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Parliament Winter Session 2019, Constitution Amendment Bill (CAB) Today LIVE Updates: Rajya Sabha passed the Bill with lively debates between the government and opposition parliamentarians. Ghulam Nabi Azad stated that political empowerment is vital to all communities including the Anglo Indian.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: December 12, 2019 6:00:37 pm
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Parliament Winter Session 2019 LIVE Updates: The Constitution (Amendment) Bill got passed in the Upper House of the Parliament Thursday with opposition questioning the government’s agenda of not continuing the reservation provision to the Anglo Indian community.

Earlier on Wednesday, the contentious Citizenship (Amendment) Bill was cleared by the Rajya Sabha with a 125-99 margin. The nearly eight-hour fiery debate saw the Opposition opposing the controversial Bill on several grounds. The Congress, which led the charge, focused largely on Constitutional aspects. The Trinamool Congress focused more on West Bengal linking CAB with the NRC while the DMK raised the issue of the exclusion of Sri Lankan Tamils from the Bill.

The Shiv Sena, which had supported the Bill in Lok Sabha changed its stance and its three members walked out before voting. Given its hard Hindutva background, the party could not have opposed the Bill and its tactical walkout ensured that it does not ruffle the feathers of its newfound allies NCP and the Congress in Maharashtra.

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    17:56 (IST)12 Dec 2019
    Rajya Sabha passes Citizenship (Amendment) Bill

    The Constitution (Amendment) Bill got passed in the Upper House of the Parliament Thursday with opposition questioning the government’s agenda of not continuing the reservation provision to the Anglo Indian community.

    17:44 (IST)12 Dec 2019
    Half of the recipients of the Ujjwala Yojana are SC/ST: Ravi Shankar Prasad

    Informing the Upper House about benefits extended to the Dalit community, Union Minister for Law and Justice Ravi Shankar Prasad stated that 8 crore LPG connections were provided to the needy, out of which 50 per cent were availed by SC/ST.

    17:34 (IST)12 Dec 2019
    It took 41 years to bestow Bharat Ratna to Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel: Ravi Shankar Prasad

    Replying to Ghulam Nabi Azad's remarks on Constitution (Amendment) Bill,  BJP leader Ravi Shankar Prasad stated that development of the marginalised communities is his government's top priority. He also added that the Congress party's agenda has never helped in political empowerment of Dalits. "I want to ask who were the people who prevented Ambedkar and Vallabhbhai Patel from being honoured with Bharat Ratna? Ambedkar died in 1956 and got the honour in 1990, Patel died in 1950 and got the honour in 1991. Both these awards were given by non-Congress governments," he said. 

    17:13 (IST)12 Dec 2019
    Rajya Sabha nominates 10 members for joint par panel on personal data protection bill

    The Rajya Sabha on Thursday passed a resolution to nominate its 10 members for a joint parliamentary committee which would review the Personal Data Protection Bill, 2019. The Lok Sabha on Wednesday had referred the bill to a joint select committee of both Houses of Parliament. A resolution moved by Union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad in this regard was passed by the Rajya Sabha by a voice vote. The panel will have 20 members from the Lok Sabha and 10 from the Rajya Sabha. The Upper House had to give the names of the members it wanted to send to the panel.

    17:07 (IST)12 Dec 2019
    Political empowerment is vital to all communities: Ghulam Nabi Azad

    While talking about Constitution (Amendment) Bill, Congress MP Ghulam Nabi Azad stated that political empowerment is vital to all communities and raised objections about government's agenda to not to extend reservation to the Anglo Indian Community.  He added that while the reservation is being extended for SC/STs, it's alarming that the same provisions are being discontinued for the Anglo Indian community. 

    16:43 (IST)12 Dec 2019
    Administrative, financial approval given for 12 new nuclear reactors for power generation

    The government has given administrative and financial sanction for 12 new reactors with a capacity of 9000 megawatt to expedite nuclear power generation in the country, Rajya Sabha was told on Thursday. During the Question Hour in the Rajya Sabha, Union minister for Atomic Energy Jitendra Singh said there are presently nine reactors under construction and pre-project activities are in progress at the 12 reactors accorded sanction.

