Harivansh Singh Named RS Dy Chairman; PM Lauds His ‘Unbiased Role’

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Harivansh Singh Named RS Dy Chairman; PM Lauds His ‘Unbiased Role’

NDA candidate Harivansh Narayan Singh was elected as the deputy chairperson of the Rajya Sabha after a voice vote on the first day of the Monsoon Session on Monday, 14 September.

“The respect I hold for Harivansh ji, each member of the House shares (that). He has earned this respect. His unbiased role in the Parliament strengthens our democracy,” Prime Minister Narendra Modi was quoted as saying in Rajya Sabha on Singh’s election.

The proceedings for the Upper House began after the Lok Sabha session which started at 9 am and went on for four hours.

Meanwhile, at least 17 Members of Parliament, including Meenakshi Lekhi, Anant Kumar Hegde and Parvesh Sahib Singh, have tested positive for COVID-19. The tests were conducted before the Parliament session began on Monday morning.

  • In Rajya Sabha, tributes were paid to Pranab Mukherjee and others who passed away recently, after which the House was adjourned for an hour
  • 359 members attended proceedings of the Lok Sabha on the first day of the session, the Lower House secretariat said
  • Arriving at the Parliament and addressing the media ahead of the session, PM Modi said he believed all members would give a united message that the country stands with its soldiers
  • Congress leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury said that suspension of question hour was strangulation of democracy

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8:59 PM , 14 Sep

Rajya Sabha Adopts Motions to do Away With Question Hour, Private Members' Business

The Rajya Sabha on Monday adopted a motion to do away with Question Hour and private members' business during the ongoing Monsoon session, which is being held amid coronavirus pandemic, PTI reported.

8:38 PM , 14 Sep

Rajya Sabha Adjourned Till 9 am Tomorrow

The Rajya Sabha has been adjourned till 9 am on Tuesday. The Upper House will be holding its sessions from 9 am to 1 pm from Tuesday, while the Lok Sabha will have proceedings from 3 pm to 7 pm.

Meanwhile, a meeting of the Union Cabinet is scheduled to be held at 1:30 pm on Tuesday at the Parliament House Annexe.

7:08 PM , 14 Sep

'Grateful for Giving Responsibility to Someone Hailing from an Ordinary Family': Harivansh Singh

After being re-elected as the Rajya Sabha deputy chairperson on the first day of the Monsoon Session on Monday, Harivansh Narayan Singh reportedly said, "I am grateful to all of you that you considered fit to give this important responsibility to a person who hails from a very ordinary family based in a village and who never went to an English-medium school:

7:02 PM , 14 Sep

Congress Slams Centre for Introducing 3 Farmers-Related Bills

The Congress on Monday hit out at the Centre for introducing three farmers-related Bills in the Lok Sabha, alleging that they will give 'freedom' to corporates to "brutally exploit" farmers and take away the protection that minimum support price (MSP) provides, PTI reported.

Published: 14 Sep 2020, 7:22 AM IST
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