Parliament special session live updates | Govt introduces women’s reservation Bill in Lok Sabha, Parliament adjourned till tomorrow

PM Modi says the ‘Nari Shakti Vandan Adhiniyam’ will further empower democracy, urges members to unanimously pass the quota Bill.

Updated - September 19, 2023 05:15 pm IST

Published - September 19, 2023 09:43 am IST

The Parliament moved to the new building on Tuesday after the Lok Sabha Secretariat designated the new building as the Parliament House of India. The old building will be named ‘Samvidhan Sadhan’. On the first day of proceedings in the new building, the government introduced the Women’s Reservation Bill in the Lok Sabha after PM Narendra Modi appealed to the members to pass the Bill unanimously. The Lower House was adjourned soon after the Bill was tabled in the House. The Rajya Sabha, meanwhile, was adjourned briefly soon after it met in the new building. PM Modi addressed the House after it reconvened. After Leader of Opposition Mallikarjun Kharge addressed the House, causing a stir among members with his remarks, the Upper House was adjourned to meet on Wednesday, September 20.

Earlier in the day, a function was organised at the Central Hall to bid farewell to the old Parliament building. In his address, PM Modi urged the members to reaffirm the commitment to make India a developed nation by 2047. He also described the move to the new Parliament building as a new beginning towards a new future. Parliamentarians also gathered outside the old building for a group photograph.

See yesterday’s updates here: Parliament special session Day 1 updates

Watch this space for all live updates.
  • September 19, 2023 16:04
    Rajya Sabha adjourned till 11 am tomorrow

    The Rajya Sabha is adjourned till 11 am on Wednesday, September 20.

  • September 19, 2023 16:03
    People are indifferent to government by the people: LoP Mallikarjun Kharge

    We must place country above other things, Mr. Kharge says in his address.

    “We must all be determined to defend our independence with the last drop of our blood,” he adds. “

    There is a great danger of things going wrong, times are fast changing,” he says, cautioning that “even our own people are becoming moved by new ideologies.”

    He says that they are tiring of government by the people, that they want government for the people, and are indifferent if it is by the people.

    He further says that “However good the Constitution may be, if those who are implementing it are not good, it will prove to be bad” -- repeating the statement twice.

    He concludes his address after making a small aside about Prime Minister Modi being willing to speak for three hours, but not about the Manipur issue.

  • September 19, 2023 15:51
    No payments pending for GST: FM Nirmala Sitharaman

    Mallikarjun Kharge makes a statement about GST payments still pending to States. In response, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman says that this is inaccurate and that she has even borrowed money to give to States.

    Vice President Jagdeep Dhankhar asks both of them to submit documents about their respective statements.

    Since he has categorically stated that there are payments pending, he should have the paper in his hand, Ms. Sitharaman says.

  • September 19, 2023 15:42
    PM speech was apolitical, balanced: Minister Prahlad Joshi

    Parliamentary Affairs Minister Prahlad Joshi says that the Prime Minister made an apolitical and balanced speech, without bias and stepping into politics. He says that LoP Mr. Kharge is a senior member and at least today, should make a speech like a statesman.

  • September 19, 2023 15:39
    Federalism weakening under PM Modi: LoP Mallikarjun Kharge

    Leader of Opposition Mr. Kharge expresses the hope that the parliamentarians have fruitful deliberations in this new venue, cutting across party lines.

    He says that he wishes that the benefit of the bill and measures reaches the poorest of the poor, but it was taken in a different manner.

    He highlights that Prime Minister Modi spoke about federalism in his speech, but alleges that it is weakening day by day under his government. This leads to another outcry from Treasury benches.

  • September 19, 2023 15:34
    Our party has empowered us: Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman

    Taking offence at Leader of Opposition Mallikarjun Kharge’s remarks, Finance Minister Sitharaman says that her party has empowered its women. She also highlights that the President Droupadi Murmu is a woman and a tribalwoman.

  • September 19, 2023 15:33
    Parties chose weaker women candidates: LoP Mallikarjun Kharge

    Leader of Opposition Mallikarjun Kharge states that parties give tickets to women who do not have strength, and not to powerful women capable of winning. The House is in uproar at his remarks.

  • September 19, 2023 15:22
    Women reservation bill passed in 2010: Opposition Leader Mallikarjun Kharge addresses RS

    He says that he will not give a long speech, saying in jest that he thought Vice President Jagdeep Dhankhar would make a speech and then set them free.

    He says that although they don’t give them credit, the women’s reservation bill had already been passed in 2010, but it was stopped.

