Parliament Budget Session Updates | Lok Sabha, Rajya Sabha adjourned sine die

This is the last session of the House before the Lok Sabha goes to polls in April-May

February 10, 2024 10:54 am | Updated 06:49 pm IST

New Delhi, Feb 09 (ANI): Proceedings of the Lok Sabha are underway during the Budget Session of Parliament, in New Delhi on Friday. (ANI Photo/Sansad TV)

New Delhi, Feb 09 (ANI): Proceedings of the Lok Sabha are underway during the Budget Session of Parliament, in New Delhi on Friday. (ANI Photo/Sansad TV) | Photo Credit: ANI

Lok Sabha on Saturday took up a discussion on the construction of Ram Temple and the consecration ceremony held in Ayodhya on January 22. Meanwhile, Rajya Sabha took up a discussion on the ‘White Paper’ on the economy which ended with Finance Minister’s statement. The House then began a debate on the Ram Temple’s consecration. 

The BJP issued a whip to its MPs in the Lok Sabha as well as the Rajya Sabha, while the Congress issued a whip the Lower House to ensure the presence of MPs in Parliament on February 10 on account of some “very important” legislative business, which will be tabled for discussion and passage.

In the Lok Sabha, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Friday presented the ‘White Paper’ on economy, which was introduced in the Rajya Sabha on February 8. In her opening remarks, Ms. Sitharaman said the UPA regime left the economy in a critical state, and lacked both neeyat and niyam (intention and adherence to rules). While the Common Wealth Games (CWG) during the UPA regime brought disrepute, the G20 presidency under the Modi Government earned India global respect, the Minister said. 

The Upper House passed three Jammu and Kashmir reservation Bills, previously cleared by the Lok Sabha. These include the Jammu and Kashmir Local Bodies Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2024; the Constitution (Jammu and Kashmir) Scheduled Castes Order (Amendment) Bill, 2024; the Constitution (Jammu and Kashmir) Scheduled Tribes Order (Amendment) Bill, 2024. Discussions, unfolding over three hours, saw Opposition MPs largely supporting the reservations, but pointed out that the government’s reservation policies have not translated into welfare for SCs, STs and OBCs in the country. 

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  • February 10, 2024 18:35
    Jagdeep Dhankhar concludes Rajya Sabha; House adjourned Sine Die

    Concluding the present session of Rajya Sabha, Chairman Jagdeep Dhankhar says that members of the Upper House have to ensure “exemplary standards of conduct.”

    “We need to be a source of inspiration as Bharat steadfastly surges towards a Viksit Rashtra, and a global leader. We are in an era of immense possibilities, let us vigorously contribute for continual, incremental rise of Bharat,” he said.

    He states that the productivity of the House stood at 137%, and adds that in addition to the discussion on Motion of Thanks, and the Union Interim Budget, the House also passed seven bills.

    The House concluded with the playing of an instrumental version of the national song.

  • February 10, 2024 18:24
    Rajya Sabha chair Jagdeep Dhankhar speaks on Ram Temple

    Speaking on the Ram Temple discussion in Rajya Sabha, Chairman Jagdeep Dhankhar hailed the inauguration day as a day of “national festival”. He called the temple a symbol of “Ek Bharat Shreshtha Bharat”. 

    Mr. Dhankhar also goes on to appreciate the steps taken by PM Modi towards the construction of Ram Temple in Ayodhya.

  • February 10, 2024 18:12
    Om Birla concludes speech to Lok Sabha; House adjourned sine die

    In the upcoming sessions, we will do more to uphold the dignity and glory of the house, Speaker Om Birla says. We will ensure that our productivity will be more than 97%, will always be 100%, he says. 

    He thanks the members, ministers, staff, presspersons and workers in the Parliament building. He expresses wishes for health and happiness and says that he hopes the members continue to dedicate their lives to upholding the values of democracy, 

    The national anthem is then played and the Lok Sabha is adjourned sine die. 

