Parliament proceedings | February 7, 2022

Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha remained adjourned for an hour today as a mark of respect for legendary singer Lata Mangeshkar

February 07, 2022 09:26 am | Updated 11:35 pm IST

A view of the Rajya Sabha during ongoing Budget Session of Parliament, in New Delhi, February 4, 2022

A view of the Rajya Sabha during ongoing Budget Session of Parliament, in New Delhi, February 4, 2022

Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha remained adjourned for an hour today as a mark of respect for legendary singer Lata Mangeshkar. Mangeshkar, 92, passed away on Sunday.

In his nearly 100 minute-long reply to the debate on the Motion of Thanks to the President’s Address in the Lok Sabha, Prime Minister Narendra Modi charged the Congress of following ‘divide and rule’ policy and accused the party of committing a paap [sin] and ‘crossing all limits’ by politicising the corona pandemic.

Union Home Minister Amit Shah made statements in both Houses on the attack on MP Asaduddin Owaisi. Mr. Shah said that two people have been arrested and the Home Ministry has sought a report from the U.P. govt. He also requested Mr. Owaisi to accept the proposed protection for him.

Here are the latest updates :

Lok Sabha

Lok Sabha adjourned for the day

Lok Sabha has been adjourned till Tuesday, February 8, 2022.

Lok Sabha

Amit Shah speaks on attack on Owaisi in Uttar Pradesh

Home Minister Amit Shah informs the House that FIR has been registered in the case related to attack on AIMIM chief and Hyderabad MP Asaduddin Owaisi. He says, "Mr. Owaisi's tour wasn't planned nor was any information of the tour available with the local authorities." Mr. Shah backs the law and order situation in the State. "Two accused have been arrested and enquiry is being conducted," the Home Minister says. "Central Government had announced protection for Mr. Owaisi, but because of his rejection, neither Delhi police nor Telangana police has been able to provide protection to Mr. Owaisi," Mr. Shah says, adding, "I request Owaisi ji to kindly accept the protection proposed to be provided to him."

Lok Sabha

Dayanidhi Maran of the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) says it is an insult to the Hosue that the Finance Minister is not present for the discussion. He says Ms. Sitharaman is currently on a TV channel show (India Today) and was an insult to the House.

"She's chosen to inform the country about the Budget through TV, instead of the Parliament," Mr. Maran says.

Lok Sabha

Opposition members boycott general discussion on Budget

Several Opposition members led by the Congress boycott the discussion.

Union Minister Prahalad Joshi clarifies the Finance Minister was present in the House when the discussion began and now the Minister of State for Finance and two other Cabinet Ministers are present.

However, the Congress and other Opposition members shout from the corridor and demand Ms. Sitharaman's presence.

BJP's Dr. Nishikant Dubey slams the Congress for disrupting the House decorum.

Lok Sabha

Opposition protests over the absence of Nirmala Sitharaman

Congress' Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury points out that Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman is absent from the House during the discussion on the Union Budget. "It's an unbecoming scenario," he says.

As Minister of State for Finance Dr. Bhagwat Kishanrao Karad says he is making notes of everything the members were saying on the Budget, the Opposition members shout in protest and demand Ms. Sitharaman be present in the House for the discussion.

Chair A. Raja tries to calm the Opposition members and says he will advise the Government on the matter. However, the members continue their protest as the next member speaks on the Budget.

Lok Sabha

Congress MP Shashi Tharoor slams the Union Budget 2022 saying the announcements of this Budget mask a betrayal by this government of the hopes and aspirations of the people. " Tamanna aasmaan ki this, zameen bhi na mili (we desired for the sky but didn't even get the ground)," he says reading the couplet.

"Partly as a result of the pandemic and party on account of consistent failures in policy making since 2014, the comman man finds itself in an unprecedented state of distress," he says.

Lok Sabha | 7:10 pm

General discussion on Budget begins

General discussion on the Union Budget 2022 has started in the House. - PRS Legislative

Lok Sabha | 7:08 pm

The Motion of Thanks to the President's Address gets passed in the Lok Sabha. - PRS Legislative

Lok Sabha | 7:06 pm

PM Modi asks Opposition to work together for India

Prime Minister Narendra Modi says some people object when I talk about fundamental duties. "I am surprised that Congress is now objecting to fundamental duties. Let me quote Nehru ji on duties. He said along with independence comes responsibility."

