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Parliament session live updates.. (ANI/Sansad TV)
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Parliament Winter Session 2023 Highlights: The first week of the Winter Session witnessed a few significant businesses in both the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha, and ended with the expulsion of TMC MP Mahua Moitra after the ethics panel tabled its report probing ‘unethical conduct’ by her in the ‘cash-for-query’ case....Read More

A range of issues including the economic situation of the country to the revocation of Article 370 were raised and deliberated upon in both the Houses. Meanwhile, the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation (Amendment) Bill, 2023, and the Jammu and Kashmir Reservation (Amendment) Bill, 2023, and the Central Universities (Amendment) Bill, 2023, were passed in the Lok Sabha and the Post Office Bill, 2023, in Rajya Sabha.

The session would likely witness a ruckus over the TMC MP's expulsion as the Parliament is set to convene for the sixth day. The Opposition considered the probe by the ethics panel a “fixed match” and termed the report fundamentally flawed.

Furthermore, the Bharatiya Nyaya Sanhita Bill 2023, Bharatiya Nagarik Suraksha Sanhita Bill 2023 and Bharatiya Sakshya Bill 2023 to overhaul the Indian Penal Code (IPC), 1860, Indian Evidence Act, 1872, and Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC), 1973, are among the key legislations likely to be taken up during the session. Other bills include one to regulate the appointments of the Chief Election Commission and other election commissioners.

The winter session of Parliament began on December 4 and will culminate on December 22.

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Dec 11, 2023 9:14 PM IST

Parliament passes two JK bills on reservation, representation in Assembly: Key takeaways

  • On Monday, Parliament passed two bills related to Jammu and Kashmir, with the Rajya Sabha clearing them through a voice vote. Home Minister Amit Shah provided assurance to the country, stating that the government, under Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has initiated the process for a "new and developed Kashmir" that will be free from terrorism. The passage of these bills reflects the government's commitment to bringing about positive changes and development in the region.
  • The Lok Sabha passed two bills last week, namely the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation (Amendment) Bill and the Jammu and Kashmir Reservation (Amendment) Bill. Now, the Rajya Sabha has cleared these bills with a voice vote. The bills aim to nominate two members from the Kashmiri migrant community and one representative from the displaced persons from Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK) to the legislative assembly. Additionally, the bills provide for reservations for specific communities in Jammu and Kashmir. The passage of these bills reflects the government's commitment to addressing the representation and reservation concerns in the region.
  • The Home Minister emphasized that the two bills related to Jammu and Kashmir introduced by the government aim to bring justice to those who have been deprived of their rights for the past 75 years. He asserted that the provision of reservation for displaced people is a crucial step to ensure their representation and voice in the legislative process. The bills are seen as a significant move towards addressing historical grievances and providing equitable opportunities for various communities in Jammu and Kashmir.
Dec 11, 2023 8:17 PM IST

J&K Reservation (Amendment) Bill, 2023 and J&K Reorganisation (Amendment) Bill 2023 passed in the Rajya Sabha, House adjourned

J&K Reservation (Amendment) Bill, 2023 and J&K Reorganisation (Amendment) Bill, 2023 were passed in the Rajya Sabha on Monday.

Both the bills were passed by the Lok Sabha last week.

Dec 11, 2023 8:03 PM IST

Article 370 in J-K gave rise to separatism which in turn promoted terrorism: Amit Shah

Home Minister Amit Shah, addressing the Rajya Sabha, highlighted that Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir served as a catalyst for separatism, contributing to the promotion of terrorism in the region. He emphasized the detrimental impact of this provision on the region's stability.

Shah underscored that the Supreme Court's verdict on Jammu and Kashmir constitutes a significant defeat for opposition parties, reinforcing the legal and constitutional validity of the government's actions in the region.

Furthermore, he reiterated the Modi government's commitment to ensuring justice for displaced Kashmiri people. Shah declared that Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir (PoK) belongs to India, emphatically stating that no external force can seize it. This assertion reflects the government's stance on the territorial integrity of Jammu and Kashmir.

Dec 11, 2023 7:44 PM IST

Those who say Article 370 is 'permanent' are insulting Constitution and Constituent Assembly: Amit Shah

Addressing the Rajya Sabha, home minister Amit Shah stated that individuals insisting on the permanence of Article 370 are showing disrespect to the Constitution and the Constituent Assembly. He emphasized that the Jammu and Kashmir Constitution has lost its validity, citing the Supreme Court's verdict on the abrogation of Article 370. Shah's remarks underline the government's position on the constitutional changes in Jammu and Kashmir and its legal standing as determined by the highest court in the country.

