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Parliament Updates: Rajya Sabha takes up Arms (Amendment) Bill; Lok Sabha debates on law to extend reservation for SC/ST MPs

Parliament LATEST Updates: Minister of State for Home Affairs, G Kishan Reddy on Tuesday moved the Arms (Amendment) Bill in the Rajya Sabha, two days after it was passed in the Lok Sabha. Listing the changes in the bill, Reddy was quoted by The Hindu as saying that the bill provides a maximum punishment of life imprisonment for manufacturing and carrying illegal arms.

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Parliament Updates: Rajya Sabha takes up Arms (Amendment) Bill; Lok Sabha debates on law to extend reservation for SC/ST MPs

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Dec 10, 2019 - 18:18 (IST)

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Make Pakistan a secular republic: Himanta Biswa Sarma to Imran Khan

Assam minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Tuesday responded to Pakistan prime minister Imran Khan's statement condemning the passage of the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill in the Lok Sabha.

Khan said, "We strongly condemn Indian Lok Sabha citizenship legislation which violates all norms of int human rights law & bilateral agreements with Pak. It is part of the RSS "Hindu Rashtra" design of expansionism propagated by the fascist Modi government."

Dec 10, 2019 - 17:33 (IST)

Parliament latest updates

This is 'Bhangra' politics, says AIMIM on Shiv Sena's support for CAB

AIMIM chief and Lok Sabha MP Asaduddin Owaisi slammed the Shiv Sena for supporting the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill in the Lok Sabha on Monday.

Referring to the Uddhav Thackeray-led party's coalition government with the NCP and Congress in Maharashtra, Owaisi said, "This is 'Bhangra politics'. They write 'secular', in common minimum programme, but this bill is against secularism and Article 14. It is politics of opportunism."

Dec 10, 2019 - 17:19 (IST)

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'Can't always have the same view': NCP on Shiv Sena's support for CAB

With its Maharashtra alliance partner, Shiv Sena, backing the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill in the Lok Sabha, the NCP on Tuesday said the two are different parties and it is not possible always for them to hold the same view on all issues.

NCP chief spokesperson Nawab Malik, however, said the parties are committed to ensure that no injustice is meted to anyone on the grounds of religion, caste, language and region in Maharashtra.

Maharashtra Congress general secretary Sachin Sawant​ also said that though the Shiv Sena has backed the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill (CAB) in the Lok Sabha, it was hopeful the Uddhav Thackeray-led party will stick to the common minimum programme (CMP) while governing the state.

Both, the Congress and NCP have vehemently opposed the bill.

Dec 10, 2019 - 17:16 (IST)

Rajya Sabha latest updates

MPs not getting enough time to deliberate on bills, says Congress

Rajya Sabha MP Madhusudan Mistry of the Congress lobbied for more time for the members to be able to deliberate on bills before they are moved in the House by the government.

He said, "It has become a habit of this government to bring to this House, a bill passed in the Lok Sabha and get it passed on the same day, without giving the other members enough time to deliberate upon the bill and move amendments."

Dec 10, 2019 - 17:07 (IST)

Rajya Sabha latest updates

Arms (Amendment) Bill taken up for discussion

Minister of State for Home Affairs, G Kishan Reddy on Tuesday moved the Arms (Amendment) Bill in the Rajya Sabha, two days after it was passed in the Lok Sabha.

Listing the changes in the bill, Reddy was quoted by The Hindu as saying that the bill provides a maximum punishment of life imprisonment for manufacturing and carrying illegal arms.

He said, "Sportspersons will be entitled to get licenses for different types of firearms under the bill. A person can have a maximum of two firearms, as against the present norm of three. Those who own more than two firearms will have to deposit the third one with authorities or authorised gun dealers within 90 days for de-licensing once the amendment is approved by the Parliament."

Dec 10, 2019 - 16:48 (IST)

Lok Sabha latest updates

RJD says Nitish Kumar betrayed people over CAB

RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav on Tuesday slammed JD(U) chief and Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar over the party's support for the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill in the Lok Sabha on Monday.

Speaking of the RJD's stand on the contentious bill, Yadav said, "We will strongly oppose the bill. It is a bill that will divide the country."

Dec 10, 2019 - 16:39 (IST)

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If queries over CAB not answered, will not support in RS: Uddhav Thackeray

Maharashtra chief minister and chief of former NDA ally, the Shiv Sena, Uddhav Thackeray on Tuesday clarified his party's stand on the contentious Citizenship (Amendment) Bill that was passed in the Lok Sabha at midnight on Tuesday with an overwhelming majority.

Uddhav, whose party is in a coalition government with the Congress and NCP, both of whom have vehemently opposed the bill, said, "There’s a perception that whoever votes with central government is a patriot and who voted against is anti-national. We must get out of that illusion. We voted yesterday to absorb various people facing brutalities in other countries but we have asked many questions. Those questions we thought would be answered, ranging from national security, to the rights of locals in various states of India.

