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Parliament updates: Lok Sabha adjourned for the day; Speaker Sumitra Mahajan suspends AIADMK MPs for 5 sittings

Parliament Latest updates: TMC MP Saugata Roy said that former defence minister Manohar Parrikar claimed that he was “in possession of all papers related to Rafale”. Ruckus followed in Lok Sabha after this statement.

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley in Lok Sabha said that there can be no JPC on the Rafale issue.

Congress MP Sushmita Deb is seen hurling paper airplanes at Arun Jaitley as he rebuts Rahul Gandhi in the Parliament. Interestingly, male MPs can be seen folding pieces of paper into airplanes and handing it to Deb to launch. Sonia Gandhi is seen patting Deb on her back after she flings her first paper plane in the air.

Arun Jaitley accusing Rahul Gandhi of lying said, “The country is disappointed because every word the Congress lead speaker (Rahul Gandhi) has said is a lie on the word of the Supreme Court. When the apex court speaks on every issue, it is treated as the last word, except for the jurisdiction on certain issues in the Parliament. Rahul Gandhi here says each of the contentions was raised before the court. There are some people who have a natural dislike for truth, from the first to the last word, every word spoken (by Gandhi) is a lie.”

Rahul Gandhi named Anil Ambani on two previous occasions during his speech, however, the Speaker later said that since the said person is not a member of the House, he cannot be named on the floor of the House. Rahul retirted to this saying, “new rules madam? very well!”.

The Speaker has ruled that neither the clip can be played in the House, nor can the Congress chief read out the transcript until he can give it in writing that the clip is verified. “Ok I won’t read it since you are so afraid of it,” Rahul tells the Speaker.

Rahul Gandhi sought Speaker’s permission to play an audio clip wherein a Goa minister is allegedly heard quoting Goa chief minister Manohar Parrikar that the latter has Rafale files in his bedroom. However, the Speaker denied him permission after Arun Jaitley stepped in. Rahul then sought to read the transcript of the purported statement.

Congress president Rahul Gandhi is spearheading the party’s charge against the Modi government on alleged irregularities in the Rafale deal and is expected to demand a joint parliamentary committee probe into the contract signed by the NDA government with Dassault Aviation for procurement of 36 fighter jets after the Supreme Court refused to order a court-monitored probe.

Rajya Sabha saw repeated adjournments amid sloganeering by AIADMK members and was adjourned to meet again at 2 pm. The AIADMK MPs are protesting against a proposed dam on the Cauvery river in Karnataka. Meanwhile, the Lok Sabha is debating the Aadhaar and Other Laws (Amendmend) Bill, 2018 despite heavy sloganeering by AIADMK members in the House.

With Congress claiming that it had proof that ex-defence minister Manohar Parrikar was holding the Modi goverment ransom over the Rafale issue, the party chose its president Rahul Gandhi to lead the attack in Lok Sabha today. Rahul will speak at 2 pm. He is expected to make a statement pointing out alleged irregularities in the defence deal, while demanding for an investigation by a Joint Parliamentary Committee.

Wednesday’s Parliament session is headed for a stormy start, with the Lok Sabha scheduled to debate the controversial Rafale deal and the Rajya Sabha expected to take up the triple talaq bill..

People stand in front of the parliament building in New Delhi, India, February 1, 2018. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi - RC1A9CD27B10

File image of Parliament of India. Reuters

On Monday, Leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad moved a motion in the House for referring the triple talaq bill to a select committee. The motion is likely to be taken up Wednesday, also the day when the House is scheduled o take up the Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill, 2018. The bill has already been passed by the Lok Sabha.

In the motion, Azad has also proposed the names of 11 Opposition members to be part of the Select Committee of the House, including Anand Sharma of the Congress, Ram Gopal Yadav of the Samajwadi Party, Sanjay Singh of the Aam Aadmi Party and Manoj Kumar Jha of the Rashtriya Janata Dal.

Opposition MPs have also given notices for amendments in the bill. AAP Rajya Sabha member Sanjay Singh said he had recommended four amendments in the clauses of the bill.

Meanwhile, in the Lok Sabha, a fiery debate can be expected as the Congress has decided to accept Finance Minister Arun Jaitley’s ‘challenge’ to debate on the Rafale issue.

“Jaitley ji has thrown a challenge … we are ready for a debate on 2 January. Please decide a time,” Congress Leader in Lok Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge said. Congress leader KC Venugopal and Sankar Prasad Datta of the Communist Party of India will  raise the discussion on the issue under Rule 193.

The Congress has been raising the matter in Parliament since the Winter Session of Parliament began on 11 December. They have been demanding an inquiry by a Joint Parliamentary Committee on the Rafale deal.

Updated Date: Jan 02, 2019 17:33 PM

Updated: January 2, 2019 — 9:52 pm