Narendra Modi hopes Winter Session of Parliament will be productive

Narendra Modi said at yesterday’s all-party meeting, leaders of the political parties were clear that there is a need to take the country forward and this session should be used positively to achieve that. Photo: AP

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday hoped the Winter Session of Parliament will be a productive one with constructive debates and innovative suggestions that will help resolve the country’s problems.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday hoped the Winter Session of Parliament will be a productive one with constructive debates and innovative suggestions that will help resolve the country’s problems.

The government is expected to table 25 pending bills and 14 new ones, including a bill providing Muslim women the right to seek maintenance in case of triple talaq, during the session which begins today.

“The Winter Session of Parliament is starting and I am confident 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,” he told reporters in Delhi.

The prime minister said at yesterday’s all-party meeting, leaders of the political parties were clear that there is a need to take the country forward and this session should be used positively to achieve that. “I hope this Parliament session contributes to the nation’s growth,” he said.

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New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday said that he was optimistic of a positive Winter Session, which is expected to be a fiery one post the announcement of demonetisation, and reached out to all political parties while stating that the government was ready for any debate.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday said that he was optimistic of a positive Winter Session, which is expected to be a fiery one post the announcement of demonetisation, and reached out to all political parties while stating that the government was ready for any debate.

“In the last session an important bill like the (Constitution Amendment) GST was passed, it was a big step. I had thanked all parties then. In the Winter Session, a very positive discussion will happen and on all issues with contribution of all parties,” said Prime Minister Modi outside the Parliament.

“Our government believes in discussing all issues and we are ready to debate on any topic,” he added.

Yesterday, Prime Minister Modi exhorted all the opposition parties to cooperate and extend support to the government’s crusade against black money and corruption.

Last session was a witness to a major decision on GST and the parliament made a majorcontribution towards realizing the dream of One nation, one tax.

I hope this session will also see a healthy debate on various issues as it sets the stage for very good decisions..Of course, parties would present their views.

From the Government side, we will strive our level best to accomplish the transaction of business carrying all the political parties together.

In order to carry forward the work on GST, we have held discussions with the state Government and the political parties. The consultation process has been going on ahead of this session as well.

Government is ready for open debate on every issue and we hope that it will create a conducive atmosphere for significant and fruitful decisions.

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New Delhi, Dec 15: Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the media ahead of the winter session of the Parliament and said he wishes it to contribute to the nation’s growth and development. The Prime minister also said he is confident it will be a productive session and will see constructive debate to find solutions to issues that the country faces.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the media ahead of the winter session of the Parliament and said he wishes it to contribute to the nation’s growth and development. The Prime minister also said he is confident it will be a productive session and will see constructive debate to find solutions to issues that the country faces.

Speaking to press, Modi said at the all-party meeting on Thursday, everyone was on-board to take the country ahead and make this session of the parliament positive to achieve that purpose.

“At yesterday’s all-party meeting, we all were clear that we need to take the country ahead and this session should be used positively to achieve that,” he was quoted in the Twitter handle for the Narendra Modi App, @NamoApp.

“The Winter Session of Parliament is starting and I am confident that it will be productive session. I hope there is constructive debate and we come up with innovative solutions to our nation’s problems,” he said.

“Generally winter starts with Diwali. But due to global warming winter has not come in full force. But winter session has started now and I hope that country would be benefited from fruitful 2017-2018 winter session in Parliament. I hope for positive and innovative arguments,” Modi added.

The Prime Minister reached the Parliament along with other leaders of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), including national president Amit Shah.

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The Winter Session of Parliament will begin today at 11 am, however, there is a lot to do and there is very little time. In just 14 scheduled sittings, the government has to look at a long-list of agendas to be undertaken in the session, which includes 25 Bills for consideration and passing, 14 Bills for introduction, consideration and passing and one Bill for withdrawal.

at 11 am, however, there is a lot to do and there is very little time. In just 14 scheduled sittings, the government has to look at a long-list of agendas to be undertaken in the session, which includes 25 Bills for consideration and passing, 14 Bills for introduction, consideration and passing and one Bill for withdrawal.

The list of agendas for the upcoming session includes important Bills on issues such as triple talaq, constituting a commission for socially and educationally backward classes, and recently introduced Financial Resolution and Deposit Insurance (FRDI) Bill.

The session is expected to be stormy with the Opposition parties all set to corner the government over a range of issues like the Rafale deal, the adverse impact of GST and demonetisation on the economy, the plight of farmers and religious intolerance.

The session, which was delayed due to the Gujarat Assembly polls, is also likely to be hit by the poll outcome along with that of Himachal Pradesh.

If the BJP retains Gujarat and snatches Himachal Pradesh from Congress, the grand old party under its new president Rahul Gandhi would find it difficult to corner the government over the issues they raised during the polls.

But if the Congress wins Gujarat, even if it loses Himachal Pradesh, the opposition party would take on the government over the issues that have raised the political temperature.

