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

Parliament LIVE 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.

FP Staff June 21, 2019 16:05:28 IST
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Parliament Updates: Bill to overturn Sabarimala SC verdict introduced in Lok Sabha; House takes up private member bills
  • A fresh bill to ban the practice of instant triple talaq will be introduced in the Lok Sabha on Friday.

  • NK Premchandran will introduce private member bill to maintain status quo in Sabarimala

  • Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla said he will hold discussions with all parties to keep disruptions and unruly behaviour in House in check

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June 21, 2019 - 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. 

June 21, 2019 - 15:10 (IST)

What the 17th Lok Sabha looks like

June 21, 2019 - 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. 

June 21, 2019 - 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. 

June 21, 2019 - 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.  

June 21, 2019 - 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.

June 21, 2019 - 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.

June 21, 2019 - 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. 

June 21, 2019 - 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. 

June 21, 2019 - 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.    


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.

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