The lower house of Parliament on Friday adopted a resolution on imposition of President’s rule in Jammu and Kashmir. Amid the din in Lok Sabha, the Statutory Resolution on imposition of President’s Rule in the state, which requires Parliament’s approval, was adopted with voice vote. After the Opposition termed the decision to dissolve the Assembly as “unconstitutional”, the Centre asserted that it was committed to democratic process in the state.
In another development, the opposition is going to meet on December 31 in Parliament on triple talaq bill. On Thursday, the contentious Triple Talaq Bill criminalising instant divorce by Muslim men was passed in the Lok Sabha amid a heated debate followed by an Opposition walkout. While the government projected the bill as a question of “Insaaniyat aur Insaaf“, the Opposition accused the government of indulging in vote bank politics and demanded that the Bill is referred to a joint select committee.
The Lok Sabha was adjourned for the day and would reconvene on Monday at 11 am. The Rajya Sabha, on the other hand, was adjourned for the day after AIADMK and DMK protested in well. The House will reconvene on Monday.
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Omar Abdullah welcomes Rajnath's statement on holding polls in J-K
National Conference (NC) vice-president Omar Abdullah Friday welcomed Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh's statement in the Lok Sabha that the Centre was ready for assembly polls in Jammu and Kashmir, PTI reported.
"An important assurance on the floor of the house in the Lok Sabha. This should put to rest the motivated speculation that elections in the state will happen only after the general elections," Abdullah wrote on Twitter.
Replying to a discussion on the resolution on a presidential proclamation about imposition of President's Rule in the state, the Union home minister said the government is ready for assembly polls but the decision has to be taken by the Election Commission.
"We are totally committed to democratic process," Singh said.
Farooq Abdullah on J&K assembly dissolution: Governor's house no place for proving majority
National Conference leader Farooq Abdullah Friday questioned in the Lok Sabha the Jammu and Kashmir Governor's decision to dissolve the state assembly, reports PTI. Voicing concern over the situation in the Kashmir Valley, he also advocated talks with Pakistan for restoration of peace.
The former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister made these remarks while participating in the debate on the statutory resolution for proclamation of President's Rule in Jammu and Kashmir.
Referring to the proposed NC-PDP-Cong alliance to form government in the state, he said, "The fax machine of the J&K governor was not working, his phone was not working and I would like to say that Governor's House is not the place to prove majority but the assembly is. Governor didn't wait and dissolved it."
Nehruvian blunder responsible for J-K crisis: Jitendra Singh
Union Minister Jitendra Singh Friday said the current situation in Jammu and Kashmir is an outcome of a series of "blunders" by successive Congress governments in the state starting with the "Nehruvian blunder", reports PTI. Participating in the debate on statutory resolution for proclamation of President's Rule in the state, Singh said everyone feels the pain of the people of the state.
Singh blamed the Congress and first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru for the current crisis in the state and said successive governments in the state committed blunders. "The current situation in Kashmir is an outcome of a series of blunders of successive Congress governments in the state starting with the Nehruvian blunder," he said.
Singh, who himself hails from Jammu, said the BJP formed an alliance with the PDP, as it was dictated by the people's mandate. "It was not an unnatural marriage between parties, infact it was like a typical Indian marriage where two parties with different ideologies came together for the sake of democracy," he said, adding the BJP walked away from the alliance even when three years of the tenure were pending.
Opposition to meet on December 31 in Parliament on Triple Talaq bill
News agency ANI on Friday reported that the opposition is going to meet on December 31 in Parliament on the Triple Talaq Bill that was passed in the Lok Sabha on Thursday. This comes a day after the contentious bill was passed in the lower house of the Parliament amid a heated debate followed by an Opposition walkout.
Govt ready to hold assembly polls in J-K: Rajnath Singh
The Centre on Friday said in the Lok Sabha that there was no other option left with the Governor but to recommend President's Rule in Jammu and Kashmir as no party or alliance staked claim to form government and asserted that it was ready to hold assembly polls in the state, reports PTI.
Replying to a discussion on the resolution on a presidential proclamation about imposition of President's Rule in the state, Home Minister Rajnath Singh also rejected claims of some opposition parties that the BJP was propping up a regional party to form government.
The resolution was adopted by a voice vote. If the BJP wanted to indulge in horse-trading to form government, then it would have done so during the six-month Governor's Rule, he said.
Had BJP wanted to form govt in J-K, it would have tried it in six months of governor's rule: Rajnath Singh
Rajnath Singh says, "Then J-K Governor N N Vohra had sent a report in June that no party willing to form govt in the state. Had BJP wanted to form govt in J-K, it would have tried it in six months of governor's rule."
BJD's Bhartruhari Majtab supports the resolution
BJD's Bhartruhari Majtab supported the resolution, saying the Governor's rule in the state had become necessary and noted that its two main regional parties, the NC and PDP, boycotted the panchayat polls. He said assembly elections should be held in the state along with the Lok Sabha elections in 2019. AIADMK's P Venugopal expressed his party's opposition to the imposition of Governor's rule as a matter of principle and asked the Centre to explain the reasons for taking such an "extreme" step. Supriya Sule of the NCP said it is not the time for bullets in the state and called for holding elections there.
