‘Emergency Crushed India’s Soul’: Modi Attacks Congress in LS
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‘Emergency Crushed India’s Soul’: Modi Attacks Congress in LS

Addressing the Lok Sabha for the first time after the NDA got a massive mandate in the general elections, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday, 25 June, brought up the Emergency that was imposed in 1975, saying, "On that night of 25 June, the country's soul was crushed."

He will reply on the 'Motion Of Thanks On the President's Address', in Rajya Sabha on Wednesday, 26 June.

Earlier in the day, in a departure from practice, Rajya Sabha proceedings were adjourned only for a part of the day till 2 pm as a mark of respect to sitting MP Madan Lal Saini, who died on Monday.

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  • “I know that it takes time to change things which have been existing for the last 70 years. We did not divert or dilute from our main goal,” said Modi in Lok Sabha
  • “I never think about polls in terms of victory and defeat. The opportunity to serve 130 crore Indians is special to me,” the PM asserted
  • Referring to the Triple Talaq Bill, Modi said, “We have brought a Bill for women empowerment, please do not link it to religion”

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'Jai Shri Ram' to 'Inquilab Zindabad': Frenzied Slogans in LS as MPs Take Oath

A virtual slogan-shouting contest between the treasury and Opposition benches overshadowed the second round of oath taking by members in the 17th Lok Sabha on Tuesday, with some raising religious slogans like 'Jai Shri Ram' and 'Allahu Akbar' and one MP chanting 'Inquilab Zindabad'.

As the linguistic diversity was on full display, in a repeat of the opening day of the maiden session of the new Lok Sabha, Congress leader Sonia Gandhi and Samajwadi Party patron Mulayam Singh Yadav were among the top leaders who took the oath.

Over 200 MPs were administered the oath by pro-tem Speaker Virendra Kumar, a seven-term BJP MP. On Monday, 320 MPs took oath. Some members in the existing House strength of 542 who missed the ceremony will take the oath later.

As members kept engaging in raillery, the sloganeering went unabated when they ignored the Chair's direction to refrain from raising the slogans.

All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) president Asaduddin Owaisi was greeted with slogans of 'Jai Shri Ram', 'Bharat Mata Ki Jai' and 'Vande Mataram' from the treasury benches when the Hyderabad MP moved to take his oath.

Cong, UPA Allies to Support Om Birla's Candidature as Lok Sabha Speaker

The Congress and other UPA allies have decided to support BJP candidate Om Birla for the post of Lok Sabha Speaker, party leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury said on Tuesday. He, however, but remained silent on the issue of Deputy Speaker.

Birla, a BJP MP from the Kota-Bundi seat in Rajasthan, is all set to be elected unopposed on Wednesday, when the motion seeking his election is moved in Lok Sabha.

Chowdhury said the Congress has already moved a motion supporting the ruling party candidate for the post of Speaker of Lok Sabha.

The decision was taken a meeting of the UPA allies in Parliament this evening, where the leaders also discussed the opposition strategy during the Parliament session.

The Congress and other opposition parties, have, however, not decided on the strategy for the post of Deputy Speaker of Lok Sabha and are adopting a "wait and watch" policy.

Lok Sabha Proceedings Begin For the Day

The Lok Sabha Proceedings have begun for the day. The members of the House who haven’t taken oath of duty yet will be taking the oath today.

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PM Modi Moves Motion for Election of Om Birla as Speaker of Lok Sabha

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has moved motion for the election of Rajasthan MP Om Birla as speaker of Lok Sabha.

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Om Birla Unanimously Elected as Lok Sabha Speaker

Om Birla, 56, is a two-time Member of Parliament from Kota constituency in Rajasthan.
Om Birla, 56, is a two-time Member of Parliament from Kota constituency in Rajasthan.
(Photo: Shruti Mathur/The Quint)

Om Birla, a two-time Member of Parliament from Kota constituency in Rajasthan, has been unanimously elected as Speaker of Lok Sabha.

The motion to choose Birla as the speaker was moved by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is also Leader of the House, and passed by a voice vote.

The motion was seconded by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh.

A similar motion was moved by Home Minister and BJP president Amit Shah, which was supported by Union minister Nitin Gadkari.

