Parliament News Updates: Bring bill for restoring J&K statehood, Ghulam Nabi Azad to Centre

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Updated: February 3, 2021 4:46:05 pm

Parliament News Updates: After the President's Address to both Houses of Parliament on Friday and presentation of the Union Budget on Monday, Tuesday was the first regular sitting of Parliament.

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Parliament News Updates: Senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad today asked the Centre to bring a bill in Rajya Sabha proposing restoration of statehood for Jammu and Kashmir. Speaking during the Motion of Thanks to the President’s Address, Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Azad said, “I appeal to you, if Jammu and Kashmir has to progress and if we have to fight our enemies at the borders, we need to take our own people into confidence and give them love.” He said the government should “bring a bill in the House and statehood to be restored” adding that legislative assembly elections must be held after statehood is restored for Jammu and Kashmir.

Azad also asked the Centre to withdraw the three contentious farm bills without making it a prestige issue. Declaring that disrespect to the national flag cannot be tolerated, he also condemned the violence at Red Fort during the farmers’ tractor rally on Republic Day.

On Tuesday, the House was adjourned for the day without transacting any business as the Congress and other opposition members created an uproar demanding discussion on the issue of farmers’ protest over the three new farm laws. The House was first adjourned for about 40 minutes till 10:30 am, then till 11:30 am and then to 12:30 pm.

After the President’s Address to both Houses of Parliament on Friday and presentation of the Union Budget on Monday, Tuesday was the first regular sitting of Parliament. When the upper house re-assembled at 12:30 pm, protesting members again trooped into the Well raising slogans, forcing Deputy Chairman Harivansh to adjourn proceedings for the day.

In Lok Sabha, members mainly from the Congress, DMK and the Trinamool Congress rushed to the Well of the House demanding repeal of the three “black” laws. Members of the Shiv Sena were seen raising slogans from the aisles. Former Union minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal of the Shiromani Akali Dal was also seen holding a poster demanding repeal of the contentious agriculture legislations.

 

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    15:57 (IST)03 Feb 2021
    Bring bill for restoring J&K statehood: Ghulam Nabi Azad to Centre

    Parliament LIVE: Senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad today asked the government to bring a bill in Rajya Sabha proposing restoration of statehood for Jammu and Kashmir. Speaking during the Motion of Thanks to the President's Address, Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Azad said, "I appeal to you, if Jammu and Kashmir has to progress and if we have to fight our enemies at the borders, we need to take our own people into confidence and give them love." He said the government should "bring a bill in the House and statehood to be restored" adding that legislative assembly elections must be held after statehood is restored for Jammu and Kashmir. He said any measure that upsets the people residing in the Northeast and border areas, including Jammu and Kashmir, Ladakh and Punjab, should not be taken. Referring to former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, Azad said she taught him that "we cannot fight on multiple fronts with Pakistan and China". The Congress leader claimed that the people of Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh are not happy as outsiders can now buy their land and work there, unlike in the past.

    14:27 (IST)03 Feb 2021
    Killing of Tamil Nadu fishermen in Sri Lanka unacceptable: Jaishankar in Rajya Sabha

    Parliament LIVE: India has taken up with Sri Lanka in the strongest terms the killing of Tamil Nadu fishermen in the island nation, and has made it very clear that such incidents are unacceptable, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar told Rajya. The statement came after Tamil parties raised the issue of four fishermen from the state being allegedly killed by the Sri Lankan Navy while fishing mid-sea. "We have taken it up in strongest terms with the Sri Lankan government and this particular incident I think was particularly unacceptable and that has been made very very clear to them," Jaishankar said.     Raising the issue through a Zero Hour mention, Tiruchi Siva of the DMK said four fishermen of Tamil Nadu were reported missing on January 19 and the Sri Lankan Navy informed that their bodies have been found in the Palk Strait four days later. While the Sri Lankan Navy claims that the boat of the fishermen rammed into their vessel, the fishermen were brutally attacked and killed by the island nation's Navy, he alleged. Fishermen from Tamil Nadu have continuously faced harassment at the hands of the Sri Lankan Navy and have been forced to quit the profession, he said. (PTI)