Quoting a shloka, he says I would like the Congress to introspect whether you have wasted an important moment in history.

Finally, he urges Opposition members to come together and work for the nation together in this moment of Amrit Mahotsav.

The Prime Minister thanks all the members in the House and wraps up his speech.

Lok Sabha | 6:53 pm

PM Modi talks about how the people of Tamil Nadu saluted when CDS General Bipin Rawat's body passed by on the streets. "This is my country," he says.

The British has left but Congress still believes in divide and rule and they are now the leader of the Tukde Tukde gang, the PM alleges.

He further says the Congress don't have any intention of coming to power but now they want to spoil everything. They said such things that they will divide the country, he adds.

"No matter what your game plan is, this country is immortal, united and is moving ahead," the PM says.

Lok Sabha | 6:52 pm

Mr. Modi quotes from former PM Jawaharlal Nehru's book 'Discovery of India' to argue that despite India's different cultural and linguistic heritage, Pandit Nehru talked of common national heritage.

The British legacy of divide and rule has been adopted by the Congress, says PM Modi as he quotes a Tamil verse of Subramania Bharathi.

Lok Sabha | 6:30 pm

Responding to the Oppositions demand of speaking on inflation, Mr. Modi says during the last five years of Congress rule, the country had to face double digit inflation. "The then Finance Minister in 2011 had shamelessly said to people that he didn't have Alladin's magic lamp," the PM says.

He further quotes Chidambaram's comment that "people didn't have a problem in buying a bottle of water for Rs 15 or an ice cream for Rs 20. But people have a problem in giving a rupee extra for wheat". He says the previous government had such insensitive approach towards inflation.

Our government has given priority to control inflation, PM Modi says while noting that inflation has been under 5% between 2014 and 2020.

Despite coronavirus pandemic, inflation has been under 5.5% and food inflation is under 3%, the PM says.

He quotes Jawaharlal Nehru on inflation. Mr. Modi claims that Pandit Nehru, from the ramparts of the Red Fort, said, "Sometimes even a war in Korea also influence us and that's why prices of goods go up and the situation goes out of our control."

This is what the first Prime Minister used to say as he threw his hands up. He would say when something happens even in America, prices go up., Mr. Modi claims.

Attacking the Congress, the PM says if you were in power today, you would have put it on corona, but we are working very hard to tackle this.

Today, in the US and OECD countries, inflation is about 7% and we are not to running away but tackling it head on, PM Modi says.

The Congress has been giving slogans of 'Garibi Hatao' since 1971. But they changed the definition of poverty, he alleges. "And in one stroke of the pen, the Congress changed 17 crore people from being poor to well off people."

Poverty didn't end but after 41 years, the poor threw you out (of the power), the Prime Minister says.

Lok Sabha | 6:26 pm

PM Modi further attacks the Congress for questioning Make in India and says they have a problem because it has shut the route to commissions.

To be able to be atma nirbhar in the defence sector is a matter of national service, the PM says. "I know the power of defence deals and such powerful people have been challenged by Modi."

Lok Sabha | 6:23 pm

The Prime Minister says some people enjoy creating fear among the youth, entrepreneurs and the job creators.

Many of Indian unicorns today are capable of becoming multi-national companies (MNCs), he says.

Without naming Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, the PM said,"Some people are referring to the enterprising people as variants of Corona," and adds that those who don't take lessons from history end up becoming history themselves.

"Between 1960 and 1980s, some people used to refer to Nehru ji and Indira ji's governments as Tata-Birla government. You are using the same language," Mr. Modi says, referring to Mr. Gandhi's speech.

Lok Sabha | 6:17 pm

PM Modi says we have opened up space, defence, drones and mining industries to the private sectors and are removing barriers in terms of compliances. "We are offering a level playing ground to the domestic industry," he adds.