  • February 10, 2024 18:02
    Rajya Sabha chairman extends time of the House sitting till the ongoing proceedings are completed
  • February 10, 2024 18:02
    Rajya Sabha | Union Minister Piyush Goyal speaks on Ram Janmabhoomi movement

    Speaking on the Ram Janmabhoomi movement, Union Minister Piyush Goyal says that people from all over India took part in it. He also thanks PM Modi for his “extraordinary contribution” to the creation of the Ram Temple. Mr. Modi was also key in organising L.K. Advani’s rath yatra from Somnath to Ayodhya, says Mr. Goyal.

    He goes on to list out the various initiatives taken by PM Modi towards building the Ram Temple in Ayodhya, and calls it “a service to the whole nation”

  • February 10, 2024 17:57
    ‘Can hope for Ram Rajya’: Nadda

    Speaking on the discussion about Ram Temple’s consecration in Rajya Sabha, BJP chief JP Nadda adds, “Under PM Modi’s rule, we can hope to establish Ram Rajya”. He then highlights Modi govt’s schemes like Ujwala, Ayushman Bharat, Swachh Bharat, Jal Jeevan Mission, Awas Yojana etc. He claims all these social schemes are implemented impartially, irrespective of religion, region. 

    He also lauds PM Modi for passing the women’s reservation bill which had been a need for 30 years. Reminiscing the COVID-19 lockdown, he lauds PM Modi for choosing health over economy till the situation was handled before he reopened the economy. He concludes saying that the construction of the Ram Temple is historic and its consecration is etched in memory forever.

  • February 10, 2024 17:49
    17th Lok Sabha saw 97% productivity, higher than last five sessions: Speaker Om Birla

    Om Birla says that the opportunity to be Speaker of the 17th Lok Sabha would be unforgettable. He says that the members raised the issues of their region and of the nation as well. 

    The moments spent with the members will continue to inspire me, he says. I have attempted to preserve the dignity and honour of the chair and Parliament, he says, and thanks the members for their support. 

    He says that the session was productive and that all members, including newly elected ones, expressed their thoughts, which would remain a historic thing. 

    Prime Minister Modi’s visionary leadership and his work ethic, as well as the people who worked even during the COVID-19 pandemic, helped build the new Parliament building, he says. 

    This Lok Sabha saw the greatest productivity out of the last five sessions, at 97% he shares. He also credits the contribution of women, who stayed and worked late hours as well. He also highlights that the women’s reservation bill will be a great step. Besides these, there were many historic bills passed, including the Bharat Nyaya Samhita and the J&K Reorganisation Act. 

  • February 10, 2024 17:43
    ‘Ram was never political for us’: Nadda

    BJP chief Jagat Prakash Nadda highlights how the Ram Mandir’s consecration is seen as the world’s spiritual consciousness’ reawakening. He narrates the 500 year struggle for establishing the Ram Mandir in Ayodhya, crediting saints, kings, common people and legal scholars. 

    “We had passed a resolution in 1989 Palampur session where we decided to set up a Ram mandir at Janmabhoomi which fructified at January 22. However, on that day, when the world celebrated the temple’s celebration, some people took a different view of the event, ignoring it,” said Mr. Nadda.

    Comparing late PM Jawaharlal Nehru’s decision to avoid attending the Somnath temple’s inaugural, he lauds PM Modi for attending the Ram Temple’s inaugural, practising all rituals as a constitutional head. “We do not use Ram for politics. When we were 2 MPs, we struggled for Ram, and now when we are 303, then also we struggle for Ram,” said the BJP chief.

    Chairman VP Dhankar is presiding over the session.

  • February 10, 2024 17:39
    Discussion on Ram Mandir important for next generation: PM Modi

    The journey of democracy and Bharat is a long one, and it must continue, Mr. Modi says

    The elections are not far off, he says, adding that some people may be scared. He says that the elections will increase the grandeur of the country. 

    We have been able to tackle all challenges, he says. 

    He says that the discussion on the Ram Temple today was important for the next generation. We will keep getting excellent results in line with hopes and aspirations of the youth of the nation, Mr. Modi says, and concludes his speech. 

