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Parliament Monsoon Session Highlights: Attempt to malign our democracy & institutions, says IT Minister on ‘Pegasus Project’

Parliament Monsoon Session Today Highlights: Both Houses have been adjourned till 11 am on Tuesday.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi |
Updated: July 19, 2021 4:49:53 pm
Ashwini VaishnawIT Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw (Photo credit: Lok Sabha TV)

Parliament Monsoon Session Highlights: IT Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw said in the Lok Sabha on Monday that the ‘Pegasus Project’ was an attempt to malign our democracy and its well-established institutions. He also said any form of illegal surveillance is not possible in India. “A highly sensational story was published by a web portal last night. Many over-the-top allegations made around this story. The press reports appeared a day before the Monsoon Session of Parliament. This can’t be a coincidence…In the past, similar claims were made regarding the use of Pegasus on WhatsApp. Those reports had no factual basis and were denied by all parties. Press reports of 18 July 2021 also appear to be an attempt to malign Indian democracy and its well-established institutions.” he said.

He added, “Requests for lawful interceptions of electronic communication are made as per relevant rules under provisions of Sec 5(2) of Indian Telegraph Act, 1885 & Section 69 of Information Technology Act 2000. Each case of interception is approved by the competent authority. Any form of illegal surveillance isn’t possible with checks and balances in our laws and robust institutions. In India, there’s a well-established procedure through which lawful interception of electronic communication is carried out for purpose of national security.”

Both Houses have been adjourned till 11 am on Tuesday.

Earlier in the day, both the Houses of the Parliament had been adjourned following protests by the Opposition parties. The uproar happened when Prime Minister Modi was introducing the new ministers. Raising an objection to this, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said, “Congress’s behaviour in Lok Sabha is sad, unfortunate and unhealthy.”

Earlier, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, while marking the beginning of the Monsoon Session on Monday, said he hoped that all issues will be discussed in a healthy manner in the Parliament. “I hope every issue related to the pandemic and our fight against it would be discussed. I would like all floor leaders to attend a session at 4 pm tomorrow to have a presentation on the pandemic situation. It can be discussed on the floor of the House too,” he added

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PM Modi calls for 'healthy and meaningful discussion' during Monsoon Session; Rahul Gandhi says will take up Pegasus row in Parliament; Rajnath says 'unhealthy behaviour' by Congress after protest; Follow this space for highlights of the day:

16:11 (IST)19 Jul 2021
Lok Sabha adjourned for the day

Lok Sabha adjourned till 11 am tomorrow

16:07 (IST)19 Jul 2021
Illegal surveillance not possible in India: IT Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw

Speaking further on the 'Pegasus Project', IT Minister Ashwini Vasihnaw says, 'Requests for lawful interceptions of electronic communication are made as per relevant rules under provisions of Sec 5(2) of Indian Telegraph Act, 1885 & Section 69 of Information Technology Act 2000. Each case of interception is approved by the competent authority. Any form of illegal surveillance isn’t possible with checks and balances in our laws and robust institutions. In India, there’s a well-established procedure through which lawful interception of electronic communication is carried out for purpose of national security.

He adds, 'We can't fault those who haven't read the news story in detail & I request all members of House to examine issues on facts & logic. The basis of this report is that there is a consortium that has got access to a leaked database of 50,000 phone numbers...The allegation is that individuals linked to these phone numbers were being spied upon. However, the report says that the presence of a phone number in the data does not reveal whether was a device was infected by Pegasus or subjected to an attempted hack… Without subjecting the phone to this technical analysis, it's not possible to conclusively state whether it witnessed an attempted hack or successfully compromised. The report itself clarifies that presence of a number in the list doesn't amount to snooping.” (ANI)

15:41 (IST)19 Jul 2021
Attempt to malign our democracy and institutions, says IT Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw on 'Pegasus Project'

Speaking on the 'Pegasus Project', IT Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw says in the Lok Sabha, “A highly sensational story was published by a web portal last night. Many over-the-top allegations made around this story. The press reports appeared a day before the monsoon session of Parliament. This can't be a coincidence.”

He adds, “In the past, similar claims were made regarding use of Pegasus on WhatsApp. Those reports had no factual basis & were denied by all parties. Press reports of 18 July 2021 also appear to be an attempt to malign Indian democracy & its well-established institutions.”

15:24 (IST)19 Jul 2021
Rajya Sabha adjourned for the day

Rajya Sabha adjourned till 11 am tomorrow

14:16 (IST)19 Jul 2021
Rajya Sabha adjourned till 3 pm
14:06 (IST)19 Jul 2021
Lok Sabha adjourned till 3.30 pm as Opposition protests continue.

Lok Sabha adjourned till 3.30 pm as Opposition MPs continue protest. "It's unfortunate that introduction of OBCs, Dalits, SCs and STs, representatives of northeastern states, and women as Ministers was interrrupted. A democratic process was halted by Opposition MPs. It's an insult to democracy and the people of India. We condemn this," said Piyush Goyal.

13:33 (IST)19 Jul 2021
Condemn behaviour of Opposition parties: Piyush Goyal

We condemn the manner in which Opposition MPs behaved on the first day of the session today. We saw a very unfortunate situation, both in Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha. In Rajya Sabha, the address of the Chairman was interrupted too: Leader of House in the Rajya Sabha, Piyush Goyal.

13:22 (IST)19 Jul 2021
Put under house arrest to stop me from going to Parliament: Telangana Congress chief

Telangana Congress chief A Revanth Reddy said he has complained to the Speaker regarding his house arrest, owing to which he couldn’t go to Parliament. “I was ready to go to Parliament but state govt deployed police outside my house and put me under house arrest. It happened because state govt sold some properties, over 50 acre of land, to some of their relatives, party leaders and IAS officer at a value lower than the market price. I had warned the state government that I'll give write a complaint to PM Modi, HM Amit Shan and the CBI Director in Delhi and also raise the issue in Parliament.”

