Parliament Monsoon Session 2018 LIVE updates: After Amit Shah’s call, Shiv Sena says will support BJP on no-trust vote, issues whip to its MPs

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New Delhi | Updated:Jul 20, 2018 9:48:43 am

Parliament Monsoon Session 2018 LIVE updates: In a major development, Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan had decided to debate the no-confidence motion moved by Opposition against the Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led NDA government.

The crucial Monsoon session of Parliament, which is scheduled to have 18 sittings, will end on August 10.

Parliament Monsoon Session 2018 LIVE updates: Monsoon session of Parliament is brace for another stormy day today. With the Central government aiming to introduce key bills, Rajya Sabha and Lok Sabha may witness a hefty transaction of business. The crucial session, which is scheduled to have 18 sittings, will end on August 10. In a major development, Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan had decided to debate the no-confidence motion moved by Opposition against the Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led NDA government. The matter will be taken up in the lower House on Friday.

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Earlier, Prime Minister Narendra Modi yesterday said his government was ready for a debate on any issue raised by political parties and asserted that decisions need to be taken on several important matters in national interest. “If any political party or any member wants a discussion on any issue, the government is ready,” Modi said, stressing that his government is ready for any debate,” PM Modi told media at Parliament. Previous Winter Session and Budget session were virtually washed out after the government and the Opposition locked horns over an array of issues.

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    19:07 (IST)19 Jul 2018
    Both Houses of Parliament adjourned for the day

    Both Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha have been adjourned for the day. While the Lower House passed the the Fugitive Economic Offenders Bill, the Upper House passed amendments to Prevention to Corruption act (2013).

    17:17 (IST)19 Jul 2018
    Congress protests as BJP MP says CBI will chargesheet former minister

    The Congress and BJP had an argument after a BJP member claimed that the CBI was likely to chargesheet a former minister in a criminal case that involved fugitive Vijay Mallya.

    Senior Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge asked as to how was he aware of the impending CBI action, He added that it indicated that the probe agency was acting in a "pre-planned" manner. "It shows it is all pre-planned. How do you know it?... You are mentioning this. It means you get reports (from CBI)," he wqas quoted as saying.

    16:58 (IST)19 Jul 2018
    There is no political will in government, says Congress leader Digvijaya Singh

    "I don't see any political will in government. Lokpal has not been passed for four years now. Corruption keeps happening but no investigation is done. There is no enactment of Prevention of corruption act", Congress leader Digvijaya Singh is quoted as saying.

    16:17 (IST)19 Jul 2018
    BJP's more is up, says Shatrughan Sinha on no confidence motion

    I think there are intellectuals in opposition but they should've done it later. Because we have the numbers & our moral is also up. I haven't left BJP & party has't left me. As long as I'm in BJP,I'll support it & follow every whip: BJP MP Shatrughan Sinha on No-confidence motion.

    15:38 (IST)19 Jul 2018
    Shiv Sena issues whip for all its Members of Parliament

    Shiv Sena has issued a whip for all its Members of Parliament. The part has said it would support government on no-confidence motion, which will be tabled on Friday. A number of other parties have also issued the whip to their MPs.

    15:05 (IST)19 Jul 2018
    AIADMK not likely to support no-confidence motion

    Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K. Palaniswami today hinted that the his party is unlikely to support the no-confidence motion against the Narendra Modi-led government.

    15:02 (IST)19 Jul 2018
    Govt will get support of 314 MPs in Lok Sabha: BJP

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi led NDA government is likely to get the support of 314 MPs in the Lower House, which has an effective strength of 533 at present, reports PTI. The list of the 314 MPs, however, did not include the name of Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan, who was also a BJP MP, they added. The majority mark in the Lok Sabha currently is 267. In a House of 533 members, the ruling National Democratic Alliance (NDA) has 313 MPs while total strength of the Opposition in the Lower House is 222.

