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Parliament Updates: BSP's Shyam Singh Yadav says farm laws should be repealed; LS session extended till 12.30 am

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Forced to walkout in LS as PM did not say anything to satisfy concerns over farm laws: Congress

After its members walked out of Lok Sabha during Prime Minister Narendra Modi's speech, the Congress on Wednesday said its leaders were forced to do so as the PM did not say anything to satisfy its concerns over the farm laws.

"We thought the prime minister will talk about some important steps for the welfare of the farmers. Over 206 farmers have lost their lives, but the prime minister is not willing to say anything about it," Congress' leader in Lok Sabha Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury told reporters outside Parliament.

"He was talking about what his government has done for farmers and in that he also said the farm laws would benefit some people... But I said why are you bringing a law which is not beneficial for all. You say all is well, if that is so, what is the need to bring the laws," Chowdhury said.

He is the prime minister of all, and all farmers want that these farm laws to be withdrawn, the Congress leader said. "Six letters -- REPEAL. You have already said it can be suspended for 18 months, so if you can suspend it for 18 months, why can't it be withdrawn," he asked.

The Congress leader said the laws should be withdrawn and new ones should be brought only after thorough consultation with the farmers.

"We don't just oppose for the sake of it, we oppose as we cannot see farmers in such a state. What kind of country are you building where nails are put on the ground, barbed wires are put near protest sites," he said, criticising the government.

"We believed that the prime minister will take note of what we are saying and will say something to satisfy our concerns (on the farm laws), but nothing of that sort happened, so we were forced to walk out," he said.

-PTI

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State govt examining committee report on Clause 6 of Assam Accord: MHA

A committee, set up by the Centre for putting forward recommendations for the implementation of Clause 6 of the 1985 Assam Accord, has submitted its report to the state government and it is under examination, Parliament was informed on Wednesday, reports PTI.

In a written reply to a question in the Rajya Sabha, Union Minister of State for Home G Kishan Reddy said, "The High Level Committee for implementation of Clause 6 of Assam Accord, headed by Hon'ble Justice (Retd) B K Sharma, has submitted its report to the Assam government. The recommendations are under examination of the state government."

The committee was set up for giving recommendations for the implementation of Clause 6 of the Assam Accord that came at the culmination of a six-year-long movement (1979-85) against illegal immigration from Bangladesh.

Clause 6 reads: "Constitutional, legislative and administrative safeguards, as may be appropriate, shall be provided to protect, preserve and promote the cultural, social, linguistic identity and heritage of the Assamese people."

According to the terms and conditions of the committee, it will "assess the appropriate level of reservation of seats in Assam Legislative Assembly and local bodies for the Assamese people".

"The committee will recommend the appropriate level of reservations in employment under the government of Assam for the Assamese people," according to a home ministry notification.

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Feb 11, 2021 - 00:15 (IST)

Lok Sabha proceedings to continue till 12.30 am

Speaker of the Lok Sabha Om Biral extended Wednesday's sitting till 12.30 am. We will be back with Parliament coverage in the morning. You can track the proceedings of the Lower House from below:

Feb 10, 2021 - 23:55 (IST)

BSP MP says farm laws should be repealed

BSP's Shyam Singh Yadav says if prime minister is pradhan sevak, he should meet farmers, heed to their demands and repeal 'black laws'. He says other things have been added to health budget. He also bring up the plight of migrant workers in the coronavirus induced lockdown. If the prime minister says MSP was, is and will remain then what is the problem in bringing it as a legal provision, he asks.

Feb 10, 2021 - 23:43 (IST)

BJP's Diya Kumari terms Budget 'extremely progressive and holistic'

BJP MP from Rajasthan's Rajasamand Diya Kumari calls it an "extremely progressive and holistic union Budget".She says there are around 25 countries waiting in line for the Made in India vaccines. Kumari welcomes the Jal Jeevan Mission and it will help Rajasthan in a big way. Poshan Abhiyan will help women and children. She hails Prime Minister Narendra Modi as biggest social reformer of our times and also points to the increased representation of women in the Parliament. 

Feb 10, 2021 - 23:37 (IST)

Shriranga Barne raises issues of GST, MPLADS funds

Shiv Sena's Shriranga Appa Barne says Maharashtra pays the highest amount of tax to the Centre but Rs 25,000 crore GST compensation is still pending, he claimed. He brings up the issues of the suspension of MP-LADs funds and says that if the funds were started, it will help MPs work in the respective areas.

