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Parliament Highlights: Lok Sabha passes Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation (Amendment) Bill, 2021

Parliament Highlights: Amit Shah said, "I will reiterate again that this bill has nothing to do with the statehood of Jammu and Kashmir, in due time J&K will be given statehood.”

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi |
Updated: February 13, 2021 5:28:27 pm
Amit Shah in Lok Sabha on Saturday. (Photo: LSTV via ANI)

Parliament Live Updates: The Lok Sabha passed theJammu and Kashmir Reorganisation (Amendment) Bill, 2021, on Saturday. During discussion, Union Home Minister Amit Shah Saturday urged the members not to oppose the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation (Amendment) Bill, 2021, just for the sake of politics. Highlighting that the bill does not mention anything about not granting statehood to the Union Territory, Shah said, “I will reiterate again that this bill has nothing to do with the statehood of Jammu and Kashmir, in due time J&K will be given statehood.”

Taking a jibe at the Congress party, the Home Minister said, “you are asking us what we did in the last 17 months, what have you done in the last 70 years.”

During discussions on the Bill, opposition party members slammed the BJP for making empty promises in the Union Territory and giving a tainted picture of “Vikas” happening there. Congress pointed out at increase in internet bans, ceasefire violations, curfews as well as the shrinkage of industries since the abrogation of article 370. Congress MP Manish Tiwari urged BJP to restore statehood in Jammu and Kashmir.

Earlier in the day, Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman mocked Rahul Gandhi for talking about farm laws, when the Congress party itself does not know where it stands on the issue. “When he stood up, my expectations were that he would explain why Congress has taken a U turn on their position for farmers when in their manifesto they talked about similar reforms brought by us,” Sitharaman said. She also slammed the Congress party for promising “farm loans” in order to get votes and then never implementing those in states like Madhya Pradesh. Her speech invoked reactions from the opposition.

Sitharaman, in her reply to the Budget discussions in Lok Sabha, said that Covid-19 pandemic did not stop the Centre from making the necessary reforms. “The Prime Minister has not lost the opportunity due to the pandemic in bringing reforms,” Sitharaman said. She highlighted that these reforms were reflected in policies to make India one of the top economies in the world. “This Budget coming post pandemic has set the pace for India to become aatmanirbhar,” she added.

The first leg of the ‘Union Budget 2021’ session in the lower house will end on Saturday with both the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha set to reconvene on March 8.

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Parliament Highlights: Amit Shah speaks on J&K Reorganisation BIll; Nirmala Sitharaman defends Union Budget in Lok Sabha; Both houses to now reconvene on March 8. Follow this space for latest updates.

17:26 (IST)13 Feb 2021
Lok Sabha adjourned till March 8

Lok Sabha adjourned till 4 pm on March 8.

16:47 (IST)13 Feb 2021
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15:47 (IST)13 Feb 2021
Whoever fought elections on basis of bringing back Art 370 were wiped out: Amit Shah

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15:42 (IST)13 Feb 2021
House's responsibility is to comfort them (J&K people), not scrape their wounds: Shah

Amit Shah requested not to politicise J-K and Ladakh. “If you want a political fight, come in the ring & let’s compete. Nobody is scared. It’s (J-K & Ladakh) a sensitive part of our country. They have been hurt and have doubts. This House’s responsibility is to comfort them, not scrape their wounds,” Shah said.

15:08 (IST)13 Feb 2021
Panchayat elections conducted successfully after abrogation: Home Minister Amit Shah

Talking about the first democratic excercise in the UT after its abrogation, Union Home Minister Amit Shah said that the Panchayat Elections happened "peacefully and fearlessly" along with recording a 51 per cent turnout. "No one, not even our rivals can say that there was fraud or unrest during the elections, Shah said highlighting that those who wanted to bring back article 370 perished in elections.

14:58 (IST)13 Feb 2021
Healthcare benefits given to every citizen of J&K: Home Minister Amit Shah

Giving out details of the 'vikas' done in Jammu and Kashmir after the abrogation, Shah said that in the healthcare sector much like the work done in rest of the country, the people of the UT were given benefits through the PM’s health Yojna. “Jammu and Kashmir is one of the few places where almost everyone has been included in the Swasth Yojna created by the government,” Shah said.

14:47 (IST)13 Feb 2021
Peace will be restored in J&K under our rule: Home Minister Amit Shah

Highlighting the “unrest” in Jammu and Kashmir during UPA years, Union Home Minister Amit Shah said “recall Congress days, thousands were killed and curfews were imposed for days.” “Peace in Kashmir is a big thing, '' Shah said, assuring that such situations won’t be repeated under the BJP rule.

14:28 (IST)13 Feb 2021
J&K will be given statehood in due time: Home Minister Amit Shah

Union Home Minister Amit Shah said that when there is no mention in the bill that the UT will not be given statehood, why is the opposition bringing this up.“I will reiterate again that this bill has nothing to do with the statehood of Jammu and Kashmir, in due time J&K will be given statehood,” Shah said.

14:20 (IST)13 Feb 2021
What did Congress do in the last 70 years in Jammu and Kashmir: Union Minister Amit Shah

Union Home Minister Amit Shah speaking in Lok Sabha urged members to not oppose the bill just for the sake of politics. Taking a jibe at the Congress party he said, “you are asking us what we did in the last 17 months, what have you done in the last 70 years.”