Dec 11, 2023 7:31 PM IST

Amit Shah speaks on the Jammu and Kashmir Reservation (Amendment) Bill, 2023 and Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation (Amendment) Bill, 2023 in the Rajya Sabha

"SC accepted that Article 370 was a temporary provision. If Article 370 was so fair, so needful, then why would Nehru ji use the word temporary in front of it? Those who say that Article 370 is permanent are insulting the intention of the Constituent Assembly and the Constitution...Supreme Court has said that the said Article 370 was a temporary provision, which means that this claim of the petitioner that Article 370 can never be removed, has been completely rejected by the Supreme Court..." Shah said

"Several questions were raised even the day before yesterday. In Lok Sabha, it was said that the Bill is pending and is being brought in haste. Supreme Court will do justice and we should wait for it. All these stands were not for justice but to halt the decisions taken by PM Modi," he added.

Dec 11, 2023 6:52 PM IST

CPI (M) MP Brittas questions the necessity of designating J&K as UT

In the Rajya Sabha, CPI (M) MP John Brittas raised concerns about the decision to designate Jammu and Kashmir as a Union Territory. He questioned the necessity of this move, emphasizing that it disrupts the principles of federalism. Brittas expressed reservations about the impact of such a decision on the region's autonomy and the overall federal structure of governance in India.

Dec 11, 2023 6:34 PM IST

Sonia, Rahul will have to answer whose money it is, how it was looted: J P Nadda over cash seizure

BJP MPs, led by party chief J.P. Nadda, staged a protest in the Parliament Complex, alleging that the income tax department's cash seizure during raids on a distillery company connected to Congress Rajya Sabha MP Dhiraj Prasad Sahu from Jharkhand exposed the opposition party's deep involvement in corruption.

Nadda, expressing his concerns, asserted that the seized 351 crore was just the beginning and claimed that Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi must provide answers regarding the source of the money and the alleged corruption involved. The income tax raids targeted Boudh Distillery Private Limited, owned by Sahu's family.

During the protest near Mahatma Gandhi's statue, BJP MPs displayed placards and also demanded the arrest of Dhiraj Prasad Sahu. The cash seizure, reported as the "highest-ever" haul in a single action by any probe agency in the country, fueled the BJP's accusations of corruption against the Congress. Nadda went on to claim that corruption and malpractices are ingrained in the Congress party's customs and policies.

Dec 11, 2023 6:07 PM IST

Lok Sabha adjourned

Lok Sabha has been adjourned for the day, will meet again at 11 am tomorrow.

Dec 11, 2023 5:53 PM IST

BJP behaving like a self-imposed constitution in Kashmir, says CPI MP Sandosh Kumar

CPI MP Sandosh Kumar took a swipe at the BJP, alleging that the party is acting as a self-imposed constitution in Kashmir. In a critical statement, Kumar highlighted what he perceives as the BJP's overreaching influence in the region.

Simultaneously, Nationalist Congress Party MP Dr. Fauzia Khan voiced her worries in Parliament about militancy acting as a destructive force, gradually eroding the beauty of Kashmir. She drew a poignant analogy, likening militancy to a cancerous growth that poses a threat to the overall well-being of the region.

Dec 11, 2023 5:37 PM IST

Congress MP Rajani Ashokrao Patil urges announcement of elections in J&K

During a Rajya Sabha session, Congress MP Rajani Ashokrao Patil expressed concern over the prolonged absence of statehood for Jammu and Kashmir, four years after the abrogation of Article 370. Patil highlighted Congress's significant contributions to the region's development and credited Pandit Nehru for Jammu and Kashmir being an integral part of India. Directing his comments to the Union Home Minister, Patil urged the announcement of elections in J&K, stressing that restoring statehood is vital for realizing the idea of India.

Dec 11, 2023 4:36 PM IST

BJP MP Gulam Ali voices support for J&K Reservation and Reorganisation Amendment Bill

BJP Member of Parliament Gulam Ali has expressed his backing for the Jammu and Kashmir Reservation and Reorganisation Amendment Bill, highlighting its potential benefits for the residents of Kashmir. Ali underscored the detrimental impact of past leaders on the region and pointed out a notable decrease in corruption under current circumstances.

Dec 11, 2023 3:56 PM IST

YSRCP MP Vijayasai Reddy hails abrogation of Article 370

YSRCP MP V Vijayasai Reddy recently commended the revocation of Article 370, highlighting the notable progress in Jammu and Kashmir since its abrogation. He expressed the view that Jawaharlal Nehru's decisions on J&K were considered 'significant blunders,' leading to substantial repercussions. Reddy's remarks underscore the positive impact of the Article 370 revocation on the region and suggest a critical perspective on Nehru's historical decisions regarding Jammu and Kashmir.

