Parliament highlights: Rajya Sabha adjourned after uproar on triple talaq bill
The Rajya Sabha on Thursday condemned the violence in Bhima Koregaon in Maharashtra. On the issue of the triple talaq bill, the BJP accused the Congress of stalling the bill, while the Congress said the bill has nothing to offer to hapless Muslim women. Here are the live updates:india Updated: Jan 04, 2018 19:27 IST
The Rajya Sabha on Thursday condemned the violence in Bhima Koregaon in Maharashtra. Both houses of Parliament saw continuous disruptions on Wednesday over the riots in Maharashtra, as opposition members created ruckus, forcing repeated adjournments.
A bill to ban instant triple talaq was tabled in the Rajya Sabha on Wednesday, but the Congress and the BJP indulged in a slugfest over the bill. While the government wanted a debate on the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill, the opposition wanted it to be sent to a Select Committee for scrutiny.
The winter session of Parliament ends on Friday, January 5.
Here are the live updates:
7:00pm: Noting that it was public investment that had enabled the country to consistently achieve over 7% growth at a time of dismal private investment, finance minister Arun Jaitley in Lok Sabha says the government is bringing all possible resources to bear in order to resolve the issue of banks’ bad loans.
6:55pm: Lok Sabha passes bill to hike salaries of Supreme Court, High Court judges.
6:54pm: The duplicity of the Congress is quite clear, it has become a typical characteristic of the party: BJP leader Sudhanshu Trivedi on triple talaq bill.
6:50pm: “Double standards of the Congress-led the Opposition are exposed today and I think it is a shame that they are trying to obstruct this path of justice for Indian Muslim women,” says Union minister Smriti Irani on triple talaq bill.
6:35pm: “The Opposition stands exposed in Rajya Sabha. For the past two days, it has been repeatedly said if there are any issues on triple talaq bill, they need to be put out on the floor of the House. Why is the Congress-led Opposition running away from discussion?” asks Smirit Irani.
6:25pm: Discussion on Supplementary Grants Bill, third batch, begins in Lok Sabha.
6:20pm: “The government is isolated, the Opposition is one. The bill should be sent to the select committee,” Congress leader Kapil Sibal tells ANI after Rajya Sabha debate over triple talaq bill.
6:14pm: “Today, the BJP has been exposed, they don’t have the guts to empower women,” says TMC MP Derek O Brien after Rajya Sabha debate.
6:00pm: Law minister Ravi Shankar Prasad replies to the discussion on the Supreme Court and High Court judges salary hike bill. “Good work of the judiciary needs to be appreciated. The judges have also worked during vacations, to expedite cases.”
5:49pm: Rajya Sabha adjourned till 11am on Friday, after continued uproar over triple talaq bill.
5:46pm: TMC MP Derek O Brien says, “it’s clear that this side (Opposition) wants to empower women, and you (Centre) stand exposed.” Smriti Irani replies: “Absolutely not, if you seriously want to empower women then have a discussion now.”
5:45pm: Anand Sharma says the motion was moved on Wednesday so the unfinished business must be finished. He objects to taking up another bill instead of the triple talaq bill.
5:42pm: Unless there is a consensus in the house, cannot take up the triple talaq bill, says deputy chairman of the Rajya Sabha. “I will have to go by the list of legislative business. So the GST Bill will be taken up,” the Chair says.
5:40pm: Uproar in Rajya Sabha after opposition’s motion on triple talaq bill, opposition has demanded the bill be sent to select committee.
5:30pm: Rajya Sabha takes up triple talaq bill. Arun Jaitley says the amendment motion brought by Anand Sharma and Sukhendu Sekhar Roy on Wednesday were not as per the rules and hence should be rejected. Opposition MPs protest, recall the Chair’s words that the motions were valid.
5:25pm: Members in the Rajya Sabha express concern over the forcible eviction of some blind students by the Delhi Development Authority, with the Centre saying the affected persons were rehabilitated in an adjoining school.
4:45pm: Government seeks Parliament’s approval for additional expenditure of Rs 80,000 crore for recapitalisation of public sector banks.
4:30pm: A commission formed to examine repealing the Habitual Offenders Act will submit its report in a couple of days after which a final decision will be taken in this regard, says Union minister Krishan Pal Gurjar in the Rajya Sabha.
4:00pm: Rajya Sabha chairman M Venkaiah Naidu asks members to act responsibly to ensure smooth proceedings and assured them that whatever decision he takes would be to enhance the image of the House. During a meeting, the Triple Talaq Bill was discussed and the chairman asked both the opposition and the treasury benches to sort out the issue between them
2:00pm: Lok Sabha approves amendments made by the Rajya Sabha in two bills- The National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (Amendment) Bill, and Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (Amendment) Bill- passed by it earlier.
1.04pm: Rajya Sabha adjourned till 2pm.
1.03pm: In the Lok Sabha, Prahlad Singh Patel of the BJP raises the issue of rape and murder of girls belonging to Dalit communities, and Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes.
1.00pm: In the Lok Sabha, the government tables a demand for additional grant of Rs 80,000 crore for bank recapitalisation.
