This Article is From Dec 19, 2012

Delhi gang-rape case rocks Parliament

Delhi gang-rape case rocks Parliament

Dec 19, 2012 15:43 (IST)
The Lok Sabha witnessed some drama when V Narayanasamy, Minister of State in the Prime Minister's Office (PMO), got up for consideration and passage  of bill on quota. The Samajwadi Party leaders suddenly snatched the papers from him from behind. Congress president Sonia Gandhi tried to take the papers back, but could not do it. The House was adjourned till Thursday.

Dec 19, 2012 13:03 (IST)
Ram Jehmalani speaks in Rajya Sabha on the Delhi gang-rape case:

  • The maximum punishment that can be given is life imprisonment
  • Till the girl dies or any other charges are posed till then you cannot hang him
  • Maximum punishment is life imprisonment
  • It can be changed for the future
  • I am against it
  • They threw this girl out of the bus but in case they would know that if capital punishment is the consequence then these people will kill the girl thinking that one witness will be lessened
  • Life imprisonment is more serious then sentence of death
  • But in case of life imprisonment, you will rot in Indian jail for the rest of your life
Dec 19, 2012 12:32 (IST)
Lok Sabha adjourned till 2 pm after uproar over quota in promotions and incidents of rape.
Dec 19, 2012 12:22 (IST)
Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde speaks in the Rajya Sabha on the Delhi gang-rape incident:

  • There were curtains and the bus was moving normally. That is why did not come to PCR's attention
  • All vehicles with tinted glasses and curtains impounded immediately
  • All off duty buses parked with owner and not drivers
  • All buses in Delhi to keep their lights on inside
  • The Delhi Police will undertake the verification of all drivers, staff of buses
  • Driver's licence with photo will be displayed with all public vehicles alongwith helpline numbers
  • GPS enabled PCR vans to be augmented
Dec 19, 2012 12:15 (IST)
Promotions in quota bill tabled in Lok Sabha amid uproar.
Dec 19, 2012 11:40 (IST)
Lok Sabha has been adjourned till noon following uproar over quota in promotions and other issues.
Dec 19, 2012 11:40 (IST)
Let Sonia Gandhi act, not demand action: BJP's Sushma Swaraj on gang-rape case
Leader of the BJP protested outside Parliament this morning demanding better safety for women in the capital. Yesterday, leaders from different parties took on the government in both Houses of Parliament over the grotesquerie on Sunday night in which a medical student was gang-raped and then beaten with an iron rod in a bus in South Delhi for nearly an hour.
Dec 18, 2012 20:00 (IST)
Lok Sabha passes Banking Bill, clears way for new banking licenses
The Bill was passed after the govt agreed to drop a contentious clause which allows banks to enter commodity futures trading.
Dec 18, 2012 19:16 (IST)
Delhi gang-rape: what Mayawati, Kamal Nath said in Parliament
The horrific rape of a young medical student in a bus in South Delhi on Sunday night was raised by angry parliamentarians today in both houses.
Dec 18, 2012 19:09 (IST)
Delhi gang-rape: Jaya Bachchan breaks down
An emotional Mrs Bachchan asked the government if it had apologized to the victim's family or the country. When asked to conclude her speech, an upset Jaya said, "I will not speak but will protest outside the house."
Dec 18, 2012 19:05 (IST)
Under attack over gang-rape case, Home Minister shares plans to protect women
Amid national anger over the gang-rape of a medical student in Delhi in a moving bus, Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde outlined for parliament how the government plans to increase the safety of women in the capital.
Dec 18, 2012 13:00 (IST)
More Angry reactions from MPs in Parliament
Derek O'Brien of Trinamool Congress

  • I stand here as a nervous father of a 17-year old girl
  • Delhi has become the rape capital of India
  • Rape is not a women's issue, it is much beyond
  • It is about men who stop behaving like human beings and started behaving like animals
  • This is even worse than animals


Shivanand Tiwari: Delhi gangrape is a failure of Delhi police
He mentions item numbers in films and popular culture - angry protests from women MPs

Jaya Bachchan: Samajwadi Party MP
  • We live in such a country where women are worshipped
  • But that faith is disrupted everyday because in some city of India, especially in the capital there are atrocities against women
  • The way we are discussing this topic today it should have been done earlier

An Upset Jaya Bachchan says " I will not speak and protest outside the house. This is not a political issue . Only when it comes to women's (issues) we won't have time"
When Deputy Chairman PJ Kurien  asks her to conclude - he requests her to give a notice for separate discussion. "Jayaji you are my sister, you will get enough time but not now," says PJ Kurien Jaya Bachchan keeps standing as Shivanand Tiwari Speaks

  • We need to improve our laws and make them stricter, so that it serves as a deterrent
  • Delhi is our capital, these kind of shameful incidents are happening everyday.
  • Not enough to just arrest them, but action should be so strict that no one should dare to act in such a manner.

Congress' Renuka Choudhary
  • Police are to take such steps that fear is there...
  • How is it that these individuals think that they'll get away with it?

Dec 18, 2012 12:52 (IST)
The horrific rape of a young medical student in a bus in South Delhi on Sunday night was raised by angry parliamentarians today in both houses.

Here are all the reactions in Parliament:

Sushma Swaraj, Leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha
What is the government doing to curb rape cases in the capital? The rapists should be hanged, we need tougher laws to stop rapes.

Girija Vyas, Congress

There should be security all around. Fast track is very much needed. I want to say that everybody should together... There is a need of self-defence programme. Please wake up and save our girls.

