The Lok Sabha on Monday, 23 March, passed the Finance Bill, 2020, by voice vote, without any discussion.
Amid the lockdown imposed in Delhi and other parts of the country in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak, reports on Monday pointed out that both the Houses of Parliament are likely to be adjourned sine die on Monday after the passage of the Finance Bill.
- The Budget session of the Parliament had been scheduled to go till 3 April originally
- Earlier, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi had asserted that the session won’t be curtailed
Lok Sabha Passes Finance Bill By Voice Vote
The Lok Sabha on Monday passed the Finance Bill, 2020, by voice vote, without any discussion.
Lok Sabha Session to Be Convened From 2 pm on 23 March
Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla stated that Lok Sabha will be convened from 2 pm onwards on 23 March after many MPs requested to delay the session due to the unavailability of flights.
Former CJI Gogoi Likely to Take Oath Tomorrow at 11 as RS MP
Former Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi is likely to take oath as Rajya Sabha MP at 11 am on Thursday, 19 March, ANI reports.
LS Passes J&K Appropriation Bill 2020
Lok Sabha passes the Jammu and Kashmir Appropriation (No.2) Bill, 2020.
Corruption Ended, More Transparency: FM on J&K After Abrogation of Article 370
Speaking in the Lok Sabha on the Budget for J&K, FM Nirmala Sitharaman said that corruption has ended and things have become more transparent in Jammu and Kashmir after abrogation of Article 370.
She also said that Congress had done little to resettle Kashmiri Pandits when it was in power.
Demand Raised in RS to Compensate Workers Hit by Slowdown
With the outbreak of coronavirus expected to further hit the economy, a demand to compensate workers losing jobs due to the slowdown and waiver of interest on loans of small borrowers was raised in Rajya Sabha on Tuesday, 17 March.
The issue of impact of slowing economy on sectors such as automobiles and IT was raised through Zero Hour mentions in the House.
'National Crime Bureau Does Not Maintain Data Under Hate Crime': MHA
While debating in the Parliament, Ministry of Home Affairs said that Indian Penal Code does not define any crime as 'hate crime' and therefore, the National Crime Records Bureau does not maintain data under the head 'hate crime'.
'Govt Providing Full Assistance to the States': Dr Harsh Vardhan
Union Health Minister, Dr Harsh Vardhan, also said that the latest data on Coronavirus has been published. He also said that the government is fully assisting the states in their fight against the pandemic.
'Not Enough Words to Appreciate Medical Staff': Dr Harsh Vardhan
Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan while speaking in the RS lauded the medical staff, pilots and airline staff. He said that doctors, paramedical staff, pilots, airlines across the country have been working honestly while facing all risks.
'Tamils Have the Right to Defend Their Language' : Rahul Gandhi
Congress MP Rahul Gandhi while speaking to the media said that the Speaker can't take away the right of Tamil people to ask a question in this House about their language, it's unacceptable.
Budget Session to Last Till 3 April: Pralhad Joshi
During the BJP Parliamentary party meet, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi asserted that budget session won't be curtailed and last till 3 April as scheduled.
Parliament Session to Run Till 3 April, Says PM Modi
Prime Minister Narendra Modi in BJP Parliamentary party meeting today said that the Parliament will run till 3 April. He asked the MPs to visit their constituencies to make people aware about Coronavirus.
PM Modi Expresses Disappointment Over Letter by MPs
PM Modi in BJP Parliamentary party meeting today expressed disappointment over letter by some MPs to curtail the session. He said that we are representatives of the 130 crore people of the country.
Congress MP Gives Adjournment Motion in LS
Congress MP K Suresh has given Adjournment Motion Notice in Lok Sabha over 'payment of AGR dues by the telecom companies'.
BJP MP Gives Zero Hour Notice in Rajya Sabha
BJP MP Vinay D Tendulkar has given Zero Hour Notice in Rajya Sabha over 'demand for according permission to conduct bullfight in Goa to boost tourism'.
'Speaker Did Not Allow Me to Ask Supplementary Question': Rahul Gandhi Outside the Parliament
After raising a question in the Lok Sabha about wilful defaulters, Rahul Gandhi, outside the parliament said, "I had asked a simple question about the names of wilful defaulters. But I was not given a clear answer. What hurt me was that the Speaker did not allow me to ask a supplementary question which is my right as a member of Parliament."
'Where is the List of 50 Willful Defaulters?': Rahul Gandhi in Lok Sabha
While speaking in Lok Sabha on Monday, 16 March, Rahul Gandhi raised a question about willful defaulters and measures taken to recover the loan given to them.
Responding to Gandhi's query, Minister of State for finance, Anurag Thakur said, "A list of willful defaulters is available on the website. There is nothing to hide. All these people took money and went away during their (Congress) government. The question posed by a senior member of the House (Rahul Gandhi) shows his lack of understanding of the subject."
Rajya Sabha MPs Discuss Preventive Measures Amid Coronavirus Scare
During Zero Hour, several MPs in Rajya Sabha on Monday suggested that people should follow simple preventive measures like washing of hands to check the spread of the virus, reported PTI.
Elamaram Kareem, CPI-M member urged the government to intervene and ask the airlines and Indian railways to forgo cancellation charges since a lot of people are cancelling their travel plans in the wake of rising coronavirus cases.
Bill Seeking Reservation for Transgenders in Parliament Among Bills Introduced in Rajya Sabha
Nine private members bills were introduced in Rajya Sabha on Friday, which include draft legislations on providing reservation to transgenders in Parliament and state assemblies, and on punishment for offences related to incest and sexual abuse of females in family.
