The Opposition on Wednesday created an uproar in both the Houses and demanded the resiognation of Union Minister Anantkumar Hegde’s over his controversial remark. Hegde had said that he respected the Constitution but “it will be changed in the days to come as it has the word secular”. Both the Houses were adjourned at 2, but resumed later for discussions.
While Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad said, “If a person has no belief in the constitution, he has no right to be a member of Parliament”. Meanwhile, MoS of Parliamentary Affairs Vijay Goel tells Rajya Sabha that the Centre doesn’t agree with Hegde’s statement.
Ahead of the session, the Congress had given a notice seeking adjournment of the Parliament session citing the controversial remark by Union Minister Anantkumar Hegde at an event in Karnataka as the reason, reported ANI.
Both the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha resumed its Winter Session on Wednesday after an extended Christmas break of four days. Previously, the Winter Session, which began on December 15, witnessed a continued logjam with the Opposition Congress creating a ruckus in both Houses demanding an explanation from Prime Minister Narendra Modi on his statements against former prime minister Manmohan Singh during campaigning in Gujarat. While the Rajya Sabha was repeatedly adjourned, Congress created chaotic scenes in the Lok Sabha and staged walkouts.
Follow Winter Session of Parliament highlights:
5.30 pm: Lok Sabha passes The Goods and Services Tax (Compensation to States) Amendment Bill, 2017. The House has been adjourned till 11 AM tomorrow
4.45 pm: Lok Sabha Chief Sumitra Mahajan is repeatedly asking the ministers to not indulge in sloganeering and let the House proceed.
4.41 pm: “After hearing people’s suggestions, the GST rate of 178 items was reduced. Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh elections results are a clear indicator of what people want,” Nishikant Dube from BJP said in Lok Sabha. Adding that the government was so far depending on imports, the Make in India initiave has helped in increasing the number of exports in the country.
4.30 pm: Lok Sabha proceedings have resumed.
4.05 pm: Lok Sabha proceedings have been adjourned because of the uproar in the House.
4.00 pm: Reacting to the controversy over his remarks on secularism, Union Minister Anantkumar Hegde said, “I just want to say that Modi ji and our Govt are committed to the constitution of India and ideals of Baba Saheb Ambedkar.” He also added that his comments have been blown out of proportion.
3.56 pm: The Goods and Services Tax (Compensation to States) Amendment Bill, 2017 taken up for discussion in Lok Sabha
3.46 pm: National Capital Territory Delhi Statutes (Special Provisions) (Second Amendment) Bill 2017 passed in Lok Sabha.
3.37 pm: Meanwhile, in Rajya Sabha, Union Environment Minister Harsh Vardhan has moved the Indian Forest (Amendment) Bill, 2017
3.30 pm: AITC MP Saugata Roy, while bringing up Anantkumar Hedge’s remarks, requested Speaker Sumitra Mahajan to not pass the bill. He also added that he would not voice his opinions in the House as a mark of protest. Lok Sabha Chairman, however, dismissed the request and added that the House cannot be adjourned every day. She also said that the National Capital Territory of Delhi Laws (Special Provisions) Second (Amendment) Bill needs to be passed before the New Year commences.
3.21 pm: Discussion about unauthorised colonies in Delhi is underway in Lok Sabha. BJP’s Ramesh Vidhudi has alleged that the Congress party has left the issue hanging for years.
3.05 pm: Samajwadi Party leader Naresh Agrawal has written to Rajya Sabha Chairman Venkaiah Naidu about KulbhushanJadhav who is lodged in Pakistan. Alleging that the Indian government has not taken any concrete steps with regard to the treatment metted out to the Indian prisoners in Pakistani jails, the letter talks about the condition in which Sarabjit was kept.
2.50 pm: Lok Sabha resumes and discussion on National Capital Territory of Delhi Laws (Special Provisions) Second (Amendment) Bill, 2017 has begun.
2.15 pm: “Thank the leader of the House for clarification on what has been an issue of contention. I, on behalf of my party, say that we disassociate from any comments made by any member during elections that may have hurt PM’s dignity, also we don’t want any such thing to be said in future,” said Ghulam Nabi Azad in Rajya Sabha.
2.05 pm: Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley in Rajya Sabha said, “PM Modi in his speeches didn’t question, nor meant to question the commitment to this nation of either former PM Manmohan Singh or former vice president Hamid Ansari, any such perception is erroneous, we hold these leaders in high esteem, as well as their commitment to India.”
1.30 pm: “Manner in which Kulbhushan Jadhav’s family was treated is inhuman. MEA should have ensured what kind of protocol is arranged for the family. It’s a diplomatic failure on the part of our MEA and country. External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj or PM Modi should have taken up the matter with their counterparts in Pakistan,” said Congress leader V Moily.
