Parliament Updates: Bill to overturn Sabarimala SC verdict introduced in Lok Sabha; House takes up private member bills

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Parliament Updates: Bill to overturn Sabarimala SC verdict introduced in Lok Sabha; House takes up private member bills
  • 15:53 (IST)

    Bill to overturn Sabarimala SC verdict introduced in Lok Sabha

    Kollam MP NK Premachandran introduced a private member bill for the consideration of the Lok Sabha seeking a ban on the entry of women aged 10-40 years in the Sabarimala temple. 

    The Supreme Court, on September 28 last year, declared a Kerala government law barring women aged between 10 and 40 years from entering the Sabarimala temple unconstitutional. The Supreme Court judgment threw the Sabarimala temple open for women on all age groups. 

  • 15:10 (IST)

    What the 17th Lok Sabha looks like

  • 14:59 (IST)

    Rajya Sabha reconvenes, takes up private members bill amid abysmal attendance 

    The Rajya Sabha reconvened at 2.30 pm. Private members bills are now being introduced supported with weak ayes and feeble noes. The live broadcast on Rajya Sabha TV showed most seats empty. Several members who had notified to move private member bills were also absent. 

  • 14:32 (IST)

    Meenakshi Lekhi raises Sabarimala issue, ends speech with 'Jai Ayappa'; trend of religious slogans in LS continues 

    Meenakshi Lekhi raised the crucial Sabarimala issue in Lok Sabha. She was speaking against the Supreme Court ruling allowing women of menstruating age group entry in the temple. She demanded a bill to grant denominational status to Ayappa devotees and ended her speech with chants of Jai Ayappa. 

    This was in line with a rather new trend of raising religious slogans in Lok Sabha turning the House into a battleground of aggressive sloganeering. It was seen during swearing-in of Opposition members that MPs of the ruling party chanted Jai Shri Ram, while TMC members responded with Jai Mahakali slogans. This was frowned upon and even Speaker Om Birla had said that the Parliament was no place for sloganeering and he won't allow this in future. The protem speaker had expunged these from the record during the swearing-in ceremony. 

  • 14:22 (IST)

    Why are the Opposition MP's Opposing the Triple Talaq Bill? 

    The Opposition MPs have raised three primary contentions against the triple talaq bill. 

    • Shashi Tharoor opposed the conflation of what he deemed a civil offense as a criminal offense. He said marriage and divorce cannot be viewed through a criminal lens.
    • Tharoor called the bill class legislation, unfairly targetting Muslims. He said that the issue ultimately boils down to desertion of women without taking responsibility for their maintenance and financial security. This is an issue that exists within all communities. Tharoor suggested that the bill's scope be increased to include all communities. 
    • Asaduddin Owaisi alleged that the bill was unconstitutional.  

    In the Hindu Marriage act, abandoning the wife attracts a one year jail term for the male. MP's like Asaduddin Owaisi and Shashi Tharoor are questioning why Muslims have to face harsher punishment  for a similar offence. They also claim that the bill will not do anything for the upliftment of muslim women.  

  • 13:51 (IST)

    Rajiv Pratap Rudy sees China conspiracy behind blaming litchi for encephalitis deaths

    Rajiv Pratap Rudy raised the issue of encephalitis deaths adversely impacting the litchi trade in Bihar. He said that the government should find out the true reason behind the infection so that the farmers don't face the brunt of misinformation against a humble crop. 

    Rudy also wondered whether it was a conspiracy by China, which is the largest producer of litchi after India, to associate the disease with the fruit to affect Indian trade.

  • 13:44 (IST)

    Lok Sabha discusses Bihar encephalitis deaths

    Rajiv Pratap Rudy raised the issue of the children who died in Muzaffarpur due to alleged acute encephalitis syndrome (AES) during Zero Hour as a part of Matters of Urgent Public Importance. "We should find out if it was only the litchies that caused this, or something more," he appeals to the House.

  • 13:41 (IST)

    Treasury benches win division of vote on triple talaq bill, Ravi Shankar Prasad tables draft law

    The treasury benches have won the division vote on triple talaq bill. The final tally was 184 for ayes and 71 for noes. 

  • 13:25 (IST)

    Rajya Sabha pays tribute to encephalitis victims; adjourns till 2.30 pm after question hour

    Rajya Sabha Thursday discussed the death of children due to Acute Encephalitis Syndrome in Bihar. Left leader Binoy Viswam raised the issue stating that the state and central government should urgently intervene to improve the healthcare facilities in Bihar. 

  • 13:11 (IST)

    Lok Sabha decides whether to reintroduce fresh bill on triple talaq through division of votes

    Lok Sabha prepares for division on introduction of triple talaq Bill. The lobbies have been cleared. Secretary General said that since the division rolls have not been allotted to the MPs yet so division will be taken up through slips.

    Each member will get to choose their slips. Red slip for a no vote, green for yes and yellow for abstain. The members will also have to mention their names, constituency etc.    

