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Parliament updates: Piyush Goyal says Narendra Modi govt changed situation for banks, made loan recovery easier

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Parliament updates: Piyush Goyal says Narendra Modi govt changed situation for banks, made loan recovery easier
  • 18:52 (IST)

    Lok Sabha passes The Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, (Second Amendment) 2018

    The Lower House has been adjourned till 11 am on 1 August, Wednesday.

  • 18:44 (IST)

    Congress stages walks out in Lok Sabha

    Congress MP Mallikarjun Kharge lashed out at Piyush Goyal's claim that the major cases of bad loans took place during the UPA rule. "BJP leader Kirit Somaiya said that UPA government is behind the NPA. You have the record, according to it, today the amount stands at 12 lakh crore. The reason for it is that the BJP is patting its back to claim they have done a good job," he said. He said that the Congress will oppose the bill, after which the party leaders staged a walkout.

  • 18:27 (IST)

    Piyush Goyal says Narendra Modi govt changed situation for banks who earlier couldn't recover loans

    In his concluding remarks, Union minister Piyush Goyal said that the cases of loan recovery that are troubling India took place before 2014. "Earlier, the person who would take loan of smaller amount would be stressed to repay the sum, but those taking loans in larger amount were carefree. We have changed that situation. Now, the loans are coming back to the banks,' he said.

  • 18:14 (IST)

    Bringing an ordinance became necessary, says Piyush Goyal

    Deputy Speaker M Thambiduurai extends Lok Sabha proceedings to continue the discussion. Union Minister Piyush Goyal said, "All the proposed amendments were accepted. We tightened our own powers. The committee had given a suggestion for a big power but we said Centre shouldn't get the power. Bringing an ordinance became necessary."

  • 17:00 (IST)

    TRS MP says Indian laws treat honest people same as fraudsters

    In Lok Sabha, TRS leader Konda Vishweshwar Reddy said, "Ease of resolving insolvency is equally important as ease of doing business. The nature of the fraud triggering insolvency has also increased. Are we a nation of fraudsters and thieves? I don't think so. But our laws treat honest people the way we treat our fraudsters."

  • 16:50 (IST)

    Piyush Goyal speaks on Insolvency Law Committee report

    'The report of the Insolvency Law Committee came on 26th Mar 2018. Almost every clause of the report has been considered, accepted and brought into this amendment," Union minister Piyush Goyal said in the Lok Sabha. "Since many ministers have raised this issue, I'd like to talk about it. Because of a small minority, because the threshold was kept high, it may lead to liquidation. There is no resolution which is complete as yet."

  • 16:42 (IST)

    BJP MP calls Modi govt a 'thinking govt'

    In the Lok Sabha, Bhartruhari Mahtab of BJD spoke on the second amendment to The Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, 2018. "I would say it is a big amendment, number of clauses are there. This amendment runs into 40 clauses. I'm not opposed to all the clauses," he said. "What specific steps have been taken through this ordinance that has helped to do away with bad debt? We are just trying to amend the act in just an afterthought. This government is a thinking government. In this specific process of the law, number of sections are being amended."

  • 16:04 (IST)

    ​Saugata Roy asks who holds the finance portfolio

    TMC leader Saugata Roy began his speech by seeking clarification on whether Piyush Goyal is the caretaker finance minister or the full-time finance minister. Deputy Speaker M Thambidurai said that Goyal had already asserted in the House that Arun Jaitley is the finance minister. Roy responded by saying, "At the back of the bill it is written, 'Piyush Goyal Minister of Railways, Finance.' Why are you (Thambidurai) speaking on his behalf? I want to hear it from him." 

  • 15:45 (IST)

    Centre deliberately trying to denationalise banks, says Veerappa Moily

    As Lok Sabha discusses The Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (Second Amendment) Bill, 2018, Congress member M Veerappa Moily claimed that the Centre was deliberately attempting to denationalise banks. "There's a willful blindness about the main cause of the bad loans. The bad loans are just raising. There is no recycle of funds. I think there is a deliberate effort by the government to denationalise the banks," he said.

  • 15:40 (IST)

    RS proceedings disrupted by noisy protests over Assam NRC (2/2)
     
    Later when the House reassembled, the discussion was taken up setting aside the Question Hour.
     
    Participating in the debate, Shah said then Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi had signed the Assam Accord on August 14, 1985 and declared it on August 15, after the movement in the state went out of control leading to the death of some protesters. 
     
