Parliament Latest updates: Rajya Sabha Chairman Venkaiah Naidu complimented the Rajya Sabha MPs for completing Zero Hour, Question Hour and special mentions successfully and peacefully today, after days of intermittent disruptions. Naidu had appealed to the members today to ensure smooth functioning of House.

Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan suspended TDP MPs under rule 374A after the members continued to raise slogans in the Well of the House. Lok Sabha has been adjourned till 2 pm.

Congress chief Rahul Gandhi tweeted saying Narendra Modi had “fled Parliament” and his “open book Rafale exam” in the Lok Sabha, alluding to the prime minister’s address at Lovely Professional University at Phagwara in Punjab. He had earlier tweeted four questions on the Rafale deal.

After getting upset with the members earlier in the session, Rajya Sabha chairman Venkaiah Naidu commended MPs for allowing a constructive session. He quipped that the Rajya Sabha chairman always “appreciates when there is no depreciation”. Naidu had earlier urged all sections of the Rajya Sabha to let the House function in the last three remaining days of the Winter Session. He said it is not his duty to point fingers at any party for disrupting House, but he will still request everyone to ensure at least those Bills are passed over which members have a broad consensus. 

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Union Minister Nitin Gadkari will speak in Rajya Sabha today over the Cauvery dam issue which has been a source of constant disruption in the Winter Session.

As Kerala sees massive protests and politicking over the Sabarimala shrine issue, the matter is likely to echo in Parliament too today. Yesterday, two women from the ‘barred’ age group had entered the shrine late at night through a VIP gate following which the devotees had been protesting against the ‘defiling’ of the celibate deity’s shrine. Today, Revolutionary Socialist Party leader NK Premchandran gave an adjournment notice to discuss the issue in Lok Sabha.

Finance Minister Arun Jaitley engaged in a fiery exchange with Congress chief Rahul Gandhi in Lok Sabha yesterday, during a debate on the Rafale issue. However, the issue remains unresolved as two leaders took the fight outside Parliament to Twitter. While Rahul quoted Jaitley’s response in Parliament to corner Modi government in Rafale deal, Jaitley accused Rahul of attacking a journalist, ‘showing his true DNA’.

After a war of words broke out over the controversial Rafale deal on Wednesday, further debate is scheduled to take place in Lok Sabha on Thursday as well.

Law minister Ravi Shankar Prasad is scheduled to move the Aadhaar and Other Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2018 in the Lower House as well. In addition, The National Medical Commission Bill, 2017, The Companies (Amendment) Bill, 2018, and the The Dentists (Amendment) Bill, 2017 are also up for consideration.

In Rajya Sabha, the discussion on the imposition of President’s Rule in Jammu and Kashmir is up for discussion, along with the Cauvery river issue that has been the cause of disruption in both Houses in the ongoing Winter Session. Prasad is scheduled to move the triple talaq Bill for passing in Rajya Sabha.

On Wednesday, the Opposition and the government were involved in a bitter war of words on the Rafale issue in the Lok Sabha, with Rahul Gandhi saying Prime Minister Narendra Modi “does not have the guts” to face questions in Parliament and Finance Minister Arun Jaitley accusing the Congress chief of peddling “lies” and “falsehood”.

The Lower House witnessed frequent adjournments as barbs flew from both sides and Opposition members tried to disrupt speeches of rival leaders during a nearly three-hour debate.

The discussions ended abruptly midway after Speaker Sumitra Mahajan suspended 24 AIADMK members for five days due to the “grave disorder” they caused with their protests in the Well of the House.

In an embarrassment to the Modi government, its ally Shiv Sena also supported the Opposition’s demand for a joint parliamentary committee (JPC) probe into the Rafale deal.

Following Gandhi’s hard-hitting attack on the government, Jaitley led the government’s charge in a counter-attack as he referred to alleged defence scams during the Congress rule and said the “conspirators” of past defence scams had the “audacity” to target the Modi dispensation.

He also ruled out a JPC probe, a demand made by most Opposition leaders including Gandhi, saying there was no need for it as the Supreme Court had already satisfied its “conscience” on the issue.

With inputs from agencies 

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Updated Date: Jan 03, 2019 13:24 PM