Om Birla Takes Charge as Lok Sabha Speaker

Om Birla takes charge as Lok Sabha Speaker, thanks pro-tem speaker Virendra Kumar for "conducting the proceedings of the House very smoothly".

PM Modi led the new speaker to the presiding officer's chair. Birla succeeds eight-time MP Sumitra Mahajan as the Lok Sabha speaker, a post traditionally held by senior MPs.

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PM Modi Congratulates Om Birla on Being Unanimously Elected as Speaker

PM Modi in the Lok Sabha says "It is a matter of great pride for the House and we all congratulate Om Birla Ji on being unanimously elected as the Speaker of the Lok Sabha".

"I remember working with Om Birla Ji for a long time. He represents Kota, a place associated with education and learning. He has been in public life for years. He began his journey as a student leader and has been serving society since then without a break," PM Modi said.

Leaders From BJP, Congress, DMK and TMC Greet Om Birla

Leaders from the BJP, the Congress, the DMK and the TMC greeted Om Birla, the 56-year-old, who assumed charge as speaker of the Lower House.

Though the Congress and the DMK had moved notices for supporting Birla as the speaker well past the 12 noon Tuesday deadline, the pro-tem Speaker allowed it to be included as a "special case".

Should Aim for a Society Where a 'Muslim Finds Ram in a Mosque: Cong's Adhir Chowdhury

Newly-elected Leader of Congress in Lok Sabha, Adhir Ranjan Chaudhary, got a little poetic as he spoke about a society that is more secular.

Jab mullah ko Masjid mein Ram nazar aayein, jab pujari ko Mandir mein Rehman nazar aayein, duniya ki surat badal jayegi, jab insaan ko insaan mein insaan nazar aaye,” (when a Muslim man is able to find Ram in a mosque, and a priest is able to find Rehman in a temple... The face of this world will change the day humans start seeing each other as equals)," he said.

Chaudhary, while extending whole-hearted support to Birla, urged him to be impartial and give enough time to the opposition to raise issues of public interest.

He said the presiding officer is the custodian of the House, which according to Jawaharlal Nehru, represents the nation and freedom of the country.

Chaudhary also expressed concern over very few Bills being referred to standing committees by the Lok Sabha and hoped for a reversal of the trend.

Chaudhary was on Tuesday, 18 June, named as leader of Congress in Lok Sabha by UPA chairperson and Congress Parliamentary Party chief Sonia Gandhi.

Lok Sabha Adjourned For the Day

The Lok Sabha proceedings have been adjourned for the day.

PM Introduces His Council of Ministers to Lok Sabha

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday, 19 June, introduced his new Council of Ministers to the Lok Sabha.

The prime minster read out names and portfolios of the ministers who stood up and greeted the members of House with folded hands.

PM Modi is likely to introduce the ministers to the Rajya Sabha on Friday.

Besides the PM, the Council of Ministers has 57 members - 24 Cabinet, 9 Ministers of State and 24 MoSes with independent charge.

Will Run House Impartially, Safeguard Interests of All Members: Om Birla

Newly-elected Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla on Wednesday, 19 June, said he will run the House in an impartial manner, while asserting that the chair should not be biased.

Addressing the House after being unanimously elected as the speaker, Birla assured the members that he will preside over the proceedings in accordance with rules and regulations and "safeguard the interests of the members irrespective of the strength of their parties in the House".

Praising Prime Minister Narendra Modi for running a transparent government, the speaker said he expects the "government to be more responsible and answerable in the House".

Everyone should be heard and the government should respond to them, he added.

President to Address Joint Session of Parliament Today

President Ram Nath Kovind will address the joint session of both the houses of Parliament today.

Meghwal Reacts to Slogans Raised In Lok Sabha

Reacting to the slogans raised by members during the oath-taking ceremony in Lok Sabha, Union Minister Arjun Ram Meghwal said, “Our mantra is 'sabka saath, sabka vikas' with 'sabka vishwas'. We want to win everyone's trust.”

Who Said You Cannot Say 'Vande Mataram', 'Bharat Mata ki Jai?': Om Birla

Newly-elected Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla reacted to his usage of 'Vande Mataram' during his speech in the House on Wednesday, asking, “Who said you cannot say 'Vande Mataram' and 'Bharat Mata ki Jai'?”