    14:24 (IST)03 Feb 2021
    Committee formed to suggest reforms in criminal laws, govt tells Parliament

    Parliament LIVE: The Centre has set up a committee to suggest reforms in criminal laws and sought suggestions from state governments, courts and bar councils, Rajya Sabha was informed today. Union Minister of State for Home G Kishan Reddy said the committee set up to suggest reforms in the criminal laws is headed by the Vice Chancellor of the National Law University, Delhi. "The Ministry of Home Affairs has also sought suggestions from States, Union Territories, Supreme Court, High Courts, Bar Council of India, Bar Council of States and various Universities and Law Institutes on comprehensive amendments in Criminal laws. "The suggestions received and the report of the Committee are subject to examination by the Ministry of Home Affairs in consultation with all stakeholders," he said in written reply to a question.

    14:10 (IST)03 Feb 2021
    Repeal farm laws without making it prestige issue: Ghulam Nabi Azad to Centre

    Leader of Opposition and Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad asked the Centre to withdraw the three contentious farm bills without making it a prestige issue. Declaring that disrespect to the national flag cannot be tolerated, he also condemned the violence at Red Fort during the farmers' tractor rally on Republic Day. Participating in the Motion of Thanks to the President's Address in the Rajya Sabha, he suggested that Prime Minister Narendra Modi himself should make the announcement on repeal of the bills. He also made a case for restoration of statehood to Jammu and Kashmir and holding assembly elections, saying that people of the area were not happy and development work had come to halt.

    13:12 (IST)03 Feb 2021
    Doors always open for farmers; Opposition should not make stir another Shaheen Bagh: BJP

    The BJP today said in Rajya Sabha that doors are always open for farmers to resolve the issue amicably, and urged opposition parties not to make the farmers' agitation another Shaheen Bagh. Moving the Motion of Thanks to the President's address in the upper house, BJP member Bhubaneswar Kalita said the government respects farmers. He said the government has given new rights to farmers through these new farm laws and none of their rights or facilities have been taken away.       He said, "Let me remind them that the three farm laws have been passed by both the houses of Parliament after much deliberations." "The benefits of these three important farm laws have started reaching more than 10 crore people and small farmers. There has been no reduction in the rights and facilities of farmers. Through these agriculture reforms, the government has given new rights to farmers," he said initiating the debate. The motion was seconded by another BJP member Vijay Pal Singh Tomar.  

    12:41 (IST)03 Feb 2021
    Parliament LIVE: 5 extra hours added to discussion on President's address

    Rajya Sabha LIVE: Five extra hours have been added to the duration of discussion in Rajya Sabha on a motion thanking the President for his address to the joint sitting of Parliament to allow debate on the farmers' protest against three agri reform legislations. The Rajya Sabha will dispense with the scheduled Question Hour, Zero Hour and Private Member Business for the 15-hour discussion on the Motion of Thanks to the President's Address beginning Wednesday, Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu said.    This comes after the government and opposition parties said a consensus has been reached to extend the duration of the allotted time on the discussion on a Motion Thanking the President for his Address to the Joint Sitting of Lok Sabha and Rajaya Sabha at the beginning of the Budget Session, from the currently allocated 10 hours to 15 hours. Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi said,"Consensus has been arrived that more time should be given for discussion on Motion of Thanks to the President." Requesting the Chair to agree to extend the time, he said the Question Hour can be dispensed with on Wednesday and Thursday, and the Zero Hour on Thursday to allow for the 15 hour for the debate. Joshi said that also, as already agreed in the Business Advisory Committee (BAC), private member business scheduled for Friday can be dispensed with for the same purpose.    The House proceedings begin with the Zero Hour where members raise issues of public importance and is followed by the Question Hour where MPs put questions to the government on any issue. Leader of the Opposition and senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad said that 18-19 opposition parties had sought a discussion on the more than two-month-long agitation by farmers at Delhi borders before the Motion of Thanks is taken up.

