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Parliament Updates: Rajya Sabha passes Aadhaar Bill; govt promises to formulate comprehensive data protection law
  • 18:21 (IST)

    Rajya Sabha passes Aadhaar Amendment Bill

    House adjourned till 11 am on 9 July.

  • 18:21 (IST)

    Ravi Shankar Prasad rises to address House on Aadhaar Amendment Bill

    “The Opposition got the Aadhaar and now they are opposing it. The first thing we did was give it a legal framework,” Ravi Shankar Prasad said.

    He emphasised on the 256-bit encryption of Aadhaar, which ensures its safety and security. Prasad said only the name, gender and address are visible on the Aadhaar and that core biometrics are never shared.

    He said that the Parliament has the power to undo a judgement of the Supreme Court, but in this case, the government has the followed the judgment in this case.

    Emphasising on the 2.98 bogus ration cards were eliminated, which benefited the poor, he said that even judges should avoid harsh words like constitutional fraud. Prasad said circulars have been sent to authority concerned not to withhold ration even if the person doesn't have Aadhaar.

    “We are not touching the architecture of Aadhaar. We are only amending the Telegraph Act and Money Laundering Act, he said, adding that the Opposition is failing to understand that the use of Aadhaar will be governed by laws.

    The Law Minister says a comprehensive data protection law will be brought to the House, that will focus on data protection and sovereignty will be kept intact.

  • 18:15 (IST)

    Lok Sabha proceedings extended till 8 pm

  • 18:04 (IST)

    CPI leader says there is economic, political angle to Aadhaar Amendment Bill

    DMK’s TKS Elangovan said in the Rajya Sabha said that the Aadhaar Amendment Bill was brought to set aside the order of Supreme Court. The only problem is the implementation of the Aadhaar. “They are cutting the leg to suit the shoe,” he said.​

    Binoy Viswam (CPI) says there is a political and economic angle to the Bill, expressing a fear of state surveillance which will lead to data landing in the hands of corporate honchos.

  • 18:03 (IST)

    YSRCP leader asks if SC verdict allows sharing of Aadhaar data with private entities

    YSRCP’s Vijaisai Reddy raised two specific questions pertaining to the Bill - When the Supreme Court has stated that the Data Protection Act must be passed, why not pass this Act after the data legislation? Does the Supreme Court allow sharing of Aadhaar data voluntarily with private entities?

  • 17:57 (IST)

    BSP’s Kunwar Danish Ali calls the Union Budget against poor, farmers, women, youth, children

  • 17:56 (IST)

    Promises made to Andhra Pradesh during reorganisation not fulfilled yet, says YSRCP leader

    YSRCP’s K Raghu Ramakrishna Raju said in the Lok Sabha that Andhra Pradesh is in a similar condition as Punjab and needs special consideration. 

    He called the Union Budget good but said it was unjust towards the state, adding that promises made to Andhra Pradesh during reorganisation have not been fulfilled yet.

    He said that the direct and indirect taxes must be incentivised for industries that come to the state. He also sought the Centre’s support for the Polavaram Project through a revolving budget from where they can draw funds.

    Water harvesting pits must be made a law and the practitioners should be incentivised, he said.

  • 17:36 (IST)

    India can become $5 trillion economy if there are domestic savings, investment, says BJD leader in Lok Sabha

    BJD MP from Odisha’ Cuttack Bhartruhari Mahtab said there is a need to implement a new public investment program and emphasises that the public banks have been under pressure for a long time.

    He lent support to the government’s target of making India a $5 trillion economy and said it is doable provided that there are domestic savings and investment.

    He argued that Odisha be granted a special focus state as discussed in Niti Aayog meetings. A temporary special category status was discussed for the states which face natural calamities, to which Mahtab added that in the last few years, four cyclones have flung Odisha back into poverty.

    He called India a ‘frog in boiling water’, warning that India does not realise the danger it is in and fresh infrastructural development is needed.

