Parliament Monsoon Session 2019 HIGHLIGHTS: PM Modi says Emergency was a blot on democracy

Parliament Monsoon Session 2019 HIGHLIGHTS: PM Modi says Emergency was a blot on democracy

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Parliament Monsoon Session 2019 HIGHLIGHTS: Today is also the last day for filing of nominations for the Gujarat bypolls. (Express photo by Ravi Kanojia/File)

Parliament Monsoon Session 2019 HIGHLIGHTS: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday said the government would take India to new heights in his reply to the Motion of Thanks on President’s address in the Lok Sabha. Urging the Opposition to help in the smooth functioning of the Parliament, Modi said, “India shouldn’t lose any opportunity to move ahead. Together we can deal with all the challenges that come our way.” 

Speaking on the 44th anniversary of the Emergency on Tuesday, PM Modi said it was a blot on democracy that would never fade. Attacking the Gandhis, PM Modi further said people outside the family don’t get recognition.

Earlier in the day, the Opposition raised the issue of resignation of RBI’s Deputy Governor Viral Acharya in the House. Kerala Congress (M) MP Thomas Chazhikadan alleged prominent economists are unable to work with the government as its policies are not in the interest of the people.

Speaking on the Motion of Thanks on the President’s address in the Lok Sabha, BJP Bengal chief Dilip Ghosh said the law and order situation in the state is in complete shambles and democracy in the doldrums.

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Lok Sabha adjourns for the day

Lok Sabha has been adjounred for the day. The House will sit tomorrow at 11 am. 

Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his reply to the Motion of Thanks touched upon varied issues including the water crisis in the country, corruption, farmers and employment. However, he primarily took pot shots at the Opposition by bringing up the issue of the Emergency and how it was a blot on India's democracy. Modi also said that the Congress was no longer connected to its roots and therefore was unable to help the poor of the country. 

We have to focus on skill development: PM Modi in Lok Sabha

Speaking on the issue of employment, PM Modi says, "We have to focus on skill development of our youth." He further stated that advancement is technology development would help India. Raising varied issues including corruption, Modi said his party will continue to fight against corruption. 

"If they want to lie in the gutter, let them be," Modi said in an apparent reference to the UPA.

"We are being slammed because we didn't put some people in jail, this is not emergency that Govt can throw anyone in jail, this is democracy and judiciary will decide on this. We let law take its course and if someone gets bail then they should enjoy, we don't believe in vendetta."

We have to hand hold our farmers: PM Modi urges to unite in Lok Sabha

"Sardar Sarovar Dam was the brainchild of Sardar Patel. But, work on this dam was constantly delayed. As Chief Minister of Gujarat, I had to sit on a fast for this project, Modi says in Lok Sabha. " After NDA came to power, the work speed increased and it is benefiting many people."

"Today, when we talk about water resources, I remember Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar. It was he who worked passionately on waterways and irrigation."

"We have to hand hold our farmers. Let's unite for our farmers. 

Water for every household is our mantra: PM Modi in Lok Sabha

Bringing up the water crisis prevelant in the country, Modi says, "We have to focus on the scarcity of water in the country. The poor and the women get mosty affected." "We have to move ahead of the old ways and save each drop of water."

"We will have to help the farmers and will have to introduce new schemes for them. With a future vision and farmer's requirement, we want to move forward." 

Emergency was blot on democracy, must never be forgotten: PM Modi in Lok Sabha

"There are some who feel only a handful of names contributed to national development. They only want to hear those few names and ignore others. We think differently, we feel each and every citizen has worked for country’s development," Modi says in Lok Sabha. 

Raising questions over the Emergency, Modi said, "Who did it? Who did it? was being asked by some people during the debate. Today is 25th June. Who imposed the Emergency? We can't forget those dark days. Don't forget who trampled upon our Constitution. Emergency should never be forgotten and we can't erase the blot of the Emergency."

"Brave women and men died for the nation during the freedom struggle. We have to build the India our freedom fighters dreamt of. I urge all to observe Gandhi Ji's 150th birth anniversary and 75 years of India's freedom with great enthusiasm."

Congress didn't praise its own govt: PM Modi in Lok Sabha

"I know that it takes time to change things which have been existing for last 70 years. We did not divert or dilute from our main goal. We have to moved forward, be it regarding infrastructure or in space," PM Modi says in Lok Sabha. 

