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Parliament Monsoon Session updates: With minimal interruptions, RS, LS clock a full working day; both Houses adjourned till tomorrow

The no-confidence motion backed by the Opposition parties like TDP and Congress will be taken up in the Lower House on Friday. Speaker Sumitra Mahajan made an announcement in this regard after the Lok Sabha reconvened at 2.10 pm.

FP Staff July 18, 2018 18:34:48 IST
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Parliament Monsoon Session updates: With minimal interruptions, RS, LS clock a full working day; both Houses adjourned till tomorrow

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09:58 (ist)

BJP confident of support from 314 MPs

Ahead of the no-confidence motion against the Narendra Modi government on Friday, the Bharatiya Janata Party has expressed its confidence in having the support of 314 MPs in the Lok Sabha, reported The Times of India.

As per the party's floor managers, the government is likely to receive support from small parties outside the NDA including Anbumani Ramadoss-led PMK and Raju Shetty-led Swabhimani Paksha.

16:42 (ist)

Ex-Rajya Sabha MP Chandan Mitra quits BJP amid buzz that he is set to join Trinamool Congress

Senior journalist and two-time Rajya Sabha MP Chandan Mitra has quit the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and is set to join the Trinamool Congress (TMC), reports said. Though Mirta and TMC have not spoken on this, Banerjee's party has promised that a large number of new faces will join the party on Saturday. 

According to reports, Mitra was upset after being sidelined under the Modi-Shah leadership. He is considered to be a close aide of veteran BJP leader LK Advani. Mitra has also been openly critical of BJP on several issues. 

09:55 (ist)

TMC calls for debate on mob lynching in Zero Hour

According to ANI, West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee-led Trinamool Congress has given a Zero Hour notice in Rajya Sabha over the issue of mob lynching and called for a debate on the same.

Meanwhile, RJD MP JP Yadav has also given an adjournment motion notice in Lok Sabha over cases of mob lynching.

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July 25, 2018 - 15:36 (IST)

Kerala floods: IMD functioning not satisfactory, says CPM leader P Karunakaran

In the discussion on the Kerala floods in Lok Sabha, CPM leader P Karunakaran said the functioning of Indian Meteorological Department is not satisfactory. The cyclone warning is not functioning well. We suffered during Ockhi (cyclone) too, said Karunakaran. "Wanting the floods to be declared a national calamity, Karunakaran said Centre should increase compensation and the National Mitigation Fund should be used. Defence stations must have motorised boats and Indian Air Force should be allowed permanent posting in the districts. The state requires a flood warning station," he added. Members on both sides of the House argue for a bit. 

Congress leader KC Venugopal said despite his ill health, he came to the House to speak about the plight of his people in Alapuzzha. 

July 25, 2018 - 15:31 (IST)

How to recognise a fugitive economic offender?

July 25, 2018 - 15:30 (IST)

10 percent of black money is outside India, says Congress leader Vivek Tankha

Congress leader Vivek Tankha initiates a debateHe where he says only 10 percent of the black money is outside India. He asked what has the government done to get back the money in India and wanted to know why a threshold of Rs100 crores. "Are we not being strict enough for offenders who fall within Rs100 crore offence?"

July 25, 2018 - 15:24 (IST)

Minister of Finance Piyush Goyal presents the Fugitive Economic Offenders Bill 2018 

July 25, 2018 - 14:21 (IST)

Discussion on Fugitive Economic Offenders Bill begins in Rajya Sabha

The Fugitive Economic Offenders Bill aimed at preventing culprits from evading the legal process and fleeing the country.

July 25, 2018 - 14:12 (IST)

Rajya Sabha proceedings begin

Rajya Sabha proceedings resume. In Rajya Sabha, home minister Rajnath Singh spoke on the Rohingya issue and said, "We've issued orders to all states that no Rohingya should possess Indian documents, so that we can talk to government of Myanmar and EAM Sushma Swaraj can speak with the foreign minister of Myanmar."

July 25, 2018 - 13:53 (IST)

PM chooses to go on foreign tours and skips Parliament sessions: Mallikarjun Kharge

July 25, 2018 - 13:51 (IST)

Govt has a clear stand on Rohingya issue, won't be allowed in India: Kiren Rijiju


Parliament Monsoon Session LIVE updates: The government does not maintain specific data on lynching incidents in the country, the Rajya Sabha was informed today. Meanwhile, BJP MP in Lok Sabha, Meenakshi Lekhi blamed the economic disparity for such incidents. She said various incidents showed that the root of the crime stemmed from economical disparity in the society. 