President Kovind to Address Parliament Shortly

President Ram Nath Kovind has left for Parliament and he will address the MPs shortly.

President Ram Nath Kovind Arrives at Parliament

President Ram Nath Kovind arrives at the Parliament to address the joint sitting of both Houses of Parliament soon.

President Kovind Addresses Joint Session of Parliament

President Ram Nath Kovind has begun his address to the joint session of the Parliament on Thursday, 20 June.

“In the year of the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, after the election of the 17th Lok Sabha, I am happy to address the first Joint Session of Parliament. I convey my heartfelt congratulations to all the MPs elected to this Lok Sabha,” the President begun his address saying.

Largest Number of Women MPs, Shows Picture of New India: President Kovind

“Nearly half of the MPs have been elected to the Lok Sabha for the first time. The largest number of women MPs elected in the history of the Lok Sabha presents a picture of the new India,” the President said.

Government Working for Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas: President Kovind

“In this Lok Sabha elections, more than 61 crore citizens cast their vote and set a new record. The people of India gave a clear mandate. The government is working for 'Sabka Saath, Sabka Vikas',” President Kovind said.

My Govt Committed to Improving Lives of Countrymen: President Kovind

“The people of the country have given a very clear mandate in the elections. After evaluating the government's first term, the countrymen have given even stronger support for the second time. By doing so, the countrymen have mandated the development journey since 2014 to be unimpeded and fast-moving,” he said.

“From day one, my Government is committed to the goal of improving the lives of all the countrymen, removing their sufferings from misgovernance and providing all the necessary facilities to the last man of the society,” President Kovind added.

President Kovind Addresses Issue of Water Scarcity

President Kovind addressed the issue of water shortage, stressing the need to conserve water.

“The traditional and effective water conservation systems in our country are disappearing over time. Ponds and lakes became home to the depletion of water sources, escalating the water crisis for the poor,” he said.

“We have to save water for our children and for generations to come. The formation of the new 'Hydropower Ministry' is a decisive step in this direction which will have far-reaching benefits. Through this new Ministry, water conservation and management arrangements will be made more effective,” President Kovind further said.

“We are ensuring to provide clean drinking water and water availability for agriculture,” he added.

World's Largest Health Care Scheme Implemented

The world's largest health care scheme providing 'health-safety - cover' to 50 crore poor has been implemented, President Kovind said.

Empowerment of Women High Priority: President Kovind

Empowerment of women is one of the highest priorities of my Government. The empowerment of women and their effective participation in society and economy is the test of a developed society.

Under the National Livelihood Mission, over Rs 2 lakh crore has been given to 3 crore women in rural areas so far, the President said.

“To ensure equal rights for every sister and daughter in the country, eradication of malpractices like 'three divorces' and 'nikah-halala' is necessary. I would request all members to extend their support to these efforts to make the lives of our sisters and daughters more dignified and improved,” he added.

More Opportunities for Poorer Sections of Youth in Education, More Appointments: President Kovind

“The Government has provided 10 percent reservation for the poorer sections of the youth. This will give them more opportunities in the field of appointment and education,” President Kovind said.

He also added that under the Prime Minister's Mudra Yojana, about 19 crore loans have been given for self-employment, saying that the scheme will now be expanded to 30 crore people.

“A loan plan of up to Rs 50 lakh will also be introduced without guarantee for entrepreneurs,” the President said.

Efforts Underway to Set up 50,000 Startups in India By 2024: President Kovind

“Today, India is among the countries in the world that have most number of start-ups. We aim to set up 50,000 start-ups in the country by 2024,” President Kovind said.

“India was ranked 142nd in the 'Ease of Doing Business' ranking in 2014. In the last five years, we have come up to 65 ranks and we have reached 77th position. Now our goal is to be in the list of the top 50 countries in the world,” he added.

He also added that India is one of the fastest growing economies in the world and that it is now poised to become the world's 5th largest economy in terms of GDP.

Will Make Other Rivers as Clean as Ganga: President Kovind

Under the Namami Gange scheme, the government will further speed up the campaign to close down the dirty drains that enter river Ganga,, President Kovind said.

“It will be the endeavour of the Government to make other rivers like Cauvery, Periyar, Narmada, Yamuna, Mahanadi and Godavari as free from pollution as the Ganga,” President Kovind said.