Dec 11, 2023 3:32 PM IST

'Tiruchi Siva (DMK MP) should make it clear if he is speaking on DMK's agenda to bring back Article 370 or is it the agenda of the entire INDI alliance…': Home Minister Amit Shah

Speaking in the parliament, home minister Amit Shah said, "Tiruchi Siva (DMK MP) should make it clear if he is speaking on DMK's agenda to bring back Article 370 or is it the agenda of the entire INDI alliance..."

DMK MP Tiruchi Shiva recently affirmed the party's commitment to securing state rights within the constitutional framework, underlining the significance of maintaining national integrity and sovereignty. This statement came in the aftermath of a vigorous debate in the Rajya Sabha, initiated by DMK MP Mohammed Abdullah, who invoked Periyar's ideas to advocate for the right to self-determination for all races. The discussions highlighted the delicate balance between asserting state rights and upholding the unity of the nation.

Dec 11, 2023 3:29 PM IST

Remarks of DMK MP Abdulla an attack on soul of Bharat Mata: V-P Jagdeep Dhankar

DMK MP Mohammed Abdulla stirred controversy by invoking Periyar's words, asserting the right to self-determination for every race. This led to a heated debate in the house, prompting the home minister to seek clarification from Congress members on their stance regarding Abdullah's statement.

In response, Leader of Opposition Mallikarjun Kharge argued that quoting a statement doesn't necessarily imply agreement with the expressed viewpoint. The speaker, Jagdeep Dhankar, expressed concern, stating that Abdullah's quote amounted to an assault on the soul of 'Bharat Mata' (Mother India). Dhankar strongly objected, deeming the words unconstitutional and asserting that they could not be tolerated. He emphasized that freedom of speech is not absolute and must be subject to certain limits. The incident underscores the ongoing tensions and differing perspectives on issues related to self-determination and national identity within the Rajya Sabha.

Dec 11, 2023 2:51 PM IST

Voting on Supplementary Demands for Grants – First Batch for 2023-2024 and Demands for Excess Grants for 2020-2021 underway in LS

Discussion and voting on Supplementary Demands for Grants – First Batch for 2023-2024 and Demands for Excess Grants for 2020-2021 underway for consideration and passing in Lok Sabha.

Dec 11, 2023 2:17 PM IST

Parliament Winter Session 2023 Live Updates: Amit Shah moves J&K bills

Union Minister Amit Shah moved The Jammu and Kashmir Reservation (Amendment) Bill, 2023 and The Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation (Amendment) Bill, 2023 for consideration and passing in Rajya Sabha.

Dec 11, 2023 1:05 PM IST

Parliament Winter Session 2023 Live Updates: Union minister’s reply on LPG subsidy

Dec 11, 2023 12:34 PM IST

Parliament Winter Session 2023 Live Updates: Shiv Sena (UBT) MP welcomes SC verdict on Article 370

On SC verdict on Art 370 in J&K, Shiv Sena(UBT) MP Arvind Sawant, "We welcome the decision but the things like rehabilitation of Hindus, putting an end to terrorism, making the people of J&K joining mainstream have not happened yet..."

Dec 11, 2023 12:29 PM IST

Parliament Winter Session 2023 Live Updates: A meeting of INDIA bloc leaders on winter session held at LoP Mallikarjun Kharge's office

A meeting of INDIA bloc leaders was held at the office of the Leader of opposition in Rajya Sabha, Mallikarjun Kharge on Monday to chalk out the strategy for the winter session of Parliament.

In the meeting, Congress leader Jairam Ramesh, TMC leader Derek O'Brien, Farooq Abdullah, JDU leader Harivansh Narayan Singh, AAP leader Raghav Chadha and other leaders were present.

Meanwhile, Members of the INDIA block have decided to highlight issues of the people in the remaining part of the winter session of Parliament to make the government accountable.

The next meeting of the leaders of the INDIA bloc will be held on December 19 in the national capital.

Dec 11, 2023 12:13 PM IST

Parliament Winter Session 2023 Live Updates: Lok Sabha speaker accepts resignation of Revanth Reddy

LS Speaker Om Birla accepted the resignation of Lok Sabha MP Revanth Reddy, the newly elected chief minister of Telangana.

Dec 11, 2023 11:57 AM IST

Parliament Winter Session 2023 Live Updates: ‘No connection with Congress,’ says Adhir Ranjan on Orissa IT raids

On over 200 crore cash recovered in the raid on Congress MP Dheeraj Sahu, Congress MP Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury says, "This has nothing to do with the Congress party. It has no connection with the party... The government should investigate and find whose money is this..."