BJD member Sasmit Patra introduced the Constitution (Amendment) Bill, 2020 which provides for reservation to transgenders in Parliament and state assemblies. Patra also introduced The Incest Offences and Sexual Abuse of Females in Family (Prevention) Bill, 2020.
Other bills introduced include the Animal Factory Farming (Regulation) Bill, 2020, the Victim and Witness Protection and Assistance Bill, 2020, and the Third Language Bill, 2020.
300 out of 700 Industries Inspected by CPCB Violating Environmental Norms: Environment Minister
Over 300 out of 700 industries inspected by the Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) have been found violating environmental norms and causing pollution in the last four years, the ministry of environment told the Lok Sabha on Friday, PTI reported.
Replying to a question in the lower house of Parliament, Union Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar said the CPCB carried out inspection of 700 industries for verification of compliance to environmental norms between April 2016 and March 2020.
"CPCB has reported that out of the 700 industries inspected, 342 industries were found non-complying," he said.
Parliament Approves Vivad Se Vishwas Bill
Parliament on Friday approved the Direct Tax Vivad Se Vishwas Bill, that will provide an opportunity to taxpayers to settle their tax disputes by paying just due taxes with complete waiver of interest and penalty by 31 March. The bill was passed by voice vote and returned by Rajya Sabha as it was a money bill, PTI reported.
It was approved by Lok Sabha on 4 March.
Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman also told the House the end of the scheme date would be notified by the government and there was no confusion over that. She told the House that the scheme is to give an option to tax payers for settling disputes.
NCAP Envisages City-Specific Plans: Javadekar to LS
The National Clean Air Programme (NCAP) is meant to ensure that the problem of pollution is addressed at the local level and cities have been asked to prepare plans to deal with the issue, Environment and Forests Minister Prakash Javadekar said on Friday.
Replying to a question in Lok Sabha, Javadekar said NCAP envisages drawing city-specific plans, PTI reported.
"Every city has different pollutants and the sources also vary," Javadekar said. Replying to another question, he said water bodies in the country are polluted because 70 per cent of sewage goes untreated.
'Cong Used Rail Budget to Mislead People': Railway Minister Piyush Goyal in Lok Sabha
Union Railway Minister Piyush Goyal on Friday attacked the previous Congress-led governments in Lok Sabha, saying they presented separate railways budget only to mislead people, PTI reported.
Replying to a discussion on demands for grants of the Ministry of Railways, he said separate railways budget was only a "balloon" and only attracted "claps" in the House.
He said the "fake" announcements used to only "mislead people in elections". Citing some examples, the Railways Minister said some projects are pending since 1974.
BJP Issues Whip to Lok Sabha MPs
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) issued a three line whip to its Lok Sabha MPs to be present in the House on Monday, 16 March, and support the government's stand, as per ANI.
A meeting of BJP Parliamentary Party will be held on 17 March in the Parliament Library Building, ANI also reported.
Rajya Sabha Adjourned Till 11 am on Friday
Rajya Sabha has been adjourned till 11 am on Friday, 13 March.
'Justice Muralidhar's Transfer Shouldn't Be Linked to Any Particular Case': Amit Shah
While speaking on Justice Muralidhar’s transfer, Union Home Minister Amit Shah said that “government only issues the order of transfer and recommendations are made by Collegium. So, this should not be linked to any particular case. It was a routine transfer and the consent of the judge is on record.”
More People Died Under Congress Rule: Amit Shah
Debating on Delhi violence, Amit Shah stated that it is wrong to identify riots with the BJP, Amit Shah said that "We are not the one to trigger riots, we are among those to find out the rioters and punish them."
'No Document Needed in NPR'; Says Amit Shah
Amit Shah, in his address in Rajya Sabha, reiterated that "false propaganda is being spread on the issue of the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA). This Act is not to take anyone's citizenship but to give citizenship.”
Hate Speeches Started After CAA Came; Muslims Being Mislead, No One's Citizenship Is Being Taken Away: Amit Shah
Amit Shah in his address in Rajya Sabha reiterated that “Muslim brothers and sisters that false propaganda is being spread on the issue of the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA). This Act is not to take anyone's citizenship but to give citizenship.”
Shah Clarifies on Usage of Data in Identification of Delhi Violence Suspects
Home Minister Amit Shah, while addressing the Rajya Sabha on the Delhi violence, said that only driving licenses and voter ID cards were being used for face identification of the culprits involved in the violence, ANI reported. Aadhaar data was not being used for it, as wrongly reported by some sections of media, he clarified.
He said that the government had received a lot of footage of the Delhi violence, which was being looked into, and identification of the suspects was being done.
Culprits, of Any Religion, Caste or Party, Won't Be Spared: Shah on Riots
Home Minister Amit Shah replied to the discussion on the Delhi Violence in Rajya Sabha, responding to the Opposition's claims of lack of investigation by the government.
"The culprits, they may be of any religion, caste or party, they will not be spared. They will be brought before the law," he said, ANI reported.
Over 700 FIRs have been registered, Shah said. He added that some social media accounts had been started 2 days before violence and were deactivated soon after, and only functioned to spread hatred. Their owners would be found and prosecuted, he assured the House.
