Last day of Parliament session


Feb 21, 2014
17:12 (IST)
Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar addresses the House
  • I would have been happy if there were more women in the House.
  • We succeeded in finding solutions, sometimes failed to.
  • Thank MPs for electing me as the first women speaker.
  • It was our responsibility to ensure we made the most out of every session...but the incidents that happened brought work to a halt.

Feb 21, 2014
16:59 (IST)
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's final speech in Lok Sabha
  • We've seen that on certain crucial matters this House has the capacity and the will to rise above parties and strive and find pathways of national reconciliation.
  • The manner in which another state is being born proves that this country is capable of taking some difficult decisions.
  • We can take pride in this, something which has been pending for the past 60 years has ultimately seen the light of day.
  • On crucial issues, the House rose above differences.
  • Food Security Bill is another landmark legislation.
  • People will now have an opportunity to judge on performance, weaknesses and achievements of the government.
  • Thank all members...colleague Shinde ji who performed his best wishes to all members of this House. 
  • Hope we come out of this tension filled atmosphere...that there will be birth of a new atmosphere.

Feb 21, 2014
15:58 (IST)
Sharad Yadav praises poise shown by Speaker in handling difficult circumstances in the House
  • I have seen Indira Gandhi in this House. I have been jailed during emergency but some of the decisions that she took still inspire me.
  • In difficult (Speaker) have managed to maintain the right balance
  • Just by making laws, the society doesn't change
  • Sadhan se desh nahi banega...
  • We have debated on so many good issues...
  • But the country will remember the incidents that happened in the House...for all the wrong reasons it will be remembered

Feb 21, 2014
15:56 (IST)
Mulayam Singh Yadav
  • Wish Speaker Meira Kumar all the best and hope she comes back in the next session
  • LK Advani strengthened the BJP party, made it what it is today
  • I'm saying it now itself, SP will support you (Meira Kumar) as Speaker for the next term

Feb 21, 2014
15:49 (IST)
When members used to gather to protest, I was afraid, Sushil Kumar Shinde

  • Historic incidents that happened in the House...witness to all of that.
  • National food security bill which was passed...the poor, the farmer...they got some kind of security with this bill.
  • We have stood together when that unfortunate incident took place in December.
  • I am thankful  to the Leader of the Opposition Sushma Swaraj. 
  • Sometimes inside the house it seems she is so upset that she wouldn't speak to us but outside the house, she speaks with such sweetness.
  • Thank her for support on Telangana.
  • Mulayam Singhji is basically a teacher. He is quick to lose his temper with students but also cools down quickly and explain any situation as a teacher with his students.

Feb 20, 2014
20:42 (IST)
Amid chaos and slogans, Rajya Sabha clears Telangana bill |
The Rajya Sabha has passed the controversial bill that makes Telangana India's 29th state, bifurcating Andhra Pradesh. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh announced a special package for Seemandhra, a region that is the residuary state.
Feb 20, 2014
20:23 (IST)
People from both regions should be happy and satisfied with Telangana bill: Congress's S Jaipal Reddy
Feb 20, 2014
20:17 (IST)
Telangana Rashtra Samithi's KC Rao
  • Fully satisfied and extremely happy
  • Thankful to Sonia Gandhi, only because of her initiative it has been possible
  • Want to thank all political parties and the people of Telangana

Feb 20, 2014
20:07 (IST)
Telangana Bill passed. Rajya Sabha adjourned to meet tomorrow at 11 AM
The Rajya Sabha has passed the controversial bill that creates Telangana India's 29th state, bifurcating Andhra Pradesh. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh announced a special package for Seemandhra, a region that is the residuary state.  The bill was passed amidst total chaos. The Left parties walked out after the chair refused a division on the bill.
Feb 20, 2014
20:06 (IST)
I'm helpless, says the Rajya Sabha chair
CPI(M)'s Sitaram Yechury pushing for a division. The Chair points out the House is not in order and rules don't permit the division. "I am helpless," says Mr Kurien.

Feb 20, 2014
20:06 (IST)
I'm helpless, says the Rajya Sabha chair
CPI(M)'s Sitaram Yechury pushing for a division. The Chair points out the House is not in order and rules don't permit the division. "I am helpless," says Mr Kurien.

Feb 20, 2014
19:53 (IST)
Voting on Telangana Bill in Rajya Sabbha amidst protests
"I am not aware of any match-fixing. I am going by the rules," says Rajya Sabha chair PJ Kurien.
Feb 20, 2014
19:49 (IST)
Clause by clause voting on Telangana Bill underway in Rajya Sabha
Feb 20, 2014
19:45 (IST)
News Update:
Clause by clause consideration of the Telangana Bill on in Rajya Sabha.
Government refuses to accept amendment moved by BJP's Venkaiah Naidu. Mr Naidu says, "which clause is being discussed, what is being voted up I am not able to understand because of this din."
Feb 20, 2014
19:40 (IST)
PM's statement in Rajya Sabha on the Telangana Bill and a special package for the successor state of Andhra Pradesh

Mr. Chairman Sir:

I have listened very carefully to the views expressed by the Leader of Opposition and all the other members who have spoken, especially those from Andhra Pradesh. The Home Minister has already mentioned the specific steps our Government will take to address the concerns of all regions of the state, particularly of Seemandhra.

I would like to make a few further announcements in this regard.

