Parliament Monsoon session live updates: Congress will seek to corner the Narendra Modi government in Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha over an array of issues, including I-T raids at several locations and properties linked to Karnataka Energy Minister D K Shivakumar in connection with a tax evasion case. Around Rs 10 crore cash was recovered during the raids at various properties linked to the minister, I-T officials were quoted as saying. Rs 7.9 crore cash has been recovered from Delhi, about Rs 2.23 crore has been found at locations in Karnataka, where Assembly elections are scheduled to be held next year, as per PTI report. Finance Minister Arun Jaitley rejected the opposition allegations saying the properties of a particular minister of Karnataka was searched. “In that resort where your MLAs are staying, no search has taken place, no MLA has been searched. A particular individual was to be searched. He has gone and parked himself in that resort,” Jaitley said yesterday. The Monsoon Session of Parliament had begun on July 17 and will culminate on August 11.
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7:41 pm: Swaraj said that we will continue to engage with Chinese side through diplomatic channels to find a mutually acceptable solution
7:35 pm: Swaraj said, China’s action in the Doklam Standoff is of concern. For India Peace and tranquillity is important.
7:31 pm: Sushma said, there are still steps to be covered before the boundaries are finalised.
7:22 pm: The Doklam Standoff will be solved by the consultation with consent countries. She added that since 2012 no talks have taken place with Bhutan over the issue.
7:21 pm: Sushma Swaraj went on to talk about PM Modi’s and said that despite US President Donald Trump had alleged India on taking bribe, PM Modi still had the gut’s to stand against Trump and the US.
7:19 pm: Talking about India’s stand on Paris Agreement she said,”Our stand remains the same on climate change.”
7:17 pm: While talking about India’s relations with the Arab countries she said,”India has the best relations with Arab countries in the world. She added that we were able to rescue 4700 Indians from Yemen during Saudi Firing.
7:12 pm: She also asked the opposition not to cast aspersions on the foreign policy. She added,”You (the opposition) are the ones creating concerns. We have secured Hambantota port.”
7:08 pm: She also said that Israel is a friend to India but we pledge that we will never let down the Palestinian cause.
7:07 pm: Citing India’s successful foreign policy Swarajsaidd that it is because of this policy that both America and Russia are with us
7:04 pm: The External Affairs Minister said that we are not negotiating on Doklam standoff. We are only having discussions on bilateral relations. That is the only way to come to a solution.
7: 02 pm: Sushma went on to say that war does not give a solution to any problem. She added, even after war talks the are needed to find a solution.
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7:00 pm: She expressed her disappointment over the Opposition party leader inviting Chinese envoy without even asking the India.
6:53 pm: Talking about relationship with Pakistan Sushma said that for the first time Pakistan did no go in denial after the Pathankot attack. She added, we had made a roadmap of peace and friendship but it cannot be worked out from one side. Terrorism and talks cannot go hand in hand.
6:45 pm: Swaraj reminded the Opposition that have they forgot the nationwide blocked that took place during Rajiv Gandhi government citing the question put to her over several blockades that took place.
6:41 pm: She said that for past 17 years there was no Indian Prime Minister who stepped foot in Nepal out of which Congress was in power for 11 years.
6:38 pm: Explaining the meaning of friendship she said that countries who stand shoulder to shoulder with each other during the tough times are a true friend. She further cited examples from the past.
6:35 pm: Sushma Swaraj said that PM Modi helped India to be recognised on the world stage.
6:08 pm: External Minister Sushma Swaraj to speak at the Parliament House on the Doklam Standoff.
5:33 pm: As per a report by PTI, a day before casting their votes in the vice-presidential election, NDA MPs will take part in a dummy voting exercise on Thursday as the ruling alliance works to minimise the possibility of any vote going invalid.
4:56 pm: Also, Punjab Municipal Corporation Law (Extension to Chandigarh) Amendment Bill, 2017 was passed in Lok Sabha.
4:25 pm: Meanwhile, the government is drafting a law to protect people who invest in chit funds schemes and will be brought to the Parliament soon said, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley in the Lok Sabha on Tuesday.Replying to a debate on ‘The Banking Regulation (Amendment) Bill, 2017’ in the Lok Sabha, he said there is a need for a pan-India law to deal with chit fund schemes in addition to state laws which already exist.
3:58 pm: Notably, this was not the first time when Agarwal had raised the issue. Earlier, in March, Agarwal had said,”We have been yearning to see the presence of nominated members. They never come to the house. The entire session is over, but we haven’t seen them, be it Tendulkar or film actress Rekha or others.” Tendulkar and Bollywood star Rekha had the worst Rajya Sabha attendance record among the 12 nominated members.
3:32 pm: Earlier, on Tuesday, Samajwadi Party MP Naresh Agarwal had questioned the absence of nominated members from the Rajya Sabha. Agarwal had on Tuesday asked Tendulkar and actress Rekha to resign from the Rajya Sabha. Speaking in the Upper House of Parliament, he had said,“They should resign if they are not interested in Parliament They are hardly present in Parliament.”
