Parliament Updates: Amit Shah says 'coincidence' when asked about security breach at Priyanka Gandhi's home as RS passes SPG Amendment Bill

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Parliament Updates: Amit Shah says 'coincidence' when asked about security breach at Priyanka Gandhi's home as RS passes SPG Amendment Bill
  • 18:09 (IST)

    Rajya Sabha latest updates

    Bill to merge two UTs passed in Upper House

    The Rajya Sabha on Tuesday passed the Dadra and Nagar Haveli and Daman and Diu (Merger of Union Territories) Bill, 2019. The government reportedlt submitted that the merger will enable convenience in administration of the two regions "which are located in close proximity geographically".

    News18 reported, "Issues of languages spoken in the two UTs, jurisdiction of the Bombay High Court and changes to administrative take place as part of the merger were discussed by the Upper House."

  • 18:05 (IST)

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    Rajya Sabha adjourned till tomorrow

    In addition to discussing the SPG (Amendment) Bill, the Upper House also discussed the Dadra and Nagar Haveli and Daman and Diu (Merger of Union Territories) Bill on Tuesday.

    The Rajya Sabha has been adjourned till 11.00 am on Wednesday, 4 December.

  • 17:18 (IST)

    Sharda Tyagi says 'deeply anguished' about security breach at Priyanka Gandhi's residence

    Sharda Tyagi, who was in the vehicle which breached security at Priyanka Gandhi Vadra's residence in Delhi reportedly on 25 November, said, "I was born in the Congress and I am dedicated to the party. I was deeply anguished to find that security was left on the home guards. I went there for the first time and saw this."

    "I didn't know her (Priyanka Gandhi Vadra's) house number and asked about it by calling the Congress office. When I went there, (security) didn't even care to see who was sitting in the car, barricade was removed immediately and gate was opened," she added.

  • 17:02 (IST)

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    Amit Shah comments on security breach at Priyanka Gandhi's residence

    In the duration of his response to arguments for and against the SPG Bill in the Rajya Sabha, Home Minister Amit Shah on Tuesday also spoke about the Opposition's accusation of "political vendetta" after the Centre terminated the special security for the Gandhi family.

    On the security breach that occurred at Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra's house, Shah said, "Incident happened on 25 November. Priyanka Gandhi got information that Rahul Gandhi was coming to meet her in a black SUV, but another black SUV came at the same time which had Meerut Congress leader Sharda Tyagi in it. The car and timing were same, such was the coincidence. That's why the car with Sharda Tyagi went in without security check. Then also, we've ordered high-level probe and suspended 3 officers responsible for breach."

  • 16:55 (IST)

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    Former PMs' SPG cover was also withdrawan: Amit Shah

    Union Minister Amit Shah, in his address in the Rajya Sabha regarding the SPG Bill, said that former prime ministers' SPG cover had also been withdrawan. He was responding to the accusations raised by Opposition leaders over the withdrawal of the special protection from the Gandhi family.

    He said, "Former prime ministers' SPG cover was also withdrawn. Narsimha Rao, Chandrashekar, IK Gujral, and Manmohan SIngh are among former prime ministers whose SPG security cover has been withdrawn. In a democracy, the law is the same for everyone, not special for a family."

  • 16:36 (IST)

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    Upper Houses passes SPG Bill after Opposition stages walkout

    The SPG Bill was passed by the Rajya Sabha on Tuesday after it was passed by Home Minister Amit Shah. While members of the Opposition raised arguments against the amendment and also accused the BJP of "political vendetta" against the Gandhi family over the withdrawal of their SPG cover, Shah responded to them by saying that the amendment had "nothing to do" with the Gandhis.

    "It's not true that we've brought the SPG Bill by keeping only Gandhi family in mind. Security from Gandhis was withdrawn after the threat assessment analysis even before bringing this bill. After five years, the prime minister's SPG security will also be withdrawn. Now Manmohan Singh's security was also withdrawn and replaced it with ‘Z plus’ security cover."

    The amendment was passed after the Congress staged a walkout from the Upper House.

