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Parliament Updates: Lok Sabha, Rajya Sabha adjourned; Delhi pollution, row over SPG cover to Gandhis, JNU fee hike dominate proceedings

Parliament LIVE Updates | Gautam Gambhir, the MP from East Delhi who was criticsed for skipping a key meet on pollution, also spoke in the Lok Sabha.

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Parliament Updates: Lok Sabha, Rajya Sabha adjourned; Delhi pollution, row over SPG cover to Gandhis, JNU fee hike dominate proceedings
  • The Winter Session of the Parliament, which started on a stormy note on Monday, is likely to witness similar scenes on Day 2 as well, as key political and policy issues raised by Opposition MPs on Day 1 remain unresolved

  • Ruling NDA's beleaguered erstwhile ally Shiv Sena, which demanded that unseasonal rains in Maharashtra be termed a natural calamity, is likely to continue its assault on the government

  • MPs from Kashmir, who were protesting against abrogation of Articles 370 and 35A and division of state into two Union Territories, are also likely to pursue their agenda through Tuesday

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17:29 (ist)

765 arrested for stone pelting in J&K since abrogation of Article 370, Centre tells Lok Sabha

 
The Home Ministry on Tuesday said security forces had arrested 765 people in Jammu and Kashmir since the abrogation of Article 370 of the Constitution for their alleged involvement in stonepelting incidents and that multi-pronged policies were adopted to check the menace.
 
 
Union Minister of State for Home G Kishan Reddy also said there was a decline in the incidents of stonepelting since August 5, when the Centre announced abrogation of the special status granted to Jammu and Kashmir under Article 370.
 
 
"Since August 5, 2019 to November 15, 2019, 765 people have been arrested in 190 cases registered relating to stone pelting/law and order. From January 1, 2019 to August 4, 2019, 361 such cases were registered," the minister said, replying to a written question in the Lok Sabha.
 
 
Reddy said the government had adopted multi-pronged policies to check the stonepelting menace and had succeeded in curbing it to the extent that a large number of troublemakers, instigators and mob mobilisers were identified and various preventive measures taken against them, including detention under the stringent Public Safety Act (PSA) and preventive arrests.
 
 
"Investigation has revealed that various separatist organisations and activists, which are part of the Hurriyat, have been behind the incidents of stonepelting in the Kashmir valley. The NIA has chargesheeted 18 persons in terror-funding cases so far," he said.
 
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11:00 (ist)

In Saamana editorial, Shiv Sena slams BJP for seating them in Oppn benches


Shiv Sena hit out at former ally BJP for removing them from the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) and making their MPs sit in the Opposition side in both houses of the Parliament.

In its mouthpiece Saamana, Shiv Sena said, "BJP leader Pralhad Joshi has announced Shiv Sena's removal from the NDA after it allied with Congress and the NCP in Maharashtra to form the government in the state. The Shiv Sena MPs were allotted seats on the opposition side in both houses of Parliament. Those in the BJP who took this decision do not know about the work done by Shiv Sena."

"When the BJP came into existence no party used to support it. When NDA was formed many leaders who are now holding posts in the present government were not holding any posts then and some of them were not even born," the editorial said.

Shiv Sena said, "When NDA was formed then important decisions were taken only after meeting the alliance partners under the leadership of George Fernandes and Lal Krishna Advani. We ask who is the leader of the NDA now?"

The editorial further questioned whether or not the decision to remove the party from the NDA was taken in a meeting with the alliance partners. "Whatever has happened it has exposed those who were against the Shiv Sena. These people took the occasion of the occasion of the death anniversary of Balasaheb Thackeray to made the announcement of the removal of Shiv Sena from the NDA," the opinion piece said.

"When the whole country was paying tribute to Balasaheb Thackeray, who was one of the founders of NDA, these people removed Shiv Sena from NDA. The decision was taken without any discussion or correspondence through a letter," the party added.

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Nov 19, 2019 - 18:31 (IST)

The Lok Sabha has now been adjourned till Wednesday.

