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Parliament updates: Andhra special status row dictates both Houses' proceedings; LS, RS to adjourn for the day

A day after Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha saw continued protests over Andhra Pradesh special category status, YSRCP chief Jagan Mohan Reddy gave notice for moving a no-confidence motion on Thursday.

FP Staff March 16, 2018 15:28:01 IST
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Parliament updates: Andhra special status row dictates both Houses' proceedings; LS, RS to adjourn for the day

Highlights

10:56 (ist)

What has the Parliament been spending its time on?

As the deadlock in both the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha continued on Wednesday, here is a look at how both the Houses spent their time while in session (as per PRS):

Questions: Lok Sabha -  3 hours; Rajya Sabha - 1.9 hours

Legislative business: Lok Sabha - 0.3 hours; Rajya Sabha - 2.5 hours

Non-legislative business: Lok Sabha - 11.2 hours; Rajya Sabha - 24.9 hours

Financial: Lok Sabha - 14.4 hours; Rajya Sabha - 10.9 hours

Other: Lok Sabha - 2.7 hours; Rajya Sabha - 5.8 hours

10:21 (ist)

Meanwhile, TDP protests in Vijayawada over Andhra Pradesh's special status category

Telugu Desam Party (TDP) held protests in Vijayawada on Thursday about the Andhra Pradesh special status row, reported CNN-News18. The TDP had decided to extend support to the National Highways blockade programme called by the Opposition parties in Andhra Pradesh seeking special category status to the state.

"Let us all protest and, if required, sit on hunger strike at every place, sport black badges during working hours in offices. Let us awaken the people," party chief N Chandrababu Naidu said at a meeting of women self-help groups.

11:55 (ist)

Lok Sabha to resume session shortly

The Lok Sabha proceedings were disrupted for the 11th day on Monday as the TDP, YSR Congress, TRS and AIADMK continued their noisy protests over various issues, including the banking scam and special status for Andhra Pradesh. 

As soon as Speaker Sumitra Mahajan took up the Question Hour, members from these parties trooped into the Well holding placards. While members from the TDP, YSR Congress, TRS and AIADMK were in the Well raising slogans and holding placards, MPs from the TMC and Congress were seen standing at their seats. This forced the House to be adjourned till 12 pm. 

11:23 (ist)

'Will support neither Centre nor Opposition': Shiv Sena

Shiv Sena MP Arvind Sawant told ANI that the party will abstain from the no-confidence motion. "We will neither support the government nor the Opposition. We will abstain," he said. 

10:41 (ist)

BJP ready to face no-confidence motion

Ahead of Monday's Parliament session, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar said that the saffron party was ready to face the no-confidence motion as it is sure it has the necessary support. 

He had earlier also said the BJP enjoys support "inside and outside" the Parliament, according to Business Standard"I want to tell the Congress and other Opposition members that there is confidence inside and outside the House. That's why the BJP is ready to face the no-confidence motion," said Kumar.

10:06 (ist)

RECAP: With TDP quitting NDA, Centre's strength comes down to 314 from 336 in Lok Sabha

The NDA had stormed to power with 336 seats in 2014, of which the BJP alone claimed 282 seats. However, a series of bypolls that went against the saffron party meant that its tally in the Lok Sabha currently stands at 274 seats. When one adds the 11 allies the BJP still has by its side — Shiv Sena, JD(U), Apna Dal, LJP, SAD, RLSP, PDP, PMK, SWP, NPP and AINR Congress — the tally rises to 314. If the TDP can be persuaded to come around once again, this could rise to 330, a comfortable majority.

However, equations with the existing allies aren't particularly rosy. In particular with Shiv Sena, the largest non-BJP constituent of the NDA. If the Sena follows TDP by backing out, the figure of 314 will go down to 296, just 23 more than the magic figure of 273, and the BJP can no longer be certain of its future.

12:45 (ist)

RECAP: Rajya Sabha adjourned till 2.30 pm after brief arguments between Venkaiah Naidu, Congress members

The Rajya Sabha today witnessed an abrupt adjournment following a brief argument between Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu and some Congress members soon after the House assembled for the day.

After tabling of the listed papers, Naidu expressed his anguish saying the House has not functioned ever since it resumed on March 5 after recess during the Budget session.

Before adjourning the House till 2.30 PM, Naidu said there were larger issues like banking scam, Cauvery river water sharing, demand for a special package to Andhra Pradesh and sealing in the national capital, which were agitating the minds of people and needed to be discussed.

"I am very much pained that the Upper House of Parliament is not able to transact its business for last two weeks. Dont't test my patience...We are meeting, greeting and not doing anything and adjourning," the Chairman said.

As he was making the appeal, Congress member Satyabrat Chaturvedi stood up and said he agreed with the Chair, but sought to know whether it was for the first time that he is witnessing such a scenario in Parliament.

To this, Naidu asked if somebody committed a mistake in the past, does it mean that he should also do the same.