  • 17:32 (IST)

    Bring Data Protection Act to protect people’s personal information first, says AAP’s Sanjay Singh​

    AAP’s Sanjay Singh raises concern over the safety of data in the Aadhaar ecosystem. He cites the example of MS Dhoni’s data leakage.

    He urges that the Data Protection Act be brought first to ensure protection of people’s information and then move on to amendment in Aadhaar. He criticises the government for bypassing the Supreme Court’s verdict.

  • 17:22 (IST)

    Shiv Sena’s Anil Desai supports the Aadhaar Amendment Bill in Rajya Sabha

  • 17:21 (IST)

    Pakistan is targeting India with narcoterrorism, say SAD’s Sukhbir Sing Badal

    SAD’s Sukhbir Singh Badal said in the Lok Sabha that the Budget should include measures to save the state which has been saving the country, for example “Punjab has given water to Rajasthan and has never been paid for it”.

    He also demanded that Punjab should have a capital and the revenue should go back to state. “17,000 acres of our agricultural land is on the other side of the border. Farmers cannot cultivate the land and 11,000 families that are affected by this. Request FM to acquire that land or compensate farmers for that land at least Rs 20,000 per acre,” he raised another issue. He also said that drug smuggling is on rise and Pakistan is targeting India’s people with narcoterrorisism.

    He also raised concerns over the dipping trade and economy of Punjab and urged the government to take measures to revive the state.

  • 17:11 (IST)

    In maiden speech in Rajya Sabha, BJP’s Ashwini Vaishnaw urges House to support Aadhaar Amendment Bill​

    BJP’s Ashwini Vaishnaw makes debut speech in the August House. After Aadhaar and due to it and its correct implementation, situations in which many beneficiaries who were wrongfully excluded or included, were avoided. He urged the leaders in the House to show support to this Bill.

    “4.23 crore LPG connections, 2.98 crore ration cards were corrected are the numbers I want to state which show the positive impact of the Aadhaar,” Vaishnaw said.

  • 17:09 (IST)

    Aadhaar cannot be used as tool for exclusion, says Congress’ Jairam Ramesh in Rajya Sabha

    In Rajya Sabha, Congress’ Jairam Ramesh reminded the House that the petition he filed in the Supreme Court was against bypassing the Rajya Sabha by bringing it as money Bill. Bringing it as a money Bill “damages the delicate balance of bicameralism”.

    Recalling how five of his amendments to the Aadhaar Bill were passed in the House, Ramesh said he wishes the Bill goes through parliamentary scrutiny.​

    Ramesh begins to raise three points against the Bill. While Supreme Court has made it clear that Aadhaar is voluntary, but when subsidy is involved, it is mandatory, leading to the direct violation of the SC verdict. Section 24 and 25 circumvents the Supreme Court ruling striking down Section 57. Thus the government brings back Aadhaar in banks and telecom providers. His speech is cut short due to shortage of time, but he resumes after protests.

    “Aadhaar cannot be used as a tool for exclusion,” Ramesh said citing an Indian School of Business report which highlights that the Aadhaar could be misused.

  • 16:58 (IST)

    Government should book companies reaping benefits of crop insurance scheme, says Vinayak Raut

    Shiv Sena’s Vinayak Raut while discussing the Union Budget in the Lok Sabha said the government must help revive BSNL.

    He also appreciated the government’s measure to increase the Minimum Support Price to 1.5 times the production cost, Raut said insurance companies are reaping the benefits of the crop insurance scheme. He urged the government to book these insurance firms, who act as the mythological character 'Shukracharya'.

  • 16:44 (IST)

    RJD, BSP oppose Aadhaar Amendment Bill in current form​

    BSP’s Veer Singh opposed the Aadhaar Amendment Bill during the discussion in Rajya Sabha, saying there are various improvements needed keep in mind the lack of protection of personal data of users. Aadhaar should be implemented accompanied by proper laws and provisions.​

    RJD’s Manoj Kumar Jha says most of the clauses end with “to be decided later”. The right of a child to opt out must be granted to adults as well, he said.

