Parliament Highlights: LS holds commemorative discussion on 75th anniversary of Quit India Movement

The Parliament began its Wednesday session with a special commemorative discussion on the 75th anniversary of the Quit India Movement in Lok Sabha.

india Updated: Aug 09, 2017 16:01 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Congress president Sonia Gandhi in the Lok Sabha on August 9, 2017.(Lok Sabha TV)

Parliament began its Wednesday session with a commemorative discussion on the 75th anniversary of the Quit India Movement in Lok Sabha.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi echoed Mahatma Gandhi’s “Karenge ya marenge” (do or die) slogan, saying India needs to tackle its challenges of poverty, lack of education and malnutrition.

Congress president Sonia Gandhi recalled the Quit India Movement struggle and added that secularism and free speech are in danger today.

The lower house was expected to introduce the National Sports University Bill, while it will also consider the Requisitioning and Acquisition of Immovable Property (Amendment) Bill, the State Banks (Repeal and Amendment) Bill and the Central Road Fund (Amendment) Bill.

The Rajya Sabha was expected to take up for consideration the Indian Institutes of Management Bill.

Below are the highlights:

3:44pm: Rajya Sabha adjourns over issues including Chandigarh stalking case and size of currency notes.

3:32pm: MPs still argue about which to take first – opposition’s currency issue or the NDA’s Banking Ordinance. Few MPs ask to not pass the Banking Ordinance without discussion.

3:23pm: House resumes.

3:13pm: House adjourned for 10 mins as ruckus continues.

3:08pm: Deputy chairman refuses to adjourn the house over the ruckus.

3pm: Opposition members begin slogan raising and occupy the well. Deputy chairman appeals to them to listen and keep peace.

2:57pm: Deputy chairman Kurien explains an ordinance is being introduced to replace the Bill.

2:52pm: House reconvenes. Ruckus continues over technical details of discussion.

2:37pm: Rajya Sabha adjourned for 15 mins upto 2:52 pm.

2:30pm: Protests break out over rules and notices.

2:10pm: Finance minister Arun Jaitley moves statutory resolution on increasing basic customs duty from 0 to 10% on printers, telephones. Resolution gets passed.

2:05pm: Govt papers and reports laid on the table of the upper house.

2pm: Rajya Sabha resumes.

1:27pm: Speaker adjourns house for the day. Lok Sabha to reconvene on August 10 at 11 am.

1:26pm: Lok Sabha house observes silence for the late MP Sanwar Lal Jat who passed away early on Wednesday.

1:25pm: Speaker reads text and context of resolution. Lok Sabha accepts resolution.

1:24pm: Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan reads out names of all MPs who wanted to speak on Quit India Movement anniversary, and requests they table their speeches.

1:20pm: Rajya Sabha chairman Hamid Ansari moves a resolution on 75 years of Quit India Movement. House adjourned till 2pm.

1:12pm: We’ve changed Gandhiji’s “kare ya mare” to “kare ya maare”, says Tathagata Satpathy of the BJD in Lok Sabha.

1:11pm: Either tolerance is there in you or the history of country will reject you forever. We CANNOT afford to give a “us vs. them” country: Tathagata Satpathy.

1:10pm: Tathagata Satpathy: We cannot give our teenagers a distorted image of this country. It is sad to see that we, in our petty desires, have forgotten the interests of this country.

1:04pm: Union minister Ramdas Athawale in Rajya Sabha:
Gandhi or Modiji ki bahut acchi hai vaani.
Gandhi to British- Bharat chodo,
Modiji bol rahe hai Bharat jodo.

12:59pm: Raja: When Gandhi was taken to jail, he had 3 things - Gita, Qur’an and charkha. Let the House understand importance of that.

12:58pm: CPI’s D Raja speaking in Rajya Sabha, says freedom means freedom for Dalits and poorer sections of our society

12.57pm: We need financial reform, electoral reform. Take pledge to remove corruption, intolerance, lynching and harassment of girls, says AP Jithender Reddy of the TRS

12:51pm: We the people of India must work towards a poverty-free India, and take up the ‘Sankalp Karo’ initiative.

12:50pm: In Lok Sabha, TDP’s Narsimham Thota continues special discussion on Quit India Movement.

12:49pm: Shiv Sena’s Sanjay Raut begins speaking in Rajya Sabha.

12:43pm: “Is this what our leader had fought for?” says Kanimozhi, adding that states are still fighting over water-sharing. “When are we passing the Women’s Reservation Bill?” she adds.

12:40pm: DMK’s Kanimozhi speaks in Rajya Sabha in English. Questions whether today’s children are getting the best of education.