1.15 pm: “Parliamentary Affairs Minister should introduce resolution seeking Samajwadi Party leader Mr Naresh Agrawal’s apology to the House, if he refuses we should move motion to examine whether his conduct is befitting that of an MP & therefore his membership should be terminated,” said Subramanian Swamy, BJP MP, reports ANI.
1.00 pm: Union Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman outside the Parliament House. (Express photo by Praveen Jain)
12.50 pm: Information and Broadcasting and Textiles Minister Smriti Irani outside the Parliament House. (Express photo by Praveen Jain)
12.40 pm: Member of Parliament Subramanian Swamy outside the Parliament House after it was adjourned. (Express photo by Praveen Jain)
12.24 pm: Lok Sabha adjourned till 2 pm amid Opposition’s protest over Pakistan’s treatment of Kulbhushan Jadhav’s family members and other issues.
12.22 pm: “Tomorrow I will be making a statement in the House on the Kulbhushan Jadhav issue,” said Union External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj in Lok Sabha.
12.20 pm: “We condemn the way Kulbhushan Jadhav ‘s mother and wife were treated in Pakistan. Kulbhushan Jadhav should be brought back to the country,” says Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge in Lok Sabha.
12.15 pm: MoS of Parliamentary Affairs Vijay Goel tells Rajya Sabha that the Centre doesn’t agree with Hegde’s statement on Constitution. But the Opposition remains unconvinced.
12.10 pm: Rajya Sabha adjourned till 2 pm.
12.05 pm: Congress leader Kapil Sibal says, “We can’t expect anything better from Pakistan. The way Kulbhushan Jadhav’s mother and wife were treated was shameful,” reports ANI.
11.55 am: “Every country has their policy on terrorism, Pakistan has declared Kulbhushan Jadhav as terrorist and are treating him in a manner they deem fit; we too should treat the terrorists in our country in the same manner, strict manner. And why is the media just talking about Kulbhshan Jadhav there are several Indians languishing in Pakistani jails let’s talk about them all,” says Samajwadi Party leader Naresh Agarwal, as quoted by ANI.
11.45 am: Noisy scenes at the Rajya Sabha, gets adjourned till noon; it started with MoS Ananth Hegde’s statement about the Constitution and ended in M Venkaiah Naidu introducing Ambedkar into the discourse.
It started with MoS Ananth Hegde’s statement about the Constitution and ended in @MVenkaiahNaidu introducing Ambedkar into the discourse; noisy scenes continue in #RajyaSabha. Adjourned till noon @IndianExpress
— abantika ghosh (@abantika77) December 27, 2017
11.25 am: Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad raises the ‘Constitution’ remark made by Union Minister Anantkumar Hegde saying, “If a person has no belief in the constitution, he has no right to be a member of Parliament.”
Congress’ Ghulam Nabi Azad raises the issue of remarks made by Union Minister Ananth Kumar Hegde about the constitution, in Rajya Sabha; says “if a person has no belief in the constitution, he has no right to be a member of Parliament” pic.twitter.com/UDaMge4yOd
— ANI (@ANI) December 27, 2017
11.23 am: Pandemonium in Rajya Sabha over Union Minister Anantkumar Hegde’s remarks on the Constitution.
11.14 am: Lok Sabha adjourned till noon after Opposition protests the controversial ‘Constitution’ statement by Union Minister Anantkumar Hegde.
10.58 am: Union Parliamentary Affairs Minister Anantkumar calls PM Modi as ‘new Santa’, reports ANI
PM Modi is new Santa for new India, bringing good news for new India: Union Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar pic.twitter.com/4vTvEoyYve
— ANI (@ANI) December 27, 2017
10.55 am: Union Parliamentary Affairs Minister Anantkumar appealed to all opposition parties to unanimously help pass the bill on Triple talaq in the Parliament, reports ANI. Triple talaq bill will be introduced in Parliament on December 28. The Triple talaq bill makes instant triple talaq or talaq-e-biddat in any form “illegal and void” and provides for a jail term of three years for the husband.
10.50 am: Trinamool Congress members protesting at Parliament in New Delhi over the issue of Mohammed Afrazul’s lynching.
10.45 am: Union Minister of External Affairs Sushma Swaraj will give a statement in Rajya Sabha at 11 am tomorrow and at 12 noon in the Lok Sabha on the Kulbhushan Jadhav issue, reports ANI.
MoS Anantkumar Hegde in an event in Karnataka said, “A few people say the Constitution mentions the word secular, so you have to agree. Because it’s there in the Constitution, we will respect it, but this will change in the near future. The Constitution has changed many times before. We are here and have come to change the Constitution. We will change it.”
10.39 am: The Congress has filed a notice in both the Houses of Parliament asking for an adjournment of the session.
Congress gives adjournment motion notice in Lok Sabha over Union Minister Ananth Kumar Hegde’s remarks about the constitution pic.twitter.com/5aSB8CDhWs
— ANI (@ANI) December 27, 2017