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Budget Session updates: 'Data speaks for itself,' Arun Jaitley's response to Chidambaram's 12 questions on economy
  • 12:43 (IST)

    Odisha MP AV Swamy falls down in Parliament, taken to hospital 

  • 12:16 (IST)

    Lok Sabha adjourned for the day over disruptions; will resume session on 5 March at 11 am

  • 12:15 (IST)

    MPs create ruckus in Lok Sabha over Rafale deal

    Even as Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan attempted to continue with legislative business for the day, Congress MPs could be heard shouting slogans over the Rafale deal. demanding answers from Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman. 

  • 12:05 (IST)

    Amid loud protests, Rajya Sabha adjourned till 2.30 pm

  • 12:05 (IST)

    Lok Sabha, Rajya Sabha resume session amid loud protests

    Lok Sabha speaker Sumitra Mahajan continued with legislative business even as TDP MPs gathered around the Well with placards in hand demanding a special package for Andhra Pradesh. Protests can also be heard in the Rajya Sabha. 

  • 11:13 (IST)

    'I don't want these scenes to be viewed by entire country'; Rajya Sabha adjourned till 12 pm

    Rajya Sabha chair M Venkaiah Naidu says: "I don't want these scenes to be viewed by the entire country. I can't do anything if this becomes competitive politics."

    In protest TMC leader Derek O'Brien said that the Opposition wants to discuss the Budget and should be given the opportunity to do so. 

  • 11:10 (IST)

    TDP MPs in Rajya Sabha chant 'We want justice' over Andhra Pradesh issue 

  • 11:06 (IST)

    Lok Sabha adjourned over protests till 12 pm

  • 11:04 (IST)

    TDP MPs continue to shout 'We want justice' in the background in Lok Sabha

  • 11:03 (IST)

    Both Houses in Parliament are in session now

  • 11:03 (IST)

    'Rahul Gandhi's style of politics is undemocratic'

    Hitting out at Congress president Rahul Gandhi over the Rafale deal, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar said: "Amit Shah ji said Rahul ji's style of politics is undemocratic. Hence, such kind of disruption during Prime Minister Modi's speech." BJP president reportedly said this during the BJP Parliamentary meet that took place on Friday morning.

  • 10:59 (IST)

    YSR Congress MPs protest outside Parliament 

  • 10:56 (IST)

    Rahul Gandhi gives notice in Lok Sabha over Rafale deal

  • 10:54 (IST)

    TDP MPs protest inside Parliament complex over special package for Andhra Pradesh

  • 10:45 (IST)

    Congress MP moves privilege notice against Kiren Rijiju over his Facebook post

  • 10:41 (IST)

    Updates for 9 February, 2018 begin here

  • 18:23 (IST)

    The House is adjourned for the day as ruckus continues

  • 18:22 (IST)

    Jaitley says govt sympathetic to issues of Andhra people

    Jaitley says the government is extremely sympathetic to issues of the people of Andhra Pradesh amid ruckus in the House.

  • 18:13 (IST)

    Ruckus begins in Parliament

    Ruckus begins in the Parliament as Sumitra Mahajan requests members to let Jaitley finish. Jaitley says,"They must learn to listen if they have questions."

  • 18:10 (IST)

    We have been able to stabilise GST, says Jaitley

    Within a matter of months, we have been able to stabilise GST; we reduced rate with increase in revenue.

  • 18:06 (IST)

    We know how to bite the bullet when tough decisions have to be taken, says Jaitley

  • 18:03 (IST)

    How can same tax slab be implemented on a luxurious item & a necessity, asks Jaitley

  • 17:57 (IST)

    In every Budget, I tried to give middle-class relief

    India's growth was 7.1 % before demonetisation and now the GDP fallen. This is also the impact of GST. On Budget, Jaitley says in every Budget he has tried to give relief to the middle class. 

  • 17:53 (IST)

    You prepared incomplete draft Aadhaar law; BJP improvised it to make it usable: Jaitley to Congress

    Arun Jaitley, responding to the discussion on the Union Budget, said "You (Congress) have been talking about Aadhaar but all you could achieve was formulate how such an ID would be created. You were not able to pass a law, you had no vision whatsoever to use it in the way we have, Your draft law was silent on privacy, whereas we have a full chapter on citizens' privacy and the iron balls around Aadhaar," Jaitley argued. 