President Kovind on Terrorism

“Today, the whole world stands with India on the issue of terrorism. The fact that UN has declared Masood Azhar — who was responsible for major terror attacks in the country — a terrorist, is great proof of this,” President Kovind said.

“India has demonstrated its intentions and capabilities by carrying out air strikes on terrorist targets across the border, first through the surgical strikes and then after the Pulwama attack. In the future also, all possible steps will be taken to protect ourselves,” President Kovind added.

Foreigners Entering India Illegally a Threat to Internal Security: President Kovind

“Foreigners entering India illegally are a great threat to internal security. My Government has decided that the process of 'National Register of Citizens' will be implemented on a priority basis in areas facing an infiltration problem,”President Kovind said.

Zero Tolerance Towards Corruption: President Kovind

“My government will make its policy of zero tolerance towards corruption more expansive and effective,” President Kovind said.

Call for Deliberation on One Nation, One Election: President Kovind

There is a need to bring in a 'one nation-one election' system so that the country can grow faster and the country's people can benefit, President Kovind said.

“With such a system, all political parties will be able to harness their energy for the development and welfare of the people in accordance with their ideology,” President Kovind.

“I call upon all MPs to seriously consider the development-oriented proposal of 'one nation - one election together',” he added.

PM Modi Introduces Council of Ministers in Rajya Sabha

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is introducing the Council of Ministers in Rajya Sabha.

Rajya Sabha Adjourned Till 11 am on 21 June

Rajya Sabha has been adjourned till 11 am on Friday, 21 June.

Lok Sabha Adjourned

Lok Sabha has been adjourned for the day.

First-Time MP Nusrat Jahan Misses Oath-Taking to Get Married

Actor and first-time MP Nusrat Jahan missed the oath-taking ceremony on Wednesday, 19 June, owing to her wedding in Turkey. Fellow first-time MP Mimi Chakraborty, also an actor, also missed out on taking her oath to attend Jahan's wedding, reported India Today.

Jahan, who contested her first-ever election in the 2019 Lok Sabha election, announced her marriage in a tweet on Thursday morning. Jahan got married to businessman Nikhil Jain in a ceremony attended by family and close friends.

President's Address Was a Repeat of PM's Statements: Anand Sharma

Congress leader Anand Sharma, said President Ram Nath Kovind's address in Parliament earlier today was just a repeat of statements made by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

“It doesn't give account of unfulfilled promises of last 5 years, to our youth, to our farmers. It didn't include anything on unemployment,” he added, ANI reported.

PM Modi to Host Dinner for MPs at Ashoka Hotel

Members of Parliament arrive at Ashoka Hotel where Prime Minister Narendra Modi will host a dinner for all MPs, reported ANI.

Ram Vilas Paswan to File Nomination for RS as NDA Candidate Today

Union Minister and chief of the Lok Janashakti Party (LJP) Ram Vilas Paswan will file nomination for Rajya Sabha as an NDA candidate at Bihar Legislative Assembly in Patna on Friday, 21 June, reported ANI.

PM Modi Hosts Dinner for MPs of Both Houses

Prime Minister Narendra Modi hosted a dinner for all the Members of Parliament in Delhi, reported ANI.

Fresh Bill on Triple Talaq to be Tabled in Lok Sabha Today

A fresh Bill to ban the practice of instant triple talaq will be introduced in the Lok Sabha on Friday, 21 June, news agency PTI reported.

The Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill, 2019, which has been listed in the Lok Sabha's agenda for Friday, will replace an ordinance issued in February by the previous BJP-led NDA government.

With the dissolution of the 16th Lok Sabha last month, the previous bill had lapsed as it was pending in the Rajya Sabha.

The new Bill is a copy of the ordinance in force.

Will Discuss with Parties How to Deal with Disruptions: LS Speaker

Making his intentions clear on dealing with disruptions, Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla on Thursday said he will hold discussions with all parties to address the issue.

He also said that members should not hold placards and come to the well of the house.

"Members should not hold placards and come to the well of the house... Such actions have dealt a blow to Parliament's dignity. It should not be done. There are various other ways for members to convey their message," Birla, who was on Wednesday elected as speaker of the Lok Sabha unanimously, told news agency PTI.