"Do you want this sort of a thing to continue? ... Is that your suggestion. This is your party view," he said.

As some other Congress members were on their feet trying to join the issue simultaneously, Naidu adjourned the House till 2.30 PM. 

11:41 (ist)

'Andhra Pradesh will be our next Tripura': BJP national spokesperson

Speaking to ANIBJP national spokesperson GVL Narasimha Rao claimed that the Andhra Pradesh government and TDP are wary of the BJP's rise in the state. "The state government and TDP are feeling the pinch of the public opinion going against them and BJP will use this as an opportunity to grow as a political party and emerge as a dominant political force in Andhra Pradesh. For us it will prove to be the next Tripura," Rao said. 

10:48 (ist)

'Before actual elections, there is always rehearsal in Parliament'

Speaking to ANI, BJP MP Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi commented on the TDP-NDA break up saying that every year before actual elections, there is always a rehearsal in Parliament. "We will see what happens in Parliament, which party chooses to go which way. In a way it is election year, and every state has demands and issues. It is not right for us to comment on it. It is a custom, before actual elections there is always a rehearsal in Parliament," he said. 

10:18 (ist)

TDP to move no confidence motion in Parliament today

After announcing the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) pulls out of the NDA, party MP Thota Narasimhan told ANI that the TDP will be moving a no-confidence motion on Friday. "We have decided... we are out of the NDA," he added. 

11:50 (ist)

Economic Offenders Bill to be tabled in the Parliament today, say reports

The Union Cabinet on Thursday approved the much talked about Fugitive Economic Offenders (FEO) Bill, 2018 which will be tabled in the remaining Budget session in Parliament. Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Thursday said that the government has also decided to set up an independent body NFRA (National Financial Reporting Authority) to crackdown on big scams and avoid Nirav Modi-like situation in future. For the purpose the government will amend Companies Act.

09:47 (ist)

Issues Opposition is likely to raise

The Opposition is also likely to corner the government over the tussle between Prasar Bharti and the Information and Broadcasting ministry. It is likely to raise issues concerning farmers, the Rafale deal, Staff Selection Commission "job scam", loss of life and property due to ceasefire violations on the LoC and increase in cost of petroleum products.

09:43 (ist)

Second half of Budget Session to begin today

Amid the outrage over the Nirav Modi scam and Karti Chidambaram's arrest in the INX Media case, the NDA government is possibly staring at a stormy second half of Budget Session which begins from Monday. The first part of the budget session was held from 29 January to 9 February, while second half of the session will come to a close on 9 April.

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Apr 06, 2018 - 14:06 (IST)

Why did Congress not allow business to happen? asks Ananth Kumar

"From 5 March to 27 March, why did the Congress not allow business to happen?" said Union minister Ananth Kumar. "On 15 and 16 March, the YSRCP and TDP motions of no-confidence were brought up. Congress brought it up on 27 March? Why did they bring it up so late?" he added.

"Congress has become a marginal party, even in the Parliament," he said. "They don't have their own parliamentary strategy for both the Houses. They don't have parliamentary logic," he added.

Apr 06, 2018 - 11:49 (IST)
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Apr 06, 2018 - 11:38 (IST)

BJP will protest against negative attitude of Congress: Ananth Kumar

Apr 06, 2018 - 11:24 (IST)

Rajya Sabha adjourned sine die

Apr 06, 2018 - 11:21 (IST)

Venkaiah Naidu reminds MPs of their duties

"I make an appeal to all of you to appear here next time to do what we were given to do at the time of Independence," said Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu.

Apr 06, 2018 - 11:15 (IST)

Lok Sabha adjourned sine die

Apr 06, 2018 - 11:10 (IST)

Lok Sabha is a platform to raise issues for welfare of people: LS Speaker

"This Sabha is for a platform the raise issues for the welfare of the people. I understand that MPs have several issues they want to raise but they should keep in mind that the country has a variety of issues which need to be focused on," said Speaker Sumitra Mahajan.

Apr 06, 2018 - 11:05 (IST)

Ruckus in Lok Sabha

LS Speaker reminded the MPs that today was the last day of the second leg of the Budget Session, even though the MPs continued shouting.

Apr 06, 2018 - 10:48 (IST)

Punjab Congress MPs protest in Parliament, demanding farm loan waiver

Apr 06, 2018 - 10:44 (IST)

TDP MPs protest in Parliament demanding special status for Andhra Pradesh

Budget Session of Parliament updates: Shortly after resuming session at 2.30 pm, Rajya Sabha was adjourned for the day as TDP MP YS Chowdary's speech was interrupted. Meanwhile, the Lower House too had been adjourned for the day and the Motions of no confidence against the NDA government by YSRCP and TDP could not be taken up as a result.

After both Houses were adjourned, TDP MPs held protests inside the Parliament complex, shouting slogans such as "We want justice, NDA, talaq, talaq, talaq" in front of the Gandhi statue. The Lok Sabha is set to resume session again at 12 pm.

