Parliament as it happened: 'Wasted' Winter Session concludes, Lok Sabha, Rajya Sabha pass Disabilities Bill

Dec, 16 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

As the Parliament Winter Session reconvenes after a four-day break, it looks like the Opposition may finally get the debate on demonetisation it has been asking for, with Prime Minister Narendra Modi likely to attend all the remaining parliamentary proceedings, reports said on Wednesday.

According to The Indian Express, both the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Congress has instructed their Member of Parliaments (MPs) to be present in both Houses for the rest of the session.

Representational image. Reuters

Representational image. Reuters

The news story, however, indicated that the government seems to have managed to convince the Opposition to forego its demand of a discussion under Rule 193, a primary demand of the Opposition — mostly Congress and Tirnamool Congress — that had lead to a deadlock in both the houses of Parliament since the beginning of the session. It will now be a no-rule discussion, it said.

As for the Opposition's second demand, which was that Prime Minister Modi should answer questions from the Opposition, CNN-News18 said that Modi is likely to attend the parliamentary proceedings. However, whether or not he will speak, remains unclear.

However, according to an NDTV report Information and Broadcasting Minister Venkaiah Naidu said that Prime Minister Modi will be present in Parliament for the three remaining days of the Session and can participate in proceedings for either of the House depending on the need.

"Prime Minister Narendra Modi will hold a meeting with key ministers before Parliament convenes this morning to decide their strategy," the report said.

The Opposition will discuss its strategy during the parliamentary proceedings on Wednesday in an Opposition party's meet at 9.30 am, CNN-News18 reported.

The Parliament's Winter Session has been facing a deadlock on demonetisation ever since it began on 16 November. While the Lok Sabha has managed to conduct two legislative actions — pass the Income Tax amendment bill and approve the Supplementary Demand for Grants — the Rajya Sabha, on the other hand, functioned normally only on the first sitting of the session when a debate on demonetisation took place for five hours.

While three bills related to Goods and Services Tax (GST), are unlikely to be cleared on Wednesday, The Indian Express said, "Rajya Sabha is likely to pass the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Bill, 2014 in a brief remission of hostilities."

However, apart from the listed topics of business, the Parliamentary proceedings are likely to attract heated discussions on the arrest of former Air marshal, SP Tyagi, in relation to the AugustaWestland VIP chopper scam as well as BJP leader Kiren Rijiju's alleged corruption in the Arunachal Hydro Power project.


Published Date: Dec 16, 2016 06:52 pm | Updated Date: Dec 16, 2016 06:52 pm