First, for purposes of Central assistance, Special Category Status will be extended to the successor state of Andhra Pradesh comprising 13 districts, including the four districts of Rayalaseema and the three districts of north coastal Andhra for a period of five years. This will put the state's finances on a firmer footing.

Second, the Bill already stipulates that the Central Government shall take appropriate fiscal measures, including offer of tax incentives to the successor states in order to promote industrialization and economic growth in both the states.  These incentives will be along the lines extended to some other states.
Third, the Bill already provides for a special development package for the backward regions of the successor state of Andhra Pradesh, in particular for the districts of Rayalaseema and North Coastal Andhra Pradesh. This development package will be on the lines of the K-B-K (Koraput-Bolangir-Kalahandi) Special Plan in Odisha and the Bundelkhand special package in Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh.

Fourth, I would like to reassure Honourable Members that if any further   amendments are needed to facilitate smooth and full Rehabilitation & Resettlement(R&R) for the Polavaram project, they will be given effect to at the earliest. Our government willexecute the Polavaram project--let there be no doubt about it.

Fifth, the appointed day for the formation of the new State will be so fixed in relation to the notified date so as to enable preparatory work relating to personnel , finance and distribution of assets and liabilities to be completed satisfactorily.

Sixth, the resource gap that may arise in the successor state of Andhra Pradesh in the very first year, especially  during the period between the appointed day and the acceptance of the 14th Finance Commission recommendations by the Government of India, will be compensated in the Regular Union Budget for 2014-15.

Sir, I hope these additional announcements will demonstrate our steadfast commitment to not just the creation of Telangana but also to the continued prosperity and welfare of Seemandhra.

Feb 20, 2014
19:33 (IST)
PM announces special package for Seemandhra
Feb 20, 2014
19:30 (IST)
Rajya Sabha chairman says discussion is over. Puts Telangana Bill to vote.
Feb 20, 2014
19:25 (IST)
'Phaad do, phenk do' (tear it and throw away) slogans raised as PM Manmohan Singh starts speaking on Telangana Bill.
Feb 20, 2014
19:22 (IST)
My fear is that the Telangana decision may be deemed unconstitutional tomorrow: Arun Jaitley
Feb 20, 2014
19:20 (IST)
Time to create Telangana has come: Kapil Sibal
Feb 20, 2014
19:10 (IST)
BJP's Arun Jaitley
  • Speaking on this bill with mixed feelings
  • Happy and delighted that we will create a separate state of Telangana
  • Today we are actually participating in a process where we will see Telangana come to light... gives me satisfaction
  • I am extremely concerned that till this moments we have not been able to address the concerns of Seemandhra looking upon us and the govt in particular
  • Deeply disappointed at the manner in which the UPA government has gone through this entire exercise
  • My party's full support to the demand of creation for the state of Telangana
  • My second point of concern: how this UPA government went by with the creation of state
  • Atal ji created 3 new states under NDA, in each of the 3 states unanimous resolution was passed
  • After unanimous decision of state assembly built a larger consensus and created the state with joyous environment and not protests
  • Amend the constitution. Why are you creating Telanaga by a legally indefensible process

Feb 20, 2014
19:07 (IST)
Speaking on Telangana bill with mixed feelings: BJP's Arun Jaitley
Feb 20, 2014
19:06 (IST)
We support Telangana, smaller states lead to progress: RJD's Ram Kripal Yadav
Feb 20, 2014
18:36 (IST)
Trinamool Congress's Derek O'Brien shouts 'Congress, BJP bhai, bhai' in Rajya Sabha during Telangana debate
Feb 20, 2014
18:28 (IST)
CPI's D Raja
  • Our party supports the creation of smaller states in the county
  • Even the bifurcation should have taken place in a peaceful, amicable way
  • Today we witness a turmoil on both sides of the state
  • Congress responsible for turmoil and should be blamed
  • Our party supports Hyderabad should remain capital for next 10 years
  • People of Seemandhra have concerns over educational institutions, sharing of investments, power, water... these are their apprehensions which need to be addressed
  • My party demands central govt should allocate funds for the development of Seemandhra, particularly Rayalaseema which needs to be developed
Feb 20, 2014
18:18 (IST)
PM Manmohan Singh to speak shortly on special package for Seemandhra
Feb 20, 2014
18:09 (IST)
You thought you'll gain votes in Telangana and Seemandhra but wait and watch, this 'game' will hit back: BJP
Feb 20, 2014
18:04 (IST)
Telangana Bill raises concerns on federal structure of the country. We oppose and walk out of this: DMK's Kanimozhi
Feb 20, 2014
17:56 (IST)
CPM's Sitaram Yechury

My party is completely against the bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh

Feb 20, 2014
17:55 (IST)
Mayawati on Telangana

Hyderabad as common capital not a solution to Telangana issue

Feb 20, 2014
17:55 (IST)

BJP's Arun Jaitley asks if Union minister Chiranjeevi is allowed to speak against Telangana Bill that the government has moved

Feb 20, 2014
17:54 (IST)
Congress leader and Union minister Chiranjeevi
  • Every single party is political about Telangana
  • Sri Krishna Committee also said united Andhra Pradesh is the best option
  • BJP trying to stall Telangana Bill
  • The process adopted to create Telangana is very unfortunate
  • Being a Congressman, speaking against my own party's decision is painful
  • Request this House to pause and think about the life of 11 crore Telugu people

Feb 20, 2014
17:54 (IST)
BJP's Venkaiah Naidu on Telangana
  • Was Congress sleeping for so many years?
  • Congress a villain in this entire episode of Telangana
  • Apprehension in the minds of Seemandhra people on safety, security and education
Feb 20, 2014
15:44 (IST)
Rajya Sabha Chairman PJ Kurien calls for an all-party meet to restore order in the House.
Feb 20, 2014
15:21 (IST)
Rajya Sabha adjourned after Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde moved the bill for consideration amid chaos.