"I will talk to all parties and discuss with them what action can be taken against those who repeatedly show placards in the house and come to the well. Such actions of the members show Lok Sabha in poor light," he said.

On the issue of disruptions, he said he will hold deliberations with all parties to decide what action can be taken against those members who indulge in such acts.

Kollam MP Premachandran to Present Private Member's Bill on Sabarimala Today

Kollam MP NK Premachandran will present a private member's Bill on the Sabarimala issue, in the parliament today, reports ANI.

Lok Sabha Proceedings Begin

The Lok Sabha proceedings have begun for the day.

Union Minister Prakash Javadekar On Tree Cover & Plantation in India

“In the last one year, the tree cover has increased in the country. The greening of the educational campuses has also been implemented in several institutions to ensure clean and healthy environment,” Minister of Environment, Forests and Climate Change, Prakash Javadekar, said in Lok Sabha.

Javadekar, who is also the Minister of Information & Broadcasting, said “Fake news and information published with malicious intent (on social media) are important subjects and there should be a discussion on them in the House.” He was responding to Congress MP Gaurva Gogoi's question on fake news and misleading advertisements.

AIADMK MP Sathyananth on Water Crisis in Tamil Nadu

"Tamil Nadu is a water deficit state. The only major river system in the state is Cauvery river system. The only solution is that the Centre should take complete authority of management of Cauvery water. The release of water should be immediate," AIADMK MP Vijila Sathyananth, said in the Rajya Sabha.

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Piyush Goyal On US' Removal of GSP Beneficiary Tag from India

"India is competent enough to handle the international trade situation," Piyush Goyal, Minister of Commerce and Industry, said in the Rajya Sabha.

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Triple Talaq Bill Tabled in Parliament

Amid an uproar in the House, Union Minister of Law and Justice Ravi Shankar Prasad tabled a fresh Bill on instant Triple Talaq in the Lok Sabha.

Introducing the Bill, Prasad said, "This is not a matter of religion, caste or community. It is a matter of a woman's dignity and integrity."

He further said, "The rights of Muslim women will be protected (through this law). It will ensure justice to and empowerment of women."

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Shashi Tharoor, Asaduddin Owaisi and Others Oppose Triple Talaq Bill

The Triple Talaq Bill, tabled by Ravi Shankar Prasad in the Lok Sabha, was opposed by Congress MP Shashi Tharoor, who said, “We are not against the banning of the practice, but the contents of the Bill.”

Asaduddin Owaisi of the AIMIM took a dig at the BJP, saying it has so much affection for Muslim women but is opposed to rights of Hindu women to enter Sabarimala Temple in Kerala, according to PTI.

The Triple Talaq Bill violates constitutional rights as it stipulates three-year jail term for guilty Muslim men while non-Muslim men get only one year of jail term for a similar offence, Owaisi said.

NK Premchandran of the RSP also opposed the bill.

Any Bill Pending for Over 5 Years in Rajya Sabha Should Be Considered Lapsed: Venkaiah Naidu

Rajya Sabha Chairman and Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu on Friday, 21 June, suggested that any bill pending for more than five years in the Upper House should be considered lapsed.

He also called for a debate on the rule that provides for automatic lapsing of any bill passed by the Lok Sabha but pending in the Rajya Sabha with the dissolution of the lower house of Parliament.

Expressing concern over loss of time due to disruptions, he said the present "dysfunctional, disruptive environment must change" and further weakening of democratic structures cannot be allowed.

Naidu said as many as 22 bills, pending in the Rajya Sabha, had lapsed with the dissolution of the 16th Lok Sabha last month and another 33 bills have been pending consideration in the Upper House for years including three that have been pending for more than 20 years.

Triple Talaq Bill introduced in LS After Division of Votes

The bill to ban practice of instant Triple Talaq was on Friday, 21 June, introduced in the Lok Sabha after division of votes. As many as 186 members voted in favour of the Bill while 74 parliamentarians opposed it.

The voting was held through paper slips as the new MPs have not yet been allotted division numbers that would allow them to vote using polling machines.

Cong Opposing Introduction of the Bill Regrettable: Ravi Shankar Prasad

"A woman leader like Sonia Gandhi ji leads the Congress party, yet the same party takes an anti-women position in the Lok Sabha, opposing even the introduction of the Bill. I must say it is not only painful, but deeply regrettable," Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad told reporters outside Parliament.

