The third week of the winter session of Parliament which begins Monday will see the BJP-led NDA government attempt to push through heavy legislative agenda, for which it needs the support of the Opposition parties.
The top priority of the government is the GST Bill, which the Congress has expressed its interest in passing provided the government concedes to its amendments. The BJP-led NDA government does not have a majority in the Upper House.
Among the seven bills listed in Rajya Sabha are the crucial Goods and Services Tax Bill and the Real Estate Bill.
Here are LIVE updates from Parliament:
Rajya sabha discusses Delhi govt’s odd-even formula
The Delhi government’s decision, to allow cars with even and odd registration numbers on roads only on alternate days, was discussed in the Rajya Sabha with a member questioning its practicality and another calling it “weird”.
12.15 pm: Report on Lokpal bill tabled
The Parliament Standing Committees, appointed to look into amendments to the Lokpal bill, have tabled their report on the proposed amendments. The reports were tabled in both Houses of Parliament.
11.45 am: Discussion on NSA level talks
Pushing forward his earlier demand, Congress leader Anand Sharma gave notice under rule 267 in Rajya Sabha for a discussion on NSA level talks. The discussion however, is unlikely as dy chairperson PJ Kurien had earlier in the day said he would wait for the Foreign Minister to return from her Islamabad visit.
Anand, however, maintained that the NSA does not report to anyone but the Prime Minister.
11.10 am: Why not cricket, asks Rajeev Shukla
Taking advantage of the on-going discussion on India-Pakistan ties, Congress MP Shukla, who is also a senior BCCI official, questioned why cricket could not be played between the nations when both the Prime Ministers and both the NSAs were meeting.
They should either give a clearance or decide against it, what is the delay?: Rajiv Shukla on Indo-Pak series pic.twitter.com/ne6hNOdhI8
— ANI (@ANI_news) December 7, 2015
11.05 am: Understanding with Pakistan is disrespect to Parliament, says Anand Sharma
Speaking in Rajya Sabha, Congress MP Anand Sharma said the practice is that when Parliament is in session, the practice is that the government must inform the House of any developments. Sharma was referring to the surprise meet between the NSAs of India and Pakistan in Thailand.
In response, MP Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said the government’s commitment to national interest was high and that External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, who leaves for Islamabad today, will make a statement in the House on 10 December.
Sushma Swaraj is leading an Indian delegation for Heart of Asia 5th Ministerial Meeting on Afghanistan on December 9 in Islamabad.
Congress leaders including Rahul Gandhi protest at Gandhi statue in Parliament over VK Singh’s alleged ‘dog’ remark pic.twitter.com/JdlKavDzG4
— ANI (@ANI_news) December 7, 2015
Proposed Business for the day
Bills to be introduced:
– The Commercial Courts, Commercial Division nd Commercial Appelate Division of High Courts Bill, 2015.
– The Payment of Bonus (Amendment) Bill, 2015.
– The Industries (Development and Regulation) Amendment Bill, 2015.
– The Atomic Energy (Amendment) Bill, 2015.
Bills for consideration and passing:
– The High Court and the Supreme Court Judges(Salaries and Conditions of Service) Amendment Bill, 2015.
– The Arbitration and Conciliation (Amendment) Bill, 2015.
– The Indian Trusts (Amendment) Bill, 2015.
Discussion under Rule 193 on drought situation in various parts of the country.
Bill for consideration and passing:
– The Prevention of Corruption (Amendment) Bill, 2013.
– The Negotiable Instruments (Amendment) Bill, 2015.
– The Whistle Blowers Protection (Amendment) Bill, 2015.
Short duration discussion on the situation in Nepal and the state of Indo-Nepal relations.