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Parliament updates: Lok Sabha adjourned till 27 March amid ruckus; Rajya Sabha to reconvene on Monday

After 14 consecutive days of low productivity in the second part of the Budget Session the Parliament, the government is likely to make a fresh push to pass pending bills while the Opposition mount up efforts to corner the government

FP Staff March 23, 2018 12:30:55 IST
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Parliament updates: Lok Sabha adjourned till 27 March amid ruckus; Rajya Sabha to reconvene on Monday

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

The Parliament logjam continued even on Friday as the Rajya got adjourned till Monday amid ruckus in the House. Lok Sabha was also adjourned till 12 pm as Opposition leaders demanded that the government file a review petition in the Supreme Court against the apex court's decision on SC/ST atrocities act.

After 14 consecutive days of low productivity in the second part of the Budget Session of Parliament, the government had begun on Friday with the government making a fresh push to pass pending bills and complete tasks before the beginning of the new financial year.

However, the Opposition seemed determined to corner the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government at the Centre over a series of issues right from the Punjab National Bank scam, the Supreme Court's order on SC/ST Act and the death of 39 Indians who were abducted by Islamic State in Iraq.

Parliament updates Lok Sabha adjourned till 27 March amid ruckus Rajya Sabha to reconvene on Monday

File image of Parliament. PTI

According to PTI, the Congress has issued a three-line whip to all its MPs in the Rajya Sabha asking them to be present in the House at 11 am in full strength on Friday and support the party's stand.

According to sources, the whip was issued on Thursday night as the Opposition seeks to corner the government on the above-mentioned issues.

Some party MPs have also given a notice for moving a privilege motion against External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj for allegedly "misleading" the House on the death of 39 Indians in Mosul. Sources said the party MPs in Rajya Sabha are also likely to meet this morning.

The Parliament is lagging behind in terms of finishing scheduled tasks with productivity level really low. The Budget Session of Parliament, which reconvened after a brief break on 5 March, has been marred with setbacks, with the daily functioning in both Lok Sabha and Rajya well below 0.1 hours (six minutes), according to PRS data.

The overall productivity of Lok Sabha stands at 31 percent in the current Budget Session, whereas for Rajya Sabha, it's 41 percent.

A slew of bills — such as Trafficking of Persons (Prevention, Protection and Rehabilitation) Bill 2018,  Banning of Unregulated Deposit Schemes Bill 2018, Airports Economic Regulatory Authority of India (Amendment) Bill 2018, Commercial Courts, Commercial Division and Commercial Appellate Division of High Courts (Amendment) Bill 2018, Arbitration and Conciliation (Amendment) Bill 2018 — were listed for the Budget Session, but haven't seen the light of day. The two houses are also expected to take up three bills for consideration and passing, including the important Fugitive Economic Offenders Bill 2018, Chit Funds (Amendment) Bill 2018, and National Council for Teacher Education (Amendment) Bill 2017.

With inputs from PTI

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