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Winter Session 2023 Highlights: Both houses adjourned for the day

Winter Session 2023 Highlights: Check out all the latest updates from the Parliament.
Proceedings of the Lok Sabha on the first day of the Winter Session on Monday. (ANI)
Proceedings of the Lok Sabha on the first day of the Winter Session on Monday. (ANI)

The second day of the Winter Session saw a debate on the Jammu and Kashmir Reservation (Amendment) Bill, 2023 and the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation (Amendment) Bill, 2023, which was tabled by Union home minister Amit Shah in the Lok Sabha. While the Treasury Benches defended the repeal of Articles 370 and 35A, the Opposition questioned the constitutional viability of the action that led to the revocation of J&K's statehood. Shah is expected to speak on the Bills today....Read More

In Rajya Sabha, the discussion on the prevailing economic situation of the country, which began on Tuesday, is likely to continue today. Union finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman is likely to table a statement showing the Supplementary Demands for Grants, 2023-24.

Meanwhile, the Lok Sabha Ethics Committee report in connection with the alleged involvement of TMC MP Mahua Moitra in the ‘cash-for-query’ case has remained one of the key discussion areas on the parliamentary premises, and it is yet to be taken up for discussion on the floor of the House.

The winter session is effectively the last window for the government to clear legislation before the 2024 Lok Sabha polls. The session will be conducted in 15 sittings till December 22.

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Dec 6, 2023 6:02 PM IST

Winter Session Live: Rajasthan MP Kirodi Lal Meena resigns from Rajya Sabha

Rajasthan MP Kirodi Lal Meena resigned from the Rajya Sabha. He submitted his letter to the RS Chairman Jagdeep Dhankhar.

Dec 6, 2023 5:16 PM IST

Winter Session Live: Union minister Giriraj Singh supports Amit Shah's remark on Nehru

"Amit Shah has rightly said, we lost PoK because of Jawaharlal Nehru. He called (the forces) back and took the Kashmir issue to the UN," Union minister Giriraj Singh said in support of Union Home Minister Amit Shah's 'two blunders by PM Nehru' remark in the Lok Sabha.

Dec 6, 2023 4:51 PM IST

Winter Session Live: Highest number of BSF, CRPF personnel opting for voluntary retirement, MoS to Rajya Sabha

At least 4,127 Border Security Force (BSF) personnel followed by 2,572 Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel have opted for voluntary retirement from service in the year 2023 to date, the Parliament was told on Wednesday.

Union Minister of State (Home Affairs) Nityanand Rai informed the Rajya Sabha that the number of voluntary retirement cases in Central Armed Police Forces (CAPFs) and Assam Rifle (AR) varies from year to year and no trend in this regard has been observed.

Dec 6, 2023 4:36 PM IST

Winter Session Live: The Central Universities (Amendment) Bill, 2023 taken up in LS

The Central Universities (Amendment) Bill, 2023 taken up in Lok Sabha for consideration and passing in Lok Sabha.

Dec 6, 2023 4:26 PM IST

Winter Session Live: 2 J-K Bills pass in Lok Sabha

The Jammu and Kashmir Reservation (Amendment) Bill, 2023 and the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation (Amendment) Bill, 2023, passed in Lok Sabha.

Dec 6, 2023 4:03 PM IST

Winter Session Live: ‘Kashmiri Pandits won’t have left if…': Amit Shah defends J&K bills in LS

Union home minister Amit Shah on Wednesday said the two bills linked to Jammu and Kashmir that were tabled by the Union government in the parliament are aimed at providing justice to those deprived of their rights. Responding to the debate on the Jammu and Kashmir Reservation (Amendment) Bill and the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation (Amendment) Bill, Shah attacked the Congress without naming the party saying the exodus of Kashmiri Pandits could have been averted had terrorism been tackled without consideration for vote-bank politics. Read more

Dec 6, 2023 3:44 PM IST

Winter Session Live: What happened after Article 370 was removed? Amit Shah says…

“Those who say what happened after the removal of Article 370?... On August 5-6, 2019, their (Kashmiri) voices, which were not heard for years, were heard by PM Modi and today they are getting their rights,” Union home minister Amit Shah said.