  • 16:28 (IST)

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    Uproar in RS after Amit Shah says Opposition has 'no right' to accuse BJP of political vendetta

    Home Minister Amit Shah on Tuesday addressed the Upper House regarding the SPG Bill and responded to the "political vendetta" charge of the Opposition over the SPG cover being taken away from members of the Gandhi family. He said, "The Left Front and the Congress cannot accuse the BJP of political vendetta. Under the Left, 120 BJP-RSS workers were killed in Kerala."

    Also making a veiled attack on the 'dynastic politics' the Gandhi family has been taunted about by the BJP, Shah said, "This is the fifth amendment in the SPG Act.This amendment is not brought in by keeping the Gandhis in mind, but, one thing that I can say for sure is that the previous amendments were done by keeping only one family in mind."

  • 16:11 (IST)

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    Amit Shah says security not only question for Gandhis, but all Indians

    The Centre needs to ensure security of all the citizens of India, said Home Minister Amit Shah in his response to arguments regarding the SPG Bill moved in the Rajya Sabha on Tuesday. Shah was addressing concerns and accusations regarding the SPG cover being taken away from the Gandhi family.

    "Any citizen of India could also be facing more threats than the Prime Minister of India. Are we to give everyone SPG protection? The SPG cover is only for the prime minister," he said,

  • 16:07 (IST)

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    Amit Shah addresses House on SPG bill

    After various members of the Upper House delivered arguments for and against the bill related to the Special Protection Group moved by Home Minister Amit Shah on Tuesday.

    Shah, after arguments by NDA member Ramdas Athawale, AAP leader Sanjay Singh, and the BSP, explained the motive behind bringing the bill. He said, "Security is not a status symbol," in reference to the SPG-level protection being taken away from the Gandhi family. "The SPG Bill has not been brought to target the Gandhis."

  • 15:47 (IST)

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    CPM MP questions government's intention behind bringing the Bill


    CPM’s KK Ragesh questioned the government’s intentions to bring such a Bill. He said that the Prime Minister has violated the SPG protocol many times, and it's called heroism. “When others do so, it is called disregard,” he said.

    Congress’ BK Hariprasad said that in every third speech, Narendra Modi and Amit Shah train attacks on Sonia and Rahul Gandhi. “Do you not think there is a threat perception?” he asked. If there is no protection to those getting lynched in the country, how safe are these politicians, he further questioned.

  • 15:44 (IST)

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    Why the privilege to one family, asks Subramanian Swamy


    Welcoming the 'long overdue' Bill, BJP's Subramanian Swamy said that everyone is equal before the Constitution and law. He further asked why one family should get this privelege of SPG cover.

    "Assassination of Indira Gandhi, Rajiv Gandhi had nothing to do with security. IB had given report to Indira that two of her guards were infected, but she did not approve their removal. Those guards assassinated her," he said.

    He also presented a challenge to KTS Tulsi’s reference to a report that said that Rajiv Gandhi’s assassination was due to a security lapse.

    "We want you to be alive, because we want to see you go to jail in corruption charges," he concluded.

  • 15:30 (IST)

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    Threat perception should be decided by experts, says KTS Tulsi


    Security must be above politics, Nominated Member KTS Tulsi said, standing to oppose the Bill. "Threat perception has to be decided by experts and we are not waiting for an incident to happen," he said.​

    Tulsi quoted a report on Rajiv Gandhi’s assassination which said that the prime cause was withdrawal of SPG cover. "It will be decided on whims of those in office on who needs protection. Request home minister to lay on table any report that says that there is no threat to Gandhis," he said.

  • 15:19 (IST)

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    SPG (Amendment) Bill tagets one party, says DMK's P Wilson


    Opposing the Bill, DMK's P Wilson said that it targets one party and ignores the assassination of Rajiv Gandhi and Indira Gandhi.​ "Rajiv Gandhi’s SPG cover was revoked after he demitted PM’s office and then he was assassinated," he reminded the House.

    He said that Sonia, Rahul and Priyanka Gandhi had SPG cover till September because there must have been a threat perception. He also hit out at the issue of government spending on security cover.

    "Are we compromising security on account of saving a few lakhs? Democracy is not static. Tomorrow, you will occupy the Opposition bench. How can threat perception be fixed at 5 years?" he asked.

