After a series of speeches by members who are now retiring from the Rajya Sabha, the House has been adjourned till 2.30 p.m.
SP MP rues time wasted due to disturbances
In an emotional appeal, Kanak Lata Singh of the Samajwadi Party rued disturbances in the Houses and said that several members did not get an opportunity to raise serious issues during Zero Hour.
Rajya Sabha majority remains elusive for BJP
With the retirements on Friday, the Congress will see the most reduction, with 16 members retiring, The BJP will, however, still not have a majority in the House, as reported by The Times of India.
Chandan Mitra calls for debates on environmental issues
Chandan Mitra, one of the BJP's most prominent spokespersons, is also one of the members of the Rajya Sabha who are now retiring. Mitra, in particular, said that the House should have more debates on issues like the wildlife and the environment. He also quoted a poem by the Urdu poet Faiz Ahmad Faiz,
PM @narendramodi notes the contribution of retiring Rajya Sabha MPs to parliamentary proceedings & important decisions that have been taken.
Pramod Tiwari of Congress party, has given a notice in Rajya Sabha for discussion in zero hour over Subramanian Swamy's remark on RBI Governor
Ram Gopal Yadav raises questions on SC's interference in parliamentary work
Ram Gopal Yadav, SP, addressed the Rajya Sabha. He raised the issue of the SC's interference in the law-making process. He said, "The SC is encroaching our rights. We have to think about this."
"The Constitution has given the Parliament the responsibility of law-making and budget making. This is our work. This is not the work of the court. If they do it, then what is our role?"
"The Constitution has made a line of demarcation and yet these roles are getting interspersed."
Anand Sharma addresses the 53 retiring members of the Rajya Sabha
Anand Sharma, INC, Himachal Pradesh, addressed the retiring members of the Rajya Sabha. He said, "There is a lot of work that these retiring members have done and they have seen changes in the government, This house passed the Insurance Bill, passed the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Bill. Like the PM said, this is a special day. This house always spoke in one voice in hour of need.
Addressing PM Modi's disappointment over the GST bill, he said, "Hum jab waha bethein the, GST barso ruki rahi (When we were the leaders of this house, we also tried to get the GST bill passed. But it didn't happen)"
PM Modi addresses the retiring members in the Rajya Sabha
Prime Minister Narendra Modi lauded the efforts of all the retiring members of the Rajya Sabha who have finished their 6-year tenure. He said, "We in the Rajya Sabha have an advantage over the Lok Sabha. We can give farewell to our old members and welcome our new members."
"I wish we had come to a conclusion on CAMPA and GST. The states were going to get Rs 42,000 cr due to the CAMPA. The GST is also a beneficial scheme for the states like Bihar. The schemes which were immediately useful to the state were not passed in this session of the budget."
He wished all the retiring members all the best for the future.
Lok Sabha adjourned
The Lok Sabha has been adjourned till 5.43 p.m.
Productive Parliament session so far
This Parliament session appears to have been a generally productive one, with political slugfests between the Congress and the BJP not dominating the proceedings as expected. While the Lok Sabha has seen 120% productivity till now, the Rajya Sabha recorded an 84% turnout, as reported by The Times of India.
Yechury raises tax evasion issue in Rajya Sabha
CPI (M)'s Sitaram Yechury is speaking in the Rajya Sabha on widespread tax evasion in the country, calling it a 'loot.' He claimed that Rs 13 lakh crore that is due to the government has not been recovered.
Congress seeks answers on the KG basin scam
Jairam Ramesh, INC, Andhra Pradesh quotes the CAG report on the KG basin scam. Claims that the BJP government has been corrupt. He said, "If the reserves had to be been cut down, so where did the money go?"
Rajya Sabha discusses the Appropriation Bill 2016 and the Finance Bill 2016
Rajendra Central University Bill passed in the Rajya Sabha
The Rajya Sabha has passed the Rajendra Central Agricultural University with certain amendments.
Bills for consideration and passing being discussed in the Rajya Sabha
The Deputy Chairman PJ Kurien asks to move the Rajendra Central Agricultural University Bill. The name of the bill is under dispute.
Question hour in Rajya Sabha is over. Upper house adjourned till 2pm
'What steps is the govt taking to create jobs in the country?'
Ahmed Patel, INC, Gujarat, raised the issue of job creation in the Rajya Sabha in the Question Hour. He said, "When the government had come into power, it had promised that there would be a rise in job creation. Is the government taking any steps to fulfill that promise? This government only does marketing, doesnt take any real steps. The labour laws are being diluted and there is no protection for the labourer. Will you make any laws to protect the labourers?"
Bandru Dattatreya, MoS(IC), Labour and Employment responded, "The government won't take away the rights of the labourers. We are providing social security for them. Many initiatives have been taken to protect them."
