Parliament as it happened: 'Wasted' Winter Session concludes, Lok Sabha, Rajya Sabha pass Disabilities Bill

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Parliament as it happened: 'Wasted' Winter Session concludes, Lok Sabha, Rajya Sabha pass Disabilities Bill
  • 18:04 (IST)

    Rajya Sabha amid pandemonium as govt refuses to discuss on motion to send triple talaq 

  • 18:00 (IST)

    Rajya Sabha adjourned till Friday without any discussion on triple talaq bill

  • 17:59 (IST)

    Govt requests to take up GST bill first as Dy Chairman ruled Triple Talaq bill can't be taken for passage without first building consensus in House

  • 17:57 (IST)

    Sukhendu Shekhar Roy of TMC rejects govt allegation that suggested composition of Standing Committee was not inclusive

    Roy, responding to Jaitley's objection that the Select Committee suggested by him did not reflect the nature of the House, Roy said that he had included members from all parties who were willing to send the bill to the Standing Committee. However, BJP members were not included because the government was not willing to send the bill to the committee. Roy added that if the BJP is interested in sending the Bill for further scrutiny, he has no objection to ammend the list to include its members too.  

  • 17:48 (IST)

    PJ Kurien says resolution was admitted because Chairman himself allowed it

    Kurien said that the Leader of the House is a very learned advocate himself and all points raised by him are of relevance. The rule he quotes that a prior notice should be given is also correct, he said. "However, the same rule adds that the Chairman has the power to admit such a motion and which is why I cannot overrule it. It is now admitted and hence is the property of the House, only members can amend it," Kurien said on Jaitley's objection over the Opposition motion seeking triple talaq bill be sent to Standing Committee. 

  • 17:41 (IST)

  • 17:40 (IST)

    Arun Jaitley raises objection on point of order requesting bill be sent to Standing Committee

    Jaitley said that the previous precedents show that any amendments or motions should be introduced with prior notice. He said that the Opposition's demand to send the bill to Select Committee was invalid. He also raised objection on the suggestion on members of Select Committee made by Anand Sharma. 

    He said that a committee should reflect the nature of the House, which the list of suggestions given by Sharma does not. Sharma's suggestion did not include names from the BJP.   

  • 17:34 (IST)

    Govt bill is incomplete, will finish Muslim women, says LoP Ghulam nabi Azad in RS

    Ghulam Nabi Azad stood up as the bill was taken up for discussion and said that none of the parties are in opposition of the bill in essence. However, he said that the government's bill will "finish Muslim women" instead of saving them. 

    "If you will put their husbands in jail, who will provide for them, who will pay for their children," Azad asked as he reiterated that Congress leader Anad Sharma's suggestion to send it to Standing Committee should be taken into consideration. 

  • 17:30 (IST)

    Rajya Sabha begins debate on the triple talaq Bill

  • 10:45 (IST)

    BJP president Amit Shah reaches Parliament 

    BJP president Amit Shah reached Parliament, to make his Parliamentary debut in Rajya Sabha today 

  • 10:43 (IST)

    Mallikarjun Kharge appeals govt to create healthy atmosphere for debate 

    Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge said govt should should respect Opposition and create an atmosphere for healthy debate during Parliament Winter Session. 

  • 10:37 (IST)

    Narendra Modi hopes for positive debate 

    "I hope that Winter Session will be fruitful. I expect that Winter Session will proceed in a positive way. I hope that Winter Session debate will strengthen democracy. I believe that to take the country ahead this Winter Session debate will be useful, " said Modi as Winter Session sets to begin. 

  • 10:28 (IST)

    Narendra Modi sought cooperation of all political parties at all party meet 

    On the eve of Winter Session, two all-party meetings were convened, first by the ruling NDA and the other by Lok Sabha speaker Sumitra Mahajan. At the all-party meeting Modi requested all parties for cooperation in order to make Parliament session a fruitful one. 

    Mahajan met the leaders from all parties on Thursday over dinner. 

  • 10:15 (IST)

    Winter Session of Parliament begins today: There are 14 sittings this session

  • 12:31 (IST)

  • 12:30 (IST)

    Lok Sabha debates Disability Bill

    Possibly the only work that was undertaken during Winter Session, MPs in Lok Sabha are debating the Disability Bill and are planning to pass it. Today is the last day of Winter Session. 

    Rajya Sabha was adjourned sine die earlier today. 

  • 12:03 (IST)

    Speaker Sumitra Mahajan disallows demand for adjournment motions in Lok Sabha

  • 11:44 (IST)

    Peace prevailed only when obituaries were read out: Hamid Ansari

    The Rajya Sabha on Friday concluded its winter session after an emotional speech by the Chairman as the house was adjourned sine die.