Feb 10, 2021 - 23:33 (IST)

BJP's Giriraj Singh criticises Congress

BJP MP Giriraj Singh pointing to the vacant Opposition benches flays the Congress. When BJP member Ganesh Singh was speaking on the budget, Giriraj Singh pointed at the nearly empty benches of the Opposition and said it showed the "double standards" of Congress leaders, including Rahul Gandhi and Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury. 

K Suresh, who was in the Chair, said he was present in the House.  At this, Giriraj Singh said Suresh was sitting in the House as a presiding officer and not as a (Congress) member

Feb 10, 2021 - 22:58 (IST)

Hema Malini terms budget 'ambitious, bold and self-reliant'

Atmanirbhar Bharat budget is bold, ambitious and self reliant, says BJP MP Malini. For first time, health care allocation has been proposed to be increased by 137 percent, she claims and congratulates finance minister for increasing allocation for women and child development. She claims there are many beneficial provisions for farmers in Budget and asks how then can the prime minister be against farmers. She requests the finance ministry to make provisions in the budget for pensioners.

Feb 10, 2021 - 22:53 (IST)

Navneet Rana asks finance ministry to restore MP LADS funds

Independent MP Navneet Kaur Rana says the Budget exceeds expectations and welcomes it. Rana demands biosafety level three lab for Maharashtra and special hospital for women from minority groups in her district. She requests for one Sainik school from the 100 proposed in Vidarbha's Amaravati district. She also requests the Finance Ministry to restore MP-LADS funds this year.

Feb 10, 2021 - 22:22 (IST)

'Only corporates will become aatmanirbhar': CPM MP

CPM's AM Ariff says the Centre is taking credit for the achievements of the states. Government is saying Make In India, but after reading Budget,"it is better to say Sell out India," he alleges. Participating in the discussion on the Budget, Aariff says, "Only corporates will become Aatmanirbhar." There was nothing about the rising prices, petrol prices are touching Rs 100, he claims. The only area which is strong is minimum government, he claims. 

Feb 10, 2021 - 22:14 (IST)

Tejasvi Surya hails Budget

Modi govt has built one-third of national highways in India in last six years, claims Tejasvi Surya. A 371 percent increase achieved in electrification in comparison to UPA, the BJP MP claims. Surya also lauds the DBT scheme.

"This budget will be remembered as that which finally puts India into a double-digit growth path. It makes highest allocation ever for infrastructure development  and  capital asset creation. It promises to create the infrastructure needed for 21st century India," ANI quotes him as saying. Surya thanks finance minister for  "futuristic, forward-looking" budget.

Feb 10, 2021 - 21:57 (IST)

Modi govt which gets things, says Tejasvi Surya

BJP's Tejaswvi Surya praises India's handling of COVID-19 pandemic. He says the Budget will help the country, with 19 percent increase in defence budget. He alleges that the country's growth was held back till now by design. The prime minister has tried to reverse these policies to transform India's political economy, The Hindu quotes him as saying. He says that this budget acknowledges disinvestment and promotes private investment for economic growth.

Countering the Oppositions criticism, he asks the Congress, "If you consider badly performing PSUs as family silver, why were you so eager to sell temple gold?".

He lists long pending reforms done by the govt, including corporate tax rates, recapitalising public sector banks, lowering tax rates,. This is a government which gets things done, he says. These reforms have enabled to lift a high number people out of poverty, he claims. Surya further claims that the NDA government lifted the highest number of people out of poverty in the shortest amount of time. "This is how garibi hatao is done and not by sloganeering," he says.

Parliament Updates: BSP's Shyam Singh Yadav in the Lok Sabha said that if the prime minister is pradhan sevak, he should meet farmers and repeal 'black laws'. If the prime minister says MSP was, is and will remain then what is the problem in bringing it as a legal provision, he asked.

BJP MP Tejasvi Surya claimed the Union Budget 2021 makes the highest ever allocation for infrastructure development and capital asset creation, and promises to create the infrastructure needed for 21st century India.

Meanwhile, Lok Sabha proceedings were extended till mid-night to accommodate members' participation in the discussion on Budget proposals.

NCP MP Supriya Sule, countering the Prime Minister's remarks on the Oppositions's U turn on farm reforms, alleges that the NDA did a U-turn on Aadhaar, GST, among others. 

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh will make a statement in Rajya Sabha tomorrow regarding the ‘Present Situation in Eastern Ladakh’, said the Raksha Mantri's Office on Twitter.

The militaries of China and India have been engaged in a tense standoff in eastern Ladakh since early May last year. The two countries have held several rounds of military and diplomatic-level talks to resolve the face-off. The Chinese defence ministry on Wednesday said troops of China and India at the south and north banks of the Pangong Lake in eastern Ladakh have started synchronised and organised disengagement.

