1. Parliament Winter Session 2017 Live Updates: Congress attacks BJP in Rajya Sabha, seeks PM Modi’s apology over Manmohan Singh remark

Parliament Winter Session 2017 Live Updates: Congress attacks BJP in Rajya Sabha, seeks PM Modi’s apology over Manmohan Singh remark

Parliament Winter Session 2017 Live Updates: The Parliament today began. Lok Sabha was adjourned after making customary obituary references.

By: | New Delhi | Updated: December 15, 2017 4:01 PM
Parliament Winter Session 2017, Parliament Winter Session live, parliament session, parliament Live, winter session live, lok sabha, rajya sabha, narendra modi triple talaq, congress, bjp, gujarat results, loksabha news, rajya sabha news, Parliament Winter Session 2017 Live Updates: The Parliament today began. The 21-day-long winter session of Parliament will conclude on January 5. It will have 14 settings. This comes as Gujarat Assembly elections results will be declared on December 18.

Parliament Winter Session 2017 Live Updates: The Parliament today began. Lok Sabha was adjourned after making customary obituary references. The 21-day-long winter session of Parliament will conclude on January 5. It will have 14 settings. This comes as Gujarat Assembly elections results will be declared on December 18. Earlier, Congress has accused BJP of delaying the Winter Session. This will be a crucial session as key bills, including Triple Talaq, are pending in Parliament. As many as 25 pending bills and 14 new ones are expected to be placed in the winter session of parliament. Some of the bills listed for consideration and passage at the session include Surrogacy (Regulation) Bill, 2016, Prevention of Corruption (Amendment) Bill, 2013 and Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Bill, 2016. The surrogacy bill prohibits commercial surrogacy and allows its altruistic form. It also specifies criteria for the intending couple and a surrogate mother, the think-tank said. Prevention of Corruption (Amendment) Bill, 2013 proposes to make giving bribe an offence and modifies the definition of ‘taking a bribe’ and requires prior sanction to investigate officials, accoridng to reports. Last year, the Winter session was a complete washout.

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3:30 pm: Rajya Sabha has been adjourned for the day.

3:07 PM: BJP president Amit Shah today made his parliamentary debut, occupying a front row seat in the Rajya Sabha on the opening day of the winter session.

3:02 PM: Shah, 53, who was elected to the Upper House of Parliament in August, walked in just minutes before the proceedings began.

2:57 PM: Members of the treasury benches, including several ministers, stood up to welcome him. Some thumped desks and others clapped as a smiling Shah greeted them with folded hands. He then went straight to his assigned seat in the front row.

2:52 PM: Shah has been allocated the aisle seat right next to the two-seat block were Leader of the House and Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and Prime Minister Narendra Modi sit.

2:50 pm: Rajya Sabha is adjourned till 3 pm.

2:47 PM: Rajya Sabha members sit in a semi-circle, facing the Chair. The semi-circle is divided into six blocks of seats separated by aisles.

2:42 PM: The ruling side is seated on the one side of the semi-circle and the principal opposition party, Congress on the other. Other parties including allies of the ruling party or those in the opposition occupy the middle blocks.

2:37 PM: FM Jaitley and PM Modi have seats in the front row of the first block. Shah has been allotted the seat in the next block where he has the company of Minister of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution Ram Vilas Paswan and Social Justice Minister Thawar Chand Gehlot.

2:32 pm: When Shah walked in ministers including Telecom Minister Manoj Sinha, HRD Minister Prakash Javedkar and I&B Minister Smriti Irani thumped and clapped to welcome him. After he was seated, some members walked up to him to greet him.

2:27 pm: The seat allotted to Shah was previously occupied by M Venkaiah Naidu, who after being elected Vice President in August is now the Chairman of Rajya Sabha. The front row seats in the block next of his has AIADMK and TMC leaders.

2:22 pm: The seats in the next block used to be occupied by Sitaram Yechury (CPI-M), Ram Gopal Yadav (SP), rebel JD-U leader Sharad Yadav and BSP’s Mayawati till the last session.

2:17 pm: However, with the CPI(M) deciding against giving Yechury a third term, his seat is now occupied by his fellow-comrade T K Rangarajan.