    Shah's remarks provoked noisy protests by the Opposition members led by those from the Congress and the TMC. The House was adjourned for about 10 minutes. As unrelenting protests continued, the Chairman adjourned the proceedings for the day.
     
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  • 15:38 (IST)

    RS proceedings disrupted by noisy protests over Assam NRC (1/2)

    The Rajya Sabha on Tuesday witnessed vociferous protests soon after BJP president Amit Shah took a jibe at the erstwhile Congress-led governments for not showing the courage to identify illegal migrants in Assam in accordance with the 1985 accord, forcing adjournment of the proceedings for the day.

     
    Shah's remarks asking whether the Opposition wanted "to save illegal Bangladeshis in Assam", provoked the opposition members including those from the Congress and TMC who trooped into the Well demanding a reply from Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
     
    The first adjournment till noon occurred during the Zero Hour when Trinamool Congress members created an uproar after their demand for a short debate on the NRC in Assam was not accepted by Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu.
     
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  • 15:28 (IST)

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  • 15:13 (IST)

    Naidu calls Azad, tells him he is unhappy with Parliament proceedings

    After Rajya Sabha was adjourned on Tuesday, chairman M Venkaiah Naidu called Leader of Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad to his chambers and 'conveyed his unhappiness over the way a good discussion on NRC in Assam was derailed towards the end.' 

  • 14:58 (IST)

    If previous govts had taken NPAs seriously, this wouldn't have happened: Kirit Somaiya

    BJP's Kirit Somaiya says if the previous government had taken NPAs seriously, this wouldn't have happened. He says the BIFR exercise was a miserable failure.

  • 14:57 (IST)

    Ordinance passed to benefit certain corporates: Premachandran

    MP Premachandran claimed that Ordinance was passed to benefit certain corporates. He says the Ordinance was promulgated just in time for Reliance to benefit from it for the purchase of another company.

  • 14:44 (IST)

    Kollam MP opposes Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (Second Amendment) Bill, 2018

    NK Premachandran, MP from Kollam, opposed the Bill. He wants to know the urgency involved in promulgation of an Ordinance.

  • 14:43 (IST)

    Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (Second Amendment) Bill, 2018

    According to PRS India, the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (Second Amendment) Bill, 2018, amends the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, 2016 to clarify that allottees under a real estate project should be treated as financial creditors. The voting threshold for routine decisions taken by the committee of creditors has been reduced from 75% to 51%.  For certain key decisions, this threshold has been reduced to 66%. The Bill allows the withdrawal of a resolution application submitted to the NCLT under the Code.  This decision can be taken with the approval of 90% of the committee of creditors.

  • 14:40 (IST)

    Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (Second Amendment) Bill

    Union Finance Minister Piyush Goyal presents the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (Second Amendment) Bill in the Lok Sabha​.

  • 14:15 (IST)

    Bills scheduled to be tabled in Lok Sabha are:

    The Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (Second Amendment) Bill, The Commercial Courts, Commercial Division and Commercial Appellate Division of High Courts (Amendment) Bill are likely to be tabled in the Lok Sabha today.

  • 14:13 (IST)

    Only true Indians will live in this country, others can go, says Union Minister

    In an argument outside the Parliament House between Union Minister Ashwini Choubey and Congress MP Pradip Bhattacharya, Choubey retorted to Bhattacharya's allegations that BJP was misleading the country and said, "Only Indians are allowed in India. Rest can leave."

  • 14:07 (IST)

    WATCH: Leaders argue over NRC issue outside Parliament

    Union Minister Ashwini Choubey and Congress MP Pradip Bhattacharya argue in Parliament premises over NRC Assam issue.

  • 13:27 (IST)

    In Lok Sabha, Bengal MP brings up issue of undemocratic polls

    Meanwhile, Lok Sabha took up Zero Hour and members raised the NRC issue. Bengal MP George Baker said local elections in West Bengal were conducted in an undemocratic manner while KC Venugopal brought up the issue of TRAI Chairman's "dare" on Twitter.

    Idukki MP Joice George said he would like the Central government to issue an advisory to the neighbouring Tamil Nadu on the possible spate of Periyar river since the Idukki dam will be opened. Soon, the Lok Sabha was adjourned for lunch till 2.20 pm.

  • 13:16 (IST)

    Rajya Sabha reconvened amid ruckus, adjourned till 11 am on Wednesday

    Following Amit Shah's comment,"In 1985 Assam accord was signed by Rajiv Gandhi. Assam accord was the soul of NRC," ruckus led to adjournment of Rajya Sabha till Wednesday. 

