The Monsoon session of Parliament began today. The government and the opposition have planned their strategy for both houses of Parliament. Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha will both see some key bills being listed.
Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan and Rajya Sabha Chairman Venkaiah Naidu have appealed to political parties and MPs to stop blaming each other and ensure that Parliament functions without unnecessary disruptions.
Mr Naidu said, smooth functioning of Parliament is a shared responsibility of the ruling and opposition parties. Speaker Sumitra Mahajan also urged Lok Sabha MPs not to disrupt proceedings, saying it stalls important legislations and gives India a bad name as the whole world watches the country's parliament.
The current session of parliament will have 18 sittings which comes to 108 hours of potential work. Excluding the Question Hour and the Zero Hour, 62 hours will be available for government agenda.
The Congress has tweeted on the no-confidence motion filed by opposition parties being accepted by the Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan.
A discussion regarding changing the date for the discussion and voting on the no-confidence motion was ongoing in the Lok Sabha but the speaker of the house has said that the appeal would not be entertained right now.
Lok Sabha to take up discussion and voting on no- confidence motion on July 20, Speaker Sumitra Mahajan said.
Over 50 MPs of different parties supported the No Confidence motion moved by the opposition parties including the Congress and the TDP. The Speaker has to give a date and time for the motion to be taken up and the Parliament will wait for the Speaker's nod.
Since TDP was the first to move a no confidence motion, their motion was accepted.
In the last session of parliament the motion could not be taken up as the house was not in order at that point of time.
In 2003 Sonia Gandhi had moved a no-confidence motion against the Atal Bihari Vajpayee's government, but the opposition did not have numbers then but rather they wanted to make a point.
No-confidence motion against government moved by Chandrababu Naidu's TDP in Lok Sabha accepted
Speaker says she will notify the date for discussion on no-confidence motion within a couple of days.
This is the first time since 2003, that a no-confidence motion has been moved and accepted in Parliament.
Parliamentary Affairs Minister Anant Kumar says the opposition parties may have no-confidence on PM Narendra Modi's government, but i want to make it absolutely clear in the house that the people of the country has full confidence on Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government.
Raising the issue violent attacks around the country and also the attack on his constituency office, Shashi Tharoor had this to say today in the Parliament, "..by incendiary elements and their digital equivalents to destroy the idea of India as a pluralistic and accepting democracy. Their victims in recent months have included intellectuals, minorities, various citizens of the country. Yesterday even Swami Agnivesh was attacked.. these are people who have expressed dissent against rising tolerance against today's India and they are being attacked physically.
In so doing, those who are doing this are disregarding the singular principle of our historic democratic consensus which is that in a diverse democracy like ours you don't need to agree all the time, so long as you will agree on the ground rules of how you will disagree.
That's what we have seen today with the no confidence motion, but it is not what we are seeing on the streets where the ground rules of our democracy are being betrayed by those who have been elected by the people of India as the ruling party and they are betraying this basic ground rule. I want to say Mr Deputy Chairman, we cannot and should not stand by as communal violence, mob lynching and hooliganism replace rule of law and rights guaranteed by our constitution.
I strongly urge the PM to break his silence on the behaviour of his party men and take action against these anti-national elements who seek to abridge the freedom of speech in our democracy. Thank you."
Anant Kumar, the minister of parliamentary affairs said in the Lok Sabha that the opposition parties led by the Congress have moved a motion of no confidence against Prime Minister Modi's government but the people of the country have full faith in PM Modi.
The no confidence motion has been accepted by the speaker of the house.
Lok Sabha speaker Sumitra Mahajan, on behalf of the Lok Sabha congratulates Hima Das on winning the gold medal in 400 metre women's event at IAAF World U20 Championships in Tampere, Finland.
PM Modi also said that he was confident that there will be support and positive feedback and even some criticism from opposition parties.
Emphasising the importance of parliamentary discussions, he said that the government is willing to debate any issue and a healthy debate and an amicable discussion would benefit everyone.
Prime Minister Modi addressing the press outside the parliament before the starting of the monsoon session said that, this is going to be a significant session of parliament... lots of key bills will be tabled... I appeal to parties to help let parliament function smoothly so that the people of the country benefit. 10-point update to what has happened in Parliament so far today:
- "I hope every MP, every party will make this a fruitful session. I always express this hope and make that effort. I am hoping this time too," Prime Minister Narendra Modi said in his remarks ahead of the session.
- The Lok Sabha got off to a noisy start as after taking oath, the opposition lawmakers staged a protest in the well of the house. In presence of the Prime Minister, the members started shouting slogans of "We want justice" - a reference to the special status demanded by Andhra Pradesh, as well as for a sudden rise in number of mob killings across the country.
- The Telugu Desam Party's notice is an extension of its row over special financial status to Andhra Pradesh that provoked Chandrababu Naidu's party to pull out of the NDA government earlier this year. The lawmakers of Andhra Pradesh's opposition YSR Congress held a protest outside parliament demanding special status for the state.
- The no-trust motion does not endanger the BJP-led government, which has 273 members in the Lok Sabha, far over the half-way mark. And then, there are its allies. But the motion is seen as an opportunity to make a point and possibly nudge fence sitters such as the Biju Janata Dal to choose a side.
- The Congress says it will support the TDP's demand for special status but would also flag other issues that impact people elsewhere in the notices it files. " We are in talks with all opposition parties and trying to mobilise them," Mallikarjun Kharge told reporters on Tuesday.
- The Congress has told the government that they wanted discussion, not disruption, in parliament. But sources said it is unlikely that the two sides can agree on what they should discuss, when and how.
- Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge had a long list of issues that they want parliament to discuss, including mob lynching, woman safety, "misrule" in Jammu and Kashmir, dilution of dalit atrocity law, attempts to abolish reservation in autonomous institutions and issues of farmers, unemployment and poor investments, besides special status to Andhra Pradesh.
- BJP leaders have indicated that they were ready with their own list and would corner the Congress over its party chief Rahul Gandhi's reported statement that his party is for Muslims. Mr Gandhi had sought to counter the BJP campaign with a tweet, underscoring that he stood for the last man irrespective of his caste or religion. "This is a confession," BJP' Sambit Patra shot back, noting that the Congress leader had not come up with an explicit denial.
- Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad had also attempted to blunt Mr Gandhi's push for passing the women's reservation bill, questioning if he could get other opposition parties to do the same.
- Parliament's budget session was indeed the least productive budget session in 18 years. The Lok Sabha worked for only 21 per cent of its scheduled time. The Rajya Sabha was just a shade better, at 27 per cent.