Dec 11, 2023 11:55 AM IST

Parliament Winter Session 2023 Live Updates: As ED investigates further, connections will come out,” BJP MP on Orissa IT raids

On over 200 crore cash recovered in the raid on Congress MP Dheeraj Sahu, BJP MP Nishikant Dubey says, "This is the biggest recovery in the history of the country. Eight lockers are still there to be opened. All of this cash belongs to Congress that's why they are remembering Bangaru Laxman... When ED investigates this further, connections will come out..."

Dec 11, 2023 11:24 AM IST

Parliament Winter Session 2023 Live Updates: NC chief in parliament

NC chief Farooq Abdullah attends parliament session as SC delivers verdict on Article 370.

Dec 11, 2023 11:21 AM IST

Parliament Winter Session 2023 Live Updates: MoS Finance reply on retail inflation

Dec 11, 2023 11:08 AM IST

Parliament Winter Session 2023 Live Updates: BJP President JP Nadda leads party protest against cash recovery at Congress MP's premises

Bharatiya Janata Party stages a protest in the Parliament premises led by the party's National President, JP Nadda, targeting the Congress over alleged Corruption with leaders having banners in their hand that read "C for Congress and C for Corruption."

BJP MPs led by party president and Rajya Sabha MP JP Nadda marched towards the Mahatma Gandhi's statue in the Parliament premises.

Several MPs were chanting "Rahul Gandhi must answer, wherever there is Congress, there is corruption, from corruption to Congress."

Dec 11, 2023 11:03 AM IST

Parliament Session 2023 Live Updates: Houses proceeding begins

Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha met again to begin its work in the winter session.

Dec 11, 2023 10:43 AM IST

Parliament Session 2023 Live Updates: Reports to be tabled in Rajya Sabha today

Congress MP Pramod Tiwari and Janata Dal (U) Aneel Prasad Hegde are to lay on the table, a copy each (in English and Hindi) of two Reports of the Department-related Parliamentary Standing Committee on Water Resources (2023-24) in the Rajya Sabha today.

Dec 11, 2023 9:25 AM IST

Parliament Session 2023 Live Updates: Reports to be tabled in Lok Sabha today

BJP MP Sunita Duggal will present a report showing further action taken by the Government on Reports of the Standing Committee on Communications and Information Technology on the Observations/Recommendations of the Committee contained in their Twenty-sixth Report (Seventeenth Lok Sabha) on 'Suspension of Telecom Services/Internet and its impact' relating to the Ministry of Communications (Department of Telecommunications).

Dec 11, 2023 9:04 AM IST

Winter Session Live: Congress MP Manickam Tagore moves adjournment notice

Congress MP Manickam Tagore gives Adjournment motion notice in Lok Sabha on a purported viral video showing on BJP MLA & former Union minister Narendra Singh Tomar's son discussing the transfer of bribe money from a mining businessman.

Dec 11, 2023 8:32 AM IST

Winter Session Live: MoS V Muraleedharan to make statement correcting Lekhi's reply on ‘declaration of Hamas as a terrorist organization’

MoS MEA V Muraleedharan will make a Statement correcting the reply given in the name of MoS MEA Meenakashi Lekhi in Lok Sabha on 8th December to Unstarred Question No. 980 by Kumbakudi Sudhakaran, MP regarding ‘Declaration of Hamas as Terrorist Organization’.

Dec 11, 2023 7:54 AM IST

Winter Session Live: List of reports to be tabled today

  1. Bharatiya Janata Party MP Sushil Kumar Modi, Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam MP Wilson, and Telugu Desam Party MP Kanakamedala Ravindra Kumar are to present a copy of each (in English and Hindi) of seven reports of the Department-related Parliamentary Standing Committee on Personnel, Public Grievances, Law and Justice.
  2. Bharatiya Janata Party MPs Baburam Nishad and Satish Chandra Dubey are to lay on the table, a copy of the Thirty-Third Report of the Department-related Parliamentary Standing Committee on Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution (2023-2024) on Action Taken by the Government on the Observations/Recommendations contained in its Twenty Seventh Report on the subject – “BIS-Hallmarking and Jewellery” pertaining to the Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution (Consumer Affairs).
Dec 11, 2023 7:04 AM IST

Winter Session Live: Amit Shah to present 2 J-K Bills in Rajya Sabha

Union Home Minister Amit Shah will introduce the Jammu and Kashmir Reservation (Amendment) Bill, 2023 and the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation (Amendment) Bill, 2023 in Rajya Sabha today afternoon.