 BJP MP PP Chaudhary in the Lok Sabha on Wednesday moved a breach of privilege motion against TMC MP Mahua Moitra over her remarks involving allegations of sexual misconduct against a former Supreme Court judge

Saugata Roy of Trinamool Congress  said in the Lok Sabha on Wednesday, "I think this Budget is not good for this country."

Shiromani Akali Dal leader Hasimrat Kaur Badal says it is unfortunate that Prime Minister Narendra Modi did not mention the 150 people who died during farmers’ protest against the agricultural reforms, reports ANI.

 Talking on the Union Budget 2021-22, Congress MP Shashi Tharoor said “a quarter of the budget for MSP has been cut.

“When ‘aandolan jeevis’ disrupt innocent protests and call for the release of those jailed during the demonstrations then it pollutes the intention of the farmers protest,” said Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the Lower House.

"There is a need for investment in farming," said the Prime Minister adding we cannot deal with 21st-century agriculture with 18th-century mindset

Narendra Modi in Lok Sabha said that the government bought in three laws regarding agriculture. "This was part of a response to the crisis facing the agriculture sector. We made an honest effort to address the problems in the sector.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi while addressing the Lok Sabha on Wednesday said that the post-COVID world is turning out to be very different. "In such times, remaining isolated from global trends will be counter-productive. We will have to emerge as a strong player"

Addressing the Lok Sabha on Wednesday on the motion of thanks to the President, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said, "The President's address represents how the country set a roadmap for itself in the most difficult of times."

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi will lead the Congress during debate on the union budget and will be the first speaker from his party in the discussion likely to be taken up by Lok Sabha on Wednesday. The discussion on union budget 2021-22 is slated to be taken up after reply to the motion of thanks on the President's Address by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

The prime minister will reply to the Motion of Thanks on the President’s address around 4 pm today

The Major Ports Authority Bill, 2020 was passed through ballot votes with 84 in favour and 44 against it in the Upper House. The Lok Sabha had cleared the bill on 23 September 23, 2020

Speaking on the Union Budget, Congress leader Kapil Sibal Wednesday said while the NDA government accused its predecessor UPA government of doing vote bank politics, they themselves have done the same in the Budget this year by awarding infrastructure projects to the poll-bound states.

Mansukh Mandaviya moved that the Major Ports Authorities Bill, 2020 be passed. "We developed the Kolkata port on a Public Private Partnership (PPP) model. We paid the liabilities for all pensioners. The loss making port is now profitable. This is because of reforms," he said, illustrating the benefits of the model.

The Rules under the Citizenship Amendment Act are under preparation. The Committee on Subordinate Legislation, Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha have granted an extension up to 9 April 2021 and 9 July 20201 respectively, said MoS Home Nityananda Rai in Rajya Sabha.

"Our decision to raise the frequency of commercial flights beyond 80 percent depends on the behaviour of the virus and commercial decisions to be taken by the air carrier," said the civil aviation minister.

The discussion on Union Budget is listed after consideration of Major Ports Bill in Rajya Sabha, on Wednesday. In Lok Sabha, it is listed after the ongoing discussion on Motion of Thanks on the President's address.

Gandhi will lead the Congress attack during debate on the Union Budget and will be the first speaker from his party in the discussion likely to be taken up by Lok Sabha on Wednesday.

Rajya Sabha on Tuesday bid farewell to four retiring members of the Upper House with Deputy Chairman Harivansh heaping lavish praise on the leader of the Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad, terming him a repository of rich experiences.

The veteran Congress leader and Nazir Ahmed Laway (PDP) will retire on 15 February while the terms of Mir Mohammad Fayaz (PDP) and Shamsher Singh Manhas (BJP) will end on 10 February.

"It was my fortune that I got to sit next to Ghulam Nabi Azad in the House. He has connected the entire country with Jammu and Kashmir. I have not come across a person like him who has such rich experiences. Have learnt a lot from his guidance, decency, conduct," Harivansh said.

Azad's political stature is unparallel, he said and added that the Congress leader has risen to such a position in national politics from a block level worker in Kashmir.

He appreciated him for the mammoth work in the health sector like National Urban Health Mission and setting up of medical colleges.

Retirement from the house is only a temporary thing and not a break in his chosen path of serving the nation, Harivansh said.

Azad said he is among those lucky people who never went Pakistan and feels proud to be a Hindustani Muslim.

He spoke for almost 28 minutes, quoting several couplets and hoping for restoration of peace in Jammu and Kashmir and return of Kashmiri Pandits back to the valley.

Fayaz in his speech said, "We work for this country. We have taken the flag of the country to villages. It hurts and saddens us when we are called anti-national by the media and others."