2:12 pm: While JD-U members have moved near treasury benches since Nitish Kumar broke ranks with Lalu Prasad’s RJD and joined the NDA, its rebel leader Sharad Yadav has been disqualified.

2:07 pm: The BSP supremo quit the Rajya Sabha in July, complaining that her voice was being muzzled. After her resignation, her seat has been given her confidante and BSP leader Satish Mishra.

2:02 PM: Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu, however, said the adjournment notice has not been accepted by him and insisted that the House takes up the Question Hour. However, the Congress member remained unrelenting and started raising slogans. The Chair adjourned the House till 2.30 pm.

1:59 PM: Congress members today forced the adjournment of proceedings in the Rajya Sabha by raising slogans protesting Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s remarks at an election rally in Gujarat against his predecessor Manmohan Singh.

1:56 PM: The House witnessed two adjournments in the morning of the first day of the Winter Session. While it saw an adjournment for 20 minutes till noon in the beginning after opposition uproar over disqualification of rebel JD-U leaders Sharad Yadav and Ali Anwar Ansari, the second one was over the Prime Minister’s remarks.

1:53 PM: When the House reassembled at noon to take up the Question Hour, Leader of Opposition and senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad raised the issue of Modi’s remarks at an election rally in Gujarat targeting Singh over a dinner meeting with Pakistani diplomats.

1:50 PM: Azad said his party has given a notice under rule 267 seeking setting aside of the listed business to take up discussion on the “serious matter”. Serious allegations have been levelled against the former Prime Minister, ex-Army Chief and former diplomats, he said.

1:47 PM: PM Modi had in his election rally earlier this month alleged Congress conspiring with Pakistan to foist its candidate in Gujarat, with Azad saying it is a “serious matter and opposition is worried”.

1:44 pm: The prime minister said at yesterday’s all-party meeting, leaders of the political parties were clear that there is a need to take the country forward and this session should be used positively to achieve that.

1:40 pm: “I hope this Parliament session contributes to the nation’s growth. There will be proper utilisation of the time of Parliament which will be beneficial to the country,” he said.

1:36 pm: PM Modi said there will be several significant government businesses which will have far reaching impact for the country.

1:33 pm: The prime minister hoped Parliament will function “positively” which will be beneficial to the country, strengthen democracy and help in fulfilling hopes and aspirations of common people.

1:30 pm: PM Modi also said that normally after the festival of Diwali, winter begins but due to global warming and climate change, the winter chill is yet to be felt.

1:27 pm: “But our Winter Session is beginning in 2017 and will go on till 2018,” he said.

1:24 pm: Prime Minister Narendra Modi today hoped the Winter Session of Parliament will be a productive one with constructive debates and innovative suggestions that will help resolve the country’s problems.

1:21 pm: The government is expected to table 25 pending bills and 14 new ones, including a bill providing Muslim women the right to seek maintenance in case of triple talaq, during the session which begins today.

11:18 pm: “The Winter Session of Parliament is starting and I am confident that it will be a productive session. I hope there is good debate, constructive debate and we come up with innovative solutions to our nation’s problems,” he told reporters in Parliament.

1:15 pm: Earlier, the proceedings of the Lok Sabha on the first day of the Winter Session were adjourned today after the House paid tributes to three sitting and seven former members who died during the inter-session period. The House would now meet on Monday.

1:10 pm: As soon as the House assembled, newly-elected Congress member from Gurdaspur Sunil Kumar Jakhar was administered the oath, which he took in Punjabi.

12:50 pm: Prime Minister must come to the house (Rajya Sabha) & give proof of what he said or he must apologize not only to the house but to the whole nation: GN Azad

12:45 pm: Gave notice that today’s business be suspended & a big issue that is not just national but international, be discussed. Issue is the allegations made by PM against former PM, former VP, Former Army Chief & others of conspiring with Pakistan for Gujarat Election, says Ghulam Nabi Azad in RajyaSabha.

12:36 pm: Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra_Mahajan being welcomed by Secretary-General Lok Sabha Snehlata Shrivastava, on the first day of the thirteenth session of Sixteenth Lok Sabha in Parliament House.

