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Parliament LIVE updates: Lok Sabha passes Constitutional Amendment Bill with 323 ayes, 3 noes; quota bill to now be presented in Rajya Sabha

Parliament LATEST updates: The Lok Sabha passed the Constitutional Amendment Bill. The Bill was passed with 319 ayes and 4 noes registered during the voting in the Parliament.

FP Staff January 08, 2019 22:15:00 IST
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Parliament LIVE updates: Lok Sabha passes Constitutional Amendment Bill with 323 ayes, 3 noes; quota bill to now be presented in Rajya Sabha
  • The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2019 has been passed in the Lok Sabha

  • The DNA Technology (Use and Application) Regulation Bill, as amended, has been passed in Lok Sabha

  • Thawarchand Gehlot has introduced the Constitution Amendment Bill in Lok Sabha seeking to grant 10% quota to upper castes

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13:12 (ist)

Lok Sabha released supplementary list of business

Initially, the quota bill was not on the Lok Sabha's agenda for the day. But the House later released a supplementary list of business, which listed Social Justice Minister Thawardchand Gehlor's move to introduce the 124th Constitution Amendment Bill in the Lok Sabha and Virendra Kumar's move for leave to introduce a bill to amend the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act, 2012.

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Jan 08, 2019 - 22:13 (IST)

Lok Sabha adjourned sine dine

Jan 08, 2019 - 22:13 (IST)

Lok Sabha passes the Constitutional Amendment Bill 

The Bill was passed with 323 ayes and 3 noes registered during the voting in the Parliament. 

Jan 08, 2019 - 21:51 (IST)

AIADMK walks out, voting commences for Constitutional Amendment Bill 

AIADMK MPs were not satisfied with the response of Thawar Chand Gehlot on the Bill and M Thambi Durai said that the party is staging a walking out. Now, the House's lobbies are being cleared for voting on the Bill. 

Jan 08, 2019 - 21:41 (IST)

BJP MP Hukmdev Narayan Yadav attacks Congress for never promoting welfare of backwards

Hukmdev Narayan Yadav recalled his interaction with socialist leaders who belonged to the upper caste but fought for the rights of the backwards. Yadav, however, targeted the Congress party for being opportunist and never truly working for the downtrodden. 

Jan 08, 2019 - 21:36 (IST)

JDU, SDF support Bill; Shashi Tharoor questions why the Speaker was not given prior notice

JD(U) MP Kaushaendra Kumar said that his party supports the Bill. Whereas, Sikkim Democratic Front (SDF)'s Prem Das Rai also said that his party supports the Bill. 

Meanwhile, Rajesh Ranjan (Pappu Yadav), the rebel RJD member, asked what was the definition of poverty line. Congress MP Shashi Tharoor interrupted in between to question the Speaker Sumitra Mahajan as to why no written notice was given to the Speaker before the bringing up the bill in Lok Sabha. "Can the government now bring up a bill any time it wants it” Tharoor asked.

Jan 08, 2019 - 21:07 (IST)

'Have the janeu-dharis or the savarnas have ever faced untouchability?' asks Asaduddin Owaisi

AIMIM leader Asaduddin Owaisi strongly opposed the Bill and said it’s a fraud on the Constitution. "It’s an insult to BR Ambedkar. It’s against the spirit of the Constitution,” Owaisi said. There is no emprical data to show the savarna people are backward, Owaisi said questioning if they have ever faced untouchability.

Jan 08, 2019 - 21:00 (IST)

'All's well that ends well,' says Apna Dal MP on last day of Parliament's Winter Session

Anupriya Patel of Apna Dal, MP from Uttar Pradesh, asked the government if the there was a cap on the reservation, so that the law is not misused. Patel said, "All's well that ends well," on the Bill being introduced on the last day of the Winter Session. Whereas, INLD's Dushyant Chautala said that "reservations are a lollipop, when the youth are searching for jobs." He asked the government to make the caste census data public.

Jan 08, 2019 - 20:55 (IST)

RSP supports Bill but questions govt's timing 

NK Premachandran of RSP said that his party supports the Bill, however, he claimed that the Bill was brought for electoral purposes. "Why the House is not taken into confidence before bringing in such a historic Bill," he asked.

Jan 08, 2019 - 20:50 (IST)

BJP says it's Centre's responsibility to take care of everybody's needs

"It is the government’s responsibility to take care of all it’s people of all religions and castes, which is why this bill,” said BJP’s Nand Kumar Singh Chauhan in the Parliament.

Jan 08, 2019 - 20:48 (IST)

Deepender Hooda hopes it's not another jumla, IUML MP says Bill only being introduced for electoral benefits

Congress MP from Haryana Deepender Singh Hooda said that, “As per Constitution, it is required to give notice about a bill, however, the goverment seemed confused which is why they chose to bring it up on the last day. I hope it’s not a jumla," he said. Meanwhile, IUML MP  ET Mohammed Basheer, “The real object of this bill is to create a tense situation and influence the results of the upcoming election."

Parliament LATEST updates: The Lok Sabha passed the Constitutional Amendment Bill. The Bill was passed with 323 ayes and 3 noes registered during the voting in the Parliament.

AIMIM leader Asaduddin Owaisi strongly opposed the Bill and said it’s a fraud on the Constitution. "It’s an insult to BR Ambedkar. It’s against the spirit of the Constitution,” Owaisi said. There is no emprical data to show the savarna people are backward, Owaisi said questioning if they have ever faced untouchability. Meanwhile, RLSP's Upendra Kushwaha asked for reservation in the judiciary along with suggesting extending for two more days so that amendments can be moved in the Bill.