Barely 15 minutes into Friday's session, both Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha were adjourned till 12 pm and 2.30 pm respectively following protests and ruckus in both Houses by Opposition parties' MPs over the no-confidence motion against the NDA government.

Biju Janata Dal, AIMIM, Trinamool Congress and Left parties also joined the Congress to back Telugu Desam Party's (TDP) no-confidence motion in the Lok Sabha against the Narendra Modi-led NDA government on Friday. Both Houses are in session currently.

After the TDP also decided to move a no-confidence motion against the Narendra Modi-led NDA government, the Congress has announced it will support TDP and YSRCP's no-confidence motion in the Parliament.

The YSR Congress on Thursday gave a notice for moving a no-confidence motion against the BJP-led NDA government following the Centre's refusal to grant special category status to Andhra Pradesh and found unlikely support from its arch-rival Telugu Desam Party (TDP).

The move came after both Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha were repeatedly adjourned on Thursday owing to loud protests by Opposition MPs over the PNB sam, Andhra Pradesh special status etc.

The YSR Congress's MP YV Subba Reddy gave the notice to the Lok Sabha secretariat for including the motion in Friday's list of business, his office said.

The motion can be accepted only if it has the support of at least 50 members in the House. YSR Congress has nine MPs in the Lok Sabha.

If accepted, it will be the first no-confidence motion moved against the Modi-government.

Parliament updates Andhra special status row dictates both Houses proceedings LS RS to adjourn for the day

File image of the Parliament. PTI

YSR Congress chief Jagan Mohan Reddy has written to leaders of various parties seeking their support for the motion.

In the letter, he has asserted that if the Centre remains reluctant to grant the special category status to the state then all MPs of his party will resign on 6 April.

While Subba Reddy's office said the notice was given for including the motion in Friday's list of business, YSR Congress chief said his party will move the motion on 21 March.

On Friday, Parliament's agenda for the next week will be decided.

In a sign of cross-party support the issue of special category status has in the state, TDP MP Thota Narasimham told PTI that his party will also support the motion. The YSR Congress is the main challenger to the TDP in the state.

Later, Andhra Pradesh chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu also said the TDP would support a no-confidence motion against the BJP-led government at the Centre in the interest of Andhra Pradesh.

"We will support a no-confidence motion, whoever moves it. We will be ready for that and our 16-17 MPs will fully support that. We will cooperate with whoever fights for the state's rights," Naidu told the state Assembly.

With the BJP alone having 274 members in the 536-member Lok Sabha and enjoying support of allies, the no-confidence motion, if accepted, is certain to be defeated but has the potential to put the saffron party in a tight corner in a state like Andhra Pradesh.

The TDP has withdrawn its ministers from the government after the Centre made it clear that it cannot grant the status to the state and the regional party, which is in power in the state, is now mulling to quit the NDA.

Even if TDP's 16 members support the no-confidence motion, the government will still has a big numerical advantage in the House.

The motion can hand over a political plank to Jagan Reddy in the state in which Assembly polls are due to be held along with the Lok Sabha elections next year.

Reddy, in his letter, recalled that former prime minister Manmohan Singh had given an assurance in the Rajya Sabha while participating in a debate on the bill bifurcating the state that the special category status will be granted to it.

Venkaiah Naidu, then a senior BJP leader who is now the vice president, had demanded in the House that the status should be given to the state for a minimum of 10 years, Reddy said.

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has cited the 14th Finance Commission report to claim that the provision of special category status is no longer workable for Andhra Pradesh, but asserted that the Centre is willing to grant the state all benefits due under this status.

The BJP has accused regional parties in Andhra Pradesh of playing "politics of victimhood" and claimed that the central government had already given a lot of benefits to the state and was willing to do more.

Trinamool Congress accuses Modi government of 'murdering' Parliament

The Trinamool Congress on Thursday accused the Narendra Modi government of "murdering" Parliament by way of avoiding and bypassing parliamentary scrutiny of government legislations.

"The BJP is murdering Parliament. In this BJP regime, only nine out of 74 bills passed have been scrutinized by a Parliamentary committee. In contrast, from 2009 to 2014, 66 out of 116 bills passed were scrutinised by Parliamentary committees," Trinamool legislative party leader in Lok Sabha Sudip Bandyopadhyay and Rajya Sabha leader Derek O'Brien said in a statement.

On Wednesday, the Modi government got the Finance Bill passed in the Lok Sabha without any discussion.

On Thursday, in the Rajya Sabha, Deputy Chairman PJ Kurien asked the agitating members to give him "five minutes to dispose of the business", which included the Finance Bill and two Appropriation Bills that were listed in the day's business for discussion and returning to the Lok Sabha.

However, Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad objected to the Chair's remarks saying no Bill should be passed in five minutes without a discussion on it.

The Rajya Sabha however has no powers to move or amend any money bill on its own and it is the Lok Sabha's prerogative to accept or reject any amendments moved by the upper House on any money bill.

With inputs from agencies

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