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Budget Session LIVE updates: Both Houses adjourned as Andhra Pradesh issue rocks Parliament
  • 14:06 (IST)

    Why did Congress not allow business to happen? asks Ananth Kumar

    "From 5 March to 27 March, why did the Congress not allow business to happen?" said Union minister Ananth Kumar. "On 15 and 16 March, the YSRCP and TDP motions of no-confidence were brought up. Congress brought it up on 27 March? Why did they bring it up so late?" he added.

    "Congress has become a marginal party, even in the Parliament," he said. "They don't have their own parliamentary strategy for both the Houses. They don't have parliamentary logic," he added.

  • 11:49 (IST)

    ​BJP MPs to observe fast on 12 April to protest the impasse in Parliament caused by Congress: Union minister Ananth Kumar | PTI

  • 11:38 (IST)

    BJP will protest against negative attitude of Congress: Ananth Kumar

  • 11:24 (IST)

    Rajya Sabha adjourned sine die

  • 11:21 (IST)

    Venkaiah Naidu reminds MPs of their duties

    "I make an appeal to all of you to appear here next time to do what we were given to do at the time of Independence," said Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu.

  • 11:15 (IST)

    Lok Sabha adjourned sine die

  • 11:10 (IST)

    Lok Sabha is a platform to raise issues for welfare of people: LS Speaker

    "This Sabha is for a platform the raise issues for the welfare of the people. I understand that MPs have several issues they want to raise but they should keep in mind that the country has a variety of issues which need to be focused on," said Speaker Sumitra Mahajan.

  • 11:05 (IST)

    Ruckus in Lok Sabha

    LS Speaker reminded the MPs that today was the last day of the second leg of the Budget Session, even though the MPs continued shouting.

  • 10:48 (IST)

    Punjab Congress MPs protest in Parliament, demanding farm loan waiver

  • 10:44 (IST)

    TDP MPs protest in Parliament demanding special status for Andhra Pradesh

  • 10:43 (IST)

    Karnataka Congress MPs protest in Parliament seeking constitution of Cauvery Management Board

  • 10:38 (IST)

    Karnataka Congress MPs protest in Parliament opposing constitution of Cauvery Management Board

  • 10:17 (IST)

    TDP MP Sivaprasad has consistently used different costumes as a sign of protest

  • 10:16 (IST)

    Five YSRCP MPs to submit their resignation from Lok Sabha to Speaker

    Both TDP and YSRCP heightened their protests today demanding special status of Andhra Pradesh. YSRCP, however, seems to have taken the lead in the Lok Sabha with five of its MPs likely to tender their resignation to Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan, ANI said.

  • 10:12 (IST)

    Visuals from BJP parliamentary party meet

  • 10:11 (IST)

    (Updates begin for 6 April)

    YSRCP MP PV Midhun Reddy submits resignation from Lok Sabha: ANI

  • 14:46 (IST)

    Rajya Sabha adjourned till 11 am on Friday

  • 14:35 (IST)

    PJ Kurien says he can move motion to expel members protesting in Rajya Sabha

    Deputy Chairman PJ Kurien said that he has an alternative to deal with the protests in the Upper House. "As per rule. I will see that a motion is moved to expel all protesting members. Thereby, you will lose all your voting right," he told the protesting MPs.

    Kurien went on to read the rules of the Rajya Sabha. "You are all eligible for suspension," he said.

  • 14:15 (IST)

    Rajya Sabha adjourned till 2.26 pm

  • 12:15 (IST)

    Lok Sabha adjourned till Friday following uproar by AIADMK MPs over Cauvery issue

  • 12:13 (IST)

    Lok Sabha reconvenes, AIADMK members protests continue

    Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge urged Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan to take up the no-confidence motion as the AIADMK continued protesting in the Lower House.

  • 11:14 (IST)

    Rajya Sabha adjourned till 2 pm

    Both the Houses of the Parliament were adjourned within minutes of reconvening on Thursday amid protests by the Opposition parties.

  • 11:02 (IST)

    Lok Sabha resumes amid Opposition protests, adjourns till 12 pm

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    10:51 (IST)

    Subramanian Swamy refuses to forego salary

    Asserting that he attended the House proceedings daily, Subramanian Swamy said that it isn't his fault if the Parliament didn't function. "Anyhow, I'm the president's representative. Until he says so, how can I say I'll not take my salary?" ANI quoted him as saying.

  • 10:43 (IST)

    Sonia Gandhi, Rahul join Opposition protest in Parliament

    Congress president Rahul Gandhi and UPA chief Sonia Gandhi have joined the Opposition protest in New Delhi against the Centre.

    Congress had said on Wednesday that it would not mind if Parliament session was extended by a day or two, but a debate on key issues should take place. "We want to hold discussions on key issues of national importance and we also want to pass legislation. The government should take the lead in doing so. We are not averse even if the session is extended by a day or two," Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad had told reporters.