  • 13:11 (IST)

    D Raja questions govt on US dropping India as preferred trade partner; Piyush Goyal insists damage will be minimal

    Members discuss the impact of US tariffs and its move to drop India as its preferred trade partner. CPI leader D Raja quoted newspaper reports and data to state that the exports were heavily hit after imposition of tariffs and the change in India's trade status. He asked what steps will the government take to balance out the ill effects of the hostile US policy. 

    Goyal dismissed these concerns and responded saying, "India is competent to handle intl trade issues. Given size of Indian economy,there is no significant impact of GSP withdrawal. India continues to engage with the US, our national interests will not be compromised"

  • 13:06 (IST)

    Shashi Tharoor opposes triple talaq bill, says bill criminalises already null and void practice

    Shashi Tharoor moved to oppose the triple talaw Bill. He said that he is against instant talaq but is opposed to conflate a civil offense into a criminal offense. He said that instant talaq is a practice already nullified by the Supreme Court of India. Tharoor opposed the bill stating that the law will eventually criminalise desertion of a woman which is a phenomenon common across all communities. He suggested extending the scope of the bill to all communities.

    "The bill is a textbook example of class legislation, which deals with only a particular community; this is against Article 15 of the Constitution," Tharoor said. 

  • 12:35 (IST)

    Triple Talaq Bill tabled in Lok Sabha 

    The Triple Talaq Bill has been introduced by Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad. The Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill, 2019, which has been listed in the Lok Sabha's agenda for Friday, will replace an ordinance issued in February by the previous BJP-led NDA government.  

  • 12:31 (IST)

    Ruckus in Lok Sabha as Ravi Shankar Prasad rises to move triple talaq bill

    Opposition members started loud protests as soon as Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad stood up to table the triple talaq bill. Prasad replied shouting above the din that he should be allowed to table the bill and thereafter the government will be open for discussion and debate on the matter. 

  • 12:09 (IST)

    Venkaiah Naidu heaps praise on Manmohan Singh as ex-PM's RS term ends

    M Venkaiah Naidu praised the former prime minister Manmohan Singh, who retired from Rajya Sabha on 14 June. "This House will miss an able parliamentarian and a distinguished economist," he says. Singh represented Assam five consecutive times. The House also remembers the contribution of Santiuse Kujur, who retired last week

  • 12:01 (IST)

    BJP MP Maneka Gandhi catechize environment ministry on deforestation during question hour 

     

    Former minister and BJP MP Maneka Gandhi grilled the environment ministry on the first day the Lok Sabha formally started transacting business. Catechizing the minister, Maneka said that the one percent in green cover could include sugarcane as well as the satelite images are taken at the time the crop as standing at its full height, which could be misleading. 

    She then questioned the government about replacing trees cut during expansion of highways. She also asked if the forest ministry has sufficient tree saplings.

    Javadekar, while responding, noted in a lighter vein that the MP had indeed asked at least four questions in just one question. He said that for every one tree cut, five saplings are planted and the green cover. Maneka was seen nodding disapprovingly to this. The minister, however, continued his reply and said that the claim about satellite images was incorrect. he said that these images don't include sugarcane plantation as the footage comes in every month and the data is duly analysed. 

  • 11:42 (IST)

    Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar starts 17th LS proceedings with 'good news' 

    Responding to Kaushal Kishor's question, Javadekar said that he would like to start the 17th Lok Sabha with some good news. He recounted data of a survey to state that India was among the only 10 countries that managed to increase its forest cover. He responded to Kishor's question and said adequate measures were taken by the ministry to ensure the plants are of diverse species. 

  • 11:10 (IST)

    What is Question Hour?

     

    Question Hour is the first hour of a sitting session of India's Lok Sabha devoted to questions that Members of Parliament raise about any aspect of administrative activity. The concerned Minister is obliged to answer to the Parliament, either orally or in writing, depending on the type of question raised. 

  • 11:10 (IST)

    17th Lok Sabha takes up its first Question Hour

    BJP MP Kaushal Kishor asked the first question of the 17th Lok Sabha. Addressing the Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar, the MP asked that most plants planted under the plantation drives are shrubs and tall trees only for beautification but which do not offer much shade. 

  • 10:56 (IST)

    All will get opportunity to be heard in House, says Speaker Om Birla 

    Underlining that every member of the house should be heard, Speaker Om Birla said, "Every party will be given opportunity irrespective of their strength even if it has one member. He or she should be heard and the government respond whenever required."

     
    As a custodian of the house, Birla said he is fully aware of his responsibilities but added, "Members should also understand they have been elected by lakhs of people. They should raise issues which matter to the last person standing in the row."
     
     
    Birla held his first all-party meeting on Thursday after assuming charge and sought their suggestions on smooth functioning of the house.

  • 10:56 (IST)

    Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla leads yoga day celebrations at Parliament

     

    Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla, dressed in a white track suit, led yoga day celebrations at Parliament premises on Friday. Along with staffers, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Prahlad Joshi, BJP MPs Locket Chatterjee, Poonamben Maadam and Bhupendra Yadav, and former aviation minister Suresh Prabhu were among those who participated in the celebrations at the Parliament premises.