Hamid Ansari, Rajya Sabha Chairman
The government will make a statement on the case later today.

Meira Kumar, Speaker of Lok Sabha

The gang-rape case in Delhi is chilling. The government must take tough steps - this is what the House wants.

Kamal Nath, Parliamentary Affairs Minister
Tough and strict steps will be taken.
Dec 18, 2012 11:55 (IST)
Delhi's gang-rape in bus raised in Parliament
The horrific rape of a young medical student in a bus in South Delhi was raised by angry parliamentarians today in both houses. The government will make a statement on the case later today, Rajya Sabha chairman Hamid Ansari said.
Dec 18, 2012 11:10 (IST)
News Update
Rajya Sabha adjourned after uproar over Delhi gang-rape
Dec 17, 2012 21:54 (IST)
Quotas in promotions: Will it unite or divide society?
The bill for quota in promotions in government jobs for Dalits and tribals has been passed in the Rajya Sabha. Mulayam Singh Yadav's Samajwadi Party (SP) is opposing the bill, saying it will set a bad precedent even as other parties have supported the legislation. We debate whether this landmark legislation will unite or further divide India along caste lines.
Dec 17, 2012 19:51 (IST)
The Constitution (117th) Amendment Bill 2012 passed in the Upper House
The Rajya Sabha adjourned till 11:00 am tomorrow
Dec 17, 2012 19:23 (IST)
The House is voting on clauses of the bill to which amendments were moved...
Dec 17, 2012 19:22 (IST)
News Update

Subject to correction - Ayes 206 and Noes 10

Dec 17, 2012 19:06 (IST)
Samajwadi Party voted against the quota bill in Rajya Sabha
Dec 17, 2012 19:00 (IST)
News Update
Rajya Sabha votes in favour of quota in promotions - 184 of 192 members present and voting support the bill. 8 MPs have voted against the bill.
Dec 17, 2012 18:56 (IST)
Voting on quota in promotions bill
Rajya Sabha's secretary general is now explaining the method of voting to members 
Dec 17, 2012 18:48 (IST)
BJP's Bhagat Singh Koshiyari:  The IAS officers come to the centre from the states. Will you frame rules to make it mandatory for a certain number of SC/ST officers to come to the Centre? Otherwise in my experience, there will never be a situation where this quota in promotions is filled 
Dec 17, 2012 18:39 (IST)
Constitution (117th) Amendment Bill 2012 in Rajya Sabha

V Narayansamy, MoS Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions Speaking...

In the chair: Chairman Hamid Ansari

 Attacking Samajwadi Party, Mr Narayansamy says:

  • I would like to submit- you are accepting the reservation at the entry level, so what is the problem is extending it to promotions...
  • There was one objection and suggested change by the leader of Opposition - under  Art 335 - and the government has moved an amendment to the effect
Dec 17, 2012 14:06 (IST)
News Update
Quota Bill vote in Rajya Sabha at 5:30 pm
Dec 17, 2012 13:42 (IST)
BJP asks govt for explanation on Pak minister Rehman Malik's controversial remarks
Home Minister Suhsil Kumar Shinde made a statement in Rajya Sabha earlier today.
Dec 17, 2012 13:26 (IST)
Bills in the Lok Sabha
The Land Acquisition - Relief and Rehabilitation- Bill is scheduled to be tabled at 2 pm.

Banking Regulation Amendment Bill  and Companies Bill  are also listed in the Lok Sabha.

The banking bill is aimed at attracting more foreign investment into the banking industry in yet another move by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to open up Asia's third-largest economy. Finance Minister P. Chidambaram had tabled the Bill in the Lok Sabha on Monday, December 10, 2012

Dec 17, 2012 13:18 (IST)
Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde's statement on Pak Interior Minster Rehman Malik's comments
  •  In talks with Pak, we emphasised on bringing conspirators of Mumbai terror attacks to justice.
  •  We have asked for all possible steps to be taken against terror suspects.
  •  Mr Malik said if we desire Pakistan will give FIRs and other details of case when JuD's Hafiz Saeed were arrested and released.
  • Rehman Malik appears to have been misinformed. Cases given to us were not related to Mumbai terror attacks.



BJP's Ravi Shankar Prasad: Why did the govt not speak about Pakistan Minister's comments on Babri Masjid, Abu Jundal?  These amount commenting on India's internal matters.


Rajya Sabha breaks for an hour for Lunch. This issue will be taken up again says Deputy Speaker PJ Kurien. The time will be mutually arrived at...

Dec 17, 2012 13:03 (IST)
To counter quota bill, Mulayam's party raises issue of reservation for Muslims: 10 developments
Raising the issue during Question Hour as the House begins, Samajwadi Party's Ramgopal Yadav raised voice asking for reservation to Muslims in government jobs. "If a Constitutional (Amendment) is brought to provide reservation to Dalits, why can't similar amendment be introduced to provide reservation to Muslims? You suspend the Question Hour on the issue," said Ramgopal Yadav. At 5 pm, the Rajya Sabha will vote on whether promotions in government jobs should be reserved for Dalits and tribals.
Dec 17, 2012 12:53 (IST)
Voting on quota bill at 5 pm; Mulayam's party objects: Latest developments

