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Parliament updates: Kashmir governor told us no party is ready to form govt, hence President Rule, says Rajnath Singh in Lok Sabha
  • 14:57 (IST)

    Opposition says imposition of President's Rule in J&K 'unconstitutional'
     
     
    Saugata Roy of the Trinamool Congress termed the governor's decision to impose President's Rule in Jammu and Kashmir as "arbitrary" and "unconstitutional". He also accused the central government of "collusion" and claimed that it propped up the rival alliance led by Sajjad Lone, who had the support of "only two MLAs".

    The government has "failed" in the state, he said and added that over 900 persons have died in militancy-related incidents there so far this year.

    BJD's Bhartruhari Majtab supported the resolution, saying the Governor's rule in the state had become necessary and noted that its two main regional parties, the NC and PDP, boycotted the panchayat polls.
     
    He said assembly elections should be held in the state along with the Lok Sabha elections in 2019.

    AIADMK's P Venugopal expressed his party's opposition to the imposition of Governor's rule as a matter of principle and asked the Centre to explain the reasons for taking such an "extreme" step.
     
    Supriya Sule of the NCP said it is not the time for bullets in the state and called for holding elections there.
     
    - PTI

  • 14:43 (IST)

    Lok Sabha adjourned until 3.30 pm

  • 14:42 (IST)

    Don't raise questions on the govt's intentions, says Rajnath Singh

    In the Lok Sabha debate on the imposition of President's Rule in Jammu and Kashmir, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh said that the decision was made because Congress did not have majority in the state. Former state chief minister Farooq Abdullah objected.

    "Don't raise questions on the intentions of this government — if we wanted to form the government in the state, we could have done that a long time ago," he said.

  • 14:26 (IST)

    Shashi Tharoor initiates debate on President's Rule in J&K

    Initiating the debate on President's Rule in Jammu and Kashmir, Shashi Tharoor of the Congress said Governor Satya Mal Malik acted in "gross violation" of a Supreme Court order in the SR Bommai case that had stated that whether an alliance has a majority or not can be decided only on the floor of the Assembly.


     
    The governor's "private assessment" is anathema to the Constitution and is also subject to personal malfeasance, he said.
     

    Malik's decision to impose Governor's rule after the NC, PDP and the Congress made a move to form the government in the state was also in "violation" of the Sarkaria commission's guidelines on Centre-state relations, he said.
     
     
    Tharoor also objected to Malik's rejection of the alliance as a tie-up of parties of ideological variance, saying he should not have arrived at a political determination. He added that the earlier alliance of the PDP and the BJP was also a case of "unnatural marriage".

     
    He suggested that Malik's action was unconstitutional and asked Home Minister Rajnath Singh to share the reasons that Malik cited for his action. 
     
    - PTI

  • 14:22 (IST)

    NN Vohra said no party willing to form govt in Jammu and Kashmir: Rajnath Singh

    As discussions were underway on the imposition of President's Rule in Jammu and Kashmir, Home Minister Rajnath Singh told the House that former state Governor NN Vohra had sent a report in June that no party was willing to form the government in the state.

  • 12:39 (IST)

    Vincent Pala asks govt for land customs stations on Bangladesh border

    Congress MP Vincent Pala urged the government to establish land customs stations between northeastern India and Bangladesh, as the area is landlocked.

  • 12:36 (IST)

    Women's Reservation Bill, rising crop prices discussed

    Amid Opposition leaders chanting "we want justice", the Women's Reservation Bill and rising crop prices were among the issues raised. SAD MP Prem Singh Chandumajra raised the issue of rising prices of potatoes and Basmati rice, and urged the government to listen to the pleas of farmers in Punjab.

  • 12:04 (IST)

    Derek O'Brien calls disruptions in RS proceedings 'so predictable'

    Following All India Trinamool Congress leader Derek O'Brien's prediction on Twitter that the Rajya Sabha will be disrupted, MPs entered the Well and began sloganeering. Chairman Venkaiah Naidu adjourned the House for the day shortly after the ruckus began.

    O'Brien tweeted a response to the development, and called it "so predictable."

  • 12:02 (IST)

    Lok Sabha resumes

  • 11:22 (IST)

    Lok Sabha adjourned till 12 noon

  • 11:18 (IST)

    Rajya Sabha adjourned for the day, to reconvene on 31 December

  • 11:17 (IST)

    Chaos erupts in Rajya Sabha, House adjourned until 31 December

    All India Trinamool Congress leader Derek O'Brien took to Twitter to accuse the government of disrupting proceedings in the Rajya Sabha to keep the House from discussing key issues. 

    "Day 11 #Parliament Script written by government to disrupt Rajya Sabha so key issues can’t be discussed. Their ‘ally’ will jump into Well around 11.10 am," he wrote.