  • 10:25 (IST)

    Opposition protests in Parliament premises over issues like farmer woes, SC/ST Protection Act

    Leaders of several Opposition parties are holding a demonstration inside the Parliament premises over various issues.
     
    Over a dozen Opposition parties had appealed to Lok Sabha speaker Sumitra Mahajan and Rajya Sabha chairman M Venkaiah Naidu on Wednesday for holding discussion on key matters like the SC/ST Act, PNB bank fraud, CBSE paper leak and Cauvery issue. Opposition leaders, including from the Congress, BSP, SP, DMK, NCP, TMC and the Left parties, had met in Parliament to discuss the lack of debate. 

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    10:01 (IST)

    Congress issues three-line whip to its Rajya Sabha MPs asking them to be present in Upper House, reports ANI

  • 09:59 (IST)

    BJP, NDA MPs won't take 23-day salary

    BJP and NDA party MPs announced on Wednesday night that they will take a pay cut for the 23 days wasted in the second phase of the Budget Session as they accused the Congress party of playing negative politics.

    Announcing the decision, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar said it has been decided that the NDA MPs would be giving up their salary and other allowances for 23 days "for which parliament was not allowed to function by the Congress".

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  • 09:59 (IST)

    Updates for Thursday, 5 April begin here

  • 17:15 (IST)

    House adjourned till 11 am on Thursday

  • 17:15 (IST)

    It is unfortunate that Rajya Sabha failed to carry out daily business: Deputy Chairman PJ Kurien

  • 16:31 (IST)

    House is adjourned for seventh time 

  • 16:24 (IST)

    New members who took oath on Wednesday, have not been given division: Anand Sharma

  • 16:23 (IST)

    Proceedings of the House resume

  • 16:16 (IST)

    Rajya Sabha adjourned for the 6th time in a row for 15 minutes

  • 15:40 (IST)

    Rajya Sabha is adjourned for 15 minutes amid ruckus

  • 15:35 (IST)

    Proceedings of House begins, PJ Kurien requests people to start the discussion

  • 15:31 (IST)

    Proceedings of the House resume

  • 14:45 (IST)

    House is adjourned till 3:15 pm

  • 14:35 (IST)

    'You deprived the Dalits'

    As Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad blamed the government for not listening to demands of Dalits, BJP's Vijay Goel said it was the Congress who was actually being "anti-Dalit".

    "Let's have a discussion in the House over who is anti-Dalit. You ruled the country for so long and deprived the Dalits of their basic needs. We brought many Acts in favour of Dalits. You did not even give Bharat Ratna to Bhimrao Ambedkar," Goel said.

  • 14:22 (IST)

    Visuals from the brief Rajya Sabha session on Wednesday, as Opposition MPs strom the Well of the House

  • 14:17 (IST)

    Rajya Sabha adjourned for 30 minutes

    Amid loud protests, Deputy Chairman PJ Kurien adjourned the Rajya Sabha for 30 minutes, after having pleaded with protesting MPs to go back to their seats.

  • 14:10 (IST)

    Ruckus erupts once again

    Even as Leader of Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad rises addresses the House, other members of the Opposition storm the Well of the House, chanting slogans such as 'Save Andhra Pradesh', 'Narendra Modi Dalit Virodhi' and 'We demand Cauvery board'

  • 14:06 (IST)

    'I'm very happy to see this'

    Reacting to a break from of loud protests in Rajya Sabha, Deputy Chairman PJ Kurien says he is happy to see the House in order, adding that he will allow each Rajya Sabha MP to speak today if the order is maintained.

  • 14:00 (IST)

    Rajya Sabha proceedings to begin at 2pm

    The Rajya Sabha's proceedings were once again disrupted on Wednesday amid vociferous protests by opposition parties including the Congress, TDP and AIADMK over various issues forcing Chairman M. Venkaiah Naidu to adjourn the House till 2 pm.

  • 12:12 (IST)

    Lok Sabha gets adjourned until tomorrow

    After tabling of 4 Bills amid loud protests, Speaker Sumitra Mahajan adjourned Lok Sabha until Thursday, saying 'The House is not in order'

  • 12:02 (IST)

    Lok Sabha re-assembles

    Speaker Sumitra begins Lok Sabha proceedings amid loud protests 

  • 11:45 (IST)

    'I've allowed every issue to be brought up but you are not not discussing any'

    Here is Chairman Venkaiah Naidu's statement in Rajya Sabha today

  • 11:28 (IST)

    You are testing the patience of the people of the country, Venkaiah Naidu tells protesting MPs

  • 11:22 (IST)

    Rajya Sabha adjourned

    Amid loud protests from MPs, Chairman Venkaiah Naidu adjourns the Upper House until 2 pm today

Latest update: Many men and women MPs spoke on empowerment of women in the Rajya Sabha. Derek O'Brien, while speaking on the issue, also took a dig at the Modi government over the PNB scam. International Women's Day was recognised in both Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha. Sumitra Mahajan said women empowerment was one of the challenges in the world today.