  • 13:09 (IST)

    Rajya Sabha adjourned till 1.10 pm 

    Congress members stormed the Well leading to adjournment of House.

  • 12:57 (IST)

    NRC similar to Assam Accord, Congress could not implement it, we did: Amit Shah

    BJP president Amit Shah said, "Rajiv Gandhi signed Assam accord in 1985, which was similar to NRC. They did not have courage to implement it, we did." How many of this 40 lakh who have been left out of the NRC draft are Bangladeshi intruders and why does the Opposition want to rescue them, asked Amit Shah. As sloganeering began, Naidu asked Shah to continue. Opposition stormed Well of the House leading to its adjournment.

  • 12:54 (IST)

    NRC draft may impact relations with Bangladesh: D Raja

    D Raja said the NRC draft has a potential to impact relations with Bangladesh and disrupt harmony among states. He added that government must ensure that none of the genuine Indians must be omitted from the register.

  • 12:48 (IST)

    Govt to present Constitution Amendment Bill on Thursday

    Meanwhile, the government will present the Constitution Amendment Bill to give statutory powers to the OBC. The Commission bill will be tabled in Lok Sabha on Thursday. Lok Sabha had passed the bill in April 2017 but Rajya Sabha had returned it, CNN-News 18 reported.

  • 12:44 (IST)

    In Lok Sabha, Speaker Sumitra Mahajan says that issue of NRC cannot be discussed everyday

    In Lok Sabha, the issue of NRC was discussed at length on Monday and the home minister has given a reply at length and this discussion cannot continue every day.

  • 12:34 (IST)

    NRC should not be politicised and used as vote bank, says Ghulam Nabi Azad

    Senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad said genuine Indians should not be sent out of the country. "NRC should not be politicised and used as vote bank."said Azad.

  • 12:32 (IST)

    MPs ask if names of Indians are left out of NRC draft, where will they go

    Samajwadi Party's Ram Gopal Yadav recalled how an elected MP's name was left out in the draft released earlier. He went onto ask if the names left out are not foreigners and Indians, where will they go? AIADMK MP Vijila Sathyananth said most people are Indians and 40 lakh people whose names have been left out are having sleepless nights. She cites the example of a Tamil Nadu woman who married an Assamese man and has been left out from the list. She is an Indian born in 1973 and not a foreigner.

    TMC MP Sukhendu Shekar Roy shared the concerns of Vijila since many Bengalis are left out of the NRC. Prasanna Acharya of BJD said the NRC is a sensitive issue and the issue should not be politicised or de-politicised. The home ministry must ensure all discrepancy must be addressed. The national security is also involved so is humanitarian issues

  • 12:28 (IST)

    NRC draft list ushers in a humanitarian crisis

    Humanitarian angle cannot be completely ignored in NRC draft list, RJD MP said. He goes onto recall the feeling of being a migrant in Delhi from Patna years ago and said that one cannot ignore that 40 lakh people are homeless now. 

  • 12:17 (IST)

    Rajnath Singh to make statement on NRC in Rajya Sabha

    Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu said the Assam NRC issue had a historical background as it was deep-rooted in the Assam Accord. He has asked Home Minister Rajnath Singh to attend the House on Tuesday. The home minister will attend the Upper House after finishing answering questions in Lok Sabha. Congress MP Ghulam Nabi Azad asked if members would be given a chance to seek clarification after the home minister makes his statement. Naidu agreed.

  • 12:08 (IST)

    The onus of identity proof should not only be on individuals but also on govt: Ghulam Nabi Azad

    After Rajya Sabha resumes, Congress MP Ghulam Nabi Azad said that onus of identity proof should not only be on individuals but also on the government. He added that individuals should not be harassed because of this NRC since everyone is not literate enough to understand the rules properly. 

  • 11:51 (IST)

    Debate on farm loan waiver begins; Radha Mohan Singh says Andhra Pradesh supported in every way

    On the issue of farm loan waiver in Lok Sabha, agriculture minister Radha Mohan Singh said Andhra Pradesh has been supported in every possible way. We don't neglect any state, he said. Congress leader Muddahanumeghagowda recalled how a noted economist Manmohan Singh had waived off farmer loans. He also sought farm loan waiver claiming farmers commit suicide due to increase in debt. The minister does not agree. 