The Winter Session, which lasts about a month, is normally called in the last week of November and concludes days before Christmas. This year, Parliament is meeting from 15 December to 5 January — with 25 and 26 December being declared holidays on account of Christmas.

Seventeen Opposition parties led by Congress, which have joined hands to put up a united fight against the ruling NDA, met on Thursday at Parliament House to chalk out the strategy to corner the government.

TMC leader Saugata Roy told IANS: “Bad impact of GST and demonetisation on economy, religious intolerance, killing of a West Bengal labourer in Rajasthan will be the major issues which we will raise in Parliament.” He said the opposition parties would coordinate over the issues to be raised and would definitely take a call on the issues pertaining to corruption.

The Opposition parties that include the Congress, CPM, Trinamool Congress, Samajwadi Party, Nationalist Congress Party, BSP, the Rashtriya Janata Dal and DMK among others, have already clarified that they will have floor coordination in Parliament to corner the government.

Congress leader KC Venugopal said that it would raise the issues like impact of GST and demonetisation, Rafale deal, linking of Aadhaar with PAN and other documents. CPI leader D Raja said: “Damage caused due to cyclone Ockhi, farmers distress, increasing hate crimes, inflation, GST and fallout of demonetisation” would be raised.

The government has convened an all party meet to discuss the agenda of the session. Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan will meet the leaders from all parties on Thursday evening over dinner on the eve of the session.

A bill to provide Muslim women the right to seek maintenance from the ex-spouse after divorce and another aimed to end discrimination against transgenders, among other proposed legislation, are listed for taking up during Parliament’s Winter Session starting on Friday.

At least 14 new bills are set to be introduced during the session, according to a list compiled by think tank PRS Legislative Research .

At least 14 new bills are set to be introduced during the session, according to a list compiled by think tank

Published Date: Dec 15, 2017 11:13 am
| Updated Date: Dec 15, 2017 11:24 am

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– The Winter Session of Parliament begins from 24th November and ends on December 23rd. It will consist of 22 sittings.

– Of these 9 Bills were introduced in the previous Session of Parliament, while 40 of these were introduced in the 15th Lok Sabha, which was the regime of the UPA II Government. 18 other Bills are pending from earlier Lok Sabhas.

– The government has promulgated two ordinances in the last few months. These were the Coal Mines (Special Provisions) Ordinance 2014 and Textile Undertakings (Nationalisation) Laws, Ordinance 2014. (Bills to replace both these ordinances will have to be brought in this Session of Parliament to ensure that they do not lapse.)

– Of the Bills pending, 11 are related to Health and Family Welfare. This includes the Mental Health Care Bill, 2013, the Hiv (Prevention and Control) Bill, 2014

– There are 9 Bills related to Labour and Employment. These include the apprentices (Amendment bill) 2014, the factories amendment bill 2014. Older bills like Child labour (prohibition and Regulation) Bill 2012, Building and construction worker related law bill, 2013 which are still pending.

– A number of pending Bills are still being considered by Standing Committees: These include Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) 2014, the rights of persons of disabilities bill, 2014 and so on.

– Whether the Committee reports on these Bills will come in time for these Bills to be taken up for consideration and passing during the Winter Session remains to be seen.

– The insurance (law) Amendment Bill, 2008 which allows foreign investors to hold up to 49 per cent of the capital in an Indian insurance company, is currently being considered by a Select Committee of the Rajya Sabha. The report is due in the Winter Session of Parliament after which the Bill can be moved for consideration and passing.

– Two Bills have been cleared by the Cabinet in the last three months. These are the Merchant Shipping (Amendment) Bill, 2014 and School of Planning and Architecture Bill, 2014. There are also a number of draft Bills on which Ministries have held pre-legislative consultation. These include the Small Factories (Regulation of Employment and Conditions of Services) Bill, 2014, the Medical Termination of Pregnancy (Amendment) Bill, 2014, amendments to the Citizenship Act, 1955, and the Road Transport and Safety Bill, 2014.

– Starting with the Winter Session, the Rajya Sabha has decided to shift its Question Hour from 11am to noon and has also extended its sitting time by an hour. Lok Sabha schedule remains the same.

(The change in Rajya Sabha can be seen in light of the performance of Question Hour in the 2014 Budget Session, where the Question Hour functioned for 87 per cent of its scheduled time in Lok Sabha, but only for 40 per cent of its scheduled time in Rajya Sabha. Rajya Sabha had tried to address this problem in 2011, when Question Hour was shifted to be held from 2 pm to 3 pm, but this was discontinued within a few days.)

– Union minister Jitendra Singh has received a cheque of Rs 10 lakh for flood relief in Jammu and Kashmir from Repatriates Cooperative Finance & Development Bank Ltd.

has received a cheque of Rs 10 lakh for flood relief in Jammu and Kashmir from Repatriates Cooperative Finance & Development Bank Ltd.

