Parliament session Highlights: Both Houses adjourned; to meet at new building tomorrow
Parliament Session Highlights: Follow latest updates on the 5-day ‘special’ session here — a one-stop place to bring up to speed with parliamentary business.
Parliament Session Highlights: Amid a lot of buzz, the ‘special’ session of Parliament kicked off today, September 18. Although lists of business have been circulated by the Union government, speculations intensified after the Opposition parties claimed the Centre may bring in surprise elements during the five-day session in the Parliament.
The first day of the sitting has marked the 75 years of the parliamentary journey right from the forming of the Constituent Assembly. Both the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha will discuss the achievements, experiences, memories and learnings in the last 75 years.
Meanwhile during the all-party meeting ahead of the session, leaders of parties across the political spectrum pushed for the passage of the Women’s Reservation Bill. Some Opposition parties questioned the timing of the session and also pointed out that the circulated agenda didn't state the five-day session would be a special session.
The government has given out a tentative list of legislative business that will be taken up which includes the Repealing and Amending Bill, 2023, the Post Office Bill, 2023 and the Chief Election Commissioner, Other Election Commissioners (Appointment, Conditions of Service and Term of Office) Bill, 2023, the Advocates (Amendment) Bill, 2023 and the Press and Registration of Periodicals Bill, 2023.
Follow all the updates here:
- Sep 18, 2023 10:30 PM IST
Cong welcomes reported move that govt may introduce women's reservation bill
Amid speculation that the women's reservation bill may be tabled in Parliament on Tuesday, the Congress said it welcomes the reported move as the party has been raising the demand for long.
"We welcome the reported decision of the Union Cabinet and await the details of the Bill," Congress general secretary Jairam Ramesh posted on X.
"This could have very well been discussed in the all-party meeting before the Special Session, and consensus could have been built instead of operating under a veil of secrecy," the Congress leader said.
He also shared a detailed post he made on Sunday to underline how the Congress has been supporting the move.
- Sep 18, 2023 09:46 PM IST
Union Cabinet meets amid buzz over important legislative proposals
The Union Cabinet met here on Monday evening after the first sitting of the special session of Parliament, amid speculation that it may clear some important legislative proposals.
There was no word on what transpired in the meeting which lasted for over 90 minutes.
The meeting, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, was attended by Union ministers including Rajnath Singh, Amit Shah, Piyush Goyal, Pralhad Joshi, S Jaishankar, Nirmala Sitharaman, Dharmendra Pradhan, Nitin Gadkari and Arjun Ram Meghwal.
Ever since it was announced that the Parliament session would be held from September 18-22, there has been speculation on various bills, including the women's reservation bill, that may come up during the session.
- Sep 18, 2023 08:54 PM IST
ICYMI: Parliament set to move into new building, take a look back at its old edifice
The Parliament House, which will soon hand over its position as the country's hallowed legislature to a new complex inaugurated four months ago, has stood for over 96 years as a sentinel of time and a repository of India's democratic journey.
Opened on January 18, 1927, by Lord Irwin -- the then viceroy -- amid fanfare, the landmark has witnessed colonial rule, the Second World War, the dawn of Independence, the adoption of the Constitution, and the passage of many legislations -- some landmark and many controversial.
The government on Wednesday listed a special discussion on the Parliament's 75-year journey, starting from the Samvidhan Sabha, on the first day of the five-day session beginning on September 18.
- Sep 18, 2023 08:35 PM IST
Parliament LIVE | ‘Congress party stooped low’: Union Minister V Muraleedharan
Union Minister V Muraleedharan says, "Congress leaders didn't understand the seriousness of today's session. Today's program should have been beyond politics and parties. Today's session was to recall the memories, experiences, and achievements of the last 75 years. But the Congress party stooped so low and started political criticism against the government. While the Prime Minister acted as a true politician... I feel sad that the Congress Party, which has a history of 100 years, has such leadership in its hands that there are no politicians in the party but only political creatures."