    Wilson said that the government should consider that the amendment will not just affect Gandhi family but also them after they demit office.

  • 15:14 (IST)

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    We should accept reality, says Manas Ranjan Bhunia


    Recalling the day when he was with rajiv Gandhi when Indira Gandhi was assassinated, Manas Ranjan Bhunia said that he witnessed the horror. He urged the government to not fixate on the concept of family. "It is against the essence of parliamentary democracy. We have to accept the reality, consider our past, see where we are standing now and where we are going in the future," he said.

    we should accept reality, past and where we are standing now and where we are going in the future.

  • 14:45 (IST)

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    MoS (Independent) Mansukhlal Mandaviya introduces the Recycling of Ships Bill, 2019


    The Bill restricts the use of hazardous material on ships and regulates the recycling of ships. Key features of the Bill include:

    The Bill will apply to: (i) any new or existing ship which is registered in India, (ii) ships entering a port or terminal in India, or the territorial waters of India, (iii) any warship, or other ship owned and operated by an administration and used on government non-commercial service, and (iv) ship recycling facilities operating in India. 

    The Bill defines ship recycling as the dismantling of a ship at a facility to recover the components and materials for reuse, and taking care of the hazardous material so produced. The Bill also says that ships should not use prohibited hazardous materials as notified.

    The owner of every new ship must make an application to the National Authority to obtain a certificate on the inventory of hazardous materials. These requirements will not apply to: (i) any warship, or other ship owned and operated by an administration and used on government non-commercial service, and (ii) ships with internal volume less than 500 tonnes.

    The Bill provides that ships will be recycled only in authorised recycling facilities. Each Ship Recycler must maintain adequate measures for emergency preparedness and response, safety, health, training, and welfare of workers as per the Factories Act, 1948. It must also provide insurance coverage for the regular and temporary workers.

  • 14:37 (IST)

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    Demanding SPG cover sign of entitlement, says Neeraj Shekhar


    BJP's Neeraj Shekhar said that wanting SPG protection is a sign of entitlement and that the party wants to end VIP culture. An uproar erupted in the Opposition benches after Shekhar asked if any other incidents occurred after the untoward deaths of Jawaharlal Nehru, Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi.

  • 14:23 (IST)

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    Centre approves 'in principle' induction of CISF at West Bengal's Visva Bharti University


    In a written reply, the Centre informed the Lok Sabha that it has approved ‘in principle’, induction of CISF at Visva Bharti University in West Bengal based on "security assessment and the commitment received from Ministry of Human Resource Development" that the university will bear the cost of deployment of CISF.

    In the reply, MoS Home Affairs Nityanand Rai stated that CISF deployment is done on the basis of threat perception and willingness of organisation to bear cost of deployment. The reply also said that Indian Institute of Remote Sensing, Uttarakhand and Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology, Kerala are the two campuses that have CISF deployed on its premises.

  • 14:09 (IST)

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    G Kishan Reddy moves SPG (Amendment) Bill, 2019 in the House


    Congress' Vivek K Tankha expresses dismay that politics have reached such a level that the security of leaders is being compromised.

    Tankha cites assassination of Jawaharlal Nehru, Indira Gandhi and Rajiv Gandhi. Indira Gandhi’s demise led to the birth of the SPG Act, he said.

    "It was then that the party kept urging that there is a threat to Rajiv Gandhi’s life and his security needs to be increased. We lost a youth leader," he said.

    Talking about a security breach at Priyanka Gandhi Vadra’s residence as the security cover was reduced, Tankha said that Atal Bihari Vajpayee was granted security cover, which shows that these issues are above party politics.

    "The country will not forgive you if any untoward incident occurs," he concluded.

  • 13:46 (IST)

    Lok Sabha adjourned till 2.30 pm
     

    Submitting a report by the government of Jammu and Kashmir, the Ministry of Home Affairs informed the Lok Sabha that 19 civilians including non-Kashmiri labourers were killed in terror-related incidents since 5 August.