12:33 pm: Prime Minister Narendra Modi greeted Jakhar with a handshake when the former greeted him with folded hands after taking oath. The Gurdaspur bypoll was necessitated following the demise of BJP member and cine star Vinod Khanna.

12:30 pm: After the oath of the new member, Modi introduced new ministers to the House. These included Dharmendra Pradhan, Piyush Goyal and Nirmala Sitharaman who were elevated as Cabinet ministers in the September 3 rejig of the council of ministers.

12:27 pm:The new faces are ministers of state (independent charge) R K Singh, Hardeep Puri, K J Alphonse and ministers of state Shiv Pratap Shukla, Virendra Kumar, Ananth Hegde, Gajendra Shekhawat and Satyapal Singh.

12:24 pm: Making obituary references, Speaker Sumitra Mahajan informed members that three sitting Lok Sabha MPs — Sultan Ahmed (TMC), Chand Nath (BJP) and Tasleem Uddin (RJD) had passed away recently.

12:21 pm: Seven other former members — Vikram Mahajan, Ram Singh, R Keishing, P C Barman, Dhanraj Singh, Amal Datta and Priya Ranjan Dasmunsi also died during the inter-session period.

12:18 pm: The House was also introduced to the new Secretary General, Snehlata Shrivastava, who took over on December 1. A former IAS officer, she is the first woman Secretary General of the Lok Sabha.

12:15 pm: Before the proceedings began, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj met leaders of various parties. When the Prime Minister entered the House, he greeted the members from the opposition benches with a ‘namaste’ and bowing his head.

12:10 pm: Leader of Opposition GN Azad raises the issue of PM Modi’s allegations against former PM (Manmohan Singh) & others of conspiring with Pakistan for #GujaratElection2017, says, ‘ye sadharan aarop nahi hai.’ House adjourned till 2:30 pm.

12:04 pm: Rajya Sabha has been adjourned till 2.30 pm as ruckus continues in the upper House.

12:02 PM: Rajya Sabha proceedings have been disrupted.

12:00 PM: Rajya Sabha has resumed functioning.

11:48 AM: WATCH- Rajya Sabha adjourned till 12 pm.

11:45 AM: Sharad Yadav and Ali Anwar’s disqualification issue raised in Rajya Sabha, ‘Taanashahi nahin chalegi’ slogans raised by opposition, Chairman Venkaiah Naidu says ‘All in Well, not well!’. House adjourned till 12 noon.

11:42 am: WATCH- Ruckus in Rajya Sabha over Sharad Yadav’s expulsion as MP

11:40 am: Rajya Sabha has been adjourned after Opposition members created ruckus in the Upper House.

11:37 am: PM Modi is present in Rajya Sabha

11:35 am: Earlier, Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad said, “For the first time a Prime Minister has accused Former PM, former Vice President and diplomats of conspiring with Pakistan for Gujarat elections. PM must clarify in the Parliament.”

11:32 am: Uproar in Rajya Sabha even as Congress seeks apology and clarification from Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

11:30 am: Prime Minister Narendra Modi is introducing the newly inducted Cabinet Ministers in Rajya Sabha.

11:22 am:  Lok Sabha was adjourned till December 18 at 11 AM.

11:18 am: Lok Sabha has been adjourned.

11:15 am: Prime Minister Narendra Modi has introduced the newly inducted Cabinet Ministers in Lok Sabha.

11:05 am: Obituary references are being made in the Rajya Sabha, by Chairman and Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu

11:00 am: The Parliament has begun.

10:58 am: INLD Lok Sabha MP Dushyant Chautala rides a tractor to the Parliament.

10:55 am: At yesterday’s all-party meeting, we all were clear that we need to take the country ahead and this session should be used positively to achieve that, said PM Narendra Modi at the start of the Winter Session of Parliament

10:53 am: We are always in favor of constructive suggestion,we are very much interested to run Parliament & issues to be discussed, provided the Govt should take interest and create such an atmosphere which is conducive for discussion. They should respect the opposition, says Mallikarjun Kharge

10:51 am: WATCH- BJP Chief Amit Shah’s first day in Parliament.