  • February 10, 2024 17:35
    Those on the margins were reassured that there is a government: PM Modi

    PM Modi highlights that the House has given a boost to research. The 17th Lok Sabha has played an immense role in the economic reforms that have taken place, Mr. Modi says. 

    We removed many unnecessary laws, he says, adding that this was important for ease of business. By decriminalising petty offences, we have given the people power, he says. 

    Those who are the margins have been reassured that there is a government, he says. He said that the 17th Lok Sabha has taken steps for the transgender community of India. We have given transgender persons an identity, he says, sharing that several have received their identity cards. 

  • February 10, 2024 17:33
    ‘Bal Thackeray part of Ram Mandir movement’: Chaturvedi

    Shiv Sena MP Priyanka Chaturvedi reminds that Sena founder Bal Thackeray had proclaimed proudly that it was not just his hand, but his leg was also present in Babri demolition. She condemns the BJP for giving Ram Temple’s credit solely to PM Modi. Her remarks are drowned by BJP MPs and her speech is cut short.

  • February 10, 2024 17:24
    The next 25 years are important, the country wants to achieve ‘Viksit Bharat’: PM Narendra Modi

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi highlights achievements of the 17th Lok Sabha. He says that Article 370 was a roadblock in the Constitution, and the work of abrogating it was done via the Parliament. 

    We created a strong law against terrorism, he says. Mr. Modi says that the start of proceedings happened with a great measure, the Women’s Reservation Bill. He also says that the very important work of eliminating triple talaaq and bringing justice for women was done by the 17th Lok Sabha. 

    The coming 25 years are important for our country. Politics is one side, but aspirations, dreams, hopes of the country has been formed, that these 25 years will be those where the country will get the results it seeks. 

    He says that the resolve has been created, it is echoing through the streets, that in 25 years, the country should become ‘Viksit Bharat.’

  • February 10, 2024 17:14
    The 17th Lok Sabha will continue receiving the blessings of the people: Prime Minister Narendra Modi

    These five years have been about reform, perform and transform, Prime Minister Modi says. It is not easy to see transformation take place in front of us, he says. 

    He expresses the belief that the 17th Lok Sabha will continue receiving the blessings of the people. All members of the Lok Sabha have played an important role, and I thank you as a leader and colleague, he says, also expressing thanks to the Speaker. You have lead the House in a non-partisan manner and handled tough moments with courage and guided all of us, he says. 

    We faced one of the worst challenges of humanity, he says, speaking about the Covid-19 pandemic. But you ensured that the Parliament continued working during this difficult time, he says to Mr. Om Birla. He also shared that the members took the decision to contribute 30% of their salaries on their own. 

    He also expressed his thanks to Mr. Birla for ensuring that items in the canteen and outside were given at the same rates. 

    You opened the Parliament library to the public, he says, thanking Mr. Birla. The Parliament has become paperless, he says, 

    Highlighting that this session has seen 97% productivity, Mr. Modi expresses the hope that further sessions see 100% productivity.

    This Lok Sabha has also experienced the 100th year of Constitution, as well as 75 years of Independence, he shares. 

  • February 10, 2024 16:58
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses the Lok Sabha
  • February 10, 2024 16:58
    We have played our role as biggest Opposition party responsibly: INC MP Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury

    INC MP Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury says he does not know how five years have passed. He highlights that several epoch-making moments have taken place during the 17th Lok Sabha, such as the shifting to the new Parliament building. 

    Speaker Om Birla has taken efforts to smoothen and improve the parliamentary practices and process and providing better facilities and amenities to members, he says. 

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi enters the House during his speech, leading to cheers and a chant of ‘Modi, Modi.’ 

    Mr. Chowdhury also thanks the Speaker for the celebration of the centenary of the public accounts committee. He highlights that time had been lost to disruption, but says that debate and discussion is a part of democracy. The Opposition played its role responsibly and brought up matters of public interest he says. 

    He says that the legislations passed during the current session include the bill providing reservations for women in legislatures, but says that there work still to be done for matters of social class cut across gender and other lines. 

