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Parliament LIVE updates: Opposition MPs continue to sit in Rajya Sabha even after adjournment

Both Houses of Parliament were adjourned for the 15th day on Friday as the stalemate between the Opposition and the government continued.

FP Staff March 27, 2018 12:48:10 IST
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Parliament LIVE updates: Opposition MPs continue to sit in Rajya Sabha even after adjournment

Highlights

10:56 (ist)

What has the Parliament been spending its time on?

As the deadlock in both the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha continued on Wednesday, here is a look at how both the Houses spent their time while in session (as per PRS):

Questions: Lok Sabha -  3 hours; Rajya Sabha - 1.9 hours

Legislative business: Lok Sabha - 0.3 hours; Rajya Sabha - 2.5 hours

Non-legislative business: Lok Sabha - 11.2 hours; Rajya Sabha - 24.9 hours

Financial: Lok Sabha - 14.4 hours; Rajya Sabha - 10.9 hours

Other: Lok Sabha - 2.7 hours; Rajya Sabha - 5.8 hours

10:21 (ist)

Meanwhile, TDP protests in Vijayawada over Andhra Pradesh's special status category

Telugu Desam Party (TDP) held protests in Vijayawada on Thursday about the Andhra Pradesh special status row, reported CNN-News18. The TDP had decided to extend support to the National Highways blockade programme called by the Opposition parties in Andhra Pradesh seeking special category status to the state.

"Let us all protest and, if required, sit on hunger strike at every place, sport black badges during working hours in offices. Let us awaken the people," party chief N Chandrababu Naidu said at a meeting of women self-help groups.

11:55 (ist)

Lok Sabha to resume session shortly

The Lok Sabha proceedings were disrupted for the 11th day on Monday as the TDP, YSR Congress, TRS and AIADMK continued their noisy protests over various issues, including the banking scam and special status for Andhra Pradesh. 

As soon as Speaker Sumitra Mahajan took up the Question Hour, members from these parties trooped into the Well holding placards. While members from the TDP, YSR Congress, TRS and AIADMK were in the Well raising slogans and holding placards, MPs from the TMC and Congress were seen standing at their seats. This forced the House to be adjourned till 12 pm. 

11:23 (ist)

'Will support neither Centre nor Opposition': Shiv Sena

Shiv Sena MP Arvind Sawant told ANI that the party will abstain from the no-confidence motion. "We will neither support the government nor the Opposition. We will abstain," he said. 

10:41 (ist)

BJP ready to face no-confidence motion

Ahead of Monday's Parliament session, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar said that the saffron party was ready to face the no-confidence motion as it is sure it has the necessary support. 

He had earlier also said the BJP enjoys support "inside and outside" the Parliament, according to Business Standard"I want to tell the Congress and other Opposition members that there is confidence inside and outside the House. That's why the BJP is ready to face the no-confidence motion," said Kumar.

10:06 (ist)

RECAP: With TDP quitting NDA, Centre's strength comes down to 314 from 336 in Lok Sabha

The NDA had stormed to power with 336 seats in 2014, of which the BJP alone claimed 282 seats. However, a series of bypolls that went against the saffron party meant that its tally in the Lok Sabha currently stands at 274 seats. When one adds the 11 allies the BJP still has by its side — Shiv Sena, JD(U), Apna Dal, LJP, SAD, RLSP, PDP, PMK, SWP, NPP and AINR Congress — the tally rises to 314. If the TDP can be persuaded to come around once again, this could rise to 330, a comfortable majority.

However, equations with the existing allies aren't particularly rosy. In particular with Shiv Sena, the largest non-BJP constituent of the NDA. If the Sena follows TDP by backing out, the figure of 314 will go down to 296, just 23 more than the magic figure of 273, and the BJP can no longer be certain of its future.

12:45 (ist)

RECAP: Rajya Sabha adjourned till 2.30 pm after brief arguments between Venkaiah Naidu, Congress members

The Rajya Sabha today witnessed an abrupt adjournment following a brief argument between Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu and some Congress members soon after the House assembled for the day.

After tabling of the listed papers, Naidu expressed his anguish saying the House has not functioned ever since it resumed on March 5 after recess during the Budget session.

Before adjourning the House till 2.30 PM, Naidu said there were larger issues like banking scam, Cauvery river water sharing, demand for a special package to Andhra Pradesh and sealing in the national capital, which were agitating the minds of people and needed to be discussed.

"I am very much pained that the Upper House of Parliament is not able to transact its business for last two weeks. Dont't test my patience...We are meeting, greeting and not doing anything and adjourning," the Chairman said.

As he was making the appeal, Congress member Satyabrat Chaturvedi stood up and said he agreed with the Chair, but sought to know whether it was for the first time that he is witnessing such a scenario in Parliament.