At 5 pm, the Rajya Sabha will vote on whether promotions in government jobs should be reserved for Dalits and tribals. For those of you just joining us, here is a ten-point cheat sheet on what has been happening on this big story...
Dec 17, 2012 12:50 (IST)
Parliament disrupted over quota bill, Muslim reservation
Both houses of Parliament were disrupted on Monday as Samajwadi Party (SP) members voiced their protest over the bill on reservations in government job promotions for Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes and implementation of the Sachar Committee report on minorities.
Dec 17, 2012 11:46 (IST)
News Update
Lok Sabha  adjourned till till Noon
In Rajya Sabha, Dr Farooq Abdullah answering questions on cancellation of contracts under JNNSM.
Dec 17, 2012 11:28 (IST)
Lok Sabha adjourned till 11:30 am as Samajwadi Party creates ruckus over quota bill
Speaker tried  running  the house despite SP protests

Mulayam Singh Yadav got up and wanted the Speaker to allow Rewati Raman Singh's notice

Kamal Nath said this House will take up only after Rajya Sabha votes. This was followed by an uproar and the Lok Sabha had  to be adjourned.
Dec 17, 2012 11:08 (IST)
Rajya Sabha adjourned till 11:32 am over quota bill ruckus
Dec 13, 2012 17:48 (IST)
Kamal Nath says, 'I was able to reason with the Samjwadi Party.'
The Parliamentary Affairs  Minister told NDTV  that the Rajya Sabha would vote on the bill on Monday. He was confident of steering the bill through Lok Sabha before the current session ends.
Dec 13, 2012 16:19 (IST)
Mayawati on quota in promotion bill
  • SC/STs need reservation in promotions
  • Look at the statistics in any government department, much still needs to be done
  • The reservation policy that is in currently in vogue is a result of Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar's  struggle
  • He was inspired by Chattrapati Shahuji Maharaj.
  • Our party has told the government many times that obstacles to the reservation and promotions in government jobs must be removed.
  • Sadly, no party at the centre has taken cognizance of our concerns
Dec 13, 2012 16:15 (IST)
Ram Gopal Yadav Speaks to reporters outside Parliament
  • This amendment is unconstitutional
  • Even if it is passed in Parliament, it will be thrown out when challenged in courts
Dec 13, 2012 15:41 (IST)
Voting on quota in promotions bill likely to take place on Monday: Sources
Arun Jaitley speaking on the quota bill in Rajya Sabha
  • BJP committed to social justice
  • Should not be implemented in a manner that creates reverse discrimination
  • Government should reconsider provision pertaining to Art 335 that deals with efficiency of service
Dec 13, 2012 15:25 (IST)
News Update - Bill to introduce promotion in quotas moved in Rajya Sabha
Samajwadi Party leader Ram Gopal Yadav speaks in Parliament..."On the basis of numbers, you are ignoring the wishes of the large number of people of this country.  The way the Parliamentary Affairs Minister says these MPs should be thrown out, I and my colleagues will boycott this House."

After SP walkout, V Narayansamy tables the Constitution Amendment Bill....
Dec 13, 2012 14:34 (IST)
Deputy Speaker adjourns House for 10 minutes

Mr Kurien's attempts to get the Samajwadi Party MPs to withdraw from the house fail. "Don't test my patience. Stop shouting or leave..", the Deputy Speaker told the protesting MPs.
Dec 13, 2012 14:32 (IST)
News Update
Uproar in Rajya Sabha over quota in promotions bill... SP members shout slogans: Promotion mein arakshan, nahi chalega nahi chalega
Dec 13, 2012 14:29 (IST)
After outburst, Mayawati says she respects Rajya Sabha Chairman Hamid Ansari
The Rajya Sabha came together today to express its support for Chairman Hamid Ansari, who was subjected yesterday to a scathing and unprecedented attack by Uttar Pradesh politician Mayawati.
Dec 13, 2012 13:11 (IST)
Mayawati speaks to reporters outside Parliament
Rajya Sabha has not been functioning in order after noon... and even you know that responsibility of running the House in order lies with the Chairman in the Rajya Sabha and the Speaker in the Lok Sabha... 
Dec 13, 2012 12:23 (IST)
Hamid Ansari in Rajya Sabha
The chair seeks the cooperation of the house in his own functioning....

Dec 13, 2012 12:21 (IST)
Lok Sabha adjourned till 2 PM:  BSP members in the well  raising "coal scam".
Dec 13, 2012 12:19 (IST)
Mulayam Singh Yadav met PM Manmohan Singh today. He told the PM that his Samajwadi Party will continue to oppose the bill to implement quota in promotions in government jobs. The SP has 22 members in the Lok Sabha and offer critical support to the UPA government.
Dec 13, 2012 11:59 (IST)
Lok Sabha disrupted over Afzal Guru hanging, adjourned till noon
Members of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Shiv Sena toay disrupted proceedings in the Lok Sabha as they noisily demanded the hanging of Afzal Guru, sentenced to death for the terror attack on parliament on this day 11 years ago.

The house observed a minute's silence to pay tribute to the nine people killed in the Dec 13, 2001 attack. The bedlam began soon after as members of BJP and Shiv Sena gathered near the speaker's podium shouting slogans demanding that Afzal Guru be hanged.

Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar's repeated requests to members to run the question hour fell on deaf ears.
Dec 13, 2012 11:57 (IST)
People did not sacrifice lives for this, says upset Speaker Meira Kumar
Today is the 11th anniversary of the terror attack on the Indian Parliament- nine people were killed when five gunmen drove into the high-security Parliament complex and opened fire.
Dec 12, 2012 12:46 (IST)
Retired judge to head inquiry into Wal-Mart lobbying
A retired judge will head an inquiry to determine whether government officials were bribed to help retail giant Wal-Mart gain access to Indian markets.