Nov 19, 2019 - 18:24 (IST)

Don't politicise pollution, says Gautam Gambhir

Gautam Gambhir, the MP from East Delhi who was criticsed for skipping a key meet on pollution, also spoke in the Lok Sabha. He said, "The topic of discussion is something that affects everyone irrespective of our caste, creed, age & religion. It's affecting us while we stand and talk about it in Parliament. It's high time we stop politicising this issue."

Nov 19, 2019 - 18:21 (IST)

Manoj Tiwari slams Delhi govt for not providing funds for sprinklers

Delhi BJP MP Manoj Tiwari also laid the blame for pollution at the door of the Delhi government. He said, "The Delhi government should have provided funds for sprinklers which can help in combating pollution. However, it did not do so. Eventually, the funds came from the Narendra Modi-led Central government."

Nov 19, 2019 - 18:16 (IST)

Need for electric vehicles across country, says AIADMK MP

AIADMK MP P Raveendranath Kumar said, "Steps should be taken to increase the number of electric vehicles across the country. There is a need to take initiatives at the grassrooots levels."

Nov 19, 2019 - 18:13 (IST)

The Rajya Sabha has been adjourned till tomorrow

Nov 19, 2019 - 17:59 (IST)

950 ceasefire violations by Pak since abrogation of Article 370

 
 
As many as 950 incidents of ceasefire violation by Pakistan have been reported along the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir since the abrogation of Article 370 in August, the Lok Sabha was informed on Tuesday.
 
Union Minister of State for Home G Kishan Reddy also said in the Lok Sabha that terrorism emanating from territories under Pakistan's control remains a core concern in bilateral relations.
 
"950 incidents of ceasefire violation along the LoC from across the border in Jammu and Kashmir were reported during August 2019 to October 2019," he said, replying a written question.
 
On 5 August, the central government had announced the abrogation of the special status given to Jammu and Kashmir under Article 370 of the Constitution and the bifurcation of the state into two Union Territories.
 
Reddy said immediate and effective retaliation is undertaken by the security forces in cases of ceasefire violations and all such incidents are taken up with
Pakistan at appropriate levels through established mechanisms and flag meetings.
 
"India has consistently stressed the need for Pakistan to take credible, irreversible and verifiable action to end cross border terrorism against India...," he said.
 
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Nov 19, 2019 - 17:51 (IST)

AAP takes jibe at BJP over MPs skipping discussion on pollution

Meanwhile, the Aam Aadmi Party has taken a jibe at the BJP saying, "When a discussion was going on about a serious issue like pollution, BJP MPs were missing. But the MPs were certainly present in a meeting which was aimed at spreading lies about water."

Nov 19, 2019 - 17:43 (IST)

Matter of shame that only 4 MPs attended committee meet on pollution, says BSP's Danish Ali

BSP MP Danish Ali said, "Last week, the capital was the world's most polluted city, and it is in this city that our Parliament is located."

He further said, "It is a matter of shame that only 4 MPs attended a committee meeting on pollution."

Nov 19, 2019 - 17:37 (IST)

Maharashtra never witnessed such a prolonged monsoon before, says Shiv Sena's Arvind Sawant

The Shiv Sena's Arvind Sawant mentioned the prolonged monsoon in Maharashtra this year and said, " Never in history did Maharashtra witness such a prolonged monsoon Not only did it rain a lot, but many low lying areas also got flooded."

Nov 19, 2019 - 17:29 (IST)

765 arrested for stone pelting in J&K since abrogation of Article 370, Centre tells Lok Sabha

 
The Home Ministry on Tuesday said security forces had arrested 765 people in Jammu and Kashmir since the abrogation of Article 370 of the Constitution for their alleged involvement in stonepelting incidents and that multi-pronged policies were adopted to check the menace.
 
 
Union Minister of State for Home G Kishan Reddy also said there was a decline in the incidents of stonepelting since August 5, when the Centre announced abrogation of the special status granted to Jammu and Kashmir under Article 370.
 
