Parliament Day 10 highlights: Ruckus in Rajya Sabha as BJP, Congress spar over resignations in Gujarat ahead of RS polls

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Parliament Day 10 highlights: Ruckus in Rajya Sabha as BJP, Congress spar over resignations in Gujarat ahead of RS polls
  • 15:30 (IST)

    Need to double the number of seats in IIMs: Kaushalendra Kumar of JD(U)

    "All the IIMs will have their own unique identity. Bihar's population is over 11 crore and only one IIM has been built in Bodh Gaya. There is a need to make the Bodh Gaya IIM independent. There are about 10,000 seats in all the IIMs and there is a need to double this number too," said Kaushalendra Kumar.

  • 15:04 (IST)

    BJP MLA ask for level playing field between IIMs and private management institutes

    Addressing the chair, BJP MLA from Vishakhapatnam, Hari Babu Kambhambpati, asked for a level playing field between private institutes and IIMs.
    He also sought information on govt's plan to create financing agency for higher education, and expedite the process.
    Kambhambpati also suggested that every IIM should have an incubation centres to promote new ideas.

  • 14:59 (IST)

    Lok Sabha discusses Indian Institutes of Management Bill 2017

  • 14:49 (IST)

    Rajya Sabha adjourned till 31 July

    Members of both Congress and BJP sparred again in the afternoon after Rajya Sabha resumed at 2.30 pm on Friday. After several requests of the Deputy Chairman PJ Kurien went unnoticed, the Rajya Sabha was adjourned for the day. It will resume at 11 am on 31 July. 

  • 14:38 (IST)

    Congress, BJP MLAs begin another round of sloganeering, demand apology

    Opposition members began sloganeering in the Rajya Sabha when the Upper House resumed at 2.30. Congress members had earlier alleged that some Congress MLAs were abducted by Gujarat Police. Meanwhile, BJP members also started sloganeering, demanding apology from the Opposition, saying they have iinsulted Gujarat. Deputy Chairman PJ Kurien has warned that if sloganeering doesn't stop the House may be adjourned for the fifth time.

  • 14:34 (IST)

    Rajya Sabha back in session

    After four adjournments, the Upper House is back in session with revised list of businesses.

  • 12:22 (IST)

    Rajya Sabha adjourned till 2.30 pm

    This is the fourth time the Upper House was adjourned today.

  • 12:21 (IST)

    If Rajya Sabha is the temple of democracy, how can we not discuss this issue (of alleged abduction of Gujarat Congress leader): Yechury

    "I am requesting you as the Chairman to direct the government to look into this issue," CPM's Sitaram Yechury said in the Rajya Sabha.

    "If this is the temple of democracy, how can we not discuss this issue?" he said.

    Ironically and hilariously enough, soon after Yechury finished his statements, Opposition leaders — instead of discussing the issue — began shouting again.

  • 12:17 (IST)

    Watch: Amit Shah, Smriti Irani sile nomination for RS polls from Gujarat

  • 12:04 (IST)

    Rajya Sabha adjourned yet again

    The House was adjourned for 15 minutes.

  • 12:01 (IST)

    Rajya Sabha session resumes, and so does the uproar

  • 12:00 (IST)

    Armed forces fully equipped: Jaitley in Lok Sabha

    "As far as the armed forces are concerned, they are fully equipped to deal with any situation and any shortage is being addressed," said Defence Minister Arun Jaitley in the Lok Sabha.

  • 11:41 (IST)

  • 11:39 (IST)

    Rajya Sabha adjourned till 12 pm

  • 11:38 (IST)

    'Samvidhan ki hatya band karo, band karo!'

    And now, Congress leaders have started shouting the following slogan: "Samvidhan ki hatya band karo, band karo (Stop murdering the Constitution)!"

  • 11:35 (IST)

    Rajya Sabha session resumes, but Congress leaders are still angry

    "If party leaders are going to be abducted by state policemen, the Election Commission should be directed by the Chair," Anand Sharma said in the Rajya Sabha as the proceedings resumed.

    "What should I do?" PJ Kurien said.

    "Sir, what you can do is to send a direction to the Election Commission to conduct free and fair elections in the state," Ghulam Nabi Azad said.

  • 11:23 (IST)

    Rajya Sabha adjourned till 11.32 am

  • 11:23 (IST)

    'Loktantra ki hatya band karo, band karo!'

    And now, Opposition leaders in Rajya Sabha are shouting, "Loktantra ki hatya band karo, band karo (Stop the murder of democracy)!"