    He concludes by wishing his colleagues the best for the coming time. 

  • February 10, 2024 16:55
    ‘PM bridging north-south divide’: Murugan

    In his debut speech, Union Minister Dr. L. Murugan speaks in Tamil in the Rajya Sabha. Shortly after PM Modi established a ‘Sengol’ in the new Parliament, in the same era, the Ram Temple is being constructed. Asserting ‘Ek Bharat, Sreshta Bharat’, he says that PM Modi is linking the north-south divide with Kashi-Sivakasi.

  • February 10, 2024 16:41
    ‘How can Ram represent hatred?’: Surjewala

    Congress MP Randeep Surjewala highlights the difference between Lord Ram who believes in love and the Lord Ram represented by hate. He questions why Lord Ram who is compassionate, principled, disciplined, fair and just is being represented by pro-capitalists, hatred, jealousy.

    “Unlike Ram Rajya, can a common man raise a question on the ruling government?,” asks Mr. Surjewala, quoting Tulsidas Ramayana.

  • February 10, 2024 16:32
    Create a central hall so we can all meet: YSRCP MP M Sreenivasulu Reddy in farewell speech

    BJD MP Anubhav Mohanty thanks the Chair for giving everyone an opportunity to speak. He says that even in the future they will work with as much dedication and hard work as they have done till now.

    JD(U) MP Sunil Kumar Pintu thanks all 16 members of his party present in the House. He also thanks the people of his region, Sitamarhi, for giving him the opportunity to tackle issues. 

    YSRCP MP M Sreenivasulu Reddy, says that he was very happy when he entered 12th Lok Sabha, and is thankful to God for him again being part of the Lok Sabha from among so many people in the country. He expresses his thanks to the Chair. In a lighter vein, he says that the session should be extended by two years to make up for the years lost to Covid-19 pandemic. He says that everyone has been like a family, and requests that a Central Hall be created so that they can mingle, like the previous building. 

    BJP MP Virendra Singh and BRS MP Bheemrao B Patil also share their experiences in the Lok Sabha followed by BSP MP Girish Chandra and BJD MP Pinaki Misra.

    BSP Kunwar Danish Ali says that Zero Hour became important during the 17th Lok Sabha, while BJD MP Bhartruhari Mahtab says that this Lok Sabha has added several pages to history which will make the country greater. 

    Independent member Navneet Rana said that they have learned a lot about how to help their regions. 

  • February 10, 2024 16:16
    Farewell speeches continue in Lok Sabha

    BSP MP Ritesh Pandey says that discussion on many big issues took place in this House, citing the women’s reservation bill as an example. He thanks all the members and the Chair, saying that the seniors have “held his finger” and guided him through the session. 

    Prince Raj, LJSP MP from Samastipur, Bihar, says that his experience was like a new student in a new school with many different types of schoolmates, with ministers, Opposition members, and silent members as well. He thanks the Lok Sabha staff. 

    Shiv Sena MP Rahul Shewale, says that we got elected as member of NDA, but in the State, Shiv Sena became part of Mahavikas Agadi. He expresses joy that now Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde made the decision to rejoin NDA. 

  • February 10, 2024 16:09
    ‘Ram devotee, not salesman’: Tiwari

    Congress MP Pramod Tiwari from Rajasthan says Ram Temple has been constructed as per Supreme Court’s orders which is welcomed by all 140 crore Indians. “I am a Ram devotee not his salesman. I believe in Ram’s principle,” he says. 

    Claiming that those who believe in the ideology of Mahatma Gandhi’s assassin Nathuram Godse, he asks why the temple was inaugurated before its completion. Terming it a political move ahead of the Lok Sabha polls, he claims that the inaugural should have happened in November 2024 when the temple would be complete.

  • February 10, 2024 16:05
    Party leaders make concluding speeches in Lok Sabha, express gratitude

    House proceeding towards conclusion, Speaker Om Birla says, saying that leaders of certain parties will speak. 