- Sep 18, 2023 08:31 PM IST
RS Chairman Jagdeep Dhankhar, PM Modi and LS Speaker Om Birla to lead function to commemorate India's rich parliamentary legacy
Rajya Sabha Chairman Jagdeep Dhankhar, PM Modi and Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla to lead a function in Central Hall of Parliament on Tuesday to commemorate the country''s rich parliamentary legacy
- Sep 18, 2023 08:23 PM IST
Ajit Pawar demands 33 pc reservation for women in Parliament and Assemblies
Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar on Monday sought 33 per cent reservation for women in both the Lok Sabha and Legislative Assemblies on the lines of local bodies.
During his speech at the annual general meeting of the Pune District Central Cooperative Bank he stated, "The special session of Parliament commenced today, and during that session, we put forth a demand for a 33 percent reservation for women in the Lok Sabha and Legislative Assemblies, similar to the reservation already in place for women in local bodies. Our demand is rooted in the belief that women should have equal opportunities, not just to cast votes but also to participate actively in governance."
Pawar also highlighted that globally, women are being provided with equal opportunities, emphasizing that countries that have not offered these opportunities to women have lagged behind.
- Sep 18, 2023 08:03 PM IST
‘Women not getting required representation in govt’: SAD MP Harsimrat Badal
"Today, women are increasingly participating in electing governments as their voter turnout has been more than that of men, but they are not getting the required representation in government due to which there is not enough focus on their issues," says SAD MP Harsimrat Badal on women's reservation bill.
- Sep 18, 2023 07:41 PM IST
Parliament LIVE | ‘This govt has done a lot for women’: BJP MP
On Women's Reservation Bill, BJP MP Locket Chatterjee says, "It would be decided by the parliamentary committee but a bill had come for 33% reservation for women in Panchayat. This parliament and this government have done a lot for women... A lot of women MPs have participated in debates. Women have been given powerful ministries. This government respects women."
- Sep 18, 2023 07:41 PM IST
‘Will enter the new temple with new enthusiasm’: BJP MP Ravi Shankar Prasad
On the new Parliament building, BJP MP Ravi Shankar Prasad says, "There are many memories as an MP, minister, the ruling party and as the opposition but still all of us are friends. Today when the proceedings ended, the ruling party and the opposition were taking pictures together to gather the memories of the last day. This is the democracy of India... I have seen Atal Bihari Vajpayee here, Lal Krishna Advani, and Manmohan Singh here. We were active in exposing the 2G scam and other scams, coal scams... I had the fortune of working in Atal Bihari Vajpayee's government... There are a lot of memories... This is a temple... We will enter the new temple with new enthusiasm to take India to a new level in the 'Amrit Kaal'... The opposition has to ask questions and the government has to answer, this is democracy..."
- Sep 18, 2023 07:15 PM IST
‘Going to new Parliament building with lots of hope’: BJP MP
"We are going to the new Parliament with good memories and with lots of hope. We aim to further strengthen the progress of the country," says BJP MP Shobha Karandlaje.
- Sep 18, 2023 07:13 PM IST
Old Parliament building associated with Independence struggle: MoS for State
MoS for State for Agriculture & Farmers' Welfare, Shobha Karandlaje says, "This is an emotional moment. We are taking great memories with us to the new Parliament...I feel very good. This Parliament (old building) is associated with the Independence struggle..."
- Sep 18, 2023 06:55 PM IST
‘9 saal, bemisaal’: Union Minister Kumar Ashwini Choubey applauds old Parliament building
On the new parliament building, Union Minister Kumar Ashwini Choubey says, "A lot of topics have been discussed in the (old) parliament in past 9 years making it '9 saal, bemisaal'. Before that too, since the independence, for 75-76 years, the parliament has witnessed all types of moments... All of it is unforgettable. (Old) parliament will keep on inspiring us. We will enter the new parliament tomorrow. The journey will give us the energy to make democracy more powerful...We will move ahead together... Tomorrow is God Ganesh's day. Everything would be auspicious tomorrow..."
- Sep 18, 2023 06:52 PM IST
‘Relation between opposition and govt widening’: IUML MP
"The Parliamentary experience is something that is really appreciable and we all like this. But the only problem is that the relation between the opposition and the government is widening. So, I feel that needs to be resolved," says IUML Lok Sabha MP ET Mohammed Basheer.
- Sep 18, 2023 06:51 PM IST
Parliament LIVE | ‘Historic…’: BJP Lok Sabha MP on PM Modi speech
"I have mixed experiences at this (old) Parliament House. It was historic how the Prime Minister shared his experience and recalled the previous governments in his speech today," says BJP Lok Sabha MP Ram Kripal Yadav.