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NEW DELHI: As Winter Session of Parliament begins on Friday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi hoped that the session is a productive one. “The Winter Session begins today. Hope there is a positive discussion, innovative suggestions are made so that the time spent in the House is for the betterment of the country,” he said.

He also added that all parties were on the same page.”The all party meeting that we had yesterday also echoed the same sentiment that we need to work for the progress of the country,” he added.

On a lighter note, the PM said that the session did not start earlier as the winters have just begun. “Generally winter starts with Diwali. But due to global warming winter has not come in full force. But winter session has started now and I hope that country would be benefited from fruitful 2017-2018 winter session in Parliament,” he said.

Congress also said that they are hoping to have positive discussions during the session. “We are always in favor of constructive suggestion. We are very much interested to run Parliament and issues to be discussed, provided the Govt should take interest and create such an atmosphere which is conducive for discussion. They should respect the opposition,” Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge said.

The Winter Session begins on Friday. Nearly 25 pending bills and 14 new ones, including Goods and Services Tax (GST) and Muslim women rights, will be brought before the House in the coming days.

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PM Narendra Modi today hoped the Winter Session of Parliament will be a productive one with constructive debates and innovative suggestions that will help resolve the country’s problems

The government is expected to table 25 pending bills and 14 new ones, including a bill providing Muslim women the right to seek maintenance in case of triple talaq, during the session which begins today

The prime minister said at yesterday’s all-party meeting, leaders of the political parties were clear that there is a need to take the country forward and this session should be used positively to achieve that.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today hoped the Winter Session of Parliament will be a productive one with constructive debates and innovative suggestions that will help resolve the country’s problems.

The government is expected to table 25 pending bills and 14 new ones, including a bill providing Muslim women the right to seek maintenance in case of triple talaq, during the session which begins today.

“The Winter Session of Parliament is starting and I am confident 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,” he said in his speech

The prime minister said at yesterday’s all-party meeting, leaders of the political parties were clear that there is a need to take the country forward and this session should be used positively to achieve that.

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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 today.

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

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.

“The Winter Session of Parliament is starting and I am confident 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, PTI reported.

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.

There will be good and positive debates and innovative suggestions in the winter session of Parliament: PM Narendra Modi.

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BJP National President Amit Shah reached parliament this morning to make debut in the upper house of parliament, ANI reported.

“Generally winter starts with Diwali. But due to global warming, winter has not come in full force. But winter session has started now and I hope that country would be benefited from fruitful 2017-2018 winter session in parliament. I hope for positive and innovative arguments,” PM Modi said, ANI reported.

As PM Modi reached the parliament today, he addressed reporters and talked about climate change. He had earlier requested the opposition to help in smooth functioning of the parliament.

The Winter Session of Parliament will begin today at 11 am, however, there is a lot to do and there is very little time. In just 14 scheduled sittings, the government has to look at a long-list of agendas to be undertaken in the session, which includes 25 Bills for consideration and passing, 14 Bills for introduction, consideration and passing and one Bill for withdrawal.

at 11 am, however, there is a lot to do and there is very little time. In just 14 scheduled sittings, the government has to look at a long-list of agendas to be undertaken in the session, which includes 25 Bills for consideration and passing, 14 Bills for introduction, consideration and passing and one Bill for withdrawal.

The list of agendas for the upcoming session includes important Bills on issues such as triple talaq, constituting a commission for socially and educationally backward classes, and recently introduced Financial Resolution and Deposit Insurance (FRDI) Bill.

The session is expected to be stormy with the Opposition parties all set to corner the government over a range of issues like the Rafale deal, the adverse impact of GST and demonetisation on the economy, the plight of farmers and religious intolerance.

The session, which was delayed due to the Gujarat Assembly polls, is also likely to be hit by the poll outcome along with that of Himachal Pradesh.

If the BJP retains Gujarat and snatches Himachal Pradesh from Congress, the grand old party under its new president Rahul Gandhi would find it difficult to corner the government over the issues they raised during the polls.

But if the Congress wins Gujarat, even if it loses Himachal Pradesh, the opposition party would take on the government over the issues that have raised the political temperature.

The Winter Session, which lasts about a month, is normally called in the last week of November and concludes days before Christmas. This year, Parliament is meeting from 15 December to 5 January — with 25 and 26 December being declared holidays on account of Christmas.

Seventeen Opposition parties led by Congress, which have joined hands to put up a united fight against the ruling NDA, met on Thursday at Parliament House to chalk out the strategy to corner the government.

TMC leader Saugata Roy told IANS: “Bad impact of GST and demonetisation on economy, religious intolerance, killing of a West Bengal labourer in Rajasthan will be the major issues which we will raise in Parliament.” He said the opposition parties would coordinate over the issues to be raised and would definitely take a call on the issues pertaining to corruption.

The Opposition parties that include the Congress, CPM, Trinamool Congress, Samajwadi Party, Nationalist Congress Party, BSP, the Rashtriya Janata Dal and DMK among others, have already clarified that they will have floor coordination in Parliament to corner the government.