    NCP Supriya Sule reminisces about the past five years in the Lok Saba, and about memories in the previous building as well as this one. She also says that political arguments will continue, there should be no bitterness in our relationship and expresses a wish that all her colleagues are re-elected and return. 

    Anupriya Singh Patel, MoS for Commerce and Industry, expresses heartful thanks and says that it is an opportunity as well as a responsibility when they are elected to Lok Sabha. It is my second term, I am from a small party and I have gained a lot of experience, she says. She also highlights the achievements during the 17th Lok Sabha

    She says that every moment of Parliament is valuable, and expresses concern over time lost in turmoil, saying that it affects young representatives who are only elected for a term or two. She requests that time be used well in upcoming session, particularly asking that Question Hour not be adjourned. She also says that Question Hour is the strongest weapon of the Opposition. 

  • February 10, 2024 15:57
    ‘Ram temple represents India’s values’: Trivedi

    Rajya Sabha begins a short discussion on ‘Ram temple’s historic construction and its consecration.

    BJP MP Sudhanshu Trivedi lauds the Ram temple’s consecration and narrates the history of the Ram Janmabhoomi movement. He claims that it was fate that the Ram temple was consecrated at the hands of PM Modi, a Prime Minister who has won the mandate twice and was skilled to fast for 11 days as per the Yajman rituals. 

    He says that in 2030 India will not be just an economic super power, it will be a world leader. the Ram temple will represent the values India stand for, peaceful co-existence, while wars are happening between Russia-Ukraine, Israel-Palestine.

  • February 10, 2024 15:48
    Speaker Om Birla addresses Lok Sabha about Ram Mandir

    This is a historic and proud moment, Speaker Om Birla says, expressing his sentiments about the Ram Mandir. With unity and devotion, we parliamentarians are part of the country’s enthusiasm and joy, he says. 

    It is our honour that we witnessed the pran prathishta of Ram Lalla in Ayoydhya’s Ram Mandir, he says, calling January 22 a historic day for India. 

  • February 10, 2024 15:45
    Rajya Sabha begins debate on Ram Temple and its consecretion
  • February 10, 2024 15:45
    ‘Tempted to resign’: Dhankar

    Rajya Sabha Chairman VP Dhankar gets emotional at the Opposition’s treatment of Jayant Chaudhary, says he was tempted to resign in protest. He says that as Mr. Chaudhary thanked the government for awarding his grandfather - late PM Chaudhary Charan Singh - the Bharat Ratna, several MPs told him, ‘Go wherever you want to go’, referring to the BJP-RLD alliance for the Lok Sabha polls. 

    “As a farmer’s son, I felt hurt at Mr. Chaudhary’s treatment. I hope this is only the lowest this House will fall to,” says Mr. Dhankar. He urges the members to discuss such issues cordially outside the House. The discussion on the white paper on the economy ends.

  • February 10, 2024 15:33
    Have preserved cultural symbols of the nation: MoS Anupriya Singh Patel

    Anupriya Singh Patel, Minister of State for Commerce and Industry, says that Ram is a cultural symbol of the country. She highlights that Buddha, Mahavir, Kabir, Guru Nanak etc are also similarly cultural symbols of India. In the last ten 10 years, our government has secured and protected all the cultural symbols of the nation, she says. 

    Highlighting the prominence given to figures like Shabari and Nishadraj in the Ramayana, she says the government is trying to benefit everybody. 

    She says that inequality is high even after 75 years of independence, and expresses the hope that the Parliament take better decisions to tackle discrimination and end inequality. 

  • February 10, 2024 15:29
    ‘Congress disrespected Charan Singh, PV Narasimha Rao’: FM

    Lauding her government for awarding Bharat Ratnas to ex-PMs, FM Sitharaman says, “They keep boasting who made Charan Singh PM? People made him PM. Chaudhary Charan Singh took oath as PM with the support of Congress (I). Within 24 days, he resigned after he refused to revoke cases against Indira Gandhi during the Emergency”. 

