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Monsoon Session of Parliament updates: Centre will fulfill promises made to AP by Modi and Manmohan Singh, says Rajnath Singh

In Rajya Sabha, Home Minister Rajnath Singh said, 'Our government will fulfill commitment by the current and the former prime ministers. We want all states to progress because we believe that unless they all progress, the country won't develop.' His statement came after former prime minister Manmohan Singh asked the Centre to honour promises made by the UPA government.

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Monsoon Session of Parliament updates: Centre will fulfill promises made to AP by Modi and Manmohan Singh, says Rajnath Singh

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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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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. 

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How to recognise a fugitive economic offender?

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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?"

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

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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."

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Monsoon Session of Parliament Latest updates: In Rajya Sabha, Home Minister Rajnath Singh said, "Our government will fulfill commitment by the current and the former prime ministers. We want all states to progress because we believe that unless they all progress, the country won't develop." His statement came after former prime minister Manmohan Singh asked the Centre to honour promises made by the UPA government.

Extending his support for the demand for special status for Andhra Pradesh, CPM leader D Raja said, "I share the agony of the people of Andhra Pradesh. We wanted both states (Andhra Pradesh and Telangana) to prosper without bitterness. The promises given by then prime minister should be honoured and fulfilled by the present government. I was present when the Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Act was discussed."

In Rajya Sabha, TMC leader Derek O'Brien lashed out at the BJP for not keeping promises made to states like West Bengal. "BJP's problem lies in implementation of its promises. This is an implementation issue," he said.

As the Rajya Sabha held short duration discussion on Andhra Pradesh Re-organisation Act, BJP's GVL Narasimha Rao said, "Two districts in Andhra Pradesh have got National Investment and Manufacturing Zones. The state government has not moved an inch on this since 2015. I have a letter dated 3 July. Is the state government simply not acting? When you have two investment manufacturing zones, which can transform the area, why are they not being worked upon? Is this not special focus for Andhra Pradesh?"

On the fifth day of the Monsoon Session of Parliament on Tuesday, Congress is likely to move a privilege motion against Prime Minister Narendra Modi over the Rafale deal issue on Tuesday. Home minister Rajnath Singh told Lok Sabha lynching incidents have been going on for years and the biggest incident happened in 1984 during anti-Sikh riots. As proceedings began in Rajya Sabha after lunch, TDP leader YS Chowdry (TDP) initiated the debate. He thanked 5 crore people of Andhra Pradesh and criticised Centre's "blatant violation of reorganisation Act".

The Rajya Sabha is expected to take up the long-pending Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Bill, 2017 for further discussion. The Fugitive Economic Offenders Bill, 2018, which will be moved by interim finance minister Piyush Goyal, is also on the agenda.

In Lok Sabha, Prevention of Corruption (Amendment) Bill, 2013, Homeopathy Central Council (Amendment) Bill, 2018, Constitution (One Hundred and Twenty-third Amendment) Bill, 2017 will be taken up for consideration while in Rajya Sabha a discussion on the non-implementation of the provisions of Andhra Pradesh Re-organization Act, 2014 is likely to take place. The fourth sitting of the Monsoon Session of Parliament on Monday saw the government giving a push to its legislative agenda with six bills introduced and two passed in the Lok Sabha while three bills were taken up for passage in the Rajya Sabha. The Lok Sabha did not witness any adjournment while the Upper House saw one over demands related to special category status for Andhra Pradesh and Congress allegations on the misuse of Central agencies.

Monsoon Session of Parliament updates Centre will fulfill promises made to AP by Modi and Manmohan Singh says Rajnath Singh

File image of the Parliament House, in New Delhi. PTI

Unlike the second half of the Budget Session which was washed out, this session has seen smooth functioning with members from both the ruling NDA and the Opposition eagerly taking part in discussions.

Five of the six bills introduced in the Lok Sabha will replace the ordinances brought by the Narendra Modi government earlier this year.

These bills are the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (Second Amendment) Bill, 2018, Criminal Law (Amendment) Bill, 2018, National Sports University Bill, 2017, Homoeopathy Central Council (Amendment) Bill, 2018 and The Commercial Courts, Commercial Division and Commercial Appellate Division of High Courts (Amendment) Bill, 2018.

Apart from these five bills, the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Development (Amendment) Bill, 2018 was also introduced in the Lok Sabha.

During the introduction of amendments to the insolvency law, Opposition members targeted the government over its intentions. They alleged that some changes had been brought to "help one industry". interim finance minister Piyush Goyal rebutted their charge, saying the amendment had been brought on the recommendations of a committee, and that the bill was initially introduced as the banking sector was going through a crisis due to "indiscriminate lending" during the UPA rule. The bill allows home buyers to be recognised as financial creditors.

The Lok Sabha passed the Negotiable Instruments (Amendment) Bill, 2017 and the National Council for Teacher Education (Amendment) Bill, 2017 following brief discussions.

The Monsoon Session has been productive for the government. The first day of the session on 18 July saw three bills being introduced in the Lok Sabha. The House passed the Fugitive Economic Offenders Bill last Thursday and the Rajya Sabha passed amendments to the Prevention of Corruption Act. The Lok Sabha had witnessed a lively debate during the no-confidence motion on Friday.

With inputs from IANS

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