Parliament Day 8 Highlights: LS adjourned amid ruckus, Oppn walks out during agri minister’s reply in RS
Rajya Sabha witnessed acrimonious scenes over Arun Jaitley’s remarks that adjournment notices were being “grossly abused. In Lok Sabha, Sushma Swaraj clarified about the status of missing Indians in Iraq.Updated: Jul 26, 2017 18:54 IST
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
The proceedings in the Lok Sabha were disrupted on Wednesday by angry Congress members who raised anti-government slogans over a range of issues, including revocation of suspension of six of its members, forcing its adjournment for the day.
The House, which saw two adjournments in the afternoon due to the noisy protests, was adjourned for the day at around 3.45 PM.
For most part of the day, many Congress members were in the Well raising slogans like “Pradhan Mantri jawab do (PM should reply)”, “tanashahi nahin chalegi (end dictatorship)”, “jaat ke nam par rajniti band karo (End politics in the name of caste)” and “Hindu, Muslim, Sikh, Isai, aapas me hain bhai-bhai.
- FM Arun Jaitley to table Supplementary Demands for Grants 2017-18 & Demands for Excess Grants 2014-15.
- Bills for consideration and passing:
- The Indian Institutes of Information Technology (Amendment) Bill, 2017.
- The Companies (Amendment) Bill, 2016.
- The National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (Amendment) Bill, 2017.
- The Indian Institutes of Management Bill, 2017.
- The Banking Regulation (Amendment) Bill,
In the Rajya Sabha, the entire Opposition walked out amid Union Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh’s reply on the discussion on the agrarian crisis and farmers’ suicide in the country, saying they were not satisfied.
The Opposition accused the Minister of just giving out statistics that were already in the public domain and skirting the main issue.
The Rajya Sabha had been discussing the agrarian crisis and farmer distress in the country since Tuesday.
Here are the updates:
6:23 pm: Rajya Sabha adjourned for the day.
6:10 pm: The National Institutes of Technology, Science Education & Research (Amendment) Bill is passed.
5:53 pm: D Raja says, “Affirmative action needed for SC/ST/OBC as they don’t have access to these institutions.”
5:27 pm: NCP’s Vandana Chavan says only Major cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore and Pune provide employment to IT sector. Can the government take initiative to move jobs to tier-II cities, she asks.
5:20 pm: BSP’s Rajaram says global ranking of technical insitutes needs to improve.
5:10 pm: JD(U)’s Harivansh says backward States must be considered and more NITs should be set up there. Quality of teachers must also be improved.
4:50 pm: The NITSER Bill looks at setting up an institute in Tirupathi, Andhra Pradesh. MoS Pandey says Rs 137.3 crore has been allocated for the work.
Rajeev Gowda of Congress asks for clarification on whether ISER is coming up in Nagaland while the state wanted School of Planning and Architecture.
4:45 pm: Singh finishes his reply. Opposition walks back into the House.
Rajya Sabha takes up bills. MoS MN Pandey introduces National Institutes of Technology, Science Education & Research (Amendment) Bill.
4:30 pm: Unhappy with the minister’s reply, Opposition walks out of Rajya Sabha.
No evidence of killing of 39 Indians: Sushma Swarajhttps://t.co/iuMXYA8cP2— Rajya Sabha TV (@rajyasabhatv) July 26, 2017
4:25 pm: Chair asks Singh to finish reply quickly. Digvijaya Singh interrupts Singh to ask why farmers are dying despite the Centre’s ‘great schemes’
4:10 pm: Radha Mohan Singh says the Centre knows that a greater budget is required for agriculture, Rs 2948 crore for irrigation, Rs 31,807 crore for crop insurance have been allocated for these 4years.
He encourages farmers to become a collective and apply for loans for allied agriculture activities.
Singh says Rs 29,194 crore were given from the National Disaster Relief fund for farm loan waivers over the last 3 years. He says the Centre can’t waive off all loans.
3:55 pm: In the Rajya Sabha, Singh says a national committee has been constituted to study suicides. Study’s report from 13 states says volatility of monsoon is a huge cause of pressure.
3:49 pm: Lok Sabha takes up the Companies Bill but protesters fling paper balls at the Chair. House is adjourned till tomorrow.
