Sabha starts at 11 am, gets adjourned at 11.03 am till 12 pm

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    Prime Minister Narendra Modi appealed to people of India that digital economy should be a way of life,it will be transparent and effective, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar said. 

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    Rahul Gandhi will meet with Narendra Modi shortly

    Two days after serious corruption allegations against the prime minister, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi, along with other Congress leaders, will meet Narendra Modi shortly.

    Reports said that the meeting is about waiving off farmer loans.

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    Narendra Modi to address BJP members today

    The last day of the Winter Session of Parliament is setup for a big tussle between the government and the Opposition as both try to break the deadlock.

    The BJP’s Parliamentary Party meeting to discuss the strategy to counter the Opposition’s charges against the government is currently underway. Prime Minister Narendra Modi is set to address the gathering.

    Opposition leaders are scheduled to meet the President and PM Modi to push for a way to break the deadlock.

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    I feel like resigning, says LK Advani

    Senior BJP leader LK Advani told Home Minister Rajnath Singh to intervene and stop disruptions in both Houses of Parliament.  Expressing his unhappiness, Advani allegedly said that he "feels like resigning".

    Advani also added that "had Atal ji been in Parliament today, he would have been upset."

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    Winter Session a failure - Opposition meets President Pranab

    Taking their protest on demonetisation to President Pranab Mukherjee's doorsteps, Opposition parties sought a meeting with the president to convey the problems caused by the measure to the common man and "over not being" allowed to speak in Parliament. At a meeting of the opposition held in the chamber of Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad, representatives of various parties decided to raise with the President the problems of the common people, including the poor and farmers arising out of demonetisation.


    Leaders of various parties said the entire opposition has decided to approach the President to "complain" against the ruling party for not allowing them to speak in Parliament. The leaders said they were elected representatives of the country and had every right to speak in Parliament and it was "unconstitutional" not to allow them to speak in both Houses. Sources said time is being sought from the President till Friday and all opposition parties were ready to raise the issue unitedly before him.


    Sources said that it was also decided in the meeting to raise the plight of farmers and common people in both Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha and demand a loan waiver for farmers. Representatives of Congress, Trinamool Congress, BSP, SP, JD-U, CPI, CPI-M, NCP, DMK and All India United Democratic Front (AIUDF) were present in today's meeting.

    With inputs from PTI

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    Rajya Sabha adjourned till 2 pm

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    Lok Sabha adjourned for the day

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    Mallikarjun Kharge: We want debate, ruling BJP is obstructing discussion

    Members create ruckus in Lok Sabha after Leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge gets up to speak. It is shameless that Parliamentarians behave the way Lok Sabha is functioning. 

    Unnecessary yelling, screaming and obstructing debate and discussion has become usual in the Lower House. Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar raises AgustaWestland issue in Lok Sabha as Opposition demands to debate demonetisation. 

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    Lok Sabha, Rajya Sabha resume, so does ruckus

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    Let me speak: Rahul Gandhi

    After a sudden press conference where the Congress vice-president claimed that he had information on 'personal corruption' the prime minister, Rahul Gandhi on Thursday demanded that he be allowed to speak in the House. 

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    Parliament logjam continues even though 2 days left for Winter Session

    Merely two days are remaining for the Winter Session to wrap up, but both the Houses showed absolutely no concern for the fact that the session has been a complete washout until now. The Lok Sabha got adjourned within minutes of commencing and Rajya Sabha a few minutes after. Both Opposition and BJP sparred over the issue of demonetisation and Rahul Gandhi's jibe at Narendra Modi on Wednesday.

    Earlier in the day, senior BJP ministers, including Venkaiah Naidu and Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi had met with Prime Minister Narendra Modi ahead of the session and the Opposition parties met with President Pranab Mukherjee.

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    BJP and Opposition both stall Rajya Sabha

    Helpless deputy chairman PJ Kurien begs for MPs to sit down as Congress and BJP leaders spar over Ghulam Nabi Azad's speech on demonetisation.

    "I have to adjourn.. what should I do?" asks Kurien. "This is for the first time in history of India that it's the ruling party that's not letting the House to function," says Azad. 

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    BJP protest in Rajya Sabha

    Senior BJP leader Venkaiah Naidu and Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi object to leader of opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad speaking in the Upper House. Kurien asks BJP members to sit down. Amid slogans of "Agusta Agusta", BJP leaders demanded to know what is the topic of discussion?

    Kurien allows Azad to speak.

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    Members protest in Rajya Sabha

    Kurien:"I have given the floor to Leader of Opposition. That's the tradition. Let's follow it. Please sit down."

