Live: Rajya Sabha Passes SC & ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Bill
The Indian parliament. (Photo: Reuters)
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Live: Rajya Sabha Passes SC & ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Bill

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SC & ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Bill Passed in RS

In a landmark move, the Rajya Sabha passed the SC & ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Bill pretty peacefully. Deputy Chairman of the Rajya Sabha Sabha PJ Kurien appreciated the unanimous way the bill was discussed. This was among the other two bills which were passed unanimously by the Higher House within minutes.

The Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Amendment Bill, 2014 aims to prohibit the commission of offences against members of the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (SCs and STs) and provides for establishing special courts for the trial of such offences and the rehabilitation of victims.

Meanwhile, the Rajya Sabha decides to discuss Juvenile Justice Bill tomorrow as it was not listed for today.

Rajya Sabha LOP Accuses Government of Mischief

Leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad accuses Government of “brazen mischief to defame Opposition and divert attention from Jaitley issue by bringing the unlisted Juvenile Justice Bill in Rajya Sabha.”

Azad also said that the Congress will “support Juvenile Justice Bill in Upper House if it is brought tomorrow”.

Lok Sabha Adjourned Till 2 PM

DDCA-Jaitley issue gathered steam in the lok Sabha following which the Congress members walked out of the House protesting Jaitley’s remarks. Union minister of Parliamentary affairs Venkaiah Naidu shielded Jaitley.

Probe found that Arun Jaitley has no role in DDCA irregularities. He has not been president since 2013. He’s known in entire country for his impeccable honesty and integrity.
M Venkaiah Naidu

Lok Sabha Remains Agitated Over Jaitley Issue

Congress MP and former MoS for Civil Aviation KC Venugopal raised the DDCA issue, which Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley stood up to clarify.

Delhi did not have a stadium. It had a maidan. During my tenure at the DDCA, we considered it necessary to build a stadium in the city. At that time BCCI used to grant Rs 4 crore as infrastructure subsidy. We had to raise money. All allegations against me are wrong and baseless.
Arun Jaitley

Jaitley Speaks Out

  • Please sit down; facts will be extremely inconvenient
  • In 114 crore, a stadium of 42,000 capacity was made. When Congress was in power JLN stadium was renovated for 900 crore
  • All these allegations are baseless and devoid of truth

BJP MP Kirti Azad who conducted a press conference on Sunday over DDCA issue was next to speak.

Kirti Azad in Lok Sabha. (Photo: Screengrab)
Kirti Azad in Lok Sabha. (Photo: Screengrab)
Yes the stadium was made in 114 crore, but we know what the condition of the stadium is right now. There should be CBI inquiry in the DDCA case. Had the government not wanted to fight against corruption, it would not have sent the CBI notice (to Vyapam scam whistle-blower Prashant Pandey) on October 23. Congress members can demand for a SIT to investigate the DDCA scam so that the matter gets over soon.
Kirti Azad

Congress Walks Out Demanding Parl Panel

The Congress demanded a parliamentary probe panel on alleged DDCA irregularities and the resignation of Finance Minister Arun Jaitley but he rejected the charges against him as “baseless”.

Dissatisfied over Jaitley’s reply in the Lok Sabha, Congress members walked out of the house.

Rajya Sabha remains adjourned till 2pm over the DDCA issue.

Lok Sabha: Insolvency And Bankruptcy Code Bill Introduced

While the Rajya Sabha remains adjourned, the Lower House has seen gone about its business. The Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code Bill was introduced in the Lok Sabha.

The Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, once enacted, will not only improve the ease of doing business in India, but will also ensure better debt recovery for creditors.

Rajya Sabha Adjourned, but Will Discuss Juvenile Bill

The Chairman of the Rajya Sabha Hamid Ansari adjourned the House till 12:30 pm after heavy protest by Congress members over the DDCA issue. However all the parties agreed to discuss the Juvenile Justice Bill in the House.

Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, who started his Parliament session with the Rajya Sabha is now seen seated in the Lok Sabha.

Arun Jaitley in the Lok Sabha.
Arun Jaitley in the Lok Sabha.

Rajya Sabha Remains Disturbed

Vice Chairman of the Rajya Sabha PJ Kurien asks Congress members to refrain from displaying placards because this goes against the rule of the House. Union minister Venkaiah Naidu terms Congress’ show of protest as “cheap politicking”.

Amidst the growing crescendo demanding Jaitley’s resignation, MoS for Parliamentary Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi categorically said “No one will resign.”

Congress members displaying placards in the Rajya Sabha. (Photo: Screengrab)
Congress members displaying placards in the Rajya Sabha. (Photo: Screengrab)
I understand your agitation if Finance Minister was not open for discussion. But this is unfortunate given that the Government is ready.
PJ Kurien

He then went on to expunge all allegations against the Finance Minister.

Rajya Sabha, Lok Sabha Start Functioning

Union Parliamentary Affairs Minister Venkaiah Naidu asks the Opposition members to cooperate over Juvenile Justice Bill discussion.

Please tell them such protests don’t suit party which ruled for so many decades.

Lok Sabha conducts Question Hour peacefully.

What All Will Be Discussed?

With just three days left for the Winter Session of Parliament to conclude, the Centre is hopeful that a portion of the pending business will be completed. In an all-party meet on Friday, leaders had agreed to a truce to pass those bills on which there is a consensus.

Following is today’s schedule for both Houses of Parliament:

Lok Sabha:

Bill for introduction:
- The Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code, 2015

Bills for consideration and passing:
- The National Waterways Bill, 2015

Further discussion on price rise.

Rajya Sabha:

Bills for consideration and return:
- The Appropriation (No. 4) Bill, 2015
- The Appropriation (No. 5) Bill, 2015

Bills for consideration and passing:
- The Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Amendment Bill, 2015
- The Commercial Courts, Commercial Division and Commercial Appellate Division of High Courts Bill, 2015
- The Arbitration and Conciliation (Amendment) Bill, 2015

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DDCA Issue Rocks Lok Sabha, Rajya Sabha

Speaker Sumitra Mahajan adjourns the Lok Sabha after Opposition members caused an uproar by demanding the resignation of Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley over the DDCA corruption issue.

The Juvenile Justice Act was being discussed in the Rajya Sabha, but was disrupted when Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad raked up DDCA issue. Vice Chairman of the House PJ Kurien asked him to stop since there was no prior permission taken from the House to level any charge against any leader (which is the rule).

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Jaitley interjected saying that he is ready to have a discussion. Protest continued forcing the House to be adjourned for fifteen minutes.

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