4.75 Lakh Vacancies to Be Filled Soon: Union Minister Jitendra Singh to RS
The government will fill up over 4.75 lakh vacant posts soon, Union minister Jitendra Singh informed the Rajya Sabha on Thursday.
"All ministries/departments have been advised to take advance action for reporting vacant position with respect to direct recruitment posts to the concerned recruitment agencies like the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) and Staff Selection Commission (SSC) among others for filling up of such vacancies in a timely manner," the Minister of State for Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions said in a written reply to a question.
23 Feb Was a Dark Day in Delhi's History: RS MP Naresh Gujral
Naresh Gujral, a Shiromani Akali Dal MP in Rajya Sabha said that 23 February 23 was a dark day in Delhi's history.
"Communal fire engulfed the city, armed hooligans attacked innocent Hindus & Muslims. However, the police response was inadequate," ANI reported Gujral as saying.
"This reminded me of 1984 when an orgy of violence was unleashed by mobs led by Congress leaders for 3 days. Almost 300 innocent people were massacred on streets of Delhi. Only impartial and transparent inquiry commission can reveal the truth," he added.
Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (Amendment) Bill, 2020 Passed in Rajya Sabha
The Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (Amendment) Bill, 2020 was passed by voice vote in the Rajya Sabha on Thursday, 12 March, IANS reported.
It had been passed in the Lok Sabha on 6 March.
Parliament Passes Law to Open Coal Sector for Commercial Mining
The Parliament on Thursday passed a bill that will remove end-use restrictions for participating in coal mine auctions and open up the coal sector fully for commercial mining for all domestic and global companies, reported PTI.
The Mineral laws (Amendment) Bill was passed in Rajya Sabha with 83 MPs voting in its favour and 12 against. The Lok Sabha has passed the bill last Friday.
Replying after a brief discussion on the bill, Coal Minister Pralhad Joshi said the legislation will help in bring more FDI in the coal and mining sector, and boost economy. He said that the bill was important as India should be using its own natural reserves, instead of importing coal worth Rs 2.7 lakh crore.
Opposition Warns Govt Against Railway Privatisation
The Opposition on Thursday demanded that the government not undertake privatisation of railways and come out with a separate Rail Budget to better analyse the performance, PTI reported.
Participating in a discussion on demands for grants of the Ministry of Railways in Lok Sabha, M K Raghavan of the Congres said that the BJP government has shown consistent apathy towards railways in the last 5 years and the dismal performance is visible in the high operating ratio, which is the worst in last 10 years.
"Railways is a services sector. BJP is unaware of reasons for establishment of railways. Railway is not an engine to be auctioned off to the highest bidder, it is for poor man's service," he said.
Clear That Police Helped Those Who Indulged in Violence: Sibal in RS
Congress leader Kapil Sibal addressed the Delhi violence in Rajya Sabha, saying that it was clear that the police were helping those who were indulging in violence, resulting in the death of innocent people, who had nothing to do with the riots, ANI reported.
He also raised questions on the lack of FIRs against those who made inciting remarks. "The violence happened because of the virus, the communal virus that was spread by the people who were giving speeches. I ask the Home Minister why FIRs were not registered against those who delivered those speeches," he said.
Looks Like Economy Is Suffering From Coronavirus: Surjewala
Congress leader Randeep Singh Surjewala addressed the media from the Parliament, and emphasized on India's economic state, saying that it looked like the economy was suffering from coronavirus. The rupee was at a low of Rs 74.4, Surjewala said, and alleged that the sensex had crashed by 2700 points and caused a loss of 11 lakh crore, according to Congress tweets.
He pointed out that SBI had cut interest rates, and this, along with the price of crude oil, was harming the common man. "We are ill equipped to deal with coronavirus," he further added, and questioned the government on their preparedness.
BJD Member Demands Installation of Thermal Imaging Cameras in Parliament Complex
BJD member Pinaki Misra demanded the installation of thermal imaging cameras in the Parliament complex in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak, PTI reported.
The demand comes as 73 cases of coronavirus have been confirmed in India.
Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan Addresses LS Regarding Coronavirus Testing
Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan addressed the Lok Sabha regarding coronavirus testing in India. "The National Institute of Virology in Pune is our central reference lab. After this we started with 15 labs because this is not a routine test, it can't be tested in every laboratory," ANI quoted him as saying.
He said that activities were being coordinated at 51 laboratories and 56 collection centres across the country.
Parliament Cancels Visitors' Passes Amid Coronavirus Outbreak
Amid fears of spread of coronavirus, the Parliament on Thursday cancelled the visitors' passes in general so as to avoid any contact with outsiders, IANS reported.
73 cases have been confirmed in India till now.
Jaishankar Responds to Questions Raised on Indians Stranded Worldwide
Continuing his address in the Lok Sabha regarding India's response to coronavirus, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar responded to the questions being raised on the government's seeming inaction regarding Indians stranded worldwide.
"Bhagwant Mann ji raised issue of 30 students of Punjab who are stuck at Italy airport. I would like to tell you that there aren't only 30 students, there are many more from different parts of the country. I need to find a way of helping them and bringing them back," Jaishankar said, ANI reported.
"We're at it. Please understand that we can only bring them back if they are tested, they have to be tested. To test them, we've started sampling today as we can't bring back untested people in very severe epidemic situation as I have responsibility of this country to worry about," he added.
6000 Indians Stranded in Iran, Says External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar
External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar updated the Lok Sabha on the status of the people stranded in Iran, saying that 6000 Indians were stranded including 1,100 pilgrims and 300 students, as per PTI reports.