14:08 (IST)13 Feb 2021
J&K abrogation a 'constitutional breach,' says Asaduddin Owaisi

AIMIM's leader Asaduddin Owaisi speaking against the Jammu and Kashmir Re-organisation Amendment Bill 2021 in Lok Sabha said that the abrogation of article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir was done unconditionally and maintains his position of it being a “constitutional breach.” Owaisi said that even though the UT was a Muslim majority area, they are represented in minoority in government posts.

Alleging that Kashmir is one of the firsts in BJP’s rule to get converted into a Union Territory, Asaduddin said that other cities like Chennai, Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Hyderabad will also suffer the same fate.

13:54 (IST)13 Feb 2021
BJP made empty promises in Jammu and Kashmir, says Congress

Congress MP Manish Tiwari slammed BJP for making empty promises in Jammu and Kashmir. "In the last 17 months, not a single industry has been set up in the Ut,”he said. Tiwari also said that at least 60 per cent of industries in the UT have been shut down in the last 2 years. Tiwari also pointed out at the multiple internet bans under the BJP administration. 

13:15 (IST)13 Feb 2021
Discussions on J&K re-organisation Amendment bill underway in Lok Sabha

Members of parliament discuss the Jammu and Kashmir Re-organisation Amendment bill 2021 and voice their viewpoints on the state of the Union Territory post the abrogation of its special status.

13:08 (IST)13 Feb 2021
Home Minister Amit Shah to move re-organisation bill in Lok Sabha today

Union Home Minister Amit Shah will move the Jammu and Kashmi re-organisation bill in Lok Sabha today.

12:44 (IST)13 Feb 2021
Abrogation of 370 in J&K wrong step, part of BJP agenda: AITC MP Sougata Ray

AITC MP Sougata Ray speaking in the Lok Sabha slammed Union Home Minister Amit Shah for his current selective focus on the election bound state of Bengal. Ray also criticized the abolition of Jammu and Kashmir’s special status. “I want to ask the home minister, Almost two years after the event, what have you achieved, he said.”

11:43 (IST)13 Feb 2021
FM Nirmala Sitharaman on Minority affairs allocation in Budget

In this year’s Budget,Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said that “total allocation for minority affairs is Rs 4,811 crores in 2021-22 which is an 8.6% increase for the ministry, higher than actual expenditure.She also said, that allocation provided for welfare of SCs have shown an increase from Rs 83,257 cr in 2020-21, compared to Rs 1,26,259 in 2021-22. Overall allocation provided for welfare of STs have also shown an increase from Rs 53,653 cr from 2020-21 to Rs 79,942 cr in 2021-22.

11:21 (IST)13 Feb 2021
Opposition disruptions in parliament as FM speaks about Rahul Gandhi

Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman mocked Rahul Gandhi for talking about farm laws, when the Congress party itself does not know where it stands on the issue. “When he stood up, my expectations were  that he would explain why Congress has taken a u turn on their position for farmers,” in their manifesto they talked about similar reforms brought by us, Sitharaman said. She also slammed the Congress party for promising “farm loans” in order to get votes and then never implementing those in states like Madhya Pradesh.

11:08 (IST)13 Feb 2021
Some states withheld money from PM Kisan scheme: FM Nirmala Sitharaman

Taking a jibe at Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee, Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman  said that “shedding crocodile tears for farmers does not help when money(from PM Kisan Yojana) is lying there.” She accused states like Bengal to not let the farmers avail the benefits of the scheme enjoyed by rest of the country.

11:05 (IST)13 Feb 2021
FM Nirmala Sitharaman on agriculture allocation in Budget

On the agriculture allocation in the Budget, Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said that benefits worth 1.15 lakh crore to over 10 crore farmers have been given through PM SVANidhi Yojana. She also added, “for those who are constantly accusing us of dealing with cronies,  SVANidhi doesn't go to cronies.”

10:59 (IST)13 Feb 2021
FM Nirmala Sitharaman on healthcare in Budget

Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman that the Govt is taking a "holistic approach" for healthcare. The Budget therefore, is addressing preventive and curative healthcare along with looking at the overall well-being, she added.

10:55 (IST)13 Feb 2021
Reforms started since Jana Sangh day : FM Nirmala Sitharaman

Unlike the congress, "our belief in reforming the economy" have been consistent from the Jana Sangh days to the current administration,Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said.  Sitharaman said that the BJP gave the Indian enterprises the freedom they needed to grow. 

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The Indian Parliament this week witnessed both the best as well as the worst of our political culture. A casual observer may be flummoxed at the striking contrast in the conduct of the same party — the Congress — during the debate on the motion of thanks to the presidential address, in the two houses of Parliament.

What is it that compelled the Congress to behave so reprehensibly in the Lok Sabha when the party was happily abiding by the norms of parliamentary procedure in the other House? The answer lies in the political culture that the Gandhi family, first Sonia Gandhi and now Rahul Gandhi, has brought to the party.

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The former Union Minister for Railways was speaking during the debate on the Budget when he made the announcement. Listening to the speakers, he had started reflecting and decided to act as per his conscience, Trivedi said. “Why do we come into politics? We come into politics for the country,” he said, adding that the time had come to decide “if the country is bigger, your side is bigger or you yourself are bigger”.

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