Mr. Modi says, "We have tried to remove the notion that Government decides everyone's fate. We are trying to tell the youth that this is not the case. We can change destiny through collective efforts."

"We do not believe only Governments can solve all problems. We believe in the people of the nation, the youth of the nation. Take the start-up sector for example. The number of start-ups have risen and this shows the strength of our people."

Lok Sabha | 6:15 pm

Prime Minister Modi also talks about the importance of multi modal transport, airports, heliports and says all these projects give the maximum employment.

He says, under the Atmanirbhar Bharat abhiyan, whether manufacturing or services, our productivity has been going up and India is now part of the global value chain.

The PM quotes a SBI study about 13.5 MSMEs being prevented from shutting down because of government's policy and how it saved 1.5 crore jobs. Similarly, Mudra scheme and Swanidhi yojana, street vendors have benefited, he says.

Mr. Modi says his government has spent Rs. 2 lakh crore on migrant workers. He also says the PM Gati Shakti will bring down the logistics cost.

Lok Sabha | 6:07 pm

Resuming his address, PM Modi expresses his displeasure over the interruptions. He tells Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury that why are you overdoing it now. "None will remove you this session,"Mr. Modi said

The PM further says that we have achieved all this at a time when the global economy is going through an upheaval.

He says India took very important decisions with regard to small farmers and adds that those who have been staying in palaces for generations don't know the problems of small farmers. "If we want to get rid of poverty, we have to focus on small farmers. But these people don't like that"

Mr. Modi says some people are chained in their mindset of slavery for generations and like the laws of 20th century. But they can't fulfil the aspirations of 21st century.

In U.P., the Saryu Canal project was started in the 70s but we completed it, he claims. Mr. Modi also talks about restarting waterways, reviving the Gorakhpur Fertiliser plant. "For you, file was everything, for us, life is everything,"he says.

Lok Sabha | 6:05 pm

Commotion in the House

As the PM talks about India's growing exports, Opposition members object. The Treasury benches and Opposition members then shout at each other until Speaker Om Birla intervenes.

Lok Sabha | 5:59 pm

PM Modi says the world recognises that the economic policies adopted by India during the COVID-19 crisis have proven to be effective, while adding that India is among the fastest growing developing economies.

Our farmers produced a surplus even during a pandemic, Mr. Modi notes.

He says, "The country didn't allow anyone to die of hunger as 80 crore people have been given free ration."

Talking about the country's exports, The PM says our farm exports have gone up, software and mobile phone exports have gone up, and even defence exports have gone up.

Lok Sabha | 5:54 pm

The PM says that some people waited, thinking that Corona (crisis) will drag down Modi's image.

Mr. Modi says some people take the name of Mahatma Gandhi but don't want to see his dreams of swadesh. "When Modi says vocal for local, at least, go through what is the intent," he says.

He says for many years, several States have not voted the Congress to power. "Sometimes I think the way you (the Congress) speak or conduct yourself, you have made up your mind that you don't want to come to power for the next 100 years."

Lok Sabha | 5:46 pm

PM Modi says we are celebrating Azadi ka Amrut Mahotsava and the country is entering a phase of amrit kaal . All those who gave up their lives for the cause of freedom, it's the time to remember their sacrifices, he says.

"We are all freedom loving people and it's our nature. Criticism is  an essential to democracy but blind opposition is disrespecting the democratic mandate," the Prime Minister says.

The PM notes that India is facing the worst crisis of the century and says many believed that "we won't be able to deal with it". "But we came up with Made in India vaccine," he says.

Mr. Modi informs the House that about 100 per cent eligible people have got the first dose and nearly 80 per cent people have got the second dose.

PM Modi alleges that some people did party politics even during the pandemic. However, when Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury objects, the PM names the Congress and said, "During Coronavirus crisis, the Congress crossed a threshold".

He alleges that the Delhi Government also did the same and made announcements in the capital's slum areas that they should go back to their home States.

"That's why States like U.P., Uttarakhand, Punjab, where the pandemic was not severe, also turned grim," PM Modi says while asking "are the people of the country and these States not yours"?

Lok Sabha | 5:37 pm

Prime Minister Modi says India has achieved milestones, while citing the example of houses built under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana. He says the owners of those houses also now come under the category of lakhpati.

