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Parliament Live Highlights: Mallikarjun Kharge to be Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha

Congress president Sonia Gandhi has written to Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu for appointing Kharge to the post as Azad is retiring.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi |
Updated: February 13, 2021 9:20:32 am
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Parliament Highlights Senior Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge will be the leader of opposition in Rajya Sabha, succeeding Ghulam Nabi Azad whose tenure comes to an end on Monday. Congress president Sonia Gandhi has written to Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu for appointing Kharge to the post as Azad is retiring, PTI reported.

Earlier today, in her reply to the Budget discussion in the parliament, Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman Friday said that post-pandemic economies have suffered all over the world and the Union Budget 2021 was an attempt to provide a “strong stimulus” to deal with this situation. In doing so, she says, not only quick short term solutions were created, but “we also looked at medium, long term and sustainable growth that will help us remain one of the fastest-growing economies.”

Sitharaman highlighted the swift response in providing a relief package post covid. She also said that “ building an Aatmanirbhar Bharat actually represents the aspirations of 130 crore people of this country.”

Meanwhile, Trinamool Congress MP Dinesh Trivedi resigned during his speech in Rajya Sabha saying that he feels “suffocated” as he is not being able to do anything of the ground situation in Bengal despite being a parliamentarian. “I am grateful for my party, but I feel suffocated as I am not able to do anything when there is the violence happening in my state, Trivedi said.

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21:19 (IST)12 Feb 2021
Privilege Motion against Rahul Gandhi

BJP MP Sanjay Jaiswal, who moved a Privilege Motion notice against Rahul Gandhi said: "For the 1st time, we saw an MP giving orders to everyone to rise and maintain silence. Some MPs did that. Lok Sabha should take action. Privilege Motion Notice is against Rahul Gandhi who gave orders and all MPs who rose. They insulted the House".

21:16 (IST)12 Feb 2021
New Textile Policy is at draft stage: Smriti Irani in Lok Sabha

The new textile policy, which would help in promoting exports and creating employment opportunities, has not been finalised and is at the draft stage at present, Parliament was informed on Friday.

In a written reply to the Lok Sabha, Textiles Minister Smriti Irani said the policy is being formulated by holding widespread consultations with various associations, industry bodies, states and other stakeholders, representing sub-sectors such as cotton, silk, jute, handloom, handicrafts, and powerloom.

"At present, New Textile Policy has not been finalised and it is at the draft stage," she said, adding the policy will give thrust on enhancing export performance and creating better employment opportunities. (PTI)

20:30 (IST)12 Feb 2021
Lok Sabha passes Arbitration & Conciliation (Amendment) Bill

Lok Sabha passes the Arbitration & Conciliation (Amendment) Bill, 2021.


 
 

20:29 (IST)12 Feb 2021
PM Modi meets newly-elected Rajya Sabha MPs

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday met the newly-elected Rajya Sabha MPs of the BJP.

Former Bihar deputy chief minister Sushil Kumar Modi, party's national general secretary Arun Singh and Neeraj Shekhar were among the MPs who met the prime minister.

"Met newly elected @BJP4India Rajya Sabha MPs. Wished them the very best for their Parliamentary innings," Modi tweeted. 

19:33 (IST)12 Feb 2021
Mallikarjun Kharge to be Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha

Senior Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge will be the leader of opposition in Rajya Sabha, succeeding Ghulam Nabi Azad whose tenure comes to an end on Monday, PTI reported.

Congress president Sonia Gandhi has written to Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu for appointing Kharge to the post as Azad is retiring.

Azad was elected to the Upper House from Jammu and Kashmir, which does not have an assembly currently after it was made a Union Territory with the abrogation of Article 370 of the Constitution.

17:17 (IST)12 Feb 2021
Budget pragmatic, aims at economic recovery: BJP in Rajya Sabha

The BJP defended the union budget in the Rajya Sabha on Friday saying it is pragmatic, provides relief to the poor and unemployed and aims at economic recovery as well as financial reforms. 

