Parliament updates: Protests prevent Sushma Swaraj from addressing Lok Sabha, House adjourned for the day

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Parliament updates: Protests prevent Sushma Swaraj from addressing Lok Sabha, House adjourned for the day
  • 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.

  • 11:49 (IST)

    ​BJP MPs to observe fast on 12 April to protest the impasse in Parliament caused by Congress: Union minister Ananth Kumar | PTI

  • 11:38 (IST)

    BJP will protest against negative attitude of Congress: Ananth Kumar

  • 11:24 (IST)

    Rajya Sabha adjourned sine die

  • 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.

  • 11:15 (IST)

    Lok Sabha adjourned sine die

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 10:48 (IST)

    Punjab Congress MPs protest in Parliament, demanding farm loan waiver

  • 10:44 (IST)

    TDP MPs protest in Parliament demanding special status for Andhra Pradesh

  • 10:43 (IST)

    Karnataka Congress MPs protest in Parliament seeking constitution of Cauvery Management Board

  • 10:38 (IST)

    Karnataka Congress MPs protest in Parliament opposing constitution of Cauvery Management Board

  • 10:17 (IST)

    TDP MP Sivaprasad has consistently used different costumes as a sign of protest

  • 10:16 (IST)

    Five YSRCP MPs to submit their resignation from Lok Sabha to Speaker

    Both TDP and YSRCP heightened their protests today demanding special status of Andhra Pradesh. YSRCP, however, seems to have taken the lead in the Lok Sabha with five of its MPs likely to tender their resignation to Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan, ANI said.

  • 10:12 (IST)

    Visuals from BJP parliamentary party meet

  • 10:11 (IST)

    (Updates begin for 6 April)

    YSRCP MP PV Midhun Reddy submits resignation from Lok Sabha: ANI

  • 14:46 (IST)

    Rajya Sabha adjourned till 11 am on Friday

  • 14:35 (IST)

    PJ Kurien says he can move motion to expel members protesting in Rajya Sabha

    Deputy Chairman PJ Kurien said that he has an alternative to deal with the protests in the Upper House. "As per rule. I will see that a motion is moved to expel all protesting members. Thereby, you will lose all your voting right," he told the protesting MPs.

    Kurien went on to read the rules of the Rajya Sabha. "You are all eligible for suspension," he said.

  • 14:15 (IST)

    Rajya Sabha adjourned till 2.26 pm

  • 12:15 (IST)

    Lok Sabha adjourned till Friday following uproar by AIADMK MPs over Cauvery issue

  • 12:13 (IST)

    Lok Sabha reconvenes, AIADMK members protests continue

    Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge urged Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan to take up the no-confidence motion as the AIADMK continued protesting in the Lower House.

  • 11:14 (IST)

    Rajya Sabha adjourned till 2 pm

    Both the Houses of the Parliament were adjourned within minutes of reconvening on Thursday amid protests by the Opposition parties.

  • 11:02 (IST)

    Lok Sabha resumes amid Opposition protests, adjourns till 12 pm

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    10:51 (IST)

    Subramanian Swamy refuses to forego salary

    Asserting that he attended the House proceedings daily, Subramanian Swamy said that it isn't his fault if the Parliament didn't function. "Anyhow, I'm the president's representative. Until he says so, how can I say I'll not take my salary?" ANI quoted him as saying.

  • 10:43 (IST)

    Sonia Gandhi, Rahul join Opposition protest in Parliament

    Congress president Rahul Gandhi and UPA chief Sonia Gandhi have joined the Opposition protest in New Delhi against the Centre.

    Congress had said on Wednesday that it would not mind if Parliament session was extended by a day or two, but a debate on key issues should take place. "We want to hold discussions on key issues of national importance and we also want to pass legislation. The government should take the lead in doing so. We are not averse even if the session is extended by a day or two," Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad had told reporters.

  • 10:25 (IST)

    Opposition protests in Parliament premises over issues like farmer woes, SC/ST Protection Act

    Leaders of several Opposition parties are holding a demonstration inside the Parliament premises over various issues.
     