PM Modi talks about power connection, LPG cylinders in poor households and says there was a time when having an LPG connection was considered a status symbol.

"If you were connected to the ground, you would have seen these changes," he says while adding that it is unfortunate that many people are still stuck in 2014.

Referring to the Congress, he says they have had to bear the consequences of their mind set. "The people of the country have seen through you," he says. He says that whose who give long lectures forget that they were also in the Government for 50 years.

The Prime Minister points out, "Nagaland voted for the Congress last time in 1998, Odisha voted for the Congress last time in 1995, Uttar Pradesh, Gujarat and Bihar voted you in 1985."

As some Opposition members object to PM Modi's remarks, he says floor of the House should be made for the benefit for the country, not for a party, and that's why we are forced to reply.

Tamil Nadu last voted for you in 1962, Telangana hasn't voted for you even though you take credit of the formation of the State, Mr. Modi adds.

"So many elections have been lost yet you (the Congress) have not lost its arrogance," PM Modi says as he reads a couplet that alludes to Congress refusing to see the reality.

Lok Sabha | 5:33 pm

PM Modi says, after the World War 2, there was a new world order. Similarly, after COVID-19 pandemic, there is a new order. It's a turning point and India shouldn't lose this opportunity, the Prime Minister says.

He says, India should be able to put her views on the main table and India should be able to occupy leadership position.

"As we head to 100 years of Independence, we should be able to build new capacities with a new resolve," Mr. Modi adds.

Lok Sabha | 5:30 pm

Before starting to speak on the issue, Prime Minister Modi pays tribute to Lata Mangeshkar. He says Lata didi mesmerized, inspired and also united India. "I pay my sincere homage to Lata didi," PM Modi says.

Lok Sabha | 5:26 pm

PM Modi replies on the Motion of Thanks on President's Address

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is replying on the Motion of Thanks on President's Address now in the Lok Sabha.

Mr. Modi says Honorable Rashtrapati ji has spelt out the efforts of Atma Nirbhar Bharat as well as aspirational India. I want to thank all the members who put forth their views, he adds.

Lok Sabha | 5:14 pm

Congress MP Shashi Tharoor says the India Meteorological Department (IMD) has been failing to issue red alerts for heavy rains in a timely manner in the State of Kerala. He alleges lack of preparedness of the IMD for weather forcast.

"Though, Kerala requires 256 weather stations as per the BIS standards, there are only 21 automatic weather stations, of which only 15 are functional," Mr. Tharoor noted.

"I urge the Minister (of Earth Sciences) to expedite the setting up of 100 automatic weather stations in the State as promised by the IMD in the aftermath of 2018 floods."

Lok Sabha | 5:11 pm

Zero hour begins in the Lok Sabha

Congress member from Kerala, T. N. Prathapan, raises the issue of Muslim girl students wearing hijab being denied entry into Karnataka schools.

Lok Sabha | 5:06 pm

Union Minister Arjun Munda introduces the Constitution (Scheduled Tribes) Order (Amendment) Bill, 2022, in the Lok Sabha.

Lok Sabha | 5:00 pm

Lok Sabha proceedings resume

Papers are being laid on the table.

Lok Sabha | 4:05 pm

Lok Sabha adjourned till 5 pm

After the Lok Sabha proceedings began at 4.00 p.m., Speaker Om Birla expressed sorrow on legendary singer and former Rajya Sabha member Lata Mangeshkar's demise.

The House proceedings were then adjourned for an hour to pay tributes to her.

Rajya Sabha | 3:00 pm

Rajya Sabha adjourned till 10 am tomorrow

After announcing that discussions on the Motion of Thanks on President's Address is completed in the House, the Deputy Chair adjourned the House till February 8, 10 am.

Rajya Sabha | 2:51 pm

Mr. Sahasrabuddhe resumes speech on the Motion

Deputy Chair appeals to the House to speak on the issue, and not digress from it, after an Opposition Member raised a Point of Order.

He says that the BJP govt. linked the whole country through the UDAN scheme. 

