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Parliament highlights: J&K elections can be held with Lok Sabha polls, says Rajnath Singh

Congress chief Rahul Gandhi had yesterday targeted Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Rafale fighter jets deal, claiming that he “does not have guts” to come to field questions on the issue and “hides” in his room.

Parliament LIVE UPDATES: Rafale deal likely to dominate Lok Sabha proceedings
Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and Congress President Rahul Gandhi speak in the Lok Sabha. (LSTV grab via PTI)

The debate in Lok Sabha over Rafale jet deal failed to materialise on Thursday as the lower house of Parliament was adjourned amid protests and sloganeering. Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman was expected to speak on the issue, a day after the House witnessed stormy scenes with Congress chief Rahul Gandhi and Union Minister Arun Jaitley leading the debate from both sides of the aisle.

Presently, Rajya Sabha is debating the Kashmir issue. While praising former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee for trying to resolve the Kashmir conflict, Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad said the situation in the Valley deteriorated in the last 4.5 years.

Responding to the charge, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said Congress ruled Kashmir using undemocratic means. “Congress ruled Jammu and Kashmir using undemocratic means and the party had manipulated the election processes in the state to stay in power. Congress’ mistakes are hurting Kashmir, not the recent rule of the BJP,” Jaitley said.

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Lok Sabha adjourned for the day, Rajya Sabha functions smoothly. Here are the highlights

J&K elections can be held with Lok Sabha polls, says Rajnath Singh

Home Minister Rajnath Singh says in the Rajya Sabha that government will have no objection in holding elections in Jammu and Kashmir along with general elections slated later this year if the Election Commission so desired. Replying to the debate on the statutory resolution on the imposition of President's rule in the state, Singh said the Centre will deploy an adequate number of security forces. The resolution was passed by a voice vote.

Rajya Sabha discussing National Council for Teacher Education (Amendment) Bill

The Rajya Sabha is now discussing the National Council for Teacher Education (Amendment) Bill. The Bill proposes to grant retrospective recognition to Central/State institutions that are conducting teacher education courses without NCTE approval. The bill was passed by the Lok Sabha last year. The NCTE Act, 1993, came into force in 1995 and applies to all parts of India, except the State of Jammu and Kashmir.

RJD MP Manoj Jha questions the indifferent approach towards Kashmir

RJD MP Manoj Jha is now putting forward his views in the Rajya Sabha. He begins by saying that parties of two opposite ideologies had come together in J&K to form the government, referring to the BJP-PDP alliance, which broke down last year. "If Kashmir is an integral part of the country then why an indifferent approach towards it. Kashmir is being demonised. They (government) will have to make efforts to understand alienation," Jha says. Jha further says he is skeptical of Home Minister Rajnath Singh's sensitivity on the issue. "Why there was no Lok Sabha bypoll in Anantnag," he asks.

Article 356 is unconstitutional and undemocratic, says CPI MP D Raja

CPI MP D Raja is now speaking on the Kashmir issue. He begins by saying that Article 356 is unconstitutional and undemocratic. "We should understand what Ambedkar said. He made it clear that Article 356 should remain a dead letter. When you use Article 356, there should be an extraordinary situation," he says in Rajya Sabha. Asserting that there is growing unrest among young people in J&K, Raja says, "Kashmir is considered to be paradise on earth. But the question of whether we will lose this paradise is haunting everyone. Why should there be a sense of alienation among the young people of Jammu and Kashmir?"

Don't turn a paradise like Kashmir into hell: TMC MP Derek O'Brien

Speaking on the issue, TMC MP Derek O'Brien urges the government not to turn a paradise like Kashmir into a hell. "We tend to leave out Ladakh and Leh in discussions on J&K. Tourism can be revived. But they need a break on GST. Nationalism isn't copyright of one party. When you claim to be a nationalist, then don't mess around. You pretend to be nationalist, ultra-nationalist but you are actually anti-national. Kashmir is a paradise. I would urge everyone and the govt not to turn it into hell," he says.