  • 17:47 (IST)

    Jaitley cites unprecedented 'structural reforms' to defend Budget 2018

  • 17:45 (IST)

    'Data speaks for itself,' Arun Jaitley's response to Chidambaram's 12 questions on economy

    "The narratives which we had inherited & the narrative which we have now is entirely different. Nobody at that time mentioned that India is the fastest growing economy. It has only happened now. Data speaks for itself," Jaitley said. 

  • 17:42 (IST)

    Arun Jaitley speaks in Lok Sabha, defends Union Budget 2018

  • 16:08 (IST)

    BJP defends Budget 2018 behind shield of Congress era scams

    BJP MP Ganesh Singh defended the budget and said the Congress and its president Rahul Gandhi should reply to the issues raised by the prime minister on Wednesday. "You are asking about the Rafale deal but who will reply on Bofors and the submarine scam. "There have been many misdeeds during the Congress rule and the prime minister is trying to taking the country on the path of the development. People of the country are looking towards the prime minister," Singh said.

    His party colleague Abhishek Singh asked the Congress to refrain from insulting those selling pakoras or else they will be reduced to just five seats in Lok Sabha. 
    In Rajya Sabha, BJP's Bhupender Yadav raised the Aircel-Maxis scam to counter Chidambaram's questions on the economy. 

  • 16:03 (IST)

    Budget did not address key issues like farmers plight: TMC's Dinesh Trivedi

    TMC MP Dinesh Trivedi on Thursday criticised the Union Budget calling it a "jumla" (rhetoric) and alleged that several issues like the plight of farmers, better health services and education are yet to be addressed. Disapproving of remarks by Prime Minister Narendra Modi against his predecessors Rajiv Gandhi and Indira Gandhi in the Lok Sabha while replying to the debate on presidential address on Wednesday, Trivedi said there could be a difference of opinion but there should not be biases. 

  • 15:59 (IST)

    Chaos in Rajya Sabha as debate on Union budget rages on

    On one hand, TDP MPs stormed the Well in Rajya Sabha seeking special package for Andhra Pradesh, on the other hand, BJP members continued there sloganeering against the Congress party seeking their apology. 

  • 15:36 (IST)

    'Look in the mirror before complaining about us,' Bhupender Yadav tells Chidambaram 

    Yadav said that the former finance minister was heard complaining about the fiscal deficits in the BJP's regime. Quoting a poetic verse, Yadav said that Chidambaram should look in the mirror and pay some attention to the fiscal deficit figures of his government before complaining about ours.  

  • 15:31 (IST)

    BJP's Bhupender Yadav rakes up Aircel-Maxis case in response to Chidambaram's 12 questions on economy 

    Quoting a report published in The PioneerYadav said that Chidamabaram should have answered the allegations against him instead of questioning the government. He said that the Congress was an opportunist party which feasted on Hindu and Muslim vote bank when it suited its political goals. 

  • 15:17 (IST)

    P Chidambaram poses 12 questions to Modi govt on state of economy

  • 15:15 (IST)

    'Where have all the jobs gone?,' P Chidambaram answers

    Mocking the government's economic policies, Chidambaram said that we are the only country that claims that the jobs have gone down but the GDP has gone up.

    "Where have all the jobs gone? what is this mystery? I will tell you," Chidambaram said as he read out a data about a slew of vacancies across government departments.  

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    14:54 (IST)

    Will Keep Laughing, No GST On it: Renuka Chowdhury on PM Modi’s 'Ramayana Jibe'

    Hitting out at the PM outside Parliament, Chowdhury said, “My party is with me. I will continue to laugh as there is no GST on laughter.” 

    On Tuesday, during the reply, Modi had questioned the Congress's claim of being the originator of the biometric national ID Aadhaar when he said that the then home minister LK Advani had in 1998 spoken about an all-purpose national ID in Rajya Sabha. This led to Chowdhury bursting into loud laughter. 