    Talking about PV Narasimha Rao, she reminded how the Congress had not even allowed his last remains inside the party headquarters. She concludes saying that the Congress party had no right to shed crocodile tears on awarding him Bharat Ratna or grudgingly accept the award.

  • February 10, 2024 15:17
    Continue atmosphere of peace and love in the country: BJD MP Anubhav Mohanty

    If a person has made a mistake, it is up to a person to fix it, says BJD MP Anubhav Mohanty. He says that India believes in “athithi devo bhava” (visitors are god) but some visitors have disrespected our country and our god. 

    He asks the Railway Minister to see how to make good on the promise of a Puri-Ayodhya railway line. 

    He says that Ram loved all creatures, whether it be a squirrel, a monkey or a eagle. We are from a culture where we are taught that we respect all religions, and we believe this, he says, calling Hinduism ‘a way of life.’ He asks that the atmosphere of peace and love in the country continue, and says that no one is doing politics about Ram in the country. 

  • February 10, 2024 15:15
    ‘Overall unemployment is declining’: FM

    Answering a query on jobs, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman says that the unemployment rate for graduates has declined from 17.2% in 2017-18 to 13.2% in 2022-23. Overall, unemployment has declined from 5.8% to 3.2% in 2022-23, said the FM. 

    Talking on the ED raids on Opposition, she claims that agencies were not allowed to investigate money laundering cases to allow black money flow to politicians. Stating that no black money was restituted to banks in the UPA era, she says 1200 PMLA cases have been registered and Rs 16, 333 crores have come back to banks. Naming Vijay Mallya, Nirav Modi, who took loans during UPA era, she says extradition orders have been passed during Modi era.

    Rajya Sabha is debating the white paper on the Indian economy tabled by the Modi government

  • February 10, 2024 14:58
    Sign of cultural rejuvenation: Home Minister Amit Shah

    This temple is a sign of cultural rejuvenation, it is a sign of the start of India’s golden age, Amit Shah says. 

    This journey that we have started in 2024, we will take it to its completion, he said, expressing confidence that Narendra Modi will return to power. 

  • February 10, 2024 14:57
    Rajya Sabha: Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman highlights government’s achievements

    There were 80 Jan Aushadi centres in 2014 despite the scheme being started by the UPA government in 2008, Ms. Sitharaman says. She highlights there are more than 10,000 centres in December 2023 in the country. 

    Ms. Sitharaman points out the current government approved 348 projects pending under the UPA government worth over Rs. 17 lakh crore.

  • February 10, 2024 14:45
    Rajya Sabha: Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman replies on White Paper on the Indian economy

    We have operated in the past 10 years on a two track approach -- one to remove all the malpractices and archaic laws and the other to look forward at a futuristic approach to take the economy further, Ms. Sitharaman says. 

    “The economy we inherited was like a cloth on thorny bushes, which is reflected in the White Paper,” Ms. Sitharaman says.

  • February 10, 2024 14:43
    We have won after a long struggle: Union Home Minister Amit Shah in Lok Sabha

    After 303 years, a long struggle has ended with the Ram Mandir inauguration, Home Minister Amit Shah says. This dream was supposed to come true during Modi’s time, he says. 

    Many people have given their contributions to this project, he says, referring to the squirrels who helped build the Ram Setu in the Ramayana.

    The Ram Mandir has been built following a legal and constitutional way, he says. We have fought the battle in the Supreme Court and have won, he says

  • February 10, 2024 14:36
    Rajya Sabha: BJP MP Seema Dwivedi praises government for economic achievements

    Ms. Dwivedi highlights UPA government’s scams. Congress party only cared about their government, whereas Prime Minister Modi has always said that the country comes before a political party, Ms. Dwivedi says.

  • February 10, 2024 14:31
    Lok Sabha: Union Home Minister Amit Shah glorifies January 22 as a crucial day for the country

    India’s culture cannot be separated from Ramayana, Mr. Shah says.

    He recounts different versions of Ramayana across languages and cultures.