     
    More than 400 people participated in the event which was conducted by two trainers from 7 am to 8 am.

  • 10:54 (IST)

    Speaker Om Birla says will hold proceedings in impartial manner

    In his first address to the house on Wednesday after being elected, Birla said he will run the House in an impartial manner by taking everyone along, while asserting that the chair should not be biased. He had also assured the Lok Sabha members that he will remain fair and unbiased.

    His comments came after Leader of the Congress party in House, Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury appeared skeptical in his welcome speech and urged the Speaker to remain impartial and arrest the increasing trend of passing Ordinances to bypass Parliament. 

  • 10:51 (IST)

    Changes to IT Act to take effect soon

    The government will soon notify amendments to the Information Technology (IT) Act that seek to make it mandatory for online platforms such as WhatsApp, Facebook and Twitter to trace the originator of “unlawful” content, The Hindu reported. 

    “The guidelines have been almost finalised. They will be notified very soon,” an official source told the newspaper.

  • 10:50 (IST)

    Speaker Om Birla says will talk with all parties to minimise disruptions 

    Making his intentions clear on dealing with disruptions, Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla Thursday said he will hold discussions with all parties to address the issue. He also said that members should not hold placards and come to the well of the house.

    "I will talk to all parties and discuss with them that what action can be taken against those who repeatedly show placards in the house and come to the well. Such actions of the members show Lok Sabha in poor light," he said. 

  • 10:42 (IST)

    Lok Sabha to debate fresh triple talaq bill today

    A fresh bill to ban the practice of instant triple talaq will be introduced in the Lok Sabha on Friday. 
     
     
    The Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill, 2019, which has been listed in the Lok Sabha's agenda for Friday, will replace an ordinance issued in February by the previous BJP-led NDA government. With the dissolution of the 16th Lok Sabha last month, the previous bill had lapsed as it was pending in the Rajya Sabha.
     
     
    The Bill, which proposes to make the practice of instant triple talaq (talaq-e-biddat) a penal offence, had faced objections from the opposition parties which claimed that jail term for a man for divorcing his wife was legally untenable.


Parliament Latest Updates: The Rajya Sabha reconvened at 2.30 pm. Private members bills are now being introduced supported with weak ayes and feeble noes. The live broadcast on Rajya Sabha TV showed most seats empty. Several members who had notified to move private member bills were also absent.

Meenakshi Lekhi raised the crucial Sabarimala issue in Lok Sabha. She was speaking against the Supreme Court ruling allowing women of menstruating age group entry in the temple. She demanded a bill to grant denominational status to Ayappa devotees and ended her speech with chants of Jai Ayyappa. 

The Treasury benches have won the division vote on triple talaq bill. The final tally was 184 for ayes and 71 for noes.

Lok Sabha prepares for division on introduction of triple talaq Bill. The lobbies have been cleared. Secretary General says since the division rolls have not been alloted yet. So division will be taken up through slips.

Opposition members started loud protests as soon as Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad stood up to table the triple talaq bill. Prasad replied shouting above the din that he should be allowed to table the bill and thereafter the government will be open for discussion and debate on the matter.

M Venkaiah Naidu praised the former prime minister Manmohan Singh, who retired from Rajya Sabha on 14 June. "This House will miss an able parliamentarian and a distinguished economist," he says. Singh represented Assam five consecutive times. The House also remembers the contribution of Santiuse Kujur, who retired last week

Rajya Sabha Chairman Venkaiah Naidu has allowed a discussion on the Bihar encephalitis deaths during the Zero Hour. Brain fever has afflicted more than 600 children across 16 districts of Bihar of which 136 have lost their lives since the beginning of this month, according to the state health department.

Making his intentions clear on dealing with disruptions, Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla Thursday said he will hold discussions with all parties to address the issue. He also said that members should not hold placards and come to the well of the house.

"Members should not hold placards and come to the well of the house... Such actions have dealt a blow to Parliament's dignity. It should not be done. There are various other ways for members to convey their message," Birla, who was on Wednesday elected as speaker of the Lok Sabha unanimously, told PTI.

"I will talk to all parties and discuss with them that what action can be taken against those who repeatedly show placards in the house and come to the well. Such actions of the members show Lok Sabha in poor light," he said.

On the issue of disruptions, he said he will hold deliberations with all parties to decide what action can be taken against those members who indulge in such act.

Birla held his first all-party meeting on Thursday after assuming charge and sought their suggestions on smooth functioning of the house.

Underlining that every member of the house should be heard, Birla said, "Every party will be given opportunity irrespective of their strength even if it has one member. He or she should be heard and the government respond whenever required."

As a custodian of the house, Birla said he is fully aware of his responsibilities but added, "Members should also understand they have been elected by lakhs of people. They should raise issues which matter to the last person standing in the row."

In his first address to the house on Wednesday after being elected, Birla said he will run the House in an impartial manner by taking everyone along, while asserting that the chair should not be biased.

He had also assured the Lok Sabha members that he will remain fair and unbiased.

Updated Date: Jun 21, 2019 16:05:28 IST