What is Article 356

Article 356 is inspired by sections 93 of the Government of India Act, 1935, which provided that if a Governor of a province was satisfied that a situation had arisen in which the government of the province cannot be carried on in accordance with the provisions of the said Act, he could assume to himself all or any of the powers of the government and discharge those functions in his discretion. The Article has almost always been used to dismiss state governments where the party in power is not the same as that ruling at the Centre.

Congress ruled Kashmir using undemocratic means: Arun Jaitley

Responding to Ghulam Nabi Azad's allegations that the situation in Kashmir deteriorated in the last 4.5 years, Arun Jaitley says Congress ruled Kashmir using undemocratic means. "Congress ruled Jammu and Kashmir using undemocratic means and the party had manipulated the election processes in the state to stay in power. Congress’ mistakes are hurting Kashmir, not the recent rule of the BJP," Jaitley says.

First free and fair polls in Kashmir was held when Congress was not in power: Jaitley

Taking a dig at the Congress, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley says the first free and fair polls in Kashmir was held in 1977 when the Grand Old Party was not in power. "First free and fair election in Kashmir was held in 1977 when Congress was not in power. It was under Morarji Desai ji. How election processes were done and how governments were formed in the Valley during Congress rule everyone knows," Jaitley says.

Ghulam Nabi Azad praises Vajpayee for trying to resolve Kashmir conflict

While debating the proclamation issued by the President under Article 356 in relation to Jammu and Kashmir, Ghulam Nabi Azad praises former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee for trying to resolve the Kashmir conflict. He says Vajpayee understood the pain of the Kashmiri people. "It was because of internal strife within the party that Vajpayee could not deliver a solution to the Kashmir conflict," Azad says.

Ghulam Nabi Azad speaks on Kashmir in Rajya Sabha

As the upper house reconvened at 2 pm today, senior Congress leader started speaking on Kashmir. He is highlighting several problems in the state ranging from terrorism to employment.

Lok Sabha adjourned for the day, to convene tomorrow

As soon as the proceedings of the house resumed at 2 pm, Speaker Sumitra Mahajan adjourned it for the day amid sloganeering from opposition members. The house will now reconvene tomorrow.

Chidambaram trains his guns at govt over Rafale

Former Finance Minister P Chidambaram attacked the government over Rafale deal today, saying the 'government is determined to embarrass the Supreme Court at every opportunity'.

Modi in Punjab, Rahul Gandhi accuses PM of fleeing Parliament and ‘Rafale exam’

A day after Rahul Gandhi dared Narendra Modi to a one-on-one debate on the Rafale jet deal, the Congress chief Thursday accused the Prime Minister of fleeing Parliament and his ‘own open book Rafale exam’. Gandhi’s jibe at the prime minister came even as the Congress continued its attack on the government over the defence deal in Parliament. The Congress president said that instead of attending Parliament, the Prime Minister was lecturing students at Lovely university in Punjab. “So it seems our PM has fled Parliament & his own open book Rafale exam & is instead lecturing students at Lovely Univ. in Punjab, today. I request the students there to, respectfully, ask him to please answer the 4 questions posed to him by me, yesterday,” he tweeted. READ MORE

Rajya Sabha adjourned till 2 pm


In Rajya Sabha, AIADMK members staged a walkout after they were disallowed from raising the issue of planned construction of Mekedatu dam on Cauvery river in Karnataka. Soon after the house was adjourned because of disruptions and Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu expressed anguish over repeated adjournment.

Congress lawmakers walk out of Rajya Sabha

Nitin Gadkari expected to address Rajya Sabha over Cauvery water dispute

Union minister Nitin Gadkari is expected to address the upper house of the Parliament over Cauvery water dispute on Thursday. Earlier in the morning, some AIADMK MLAs protested outside the Parliament over the contentious water issue.  

