The budget session of Parliament resumes on Thursday even as the political class waits with bated breath for the outcome of the five assembly elections.
The session will continue till April 12.
While the result of the Uttar Pradesh poll is likely to impact the fate of the session, Opposition parties are trying to leverage the recent civic body polls in Maharashtra and Odisha and the developments in Tamil Nadu to stitch together a larger unity against the BJP.
Home minister Rajnath Singh made a short statement on the Lucknow encounter in which an alleged Islamic State sympathiser was killed in Uttar Pradesh.
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1:40pm: House(LS) stands adjourned till 2:40pm
Other topics discussed so far include crimes against women, cap on prices of heart stents.
1:20pm: BJP MP Parvesh Sahib Singh retorts to all criticism by bringing up the continuous clashes between RSS/BJP- CPI(M) workers in Kerala. Three RSS activists were injured in an attack allegedly by CPI(M) workers at a village near Koyilandy on March 5.
Kerala’s Kannur has been a hotbed of clashes between the parties.
1:05pm: Oppn launches a stinging attack on the ruling BJP government over a former RSS functionary’s offering Rs 1 crore reward in return for Kerala chief minister Pinarayi Vijayan’s head. The RSS had last week sacked Kundan Chandrawat from all organisational posts for the controversial statement.
12:45pm: AIADMK brings up the issue of Indian fishermen killed by Sri Lankan navy. “It’s high time India should intervene and protect Indians, and see to it that such incidents don’t repeat,” says M Thambidurai.
Congress leader Shashi Tharoor also points out that Indian fishermen were detained by Pakistan and British in Diego Garcia. “Whether our country grows 10% or not, we need to translate it for the benefit of the bottom 10% of India.”
12:40pm: The government has taken the issue seriously. We condemn the incident and the government will take all steps to ensure Indians feels safe in US. Because our foreign minister is not feeling well, we have decided that the Centre will respond on the issue next week: Rajnath Singh
12:35pm: CPI(M)’s Mohammed Salim criticises the government for not condemning Srinivas Kuchibhotla’s murder and protesting.
12:25pm: Janata Dal leader Bhartruhari Mahtab quotes HT report on the fall in demand of Indian grooms based in the US. “Is the government going to declare a travel advisory for Indians going abroad, just like the US recently named India in its warning.”
12:15pm: Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge slams the government for not taking a strict stand over Indians being killed in the US since Donald Trump came to power. “Why is the Modi govt silent even though they tweet about everything... We want the Prime Minister to speak.”
Trinamool Congress leader Saugata Roy who filed the motion in the Lok Sabha chimes in, saying hate crimes against Indians have increased while the PM travels all over the world. Roy asks why Modi is silent although the “Prime Minister is his own foreign minister”.
There have been three suspected incidents of hate crimes against Indians in the last two weeks.
12:05pm: Rajnath Singh addresses Parliament on the Lucknow encounter. He gives details about the militant Saifullah who was killed by security personnel including Uttar Pradesh anti-terror squad commandos in Lucknow early on Wednesday. The suspect was a self-proclaimed Islamic State supporter.
“The encounter is an example of coordination between security agencies. The incident will be probed by the NIA.”
Rajnath quotes Saifullah’s father. “The suspected militant’s father refused to accept his son’s body on Wednesday and called him a traitor,” Rajnath says, adding “I hope everyone will respect Mohd Sartaj’ statement who lost his son but did not stop supporting his nation”.
Poora sadan Saifulla ke pita ke prati sahanubhuti vyakt karega, aur main bhi karta hoon: Home Minister Rajnath Singh on #LucknowTerrorOp— ANI (@ANI_news) March 9, 2017
11:35am: Discussions proceed to malnutrition in India and construction of highways.
11:20am: As the ruckus dies down, minister of state for rural development Ram Kripal Yadav lists out the government’s measures to improve sanitation and cleanliness.
11:15am: The government has taken the issue of Indians attacked in US seriously and it will give a statement on it next week, says Rajnath Singh.
Rajya Sabha adjourned till 11am on Friday. It was adjourned for the day without transacting any business as a mark of respect to the memory of its sitting member Haji Abdul Salam who died on February 28.
11:10am: The Speaker asks leaders not to interrupt as parliamentary affairs minister Ananth Kumar says the home minister wants to speak about the attack on Indians in the US.
The Prime Minister is also present in the Lok Sabha.
11:05am: Ruckus in the lower house of Parliament after Sumitra Mahajan opens Question Hour.
11am: Budget session begins. Rajya Sabha chairman Hamid Ansari and Lok Sabha speaker Sumitra Mahajan read out obituary references.
10:50am: Trinamool Congress leaders protest in front of Gandhi statue at Parliament complex against the attack on Indians in the US.
10:35am: Prime Minister addresses media outside Parliament, says he hopes there will be a breakthrough in GST bill, reports ANI.