The government clears its stand on the Allahabad University issue
Smriti Irani, Minister of Human Resource Development defends the governments stance on the Allahabad University issue claiming that many online admissions have happened and the government trusts the university authorities to deal with the student unions. "I won't name any political parties, but they have in the past inserted themselves in the disputes of the universities, joining hands with the student unions and threatening the Vice-Chancellors of universities. This is not a very good idea."
Lok Sabha discusses Digital India in the Question Hour in Lok Sabha
Jagdambika Pal, BJP, Domariyaganj (UP), asked the government, "What is the status of the scheme. When will the optical fibres reach villages and when will all these villages get connectivity? We just want all citizens to get benefit of this scheme. We urge the PM that all the villages should have a facility of computer systems so that the citizens can educate themselves."
Ravi Shankar Prasad, Minister, Communication and IT, responded to the query, claiming that the country is changing. He said that the Digital India is giving encouragement to many innovations and people in rural sectors is getting connectivity.
BJP brings up the issue of firing in wedding's in the Zero Hour
Prabhat Jha, BJP, Madhya Pradesh, talks about the unnecessary firing ritual during the weddings, "A law should be passed, which ensures that people don't carry guns to weddings. It has been responsible for the deaths of many people on happy occasions."
JD(U) asks the govt about the status of Vijay Mallya's ghar wapsi
Sharad Yadav, JD(U), Bihar asked the government in the Rajya Sabha, "The liquor baron, Vijay Mallya ran away from the country after owing the banks upto Rs 9000 cr. The government promised to bring him back. I want to ask what is the status on the matter?"
To this query, Leader of the House, Arun Jaitley responded, "Deportation is not allowed since Mallya entered the UK on a valid passport and then it was cancelled. That is the British government's stand on that. But we are working on the extradition process."
Agrarian crisis echoes in Parliament
The agricultural crisis in different parts of the country has again found an echo in Parliament. In the Lok Sabha, Supriya Sule is speaking about farmers' suicides and financial difficulties in Maharashtra,
Naqvi terms Cong tactics as 'gundagiri'
Even as the Congress continues with its vociferous protests, the BJP's Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi has opposed the adjournment of the House. He termed the Congress' tactics as 'gundagardi' and demanded the discussion on a finance bill in the Rajya Sabha.
However, as protests continue, the House has been adjourned till 4 p.m.
Congress party members gather around the well of the Rajya Sabha
The Congress party leaders gather around the well and chant, "Uttarakhand mein kya hua kyua hua? bees hazaar crore ka kya hua? (What happened in Uttarakhand. What happened to the Rs 20,000 crore?)
BJP leader Smriti Irani speaks up "Let the interest of the country not be sacrificed due to the Congress party."
The Deputy Chairman asks the BJP to go ahead with the discussion of the Amendment of the Finance Bill, despite a lot of protests by the Congress members.
Jaya Bachchan worried about the women of the country
Amidst the uproar in the upper house in the delay of the discussion of the Amendment of the Finance Bill, Jaya Bachchan, SP, spoke up on the bill on the women reservation. "I have given three notices to the Chairman, for a permission to discuss women rights. Nobody cares about the women of the country. This house only cares about the money. Looking at how no one has responded, I can guess how little people are interested in discussing this bill."
Jaya Bachchan questions Congress
Jaya Bachchan has begun speaking in the Parliament, and has pointed out that she had put up a notice for a discussion on women's issue, but the matter was not taken up for three sessions. She has questioned why the Congress members are protesting when they have not a got a response for merely 11 days. Meanwhile, the familiar old war cry of 'Modi teri tanashahi nahi chalegi' is back.
The House has been adjourned for 15 minutes.
Congress members protest in Upper House
Congress members resorted to slogan-shouting as Jairam Ramesh raised an environmental issue and demanded that it should be discussed in the Rajya Sabha.
Jaitley defends Central govt on Uttarakhand crisis
Speaking on the Uttarakhand crisis in the Rajya Sabha, Jaitley said, "At that time, those nine members who were disqualified were voting members."
Congress, CPI(M) question Jaitley on Uttarakhand
However, Jaitley is facing opposition from the Congress' Anand Sharma and the CPI (M)'s Sitaram Yechury. "What about the Uttarakhand state Assembly's contention that it passed the budget?"
Jaitley addresses Rajya Sabha on Uttarakhand row
Shortly after resumption, the Rajya Sabha has begun a discussion on the Uttarakhand row, even as the fate of the Assembly hangs in balance. Finance Minister Arun Jaitely has begun speaking, and has pointed out that the passing of the budget in the Assembly was a 'constitutional necessity.'