    "The government has accorded administrative approval and financial sanction for 12 new reactors with a capacity of 9000 Mw, in addition to the reactors already under construction to speed up nuclear power capacity addition," Singh said. (PTI) 

    16:24 (IST)12 Dec 2019
    Govt creating framework for deployment of secure 5G services: Ravi Shankar Prasad

    The government is creating an enabling framework for deployment of affordable and secure 5G services in India, Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said on Thursday. No case of any first world countries disapproving 5G spectrum services due to security reasons has come to its notice, he added. During the question hour in the Rajya Sabha, the minister said the standards for IMT (International Mobile Telecommunications) 2020, also known as 5G technologies are being finalised. (PTI) 

    15:58 (IST)12 Dec 2019
    Adhoc committee formed to study issues related to pornographic content online

    The informal group of MPs constituted to study issues related to pornographic content on internet and social media platforms will be converted into an adhoc committee, Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu announced on Thursday. He also said the committee will submit a report on the matter within a month. The group, with Congress MP Jairam Ramesh as coordinator, was formed by the chairman on December 5.

    "On the December 5, 2019, I had announced in the House the constitution of an informal group ... The group has held several meetings... "However, Jairam Ramesh, the coordinator of the informal group, met me and explained certain logistics problems being faced by the group being an informal one. I have considered the matter and decided to form an adhoc committee with the same composition," Naidu told the Upper House. (PTI)

    15:44 (IST)12 Dec 2019
    BSP MP Veer Singh targets government over lack of education opportunities for Dalits

    BSP MP from Uttar Pradesh Veer Singh says that the poor Dalit students are being left out of the country's higher education system as the government is not passing funds on time and admissions on zero fees are not being facilitated. 

    15:26 (IST)12 Dec 2019
    JD(U) MP Ram Chandra Prasad Singh talks about introducing reservation in Judiciary

    Janata Dal (United) MP from Bihar Ram Chandra Prasad Singh argues for establishing 'All India Judicial Service' in order to introduce reservations for the downtrodden sections in Judiciary. The MP said that such a Bill can be easily passed through Rajya Sabha because the Upper House has special powers to do so. 

    15:15 (IST)12 Dec 2019
    BJP MP Mansukhbhai Vasava enquires about loss of habitat of wild animals

    In the Question Hour in Lok Sabha, BJP parliamentarian Mansukhbhai Vasva asked about the loss of forest area  of wild animals and the threat it poses to human settlements. 

    14:30 (IST)12 Dec 2019
    Poverty has doubled, says Congress' Adhir Ranjan in Lok Sabha

    In Lok Sabha, Leader of Opposition Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury said, "India ranks 102 in the global poverty index. Bangladesh is also ahead of us, they rank 88. In today's times, poverty has doubled." 

    14:21 (IST)12 Dec 2019
    Ravi Shankar Prasad speaks on The Constitution Bill

    Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad is addressing the Upper House on The Constitution (One Hundred and Twenty-sixth Amendment) Bill, 2019. In Lok Sabha, Congress' Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury is speaking the farmers' deaths.

    14:10 (IST)12 Dec 2019
    Rajya Sabha chairman Venkaiah Naidu addresses House

    "Yesterday, in a historic manner, we discussed the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill for eight hours. Everyone was given an opportunity to share their views, suggestions and criticisms. Union Home Minister Amit Shah also clarified everyone's doubts," Rajya Sabha chairman Venkaiah Naidu said.

    14:06 (IST)12 Dec 2019
    Rajya Sabha resumes session

    Proceedings have resumed in the Rajya Sabha.

    13:21 (IST)12 Dec 2019
    No power crisis in India: Minister

    Declaring that there is no power crisis in the country, Union Power Minister R K Singh said India has installed power generation capacity of around 365 GW, double the peak demand. The minister said in the Lok Sabha that states meet their demand from their own generating sources and share from central generating stations. "There is no power crisis in the country. The maximum peak demand experienced during the current year was around 183 Giga Watt (GW) whereas the installed generation capacity in the country is around 365 GW which is double our peak demand," he said during Question Hour.

    13:20 (IST)12 Dec 2019
    Lok Sabha adjourned till 2.15 pm

    Lok Sabha has been adjourned till 2.15 pm.

    13:19 (IST)12 Dec 2019
    Road engineering one of the key factors for large number of accidents in country: Gadkari

    Union Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari said road engineering is one of the key factors for a large number of accidents in the country. Gadkari said his ministry is getting around Rs 14,000 crore to fix problems in the "black spots" of highways where repeated accidents take place. "Drivers and vehicles are not alone responsible for the large number of accidents which take place in the country every year. Road engineering is also responsible for many accidents," he said during Question Hour in the Lok Sabha.

    13:01 (IST)12 Dec 2019
    Rajya Sabha adjourned till 2 pm

    Rajya Sabha has been adjourned till 2 pm.

    13:01 (IST)12 Dec 2019
    Rajya Sabha: Naidu seeks report on issue of pornography on social media

    Rajya Sabha chairman Venkaiah Naidu told the House that on 5 December, he had constituted an informal group to study the issue of pornography on social media and its effect on children and society as a whole. He also sought for a report in this regard within one month from today.