    14:56 (IST)19 Jul 2018
    Hindu population in Bangladesh has increased: Sushma Swaraj in Rajya Sabha

    External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj today informed the Upper House that Hindu population in Bangladesh has risen by two per cent in 2017. The minister urged members to pass the Citizenship Act amendment bill, pending in the Upper House, to help resolve issues pertaining to atrocities and attacks on minorities, including those in Pakistan.

    14:41 (IST)19 Jul 2018
    NDA ally Shiv Sena issues whip

    NDA ally Shiv Sena today issued a whip asking its member to vote against no-confidence motion in Lok Sabha. The 'No-Confidence' motion is slated to take place tomorrow. 

    14:38 (IST)19 Jul 2018
    Speaker Sumitra Mahajan pulls JAP MP Rakesh Ranjan for creating ruckus

    Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan today asked Jan Adhikar Party member Rajesh Ranjan to apologise for creating a ruckus in the lower house by hurling papers towards treasury benches. As soon as the House took up the Question Hour, Ranjan who is also known as Pappu Yadav, rushed to the Well shouting slogans. Later, tendering his apology, Ranjan said he took recourse to such a behaviour to raise an important issue concerning Bihar where 11 crore people are suffering on account of drought and floods. He demanded a special status and special package for the state.

    14:29 (IST)19 Jul 2018
    Confident of defeating no-trust vote: BJP

    The ruling BJP has expressed confidence it would be able to defeat the Opposition-sponsored no-confidence motion in the Lok Sabha on Friday. The party also hoped that it would also manage support from some opposition parties. Speaking to PTI, BJP national spokesperson G V L Narasimha Rao said, "The numbers are very clear. The BJP by itself has a majority in the lower house. We have nearly 314 members within the NDA and there are many other parties which are likely to oppose this no-confidence motion - because this is completely pointless. We have the numbers and we have the moral fibre to fight this negative opposition, which is only trying to put the country on the path of negativity."

    14:26 (IST)19 Jul 2018
    Meenakshi Lekhi demands dissolution of SC-appointed committee on sealing

    BJP MP Meenakshi Lekhi today demanded dissolution of Supreme Court-appointed committee on sealing. Accusing the committee of tyrannical behaviour, the Lok Sabha MP said that it was not working according to the law and even ignoring orders of the court.

    14:24 (IST)19 Jul 2018
    Anand Sharma on black money in Rajya Sabha
    14:23 (IST)19 Jul 2018
    Union Sports minister urges MPs to keep politics out of sports. 

    Union Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Rathore today informed the lower house that efforts are being made to open campuses of the National Sports University in other states. The minister also said that four new courses are soon being introduced in the Imphal-based varsity. The minister further added that there was already a five per cent quota for sportspersons in government jobs. Rathore also urged the MPs to keep politics out of sports. 

    14:17 (IST)19 Jul 2018
    Banks have assured funding to the tune of Rs 1.30 lakh crore for highways construction: Nitin Gadkari

    Union Road, Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari today informed the lower house that banks have assured funding to the tune of Rs 1.30 lakh crore for highways construction. The Minister said that NDA government has put on track Rs 3 lakh crore worth stalled projects. Gadkari also said that the present government has doubled that length to 1.80 lakh km.

    14:14 (IST)19 Jul 2018
    Rajya Sabha is now Wi-Fi enabled: RS Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu

    Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu today said that upper house is now Wi-Fi enabled. The move will enable law makers of the Upper House access to Internet for browsing government and Parliament websites. Present rules allows MPs to carry mobile phones, laptops and tabs inside the Rajya Sabha chamber but the devices were not connected to the Parliament Wi-Di. Parliament Wi-Fi was available to members in lobbies and other parts of the Parliament House complex.

