Parliament Winter Session Live Updates

The third working week of the Winter Session of Parliament kicked off today morning. The Rajya Sabha witnessed chaotic scenes following an uproar by the Opposition over the decision of the Chairman to reject the suspension of business notices on the India-China border situation. The joint Opposition later staged a walkout.

In the Lok Sabha, the Centre introduced the Repealing and Amending Bill. During Zero Hour, Congress’ Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury raised the issue of civilian killings in Jammu and Kashmir, in the wake of the recent killings of two youths in militants’ firing outside an Army camp. Later in the day, the Lower House is set to consider the Anti-Maritime Piracy Bill and Bills to modify the Scheduled Tribes lists in Chhattisgarh and Karnataka, while the Rajya Sabha will take up two Appropriation Bills to seek authorisation for the payment and appropriation of amounts from the Consolidated Funds of India.

The Winter Session of Parliament began on December 7 and will conclude on December 29. So far, the clash between India and China in Arunachal Pradesh has been in focus in Parliament. Last week, the Congress accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of not allowing a discussion on the situation along the border and asked why the nation was not taken into confidence in the matter.

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Post-lunch proceedings resume, adjourned for 15 minutes amid uproar

Lok Sabha adjourns

The Lower House has been adjourned for lunch. Proceedings to resume at 2 p.m.

Rajya Sabha adjourns till 2

Deputy Chairman has adjourned the House till 2 p.m. 

Centre must address civilian killings in Jammu and Kashmir: Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury

At the Zero Hour, Congress MP Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury raised the issue of civilian killings in Jammu and Kashmir, in the wake of the recent killings of two youths in militants’ firing outside an Army camp in Rajouri. He also attacked the BJP government over the threat faced by the Kashmiri Pandit community in the Valley. “Innocent people are losing lives and the Indian Army is not doing anything. It is important for the Centre to address the issue,” he said.

Question Hour underway in Upper House, Jyotiraditya Scindia answers queries on civil aviation

To a query on flights from Punjab to Canada, Civil Aviation Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia said, “India has to look after her own interests. Past governments have been way too liberal in terms of signing air service agreements. As far as Chandigarh is concerned, there is an international connectivity to almost seven countries. And 17 air traffic international movements per week from Amritsar.”

‘Marriage between a biological man and biological woman’: BJP’s Sushil Modi says same-sex marriage unacceptable

Voicing his opposition to same-sex marriage, BJP’s Sushil Kumar Modi claimed that it was an attempt by left-liberals to change the ethos of the country and called it unacceptable.

“Marriage means the relationship between a biological man and biological woman…Same-sex marriage is neither recognised nor accepted in any uncodified personal law or codified statutory law. Same-sex marriage will cause complete havoc to the delicate balance of personal laws of the country. Two judges can’t sit and decide. This should be debated in the Parliament,” the Bihar MP said.

Centre introduces Repealing and Amending Bill, 2022

The Centre introduced in Lok Sabha the Repealing and Amending Bill, 2022 for repealing certain enactments. Union Law Minister Kiren Rijiju introduced the bill in the Lower House.

Migration from Northeastern States far less compared to U.P., Bihar: G. Kishan Reddy

Responding to a question raised by DMK MP Thalikkottai R. Baalu during Question Hour in Lok Saba regarding migration of youth from Northeastern States, Union Minister G. Kishan Reddy said, “The Narendra Modi government has worked effortlessly for the development of Northeastern States since after 2014. If you compare the census data on migration with other States like Bihar, Jharkhand and Uttar Pradesh, the migration from Northeastern States is far less.

Ensure due procedure is followed while giving notices in Parliament: Jagdeep Dhankhar pulls up MPs; Opposition walks out

Rajya Sabha Chairman Jagdeep Dhankhar on Monday rejected nine notices for suspension of business, saying none of the notices was in order. “Not even one notice measures up to the requirement. Not only the rule [Rule 267] has been outraged, but no attention has been paid. Notices are drawn in a manner that the rule doesn’t even exist. I expect the members to follow the procedure, go through all details and then frame notices,” the Chairman said.

“I will be open to any notice that is in line with the rule…I am one of you. I draw my power and authority from you. Despite being questioned and reminded by the Deputy Chairman, my ruling was not heeded,” he added. Rule 267 entails suspending all other business of the House.

Joint Opposition later staged a walkout from the Rajya Sabha.

Chaos in Rajya Sabha over suspension of business notices

Proceedings in the Rajya Sabha on Monday began on a stormy note as the Opposition MPs registered their protest against the Chairman after being denied notices. “Request you to listen to other members of the House. Your statement gives an impression that members don’t read or follow the rules,” Congress’ Mallikarjun Kharge draws Mr. Dhankar’s attention to residuary powers of the Rajya Sabha Chairman.

Suspension of business

What Rule 267 says: Any member, may, with the consent of the Chairman, move that any rule may be suspended in its application to a motion related to the business listed before the Council of that day and if the motion is carried, the rule in question shall be suspended for the time being:

Provided further that this rule shall not apply where specific provision already exists for suspension of a rule under a particular chapter of the Rules.

Residuary powers

What Rule 266 says: All matters not specifically provided for in these rules and all questions relating to the detailed working of these rules shall be regulated in such manner as the Chairman may, from time to time direct.

Manish Tewari gives Adjournment Motion Notice to discuss China border situation

Congress MP Manish Tewari on Monday gave an Adjournment Motion Notice in Lok Sabha to discuss the border situation with China in Arunachal Pradesh’s Tawang.

He urged the Government to discuss China’s attempts to infiltrate the Indian border and despite all this, the growing trade between India and China.

“I demand that this House suspends Zero Hour and other relevant rules relating to Question Hour and other businesses of the day to have a detailed discussion on the grave situation at the border with China in the Tawang sector in Arunachal Pradesh,” Mr. Tewari added.

Proceedings begin in Upper House

Papers are being laid on the table of the House, as per listed business. Chairman Jagdeep Dhankhar is in the Chair.

Zero Hour notices in Upper House

BJP MP Vivek Thakur has given a Zero Hour Notice, seeking a discussion on the need to amend the Juvenile Justice Act, 2015.

YSRCP MP V Vijaysai Reddy has given a similar notice, demanding the government to establish a centre for excellence in research on drone technology in Visakhapatnam.

Chaos likely over India-China border clash

Congress MP Manish Tewari has given an adjournment motion notice in the Lok Sabha to discuss the current border situation with China.

What’s on agenda in Lok Sabha?

1. Union minister Kiren Rijiju will introduce the Repealing and Amending Bill, 2022.

2. There are two Bills for consideration and passing in the Lower House. These are the Anti-Maritime Piracy Bill, 2019, and the Constitution (Scheduled Tribes) Order (Fourth Amendment) Bill and the Constitution (Scheduled Tribes) Order (Fifth Amendment) Bill, 2022.

Legislative business in the Rajya Sabha

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman will introduce two Appropriation Bills for consideration and returning to the Lok Sabha. The Bills seek the authorisation of payment and appropriation of sums from the Consolidated Fund of India for the current financial year and during the financial year 2019-2020.

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