- Sep 18, 2023 06:49 PM IST
Derek O'Brien stopped in middle of his speech, house adjourned
"What happened today in this old Parliament building was sad. I was the last speaker today from the opposition. My party was given 18 minutes to speak. Then I was told, I would only get a chance to speak for 10 minutes and suddenly in the middle of my speech, unbelievably I was stopped, and the House was adjourned," says Trinamool Congress leader Derek O'Brien.
- Sep 18, 2023 06:05 PM IST
Lok Sabha adjourned till 1:15pm on Tuesday
Lok Sabha adjourned till Tuesday as speaker Om Birla gave speech hoping new Parliament building, where the sessions will be held from Tuesday, will bring new hopes and see new discussions.
- Sep 18, 2023 06:00 PM IST
Rajya Sabha adjourned, will meet in new Parliament building tomorrow
Rajya Sabha adjourned till 2:15pm on Tuesday. The session will be held on Tuesday in New Parliament building's Rajya Sabha house.
- Sep 18, 2023 05:58 PM IST
'Give me back my India…': TMC MP Derek O'Brien in Rajya Sabha
"Give me back my India — where slums do not have to be covered…where religious propoganda doesn't happen…where citizens don't die because of one man's announcement of demonetisation…when the environment was not sacrificed for corporate agenda," TMC MP Derek O'Brien.
- Sep 18, 2023 05:55 PM IST
'Emotional attachment to old Parliament building': TMC MP
"This is full of nostalgia. We have an emotional attachment to this (old Parliament) building but if good work takes place for the nation from the new building, then it will be fruitful for our country and our countrymen," says TMC Lok Sabha MP Kakoli Ghosh Dastidar.
- Sep 18, 2023 05:53 PM IST
Parliament LIVE | ‘India is mother of political democracy’: Rajya Sabha MP
Rajya Sabha MP & BJP spokesperson Sudhanshu Trivedi says, "India is the mother of political democracy and also the foundation head of religious and spiritual democracy."
- Sep 18, 2023 05:11 PM IST
‘Some anti-national elements…’: Piyush Goyal on last discussion in Old Parliament building
“Last day in the old Parliament, we should discuss and talk about better futuristic things instead some anti-national elements are trying to politicise discussions,” Leader of the House Piyush Goyal.
Piyush Goyal says "Today is our last day in this Parliament, I hope we can raise the dignity of our Parliamentary discussions and put out a unified message today."
- Sep 18, 2023 04:46 PM IST
Parliament LIVE | ‘Condition of building deteriorating…’: BJP leader
“The condition of the building of democracy was deteriorating for the past 20-25 years. In the last 75 years, there had been no efforts, but PM Modi built a new Parliament for the democratic process and we are privileged to have spent time in the old Parliament and now we are getting the opportunity to enter the new Parliament,” says BJP leader Ramesh Bidhuri.
- Sep 18, 2023 04:00 PM IST
Parliament LIVE | ‘Hope BJP leaders stop criticising Nehru’: Congress leader on PM Modi's speech
“It is good that he (PM Modi) named and praised Jawaharlal Nehru as his contributions can't ever be forgotten. I hope that BJP leaders would stop criticising Nehru,” says Congress leader Rajiv Shukla on Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s address in Lok Sabha.
- Sep 18, 2023 03:55 PM IST
Parliament Session LIVE | ‘Very clear with the agenda’: BJP MP on special session
"PM Modi talked about historic aspects of the old Parliament. All the schemes for empowering the poor, women and rural population were passed in Parliament. As far as agenda is concerned, we are very clear with it while the confusion persists in the opposition," says BJP MP Rajyavardhan Rathore.
- Sep 18, 2023 03:50 PM IST
Parliament LIVE | ‘Historic day for the country’: BJP MP Tejaswi Surya
BJP MP Tejaswi Surya said outside Parliament, "Today and tomorrow are historic for the country...Everybody has equal rights in the Parliament. This is the reflection of the true spirit of our democracy...From tomorrow this new journey will get more energy."
