The Opposition has been positive and honest on its commitment to ensure that Parliament functions and takes up legislation as well as important public issues, says Anand Sharma
Responding to the debate on the Arbitration and Conciliation (Amendment) Bill 2018, Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said the new legislation provided for time-bound settlement of disputes as well as accountability of the arbitrator.
Barring the CPI and AAP, none of the opposition leaders was seen at the Congress protest in front of the Gandhi statue.
PM Narendra Modi in his speech had showered praise on Harivansh, mentioning little-known nuggets about him. However, during that speech he used a pun on Opposition candidate B K Hariprasad’s initials that many MPs did not appreciate.
Harivansh, who was elected Deputy Chairman on Thursday, was in the chair in the afternoon when the private members’ business was taken up.
Opposition leaders say Bill can’t be taken up without discussion, Law Minister accuses Congress of ‘vote bank politics’
Jaitley spent a little over an hour in the Rajya Sabha, voted in the deputy chairman election and felicitated newly elected deputy chairman Harivansh Singh.
Several members of the Opposition voiced their concern that the proxy chosen by an NRI would vote as per the NRI’s choice.
Several Opposition members asked for various items to be brought under lower tax categories in the GST, pointed out that GST implementation had been problematic.
In his acceptance speech, Harivansh said he would uphold the dignity of the Upper House and expressed hope that differences would be ironed out through constructive debate, consensus and guidance.
At last count, NDA candidate Harivansh had 125 votes. There were 18 absentee MPs, among them one from NDA ally NPF, and two who abstained.
MPs protest in both Houses; will boycott breakfast to felicitate Harivansh, hold dharna at Gandhi statue today
Shashi Tharoor : "In a democracy the ground rule is that you can express your point of view...we can disagree, provided if we agree on the ground rules of how to disagree."
Rijiju said the home ministry is also working on a national database of sexual offenders to facilitate investigation.
Responding to the nearly two-hour debate, Minister of State for Finance Shiv Pratap Shukla said the merger will make SBI profitable.
This Bill has been analysed by a Parliamentary standing committee, which also recommended bringing back the concept of detention in schools, Javadekar said.
Besides some rushing to the Well, both Houses leave uproar of Budget Session behind on opening day
As Jaitley stood up to deliver his reply to the discussion on the Budget, TDP members stood in front of him, urging him to start with Andhra, and mentioning the bandh in the state.
Union minister Kiren Rijiju, tweeted a video clip form the serial Ramayan, which Modi had referenced during his speech. Chowdhury said she will move a breach-of-privilege notice against Rijiju.
Tears into Budget in Rajya Sabha; says MSP, promised jobs, health insurance are jumlas.