Encephalitis Deaths: Opposition Parties Demand Centre's Urgent Intervention

The death of more than 130 children in Bihar's Muzaffarpur district due to encephalitis figured in the Rajya Sabha on Friday, 21 June, with opposition parties demanding that the government make an urgent intervention and pay compensation to families, PTI reported.

Viswam said the government has been calling the deaths an accident but "it should be called a murder".

Officially, 130 children have died but the number is as high as 180, he said, adding hospitals have no medicines and infrastructure to treat children suffering from encephalitis.

Rs 9,000 Crore Earmarked to Address Issue of Malnutrition

Over Rs 9,000 crore has been earmarked to address the issue of malnutrition in children, pregnant women and adolescent girls, the Lok Sabha was informed on Friday, 21 June.

Union minister for Women and Child Development Smriti Irani said the government had launched POSHAN Abhiyaan on 18 December 2017 for a three-year time frame commencing 2017 -18 with an overall budget of Rs 9,046 crore.

"To ensure a holistic approach, all 36 states and union territories and districts have been covered. The goals of POSHAN Abhiyaan are to achieve improvement in nutritional status of children from 0-6 years, adolescent girls, pregnant women and lactating mothers in a time-bound manner during three years with fixed targets," she said during the Question Hour.

LS Adjourned Till 3:40 pm

Lok Sabha has been adjourned till 3:40 pm today.

Most Rajya Sabha MPs Support Private Member's Bill for OBC Quota in Parliament, Assemblies

Cutting across party lines, most Rajya Sabha members on Friday supported a private member's bill, which proposed to provide reservation to Other Backward Classes (OBC) in Lok Sabha and state Assemblies to ensure proportionate representation.

V Vijaysai Reddy of the YSR Congress party moved a private member's bill. The Constitution (Amendment) Bill, 2018 (insertion of new articles 330A and 332A) proposes to ensure a proportionate representation to OBC in representative bodies -- House of the People and the Legislative Assemblies of the State, PTI reported.

Parliament (Enhancement of Productivity) Bill, 2017 Defeated by Voice Votes

Introduced by Naresh Gujaral, the Parliament (Enhancement of Productivity) Bill, 2017 was defeated by voice votes.

Union Minister Piyush Goyal said " the government appreciates the intention. The Council of Ministers will consider the proposal."

Lok Sabha Resumes

Lok Sabha resumed as BJP MP Meenakshi Lekhi chaired the House after it was adjourned till 3:40 pm.

Bill to Reverse SC Verdict on Sabarimala in Lok Sabha

MP NK Premachandran introduced a private member bill for the consideration of the Lok Sabha to reverse the Supreme Court verdict on the entry of women aged 10-40 years in the Sabarimala temple.

Lok Sabha Adjourned for the Day

Lok Sabha was adjourned for the day. The House will sit next on June 24 at 11 am.

RS Adjourned for the Day

Rajya Sabha was adjourned for the day. The House will next sit on June 24 at 11 am.

Amit Shah to Table His First Bill on J&K Quotas Today

Home Minister Amit Shah is to table the Bill on Jammu and Kashmir quotas in the Parliament today, his first after he was elected to the lower house from Gandhinagar in the general elections.

According to an NDTV report, the Bill provides for amendments in the Jammu and Kashmir Reservation Act, 2004 to provide reservation in state government jobs to the youth of the state from the economically weaker sections of the society, over religion or caste.

Parliament to Take Up Motion of Thanks on President’s Address

Both houses of the Parliament are also scheduled to take up the Motion of Thanks on the President’s Address today, after Presidet Ram Nath Kovind addressed a joint sitting of both houses on 20 June.

While JP Nadda will open the debate in Rajya Sabha, the Lok Sabha will see Union Minister Pratap Chandra Sarangi take charge.

DMK Issues Notice in Lok Sabha Over TN Water Crisis

DMK’s TR Baalu has issued notice in Lok Sabha over Tamil Nadu water crisis, reported News18. Party president MK Stalin scheduled to hold protests in Chennai over the matter today

Bills to Be Tabled Today

Apart from the Jammu and Kashmir Reservation (Amendment) Bill, 2019, the Aadhaar and Other Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2019 is also to be tabled in Lok Sabha today.

