NEW DELHI:  Following an aggressive assembly election campaign in Gujarat, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday welcomed discussion on all issues in winter session of parliament which begins on Friday. An all-party meeting was held Thursday ahead of the first day of winter session of parliament. Opposition had earlier attacked Modi government for delay in winter session.

“The Government has requested all parties, especially the opposition, for their co-operation for the smooth functioning of the House,” Union Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar announced on Thursday after the all-party meeting.

After the Rajya Sabha session resumed at 3 pm, the session was adjourned for the day amid uproar over bills to be considered and PM Modi’s remarks on former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

Rajya Sabha has been again adjourned till 3 pm amid uproar in the house. This is the third time in the day that the session was adjourned in the upper house of the parliament. Today was the first day of the winter session. The opposition mainly protested over disqualification of two members of the JD(U).

Here are the bills in the Rajya Sabha for consideration in the winter session of the parliament: The Companies (Amendment) Bill, The Indian Institutes of Management Bill, The Indian Institute of Petroleum and Energy Bill.

However, the Rajya Sabha session is being held amid chaos following a row over PM Modi’s remarks on former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

Rajya Sabha session has resumed after adjournment earlier in the day.

Giving the details about the Congress notice, Ghulam Nabi Azad said, “Gave notice that today’s business be suspended and a big issue that is not just national but international, be discussed. Issue is the allegations made by PM against former PM, former vice president, former army chief and others of conspiring with Pakistan for Gujarat elections.”

After the upper house of the parliament was adjourned following ruckus over Sharad Yadav’s dismissal, Frank Noronha, Principal Spokesperson, Government of India, tweeted about the cabinet meeting at 1 pm. Rajya Sabha session would resume at 2:30 pm.

During the Gujarat election campaign, Prime Minister Modi had alleged Pakistan’s involvement in the state elections. He said his predecessor Manmohan Singh and other Congress leaders sought the neighbouring country’s involvement at a dinner attended by Pakistani guests.

Congress moves notice in Rajya Sabha for remarks against former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

Nitish Kumar Should Resign: Ghulam Nabi Azad

Senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad was among the lawmakers who questioned the basis of Sharad Yadav’s disqualification. “I was the only member from this House who went for the Mahagathbandhan (Grand Alliance) in Bihar, where Nitish Kumar was also there. What had been decided was that the chief minister of the Mahagathbandhan will be Nitish Kumar, and the votes will be asked-for on the basis of the Mahagathbandhan. Now you have left the ‘Grand Alliance’ high and dry. The mandate was for the ‘grand alliance’, not for Nitish Kumar. He must resign,” he said.

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar had sought Mr Yadav’s disqualification after Mr Yadav parted ways with Mr Kumar over the Bihar CM joining hands with the BJP in Bihar. Mr Yadav was disqualified on December 4.

Venkaiah Naidu tried to bring order in the house. “This is not an issue listed for discussion. Nothing will go on record. Please stick to the subject of discussion,” he said.

“Please do not waste time. None of what you are saying will go on record. Do you want to do this (protests) on the very first day itself? Do you not want to hear the problems of the people?”

Rajya Sabha has been adjourned till 12 pm following ruckus over disqualification of Sharad Yadav. Mr Yadav was disqualified from the upper house of parliament on December 4.

On the day-1 of the winter session in parliament, chaos ensued in Rajya Sabha over the disqualification of Sharad Yadav.

In the upper house of the parliament, Vice President Venkaiah Naidu read out obituaries of martyrs and armed forces personnel who died between monsoon and winter session of the parliament.

After paying tributes to three sitting and seven former members, Lok Sabha has been adjourned for the day till December 18.

“The Winter Session of Parliament is starting and I am confidentindia-currency-notes-scrapped_5c598e92-d0d8-11e7-ab73-d03b3a59d103 that it will be a productive session. I hope there is good debate, constructive debate and we come up with innovative solutions to our nation’s problems,” PM Modi told the reporters ahead of the session, according to news agency PTI.

During the winter session, the government is expected to table 25 pending bills and 14 new bills. This includes a bill providing Muslim women the right to seek maintenance in case of triple talaq.

Winter session has begun and PM Modi addressed the parliament. He introduced the cabinet ministers with new portfolios as the parliament holds the first session after cabinet reshuffle.