Kharge on Rahul's one-on-one challenge to Modi: PM must answer

AIADMK and TDP members suspended from Lok Sabha

Speaker Sumitra Mahajan has suspended unruly members of AIADMK and TDP for four days for repeatedly disrupting proceedings in Lok Sabha, reports PTI.

PM Modi has fled Parliament and 'Rafale exam': Rahul Gandhi

Schedule for Rajya Sabha on Thursday

Bills for consideration and passing

* The National Council for Teacher Education (Amendment) Bill, 2018

* The Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education (Amendment) Bill, 2018

* The Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill, 2018

-Bill for consideration and return

* The Appropriation (No 6) Bill, 2018

Here is the Parliament Schedule for Lok Sabha on Thursday

Bills for consideration and passing:

The Companies (Amendment) Bill, 2018
The Aadhaar and other Laws (Amendment) Bill 2018
The New Delhi International Arbitration Bill, 2018
The National Medical Commission Bill, 2017
The Dentists (Amendment) Bill, 2017
The Personal Laws (Amendment) Bill 2018

Discussion under Rule 193

* Further discussion on issues relating to Rafale deal

* Discussion on natural calamities in various parts of the country, particularly Kerala, Tamil Nadu and Odisha with special reference to cyclones Gaja, Titli etc.

Discussion underway in Rajya Sabha over various issues

The proceedings of the upper house of the Parliament started with a discussion on the Cauvery waters dispute. AIADMK member today protested on the issue outside the Parliament in the morning. The Upper House will also take up for consideration and passing the National Council for Technical Education (NCTE) Amendment Bill '18, and Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Amendment Bill '18, the Appropriation (No.6) Bill '18.

Lok Sabha adjourned till 12 noon

The proceedings of Lok Sabha were adjourned till 12 noon after a brief discussion on MHA's snooping order. TDP members started protesting in the Well prompting the speaker Sumitra Mahajan to ask them to go back. 

Asaduddin Owaisi spoke in the Lok Sabha on banned channels. Minister of Information and Broadcasting Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore answered his question.

Congress leaders move adjournment motion over MHA order allowing 10 central agencies to monitor any computer resource

Congress leaders Mallikarjun Kharge, Jyotiraditya Madhavrao Scindia, Sunil Kumar Jakhar & Rajiv Satav move adjournment motion over the order of Ministry of Home Affairs allowing 10 central agencies to monitor any computer resource.

Meanwhile, AIADMK members protest against Cauvery dam at Parliament

RJD MP gives adjournment motion notice in Lok Sabha over eradication of Ahir or Yadav regiment from the Indian Army

Rahul keeps his questions ready for PM on 'Rafale deal' exam

Rahul dares Modi on “one-on-one” debate on the Rafale deal or “any strategic issue”

Congress Chief Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday challenged Prime Minister Narendra Modi, daring him to a “one-on-one” debate on the Rafale deal or “any strategic issue”.  Addressing a press conference hours after the Congress released a taped conversation yesterday, where Goa Health Minister Vishwajit Rane purportedly quotes Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar as saying that files on Rafale were in his bedroom, Rahul also indicated that the Congress could come out with more audio clips. Saying that the tape is “authentic”, he said, “there might be other tapes…there might be many other tapes of that nature doing the rounds…I don’t know.” READ MORE

Congress MPs throw paper planes towards Arun Jaitley, Speaker pulls them up

On Wednesday, Congress MPs threw paper planes at Finance Minister Arun Jaitley during the debate on Rafale. (PTI)

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, while replying to Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday, raked up the Bofors scam. He said, “Some people understand money but not national security. When he (Rahul) was a young man, he was playing in the lap of one Q (Quattrocchi) whose name cropped up in the Bofors case.”

The Congress chief on Wednesday attacked PM Modi over the Rafale deal, claiming he “does not have guts” to come to Parliament to confront questions on the issue and “hides” in his room.

The lower house of Parliament is set to resume the debate over the fighter jet deal after the Opposition and the government lawmakers attacked each other yesterday.

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