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Congress MPs stage a protest outside Parliament on Tuesday. Photo: V. Sudershan

Congress MPs stage a protest outside Parliament on Tuesday. Photo: V. Sudershan  

As Congress president Sonia Gandhi and other party leaders protested against suspension of their MP >s, BJP Parliamentary Party today accused it of being a “destructive” opposition and passed a resolution against its “obstructionist and anti-development” policies.

“BJP Parliamentary party condemns the obstructionist, narrow and anti-development mindset of Congress as it will have a serious and adverse influence in long term on the country which is emerging as an important economic power in the world,” said the resolution passed in the meeting, attended by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and most of his ministerial colleagues.

Live updates:

2:16 pm: Rajya Sabha adjourned for the day following uproar by agitating Congress members.

1:37 pm: Cong MPs in parliamentary panel on Land Bill to boycott today's meeting to protest suspension of fellow members by the Speaker.

1:22 pm: Our stand on Land Bill will depend on what report the Joint Committee gives; JPC is considered a mini Parliament, says Union Minister of Rural Development Birender Singh.

1:14 pm: Land Bill report may be delayed beyond August 7 as one of Joint Committee members is among the 25 suspended and so cannot vote, reports Anita Joshua.

1:02 pm: No question of resignation of Sushma Swaraj, Vasundhara Raje and Shivraj Singh Chouhan. BJP Parliamentary Party stands with them: Naqvi

12:03 pm: Rajya Sabha adjourned till 2 p.m. after Congress MPs rush to Well raising slogans against govt's "dictatorial" attitude.

11:35 am: Congress president Sonia Gandhi says the suspension of party MPs is a murder of democracy.

11:20 am: No question of resignation of Sushma Swaraj, Vasundhara Raje and Shivraj Singh Chouhan; party stands with them, says Naqvi

11:10 am: BJP parliamentary party passes a resolution against “negative, obstructionist and anti-development” policies of Congress: Union Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi

11:01 am: Rajya Sabha adjourned till noon.

10:55 am: RJD, NCP, SP participate in the protest, ANI reports.

10:45 am: Congress MPs, along with president Sonia Gandhi, stage a protest in the Parliament complex.

10:35 am: Congress MPs tie black bands around their arms in protest against the suspension, ANI reports

10:28 am: BJP parliamentary party meeting gets underway.

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

Lok Sabha:

Appropriation (Railways) Bill, 2015, for introduction, consideration and passing.

Bills for consideration and passing:

The Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Amendment Bill, 2014

The Negotiable Instruments (Amendment) Bill, 2015

Short duration discussion on sustainable development goals

Rajya Sabha:

Bills for consideration and passing:

The Prevention of Corruption (Amendment) Bill, 2013

The Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Bill, 2015

The Whistle Blowers Protection (Amendment) Bill, 2015

The Appropriation Acts (Repeal) Bill, 2015

The top developments:

1 25 Congress MPs were suspended from Lok Sabha for five consecutive days by the Speaker. >Read more
2 While the Congress had the full backing of the JD(U) and Left parties, TMC, BJD, SP, DMK were keen that Parliament functioned.
3 The BJP agreed to bring back the key provisions of UPA’s land law including the ones on consent clause, social impact assessment and drop controversial amendments brought by the Narendra Modi Government in December last year through an ordinance.
4 The Congress said it will boycott Lok Sabha for five days.
5 The TMC and the AAP said they will boycott the House to express their solidarity towards the suspended members.
6 "This message is for everyone. Everyone has to go by rules," Speaker Sumitra Mahajan said after the suspension.
7 Earlier, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj asserted that she had not requested the authorities in the United Kingdom to help former IPL chief Lalit Modi. >Read more
8 The Minister said she was waiting to make a statement in the House to set the record straight, but the Opposition did not allow proceedings.
9 The all-party meeting on Monday failed to break the nearly fortnight-long deadlock in Parliament with Congress unrelenting on its demand for resignation of the BJP Ministers. >Read more
10 Congress president Sonia Gandhi said the BJP’s stand of dialogue first and action later was not acceptable to the party.

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