Parliament highlights: The Upper House of Parliament was adjourned till Wednesday following uproar over the issue of triple talaq Bill, which was passed in the Lok Sabha last week. The Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill, 2018, that criminalises instant divorce by Muslim men, saw a heated debate as an united Opposition demanded that the bill be sent to a select committee.
The Upper House was adjourned till 2 pm after AIADMK members disrupted proceedings and trooped into the well raising the Cauvery issue and shouting slogans “We want Justice”. After the triple talaq bill was tabled upon resumption of House proceeding, Leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad said the bill required further scrutiny and claimed that more than half of the members belonging to several parties have demanded that it be sent to a select committee.
Parliament Winter Session: Triple Talaq Bill stalled in Rajya Sabha. Here are the highlights
Lok Sabha discussing Supplementary Demands for Grants
The Lok Sabha is presently discussing Supplementary Demands for Grants. TMC leader Saugata Roy says the economy is in poor shape and the agriculture sector is the worst affected. "How many people have lost their jobs due to demonetisation? The government is yet to answer. Construction still remains costly because of high GST rate. I propose an independent fiscal count to calculate the actual GDP deficit. It's the failure of the Finance Ministry to revive banking sector. Total NPA in 2014 was Rs 2, 51, 000 crore and in 2018 it has gone to Rs 9, 62, 000 crore," he says. Reacting to this, Arun Jaitley says the RBI did asset quality review that revealed that in 2014 the NPA was actually at Rs eight lakh crores.
Rajya Sabha adjourned till Wednesday, 11 am
The Upper House was adjourned till Wednesday amid din. The Opposition continued its protests against the passage of Bill and demanded that it is sent to the select committee first.
Don't delay passage of Bill: Ravi Shankar Prasad
Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad asks Congress to not delay the passage of the Bill unnecessarily.
Send bill to select committee: Anand Sharma
Congress leader Anand Sharma said that the Opposition is not against the Bill but we demand that the Bill be sent to select committee before being passed by the House.
Rajya Sabha reconvenes
The Upper House reconvened after being adjourned for 15 minutes.
Sonia, Rahul never interfered in any defence deal, BJP peddling lies: A K Antony
Shielding Sonia and Rahul Gandhi from the heat over the AgustaWestland case, former defence minister A K Antony claimed the former and current Congress presidents had not interfered in defence deals during the UPA years.
Accusing the Centre of “misusing agencies” to “manufacture lies”, the senior Congress leader told reporters, “As former defence minister, I would like to categorically state that Sonia Gandhi or Rahul Gandhi never showed any interest in any defence deal.” Read More
Rajya Sabha adjourned
Rajya Sabha adjourned for 15 minutes amid uproar over triple talaq Bill. Opposition parties gather in the well to protest against passage of the Bill.
Congress involved in corruption over the years: Nishikant Dubey
BJP MP Nishikant Dubey questions Congress over corruption in Aadhaar card scheme. Defending the NRC, he brought up the issue of Bangladeshi insurgents in the country and accused Congress for letting the migrants enter India for their political benefits.
Ghulam Nabi Azad resounds the demand for a joint select committee
Ghulam Nabi Azad, Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha: This is such an important bill which can positively or negatively affect the lives of crores of people can't be passed just like this without going to a select committee. #TripleTalaqBill pic.twitter.com/YU6rNrXI0X— ANI (@ANI) December 31, 2018
Rajya Sabha reconvenes, uproar over triple talaq Bill
After the Upper House reconvened, TMC MP Derek O' Brien opposing the triple talaq bill said, "All Opposition parties unanimously have decided that this bill must be sent to the select committee."
Pension to all people above 60
JD(U) leader Kaushalendra Kumar demanded that all people above the age of 60 should be given pension.
Monkey menace in Himachal
Anurag Thakur (BJP) spoke about monkey and stray cattle menace in Himachal Pradesh and said they were harming crops.
Poor law and order in Punjab a matter of concern: SAD
Prem Singh Chandumajra (SAD) raised the issue of poor law and order in Punjab and referred to recent local polls where police, he alleged, was used to scare away voters.
AIADMK raises Cauvery issue
Meanwhile, members from the AIADMK and the TDP engaged in sloganeering in the Well as they sought to raise various other issues. While the AIADMK demanded that construction of a dam across the Cauvery river should be stopped, the TDP continued to seek special status for Andhra Pradesh. More than 20 members from the Congress, the AIADMK and the TDP were in the Well during the Zero Hour.
Congress stands firm on its demand for JPC probe in Rafale deal
Unrelenting Congress Monday sought to raise the issue of alleged scam in the Rafale deal in the Lok Sabha, with Home Minister Rajnath Singh saying that repeating a lie would not make it a truth. Congress members have been raising the Rafale deal issue since the start of the Winter Session of Parliament on December 11, demanding that a Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) should probe the matter.
During the Zero Hour, party members trooped into the Well displaying placards and shouting slogans on the matter.
Raising the issue, senior Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge said there has been a scam in the deal and asked why the government was not disclosing the price of jets. He also demanded a JPC probe into the issue amid loud protests from BJP members.
In response, Singh said repeating the same lie again and again would not make it a truth. The government is ready for discussion on the matter but why is the Congress running way, the minister asked.
UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi was present in the House. The Opposition has also been raising the issue outside Parliament. (PTI)
Lok Sabha proceedings disrupted by relentless Opposition protests
Lok Sabha proceedings were disrupted on Monday due to unrelenting protests and sloganeering by the opposition on various issues, including demand for a probe by a Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) into the Rafale aircraft deal. This, however, was for the first time since the Winter Session began on December 11 that Question Hour continued for about 50 minutes despite din. On most of the days, the proceedings were adjourned during the initial hour. (PTI)
Lok Sabha adjourned till 2 pm
The Lower House was adjourned till 2 pm amid ruckus
Mehbooba Mufti voices her concerns over triple talaq Bill
After creating division on religious and sectarian lines, BJP , now wants to divide Muslim families through Triple Talaq bill .With economic onslaught on Muslims through curbs on meat and leather, the social crisis TT bill can cause , will impoverish them further .— Mehbooba Mufti (@MehboobaMufti) December 31, 2018
Muslims pride themselves for strong family structure and bonding . Same is true of other religions in the East , which is considered as an advantage over the Western culture .This bill is a direct assault on that .— Mehbooba Mufti (@MehboobaMufti) December 31, 2018
Indian Muslims and we from jk which is a Muslim majority state , decided to stay with Gandhi's secular democratic India and let us not convert it into Zia-ul-Haq's nation .— Mehbooba Mufti (@MehboobaMufti) December 31, 2018
Pass the bill after removing defects: BJD leader Prasanna Acharya
Prasanna Acharya, BJD on #TripleTalaqBill in RS: Whatever judgement SC has given, we agree with that. The bill should be passed, but there are certain defects in the bill which should be removed. We want that the Bill should be passed as early as possible, but after corrections. pic.twitter.com/wSeOXBd81f— ANI (@ANI) December 31, 2018
By bringing the triple talaq Bill, they (BJP) are entering our houses: Mehbooba Mufti
Opposing the triple talaq Bill, Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti said, "By bringing bill, they (BJP) are entering our houses. This will disturb our family life and also, there'll be more problems for women and men economically." Calling out BJP's double standards when it comes to the issue of religion, Mufti said, "I've gone through a broken marriage and I feel that women face biggest challenge economically after the marriage is broken.When we talk about reservations for Muslims, BJP rejects it on religious lines. But when it comes to this kind of law, then they run to Parliament."
Rajnath Singh replies to Congress demand for JPC
Responding to the Congress demand, Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh said that the government has offered to hold talks with the Opposition in the matter but the latter has been avoiding it.
Congress reiterates demand for JPC probe in Rafale deal
The Congress pressed for its demand for a JPC probe in Rafale jet deal while accusing the government of carrying out a 30,000 crore scam. Party leader Mallikarjun Kharge questioned the government's choice of Reliance Defence as an offset partner in the fighter jets deal.
JKPDP leader raises Kashmir civilian deaths issue
JKPDP leader Muzaffar Hussain Baig raised the issue of civilian deaths in Kashmir. He pointed out recent events which indicate a rise in civilian deaths in Kashmir. He urged that steps be taken to keep a check on such incidents else, it may promote separatist feelings among people.
Lok Sabha reconvenes
Lok Sabha commences amid heavy sloganeering demanding JPC probe in Rafale deal. MPs present their reports and replies over slogans of "We want JPC!"
Lok Sabha adjourned till 12 pm
Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan adjourned the Lower House of Parliament amid sloganeering. The Opposition created a rukus in Lok Sabha as they demanded a Joint Parliamentary Committee investigation into the Rafale deal. MPs could be heard yelling "JPC shuru karo".
Minimum Wages Act taken up in Lok Sabha
Santosh Kumar Gangwar, MoS Industry, Labour and Employment answers UP BJP Jagdambika Pal's querries on Minimum Wages Act during the Question Hour.
Rajya Sabha adjourned till 2 pm
Rajya Sabha was adjourned minutes after it had convened, following heavy sloganeering by AIADMK members over Cauvery River issue. The house will resume at 2 pm.
PM Modi chairs NDA meet
The ruling NDA held a meeting, chaired by PM Narendra Modi, ahead of today's session of Parliament. Party President Amit Shah, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and Home Minister Rajnath Singh were present in the meeting.
Chandrababu Naidu calls for Opposition unity against triple talaq Bill
Opposing the triple talaq Bill, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu, Monday said, "I appeal to them (TDP RS MPs) to obstruct the harassment of Muslims. All opposition parties should fight unitedly against the anti-Muslim attitude of BJP." Naidu accused the government of forcibly imposing triple talaq act and said it is "a danger for secularism and national integrity."
Ravi Shankar Prasad to table triple talaq Bill
The Bill will be moved by Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad in Rajya Sabha on Monday. Piloting the Bill, Prasad had said there should be no politics on the it, stressing that the Bill was not against any particular community.
Opposition meets ahead of today's Parliamentary session
Congress to oppose triple talaq Bill in RS
Congress MP and AICC general secretary K C Venugopal on Saturday said the party would not allow the passage of the triple talaq Bill in its present form in the Rajya Sabha. The party would join hands with those parties which it can ally with to defeat the Bill in its present form, he told reporters here.
The Alappuzha MP said there is no confusion either in the UPA or UDF (the Congress-led coalition in Kerala) over the Bill. “The Opposition parties are against the passing of the Bill in its present form. When the Bill was introduced in the Lok Sabha, the 10 Opposition parties had objected to it and wanted that the Bill be left to the perusal of the standing committee. But the government did not heed the Opposition’s demand. Even AIADMK, which had supported the NDA on several issues, and TMC, have come out against the Bill,” he said.
“The criminal provision in the Bill that has envisaged three-year jail term for the husband would not lead to women empowerment. Instead, such a provision would only weaken the women,’’ he said.
The triple talaq Bill to be tabled in Rajya Sabha
Welcome to The Indian Express LIVE blog on today's session of the Parliament. The Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill, 2018, that criminalises instant divorce by Muslim men, is set to be presented in the Upper House. The Bill is likely to face heated discussion as the Congress is opposing the Bill in its present form.