Congress leader KC Venugopal said that it would raise the issues like impact of GST and demonetisation, Rafale deal, linking of Aadhaar with PAN and other documents. CPI leader D Raja said: “Damage caused due to cyclone Ockhi, farmers distress, increasing hate crimes, inflation, GST and fallout of demonetisation” would be raised.

The government has convened an all party meet to discuss the agenda of the session. Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan will meet the leaders from all parties on Thursday evening over dinner on the eve of the session.

A bill to provide Muslim women the right to seek maintenance from the ex-spouse after divorce and another aimed to end discrimination against transgenders, among other proposed legislation, are listed for taking up during Parliament’s Winter Session starting on Friday.

At least 14 new bills are set to be introduced during the session, according to a list compiled by think tank PRS Legislative Research .

At least 14 new bills are set to be introduced during the session, according to a list compiled by think tank

Published Date: Dec 15, 2017 11:13 am
| Updated Date: Dec 15, 2017 11:24 am

New Delhi: , Jul 17 (PTI) Prime Minister Narendra Modi hoped the “growing stronger together” spirit of GST will bring enthusiasm to Parliament proceedings and that political parties will engage in high standard of debate and provide value addition during the Monsoon Session.

, Jul 17 (PTI) Prime Minister Narendra Modi hoped the “growing stronger together” spirit of GST will bring enthusiasm to Parliament proceedings and that political parties will engage in high standard of debate and provide value addition during the Monsoon Session.

Terming the start of the session today as very significant, Modi noted that this session gets an opportunity to elect a new president and a vice-president for the country, which will also complete seven decades of its Independence on 15 August.

“Today the Monsoon Session begins. Like the monsoon brings hope, this session also brings same spirit of hope. After the summer, the rains fill the soil with pleasant smell. The same way, due to the good rains of the GST, the whole session will be full of enthusiasm. I believe, all political parties, all MPs, will take significant decisions in national interest, will engage with high standard of debate and will try to provide value addition in all issues, value addition in all system,” he said.

The prime minister said the passage of GST showed the good that can be achieved when all parties come together and work for the nation.

“The GST spirit is about growing stronger together. I hope the same GST spirit prevails in the session,” he said.

Published Date: Jul 17, 2017 11:26 am
| Updated Date: Jul 17, 2017 11:26 am

The Winter session of Parliament will be held from December 15 to January 5, the cabinet committee on parliamentary affairs declared on Friday amid indications that the Opposition was planning to raise issues such as demonetisation, GST glitches and the Rafale deal to attack the government.

The Parliament session will begin a day after the second and final phase of polling for the Gujarat assembly election.

“This will be a 14-day session, 25th and 26th December will be Christmas holidays,” parliamentary affairs minister Ananth Kumar said.

Hindustan Times reported on Thursday that the dates of the session had earlier been finalised but not declared as they were sent to President Ram Nath Kovind for his approval.

The decision to extend the session beyond Christmas will give at least 14 working days to the government to push its agenda. While the introduction of a bill to ban triple talaq is high on its priority list, it is also keen to push the Labour Code, the Financial Resolution and Deposit Insurance Bill and several other pending legislations.

Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Monday lashed out at the government for delay in announcing the dates, alleging that the ruling dispensation is afraid to face Parliament.

Finance minister Arun Jaitley earlier told journalists that the session would not overlap with the Gujarat assembly elections and it would be a “regular” session.

Jaitley took potshots at rivals and said the BJP would be busy with the Gujarat poll campaign but he was not sure if its opponents would also be busy.

Congress leader in the Lok Sabha, Mallikarjun Kharge, told ANI that the opposition party would raise important issues like Goods and Services and Tax, demonetisation, Jammu and Kashmir issue, terrorism and Hafiz Saeed being set free by Pakistan.

Congress president Sonia Gandhi presides over the Congress working committee (CWC) meeting with party vice-president Rahul Gandhi and former prime minister Manmohan Singh, in New Delhi on Monday. Photo: AP

New Delhi: Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Monday launched an all out attack on the government, accusing it of sabotaging the winter session of Parliament on flimsy grounds.

Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Monday launched an all out attack on the government, accusing it of sabotaging the winter session of Parliament on flimsy grounds.

Addressing the meeting of the Congress working committee (CWC), she also accused the government of being “ill prepared” to implement the goods and services tax (GST), which she described as a “flawed” tax regime.

The Congress president also hit out at the government over demonetisation, saying the move left millions of people “suffering”. “The Modi government in its arrogance has cast a dark shadow on India’s parliamentary democracy by sabotaging the winter session of parliament on flimsy grounds,” she told the party’s highest decision-making body.

The winter session of Parliament traditionally convenes from the third week of November and lasts till the third week of December. According to people in the know, the government is considering a truncated winter session of around 10 days starting from the second week of December.

The Congress president also charged the government with “forcefully” trying to change history of modern India by “erasing contributions” made by former prime ministers Jawaharlal Nehru and Indira Gandhi.