Dec 6, 2023 3:39 PM IST

Winter Session Live: ‘No one said revoking Article 370 would end terrorism’, Shah

Responding to Opposition's questions on the prevailing cases of terrorism in Kashmir, Union minister Amit Shah said there has been at least a 70% reduction in the deaths of civilians and a 62% reduction in deaths of security force personnel under Modi government. While the Opposition leaders argued that BJP claimed terrorism would end in the region after the revocation of Article 370, Shah said, “No one said revoking Article 370 would end terrorism.” “I said it would end secessionism.”

Dec 6, 2023 3:24 PM IST

Winter Session Live: Congress done greatest harm to OBCs, says Shah

“One of 2 bills on Jammu and Kashmir seeks to nominate two Kashmiri Migrant community members, including a woman, to assembly. One seat in Jammu and Kashmir assembly will be reserved for people displaced from Pakistan-occupied Kashmir…Congress has done greatest harm to Other Backward Classes,” Union minister Amit Shah said on the J&K Reservation (Amendment), 2023.

Dec 6, 2023 3:14 PM IST

Winter Session Live: Amit Shah on Kashmiri Pandits; ‘forced lived as refugees’

"When they (Kashkimi Pandits) were displaced, they were forced lived as refugees in their country. Around 46,631 families were displaced in their own country. This Bill is to get them rights, this Bill is to give them representation," Amit Shah said.

Dec 6, 2023 3:12 PM IST

Winter Session Live: ‘There was an era of terrorism’, Amit Shah gives Jammu and Kashmir's backgrounder

"There was an era of terrorism (in Jammu and Kashmir) after the 1980s and it was a horrifying scene. Those who lived on the land considering it their country, were thrown out and no one cared about them, neither did they try to stop it. In fact, those were responsible for stopping it, they were enjoying vacations in England," says Union home minister Amit Shah while speaking on the Jammu and Kashmir Reservation (Amendment) Bill, 2023 and the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation (Amendment) Bill, 2023, in the Lok Sabha.

Dec 6, 2023 3:02 PM IST

Winter Session Live: ‘Happy that no one opposed it,’ Amit Shah on J-K Bills

Union home minister Amit Shah said he is glad that no one opposed the the Jammu and Kashmir Reservation (Amendment) Bill, 2023 and the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation (Amendment) Bill, 2023, while deliberating upon them. He defended the Bills and responded to questions raised by the Opposition.

“The Bill that I have brought here pertains to bringing justice to and providing rights to those against whom injustice was done, who were insulted and those who were ignored. In any society, those who are deprived should be brought forward. That is the basic sense of the Constitution of India. But they have to be brought forward in a way that doesn't reduce their respect. There is a huge difference between giving rights and giving rights respectfully. So, instead of weak and deprived category renaming it to Other Backward Class is important,” he said.

Dec 6, 2023 2:50 PM IST

Winter Session Live: Adhir Chowdhury demands debate on Nehru

Following attacks on former PM Jawaharlal Nehru and the Congress over the delay in declaring statehood to Jammu and Kashmir, LoP in Lok Sabha Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury demanded a day-long demand to conduct a debate on the contribution of Nehru on matters ranging from Article 370 and country's development. Union home minister Amit Shah sitting across Chowdhury raised and accepted the demand.

Dec 6, 2023 2:00 PM IST

Winter Session Live: 13 police stations in National Capital running in rented premises, says Union minister

A total of 13 police stations in National Capital running in rented premises, MoS Home Nityanand Rai told Rajya Sabha.

“Delhi Police carries out the responsibility of maintaining the Law and Order in the National Capital. In order to enable Delhi Police to carry out its responsibility effectively, the Government provides adequate funds every year as per the requirements projected. Delhi Police has informed that out of the total 225 Police Stations, only 13 Police Stations are running in rented premises. Setting up of a Police Station as per requirement and infrastructure development thereof is a continuous and ongoing process,” he said.

