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Parliament Day 8 updates: Speaker agrees to postpone debate on triple talaq Bill till 27 Dec after Mallikarjun Kharge's request

Parliament LIVE updates: Upset over repeated disruptions in the House, Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan on Thursday held a meeting with leaders of various political parties and emphasised that noise would not help solve anything. She said the image of the Lok Sabha has become one of disruptions only, sources said, adding that the Rules Committee of Parliament will meet on Friday to ensure smooth functioning of the House.

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Parliament Day 8 updates: Speaker agrees to postpone debate on triple talaq Bill till 27 Dec after Mallikarjun Kharge's request

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Dec 20, 2018 - 15:28 (IST)

Lok Sabha adjourned till tomorrow 

Dec 20, 2018 - 15:28 (IST)

Mallikarjun Kharge requests the Speaker to take triple talaq Bill on 27 December 

Leader of Congress party Mallikarjun Kharge urged that the triple talaq Bill should be taken up on 27 December. "I give you a commitment that Congress party will participate in the discussion on the Bill," he said.

Law Minister Ravishankar Prasad said he respects Kharge and expects the Congress leader to assure the proceeding will be held peacefully. He also requested the members to take up the Bill in a peaceful and sanguine manner. Kharge reiterated his commitment after which the Speaker agreed to take the matter on 27 December.

Dec 20, 2018 - 15:19 (IST)

Speaker Sumitra Mahajan asks MP NK Premchandran to move statutory resolution against triple talaq Bill 2018; Congress objects 

Speaker Sumitra Mahajan asked MP NK Premchandran to move his statutory resolution against the triple talaq bill 2018. However, Leader of Congress Party objected to this. 

Dec 20, 2018 - 15:18 (IST)

Lok Sabha passes Consumer Protection (Amendment) Bill 2018

Dec 20, 2018 - 15:11 (IST)

Sloganeering drowns out Paswan's reply on consumer protection Bill

Union Minister Ram Vilas Paswan responds to the questions raised by MPs during the debate. The sloganeering gets louder as the minister speaks. He says the Centre or the Bill will not take away the powers of the state governments. He said that existing consumer forum did not have punitive powers, so the new authority has quasi judicial powers.

Dec 20, 2018 - 15:06 (IST)

What is the Bill about? 

The consumer protection Bill enforces consumer rights, and provides a mechanism for redressal of complaints regarding defect in goods and deficiency in services. The Bill proposes to set up Consumer Redressal Commissions will be set up at the district, state and national levels for adjudicating consumer complaints. Appeals from the district and state commissions will be heard at the next level and from the national commission by the Supreme Court.

Dec 20, 2018 - 14:56 (IST)

Congress and BJP chant slogans against each other

Even as the Lok Sabha debated the Consumer Protection (Amendment) Bill 2018, Congress MPs were heard raising slogans against the government of Rafale deal. The MPs could be heard demanding a Joint Parliamentary Committee on the Rafale aircrafts deal. Meanwhile, some BJP MPs too started shouting back when the MPs named the prime minister and used unparliamentary language. The prime minister was also not present in the House.  

Dec 20, 2018 - 14:47 (IST)

Hand over power to appoint quasi-judicial body to states, says BJD MP Tathagata Satpathy 

Satpathy said that in favour of the federal structure of India, the Centre should relinquish control over the quasi-judicial body being set up to settle the consumer disputes. He objected to the "excessive powers being given to executives" to frame rules and regulation.  He also spoke against to "taking off" the powers of the states, thus destabilising the federal structure.

Dec 20, 2018 - 14:41 (IST)

BJD MP Tathagata Satpathy says consumer protection Bill should have sunset clause

Biju Janata Dal MP Tathagata Satpathy said that the Indian Parliamentary system does not have a mechanism to study the post-implementation effects of any legislatins. He said that since the Consumer Protection Bill directly concerns the people, there should be a sunset clause for five years in this Bill after which it should come back to the Parliament for scrutiny and revision. 

Dec 20, 2018 - 14:33 (IST)

Pratima Mondol points out ambiguity in Consumer Protection (Amendment) Bill 2018 

Mondol said that the Centre has provided for setting up a quasi-judicial body to settle consumer dispute. She, however, pointed out that the Bill does not specify the constitution of this body and leaves it under complete control of the Centre. 

Parliament LIVE updates: Upset over repeated disruptions in the House, Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan on Thursday held a meeting with leaders of various political parties and emphasised that noise would not help solve anything. She said the image of the Lok Sabha has become one of disruptions only, sources said, adding that the Rules Committee of Parliament will meet on Friday to ensure smooth functioning of the House.

 

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley introduced the Companies (Amendment) Bill in the Lok Sabha amid din. MPs laid their papers in the House despite protests by the TDP, AIADMK, DMK and the Congress over various issues. Speaker Sumitra Mahajan adjourned the House till 2 pm. The Lok Sabha reconvened at noon, with the Speaker appealing to MPs to allow the House to function. But almost immediately, members begin to shout slogans.

Rajya Sabha chairman Venkaiah Naidu said the entire country is agitated by the way the House is functioning, and there are issues to be discussed. He adjourned the House for the day amid protests by Congress leaders over Naidu's ruling on Rahul Gandhi, saying Vijay Goel had not said anything against the Congress chief while speaking about the Rafale deal in the House on Tuesday. Lok Sabha has been adjourned till noon.

The Lok Sabha session commenced with MPs immediately shouting slogans. Not a minute went by since Speaker Sumitra Mahajan took her seat before members began their protests, and BJP MPs chanting "Rahul Gandhi maafi maango" and "Rahul Gandhi chor hai".

More ruckus can be expected in the Lok Sabha on the eighth day of the near-washout Winter Session on Thursday as Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad has listed the revised triple talaq bill in the House for discussion and passing. This bill makes the Islamic practice of instant divorce a criminal offence, punishable by up to three years in prison for the husband. The Union Cabinet cleared the bill earlier this month.

However, the triple talaq bill remains a thorny issue as the Opposition believed that the bill is misconceived and in violation of articles 14 (equality before law) and 21 (protection of life and personal liberty) of the Constitution. The government had failed to get it passed in the Rajya Sabha during the Monsoon Session.

Meanwhile, the All India Trinamool Congress has, once again, moved a notice under Rule 267 in the Rajya Sabha, seeking a discussion on the rising unemployment and lack of jobs for the youth in India. The bills listed for discussion in the Rajya Sabha are The National Council for Teacher Education (Amend) Bill, Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education (2nd Amendment) Bill, Representation of the People (Amendment) Bill and Trafficking of Persons (Prevention, Protection and Rehabilitation) Bill.

Besides The Muslim Women (Protection of  Rights on Marriage) Bill banning triple talaq, The Companies (Amendment) Bill will be introduced in the Lok Sabha, while the Consumer Protection Bill and The Indian Medical Council (Amendment) Bill are listed for discussion.

Certainly to add to the din over the triple talaq bill in Rajya Sabha are MPs protests over a number of issues. The Congress has been demanding a Joint Parliamentary Committee investigation into the Rafale deal; AIADMK and DMK members have been protesting against the Centre's approval to Karnataka for a project over the Cauvery river and accusing the government of neglecting Tamil Nadu; and the Telugu Desam Party has been demanding special category status for Andhra Pradesh.

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