13:03 (IST)19 Jul 2021
Rajya Sabha adjourned till 2 pm amid uproar by the Opposition
12:54 (IST)19 Jul 2021
Opposition creates ruckus as PM Modi introduces ministers in Rajya Sabha

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, while introducing ministers in the Rajya Sabha, said, "It is an occasion where children of farmers are being introduced in the House. But some people are opposing it. Women ministers and ministers from SC/ST and Adivasi communities are being introduced." When the Opposition created a ruckus in Rajya Sabha as well, Modi added, “What is this mentality which can't see their glory?”

12:44 (IST)19 Jul 2021
Opposition raises slogans as PM Modi introduces new ministers; ‘unhealthy behaviour’, says Rajnath

The monsoon session of Parliament began on a chaotic note with the opposition Congress blocking Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s attempts to introduce his new council of ministers to the Lok Sabha. Following the uproar, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh accused the Congress of “breaking the tradition and starting an unhealthy practice.”

“Healthy traditions have been by set by following conventions in Parliament. In my last 24 years of parliamentary life, I have not seen a single instance where the PM could not introduce his council of ministers even if it’s one. It is sad unfortunate and unhealthy,” Singh said in Lok Sabha. PM Modi also hit back at the opposition alleging that some of them could not digest the inclusion of women, Dalits,  and sons of farmers into the cabinet and hence disrupted him. (Read Liz Mathew's report)

12:35 (IST)19 Jul 2021
Watch: Congress leader Rahul Gandhi reaches Parliament
12:32 (IST)19 Jul 2021
Shiromani Akali Dal members protest outside Parliament over farm laws

Members of the Shiromani Akali Dal stage protest against the Centre's farm laws outside the Parliament the as Monsoon Session began on Monday. “Why is the govt not listening to farmers? Today, whoever supports the farmers will have to force the Centre during the session for farmers' rights. Over 500 farmers have died by suicide. We will ask for this law to be repealed,” SAD leader Harsimrat Singh Badal said.

11:43 (IST)19 Jul 2021
Lok Sabha adjourned till 2 pm amid uproar

Lok Sabha adjourned till 2 pm amid uproar by Opposition MPs. Defence Minister Rajnath Singh raised an objection against the uproar while Prime Minister Narendra Modi was introducing his Council of Ministers in the House. “Congress’s behaviour in Lok Sabha sad, unfortunate, unhealthy,” he added.

11:33 (IST)19 Jul 2021
Rajya Sabha adjourned for 1 hour

Rajya Sabha has been adjourned for an hour till 12.25 pm.

11:31 (IST)19 Jul 2021
MPs pay tribute to personalities who lost their lives this year

Members of Parliament in the Rajya Sabha pay tribute to MPs and personalities who lost their lives this year.

11:16 (IST)19 Jul 2021
PM Modi introduces new ministers in Lok Sabha

I thought that there would be enthusiasm in the Parliament as so many women, Dalits, tribals have become Ministers. This time our colleagues from agricultural & rural background, OBC community, have been given berth in Council of Ministers: PM introduces his new Ministers in the Lok Sabha

11:14 (IST)19 Jul 2021
Ministers take oath as MPs in Lok Sabha

YSRCP's Maddila Gurumoorthy, BJP's Mangal Suresh Angadi, IUML's Abdussamad Samadan and Congress' Vijayakumar (Alias) Vijay Vasanth take oath as the Members of Parliament (MPs) in Lok Sabha.

10:51 (IST)19 Jul 2021
Watch: TMC MPs arrive on cycles to protest against fuel prices
10:50 (IST)19 Jul 2021
40 crore became 'Baahubali' by taking Covid-19 vaccine in India, says PM Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, while kicking off the Monsoon Session on Monday, said, "Vaccine is given in 'baahu' (arms). Those who take it become 'Baahubali'. Over 40 crore people have become 'Baahubali' in the fight against Covid-19. It's being taken forward. The pandemic has gripped the entire world. So we want meaningful discussions in the Parliament over it."

Prime Minister Narendra Modi after the all-party meet in New Delhi on Sunday. (Photo: PTI)

Opposition object to PM’s joint address on Covid to MPs at Parliament annexe

Opposition parties on Sunday objected to the government’s offer for a joint address to all MPs by the Prime Minister on Covid at the Parliament annexe, saying this will be “highly irregular” at a time when Parliament will be in session and it aims to “bypass” norms.

Leaders, including from the Trinamool Congress (TMC) and the CPI(M), also said that when the Covid pandemic and issues related to it can be discussed on the floor of the House, what was the need to go “outside”. The annexe is a separate building within the premises of the Parliament complex.

In an all-party meeting on Sunday, a day before the Monsoon Session of Parliament begins, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Prahlad Joshi announced that Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address MPs of both the Houses — Rajya Sabha and Lok Sabha — on July 20 and speak on the pandemic.

Phones of 2 Ministers, 3 Opp leaders among many targeted for surveillance: Report

In what could trigger a stormy start to the Monsoon session of Parliament commencing Monday, a global collaborative investigative project has revealed that Israeli company NSO Group’s Pegasus spyware targeted over 300 mobile phone numbers in India including that of two serving Ministers in the Narendra Modi government, three Opposition leaders, one constitutional authority, several journalists and business persons.

The Wire, a digital news platform, which is part of the collaboration, reported Sunday that the leaked global database of 50,000 telephone numbers, was first accessed by French non-profit Forbidden Stories and Amnesty International, and then shared with 16 media partners: The Guardian, Washington Post, Le Monde, Suddeutsche Zeitung, and 11 other Arab and European organisations.

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