Jitendra Choudhury of CPM said that the Left is in-principle not opposing the Bill, but opposing the way the Bill was introduced in the last minute. NCP's Supriya Sule, while quoting Ram Vilas Paswan's remark, said that she that this is not a political gimmick to bring the Prime Minister Narendra Modi back to power.

Union Minister Ram Vilas Paswan while supporting the Bill listed out the initiatives of the government on social justice, saying that the Opposition is unnecessarily terming the government as anti-Dalit. The LJP chief said that the quota bill will help the "upper caste" people who are economically backward. "The country is more important than caste," Paswan said.

Meanwhile, TRS MP KH Muniyappa said that TRS wanted to bring reservation for economically backward Muslims in Telangana. "The union government is opposing it, he said ading that rights of reservation must be given to the State. He also suggests some amendments to the Bill.

Deputy Speaker M Thambi Durai of AIADMK demanded that the reserved ceiling be increased to 70 percent. TMC's Sudip Bandyopadhyay said that the bill was not discussed during the Business Advisory Committee meet. He demanded a White Paper to be presented on unemployment which will provide a road map on steps that government will take to provide jobs.

Arun Jaitley joins the debate on Constitutional Amendment Bill, claims that many political parties have promised in their manifesto that reservation would be given to poor from the unreserved categories, but, nobody did so far.

The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill 2019 is passed in Lok Sabha after voting.  Thereafter, Minister for Social Justice Thaawarchand Gehlot moved a motion to discuss the Constitution Amendment Bill to provide 10% reservation to economically backward upper caste people.

Meenakshi Lekhi argued that in a sovereign country, why so much debate is happening on the citizenship bill which should instead be a routine affair. She also argued that Hindus are suffering in Pakistan and Bangladesh and Hindu women have been raped. AIMIM MP Asaduddin Owaisi said that anyone who seeks refuge in India, should be given asylum, as citizenship cannot be given on the basis of religion. "Why India is being made into Israel?," he asked. "This is against secularism and violative of Article 14."

BJD MP Bhartruhari Mahtab has moved an amendment in the Citizenship Amendment Bill to delete Bangladesh from it. He said Bangladesh should not be included if Sri Lanka and Myanmar were not being considered.

I would request the government to talk with indigenous people of Assam, including AGP, and resolve the issue," Shiv Sena MP Arvind Ganpat Sawant said in the Parliament.

MPs are speaking on the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill in the Lok Sabha. Congress and TMC members walked out of the House after putting across their points. Trinamool Congress MP Saugata Roy said the bill should be made secular by including Muslims in the list of persecuted religions.

Home Minister Rajnath Singh, who introduced the bill, said persecuted immigrants found safe shelter only in India, and that the bill will allow them to seek nationality. He also assured that the bill will not be discriminatory against anyone. The bill seeks to amend Citizenship Act, 1955, to grant Indian nationality to people from minority communities — Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Parsis and Christians — from Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan after living in India for six years, instead of 12, even if they don't possess any proper documents.

Social Justice Minister Thawarchand Gehlot has introduced the 124th Constitution Amendment Bill seeking to grant 10 percent reservation to the economically weaker sections of the general category. The Samajwadi Party began to shout protests while Gehlot was introducing the bill. The Lower House is expected to take it up for debate at 2 pm.

The quota bill seeks to push for the passage of a bill to provide 10 percent reservation in government jobs and educational institutes for economically weaker sections in the general category.

Meanwhile, Science and Technology Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan introduced The DNA Technology (Use and Application) Regulation Bill, 2018, in the Lok Sabha. The Trade Unions (Amendment) Bill was also introduced in the House despite opposition by three CPM MPs and Congress member Shashi Tharoor, among others. They opposed the way the bill was being introduced in the House on a day when lakhs of workers are protesting against the government's "anti-people" policies, seeking better conditions for the working class.

The Question Hour progressed in the Lok Sabha on Tuesday sans-sloganeering as ministers answered questions posed to them by MPs. The constitution amendment bill seeking to grant 10 percent quota to economically weaker sections in the general category is expected on the last day of the Winter Session in the House. The Rajya Sabha has been adjourned till 2 pm.

Parliament LIVE updates Lok Sabha passes Constitutional Amendment Bill with 323 ayes 3 noes quota bill to now be presented in Rajya Sabha

File photo of the Parliament. Twitter @loksabhatv

The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill will also be introduced in the Lower House on Tuesday, the last day of the Winter Session in the Lok Sabha. Moreover, the Centre on Monday decided to extend proceedings in the Rajya Sabha till Wednesday to allow the House to take up the proposed legislation on reservation

For the last day of the Winter Session, on the agenda of the Lok Sabha is the Trade Unions (Amendment) Bill, 2019, which is significant because of the all-India strike that central trade unions are observing on Tuesday. Besides the Reservation Bill and the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, the DNA Technology (Use and Application) Regulation Bill, 2018, The Dentists (Amendment) Bill, 2017, The Dentists (Amendment) Bill, 2017, The Airports Economic Regulatory Authority of India (Amendment) Bill, 2018, and The Protection of Human Rights (Amendment) Bill, 2018, are also on the agenda.

The Rajya Sabha, too, has a number of bills on its agenda for consideration and passing, these include the contentious The Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill, 2018, — better known as the triple talaq bill, and The Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Bill, 2018. The others on the list of legislative business are The Indian Medical Council (Amendment) Bill, 2018,  The Companies (Amendment) Bill, 2019, The Aadhaar and Other Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2019, The Arbitration and Conciliation (Amendment) Bill, 2018, The Consumer Protection Bill, 2018, and The Representation of the People (Amendment) Bill, 2018.

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