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  • 14:46 (IST)

    BJP MPs drown out Chidambara's voice but proceedings continue amid chaos

    Chidambaram started speaking, using the economic growth metric's used in the prime minister's speech as a takeoff point, his voice barely audible on television over slogans of "Pradhan mantri ka apman nahi sahega Hindustan" and "Congress Valo Maafi mango Maafi mango."

    Meanwhile, from whatever we could make out of the former finance minister's speech, he asked 12 questions related to the state of the economy as he claimed that the real GDP of the country, in various sectors, has not changed since 2014. The real GDP values are adjusted for inflation, while the nominal GDP figures are not. 

  • 14:35 (IST)

    Opposition, Treasury benches spar in Upper House; BJP members create ruckus during Chidambaram's speech

    The ruckus in Rajya Sabha continued even after the House was reconvened. The BJP leaders were seen protesting and raising slogans in the time allotted to P Chidambaram to speak. 

    At this, the Chair requested the MPs to restore order to the House. Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar stood up and said that the members' are agitated and will continue to register there grievances, but this should not deter the former finance minister and Congress member from speaking. He said that after all the prime minister's speech was disrupted all through on Wednesday. 

  • 14:26 (IST)

    'Parliamentary Affairs Minister is leading the disruption of Rajya Sabha': Congress

    Congress MP Anand Sharma said, "It is unprecendented in the history of Parliament that the Parliamentary Affairs Minister is leading the disruption of the Rajya Sabha. He is not the right person to tell us we are not supporting democracy. We cannot be bullied." 

  • 14:22 (IST)

    Rajya Sabha resumes session amid protests from MPs

  • 14:14 (IST)

    Rajya Sabha adjourned again for 10 minutes after MPs create ruckus

  • 14:13 (IST)

    'NDA MPs disrupting House as they have no answers to questions': Derek O'Brien

    "BJP MPs are disrupting the House because they have no answers to the Budget questions," says TMC leader Derek O'Brien. 

  • 14:08 (IST)

    Congress MPs demand the BJP apologise for remarks against Renuka Chowdhury

  • 14:06 (IST)

    BJP, Congress disrupt proceedings in Rajya Sabha

    "It is a total failure of the government to run this House," says Ghulam Nabi Azad, Leader of Opposition. 

    "Opposition is unnecessarily is accusing that the government does not want to run the House. We want to discuss the General Budget," says Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar.  

  • 14:01 (IST)

    Rajya Sabha resumes session

  • 13:59 (IST)

    Rajya Sabha proceedings to resume shortly

  • 13:58 (IST)

    Defence received very little allocation this Budget, says Tej Pratap Yadav, Samajwadi Party MP

    "In 2017, there were situations where citizens didn't feel safe. Defence has received very less allocation in the Union Budget 2017-18. In times like this when China is all set in the border areas, the governement should be more considerate towards security."

  • 13:48 (IST)

    More than a Budget, it sounds like election manifesto, says Tej Pratap Yadav

    Samajwadi MP from Uttar Pradesh, Tej Pratap Yadav said, "More than a Budget, it sounds like sounding the poll bugle for 2019 general election."

    "With relation to income tax, people from the middle classes faced disappointment. Meanwhile, the government provided a five percent tax reduction for corporates," he said. 

  • 13:31 (IST)

    Rich are getting richer, says SAD MP Prem Chandumajura

    SAD MP Prem Singh Chandumajura says, "73 percent of wealth is with the one percent rich. The rich are getting richer and the poor, poorer".

  • 13:26 (IST)

    'Aligarh Muslim University doesn't provide SC reservation,' says BJP MP Vinod Sonkar

    BJP MP Vinod Kumar Sonkar says in the Lok Sabha, "In all its years of existence, Aligarh Muslim University doesn't provide reservation to SCs. When Indira Gandhi annoucned nationalisation of banks, she said it would benfit the poor. But it wasn't until the Jan Dhan scheme was announced that 30 lakh people had a bank account."

  • 13:13 (IST)

    'Oppose GST on state-executed projects'

    AIADMK MP J Jayavardhan says in the Lok Sabha, "I oppose GST imposed on projects executed by states. It is an additional burden."

