LIVE: Our focus on transparency in governance, says PM Modi

Seeking to embarrass the government in Rajya Sabha, the Congress issued a whip asking all its members in Rajya Sabha to be present during the Prime Minister Narendra Modi's reply.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: March 10, 2016 10:57 am
Prime Minister Narendra Modi at Parliament House in New Delhi. File/PTI Photo Prime Minister Narendra Modi at Parliament House, New Delhi. File/PTI Photo

A day after Finance Minister Arun Jaitley defended his government on various issues including black money amnesty and the JNU row, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday replied to the debate on the motion of thanks to the President’s address.

Ahead of the day’s session, the BJP parliamentary board met this morning, where they are likely to have discussed their strategy in Rajya Sabha, where they lack a majority.

Watch Video | PM Modi Mocks Congress But NDA Suffers Embarrassment In Rajya Sabha

Seeking to embarrass the government, the Congress issued a whip asking all its members in the Upper House to be present during the Prime Minister’s reply on the motion. With a majority in Rajya Sabha, the Opposition is looking to move amendments to the Motion of Thanks to the President’s address – seen as an embarrassment to the government.


3:00 pm: PM Modi concludes his speech.

2:55 pm PM “Safar Mein Dhoop To Hogi” by Nida Fazli in Rajya Sabha.

2:52 pm: Congress has the know-how, lacks the will, says PM Modi.

2:50 pm: We have to start focusing on value addition in farming sector, says PM Modi.

2:49 pm: I am not an economist like Manmohan Singh, that’s why I am not that knowledgeable. But I know some things: PM in RS

2:49 pm: Committed to improving farmer income: PM Modi

2:48 pm: De-centralisation key to good governance: PM Modi

2:46 pm: Previous government skilled at forming commissions, says PM Modi.

2:43 pm: There are two types of people in the world, one who work and the other who take credit for the work: PM Modi

2:38 pm: Govt is ensuring that benefit of subsidy goes only to those deserving, it is not issue of saving money, says PM in RS.

2:35 pm: When you (Congress) were in power, you should have looked through a binocular at least: PM Modi

2:35 pm: I am grateful to GN Azad, he brought a record of people who didn’t have accounts under Jan Dhan Yojna. He worked as if with a microscope: PM Modi.

2:33 pm: Targeted subsidy has saved millions, says PM Modi. 

2:30 pm: Have reviewed at least 300 pending projects personally, says PM Modi. 

2:27 pm: Our focus on transparency in governance, says PM Modi.

2:25 pm: Policy drive government needed for sustainable growth, says PM Modi.

2:21 pm: Prime Minister Narendra Modi appeals for passage of all pending bills in RS, says it will give momentum to country’s progress.

2:19 pm:  This is a chamber of ideas, it must guide nation. Coordination between Houses is essential. Nation is waiting for us to pass many bills: PM

2:16 pm: Upper House is a chamber of ideas, says PM Modi.

2:16 pm: Congress seems blessed to never be blamed, says PM Modi.

2:14 pm: Appeal to Congress to give poll tickets to uneducated, says PM Modi.

2:13 pm: Close to 72 hours working hours lost in last Parliament session, says PM Modi.

2:11 pm: Sometimes I feel Congress has a boon like that. It always said “attack on opposition”, never said “attack on Congress”: PM in RS

2:08 pm: There is a funny thing about “death”, no one blames death. they blame the reason why people die: PM in RS

2:06 pm: You must have noticed that LS worked till late night yesterday, even after that everyone was happy with the work that happened: PM in RS

2:06 pm: Thank Opposition MPS for allowing Parliament to function, says PM Modi.

2:05 pm: President’s address sent out a positive message, says PM Modi.

2:00 pm: Prime Minister Narendra Modi now responding to the Motion of Thanks to the President for his address in Rajya Sabha.

1.00 pm: Rajya Sabha has been adjourned till 2 pm.

12.10 pm: No lapse on part of govt, says Rajnath Singh on Jat reservation issue

On the violence that erupted during the Jat reservation protests, Home Minister Rajnath Singh said there was intelligence shared about the protest and that there was no lapse by either the state or the Centre.

“I don’t think there have been any lapse on the part of State and Central government with regard to the Jat reservation issue. The state government was under the impression that talks between their (Jat) representatives were underway with Centre and that the matter will be resolved. Centre had also issued an advisory to state in time.”

“As far as intelligence is concerned, the state government was aware that a protest was going to be held,” Singh said.

The Home Minister also added that a three-member committee has been constituted to probe the entire matter Jat reservation. “We await their report. Calling it a failure of State Govt before the committee submits its report, would be injustice to the state government.”

11.30 am: Matter is in NGT, shouldn’t discuss here, says Jaitley

Leader of the House Arun Jaitley said as the issue is currently before the NGT, the issue need not be discussed in the House.

“If a matter is pending with Tribunal, ordinarily chair doesn’t allow issue to be raised here,” he said.

MoS Parliamentary Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said the event is being held adhering to all rules and laws. “Sri Sri Ravi Shankar is committed towards protecting environment. It would be wrong to doubt his commitment towards nature,” Naqvi said in the House.


11.15 am: Sri Sri comes up in Parliament

“Highly irregular that the Army is summoned to set up facilities for a private function,” says Sitaram Yechury, raising the issue in Rajya Sabha.

Dy Chairman PJ Kurien, however, refuses to give in saying the issue can be taken up during zero hour.

Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad questioned the government over its hypocrisy on the environment saying how could a minister who went to Paris for the climate change conference not care about the environment violations along the Yamuna flood plains.

Azad said the function lacked necessary security as well as environment clearances needed for the event. He also raised concerns over the security facilities in the national capital given the event will be hosting several high-profile dignitaries.

