Parliament Winter Session 2019 HIGHLIGHTS: The Rajya Sabha on Tuesday passed the Dadra and Nagar Haveli and Daman and Diu (Merger of Union Territories) Bill, 2019, which seeks to merge two Union Territories — Daman and Diu, and Dadra and Nagar Haveli — into one unit. The Bill was was already passed by the Lok Sabha on November 27. The Lok Sabha also passed Recycling of Ships Bill, 2019.
The Special Protection Group (Amendment) Bill, 2019 was passed in Rajya Sabha even as the Opposition led by Congress staged a walkout, terming the Bill as driven by political vendetta against the Gandhis. Home Minister Amit Shah said the Bill was not brought keeping in mind the Gandhi family and that even current Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s security under SPG would be removed if he does not return to power after five years. He also chided the Congress for showing no protest when SPG security cover of Manmohan Singh and other non-Gandhi families was withdrawn.
On the security breach at Priyanka Gandhi Vadra’s house, Amit Shah said a high-level inquiry has been ordered into it and three personnel have been suspended.
Meanwhile, the BJP MPs Tuesday asked for an apology from Congress MP Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury over his description of Prime Minister Modi, Home Minister Amit Shah as “infiltrators” and Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman as “Nirbala”.