The BJP said the budget takes care of all sections of society and has earmarked funds for all including strengthening of the health sector.

Participating in the debate on the Union budget in the Upper House of Parliament, BJP leader and union minister Anurag Thakur attacked opposition parties, alleging that they were using farmers for their political gains and asserted that the three new farm laws will help in doubling the incomes of peasants.

He challenged the opposition leaders to show him if any of the three laws say that the regime of mandis and MSP would come to an end due to the legislation. "We are committed to double the income of the farmers," Thakur said.

Bhupendra Yadav (BJP) lauded the government for providing over Rs 27.1 lakh crore, which is 13 per cent of GDP, under the 'Atmanirbhar Bharat' programme in three financial packages. (PTI)

16:53 (IST)12 Feb 2021
Lok Sabha proceedings to go on from 10am-5am tomorrow

Lok Sabha will sit Saturday from@10 am to 5 pm, say sources. Rajya Sabha had already cancelled Saturday sitting and is adjourned until March 08.

16:20 (IST)12 Feb 2021
BJP MP moves notice against Rahul Gandhi

BJP Lok Sabha MP Sanjay Jaiswal has moved Privilege Motion Notice against Congress MP Rahul Gandhi, citing 'serious breach of privilege and contempt of the House on 11th February 2021'.

15:52 (IST)12 Feb 2021
Have always raised voice against violence: Dinesh Trivedi after resigning as TMC MP 

"There comes a moment in every human's life when they have to make a decision after a long contemplation...When there's a lot of violence & corruption...I've always raised my voice against violence. What I'm saying today isn't new," Dinesh Trivedi said after resigning as TMC MP in the Rajya Sabha.

15:47 (IST)12 Feb 2021
AAP's Sanjay Singh accuses govt of selling country's assets

Criticising the budget introduced recently by the Central government as favouring the rich, AAP MP Sanjay Singh on Friday accused the ruling dispensation of "selling the whole of the country".

"This Budget is to sell India's assets... You are selling Rail, Sail, ...Coal, LIC, banks, airports, ports, FCI, power, water, road, BPCL. You are selling whole of Hindustan," Singh said in the Rajya Sabha while participating in the debate on the Budget.

He said these are the country's assets created by 130 crore Indians and not private property that could be sold.

"PM Narendra Modi made a mockery of the farmers who are on agitation for 75 days by calling them 'andolanjeevi'. As many as 175 have died," Singh said, adding that calling farmers "andolanjeevi" is a  insult to the likes of Mahatma Gandhi, Sardar Patel, Rammanhoar Lohia, Shahid Bhagat Singh and BR Ambedkar.

"We are proud of revolutionaries ... we are proud of the 'andolanjeevis'...They are not 'bhashanjeevis'," he said. (PTI)

15:20 (IST)12 Feb 2021
Rajya Sabha adjourned till March 08

Rajya Sabha has been adjourned till March 08.

15:10 (IST)12 Feb 2021
Highest ever utilization of NREGA funds: FM Nirmala Sitharaman

Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi is responsible for removing all ills from MNERGA and it was under the BJP that the scheme was effectively utilised.  “We have overseen the highest ever utilisation at Rs 90.469 crore of the rural employment scheme, Sitharaman added.

14:56 (IST)12 Feb 2021
Opposition circulating false narratives, says FM Nirmala Sitharaman

Highlighting the “obvious steps” taken for the poor, Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said that it has now become a sort of habit for some in the Opposition to constantly allege, in spite of what we are doing for the poor, that this government only works for the rich. ”Over 1.67 cr houses completed under PM Awas Yojana. Over 2.67 cr households have electrified under PM Saubhagya Yojana since October,” Sitharaman added highlighting the false narratives circulated by the opposition.

14:50 (IST)12 Feb 2021
Budget provided an immediate post Covid package: FM Nirmala Sitharaman

Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman Friday said that a much needed post Covid relief was distinctly provided in the Union budget 2021, and this was immediate, Sitharaman added. Siting examples of the relife, she said” 800 million people were provided free food grains, free cooking gas was given to 80 million people and direct cash transfers were given to 400 millon people including farmers, women and poor and needy.