3:44 pm: Lok Sabha passes the IIIT Amendment Bill.
3:26 pm: Minister Radha Mohan Singh begins reply to the discussion on agrarian crises and situation of farmers.
3:24 pm: Rajya Sabha passes the Collection of Statistics (Amendment) Bill, 2017.
3:18 pm: In Lok Sabha, BJP MP Sanjay Jaiswal says there are no institutes of national importance in Bihar and pleads for setting up of one in Betiya or West Champaram on the centenary year of Mahatma Gandhi.
3:06 pm: Ghulam Navi Azad participates in discussion of Collection of Statistics (Amendment) Bill, 2017 and inclusion of Jammu and Kashmir.
Discuss the bill with the state government in Jammu and Kashmir rather than bringing it to the Centre: Azad.
3:00 pm: CPI-M P K Biju says many cases are pending in courts regarding appointment of wrong teachers in higher education institution, during discussion on IIIT, Karnool.
2:46 pm: Discussions proceed in Lok Sabha amid Congress lawmakers demanding revocation of suspension of its six MPs.
2:35 pm: TMC MP Saugata Roy says the house is not in order for discussion to take place. He says the house should meet equal justice to Bhawant Mann and the other member who has violated the rules, also appeals for revocation of suspension of Congress MPs.
- Reply to the discussion on farmers’ distress leading to rise in the incidents of their suicide in the country.
- Bills for consideration and passing:
- The Collection of Statistics (Amendment) Bill, 2017.
- The National Institutes of Technology, Science Education and Research (Amendment) Bill, 2017.
- The Constitution (123rd Amendment) Bill, 2017.
- The National Commission for Backward Classes (Repeal) Bill, 2017.
2: 20 pm: Lok Sabha takes up discussion of Indian Institutes of Information Technology (Amendment) Bill, 2017.
2:15 pm: Lok Sabha resumes amid protest by Opposition over demand for “justice”.
2:10 pm: Political mythology of Article 370 needs to be looked at within the larger provisions of the Constitution extended to the other states: Congress MP Jairam Ramesh during discussion of The Collection of Statistics (Amendment) Bill, 2017.
2:00 pm: Rajya Sabha session resumes.
1:16 pm: Lok Sabha adjourned till 2:15 over Congress demand for action against BJP MP Anurag Thakur.
1:15 pm: Sumitra Mahajan gives stern warning to members against using mobile phones inside the House after BJP member Anurag Thakur expressed regret for allegedly shooting opposition protests in the Well using his mobile two days ago.
“I am warning you... Dobara galti nahi honi chahiye (the mistake should not be repeated),” she told the member.
1:15 pm: Speaker says no question will be taken on the statement of Sushma Swaraj.
1:13 pm: Swaraj says spoke to Russian foreign minister, “He told me to have patience. If the Iraq FM tells me they are dead, I’ll pronounce them dead. I have never said they are alive. It is responsibility of the government to search for them and I’ll keep searching till the time I get concrete proof. Will wait till the day we get some solid evidence.”
1:10 pm: Its very easy for me to say that the 39 Indians are dead. No one including their families will ask me anything after that: EAM Swaraj
1:06pm: Sushma Swaraj: The Iraq FM never said the Indians are dead, he said we don’t know if they are dead or alive: Sushma Swaraj.
I told him to contact the prison warden and ask for list of prisoners, if there were people of Indian nationals in the jail. He said these Indians had come to rebuild Iraq, they were construction workers so it is our responsibility to search for them.
I asked the FM to give me concrete proof of the prisoners’ status and look for them. I’ve never mislead anyone. How will I be benefited misleading anyone or will the government draw anything out it?
1:05 pm: Sushma Swaraj on missing Indians: People who are convinced that I’m lying, they can go and tell their family.
I never told they are currently in jail. The sources said they were in Badrush in 2014, but there has been no contact with them since then. The picture circulating only says that the jail was blown up but it is not known if there were any Indians. There are unanswered question about the bodies of prisoners and if DNA tests can be conducted to verify their identity.
1: 00 pm: Opposition in Rajya Sabha asks Arun Jaitley to clarify whether the government has decided to scrap the newly launched Rs 2,000 note and introduce a Rs 1,000 coin.