    Over a dozen Opposition parties had appealed to Lok Sabha speaker Sumitra Mahajan and Rajya Sabha chairman M Venkaiah Naidu on Wednesday for holding discussion on key matters like the SC/ST Act, PNB bank fraud, CBSE paper leak and Cauvery issue. Opposition leaders, including from the Congress, BSP, SP, DMK, NCP, TMC and the Left parties, had met in Parliament to discuss the lack of debate. 

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    10:01 (IST)

    Congress issues three-line whip to its Rajya Sabha MPs asking them to be present in Upper House, reports ANI

  • 09:59 (IST)

    BJP, NDA MPs won't take 23-day salary

    BJP and NDA party MPs announced on Wednesday night that they will take a pay cut for the 23 days wasted in the second phase of the Budget Session as they accused the Congress party of playing negative politics.

    Announcing the decision, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar said it has been decided that the NDA MPs would be giving up their salary and other allowances for 23 days "for which parliament was not allowed to function by the Congress".

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  • 09:59 (IST)

    Updates for Thursday, 5 April begin here

  • 17:15 (IST)

    House adjourned till 11 am on Thursday

  • 17:15 (IST)

    It is unfortunate that Rajya Sabha failed to carry out daily business: Deputy Chairman PJ Kurien

  • 16:31 (IST)

    House is adjourned for seventh time 

  • 16:24 (IST)

    New members who took oath on Wednesday, have not been given division: Anand Sharma

  • 16:23 (IST)

    Proceedings of the House resume

  • 16:16 (IST)

    Rajya Sabha adjourned for the 6th time in a row for 15 minutes

  • 15:40 (IST)

    Rajya Sabha is adjourned for 15 minutes amid ruckus

  • 15:35 (IST)

    Proceedings of House begins, PJ Kurien requests people to start the discussion

  • 15:31 (IST)

    Proceedings of the House resume

  • 14:45 (IST)

    House is adjourned till 3:15 pm

  • 14:35 (IST)

    'You deprived the Dalits'

    As Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad blamed the government for not listening to demands of Dalits, BJP's Vijay Goel said it was the Congress who was actually being "anti-Dalit".

    "Let's have a discussion in the House over who is anti-Dalit. You ruled the country for so long and deprived the Dalits of their basic needs. We brought many Acts in favour of Dalits. You did not even give Bharat Ratna to Bhimrao Ambedkar," Goel said.

  • 14:22 (IST)

    Visuals from the brief Rajya Sabha session on Wednesday, as Opposition MPs strom the Well of the House

  • 14:17 (IST)

    Rajya Sabha adjourned for 30 minutes

    Amid loud protests, Deputy Chairman PJ Kurien adjourned the Rajya Sabha for 30 minutes, after having pleaded with protesting MPs to go back to their seats.

  • 14:10 (IST)

    Ruckus erupts once again

    Even as Leader of Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad rises addresses the House, other members of the Opposition storm the Well of the House, chanting slogans such as 'Save Andhra Pradesh', 'Narendra Modi Dalit Virodhi' and 'We demand Cauvery board'

  • 14:06 (IST)

    'I'm very happy to see this'

    Reacting to a break from of loud protests in Rajya Sabha, Deputy Chairman PJ Kurien says he is happy to see the House in order, adding that he will allow each Rajya Sabha MP to speak today if the order is maintained.

  • 14:00 (IST)

    Rajya Sabha proceedings to begin at 2pm

    The Rajya Sabha's proceedings were once again disrupted on Wednesday amid vociferous protests by opposition parties including the Congress, TDP and AIADMK over various issues forcing Chairman M. Venkaiah Naidu to adjourn the House till 2 pm.

  • 12:12 (IST)

    Lok Sabha gets adjourned until tomorrow

    After tabling of 4 Bills amid loud protests, Speaker Sumitra Mahajan adjourned Lok Sabha until Thursday, saying 'The House is not in order'

  • 12:02 (IST)

    Lok Sabha re-assembles

    Speaker Sumitra begins Lok Sabha proceedings amid loud protests 

  • 11:45 (IST)

    'I've allowed every issue to be brought up but you are not not discussing any'

    Here is Chairman Venkaiah Naidu's statement in Rajya Sabha today

  • 11:28 (IST)

    You are testing the patience of the people of the country, Venkaiah Naidu tells protesting MPs

  • 11:22 (IST)

    Rajya Sabha adjourned

    Amid loud protests from MPs, Chairman Venkaiah Naidu adjourns the Upper House until 2 pm today

Latest updates on Parliament's Budget Session

Proceedings start in the Upper House without any audible protests.