  • 16:30 (IST)

    Government bypassing Supreme Court by bringing Aadhaar Amendment Bill in Parliament, says CPM leader

    KK Ragesh, CPM said, “You (government) are bypassing the Supreme Court by bringing this amendment in the Parliament. It is highly objectionable. Many government responsibilities given to private companies. How do we regulate them which have access to data? They are violative of fundamental rights of privacy. The Act is not meant to prevent leakage, but to eliminate poor and cut subsidy. Please take this Bill to select committee.”

  • 16:27 (IST)

    BJD opposes, JD(U) supports Aadhaar Amendment Bill

    “BJD would have probably supported bill if SC’s suggestion on Data Protection were implemented,” says party leader Prashanta Nanda in Rajya Sabha.

    JD(U)’s Kahkashan Parween supports Aadhaar Amendment Bill.

  • 16:19 (IST)

    Budget was a 'lengthy speech with no information or vision', says TMC's Kalyan Banerjee

    Trinamool Congress’ Kalyan Banerjee called the Union Budget ‘lengthy speech with no information or vision’. He asked why the fuel prices are rising despite the decreasing rates of crude oil in the global market.

    “The Finance Minister thanks the honest tax payers. Why not reward them by increasing the exempt limit beyond Rs 5 lakh. Rs 2 crore income makes them upper middle class, not rich,” he said. 

    He criticised the budget for heavily focussing on corporates. “For disinvestment, you are selling the national property and thus selling the country.  Air India was once compared with British Airways. Today, you want to sell it,” he said.

    He also criticised the silence of the Budget on unemployment, reduced interest rates of Provident Fund, Fixed Deposits and other tools of investment and saving.

  • 16:08 (IST)

    AIADMK extends support to Aadhaar Amendment Bill

  • 16:05 (IST)

    Aadhaar is now being used to track economic usage of people, says SP leader

    SP leader Ravi Prakash Verma in Rajya Sabha expressed concern over safeguards in the Aadhaar ecosystem. "Aadhaar was introduced to identify the poor, but is now being used to track economic usage of people. What will happen when a hacker shuts down a user’s Aadhaar, making the user virtually non-existent? What will the government do to avoid such a scenario? When banks and companies merge, data may be shared between parties. Mr Singhvi talked of a Data Protection Act, we should ponder over provisions to ensure security of the user’s virtual information," he said.

  • 15:47 (IST)

    Rajya Sabha | Data protection as a law shouldn't be seen from narrow prism of Aadhaar: BJP MP

    Rajeev Chandrashekhar, BJP MP from Karnataka, says Congress demanding data protection as legislation "must not be seen from the narrow prism of Aadhaar. It should be discussed as a much broader point and Opposition should be more involved in that discussion."

  • 15:44 (IST)

    Lok Sabha

    Rama Devi is in the Chair

  • 15:43 (IST)

    TR Baalu highlights increasing price of fuel burdening the common man

    Increase in the price of fuel will lead to a cascading effect and burden the common man, Baalu tells Lok Sabha. "When the UPA government increased the fuel price by just 10 paise, the present ruling party (BJP) had protested. But nowadays they are comfortably increasing the price by over Rs 2.50," Baalu added.  He pitches for fuel to come under GST.

  • 15:38 (IST)

    TR Baalu addresses Lok Sabha

    TR Baalu rises to address Lok Sabha and says the people of Tamil Nadu had nothing to cheer about the Budget, except Nirmala Sitharaman quoting of Puranaanooru. Baalu addresses Jayant Sinha as "my friend's son." "I am a small man from a village. To my understanding when the GDP numbers come down, the economy is not growing," he says.

  • 15:36 (IST)

    Govt has reduced the borrowing and thus boosts saving: Jayant Sinha to Lok Sabha

    By containing fiscal deficit, Jayant Sinha tells Lok Sabha, the government has reduced the borrowing and thus boosts saving. Our borrowing is only 5 percent of GDP, which is lesser than many countries. Highlighting three key measures to boost investment as mentioned in the Union Budget, Sinha said that mega manufacturing zones "will help us as there is a facedown between China and USA; encouragement of Electric Vehicles and coupling increase in taxes to petroleum-based fuel; and affordable housing."