BJP government 'failed' in J&K: TMC
Speaker Sumitra Mahajan allowed the discussion as a "special case" even as the House had already adopted the resolution moved by Singh earlier in the day. Saugata Roy of the Trinamool Congress also termed the governor's decision as "arbitrary" and "unconstitutional". He also accused the central government of "collusion" and claimed that it propped up the rival alliance led by Sajjad Lone, who had the support of "only two MLAs". The government has "failed" in the state, he said and added that over 900 persons have died in militancy-related incidents there so far this year.
Satya Pal Malik's action to dissolve J&K assembly was unconstitutional: Shashi Tharoor
Initiating the debate, Shashi Tharoor of the Congress said Governor Satya Mal Malik acted in "gross violation" of a Supreme Court order in the S R Bommai case that had stated that whether an alliance has a majority or not can be decided only on the floor of the assembly. The governor's "private assessment" is anathema to the Constitution and is also subject to personal malfeasance, he said Malik's decision to impose Governor's rule after the NC, PDP and the Congress made a move to form the government in the state was also in "violation" of the Sarkaria commission's guidelines on Centre-state relations, he said. Tharoor also objected to Malik's rejection of the alliance as a tie-up of parties of ideological variance, saying he should not have arrived at a political determination and added that the earlier alliance of the PDP and the BJP was also a case of "unnatural marriage". He suggested that Malik's action was unconstitutional and asked Home Minister Rajnath Singh to share the reasons Malik cited for his action.
Cong, TMC term Gov's rule in J&K unconstitutional
Opposition parties Friday termed the imposition of Governor's rule in Jammu and Kashmir as "unconstitutional" during a discussion in the Lok Sabha on a statutory resolution that approved President's rule in the state. President's rule in Jammu and Kashmir follows if the Governor's rule extends beyond six months.
Kashmir is a very old issue, says Rajnath Singh
Home Minister Rajnath Singh says, "BJP has made efforts to strengthen democracy in Jammu and Kashmir. Kashmir is a very old issue."
Over 30 members from various parties shout slogans while standing in the Well
While the Congress has been demanding a Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) probe into the Rafale aircraft deal, those from the AIADMK protested against the construction of a dam across Cauvery River. TDP members sought special status for Andhra Pradesh while Left MPs raised the demand for bringing a Bill to ensure reservation for women in legislature. As more than 30 members from various parties continued to shout slogans and displayed placards while standing in the Well, Mahajan adjourned the House till noon. Two questions were taken up during the Question Hour, which went on for about 20 minutes.
Proceedings of the Lok Sabha were disrupted due to unrelenting protests by oppn
Proceedings of the Lok Sabha were disrupted on Friday due to unrelenting protests and sloganeering by opposition on various issues, including a probe into the Rafale aircraft deal. As soon as the House met at 11 AM, MPs belonging to the Congress, AIADMK, TDP and Left parties came to the Well and shouted slogans in support of their demands.
Lok Sabha adjourned till noon
Lok Sabha adjourned till noon following protests over Cauvery and other issues.
Triple talaq: Your faith is faith, mine is not? asks Owaisi
Opposing the triple talaq Bill vociferously, AIMIM leader Asaduddin Owaisi on Thursday questioned the reason behind the government criminalising triple talaq while supporting decriminalisation of homosexuality and adultery law. “When the Sabarimala judgment was delivered (by Supreme Court), then you speak about faith. Don’t Muslims have their faith? Your faith is faith, but my faith is not faith? Is this not violation of culture? Is this not violation of Article 29 of Constitution (cultural and educational rights, protection of interests of minorities)? The intention of the government is not clean,” Owaisi said, referring to the Sabaramila verdict allowing entry of women of menstruating age into the temple, which led to protests by pro-Hindu outfits, backed by the BJP and the Sangh in Kerala. Read More
Who said what on Triple Talaq Bill in Lok Sabha
On Thursday, the Triple talaq Bill, which seeks to replace an ordinance promulgated in September, was passed after an over four-hour discussion that saw some heated exchanges between the Opposition and BJP leaders, with both sides accusing each other of engaging in vote bank politics. The debate saw the lawmakers broach the topics of gender equality and women’s rights interspersed with issues like modification of religious practices. Read who said what here
Rajya Sabha adjourned for the day
Rajya Sabha adjourned for the day after AIADMK and DMK protest in well. The House will reconvene on Monday. Rajya Sabha also paid homage to four sons of Guru Gobind Singh who were martyred while fighting in a war.
Rajya Sabha pays homage to four sons of Guru Gobind Singh who were martyed while fighting in a war. @IndianExpress— rahul tripathi (@rahultripathi) December 28, 2018
TDP MP demands special status for Andhra Pradesh
Bills to be taken up in Lok Sabha
Below are the bills which are scheduled to be taken up in Lok Sabha today:
1. The Jallianwala Bagh National Memorial (Amendment) Bill, 2018.
2. The Indian Medical Council (Amendment) Bill, 2018.
3. The Companies (Amendment) Bill, 2018.
4. The National Medical Commission Bill, 2017.
5. The New Delhi International Arbitration Centre Bill, 2018.
6. $The Appropriation (No.6) (Bill) 2018.
TMC seeks discussion on snooping order by MHA
The Trinamool Congress has given a notice under Rule 267 in the Upper House to take up discussion on MHA notification authorising specific probe agencies to intercept, monitor and decrypt information stored in any computer.
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