    14:12 (IST)19 Jul 2018
    Amit Shah speaks to Uddhav Thackeray over phone for No-Confidence motion
    14:05 (IST)19 Jul 2018
    Government is committed to 50 percent reservation: HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar in Rajya Sabha

    Union HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar today informed the upper house that central government is committed to 50 percent reservation to SC/ST and OBCs in the prescribing institution wise reservation to fill vacant faculty positions. The Union Minister also said that government is not satisfied with the ruling of Allahabad High Court which had struck down the policy last year.

    14:01 (IST)19 Jul 2018
    Proceedings of Rajya Sabha resume

    The proceedings of Rajya Sabha has resumed. 

    13:56 (IST)19 Jul 2018
    Rajya Sabha Chairman asks Centre to address social media misuse

    Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu today asked the central government to hold discussions with stakeholders concerned and with political parties to combat the misuse of social media and violence due to rumours floated on the platform. The Rajya Sabha Chairman asked the government during zero hour when several MPs flagged the issue. Responding to Naidu's statement, Union IT minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said that the centre has already issued a notice to a social media major over the matter.

    13:50 (IST)19 Jul 2018
    SP MP Ram Gopal Yadav on No-Confidence motion
    13:36 (IST)19 Jul 2018
    BJD issues whip for No-confidence motion

    Biju Janata Dal (BJD) has issued a whip to its MPs. The party has directed its Lok Sabha MPs to remain present in-house on Friday for no-confidence motion.

    13:22 (IST)19 Jul 2018
    Congress MP Shashi Tharoor on Rajnath Singh's speech
    13:08 (IST)19 Jul 2018
    Rajya Sabha, Lok Sabha adjourned

    The Upper House has been adjourned till 2 pm while the lower house has been adjourned till 2:10 PM. 

    12:46 (IST)19 Jul 2018
    Ram Madhav on No-Confidence motion
    12:39 (IST)19 Jul 2018
    Opposition MPs raises slogans against Union Minister Jayant Sinha

    Opposition members in the Lok Sabha today raised slogans against Civil Aviation Minister Jayant Sinha for garlanding men convicted of lynching a meat trader in Jharkhand. The slogans were raised during the question hour. Sinha had sparked a controversy after pictures of him felicitating men convicted of lynching a meat trader in Jharkahand went viral on social media. The minister had already expressed regret for the incident. 

    12:36 (IST)19 Jul 2018
    Mob lynching incidents are unfortunate: Home Minister Rajnath Singh

    Speaking in Lok Sabha, Home Minister Rajnath Singh has termed the mob lynching incident an unfortunate one. 'These are unfortunate incidents. We had issued an advisory on this recently, and one in 2016 also. Social media being used to spread fake news and rumours is also a reason. We have asked social sites for regulation.' 

    Meanwhile, Congress party staged a walkout from Lok Sabha protesting against Home Minister Rajnath Singh's statement on mob lynching incidents. 

    12:00 (IST)19 Jul 2018
    Proposed amendments to the RTI Act will make it useless: Rahul Gandhi

    Congress president Rahul Gandhi has attacked the central government over proposed changes to the Right to Information (RTI) Act, saying they will render the law useless. In a tweet, Gandhi said,"Every Indian deserves to know the truth and the BJP wants to hide the truth. The BJP believes the truth must be hidden from the people and they must not question people in power. The changes proposed to the RTI will make it a useless Act." A notice of intention was given to introduce 'The Right to Information (Amendment) Bill, 2018' in the Rajya Sabha for consideration and passage during the ongoing Monsoon session of Parliament.

    11:26 (IST)19 Jul 2018
    N Chandrababu Naidu urges all MPs to support No-Confidence motion in Parliament

    Telugu Desam Party (TDP) and Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu has asked all MPs to support the no-confidence motion on Friday. In a letter to MPs, N Chandrababu Naidu said, "In view of continued adamant attitude of BJP led NDA Govt, TDP has moved No-ConfidenceMotion against them. I appeal to you to support the motion moved by our MPs." 