Gujarat Campaign Shadow Hangs Over Winter Session Of Parliament, Congress Wants Apology.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s appeal for smooth functioning of winter session of parliament was made just after a bitter campaign in the Gujarat elections ended. The Congress-led opposition has signaled it is unlikely to persuade them to play along.

Switching back from campaign mode for the Gujarat assembly elections, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday welcomed discussion on “all issues” that the opposition wanted to raise in parliament’s winter session beginning Friday and called for constructive discussion on government business. PM Modi, who led the BJP’s campaign in Gujaratwhere exit polls predict a fifth term for his party, also made a renewed pitch for simultaneous elections.

“The Government has requested all parties, especially the opposition, for their co-operation for the smooth functioning of the House”, Union Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar announced on Thursday after a meeting of all parties ahead of the truncated session. Parliament will hold 14 sittings in this session, compared to 21 last year.

The government’s appeal, made just after a bitter campaign in the Gujarat elections ended,however, is unlikely to persuade the opposition to play along. Not when it was already cut up with the ruling NDA government for trimming the winter session due to elections in PM Modi’s home state.
Also, the Congress does not intend to let the allegation leveled by PM Modi against former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh pass. Leading his party’s campaign in Gujarat, PM Modi had alleged that senior Congress leaders including Dr Singh colluded with Pakistani officialsat a dinner event in Delhi in an attempt to influence the Gujarat result.

“Either the government should prove the claim or the Prime Minister must apologise… Nothing short of an apology will satisfy us,” its leader Anand Sharma said.

The government has already rejected the demand; Finance Minister Arun Jaitley had underlined the Congress should not expect an apology for the attack over the dinner that he described as a “political misadventure”.

At Thursday’s all party meeting convened by the government, Left leader D Raja was talking about PM Modi’s attack on Dr Manmohan Singh when PM Modi also walked in. He, however, refused to get drawn into the controversy.

Instead, PM Modi told the opposition that he would welcome deliberations on all topics and urged them not only to let parliament function without disruptions but also rise above partisan politics to support simultaneous elections.

PM Modi requested all parties to rise above political considerations on simultaneous elections so that development projects may be implemented across the country in full force rather than being interrupted by frequent elections, a government statement said.

Disqualify Nitish Kumar, Not Sharad Yadav, Says Opposition On Day 1 Of Winter Session

 The opposition parties contended in parliament today that since Nitish Kumar sought votes in the Bihar assembly elections as a member of the “Grand Alliance” and then opted out of it, it is his MPs in the Rajya Sabha who should be disqualified.

NEW DELHI:  As parliament convened for the winter session, the Congress and other opposition parties demanded that the disqualification from the Rajya Sabha of former Janata Dal United Sharad Yadav be revoked. There were frequent disruptions as MPs raised slogans in the well or centre of the Upper House in support of Mr Yadav, has also moved court.


Sharad Yadav and his supporter Ali Anwar Ansari have been disqualified as Rajya Sabha MPs after they rebelled against current JD(U) boss and Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar for dumping the Grand Alliance with Congress and Lalu Yadav’s RJD in Bihar and partnering with the BJP earlier this year. 

Hearing a request by Mr Yadav challenging his disqualification, the Delhi High Court today refused to overturn it for now and restrained him from attending the ongoing parliament session. The court, however, allowed Mr Yadav to draw allowances, perks and retain his bungalow as an MP. The case will be heard in March next year.

In parliament, the opposition parties contended that since Nitish Kumar sought votes in the Bihar assembly elections as a member of the “Grand Alliance” and then opted out of it, it is his MPs in the Rajya Sabha who should be disqualified.
“Membership of the JD(U) members should be cancelled,” said Leader of Opposition and senior Congressman Ghulam Nabi Azad, also alleging that the grounds for the disqualification of Mr Yadav and Mr Anwar is not clear.

Vice President M Venkaiah NAidu, who is also the chairman of the Rajya Sabha, would have none of it. “After taking into account all the facts and submissions made, it is clear that by their speeches and actions that both Sharad Yadav and Ali Anwar have voluntarily given up their membership. They cased to be members of Rajya Sabha from December 4,” Mr Naidu emphasised.