  • 15:20 (IST)

    Rajya Sabha discusses amendments to Aadhaar and other laws 

    Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad rises to speak and says that amendments to Aadhaar and other laws were necessitated after Supreme Court's ruling on privacy. He said that the Supreme Court didn't say Aadhaar was violative of privacy laws and the UID is needed to disburse subsidies.


    Senior Congress leader Abhishek Manu Singhvi opposes the Bill and says Aadhaar is not one nation, one card. It is neither exclusive nor a certificate of truth. It is also not a tool of exclusion, not a data collection tool, and not a tool of controlled surveillance or snooping. It cannot be used by non-governmental institutions.

    Prasad added that in the last five years, "I have not seen a single poor person saying he has suffered because of Aadhaar", and urged the House to pass the bill. 

    Singhvi said Aadhaar is only for service, benefit and subsidy. The BPL, who are beneficiary of many subsidy schemes can also opt out from Aadhaar, as per the Supreme Court rulings. Singhvi said Aadhaar collects the most sensitive data and this government has not come up with a data protection Act but just wants to amend Aadhaar. He accused the government of avoiding the data protection legislation and calls it a sinister plan.

  • 15:17 (IST)

    We won because we implemented GST without any issue: Jayant Sinha

    Jayant Sinha, BJP MP from Hazaribagh, says the government got an absolute majority because we implemented the GST without any issue. He praises the current and previous finance ministers for making GST a reality.

  • 15:00 (IST)

    Lok Sabha | BJP govt not only fixed a "derailed train" but plan to make it a bullet train

    Jayant Sinha rises to speak in Lok Sabha after Tharoor. He said five years ago "we got a derailed train. We not only fixed it, but made it a high-speed Rajdhani Express. In the coming years, we'll make it a bullet train."

    Sinha said that the government has increased the GDP by 70 percent to Rs 188 lakh crore. "Thus the per capita GDP and per capita gross national income eventually increased."

  • 14:57 (IST)

    What matters to common people is GDP per capita and not a $5 trillion economy, says Shashi Tharoor

    Shashi Tharoor says what matters to common people is the GDP per capita and not a $5 trillion economy. Pointing a World Bank report, he says based on per capita income we are still a low income nation and even Sri Lanka has surpassed us.

    Though the budgetary allocation for agriculture has increased, a lion share goes to PM-KISAN, Tharoor added. He further said the scheme is not adequate to address the dire state of farmers.

    He quoted Ghalib again. He modified the phrase: "Hum gaye Kisan Suraksha karne, par aaye paach sao rupay laane."

    Mocking the zero budget farming, Tharoor said 0the farmers have got zero from this government. He said while the BJP announced a ministry for fisheries, this government has only set up a department.

  • 14:53 (IST)

    Rajya Sabha | Anurag Thakur moves statutory resolution to amend the Customs Tariff Act, 1975

    Rajya Sabha reassembles. Deputy chairperson Harivansh is in the Chair. Anurag Thakur, on behalf of Finance Minister, moves a statutory resolution to amend the Customs Tariff Act, 1975, change the cess and excise duty on certain goods. The resolution is passed.

    Harsh Vardhan moves The Dentist (Amendment) Bill, 2019. The Bill has already been passed by the Lok Sabha.

  • 14:47 (IST)

    Lok Sabha | Disparity in the calculation of GDP, claims Tharoor

     

    Shashi Tharoor points out at the disparity in the calculation of the GDP. The GDP will grow when the key contribution grows. While none of it is growing, the government continues to claim the GDP is growing, he says.

    While Sitharaman chose Sangam Tamil, Tharoor is resorting to poetic Urdu. He even quoted Ghalib. Bhartruhari Mahtab is in the Chair.

  • 14:46 (IST)

    It was a trishanku Budget, says Shashi Tharoor

     

    Lok Sabha reassembles. The Lower House discusses the Union Budget 2019-20 which was presented by finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman in Parliament on Friday (5 July). Shashi Tharoor is the first speaker. He begins by congratulating the Finance Minister.

