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Parliament Highlights: Oppn’s charges on NDA govt’s performance misplaced, says Jaitley during budget debate in Rajya Sabha

Lok Sabha has been adjourned till March 5 while Rajya Sabha discussed the Union budget 2018-19. Here are the updates:

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TDP members protest in the well of the Rajya Sabha, in New Delhi on Friday. PTI Photo / TV GRAB(PTI Photo)

The Lok Sabha has been adjourned till March 5 after MPs from Andhra Pradesh stormed into the Well of the House demanding special package for their state, but the Rajya Sabha continued the discussion on the Union Budget 2018-19.

On Thursday, both the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha discussed Union budget 2018-19 with the Opposition targeting the government over agrarian crisis, unemployment and other issues. Finance minister Arun Jaitley refuted Congress leader P Chidambaram’s charges on economic policy, saying structural reform may pose momentary difficulty initially but will prove to be beneficial in the long run.

Here are the updates:

7.29 pm: GST collections to increase as anti-evasion measures are added to indirect tax regime: Jaitley

7.24 pm: Tax net has widened; direct tax collection up 19.3% in Apr-Jan as a result of campaign against black money, GST: Jaitley

7.19 pm: We have covered journey from policy paralysis to structural reforms, from economy being in fragile five to bright spot, says Jaitley

7. 17 pm: Oil prices fluctuating; inflation average at 3.6 pc in current fiscal: FM

7.12 pm: Fiscal deficit slippage is statistical primarily due to shortfall of GST revenue of one month in current fiscal: FM

UPA had unacceptable level of current account deficit; under BJP rule it has been less than 1 pc, says FM Jaitley

7.11 pm: Jaitley says GDP growth in 2012-13 was 5.3 pc and 6.3 pc in following year under Congress, compared to 5.7% in one quarter under BJP.

7:05 pm: Rs 55,000 cr allocated for MNREGA, Rs 1.7 lakh cr for food subsidy; spend on rural roads up manifold, says FM Jaitley in Rajya Sabha

7.00 pm: Opposition’s charges on NDA govt’s performance misplaced: Arun Jaitley in Rajya Sabha

6:55 pm: Factual data doesn’t support that people lost jobs due to demonetisation, says Arun Jaitley in response to remark by Congress’ Anand Sharma in Rajya Sabha.

3.42pm: The government should honour the promises made to the people of Andhra Pradesh during bifurcation of the state, says D Raja of the CPI. He says the party stands for the people of the state that is demanding special package.

3.24pm: The blackout of Derek O’Brien’s speech in the Rajya Sabha TV on February 7 during Motion of Thanks to the President’s address was because of a break in the live transmission due to power failure, says the deputy chair.

3.08pm: Derek O’Brien of the TMC alleges discrepancies in budget allocation for opposition-ruled states.

2.52pm: V Vijaysai Reddy of the YSR Congress Party asks the TDP to raise the issue of special status for Andhra Pradesh only after pulling out of the NDA government.

2.40pm: Neeraj Shekhar of the Samajwadi Party in his speech attacks the government over unemployment and poverty.

2.33pm: The Rajya Sabha defers introduction of private members bill till the second leg of the budget session starting March 5 and will continue discussion on Budget 2018-19.

12.25pm: AV Swamy, Rajya Sabha MP from Odisha, fell down on the Parliament premises and has been rushed to the hospital, reason being ascertained, Venkaiah Naidu says in Rajya Sabha.

12.08pm: Lok Sabha is adjourned till March 5.

12.04pm: Rajya Sabha chairman Venkiah Naidu adjourns the House till 2.30pm amid uproar by Andhra Pradesh members.

12.01pm: As Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha resumes proceedings, TDP members storm into the Well of the houses with placards to demand special package for the state.

11.08am: Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha are adjourned till 12 noon amid over uproar.

Speaker Sumitra Mahajan straightway takes up the Question House as the proceedings commenced. Soon members of the TDP crowd the Well raising slogans.

“This cannot happen everyday,” the Speaker tells the protesting members. However, they do not relent following which the Speaker adjourns the House till noon.

11.06am: In Rajya Sabha, Samajwadi Party member Naresh Agarwal urges Chairman Venkaiah Naidu to ask for an apology from minister of state Kiren Rijiju over his Facebook post on Congress’ Renuka Chowdhury.

11.01am: As Lok Sabha begins its proceedings, MPs from Andhra Pradesh go to the well of the house to demand special package for the state.

10.50am: TDP MPs protest near Mahatma Gandhi statue in Parliament demanding special package for Andhra Pradesh.

TDP MP Dr Sivaprasad stages a protest outside the Parliament in a unique way. Dressed in a wig and carrying a whip, a sword and a lemon, he said he’s Lord Venkateshwara come to warn the government of the consequences of not fulfilling the promises made to Andhra Pradesh. He says the congress was decimated in Andhra for not fulfilling its promise and he has come to caution the BJP.

10.52am: Parliamentary affairs minister Ananth Kumar says after the BJP parliamentary party meeting: “Amit Shah said Rahul ji’s style of politics is undemocratic, hence such kind of disruptions during the speech of PM Modi.”

The government has spoken about the main points of the Rafale jet purchase deal and will speak about this more, but the BJP chief expresses concern as to how helpful it will be for the country to debate over each component of the deal, says Ananth Kumar.

9.41am: BJP chief Amit Shah and other leaders arrive for the parliamentary party meeting.

8.53am: Congress’ Renuka Chowdhury moves privilege motion in Rajya Sabha against minister of state Kiren Rijiju over his Facebook post, news agency ANI reports. On Wednesday, the Prime Minister took a dig at the Congress leader over her laughter at his claim that the idea of Aadhaar was conceptualised during the Atal Bihari Vajpayee government.

8.50am: BJP’s parliamentary board meeting likely to be held this morning.

First Published: Feb 09, 2018 09:16 IST