    "I also request the Government of India to allocate funds to open an AIIMS in Tamil Nadu. Also, the Centre has not provided any allocation for Cyclone Ockhi relief in this Budget," he added. 

Latest updates: Mocking the government's economic policies, Chidambaram said that we are the only country that claims that the jobs have gone down but the GDP has gone up.

"Where have all the jobs gone? what is this mystery? I will tell you," Chidambaram said as he read out a data about a slew of vacancies across government departments.

The Rajya Sabha was adjourned for a third time on Thursday at 2 pm for ten minutes, after Opposition and BJP MPs created a ruckus in the House.

In the Rajya Sabha, Congress disrupted proceedings over Prime Minister Narendra Modi's comments on MP Renuka Chowdhury in his speech on Wednesday.

Session in both the Houses began on a stormy note. Launching a tirade against the Congress, Modi on Wednesday said he was pursuing Mahatma Gandhi's dream of a 'Congress-mukt Bharat' and accused the grand old party of eulogising the Gandhi family when in power, at the cost of India's development.

Replying to a debate in both Houses of Parliament on the motion of thanks for the President's address, he asked whether the opposition party wanted the "Old India" marked by Emergency, scams and massacre of Sikhs, as against the 'New India' that the BJP was seeking to create.

Congress chief Rahul Gandhi dubbed Modi's speech in both Houses of Parliament as a campaign speech.

Today, MPs of Telugu Desam Party (TDP) expected to held protests on Thursday in the Parliament complex over financial allocation for Andhra Pradesh in the Union Budget 2018-19, according to media reports.

Rajya Sabha on Wednesday could not take up a discussion on the General Budget and was adjourned for the day after TDP members trooped into the Well demanding immediate implementation of Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Act.

The Act provides for a special package for the state after bifurcation in 2014. The TDP members have been protesting the delay in implementation of the Act and commitments made by central government at the time of bifurcation.

File image of the Lok Sabha. PTI

File image of the Lok Sabha. PTI

Immediately after passage of motion of thanks on the President's Speech, three TDP members led by CM Ramesh trooped into the well raising slogans "we want justice". Ramesh was later suspended from Rajya Sabha for disrupting proceedings. Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman PJ Kurien suspended him after he did not heed repeated calls to return to his seat.

Replying to the debate in the Rajya Sabha on the Motion of Thanks for the President's address, Modi urged the MPs to have a "constructive discussion" on holding of simultaneous elections to the Lok Sabha and the state Assemblies.

He also criticised the Congress for non-passage of a bill to provide constitutional status to OBC Commission and the legislation against triple talaq.

He questioned the grand old party for the long delay in conferring Bharat Ratna to Saradar Vallabh Bhai Patel and Constitution's architect BR Ambedkar.

Earlier in the Lok Sabha on Wednesday, he said the country has been suffering due to the "wrong" policies the Congress has pursued since independence as the party has spent time singing paeans to one family instead of focusing on people's welfare.

In the Upper House, Modi countered Opposition criticism of his government's vision of 'New India' and said the Congress wanted 'Old India', a country envisaged by Mahatma Gandhi.

In response, the Opposition in the Rajya Sabha mounted a scathing attack on the Modi government charging it with undermining democracy and painting a "rosy" picture when the ground reality was different.

Leaders of several parties charged the government with being "intolerant" and "full of arrogance", with Congress alleging 'a big scam' in the Rafale aircraft deal.

Participating in the debate on the motion of thanks for the president's address, Congress deputy leader Anand Sharma alleged there was "a big scam" in the Rafale deal as the price at which the planes were negotiated were four times higher and benefitted private firms.

Without taking into confidence the defence minister and the Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS), Modi had clinched the deal during his visit to France in 2015, he alleged and noted that even state-run Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL) was not consulted.

He said the Modi government scrapped the 2005 deal signed during the UPA regime for purchase of 126 jets at a rate of Rs 526 crore each and inked a fresh pact in 2015 to purchase 36 jets at a much higher rate of Rs 15,070 crore each.

Accusing the government of not being "transparent" about the deal, Sharma said it is a "big scam" and compromised national security because neither the country's defence minister or the CCS nod was taken on the matter.

With inputs from agencies

Updated Date: Feb 09, 2018 12:43 PM

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