Dec 6, 2023 1:49 PM IST

Winter Session Live: Discussion on 2 J-K amendment Bills underway

Both the ruling BJP and Opposition are placing their arguments as the discussion on the Jammu and Kashmir Reservation (Amendment) Bill, 2023 and the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation (Amendment) Bill, 2023, is currently being conducted in the Lok Sabha. Union home minister Amit Shah is likely to respond on the matter related to both the Bills today.

Dec 6, 2023 1:23 PM IST

Winter Session Live: ‘Remarks by Senthilkumar not correct', says DMK MP's party colleague

Remarks made by Senthilkumar not correct; Stalin has warned him: DMK's TR Baalu in Lok Sabha on comments against Hindi heartland states

Dec 6, 2023 1:13 PM IST

DMK MP Senthilkumar 'withdraws' controversial remark in Parliament, expresses regret

DMK MP DNV Senthilkumar S on Wednesday expressed regret over the controversial remark made in Parliament yesterday while targetting the Bharatiya Janata Party and said he was withdrawing his statement.

"The statement made by me yesterday inadvertently, if it had hurt the sentiments of the Members and sections of the people, I would like to withdraw it. I request the words to be expunged...I regret it," he said in the Lok Sabha. Read more

Dec 6, 2023 1:11 PM IST

Winter Session Live: DMK MP TR Baalu urges Centre to send team to assess flood damage in Tamil Nadu

DMK MP TR Baalu in Lok Sabha calls upon the Centre to send to team to Tamil Nadu to assess flood damage due to the cyclone and consider declaring it a national calamity

Dec 6, 2023 12:40 PM IST

Winter Session Live: Telangana CM-designate Revanth Reddy reaches Parliament

Telangana CM-designate Revanth Reddy arrives at the Parliament. The Congress MP from Malkajgiri is expected to tender his resignation as a Member of the Parliament, ahead of his swearing-in ceremony in Hyderabad tomorrow.

Dec 6, 2023 12:17 PM IST

Winter Session Live: Ruckus over DMK MP's remark breaks out in Lok Sabha

As the Deputy Speaker announced the beginning of Zero Hour in the Lok Sabha, parliamentarians from both sides of the benches started protesting leading to a ruckus in the House.

Dec 6, 2023 11:45 AM IST

Winter Session Live: Lok Sabha adjourned till 12 amid ruckus

Lok Sabha adjourned till 12 amid ruckus

Dec 6, 2023 11:42 AM IST

Winter Session Live: ‘Don’t understand what you say', Piyush Goyal says to Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury

Union minister Piyush Goyal was interrupted by LoP in Lok Sabha Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury while he was speaking on the success of government schemes. To this, Goyal rebutted saying “Adhir ji, when you speak we don't understand the subject and also what you say.”

Dec 6, 2023 11:21 AM IST

Winter Session Live: Question Hour in both Houses underway; MPs raising important issues

From the pendency of cases in consumer courts to issues of under-trial accused, MPs are raising matters of national importance during the ongoing Question Hour in both Houses.

Dec 6, 2023 11:14 AM IST

Winter Session Live: Kharge says INDIA bloc meeting to be discussed in floor meeting, says Kharge

"We will organise a floor meeting (of opposition) leader here (at Parliament) today. We will discuss about the INDIA alliance during that meeting," Congress MP Mallikarjun Kharge said.

Dec 6, 2023 11:03 AM IST

Winter Session Live: Lok Sabha proceedings begin amid BJP MPs demand apology over DMK MP's remark

Lok Sabha proceedings begin amid BJP MPs demand apology over DMK MP's remark

Dec 6, 2023 11:00 AM IST

Winter Session Live: Amit Shah, Rajnath Singh arrive at Parliament

Union Home Minister Amit Shah and Defence Minister Rajnath Singh arrive in Parliament, on the third day of the winter session

Dec 6, 2023 10:39 AM IST

Winter Session Live: PM, President, parliamentarians pay tribute to BR Ambedkar on his death anniversary

President Droupadi Murmu, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, VP Jagdeep Dhankhar, Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla along with several parliamentarians paid tribute to BR Ambedkar on the 67th death anniversary which is also marked as the Mahaparinirvan Diwas.