“If these queries are not answered, we won’t be supporting CAB in the Rajya Sabha. Every party supporting or opposing it, is asking for clarity in national interest. Clarity must be ensured," he said. 

Dec 10, 2019 - 16:32 (IST)

Lok Sabha latest updates

Opposition object to Ravi Shankar Prasad's 'only' 296 Anglo-Indians comment

Union law minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, moving the Constitution Amendment Bill seeking to remove the nominated seats for Anglo-Indians in Parliament among other provisions, said that there are "only 296" Anglo-Indians as per the 2011 Census.

He said, "A provision for Anglo Indians is also there, but haven't brought it today in this bill. Only 296 Anglo Indians as per 2011 census."

However, MPs of the Congress, DMK, TMC, and BJD objected to this statement and said that the data provided by the minister was a "gross exaggeration".

Congress' Hibi Eden, supporting the extension of reservation for the SC/ST communities, said, "But the minister has breached proceedings by misleading the house. There are around more than 20,000 Anglo Indians in my constituency alone. They live in pitiable social and economic conditions in the country."

Most of Anglo Indians live in rented houses and in West Bengal, there is a population of 45,000. The total country's population is around 3,47,000. They are facing cultural erosion and how can govt deny this community the right to representation provided by founding fathers of India?" he added.

Dec 10, 2019 - 16:15 (IST)

Lok Sabha latest updates

Lower House takes up discussion on Constitution Amendment Bill

The Lok Sabha on Tuesday took up the Constitution Amendment Bill, which extends reservation to the Scheduled Castes/Scheduled Tribes communities in the legislature by another 10 years and removes the provision for two nominated seats for Anglo-Indians in the Parliament.

Union law minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said that reservation was given by the founding fathers as a "measure of corrective discrimination", while introducing the bill in the Lower House.

"With subsequent amendments duration was increased. 70 year term ending on 25 January, 2020. Thus, to further improve their lives, Bill brought to increase it for 10 more years. They had to face discrimination due to historical reasons, our duty to protect their rights," he said.

Dec 10, 2019 - 16:00 (IST)

Rajya Sabha latest updates

Piyush Goyal makes arguments in discussion over RCEP

Piyush Goyal, Minister of Commerce and Industry, presented the Centre's position in the RCEP (Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership). Addressing Congress MP Jairam Ramesh, Goyal broke down clauses of the country's role in the RCEP.

He also referred to another Congress MP Anand Sharma's concerns over the sanctity of India's 'Look East' policy. He said that the policy was still sacrosanct and valid.

Parliament LATEST Updates: Minister of State for Home Affairs, G Kishan Reddy on Tuesday moved the Arms (Amendment) Bill in the Rajya Sabha, two days after it was passed in the Lok Sabha.

Listing the changes in the bill, Reddy was quoted by The Hindu as saying that the bill provides a maximum punishment of life imprisonment for manufacturing and carrying illegal arms.

He said, "Sportspersons will be entitled to get licenses for different types of firearms under the bill. A person can have a maximum of two firearms, as against the present norm of three. Those who own more than two firearms will have to deposit the third one with authorities or authorised gun dealers within 90 days for de-licensing once the amendment is approved by the Parliament."

Maharashtra chief minister and chief of former NDA ally, the Shiv Sena, Uddhav Thackeray on Tuesday clarified his party's stand on the contentious Citizenship (Amendment) Bill that was passed in the Lok Sabha at midnight on Tuesday with an overwhelming majority.

Uddhav, whose party is in a coalition government with the Congress and NCP, both of whom have vehemently opposed the bill, said, "There’s a perception that whoever votes with central government is a patriot and who voted against is anti-national. We must get out of that illusion. We voted yesterday to absorb various people facing brutalities in other countries but we have asked many questions. Those questions we thought would be answered, ranging from national security, to the rights of locals in various states of India.

“If these queries are not answered, we won’t be supporting CAB in the Rajya Sabha. Every party supporting or opposing it, is asking for clarity in national interest. Clarity must be ensured," he said.

Minister of State for Home Affairs G Kishan Reddy said in a written reply to the Lok Sabha that the government of Jammu and Kashmir had reported that "in order to prevent committing of offences involving breach of peace,activities prejudicial to the security of State and maintenance of public order", stone pelters, over ground workers ,separatists, were taken into preventive custody under statutory provisions. Such preventive detentions are being regularly reviewed by relevant statutory authorities.

During attempts of infiltration from across Line of Control from 2005 till 31 October, 2019, 1,011 militants have been killed, 42 militants apprehended and 2,253 militants pushed back or returned due to efficient vigil of security forces, the Lower House was informed.

Since 1990, 22,557 militants have been neutralised in incidents of terrorist violence by security forces till 1 December, 2019.