  • 11:21 (IST)

    Amit Shah, Smriti Irani file nomination for Rajya Sabha polls from Gujarat

  • 11:19 (IST)

    Chaos in Rajya Sabha

    And like clockwork, the proceedings in the House have again been disrupted. Members from the Opposition have stormed the Well of the House and are shouting slogans against the government.

  • 11:18 (IST)

    Abduction of Congress leaders in Gujarat related to RS because of RS polls: Congress

    "The issue raised by Anand Sharma has a direct relation with this House," Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad said, pointing out that Rajya Sabha elections were taking place in the state right now.

    As Azad went out to describe how policemen in the state had allegedly picked up a Congress leader in the state, there was uproar in the House.

  • 11:13 (IST)

    Raise this issue with the EC: PJ Kurien

    "You can approach the Election Commission. Why are you raising the point here," said a hassled Rajya Sabha deputy chairman PJ Kurien.

    A BJP leader then got up and said that this issue is an internal matter of the Congress and the party should not damage the image of Gujarat because of this issue.

  • 11:10 (IST)

    Congress alleges that its leaders are being abudcted in Gujarat, uproar erupts in RS

    "The responsibility to conduct free and fair elections is with the Election Commission," Congress leader Anand Sharma said in the Rajya Sabha.

    Sharma alleged that a Gujarat Congress leader was abducted in the state. "Many Gujarat Congress MLAs are being abducted in the state...a constitutional violation is taking place."

    "They (BJP leaders) are in the habit of stealing MLAs like they did in Goa and Manipur," said Sharma, adding that BJP is using police to coerce MLAs.

  • 10:52 (IST)

    Amit Shah files nomination for Rajya Sabha polls from Gujarat

  • 10:29 (IST)

    Parliament proceedings likely to be disrupted over mob lynchinds, Bihar political developments

    It will probably not be a smooth day for both the Houses as the Parliament had earlier seen disruptions on the issues of mob lynchings and Nitish Kumar's withdrawal from the Mahagathbandhan in Bihar.

    Read more here.

It is likely that the Opposition will disrupt the Parliament proceedings on Day 10 of the Monsoon Session of the Parliament on issues like rise in the mob lynchings and the political developments in Bihar.

Proceedings of the Lok Sabha were disrupted on Thursday as some opposition parties created uproar over the political developments in Bihar and some other issues.

The House had to be adjourned for 25 minutes, just five minutes after it met for the day at 11 am. As soon as the House took up the Question Hour, Jai Prakash Narayan Yadav (RJD) raised the issue of JD(U) chief Nitish Kumar leaving the Grand Alliance and forming a new government with the BJP.

Representational image. PTI

Representational image. PTI

Shouting from his bench in the front row, he dubbed it as "murder of democracy".

Kumar resigned as Bihar chief minister on Wednesday evening, dumping the Mahagathbandhan which also included the RJD and the Congress.

Subsequently, he firmed up an alliance with the BJP and formed a new government with its support on Thursday morning.

Congress members trooped into the well of the House, demanding revocation of the suspension of six of its members.

They carried placards which read: "End discrimination, give justice madam Speaker" and "take back suspension (of six party MPs)."

The Congress members were also demanding initiating discussion on "mob lynchings".

In the Rajya Sabha, external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj said that India is committed to address all outstanding issues with Pakistan, including Kashmir, but the onus is on that country to create an atmosphere conducive for bilateral talks.

"India is committed to address all outstanding issues, including Jammu and Kashmir, bilaterally and through peaceful means in accordance with the Simla Agreement and the Lahore Declaration. Such a dialogue to be meaningful necessarily requires an atmosphere free of terror, hostility and violence," Sushma Swaraj told the Rajya Sabha.

"The (Indian) government's consistent policy has been that it desires good neighbourly relations with Pakistan... (but) the onus is on Pakistan to create a conducive atmosphere for a constructive and substantive comprehensive bilateral dialogue," the minister added.

Swaraj said India's "principled and consistent" position has been that the entire state of Jammu and Kashmir is an integral part of the Indian Union and that a part of the state is under "forcible and illegal occupation of Pakistan".

In a written reply to another question, the minister denied relations with Pakistan were tense in the last three years.

"It is not true that bilateral relations between India and Pakistan have been very tense during the last three years. In fact, during 2014 and 2015, there was considerable improvement in bilateral relations," she said.

Swaraj said during her December 2015 visit to Islamabad, both sides agreed to a meeting at the foreign secretaries level to work out the modalities for a comprehensive dialogue.

With input from agencies


Published Date: Jul 28, 2017 02:41 pm | Updated Date: Jul 28, 2017 03:46 pm


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