    12:36 (IST)12 Dec 2019
    Parliament: DMK's Kanimozhi speaks on job scams in Tamil Nadu

    Speaking on job scams in Tamil Nadu, DMK MP Kanimozhi said, "Fraudsters often promise jobs to youngsters and ask them to deposit money. They also offer jobs to retired men. Young people are already suffering because of unemployment. These fraudsters often offer jobs even in police services. The state government must ensure that these cases are looked well into."

    12:32 (IST)12 Dec 2019
    Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code amendment bill introduced in Lok Sabha

    Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman introduced the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (Second Amendment) Bill, 2019, that aims to remove certain difficulties being faced during the insolvency resolution process, in Lok Sabha today.

    12:22 (IST)12 Dec 2019
    Citizenship (Amendment) Bill: Kashmir phenomenon implemented in northeast, says Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury

    Speaking in the Lok Sabha on the ongoing protests against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, leader of Opposition Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury said, "Already Army has been deployed. The Kashmir phenomenon has been replicated in the northeast region. Both the areas are of strategic importance. Even the foreign minister in Bangladesh has disagreed with India's claims." 

    12:03 (IST)12 Dec 2019
    'Pura northeast jal raha hai': Opposition leaders protest against Citizenship Bill in Lok Sabha

    Opposition leaders in Lok Sabha protest against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill by chanting slogans, saying 'pura northeast jal raha hai' (The entire northeast is burning).

    11:25 (IST)12 Dec 2019
    Citizenship (Amendment) Bill: Suspension of Business Notice in Rajya Sabha over protests in Assam

    AAP MP Sanjay Singh today gave a 'Suspension of Business Notice' in Rajya Sabha under rule 267, on 'protest in Assam, Tripura and the northeastern region over the Citizenship Amendment Bill'. Congress MPs Manicka Tagore and Abdul Khaleque have also given an Adjournment Motion Notice in Lok Sabha, over 'highly volatile situation in northeast India'. 

    11:02 (IST)12 Dec 2019
    Parliament: Proceedings begin in both Houses

    Proceedings have begun in both Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha.

    10:34 (IST)12 Dec 2019
    Citizenship (Amendment) Bill: Adjournment Motion Notice in Lok Sabha over protests in northeast

    Congress MPs Adhir Ranjan Chaudhry, K Suresh and Gaurav Gogoi today gave an Adjournment Motion Notice in Lok Sabha, over the 'unrest in the northeastern states and law and order situation'.

    10:27 (IST)12 Dec 2019
    Citizenship (Amendment) Bill: No one can take away your rights, PM Modi tells Assamese citizens

    Dispelling fears about the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2019, which was was cleared by the Rajya Sabha with a 125-99 margin, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday assured the Assam citizens that the government is committed to “safeguard the political, linguistic, cultural and land rights” of the people living in the state. Taking to Twitter, Modi said, “I want to assure my brothers and sisters of Assam that they have nothing to worry after the passing of the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill. I want to assure them – no one can take away your rights, unique identity and beautiful culture. It will continue to flourish and grow.” He added, “The Central Government and I are totally committed to constitutionally safeguard the political, linguistic, cultural and land rights of the Assamese people as per the spirit of Clause 6.”

    10:06 (IST)12 Dec 2019
    Citizenship (Amendment) Bill: Not giving to class of people but those facing religious persecution, says Shah

    On the specific criticism by many that the Bill was in violation of Article 14 of the Constitution as it was discriminatory on religious lines, Amit Shah said that the Bill was about giving something to “a class of people” and not to any religion. “We are not giving it (citizenship) to one religion but a class of people who are facing religious persecution and danger to their lives,” he said, adding that there are several Supreme Court interpretations of Article 14 to support this. To P Chidambaram’s contention that the Bill may be struck down by the Supreme Court, Shah said anyone was free to go to court. “We should not be scared of that. If that happens, I think the Bill will be termed right in the court as well,” he said.

    09:55 (IST)12 Dec 2019
    Congress leaders speaking like Pakistani counterparts, says Amit Shah

    In the last lap of his speech on Wednesday, Union Home Minister Amit Shah said that on key issues, the Congress’s views and statements were similar to those coming out of Pakistan. “On issues like air strike, surgical strike, Article 370 and now CAB, the statements of Congress leaders are the same as the statements from Pakistani leaders. On CAB, the Congress leaders have said the same things as (Pakistan PM) Imran Khan said yesterday. Pakistan even quoted Congress leaders (on Article 370) in the United Nations,” Shah said.