"I challenge the govt that was in power between 2004-2014 to mention if they ever praised work of Atal Bihari Vajpayee government. Did they ever speak about good work of Narasimha Rao Ji? The same people did not even speak of Manmohan Singh Ji in Lok Sabha in this debate," Modi says. 

"We need to rise above caste and religion. 44 years ago, an attempt was to muzzle the government," PM Modi says. 

Opposition no longer connected to its roots: PM Modi in Lok Sabha

"In their speeches, if they had even once mentioned Manmohan Singh, I would have had faith," PM took a dig at the UPA. "Our dream is to stay rooted in reality. Opposition is no longer  connected to roots. Opposition is riding a high horse. All governments have contributed to India's progress." "Congress didn't praise its own government."

"India endorsed pro-poor government. Empowerment and modernisation go hand-in-hand." 

I think beyond winning and losing elections: PM Modi in Lok Sabha

"We were given a chance to rule in 2014 as people though it was a way of escaping from "them", says PM Modi referring to UPA. Taking a dig at the Opoosition party, Modi said "I think beyond winning and losing elections; I strive for the welfare of countrymen."

"The nation is feeling empowered with the government schemes." Every voter must be lauded.

LS polls showed people are thinking for betterment of country: PM Modi in Lok Sabha

"This Lok Sabha elections have shown that more than themselves, the people of India are thinking about the betterment of the country, this spirit is commendable. I never think about polls in terms of victory and defeat. The opportunity to serve 130 crore Indians and work to make a positive difference in the lives of our citizens is special to me," PM Modi says in Lok Sabha. 


India shouldn't lose any opportunity to move ahead: PM Modi in Lok Sabha

"After a long time, nation has given a strong mandate. Awareness of the lectorate is praiseworthy. India shouldn't lose any opportunity to move ahead. People voted for us after testing every parameter. We want India to surge globally," Modi speaks in Lok Sabha. 

'We want a strong, safe and inclusive India': PM Modi

Replying to the 'Motion Of Thanks On the President's Address' in Lok Sabha, Prime Minister Narendra Modi says "We ant to take New India to new heights." President's speech drew a roadmap for India. We want a strong, safe and inclusive India. Togateher we can deal with all challenges which come our way." 

Resignation of RBI Deputy Governor Viral Acharya raised in LS

Kerala Congress (M) MP Thomas Chazhikadan raised the issue of resignation of RBI's Deputy Governor Viral Acharya in Lok Sabha and alleged prominent economists are unable to work with the government as its policies are not in interest of the people.

On the resignation of Acharya, Chazhikadan said a number of renowned economists have resigned as government policies were not in favour of the people of India. (With PTI inputs)

Bihar encephalitis deaths: Chirag Paswan expresses grief in Lok Sabha

During the debate on the Motion of Thanks in Lok Sabha, LJP leader Chirag Paswan expressed grief over the death children in Bihar's Muzaffarpur district due to acute encephalitis and hoped such incidents would not reoccur. "I extend my sympathies...The death number gives extreme pain but I believe that nature punishes us when we make any mistake," PTI quoted Paswan as saying. "I am hopeful that with government's efforts such incidents would not reoccur," Paswan said.

More than 100 children have died in Bihar's Muzaffarpur district due to suspected Acute Encephalitis Syndrome.

Over 84,000 vacancies in Central Armed Police Forces: Govt in Lok Sabha

Over 84,000 posts of the sanctioned strength of 9,99,795 are lying vacant in the Central Armed Police Forces, the government said today in Lok Sabha. It added that "expeditious" steps have been taken to fill them. "In a written reply to Lok Sabha, the Home Ministry said vacancies keep arising in the forces due to retirement, voluntary retirement and death," the Centre said. "On an average, 10 per cent of vacancies in different grades arise every year and there exists a well established procedure to fill up these vacancies. Currently, there are 84,037 vacancies," it said. The Central Armed Police Forces (CAPFs) include the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF), Border Security Force (BSF), Central Industrial Security Force (CISF), Sashastra Seema Bal (SSB), Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) and Assam Rifles (AR). In the year 2017, 57,268 vacancies of constable (general duty-GD) for the recruitment cycle 2015-16 were filled through recruitment by Staff Selection Commission (SSC).

(With PTI inputs)

Delhi Police probing 18 cases where pics of women were uploaded on Facebook to defame them: MHA

The Delhi Police has registred FIRs to investigate 18 cases in which photos and mobile numbers of women were uploaded on Facebook with an intention to defame them, the Home Ministry said in Lok Sabha today. "Appropriate legal action has been taken in all such cases. 13 persons have been arrested in these cases," it said.