Stressing the importance of the current monsoon session, Narendra Modi said it will give an opportunity to elect the President and the vice-president of the country. Photo: Bloomberg

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday said that the implementation of the goods and services tax (GST), which brought different political parties together, has brought fresh energy to Parliament’s monsoon session.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday said that the implementation of the goods and services tax (GST), which brought different political parties together, has brought fresh energy to Parliament’s monsoon session.

In an address ahead of the monsoon session, PM Modi asked the members of the house to keep national interest in mind during the session.

“Today the monsoon session (of Parliament) begins. With the successful rain of GST, this session has new energy and hope. When all political parties and state governments take decisions for the benefit of the country, then the country benefits and that has been shown in the implementation of GST. Growing together stronger is the second name of the GST spirit. This session will go forward with that spirit,” PM Modi said.

“I hope that all political parties, members of Parliament will work towards the national interest and will engage in high standards of debate which provide value-addition to the proceedings,” he said.

“It is this session where the country will get an opportunity to elect a new President and vice president. There are many important events that will take place during this session and the entire country will be keeping an eye on this session,” PM Modi said.

PM Modi said that this session was important for many reasons as during the session India completes 70 years of Independence on 15 August and 75 years of the Quit India Movement.

On Sunday, addressing an all-party meeting called by parliamentary affairs minister Ananth Kumar, PM Modi had sent a warning to self-styled cow vigilantes and asked states to take strict action against them. Opposition parties had planned to raise the issue during the monsoon session.

After the exit polls predicted BJP’s victory in Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh, leaving behind his foes of GST and demonetisation , Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be a little more confident man when he walks into the house on Friday for the opening day of Parliament ‘s winter session .

After the exit polls predicted BJP’s victory in Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh, leaving behind his foes of GST and

Another reason for PM Modi to cherish would be his ‘partner’ and BJP’s ‘Chanakya’ Amit Shah who will attend his first session after being elected as Rajya Sabha member.

As far as the Opposition is concerned, the winter session of the Parliament will also be the first for Rahul Gandhi as Congress President.

As far as the Opposition is concerned, the winter session of the Parliament will also be the first for

However, Modi is likely to face the heat of the Opposition parties for his “outrageous” remark against former PM Manmohan Singh during the campaigning for high stake Gujarat elections.

However, Modi is likely to face the heat of the Opposition parties for his “outrageous” remark against former PM

Modi had alleged that Congress party was colluding with Pakistan for winning the Gujarat polls and a “secret meeting” was held at Mani Shankar Aiyar’s home where Manmohan Singh was also present.

for winning the Gujarat polls and a “secret meeting” was held at Mani Shankar Aiyar’s home where Manmohan Singh was also present.

While Manmohan Singh demanded an apology from PM Modi, Congress leader Anand Sharma had threatened to raise the issue during the winter session.

# After weeks of delay, finally the Winter Session of the Parliament begins. Obituary references being made in the Rajya Sabha by Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu .

After weeks of delay, finally the Winter Session of the Parliament begins. Obituary references being made in the Rajya Sabha by Chairman M

#WinterSession of Parliament begins: Obituary references being made in the Rajya Sabha, by Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu pic.twitter.com/nO0xCVIfNP

of Parliament begins: Obituary references being made in the Rajya Sabha, by Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu

Delhi: INLD Lok Sabha MP Dushyant Chautala rides a tractor to the Parliament #WinterSession pic.twitter.com/QnxPXCbxYW

# We are always in favor of constructive suggestion,we are very much interested to run Parliament & issues to be discussed, provided the Govt should take interest and create such an atmosphere which is conducive for discussion. They should respect the Opposition: Mallikarjun Kharge

We are always in favor of constructive suggestion,we are very much interested to run Parliament & issues to be discussed, provided the Govt should take interest and create such an atmosphere which is conducive for discussion. They should respect the Opposition: Mallikarjun Kharge

# Generally winter starts with Diwali . But due to global warming winter has not come in full force. But winter session has started now and I hope that country would be benefited from fruitful 2017-2018 winter session in Parliament. I hope for positive and innovative arguments,” says PM Modi ahead of winter session of Parliament.

. But due to global warming winter has not come in full force. But winter session has started now and I hope that country would be benefited from fruitful 2017-2018 winter session in Parliament. I hope for positive and innovative arguments,” says PM Modi ahead of winter session of Parliament.

# For the first time a Prime Minister has accused Former PM, former Vice President and diplomats of conspiring with Pakistan for Gujarat elections. PM must clarify in the Parliament: Ghulam Nabi Azad ,Congress on winter session of Parliament

For the first time a Prime Minister has accused Former PM, former Vice President and diplomats of conspiring with Pakistan for Gujarat elections. PM must clarify in the Parliament:

#Delhi : BJP President Amit Shah reaches Parliament, to make his Parliamentary debut in Rajya Sabha today #WinterSession pic.twitter.com/xtrD4pr4eE

# The first day is likely to see no transaction of business at least in the Lok Sabha which is likely to adjourn till Monday after paying tributes to sitting members who passed away in the inter-session period.