Rajya Sabha | 2:31 pm

Amit Shah giving statement on Owaisi incident

Home Minister Amit Shah gives a statement on the Owaisi incident. Three bullet marks were seen on the car. Mr. Owaisi was safe, he says. "Mr. Owaisi did not have a planned event in Hapur and the district authorities were not informed of his trip."

He says that two people have been arrested and the Home Ministry has sought a report from the U.P. govt.

We have assessed his security threat and decided to give him security. I request him to accept the security cover, Mr. Shah says.

Rajya Sabha | 2:28 pm

Motion of Thanks to the President's Address continues

Dr. Vinay P. Sahasrabuddhe (BJP), Maharashtra speaks on the Motion. 

Opposition says newspapers are ours, but in the past three months, out of 30 editorials in Times of India, Indian Express and The Hindu, 25 criticised the government, he says.

Rajya Sabha | 2:15 pm

Vijaysai Reddy speaks on A.P. re-organisation Bill

V Vijaisai Reddy (YSRCP) raises issue of special category status for Andhra Pradesh, says BJP government gave the status to Uttarakhand. He says there cannot be one rule for BJP-ruled States and another for non-BJP rules States. 

Rajya Sabha | 1:48 pm

Motion of Thanks to the President's Address continues

Sukhram Singh Yadav (SP), Uttar Pradesh, asks the government to have the caste census done soon. 

Ahmad Ashfaque Karim (RJD), Bihar, speaks on the Motion.

Jaiprakash Nishad (BJP), Uttar Pradesh, speaks on the Motion. He says that U.P. CM Yogi Adityanath provided medicines and other necessity commodities to the people of the State during the pandemic. 

Rajya Sabha | 1:30 pm

Motion of Thanks to the President's Address continues

Binoy Viswam (CPI), Kerala, speaks on the Motion of Thanks to the President's address. Opposing the motion, he says the motion can only be opposed because the speech of the President was full of tall claims.

Rajya Sabha | 1:27 pm

Motion of Thanks to the President's Address continues

Sanjay Singh (AAP), Delhi, says many things in the President's address written by the government have no connection with reality.

Mahatma Gandhi is being disrespected in the 75th year of Independence and the government is silent, he says.

Rajya Sabha | 1:15 pm

Motion of Thanks to the President's Address continues

Former PM HD Deve Gowda, (JD(S)) speaks on the Motion of Thanks to the President's address. Mr. Gowda says the budget allocation for agriculture and allied sector has been disappointing.

Rajya Sabha | 12:58 pm

Motion of Thanks to the President's Address continues

Rakesh Sinha (BJP) speaks on the Motion of Thanks to the President's address.

Mr. Sinha says that Congress and the Communist Party of China are in cahoots with each other. "When Congress was in power, they signed an agreement with China in 2008," he says.

Rajya Sabha | 12:39 pm

Motion of Thanks to the President's Address continues

Ramdas Athawale, MoS, Social Justice and Empowerment, speaks on the Motion of Thanks to the President's address.

Deputy Chairman Harivansh reminds Mr. Athawale to speak on the Motion of Thanks. Mr. Athawale saysCongress should have made Mallikarjun Kharge Chief Minister of Karnataka.

Rajya Sabha | 12:35 pm

Motion of Thanks to the President's Address continues

Prakash Javedkar (BJP), Maharashtra, speaks on the Motion of Thanks to the President's address.

The country has seen new levels of development after this govt. came to power, he says.

Mr. Javedkar, says that only BJP govt. can construct Ram Mandir successfully. Opposition parties have scoffed at the existence of Sri Ram in mythology, do you think these parties will do anything for Ram Mandir?, he asks.

He says that he spent three months in Manipur during the last elections and people told him they would vote for PM Modi because they got ration.

Rajya Sabha | 12:13 pm

Motion of Thanks to the President's Address continues

Dr. Fauzia Khan (NCP), Maharashtra, speaks on the Motion of Thanks to the President's address.

"What I eat, what I wear, whom I love, all these are dictated by the govt. Where is the liberty that is prescribed in the constitution, she asks.