(With PTI inputs)

Over 700 terrorists killed in J-K in last three years: Home Ministry in Lok Sabha

The Home Ministry Tuesday said in Lok Sabha that more than 700 terrorists have been killed in Jammu and Kashmir over the last three years. A total of 113 terrorists were killed between January and June 16 this year, 257 were killed in 2018, 213 in 2017 and 150 in 2016, taking the total number of those killed during the period to 733, it said. "The government has adopted a policy of zero tolerance towards terrorism. Security forces are taking effective and continuous action in countering terrorism. This has resulted in corresponding change in the number of such incidents, including casualties," PTI quoted Minister of State for Home Affairs G Kishan Reddy as saying in a written reply to Lok Sabha. As many as 112 civilians have also lost their lives during this period in the state. Of them, 15 had died in 2016, 40 in 2017, 39 in 2018 and 18 between January and June 16, this year, it said.

155 Islamic State members, sympathisers arrested so far: Home Ministry in Lok Sabha

Minister of State for Home Affairs G Kishan Reddy said a total of 155 members and sympathisers of banned terrorist organisation Islamic State (IS) have been arrested in the country so far. In a written statement to the Lok Sabha, Reddy said, the "The IS is using various internet-based social media platforms to propagate its ideology.Cyberspace is being closely watched in this regard by agencies concerned and action is taken as per the law."

The Islamic State (IS), the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL), the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) or the Daesh has been notified as a terrorist organisation and included in the first schedule of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967, by the central government.

(With PTI inputs)

Bring a bill which affects 60 crore women: Derek O'Brien

Rajya Sabha MP Derek O’Brien urged the BJP to bring in more bills in the Parliament, especially the women reservation bill. "Bring a bill which affects 60 crore women, not 7 crore women," O'Brien said. He furtehr spoke about infant mortality rate and how has it gone down. "Take good ideas from different states," he said. 

Rajya Sabha reconvenes

Rajya Sabha reconvenes. When the House met for the day in the morning, Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu mentioned the passing away of Rajasthan BJP state president and sitting Rajya Sabha MP Saini on Monday. Reading out an obituary reference, he said an advocate by profession, Saini fought for labour rights. He began his Rajya Sabha stint in April 2018 and was its member till his passing away on Monday. "He suddenly developed some health problem and was admitted to AIIMS on Monday," he said, adding Saini was suffering from leukaemia. "In passing away of Shri Madan Lal Saini, the country has lost an able parliamentarian, a veteran trade unionist and a dedicated social worker," he said.

Before Modi, politics was family business: Tejasvi Surya

First-time MP and BJP youth leader Tejasvi Surya hailed Narendra Modi's leadership saying that for a very long time, politics was more of a "family business" and voters saw Modi's win as the victory of "new India".

Surya urged the Opposition to shed its arrogance and highlighted the achievements of the Modi government stating how he has worked for the upliftment of poor and also helped the youth with initiatives such as 'Startup India'. He highlighted the plight of the people of Karnataka as well, who, he said, are reeling under the rule of a corrupt administration helmed by the Congress and JD(S).

TMC conspiring to make Bengal as East Bangladesh: Dilip Ghosh

West Bengal BJP chief Dilip Ghosh attacked Mamata Banerjee in Lok Sabha. "She wants to become the Prime Minister, but cannot do so with the amount of seats the TMC has. People who don’t speak Bengali are not considered as a part of Bengal. Jai Shri Ram is responded by Jai Bangla. There is a plot to make West Bengal as East Bangladesh." He also said the party refused to grant permission to Modi and Shah, but allowed a Bangladeshi actor to campaign in the state

Dissent cannot be suppressed: TMC leader Mahua Moitra

Targetting the Centre, TMC leader Mahua Moitra said while the government may claim about Acche din, signs in country reflect otherwise. "When ministers couldn't show their educational certificates, you expect people to show papers to prove their nationality," she said about NRC exercise. "The elections this time was fought on Whatsapp and fake news. The I&B ministry is controlling media. There is complete disdain of intellectuals. India is being pushed to darkness. Dissent cannot be suppressed," she said.

Does 'sabka saath' mean BJP can gobble up members of regional parties: TDP's Jayadev Galla

TDP leader Jayadev Galla talks about Special Category Status for Andhra Pradesh. "While we understand that the Finance Minister and Prime Minister have categorically stated that no SCS will be granted to any state, all eyes are now on YS Jagan - who has secured a massive mandate and has 22 MPs - of how they will deliver to the people of Andhra Pradesh." He also targeted the BJP for 4 TDP MPs who switched to the saffron party. "Does sabka saath, sabka vikaas mean all should be a part of the BJP? The slogan doesn't mean that any party should have the right to gobble the members of regional parties, use CBI to exert influence."