  • September 19, 2023 15:21
    Women’s reservation issue important: PM Modi

    Touching on the women’s reservation bill introduced in the Lok Sabha, Prime Minister Narendra Modi says that this is an issue that has been discussed for a very long time. Now we have brought it in the form of a law, he adds. “I request all of you that this (women’s reservations) is such an issue that if we all move it forward with mutual agreement, its power will be stronger,” Mr. Modi says. He asks for the support of all the Rajya Sabha members during the upcoming discussion of the bill and concludes his address.

  • September 19, 2023 15:11
    Will be part of top three economies in new Parliament building: PM Modi

    In the old building we reached the status of the world’s fifth largest economy, I am certain we will reach the top three in the new Parliament Building, Prime Minister Narendra Modi says in his address to the Rajya Sabha.

  • September 19, 2023 14:58
    Memorable, historic day: PM Modi in Rajya Sabha

    Addressing the sitting of Rajya Sabha, PM Modi says the new Parliament building is a symbol of new beginning. “Today is a memorable as well as a historic day,” the PM adds.

  • September 19, 2023 14:49
    Rajya Sabha reconvenes; PM address House

    Proceedings in the Upper House have resumed after brief adjournment.

  • September 19, 2023 14:31
    Lok Sabha adjourned for the day

    Proceedings in the Lower House to recommence on Thursday, Sept 20 at 11 a.m.

  • September 19, 2023 14:17
    Women’s Reservation Bill introduced in the Lower House

    Members from the opposition benches objected to the treasury not providing the bill. Responding to the allegations, the treasury responded that it was uploaded along with supplementary business listings for the day. They clarified that the bill would be visible in the tablets on their desk under ‘Revised List of Business’.

  • September 19, 2023 14:17
    Rajya Sabha adjourned

    The Upper House was adjourned till 2.47 p.m. soon after it commenced proceedings after Mr. Dhankhar invited floor leaders to meet him to discuss an “important issue”.

  • September 19, 2023 14:16
    Rajya Sabha convenes in new Parliament building

    Proceedings the Rajya Sabha have resumed. The second-day proceedings of the special session of Parliament are being conducted in the new building, with Vice-President Jagdeep Dhankhar in the Chair.

  • September 19, 2023 14:10
    Congress made constant efforts to ensure women’s representation in governance: Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury

    Leader of Opposition in the lower house Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, speaking about the women’s reservation bill, said former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi was the first to introduce reservation for women in local governance. He added that former Prime Ministers from his party including Manmohan Singh too had made efforts to pass the legislation.

    Members from the treasury objected to Mr Chowdhury stating the bill was passed in the lower house but did not find its passage through the upper house. Union Home Minister Amit Shah, raising the objections, also informed the house that the bill had lapsed and was not pending. “Bills passed in Lok Sabha if not cleared by the Rajya Sabha, and in the event of the expiry of their term, the bill stands lapsed,” Mr Shah elaborated.

  • September 19, 2023 13:52
    Women’s Reservation Bill was agreed upon in the Cabinet Meeting yesterday: PM Modi

    PM Modi elaborated that at a time when women are progressing rapidly in every sector, it is imperative that they are able to contribute to the maximum possible extent and play pivotal roles in policy making as well.

  • September 19, 2023 13:44
    One’s conduct (in the house) for the remainder of the time before elections would determine their outcome: PM Modi
  • September 19, 2023 13:32
    Our actions from here must inspire the people of the nation, we must endeavour hard for this: PM Modi


    Pointing to the Sengol, Prime Minister Modi said India’s first Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru was handed after proper religious rituals. He stated it stood symbolic of the country’s heritage and sense of unity.

    Mr Modi added that it also reflected the spirit of the contemporary India. He thanked the construction workers involved in the construction of the new premises notwithstanding the tough times experienced during the coronavirus pandemic.

    Prime Minister Modi stated that members must rise above party lines, the parliament was instituted by leaders of the country not for any party’s aspirations but that of the country.

  • September 19, 2023 13:25
    Law Minister Arjun Ram Meghwal to introduce the 128th Constitution Amendment Bill in the Lok Sabha to provide for one-third reservation to women in the Lok Sabha and State Assemblies
  • September 19, 2023 13:17
    Proceedings for the Lok Sabha formally commence in the new parliament building


  • September 19, 2023 13:11
    Opposition leaders enter new Parliament building with copy of constitution

  • September 19, 2023 12:51
    Members exit the old parliament building, walk to the new premises



    The old parliament building would now be called the ‘Samvidhan Sadan’ whilst the new building would be called ‘Parliament House of India’.

