Parliament proceedings | Houses adjourn sine die

Houses adjourn sine die.

Houses adjourn sine die.   | Photo Credit: LSTV

100% productivity was achieved during this session: Venkaiah Naidu

Rajya Sabha passed the following bills on Thursday.

Constitution (126th Amendment) Bill, 2019, Constitution (scheduled tribes) Order (Second Amendment) Bill, 2019, International Financial Services Centres Authority Bill, 2019 and Lok Sabha passed the Central Sanskrit Universities Bill, 2019.

Here are today's live updates:

Today was the last day of the winter session.

Rajya Sabha | 1.00 p.m.

Mr. Naidu lists the session's accomplishments and says 100% productivity was achieved during this session. He compliments the members for working extra hours and letting bills pass and for improving the quality of debates.

"This is the best performance in the last 49 years," he says.

He compliments members who spoke in their mother tongues and a scheduled language. He encourages people to speak in their native languages.

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He sums it up as one marked by ‘seriousness and brevity’.

“I am overall happy for this session, but for the small disappointment which also could have been avoided.”

The historic 250th session of the Rajya Sabha adjourns sine die.

Rajya Sabha | 12.30 p.m.

Chairman Mr. Naidu asks the members if they want the Question Hour or not, since the protests continue. He says the House is not in order.

TMC MP Derek O’Brien raises the issue of violence in the Northeast, but Chairman Venkaiah Naidu did not allow him and proceeded with the listed questions.

Meanwhile, Congress MPs too came in support of the TMC leader and soon other Opposition parties started raising slogans against the amended Citizenship Act, violence in the northeastern states, including Tripura.

As ministers were replying to questions, some TMC members, including Derek O’Brien, trooped into the well of the House and some Congress MPs were seen standing in the aisle raising slogans against the government and Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

TMC member Dola Sen even tore a piece of paper while standing in the well.

The chairman tried to pacify the protesting members. But his efforts did not bring order in the House.

House adjourned till 1.00 p.m.

Lok Sabha | 12.15 p.m.

Union Minister Rajnath Singh says such members do not have the moral right to be in the House.

Attacking the Wayanad MP, Mr. Singh, who is also the Deputy Leader in the Lower House, said such leaders have no moral right to be members of the House. Mr. Gandhi was present in the lok Sabha at noon. Prime Minister Narendra Modi is also present in the House.

MPs continue slogans saying 'We want justice'.

Speaker Om Birla lists the work done over the winter session. As the Speaker was reading out his remarks over various issues taken up during the session, the treasury benches were seen demanding an apology from Congress leader Rahul Gandhi for his reported rape remarks.

Lok Sabha adjourns sine die.

Rajya Sabha | 12 noon

Members continue to protest.

Vice President Mr. Naidu says, "The whole country is watching us, students are watching who is disrupting the House."

Question Hour begins and members ask their questions and ministers answer them, as some MPs continue slogans saying 'Desh Bachao' (Save the country).

Rajya Sabha and Lok Sabha | 11.30 a.m.

Houses adjourned till 12 noon after pandemonium by members.

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Lok Sabha | 11.00 a.m.

Obituary reference for the 18th anniversary of the terror attack on Parliament is made.

Members raise their voices on Rahul Gandhi's remark when he said, 'Make in India has become Rape in India'. They demand an apology from him.

Members continue sloganeering.

Members of Lok Sabha protest against Congress Leader Rahul Gandhi's remarks on December 13, 2019.

Members of Lok Sabha protest against Congress Leader Rahul Gandhi's remarks on December 13, 2019.   | Photo Credit: LSTV

 

Rajya Sabha | 11.00 a.m.

Chairman M. Venkaiah Naidu observes a minute of silence to mark the 18th anniversary of the terror attack on Parliament.

“On this day, this House recalls the supreme sacrifices of our security personnel including two of the parliamentary security service staff along with the five Delhi police personnel and a woman constable of the Central Reserved Police Force. One gardener of the CPWD and a cameraman of ANI were also martyred,” Mr. Naidu said.

He said by their selfless act, these martyrs set an example of indomitable courage and outstanding devotion to duty.

“I am sure the whole House will join me in paying homage to these martyrs in expressing our profound gratitude to our brave security personnel who are vigilant and dutiful in protecting this temple of democracy,” the Rajya Sabha Chairman said.

He said the Rajya Sabha expressed its strong resolve to fight terrorism with determination.

The members also observed silence as a mark of respect to the memory of those who lost their lives in the terror attack.

Members lay their papers on table.

Reports of the department related to Parliamentary Standing Committee on various departments are being laid.

Matters raised with the permission of the Chair.

Statements are being made by Ministers.

Soon after Congress leader Anand Sharma raised concerns about the disturbing situation in the Northeast during the Zero Hour, eminent classical dancer Sonal Mansingh raised a point of order on the reported remark.

Women MPs from the treasury benches were in the aisle terming the Congress leader’s remark against the dignity of women in the country.

Stating that the Congress leader in question was not a member of the upper house and his name cannot be taken, Mr. Naidu ruled out the point of order and asked the nominated member to meet him after the House was adjourned.

He asked CPI leader Binoy Viswam to raise his Zero Hour mention, but the ruckus was created forcing the chair to adjourn the House till noon.

He said the House was not in order before adjourning the proceedings.

(With inputs from PTI)

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