    "Regular and continuous disruptions signify this session... The rules about displaying placards and shouting slogans were ignored by all sections of the house," Rajya Sabha Chairman Hamid Ansari said in his closing statement before adjourning the house.

    Peace prevailed only when obituaries were read out, he added.

  • 11:37 (IST)

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  • 11:19 (IST)

    Hamid Ansari raps MPs on last day of Winter Session

  • 11:17 (IST)

    Lok Sabha starts at 11 am, gets adjourned at 11.03 am till 12 pm

  • 10:57 (IST)

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  • 10:50 (IST)

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi appealed to people of India that digital economy should be a way of life,it will be transparent and effective, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar said. 

  • 10:39 (IST)

    Rahul Gandhi will meet with Narendra Modi shortly

    Two days after serious corruption allegations against the prime minister, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi, along with other Congress leaders, will meet Narendra Modi shortly.

    Reports said that the meeting is about waiving off farmer loans.

  • 10:31 (IST)

    Narendra Modi to address BJP members today

    The last day of the Winter Session of Parliament is setup for a big tussle between the government and the Opposition as both try to break the deadlock.

    The BJP’s Parliamentary Party meeting to discuss the strategy to counter the Opposition’s charges against the government is currently underway. Prime Minister Narendra Modi is set to address the gathering.

    Opposition leaders are scheduled to meet the President and PM Modi to push for a way to break the deadlock.

  • 13:43 (IST)

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  • 13:32 (IST)

    I feel like resigning, says LK Advani

    Senior BJP leader LK Advani told Home Minister Rajnath Singh to intervene and stop disruptions in both Houses of Parliament.  Expressing his unhappiness, Advani allegedly said that he "feels like resigning".

    Advani also added that "had Atal ji been in Parliament today, he would have been upset."

  • 13:05 (IST)

    Winter Session a failure - Opposition meets President Pranab

    Taking their protest on demonetisation to President Pranab Mukherjee's doorsteps, Opposition parties sought a meeting with the president to convey the problems caused by the measure to the common man and "over not being" allowed to speak in Parliament. At a meeting of the opposition held in the chamber of Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad, representatives of various parties decided to raise with the President the problems of the common people, including the poor and farmers arising out of demonetisation.

    Leaders of various parties said the entire opposition has decided to approach the President to "complain" against the ruling party for not allowing them to speak in Parliament. The leaders said they were elected representatives of the country and had every right to speak in Parliament and it was "unconstitutional" not to allow them to speak in both Houses. Sources said time is being sought from the President till Friday and all opposition parties were ready to raise the issue unitedly before him.

    Sources said that it was also decided in the meeting to raise the plight of farmers and common people in both Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha and demand a loan waiver for farmers. Representatives of Congress, Trinamool Congress, BSP, SP, JD-U, CPI, CPI-M, NCP, DMK and All India United Democratic Front (AIUDF) were present in today's meeting.

    With inputs from PTI

  • 13:03 (IST)

  • 12:38 (IST)

    Rajya Sabha adjourned till 2 pm

  • 12:24 (IST)

    Lok Sabha adjourned for the day

  • 12:18 (IST)

    Mallikarjun Kharge: We want debate, ruling BJP is obstructing discussion

    Members create ruckus in Lok Sabha after Leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge gets up to speak. It is shameless that Parliamentarians behave the way Lok Sabha is functioning. 

    Unnecessary yelling, screaming and obstructing debate and discussion has become usual in the Lower House. Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar raises AgustaWestland issue in Lok Sabha as Opposition demands to debate demonetisation. 

  • 12:13 (IST)

  • 12:02 (IST)

    Lok Sabha, Rajya Sabha resume, so does ruckus

  • 11:57 (IST)

  • 11:56 (IST)

    Let me speak: Rahul Gandhi

    After a sudden press conference where the Congress vice-president claimed that he had information on 'personal corruption' the prime minister, Rahul Gandhi on Thursday demanded that he be allowed to speak in the House. 

  • 11:52 (IST)

    Parliament logjam continues even though 2 days left for Winter Session

    Merely two days are remaining for the Winter Session to wrap up, but both the Houses showed absolutely no concern for the fact that the session has been a complete washout until now. The Lok Sabha got adjourned within minutes of commencing and Rajya Sabha a few minutes after. Both Opposition and BJP sparred over the issue of demonetisation and Rahul Gandhi's jibe at Narendra Modi on Wednesday.