Lok Sabha adjourned till 2.10pm
Rajya Sabha adjourned till 2pm
'Today's women divorce more often'
Hema Malini, BJP, Mathura (UP), spoke in the Zero Hour in the Lok Sabha. She said, "Women in this day and age, get divorced more often. But the divorce proceedings take so long that they lose the important years of their lives. Something should be done to repair the system."
Politics of water in the Rajya Sabha
Chandrapal Singh, SP, raised the drought issue in the Rajya Sabha. He said,"Nation faces drought situation today, around 10 states severely affected. The government of India is seeing this through a political prism."
He said that the government's political drama in UP is for everyone to see. He reminded the house that a water train has been stationed in Jhansi for past one week.
He said,"We've asked for tankers to distribute water & financial assistance, but we have got a train stationed in Jhansi."
Uproar in the Lok Sabha over the notice of privilege
Congress members chant slogans against PM Modi, interrupt speeches in the Lok Sabha.
They constantly chant, "'Pradhan Mantri jawab do. Pradhan Mantri jhoot bolte hai (PM Modi give us an answer. PM Modi lies)"
According to ANI reports, BJP leader Kirit Somaiya writes to Lok Sabha speaker against Jyotiraditya Scindia for failing to authenticate his speech on the AgustaWestland debate with documents.
Lok Sabha discusses border management in the Question hour
Addressing the issue, Kiren Rijiju, MoS, Home Affairs, said, "Border management is an important factor. We handle the cargo and provide security so that business can run smoothly. We want there to be business with neighbouring countries, but they should be willing to do it too."
On the topic of the Zero Line on the border, the minister said,"The Zero line is fixed. But our people sometimes farm till the line and the army is troubled by this, yet they give them the freedom to do this."
Uproar in Parliament over the removal of important historical figures from textbooks
Congress to raise Gujarat State Petroleum Corporation (KG basin) issue in Rajya Sabha today.
BJP leader Vijay Goel raised the issue of paid news in the Zero Hour in the Rajya Sabha. He said, "The media should make a media entitlement committee to curb paid news."
Supporting Goel, Leader of the House, Arun Jaitley said, "Some have observed that commercial speech is also free speech. Many of us are victims of paid news. Advertising is the right of everyone, but when the government starts doing this then where is the line between excessive advertisement and bribery."
Congress raises the issue of the breach of notice against PM Modi
Before going into the Zero Hour, the Congress raised the issue of the breach of notice against PM Modi and Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar. On Monday the Congress had issued this notice against the BJP leaders, for their controversial statements against senior Congress members, in the Upper House and in political rallies.
Leader of the house, Arun Jaitley defended PM Modi's actions. He said, "Political speech made outside he house from one political leader against the other, how is that a breach of notice?"
To this Anand Sharma, Congress, retorted, "The statements the PM makes are the statements he makes as a PM, whether he is making them in India or abroad."
Jaitley responded, "Isn't the PM Modi not entitled to speak his mind?"
Uproar erupts in the Rajya Sabha yet again
As soon as the Rajya Sabha session resumed, Congress MPs stormed the Well of the House.
Rajya Sabha adjourned till 2 pm
Congress stages walkout in LS
Congress members stage a walkout in Lok Sabha protesting PM Modi's remarks on Sonia Gandhi in the AgustaWestland issue at a TN poll rally.
Rajya Sabha adjourned for 30 minutes
And just like that, the House was adjourned yet again till 12.36 pm.
Rajya Sabha adjourned for 30 minutes
And just like that, the House was adjourned yet again till 12.36 pm.
RS resumes, and so does the outrage
Anand Sharma continued to shout as RS chairman Hamid Ansari asks members to allow the Question Hour to proceed.
The Parliament, in its second week of the Budget Session, had a set of controversial round of discussions on Wednesday. The BJP and the Congress clashed over the alleged AgustaWestland chopper scam in the Rajya Sabha. On Wednesday's session the Parliament is slated to discuss the Finance Bill and Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code.
Union Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar made a statement about the VVIP chopper deal on Wednesday and launched a strongly-worded offensive against the UPA government over the issue. He said that the 'country wants to know who instigated, supported and benefited from the corruption.'
The Opposition members created a ruckus in the house, almost throughout the speech, while the Defence Minister alleged that the choppers were bought at an inflated price and no realistic basis for price negotiation was provided. He said that it appears that an 'invisible hand' was guiding the actions or inaction of CBI and the Enforcement Directorate.
Mallikarjun Kharge, leader of the Congress in Lok Sabha, on Monday had accused the government of defaming the Congress through the mudslinging in the AgustaWestland scam
Meanwhile, the Congress on Saturday announced that it will gherao Parliament on 6 May to highlight a range of issues that include imposition of President’s Rule in Uttarakhand, drought and “deceit and deliberate lies” against the party.