New Delhi, Dec 27: After witnessing stormy scenes over Congress’ demand for the apology from Prime Minister Narendra Modi remarks against his predecessor Manmohan Singh and Union Minister Anantkumar Hegde remarks, Parliament proceeding concluded peacefully.
Ahead of today’s session, Congress has given adjournment notice in Lok Sabha over Union Minister Anantkumar Hegde remarks at an event in Karnataka, news agency ANI reported.
Later in a day, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley gave clarification regarding PM Modi’s remark in the Rajya Sabha.
In response to this leader of opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad thanked the leader of the house for clarification on what has been an issue of contention.
Meanwhile, Union External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj told Lok Sabha that tomorrow she will be making a statement in the House on Jadhav issue.
Goods & Services Tax (Compensation to States) Amendment Bill 2017; National Capital Territory of Delhi laws (Special Provisions) Second (Amendment) Bill, 2017; Indian Institute of Petroleum and Energy Bill, 2017; Indian Institute of Petroleum and Energy Bill, 2017 and Indian Forest (Amendment) Bill passed by parliament.
Here are the updates :
Lok Sabha :
The house adjourned till 11 am on December 28.
In the evening, Goods & Services Tax (Compensation to States) Amendment Bill 2017 passed.
Post discussion, the bill was passed by the lower house.
The Lok Sabha resumes after adjournment, discussed the National Capital Territory of Delhi laws (Special Provisions) Second (Amendment) Bill, 2017.
The lower house again adjourned till 2.45pm amid opposition protest over controversial remark of Union minister Anantkumar Hegde.
The bill is misleading and will depict as a disadvantage to the tribals and northeastern states, he said.
Congress leader Jairam Ramesh accused the minister of the double standard, saying the proposed amendment to the forest bill will take us to the old system and give power to the forest department.
TRS demanded time-bound assurance on bifurcation of the high court in Telangana.
After adjournment, the house resumed.
Congress members raised the issue of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s comments on his predecessor Manmohan Singh, and demanded an apology from him once again.
While, members from the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) demanded a separate high court for the newly carved state.
Speaker Sumitra Mahajan started the Question Hour, but within 10 minutes, the house was adjourned till 12 p.m. amid chaos.
Rajya Sabha :
The house adjourned till 11 am on December 28.
Rajya Sabha passes The Indian Institute of Petroleum and Energy Bill, 2017
Despite Most Opposition MP’s spoke against it, the Indian Forest (Amendment) Bill was passed by RS.
Naresh Agrawal writes to Rajya Sabha Chairman about Kulbhushan Jadhav, says, ‘the ill-treatment meted out to Indian prisoners lodged in Pakistani jails is known to all. In spite of knowing this Indian govt has not taken stern steps, this is a very serious matter.
After that, RS discussed Statutory Resolution and Legislative Business (Bill for consideration and passing) The Forest (Amendment) Bill 2017.
Responding to this leader of opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad stated” Thank leader of the house for clarification on what has been 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.
“The statement (by Modi) did not question nor did he mean to question the commitment of Manmohan Singh or Hamid Ansari, the former Vice President. Any such perception is completely erroneous. We hold these leaders in high esteem and their commitment to the nation”.
Later, the house resumed with Finance Minister Arun Jaitley clarification regarding PM Modi’s remark against his predecessor Manmohan Singh.
Minutes after Rajya Sabha chairman adjourns the House till 2pm amid ruckus.
Later, the house resumed.
Following the disruption Naidu then adjourned the House till 12 p.m.
Opposition members vociferously raised the Hegde issue as soon as the House convened after a four-day break amid continued logjam over Congress’ demand for apology from Prime Minister Narendra Modi over his remarks against his predecessor Manmohan Singh.
Leader of Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad lashed out at the government and the Bharatiya Janata Party and said if any person lacked faith in the Indian Constitution, he did not deserve to be in the House or in the government.
“The Minister has no trust in the Constitution and has no right to be the minister. He has no right to be a Member of Parliament either,” he asserted.
As the Parliament met for the first time after an extended weekend, the Opposition sought a discussion over the issue.
Chairman M. Venkaiah Naidu denied the request but allowed the Opposition members to briefly make a mention about it in the Zero Hour.
Samajwadi Party MP Naresh Agarwal said Hegde had abused the Constitution and insulted its architects like B.R. Ambedkar.
“It is like abusing the Constitution. Can anyone remain Minister by abusing the Constitution? It is an insult to Babasaheb Ambedkar,” Agarwal said.
The ruling BJP members took objections to Agarwal unnecessarily dragging Ambedkar into the row. They also protested, triggering slogans from the Opposition.