He added that 229 out of 529 samples of the stranded Indians have tested negative for coronavirus, and the initial focus was on bringing back the pilgrims, mostly stranded in Qom. However, there were operational constraints on evacuation as the Iranian system is strict, he said. He added that he had taken the initiative to meet the parents of some of the students stranded in Iran and assured them of prompt action.
External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar Addresses Coronavirus Measures
External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar, addressed the matter of coronavirus in the Lok Sabha, assuring that the government was taking necessary actions. "As the House would have noticed, where specific interventions are required - as in the case of Wuhan in China, the Diamond Princess crew in Japan or now the pilgrims in Iran, we will take necessary action," he said as per ANI.
He added that since this was an exceptional situation that required exceptional response, travel in itself is not recommended as it only heightens risks.
Jaishankar said that while communities were understandably anxious, encouraging the observance of globally recognised precautions and procedures was important.
LS Speaker: No Proposal to Adjourn Parliament Due to Coronavirus
Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla said that there was no proposal to adjourn Parliament sine die in the wake of the Coronavirus outbreak, ANI reported.
Adjournment Motion Notice in LS Over Yes Bank Crisis
Congress MP Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury and DMK MP A Raja gave Adjournment Motion Notice in Lok Sabha over Yes Bank crisis and its impact on customers, ANI reported.
CPI MP Binoy Viswam Gives Zero Hour Notice in RS Over Free Supply of Masks and Sanitizers
CPI MP Binoy Viswam gave Zero Hour notice in Rajya Sabha on Thursday over the demand for free supply of masks and sanitizers in the light of the Coronavirus outbreak.
Subramanian Swamy Gives Zero Hour Notice in RS Over Domestic Air Services
On Thursday, 13 March, BJP MP Subramanian Swamy gave Zero Hour notice in Rajya Sabha over the "impact of high aviation fuel prices and coronavirus on the domestic air services," ANI reported.
Lok Sabha Adjourned for the Day
Following Union Home Minister Amit Shah’s address on Delhi violence, the House has been adjourned for the day.
Amit Shah Assures Thorough Investigation Into Delhi Violence
Home Minister Amit Shah assured the House that the Delhi Police will hold a thorough investigation into the Delhi violence.
'Social Media Used to Spread Hate Speeches': Amit Shah
Union Home Minister Amit Shah said that around 60 social media accounts were created on 22 February and were closed down on 26th February and police will find those behind them. He further said that social media was used to incite hate.
'Asked NSA Doval to Boost Morale of Delhi Police': Amit Shah
Continuing his speech, Shah said he was the one who asked NSA Doval to go and boost the morale of Delhi Police for their work during riot-control.
'Skipped Ceremonial Occasions With Trump to Coordinate With Delhi Police & Control Riots': Amit Shah
Discussing the Delhi violence in Lok Sabha, Union Home Minister Amit Shah said that he skipped all ceremonial occasions with visiting US President Trump to coordinate with Delhi Police and control the 'riots' in real-time.
'No Instance of Communal Riot After 25 February': Amit Shah
Union Home Minister Amit Shah praised Delhi Police for controlling the violence within 36 hours and for not allowing the riots to spread to other parts of Delhi. He further said that not a single incident of riot had occurred since 25 February.
'It's a Pogrom, Not Communal Riot': AIMIM Chief Asaduddin Owaisi
AIMIM president Asaduddin Owaisi slammed the Centre for failing to prevent the Delhi violence. Going further, he said, "If communal carnage continues for more than 24 hours, it means it is pre-planned. This shouldn't be called a communal riot, it was pogrom."
Owaisi also said 'Life of Ankit cannot be more precious than life of Faizan, they were both Indians and all deaths should be investigated impartially.'
Meenakshi Lekhi Slams Opposition for Raising Matter of Justice Muralidhar's Transfer
BJP leader Meenakshi Lekhi slammed the Opposition for raising the matter of Justice Muralidhar's transfer, saying "IB reports against some people should be made public, so that people know who has been transferred and why."
BJD Leader Pinaki Misra Bats for Rehabilitation Packages for Affected People
BJD leader Pinaki Misra while speaking in Lok Sabha said that a thorough investigation should be conducted into the violence that engulfed north east Delhi and the guilty should be punished. He also suggested rehabilitation packages for affected persons.
TMC Leader Saugata Roy Calls Meenakshi Lekhi 'Devil's Advocate'
TMC Leader Saugata Roy called Meenakshi Lekhi a 'devil’s advocate’ for defending Kapil Mishra and Anurag Thakur from accusations of inciting the Delhi violence.
Rajya Sabha Adjourned for Day
The Rajya Sabha has been adjourned for the day. Meanwhile, Congress MP Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury slammed Amit Shah over Delhi violence in the Lok Sabha.
'Kapil Mishra Held Responsible for Acts of Amanatullah Khan & Tahir Hussain': Meenakshi Lekhi
BJP MP Meenakshi Lekhi in Lok Sabha during a discussion on the Delhi violence claimed that BJP leaders Anurag Thakur and Parvesh Verma were being wrongly blamed for incitement because Anurag & Verma made their comments on 20 & 28 January respectively, whereas the violence began on 23 February.
She claimed Kapil Mishra was being held responsible for the acts of AAP MLA Amanatullah Khan, AAP Councillor Tahir Hussain, and JNU research scholar Sharjeel Imam.
