Prime Minister on Tuesday reached out to the opposition parties on the eve of what promises to be a very tough monsoon session of Parliament.
Countering Congress’ attack, the BJP said it was ready for discussion on all issues, including the the “scams” in Congress-ruled States. “This is nothing more than the noise of skeletons of Congress’ corruption. We are ready to discuss pending issues from ‘damaad’ to Quattrocchi,” Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said referring to the controversial land deals of Sonia Gandhi’s son-in-law Robert Vadra and the Bofors scam. > More..
Here are the live updates:
3:17 pm: Rajya Sabha has been adjourned for the day, following uproar over the Lalit Modi issue.
2:45 pm: Government said it is not formulating any policy for implementing ‘One Rank One Pension Scheme’ for paramilitary forces.
The principle of OROP for the Armed Forces has been accepted by the government, Minister of State for Defence Rao Inderjit Singh said in a written reply in Rajya Sabha.
1:30 pm: Leading the opposition protests, Congress members forced three adjournaments in the pre—lunch session making both Question Hour and Zero Hour a casualty, even as Leader of the House Arun Jaitley offered an immediate discussion and said Swaraj could make a statement on the issue.
1:25 pm: BJP’s national spokesman M.J. Akbar, who won the Rajya Sabha bypolls from Jharkhand earlier this month, took oath as a Rajya Sabha Member today.
The bypoll was necessitated following the resignation of K D Singh after he left Jharkhand Mukti Morcha (JMM) and joined Trinamool Congress.
Mr. Akbar, whose term will expire next year, had defeated Haji Hussain Ansari of the JMM by 19 votes.
1:10 pm: Leader of the House Arun Jailtely says the government is ready for a discussion and Ms. Swaraj would also make a statement on the issue. > More..
1:05 pm: We get a distinct and clear impression that Opposition wants disturbance, they don't want a discussion: Jaitley
1:00 pm: Govt. is ready for discussion in any format, at any time: Finance Minister Arun Jaitley on Lalit Modi controversy.
12:20 pm: Rajya Sabha adjourned for 30 minutes after uproar over Lalit Modi issue.
11:30 am: Rajya Sabha adjourned till 12 p.m. Opposition raises Lalit Modi issue, troops into well of House.
Ravi Shankar Prasad and Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi addressing the media after the adjournment of Rajya Sabha. Photo: Sandep Saxena
11:27 am: Congress MP Hanumanth Rao raises banner seeking Sushma Swaraj's removal in Rajya Sabha.
11:23 am: Lok Sabha adjourns for the day after obituary references.
The Lok Sabha paid tributes to a sitting member and 13 former MPs who died in the recent past on the first day of the Monsoon session today, following which the House was adjourned without transacting any business.
Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan also informed the House that TRS member from Warangal in Telangana Kadiyam Srihari had resigned on June 11 and she has accepted his resignation. > More..
10: 57 am: Lok sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan arrives for the monsoon session. Photo: Sandeep Saxena
10:50 am: Home Minister Rajnath Singh arrives. Photo: R.V. Moorthy
10:45 am: I hope that promises made by some political parties during the last session to help good decisions in this session will be kept: PM
10:35 am: Prime Minister Narendra Modi says he hopes the monsoon session of Parliament will be fruitful.
On Monday, Mr. Modi stepped in to face an adamant Congress that had said it would not permit Parliament to function unless BJP leaders facing allegations from impropriety to corruption, quit.
The BJP has made it clear that there would be no resignations and that they were in no mood to accede to any ultimatums.
Mr. Modi managed to get the backing of the allies on the various controversies surrounding BJP leaders but on the contentious Land Bill he extracted cooperation after assuring them that the government would not go ahead without discussion with them. The allies were also promised that there would be more frequent meetings.
The top developments:
|1||There is urgency to the exercise as the government’s two crucial bills — the Land Acquisition Bill and the Goods and Services Tax Amendment Bill — are held up.|
|2||The party also summoned Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje and her Madhya Pradesh counterpart Shivraj Singh Chouhan to hear their account in the Lalit Modi and Vyapam controversies.|
|3||At the all-party meeting, the Prime Minister expressed his willingness to discuss any issue, even under rules that permitted voting, as he said that running Parliament is a “shared responsibility”.|
|4||Mr Modi managed to get the backing of the allies on the various controversies surrounding BJP leaders but on the contentious Land Bill he extracted cooperation after assuring them that the government would not go ahead without discussion with them.|
|5||Both the leaders are being targeted by the Opposition but the BJP is firmly backing the two Chief Ministers and has planned a strong counter offensive against the Congress, which is leading the onslaught.|
|6||The party is trying to get its act together not only to frustrate the Opposition but to also assure its allies that the charges against the Chief Ministers are baseless.|
|7||The Congress has been insisting so far that Mr. Modi has remained silent on the issues.|
|8||Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi has vowed not to allow passage of the Land bill in Parliament even though Modi government.|
|9||Prime Minister Narendra Modi had said political deadlock over the land acquisition bill was “seriously impacting” rural development.|
|10||The Chief Secretaries of the Congress-ruled States, responding to a letter from the Joint Parliamentary Committee on the Land Bill, have stated their objections to the changes proposed by the government to the 2013 Act.|