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    Lok Sabha adjourned till 12 pm amid massive uproar

    BJP raises AgustaWestland scam in Lok Sabha. Amid massive uproar, Sumitra Mahajan adjourns the House till 12 pm.

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    Notice in Rajya Sabha for discussion on corruption allegation against Rijiju

    Congress leader Anand Sharma gave notice in Rajya Sabha for discussion on Kiren Rijiju's alleged involvement in Arunachal hydro scam issue. 

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    Rajya Sabha and Lok Sabha start

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    Both sides are indisciplined, what can I do? asks Kurien

    It seemed like the members in the Upper House were just waiting to pass one single Bill this Winter Session. Soon after Kurien praised the members of the Upper House for being disciplined, ruckus over alleged corruption allegations on Kiren Rijiju took the House by storm again. 

    As Opposition members raised slogans and ruckus, Kurien said, "What can I do except adjourning. Both sides are indisciplined. The House is adourned till tomorrow (15 December) 11 am."

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    No allegation against member: Kurien

    Soon after Rajya Sabha passed the amended The Rights of Persons with Disabilities Bill (2014) and Kurien congratulated the members over a productive day, Anand Sharma raised the issue of Rijiju and his alleged involvement in the Rs 450-crore scam. Kurien tried to maintain calm in the House by saying, "Allegation without informing the Chair cannot be allowed."

    "What do I do with this Appropriation Bill?" asks Kurien. 

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    Spoke too soon?

    Soon after Kurien congratulates members of Upper House for passing the amended Disabilities Bill, Rajya Sabha erupts in ruckus as senior Congress leader Anand Sharma questions Kiren Rijiju's involvement over the hydro project scam in Arunachal Pradesh. 

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    ​The Rights of Persons with Disabilities Bill (2014) as amended passed in Rajya Sabha

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    Rajya Sabha debates Disabilities Bill

    CPM General Secretary Sitaram Yechury questions clauses mentioned in the Bill. "What is a mental disability? Who is the competent authority to judge?"

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    Lok Sabha Speaker slams Opposition: 'You can't have it both ways'

    A united Opposition, during a press conference, alleged that the ruling BJP government is scheming and is not allowing Parliament to function. After Rahul Gandhi's claims that he has information about corrupt practices that the prime minister is "personally" involved in, senior Opposition leaders slammed the BJP government for not allowing debate in the Lower House over issues that are important for the nation, like demonetisation. 

    Interestingly, Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan lambasted the Opposition and said that "you cannot have it both ways." Mahajan slammed the MPs, who disrupted the Parliament, and said, "Both things cannot happen at the same time. You (Opposition) protest in well and also ask for discussion."

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    BJP demands apology from Rahul Gandhi

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    "Why is Rahul Gandhi not revealing these earth-shattering info?" asks BJP

    Minister for Parliamentary Affairs Ananth Kumar said that if Rahul Gandhi had any information, he could have revealed them twenty days ago, ""but till today he wasn't ready to make any earth-shattering revelations." 

    BJP was reacting to Congress vice-president's claim that he has information of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's alleged involvement in "personal corruption." Rahul was speaking a joint press briefing of the Opposition after the Lok Sabha was adjourned for the day amid din created by Opposition. 

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    BJP denied allegations made by Rahul Gandhi 

    Parliamentary Affairs Minister Anant Kumar denied the allegations made by Rahul Gandhi. He said it is the Congress party which has been disrupting proceedings in Parliament and added that the BJP is ready for a debate on demonetisation. 

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    Demonetisation leading country towards national disaster: AK Antony

    Former Defence Minister A K Antony said demonetisation would lead the country toward a national disaster and that Prime Minister Narendra Modi does not deserve a pardon. He was addressing the leaders and workers of the party at Jantar Mantar who are protesting the alleged bias against the co-operative banking sector post demonetisation.

    "India as a whole is moving toward a national disaster due to the decision taken by Narendra Modi. This has given a chance to black money holders to convert it into white. Modi doesn't deserve forgiveness," Antony said. He also accused the Centre of trying to strangulate the co-operative and the agriculture sectors in the state.

    With inputs from PTI

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    Watch: I have info of personal corruption of PM Modi, about which he is not being allowed to speak in Lok Sabha, says Rahul Gandhi

New Delhi: Parliament again failed to transact any business as the opposition parties on Wednesday created uproar demanding obituary references to the soldiers killed in terror attack in Nagrota on Tuesday as well as those who died due to harassment after demonetisation.