“Pujya Baba Saheb, along with being the architect of the Indian Constitution, was an immortal champion of social harmony, who dedicated his life for the welfare of the exploited and the deprived. My respectful obeisances to him today on his Mahaparinirvana day,” PM Modi wrote on X.

Dec 6, 2023 10:27 AM IST

Winter Session Live: Lok Sabha expunges DMK MP's controversial remark on heartland states

DMK MP DNV Senthil Kumar on Tuesday made a controversial remark referring to the heartland states of the country while attacking the ruling BJP. The use of pejoratives sparked a row after which, the MP apologised.

"Commenting on the results of the five recent state assembly elections, I have used a word in a inappropriate way. Not using that term with any intent, I apologize for sending the wrong meaning across," he wrote on X (formerly Twitter).

Now, Lok Sabha MP Om Birla has expunged his remarks from the speech.

Dec 6, 2023 10:22 AM IST

Winter Session Live: Union minister referred ‘Nehruvian blunder’ on J&K integration

Union Minister Jitendra Singh on Tuesday took a jab at Congress saying the party did not implement the Constitution of India in Jammu and Kashmir and referred to a “Nehruvian blunder” while integrating J&K with the country. He was responding to the opposition benches on demand regarding the Centre restoring statehood to Jammu and Kashmir and setting a time frame for holding Assembly elections there,

"For 60-70 years, those who did not implement the Constitution of India in Jammu and Kashmir, today they are teaching those who sacrificed 3 generations so that the Constitution of India should be implemented in Jammu and Kashmir," he said.

"As early as the 1947 Constituent Assembly, Shyama Prasad Mukherjee had raised concerns about Article 370 and called for its review. He urged for a gradual approach to address the issues surrounding Article 370," added Jitendra Singh.

Dec 6, 2023 9:45 AM IST

Winter Session Live: Congress MP Manickam Tagore gives notice ‘critical issue’ affecting MSMEs

Congress MP Manickam Tagore gives adjournment motion notice to discuss the "critical issue affecting Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) in Tamil Nadu, particularly concerning the aggressive actions taken by private banks against these businesses in the matter of loan repayments."

Dec 6, 2023 9:43 AM IST

Winter Session Live: Congress MP Manish Tewari gives notice to discuss death penalty to 8 ex-Navy personnel in Qatar

Congress MP Manish Tewari gives Adjournment Motion Notice in Lok Sabha and demands discussion on the death penalty to 8 ex-Indian Navy personnel in Qatar.

Dec 6, 2023 9:42 AM IST

Winter Session Live: AAP MP gives notice to debate on ‘political vendetta against opposition parties’

AAP MP Sushil Gupta gives notice in Rajya Sabha on the issue of “political vendetta against opposition parties”. Sushil Gupta demands the House to debate this issue at length and direct the Government to stop this political vendetta.

Dec 6, 2023 9:07 AM IST

Winter Session Live: What BJP MP from Ladakh said on J-K amendment Bills?

BJP MP from Ladakh Jamyang Namgyal on Tuesday made a strong case for the status quo to continue under the UT administration saying that the erstwhile state needs peace, security and progress more than polls.

Favouring the government's move, the MP said, "Only if there's life, there is a world", adding that the Union Territory needs peace and security more than elections at this point.

"Back in the day, one was terrified visiting Kashmir, especially the South Kashmir region which used to be the hotbed of militancy and terror. At the back of our minds, there used to be a gnawing fear that we might not return alive. In a region where guns rang out and bombs went off previously, there's a reign of peace now. Shooting guns have now been replaced with film shoots. Even the people of South Kashmir would endorse my words. At a place where curfews had to be enforced for months on end, shop owners now stay open days and nights without any disturbance," he said.

Dec 6, 2023 9:03 AM IST

Winter Session Live: Dharmendra Pradhan to move Bill to set up Central Tribal University in Telangana

Union education minister Dharmendra Pradhan will move the Central Universities (Amendment) Bill, 2023 in the Lok Sabha today to establish a Central Tribal University in Telangana.