Today, women in Karnataka are not being allowed to choose what to wear, she says, referring to the ongoing Hijab controversy .

"When Muslim women are auctioned online, Government is silent, where is the feeling of fraternity?," she asks.

Rajya Sabha | 12:04 pm

Anand Sharma on nationalism

Amar Jawan Jyoti was dedicated to soldiers killed during Bangladesh war, but it was merged. I am a practising Hindu, I know a flame cannot be merged, he says.

It was said that India Gate is a colonial legacy. They were not mercenaries, he says.

In English it is called hate speech, and since the world is inter-connected, other countries are asking should this happen in India? This country belongs to all, he says.

Indian origin people are everywhere: Kamala Harris, Priti Patel, Rishi Sunak, Sundar Pichai- what will they think?, he asks.

Yesterday the country paid homage to Lata Mangeshkar ji, we heard her song- ae mere watan ke logon ….don’t damage country’s image. This country belongs to all, we have to move forward together. Don’t draw lines in the minds of young people, it will damage the country’s conscience, he says, and ends the speech.

Rajya Sabha | 11:45 am

Anand Sharma on GDP, employment, national security

Read your economic survey for the level of unemployment in the country, only 52 crore people are employed, 42 crore don’t have jobs, he says.

"We are not saying that you invited COVID-19 on telephone, it affected the economy, we are aware of that. Economy is at March 2020 level," he says. "Debt to GDP ratio is 90%, and this won’t be corrected by selling national assets."

He alleges that there was no mention of national security in the address.

"1 lakh forces deployed at China border. Newspapers know, foreign departments know, shouldn’t this be discussed in Parliament? In 1962, Nehru discussed the situation in the middle of a war. We were told that in-camera briefing will be done (on China), but nothing was done," he says.

Rajya Sabha | 11:40 am

Motion of Thanks to the President's Address continues

Anand Sharma (INC), Himachal Pradesh says that the President's speech is just a laundry list of achievements by the govt. "I was thinking, who wrote the President’s speech? Whoever wrote it should be answerable. They did not do justice for the President, it belies the present circumstances."

He says that a rosy picture is being shown, everyone wants the country to progress, a line is being drawn that Opposition does not want it to.

He says, Nehru remained in jail for 14 years, Indira and Rajiv Gandhi were martyred, how can you question their contribution? We acknowledge the work done during Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s tenure also. "We never said Vajpayeeji didn't work, but this govt. says that the Congress govt. has not done anything at all, which is wrong."

You cannot dismiss the work done by previous governments. A country cannot run on single ideology, India did not rise in 2014, it is a culmination of 74 years, he says.

This could be my last speech in the House, please let me speak, he urges the treasury benches. "You were not bequeathed a country that was barren and people didn’t have clothes to wear or which didn’t have a standing in the world."

Rajya Sabha | 11:27 am

Motion of Thanks to the President's Address begins

Seema Dvivedi (BJP), Uttar Pradesh says that we lost many near and dear ones during the pandemic. The Govt. of India spearheaded the vaccination process, and provided vaccines to many countries in the world, she says.

She says that India has put forth responsible commitments to bring down the impact of climate change.

Women are capable of doing everything men do, and it's because of PM Narendra Modi, all women could reach their true potential, she says.

Rajya Sabha | 11:08 am

Rajya Sabha proceedings resume

Papers are being laid on the table.

Deputy Chairman Harivansh says Home Minister Amit Shah will make a statement on attack on Asaduddin Owaisi later in the day, before the House rises.

Union Minister Arjun Munda Introduces a Bill further to amend the Constitution (Scheduled Castes) Order, 1950 to omit Bhogta community from the list of Scheduled Castes in relation to the State of Jharkhand and the Constitution (Scheduled Tribes) Order, 1950 for inclusion of certain communities in the lists of Scheduled Tribes in relation to the State of Jharkhand.

Also to introduce the Bill. 

Rajya Sabha | 10:07 am

Rajya Sabha adjourned for one hour

As a mark of respect to her memory, The House stands adjourned for an hour.

Before adjourning, he said the Question Hour will be dispensed with and discussion on the Motion of Thanks to the President for his address to the joint sitting of Parliament at the start of the Budget Session, will resume.