Gujarat Rajya Sabha bypoll candidates file their nomination

External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar, and OBC youth leader Jugalji Thakor file their nomination for Gujarat Rajya Sabha bypolls (Photo by Javed Raja)

Lucky to be a part of transforming process of New India: Hema Malini

BJP MP from Mathura Hema Malini is addressing the House. Congratulating Om Birla for being elected as the Speaker, Malini remembered the former Speaker Sumitra Mahajan. "We are lucky to be a part of the transformation process - the forming of new India."

Dayanidhi Maran's address creates ruckus in Lok Sabha

DMK leader raises the Chennai water crisis in Lok Sabha. Dayanidhi Maran "Pre-monsoon rain is the lowest in the past few years. NITI Aayog report also speaks about water scarcity. In 2004, Karunanidhi also faced a similar problem and he set up a desalination unit to alleviate the people from problems. Yesterday MK Stalin was protesting for the people. But the AIADMK govt is doing nothing. The government's ally in Tamil Nadu is complacent. President Kovind speaks about anti-corruption, but the most corrupt government is functioning in Tamil Nadu." 

Nishikant Dubey raises Point of Order. He says Maran calling AIADMK government "corrupt" was unparliamentary. Rajiv Pratap Rudy said, "The president did not talk about Tamil Nadu. Any other remarks should be expunged." "It is the duty of the master to take care of slaves," Maran said. Arjun Meghwal, MoS, seeks expunge of Maran's reference of slaves.

Setback for Congress as SC rejects plea against separate Gujarat Rajya Sabha bypolls

The Supreme Court Tuesday rejected a plea by the Gujarat unit of Congress challenging Election Commission decision to hold separate bypolls for the two Rajya Sabha seats, which fell vacant due to the election of Amit Shah and Smriti Irani to the Lok Sabha. In a setback to the party, the top court said the law is clear that the only way to challenge the election is to file an election petition. The elections are scheduled on July 5. Read more

Shashi Tharoor talks of cow lynching

Congress leader Shashi Tharoor raises the issue of cow lynching. "I would like to ask the Home Minister if a provision can be made through which only committees authorised by the government are allowed to function. The illegal samrakshak samithis have been indulging in random acts of violence and this can't be allowed."

Meghalaya MP raises issue of delay in setting up an Agricultural University

Meghalaya's Vincent H. Pala questioned the delay in setting up an Agricultural University in the state. The plan has been in place in 2009. Agriculture and Farmers Welfare Minister Narendra Singh Tomar says that Imphal University already covers this, but the Meghalaya Chief Minister has given a letter to the Centre on this issue, and that the government is looking into it.

Political leaders from across party lines pay tribute to BJP's Rajasthan chief Madan Lal Saini

Political leaders from across party lines paid floral tribute to BJP state president Madan Lal Saini at the party's state headquarters here on Tuesday. Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot, Congress state president and deputy chief minister Sachin Pilot, Transport Minister Pratap Singh Khachariawas and other Congress leaders reached the BJP's state headquarters and paid tribute to Saini. A large number of BJP leaders, including former chief minister Vasundhara Raje, deputy Leader of Opposition Rajendra Rathore, former state president of the party Ashok Parnami were among those who were also present in the party office.

Raje termed Saini's demise "very shocking for her" and a "great loss for the party and for her as well". After tributes were paid, Saini's family members and the party leaders left for Sikar with his body by road. His mortal remains will be consigned to flames in Sikar district Tuesday. (PTI)

Govt working on Blue Revolution: Giriraj Singh

Kaushalendra Kumar of the JD(U) asks a question on the promotion of fisheries. He asks if workers will also be given skill development training. Animal Husbandry, Dairying and Fisheries Minister Giriraj Singh answers that the government will work on this. Answering another question, Singh says that the government is working on a Blue Revolution.

Jaishankar, Jugalji Thakor are BJP candidates for Gujarat Rajya Sabha bypolls

Minister of External Affairs in the Union government, Subrahmanyam Jaishankar, and OBC youth leader from Mehsana, Jugalji Thakor (Lokhandwala), are all set to file their nominations as BJP candidates from Gujarat for the by-polls of two Rajya Sabha seats on Tuesday.