Feb 20, 2014
12:38 (IST)
Opposition and government have worked out an agreement over the passage of the Telangana Bill in Rajya Sabha. BJP to move amendments to Telangana Bill; Arun Jaitley and Venkaiah Naidu to speak in Rajya Sabha, say sources.

Feb 20, 2014
11:24 (IST)
Parliament adjourned till noon amid uproar over Tamil Nadu government's decision to release seven convicts in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case.

Feb 20, 2014
09:50 (IST)
Telangana: Intelligence Bureau alerts Centre against possible trouble, extra forces deployed
Intelligence agencies have alerted the Centre to strengthen security in the Telangana region of Andhra Pradesh today, based on inputs that there might be an attempt to escalate tension. Extra forces have been rushed to the area.
Feb 19, 2014
17:09 (IST)
Telangana Bill not taken up in Rajya Sabha today. The house will meet tomorrow morning

Feb 19, 2014
14:19 (IST)
Kiran Kumar Reddy speaks to NDTV after resigning as Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister:

  • On every step there seems to be a criminal conspiracy to divide state
  • Telangana decision does not have consensus of people
  • My political role not paramount for me; unity of state, future of Telugu people is
  • Linking state bifurcation with political gains is wrong
  • Congress has always been saved by Andhra Pradesh, don't think Telugu people will ever forget this
  • Didn't resign out of anger, do not want to be part of such a bad decision
  • I tried my best to prevent the bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh, but sorry I couldn't - that's what I tell Telugu people
Feb 19, 2014
14:01 (IST)
Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Kiran Kumar Reddy hands over resignation to Governor ESL Narasimhan

Feb 19, 2014
12:59 (IST)

Feb 19, 2014
11:25 (IST)
Kiran Reddy resigns as Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister and quits Congress a day after after the Telangana bill is passed in the Lok Sabha

Feb 19, 2014
11:22 (IST)
Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Kiran Kumar Reddy speaks:

  • For votes all political parties have done harm to Telugus
  • Telugu people will be harmed by this
  • We progressed for 58 years together
  • They didn't give us time to study the Cabinet note
  • There were irregularities at every stage
  • They presented the Telangana bill like robbers, hiding it from people
  • Nowhere has a bill rejected by state assembly been passed by Parliament
  • BJP also conspired to harm Telugu people, striking a secret deal
  • I thank Congress for giving me Chief Minister's post

Feb 19, 2014
11:04 (IST)
Lok Sabha adjourned till noon following uproar and protests over the formation of Telangana.
Feb 19, 2014
10:40 (IST)
After the government passed the bill to bifurcate Andhra Pradesh, emotions have been running high across the state. We speak to a few people in Hyderabad about what they think this means for Andhra Pradesh.

Feb 19, 2014
10:16 (IST)
Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Kiran Kumar Reddy will walk down to the Governor's house to hand over his resignation, reports NDTV's Uma Sudhir from Hyderabad. (Read more)
Feb 19, 2014
10:09 (IST)
Bandh effect in Krishna district: Shops shut, vehicles stopped, police personnel deployed (NDTV's Radhika Iyer reports from Ibrahimpatnam)

Feb 19, 2014
09:29 (IST)
Blackout row: Sushma Swaraj to take up 'tactical glitch' with Speaker
Lok Sabha TV said yesterday that a "technical glitch" caused the unprecedented suspension of live telecast from 3:03 pm after the Lower House hurriedly discussed and passed the Telangana Bill.
Feb 19, 2014
08:43 (IST)
Telangana Bill likely in Rajya Sabha today, Kiran Kumar Reddy to resign
A controversial bill to create Telangana that was passed in the Lok Sabha yesterday while its live telecast was cut off in an unprecedented blackout is likely to be taken up in the Rajya Sabha today.
Feb 19, 2014
08:00 (IST)
After its passge in the Lok Sabha, the Telangana Bill is likely to be tabled in The Rajya Sabha today at 2 pm.
Feb 19, 2014
07:59 (IST)
Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Kiran Kumar Reddy plans to resign today and float his own party; the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) has called for demonstrations to be held.
Feb 19, 2014
07:58 (IST)
Emotions have been running high ever since the Centre gave the go ahead for the bifurcation of Andhra Pradesh. While there were celebrations across the 10 districts of the Telengana region after the bill was passed in Lok Sabha yesterday, there was shock and disbelief in Coastal Andhra Pradesh and Rayalaseema.
Feb 19, 2014
07:56 (IST)
Jagan Mohan Reddy-led YSR Congress has called for a bandh in the 13 districts of Seemandhra today to protest the passage of Telangana Bill in the Lok Sabha. Many schools and colleges are shut in Vijaywada, Vizag and Tirupati districts; bus services are, however, unaffected and government offices too are open.
Feb 18, 2014
19:13 (IST)
Provision for blackout if there are security concerns: Congress' Rajeev Shukla
Feb 18, 2014
18:53 (IST)
Mamata Banerjee on Lok Sabha passing the Telangana Bill:

  • This is a disaster of our democratic system
  • We cannot destroy our constitutional provision
  • How can the government do it like this?
  • Where are the big big leaders of this country who talk so much
  • Why are they not saying anything?

