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Parliament Monsoon Session HIGHLIGHTS: Delhi, Centre should join hands for water crisis, says AAP Sanjay Singh

Parliament Monsoon Session 2019 HIGHLIGHTS: PM Modi said, "I was saddened when some leaders said that the BJP and allies won the elections but the country lost and democracy lost. These statements are really unfortunate. Why should we question the decision of voters?"

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Parliament Monsoon Session 2019 HIGHLIGHTSBreaking his silence over the Jharkhand lynching, Prime Minister Narendra Modi replying to the ‘Motion Of Thanks on the President’s address’ in the Rajya Sabha on Wednesday said he was saddened by the death of the 22-year-old man, however, it is unfair to blame the entire state for the incident. “The lynching in Jharkhand has pained me. It has saddened others too. But, some here in the Rajya Sabha are calling Jharkhand a hub of lynching. Is this fair? Why are they insulting a whole state? None of us have the right to insult the state of Jharkhand.”

Kickstarting his address in Rajya Sabha, Modi said the massive mandate the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) gained, shows the maturity of voters and nobody should question their decision. Targetting the Congress for saying that “with BJP’s win, the Country and the Democracy lost elections”, the Prime Minister said, “I was saddened when some leaders said that the BJP and allies won the elections but the country lost and democracy lost. These statements are really unfortunate. Why should we question the decision of voters?”

“Did India lose in Wayanad? Did India lose in Rae Bareli? Did India lose in Trivandrum, what about Amethi? What kind of argument is this? If Congress loses then does that mean India lost? There is a limit to arrogance. Congress could not win a single seat in 17 states,” he added. On Tuesday, he had addressed Lok Sabha.

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Tamil Nadu is facing 'unprecedented' water crisis: CPI leader in Rajya Sabha

Tamil Nadu's CPI leader D Raja calls the water crisis in the state as "unprecedented". "Despite rain water harvest, Chennai is facing severe drinking water crisis. TN has river water problem becuase except one river, all other are inter-state rivers. And all are in dispute. Centre should see these disputes are resolved in civil manner," he said. 

Preservation and conservation of water bodies should be done, was one of the other suggestions made by Raja. He added people encroach on water bodies as well. 

Request Centre to release funds for drinking water in Telangana: TRS in Rajya Sabha

TRS Prakash Banda requests the Central government to release funds for the purpose of drinking water in Telangana. "Not a cent has been given to the state towards drinking water," he said. He further requested that Hyderababd should have drinking water for households as well as for the industries. 

He requested the Centre to release Rs 25,000 crore for a newly-found project in Telnagana meant for tackling the water crisis in the state. 

Blueprint needed on national, district level to tackle water crisis: SP Ravi Prakash in RS

Representing Uttar Pradesh, SP member Ravi Prakash Verma said Bundelkhand is one of the regions facing water crisis. There's a saying, "People don't take the crisis seriously because they are receiving water to drink." A national blueprint should be drawn, he said. 

"It is unfortyunate that the municipalties, gram pachayats or jilla panchayats have not been able to bring draw a plan on how they plan to tackle the water crisis and what measures whould be taken. And therefore we need a district-wise blueprine which will show where wells should be constyructed, in which areas is water needed."

It is too late and we have to start immediately to tackle water crisis: AITC Manas Ranjan in RS

Speaking on the water crisis in West Bengal, All India Trinamool Congress leader Manas Ranjan Bhunia says "Although it is too late and we have to start immediately to tackle the water crisis in India." He further requested the ministers to draw their agendas on how they plan to manage the crisis prevailing in the country. 

Two IAS dismissed, nine IPS officers suspended on corruption charges: Govt in Lok Sabha

Two IAS officers were dismissed and nine IPS officers suspended on charges of corruption in the last five years, Union Minister Jitendra Singh said in Lok Sabha. In a written reply to the House, he informed that from may 2014 to may 2019, sanction for prosecution under Prevention of Corruption Act, 1988, was granted against 23 officers of Indian Administrative Service (IAS) and four officers of Indian Police Service (IPS). "During last five years, two officers of Indian Administrative Service have been dismissed on corruption charges, and nine officers of Indian Police Service have been suspended," he said.

(With PTI inputs)

State, Centre should join hands for water crisis: AAP Sanjay Singh in Rajya Sabha

AAP leader Sanjay Singh addresses the water crisis in Delhi in the Rajya Sabha. Singh apprises the House about the dire water crisis in the capital and the state and the Centre should join hands on the issue and work together to overcome it. "We should use the rain water which could rise the sea level and we want the government's help in it." 

He further raised concern over the scarcity of drinking water in Uttar Pradesh's Bundelkhand. "The people in Bundelkhand appealed to me to install a hand pipe for the purpose of drinking water."