12:32pm: Acharya says there are slogans such as ‘Congress-mukt Bharat’ (Congress-free India). But what we must call for is a corruption-free India.

12:29pm: BJD’s Prasanna Acharya begins speaking.

12:28pm: Sitaram Yechury concludes speech in Rajya Sabha.

12:26pm: “If there is anything that must quit India today, it is the neo-liberal reforms and communalism that must,”says Yechury, adding we must look forward.

12:16pm: In Rajya Sabha CPI(M) general secretary Sitaram Yechury speaks

12:15pm: AITC’s Sugata Bose begins speaking in English. Also refers to Mahatma Gandhi’s “karenge ya marenge (do or die)” slogan

12:14pm: We must pledge to make all other languages in India national language since our leaders fought to preserve our cultures, says AIADMK’s Thambi Durai, and concludes speech.

12:13pm: Let is together pledge for a clean India, a poverty-free India, a corruption-free India,a communalism-free India – Thambi Durai calls on the house.

12:12pm: The Indian National Movement promoted the idea of elected representatives.

12:05pm: People had cut electrical wires and blockaded roads, attracting a fine from the British of Rs 6500 in those days.

12:04pm: Thambi Durai says his people also contributed to the Quit India Movement and India’s freedom struggle.

12:02pm: MPs protest since they cant’ understand Tamil, and that the language should have been notified earlier. Thambidurai switches to English.

12:01pm: AIADMK leader Thambi Durai begins speaking in Tamil

12 noon: Sonia Gandhi concludes speaking.

11:58am: “On this day that we celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Quit India Movement, there are still some things that we are not free from,” says Gandhi, adding that there is still a sentiment of hate and violence.

11:57am: “While we remember the contributions of leaders, should also remember that there were some leaders who didn’t pledge for the movement,” Gandhi says, speaking in Hindi.

11:56am: Gandhi says many leaders who were jailed couldn’t survive due to illnesses. Press was curtailed. Women harassed. Workers tortured.

11:55am: “I pay my tributes to the countless workers, women and fighters from INC who gave their all for Quit India Movement,” says Sonia Gandhi.

11:54am: Congress president Sonia Gandhi begins speaking.

11:53am: PM Modi concludes speech.

11:50am: “Mahatma Gandhi said ‘do or die’. Now we must say we will do and keep doing,” says Modi, stressing the country will have to fight corruption, provide better facilities to women and develop the nation.

11:48am: “From 2017 to 2022, when India turns 75, we need to create the same spirit that existed from 1942 to 1947,” says Modi.

11:47am: The Prime Minister says the success of GST was not due to the NDA government or one party, but due to the contribution of all parties, states and traders.

11:46am: Modi commends the role of women in the freedom struggle of India.

11:44am: Leadership has to inspire a more law-abiding society, says Modi.

11:43am: “It has become a way of life to break the law,” says Modi, citing instances of people attacking doctors. “We don’t feel that we are breaking the law.”

11:40am: Poverty, lack of education and malnutrition – these are big challenges our nation faces, says Modi

11:39am: What comes before rajneeti (politics) is rashtraneeti (national policy), Modi tells Lok Sabha.

11: 37am: Modi says the menace of corruption has adversely impacted our development journey.

11:35am: “Our freedom was not only about our country. It was a defining moment in bringing an end to colonialism in other parts of the world too,” says Modi.

11:33am: The PM says in the five years between 1942 and 1947, India broke the shackles of colonialism and Bharat awakened with renewed spirit. “A spark was lit,” says Modi.

11:30am: Modi says the Quit India movement marked the rise of a new leadership.

11:29am: Prime Minister Narendra Modi remembers Mahatma Gandhi. “We will do or die,” he quotes Gandhi.

11:27am: PM Modi begins speaking in Hindi. Says it is the duty of every generation to provide for the next.

11:26am: Speaker hands the floor to Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

11:25am: Speaker Mahajan asks people to keep aside the sorrow and make a resolution in the name of the country.

11:10am: Union minister Arun Jaitley speaks in Lok Sabha. “We have seen riots but today awareness and accountability has improved. We must work on ensuring harmony and compassion.”

11:03am: Speaker Sumitra Mahajan opens the floor, says the movement for independence had a long history. “Farmers, intellectuals, soldiers everybody dreamed of ‘swarajya’”, says the Speaker.

11:01am: Lok Sabha has special discussion on Quit India Movement anniversary.

11am: Lok Sabha begins session.

First Published: Aug 09, 2017 11:26 IST