- Sep 18, 2023 03:44 PM IST
Parliament LIVE | ‘Modi praised contribution of all PMs’: Meenakshi Lekhi
"PM Modi praised the contribution of all the PMs in his address in the House. We have to fulfill the needs of the new generation, so the transition from the old Parliament to the new Parliament is part of that process," says Union minister Meenakshi Lekhi on Prime Minister Narendra Modi's speech in Lok Sabha.
- Sep 18, 2023 03:38 PM IST
Key Union Cabinet meeting likely at 6:30pm amid Parliament special session
A key Union Cabinet meeting is likely to take place at 6:30pm on Monday amid the ongoing special session of Parliament, sources said. Reports claimed that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has convened the meeting of the Union Cabinet.
The meeting is expected to be held in the Parliament Annexe building. The agenda of the meeting is yet to be revealed.
The leaders during the meeting of INDIA bloc on Monday morning decided to continue with the floor coordination among the parties during the five-day session and corner the government on issues of price rise, unemployment, Manipur violence and Chinese transgressions on the border.
- Sep 18, 2023 03:23 PM IST
‘Should bid farewell to old Parl by passing womens' reservation bill’: Congress leader Harish Rawat
On the women's reservation bill, former CM of Uttarakhand and senior Congress leader Harish Rawat says, "We (our party and alliance) would like that, as a farewell, the old Parliament should be given the honour of passing the women's reservation bill...If possible, increase the percentage of reservations... The old Parliament, which has Central Hall, has memories from Bhagat Singh to Nehru... So if we really want to honour the old Parliament in this session, then the historic work should be done there..."
- Sep 18, 2023 03:03 PM IST
Parliament LIVE | ‘Various people contributed over last 7 decades to build this country’: NCP's Supriya Sule
NCP MP Supriya Sule said in Lok Sabha, "...I appreciate the PM's speech today where he appreciated that governance is continuity. Various people have contributed over the last 7 decades to build this country which we all love equally. Whether you call it India or Bharat, it is your own country. We are all born here, we are all blessed to be here...I would like to put on record two people who have not been mentioned by the BJP today, who I have been highly influenced by in my Parliamentary work, who come from BJP but I still feel that they were one of the tallest leaders and were extraordinary Parliamentarians who we looked up to - Sushma Swaraj and Arun Jaitley. They constantly talked about cooperative federalism. It is not this side or that side, good work has to be established."
- Sep 18, 2023 02:41 PM IST
‘Spent a lot of time in old Parliament’: LJP MP Chirag Paswan speaking on new Parliament
"We have spent a lot of time in the old Parliament and learned about the procedure of the House. We are proud that all the MPs will work for the future of the country from the new Parliament," says LJP MP Chirag Paswan.
- Sep 18, 2023 02:36 PM IST
Parliament LIVE | BRS MPs stage protest demand reservations for women legislators
BRS MPs stage protest in front of Gandhi statue at the Parliament premises, demanding reservation for women legislators.
- Sep 18, 2023 02:30 PM IST
Parliament LIVE | ‘Very emotional moment for the country’: Congress MP Deepender Singh Hooda
Congress MP Deepender Singh Hooda says, “It is a very emotional moment for the country and for all of us...The first govt of Independent India included great personalities like Dr BR Ambedkar, Dr Rajendra Prasad, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru... who went inside this building and gave the country its Constitution.”
- Sep 18, 2023 02:16 PM IST
Parliament LIVE | ‘Reservation bill pending for decades’: TMC leader Mahua Moitra
“The reservation bill (for women legislators in Parliament) has been pending for many decades. Those who wanted to implement this (women reservation in Parliament), they already have done it as TMC and BJD have sent more than 35 per cent women to the Parliament without the implementation of the bill. If other parties wanted, they too could have done it,” says TMC leader Mahua Moitra.
- Sep 18, 2023 02:04 PM IST
Parliament Session Live: Shashi Tharoor refers to PM Modi's speech; ‘this building is full of memories…’
"Well this building is full of memories as the PM also said, it is full of history. It will be a sad moment. Let's hope that the new building has better facilities, new technology and more convenience for the members of the Parliament...But still, it is always an emotional moment to leave an institution which is so full of history and memories... We were all a bit confused as to why it was necessary because many many ways, a lot of bills they have been talking about could have been introduced later. But it is now becoming clear the government wanted to make a special moment out of shifting from one building to another. They have tried to do it in a special way. We can understand the objective there," Congress MP Shashi Tharoor said.