Rajya Sabha Resumes at 2 pm
Minister of External Affairs, S. Jaishankar makes a statement on Indians stranded in Iran due to COVID19.
"6 Indian health officials are deputed in Iran to set up sampling & testing facilities there. 108 samples were received in India on March 7. People who tested negative were brought back yesterday. Samples of 529 more Indians are being tested in NIV Pune", says Jaishankar.
Lok Sabha Resumes at 1:30 pm After Adjournment
Lok Sabha resumes at 1:30 pm after adjournment. The proceedings of the house started with some MPs welcoming the speaker Om Birla and requesting him to revoke the suspension of seven Congress Lok Sabha MPs.
802 People are Kept in Detention Centres in Assam: Nityanand Rai
Minister of State for Home, Nityanand Rai, in a written reply to a question in Rajya Sabha, said "As of March 6, 2020, a total of 802 people are kept in detention centres in Assam", ANI reported.
Rai also said, "A total of 14864 Bangladesh nationals have been granted citizenship after signing of India-Bangladesh Land Boundary Agreement in 2015."
Rajya Sabha to Resume at 2 pm
Rajya Sabha has been adjourned till 2 pm today amid ruckus by MPs over various issues.
All-party meeting is being chaired by Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla in Parliament, over smooth functioning of the House.
Discussion on Delhi Violence in Lok Sabha Today
The Lok Sabha is set to have a discussion on Delhi violence today on Wednesday, 11 March, with Union Home Minister Amit Shah scheduled to respond to the discussion at around 5:30 pm today, subject to functioning of the house, reports ANI.
Communist Party of India and Communist Party of India (Marxist) have given Adjournment Motion Notice in Lok Sabha over Delhi violence.
Congress' Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury and BJP's Meenakshi Lekhi to raise a discussion on the 'recent law and order situation in some parts of Delhi' in Lok Sabha today, on 11 March, as per ANI.
Trinamool Congress gives notice in Rajya Sabha for immediate discussion under Rule 267 on ‘Delhi carnage and the healing process’.
Congress MPs Ghulam Nabi Azad & Anand Sharma have given Suspension of Business Notice in Rajya Sabha over 'need to provide relief to riot-affected families in Delhi & setting up of an independent inquiry commission'.
KK Ragesh, Communist Party of India (Marxist) MP, has given Suspension of Business Notice in Rajya Sabha under Rule 267, over 'Centre's attempt to suppress media by imposing the 48-hour ban on two Malayalam news channels' and 'violence in Delhi'.
Parliament to Discuss Delhi Violence on 11 March, HM to Reply, Reports NDTV
The Lok Sabha is set to have a discussion on Delhi violence today on Wednesday, 11 March, with Union Home Minister Amit Shah scheduled to respond to the discussion, reported NDTV.
After Rajya Sabha, Lok Sabha Too Adjourned Till 11 March
Lok Sabha adjourned till 11am on 11 March, amid sloganeering by Opposition, demanding presence of the PM in the House and discussion on Delhi violence.
LS Passes Mineral laws (Amendment) Bill 2020
Lok Sabha passed Mineral Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2020 amid sloganeering by Opposition members.
LS: Committee to Be Formed to Inquire Into Conduct of MPs Between 2-5 March
Union Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi in Lok Sabha stated, “The government does want to keep any MP outside the Parliament. But, what happened yesterday, never happened in the 70 years of independent India.”
“Such behavior should not be displayed in the House. Earlier, inappropriate words were said against the PM and Amit Shah Ji in the House but we did not do anything,” he added.
The Speaker has formed a committee that will inquire about the incidents that happened in the House between 2-5 March and submit its report to Parliament. The Speaker will head this committee.
Congress Demands of Suspension of Its MPs Is Revoked
Congress MP Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury in Lok Sabha, “Seven of our MPs were suspended for the entire Budget session yesterday. We don't know on what basis was this done? This is not a minor thing; We only want a discussion on the issue of Delhi violence.
DMK MP Dayanidhi Maran in Lok Sabha said, “On behalf of DMK, I request that the suspension of the MPs (7 Congress MPs) be recalled.”
Rajya Sabha Adjourned Till 11 am on 11 March
Rajya Sabha adjourned till 11 am on 11 March, following uproar by the Opposition, reported ANI.
LS Adjourned Till 12 PM
Lok Sabha adjourned till 12 pm after ruckus by Congress over the suspension of its MPs a day earlier.
Rahul Gandhi, Other Cong MPs Demand Amit Shah's Resignation Outside Parliament
In Delhi, Rahul Gandhi and other Congress MPs protest in front of Mahatma Gandhi statue at Parliament, demanding resignation of Union Home Minister Amit Shah over Delhi violence.
Shri @RahulGandhi, Shri @GauravGogoiAsm & Congress MPs protest outside the parliament over the suspension of 7 Congress MPs for seeking accountability from the BJP govt over the Delhi riots. pic.twitter.com/4DbrrNAwbp— Congress (@INCIndia) March 6, 2020
'What Dictatorship Is This?' Asks Congress MP Suspended from LS
Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, one of the Congress MPs suspended from the Budget session, questioned the motives of the Speaker, saying that it was a 'government decision' as opposed to an independent one by the Speaker. "What kind of dictatorship is this?" he asked, PTI reported.
"Suspension is an attempt to weaken us, the government fears discussion on the Delhi riots in Parliament," he said, calling the incident "revenge politics".
