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Triple Talaq deferred, PM Modi's remarks expunged as monsoon session ends

Minister Ananth Kumar says session was more productive than previous two, Lok Sabha productivity at 118%, Rajya Sabha's at 68%; Lok Sabha passed 21 Bills and Rajya Sabha, 14

Archis Mohan  |  New Delhi 

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The of Parliament, the penultimate session of the current Lok Sabha, ended on Friday with the government deferring bringing the ‘triple talaq’ Bill in the because of lack of consensus and Chairman expunged remarks made by Prime Minister in the House that were found to be "objectionable".

Members said they couldn’t remember the last time remarks made by a prime minister had to be expunged by the chair. The PM had made the remarks on Thursday while referring to the opposition's candidate for the post of deputy chairman. “PM refers to the prime minister of this great nation. ‘PM’ also refers to a ‘panchayat member, from where political activists begin their political career. Even a panchayat member would be ashamed of the language PM Modi used against me personally,” Hariprasad said.

At a protest at the statue of in the premises of Parliament, chairperson led the party to demand a joint parliamentary committee, or JPC, probe in the MPs in the also raised the demand.

Parliamentary Affairs Minister said the session was more productive than the previous two sessions – the curtailed Winter Session and the Budget session. The session had 17 sittings. The Parliamentary Affairs Ministry said the productivity of the was 118 per cent and that of the Rajya Sabha 68 per cent. The session also witnessed a debate and vote on a no-confidence motion in the and the election of the deputy chairman of the Rajya Sabha.

The day, however, began on a sour note when the boycotted the breakfast hosted by Rajya Sabha Chairman in the honour of new Deputy Chairman Harivansh, in protest against the passage of bills amid a din in the Upper House on Thursday. Congress members were shouting slogans to demand a when a bill to establish a in Manipur and the Homoeopathy Central Council (Amendment) Bill were passed.

In the Rajya Sabha, the combined Opposition scored a minor political point in the evening. It demanded a vote on a private members’ resolution moved by Samajwadi Party’s The resolution sought an amendment to the Constitution for equal treatment of SCs and STs across the country.

Social Justice and Empowerment minister requested Nishad to withdraw the resolution, but the member demanded voting and division. Deputy Chairman asked the lobbies to be cleared for the voting to take place, but union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad argued that there was no precedent of voting taking place on a private members’ resolution.

However, Harivansh, on his first day as the deputy chairman, consulted rules to state that the provision was such that the chair’s order cannot be withdrawn once it has called for a vote. The vote was negatived and the Bill defeated with Opposition members shouting slogans that the government was “anti-Dalit”.

According to a government statement, it introduced 22 Bills in the two Houses – 22 in the and 1 in the Rajya Sabha. The Lok Sabha passed 21 Bills and the Rajya Sabha 14.

Key Bills passed by both Houses were – amendment to the Prevention of Corruption Act, Fugitive Economic Offenders Bill, a Bill to give statutory status to the National Commission for Backward Classes, a Bill to amend the SC and ST Prevention of Atrocities Act, the (Second Amendment) Bill, 2018 and amendments to the The government also withdrew the

First Published: Fri, August 10 2018. 23:55 IST