Jaitley doesn’t respond even as the Opposition members insisted for clarification from him on the issue.
12:49 pm: Sushma Swaraj gives statement on missing Indians in Iraq.
The incident took place 15 June, 2014. Our govt was formed on June 24, Harjit Massi came and said 40 people were taken hostage by Islamic State. While he managed to flee, he said the rest were killed before his eyes. I said the areas near Mosul should be searched. There will be bodies and or some evidence of so many people being executed. But nothing was found. There was no list or video released by ISIS which the group often produces after killing foreign nationals.
On 24 November, 2014, I spoke in the Lok Sabha and said one person claimed they were killed but six sources said they haven’t been killed. I asked should I stop search but the alternative is to believe in the sources and continue searching for them. I don’t have concrete proof of their death but have no proof of their being alive. If I get one solid proof of their death, I’ll tell them: Sushma Swaraj.
How have I misled? Why am I not declaring them dead because it’s a sin to say someone is dead without proof. I reached Turkey and discuss on the matter. These sources that I mention are no ordinary people but include a President, a foreign minister.
Who are missing and believed to be killed, their files cannot be closed until it’s proven to be killed. Till date, US continue to search for soldiers missing in the World War II. This filed cannot be closed even if they are listed as believed to be killed.
12:48 pm: Lok Sabha session resumes.
12:35 pm: MPs discuss about tribal welfare in Rajya Sabha.
Congress MP says budgetary allocations for the scheduled tribes and scheduled castes have been reduced. Tribal affairs minister Jual Oram clarifies no budget cut for tribals.
12:34 pm: Rajya Sabha resumes.
12:24 pm: Lok Sabha adjourned till 12:45 pm amid noisy anti-government protests by opposition members.
12:16 pm: Speaker Sumitra Mahajan issues clarification on accusations against Jyotiraditya Scindia.
As a speaker, I don’t want to be unjust to anyone. Yesterday, when Jyotiraditya Scindia said he was hurt by the accusations against him by Virendra Kumar, there was some mistakes on part by our officers. Certain words were mistakenly deleted in the records. Virendra Kumar had not mentioned the name of any person directly: Sumitra Mahajan.
12:15 pm: Rajya Sabha adjourned again.
12: 13 pm: “Won’t speak amid chaos,” Sushma Swaraj as opposition disrupts her speech.
12:11 pm: Sushma Swaraj in Lok Sabha says have not misled anyone on missing Indians.
12:09 pm: Kapil Sibal says, “Didn’t expect the leader of the bench to destroy the sanctity of the opposition.”
12:03 pm: Ghulam Navi Azad says we raise issues that affect people and not for television camera, in reply to Arun Jaitley’s remarks.
12:02 am: Rajya Sabha resumes.
12:02 am: An app has been launched to facilitate ticket booking and CCTV cameras have been installed to check on touts in Railway stations: Prabhu.
11:59 am: AAP MP Bhawanat Mann raises the problem of booking tickets through IRCTC website. Railway minister says the problem persists due to shortage of ticket availability.
11:54 am: Railway minister Suresh Prabhu replies to queries on touts, illegal vendors and the measures taken by the government.
11:42 am: Rajya Sabha adjourned till 12 pm.
11: 38 am: Congress members storm in the well of Rajya Sabha.
11: 30 am: Jaitley says the chair should ensure that zero hour can’t be run for the benefit of television camera, demands expunge of Anand Sharma’s speech
11: 27 am:
Uproar in RS over President Kovind's speech; Congress' Anand Sharma says Mahatma Gandhi was compared with Deen Dayal Upadhyay yesterday— ANI (@ANI_news) July 26, 2017
11:27 am: BJP MP asks Science and Technology minister if CSIR is getting less funds. Union minister Harsh Varshan more budget is being alloted to the science and technology sector.
11:21 am: Discussion on minority status to Jew. Muqtar Abbas Naqvi says they are peacefully living in Inia
11:05 am: Opposition members raise slogans over suspension of Congress MPs in Lok Sabha.
11 am: Rajya Sabha and Lok Sabha session begins.
First Published: Jul 26, 2017 11:17 IST