The proceedings in both Houses of Parliament were washed out for the third straight day on Wednesday, as Opposition parties as well as NDA allies Shiv Sena, TDP and AIADMK stalled business vociferously protesting on issues like vandalisation of statues and the banking fraud.

While the Lok Sabha was adjourned for the day just after noon, the Rajya Sabha witnessed similar scenes and was first adjourned till 2 pm and then for the day.

The Upper House also saw Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu expressing concern over the vandalisation of statues in different parts of the country and saying, "the statues were vandalised...It's a shame. It's mad, mad, mad...Whoever does it, whether it is in Tamil Nadu, whether it is West Bengal or Tripura."

When the Lok Sabha met for the day, members of various parties, including TDP, Shiv Sena, TRS, YSR Congress, AIADMK and Trinamool Congress started raising slogans on different issues, forcing Speaker Sumitra Mahajan, who had taken up the Question Hour, to adjourn the proceedings for an hour within minutes.

File image of Parliament. PTI

File image of Parliament. PTI

She was visibly upset when she left the House even as the din continued. Amid the ruckus, a Lok Sabha official had to repeat loudly that the House has been adjourned till noon.

While Congress members were pressing for a reply from the prime minister on the Rs 13,000 crore bank fraud allegedly involving diamantaire Nirav Modi, members of AIADMK and AAP were in the Well, holding photos of Periyar, and raising slogans condemning the vandalism in Vellore in which the statue of Dravidian icon Thanthai Periyar was defaced.

The TRS members were raising slogans demanding a hike in Telangana's quota in reservation, while TDP pressed for grant of special status for Andhra Pradesh and the Shiv Sena sought classical language status for Marathi.

The AIADMK, which has been protesting for the past two days seeking creation of Cauvery water management board, on Wednesday also protested against vandalisation of statues, while the YSR Congress demanded implementation of the AP Reorganisation Act.

When the House reassembled at noon, the protesting members were already in the Well.

Mahajan then asked Shiv Sena member Anandrao Adsul to speak on his demand.

Adsul said Marathi was an ancient language and fulfilled all the criteria for grant of the classical language status and added that Telugu, Kannada, Malayalam and Odia have already been given the classical language status.

"Several of our members have raised this issue repeatedly. We have given our submission to the minister but our demand has not been fulfilled till date," Adsul said.

In response, Home Minister Rajnath Singh, who was present in the House, assured Adsul that the matter would be looked into.

"The issue does not pertain to the Home Ministry. I will speak to the Culture Ministry on this," Singh said.

Thereafter, even as Shiv Sena stopped their protest on the issue, AIADMK members continued to raise slogans against the desecration of the statue of Periyar — the founder of Dravidian movement.

"We strongly condemn vandalisation of statute of Thanthai Periyar by BJP members," read the placards held by AIADMK members.

After the Home Minister's reply, as the uproarious scenes continued, the House was adjourned for the day.

In the Rajya Sabha, the same issues were raised by the opposition parties, which led to the first adjournment till 2 pm soon after 11 am when it met for the day. The Chair called it a day as similar scenes were witnessed at 2 pm.

In the morning, the House also paid tributes to former Rajya Sabha member Jinendra Kumar Jain, who passed away earlier this month.

But as soon as the listed papers were laid during the Zero Hour and the Chairman expressed concern over vandalisation of statues in different parts of the country, MPs from the Congress, TMC, Left parties, NDA ally TDP and AIADMK among others rushed into the Well shouting slogans.

Congress and Left party members were on their feet protesting the incidents of destroying statues of Periyar in Tripura and Vladimir Illyich Lenin in Tripura.

To this, Naidu said "statues were vandalised in different parts of the country. It is a shame. It's mad, whoever does it, whether it is in Tamil Nadu, whether it is West Bengal or whether it is in Tripura."

He also told the agitating members that the government has agreed and he has given permission to hold debate on all issues being raised by them, including the bank fraud, Cauvery river water issue and matters concerning Andhra Pradesh.

"We are ready to discuss all issues," Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Vijay Goel said in an attempt to restore order.

Disappointed with the members protesting in the Well and raising slogans, the chairman said such acts were "bad" and "against democracy". However, as the noisy protests continued unabated, Naidu adjourned the House till 2 pm.

When the House reassembled, similar protests continued.

Deputy Chairman PJ Kurien again told the agitating members that the government has agreed to discuss the issues they were raising.

He urged the protestors to return to their seats and restore order. However, as his appeals went unheeded, Kurien adjourned the House for the day, shortly after it had recommenced.


Updated Date: Apr 06, 2018 14:06 PM

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