Dec 12, 2012 12:06 (IST)
In Rajya Sabha, Mayawati sharply criticises Chairman Hamid Ansari
A day after he observed that the "Chair of the House is forced to watch helplessly" as MPs shout and disrupt proceedings, Vice President Hamid Ansari was attacked in the Rajya Sabha today by politician Mayawati.
Dec 12, 2012 11:54 (IST)

Rajya Sabha adjourned till noon after uproar over BSP's charge that Chairman Hamid Ansari remains absent from House after Question Hour
Dec 11, 2012 15:06 (IST)
News Update
Rajya Sabha adjourned due to ruckus over quota bill
Dec 11, 2012 14:40 (IST)
Lok Sabha adjourned for the day
Dec 11, 2012 14:31 (IST)
Lalu Yadav of the RJD demand that WalMart be summoned
Doodh ka doodh aur pani ka pani ho jana chaiye... WalMart ko bulaya jaye aur poochey ussey paise kisko diya
Dec 11, 2012 14:29 (IST)
Lok Sabha discusses WalMart lobbying report
Tathagata Sathpaty of BJD: The political class is being viewed by suspicion. The BJD had clearly opposed FDI. The people in this country will realise the harm done maybe seven years later. It will impair the growth of the nation. People claiming to be governing the country are dirty, are filthy. It is a dark day for the country. It is not about the amount of money. It is about who was given the money and what were the deliverables expected. The reports of inquiry should be time-bound and given to the house before we adjourn for the winter session.

CPI's Gurudas Dasgupta: The voting  on  FDI has been under a cloud of suspicion. Therefore we demand an inquiry. There should be an inquiry not by the CBI but by a joint parliamentary committee or JPC.

Dec 11, 2012 12:49 (IST)
For those you just logging in -- here's the story so far...

The government is open to an inquiry into Wal-Mart's lobbying practices, a minister said on Tuesday, after reports the company spent $25 million in the United States to help gain access to markets including Asia's third largest economy.

"The government views this with as much concern as all sections of the house and has no hesitation in having an inquiry," Parliamentary Affairs Minister Kamal Nath told parliament as the opposition shouted for a probe.

Opposition uproar at a government policy to allow foreign supermarkets to operate in India for the first time has repeatedly caused parliament to be adjourned in recent weeks and derailed efforts to pass economic reforms.


Dec 11, 2012 12:21 (IST)
News Update
Lok Sabha has been adjourned - the Rajya Sabha is now functioning
Dec 11, 2012 12:21 (IST)
BJP's Rajiv Pratap Rudy
We have seen how they have mustered the majority. Today a new situation has arisen. The WalMart report in US senate says 125 crores was spent to lobby for WalMart.  Have these political parties succumbed? There is a big question now...

We have not said we will not let it go like this... this is a matter of national importance, we will not let it pass...
Dec 11, 2012 12:17 (IST)
Wal-Mart ka paisa kisne khaya, khane wale ka naam batao... BJP
Dec 11, 2012 12:16 (IST)
Kamal Nath mede his statement in the Rajya Sabha... He is trying to read from  a written statement in Lok Sabha as sloganeering continues...."Govt has no hesitation is having an inquiry to get to the facts of the matter..."says Kamal Nath
Dec 11, 2012 12:14 (IST)
Govt open to inquiry, discussion in Parliament: Kamal Nath, Minister for Parliamentary Affairs
  • We are open to a discussion on this matter .
  • We can have an inquiry in to the matter - I will make a detailed statement later
  • It is not just a matter of concern for the Opposition, it is a matter of concern for all of us.
Dec 11, 2012 12:13 (IST)
Who were the beneficiaries of the money spent by WalMart in India? asks BJP's Yashwant Sinha
  • American system is not opaque as ours and that is the reason WalMart's deeds have come to the fore
  • The report in the American senate proves that WalMart spent money in India to  enter this country
  • What has WalMart spent the money on? Who were the recipients?
  • The matter was raised by members during the debate on FDI
Dec 11, 2012 12:07 (IST)
News Update

Lok Sabha discusses  WalMart lobbying

The voting  on  FDI has been under a cloud of suspicion. Therefore we demand an inquiry. There should be an inquiry not by the CBI but by a joint parliamentary committee or JPC : CPI's Gurudas Dasgupta

Dec 11, 2012 11:40 (IST)
News Update
Rajya Sabha resumes - and is adjourned till noon within minutes

BJP's Venkaiah Naidu tells the chair, "the entire country is agitated over this issue. Please don't come between us and the government."
Dec 11, 2012 11:39 (IST)
BJP's Rajnath Singh
  • I think if concerned minister had replied then this ruckus would not happened
  • The Govt should get this investigated by an independent body
  • If institutions like Wal-mart have lobbied then where has the money gone
  • We will mount pressure on Govt and would seek answers 
Dec 11, 2012 11:38 (IST)

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi meet to discuss logjam in Parliament

Dec 11, 2012 11:18 (IST)

Hamid Ansari's strong observations

We should either move question hour or it should be dispensed with since members don't attach great importance.