Lok Sabha adjourned within 2 minutes. House stands adjourned till 12 noon.

The AIADMK MPs have continued protests in the Parliament premises over the Cauvery issue.

The Opposition MPs held a meeting and will meet the Rajya Sabha chairperson to state that they want the House to function.

The Telugu Desam Party and the YSR Congress have asked all their MPs to be present in Parliament for a vote on a motion of no-confidence against Narendra Modi's NDA government.

The Parliament on Monday could not transact any business as the Opposition parties continued to stall proceedings over their demands, resulting a wash out of the second part of the budget session for eleven consecutive days.

In Lok Sabha, no-confidence motions tabled by arch rivals Telugu Desam Party and YSR Congress against the Modi government were not taken up in the Lok Sabha as the logjam continued amid no signs of thaw between the opposition and the government.

No substantive business could be transacted in last 11 days except for the passage of the Finance Bill, 2018 and relevant appropriation bills in the Lok Sabha.

After the House was adjourned for an hour and when it met again at 12 noon, Speaker Sumitra Mahajan sought to put the notices of the motion for leave of the House so that a discussion could be initiated. At least 50 members should back the motion for it to be admitted. But as has been happening for the last two weeks, AIADMK and the Telangana Rashtriya Samithi members raised slogans and walked to her podium, shouting slogans in support of their demands, creating a din.

The TRS members were demanding the increase in the reservation quota for jobs in Telangana while AIADMK members wanted the setting up of a Cauvery Management Board.

Several opposition parties including the Congress, Trinamool Congress, Nationalist Congress Party, Samajwadi Party, the AIMIM and Rashtriya Janata Dal have expressed their support for the notices.

File image of the Parliament. PTI

File image of the Parliament. PTI

The Speaker called the members to stand up so that the numbers could be counted to see how many supported it. But with members from the TRS and AIADMK holding placards and surrounding the Speaker's dais, Mahajan said she could not count the members who were standing. "Please go back to your seats. If the House is not in order, I will not bring the notices," she said, before adjourning the House for the day.

Minutes before Mahajan made her comments, Home Minister Rajnath Singh said the government was ready to face the motion. "We are ready for any discussion... We are also ready for a discussion on the no-confidence motion. I appeal to all political parties to cooperate," he pleaded.

Earlier, the Lower House started with disruptions and was adjourned till noon within a couple of minutes amid noisy protests by AIADMK and TRS members.

Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar told reporters before the House met that the government had the numbers to defeat the motion. "We are ready to face the no-confidence motion as we have support in the House. We are confident."

Telugu Desam Party MP RM Naidu said they were trying to gather as much support as possible from all the opposition parties in Parliament knowing fully that the motion would fall because the government has enough numbers.

At present, the Lok Sabha has 539 members. The BJP has 273 — more than the half-way mark of 270. It also has the support of several allies like the Shiv Sena and the Akali Dal. But the Shiv Sena has said it would abstain. "We will support neither the government nor the Opposition," said party MP Arvind Sawant.

Meanwhile, TDP MPs protested in front of Mahatma Gandhi's statue in Parliament, demanding special category status for Andhra Pradesh. They were joined by Congress MP Renuka Chowdhury.

Scenes were no different in Rajya Sabha and amid the din the House was adjourned for the day within minutes after protests by TDP members. Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu adjourned the House as opposition members trooped near his podium immediately after tabling of papers.

Objected to the display of placards in the House he said the chair was willing to allow the discussion but members are not allowing the House to run. "How long the disruptions will continue," he said before adjourning the House.

The first two weeks of the last phase of the Budget session have been virtually washed out due to protests by several parties on different issues. The government has, however, managed to get some key bills and the budget passed amid the din through a voice vote without a debate.

The protests have been over wide ranging issues, including the Punjab National Bank fraud, special category status for Andhra Pradesh and constitution of Cauvery management board to solve water sharing dispute between Karnataka and Tamil Nadu.


Updated Date: Apr 06, 2018 14:06 PM

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