Dec 11, 2023 7:03 AM IST

Winter Session Live: Reports on water resources to be tabled in RS today

Congress MP Pramod Tiwari and Janata Dal (U) Aneel Prasad Hegde are to lay on the table, a copy each (in English and Hindi) of two Reports of the Department-related Parliamentary Standing Committee on Water Resources (2023-24) in the Rajya Sabha today.

Dec 11, 2023 6:00 AM IST

Winter Session Live: What BJP MP Nishikant Dubey said on Moitra's expulsion

One of the prime complainants on the cash-for-query case, BJP MP Nishikant Dubey termed the suspension of the TMC MP from the Lok Sabha a “sad day”. “The expulsion of a parliamentarian for corruption and on the issue of national security gives me pain,” he said.

Dec 11, 2023 11:03 AM IST

Parliament Session 2023 Live Updates: Houses proceeding begins

Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha met again to begin its work in the winter session.

Dec 11, 2023 10:43 AM IST

Parliament Session 2023 Live Updates: Reports to be tabled in Rajya Sabha today

Congress MP Pramod Tiwari and Janata Dal (U) Aneel Prasad Hegde are to lay on the table, a copy each (in English and Hindi) of two Reports of the Department-related Parliamentary Standing Committee on Water Resources (2023-24) in the Rajya Sabha today.

Dec 11, 2023 9:25 AM IST

Parliament Session 2023 Live Updates: Reports to be tabled in Lok Sabha today

BJP MP Sunita Duggal will present a report showing further action taken by the Government on Reports of the Standing Committee on Communications and Information Technology on the Observations/Recommendations of the Committee contained in their Twenty-sixth Report (Seventeenth Lok Sabha) on 'Suspension of Telecom Services/Internet and its impact' relating to the Ministry of Communications (Department of Telecommunications).

Dec 11, 2023 9:04 AM IST

Winter Session Live: Congress MP Manickam Tagore moves adjournment notice

Congress MP Manickam Tagore gives Adjournment motion notice in Lok Sabha on a purported viral video showing on BJP MLA & former Union minister Narendra Singh Tomar's son discussing the transfer of bribe money from a mining businessman.

Dec 11, 2023 8:32 AM IST

Winter Session Live: MoS V Muraleedharan to make statement correcting Lekhi's reply on ‘declaration of Hamas as a terrorist organization’

MoS MEA V Muraleedharan will make a Statement correcting the reply given in the name of MoS MEA Meenakashi Lekhi in Lok Sabha on 8th December to Unstarred Question No. 980 by Kumbakudi Sudhakaran, MP regarding ‘Declaration of Hamas as Terrorist Organization’.

Dec 11, 2023 7:54 AM IST

Winter Session Live: List of reports to be tabled today

  1. Bharatiya Janata Party MP Sushil Kumar Modi, Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam MP Wilson, and Telugu Desam Party MP Kanakamedala Ravindra Kumar are to present a copy of each (in English and Hindi) of seven reports of the Department-related Parliamentary Standing Committee on Personnel, Public Grievances, Law and Justice.
  2. Bharatiya Janata Party MPs Baburam Nishad and Satish Chandra Dubey are to lay on the table, a copy of the Thirty-Third Report of the Department-related Parliamentary Standing Committee on Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution (2023-2024) on Action Taken by the Government on the Observations/Recommendations contained in its Twenty Seventh Report on the subject – “BIS-Hallmarking and Jewellery” pertaining to the Ministry of Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution (Consumer Affairs).
Dec 11, 2023 7:04 AM IST

Winter Session Live: Amit Shah to present 2 J-K Bills in Rajya Sabha

Union Home Minister Amit Shah will introduce the Jammu and Kashmir Reservation (Amendment) Bill, 2023 and the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation (Amendment) Bill, 2023 in Rajya Sabha today afternoon.

Dec 11, 2023 7:03 AM IST

Winter Session Live: Reports on water resources to be tabled in RS today

Congress MP Pramod Tiwari and Janata Dal (U) Aneel Prasad Hegde are to lay on the table, a copy each (in English and Hindi) of two Reports of the Department-related Parliamentary Standing Committee on Water Resources (2023-24) in the Rajya Sabha today.

Dec 11, 2023 6:00 AM IST

Winter Session Live: What BJP MP Nishikant Dubey said on Moitra's expulsion

One of the prime complainants on the cash-for-query case, BJP MP Nishikant Dubey termed the suspension of the TMC MP from the Lok Sabha a “sad day”. “The expulsion of a parliamentarian for corruption and on the issue of national security gives me pain,” he said.