10:49 am: I have faith and all-party meeting y’day shared same idea that this Parliament session should be held with positive approach to move the country forward. I also hope that country will be benefited and democracy will be strengthened from the session, said PM Modi ahead of winter session

10:45 am: Stepping up its attack, Congress leader and former Railway Minister Mallikarjun Kharge said that PM Narendra Modi didn’t answer the points they raised.

10:42 am: Even as Congress has sought clarification, apology from the Prime Minister, Narendra Modi says this ahead of Parliament Winter Session 2017

10:39 am: “Generally winter starts with Diwali. But due to global warming winter has not come in full force. But winter session has started now and I hope that country would be benefited from fruitful 2017-2018 winter session in Parliament. I hope for positive and innovative arguments,” says PM Modi.

10:36 AM: PM Modi also talked about global warming and climate change during his media briefing ahead of Winter Session which is beginning today.

10:34 am: We look forward to having a fruitful session, hope to see positive approach this #WinterSession . Democracy will surely strengthen: PM Modi ahead of winter session of Parliament

10:32 am: Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his media briefing said, he is hoping for a fruitful session. PM Modi also asked for innovative ideas to be discussed in the House.

10:29 am: BJP President Amit Shah has reached Parliament, to make his Parliamentary debut in Rajya Sabha today.

10:26 am: Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan today said she would strive to ensure that a healthy discussion is held on all issues raised by leaders of political parties in the Winter Session of Parliament beginning today.

10:23 am: She also said that besides government business, she would try to take up matters raised by members in the course of the session.

10:20 am: Talking to reporters after an all-party meeting convened by her, she said the assistance of INTACH is being taken to upkeep the Parliament house, which is a living heritage.

10:17 am: The ruling Biju Janata Dal (BJD) yesterday announced its decision to raise the Mahanadi water dispute, Polavaram project row and other pressing issues facing the state during the winter session of the Parliament, beginning today.

10:14 am: The decision was taken today at the BJD’s parliamentary party meeting at Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik’s residence here.

10:11 am: For the first time a Prime Minister has accused Former PM, former Vice President and diplomats of conspiring with Pakistan for Gujarat elections. PM must clarify in the Parliament, says Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad.

10:08 am: NDA Meeting will take place at 4 PM in the Parliament today, according to report.

10:05 am: It has been learnt that Cabinet meeting will take place at 1 PM in Parliament, today.

10:03 am: The new bills listed for introduction and passage include Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (Amendment) Bill, 2017, Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriages) Bill, 2017 and Goods and Services Tax (Compensation to States_Amendment Bill), 2017.

10:00 am: The Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriages) Bill gives women from the community the right to seek maintenance from their husbands in case of triple talaq, while the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (Amendment) Bill, 2017 prohibits certain persons, including promoters of defaulter companies, from submitting a resolution plan, according to report

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    P.S.Radhakrishnan
    Dec 16, 2017 at 6:47 am
    Parliament plays an important system in our democratic set up.. People at present see the Parliament as palace for scoring politically and involve in verbal diarrhea. Thousands of crores are being spent on the politicians for taking decisions and enacting bills for smooth running of the nation. The reform process should , in fact, start from there. Qualification, attendance and involvement in discussion might be made compulsory to insure quality in decisions and quickly. The Parliament cannot function if the opposition acts irresponsibly and destructively. Similarly the ruling side also will have to observe some responsibilities. The congress is loosing ground every where and they will be more aggressive in the House for a public posture. We want the opposition playing a constructive role in providing alternative to GOVT policies and at the same time willing to agree and concede if the majority decides so. People are fed up with slogan shouting and blockage of proceedings.
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      P.S.Radhakrishnan
      Dec 16, 2017 at 12:01 am
      Congress is in a very furious mood after hearing the exist poll results. Rahul's coronation as the President of the party is not coming at a good time and even pose a challenge to his leadership. The BJP also has to learn a lesson or two. Modiji has to keep an eye on the functioning of the FM , lest he may put the party in an embarrassing situation like in Gujarat where the BJP narrowly escaped from a defeat due to some hard work by Modiji. Many companies in India had warned the FM on the implementation of the GST without preparing well , however, the FM hastily launched it forcing the trader community in Gujarat to vote against the party. Such things need to be avoided in future. Piyush Goyal was the right man for the FM post.
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