    Shortly after the tweet was posted, MPs swarmed the Well and began sloganeering. Rajya Sabha chairman Venkaiah Naidu adjourned the House until 31 December.

  • 11:09 (IST)

    VISUALS: Naramalli Sivaprasad dresses up as Lord Shiva

    Telegu Desam Party (TDP) MP Naramalli Sivaprasad, known for bringing sartorial flair to Parliamentary proceedings, on Friday dressed up as Lord Shiva. He has previously dressed up as a magician, a schoolboy, and even Narad Muni.

  • 11:04 (IST)

    Ruckus resumes in Lower House

    As the Lok Sabha began proceedings for the day, Opposition leaders began sloganeering in the Well. MPs had to speak over the din to be heard in the House.

  • 11:02 (IST)

    Lok Sabha, Rajya Sabha convene for the day

  • 10:58 (IST)

    Private members' legislative business on day's agenda for both Houses

    38 private member bills are slated to be brought up in Rajya Sabha, with 32 of these slated for introduction, and six for consideration and passage. Meanwhile, in the Lower House, 135 private member bills are scheduled to be introduced, with 9 listed for consideration and passage. 

  • 10:42 (IST)

    WATCH: Smriti Irani's speech on triple talaq goes viral

    Union minister Smriti Irani on Thursday went viral online after her speech in the Lok Sabha on triple talaq. She posted footage of the speech on Twitter, and thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi, among others, for passing the Bill.

    Irani was lauded by the Twitterati for her speech.

  • 10:22 (IST)

    BJP chief whip, on 30 party MPs being absent during triple talaq voting, says 'some took prior permission'

    Amid reports of 30 BJP MP's being absent while voting was underway for the triple talaq Bill in Lok Sabha, the party's chief whip Anurag Thakur told ANI: I am aware, some MPs told me and took prior permission. About the others, we will look into the matter."

  • 10:12 (IST)

    Parliament to convene at 11 am

    In Rajya Sabha, some of the Bills to be considered include The Employment Bill (2018), The Railways (Amendment) Bill 2018, and The Armed Forces (Special Powers) Repeal Bill, 2018.

    Lok Sabha, after passing the triple talaq Bill on Thursday, will be discussing the Jallianwala Bagh National Memorial (Amendment) Bill 2018, and The Indian Medical Council (Amendment) Bill 2018, among others. Union finance minister Arun Jaitley is also scheduled to bring up proposed hikes in basic customs duty (BCD), as part of the Customs Tariff Act 1975.

  • 10:00 (IST)

    RECAP: Lok Sabha passes triple talaq bill

    The Lok Sabha on Thursday passed the controversial triple talaq bill with 245 votes in favour and 11 against it, at the end of a day that saw intense discussions and a walkout by the Congress and the AIADMK. Almost exactly a year ago, on 28 December, 2017, similar scenes were witnessed in the Lok Sabha as the Lower House debated an earlier version of the bill.

    Several arguments made in 2017 and 2018 were on largely similar lines, as were the positions that political parties took in the Parliament.

    Click here to read more.

  • 09:54 (IST)

    TMC ups ante on privacy debate, issues notice to Rajya Sabha

    Ahead of Parliament convening for the day on Friday, West Bengal's Trinamool Congress issued a notice to the Rajya Sabha under Rule 267, to take up a discussion on the subject of "Home Ministry notification which seeks to invade the privacy of all computers."

Parliament LATEST updates: Following All India Trinamool Congress leader Derek O'Brien's prediction on Twitter that the Rajya Sabha will be disrupted, MPs entered the Well and began sloganeering. Chairman Venkaiah Naidu adjourned the House for the day shortly after the ruckus began.

O'Brien tweeted a response to the development, and called it "so predictable."

All India Trinamool Congress leader Derek O'Brien took to Twitter to accuse the government of disrupting proceedings in the Rajya Sabha to keep the House from discussing key issues.

"Day 11 #Parliament Script written by government to disrupt Rajya Sabha so key issues can’t be discussed. Their ‘ally’ will jump into Well around 11.10 am," he wrote.

Shortly after the tweet was posted, MPs swarmed the Well and began sloganeering. Rajya Sabha chairman Venkaiah Naidu adjourned the House until 31 December.

Telegu Desam Party (TDP) MP Naramalli Sivaprasad, known for bringing sartorial flair to Parliamentary proceedings, on Friday dressed up as Lord Shiva. He has previously dressed up as a magician, a schoolboy, and even Narad Muni.

38 private member bills are slated to be brought up in Rajya Sabha, with 32 of these slated for introduction, and six for consideration and passage. Meanwhile, in the Lower House, 135 private member bills are scheduled to be introduced, with 9 listed for consideration and passage.

