Government gets business done in first Winter SessionThe winter session that began on November 18 had 20 working days. While the Lok Sabha outshone Rajya Sabha with 116% productivity to 99%, the quality of debates in the Upper House was better with less disruptions. However, the monsoon session,which was the first session of the 17th Lok Sabha, had a better record.
CAB debate: Congress defended Nehru-Liaquat Pact to hold Pakistan accountableDuring a calling attention motion in the Rajya Sabha on May 7, 1970, the then external affairs minister Dinesh Singh had defended the agreement, informing that India had repeatedly drawn Pakistan’s attention to “the plight of minorities there and urged them to ensure their security, full freedom and equality of rights”.
Personal Data Protection Bill: Exemptions for government agencies worry expertsThe new Bill was cleared by the Union Cabinet last week and shared with Members of Parliament on Tuesday. It is expected to be tabled in the Lok Sabha on Wednesday. The government could exempt its agencies from the law governing processing of personal data, citing national security. The Bill adds that certain provisions will not apply to the govt.
Citizenship Amendment Bill in Rajya Sabha today; government confidentThe bill piloted by Union Home Minister Amit Shah was comfortably passed in the Lok Sabha on late Monday night as the ruling BJP enjoys a clear majority in the house. Sources in the party said that the legislation will also sail through the Rajya Sabha as the ruling NDA has the numbers.
Price rise soon in Parliament canteenThe much-reviled subsidy on food served in Parliament canteens for lawmakers, government staff and journalists is set to go with a broad consensus emerging on the issue at the Business Advisory Committee of the Lok Sabha.
Venkaiah Naidu warns of action against erring Rajya Sabha membersHe emphasised that issues listed to be raised on a particular matter if could not be discussed (due to forced adjournments and disruptions) would not “automatically” be taken up the next day. The VP also expressed his displeasure at some members leaking their letter addressed to him without sending it to him first and ensuring he has seen it.
Delhi’s air has improved over 3 years: Prakash JavadekaBoth Houses held a debate on growing air pollution in the country, particularly in Delhi. Replying to the debate, Javadekar said: “There is a general improvement in Delhi’s air quality over the past three years. There were 106 good and satisfactory days in 2016, 152 in 2017, 159 in 2018. This year, out of 324 days, 190 have been good and satisfactory.”
Amit Shah says NRC to be across India, J&K situation normal"The process of National Register of Citizens (NRC) will be carried out across the country. No one irrespective of their religion should be worried. It is just a process to get everyone under the NRC," Shah said replying to a supplementary during Question Hour in the Upper House.
J&K issues, citizenship bill, economy to keep govt busyThe Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, which is high on the government’s agenda for this session, may face hurdles since some parties are strongly opposed to it. During the meeting, BJD demanded that a legislation be passed for creating a Vidhan Parishad in Odisha.
Government set to push citizenship bill during winter sessionThe winter session begins on November 18 and will last till December 13. The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill seeks to amend the definition of illegal immigrants from Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan. It will make Hindu, Sikh, Christian, Buddhist, Jain and Parsi migrants from these three countries who have lived in India for six years illegal.
View: Post Supreme Court verdict, Ram temple may not be a vote catcher for BJPBJP can hope to reap political benefits from the Ram temple issue in the next UP Assembly election in 2022 and the 2024 Lok Sabha polls. The new temple is likely to be constructed in five years. Like the Somnath temple issue, the Ram temple at Ayodhya may then cease to be a vote catcher and BJP will have to move on to other issues in future elections.
A good time for BJP to mend Jat tiesIn Haryana, BJP's core focus has remained on the non-Jat votes. Now, BJP is likely to leverage the alliance with Chautala to reach out to Jats, a community that it has been at loggerheads with since it came to power in Haryana in 2014.
BJP pushes to seal deal to form Maharashtra governmentDeputy CM post for Aaditya Thackeray on table. Shiv Sena is demanding that the CM’s post be rotated with each party holding it for two-and-a-half years. Shah may visit Mumbai on Wednesday with a view to close the negotiations with the Sena brass.
Parliament okays RTI amendmentThe House witnessed acrimonious scenes during the discussion on the bill with the opposition trooping into the well, raising slogans and tearing copies of the legislation.