Have Requested Speaker to Set Up Panel to Look Into Indiscipline: Union Minister Joshi
Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi commented on the behviour of the Congress MPs who have been suspended from the Parliament on charges of 'gross misconduct,' saying that the government condemned the actions.
"We have requested the Speaker to set up a panel to look into the continuous indiscipline by Congress members," said Joshi, PTI reported. "Snatching papers from the Speaker's table is utmost disrespect to the Chair, and we condemn this," he added.
'Did Nothing Wrong': Congress MPs on Suspension
"We did nothing wrong," said Congress leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury on the suspension of some party MPs from Lok Sabha. Seven Congress members have been suspended on charges of gross misconduct.
Congress' Gaurav Gogoi, one of the suspended MPs, said, "Suspend us for a year, but discuss Delhi riots and heal wounds of people," PTI reported.
7 Congress Members Suspended for Remaining Period of Budget Session
Seven Congress MPs – Gaurav Gogoi, TN Prathapan, Dean Kuriakose, R Unnithan, Manickam Tagore, Benny Behnan and Gurjeet Singh Aujla, have been suspended from Lok Sabha for the rest of the Budget session on charges of gross misconduct. The motion in this regard was passed by voice vote, PTI reported.
Lok Sabha Adjourns Till Noon Amid Protests Over Delhi Violence
Lok Sabha was adjourned till noon today as vociferous protests and sloganeering by Opposition parties over the Delhi violence disrupted proceedings for the fourth straight day, reported PTI.
Amid din, three questions were taken up during the Question Hour.
For the second consecutive day, Speaker Om Birla was not present in the House and the proceedings were presided over by BJD leader B Mahtab.
Rajya Sabha Adjourned for the Day as Protest Continues
Opposition MPs in Rajya Sabha continue to protest against Delhi violence. Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu said, “No slogans to be raised because this is Parliament not a bazaar.”
Rajya Sabha proceedings have been adjourned for the day as opposition continues protests over Delhi violence.
'PM Modi, Govt Monitoring the Coronavirus Situation': Harsh Vardhan in RS
Union Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan in Rajya Sabha makes a statement on Coronavirus. He said, “Till 4 March, there have been 29 positive cases of Coronavirus in India.”
“The ever-increasing magnitude of this outbreak calls for attention, Prime Minister is personally monitoring the preparedness and so is the government. The government is making all efforts to prevent the entry of the disease and contain it.,” he added.
'Govt Should Only Discuss Delhi Violence in RS on 11 March': Ghulam Nabi Azad
Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad in Rajya Sabha said, “Since the government has decided to hold a discussion on Delhi violence on 11 March, we request that if government puts a statement on the floor of the house, the discussion should be confined to it only.”
'We Want Justice' Slogans Raised in Lok Sabha Over Delhi Violence
For the fourth day, there is uproar by Opposition in Lok Sabha over the issue of Delhi violence. Slogans of “We want justice” being raised.
Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury Gives Notice for Adjournment Motion in LS
Congress MP Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury has given notice for adjournment motion in Lok Sabha on the issue of Delhi violence, reported ANI.
Lok Sabha Passes Direct Tax Vivaad Se Vishwas Bill Amid Din
A bill to provide an opportunity to taxpayers to settle their tax disputes by paying just due taxes with complete waiver of interest and penalty by 31 March was approved by Lok Sabha on Wednesday.
The Direct Tax Vivaad Se Vishwas Bill, 2020, which was introduced by Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman in the House, was passed amid din.
Opposition has been protesting over the issue of Delhi violence and demanding an immediate discussion.
As many as 4.83 lakh direct tax cases worth Rs 9.32 lakh crore are locked up in various appellate forums such as Commissioner (Appeals), ITAT, High Courts, Supreme Court and Debt Recovery Tribunals.
Also in search and seizure operations where the recovery is up to Rs 5 crore, this scheme can be availed once the Bill is passed by Parliament.
Delhi Police Chief SN Shrivastava in Parliament, to Meet Home Minister
Delhi Police chief SN Shrivastava has arrived in Parliament on Wednesday, 4 March. He is scheduled to meet Home Minister Amit Shah and the home secretary, reports PTI.
Rajya Sabha Adjourned till 11 am on Thursday
Rajya Sabha has been adjourned till 11 am on Thursday, following uproar by Opposition MPs over Delhi violence.
Before adjourning, the report on the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (Second Amendment) Bill, 2019 by the Standing Committee on Finance was tabled in Rajya Sabha.
Lok Sabha Adjourned Till 2 pm Amid Uproar on Delhi Violence
Lok Sabha has been adjourned till 2 pm on Wednesday amid uproar by opposition on Delhi violence.
Congress MPs Serve Adjournment Motion Notice Over Delhi Violence
Congress MPs Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, Manickam Tagore, Manish Tewari, and Jasbir Singh Gill have given adjournment motion notice over Delhi violence.
Congress Calls Urgent Meeting Over Delhi Violence, MP Political Crisis
The Congress party has called an urgent meeting with all Lok Sabha MPs led by party leader Rahul Gandhi over the issues of Delhi violence, vandalism at office of Congress MP Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury and political situation in Madhya Pradesh, reports ANI.
Rajya Sabha Adjourned Till 11 am Tomorrow
Rajya Sabha has been adjourned till 11 am on Wednesday, 4 March, following an uproar over Delhi violence.
RS Adjourned Till 3 pm; Opposition Slams Govt
As ruckus continued for the second day in the House over Delhi violence, Rajya Sabha was adjourned till 3 pm, for the second time in a day.
Senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad in Rajya Sabha said, “If things are normal then why can't the government have a discussion.”
Meanwhile, Lok Sabha was adjourned for the day amid unrelenting protests by opposition members over Delhi violence.
LS Adjourned Again as Oppn Demands Immediate Discussion on Delhi Violence
Lok Sabha adjourned for the day amid ruckus in the House over Opposition's demand for an immediate discussion on the issue of Delhi violence.
'Govt Ready to Debate on Delhi Violence': LS Speaker Om Birla
Amid chants from the Opposition, Lok Sabha speaker Om Birla said, “The government is ready to discuss on the issue of Delhi violence. We will discuss the matter after Holi, sometime around 11 March. Everyone should get to celebrate Holi peacefully. There should be discussion, debate, and reach a middle ground in the House. The government is ready to debate.”
Kejriwal Arrives at Parliament to Meet PM Modi
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has arrived at the Parliament to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi, reported ANI.
Lok Sabha Adjourned Till 2 PM
Lok Sabha adjourned till 2 pm following uproar over Delhi violence.
Rajya Sabha Adjourned Till 2 PM Over Delhi Violence
Rajya Sabha adjourned till 2 pm following uproar over Delhi violence, reported ANI.
AAP Stages Protest at Parliament Complex Over Delhi Violence
In Delhi, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) MPs stage protest over Delhi violence near Gandhi Statue at Parliament Complex, reported ANI.
'PM Said Nation Is Supreme, Development Our Mantra': BJP Leader on Party Meet
Parliamentary Affairs Minister, Pralhad Joshi said, “Prime Minister Modi at the BJP Parliamentary Party meeting today said that we are here for the national interest. PM Modi also said that the nation is supreme, and that development is our mantra,” reported ANI.
“Development of the nation is important, and peace, harmony and unity are necessary for that development. Some people are living for their parties, but we live for the country,” the Prime Minister said, highlighting his BJP's “Sabka vikas, sabka saath” slogan.
Cong MPs Give Adjournment Motion in LS over Delhi Violence
Congress MPs Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, Gaurav Gogoi and Manicka Tagore have given Adjournment Motion Notice in Lok Sabha over Delhi violence, reported ANI.
LS Speaker Om Birla Calls Meeting for Smooth Functioning in Parliament Today
Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla has called an all-party meeting today to ensure smooth functioning in the Parliament. The meeting has been called over the ruckus that was created in the House yesterday during a protest by the opposition against Delhi violence, reported ANI.
BJP MP Saroj Pandey Gives Zero Hr Notice in RS
BJP MP Saroj Pandey has given Zero Hour Notice in Rajya Sabha, over 'the need for One Nation One Election,’ reported ANI.
Security on Alert at Parliament's Gate No. 1 After BJP Leader's Car Triggers Alarm
#WATCH Delhi: Security at Gate No. 1 in Parliament on alert after BJP MP Vinod Kumar Sonkar's car damaged as spikes placed at a distance of a boom barrier at the gate got activated after a car accidentally touched the boom barrier. pic.twitter.com/C3eAtYBSBL— ANI (@ANI) March 3, 2020
Rajnath Singh, Amit Shaha Arrive at Parliament Building for Party Meet
In Delhi, Union Home Minister Amit Shah and Defence Minister Rajnath Singh arrive at Parliament Library Building for the BJP Parliamentary Party Meeting.
BSP, CPI (M) Leaders Give Suspension of Business Notice in RS over Delhi Unrest
Two political leaders, Bahujan Samaj Party's Satish Chand Mishra and KK Ragesh, Communist Party of India (Marxist) MP have given Suspension of Business Notice under Rule 267 in Rajya Sabha, over violence in Delhi, reported ANI.
Kejriwal to Meet PM Modi in Parliament Today
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi today in Parliament, reports ANI.
Congress Asks Rajya Sabha MPs to be Present in the House Till Adjournment on Tuesday
The Congress has asked all its Rajya Sabha MPs to be present in the House from 10.45 am till the adjournment of the House on Tuesday, 3 March.
Smriti Irani Demands Action Against Congress MPs
Union Minister Smriti Irani stated that Congress misbehaved with BJP women MPs in Lok Sabha, she further said that the BJP would appeal to Speaker to take strongest possible action against Congress. Irani also said that action of Congress members in Parliament shows desperation of Gandhi family.
The House was earlier adjourned thrice, with members from the BJP and the Congress pushing and shoving each other amid the Opposition's protests against last week's communal violence in Delhi, which has claimed over 40 lives.
LS Speaker Om Birla Expresses Anguish Over Scuffle Between BJP and Cong in Parliament
Speaker Om Birla expressed anguish over scuffle between BJP and Congress members in Lok Sabha, adjourning House till Tuesday. Birla said that he doesn't want to run it under such circumstances.
'Our Duty to Uncover Conspiracy Behind Delhi Violence' Says Congress
Congress leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury while interacted with the media stated that the Congress will continue to protests in Parliament as it is their duty to uncover ‘conspiracy’ behind Delhi violence.
Both the Houses of Parliament have been adjourned on Tuesday, 3 March, following uproar over Delhi violence.
BJP MP Jaskaur Meena Denies Allegations of Physical Assault
BJP MP Jaskaur Meena said that allegations of physical assault levelled by Congress MP Ramya Haridas are false. Jaskaur Meena further mentioned that she didn’t hit or push Ramya Haridas.