    "While we were hoping for an agile tiger, the Finance Minister has brought the metaphor of elephant," Tharoor says referring to Sitharaman quoting Sangam literature on elephant in paddy field. Tharoor says, "perhaps this was the first Budget where allocations were not mentioned in the speech." Tharoor calls it a 'trishanku' budget, neither here nor there.

  • 13:50 (IST)

    Lok Sabha | Rahul Gandhi started trend of resignation in Congress, don't blame us, says Rajnath Singh


    Rajnath Singh in Lok Sabha said, "We're committed to maintaining dignity of parliamentary democracy. Trend of submitting resignations was started by Rahul Gandhi in Congress, it wasn't started by us. He himself asked people to submit resignations, even senior leaders are submitting their resignations."

  • 13:30 (IST)

    NEET issue echoes in Lok Sabha, DMK walks out


    DMK's TR Baalu rises to speak amid din in Lok Sabha. Baalu raises the issue of NEET in Tamil Nadu. Pointing at several incidents of suicides by young women, Baalu says that NEET is conducted based on CBSE syllabus. The Tamil Nadu Assembly had unanimously passed a Bill seeking to exclude NEET in the state. But after 27 months, this (the AIADMK) government kept it in cold storage and then it responds in the court that it has been rejected. "I want a reply from the government," Baalu insists. No one from the Treasury Benches react. DMK walks out.

    Lok Sabha is adjourned.

  • 13:25 (IST)

    Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury brings up Karnataka crisis during Zero Hour; Rajnath slams Congress leader

    Zero Hour begins in Lok Sabha with Congress floor leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury bringing up the Karnataka political crisis. He says that the crisis is premeditated by the BJP. Defence Minister Rajnath Singh says that whatever is happening in Karnataka has nothing to do with the BJP. Congress members object.

  • 13:05 (IST)

    NIA amendment bill introduced in Lok Sabha, Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury opposes 

    MoS Home Affairs Kishen Reddy introduces the NIA (Amendment) Bill, 2019. He says the bill will ensure the NIA courts can give quick conviction. Reddy introduces one more Bill, The Protection of Human Rights (Amendment) Bill, 2019. Opposition leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury says every constitutional authority is being diluted and now is the turn for NHRC. "That is why I oppose the Bill," he says.

    Minister says that the Opposition party is not just for opposing, but to offer constructive criticism. He says that the proposed Amendment is based on Paris principles. The Minister introduces the Bill.

  • 13:00 (IST)

    Online monitoring system for various schemes related to Scheduled Tribes, says Arjun Munda

    The government has put in place an online monitoring system for various schemes related to Scheduled Tribes, Union minister Arjun Munda told Lok Sabha. The Tribal Affairs Ministry monitors utilisation of Tribal Sub-Plans (TSP) funds based on the mechanism designed by NITI Aayog.

    Munda told the Lok Sabha that an online monitoring system has been put in place and the framework envisages monitoring of expenditures vis-a-vis allocations of TSP funds under various schemes of central ministries. The ministry has developed online portals for monitoring of its schemes related to NGO grants, scholarships, Forest Rights Acts, Tribal Research Institutes, Special Central Assistance, Particularly Vulnerable Tribal Groups, Research and Grants, he added.

  • 12:46 (IST)

    Rajya Sabha | Did security failure lead to killing of 40 jawans in Pulwama, NCP asks Rajnath Singh

    NCP's Majeed Memon asks the defence ministry if it was a security failure that led to killing of 40 jawans in Pulwama. Rajnath Singh, the Defence Minister says Home Ministry is conducting a probe and Home Minister will inform the House after the report is out.

  • 12:37 (IST)

    Lok Sabha | Amendment to UAPA introduced; Premachandran, Tharoor oppose the bill 

     

    A Bill to amend UAPA is being introduced by MoS Home G Kishan Reddy. NK Premachandran, Shashi Tharoor, ET Mohammed Basheer and other leaders have opposed the Bill. Opposition leaders urged the Speaker to acknowledge the repressive law which gives the government free hand to detain whoever it pleases, making the law open for misuse. 

