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Parliament highlights: 45 MPs suspended; Rahul says Modi fled Rafale debate

Congress president Rahul Gandhi has challenged PM Narendra Modi for a debate on the Rafale deal

BS Web Team  |  New Delhi 

A view of the Lok Sabha during a discussion on the issues relating to Rafale deal, in New Delhi
A view of the Lok Sabha during a discussion on the issues relating to Rafale deal, in New Delhi. Photo: LSTV grab via PTI

was on Thursday adjourned for the day as members of the AIADMK and TDP continued to disrupt proceedings despite the Speaker suspending 21 more MPs for unruly behaviour.

With the House unable to transact business due to ruckus by the two parties, Speaker Sumitra Mahajan ordered the suspension of the 21 members, including 13 of TDP and seven of AIADMK. The development came a day after 24 AIADMK members were suspended for the rest of the session for disrupting proceedings.

As the House met on Thursday, AIADMK and TDP members trooped in the Well, raising slogans and carrying banners demanding the stalling of a dam on river Cauvery and special state status to Andhra Pradesh, respectively. The AIADMK members flung papers towards the chair several times. Amid the ruckus, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Narendra Singh Tomar appealed to the agitating MPs to return to their seats.

However, protests by the unrelenting members of the two southern parties continued. At this, the Speaker initially warned that she would be forced to name the unruly members and take action against them. "I warn you, I will take you names. You have come to the Well and are persistently creating trouble," she said.

As the members refused to budge, the Speaker suspended 12 TDP MPs and seven AIADMK members under Rule 374(A) of proceedings for the next four sitting of the House.

Soon after the house met again at 2 pm, the suspended members of AIADMK and TDP trooped into the Well of the House continuing their protest and shouting slogans. Two more TDP members -- P Ravindra Babu and Kesineni Srinivas -- were also suspended from the for unruly behaviour.

Two questions were taken up during the Question Hour even as the members continued to shout slogans.

Members from the Congress wanted to raise the Sabarimala issue and Mahajan told them that the matter can be raised later. 

Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman was expected to respond to the Congress party's allegations on the in the Lok Sabha on Thursday. 

Congress President on Wednesday said Prime Minister "does not have guts" to come to Parliament and confront questions about the At a press conference later, he used an audio clip to allege that Goa Chief Minister and former defence minister Manohar Parrikar was "blackmailing" Modi with a file on the  

Here are live updates on the Rafale debate, Cauvery issue, Bill.

Parliament highlights: 45 MPs suspended; Rahul says Modi fled Rafale debate

Parliament passes Bill that scraps 'no detention' policy   The Rajya Sabha on Thursday passed after a brief discussion the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education (Amendment) Bill, 2019, that seeks to scrap the "no detention" policy up to Class 8th for improving "learning outcomes". (Read more here)    However, the Bill empowers the state governments to either scrap the "no detention" policy or keep it intact.   The Lok Sabha has already passed the Bill.   As per the old policy, children could not be failed in examinations, and their promotion to next class could not be withheld up to Class 8.  

Parliament highlights: 45 MPs suspended; Rahul says Modi fled Rafale debate

Rajya Sabha passes National Council for Teacher Education (Amendment) Bill   The Rajya Sabha on Thursday passed the National Council for Teacher Education (Amendment) Bill, 2019, that seeks to retrospectively grant recognition to certain institutions running teacher education courses as well as grant retrospective permission to start new courses. The Bill amends the National Council for Teacher Education Act, 1993. (Read more here)    1) The Bill grants retrospective recognition to institutions which offered teacher education courses after the establishment of the National Council for Teacher Education (NCTE) until the academic year 2017-18.   2) The Bill also seeks to grant retrospective permission to start a new course or training in teacher education to institutions which satisfy certain conditions and which have offered teacher education courses after the establishment of the NCTE until the academic year 2017-2018. 

Parliament highlights: 45 MPs suspended; Rahul says Modi fled Rafale debate

Rajya Sabha runs smoothly for first time in Winter Session   The Rajya Sabha on Thursday functioned smoothly and completed the zero and question hours for the first time in this Winter Session of Parliament. (Read more here)    The session has seen a washout amid protest by AIADMK and DMK members who would come near the Chair's podium and shout slogans against Meketadu dam on the Cauvery river in Karnataka. 

Parliament highlights: 45 MPs suspended; Rahul says Modi fled Rafale debate

As the members refused to budge, the Speaker suspended 11 TDP MPs, seven AIADMK members and an unattached member under Rule 374(A) for the next four sitting of the House.   Among the suspended MPs were former Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju (TDP), Thota Narasimham (TDP) and Renuka Butta (unattached) who had won on a YSR Congress ticket. 

Parliament highlights: 45 MPs suspended; Rahul says Modi fled Rafale debate

Proceeding in the Lok Sabha during the winter session that commenced on December 11 have been repeatedly stalled due to protests by AIADMK and TDP members over a proposed dam on river Cauvery and special state status to Andhra Pradesh, respectively. 