  • February 10, 2024 14:26
    Lok Sabha: Union Home Minister Amit Shah rises to speak on the discussion on the Ram Temple in Ayodhya

    140 crore Indians and followers of Lord Ram are grateful to the House for allowing this discussion, Mr. Shah says.

    “I am not responding to anyone today, I will only talk about how I feel on behalf of the citizens of the country,” he says.

  • February 10, 2024 14:12
    Rajya Sabha: Government refuses to look at ground realities, says NCP MP Fauzia Khan

    Ms. Khan points out the White Paper doesn’t speak anything about the impact of the economy on people, or corruption, or rising prices, crimes against women or about unemployment. 

    “Is this Ram rajya where seeds of hatred are sown, where bulldozers are used on poor people’s houses, where mob lynching takes place,” Ms. Khan asks.

  • February 10, 2024 13:43
    Rajya Sabha: This White Paper should be renamed as Election Paper, says Shiv Sena (UBT) MP Priyanka Chaturvedi

    Ms. Chaturvedi cites INC MP K. C. Venugopal’s remark and says the flagship scheme of the current government is the “weaponisation of CBI, ED”. 

  • February 10, 2024 13:42
    Lok Sabha: NCP MP Amol Ramsing Kolhe questions progress on government’s promises

    Lord Ram is believed to be the one who always keeps his words, and if the government claims to follow him, what happened to the promises they made, Dr. Kolhe asks. “What about the promise to create two crore jobs for the youth of the country, what about the guarantee to double farmers’ income, what about the intention to provide pucca houses to everyone by 2022?” he recounts.

  • February 10, 2024 13:36
    Rajya Sabha: UPA government is defined by corruption, says BJP MP Prakash Javadekar

    Mr. Javadekar points out how the Environment Ministry under the current government approved pending projects worth Rs. 4 lakh crore under the UPA government. He says the UPA government will only be defined by corruption and scams like coal allocation scam.

  • February 10, 2024 13:22
    Rajya Sabha: AIADMK MP M. Thambidurai accuses current DMK government of corruption
  • February 10, 2024 13:04
    Rajya Sabha: Unemployment is soaring, agriculture sector is failing, says DMK MP Tiruchi Siva

    Mr. Siva points out the Indian economy grew 8% during the global financial crisis in 2008 under UPA-1 government because of agriculture and MSME sectors. He says that the sectors are failing under the current government. 

  • February 10, 2024 12:50
    Rajya Sabha: We reject this White Paper, says AITC MP Saket Gokhale

    Mr. Gokhale points out the government hasn’t mentioned anything about demonetisation and unemployment rate in the White Paper because it reflects the Modi government’s “glaring failure”. He recalls PM Modi promised 2 crore jobs every year, but has only “allegedly created” 2.7 crore jobs in the last 5 years.

    “How about a White Paper on women’s safety, rising cases of hate speech and Parliament security instead?” Mr. Gokhale asks. 

    Mr. Gokhale says his party rejects this White Paper on the Indian economy by the government and will now walk out of the Rajya Sabha in protest. 

  • February 10, 2024 12:46
    Lok Sabha: If Congress was in power instead of BJP, Ram Temple wouldn’t have been constructed, says BJP MP Pratap Chandra Sarangi

    I also thank the Supreme Court for the decision, he adds.

  • February 10, 2024 12:34
    Rajya Sabha: What is the flagship programme of this government, asks INC MP K. C. Venugopal

    Mr. Venugopal highlights flagship programmes by UPA government like Right to Education and questions what flagship programme has the current government released. He says the youth, farmers, are unhappy under the current government. Mr. Venugopal also questions the government’s stance on corruption.

    “If you are against corruption, why have you not released your own CAG report,” Mr. Venugopal questions.

  • February 10, 2024 12:19
    Rajya Sabha: Why is there no mention of demonetisation in White Paper, asks INC MP K. C. Venugopal

    Mr. Venugopal questions why the Finance Ministry has not mentioned anything on the impact of demonetisation in the White Paper. He also questions why the Ministry makes no mention of unemployment rate, poverty and rupee value in the White Paper on the Indian economy.