Feb 18, 2014
18:51 (IST)

Feb 18, 2014
17:52 (IST)
'Pepper spray' MP quits: 'I've submitted my resignation in protest over Telangana,' says L Rajagopal
Feb 18, 2014
17:52 (IST)
Was not aware of the blackout, says BJP's Sushma Swaraj
The BJP's Sushma Swaraj, Leader of Opposition in the Lok Sabha, has said she was not aware of the Speaker's decision to suspend live telecast of the Lok Sabha's proceedings as it passed the controversial legislation that creates a Telangana state by bifurcating Andhra Pradesh.
Feb 18, 2014
17:22 (IST)
Celebrations in Telangana, chants of 'Jai Sonia'

Feb 18, 2014
17:15 (IST)
Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde:

  • We have fulfilled our promise on Telangana
  • The passing of the Telangana Bill shows our sincerity
  • I have already announced a special package for Seemandhra
  • Sometimes these things happen (on the Lok Sabha telecast being stopped)
Feb 18, 2014
16:44 (IST)
YSR Congress chief Jagan Mohan Reddy on passage of Telangana Bill in Lok Sabha:

  • Doors were closed
  • People who were to represent the interest of Seemandhra were suspended
  • A bill was introduced in the House without anybody to say Yes or No
  • The bill was introduced so undemocratically, done against the will of the people of Andhra Pradesh, undemocratically the bill has also been passed
  • We were not let into the House, when we were listening to the audio... the way the proceeding took place... the way the yes were called out and the way No was called out, very clearly exhibiting how democracy could be killed in broad day-light... spirit of democracy killed
  • Call for bandh in Andhra Pradesh tomorrow in protest of Lok Sabha passing Telangana Bill
Feb 18, 2014
16:43 (IST)
Celebrations have already begun in parts of Telangana
Feb 18, 2014
16:38 (IST)
Not aware of decision to black out proceedings, says Sushma Swaraj.
Feb 18, 2014
16:30 (IST)
Telangana bill passed in Lok Sabha amid TV blackout
In an unprecedented and as yet unexplained move, live telecast of Parliament proceedings was stopped as the Lok Sabha began the process of passing the controversial bill that seeks to create a Telangana state by dividing Andhra Pradesh. In proceedings that cannot be witnessed outside the House, Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde has spoken and the bill is now being taken up clause by clause.
Feb 18, 2014
16:27 (IST)
Telangana Bill passed in Lok Sabha
Feb 18, 2014
16:26 (IST)
Dinesh Trivedi to NDTV:

  • I am more sad than angry
  • Today democracy has come to a standstill
  • 1.2 billion people of this country have a right to listen
  • Today I don't know under whose instructions the TV was blacked out
  • Somebody needs to answer under who instructions did this happen
  • I have no business to be sitting in that Parliament where you blacked out the TV
  • Requested Speaker to please turn on the proceedings
  • Spirit of democracy has been killed
  • Speaker is the custodian of democracy

Feb 18, 2014
16:20 (IST)
Sharad Yadav on Telangana Bill:

  • I have never witnessed such a scene
  • Its beyond my 'bardaash' (tolerance)
  • Couldn't sit there...decided to walk out
  • We decided that we cannot be part of such a division

Feb 18, 2014
16:15 (IST)
Venugopal Reddy to NDTV:

  • I am not in a position to move into the inner lobby coz I have to respect my suspension
  • The bill has become secondary, how 'Madam' will take the bill when the house is not in order
  • No television is working in the inner lobby and they are not live telecasting the proceedings
  • Want to question the secretary general because Parliament is responsible for the people of this country
  • They killed Seemandhra people. Today is a black day
  • I felt ashamed being a member of Parliament
Feb 18, 2014
16:03 (IST)
Sonia Gandhi leaves House, Congress MP Ponnam Prabhakar touched her feet while she was leaving
Feb 18, 2014
16:02 (IST)
CPM MPs in the well, Trinamool objects to manner of Bill's passage, Saugata Roy asked for division of votes
Feb 18, 2014
15:55 (IST)
Telangana Bill debate: several bills passed in Lok Sabha
Feb 18, 2014
15:54 (IST)
"Speaker is acting as Congress' poll agent," says TDP's CM Ramesh.
Feb 18, 2014
15:54 (IST)
Telangana Bill in Lok Sabha: TDP MP Venugopal Reddy wanted to go in but was stopped by marshals
Feb 18, 2014
15:47 (IST)
All doors and visitor galleries to Lok Sabha closed.
Feb 18, 2014
15:32 (IST)
Voting on amendments in Telangana Bill on in Lok Sabha
Feb 18, 2014
15:30 (IST)
Live telecast of proceedings in Parliament was inexplicably stopped as a controversial bill to create Telangana by dividing Andhra Pradesh was taken up in the Lok Sabha. Journalists confirmed that while Lok Sabha TV was blocked, Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde was speaking in the house.
Feb 18, 2014
14:17 (IST)
Andhra Pradesh minister Ganta Srinivasa Rao resigns, Chief Minister Kiran Reddy to resign tomorrow, say sources
Feb 18, 2014
14:17 (IST)
Sources in Chief Minister Kiran Kumar Reddy's office have said that he will resign in protest tomorrow morning.
Feb 18, 2014
13:56 (IST)
Narendra Modi targets Congress over Telangana
Addressing a rally in Davangere in Karnataka, BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi hit out at the Congress over Telangana. Senior leaders including BJP national general secretary and State in-charge Tavarchand Gehlot, Anant Kumar, former Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yeddyurappa and Karnataka BJP president Prahlad Joshi attended the rally.
Feb 18, 2014
12:50 (IST)
Lok Sabha adjourned till 3 pm, just after reconvening at 12:45 pm.

Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde presented the bill for discussion in the Lok Sabha as anti-Telangana MPs kept raising loud slogans.

Both houses were adjourned repeatedly due to the protests.
Feb 18, 2014
12:48 (IST)
Samajwadi Party's Ram Gopal Yadav to NDTV on Telangana Bill:

SP is against Telangana Bill. We will strongly oppose it. We are against creation of new states.

Feb 18, 2014
12:38 (IST)

Telangana bill moved for consideration and passage in Lok Sabha amid din by Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde.

Feb 18, 2014
12:16 (IST)
Lok Sabha adjourned till 12:45 pm after storm over Telangana Bill
Feb 18, 2014
12:12 (IST)
Rajya Sabha adjourned till 2 pm after ruckus over Telangana
Feb 18, 2014
11:37 (IST)
Chief Minister Kiran Kumar Reddy will resign by this evening and form new party, says Andhra Pradesh minister Erasu Pratap Reddy
Feb 18, 2014
11:35 (IST)
Massive security outside Parliament, MPs walk to House

The Congress-led Centre is determined to get the Lok Sabha's nod today for its plan to bifurcate Andhra Pradesh to create a Telangana state.
Feb 18, 2014
11:26 (IST)
Rajiv Shukla on Telangana Bill: We will try our best to get the bill passed.
Feb 18, 2014
11:25 (IST)
Jagan Mohan Reddy on Telangana Bill:

  • We will mount pressure with other party members
  • We will talk to them

Feb 18, 2014
11:20 (IST)

Parliament adjourned till noon over Telangana and other issues.

Feb 18, 2014
11:11 (IST)
Pallam Raju on Telangana Bill

  • They should make it a Union Territory
  • They can do this only credible thing
  • This can be lifted
  • The two primary concerns are this
  • if our demands are not met, the bill will be incomplete, and it will be injustice with the people
Feb 18, 2014
11:10 (IST)
Kamal Nath on Telangana Bill:

  • Whoever wants to say anything should speak in house
  • All parties who are not support the bill are free to oppose it

Feb 18, 2014
10:51 (IST)

Main entry to Parliament blocked for vehicles, MPs walking to House.

Feb 18, 2014
10:49 (IST)
PM meets Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Kamal Nath ahead of debate on Telangana Bill
Feb 18, 2014
10:11 (IST)
Telangana debate likely in Lok Sabha at 2:30 pm
Feb 18, 2014
08:35 (IST)
BJP cancels parliamentary party meet on Telangana Bill, smaller group of top party leaders to discuss Bill strategy instead.
Feb 18, 2014
07:41 (IST)
The Centre has five days to pass the bill that will create India's 29th state. The ruling Congress hopes to reap electoral dividends from Telangana in the national election, due by May.
Feb 18, 2014
07:40 (IST)
The ruling Congress has ordered all its MPs to be present in Parliament this week and sources indicated that the party was all set to push the bill through even without a discussion, if necessary. A three-line whip has been issued to all Congress MPs.
Feb 18, 2014
07:39 (IST)
Andhra Pradesh chief minister Kiran Kumar Reddy, sources say, is likely to resign today to protest against the bifurcation of the state. Eight of his key officials have reportedly been transferred.
Feb 18, 2014
07:38 (IST)
Telangana Bill in Parliament today; Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Kiran Kumar Reddy may resign
With only five days left of the last Parliament session before national elections due by May, a desperate government is now reportedly working out how to push the controversial Telangana Bill through the Lok Sabha on Tuesday, without a discussion if it has to.
Feb 17, 2014
11:15 (IST)
Finance minister P Chidambaram - attempting to be heard above the sloganeering of lawmakers protesting against the Telangana Bill as he presented his interim budget  for 2014 - today said the government has managed to contain both the fiscal deficit and the current account deficits and has kept them below target.

He called out to all political parties to "pledge that we will do nothing that will affect the stability of the Indian economy."

With general elections only months away, Mr Chidambaram cannot announce big bang reforms or tax changes, but can list the achievements of his government in his report card on the economy over the last year.