- Sep 18, 2023 01:42 PM IST
Parliament Session Live: Congress lauds Nehru's contribution in India's legislative journey
“There were discussions going on about Chandrayaan, I want to say that in 1946, under the leadership of Jawaharlal Nehru, the Atomic Research Committee was formed. From there, we moved forward and developed ISRO in 1964,” Congress leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury said in Lok Sabha. He further took swipe againt the Centre over the ‘India-Bharat’ row and asked what would ISRO be called now if the country's name is offcially changed to ‘Bharat’. “If not the Indian Space Research Organisation then what? From where has this Bharat, India issue been raised?” he asked.
- Sep 18, 2023 01:13 PM IST
Parliament Session Live: What Kharge said on Jawaharlal Nehru
"Nehru ji believe that the absence of a strong Opposition means that there are significant drawbacks in the system. If there is no strong Opposition, it is not right. Now, that there is a strong Opposition, focus is on weakening it through ED, CBI...Take them (into their own party), put them in a washing machine and when they come out all clean - make them permanent (in one's own party). You can see what is happening today. PM comes to the Parliament rarely and when he does he leaves after making it an event," Kharge said in Rajya Sabha.
- Sep 18, 2023 01:04 PM IST
Parliament Session Live: Objecting Kharge's RS speech, Chairman says ‘you are diverting from point’
While LoP in Rajya Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge spoke during his address on slew of issues, Chairman Jagdeep Dhankhar objected and said that Kharge is ‘diverting from the point’. To this, Congress MP Jairam Ramesh asked the Chairman to let Kharge speak.
Dhankhar responded with the number of disruptions took place in Rajya Sabha during different sessions and objected the Opposition to ‘disrespecting’ the decision of the Chair.
- Sep 18, 2023 12:46 PM IST
Kharge-Dhankhar share light moment during Rajya Sabha speech
Rajya Sabha LoP Mallikarjun Kharge and Vice President Jagdeep Dhankhar share a light moment during the proceedings of the Upper House.
- Sep 18, 2023 12:40 PM IST
Apart from customary comments, Kharge says PM Modi gave statement twice
Atal Bihari Vajpayee gave statement 21 times, Manmohan Singh gave 30 times during their tenure, Kharge said. However apart from few ‘custormary comments’, PM Modi gave his statement only twice.
- Sep 18, 2023 12:30 PM IST
Parliament Session Live: Mallikarjun Kharge advises Centre on the way of politics
"Change the way you do your politics, nothing new will happen if we shift to a new parliament," Mallikarjun Kharge said in Rajya Sabha.
- Sep 18, 2023 12:24 PM IST
Parliament Session Live: Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury calls for Ambedkar- Nehru's mantra
LoP in Lok Sabha recalled how Speaker used to ring bell when former PM Nehru used to exceed his time limit during his speech. He pointed out Nehru's contribution for India at a time when the country was reeling under the aftereffects of India-Pakistan partition, poverty and other challenges.
- Sep 18, 2023 12:10 PM IST
PM Modi talks about terror attack on Parliament; ‘It was an attack on mother of democracy’
“There was a terror attack (on the Parliament). This was not an attack on a building. In a way, it was an attack on the mother of democracy, on our living soul. The country can never forget that incident. I also bow before those who took bullets to their chest to protect the Parliament and all its members, while fighting the terrorists," PM Modi said.
- Sep 18, 2023 12:00 PM IST
‘At the stroke of midnight hour…’ to ‘sarkaarein ayegi, jayegi’: PM remembers Nehru and Vajpayee
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday recalled the iconic speeches delivered inside the Parliament. He remembered how breakthrough initiatives by former PMs Jawaharlal Nehru, Atal Bihari Vajpayee and Lal Bahadur Shastri were witnessed in Parliament.
- Sep 18, 2023 11:55 AM IST
Parliament Session Live: PM Modi says ‘Bidding goodbye to this building is an emotional moment…’
"Bidding goodbye to this building is an emotional moment...Many bitter-sweet memories have been associated with it. We have all witnessed differences and disputes in the Parliament but at the same time, we have witnessed ‘Parivaar bhaav’," he said.