    “ An ex-gratia of Rs1 lakh is paid to the next of kins of civilians killed in militancy-related violence under the existing scheme of Jammu and Kashmir government. In addition, Rs5 lakh is given under a central scheme,” the reply stated.

  • 13:46 (IST)

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    Incidents of infiltration increased after Article 370 abrogation, MHA submits in Lok Sabha


    Incidents of terrorist violence declined after 5 August, Ministry of Home Affairs submitted in Lok Sabha in reply to a question on infiltration and attacks after Article 370 abrogation in Jammu and Kashmir. 

    “Incidents of terrorist violence declined after 5th August. From 5 August 2019 till 27 November, there have been 88 such incidents as compared to 106 such incidents from 12 April till 4 August,” the reply stated.

    There has been increase in the number of infiltration attempts from across the border, the Home Ministry replied. “From 5 August till 31 October, there have been 84 such attempts as against 53 such attempts from 9 May till 4 August,” the ministry said.

  • 13:46 (IST)

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    Large-scale trafficking of women, girls to gulf countries has not come to government's notice, submits MHA


    Ministry of Home Affairs filed a written reply to a query in Lok Sabha on the kidnapping and trafficking of women and adolescent girls to gulf countries, which said that the occurrence of such incidents have not come to the government’s notice.

    “Occasionally, reports from Indian Missions abroad indicate that some Indian women seek overseas employment, particularly in Gulf countries, without obtaining Emigration Clearance (EC). Such women become vulnerable to various employment related problems,” the reply stated.

  • 13:45 (IST)

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    MPs mention fear among SC, ST communities, withdrawal of SPG cover to Gandhis


    BJP’s Nishikant Dubey sought curbs on social media activity, alleging he was harassed by social media users after his comment on GDP not being "Bible, Ramayan and Mahabharat".

    BJP’s Jaskaur Meena said there is a climate of fear regarding the exclusion of creamy layer in SC/ST communities while providing them reservation in promotions. She said the BJP will not do anything to harm the communities; alleging that the atmosphere of fear is created by the Congress party.

    Congress’ Anto Antony spoke on the breach of security at Priyanka Gandhi Vadra's residence. He addressed the issue of SPG cover withdrawal for the Gandhi family, saying, "Don't play politics on the safety of the family".

    CPI’s M Selvarag addressed the issue of continuous rainfall in Tamil Nadu over the past few days, causing heavy losses to 17 districts, particularly in the coastal regions. He urged the government to immediately release compensation.

  • 13:28 (IST)

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    Hema Malini demands PPP model in school education​


    BJP MP from Mathura Hema Malini pointed out that at many places in her constituency, schools are being operated in the open and the quality of education in village schools is not satisfactory.

    “I demand that public-private partnership model be implemented in school education,” she said.

  • 13:24 (IST)

    Rajya Sabha to reconvene at 2 pm

  • 13:24 (IST)

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    Supriya Sule urges govt to find missing autistic boy​


    NCP’s Supriya Sule urged the government and lawmakers in the House to help in finding Tarun Gupta, a 19-year-old autistic, speech-impaired person, who went missing in Mumbai on 1 October.

  • 13:22 (IST)

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    Download 112 emergency helpline app, says GK Reddy


    Answering questions in the Lok Sabha relating to web-based app crime, Mos Home Affairs G Kishan Reddy urged people to download '112' emergency helpline app. “It's being implemented across the country. GRP and police at railway stations and CISF are providing security at airports. Money has been sanctioned to the states to implement the '112' helpline,” he said.

    He said that the helpline is functional is also functional in Andaman and Nicobar Islands, and the state has a portal of its own.

  • 13:17 (IST)

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    MPs discuss alternatives to palm oil, medical devices


    Congress’ Shashi Tharoor said an alternative to palm oil should be found rather than continuing acquiring land in the north-east which degrades the environment.​

    MoS Chemicals and Fertilisers Mansukhlal Mandaviya spoke on how prices of cancer medicines have been brought down to aid the poor.​

    TMC’s Mahua Moitra said that the two most widely used medical equipment by the poor in India are pacemakers and knee replacement implants. She asked what the government is doing pertaining to these two devices. In reply, Mandaviya said that eight medical devices have been identified, the price of which will also be capped in addition to the existing ones. The price of knee replacements has been reduced by 69 percent, he added.