Following are the highlights of his speech:

Global cues not to overly hit India, India held its head above water during global crisis
Fiscal deficit for 2013-14 will be contained at 4.6%
Export seen at $326 billion showing 6.3 per cent year-on-year growth
Growth for FY14 estimated at 4.9%; Q3, Q4 growth seen at 5.2%
I reject the argument of policy paralysis
Let history be the judge of last 10 years
Economy in much better shape now than it was two years ago
10-year trend growth rate at 6.2 per cent, UPA I and II delivered above trend rate
Fiscal deficit down, CAD down, inflation moderated and growth picking up
Merchandise export to grow by 6.8% to USD 326 billion
3 more industrial corridors - Chennai-Bangalore, Bangalore-Mumbai, Amritsar-Kolkata - under various stages of implementation
GDP growth rate in Q3 and Q4 of 2013-14 will be at least 5.2%
Power capacity rises to 234,600 MW in 10 years
Expenditure on education has risen from Rs 10,145 crore 10 years ago to Rs 79,251 crore this year
Sugar decontrol, gradual correction of diesel prices, application for new bank licenses, sick electricity distribution companies restructured
Plan expenditure to remain unchanged at 5.55 lakh crore in 2014-15
Government fully committed to Aadhaar project. Even critics of the project will realise it's a tool of empowerment
Budgetary support to Railways increased
PSUs to achieve record capex of Rs 2,57,645 crore in 2013-14
500 MW fast breeder nuclear reaction in Kalpakkam to be ready shortly; 7 nuclear power reactors under construction
National Solar Mission to undertake 4 ultra mega solar power projects in 2014-15
Rs 1,200 crore additional assistance to N-E states to be released before end of the year
Rs 1,000 crore grant for Nirbhaya Fund will be non-lapsable; another Rs 1,000 crore to be given next fiscal
Non planned expenditure at 12.7 lakh crore
Fuel subsidy pegged at Rs 65,000 crore, food subsidy at Rs 1.15 lakh crore in 2014-15
Fuel subsidy worth Rs 35,000 crore to be rolled over in 2014-15
Rs 3,370 crore to transferred to 2.1 crore LPG users; Government committed to Aadhaar-based LPG transfer but scheme on hold temporarily
Defence allocation up 10% at Rs 2.24 lakh crore
Government has accepted principle of one rank, one pay for defence forces. Rs 500 crore estimated requirement for implementing one-rank-one-pay scheme for armed forces in 2014-15
Food subsidy will be Rs 1,15,000 crore for implementation of National Food Security Act
Budgetary support to Railways increased from Rs 26,000 crore to Rs 29,000 crore 2014-15
Rs 2,46,397 crore allocated for food, fertilizer and fuel subsidy
I have kept Rs 5,55,322 crore for plan expenditure
Re-capitalise public sector banks
Fortunes of China and India has an impact on the whole world
UPA government has clear line of sight to the goals we have set for ourselves
Fiscal consolidation - achieve target of 3% deficit
In a developing economy, we must accept that when our aim is high growth there will be moderate inflation
In next three decades, India's nominal will be on third rank after US and China
RBI must strike a balance between price stability and growth
States have the fiscal space to bear a reasonable proportion for allocation of flagship programmes
Disappointed that we have not been able to implement GST (goods and services tax)
To place DTC Bill for public comments
Minority bank accounts have swelled to 43,53,000 by 2013-14 from 14,15,000 bank accounts 10 years ago
Rs 6000 crore to rural housing fund, Rs 2000 crore for urban housing fund
Moratorium on interest on student loans taken before March 31, 2009; to benefit 9 lakh borrowers
Excise duty on small cars, motorcycles, scooters reduced from 12 to 8 per cent till 30.06.2014.
Excise duty on consumer durables  cut from 12 to 10 per cent till 30.6.2014.
Cut excise duty on mid segment cars to 20% from 24%
Duty cut on SUV cars from 30% to 24%
Feb 17, 2014
10:56 (IST)
Jagan Mohan Reddy to NDTV:

Parliament is on. 16s MPs have been suspended, of which 14 are from Seemandhra.
L Rajagopal helped by Congress, whatever he did in Parliament he did at the behest of Congress
Our fight is very strong
We have a single-point agenda
None of these people are bothered about my state
Whatever they're doing is for votes
None can save Congress
They are bound to get not even one state
Congress knowing their fortunes, decided to split my state for votes
Democracy has been murdered
If everyone keeps quiet, Andhra Pradesh won't be the only state...there'll be more
Blatant abuse of Article 3
Assembly rejected bifurcation
Unwilling state forced to be broken by an autocratic central government
You're breaking a state without even giving them water
Willing to support anybody... why should Modi be an exemption?
Anybody who is willing to keep my state united
Willing to support Narendra Modi
I want social media to stand up against this injustice
All of Andhra Pradesh's problems have been created for the sake of making Rahul Gandhi PM
Man-made havoc in Andhra Pradesh. Created to just make one man the PM
INC now stands for Italian National Congress
British didn't do what Sonia Gandhi did to my state
We are talking about the kind of brutality she is exhibiting
Feb 17, 2014
10:43 (IST)
Three key metro stations have been shut till evening due to security concerns over protests in the most protected VIP zone in the heart of Delhi.
Feb 17, 2014
10:42 (IST)
Eight trainloads of people from Andhra Pradesh have arrived in Delhi to participate in protests against Telangana.
Feb 17, 2014
10:28 (IST)
Telangana protests: 5 union ministers meet Advani, urge BJP to oppose bill
Five union ministers from Andhra Pradesh met senior BJP leader LK Advani to persuade the main opposition party to oppose a bill to create Telangana by dividing their state, which the Centre is determined to push through Parliament this week.
Feb 13, 2014
22:37 (IST)

Feb 13, 2014
22:34 (IST)
Roadside republic comes to you live from Andhra Bhawan where both sides of the Telengana protests almost come to blows.

