Parliament Highlights: Congress walks out of Lok Sabha over Modi remark, Rajya Sabha adjourned till Wednesday
The Congress continued to demand Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s clarification on his statement during Gujarat assembly elections. Here are the highlights.india Updated: Dec 22, 2017 19:44 IST
Congress continued to protest in the Lok Sabha over the remarks made by Prime Minister Narendra Modi against former premier Manmohan Singh on Friday, as it also asked the BJP to apologise for the charges it had made regarding the 2G spectrum scam.
The Rajya Sabha was adjourned for the day soon after it assembled as Congress insisted that the impasse over the reported remarks by the PM Modi be resolved first.
Here are the updates:
3.30pm: Home Minister Rajnath Singh says in Lok Sabha that initial figure of missing persons in the Cyclone Ockhi was 433. “Now after return of some, the number of missing remains 275. Even today, which is the 22nd day, 18 ships of Navy and Coast Guard are conducting search ops,” he says.
1.40pm: CPI(M) MP demands more central aid to Cyclone Ockhi-affected Kerala, says the assistance provided is insufficient. He also asks the government to declare the cyclone as national disaster.
12.30pm: Lok Sabha discusses issue of natural disasters, including Ockhi cyclone that hit Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Goa, Maharashtra and Gujarat early this month.
12.20am: Few minutes after the Zero Hour began at noon, the protesting Congress members walk out. A visibly upset Congress leader in the House Mallikarjun Kharge raises concerns about not being allowed to raise the issue despite making the demand for the past five days.
11.55am: Finance minister Arun Jaitley says schemes like road to every village and electricity to all will make village smart.
11.42am: Health minister JP Nadda says the a meeting with nurses are being held every month. It’s a state government’s duty to keep tabs on private hospitals.
11.31am: BJD MP Bhartruhari Mahtab says Chhattisgarh has cut supply of Mahanadi river water to Odisha, putting in danger habitation of dolphin in Chilika Lake. The minister replies that there is a plan to spend Rs 25 crore on campaign to save dolphins
11.29am: Environment minister Harsh Vardhan says the government is always ready to set up a biodiversity park in the country.
11.27am: Rajya Sabha has been adjourned till December 27.
11.26am: “If you don’t let the House run, I will have to adjourn it till December 27. You will also get a long weekend,” Rajya Sabha chairman tells opposition members.
11.24am: In Lok Sabha, minister of state for health, Anupriya Patel, says states always have 15% more budget to spend if there is any delay in release of funds from the Centre.
11.22am: Minister of state, parliamentary affairs, Vijay Goel requests the Congress to let Rajya Sabha run smoothly. But Congress is adamant over its demand for PM Modi’s apology.
11.19am: Naresh Agarwal of the Samajwadi Party raises the issue of salary hike of parliamentarians, asks the government to give its reply. The chairman says it’s an important issue and he will bring this to the minister’s notice.
11.15am: TMC member Derek O’Brien says Rajya Sabha TV was blacked out on Thursday, requests the chairman to look into the issue.
11.05am: Lok Sabha discusses National Health Accounts as Congress creates ruckus demanding PM Modi’s apology for his remark against predecessor Manmohan Singh.
9.35am: BJP MP Vinay Sahasrabuddhe has again today given adjourned motion notice in Rajya Sabha under rule 267 on remarks of Congress leaders against PM Modi.
9.30am: The Congress gives adjournment motion notice in Rajya Sabha under rule 267 on PM Modi’s remarks against Manmohan Singh.