  • 12:26 (IST)

    Lok Sabha | DNA Technology Regulation Bill introduced

    The DNA Technology Regulation Bill is being introduced in Lok Sabha. Congress members raise objections. Union health minister Harsh Vardhan moves the Bill. DMK members seek to take up adjournment Motion.

    A Bill to amend UAPA is being introduced by Minister of State Home. NK Premachandran opposes the Bill.

  • 12:25 (IST)

    Rajya Sabha discusses accidents on Yamuna-Agra Expressway

    Union Transport minister Nitin Gadkari urges the Upper House MPs to consider passage of road safety bill. A member asks about the Yamuna Expressway accident. Gadkari said that the expressway is maintained by Noida Authority and not the NHAI. He says the ministry is considering making it mandatory to use Nitrogen air in tyres and use silicon tyres to prevent such accidents.

  • 12:06 (IST)

    Rajya Sabha

    BJD reminds House women's reservation bill is pending for years now

    Sasmit Patra (BJD) reminds the House that Women's Reservation Bill is pending for years now. It is not even being listed. He requests the government to take steps as early as possible. "This is your first submission. It is the best submission. Good!," the Chair lauds him.

  • 12:04 (IST)

    Question Hour underway in Lok Sabha 

    Congress' Manish Tewari asks what is the difference between a tourist destination and a tourist circuit? Joshi claims that the circuit model conceived by the Modi government is the best in the world. Circuits intend to develop new destinations, he says.

    Trinamool Congress' Sudip Bandhopapdyay (AITC), who headed the parliamentary committee on railways, suggests a Shivling circuit. The minister says there are 15 tourism circuits based on religion and spirituality. With the States and Railways support, a Jyotirling circuit will also be developed, he says.

  • 11:52 (IST)

    First time MP from Tripura struggles with procedure

    First time MP Rebati Tripura asks a question. He was struggling with the procedure, but the Speaker helped him out. His question pertains to adding Tripura to Tourism circuit. Prahalad Singh Patel, MoS Tourism, says money will be released to improve tourism in the region.

  • 11:50 (IST)

    Lok Sabha 

    DMK's Kanimozhi asks how the labour ministry identifies unorganised workers. How do they propose to bring in retail traders and farmers in pension scheme?

    Labour Minister Santosh Kumar Gangwar says any trader who earns less than Rs 2 crore per annum can join the pension scheme by paying a premium of Rs 50.

  • 11:48 (IST)

    External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar takes oath as Rajya Sabha MP

  • 11:45 (IST)

    Rajya Sabha | BJP MP demands Bagheli to be added in scheduled list of languages

    Ajay Pratap Singh (BJP) speaks in Bagheli. The language is not listed in the 22 Scheduled language and hence not allowed in the Parliament. However, the Chair allows him to speak in Bagheli. He suggests the language must be added to official list. "I could understand what you said. I sounds simple," the Chair says.

  • 11:44 (IST)

    Rajya Sabha | KJ Alphons raises issue of NRI's suicide

    In Rajya Sabha, Zero Hour proceedings are under way. Former minister KJ Alphons raises the issue of suicide of an NRI, allegedly blaming red-tapism. "What is your suggestion?" the Chair asks. He suggests the Centre to issue an adivosry to all States to keep up the spirit of ease of doing business.

  • 11:40 (IST)

    RAJYA SABHA

    BJP's GVL Narasimha Rao suggests Question Hours and business in Parliament be translated into regional languages. He suggests as a first step, the answers to questions can be given in a regional language of the members' choice. "This is a suggestion worth consideration, but I don't want to come to conclusion without application of mind," the Chair says.

    Naidu, however, objected to the term "regional" languages. "Let's call them all Indian languages... can't restrict the languages to one region."

    He is the second BJP member today to support use of regional languages.

