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

MPs of the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) are expected to hold protests on Thursday in the Parliament complex over financial allocation for Andhra Pradesh in the Union Budget 2018-19.

FP Staff February 08, 2018 18:24:46 IST
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Budget Session updates: 'Data speaks for itself,' Arun Jaitley's response to Chidambaram's 12 questions on economy

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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.

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. 

10:55 (ist)

RECAP: Modi says MP Renuka Chowdhury's laughter reminds him of a character in Ramayana

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday took a dig at fiesty Congress MP Renuka Chowdhury, saying her laughter reminded him of epic serial 'Ramayana'.

As Modi sought to shear the previous Congress government of the credit for Aadhaar, Chowdhury burst into a guffaw, drawing disapproval of Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu. "If you have some problem, go to a doctor, please," an irritated Naidu told Chowdhury.

Smiling broadly, Modi requested Naidu not to restrain the Congress MP. "It is for the first time after the Ramayana serial that we are having the good fortune of hearing such laughter today," Modi said without elaborating, but apparently hinting at a negative character in the serial. 

09:57 (ist)

Day after Narendra Modi's speech, session in both Houses expected to be stormy

A day after Prime Minister Narendra Modi's vote of thanks speech in Parliament, session in both the Houses is expected to be stormy. 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.

11:22 (ist)

Lok Sabha adjourned for the day after paying tribute to deceased BJP MP Hukum Singh

The Lok Sabha was adjourned for the day after the House paid a tribute to late BJP MP Hukum Singh. Bharatiya Janata Party leader and member of Parliament (MP) from Kairana, Hukum Singh, passed away at the JP Hospital in Noida on Saturday. 

He had reportedly been undergoing treatment at the hospital for a month and that he had been facing breathing difficulties.

Last year, he had stirred up a major controversy by claiming that 346 families had to flee Kairana in Uttar Pradesh because of threats from a 'particular community' and also released a list of Hindus who had to leave the town. However, he later claimed that the exodus was not communal in nature.

10:29 (ist)

Samajwadi Party gives adjournment notice in Rajya Sabha over fake encounter issue

The case in point is here is that two men in Noida Sector-122 were allegedly shot at by a sub-inspector of the Uttar Pradesh police on Saturday, leading to the suspension of four policemen on Sunday. While one has sustained injuries on the leg, the other one is critically injured.

The family of one of the victims, Jitendra Yadav said that caste animosity might have been a cause behind the 'fake encounter'.

There have been reports of about 15 police shootouts from 10 districts of the state in 48 hours.

10:11 (ist)

27 years after Bofors, report may be finalised this budget session

A parliamentary panel looking into the Bofors gun deal for almost 27 years is likely to finalise its report on the issue in the current Budget Session, members said. The CAG report on Bofors is the oldest "pending" matter before the Public Accounts Committee (PAC), PTI reported.

The six-member PAC sub-committee on defence is looking into the non-compliance of certain aspects of the CAG report of 1989 and 1990 on the Bofors Howitzer gun deal. The report has been delayed as action taken notes were not submitted before the panel by the concerned ministry and government organisations, said a member of the sub-committee, chaired by the BJD's Bhartruhari Mahtab.

09:42 (ist)

MPs who won Rajasthan, West Bengal by polls to take oath in Lok Sabha today

The following members will take oath in the Lok Sabha today: Dr. Karan Singh Yadav (Alwar Parliamentary Constituency, Rajasthan); Raghu Sharma (Ajmer Parliamentary Constituency, Rajasthan); and Sajda Ahmed (Uluberia Parliamentary Constituency, West Bengal).

09:24 (ist)

Triple talaq bill likely to be discussed in Rajya Sabha today 

According to reports, the Narendra Modi government has said it hopes to get the controversial triple talaq bill passed in the Rajya Sabha this Budget Session.

The Lok Sabha had passed the bill seeking imprisonment for Muslim men convicted of practising instant triple talaq, but a united Opposition had stalled it in the Rajya Sabha, where the NDA lacks a majority.

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Feb 09, 2018 - 12:43 (IST)

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

Feb 09, 2018 - 12:16 (IST)

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

Feb 09, 2018 - 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. 

Feb 09, 2018 - 12:05 (IST)

Amid loud protests, Rajya Sabha adjourned till 2.30 pm

Feb 09, 2018 - 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. 

Feb 09, 2018 - 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. 

Feb 09, 2018 - 11:10 (IST)

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

Feb 09, 2018 - 11:06 (IST)

Lok Sabha adjourned over protests till 12 pm

Feb 09, 2018 - 11:04 (IST)

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

Feb 09, 2018 - 11:03 (IST)

Both Houses in Parliament are in session now

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.

Budget Session updates Data speaks for itself Arun Jaitleys response to Chidambarams 12 questions on economy

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

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