  • 11:46 (IST)

    NRC draft is not a big issue even for Assam, says Tripura CM Biplab Deb

    Tripura chief minister Biplab Deb said NRC draft is not a big issue for Assam and Sarbananda Sonowal is capable of managing it. "Some people are trying to create panic and disturb the environment," Deb added.

  • 11:38 (IST)

    Rohingya cannot be allowed to become a burden: Kiren Rijiju

    We are ready to help Rohingya TMC MP Sugata Bose said it is unfortunate that India is deporting Rohingya when we as a country is known for humanity. We are sheltering only 40,000 Rohingya and we want to deport them, asked Bose. To this, MoS Kiren Rijiju says our priority is to protect our citizens firsts. We are ready to help Rohingya deported to India to resettle in Myanmar. He also said India is providing shelter to millions of refugees. Rohingya population highest in Jammu and Kashmir but they cannot be allowed to become a burden. 

  • 11:31 (IST)

    Border Security Force, Assam Rifles deployed to stop further infiltration of Rohingyas: Rajnath Singh

    On the issue of Rohingyas, home minister Rajnath Singh said, "The Border Security Force and Assam Rifles are deployed to stop further infiltration of Rohingyas. I have issued an advisory to states to monitor those who have already come and keep them in one place and not let them spread. States also have the right to deport them."

  • 11:29 (IST)

    No Rohingya will be getting any legal document to show they are Indians: Kiren Rijiju

    Shiv Sena leader Arvind Sawant (Shiv Sena) raised the issue of Rohingya refugee getting voting rights and how some of them have Aadhaar cards now. Many of them are not even refugee, they are illegal immigrants, he claims. He wants to know how many Rohingya were deported from India so far.

    MoS Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju says no Rohingya will be getting any legal document to show they are Indians. If there is evidence, we'll investigate, he said. Sawant also claimed the northeastern border is porous and that is why Bangladeshi and Rohingya migrants enter India.  Rijiju said our borders with Bhutan and Myanmar are not fenced, but the border security have ensured no illegal migration through these routes. He added that they have to ensure that Rohingyas don't become a burden.

  • 11:23 (IST)

    Rajya Sabha adjourned till 12 pm

    The Upper House was adjourned following a ruckus over the NRC draft which was released on Monday. It has been adjourned till 12 pm.The Opposition TMC forced adjournment of proceedings in the Rajya Sabha till noon over the issue of non-inclusion of over 40 lakh people in Assam's National Register of Citizens.

    Amid the uproar, Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu told members that Home Minister Rajnath Singh will come to the House after attending to his duties in the Lok Sabha and reply to the "sensitive and serious matter".

    TMC leader Derek O'Brien wanted his notice under Rule 267, which calls for setting aside of the day's business to take up issue pressed, to be taken up. TMC members, who had on Monday too led the protests that saw Rajya Sabha proceedings being adjourned without transacting any business, vociferously protested from the aisles. As other members joined in, Naidu adjourned proceedings till noon

  • 11:11 (IST)

    Trinamool Congress, Samajwadi Party join hands to protest against NRC draft 

    The Trinamool Congress and Samajwadi Party members got together on Tuesday to protest against the issue of several lakhs on names not being included in the draft National Register of Citizens released in Assam.

  • 11:05 (IST)

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi felicitated at BJP Parliamentary meet for defeating no-confidence motion

    At the BJP Parliamentary meeting ahead of the Monsoon Session, the party felicitated the prime minister for defeating the no-confidence motion brought by the erstwhile ally TDP.

  • 10:43 (IST)

    TDP MPs stage protest outside the Parliament over NRC issue

    A few TDP MPs staged a protest in front of the Gandhi statue in Parliament over the NRC issue in Assam.

  • 10:39 (IST)

    RJD MP Jay Prakash Narayan Yadav issues adjournment motion notice in Lok Sabha over waterlogging in Patna

    After Congress MP Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury and TMC MP Saugata Roy, gave adjournment notice over NRC draft in both Houses, RJD MP Jay Prakash Narayan Yadav has given an adjournment motion notice in Lok Sabha over the issue of waterlogging in Patna's Nalanda Medical College Hospital (NMCH).

  • 10:36 (IST)

    TDP MPs protest in Parliament demanding special status for Andhra Pradesh

    TDP MPs protested in Parliament demanding special status for Andhra Pradesh. MP Naramalli Sivaprasad dressed up as Sathya Sai Baba while protesting in Parliament demanding special status for Andhra Pradesh. Prasad had earlier also dressed up as a schoolboy, Naradmuni and others.