In the Lok Sabha, the demand was rejected by Speaker Sumitra Mahajan who said the operation in Nagrota was still underway and obituary reference can be made only after it is over. In the Rajya Sabha, Leader of the House and Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said the government was ready for a discussion on the terror attack along with that on demonetisation issue.

However, there was uproar in both the Houses, leading to repeated adjournments. The Lok Sabha was adjourned for the day just minutes before 1 pm while the Rajya Sabha was adjourned at around 2.15 pm. Earlier, as soon as the Upper House met for the day, Opposition led by Congress and Trinamool Congress raised the demand for obituary reference over the killing of 25 armymen since the surgical strikes on September 29 and the "death of 82 people" due to post-demonetisation hardships.

Leader of Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad said there should be an obituary reference for the seven army personnel including two officers killed in terrorist attack at Nagrota armybase near Jammu on Tuesday as well as for the 82 people who died because of the "wrong policies of government."

Chairman of Rajya Sabha and Vice-President of country Hamid Ansari speaks in the Rajya Sabha on Wednesday. PTI

Chairman of Rajya Sabha and Vice-President of country Hamid Ansari speaks in the Rajya Sabha on Wednesday. PTI

As other opposition members joined in, Deputy Chairman P J Kurien got listed papers to be laid on the table. Sukhendu Sekhar Roy (Trinamool) said he had given a notice under rule 267 for an obituary resolution to mourn the martyrdom of 25 army personnel since the surgical strikes across the LoC, and the death of 82 people standing in queues io get valid currency after the ban on 500 and 1000 rupee notes. Kurien, however, said the notice is not permitted.

"It is a serious issue if the House is not ready to pay homage to brave soldiers and those who died because of the wrong policies" of the government, Azad said. Charging government with being insensitive, Mayawati (BSP) said demonetisation was done without preparation and a condolence message has to be brought before the House.

Jaitley said the government was ready for discussion on both the issues mentioned by the Opposition. While the discussion on demonetisation should be resumed, the government is ready for a discussion on the situation along the border, he said.

When Sharad Yadav (JD(U) also spoke on the currency issue, Jaitley snapped at him asking him to first discuss demonetisation within his party and decide if it is against the move or for it. His remark was apparent reference to JD-U Chief and Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar supporting demonetisation.

Yadav shot back, saying his party was not against demonetisation but against the restrictions that have been placed on withdrawals. Ram Gopal Yadav (SP) demanded that the government should pay compensation of Rs 10 lakh each to the kin of all those who lost their lives due to hardship caused by demonetisation.

The Opposition members then trooped into the Well. Kurien said the government is ready for discussion on both the issues and they should decide which of the two should be discussed first.

But Opposition members continued to shout slogans. With his pleas going unheeded, Kurien adjourned the proceedings till noon. When the House met again, Chairman Hamid Ansari called for Question Hour to be taken up, but the Opposition members were again on their feet raising objections.

Soon the members of Congress, TMC, Left, SP, BSP and DMK stood in the aisles and started raising slogans. Later, when they raised slogans of "Jai Jawan, Jai Kisan" the treasury bench members too joined them in shouting the same slogan.

"There is total agreement in the House," the Chairman commented sarcastically and wondered why the House was not being allowed to run. As the din continued, Ansari adjourned the House till 2 pm. When the House reassembled, protests continued as Opposition members kept on raising their demands.

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley in the Lok Sabha in New Delhi on Wednesday. PTI

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley in the Lok Sabha in New Delhi on Wednesday. PTI

Azad demanded a statement from the Defence Minister on the Nagrota attack. "Defence Minister should come and give the statement. When such a big incident has happened...We want to know the status," the Leader of Opposition said.

To which, Naqvi said, "The Operations are still on. We will give reply at an appropriate time." The Chair also said that the issue can be debated later. "Where the country is one, all MPs are one. ...What the Minister said is that the operation is going on. After that, information will be shared. We can have debate later," the the Deputy Chairman said.

Congress member Rajiv Shukla said, "Many of our soldiers have died. Many have died standing in queue after demonetisation. We need to offer condolences to both in this House."

Pramod Tiwari (Cong) said the House has tradition of offering condolences and it should do first. "Modi government's policies has been such that they is threat to our border security," he said but did not elaborate.

To this, Deputy Chairman said, "With regard to obituary, we will do at an appropriate time." Amid noisy scenes, HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar said, "Our soldiers are fighting against enemies. We must be sensitive and united in our approach. Otherwise, it will give wrong message." Amid din, TMC leader Derek O'Brien said, "We want the debate (on demonetisation which was initiated on November 16) to continue but the Prime Minister is speaking outside Parliament and painting all political parties in poor light. He should apologise."