The first day is likely to see no transaction of business at least in the Lok Sabha which is likely to adjourn till Monday after paying tributes to sitting members who passed away in the inter-session period.

# Delayed by almost a month due to the polls, this session will have fewer sittings than the usual- it has 14 work days compared to 21 in the last winter session. It will be held from December 15 to January 5.

Delayed by almost a month due to the polls, this session will have fewer sittings than the usual- it has 14 work days compared to 21 in the last winter session. It will be held from December 15 to January 5.

# Key bills lined up for the winter session of the Parliament are – The government is expected to table 25 pending bills and 14 new ones, including a bill making triple talaq (instant divorce) as crime.

Key bills lined up for the winter session of the Parliament are – The government is expected to table 25 pending bills and 14 new ones, including a bill making

# BJP president Amit Shah is beginning his first innings in the Rajya Sabha today. He was elected an MP from Gujarat in the recent Rajya Sabha election that was marred by the controversies.

BJP president Amit Shah is beginning his first innings in the Rajya Sabha today. He was elected an MP from Gujarat in the recent Rajya Sabha election that was marred by the controversies.

# The Parliament could witness verbal duels between top leaders of the ruling and Opposition parties in the winter session. Amit Shah’s entry in the Rajya Sabha would strengthen the BJP and the party is likely to be equally aggressive. Some key bills are already lined up and we hope for a fruitful and peaceful winter session, though, highly unlikely.

The Parliament could witness verbal duels between top leaders of the ruling and Opposition parties in the winter session. Amit Shah’s entry in the Rajya Sabha would strengthen the BJP and the party is likely to be equally aggressive. Some key bills are already lined up and we hope for a fruitful and peaceful winter session, though, highly unlikely.

The year-end Parliament session is yet to be called as Narendra Modi and others are campaigning. (File)

Sonia Gandhi, whose nearly 19-year term as Congress president ends in weeks, today said Prime Minister Narendra Modi “lacks the courage to face parliament.” Her allegation is based on the government’s

of parliament, which usually begins in November and runs four weeks. A few hours later, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley rebutted that the “winter session will definitely take place and the government will announce dates soon.”

Because the Prime Minister and other top ministers are campaigning for the Gujarat elections in December, the year-end session of parliament has yet to be called.

The law is that parliament cannot go without meeting for longer than six months. Because the last monsoon session of parliament ended in August technically, the government need not organise another session till February.

Winter session of parliament: Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said the government’s actions are not suspect

. “It has been a tradition and it has happened several times that parliament sessions are rescheduled when an election is happening,” he said. Once the government decides on the schedule, MPs have to be given 15 days’ notice for the session to begin.

Opponents like Mamata Banerjee and the Congress have said the government is ducking facing the opposition’s questions over the economic slowdown that has registered after the twin reforms of demonetisation and the new national sales tax or GST.

“The Modi government in its arrogance has cast a dark shadow on India’s parliamentary democracy by sabotaging the winter session of parliament on flimsy grounds,” Mrs Gandhi said, adding “(it) is mistaken if it thinks that by locking the temple of democracy, it will escape constitutional accountability ahead of the assembly elections.”

in early December by her son, Rahul Gandhi, who is leading the party’s attempt to reclaim Gujarat, which the BJP has held for 22 back-to-back years.

New Delhi : Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday hoped the “growing stronger together” spirit of GST will bring enthusiasm to Parliament proceedings and that political parties will engage in high standard of debate and provide value addition during the Monsoon session.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday hoped the “growing stronger together” spirit of GST will bring enthusiasm to Parliament proceedings and that political parties will engage in high standard of debate and provide value addition during the Monsoon session.

Terming the start of the session today as very significant, Modi noted that this session gets an opportunity to elect a new president and a vice-president for the country, which will also complete seven decades of its Independence on August 15.

“Today the Monsoon session begins. Like the monsoon brings hope, this session also brings same spirit of hope. After the summer, the rains fill the soil with pleasant smell. The same way, due to the good rains of the GST, the whole session will be full of enthusiasm.

“I believe, all political parties, all MPs, will take significant decisions in national interest, will engage with high standard of debate and will try to provide value addition in all issues, value addition in all system,” he said.

The prime minister said the passage of GST showed the good that can be achieved when all parties come together and work for the nation.

“The GST spirit is about growing stronger together. I hope the same GST spirit prevails in the session,” he said.