National ambition with regional aspirations is our mantra: PM Modi in Rajya Sabha

Speaking on the water crisis prevelant in the country, Modi said his government has priortised the issue and hence Jal Shakti was launched. "Water crisis should be addressed urgently. National ambition with regional aspirations is our mantra. There are 226 districts in the country where there is water crisis. Now I am trying to mobilize everyone to tackle this, how we can give priority to water in MPLAD funds. We also have to make society aware on water issues. A Jal Shakti ministry has also been setup."

"It is our belief that if Sardar Patel was first PM of India there would not have been J&K problem. Rajiv Gandhi accepted NRC in Assam Accord; it is not matter of vote bank for us but national security."

PM Modi assures culprits in Jharkhand assault will be punished

"Violence whether in Jharkhand, West Bengal or Kerala should be dealt with equally. Death of youth in mob lynching is sad, culprits will be punished but blaming entire Jharkhand for it is not right. We don't have majority in Rajya Sabha but verdict of th people should not be throttled in the House," Modi saoid adding to the Jharkhand assault. 

"Those named in 1984 anti-Sikh riots cases hold senio positions in Congress, constitutional positions."

Jharkhand lynching pained me, but why insult whole state: PM Modi in Rajya Sabha

PM Modi in the Rajya Sabha says, "We have worked towards simplifying processes, which can benefit people of India. Do you want 'old India' where Cabinet decisions are torn in press conferences, picnics done on defence assets." 

Modi spoke on the Jharkhand lynching where a mob beat up a 22-year-old man for alleged theft and forced him to chant 'Jai Shri Ram', "The lynching in Jharkhand has pained me. It has saddened others too.But, some here in the Rajya Sabha are calling Jharkhand a hub of lynching. Is this fair? Why are they insulting a whole state. None of us have the right to insult the state of Jharkhand."

"I think Azad sahab(Ghulam Nabi Azad) is having blurred vision,maybe he is seeing everything from political spectacles. Ghalib said something for such ppl 'Ta umr Ghalib ye bhool karta raha, dhool chehre pe thi, aaina saaf karta raha (The whole life Ghalib made this mistake, the dust was on his face and he was cleaning the glass)."

Modi in Rajya Sabha: Opposition slams 'new India', do they want old India back?

The Opposition is now slamming New India. Do they want old India back? Old India where cabinet decisions were torn in press meets, old India where the Navy was used for personal trips, old India where numerous scams existed,old India which supported tukde tukde gang?, says PM Modi in Rajya Sabha

People have problems with technology, digital transactions, Aadhaar: PM Modi

Congress has not been able to digest victory nor accept defeat: PM Modi

My friends in the Congress have not been able to digest victory. They have not been able to accept defeat. I do not consider this to be a healthy sign in a democracy. We are seeing this same attitude when it comes to discussing 'One Nation, One Election', says PM Modi in Rajya Sabha.

EC invited parties on EVM issue only 2 parties went, why did other parties not go: PM Modi

There have been so many polls with EVMs, why question electoral process today: PM Modi

Let us appreciate how our electoral processes have improved. In the 1950s the polling process took so much time. Violence and booth capturing were common in some places. Now, the news is about rising turnout. This is a healthy sign. There have been so many polls with EVMs and parties that are represented in the Rajya Sabha have got opportunities to govern in some state or the other after elections conducted through EVMs. Then, why question EVMs today: PM Modi

We worked hard and won people's trust, we did not make excuses or blame EVM: PM Modi

People in the Opposition have been raising issues on EVM in this House. I want to tell them there was a time when we had just two MPs in Parliament. People made fun of us. But, we worked harder and won trust of people. We did not make excuses and blame polling booth or EVM tampering: PM Modi

Shocked that even media has been abused: PM Modi in Rajya Sabha

PM Modi slams Opposition for claiming that BJP won because of media. He said, "I am shocked, even media was abused, it was said elections were won because of the media. What do such people mean? That media is on sale? Does same logic apply to Tamil Nadu and Kerala?"

It is unfortunate some Opposition leaders say NDA won polls but nation lost democracy: Modi in RS

I was saddened when some leaders said that the BJP and allies won the elections but the country lost and democracy lost. These statements are really unfortunate. Why should we question decision of voters? Did India lose in Wayanad? Did India lose in Rae Bareli? Did India lose in Trivandrum, what about Amethi? What kind of argument is this? If Congress loses then does that mean India lost? says PM Modi in Rajya Sabha.

Massive mandate shows maturity of Indian voters: PM Modi in Rajya Sabha

PM Modi during his address in Rajya Sabha said that the massive mandate of the recently concluded Lok Sabha election results shows maturity of Indian voters. It is after long that a Government with full majority won once again with a full majority. In this mandate we see wish of the people for stability. Infact,this trend of stable governments is being seen in many states as well.