CPI (M) member T K Rangarajan said, "....the government is spreading rumour that bandh was failure. The government should apologise."

Trying to convince the Opposition, Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said the armymen are fighting at borders and they are still on job. "We are ready for debate on this issue," he said. But the unrelenting Opposition MPs assembled near the Chairman's podium, raising slogans "Jai Jawan, Jai Kisan."

The Chair expressed happiness over MPs shouting "at least acceptable slogans". Naqvi said, "We welcome your slogans but come for discussion." As slogan-shouting continued, the Chair warned the Opposition members that he would adjourn the House.

As the pleas for order went unheeded and Opposition members continued raising slogans demanding resignation of the Defence Minister, Kurien adjourned the House for the day.

The Lok Sabha also saw uproar over the obituary issue after Leader of Congress Mallikarjun Kharge raised it as soon as the House met for the day. Speaker Sumitra Mahajan initially thought he was raising the issue of allowing the Opposition to bring an Adjournment Motion on demonetisation.

Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan pacifying members on Wednesday. PTI

Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan pacifying members on Wednesday. PTI

When Kharge clarified that he wanted an obituary reference in the memory of the soldiers killed, she said she had no problems in bringing the reference but the details were still pouring in as combing operations were still on.

She said she was aware that seven soldiers have been killed but let the complete report come. Prime Minister Narendra Modi was present in the House as it was the day when questions for the Prime Minister's Office are slated to be raised. But as Kharge was persistent, Information and Broadcasting Minister M Venkaiah Naidu said issues of national security should not be brought into controversy.

Most opposition members, including those from Congress, Trinamool Congress, Left, RJD then staged a walkout. The Speaker said it was sad that the Opposition had raised the issue like this.

As the House took up the first question for the day during Question Hour, the Opposition members returned and rushed to the Well demanding Adjournment Motion on demonetisation issue.

The Speaker then adjourned the proceedings till noon.

Later, Kharge and Trinamool leader Sudip Bandopadhyay expressed regret over the development but blamed the government for its inputs to the Speaker on the matter, a contention Mahajan rejected saying the government had no role in it.

Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar attacked the Opposition over the matter, saying they should not do politics over martyrdom of soldiers, drawing protests from the Opposition benches.

Turning to demonetisation, the Opposition said it is ready for a debate under any rule that entails voting but the government refused to budge from its stand against division of votes. This led to frequent adjournments.

Leaders of several Opposition parties, including Kharge and Bandhopadhyay, expressed willingness to withdraw their demand that the debate be held under Rule 56, which deals with an Adjournment Motion, but said the government also should not insist on debate under Rule 193 which does not entail voting.

BJD also sided with the Opposition and rejected the government's contention with its leader Bhartruhari Mahtab saying the division of votes was not on black money but the hardships facing people and states following the decision.

Kharge asked the Speaker to decide on any rule that involves discussion and voting.

"We are ready. We are not running away from debate," he said, drawing support from Bandopadhyay.

Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar in Lok Sabha in New Delhi on Wednesday. PTI

Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar in Lok Sabha in New Delhi on Wednesday. PTI

Ananth Kumar said the people stood with the Narendra Modi government on its action against black money and a divided message should not go out of Parliament on the issue.

It should not appear that Parliament is against the measures being taken against black money, he said.

Taking a dig at the government, Mahtab wondered who is dividing Parliament. He said it is neither the Leader of Opposition, nor the Trinamool leader.

He said the Opposition was demanding a discussion on the predicament people are facing after demonetisation, with every citizen, every state going through hardships.

Jaitley said if the debate is about hardships facing people, then there is no need for division of votes and the debate should start immediately.

Mahajan suggested that a debate should begin in the Zero Hour and Parliament will try to find "something out of the zero" as both sides are divide on rules.

However, the Opposition members trooped into the Well as it became clear that the government was not agreeable to their demand. The Speaker said it was clear that the Opposition did not want a discussion and she adjourned the House till 1245 hours. Before adjourning the House, the Speaker took up Zero Hour asking members to raise issues of national importance. However, nothing was audbile in the din.

When the proceedings resumed, the Opposition again raised the demand for discussion to be held under rules which entails voting. Mahajan said she had given one chance to the Opposition and was ready to allow them to proceed with the debate. However, the dissatisfied Opposition members stormed into the Well again and amidst continued sloganeering, the House was adjourned for the day.