Former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Mehbooba Mufti issued whip to the lone People's Democratic Party MP in Rajya Sabha Mir Mohammed Fayaz to vote against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2019.

In response to the statement made by US Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) on Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, the Ministry of External Affairs said that such comments are "neither accurate nor warranted".

Both the Houses reconvened at 2 pm. Zero Hour continues in the Lower House. RLP member Hanuman Beniwal says the film Panipat should be banned, and that the Jat community in Rajasthan is against it. BJP's Sumedhanand Saraswati agrees. Meanwhile, National General Secretary and national spokesperson of the Janata Dal (United) Pavan K Varma urged Bihar chief minister and party chief Nitish Kumar to reconsider his support to the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill tabled in Lok Sabha on Monday. In a tweet, Varma said, "I urge Shri Nitish Kumar to reconsider support to the #CAB in the Rajya Sabha. The Bill is unconstitutional, discriminatory, and against the unity and harmony of the country, apart from being against the secular principles of the JDU. Gandhiji would have strongly disapproved it."

Congress has issued three line whip to its Rajya Sabha members to be present in the House on Wednesday. Citizenship Amendment Bill, 2019 that was passed by the Lok Sabha will not be tabled in Rajya Sabha today. Since the Bill was passed past midnight, some procedures will have to be completed. Rajya Sabha Secretariat yet to receive the copy of the Bill as passed by the Lok Sabha. The bill is expected to be tabled in Rajya Sabha tomorrow at around 2 pm. Six hours have been allocated for the debate on Citizenship Amendment Bill, 2019 in Rajya Sabha tomorrow, Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu informed the House.

Both the Houses of Parliament have been adjourned till 2 pm.

Trinamool Congress has walked out of Rajya Sabha, The Hindu reports. Addressing reporters, Derek O Brien said, "The West Bengal Governor has withheld the SC &ST Bill that was cleared by the West Bengal Assembly. This is an insult to Indian Constitution, West Bengal Assembly and people of West Bengal".

On orders of Venkaiah Naidu, the Rajya Sabha TV stream was suspended for few minutes as TMC held the protest, The Hindu reports.

Amit Shah also told the Lok Sabha that at least 99.5 percent students sat for exams in the Valley, "but for Adhir Ranjan ji this is not normalcy. At least, 7 lakh people availed OPD services in Srinagar. Curfew and Section 144 has been upliftted from everywhere. But for Adhir ji only parameter for normalcy is political activity. What about local body polls which were held?" asks home minister. "Situation in Kashmir valley is completely normal. I can't make Congress's condition normal, because they had predicted bloodshed after abrogation of article 370. Nothing of that sort happened, not one bullet was fired."

In Lok Sabha, Congress disrupts the proceedings and asks what is Centre's parameter of normalcy? "Jammu Kashmir mein ram rashtra ki sthapana ho chuki hai (Ram rashtra has been successfully established in Jammu and Kashmir)," Congress Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury says in Lok Sabha. Amit Shah raises to counter allegations says, "Like the government said, everything in Jammu and Kashmir is completely normal. Unfortunately, I can't normalise Congress. Their conspiracy theories have fallen flat on their faces."

According to latest report, six hours have been allotted for Rajya Sabha members to discuss the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill on Wednesday, starting 2 pm. The Bill was passed with 311 votes in its favour in the Lok Sabha on Monday. However, it may not see a smooth ride in the Rajya Sabha, where the BJP is not in the majority. Home Minister Amit Shah is likely to move the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2019 in the Rajya Sabha on Wednesday, ANI reported.

Shah will introduce the Arms (Amendment) Bill in the Rajya Sabha on Tuesday. The Bill was passed by the Lok Sabha on Monday and provides a maximum punishment of life imprisonment for manufacturing and carrying illegal arms, and also seeks to rationalise and facilitate licensing procedures for the use of firearms by individuals.

Additionally, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman will move the Appropriation (No 3) Bill, 2019 to authorise payment and appropriation of certain further sums from and out of the Consolidated Fund of India for the services of the financial year 2019-20.

Union Minister Piyush Goyal is expected to make a statement on India's position regarding the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) at 3 pm. Additionally, among the issues to be raised during the Question Hour include the achievements of demonetisation, the effectiveness of the Ayushmann Bharat scheme, initiatives to control anaemia, population growth and ATM frauds.

The Rajya Sabha will soon see the introduction of the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2019, which was passed amid uproar by the Lok Sabha during the lat hours of Monday night. The Bill looks at providing citizenship to non-Muslim minority communities facing religious persecution in Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanisatan. The BJP has issued a whip to all its MPs asking them to be present during Parliament proceedings on 10 and 11 December.

Meanwhile, in the Lok Sabha, Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad will move the Constitution (One Hundred and Twenty-Sixth Amendment) Bill, 2019, which looks at amending the Constitution of India.

Issues that will be raised during the Question Hour include the data on farmer suicides, farm incomes and infiltration by militants.

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