Dec 11, 2012 11:07 (IST)
Rajya Sabha adjourned for 30 minutes
Chairman Hamid Ansari says he will call a meeting to discuss whether questions hour should be suspended altogether...
Dec 11, 2012 11:05 (IST)
Wal-mart's disclosure rocked Parliament
Lok Sabha adjourned till noon...
Dec 11, 2012 11:04 (IST)
News Update
Uproar in Lok Sabha - Speaker Meira Kumar asks MPs to go back to their seats.
BJP MPs have rushed to the well raising slogans against WalMart, FDI and Government...
Dec 11, 2012 10:51 (IST)
The Congress' Core Group is meeting to decide on Parliament strategy. Congress president Sonia Gandhi, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Defence Minister AK Antony, Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Kamal Nath are attending the meeting. The meeting comes after the Opposition raised the heat on the Wal-Mart lobbying controversy and the Samajawadi Party (SP) and Bahujan Samaj Party's (BSP) war over "quota in promotions" bill.

While the BSP wants the government to pass the bill, the SP has threatened to disrupt the proceedings of the House daily if government goes ahead.
Dec 10, 2012 21:26 (IST)
Wal-Mart's disclosure on lobbying for FDI in India stirs new controversy
In India, a new controversy has erupted over the decision to open up the vast retail sector to foreign supermarkets.
Dec 10, 2012 18:09 (IST)
Row over Quota Bill
Ram Gopal Yadav, Samajwadi Party: If the government is adamant on it, the Samajwadi party will oppose it and will not let the house function.
Dec 10, 2012 15:45 (IST)
PM must clarify who is lobbying for WalMart in India: BJP
BJP spokesperson  Ravi Shankar Prasad says, "We want to ask the government, 'Who is lobbying for WalMart in India?' We want the Prime Minister to answer, and till the PM answers, till this matter is investigated, WalMart should not be allowed in India."
Dec 10, 2012 14:42 (IST)
All-party meeting on promotion quota bill fails to break deadlock
An all-party meeting called by Rajya Sabha chairman Hamid Ansari today to resolve differences over the promotions quota bill ended without a solution. This comes following an uproar in Rajya Sabha over the contentious bill that ended in the House being adjourned for the day.
Dec 10, 2012 14:35 (IST)
Lobbyists can't score with us because we don't speak English, says Mulayam's man
Mohan Singh from Mr Yadav's party had a unique explanation for why any attempts at lobbying would have fallen flat with the Samajwadi Party. "No Samajwadi Party member can be lobbied with by Wal-Mart, we don't have any leader who can speak English," he said.
Dec 10, 2012 14:22 (IST)
News Update
Rajya Sabha Chiarman has called for an all-party meet to resolve deadlock over bill for quota in promotions in government jobs.

V Narayansami, Minister of State in PM's Office has said the government is committed to giving reservations in promotions
Dec 10, 2012 14:20 (IST)
Mohan Singh, Samajwadi Party on WalMart lobbying in India

The American Senate Committee has found that from 2008 till date Walmart has spent a lot of money on lobbying  both in the US and in India. It is well known that when multi-nationals want to set up shop in a country, they spend a lot. That is part of their strategy. It is natural that they would have spent a hefty amount on lobbying in India. What has come out is a rough estimate. In my understanding, the money spent on India may be much more. The government should investigate how much Walmart spent in lobbying in India, who were the politicians and political parties involved.
Dec 10, 2012 13:45 (IST)
V Narayansami, Minister of State in PM's Office: What can we do if Walmart lobbies in the US. It's legally allowed there and it has nothing to do with the government of India. Anand Sharma will give a detailed response. If BJP wants to raise it, they can raise it in the US.
Dec 10, 2012 13:37 (IST)
Ravi Shankar Prasad, BJP: Wal-Mart has in its lobbying disclosure report to the US Senate said it has spent Rs 125 crore on lobbying and USD three million have been spent in 2012 itself for entering the Indian market. Lobbying is illegal in India. Lobbying is a kind of bribe. If Wal-Mart has said that hundreds of crores of rupees were spent in India, then it is a kind of bribe. Government should tell who was given this bribe. This raises a question mark on the implementation of FDI in retail.
Dec 10, 2012 12:45 (IST)
Wal-mart's disclosure on lobbying for FDI in India stirs new controversy
Rajya Sabha adjourned twice after Opposition uproar over reports of Wal-Mart spending on lobbying to enter Indian market.
Dec 10, 2012 12:24 (IST)
Upper House adjourned for 10 minutes; BJP demands probe on report that suggests WalMart spent $25 million to lobby in India
Dec 10, 2012 12:21 (IST)
News Update
Furor over WalMart lobbying row in Rajya Sabha
Dec 10, 2012 12:11 (IST)
Who stands where on the quota

Parliamentary Affairs Minister Kamal Nath:
We have listed it on first position and we would want it to get passed. We will try and convince the Samajwadi Party.

Naresh Agrawal, Samajwadi Party MP in Rajya Sabha: Samajwadi Party wants the House to function, but parting of the communities is not right and SP is not in its favour. I am sure results will be in favour of the people.