Political grapevine suggests that the Narendra Modi government is mulling to clear the all-too-crucial Women’s Reservation Bill in the Winter session of Parliament. The Bill, which was introduced by the UPA regime in 2008, and which was passed in Rajya Sabha in 2010, might just see the light of the day, after almost two decades of stonewalling.

suggests that the Narendra Modi government is mulling to clear the all-too-crucial Women’s Reservation Bill in the Winter session of Parliament. The Bill, which was introduced by the UPA regime in 2008, and which was passed in Rajya Sabha in 2010, might just see the light of the day, after almost two decades of stonewalling.

a) The Constitution (One Hundred and Eighth Amendment) Bill, 2008 seeks to reserve one-third of all seats for women in the Lok Sabha and the state legislative assemblies. The allocation of reserved seats shall be determined by such authority as prescribed by Parliament.

b) One third of the total number of seats reserved for Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes shall be reserved for women of those groups in the Lok Sabha and the legislative assemblies.

c) Reserved seats may be allotted by rotation to different constituencies in the state or union territory.

d) Reservation of seats for women shall cease to exist 15 years after the commencement of this Amendment Act.

As the buzz from the South Block of Raisina Hill creates a stir, mostly seen by many astute observers as Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s attempt at spinning the narrative once again in his favour and coming across as a progressive, pro-women regime, Congress President Sonia Gandhi has thrown a spanner in the NDA’s efforts at claiming the sole credit for the crucial legislation.

Smt. Sonia Gandhi writes to the Prime Minister for expeditious passage of Women Reservation Bill in LS as UPA passed in RS. Copy of letter- pic.twitter.com/Fz5mMwioH4

Smt. Sonia Gandhi writes to the Prime Minister for expeditious passage of Women Reservation Bill in LS as UPA passed in RS. Copy of letter-

Sonia Gandhi has written a letter to PM Modi saying that the BJP government having a majority in Lok Sabha is a golden opportunity for his regime to finally clear the hurdles for the Women’s Reservation Bill, which seeks to earmark 33 per cent of seats in Lok Sabha and the state legislatures for women candidates. The BJP-led NDA government has 336 seats in the 543-seat Lok Sabha (with BJP alone having 282 seats), and with Congress’ backing (INC has 45 seats), a clear win is easily assured for the Women’s Reservation Bill in the lower house.

to PM Modi saying that the BJP government having a majority in Lok Sabha is a golden opportunity for his regime to finally clear the hurdles for the Women’s Reservation Bill, which seeks to earmark 33 per cent of seats in Lok Sabha and the state legislatures for women candidates. The BJP-led NDA government has 336 seats in the 543-seat Lok Sabha (with BJP alone having 282 seats), and with Congress’ backing (INC has 45 seats), a clear win is easily assured for the Women’s Reservation Bill in the lower house.

“You may recall that the Rajya Sabha had passed the Women’s Reservation Bill on March 9, 2010. Since then, however, it has languished in the Lok Sabha for one reason or another.

I am writing to request you to take advantage of your majority in the Lok Sabha to now get the Women’s Reservation Bill passed in the Lower House as well. The Congress party has always and will continue to support this legislation, which will be a significant step forward in the empowerment of women. You may recall that it was, in fact, the Congress party and its late leader Shri Rajiv Gandhi who first mooted the provision for reservation for women in panchayats and nagarpalikas in the Constitution Amendment Bills which the Opposition parties thwarted in the Rajya Sbha in 1989 but later were passed by both Houses of Parlaiment in 1993 becoming the 73rd and 74th Amendments.”

Sonia Gandhi’s letter urging PM Modi to “take advantage” is not only a display of bipartisan political support which the significant Bill needs desperately, but also a canny move that reaffirms the credit where it’s due. The history of the Constitution (108th Amendment) Bill is one that’s fraught with political opposition of the most misogynist kind from political parties as diverse as the Samajwadi Party, the Rashtriya Janata Dal, the DMK, and even JD(U) and the Mayawati-led Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP).

Sonia Gandhi’s letter urging PM Modi to “take advantage” is not only a display of bipartisan political support which the significant Bill needs desperately, but also a canny move that reaffirms the credit where it’s due. The history of the Constitution (108th Amendment) Bill is one that’s

of the most misogynist kind from political parties as diverse as the Samajwadi Party, the Rashtriya Janata Dal, the DMK, and even JD(U) and the Mayawati-led Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP).

On the other hand, led by the Indian National Congress, parties in support of the Bill included the BJP, the Left Front (including CPI(M) and CPI), the then late Jayallalaithaa-led AIADMK, as well as the Nationalist Congress Party led by Sharad Pawar. Curiously, Mamata Banerjee-led Trinamool Congress, which was then in power in West Bengal, didn’t take an overt position on this.

In 2013, the last time there was talk of tabling the Women’s Bill in Lok Sabha, the distrubution of favour and antipathy from political parties looked this:

Sonia Gandhi’s letter is an important reminder of the history of the Women’s Reservation Bill, and how it came about. While the 73rd and 74th Amendments passed in 1993, as Gandhi mentions in her letter, introduced 33 per cent quota for women in panchayats and municipalities, this was the fructification of the National Perspective Plan for Women (1988) which recommended so, along with a one-third quota for women even in political parties.