  • 11:36 (IST)

    LOK SABHA 

    In Lok Sabha, replying to a question reduction of ESI contribution, Labour Minister Santosh Kumar Gangwar elaborates the various works undertaken by ESI. The Speaker cuts him short and asks the minister to answer the specific question. "I will look into the member's concerns," the minister says.

    NK Premachandran asks whether auto rickshaw drivers are included in ESI. The Minister says it is being considered.

Parliament LATEST updates: Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad rises to speak in Rajya Sabha and says that amendments to Aadhaar and other laws were necessitated after Supreme Court's ruling on privacy. Senior Congress leader Abhishek Manu Singhvi opposes the Bill and says Aadhaar is not one nation, one card. He accused the government of avoiding the data protection legislation and calls it a sinister plan.

Senior Congress leader Abhishek Manu Singhvi opposes the Bill and says Aadhaar is not one nation, one card. It is neither exclusive nor a certificate of truth. It is also not a tool of exclusion, not a data collection tool, and not a tool of controlled surveillance or snooping. It cannot be used by non-governmental institutions.

Lok Sabha reassembles. The Lower House discusses the Union Budget 2019-20 which was presented by finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman in Parliament on Friday (5 July). Shashi Tharoor is the first speaker. He begins by congratulating the Finance Minister. "While we were hoping for an agile tiger, the Finance Minister has brought the metaphor of elephant," Tharoor says referring to Sitharaman quoting Sangam literature on elephant in paddy field. Tharoor says, "perhaps this was the first Budget where allocations were not mentioned in the speech." Tharoor calls it a 'trishanku' budget, neither here nor there.

Jayant Sinha rises to speak in Lok Sabha after Tharoor. He said five years ago "we got a derailed train. We not only fixed it, but made it a high-speed Rajdhani Express. In the coming years, we'll make it a bullet train." Sinha said that the government has increased the GDP by 70 percent to Rs 188 lakh crore. "Thus the per capita GDP and per capita gross national income eventually increased."

Reacting to Congress' allegation that BJP is behind orchestrating Karnataka political crisis, Rajnath Singh in Lok Sabha said, "We're committed to maintaining the dignity of parliamentary democracy. The trend of submitting resignations was started by Rahul Gandhi in Congress, it wasn't started by us. He himself asked people to submit resignations, even senior leaders are submitting their resignations."

Zero Hour begins in Lok Sabha with Congress floor leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury bringing up the Karnataka political crisis. He says that the crisis is premeditated by the BJP. Defence Minister Rajnath Singh says that whatever is happening in Karnataka has nothing to do with the BJP. Congress members object.

A Bill to amend UAPA is being introduced by MoS Home G Kishan Reddy. NK Premachandran, Shashi Tharoor, ET Mohammed Basheer and other leaders have opposed the Bill. Opposition leaders urged the Speaker to acknowledge the repressive law which gives the government free hand to detain whoever it pleases, making the law open for misuse.

BJP's GVL Narasimha Rao suggests Question Hours and business in Parliament be translated into regional languages. He suggests as a first step, the answers to questions can be given in a regional language of the members' choice. "This is a suggestion worth consideration, but I don't want to come to conclusion without application of mind," the Chair says.

There are several Bills set to be introduced in the Lok Sabha today, while the Rajya Sabha has two for consideration and passing.

Union Home Minister Amit Shah will introduce three amendment Bills; The Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Amendment Bill, 2019; The National Investigation Agency (Amendment) Bill, 2019; and The Protection of Human Rights (Amendment) Bill, 2019.

Two more amendment Bills are also to be introduced. Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri will introduce The Public Premises (Eviction of Unauthorised Occupants) Amendment Bill, 2019, while MP Prahlad Singh Patel will introduce The Jallianwala Bagh National Memorial (Amendment) Bill, 2019.

Union Minister Harsh Vardhan will introduce the DNA Technology (Use and Application) Regulation Bill, 2019, while Cabinet Minister Ram Vilas Paswan will introduce The Consumer Protection Bill, 2019.

Updated Date: Jul 08, 2019 18:21:41 IST