BJP's Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi:
We are not bothered about SP and BSP. We have always cared about the well being and progress of Dalits and will reveal out stand in Parliament accordingly.
Dec 10, 2012 10:39 (IST)
After FDI, Govt now faces quota bill dilemma
The government just managed to successfully tide over the FDI issue in Parliament, but now it has another task at hand.
Dec 07, 2012 18:27 (IST)

Dec 07, 2012 17:08 (IST)
Parliamentary Affairs Minister Kamal Nath to NDTV
  • I tried and explain to all political parties that please recognize the politics of BJP
  • In the garb of FDi they want to play politics and this has to be abhorred.
  • Mayawati understands politics, she did not want to support the BJP's politics
Dec 07, 2012 17:08 (IST)
BJP's Venkaiah Naidu on losing FDI vote

  • We may have lost on numbers because of the manipulation of the ruling party, but it is a moral victory.
  • Overwhelming numbers of the members spoke against FDI
  • They may have had the numbers but I am sure they will be taught a fitting lesson by the people
Dec 07, 2012 16:56 (IST)
FDI: Government seeks recalculation of votes in Rajya Sabha
The government has sought recalculation of votes in the Rajya Sabha on the issue of Foreign Direct Investment or FDI in retail as the total number of votes appeared to be more than the actual strength of the House.
Dec 07, 2012 16:49 (IST)
Re-counting of votes on in the Rajya Sabha on. NDTV's Rahul Shrivastava reports this is not a major flutter and is a confirmatory exercise
Dec 07, 2012 15:41 (IST)
Parliamentary Affairs Minister Kamal Nath to NDTV
I had appealed to all parties to support us. I am glad they have seen through BJP's politics.
Dec 07, 2012 15:16 (IST)
News Update
Hamid Ansari announces revised figures : Ayes 109 and Noes 123 ... the motion is negated....
Dec 07, 2012 15:09 (IST)
News Update: Mulayam,Mayawati help govt win Rajya Sabha too
Out of the 212 members present and voting, 95 members supported the motion and 116 voted votes for the government against the motion

The machines flashed these figures... these are being re-tabulated as some members complain their votes were not registered...
Dec 07, 2012 15:01 (IST)
Secretary General of the Rajya Sabha  explaining the voting procedures to members
Dec 07, 2012 14:57 (IST)
News Update
The motion on FDI is put to division in Rajya Sabha
Dec 07, 2012 14:48 (IST)
News Update
Samajwadi Party (9 MPs) have walked out; they will abstain....
Dec 07, 2012 14:45 (IST)
Anand Sharma's concluding comments
  • We do not have to learn about Gandhiji from you.
  • The political discourse here should be within the limits of decency.
  • If you live in a glass house, don't throw stones at us... there may be a few thrown from the treasury benches too.
  • This kind of political discourse is not in favour of the nation, it spoils the atmosphere for investment.
  • We don't make policies under western influence, our policies are to uphold supreme national interests
Dec 07, 2012 14:34 (IST)
News Update
Rajya Sabha   proceedings being again... Anand Sharma trying to complete his response to the debate after he was interrupted an hour earlier....

Dec 07, 2012 14:05 (IST)

FDI vote in Rajya Sabha:

  • Abstentions to help government numbers
  • PM, govt representatives speak to individual MPs to get all on board
Dec 07, 2012 13:25 (IST)
In Rajya Sabha, every vote counts
Reports: Janardhan Waghmare will be brought in straight from the hospital in time for voting.
Dec 07, 2012 13:20 (IST)
News Update
Voting  on FDI to take place  at 2:30 pm : Rajiv Shukla
Dec 07, 2012 13:16 (IST)
Rajya Sabha adjourned till 2:30 pm
Dec 07, 2012 13:03 (IST)
Anand Sharma says opposition claims exaggerated
The opposition is fear mongering, saying Indian farmers will be finished. That is far from the truth

{heated response as Mr Sharma responds to NK Singh of the JDU, PJ Kurien , Deputy Chairperson appeals for calm}
Dec 07, 2012 12:56 (IST)
Anand Sharma says FDI was an executive decision
  • The NDA has taken executive decisions on allowing FDI in pharmaceuticals or defence sectors. We have not  questioned that executive decision.
  • There  isn't a single document that suggests then then government initiated a discussion with a stake holders

Humari aur Arunji ki umar barabar hain, ab toh shirshashan nahin karte hain kabhi kabhi yoga kar lete hain... par kal yahaan tarkon ka, WTO ka shirshashan ho gaya...

  •  There has been such a furor over FDI that even my concerned mother, who has no interest in politics, asked my siblings - What has Anand done? Who is he getting from abroad? [Arun Jaitley responds - If your family is so concerned, please at least listen to them]

{BJP members continue with their footnotes - Anand Sharma says yeh toka toki band karaiye... }

Dec 07, 2012 12:47 (IST)
Anand Sharma, Commerce Minister continues his defence of FDI
  • To say India would become a country of sales boys & girls sends a wrong message to those who earn a living selling goods (responding to what Arun Jaitley had said yesterday)
  • We are not in violation of any international or bilateral agreements, I would like to clarify
Dec 07, 2012 12:38 (IST)
Anand Sharma refuses to yield - BJP members up on  their feet... Leader of the Opposition Arun Jaitley says,"... the quantum of wastage is a matter of fact. Here there is a situation where there are two different versions... that needs a clarification."
Dec 07, 2012 12:36 (IST)
Uproar over figures quoted by Anand Sharma on wastage in agricultural produce... Arun  Jaitley says he quoted from figures given by Sharad Pawar...