    12:26 (IST)03 Feb 2021
    M Venkaiah Naidu warns Rajya Sabha MPs against recording proceedings on mobile phones

    Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu today warned MPs against recording proceedings of the House on mobile phones, saying such unauthorised recordings and its circulation on social media may be a breach of Parliamentary privilege and contempt of the House. Some opposition MPs had on Tuesday used their cell phones to record the disruption in proceedings over farm bills. These videos were shared on social media and aired on television channels. When the House met for the day, Naidu said Parliamentary rules restrict "usage of cellular phones within Rajya Sabha chambers." "It is observed that some members are using their mobile phones to record the proceedings of the House while sitting in the Chamber. Such conduct is against Parliamentary etiquettes and is not expected from members," he said without naming anyone. MPs, he said, should desist from such "unwarranted activities inside the Chamber". "Such unauthorised recording of proceedings of the House and its circulation on social media may lead to a breach of privilege and contempt of the House," he said. Naidu said sections of the media, who started using the clips, are advised not to do so as "it is not authorised" and they could be "liable for consequences thereon". He hoped MPs will follow rules and maintain the dignity of the House. "If members are fair everything will be fine," he said, adding, "Members have to be fair to the rules of the House." "Members are, therefore, advised to be careful in this regard. I only hope that everybody will follow rules and regulations," he added.

    11:40 (IST)03 Feb 2021
    Ghulam Nabi Azad urges Centre to resolve farmers issue

    Congress Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad today urged the Centre to listen to farmers and resolve the crisis over Farm Laws. He says country had witnessed many farmers movements and every time farmers had won in their fight against the government. He says farmers are strong and their demands should be accpeted. 

    11:03 (IST)03 Feb 2021
    Congress MP Jasbir Singh gives adjournment motion notice in Lok Sabha

    Congress MP Jasbir Singh has given an adjournment motion notice in Lok Sabha over farmers' issue.

    10:45 (IST)03 Feb 2021
    Want repeal of three farm laws because talks won't help: Sanjay Singh

    Parliament LIVE: AAP MP Sanjay Singh says that they expressed dissent in the House. "We want repeal of three farm laws because talks won't help. Three of us have been suspended for a day." 

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    10:24 (IST)03 Feb 2021
    Manish Tewari gives adjournment motion notice in Lok Sabha

    Congress MP Manish Tewari gives adjournment motion notice in Lok Sabha to discuss the farmers' protest 

    10:23 (IST)03 Feb 2021
    Rajya Sabha LIVE: Bills listed for consideration and passage on Tuesday

    In Rajya Sabha, four bills were listed for consideration and passing in the legislative business on Tuesday. These were: The Major Port Authorities Bill, 2020; The National Institutes of Food Technology, Entrepreneurship and Management Bill, 2019; The Medical Termination of Pregnancy (Amendment) Bill, 2020; and The National Commission for Allied and Healthcare Professions Bill, 2020. 

    10:10 (IST)03 Feb 2021
    Chairman asks AAP MP Sanjay Singh to withdraw from House

    Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu imposed Rule 255 against three Aam Aadmi Party MPs including Sanjay Singh to 'withdraw' from the House.

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    09:48 (IST)03 Feb 2021
    Rajya Sabha Live: More time to discuss motion of thanks

    Parliament LIVE: The government and opposition parties in Rajya Sabha have reached on consensus to allocate more time to discuss motion of thanks and parties can raise their issues on farmers' protest during the discussion.

    09:31 (IST)03 Feb 2021
    Rajya Sabha LIVE: Using cell phone against parliamentary etiquette, says M Venkaiah Naidu

    Rajya Sabha LIVE: "There's a restriction on usage of cellular phones within Rajya Sabha chambers. It has been observed that some members are using their mobile phones to record proceedings of house while sitting in chamber such conduct is against parliamentary etiquette: Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu

    In Rajya Sabha, Leader of the Opposition and senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad said the farmers have been camping on Delhi's borders for more than two months and the issue needs to be discussed. In Lok Sabha, Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar said that the government is always committed to discuss the farmer issues. "Government is ready to discuss issues related to farmers inside and outside Parliament," he said amid sloganeering by opposition members. Tomar's reply came after Congress leader in Lok Sabha Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury claimed that 170 farmers have died during the ongoing agitation against the three contentious farm laws. "Atrocities are being committed on farmers. Situation is similar to British rule," Chowdhury alleged.
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