Budget Session updates: Constant disruptions in Lok Sabha force Speaker Sumitra Mahajan to adjourn House till 5 March

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Budget Session updates: Constant disruptions in Lok Sabha force Speaker Sumitra Mahajan to adjourn House till 5 March
  • 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. 

    Read the full report here

  • 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. 

Owing to the disruption caused, Lok Sabha has been adjourned till 5 March at 11 am. Following similar protests in the Upper House, Rajya Sabha has been adjourned till 2.30 pm on Friday.

The Parliament on Friday will hold the last session in the first leg of the Budget Session. Following a recess after the first leg, between 29 January and 9 February, the Parliament will meet again from 5 March to 6 April.

It was a stormy day in both the Houses on Thursday with Telugu Desam Party (TPD), YSR Congress MPs protesting in the Lok Sabha over budgetary allocation to Andhra Pradesh. Rajya Sabha was adjourned several times during the day as members from both the ruling party and Opposition sought to disrupt the House.

The Congress in the Rajya Sabha on Thursday raised questions about key budgetary proposals like for the proposed health insurance scheme and setting MSP at 50 percent above the cost, terming them as "jumlas" and also claimed the Centre was exaggerating data related to job creation.

Opposition members protesting inside the Rajya Sabha in New Delhi on Wednesday during the ongoing Winter session of Parliament. PTI

Representational image. PTI

The Upper House which decided to sit till late to debate the Union budget also saw repeated adjournments post 7 pm following heated arguments between treasury benches and Opposition, and protests by TDP members.

Congress president Rahul Gandhi also continued his attack on the government over the Rafale aircraft deal and said Prime Minister Narendra Modi was not answering his questions because there was something "fishy" about it.

Referring to Modi's speeches in Parliament on Wednesday, he told reporters it was clear that the prime minister was not interested in answering "fundamental questions".

Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, he said, had first announced that she would inform the nation about the cost of purchasing Rafale aircraft but was now saying she could not do so as it was a state secret.

"Which of her two statements is correct," he asked. Later in a tweet, Gandhi wondered why she had "changed" her stand. Was it to hide corruption or was it a bid to protect the prime minister or "Modiji's friend", he asked.

Sitharaman told Parliament on Monday that the details of the deal with France for the Rafale fighter jets cannot be disclosed as per the inter-governmental agreement as it is "classified information".

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley also hit back at the Congress over the Rafale deal, accusing it of "seriously compromising" the country's security by seeking details of armaments purchased along with the aircraft.

He also advised Congress chief Rahul Gandhi to "learn" from former defence minister Pranab Mukherjee "lessons on national security."

"Your party was stigmatised when you were in government because of allegations of corruption. Now the new act is, let us manufacture an allegation of corruption against the NDA. So when you couldn't find anything, you said please disclose the price of the Rafale deal," Jaitley said while replying to the debate on the budget.

"I charge the Congress of seriously compromising India's security...Mr Modi has run a clean government for last 4 years, so let us manufacturer a crisis, let us manufacture an issue...And the manufactured issue is, please tell me the details of the Rafale deal," the finance minister said in the Lok Sabha referring to the demands by the Congress to make public details of the government-to-government deal to buy 36 Rafale fighter jets from France.

Earlier, replying to Congress charges over Rafale during the Budget debate, Jaitley had said the Congress was trying to manufacture a scam in Rafale fighter jet purchase because it had not been able to find any corruption case in the Narendra Modi government's tenure so far.

He also quoted a number of written replies in Parliament by ministers from the then UPA governments including Pranab Mukherjee and AK Antony, wherein they had refused to quote the price in defence deals citing security concerns.

"Break-up of cost will tell what weapon systems are there in the deal. These security pacts are inherent part of these defence contracts," he said. "They're compromising national security by asking for details which should not be made public, by which I mean known to the enemy," Jaitley added.

With inputs from agencies

Updated Date: Feb 09, 2018 13:02 PM

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