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

Catch all the live updates of the Budget Session of 17th Lok Sabha here.

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Catch all the live updates of the Budget Session of 17th Lok Sabha here.

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.

  • “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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6:20 PM, 18 Jun

'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.

6:20 PM, 18 Jun

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.

5:32 AM, 19 Jun

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.

5:37 AM, 19 Jun

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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