The Trinamool Congress on Friday gave a notice under Rule 267 in Rajya Sabha to take up a discussion on the subject "Home Ministry notification which seeks to invade the privacy of all computers."

For the second time in less than one year, the contentious triple talaq bill criminalising instant divorce by Muslim men was passed by Lok Sabha after a heated debate on Thursday, with the government projecting it as a matter of "Insaaniyat aur insaaf" for Muslim women, and rejecting the contention that it was aimed at targeting a particular community.

The Opposition, including the Congress, objected to many of its provisions as "unconstitutional" and claimed that its real purpose was not to empower Muslim women but to penalise Muslim men, as it demanded the revised legislation to be sent to a joint select committee of Parliament for greater scrutiny.

With the government rejecting their demand, the bill was put to vote and passed after an over five-hour debate with 245 members voting in its favour and 11 against it. Prime Minister Narendra Modi was not present during the debate.

The Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill was passed by the Lower House on 28 December, 2017 but it got stuck in the Upper House amid protest by opposition parties. The government had then cleared some amendments, including introduction of a provision of bail, to make it more acceptable.

However, as the bill continued to face resistance in the Rajya Sabha, the government issued an ordinance in September, incorporating the amendments.

The fresh Bill to make the practice of triple talaq among Muslims a penal offence was introduced in Lok Sabha on 17 December to replace the ordinance. Under the proposed law, giving instant triple talaq will be illegal and void, and will attract a jail term of three years for the husband.

Key opposition parties, including the Congress and Trinamool Congress as also AIADMK, which has often been an ally of the government in Parliament, staged a walkout soon after Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad concluded his reply.

The BJP is set to use the passage of the bill as a major talking point ahead of the 2019 Lok Sabha polls.

The saffron party and its ideological affiliates, including the RSS, have long railed against the practice of instant divorce, projecting it as evidence of its Congress-led "secular" rivals' vote bank politics. However, the bill's fate remains uncertain as it will now go to Rajya Sabha, where the government lacks numbers and it cannot become a law unless passed by both Houses.

Piloting the bill, Prasad rejected the contention of some opposition members that it was aimed at targeting any community. It is about "insaaniyat aur insaaf" (humanity and justice), he said, adding that it should not be weighed on the scales of politics.

Over 20 Islamic countries have also barred the practice, he said, adding that over 477 cases of triple talaq have been reported since January 2017. It has continued despite the Supreme Court declaring the practise "unconstitutional", he added.

Leader of Congress in Lok Sabha, Mallikarjun Kharge said the bill was against the spirit of the Constitution and has violated several articles dealing with the rights of individuals.

Congress MP Sushmita Dev said the real purpose of the bill was not to empower Muslim women but to "penalise" Muslim men. Demanding that the bill be referred to the Parliamentary panel, Dev said criminalisation of triple talaq goes against the Supreme Court verdict. AIADMK leader P Venugopal, TMC's Sudip Bandhopadhyay, AIMIM's Assaduddin Owaisi and Supriya Sule (NCP) also made similar demands.

Prasad said the bill has made the offence compoundable, meaning that the case can be withdrawn if the man and his estranged wife reach a compromise, and that only the wife and her close relatives can file an FIR, ruling out the law's misuse.

Union minister Smriti Irani said if Parliament can enact laws to ban dowry and the practice of sati, it can also approve the bill to ban instant triple talaq.

Supporting the penal provisions in the bill, Union minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said it was important to instil fear in the minds of those still practising it and rejected suggestions that it was against any religion.

Several women activists criticised the passage of the bill, saying it was a "political move" aimed at polarising the country before the 2019 general polls.

Secretary, All India Progressive Women's Association (AIPWA), Kavita Krishnan said,"Why such an offence (abandoning wives) when committed by a non-Muslim man is considered to be a civil offence and the same is being criminalised when committed by a Muslim man?" she asked.

"I think the fundamental objection that my organisation, AIPWA, and other women groups had on this bill stands. We had objected to the offence of instant triple talaq being criminalised. Our position is that there is no basis to make this a criminal offence," Krishnan said.

However, the passage of the bill drew mixed reactions from Muslim bodies with some terming it "very dangerous", while others welcoming it.

While SQR Ilayas, a member of working committee of the All India Muslim Personal Law Board (AIMPLB), termed the bill as "dangerous" and said it has been brought keeping in mind the Lok Sabha elections, Maulana Mahmood Daryabadi, General Secretary of the All India Ulema Council, said when the Supreme Court has declared triple talaq unconstitutional, why is it even being discussed

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Updated Date: Dec 28, 2018 15:15:08 IST