  • 13:14 (IST)

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    MPs raise issue of killings in Jammu and Kashmir, illegal mining


    Ahmed Hassan raised the killing of five labourers from West Bengal in Kulgam, Jammu and Kashmir. "Inspite of the security preparations, they were killed. Who were responsible for the killing of the workers? The government has maintained silence over the issue," Hasan said.

    MP Viplove Thakur raised the issue of pending compensation being given to the people in Himachal Pradesh affected due to natural disasters.

    Kumari Selja raised the illegal mining issues in the country, especially Haryana.

  • 13:12 (IST)

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    Sea level in Mumbai likely to rise by 3.3 cm by 2050, says Harsh Vardhan


    Nominated Member Dr Rajendra Jadhav asks if the government has undertaken any study of its own to identify areas at risk of submersion, especially the city of Mumbai.

    During a discussion on the threat to Mumbai owing to rising sea levels, Union Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan said that 10 ports in India, including Chennai, Kandla, Kochi, Vizag and Okha, have sea-level gauges. He said that from 1876 to 2005, the rise in sea level in Mumbai stands at an average of 0.74 mm. "Till 2050, total sea level rise is likely to be 3.3 cm," he said.

    As per ocean vulnerability maps, Mumbai does not figure in high vulnerability zones.

    Jaya Bachchan said the information about Mumbai being at risk of submersion has come from foreign countries, no research has been conducted in India. Most of Mumbai is reclaimed land, she pointed out. Harsh Vardhan replied, "Whatever we have said is based on long-time data collected by our own scientists. Mumbai is under no risk".

  • 13:01 (IST)

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    Demonetisation failed to remove fake currency, says TMC's Santanu Sen


    Even after demonetisation, fake currency has come back into circulation, Trinamool Congress' Santanu Sen said. "Neither could demonetisation detect actual black money, nor could it remove fake currency from the country. It has only ruined the economy," he said.

  • 12:22 (IST)

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    BJP MPs demand apology from Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury for remarks against Modi, Amit Shah, Nirmala Sitharaman


    Congress leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury raises issue of rising onion prices in Lok Sabha.

    Uproar begins from Treasury benches demanding an apology from him for calling Narendra Modi and Amit Shah 'infiltrators' and calling Nirmala Sitharaman, 'nirbala' on Monday. BJP’s Poonam Mahajan calls him ‘nirbal’ or weak for supporting only one woman from a party, hinting at Sonia Gandhi. She also criticised him for supporting a party that practices dynasty politics.​

    Chowdhury continues to criticise government over rising onion prices and the suffering of farmers.

    An uproar breaks out in Parliament, following which Opposition MPs stage a walkout.

  • 12:19 (IST)

    Rape convicts in jail should not be released at all, says Hema Malini

    Speaking on the rape and murder of a 28-year-old veteranarian in Hyderabad, BJP MP from Mathura Hema Malini said that such incidents are on the rise and women are being harassed.

    "My suggestion is to keep the culprits in jail permanently. Once they go in jail, they should not be released at all," she said.

  • 12:07 (IST)

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    Govt remains mere spectator as hoarders loot people, KK Ragesh says on rising onion prices


    Pointing out that the rise in prices of onions began in October and is a yearly phenomenon, CPM's KK Ragesh ​alleged that the government was aware of the rise in demand for the produce.

    "The government never intervened in the price rise, but only remained a mere spectator. You are allowing onions to rot in godowns, but not giving them to people," he said.

    Highlighting that India is the largest exporter of onions, that given that the price rise is an yearly phenomenon. the government could have stored produce and intervened in the operation of market forces. "Hoarders and blackmarketers are benefiting and the government is letting them loot the people," he said.

  • 11:43 (IST)

    AAP MPs hold protests within Parliament premises over rising onion prices

  • 11:41 (IST)

    Modi dissatisfied with MPs poor attendance in Parliament, says Rajnath Singh

    Rajnath Singh during BJP parliamentary party meeting said that the BJP has to be aggressive against the Opposition but doesn't need to go to the extent that Congress goes to. "BJP is a party with a difference," he said.