Parliament highlights: 45 MPs suspended; Rahul says Modi fled Rafale debate

Action against such a large number of MPs is unusual. In February 2014, the then Speaker Meira Kumar had suspended 18 MPs from Andhra Pradesh following bedlam in the House. Those suspended then were either supporting or opposing the creation of Telangana. 

Parliament highlights: 45 MPs suspended; Rahul says Modi fled Rafale debate

45 Lok Sabha members from TDP, AIADMK suspended in 2 days for disruptions   Cracking the whip on unruly MPs, Speaker Sumitra Mahajan has suspended 45 Lok Sabha members belonging to the TDP and the AIADMK since Wednesday after they created a ruckus in the House and continuously disrupted proceedings for days.    Mahajan had suspended 24 AIADMK members on Wednesday for five consecutive sittings. A day later, she suspended 21 members of AIADMK and TDP and an unattached YSR Congress member. The action was taken under rule 374A of Lok Sabha which says that they cannot attend the remaining days of the session, which concludes on January 8. (Read more here) 

Parliament highlights: 45 MPs suspended; Rahul says Modi fled Rafale debate

Lok Sabha adjourned for the day.

Parliament highlights: 45 MPs suspended; Rahul says Modi fled Rafale debate

PM Modi has fled Parliament and his 'open book Rafale exam': Rahul Gandhi   Escalating his attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi over the Rafale deal issue, Congress chief Rahul Gandhi Thursday said it seems the PM has "fled" his "open book Rafale exam" in Parliament and is instead lecturing students in Punjab.   Gandhi's attack came a day after he said Modi faced an open book exam on the deal in Parliament and asked if he will show up at the exam or send a proxy.   The Congress president had Wednesday also tweeted four questions related to the Rafale deal and demanded answers from the prime minister.   "So it seems our PM has fled Parliament & his own open book Rafale exam & is instead lecturing students at Lovely University in Punjab, today," Gandhi tweeted on Thursday.

Parliament highlights: 45 MPs suspended; Rahul says Modi fled Rafale debate

Sushma Swaraj says every issue on Rafale has been clarified by Supreme Court.

Parliament highlights: 45 MPs suspended; Rahul says Modi fled Rafale debate

Rafale debate Mallikarjun Kharge, Congress on Rahul Gandhi asking for a one-to-one with PM on Rafale: He (PM) must answer, It's a direct allegation on him that he helped his friends. He's the leader of the House, where will he answer if not here?Why is he letting other people advocate for him?

First Published: Thu, January 03 2019. 07:45 IST
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Parliament highlights: 45 MPs suspended; Rahul says Modi fled Rafale debate

Congress president Rahul Gandhi has challenged PM Narendra Modi for a debate on the Rafale deal

was on Thursday adjourned for the day as members of the AIADMK and TDP continued to disrupt proceedings despite the Speaker suspending 21 more MPs for unruly behaviour.

With the House unable to transact business due to ruckus by the two parties, Speaker Sumitra Mahajan ordered the suspension of the 21 members, including 13 of TDP and seven of AIADMK. The development came a day after 24 AIADMK members were suspended for the rest of the session for disrupting proceedings.

As the House met on Thursday, AIADMK and TDP members trooped in the Well, raising slogans and carrying banners demanding the stalling of a dam on river Cauvery and special state status to Andhra Pradesh, respectively. The AIADMK members flung papers towards the chair several times. Amid the ruckus, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Narendra Singh Tomar appealed to the agitating MPs to return to their seats.

However, protests by the unrelenting members of the two southern parties continued. At this, the Speaker initially warned that she would be forced to name the unruly members and take action against them. "I warn you, I will take you names. You have come to the Well and are persistently creating trouble," she said.

As the members refused to budge, the Speaker suspended 12 TDP MPs and seven AIADMK members under Rule 374(A) of proceedings for the next four sitting of the House.

Soon after the house met again at 2 pm, the suspended members of AIADMK and TDP trooped into the Well of the House continuing their protest and shouting slogans. Two more TDP members -- P Ravindra Babu and Kesineni Srinivas -- were also suspended from the for unruly behaviour.

Two questions were taken up during the Question Hour even as the members continued to shout slogans.

Members from the Congress wanted to raise the Sabarimala issue and Mahajan told them that the matter can be raised later. 

Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman was expected to respond to the Congress party's allegations on the in the Lok Sabha on Thursday. 

Congress President on Wednesday said Prime Minister "does not have guts" to come to Parliament and confront questions about the At a press conference later, he used an audio clip to allege that Goa Chief Minister and former defence minister Manohar Parrikar was "blackmailing" Modi with a file on the  

Here are live updates on the Rafale debate, Cauvery issue, Bill.

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