Lok Sabha discusses the interim budget; Rajya Sabha adjourned till 2 pm

Within 10 minutes of assembling, both Houses of Parliament were adjourned. While Lok Sabha was adjourned till 12 noon, Rajya Sabha was adjourned till 2 pm.

Here are the live updates:

Lok Sabha takes up discussion on interim budget. Congress members walk out in protest.

Thambidurai (AIADMK) speaks.  The Budget is significant since the nation will go to polls. Mr. Thambidurai says the demonetisation and GST have crippled the economy.

TDP members chant slogans. I am going to speak for you also. Please allow me to speak, Mr. Thambidurai says, and chants stop!

This is an interim budget. They cannot populist schemes in an interim budget. They had four years to announce them, but they haven’t. It’s good that the GDP has improved but unemployment is huge and highest in the last 45 years, Mr. Thambidurai says.

Agrarian crisis is real. Over three lakh farmers have committed suicide. They promised doubling farm income. Though the MSP has increased, the promise of doubling farm income has not been fulfilled, he says.

I appreciate the intent of the government, but this is only a token, Mr. Thambidurai says on PM-KISAN scheme and also points out landless farmers are not covered. 

Even in MNREGA allocation, the labour component is lesser than the UPA regime, Mr. Thambidurai points out. He says the MNREGA proposal itself is faulty and must be reviewed.

Jithender Reddy (TRS) raises the issue of Indian students arrested in the US for studying there illegally. Mr. Reddy says fake universities abroad and innocent Indian students trapped by them must be checked, he says.

Speaker Sumitra Mahajan asks members to submit their Zero Hour submissions in writing and it will be added to the records. Zero Hour ends.

Former Prime Minister H.D. Deve Gowda speaks. He says in 2009, Operation Kamala was started. Such incidents shouldn’t have happened, Mr. Gowda says and recalls how as many as 10 ministers resigned, and the government fell and subsequently how a government fell.

Minister D.V. Sadananda Gowda says there is fight between Congress and the JD(S). He points out that in-fighting in Congress. "They are not able to keep their house in order and blaming the BJP now," he says. Everything uttered by Mr. Kharge and Mr. Gowda are false, he says.

Congress member Mallikarjun Kharge speaks in Lok Sabha.

Congress member Mallikarjun Kharge speaks in Lok Sabha.  
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Mallikarjun Kharge, Congress leader, raises the issue of alleged horse trading attempts in Karnataka. Mr. Kharge says Karnataka’s BJP chief spoke to the son of Gurmitkal MLA promising him Rs. 50 crore money. He mentions about the tapped audio conversation. BJP members protest.

Mr. Kharge names the persons mentioned in the audio conversation. Speaker expunges the names as they are not members of the House.

Mr. Kharge reads out the transcript of the entire tapped conversation that was released by Karnataka Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy on Friday.

Lok Sabha reassembles. Congress members raise the issue of alleged poaching again. Speaker Sumitra Mahajan assures them she will allow them to speak.

Members table reports of Standing Committees.

The issue of 13-Point Roster continues to disrupt the House. Samajwadi Party members accuse the government of not implemented reservation while recruiting teaching staff in higher education. Repeated assurances by the Minister goes in vain. House adjourned till 12 noon.

In Rajya Sabha, opposition members register their protests on various issues. Amid ruckus two Bills are introduced. Ruckus continues. House adjourned till 2 pm.

Speaker Sumitra Mahajan takes up Question Hour. Congress members raise the issue of Karnataka unit of BJP’s alleged attempt to poach MLAs. Ms. Mahajan says she will allow them to speak after the Question Hour. But Congress members raise slogans.

A member questions on 13-Point Roster. HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar assures the that 13-Point Roster won’t be implemented. The government will file a review petition and if needed, we will bring an Ordinance, he says. 

Rajya Sabha assembles. Chairperson M. Venkaiah Naidu is in the Chair. Members submit papers listed against their names.

Lok Sabha assembles. Speaker Sumitra Mahajan is in the Chair.

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