Dec 6, 2023 8:42 AM IST

Winter Session Live: Discussion on India's economic situation to continue in Rajya Sabha

The discussion on the prevailing economic situation in the country, which began on Tuesday, will continue in the Rajya Sabha today. While deliberating upon the matter, TMC MP Derek O'Brien alleged the prices of rice, wheat, pulses and LPG gas cylinders have gone up since 2014. He added that for the first time in six years, the rural inflation is higher than urban. Congress MP P Chidambaram asked, "If India is growing at the fastest rate in the world, then why is the impact of the growth not felt on the ground? We are a large economy, we are growing at the fastest rate in the world & we have the largest FDI coming in, but why is it not seen on the ground? I specifically want to ask why is it not seen in the inflation and unemployment numbers?"

In response, BJP MP Sudhanshu Trivedi highlighted the government's achievement in various aspects including the modernisation of Railways, increasing the number of airports and infrastructure development in the country. He also added that India has become the fastest-growing economy under the Narendra Modi government due to effective economic policy.

Dec 6, 2023 8:33 AM IST

Winter Session Live: Amit Shah to speak on 2 J&K amendment Bills

Union home minister Amit Shah is likely to speak on the the Jammu and Kashmir Reservation (Amendment) Bill, 2023 and the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation (Amendment) Bill, 2023, which he tabled in the Lok Sabha on Tuesday.

The discussion on the Bills so far happened surrounding the constitutionality of repealing Articles 370 and 35A. The Opposition asked about the change in the ground situation in Jammu and Kashmir after its statehood was revoked and made into two Union Territories – J&K and Ladakh. The Treasury Benches along with MPs from the ruling BJP responded with significant development that was brought about in the regions after the Centre's action in 2019.

Dec 6, 2023 11:00 AM IST

Winter Session Live: Amit Shah, Rajnath Singh arrive at Parliament

Union Home Minister Amit Shah and Defence Minister Rajnath Singh arrive in Parliament, on the third day of the winter session

Dec 6, 2023 10:39 AM IST

Winter Session Live: PM, President, parliamentarians pay tribute to BR Ambedkar on his death anniversary

President Droupadi Murmu, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, VP Jagdeep Dhankhar, Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla along with several parliamentarians paid tribute to BR Ambedkar on the 67th death anniversary which is also marked as the Mahaparinirvan Diwas.

“Pujya Baba Saheb, along with being the architect of the Indian Constitution, was an immortal champion of social harmony, who dedicated his life for the welfare of the exploited and the deprived. My respectful obeisances to him today on his Mahaparinirvana day,” PM Modi wrote on X.

Dec 6, 2023 10:27 AM IST

Winter Session Live: Lok Sabha expunges DMK MP's controversial remark on heartland states

DMK MP DNV Senthil Kumar on Tuesday made a controversial remark referring to the heartland states of the country while attacking the ruling BJP. The use of pejoratives sparked a row after which, the MP apologised.

"Commenting on the results of the five recent state assembly elections, I have used a word in a inappropriate way. Not using that term with any intent, I apologize for sending the wrong meaning across," he wrote on X (formerly Twitter).

Now, Lok Sabha MP Om Birla has expunged his remarks from the speech.

Dec 6, 2023 10:22 AM IST

Winter Session Live: Union minister referred ‘Nehruvian blunder’ on J&K integration

Union Minister Jitendra Singh on Tuesday took a jab at Congress saying the party did not implement the Constitution of India in Jammu and Kashmir and referred to a “Nehruvian blunder” while integrating J&K with the country. He was responding to the opposition benches on demand regarding the Centre restoring statehood to Jammu and Kashmir and setting a time frame for holding Assembly elections there,

"For 60-70 years, those who did not implement the Constitution of India in Jammu and Kashmir, today they are teaching those who sacrificed 3 generations so that the Constitution of India should be implemented in Jammu and Kashmir," he said.

"As early as the 1947 Constituent Assembly, Shyama Prasad Mukherjee had raised concerns about Article 370 and called for its review. He urged for a gradual approach to address the issues surrounding Article 370," added Jitendra Singh.