He recalled his journey from Kupwara, near Pakistan border and from the municipal committee there to Rajya Sabha and said he worked for the mainstream and against separatist calls.

He praised the government for the work in the areas of schemes like Ujjwala and appealed to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Amit Shah, both of whom were present in the House, to "do justice to people to J&K" by restoring statehood and special status and thereby winning and strengthening their faith.

In his speech, Manhas said: "I come from Kashmir, the mukat mani (crown jewel) of the country, and am sitting among others from the country. I have worked for this mukut mani and will work for it in the future too."

He said he has visited all parts of Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh and learnt a lot from Modi about conduct in public life.
Another retiring member Laway appealed for restoration of statehood besides rail connectivity.

He remembered his party leader Mufti Mohammad Sayeed who sent him to this House and said he developed a relationship with all the members and people because he came to Rajya Sabha.

He urged the prime minister and the home minister for human and other resources development work in Jammu & Kashmir saying they have to take care of the union territory because now there would no representation in the House from there.

Satish Chandra Misra (BSP) said that the retiring members would "remain torch bearers for us in future and show us the way forward".

He said that if his Congress wants to bid farewell to Azad then in that case people would bid farewell to the party not him.
"It is not easy to lose Ghulam Nabi Azad," he added.

Sanjay Raut (Shiv Sena) said he could not believe that Azad is retiring from Rajya Sabha.

He suggested that since Azad has seen a long tenure from days of Indira Gandhi to Narendra Modi, he should write an autobiography titled "From Indira to Modi".

He told the House that the Azad has very rich political experience which is very rare in politics. Addressing Azad, he said that you would never retire.

Raut also said that there is no dearth of leaders in the Congress, but "Azad Sahib, there are few leaders whom people know across the country".

He added he would not bid farewell to Azad but wait for him to come back again here in the House.

Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment Ramdas Athawale said the name may be Ghulam (slave) but all remained Azad (free).

He said that Azad will always be remembered because "you are a large hearted person".

He also said that Azad should be elected again to Rajya Sabha and if Congress does not want that then he and his party RPI would do that. He added that Rajya Sabha needed Azad back.

Abdul Wahab (IUML) thanked Azad for the "wonderful leadership" in the House.

Congress leader Anand Sharma said Azad has a very long and rich experience in various ministries and states.

He also said that Azad is the only person in the party who remained general secretary of all states at different points of time including Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra and Haryana.

Sharma termed Azad as very frank and hardworking. He said that Azad was always of the view that one should not get personal for ideology and there should not be bitterness on the basis of ideology.

He also said that Azad has risen through the ranks and started from the bottom and reached top position by working hard unlike overnight rise of leaders of today.

Sharma said Azad would play an important role in the elections of Jammu and Kashmir whenever they are held and would continue to provide his services to the nation.

Sukhendu Sekhar Ray (TMC) lauded Azad's nature and hoped his party renominates him and brings him back in the House.
A Navaneethakrishnan (AIADMK) said J Jayalalithaa had asked him to interact with Azad and other leaders and he learnt a lot from him.

Prasanna Acharya (BJD) said Azad has the ability to befriend everybody in the shortest possible time. He added Kashmir is in his heart and mind and whenever he speaks about Jammu and Kashmir, his emotions come out.

Tiruchi Siva (DMK) said today was one of the painful moments as he had to speak on the farewell of a member from the house. He said due to the concern of Azad, he has developed friendship with everyone. "The house will be lacklustre in the coming days," he said, hoping he returns to the House soon.

KR Suresh Reddy (TRS) and Y Vijaisai Reddy (YSR-CP) recalled their association with Azad. Vijaisai Reddy wished that he may contribute his best to the country.

Ram Gopal Yadav (SP) said Kashmir is beautiful and it is represented in the House by beautiful people.

"Ghulam Nabi Azad acted as a bridge whenever there was a deadlock in the House. He is a very calm and polite person. I wonder who will fill the gap in the house. I wish he comes back to the house. This house will be poorer with Azads going. I hope he becomes chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir after its statehood is restored," he said.

Ram Chandra Prasad Singh (JDU) said Azad has played a great role in this house and wished him good.

Elamaram Kareem (CPM) said as leader of opposition, Azad tried to unite the Opposition parties but also united them the ruling parties.

"As leader of opposition, he gave us perfect view. He always was a role model for all members. He is not just a leader of the Congress party, but of the entire country. I saw him roar like a lion on 5 August, 2019," he said, recalling the day when Article 370 was revoked in Jammu and Kashmir.

Manoj Kumar Jha (RJD) and Satish Chandra Misra (BSP) wished Azad good in the life.

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