  • 10:33 (IST)

    BJP Parliamentary meeting is underway in the Library building

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Home Minister Rajnath Singh, Amit Shah and Dharmendra Pradhan are attending the BJP Parliamentary meeting at Library building. 

  • 10:28 (IST)

    Whatever is going on in NRC, is happening under SC supervision: Rajnath Singh

    Rajnath Singh, who could not speak in Rajya Sabha due to ruckus created by Trinamool Congress members, said in Lok Sabha, after the Opposition parties including Trinamool and Congress raised their concerns over the NRC in which 40 lakh residents of the state were left out, that the Opposition should not politicise it. He assured that people whose names are not included in the final draft will get the opportunity to prove their citizenship.

    "Whatever work is going on in the NRC, is happening under the supervision of the Supreme Court. To say that the government has done it, and it is inhuman and brutal...such allegations are baseless. "It is not the right thing to say," Rajnath Singh told the Lok Sabha during Zero Hour. In a statement released later, Rajnath Singh said he wanted to "emphatically say that this is only a draft and not the final NRC".

  • 10:15 (IST)

    In Lok Sabha, Piyush Goyal likely going to move the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (2016) Bill in Lok Sabha

    On Tuesday, finance minister Piyush Goyal is likely going to move the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (2016) Bill in Lok Sabha. The amendment further will allow recognition of home buyers as financial creditors and allow genuine promoters of micro, small and medium enterprises to bid for their stressed firms. 

  • 10:07 (IST)

    TMC MP Saugata Roy gives adjournment motion notice in Rajya Sabha over NRC draft

    After Congress MP, Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, TMC MP Saugata Roy has given an adjournment motion notice in Lok Sabha over NRC Assam draft which was released on Tuesday. 

  • 10:03 (IST)

    Congress MP Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury gives adjournment motion notice in Lok Sabha over NRC draft

    Congress MP Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury has given an adjournment motion notice in Lok Sabha over NRC Assam draft which was released on Monday. The ninth day is likely to witness another stormy session on Tuesday, a day after the Rajya Sabha faced three adjournments over the final draft of National Register of Citizens (NRC) which was released in Assam on Monday.

  • 09:58 (IST)

    Amit Shah, Dharmendra Pradhan arrive at Parliament library building for BJP Parliamentary Party Meeting

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Home Minister Rajnath Singh, Amit Shah and Dharmendra Pradhan arrived at the Parliament library building for BJP Parliamentary Party meeting on Tuesday ahead of the Monsoon Session.

Parliament monsoon session Latest Updates: Union minister Piyush Goyal said that the cases of loan recovery that are troubling India took place before 2014. "Earlier, the person who would take loan of smaller amount would be stressed to repay the sum, but those taking loans in larger amount were carefree. We have changed that situation. Now, the loans are coming back to the banks,' he said.

In Lok Sabha, TRS leader Konda Vishweshwar Reddy said, "Ease of resolving insolvency is equally important as ease of doing business. The nature of the fraud triggering insolvency has also increased. Are we a nation of fraudsters and thieves? I don't think so. But our laws treat honest people the way we treat our fraudsters."

TMC leader Saugata Roy began his speech in the Lok Sabha by seeking clarification on whether Piyush Goyal is the caretaker finance minister or the full-time finance minister. Deputy Speaker M Thambidurai said that Goyal had already asserted in the House that Arun Jaitley is the finance minister. Roy responded by saying, "At the back of the bill it is written, 'Piyush Goyal Minister of Railways, Finance.' Why are you (Thambidurai) speaking on his behalf? I want to hear it from him."

After Rajya Sabha was adjourned on Tuesday, chairman M Venkaiah Naidu called Leader of Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad to his chambers and 'conveyed his unhappiness over the way a good discussion on NRC in Assam was derailed towards the end.'

Piyush Goyal introduces The Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (Second Amendment) Bill, 2018 for consideration and passing in Lok Sabha. NK Premachandran rises to oppose the Bill. He wants to know the urgency involved in promulgation of an Ordinance.

After the Assam NRC final draft excluded over 40 lakh people, the Opposition continued to target the government in Parliament. BSP chief Mayawati said the BJP can’t put all the onus on the Supreme Court while the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) said the NRC will create rift between the states.

As BJP president Amit Shah got ready to address the Rajya Sabha over the NRC issue in Assam, Opposition members stormed the Well over his 'Rajiv Gandhi' jibe. "Rajiv Gandhi signed Assam accord in 1985, which was similar to NRC. They did not have the courage to implement it, we did," Shah said. The Upper House was adjourned for the day.