To this, Naidu asked if somebody committed a mistake in the past, does it mean that he should also do the same.

"Do you want this sort of a thing to continue? ... Is that your suggestion. This is your party view," he said.

As some other Congress members were on their feet trying to join the issue simultaneously, Naidu adjourned the House till 2.30 PM. 

11:41 (ist)

'Andhra Pradesh will be our next Tripura': BJP national spokesperson

Speaking to ANIBJP national spokesperson GVL Narasimha Rao claimed that the Andhra Pradesh government and TDP are wary of the BJP's rise in the state. "The state government and TDP are feeling the pinch of the public opinion going against them and BJP will use this as an opportunity to grow as a political party and emerge as a dominant political force in Andhra Pradesh. For us it will prove to be the next Tripura," Rao said. 

10:48 (ist)

'Before actual elections, there is always rehearsal in Parliament'

Speaking to ANI, BJP MP Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi commented on the TDP-NDA break up saying that every year before actual elections, there is always a rehearsal in Parliament. "We will see what happens in Parliament, which party chooses to go which way. In a way it is election year, and every state has demands and issues. It is not right for us to comment on it. It is a custom, before actual elections there is always a rehearsal in Parliament," he said. 

10:18 (ist)

TDP to move no confidence motion in Parliament today

After announcing the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) pulls out of the NDA, party MP Thota Narasimhan told ANI that the TDP will be moving a no-confidence motion on Friday. "We have decided... we are out of the NDA," he added. 

11:50 (ist)

Economic Offenders Bill to be tabled in the Parliament today, say reports

The Union Cabinet on Thursday approved the much talked about Fugitive Economic Offenders (FEO) Bill, 2018 which will be tabled in the remaining Budget session in Parliament. Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Thursday said that the government has also decided to set up an independent body NFRA (National Financial Reporting Authority) to crackdown on big scams and avoid Nirav Modi-like situation in future. For the purpose the government will amend Companies Act.

09:47 (ist)

Issues Opposition is likely to raise

The Opposition is also likely to corner the government over the tussle between Prasar Bharti and the Information and Broadcasting ministry. It is likely to raise issues concerning farmers, the Rafale deal, Staff Selection Commission "job scam", loss of life and property due to ceasefire violations on the LoC and increase in cost of petroleum products.

09:43 (ist)

Second half of Budget Session to begin today

Amid the outrage over the Nirav Modi scam and Karti Chidambaram's arrest in the INX Media case, the NDA government is possibly staring at a stormy second half of Budget Session which begins from Monday. The first part of the budget session was held from 29 January to 9 February, while second half of the session will come to a close on 9 April.

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Apr 06, 2018 - 14:06 (IST)

Why did Congress not allow business to happen? asks Ananth Kumar

"From 5 March to 27 March, why did the Congress not allow business to happen?" said Union minister Ananth Kumar. "On 15 and 16 March, the YSRCP and TDP motions of no-confidence were brought up. Congress brought it up on 27 March? Why did they bring it up so late?" he added.

"Congress has become a marginal party, even in the Parliament," he said. "They don't have their own parliamentary strategy for both the Houses. They don't have parliamentary logic," he added.

Apr 06, 2018 - 11:49 (IST)
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Apr 06, 2018 - 11:38 (IST)

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Apr 06, 2018 - 11:24 (IST)

Rajya Sabha adjourned sine die

Apr 06, 2018 - 11:21 (IST)

Venkaiah Naidu reminds MPs of their duties

"I make an appeal to all of you to appear here next time to do what we were given to do at the time of Independence," said Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu.

Apr 06, 2018 - 11:15 (IST)

Lok Sabha adjourned sine die

Apr 06, 2018 - 11:10 (IST)

Lok Sabha is a platform to raise issues for welfare of people: LS Speaker

"This Sabha is for a platform the raise issues for the welfare of the people. I understand that MPs have several issues they want to raise but they should keep in mind that the country has a variety of issues which need to be focused on," said Speaker Sumitra Mahajan.

Apr 06, 2018 - 11:05 (IST)

Ruckus in Lok Sabha

LS Speaker reminded the MPs that today was the last day of the second leg of the Budget Session, even though the MPs continued shouting.

Apr 06, 2018 - 10:48 (IST)

Punjab Congress MPs protest in Parliament, demanding farm loan waiver

Apr 06, 2018 - 10:44 (IST)

TDP MPs protest in Parliament demanding special status for Andhra Pradesh

Latest updates: In an unprecedented turn of events, irate Opposition members are sitting in the Rajya Sabha even after adjournment. The Rajya Sabha was adjourned for the day as ruckus in both Houses continued.