Cong in Lok Sabha: Government suppressing media

Leader of the Congress in the Lok Sabha Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury accused the government of using "suppressive" tactics against the media. He alleged that the government was "undemocratic" and suffered from "megalomania", claiming that it used its advertisement measures to pressure the media. His remarks drew protests from treasury benches. Speaker Om Birla asked the next member to raise his issue during the Zero Hour, prompting Congress members to protest as Chowdhury wanted to speak further. (PTI)

BJP MP Rudy counters Union Minister Prasad's remark on free telecom services in Lok Sabha

A ruling BJP member in the Lok Sabha countered Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad's remarks that during calamities, only state-run telecom operators provide free services to subscribers. Responding to supplementaries in the House, Prasad had said that during natural calamities such as floods and cyclones, only state-run telecom companies BSNL and MTN extend free services to subscribers

Rajiv Pratap Rudy (BJP) claimed that other private operators too extend free services. At this Prasad asserted that while private companies provide free services only for couple of days, BSNL and MTNL provide free services till the calamity is over. Rudy also claimed that often BSNL/MTNL calls drop but they are charged for. 

Prasad said it is important that state-run companie are in a good fiscal health. Some opposition members said Rudy should be made the minister to improve the state of affairs. He was a Minister of State in the previous Modi government. (PTI)

Rajya Sabha: MPs debate on rising unemployment rate, reservation for minorities and GST

Veer Singh BSP MP,  in his speech attacked the government for the unemployment rate climbing to a 45 year high due to "ill-planned" decisions and "wrong policies" such as demonetisation of high value currency notes and implementation of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) regime. "Unemployment rate has risen from 2.1 per cent in 2011-12 to 6.1 per cent in 2017-18. This means 19 crore youth in the country are unemployed," he said, adding reservation for SC/ST and OBCs is being diluted by the government in outsourcing work to private sector.

Wansuk Syiem (Cong) said the President's address did not have any mention of special package for the North East. It also did not have any mention of the telecom sector, where state-owned firms BSNL and MTNL are in a "bad shape" and are "unable to compete with the private sector." Kirori Lal Meena (BJP) raised the issue of alleged dilution of tribal rules by the Congress-led government in Rajasthan in granting mining rights in tribal area. (PTI)

Minorities safer under PM Modi, says BJP MP K J Alphons in Rajya Sabha

Speaking on the Motion of Thanks on the President's address BJP leader K J Alphons in Rajya Sabha said that minorities have never been more safe in the country than under Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Five years back it was said that Christians will be beaten up and churches will be burnt once the BJP comes to power, he said.

"Have you seen any Christian being beaten up or any church being burnt (since the BJP came to power)," he asked. "Never has it been safer for minorities than under Modi," he said as some in the opposition jeered, making references to lynching of Muslims in some parts of the country. (PTI)

Rajya Sabha adjourns for lunch to resume at 2 pm.

Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla dismisses adjournment motion notices

Dismissing the notices for adjournment motions on Jharkhand mob lynching, Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla said that although the matter was of great importance, but it would not be possible to disrupt the planned agenda of the House on its account. He said the matter can be taken up another time. 

US Secretary of State Pompeo meets PM Modi, discusses key strategic issues

Meanwhile, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo who is on a three-day visit to India, met PM Modi in the national capital today. The US Secretary discussed various aspects of the bilateral relationship to strengthen the India-US strategic partnership with the Prime Minister who will be meeting with US President Donald Trump on the sidelines of the G-20 summit in Osaka later this month. Pompeo will hold detailed discussions with External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar in the afternoon and have a working lunch with him.

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HC refuses urgent hearing of plea for appointment of Leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha

The Delhi High Court Wednesday refused an urgent hearing to a plea seeking direction to the Lok Sabha Speaker to appoint a Leader of Opposition (LoP) in the House. A vacation bench of justices Jyoti Singh and Manoj Ohri said "looking at the relief sought, there is no urgency" and listed it for hearing before an appropriate bench on July 8.

Advocates Manmohan Singh Narula and Susmita Kumari, who filed the plea, said the Speaker was not performing the statutory duty of appointing the LoP. They have claimed that not appointing the LoP sets a wrong precedence and dilutes the democracy. (PTI)

AIMIM MP Asaduddin Owaisi slams PM Modi over Shah Bano comment

AIMIM MP Asaduddin Owaisi slams PM Modi who mentioned Shah Bano's name in his Motion of Thanks to the President’s Address in Lok Sabha yesterday.  Owaisi said, "PM remembers Shah Bano. Didn't he remember Tabrez Ansari, Akhlaq, Pehlu Khan? Didn't he remember that his Minister had garlanded the murderers of Alimuddin Ansari? If someone is making the 'gutter' comment, then why do you not give Muslims reservation? No Muslim MP from your party comes. Who is keeping them behind? You. There's a difference b/wtheir words&ideology. Narasimha Rao was responsible for Babri Masjid demolition, despite being PM he couldn't do anything. Now there's PM Modi who wants to work on his ideology."