Sonia Gandhi’s letter is an important reminder of the history of the Women’s Reservation Bill, and how it came about. While the 73rd and 74th Amendments passed in 1993, as Gandhi mentions in her letter,

for women in panchayats and municipalities, this was the fructification of the National Perspective Plan for Women (1988) which recommended so, along with a one-third quota for women even in political parties.

Similarly, the Constitution (108th Amendment) Bill that was tabled in Lok Sabha in 2008, was the result of the National Policy for Empowerment of Women (2001), which considered reservation for women in higher legislative bodies, including in Lok Sabha and the state legislative assemblies. In fact, the UPA’s common minimum programme of 2004 and 2009 included the Women’s Bill.

A handful of images depicting women politicians from different political parties coming together to celebrate the passing of the Women’s Reservation Bill in Rajya Sabha in 2010 are a testimony to the fact that this was always above partisan politics and its main struggle was against institutionalised patriarchy. Sushma Swaraj, Brinda Karat, Najma Heptullah and others could be seen rejoicing outside Parliament, while Sonia Gandhi herself was hailed as the political heavyweight behind the passage of the Bill in Rajya Sabha, even though she wasn’t a member of the Upper House, but the Lower House.

Tweets from politicians and journalists have widely welcomed the possibility of the elected politicians across the board showing enthusiasm about passing this landmark Bill in Lok Sabha, after which it will get assent from the President of India to become a law.

Congress Women delegation to meet President of India and will hand him over Women Reservation Bill signature campaign copies : . @Shobha_Oza pic.twitter.com/QKunVGisaP

Congress Women delegation to meet President of India and will hand him over Women Reservation Bill signature campaign copies : .

India’s progress is linked to women’s progress. @INCIndia President writes to @PMOIndia in support of #WomensReservationBill . pic.twitter.com/cf0UWGSBGq

INC President pledges support 4 womens reservation bill.Govt must table it next session&ensure; smooth passage 4 it 2b effective by 2019(1/2) pic.twitter.com/0Efw4PYd8i

INC President pledges support 4 womens reservation bill.Govt must table it next session&ensure; smooth passage 4 it 2b effective by 2019(1/2)

Given that the narrative is spinning out of control from the Narendra Modi regime, thanks to the economic shocks resulting from the twin diktats of demonetisation and the “hasty” implementation of GST, as well as the political and ideological violence of the cultural nationalist kind tearing apart the country’s secular, pluralist social fabric from within, it is desperately looking for a “progressive” legislation to latch on to. After the landmark Supreme Court judgement invalidating the instant Triple Talaq in Muslim marriages, a verdict behind which Narendra Modi had publicly thrown his political and institutional weight, creating the popular sentiment against it, it seems passing the Women’s Reservation Bill in Lok Sabha could be the next step in capturing the narrative.

However, the Women’s Reservation Bill, which has seen two decades of relentless campaigning from diverse feminist groups to ensure wider and stronger representation of women in higher legislatures, thereby having a direct stake in law-making and policy directions, demands that we rise above petty politics. This is a Bill that has seen some cross-party support in the past, but clearly not enough.

What is needed at this hour is political will and giving women what’s long due. Hope PM Narendra Modi will ensure that the majority in Lok Sabha wouldn’t be wasted this time too and pass the Bill that has seen political rivals coming together to forge a new, shared and progressive future together.

have sparked off a fresh war of words between the Bharatiya Janata Party and the Congress, with Finance Minister

Addressing the meeting of the Congress Working Committee (CWC), she also accused the government of being “ill-prepared” to implement the goods and services tax (GST), which she described as a “flawed” tax regime. The Congress president also hit out at the government over demonetisation, saying that the move left millions of people “suffering”.

“The Modi-government in its arrogance has cast a dark shadow on India’ Parliamentary democracy by sabotaging the

on flimsy grounds,” she told the party’s highest decision-making body. Her assault on the government came on a day when the party set down the path for her son Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi’s ascension to the post of party president by mid-December.

According to sources, the government is considering a truncated winter session of around 10 days starting from the second week of December.

Hours after the Congress president’s attack, Jaitley said Parliament sessions were often rescheduled to ensure they did not overlap with elections and claimed the Congress had done so too in the past.

On Gandhi’s allegation that the government was “sabotaging” the winter session of Parliament, Jaitley said the Opposition party had also delayed a session in 2011 and even earlier because the sittings coincided with election campaigns.

“It has been a tradition and it has happened several times that Parliament sessions are rescheduled when an election is happening,” he told reporters in Rajkot.

He said the session would be held and the Congress would be “totally exposed”. He also said the Congress had itself rescheduled Parliament sessions several times. “The Congress has given the most corrupt government in its ten years of rule, while

has given the most honest government. By forcibly saying that a truth is a lie does not make it a lie,” Jaitley hit back.

“(The) timing is decided such that they do not overlap with election campaigns. (Congress) did so in 2011, and even before that,” the senior BJP leader said, adding, “Parliament session will be held for sure and on all subjects, and the Congress will be totally exposed.”