    Rajnath Singh also said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi is not satisfied with the poor attendance of MPs in Parliament. He suggested MPs to be in Parliament premises when Bills are being taken up.

  • 11:37 (IST)

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    Digvijaya Singh speaks on Bhopal Gas Tragedy


    Remembering the Bhopal Gas Tragedy, Congress' Digvijaya Singh said that the government should exercise caution to avoid such a disaster in the future.

    Congress' Jairam Ramesh also spoke on the issue.

    The gas tragedy that occurred 35 years ago claimed 3,787 lives, as per official records.

  • 11:31 (IST)

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    Centre has granted funds for Cyclone Fani relief, expenditure is state's responsibility, says Nityanand Rai


    Odisha BJP MP Jual Oram asks about the relief measures, fund allocation and spending after the Cyclone Fani.

    MoS Home Affairs Nityanand Rai responds saying that Rs 3,383 crore relief funds were granted by the Centre, while following Narendra Modi's visit to affected areas, an additional Rs 1,000 crore were also sanctioned. "Spending and monitoring of expenditure is the state government’s responsibility," he said.​

    Criticising the lack of answers from the Odisha government, Oram demands a status report of relief work. To this, BJD's Pinaki Misra says he is disappointed about the MP politicising the disaster.

    Misra said that the World Bank praised CM Naveen Patnaik for moving 12 lakh people to relief shelters. "I urge for special targeted assistance as no other state suffers such damage. Cyclone Bulbul also wreaked havoc in the state," Misra said.​

    Rai praises the state government for moving over 15.7 lakh people to shelters during Cyclone Fani.

  • 11:16 (IST)

    About the Dadra and Nagar Haveli and Daman and Diu (Merger of Union Territories) Bill, 2019


    The Bill provides for the merger of the Union Territories (UTs) of Dadra and Nagar Haveli, and Daman and Diu into a single UT.  Key features of the Bill include:

    The Bill amends the First Schedule to the Constitution to merge the territories of the two UTs. It also amends Article 240(1) of the Constitution to mention the two Union Territories as a merged Union Territory.

    The First Schedule to the Representation of the People Act, 1950 provides one seat in Lok Sabha to each of the two UTs.  The Bill seeks to amend the Schedule to allocate two Lok Sabha seats to the merged UT.  

    Every person employed in connection with the affairs of the existing UTs will provisionally serve the merged UT.  The central government will determine whether every such person will finally be allotted for service in the merged UT. The merged UT will take steps to integrate employees into services under its control.

    The central government may establish Advisory Committees to assist in ensuring fair treatment of all persons affected by these provisions and consideration of any representations made by them.

    The Bill provides that the jurisdiction of the High Court of Bombay will continue to extend to the merged UT.   

  • 11:03 (IST)

    Lok Sabha proceedings begin with Question Hour


    Ministers lay papers on the table in the Rajya Sabha.

  • 11:02 (IST)

    About the Special Protection Group (Amendment) Bill, 2019


    The Bill amends the Special Protections Group Act, 1988.  The Act provides for the constitution and regulation of the Special Protection Group (SPG) to provide security to the Prime Minister, former Prime Ministers, and their immediate family members.
     
    The Bill amends the provision to state that the SPG will provide security to the Prime Minister, and members of his immediate family residing with him at his official residence. It will also provide security to any former Prime Ministers, and his immediate family members residing with him at the residence allotted to him. This security will be provided for a period of five years from the date on which he ceases to hold the office of Prime Minister.

    The Act provides that if the SPG security is withdrawn from a former Prime Minister, it will also be withdrawn from his immediate family members, unless the level of threat faced by the immediate family member warrants such security. The Bill removes this condition to state that if the SPG security is withdrawn from a former Prime Minister, it will also be withdrawn from his immediate family members.

  • 10:55 (IST)

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    Congress likely to raise issue of security breach at Priyanka Gandhi Vadra's residence


    The Congress Party is likely to protest in Rajya Sabha against security breach of Priyanka Gandhi, News18 reported. Gandhi’s office revealed on Monday that the group went up to her and was able to click pictures of the Z-plus protectee.

