The Winter Session of Parliament resumed on Monday with proceedings in both Houses starting at 11 a.m. On agenda in the Lok Sabha are the Repealing and Amending Bill for introduction, and the Anti-Maritime Piracy Bill and two Bills to modify the Scheduled Tribes lists in Chhattisgarh and Karnataka for consideration and passing. Besides the regular business of the House, the Rajya Sabha will take up Appropriation Bills to seek authorisation for the payment and appropriation of amounts from the Consolidated Funds of India.
The Winter Session of Parliament began on December 7 and will conclude on December 29. So far, the clash between India and China in Arunachal Pradesh has been in focus in Parliament. Last week, the Congress accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi of not allowing a discussion on the situation along the border and asked why the nation was not taken into confidence in the matter.
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‘Marriage between a biological man and biological woman’: BJP’s Sushil Modi says same-sex marriage unacceptable
Voicing his opposition to same-sex marriage, BJP’s Sushil Kumar Modi claimed that it was an attempt by left-liberals to change the ethos of the country and can’t be accepted. “Marriage means the relationship between a biological man and biological woman…Same-sex marriage is neither recognised nor accepted in uncodified personal law or codified statutory law. Same-sex marriage will cause complete havoc to the delicate balance of personal laws of the country. Two judges can’t sit and decide. This should be debated in the Parliament,” the Bihar MP said.
Ensure due procedure is followed while giving notices in Parliament: Jagdeep Dhankhar pulls up MPs
Rajya Sabha Chairman Jagdeep Dhankhar on Monday rejected nine notices for suspension of business, saying none of the notices was in order. “Not even one notice measures up to the requirement. Not only the rule [Rule 267] has been outraged, but no attention has been paid. Notices are drawn in a manner that the rule doesn’t even exist. I expect the members to follow the procedure, go through all details and then frame notices,” the Chairman said.
“I will be open to any notice that is in line with the rule…I am one of you. I draw my power and authority from you. Despite being questioned and reminded by the Deputy Chairman, my ruling was not heeded,” he added.
Rule 267 entails suspending all other business of the House.
Chaos in Rajya Sabha over suspension of business notices
Proceedings in the Rajya Sabha on Monday began on a stormy note as the Opposition MPs registered their protest against the Chairman after being denied notices. “Request you to listen to other members of the House. Your statement gives an impression that members don’t read or follow the rules,” Congress’ Mallikarjun Kharge draws Mr. Dhankar’s attention to residuary powers of the Rajya Sabha Chairman.
Suspension of business
What Rule 267 says: Any member, may, with the consent of the Chairman, move that any rule may be suspended in its application to a motion related to the business listed before the Council of that day and if the motion is carried, the rule in question shall be suspended for the time being:
Provided further that this rule shall not apply where specific provision already exists for suspension of a rule under a particular chapter of the Rules.
What Rule 266 says: All matters not specifically provided for in these rules and all questions relating to the detailed working of these rules shall be regulated in such manner as the Chairman may, from time to time direct.
Manish Tewari gives Adjournment Motion Notice to discuss China border situation
Congress MP Manish Tewari on Monday gave an Adjournment Motion Notice in Lok Sabha to discuss the border situation with China in Arunachal Pradesh’s Tawang.
He urged the Government to discuss China’s attempts to infiltrate the Indian border and despite all this, the growing trade between India and China.
“I demand that this House suspends Zero Hour and other relevant rules relating to Question Hour and other businesses of the day to have a detailed discussion on the grave situation at the border with China in the Tawang sector in Arunachal Pradesh,” Mr. Tewari added.
Proceedings begin in Upper House
Papers are being laid on the table of the House, as per listed business. Chairman Jagdeep Dhankhar is in the Chair.
Zero Hour notices in Upper House
BJP MP Vivek Thakur has given a Zero Hour Notice, seeking a discussion on the need to amend the Juvenile Justice Act, 2015.
YSRCP MP V Vijaysai Reddy has given a similar notice, demanding the government to establish a centre for excellence in research on drone technology in Visakhapatnam.
Chaos likely over India-China border clash
Congress MP Manish Tewari has given an adjournment motion notice in the Lok Sabha to discuss the current border situation with China.
What’s on agenda in Lok Sabha?
1. Union minister Kiren Rijiju will introduce the Repealing and Amending Bill, 2022.
2. There are two Bills for consideration and passing in the Lower House. These are the Anti-Maritime Piracy Bill, 2019, and the Constitution (Scheduled Tribes) Order (Fourth Amendment) Bill and the Constitution (Scheduled Tribes) Order (Fifth Amendment) Bill, 2022.
Legislative business in the Rajya Sabha
Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman will introduce two Appropriation Bills for consideration and returning to the Lok Sabha. The Bills seek the authorisation of payment and appropriation of sums from the Consolidated Fund of India for the current financial year and during the financial year 2019-2020.