The Lok Sabha was adjourned till 12 pm after Opposition members began protesting loudly in the House.

Both Houses of Parliament were adjourned for the 15th day on Friday as the stalemate between the Opposition and the government continued for the third week of the second leg of the budget session with ruckus prevailing unabated.

While the Rajya Sabha was adjourned for the day in less than 20 minutes after it assembled on Friday morning, the Lok Sabha was first adjourned till noon and then for the day after laying of the listed papers.

The Lower House also did not take up the no-confidence motion against the government due to the noisy protests. It has been a week since the motion has not been taken up due to the unruly scenes.

Parliament LIVE updates Opposition MPs continue to sit in Rajya Sabha even after adjournment

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Speaker Sumitra Mahajan had last Friday announced that she had received two notices for the motion but was unable to start the process due to the disruptions.

However, before they were adjourned on Friday, both the Houses paid glowing tributes to freedom fighters Bhagat Singh, Rajguru and Sukhdev, who were hanged on this day 87 years ago by the British rulers.

The Rajya Sabha could not transact any business on Friday, as Opposition parties continued to create ruckus, forcing the adjournment of proceedings.

Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu adjourned the proceedings for the day but not before expressing anguish over the House not functioning since it met on 5 March when the second part of the budget session started.

Naidu said past disruptions should not be cited to justify the "present wrong" and expressed hope that the government will take the Opposition into confidence to ensure that the House functions next week.

He said it was distressing that the Rajya Sabha has not discharged its mandate for three weeks. "People of the country have been let down."

Andhra parties, including the TDP, and KVP Ramachandra Rao of the Congress trooped into the Well shouting slogans for special status to the state, while Tamil Nadu parties — DMK and AIADMK —
demanded setting up of the Cauvery management board for river water sharing between riparian states.

Congress members too were in the Well, raising slogans that the government was against scheduled castes and tribes, in an apparent reference to the recent Supreme Court ruling diluting certain provisions of the Scheduled castes and tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Act.

Naidu said he could understand that MPs may resort to disruption for a couple of days to press their issues but "persisting with it for three weeks has no justification".

Congress members countered this by blaming the government for the stalemate and alleged that it has not engaged with the opposition parties on these matters so far.

The Chairman, however, went on to state that while some may cite past instances to justify the present impasse, the three-week long disruption had no justification.

"How long do you want to justify the present wrong, based on the past," he said. "People of the country are aspiring for a change. Should the change not begin from Rajya Sabha."

He said people were asking why the House was not being adjourned sine die but added that this was not in his hands.

"I am pained, I am sad," he said, adding he would not like to hazard a guess about what will happen next week or "if you are going to change for better...If you are not interested in running of this House, it is another matter."

When Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Vijay Goel read out the government agenda for next week, Naidu hoped the government will take the Opposition into confidence to ensure that the House functions.

Naidu said he was willing to allow discussion on any issue the members wanted, but placards, demonstrations and slogan shouting was not justified. He then adjourned the proceedings till Monday.

The Lok Sabha proceedings were also disrupted on Friday due to noisy protests by the AIADMK and TRS members, following which Speaker Sumitra Mahajan expressed her inability to take up the notices for no-confidence motion and later adjourned the proceedings for the day.

She also announced a holiday for members on Monday on account of Ramnavami on Sunday as many of them had conveyed they would be busy in various related events and would find it difficult to join the House the next day.

The House was adjourned till noon soon after it met at 11 am following noisy protests by members of the AIADMK and the TRS over the Cauvery and quota issues respectively.

When it reassembled, the protests continued and Mahajan said she cannot not take up the notices for no-confidence motions as the House was not in order. The requisite head-count of members supporting the notices can be done only if they are in their seats, she added.

At least 50 members need to support a no-confidence notice for the House to accept it and start a debate.

The Speaker said the government had expressed its readiness for a discussion on it. The BJP-led NDA government enjoys a comfortable majority in the House.

The Lok Sabha was then adjourned for the day as the protests continued.

This is the third straight week that both the Houses were adjourned without undertaking any significant business, barring the Finance Bill in the Lok Sabha.

Earlier when the House met for the day, Mahajan paid tributes to Bhagat Singh, Rajguru and Sukhdev — who were hanged on 23 March, 1931 by the British. The House observed silence as a mark of respect to the martyrs.

Before taking up the question hour, the Speaker urged members to maintain order but those from AIADMK and TRS trooped into the Well holding placards and raising slogans.

Congress members too were on their feet protesting against the Supreme Court verdict on the SC/ST Act. It has been demanding that the Centre seek a review of the court order which diluted provisions related to immediate arrest in cases related to atrocities on scheduled castes and tribes.

Expelled RJD member Pappu Yadav was seen holding two placards demanding special status for Bihar.

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