 
"Since August 5, 2019 to November 15, 2019, 765 people have been arrested in 190 cases registered relating to stone pelting/law and order. From January 1, 2019 to August 4, 2019, 361 such cases were registered," the minister said, replying to a written question in the Lok Sabha.
 
 
Reddy said the government had adopted multi-pronged policies to check the stonepelting menace and had succeeded in curbing it to the extent that a large number of troublemakers, instigators and mob mobilisers were identified and various preventive measures taken against them, including detention under the stringent Public Safety Act (PSA) and preventive arrests.
 
 
"Investigation has revealed that various separatist organisations and activists, which are part of the Hurriyat, have been behind the incidents of stonepelting in the Kashmir valley. The NIA has chargesheeted 18 persons in terror-funding cases so far," he said.
 
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Parliament LATEST Updates: Gautam Gambhir, the MP from East Delhi who was criticsed for skipping a key meet on pollution, also spoke in the Lok Sabha.

As many as 950 incidents of ceasefire violation by Pakistan have been reported along the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir since the abrogation of Article 370 in August, the Lok Sabha was informed on Tuesday.

BSP MP Danish Ali said, "Last week, the capital was the world's most polluted city, and it is in this city that our Parliament is located."

TMC's Kakoli Ghosh Dastidar, who briefly wore a mask during her speech, said, "When we have a 'Swachh Bharat mission', can't we have a 'Swachh hawa mission?"

Parvesh Sahib Singh Verma, MP of West Delhi, said, "The present Delhi chief minister is blaming stubble burning in Punjab for pollution. (AAP) MP Bhagwant Mann is not present in the House at present. If he were present, I would have asked him what he has to say about this statement."

Congress leader Manish Tewari said in the Lok Sabha, "Every year, the air in Delhi gets extremely polluted. In fact, the citizens are presently breathing poisonous toxins instead of air. This issue should be seen outside the prism of party politics.

The Winter Session of the Parliament, which started on a stormy note on Monday, is likely to witness similar scenes on Day 2 as well, as key political and policy issues raised by Opposition MPs on Day 1 remain unresolved.

Ruling NDA's beleaguered erstwhile ally Shiv Sena, which demanded that unseasonal rains in Maharashtra be termed a natural calamity, is likely to continue its assault on the government. MPs from Kashmir, who were protesting against abrogation of Articles 370 and 35A and division of the state into two Union Territories, are also likely to pursue their agenda through Tuesday.

Another key matter, currently the trigger for political blame game is also up for discussion in Lok Sabha. Parliamentarians will discuss the air pollution crisis in Delhi and rest of North India at 2 pm; Congress' Manish Tewari and BJD's Pinaki Misra will initiate the discussion, which will conclude with a reply from Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar.

Rising prices of onion and skyrocketing food inflation is another subject on which the government will be pulled up by the Opposition. Andhra Pradesh's demand for financial assistance, agrarian distress and the rising unemployment are other key topics to be raised in the Lower House today.

The government may also decide to table the contentious Citizenship Amendment Bill, which seeks to grant citizenship grant citizenship to migrants to India from Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan following Hinduism, Sikhism, Buddhism or Jainism. Opposition argues that it is a bid to single out only those who follow Islam.

In Rajya Sabha, key bills on surrogacy and Jallianwala Bagh memorial will be tabled. The stringent surrogacy draft law seeks to regulate surrogacy in India. The bill makes the condition that only legally married heterosexual couples who are medically certified 'infertile' can opt for surrogacy, in essence excluding single persons, divorcees, live-in couples, widows and widowers, gay couples among others.

The Jallianwala Bagh National Memorial (Amendment) Bill, 2019 states that it seeks to "delete" the mention of 'President of the Indian National Congress' as a trustee. The bill was passed by a voice vote amid Congress walkout in Lok Sabha. It is due to be tabled in Rajya Sabha today.

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