  • September 19, 2023 12:36
    ‘History in making’: New building tryst with modernity, a reflection of India’s rich cultural diversity: V-P Jagdeep Dhankhar

    Speaking at the event oragnised to mark the shift to the new building, Vice-President Jagdeep Dhankhar said the new building is a reflection of India’s rich cultural diversity, symbol of national pride, unity and identity. ”As we march to new Parliament building, we must enhance cooperation, time for us to bid farewell to confrontational stance,” the V-P says.

  • September 19, 2023 12:23
    India emerging as a stable supply chain to the world and voice of the global south: PM Modi

    The Prime Minsiter further stated that the advantages of all of it would be reaped by future generations to come.


  • September 19, 2023 11:50
    Stepping into the new future today: PM Modi


    Mr Modi stated that complex was a testament to their sentiments, thus, making them emotional and at the same time reminding them of their duties. The Prime Minister enumerated the varied important legislations that were passed in the house, such as triple talaq and dilution of Article 370, among others.

    Reflecting on the aspirations within the country, “The direction the country has taken now, all its aspirations shall be fulfilled. The more pace we add to it, the quicker the aspiration shall be attained.”

    He stated that the world was confident that India would stand among the three biggest economies. Prime Minister Modi also emphasised on the need to attain global competence in all realms – including manufacturing and education.

  • September 19, 2023 11:40
    Overwhelmed with emotions, tinge of pathos, we will be continuing our parliamentary duties in the new building but will miss the old building: LoP Rajya Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge

    He emphasised the irrespective of party lines, members must come together for protecting liberty, integrity and the constitution, in turn, helping build the country.


  • September 19, 2023 11:31
    The new parliament with its large and exquisite grandeur would emobody the spirit of ‘Atmanirbhar’ Bharat: Union Commerce Minister Piyush Goyal


  • September 19, 2023 11:26
    Leader of opposition in the Lok Sabha Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury addresses the gathering


    The Bahrampur MP reflected on how the country’s constitution was framed with extensive debates and deliberations. He also touched upon the existing socio-economic challenges in the country and the need to maintain a “harmonious” history.

  • September 19, 2023 11:15
    Senior MP of the Bharatiya Janta Party Maneka Gandhi reminisces her time and experiences in the parliament ahead of moving to the newer building
  • September 19, 2023 11:05
    Last gathering at Central Hall

    MPs have gathered at the Central Hall of the old building of Parliament before proceedings move to the new building today afternoon. The function is being presided by Vice-President Jagdeep Dhankhar, Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla and PM Narendra Modi.

    Kick-starting the event, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi says, “Today onwards, our two Houses of the Parliament shall have sittings in the new Parliament building. We all know that this Central Hall has witnessed the transfer of power from Britain to Bharat... I am very happy and enthusiastic about the functions of the two Houses of the Parliament henceforth from the new building which is the symbol of new and emerging Bharat paving the way for a developed nation, as envisaged by Prime Minister, by 2047.”

  • September 19, 2023 11:02
    Women’s Reservation Bill in Lok Sabha today

    Women’s Reservation Bill will be introduced in the Lok Sabha today by Law Minister Arjun Ram Meghwal. Discussion for passing of the Bill in the House will be taken up tomorrow. The Bill will be taken up in Rajya Sabha on 21st September: Sources

    - ANI

  • September 19, 2023 10:09
    RS, LS MPs gather for group photograph

    Members of the Rajya Sabha and the Lok Sabha gathered at the inner courtyard of the old Parliament House on Tuesday for a group photograph, hours before legislative proceedings shift to the new Parliament building.

    According to a Lok Sabha bulletin, first, a joint photograph will be taken of members of the Rajya Sabha and the 17th Lok Sabha. It will be followed by a group photograph of Rajya Sabha MPs and later, a group photograph of Lok Sabha members will be clicked.


  • September 19, 2023 09:51
    Women’s reservation bill is ours: Sonia Gandhi

    Congress Parliamentary Party chairperson Sonia Gandhi, who arrived for the function at Central Hall, was asked for her reaction on the women’s reservation bill. “It’s ours. Apna hain,” Ms. Gandhi told reporters.

  • September 19, 2023 09:48
    PM Modi to hold Constitution Handbook while entering new Parliament

    Prime Minister Narendra Modi likely to hold Constitution Handbook while entering the new Parliament Building.

  • September 19, 2023 09:48
    LS Speaker notifies new building as Parliament House of India

    Shift of Lok Sabha to the new Parliament building notified in the Gazette of India.

    gazzette notification.JPG

  • September 19, 2023 09:43
    Bidding farewell to Baker’s building

    As we bid farewell to the old Parliament Building which was inaugurated on 18 January 1927 here are five factoids about it. Read more here.

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