BJP and TMC have issued a whip to their MPs ahead of the no-confidence motion scheduled to be taken up on Friday. Other parties are also expected to follow suit to ensure both sides clock full attendance and can gather maximum numbers in support/ against the motion.

There was a brief disagreement on the date of discussion on no-confidence motion in the Lok Sabha. While Opposition members demanded that the motion be taken up for discussion on Monday, Speaker Sumitra Mahajan ruled that the members cannot protest on everything, and finalised Friday as the day the motion will be taken up.

The no-confidence motion backed by the Opposition parties like TDP and Congress will be taken up in the Lower House on Friday. Speaker Sumitra Mahajan made an announcement in this regard after the Lok Sabha reconvened at 2.10 pm.

In Lok Sabha, Congress MP Shashi Tharoor raised the attack on his constituency office and the growing incidents of intolerance and violence. He also mentioned the attack on Swami Agnivesh. "I strongly urge the prime minister to break his silence on the behaviour of his partymen and take action against anti-national elements indulging in lynching and mob frenzy," he said.

The Speaker named all Opposition members who had moved similar no-confidence motions and said TDP's Kesineni Srinivas
would move his motion as his name had come up in the lottery.

As Mahajan began taking questions during the Question Hour in Lok Sabha, few MPs from the Opposition created ruckus by shouting slogans over issues like mob lynching and atrocities against Dalits. Meanwhile, Rajya Sabha was adjourned till 12 pm after TDP MPs protested over special status demand for Andhra Pradesh.

After reaching the Parliament on Wednesday for the Monsoon Session, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said, "Many matters of national importance are before us. The more discussions takes place, the more the government will benefit. I appeal that all political parties use the time in the parliament effectively."

With an aggressive Opposition pitching for a no-trust motion against the Narendra Modi government over various issues, the bitterness that saw complete washout of the Budget Session is likely to spill into the Monsoon Session scheduled to commence from Wednesday.

As far as the legislative business is concerned, the government's plate is more than full with as many as 18 bills — including the various GST amendment bills, RTI amendment bill and the DNA Technology bill — to be introduced for consideration and passage in both Houses during the session that will have only 18 sittings spread over 24 days.

Six other bills replacing ordinances, namely the Fugitive Economic Offenders Ordinance, 2018; the Criminal Law (Amendment) Ordinance, 2018; the Commercial Courts, Commercial Division and Commercial Appellate Division of High Courts (Amendment) Ordinance, 2018; the Homoeopathy Central Council (Amendment) Ordinance, 2018; the National Sports University Ordinance, 2018; and the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (Amendment) Ordinance, 2018, are also to be passed.

These are apart from the 15 bills already pending in the Lok Sabha and 10 in the Rajya Sabha, including the Constitution (One Hundred and Twenty-Third Amendment) Bill, 2017; the Fugitive Economic Offenders Bill, 2018 (Lok Sabha); and Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill, 2017, and the Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Bill, 2017 (Rajya Sabha).

However, the Congress and other Opposition parties are pressing for no-confidence motion, with the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) having already given the notice to the Lok Sabha Secretary General for including the no-trust motion in the day's business on Wednesday, the opening day of the session.

A number of Opposition MPs, in a letter to Speaker Sumitra Mahajan, on Tuesday expressed their displeasure at the government not only "bulldozing the House" to get the Budget 2018-19 "passed in din without any debate and discussion" but also "sneaking in most retrogressive and anti-democratic measures" into the Finance Bill.

"To do this, the government moved motions to suspend the rules to prevent surreptitious legislation. With a deep sense of anguish, we have to state the fact that without the Chair admitting such motions to move for suspension of the rules would not have come before the House in the first place," the letter read.

The Opposition has also pointed out in the letter that the Speaker is not vested with discretionary powers under the rules with regard to admitting the no-confidence motion.

If 50 or more MPs rise to press for the no-trust motion, the Speaker will have to grant the leave and the motion has to be taken up within days from such date, they said.

In the Budget session, too, the Opposition had given multiple notices for taking up of no-trust motion, but Speaker Mahajan did not admit them, saying the House was not in order.

Senior Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge said the Opposition would raise several issues for discussion in the session such as those of women's safety, "misrule" in Jammu and Kashmir, dilution of SC/ST Act, attempts to abolish reservation policy and issues of farmers, besides special status to Andhra Pradesh.

The other issues the Opposition would like to discuss through the no-confidence motion include rising petrol and diesel prices, depreciation of rupee and the "worsening" foreign policy.

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