Dy Chairman says he cannot direct the minister to reply in a certain manner -- Ravi Shankar Prasad asks for a clarification...
Dec 07, 2012 12:24 (IST)
We consulted all parties on FDI: Anand Sharma
  • Consultation process means the Secretary to govt of India writes to Chief Secretaries of all states to elicit response... this was done and 21 states responded.
  • 11 states supported the move... and that is there is writing
  • All recognised  consumer forums and unions were called and there was a meeting in Delhi
  • How can states be compelled to let FDI in retail, if they don't want?  But equally one state cannot decide for the other.
  • Consensus does not mean unanimity, otherwise there will be no decision
Dec 07, 2012 12:22 (IST)
Anand Sharma, Commerce Minister responding to the debate
  • I stand here to reply to the questions raised so that people know the realities and what was the government's thought process.
  • Did we consult all the parties involved or not? Such questions need to be answered
  • We decided this after 18 months of consulation s with various farmers' associations, confederations and states.
  • Mr Maityreyan I would like to tell you that your honourable leader should reply to my letter - 19 CMs have written back to me.
  • On Dec 7, the BJP president met the then Finance Minister and then  announced that the BJP was opposed to it
[Arun Jaitley reacts -- You said you have written to us on December 7, we are the main opposition party, we have consistently opposed.]

Dec 07, 2012 12:11 (IST)
Dr Prabha Thakur, Congress MP from Rajasthan, who was reduced to tears yesterday by Mr Venkaiah Naidu's comments is now speaking in Parliament....
Dec 07, 2012 12:06 (IST)
Amar Singh hits out at the BJP for attacking Mayawati
Dec 07, 2012 12:02 (IST)
Ram Vilas Paswan of Lok Jan Shakti Party supports FDI
  • There should not be opposition just for the sake of opposing. We are living in the 20th century but are trying to go back to 18th century.
  • When a mall opens, the BJP members are there to inaugurate it.
  • We were in socialist parties, we have opposed computers saying it will lead to unemployment, but look what happened.
  • History is being written here... there is a difference between fact, act and tact...
  • There is little point in sticking to ideology removed from reality
  • This will lead to inflation being brought down

{each member has been given 5 minutes to speak... the chair urges Mr Paswan to conclude}

Dec 07, 2012 11:35 (IST)
Question hour in Rajya Sabha suspended...  the house continues with its discussion on FDI...
D Raja of the CPI is speaking in favour of the motion..

"The present government identifies with multi-nationals and corporate houses but it claims it stands for the aam admi."
Dec 07, 2012 10:06 (IST)
The government is leaving no stone unturned to ensure that it wins today's vote. Sources have told NDTV that Prime Minister phoned many nominated members this morning, including Rekha, as well as Independents.
Dec 07, 2012 07:51 (IST)
FDI vote in Rajya Sabha today; Govt likely to sail through with Mayawati's support
The Bahujan Samaj Party's 15 Rajya Sabha MPs will vote in favour of the government's decision to allow Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) in multi-brand retail. This could help the government scrape through by a whisker and win today's vote in the Upper House, where it is in a minority.
Dec 06, 2012 23:27 (IST)
Has insisting for a vote on FDI backfired for the BJP?
In a dramatic U-turn, Mayawati says she will vote for the UPA in Rajya Sabha because she can't back communal forces. With the Samajwadi Party abstaining, the government stands to win the FDI vote in Rajya Sabha as well by a wafer thin margin.
Dec 06, 2012 23:26 (IST)
Mayawati to vote for FDI, Govt likely to win in Rajya Sabha too
The Bahujan Samaj Party's 15 Rajya Sabha MPs will vote in favour of the government's decision to allow Foreign Direct Investment in multi-brand retail. This could help the government scrape through by a whisker and win tomorrow's vote in the Upper House, where it is in a minority.
Dec 06, 2012 20:00 (IST)
The debate in the Rajya Sabha  come to an end... the house will vote on the motion tomorrow.
Dec 06, 2012 19:13 (IST)
Venkaiah Naidu apologises after woman MP breaks down over his comment
There was uproar in the Rajya Sabha today over senior BJP leader Venkaiah Naidu calling a Congress MP bewakoof (stupid) after she interjected during his speech over Foreign Direct Investment or FDI in multi-brand retail.
Dec 06, 2012 18:09 (IST)
BJP's Uma Bharti says - The vote on FDI is like killing Mahatama Gandhi


Dec 06, 2012 18:07 (IST)
FDI not against small shopkeepers says independent MP

Foreign equity in multi-brand retail is good for the country and would not uproot small shopkeepers, said Rajya Sabha independent member and former chairperson of Hindustan Lever Ashok S. Ganguly. Quoting studies, he said during the Rajya Sabha debate on the subject that post-harvest losses in India amounted to Rs.53,000 crore. Bringing in FDI in retail would help in tackling the huge losses, he said.
Dec 06, 2012 18:01 (IST)
News Just In

Sources: Govt meets to assess Rajya Sabha vote; Govt reviewed numbers after Mayawati's announcement

Dec 06, 2012 17:17 (IST)
BJP's Venkaiah Naidu

Had you consulted political parties this situation would not have arisen

Without consulting allies, the govt has pushed this {treasury benches oppose strongly}

Dec 06, 2012 15:56 (IST)
Tiruchi Siva from the DMK
Explains why they are opposed to FDI but are supporting govt against the motion
Dec 06, 2012 15:44 (IST)
Samajwadi Party's Naresh Agarwal: I am here to speak for Agarwal-mart

  • I am opposed to FDI
  • I am opposed to WalMart and here to speaking for the traders of India
  • SP is neither responsible for propping up the government nor for its downfall
  • We did not implement VAT in Uttar Pradesh, we will not let FDi there
  • FDI to dast-e-katil hain, chote logon ko mar, unke kapde utar...
  • Don't let another East India Co  enter India Mr Anand Sharma. The first one entered through Kolkata and ruled for 200 years. This one will enter from Delhi and take over.
  • Your FCI is not procuring rice in Uttar Pradesh - you are unable to provide rural infrastructure...
  • A good leader listens to his detractors and course corrects...