Feb 13, 2014
21:38 (IST)
Feb 13, 2014
21:32 (IST)
Pepper spray MP had moved a bill to tackle unruly behaviour
Expelled Congress MP L Rajagopal - the man who shot to infamy after he unleashed a can of pepper spray in Lok Sabha today - once wanted stringent steps to curb unruly behaviour in Parliament.
Feb 13, 2014
20:51 (IST)

Kiran Bedi to NDTV:

  • What has happened today has been building over weeks and weeks. What was the Speaker doing?
  • Over the years the respect and aura of Parliament has been diminishing
  • Onus lies on the party in power and secondly, the Speaker
  • There is a very heavy abuse of privileges by the MPs 
Feb 13, 2014
20:49 (IST)

Somnath Chatterjee to NDTV:

  • Matter of great shame what happened
  • Everyone trying to blame each other
  • Today's events diluted parliamentary democracy in India
  • No concern shown by any party
  • They should be expelled, criminal cases should be filed

On role of Speaker:

  • Honourable Speaker should consider pros and cons and then take a decision
  • Since there is no viable alternative to parliamentary democracy, I appeal to everyone to give up politics of confrontation and personal abuses.
Feb 13, 2014
18:12 (IST)

Feb 13, 2014
17:31 (IST)
Acted in self-defence, says L Rajagopal, the 'pepper-spray MP': 10 things about him
L Rajagopal, the man who used pepper spray in Parliament, says he acted in self-defence. He is among the richest MPs from Andhra Pradesh, with 300 crores to his name according to his affidavit to the Election Commission in 2009.
Feb 13, 2014
16:42 (IST)
MPs shame India, vandalise Parliament over Telangana
The 5-minute riot in Parliament that broke out was constructed by those who say they will not allow Parliament to discuss or vote on a proposal that bifurcates Andhra Pradesh by carving out one of its three regions, Telangana, as a new southern state.
Feb 13, 2014
16:08 (IST)
Update: 16, not 17 MPs suspended for clashes in the House over Telangana
Feb 13, 2014
15:59 (IST)
No support on Telangana if no order in Parliament: Rajnath Singh
As a beleaguered Congress struggles to push through Parliament the controversial plan to split Andhra Pradesh to crave out a Telangana state, the main Opposition party, the BJP, is not offering to help.
Feb 13, 2014
15:36 (IST)
Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar was rushed home as she felt the effect of the pepper spray in her office

Feb 13, 2014
15:32 (IST)
Law-makers were on their worst behaviour in Parliament today as those supporting a new state of Telangana clashed with others who are opposed to the government's proposal to bifurcate Andhra Pradesh. In the clashes that began at about 12 pm, a pepper spray was used by L Rajagopal of the Congress on other lawmakers. Three parliamentarians were rushed to hospital after they complained that their eyes were burning. (Pic courtesy: AFP)

Feb 13, 2014
15:17 (IST)
Lok Sabha adjourned till Monday
Feb 13, 2014
15:14 (IST)
Blog: a reporter's account of today's Lok Sabha violence
As I walked in to get into the press gallery of Lok Sabha, I was stopped by Parliament security personnel to see if I was carrying any harmful substance. It was not the usual practice but today was different.
Feb 13, 2014
15:02 (IST)
18 MPs have been suspended after clashes over Telangana Bill. Here are the names:

Feb 13, 2014
14:53 (IST)
After pepper spray, gas masks in Parliament: 10 developments
Law-makers in Parliament were on their worst behaviour today as those supporting a new state of Telangana clashed with others who are opposed to the government's proposal to bifurcate Andhra Pradesh.
Feb 13, 2014
14:52 (IST)
How MPs expressed themselves: pepper spray, a flung computer
A parliamentarian used pepper spray in the Lok Sabha and another flung a computer, in unprecedented clashes in Parliament over the Telangana Bill.
Feb 13, 2014
14:34 (IST)
Rajya Sabha adjourned for the day, Lok Sabha till 3 pm over Telangana and other issues
Feb 13, 2014
13:16 (IST)
Rajnath Singh tells NDTV: BJP is the most secular party in India, Congress most communal
On 2014 Lok Sabha polls: We are looking at getting 272 seats in Lok Sabha and we are working towards it. The Congress leaders themselves  conceded that they'll get 80-100 seats.

On Ramjanmabhoomi, that matter is subjudice. We are waiting for the Supreme Court judgement.

On Swami Aseemanand's accusations
- We're not against investigation. The veracity of the tapes need to be investigated. I have been a RSS karyakarta - wrong to say they believe in violence.
Why has there been no chargesheet? The government is free to investigate

On Modi
: there has been no decision yet on where Narendra bhai will contest elections from. He could contest from Gujarat or elsewhere - that'll be decided by the central election committee
Feb 13, 2014
13:12 (IST)
BJP's stand on Telangana not coloured by what will happen in 2014 polls: Rajnath Singh
On a sensitive issue like bifurcation of a state, there should be no link to vote-bank politics
Our politics is not just to form the government, but is aimed at nation-building. 
Feb 13, 2014
13:08 (IST)
Rajnath Singh reiterates BJP's commitment to a separate Telangana state;  says,"we want the House to run properly"