Cong, BJP Members Push, Shove Each Other in Lok Sabha
BJP and Congress members pushed and shoved each other in Lok Sabha as opposition members vehemently protested over the issue of violence in Delhi and demanded resignation of Home Minister Amit Shah.
As soon as the House met at 2 pm, opposition members started raising slogans from the Well against the government.
They then went into the area of treasury benches carrying a black banner, which demanded Shah's resignation, as Speaker Om Birla continued with proceedings of the House. This angered many BJP members, including many from back benches, to rush towards the Congress members.
Cong's Ramya Haridas Alleges Assault by BJP Woman MP in LS
Congress MP Ramya Haridas lodged a complaint with Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla that she was assaulted by a BJP woman MP inside the Lower House and sought immediate action over the matter.
BJP and Congress members pushed and shoved each other in Lok Sabha as opposition members vehemently protested over the issue of violence in Delhi and demanded the resignation of Home Minister Amit Shah.
Bill for Extending Upper Limit of Abortion to 24 Weeks Introduced in Lok Sabha
A bill that seeks to extend the upper limit for permitting abortions from the present 20 weeks to 24 weeks was introduced in Lok Sabha on Monday, PTI reported.
Health Minister Harsh Vardhan introduced the Medical Termination of Pregnancy (Amendment) Bill, 2020 amid vehement protests by opposition members against the Central government over the Delhi violence.
After approving the bill last month, the government had said this will ensure safe termination of pregnancies and also give women reproductive rights over their bodies.
Budget Session Adjourned Following Uproar Over Delhi Violence
The proceedings in both the Houses of Parliament have been adjourned on Tuesday, 3 March, following uproar over Delhi violence.
Pralhad Joshi Invokes 1984 Riots Amid Uproar by Oppn Over Delhi Violence
Amid the ruckus, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi in Lok Sabha said, “Those who didn't take any action even after 3000 people were killed in 1984, the same people are creating a ruckus here. I strongly condemn this attitude.”
Uproar by Opposition MPs in Rajya Sabha Over Delhi Violence
Opposition MPs created ruckus in the Rajya Sabha over the recent violence in northeast Delhi.
"Bandh karo...bandh Karo" slogans were raised by the Opposition, demanding Home Minister Amit Shah's resignation over unrest in Delhi.
AAP MPs staged a protest inside Parliament premises and sought probe by a Supreme Court or High Court judge, PTI reported.
Congress MPs Seek Home Minister Amit Shah's Resignation Over Delhi Violence
Congress MPs, including former party chief Rahul Gandhi, hold protest inside Parliament premises over Delhi violence, seek Home Minister Amit Shah's resignation.
Cong, AAP, TMC MPs Hold Separate Protests Against Govt Over Delhi Violence
Congress, Trinamool and AAP MPs staged separate dharnas on Monday near the Gandhi statue in Parliament, demanding answers from the government on the Delhi violence, PTI reported.
Covering their eyes with black bands and holding a finger on their lips in an apparent imitation of Gandhi's ‘Three Monkeys’, Mohua Mitra, Sukhendu Shekhar Rai among others were part of the protest.
Congress leaders Rahul Gandhi, Adhir Ranjan Choudhary, Shashi Tharoor and others held placards demanding answers on the Delhi riots and the resignation of Home Minister Amit Shah.
Rajya Sabha Adjourned Till 2 pm After Uproar by Oppn Over Delhi Violence
Rajya Sabha has been adjourned till 2 pm after uproar by opposition MPs over Delhi violence, ANI reported.
Lok Sabha Adjourned Till 2 pm
Lok Sabha has been adjourned till 2 pm after an obituary reference to Baidyanath Prasad Mahto, JD(U) MP from Valmiki Nagar, Bihar who passed away on 28 February, according to ANI.
Delhi Violence: TMC Leaders Protest Inside Parliament Premises
Trinamool Congress (TMC) leaders protest in front of Gandhi statue inside the Parliament premises, over northeast Delhi violence, ANI reported.
Home Min Amit Shah, Defence Min Rajnath Singh Arrive at Parliament
Union Home Minister Amit Shah and Defence Minister Rajnath Singh arrive at the Parliament for the second phase of Budget Session, ANI reported.
Priority Should Be Given to Passage of Union Budget: Parliamentary Affairs Minister
With Opposition leaders sending notices in Parliament demanding discussion on the communal violence in northeast Delhi, Union Minister Arjun Ram Meghwal on Sunday said the priority should be given to the Union Budget as it is a constitutional responsibility, according to PTI.
However, the Parliamentary Affairs minister said the opposition should not politicise the violence and rather deliberate upon how it can be stopped from happening again.
“We are ready for discussion on any issue as per the rules of the house and provided the speaker gives permission for it. But first we all should ensure the passage of the budget which is constitutional responsibility for all of us,” Meghwal told PTI.
Congress to Strongly Raise Delhi Violence in Parliament
The Congress will strongly raise the issue of communal violence in Delhi during the second part of the Budget Session in Parliament starting on Monday, 2 March and demand Home Minister Amit Shah's resignation over alleged police lapses, according to PTI.
Congress' leader in Lok Sabha Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury said the party will strongly raise the issue of Delhi violence.
“The government has miserably failed to maintain law and order. I think there must be some sort of a nexus between the rioters and a section of police officials which resulted in gruesome killings and arson that has tarnished our image across the globe. This is a matter of serious concern for us," Chowdhury told PTI.
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