AAP MP Gives Zero Hour Notice in Rajya Sabha

Aam Aadmi Party Rajya Sabha MP Sanjay Singh has given a Zero Hour Notice in Rajya Sabha over increasing crime in the national capital, reports news agency ANI.

RJD MP Manoj Jha Moves Motion in Rajya Sabha Over Encephalitis Deaths

RJD MP Manoj Jha has moved a Calling Attention motion in Rajya Sabha over deaths of children in Muzaffarpur.

TMC MPs Stage Protest

All India Trinamool Congress (TMC) MPs stage protest in front of Mahatma Gandhi statue at the Parliament with placards that read 'No EVM, We want paper ballot'.

Bill on J&K Quota Tabled in Lok Sabha

MoS Home G Kishan Reddy on Monday, 24 June, tabled the Bill on Jammu and Kashmir quotas in the Parliament, on behalf of Home Minister Amit Shah. This is Shah’s first Bill in the Parliament after he was elected to the lower house from Gandhinagar in the general elections.

RS Prasad Tables Aadhaar Amendment Bill

Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad introduced the Aadhaar and Other Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2019 in Lok Sabha.

Discussion on Motion of Thanks on President’s Address Underway

Discussion on Motion of thanks on the President's address underway in Lok Sabha.

GST Council to Consider Reducing Tax on Electric Vehicles

The GST Council will consider reducing tax on electric vehicles, which are seen as more environment-friendly, and the matter is pending before it, Minister of State for Finance Anurag Thakur informed the Lok Sabha on Monday.

Thakur was replying to a question asked by BJP member Varun Gandhi during the Question Hour.

"The matter has been placed befor the GST Council and will be considered. As of now, it is pending before the council," he said.

Thakur said the number of tax filers has doubled under the GST, and it shows that people's trust in the new tax regime has increased.

He said the council has taken several decisions since the Goods and Services Tax, which has brought many indirect taxes levied by states and the Centre under one regime, was rolled out in 2017 to simplify the exercise and also to benefit traders, including MSME sector

AAP MP Sanjay Singh Raises Zero Hour Notice in Rajya Sabha Over Spurt in Crime in Delhi

Congress MP Adhir Ranjan Choudhary Questions Govt on 2G Scam

Congress MP Adhir Ranjan Choudhary questioned the government on the 2G scam, stating that if Congress President Rahul Gandhi was a thief, then how was he in the parliament.

“Did you manage to catch anybody in 2G & coal allocation scam? Did you manage to send Sonia Gandhi ji & Rahul Gandhi ji behind the bars? You came to power by calling them thieves, then how are they sitting in the parliament?”
Adhir Ranjan Choudhary

'Give Us Old India Back,' Ghulam Nabi Azad Attacks Govt on Lynchings

Ghulam Nabi Azad, the leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha attacked the government on Monday over the latest incident of lynching in Jharkhand.

Terming the state as 'a factory of lynching and violence', he said that Dalits and Muslims are being killed there every week. "I request you to keep the New India to yourself and give us our Old India where there was love, culture," he said.

BJD Candidates & BJP Nominee File Papers for RS Bypoll

Two ruling Biju Janata Dal candidates and one BJP nominee on Monday filed their nomination papers for the by-election to the three vacant Rajya Sabha seats of Odisha.

While BJD's Amar Patnaik and Sasmit Patra filed their nomination papers for two Rajya Sabha seats in presence of party president and Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, BJP candidate Ashwini Vaishnab also submitted his papers with the returning officer.

Lok Sabha Session Extended Till 8 pm

Lok Sabha has been extended till 8 pm and Rajya Sabha till 7:10 pm as Motion of Thanks on President's address is underway.

Lengthy Elections Should Be Avoided: AIADMK

Speaking on the motion, S R Balasubramoniyan of the AIADMK suggested that elections which stretch too long should be avoided in the future, citing the example of the recently concluded general elections spread over seven phases across the country.

Referring to electronic voting machines (EVMs), he said, of late, there have a number of demonstrations by a political party that it can be tampered with on a booth level. Many advanced economies have paper ballot system. We must also go back to the paper ballot system, he said.