Both Shivshankar and Thakor, a party release said, will file their nominations for the by-polls Tuesday morning, at around 11.30. Tuesday is the last day for filing of nominations for the by-polls which have already turned controversial with the Election Commission of India declaring to hold the elections for the two seats separately and the Congress challenging it before the Supreme Court.

Supriya Sule raises Maharashtra drought issue in Lok Sabha

NCP leader Supriya Sule raises the issue of Maharashtra drought in Lok Sabha. Adding that the state is facing an agrarian crisis, Sule asked the efforts being taken by the central government. State Minister for Agriculture Purshottam Rupala is replying

BJP Parliamentary Party meeting postponed

BJP Parliamentary Party meeting scheduled for today has been postponed due to the demise of Rajasthan BJP President, Madan Lal Saini, yesterday.

Kerala Congress workers protest outside Parliament

Kerala Congress workers staged protests outside Parliament for farm loan waiver. (Express photo by Renuka Puri)

Rajya Sabha MPs maintain 2 minutes of silence for BJP leader Madan Lal Saini

In Rajya Sabha, the proceedings will begin after 2 pm today. The House was adjourned after obituary references to sitting Rajya Sabha MP Madan Lal Saini, who died Monday. The MPs maintained 2 minutes of silence for the departed soul.

Nusrat Jahan, Mimi Chakrabortytake oath in Lok Sabha

TMC MPs Nusrat Jahan and Mimi Chakraborty took oath as Members of Parliament in Lok Sabha today in Bangla. Both Nusrat and Mimi couldn’t take their oath as MPs because were in Turkey for the former's wedding.

Nusrat Jahan and Mimi Chakraborty won from the recently concluded Lok Sabha elections from their respective seats with a huge margin. While Jahan won the elections by 3,50,369 defeating her nearest rival BJP’s Sayantan Ghosh by 3,50,369 votes, Chakraborty won by over 2.9 lakh vote by defeating BJP candidate Anupam Hazra and veteran CPI (M) leader Bikash Ranjan Bhattacharya.

Rajya Sabha to be adjourned till 2 pm

Rajya Sabha will be adjourned till 2 pm on Tuesday after the obituary references to sitting Rajya Sabha MP Madan Lal Saini, who died Monday.

Born in Sikar district, Saini joined the RSS at the age of 9 and practiced law in Sikar. He then left legal practice to fight for labour rights and was associated with Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh between 1967 and 1990, with Akhil Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh between 1972 and 1984, and Akhil Bharatiya Krishi Mazdoor Sangh, between 1984 and 1990. Between 1990 and 1997, he was BJP’s Pradesh Mantri and then went on to serve as Pradesh Mahamantri consecutively thrice.

India’s democratic ethos prevailed over authoritarian mindset: PM Modi remembers Emergency

Marking the 44th anniversary of the Emergency on Tuesday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi paid homage to the “greats who fiercely and fearlessly resisted” the 21-month long Emergency imposed by then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi in 1975. “India salutes all those greats who fiercely and fearlessly resisted the Emergency. India’s democratic ethos successfully prevailed over an authoritarian mindset,” he tweeted.

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Leader of Opposition in Parliament Ghulam Nabi Azad. (Screengrab)

Leader of the opposition in the Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad launched a scathing attack on the government for the continuation of newly elected Bhopal MP Sadhvi Pragya Thakur in the BJP after her statement about Nathuram Godse being a “patriot”. He was speaking during the debate on the Motion of Thanks to the President’s address – which started with observations about the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi.

There is time still, Azad said, for the BJP to wipe that “stain” before October when the father of the nation’s birthday will be celebrated. With prime minister Narendra Modi in the House, Azad told Parliamentary affairs minister Prahlad Joshi that if he comes more often and engages with the opposition more, “a lot of things can be mended”.

Modi sat through Azad’s full speech; Azad told him that his goal of “sabka vishwas” could not be met by giving confused signals because “hope can only be in black and white”. “It does not work if you ask them to shut up with one hand and encourage them with the other,” Azad said. Though he did not take names, the reference was to intermittent statements from BJP leaders and legislators targetting some communities and religious groups.

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In Lok Sabha, a war of words broke out between the ruling BJP and the Opposition during the discussion. While Union Minister and Balasore MP Pratap Chandra Sarangi heaped praises on Prime Minister Narendra Modi and said the UPA regime was a period of policy paralysis, Congress’s leader in Lok Sabha Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury said Modi is a “very big salesman”.

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