    Under the Z-plus security, the family has commandos from the CRPF paramilitary force in close proximity besides guards at their homes and where ever they travel in the country.

    In comparison, SPG protectees are provided with guards, hi-tech vehicles, jammers and an ambulance in their motorcade. Prime Minister Narendra Modi is now the only SPG protectee in the country. The act was amended after the assassination of Rajiv Gandhi to include the immediate family members of former prime ministers, paving the way for Sonia Gandhi as well her children to get SPG security.

    The need for a separate force for guarding the prime minister of the country was felt after Indira Gandhi was assassinated by her own security guards on 31 October, 1984.

  • 10:50 (IST)

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    BJP, TMC, BJD give zero hour notices in Rajya Sabha


    Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP Surendra Singh Nagar gives Zero Hour Notice in Rajya Sabha over mushrooming fake call centers in the country.

    Trinamool Congress (TMC) MP Santanu Sen gives Zero Hour Notice in Rajya Sabha over fake currency notes in the country.

    Biju Janata Dal (BJD) MP Prasanna Acharya has given Zero Hour Notice in Rajya Sabha over setting up of international disaster resilience and risk management institute in Odisha. 

  • 10:48 (IST)

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    Congress, TMC, DMK, IUML give adjournment notices in Lok Sabha


    Congress and Indian Union Muslim League gave Adjournment Motion Notices in Lok Sabha over the rising prices of onion and other vegetables throughout the country.

    Congress MP Saptagiri Sankar Ulaka has given Adjournment Motion Notice in Lok Sabha over rape of a tribal girl in Puri during Rath Yatra.

    Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) gave an Adjournment Motion Notice in Lok Sabha over economic recession and unprecedented job loss in information technology sector.

    Trinamool Congress (TMC) has given Adjournment Motion Notice in Lok Sabha over heavy loss of life and property due to cyclone Bulbul in West Bengal.

  • 10:45 (IST)

    Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) parliamentary party meeting held at Parliament Library Building concluded around 10.15 am

  • 10:36 (IST)

    Bills to be tabled in Lok Sabha, Rajya Sabha today


    Rajya Sabha

    The Special Protection Group (Amendment) Bill, 2019
    Dadra and Nagar Haveli and Daman and Diu (Merger of Union Territories) Bill, 2019
    National Capital Territory of Delhi (Recognition of Property Rights of Residents in Unauthorised Colonies) Bill, 2019

    Lok Sabha

    Recycling of Ships Bill, 2019
    Discussion on crop losses and resultant impact on farmers
    Question Hour to see raising of issues pertaining to various government schemes, Cyclone Fani, geographical boundaries of the union territories of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh and tribal area status to Ladakh.

Parliament Latest Updates | In the duration of his response to arguments for and against the SPG Bill in the Rajya Sabha, Home Minister Amit Shah on Tuesday also spoke about the Opposition's accusation of "political vendetta" after the Centre terminated the special security for the Gandhi family.

On the security breach that occurred at Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra's house, Shah said, "Incident happened on 25 November. Priyanka Gandhi got information that Rahul Gandhi was coming to meet her in a black SUV, but another black SUV came at the same time which had Meerut Congress leader Sharda Tyagi in it. The car and timing were same, such was the coincidence. That's why the car with Sharda Tyagi went in without security check. Then also, we've ordered high-level probe and suspended 3 officers responsible for breach."

In the duration of his response to arguments for and against the SPG Bill in the Rajya Sabha, Home Minister Amit Shah on Tuesday also spoke about the Opposition's accusation of "political vendetta" after the Centre terminated the special security for the Gandhi family.

On the security breach that occurred at Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra's house, Shah said, "Incident happened on 25 November. Priyanka Gandhi got information that Rahul Gandhi was coming to meet her in a black SUV, but another black SUV came at the same time which had Meerut Congress leader Sharda Tyagi in it. The car and timing were same, such was the coincidence. That's why the car with Sharda Tyagi went in without security check. Then also, we've ordered high-level probe and suspended 3 officers responsible for breach."