    11:19 (IST)19 Jul 2018
    BJP MP Shatrughan Sinha will vote against the No-Confidence motion

    Bharatiya Janata Party MP  from Bihar Shatrughan Sinha will vote against the No- Confidence motion. The no-confidence motion is slated to take place on Friday. 

    11:14 (IST)19 Jul 2018
    Speaker Sumitra Mahajan accepts resignation of Jay Panda

    The member strength of the lower house of Indian Parliament has reduced to 533 with two more seats falling vacant following the acceptance of resignation of JD MP Baijayant Jay Panda's resignation and Jose K Mani of Kerala Congress (M). The resignation of both the leaders were accepted by Speaker Sumitra Mahajan. Ten seats are lying vacant and therefore the majority mark in the house now stands at 266.

    11:07 (IST)19 Jul 2018
    Congress MPs protest in Parliament premises
    10:59 (IST)19 Jul 2018
    TDP delegation meets Arvind Kejriwal

    A TDP delegation led by Parliamentary Party leader YS Chowdary met Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal at his residence, earlier today. The party has handed over Andhra Pradesh CM N. Chandrababu Naidu’s letter seeking cooperation and support for TDP’s demand for Andhra Pradesh

    10:58 (IST)19 Jul 2018
    YSRCP MPs stage protest demanding special status for Andhra Pradesh
    10:44 (IST)19 Jul 2018
    Will do whatever Uddav Thakachey directs us: Sanjay Raut, Shiv Sena on No- Confidence motion

    NDA ally Shiv Sena on Thursday said that during voting of no-confidence motion on Friday, they will do whatever Uddav Thakachey directs them. Speaking to ANI, party leader and MP Sanjay Raut said, "In democracy, voice of the Opposition should be heard first even if it consists of one person. Even we (Shiv Sena) will speak when it is required. During voting, whatever Uddav Thakachey directs us, we will do."

    10:40 (IST)19 Jul 2018
    DMK supports no-confidence motion

    DMK on Thursday extended its support for No-Confidence motion brought by TDP in Lok Sabha. Speaking to ANI, DMK working president MK Stalin said, "In spite of having no option to vote for No-ConfidenceMotion in Parliament, DMK supports the no confidence motion brought by TDP. We request AIADMK also to support no confidence motion in Parliament." The No-Confidence motion will take place on Friday.

    10:24 (IST)19 Jul 2018
    TDP MP refuses to attend crucial Monsoon session

    TDP MP JC Diwakar Reddy has decided not to attend the ongoing Monsoon session as he is "fed up" of his party and the central government. Speaking to news agency ANI, Reddy said, "I am not going to attend the Parliament session. You can say that I violated the party whip instructions. I am fed up with Centre and our TDP government. And I am fed up with whole political system. Right now I am in my native place in Anantapur and will come in front of the media with my logics within a week." The Narendra Modi led Union government will face the No-Confidence motion on Friday. Reddy is a Lok Sabha member from Andhra Pradesh's Anantapur constituency.

    10:20 (IST)19 Jul 2018
    Ananth Kumar expresses condidence over No-confidence motion

    Union parliamentary affairs minister Ananth Kumar has once again expressed confidence that Prime Minister Narendra Modi led NDA government will win the no-confidence motion. Lashing out at UPA chairperson, Union Minister said that support for Narendra Modi government is growing both inside and outside of the Parliament.

    It is not only #NDA but #NDA  

    10:01 (IST)19 Jul 2018
    AITMC issues whip to all MPs to remain present on Friday

    All India Trinamool Congress has issued a whip asking all 34 MPs of Lok Sabha to remain present in the house for discussion and voting of No-Confidence motion in the Parliament on Friday. 

    09:57 (IST)19 Jul 2018
    Adjournment motion notice in Lok Sabha

    Jan Adhikar Party (JAP) MP Pappu Yadav has given adjournment motion notice in Lok Sabha over the issue of Special Status to Bihar.

    Congress has given adjournment notice in Lok Sabha over the issue of mob lynching.