12.55pm: Minister of state for information and broadcasting Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore informs the Lok Sabha that as much as 65% population of the country will soon be able to tune in to FM radio network. Currently, only 52% of the population can access FM radio network.
12.24pm: Home minister Rajnath Singh says NRC work in Assam was going on under the directions of the Supreme Court. If anyone’s name is left out, he/she can appeal and it will be looked into.
12.20pm: In Lok Sabha, Trinamool Congress MP Saugata Roy says the National Register of Citizens was a “conspiracy” to drive out Bengali people from Assam in the name of illegal Bangladeshi immigrants.
12.17pm: Rajya Sabha amendment on the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (Amendment) Bill adopted by Lok Sabha.
12.05pm: In the Rajya Sabha, Ritabrata Banerjee said the Centre should consider renaming West Bengal as Bangla, as a resolution has already been passed in the state assembly. He said the name West Bengal was given by the British during Partition.
11.55am: The Rajya Sabha will take up short duration discussions on the state of economy, investment climate and job creation in the country and the need to address the challenge of rising unemployment.
The upper house will also take up the Goods and Services Tax (Compensation to States) Amendment Bill, the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill, the Prevention of Corruption (Amendment) Bill, the Central Road Fund (Amendment)Bill, the State Banks (Repeal and Amendment) Bill, and the Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Bill.
11.50am: Lok Sabha will take up a Rajya Sabha amendment on the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (Amendment) Bill, and discuss the High Court and the Supreme Court Judges (Salaries and Conditions of Service) Amendment Bill, the Payment of Gratuity (Amendment) Bill, the Dentists (Amendment) Bill, the National Council for Teacher Education (Amendment) Bill.
11.42am: Amar Shankar Sable of the BJP says Gujarat leader Jignesh Mevani, and Umar Khalid made inflammatory speeches leading to the violence in Maharashtra.
11.40am: Nominated member Sambhaji Chhatrapati, a descendent of Maratha ruler Chhatrapati Shivaji, says Shivaji as well as Dr BR Ambedkar always worked for the uplift of the backward classes, and unity of the people.
11.33am: D Raja of CPI says Dalit issue needs to be addressed by all parties, Ramdas Athawale says those who instigated and carried out the violence in Bhima Koregaon should be punished.
11.25am: Sharad Pawar of NCP appeals to the government to bring the situation to normalcy as quickly as possible, Kanimozhi of DMK seeks long-term solution to the issue of violence against Dalits.
11.20am: In the Lok Sabha, water resources minister Nitin Gadkari answers questions sharing of water and building barrages across the Mahanadi river in Odisha.
11.17am: Nadimul Haque of Trinamool Congress demands stop to “political lynching”, Dilip Tirkey of BJD seeks probe into similar incidents of violence across India.
11.14am: Rajani Patil of the Congress starts discussion on Bhima Koregaon violence. Naresh Agrawal of the Samajwadi Party says Maharashtra government failed to provide security to people, demands report.
11.10am: Rajya Sabha takes up issue of violence in Bhima Koregaon in Maharashtra.
10.53am: Congress MP Rajni Patil gives notice in Rajya Sabha under rule 267 over Bhima Koregaon violence.
10.52am: After a shift of the Telugu Desam Party, a key ally of the BJP, other allies may also shift sides and demand the bill’s scrutiny by a select panel, opposition sources tell Hindustan Times.
10.48am: If the government finally agrees to form a select panel to send the triple talaq bill for scrutiny, it will bring its own motion rather than supporting the one given by the Congress’ Anand Sharma or by the Trinamool Congress, sources tell Hindustan Times.
10.44am: Trinamool Congress leaders protest in front of the Gandhi statue in Parliament over the National Register of Citizens issue in Assam.
10.40am: BJP leaders protest in front of the Gandhi statue in Parliament against the murder of party worker Deepak Rao in Karnataka’s Mangalore, demand case be transferred to the CBI.
9.50am: “Since the BJP keeps trying to oppress and insult the Muslim community, everyone agreed that it should be sent to a select committee, and a decision should be arrived on after taking into consideration all groups’ interests,” says Shakeel Ahmad.
9.49am: “Everyone wants the bill to not be rushed through. It is a very sensitive issue that should be thoroughly discussed. The Muslim Personal Law Board has objected to it, and Muslim women across the nation are protesting it,” says Congress leader Shakeel Ahmad.
9.47am: “There are certain provisions in the bill that could harm families. This is what (Prime Minister Narendra) Modi ji wants. It is the mentality of Modi ji and the Sangh parivar, because of which there have been efforts to insult the Muslim community,” Congress leader Shakeel Ahmad tells ANI.
9.45am: Congress says the bill on triple talaq, if implemented sans amendments, could harm many families.
# What is the triple talaq bill?
This bill gives power to the victim to approach a magistrate seeking “subsistence allowance” for herself and minor children in the case of instant triple talaq or talaq-e-biddat.
A victim can also seek the custody of her minor children from the magistrate. Under the law, instant triple talaq in any form - spoken, in writing or by electronic means such as email, SMS and WhatsApp - would be illegal and void.