11. 00 am: Sushma Swaraj on racial attacks

“We do take up issues of racial attacks on Indians with countries where such cases take place,” Swaraj tells the House.

As far as Iraq is concerned, those Indian nationals are kept hostages by terrorists. Had they been stranded, I would’ve brought them back by now. I still believe that they are alive. Hence I’m making all possible efforts to find them and bring them back.

10.10 am: AAP MP Bhagwant Mann moves adjournment motion in Lok Sabha on Centre demanding Rs 6 cr from Punjab government as expenditure on deployment during Pathankot attack. Mann says Centre should treat Punjab as a part of India, “Pathankot attack was on India and not on Punjab.”

“A whip has been issued by the party asking all its members to be present in the Rajya Sabha tomorrow (Wednesday) during the Prime Minister’s reply to the motion of thanks to President’s address,” a senior Congress member told PTI.

Sources said the amendments are likely to be moved by Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad and its senior member Ashwani Kumar.

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  1. A
    Mar 9, 2016 at 7:49 am
    Why so much mess on these..let the show go on...
    1. K
      Mar 9, 2016 at 2:04 pm
      u forgot the third category, they neither work nor take credit BUT ENJOYS THROUGHOUT.
      1. M
        Mar 9, 2016 at 8:34 am
        May be its better to organise the event in Nepal or Bangladesh where it can make a huge economic contribution and they probably will appreciate to boost their tourism.
        1. M
          Mar 9, 2016 at 9:45 am
          Transparency and Delivery are two weapon BJP can use to kill the odd-position (opposition) once and for all!
          1. A
            Akhil Rana
            Mar 9, 2016 at 7:28 am
            Such tactics are not an embarrment to the govt. rather a reflection on the opposition who can even make a mockery of age old traditions seeking short term ego gratifications.
            1. M
              Mar 9, 2016 at 7:16 am
              This is their culture why people make so much cry on this. let him do his Art of living.
              1. M
                Mar 9, 2016 at 7:30 am
                yes you are right. now army should help asaram babu also.
                1. B
                  BAPTY.s Seshasayee
                  Mar 9, 2016 at 9:39 am
                  Govt and. Organisers shld hold this function. It shld be attended by both President and P.M. The Congress and all allied Parties want to make this a vote bank issue GOI shld not yield to all this. All foreign guests and invited Delegates shld make this a g success. Restore the place , and make it better than before. For70 yrsor more Yamunahas Has been Dirty nowCongress is showing great concern. Thank u.
                  1. N
                    Mar 9, 2016 at 9:55 am
                    Yes, SRI SRI is a criminal and tantrik; inspired by RSS
                    1. S
                      Mar 9, 2016 at 7:25 am
                      who so much politics on art of living, opposition just want to oppose anything,
                      1. K
                        KALYAN KUMAR
                        Apr 22, 2016 at 2:30 pm
                        Transparency , accountability , minimum government maximum governance are all cruel joke on hapless and helpless commoner seeking natural justice. A government officer of any status can do what he likes, even though he is not answerable to his misdeeds. My pension revision at Geological Survey of India, NR, Lucknow as per DOPT rule can not be settled in over three years despite closure of nine PG Portal registered grievances, several proxy interventions by DOPPW, DOPT, Ministryof Mines, GSI-CHq, CGA, Director e-Governance so on and so fourth. Still how I can believe that government officers are accountable?
                        1. B
                          Mar 9, 2016 at 7:37 am
                          Congress party is an anti-hindu organization. Every Hindu knows it. An Italian Chrisrtian clan controlled Congress cannot FOOL Hindus. Days over. Hindus beware of anti-Hindu forces.
                          1. B
                            Mar 9, 2016 at 7:39 am
                            We the Patriotic, nationalist Citizens of Bharat/India are with Sri Sri Ravisankar Ji. Keep up the GOOD work for the nation. Anti-national forces cannot bully the nation.
                            1. K
                              Mar 9, 2016 at 9:48 am
                              " If Hindu Raj does become a fact, it will no doubt, be the greatest calamity for this country.No matter what the Hindus say,Hinduism is menace to liberty,equality and fraternity. On that account it is incompatible with democracy. Hindu Raj must be prevented at any cost. "___BR Ambedkar
                              1. K
                                Mar 9, 2016 at 11:07 am
                                You don't know about Hinduism because you haven't experience the Evil side of it. What is happening in our country since BJP come to power is the naked proof of forecast of visionary BR Ambedkar.
                                1. M
                                  Mar 9, 2016 at 7:58 am
                                  dont our country have enough fake baba's and sadhu's, that the army is deplo to protect one !!!!
                                  1. M
                                    Mar 9, 2016 at 9:50 am
                                    how much more lies is this man and his uneducated and thug cabinet going to tell the country ? its time they went forever.
                                    1. D
                                      Devisahai Meena
                                      Mar 9, 2016 at 8:05 am
                                      Engaging army /defence forces in creating pontoon bridge for Sri2 Ravishanker's meet , is a wrong precedence.
                                      1. P
                                        Parth Garg
                                        Mar 9, 2016 at 8:32 am
                                        Naqvi defends Sri Sri when NGT warns MoEF over World Culture Festival event="Don't test our patience" These political Babas should not be allowed to play with env and should be refrained from putting unwanted pressure on police and administrative machinery of the State in such giose events. .
                                        1. R
                                          Mar 9, 2016 at 10:00 am
                                          i mean Guardian Insue
                                          1. S
                                            Sat Samaras
                                            Mar 9, 2016 at 8:44 am
                                            Yes, we should elect religious leaders to get the work done may be by creating a third upper house in the parliament. on the condition they have crores of Rs free to spend and workers for projects, which the Govt is unable to do.
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