3:22 pm: However, Tendulkar did not ask any questions during the proceedings. Even, boxer Mary Kom was present at the Upper House.
3:14 pm: Notably, Sachin Tendulkar was present at the Rajya Sabha session today after questions were raised over his absence from the house.
3:09 pm: He said, Indian women are performing very well in sports and referred to the recent performance of the women cricket team which made it to World Cup finals.
3:07 pm: Moreover, Congress member Rajeev Shukla raised the issue to formulate a special policy to promote women sportspersons in the country during the Zero Hour.
3:01 pm: He added, they don’t even see NOTA notification is dated Jan 2014 and Modi government came to power in May 2014, it was enforced during UPA rule.
2:55 pm: Meanwhile, Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad while talking to ANI about the Gujarat row said that many Congress leaders sitting in House were elected through provision of NOTA, were silent for 3 yrs and raising Gujarat issue now
2:50 pm: Congress leader Anand Sharma questions the house and asks for a resolution to the stand-off. He says,”Give us an idea? Is there a window open so that this stand-off can be resolved.”
2:30 pm: PM Narendra Modi was going to Afghanistan and got down at Lahore mid-way, till date PM Modi hasn’t told what talks took place: Congress leader Anand Sharma, Rajya Sabha.
1:00 pm: External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj to make a statement in Parliament on Doklam issue, today.
12:45 pm: Parliament has been adjourned due to ruckus created over killing of RSS activists in Kerala.
12:40 pm: Raising the matter in Rajya Sabha, Congress leader Anand Sharma had said it is now becoming a trend of the Government to blatantly misuse powers of the state.
12:35 pm: Matter raised in each meeting of PM Narendra Modi with Sri Lankan President and Prime Minister. Same has resulted in release of 42 boats and 251 fishermen, said External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj in Rajya Sabha.
12:30 pm: The Congress on Wednesday created ruckus in both the Houses of Parliament over the IT raids and alleged that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) led Central Government was indulging in political witch-hunt just to defeat Congress candidate Ahmed Patel in Rajya Sabha polls in Gujarat.
12:25 pm: Due to the ruckus, the Rajya Sabha was adjourned thrice before being adjourned for the day.
12:20 pm: Lok Sabha Schedule- Bills for consideration and passing: The Banking Regulation (Amendment) Bill, 2017. The Punjab Municipal Corporation Law (Extension to Chandigarh) Amendment Bill, 2017. The National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (Amendment) Bill, 2017.
12:10 pm: Rajya Sabha schedule: Short duration discussion on India’s foreign policy and engagement with strategic partners.
12:05 pm: Rajya Sabha schedule- Bills for consideration and passing: The Companies (Amendment) Bill, 2017. The Indian Institutes of Information Technology (Amendment) Bill, 2017. The Prevention of Corruption (Amendment) Bill, 2013.
11:57 am: Meanwhile, Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi has reached Lakhimpur to take cognisance of the flood situation in Assam
11:52 am: The Congress on Wednesday created ruckus in both the Houses of Parliament after the Income Tax department raided Karnataka Power Minister D.K. Shivakumar’s residence and at a private resort in Bengaluru where 44 Congress lawmakers from Gujarat are staying.
11:47 am: The Congress alleged that the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) led Central Government was indulging in political witch-hunt just to defeat Congress candidate Ahmed Patel in Rajya Sabha polls in Gujarat.
11:42 am: The Congress will to raise the issue of income tax raids being carried out of Karnataka minister D.K. Shivkumar in parliament. The leaders will raise a discussion on India’s foreign policy and engagement with strategic partners.
11:40 am: Prime Minister Narendra Modi met BJP MPs from Maharashtra in Delhi, today.
11:37 am: MPs from Andhra Pradesh met NDA’s vice presidential candidate Venkaiah Naidu in Delhi.
11:35 am: Congress leader Anand Sharma will lead a debate on foreign police along with D. Raja Tapan Kumar Sen, Sukhendu Sekhar Roy, Rajeev Shukla, Derek O’ Brien, Ram Gopal Yadav and Tiruchi Siva.
11:30 am: The parliament is likely to witness a stormy session on Thursday as the Congress party issued a three-line whip to its MPs in Rajya Sabha to attend.
11:25 am: Use of NOTA option in RS polls- the Supreme Court has asked Gujarat Congress: Why are you so late in raising the question as EC issued notification in January 2014?
11:20 am: “There can be no protection, no insulation against the corrupt. The more the Congress tries to use its muscle and strength in the Parliament on such issues, it paints its face black every time, it shames itself” BJP leader G.V.L. Narasimha Rao told ANI.
1:17 am: Uproar in Rajya Sabha.
11:15 am: Watch- Protest over I-T raids on Karnataka Minister D. K. Shivakumar.
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11:12 am: Congress workers hold protest in Bengaluru against IT raids on Karnataka Minister D. K. Shivakumar.