Dec 6, 2023 9:45 AM IST

Winter Session Live: Congress MP Manickam Tagore gives notice ‘critical issue’ affecting MSMEs

Congress MP Manickam Tagore gives adjournment motion notice to discuss the "critical issue affecting Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) in Tamil Nadu, particularly concerning the aggressive actions taken by private banks against these businesses in the matter of loan repayments."

Dec 6, 2023 9:43 AM IST

Winter Session Live: Congress MP Manish Tewari gives notice to discuss death penalty to 8 ex-Navy personnel in Qatar

Congress MP Manish Tewari gives Adjournment Motion Notice in Lok Sabha and demands discussion on the death penalty to 8 ex-Indian Navy personnel in Qatar.

Dec 6, 2023 9:42 AM IST

Winter Session Live: AAP MP gives notice to debate on ‘political vendetta against opposition parties’

AAP MP Sushil Gupta gives notice in Rajya Sabha on the issue of “political vendetta against opposition parties”. Sushil Gupta demands the House to debate this issue at length and direct the Government to stop this political vendetta.

Dec 6, 2023 9:07 AM IST

Winter Session Live: What BJP MP from Ladakh said on J-K amendment Bills?

BJP MP from Ladakh Jamyang Namgyal on Tuesday made a strong case for the status quo to continue under the UT administration saying that the erstwhile state needs peace, security and progress more than polls.

Favouring the government's move, the MP said, "Only if there's life, there is a world", adding that the Union Territory needs peace and security more than elections at this point.

"Back in the day, one was terrified visiting Kashmir, especially the South Kashmir region which used to be the hotbed of militancy and terror. At the back of our minds, there used to be a gnawing fear that we might not return alive. In a region where guns rang out and bombs went off previously, there's a reign of peace now. Shooting guns have now been replaced with film shoots. Even the people of South Kashmir would endorse my words. At a place where curfews had to be enforced for months on end, shop owners now stay open days and nights without any disturbance," he said.

Dec 6, 2023 9:03 AM IST

Winter Session Live: Dharmendra Pradhan to move Bill to set up Central Tribal University in Telangana

Union education minister Dharmendra Pradhan will move the Central Universities (Amendment) Bill, 2023 in the Lok Sabha today to establish a Central Tribal University in Telangana.

Dec 6, 2023 8:42 AM IST

Winter Session Live: Discussion on India's economic situation to continue in Rajya Sabha

The discussion on the prevailing economic situation in the country, which began on Tuesday, will continue in the Rajya Sabha today. While deliberating upon the matter, TMC MP Derek O'Brien alleged the prices of rice, wheat, pulses and LPG gas cylinders have gone up since 2014. He added that for the first time in six years, the rural inflation is higher than urban. Congress MP P Chidambaram asked, "If India is growing at the fastest rate in the world, then why is the impact of the growth not felt on the ground? We are a large economy, we are growing at the fastest rate in the world & we have the largest FDI coming in, but why is it not seen on the ground? I specifically want to ask why is it not seen in the inflation and unemployment numbers?"

In response, BJP MP Sudhanshu Trivedi highlighted the government's achievement in various aspects including the modernisation of Railways, increasing the number of airports and infrastructure development in the country. He also added that India has become the fastest-growing economy under the Narendra Modi government due to effective economic policy.

Dec 6, 2023 8:33 AM IST

Winter Session Live: Amit Shah to speak on 2 J&K amendment Bills

Union home minister Amit Shah is likely to speak on the the Jammu and Kashmir Reservation (Amendment) Bill, 2023 and the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation (Amendment) Bill, 2023, which he tabled in the Lok Sabha on Tuesday.

The discussion on the Bills so far happened surrounding the constitutionality of repealing Articles 370 and 35A. The Opposition asked about the change in the ground situation in Jammu and Kashmir after its statehood was revoked and made into two Union Territories – J&K and Ladakh. The Treasury Benches along with MPs from the ruling BJP responded with significant development that was brought about in the regions after the Centre's action in 2019.