Members of Youth Congress protest outside Rahul Gandhi's residence urging him to continue as party chief

Earlier today, the Congress Parliamentary party meeting was held chaired by Sonia Gandhi.

YSRCP MP V Vijaysai Reddy urges Centre to reconsider SCS for Andhra

YSRCP MP V Vijaysai Reddy raises the issue of giving Special Category Status (SCS) to Andhra in the Parliament today,. He urged the Modi-led government to reconsider the decision to grant the SCS.  On Monday, Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman had said in Lok Sabha that there was no proposal under consideration of the Central government to grant SCS to any state.

Union Minister Mansukh Mandaviya rides bicycle to Parliament

Discussion on motion of thanks begins in Rajya Sabha

A discussion on the motion of thanks for the president's address is being held in Rajya Sabha. The scope of the discussion is wide and members can speak on every matter of national or international importance or any other issues. Generally, three days are allotted for the discussion on the Motion of Thanks.

TMC MP Mahua Moitra: India moving towards fascism, signs everywhere if you open your eyes

In her maiden speech in Parliament, Trinamool Congress MP Mahua Moitra warned that prevalent signs suggest that India is moving towards fascism. Moitra pointed to seven signs to say that the country was sliding down a dangerous path. She urged the members to decide “which side of history do we want us to be on”. 

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Todays' schedule in Parliament

In Rajya Sabha - Motion of Thanks on the President's Address

In Lok Sabha, there are two bills for consideration and passing :
*The Aaadhar and other law (Amendment) bill 2019
*The Special Economic Zone (Amendment) bill 2019

RSP MP NK Premchandran submits Adjournment Motion notice in Lok Sabha

Jaishankar, Pompeo to meet today, set stage for Modi-Trump talks

AS THE visiting US Secretary of State Michael R Pompeo meets Prime Minister Narendra Modi and External Affairs Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar on Wednesday, New Delhi will stay firm on the S-400 deal with Russia and seek waiver under the US law. Jaishankar, who will be meeting his American counterpart Pompeo for the first time, is also likely to counsel the US interlocutor that both US and Iran should “de-escalate” the situation, diplomatic sources said.

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Tejasvi Surya: ‘Average Indian feels Modi’s victory is victory for new India’

BJP's first-time MP from Bangalore South constituency Tejasvi Surya defended PM Modi’s performance in the last five years during his maiden speech in Parliament on Tuesday. He credited the government with creating a “new India” while taking potshots at the Congress. Surya said the country is more enlightened as a result of the “Opposition’s fake news, the Opposition’s untruth, and the Opposition’s propaganda, and it all fell flat”.

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Little room for PM Modi’s speech, Rajya Sabha works day after MP death

Despite the death of a sitting MP Madan Lal Saini, Rajya Sabha chose to work on Tuesday rather than adjourn for the day as is the norm. For much of Monday evening there was belief in the RS secretariat that the House would adjourn for the day after obituary references to the deceased MP as per convention. It was pointed out that Modi’s reply in the Upper House to the debate on the Motion of Thanks to the President’s Address, scheduled for Wednesday afternoon, would have to be postponed and that there was little room for it given his travel plans, calls were made to opposition leaders, trying to build a consensus.

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PM Modi in House: Congress rose so high, unable to see ground, lost roots

While replying to the Motion of Thanks on the President’s Address in Lok Sabha, PM Modi, in his first speech in Parliament after winning the Lok Sabha elections, attacked the Congress on the Emergency, for failing to empower Muslims and for ignoring its own leaders. The Prime Minister also mocked leader of the Congress in Lok Sabha Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury’s assertion Monday that the BJP’s efforts could not diminish the “high” stature of the party. He said that the Congress had “risen so high” that it had lost touch with its roots.

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi

PM Modi in his Motion of Thanks to the President’s Address in Lok Sabha yesterday said that the government would take India to new heights and urged the Opposition to not disrupt the Parliament. Modi said, “India shouldn’t lose any opportunity to move ahead. Together we can deal with all the challenges that come our way.”

Modi called the Emergency imposed in 1975 by Indira Gandhi a blot on democracy that would never fade. He attacked the Gandhis and said people outside the family don’t get recognition.

Meanwhile, US secretary of state Mike Pompeo who arrived in India yesterday will hold bilateral talks with External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar. Pompeo and Jaishankar will hold talks on a host of topics that includes terrorism, H1B visas, trade and the situation arising out of US sanctions on buying oil from Iran. Their meeting comes ahead of the meeting between Modi and Trump in the sidelines of the G20 summit in Japan from June 28-29.