    09:52 (IST)12 Dec 2019
    Citizenship (Amendment) Bill: A landmark day for India, tweets PM Modi

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi, absent in Lok Sabha on Monday when it was passed in the Lower House, was not present in Rajya Sabha on Wednesday as well. After the Bill was passed, Modi tweeted: “A landmark day for India and our nation’s ethos of compassion and brotherhood! Glad that the #CAB2019 has been passed in the #RajyaSabha. Gratitude to all the MPs who voted in favour of the Bill.”

    09:44 (IST)12 Dec 2019
    What is Citizenship (Amendment) Bill all about?

    All Opposition amendments, including one to send the Bill to a select committee, were defeated. The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill eases citizenship for Hindus, Jains, Sikhs, Parsis, Buddhists and Christians who seek refuge in India after facing religious persecution in Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan. Since the list does not include Muslims from these countries, the Opposition has alleged discrimination on the basis of religion in granting citizenship which, they argued, is against the fundamentals of the Constitution.

    09:42 (IST)12 Dec 2019
    Citizenship (Amendment) Bill: Muslims have nothing to fear… Congress echoes Pak, says BJP

    Rebutting the Opposition’s charge that the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill was anti-Muslim because it excluded Muslims, Union Home Minister Amit Shah said Wednesday that the Bill “does not harm” Muslims in India and is not about “snatching the citizenship of Muslims.” “It is about granting citizenship to religious minorities from neighbouring countries…I don’t want any Muslim to be scared…This Bill does not harm Indian Muslims at all; what could their problem be (with the Bill) in giving citizenship to refugees from these countries, the persecuted minorities? …Indian Muslims are citizens of the country and will remain so…Muslims have no need to fear or worry,” he said.

    09:39 (IST)12 Dec 2019
    Citizenship (Amendment) Bill cleared in Rajya Sabha

    On Wednesday, the contentious Citizenship (Amendment) Bill was cleared by the Rajya Sabha with a 125-99 margin. The nearly eight-hour fiery debate saw the Opposition opposing the controversial Bill on several grounds. The Congress, which led the charge, focused largely on Constitutional aspects. The Trinamool Congress focused more on West Bengal linking CAB with the NRC while the DMK raised the issue of the exclusion of Sri Lankan Tamils from the Bill.

    09:29 (IST)12 Dec 2019
    TMC's Derek O'Brien gives notice over 'I&B advisory to TV channels'

    TMC MP Derek O'Brien has given a zero-hour notice in Rajya Sabha over 'I&B advisory to TV channels'. 

    09:16 (IST)12 Dec 2019
    Parliaments: Bills to be placed in Rajya Sabha

    In Rajya Sabha, Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad will move The Constitution (One Hundred and Twenty-sixth Amendment) Bill, 2019. Tribal Affairs Minister Arjun Munda, on the other hand, will move The Constitution (Scheduled Tribes) Order (Second Amendment) Bill, 2019.

    09:13 (IST)12 Dec 2019
    Parliament: Bills to be tabled in Lok Sabha

    Besides the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code Bill, Union Minister for Human Resources and Development Ramesh Pokhriyal is expected to move the Central Sanskrit Universities Bill, 2019. External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar will table the Anti-Maritime Piracy Bill, 2019.

    09:10 (IST)12 Dec 2019
    Parliament Winter Session: Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code Bill to be tabled in Lok Sabha

    Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman will introduce the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (Second Amendment) Bill, 2019, that aims to remove certain difficulties being faced during the insolvency resolution process, in Lok Sabha on Thursday. The proposed bill to make amendments in the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, 2016 (code) was cleared by the Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Follow this blog for all the latest updates on the ongoing Winter Session of Parliament.

    parliament winter session, citizenship amendment bill, cab 2019, citizenship amendment bill today, citizenship amendment bill 2019, citizenship amendment bill lok sabha, citizenship amendment bill lok sabha live, citizenship amendment bill in lok sabha, cab bill, parliament winter session 2019, parliament live, parliament session, parliament session 2019, parliament session today, parliament session live, parliament session live news, parliament session live, parliament session live today, parliament winter session today live Protests against the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill in Guwahati on Wednesday. (AP)

    From accusing the BJP government of trying to “advance its Hindutva agenda” to copying from the Nazi playbook to target Muslims and demolishing the Constitution, the Opposition Wednesday raised moral, Constitutional and historical questions to oppose the contentious Citizenship (Amendment) Bill in Rajya Sabha. And warned the government that the legislation would be struck down in court.

    Unlike in the recent past, the Opposition remained united until the end. In August, many parties including the AAP and Telangana Rashtra Samithi had broken ranks when the Rajya Sabha debated scrapping the special status to Jammu and Kashmir under Article 370. But this time they opposed the Bill as did the BSP which, too, had supported the Government on Article 370 and had stayed away on the triple talaq Bill in July.

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