    Earlier in the day, senior BJP ministers, including Venkaiah Naidu and Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi had met with Prime Minister Narendra Modi ahead of the session and the Opposition parties met with President Pranab Mukherjee.

  • 11:22 (IST)

    BJP and Opposition both stall Rajya Sabha

    Helpless deputy chairman PJ Kurien begs for MPs to sit down as Congress and BJP leaders spar over Ghulam Nabi Azad's speech on demonetisation.

    "I have to adjourn.. what should I do?" asks Kurien. "This is for the first time in history of India that it's the ruling party that's not letting the House to function," says Azad. 

  • 11:16 (IST)

    BJP protest in Rajya Sabha

    Senior BJP leader Venkaiah Naidu and Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi object to leader of opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad speaking in the Upper House. Kurien asks BJP members to sit down. Amid slogans of "Agusta Agusta", BJP leaders demanded to know what is the topic of discussion?

    Kurien allows Azad to speak.

  • 11:14 (IST)

    Members protest in Rajya Sabha

    Kurien: "I have given the floor to Leader of Opposition. That's the tradition. Let's follow it. Please sit down."

  • 11:12 (IST)

    Lok Sabha adjourned till 12 pm amid massive uproar

    BJP raises AgustaWestland scam in Lok Sabha. Amid massive uproar, Sumitra Mahajan adjourns the House till 12 pm.

  • 11:04 (IST)

    Notice in Rajya Sabha for discussion on corruption allegation against Rijiju

    Congress leader Anand Sharma gave notice in Rajya Sabha for discussion on Kiren Rijiju's alleged involvement in Arunachal hydro scam issue. 

  • 11:01 (IST)

    Rajya Sabha and Lok Sabha start

  • 15:00 (IST)

  • 15:00 (IST)

    Both sides are indisciplined, what can I do? asks Kurien

    It seemed like the members in the Upper House were just waiting to pass one single Bill this Winter Session. Soon after Kurien praised the members of the Upper House for being disciplined, ruckus over alleged corruption allegations on Kiren Rijiju took the House by storm again. 

    As Opposition members raised slogans and ruckus, Kurien said, "What can I do except adjourning. Both sides are indisciplined. The House is adourned till tomorrow (15 December) 11 am."

As the Parliament Winter Session reconvenes after a four-day break, it looks like the Opposition may finally get the debate on demonetisation it has been asking for, with Prime Minister Narendra Modi likely to attend all the remaining parliamentary proceedings, reports said on Wednesday.

According to The Indian Express, both the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Congress has instructed their Member of Parliaments (MPs) to be present in both Houses for the rest of the session.

 Parliament as it happened: Wasted Winter Session concludes, Lok Sabha, Rajya Sabha pass Disabilities Bill

Representational image. Reuters

The news story, however, indicated that the government seems to have managed to convince the Opposition to forego its demand of a discussion under Rule 193, a primary demand of the Opposition — mostly Congress and Tirnamool Congress — that had lead to a deadlock in both the houses of Parliament since the beginning of the session. It will now be a no-rule discussion, it said.

As for the Opposition's second demand, which was that Prime Minister Modi should answer questions from the Opposition, CNN-News18 said that Modi is likely to attend the parliamentary proceedings. However, whether or not he will speak, remains unclear.

However, according to an NDTV report Information and Broadcasting Minister Venkaiah Naidu said that Prime Minister Modi will be present in Parliament for the three remaining days of the Session and can participate in proceedings for either of the House depending on the need.

"Prime Minister Narendra Modi will hold a meeting with key ministers before Parliament convenes this morning to decide their strategy," the report said.

The Opposition will discuss its strategy during the parliamentary proceedings on Wednesday in an Opposition party's meet at 9.30 am, CNN-News18 reported.

The Parliament's Winter Session has been facing a deadlock on demonetisation ever since it began on 16 November. While the Lok Sabha has managed to conduct two legislative actions — pass the Income Tax amendment bill and approve the Supplementary Demand for Grants — the Rajya Sabha, on the other hand, functioned normally only on the first sitting of the session when a debate on demonetisation took place for five hours.

While three bills related to Goods and Services Tax (GST), are unlikely to be cleared on Wednesday, The Indian Express said, "Rajya Sabha is likely to pass the Rights of Persons with Disabilities Bill, 2014 in a brief remission of hostilities."

However, apart from the listed topics of business, the Parliamentary proceedings are likely to attract heated discussions on the arrest of former Air marshal, SP Tyagi, in relation to the AugustaWestland VIP chopper scam as well as BJP leader Kiren Rijiju's alleged corruption in the Arunachal Hydro Power project.

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Updated Date: Jan 04, 2018 18:04:44 IST