The Centre needs to ensure security of all the citizens of India, said Home Minister Amit Shah in his response to arguments regarding the SPG Bill moved in the Rajya Sabha on Tuesday. Shah was addressing concerns and accusations regarding the SPG cover being taken away from the Gandhi family.

"Any citizen of India could also be facing more threats than the Prime Minister of India. Are we to give everyone SPG protection? The SPG cover is only for the prime minister," he said.

An uproar emanated from the Treasury benches demanding an apology from Congress' Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury for calling Narendra Modi and Amit Shah 'infiltrators' and calling Nirmala Sitharaman, 'nirbala' on Monday. Opposition MPs staged a walkout following the protests.

The government never intervened in the price rise, but only remained a mere spectator, CPM's KK Ragesh said in the Rajya Sabha, alleging that the government is allowing onions to rot in godowns, but not giving them to people.

Rajnath Singh said during the BJP parliamentary meet that Prime Minister Narendra Modi is not satisfied with the poor attendance of MPs in Parliament. He suggested MPs to be in Parliament premises when Bills are being taken up.

Remembering the Bhopal Gas Tragedy, Congress' Digvijaya Singh said that the government should exercise caution to avoid such a disaster in the future.

During the Question Hour in Lok Sabha, BJP's Jual Oram and BJD's Pinaki Misra talked about the relief measures taken after Cyclone Fani, with the former questioning the expenditure of funds granted to the state to cope with the disaster.

Union Home Minister Amit Shah will on Tuesday move The Special Protection Group (Amendment) Bill, 2019 in the Rajya Sabha. The Bill seeks to amend the Special Protection Group Act, 1988, which was passed by the Lok Sabha on 27 November with a voice vote.

A statement from the Home Ministry said, "The Bill says that family members of a former Prime Minister who reside with him at his allotted accommodation will get security cover of the SPG only for five years, from the date he/she ceases to hold the office of Prime Minister."

During the debate on the Bill in Lok Sabha, Shah had said rejected Congress allegations about "political vendetta" in the change in the security of Congress leaders Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra and said that changes had been made in the protection Act earlier keeping "one family in mind".

He said security has been changed of members of Gandhi family after a yearly professional assessment and the change in security has also been done under the ambit of the Act. He added security has been changed from SPG on the basis of an assessment of threat perception.

Shah will also move the Dadra and Nagar Haveli and Daman and Diu (Merger of Union Territories) Bill, 2019 for consideration and passing. The Bill will provide for the merger of Union Territories of Dadra and Nagar Haveli and Daman and Diu.

Additionally, Union Minister Hardeep Singh Puri will table the National Capital Territory of Delhi (Recognition of Property Rights of Residents in Unauthorised Colonies) Bill, 2019 in the Upper House. The Bill makes special provisions for the National Capital Territory of Delhi for recognising the property rights of resident in unauthorised colonies by securing the rights of ownership or transfer or mortgage in favour of the residents of such colonies who are possessing properties on the basis of Power of Attorney, Agreement to Sale, Will, possession letter or any other documents including documents evidencing payment of consideration.

In the Lok Sabha, the Recycling of Ships Bill, 2019, which provides for the regulation of recycling of ships by setting certain standards and laying down the statutory mechanism for enforcement of such standards, will be discussed.

Additionally, the Lower House will see a discussion on crop losses and its impact on farmers. Among the topics on which discussions will be held during Question Hour are Cyclone Fani, PM Kisan scheme, PMGSY, PMAY, RIDF and MGNREGA. The issues of geographical boundaries of the union territories of Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh and tribal area status to Ladakh will also be raised.

The Congress is likely to raise the issue of Priyanka Gandhi Vadra suffering a security breach weeks after her SPG cover was removed when a car with five passengers made its way into her residence. Gandhi’s office revealed on Monday that the group went up to her and was able to click pictures of the Z-plus protectee. Priyanka, along with brother Rahul and mother Sonia, was an SPG protectee until 4 November. The Special Protection Group (SPG) cover to all three Congress leaders was withdrawn following which they remain Z-plus protectee.

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Updated Date: Dec 03, 2019 18:42:21 IST