Lok Sabha, however, is expected to reconvene at 2.20 pm.

On the issue of Rohingya infiltration in Lok Sabha, MoS Kiren Rijiju said India has been soft on immigrants and will help Rohingya if they wish to return. Rajya Sabha was adjourned following ruckus over NRC final draft which was released in Assam on Monday. It has been adjourned till 12 pm. Trinamool Congress has given an adjournment motion notice in the Lok Sabha over NRC Assam draft which was released on Monday, while the party's MPs have begun protests and sloganeering outside Parliament House as well.

The ninth day of the Monsoon Session of Parliament is likely to witness another stormy session on Tuesday, a day after the Rajya Sabha faced three adjournments over the final draft of National Register of Citizens (NRC) which was released in Assam on Monday.

The first complete draft of the National Register of Citizens (NRC) in Assam, released on Monday, rocked the Parliament with the Rajya Sabha witnessing pandemonium over the issue leading to several adjournments while in Lok Sabha, Home Minister Rajnath Singh said that there was no need to panic as it was not the final list.

In Lok Sabha, Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (Second Amendment) Bill, 2018, Commercial Courts, Commercial Division and Commercial Appellate Division of High Courts (Amendment) Bill, 2018, National Sports University Bill, 2018 and Constitution (One Hundred and Twenty-Third Amendment) Bill, 2017 will be taken up for consideration and passing whereas in Rajya Sabha, National Council for Teacher Education (Amendment) Bill, 2017, Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education (Amendment) Bill, 2017, National Trust for Welfare of Persons with Autism, Cerebral Palsy, Mental Retardation and Multiple Disabilities (Amendment) Bill, 2018 and Trafficking of Persons (Prevention, Protection and Rehabilitation) Bill, 2018 will be taken up for discussion.

File image of the Parliament House in New Delhi. PTI

File image of the Parliament House in New Delhi. PTI

Rajnath Singh, who could not speak in Rajya Sabha on Monday due to a ruckus created by Trinamool Congress members, said in Lok Sabha that the Opposition should not politicise it. His comments came after Opposition parties, including Trinamool and Congress, raised their concerns over the NRC in which 40 lakh residents of the state were left out.

He assured that people whose names are not included in the final draft will get the opportunity to prove their citizenship.

"Whatever work is going on in the NRC, is happening under the supervision of the Supreme Court. To say that the government has done it, and it is inhuman and brutal... such allegations are baseless. It is not the right thing to say," Rajnath Singh told the Lok Sabha during Zero Hour.

In a statement released later, Rajnath said he wanted to "emphatically say that this is only a draft and not the final NRC". The final draft comprising the names of 2,89,83,677 people of Assam was published online by the Registrar General of India.

The home minister also said that there is "no question of any coercive action against anyone", while stressing the NRC process is "being carried out with complete fairness and transparency".

Urging not to create panic, he also said that if anyone was not satisfied with the NRC's final draft, that person would get an opportunity to file claims and objections as per provisions in the law and also approach the Foreigners' Tribunal. Only after the disposal of claims and objections, will the final NRC be published, he said. "Some people are unnecessarily trying to create an atmosphere of fear. I want to assure all that there is no need for any apprehension or fear. Some misinformation is also being spread...," he added.

Among other important bills, a crucial bill seeking to give the death penalty to those convicted of raping girls below the age of 12 years was taken up for discussion in the Lok Sabha. The bill seeks to replace the Criminal Law (Amendment) Ordinance promulgated on 21 April, following an outcry over the rape and murder of a minor girl in Kathua in Jammu and Kashmir and the rape of another woman at Unnao in Uttar Pradesh.

The Rajya Sabha witnessed three adjournments earlier on Monday due to the continued uproar over the issue before the Chair called it a day at 2:13 pm. When the House reconvened at 2 pm after the last adjournment, TMC leader Derek O'Brien stood up demanding a discussion on the notice given by him on the NRC. However, Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu said he had taken the initiative earlier in the day and even called Singh to the House to respond on the issue, but the House was not in order.

Later, O'Brien told reporters that TMC has decided to circulate a note on NRC among other political parties."We think the NRC is inhuman and violates human rights. We would circulate a note on it among all political parties," he said. Alleging that the government did not consult West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee on the issue, the TMC leader said that a delegation of party MPs would soon visit Assam.

With inputs from agencies


Updated Date: Jul 31, 2018 19:01 PM

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