 

Rajya Sabha | 10:04 am

Rajya Sabha proceedings begin

Chairman Venkaiah Naidu expresses sorrow at the passing away of Lata Mangeshkar.

Her singing prowess has been as diverse as our country, he says.

She recorded over 25,000 songs, she captured every mood and journey of our country for over seven decades, he says.

She was a member of the House from 1999-2005, he says. "The country has lost a legendary playback singer… created irreparable void in world of music."

Members rise in silence to pay respect to the memory of the departed.

Rajya Sabha Chairman Venkaiah Naidu pays tribute to late Lata Mangeshkar, during the Budget Session of the Parliament, in New Delhi, on February 7.

Rajya Sabha Chairman Venkaiah Naidu pays tribute to late Lata Mangeshkar, during the Budget Session of the Parliament, in New Delhi, on February 7.

 

Parliament

Parliament to be adjourned for an hour on Monday as mark of respect to Lata Mangeshkar

The Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha will be adjourned for an hour on Monday as a mark of respect to legendary singer Lata Mangeshkar after the members pay tributes to her in both houses of Parliament, sources said.

Officials said a decision has been taken that the Rajya Sabha will be adjourned for an hour after Chairman M. Venkaiah Naidu reads Mangeshkar's obituary when the House meets for the day at 10 am on Monday.

In the Lok Sabha too, soon after the House meets at 4 pm, Speaker Om Birla will read out Mangeshkar's obituary and adjourn the proceedings for an hour, the sources said.

The legendary singer passed away in a Mumbai hospital on Sunday morning at the age of 92. She was admitted to the hospital in January after she was down with COVID-19.

Both houses of Parliament are witnessing a debate on the motion of thanks on the president's address and Prime Minister Narendra Modi is likely to reply to the debate in the Lok Sabha on Monday and in the Rajya Sabha on Tuesday.

Rajya Sabha

List of Business in Rajya Sabha (10:00 am)

1. Papers to be laid on the table.

2. Motion for the election to the coir board.

3. Question Hour.

4. Amit Shah to make a statement regarding attack on convoy of Asaduddin Owaisi.

5. Arjun Munda to introduce a Bill further to amend the Constitution (Scheduled Tribes) Order, 1950 for inclusion of certain community in the list of Scheduled Tribes in relation to the State of Tripura.

6. Motion of Thanks to the President's Address to continue.

Lok Sabha

List of Business in Lok Sabha (4:00 pm)

1. Question Hour

2. Papers to be laid on the table.

3. Report of the Standing Committee on Petroleum and Natural Gas to be presented.

4. Amit Shah to make a statement regarding attack on convoy of Asaduddin Owaisi, and B.L. Verma to make a statement regarding the status of implementation of the recommendations/observations contained in the 234th Report of the Standing Committee on Home Affairs.

5. Arjun Munda to introduce a Bill further to amend the Constitution (Scheduled Tribes) Order, 1950 for inclusion of certain community in the list of Scheduled Tribes in relation to the State of Tripura.

6. Motion of Thanks to the President's Address to continue. The discussion on the Motion of Thanks is expected to conclude in Lok Sabha.

7. General discussion on the Union Budget for 2022-2023.

Recap

Day 5 recap

Motion of Thanks on the President's address continued in Lok Sabha on Friday.

Minister Law and Justice Kiren Rijiju clarified that Army has clarified regarding the territory and all the junctions that are in question.

Leader of the Opposition in Lok Sabha Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury spoke about Netaji hologram being switched off at India Gate on Feb 3, 2022.

During the Zero Hour in Lok Sabha, Members discussed on the issues of chip Based e-passports, Coastal Economic Zone among other things.

In Rajya Sabha, Rakesh Sinha (BJP) moved Private Members Bill on Population Regulation.

During the Question Hour, to a question raised by BJP MP Sushil Modi on action taken against the Bulli Bai creators and subsequent questions, IT Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw said, "If the house has consensus we are willing to provide even stricter social media rules. At this point we are working within the framework of the Constitution. But yes, going forward we need to make the social media more accountable."

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