Dec 06, 2012 15:37 (IST)
Trinamool's Derek O'Brien: FDI is no more, or no less than foreign direct instruction.
  • The Trinamool Congress is against a policy that looks at India only as a market.
  • This is a deformed government. It has ceased to perform.
  • FDI is no more, or no less than foreign direct instruction.
  • Nowadays the Congress speaks of importing and sustitution.
  • The clause of sourcing 30% from small and medium units  is a bizzare clause...
  • The SMEs will be grown to be captive suppliers often uncapable of doing business with others.
  • This country is not yet ready for FDI in multi-brand retail
  • The govt needs to be sensitive to the Human Development Index
  • When govt brushes aside HDI for FDi , it breaches a fundamental contract with the people
Dec 06, 2012 15:12 (IST)
NK Singh, Janata Dal United
  • I will speak in Hindi since all speeches are being made in Hindi.
  • I want to ask the PM  - is this issue of FDI the over-arching economic issue that faces India?
  • And, seeing this divided house, which investor will be enthused in investing in India
Dec 06, 2012 15:06 (IST)
Yechury: Why can we not make our own cold storage facilities
  • We are not able to make our own cold storage facilities and foreign companies will come and do that for us...
  • How will a retail chain become a chain in stand-alone states? So infact states are not free to choose
  • We urge the govt to reconsider the decision.
  • The government isn't telling is the real reason - we want to reduce revenue deficit of 70 Bn dollars.. which FDI will erase this deficit...
  • And at what cost? Unemployment will rise and a policy that will benefit only foreign capital...
Dec 06, 2012 15:00 (IST)
CPM's Sitaram Yechury opposes FDI
  • We are not against foreign capital. But FDI in retail does not add anything to the productive capacity of the economy.
  • We have opposed the policy when NDA was in power and we are still opposed to it.
  • Out of 1.6 million employed by WalMart, only 1.2% live above the poverty line. All others below poverty line in those country.
  • US report: 18 jobs created by a street vendor, supermarket needs just 4 people to handle the same volume of produce.. so it will not create employment
Dec 06, 2012 14:51 (IST)
BSP will vote with the Govt tomorrow in the Rajya Sabha: Mayawati
  • We should  see our domestic markets are not hit while allowing FDI.
  • BSP and most of the people in this country feel that this decision will impact the small traders and manufacturers adversely.
  • India's economy will also be impacted and people fear , we will be economically dependent on foreign companies.
  • BSP says the policy should be tested and the govt should not decide in a hurry. We suggest that the centre try this policy out in some Congress-ruled states and see how the experience is in a time bound fashion.
  • The only plus point of this policy is that it will not be forced uponm the states - the states are free to choose.
  • Like the Lok Sabha we wanted to abstain in the Rajya Sabha... and if the Opposition's motion goes through tomorrow then they will get a political peg and the house will not function... many important litigation will go  on the back burner...
  • Considering all these factors, we will vote with the govt in the Rajya Sabha tomorrow
Dec 06, 2012 14:47 (IST)
Mayawati advocates wait-&-watch on FDI
  • We should  see our domestic markets are not hit while allowing FDI.
  • BSP and most of the people in this country feel that this decision will impact the small traders and manufacturers adversely.
  • India's economy will also be impacted and people fear , we will be economically dependent on foreign companies.
  • BSP says the policy should be tested and the govt should not decide in a hurry. We suggest that the centre try this policy out in some Congress-ruled states and see how the experience is in a time bound fashion.
Dec 06, 2012 14:36 (IST)
Mayawati is still attacking the BJP; not a peep on FDI yet
  • BJP used the CBI to put pressure on me to agree to a pre-poll alliance.
  • We have never given in to communal forces
  • We have never been afraid of the CBI nor of  the Congress and BJP governments at the centre...
  • Jo baatein humko padne ko mili hain, woh inke chichorepan, ocheypan aur choteypan ko darshata hain.
Dec 06, 2012 14:32 (IST)
Debate resumes in Rajya Sabha
Mayawati continues her attack against the BJP...
Dec 06, 2012 14:20 (IST)
Rajya Sabha Adjourned for 10 minutes
BJP MPs up on their feet after Mayawati says BJP framed her in the Taj Corrdoor case and used the CBI
Dec 06, 2012 14:07 (IST)
Mayawati takes on Sushma Swaraj, BJP
We are often accused of being under pressure from CBI. This has become fashionable for the opposition... yesterday, the Leader of the Opposition Sushma Swaraj... {more protests from BJP member}

Since the BJP is a responsible party and they have hinted at us being under pressure from the CBI, we need to elucidate how the BJP abused the CBI  when it was in power... {uproar from BJP members again - discussion on FDI not CBI}
Dec 06, 2012 13:57 (IST)
Mayawati responds to Sushma Swaraj's comments in Lok Sabha alluding to BSP and its leaders...unhone jo ghatiya kisam ki baat kahee{BJP members object}

Dec 06, 2012 13:55 (IST)
Mayawati speaks haltingly... she has a bad throat... thanks the chair for this debate and the opportunity to speak in the debate...