Parliament LATEST updates: Lok Sabha adjourned till 3 pm after Opposition disrupted the Lower House over demands of a JPC into the Rafale deal. The Lok Sabha convened at 11 am, and in the last four hours, the House has been adjourned four times. Rajya Sabha was adjourned for the day six minutes into proceedings after a few members trooped the Well, while Ghulam Nabi Azad, the Leader of Opposition, mentioned about the Supreme Court verdict on Rafale.
Lok Sabha reconvenes. Social welfare minister Taawarchand Gehlot introduces The Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Bill, 2016. He explains the salient features of the Bill, but Opposition members shout slogans demanding JPC on Rafale deal.
Speaker proceeded to Zero Hour. Prem Singh Chandumajra of SAD raises the issue of anti-Sikh riots. He claimed an accused has been nominated as the chief minister of a State, he was referring to Kamal Nath. Speaker disallows him to take names. He holds Congress responsible for the riots. Congress members object to it.
BJP member from Satna, Ganesh Singh, seeks to construct Ram Temple in Ayodhya. He also requests the Supreme Court to expedite the trial.
House adjourned till 2 pm.
Amid ruckus Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad seeks permission to introduce the Triple Talaq Bill. Congress member Shashi Tharoor opposes the bill claiming it is targetted at a particular religion and hence unconstitutional. The bill was brought in as per the direction of the Supreme Court, retorts Prasad and said several Muslim women suffered due to instant talaq. He introduces the Bill.
Lok Sabha has reconvened. However, despite repeated request from the Speaker, MPs continued to create ruckus over Supreme Court's Rafale verdict and the latest Delhi High Court judgment on Sajjan Kumar conviction.
Six minutes into the proceedings, Rajya Sabha, where the attendance was sparse to begin with, was adjourned for the day. Meanwhile, ruckus in Lok Sabha over Rafale verdict forced a quick adjournment. Sumitra Mahajan adjourned the Lower House till noon amid slogans raised by BJP MPs demanding apology from Rahul Gandhi.
The developments in the Rafale controversy are likely to take up precedence during the proceedings on Day 5 of the Winter Session of Parliament on Monday, given that both the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha were adjourned on Friday because of the ruckus triggered by the Supreme Court verdict on the fighter jet deal. The top court had ruled that there were no doubts about the details of the Rafale agreements — pricing and the government's decision-making process to come to the deal — and that it did not need to be investigated.
In the Lok Sabha, the government has listed three bills for discussion and passing. These include The Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Bill, 2016, which pertains to protecting the rights and welfare of transgender persons; The Consumer Protection Bill, 2018, which seeks to ensure timely redressal and settlement of grievances; and The New Delhi International Arbitration Centre Bill, 2018, which seeks to develop the National Capital as an international centre for arbitration.
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Depending on how the proceedings go and whether Parliament can avoid the usual ruckus that it witnesses — more so because of the Rafale controversy this time — the government will also try to introduce a bill to replace the triple talaq ordinance it had passed on 19 September with the aim to check the Islamic practice of instant divorce. Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad is expected to move The Muslim Women (Rights on Marriage) Bill, 2018, to replace the ordinance brought in after the Centre had failed to pass the triple talaq bill in the Rajya Sabha in the Monsoon Session. If he does move the bill, Prasad will make a statement in the Lower House of Parliament to explain why the government passed the ordinance to ban triple talaq.
In the Rajya Sabha, the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) is likely to move a privilege motion against the government in the Rajya Sabha, and the Congress is expected to register a demand for the recall of the Supreme Court's verdict. The Upper House of Parliament is also expected to take up several important bills on Monday.
Either Congress MP Shashi Tharoor or BJP member Sharad Tripathi will submit a crucial parliamentary report on India-China relations will in the Rajya Sabha. Besides the military standoff between the armies of India and China in Doka la at the tri-junction of India, China and Bhutan, the report also includes the status of the border situation and cooperation between both the countries at global organisations, among other concerns.
Among the bills the Centre has listed in the Rajya Sabha's agenda for Monday is one seeking the withdrawal of a bill from the House that pertains to proposed amendments in the Nalanda University Act of 2010. The others are the National Council for Teacher Education (Amendment) Bill, 2018, The Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education (Amendment) Bill, 2018, and The Representation of the People (Amendment) Bill, 2018, which were already passed by the Lok Sabha.
The government will also answer questions related to ministries that fall under Group 1 of the Rajya Sabha list. These include the ministries of defence, drinking water and sanitation, earth sciences, environment, forest and climate change, information and broadcasting, mines, panchayati raj, parliamentary affairs, road transport and highways, rural development, science and technology, shipping, water resources, river development and Ganga rejuvenation, and youth affairs and sports.