14:40 (IST)12 Feb 2021
Budget aimed at creating opportunities for youth: FM Nirmala Sitharaman

Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman Friday said that the Union Budget 2021 has been carefully thought after listening to views, suggestions and opinions from experts and economists around the country and the world. Sithraman said that “ building an Aatmanirbhar Bharat actually represents the aspirations of 130 crore people of this country.”

“Over two thirds of this population are youth looking for opportunities," Sitharaman highlighted. "The Budget was aimed at not only giving relief packages but creating opportunities for employment," she added.

14:28 (IST)12 Feb 2021
Budget provided strong stimulus, looked at long term growth: FM Nirmala Sitharaman

In her reply to the Budget discussions in the parliament, Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman  said that post pandemic economies have suffered all over the world and the Union Budget 2021 was an attempt to provide a “strong stimulus” to deal with this situation. In doing so, she says, not only quick short term solutions were created, “we also looked at medium, long term and sustainable growth that will help us remain one of the fastest growing economies.”

14:22 (IST)12 Feb 2021
An instrument to attain Aatmanirbhar Bharat: Nirmala Sitharaman

In her reply to the Budget discussions in the parliament, Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman  said that the Budget speaks for itself and is the instrument through which Aatmanirbhar Bharat is to be attained.

14:18 (IST)12 Feb 2021
FM Nirmala Sitharaman begins her address

Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman has begun her reply speech to the Budget Session 2021 

14:09 (IST)12 Feb 2021
Opposition building fake narratives, spreading lies: BJP MP Narasimha Rao

BJP MP GVL Narasimha Rao on Friday said that the opposition is building fake narratives and spreading lies about the situation of the economy under the BJP regime. “They can’t succeed in their fake narratives, as they are all lies,” Rao added. “They claim that there is unemployment, according to the CMI report of January 2021, unemployment in Jan was 6.53 %, much better than before Covid,” Rao further highlighted.

13:46 (IST)12 Feb 2021
TMC MP Dinesh Trivedi Resigns from Rajya Sabha

All India Trinamool Congress MP Dinesh Trivedi on Friday gave his resignation during his speech in Rajya Sabha saying that he feels “suffocated” due to not being able to do anything of the ground situation in Bengal despite being a parliamentarian. “I am grateful for my party, but  feel suffocated as I am not able to do anything when there is violence happening in my state, Trivedi said.

“If despite being a parliamentarian and sitting here I am unable to express myself and do something about what is happening in my state, it's better to not be here and give my resignation,” Trivedi  added.

New Delhi: Opposition leaders stage a protest in Lok Sabha during the Budget Session of the Parliament, in New Delhi, Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2021. (LSTV/PTI Photo)(PTI02_03_2021_000195B)

Speaking during the general discussion on the Union Budget in Lok Sabha, Rahul Gandhi Thursday attacked the centre over the three farm laws and alleged that they would damage India's food security system. His speech evoked uproar from BJP MPs who demanded he should stick to speaking on the Union Budget.

Congress leader and former finance minister, P Chidambaram told the Rajya Sabha on Thursday that the government has failed to stimulate demand for growth in the country and the GDP will go back to three years old figures because of "incompetent economic mismanagement". He claimed that the budget for 2021-22 has failed as even a small amount of cash transfer has not been given to the poor and the rations are not being continued with. "This is a Budget for the rich, of the rich, by the rich."

Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh Thursday addressed Rajya Sabha on the ground situation in Eastern Ladakh. "Our sustained talks with China have led to agreement on disengagement on the north and south banks of Pangong Lake. After this agreement, India-China will remove forward deployments in a phased, coordinated manner," Singh said, adding that India is committed to maintaining bilateral ties and peace along the LAC.

Singh' statement comes a day after Indian and Chinese troops along the border in Ladakh initiated the process of disengagement.

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