- Sep 18, 2023 11:47 AM IST
Parliament Session Live: PM Modi remembers contribution of former PMs
From Nehru to Manmohanji, they all played a crucial role and contributed towards Parliament, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said in Lok Sabha.
- Sep 18, 2023 11:43 AM IST
Parliament Session Live: PM Modi recalls his first day in Lok Sabha
- When I first entered this building as member, I never imagined that I will get so much love from people
- Emotional moment to bid goodbye to this building; many bitter-sweet memories have been associated with it
- Sep 18, 2023 11:29 AM IST
African Union merger, G20 declaration and old Parliament building. PM Modi address in Lok Sabha
- G20's success belongs to India, not of an individual or a political party
- African Union's inclusion emotional moment for me
- Doubts were raised over Delhi declaration, but that too happened
- We might be going to the New Parliament tomorrow, but the old building will stand as a custodian of motivation to the upcoming generation
- This old Parliament building was built with sweat, hardwork and money of our countrymen. It is time to remember inspirational moments associated with this Parliament building before we move to new premises
- Sep 18, 2023 11:13 AM IST
Parliament Session Live: LS Speaker praises India's leadership in G20 Summit 2023
Speaker Om Birla praises the successful completion of the G20 summit 2023. He said India emerged as voice of peace and restraint in the world during G20 Summit. PM Modi's 'vision and guidance' led to consensus on even sensitive issues in the New Delhi Declaration issued by G20 leaders, he added.
- Sep 18, 2023 11:09 AM IST
Parliament Session Live: BJP leader takes oath as RS MP
BJP leader Dinesh Sharma takes oath as a Member of the Parliament (MP) in Rajya Sabha.
- Sep 18, 2023 11:08 AM IST
Parliament Session Live: Proceedings in both Houses begin; Lok Sabha witness ruckus from Opposition
The special session of the Parliament has started following by the national anthem. As the members met to start the business in the Lok Sabha, Opposition began raising voice as their mics were turned off which turned into a brief ruckus. Speaker Om Birla apologises saying it was a technical snag.
- Sep 18, 2023 10:58 AM IST
Parliament Session Live: Union parliamentary affairs minister urges Opposition to attend
Union Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi on Monday requested the opposition parties to attend the Special Parliament Session beginning today.
He said the government has already clarified the agenda of the Special Parliament Session in the all-party meeting on Sunday.
"Their (Opposition) request for clarification (of agenda) has been made clear in the all-party meeting yesterday. We have already announced our agenda... I request them to attend the Parliament's journey of 75 years that will be discussed today as PM Modi has taken the oath to make India a developed country before 2047..."
The Special Session of the Parliament will be held from September 18 to 22. During the session, parliamentary proceedings will shift from the old to the adjacent new state-of-the-art building on September 19.
- Sep 18, 2023 10:44 AM IST
Parliament Session Live: PM Modi addresses media ahead of Day 1 sitting
Before the commencement of the Special Session of Parliament PM Narendra Modi said, "Success of Moon Mission — Chandrayaan-3 has hoisted our Tiranga, Shiv Shakti Point has become a new centre of inspiration, Tiranga Point is filling us with pride. Across the world, when such an achievement is made, it is viewed by linking it to modernity, science and technology. When this capability comes before the world, several opportunities and possibilities knock at the doors of India." He also asked the Opposition parties to make use of this short session. “There will be enough time to cry foul.”
- Sep 18, 2023 10:08 AM IST
Parliament Session Live: AAP issues 3-line whip for all Rajya Sabha MPs
Aam Aadmi Party issues whip for all its MPs in the Rajya Sabha
“All members of the Aam Aadmi Party in the Rajya Sabha are hereby, informed that some very important issues will be taken up in the Rajya Sabha in the upcoming special session. In view of this, all members of the Aam Aadmi Party are requested to be positively present in the house from 11 AM onwards until the adjournment of the House from 18th September to 22nd September 2023 and support the stand of the party," the notice said.
- Sep 18, 2023 10:01 AM IST
Parliament Session Live: Who attended all-party meeting
The meeting of all the floor leaders of political parties in the Parliament was attended by various ministers including Union Minister Piyush Goyal, who is also Leader of the House in Rajya Sabha, Union Minister Arjun Ram Meghwal and Union Minister V Muraleedharan and 51 leaders from 34 parties.