    “This White Paper is hiding the dark truth,” Mr. Venugopal says.

  • February 10, 2024 12:10
    Rajya Sabha: Current government’s approach also reflects the ideologies of Chaudhary Charan Singh, says RLD MP Jayant Chaudhary

    Mr. Chaudhary points out that the Bharat Ratna to Chaudhary Charan Singh is the biggest honour. He says when Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses the issues of toilets in village and the government prioritises women empowerment, he remembers Chaudhary Charan Singh’s words.

  • February 10, 2024 12:04
    Lok Sabha: BJP MP Nishikant Dubey says the temple is not related to the Indian Constitution

    Mr. Dubey points out that Article 26 of the Constitution says that it will not interfere in anyone’s religion or religious practices. He counters Gaurav Gogoi’s remarks and holds up the ban on non-Hindus from entering certain temples.

  • February 10, 2024 11:58
    Rajya Sabha: Will not tolerate insult to Chaudhary Charan Singh, says Chairman Jagdeep Dhankar

    Mr. Dhankar lashes out at LoP Mallikarjun Kharge and other Congress leaders and says they should respect the former PM’s legacy. “You are hurting every farmer in the country by creating such an environment inside the House on the issue,” Mr. Dhankar says.

  • February 10, 2024 11:43
    Rajya Sabha holds short-duration discussion on White Paper on the Indian Economy
  • February 10, 2024 11:42
    Lok Sabha: When Congress works towards Mahatma Gandhi’s ‘Ram Rajya’, we think of justice, Congress MP Gaurav Gogoi says

    We welcome the Supreme Court’s ruling in the Ram Temple matter, Mr. Gogoi says. 

    He also adds that Congress believes in secularism but distances itself from the “western definition” of the word. “India is a religious country. We believe in equality of all religions, not just any one scripture,” the MP adds.

  • February 10, 2024 11:37
    Lok Sabha: Lord Ram is everyone’s, says Congress MP Gaurav Gogoi

    Mr. Gogoi recalls how Mahatma Gandhi’s quest for “Ram Rajya”, and how his last words were “Hey Ram”, pointing to how interpretations of the name of Lord Ram are common in the country. “In Mahatma Gandhi’s Ram Rajya, everyone was treated equally, but in 2023, there was around 50% increase in crime against Scheduled Castes and Tribes compared to a year before, is this Ram Rajya?” Mr. Gogoi says.

  • February 10, 2024 11:36
    Rajya Sabha: Congress should have been celebrating, says Union Minister Piyush Goyal

    Mr. Goyal, during the short-duration discussion in Rajya Sabha, says Congress ‘should have been celebrating’ the Bharat Ratna honour for Chaudhary Charan Singh. 

    “But unfortunately, he did not have Nehru-Gandhi in his surname,” he said.

  • February 10, 2024 11:22
    Rajya Sabha proceedings begin

    Rajya Sabha Chairman Jagdeep Dhankar lauds Bharat Ratna honour for former Prime Minister Chaudhary Charan Singh and said it was a moment of pride and joy for India’s farmers. 

  • February 10, 2024 11:09
    Lok Sabha begins discussion on construction of Ram Temple in Ayodhya

    The discussion is taking place under Rule 193.

  • February 10, 2024 11:05
    Lok Sabha proceedings begin

    DMK MPs in the House protest and complain that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has not replied to a letter sent by Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M.K. Stalin. 

    Speaker Om Birla refuses to entertain the protest.

  • February 10, 2024 11:00
    Rajya Sabha to discuss Ram Lalla Pran Pratistha, White Paper

    On the last day of the Budget Session, Rajya Sabha will hold a short-duration discussion on the White Paper and on the Pran Pratistha of Ram Lalla. 

  • February 10, 2024 10:55
    Resolution on Ram Temple likely on last day of 17th Lok Sabha

    Sources in the government said that a resolution under rule 193 will be brought in by it on the Ram Temple. Prime Minister Narendra Modi is expected to address the Lok Sabha at the end of the discussion. Read more here

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