On the suggestion of holding Lok Sabha and state polls simultaneously, Balasubramoniyan said he does not know how feasible such a proposition is as reports so far suggest it is impractical.

PM Modi to Reply on Motion of Thanks on Tuesday

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will reply in Lok Sabha, on motion of thanks for President's address, on Tuesday, 25 June.

RS Likely to Adjourn for Day Tomorrow After Obituary Reference of Saini

The Rajya Sabha is likely to be adjourned for the day on Tuesday after obituary reference as per conventions because a sitting member, BJP MP from Rajasthan Madan Lal Saini, died.

However, the floor leaders of various parties would meet Tuesday morning to decide whether the House will function to complete the debate on the motion of thanks to the President's address.

As per convention, the House is adjourned for the day after obituary references if any sitting member of the House dies during the session, the sources pointed out.

Saini, who was also the Rajasthan BJP president, died on 24 June, while undergoing treatment at AIIMS in Delhi. He was 75.

Adhir Ranjan Apologises for Comments on PM Modi

Leader of Congress in Lok Sabha Adhir Ranjan Choudhary apologised for his comments on PM Modi, reportedly expressing regret and claiming his “lack of familiarity” with Hindi. According to Times of India, his comments have now been struck of the LS record.

Chowdhary had on Monday taken exception to BJP leader Pratao Chandra Sarangi’s comparison with Swami Vivekananda, stating that the comparison was as inappropriate as a reference to the river Ganga and drainage.

Mimi Chakraborty, Nusrat Jahan Take Oath as Lok Sabha MPs

TMC's winning candidates from Jadavpur and Basirhat, Mimi Chakraborty and Nusrat Jahan respectively, took oath as members of the Lok Sabha on Tuesday.

Dayanidhi Maran Brings Up Water Crisis in TN, Says 'AIADMK is Complacent'

Speaking on the water crisis in Tamil Nadu, DMK MP Dayanadhi Maran said in the Lok Sabha that the pre-monsoon rain is the lowest in the last 65 years.

“Water supply in the four reservoirs supplying water in Chennai has dropped below 1 percent. We are going through a severe water crisis. A similar situation took place in 2004. Then, Karunanidhi decided to set up a desalination unit and UPA government sanctioned Rs 1,000 crores for a desalination plant to be implemented in Chennai. But the Centre’s ally AIADMK is complacent. Yesterday, MK Stalin was protesting for the people.”
DMK MP Dayanidhi Maran, as quoted by ANI
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'Have to Move Together to Fulfil the Dream of a Strong, Inclusive Nation': PM Modi

Speaking in the Lok Sabha on Tuesday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said there's a need to "move together to fulfil the dream of a strong, safe, developed and inclusive nation".

“After many decades, the country has given a strong mandate, a government was voted back into power... The Lok Sabha elections have shown that more than themselves, the people of India are thinking about the betterment of the country, this spirit is commendable.”
PM Narendra Modi in Lok Sabha
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Leave Vajpayee, You Never Even Recognised Narasimha Rao's Role: PM Tells Congress

Launching a blistering attack on the Congress during his address to the Lok Sabha on Tuesday, PM Modi said the grand old party never even recognised the role of Narasimha Rao, let alone that of Atal Bihari Vajpayee.

Attacking the Gandhi family, the PM said that "people outside the family don't get recognition."

“We don’t want to grow taller like you (Congress), but remain connected to roots; don’t want to disconnect with the masses.”
PM Modi
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'We Don't Believe in Vendetta': PM Modi

In another dig at the Congress during his Lok Sabha address, PM Modi said that his government doesn't believe in vendetta.

"We are being slammed because we didn't put some people in jail, this is not Emergency that government can throw anyone in jail. This is democracy and judiciary will decide on this. We let law take its course and if someone gets bail then they should enjoy. We don't believe in vendetta," he said.

He also brought up the Triple Talaq Bill, which was tabled in the Lok Sabha a few days back, saying it should not be linked to religion.

"Congress missed opportunities with Uniform Civil Code and Shah Bano case. Today, again there is an opportunity. We have brought a Bill for women empowerment, please do not link it to religion.”

PM Modi to Address Rajya Sabha on 26 June

PM Narendra Modi will reply on the 'Motion Of Thanks On the President's Address', in Rajya Sabha on Wednesday, 26 June.

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