- Sep 18, 2023 09:37 AM IST
Parliament Session Live: Photo session, function scheduled for tomorrow
Union parliamentary affairs minister Pralhad Joshi said there would be a photo session from 10.00 am to 10.45 am on September 19, 2023, followed by a function in the Central Hall starting at 11.00 am which will be graced by the Vice-President/Chairman, Rajya Sabha, the Prime Minister, Speaker, Lok Sabha, Leader of the House in Rajya Sabha, Minister of Parliamentary Affairs, Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha and Leader of Largest Opposition Party in Lok Sabha and the Members of both the Houses of Parliament.
- Sep 18, 2023 09:28 AM IST
Parliament Session Live: At all-party meet, TDP demands Centre to intervene in Chandrababu Naidu's arrest
The Telugu Desam Party (TDP) on Sunday raised the issue of N Chandrababu Naidu's arrest by the Andhra Pradesh government at the all-party meeting here which led to a heated argument between the TDP and YSR Congress, sources said on Sunday.
According to the sources, Ram Mohan Naidu from TDP has demanded the intervention of the Central government in Chandrababu's arrest and protection of democracy in the state.
Defence Minister Rajnath Singh immediately took up the issue and asked everyone to maintain the dignity of the all-party meeting.
The all-party meeting had begun in the Parliament Library building, ahead of the Special Session of Parliament which begins tomorrow.
Earlier on Wednesday, Union Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi said that a meeting of the floor leaders of all parties has been called on September 17, a day before the five-day-long sitting Special Session is scheduled.
- Sep 18, 2023 08:59 AM IST
Parliament Session Live: Congress MP calls 5-day sitting a ‘regular one’
Congrss MP Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury termed the 5-day session in Parliament a ‘regular one’ and criticised the Centre for not allowing members to speak during Question Hour and Zero Hour.
The Congress MP, after the all-party meeting concluded in the national capital, said that the opposition parties do not understand the government's reason for convening an "off-season" Parliament session, beginning Monday.
"We used to think that the special session has been called to discuss some new issues, or some miracle is going to happen (Kuch Chamatkar Hone Wala Hai). Now it seems like it is like a regular session," the Congress leader said.
He said that this government is also depriving members, from both the Opposition and Treasury benches, of their opportunities to speak during Question Hour and Zero Hour.
- Sep 18, 2023 08:54 AM IST
Parliament Session Live: What was the Opposition's take on CEC appointment bill at all-party meeting?
Several opposition leaders on Sunday criticised the bill on the appointment and service conditions of the chief election commissioner and election commissioners at an all-party meeting as "anti-Constitution" and "anti-democratic", sources said.
Official sources said there is a rethink in the government on whether to take up the bill for discussion and passage in the five-day session, beginning Monday.
However, criticism, including from a few former CECs and ECs, of some of its provisions might have made the government to reconsider its decision.
"We are yet to take a final call," a source said when asked if the government will push for its passage during the session.
The bill seeks to replace the Chief Justice of India with a cabinet minister in the panel for selection of the chief election commissioner and election commissioners, in a move that will allow the government to have more control in the appointment of members of the poll panel.
- Sep 18, 2023 08:49 AM IST
Parliament Session Live: PM Modi likely to kickstart the 5-day sitting with a speech
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday likely to begin the 5-day Parliament session with a speech, news agency ANI reported
- Sep 18, 2023 08:44 AM IST
Parliament Session Live: TMC seeks one-day discussion on ‘people’s issues'
Ahead of the five-day session of Parliament, the TMC at an all-party meet convened by the government on Sunday said a day should be set aside for discussing "people's issues".
Sources said the suggestion by the Trinamool Congress (TMC) was supported by other opposition parties at the meeting, held a day ahead of the beginning of the session.
The TMC suggested that out of the three days for which government business is listed, one day can be dedicated to discussing "people's issues" such as unemployment and price rise, according to the sources.
The party also suggested discussions on the economy and outstanding payments to states, they said.
The TMC's suggestions were supported by other opposition parties, but there was no response from the government's side at the meeting, the sources said. (PTI)
- Sep 18, 2023 08:41 AM IST
Parliament Session Live: Smriti Irani takes swipe at Congress chief for skipping flag hoisting at new building
Taking a jibe at the Congress over its national president Mallikarjun Kharge skipping Sunday's flag hoisting ceremony at the new Parliament, Union minister Smriti Irani accused the grand old party of ‘not being proud’ about the tricolour being hoisted at the new complex. Read more
- Sep 18, 2023 08:27 AM IST
Parliament Session Live: Opposition's reaction on uniforms for new Parliament
Opposition parties on Tuesday gave a sharp reaction at Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led central government over reports of Parliament staff sporting new uniforms as they move to the new Parliament building next week. The uniform will reportedly have lotus motif on it, which is the national flower of India as well as the symbol of the saffron party. Senior Congress leader Manickam Tagore questioned the rationale of only using lotus instead of the national bird, peacock, or the national animal, tiger, to be embossed on the uniform. Read more
- Sep 18, 2023 08:06 AM IST
Parliament Session Live: Why Derek O'Brien says Centre hasn't released the agenda yet?
The agenda for the special Parliament session has still not been announced, Trinamool Congress (TMC) MP Derek O'Brien said on Thursday because the announcement bulletin has a ‘sinister line’ saying this is not the exhaustive list of business. "They will be up to dirty tricks, and they can add some business last minute," he alleged. Read more
- Sep 18, 2023 07:58 AM IST
Parliament Session Live: BJP MPs to ‘positively present’ during the session following 3-line whip
The BJP has issued a three-line whip to all Lok Sabha members asking them to be positively present at Parliament on all five days of the Special Parliament session starting from September 18. Some very important business will be taken up for discussion and passing, the whip said. "All BJP members in Lok Sabha are hereby informed that some very important Legislative Business will be taken up for discussion and passing in the Lok Sabha from Monday, the 18th September to Friday, the 22nd September 2023. All members of BJP in Lok Sabha are therefore requested to be positively present in the House throughout on all the five days i.e. from Monday, the 18th September to Friday the 22nd September 2023 and support the Government's stand," the whip read. Read more
- Sep 18, 2023 07:47 AM IST
Parliament Session Live: What women MPs say about old building complex as they set to move to new construction
In a first since independence, the legislature of India is set to move to a new complex during the special Parliament session. In a show of paying respect to the legacy of the old building, ten women parliamentarian across political lines recount their experiences and memories in a bid to offer their tributes to the edifice that remained the epicentre of India's democratic journey, as they prepare to bid the structure farewell.
All ten parliamentarians share messages of nostalgia of their jouney through the hallowed halls of the old Parliament building in hand-written notes. Read more
- Sep 18, 2023 07:42 AM IST
Parliament Session Live: VP Dhankhar hoists tricolour at new building; watch
Vice President and Rajya Sabha Chairman Jagdeep Dhankhar hoisted the national flag at the new Parliament building a day before the special session of the Parliament. After days of speculation over the agenda of the special session called by the government, a parliamentary bulletin said the two houses would discuss Parliament’s 75-year journey on the first day. The tentative list of business for the Parliament Session includes the bill on the appointment of the Chief Election Commissioner and other election commissioners to be taken up for consideration and passage.
- Sep 18, 2023 07:33 AM IST
Parliament Session Live: What was discussed in all-party meeting?
Leaders of parties across the political spectrum pushed for the passage of the women’s reservation bill at the all-party meeting called by the Union government on Sunday, a day before Parliament meets for a five-day special session. Some of the opposition leaders present questioned the timing of the session and the listed agenda and demanded to know if the government had planned to advance the winter session by rescheduling the House sittings. Read more
- Sep 18, 2023 07:26 AM IST
Parliament Session Live: What is on the cards during the 5-day sitting?
- The government has also provided a tentative list of legislative business to be taken up during the session, including a bill that seeks to exclude the Chief Justice of India (CJI) from the panel to appoint the Chief Election Commissioner (CEC) and Election Commissioners (ECs).
- Bills that will be taken up for consideration and passage include The Advocates (Amendment) Bill, 2023, The Press and Registration of Periodicals Bill, 2023, and The Post Office Bill, 2023, among others.
- Several parties have demanded reviving the women's reservation bill. Read more