  • We want a separate Telangana state but we want the concerns of Seemandhra to be addressed too.  We want justice to be done
  • A proposal should come from the government, and then we can give our opinion on how to run proceedings
  • This government has lost moral authority; it will go within 100 days. Should this government try and pass anti-corruption bills? They have no moral authority.
  • Keeping the House in order is primarily the ruling party's responsibility.
  • I'm not blaming a particular person - not Kamal Nath ji... I blame the government and the Congress party.
  • We will put forth the BJP's point of view when there is a debate in Parliament - we want justice for the people of Seemandhra too
Feb 13, 2014
13:04 (IST)
BJP chief Rajnath Singh to NDTV

Whatever has happened in Parliament is extremely shameful. We couldn't imagine that such a situation will emerge. I blame the Congress-led UPA government for this

Telangana was not their intention. Congress is playing a double-game, they're indulging in vote-bank politics.

When we met the PM yesterday, we had requested him to bring the House in order. We wanted the bill to be passed.

Many people knew  that there may have been an unprecedented incident in Parliament today and yet the government did nothing to prevent it.

The Speaker should call an all-party meeting - all floor leaders should be sat down and decide on what is to be done. The Speaker and government should decide how to run the House.

Till the House is in order, such a bill  that needs division, can't be passed.

Feb 13, 2014
12:55 (IST)
Parliamentary Affairs Minister Kamal Nath

What happened in the house today is a big blot on our parliamentary democracy.
25 MPs taking the entire Parliament hostage is not done
I was told there was gas, knives, other materials as well
Feb 13, 2014
12:27 (IST)
Telangana protests in Parliament include pepper spray, flying computer

The government's decision to introduce the bill that creates a new Telangana state triggered an unprecedented  physical fight inside parliament; right outside, there were clashes too.

The bill was introduced in the Lok Sabha by Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde and two sets of MPs -for and against Telangana -rushed to the Well of the Lok Sabha. 

A computer was flung and broken in the clash; a mic was thrown; one law-maker used a spray on others.   Parliament is on suicide watch with at least one law-maker from the Congress threatening to set himself on fire over the bill that bifurcates Andhra Pradesh.

Lok Sabha has been adjourned till 2 PM.

Feb 13, 2014
12:18 (IST)
Inside Parliament, computer smashed, mic thrown, an MP uses pepper spray on others
Feb 13, 2014
12:17 (IST)
Physical scuffle over Telangana bill, Parliament on suicide watch

The government's decision to introduce the bill that creates a new Telangana state triggered an unprecedented  physical fight inside parliament; right outside, there were clashes too.

Feb 12, 2014
14:05 (IST)
Rajya Sabha adjourned for the day after uproar over Telangana
Feb 12, 2014
13:38 (IST)
Rail Budget: 17 new premium, 39 express trains announced
Here is the list of the new premium and express trains:
Feb 12, 2014
12:22 (IST)
Lok Sabha adjourned till tomorrow amid loud protests by Seemandhra MPs over Telangana
Feb 12, 2014
12:22 (IST)
Four Union ministers from Seemandhra - KS Rao, D Purandeshwari, Chiranjeevi and K
Surya Prakash Reddy - troop into the Well of Lok Sabha along with other members over the Telangana issue as Mallikarjun Kharge was presenting the rail budget
Feb 12, 2014
12:20 (IST)
Railway Minister Mallikarjun Kharge has laid the entire speech on the table of the House
Feb 12, 2014
12:14 (IST)
Mallikarjun Kharge presents rail budget:

  • Indian Railways infrastructure will expand to reach hinterlands and frontiers of our nation
  • Railways met expenditure from its own earnings... Huge requirement caused hardships but organization overcame them
  • Critical for Railways to be restored to a more central place in national planning
  • Railways completed 2,207 kilometres of new lines against a target of 2,000 km
  • 1,288 diesel locomotives produced
  • Initiatives for freight corridors on eastern and western routes is an innovation in rail transport in India and will reduce transport time by half
  • This would also offer significant reduction of greenhouse gases in India's transport sector
  • More high-speed trains to be launched
  • Passenger trains to reach Vaishno Devi soon
  • Meghalaya set to come on rail map as part of extension of network in the Northeastern states
  • Premium AC Special train in Delhi-Mumbai sector with shorter advance reservation period and dynamically varying premium over tatkal fare
  • Railway Minister announces 2014-15 annual plan of 64,300 crore. IRFC, the financing arm of Railways, will borrow Rs 12,800 crore from markets in 2014-15
  • Railways operating ratio, measure of expenses as a percentage of revenue, for 2013-14 at 89.8 per cent
  • Freight rates left unchanged, 72 new trains announced

Feb 12, 2014
12:11 (IST)
Slogans of  "We want justice" from MPs protesting over Telangana issue as Mallikarjun Kharge presents interim rail budget
Feb 12, 2014
12:02 (IST)
Railway Minister Mallikarjun Kharge arrives in Parliament to present the interim rail budget

Feb 12, 2014
12:00 (IST)
Rail stocks ahead of Railway Minister Mallikarjun Kharge's speech:

  • Titagarh Wagons up 1.6 per cent
  • BEML up 1.24 per cent
  • Kalindee Rail Nirman up 1.13 per cent
  • Kernex Microsystems up 1.1 per cent
  • Texmaco down 0.7 per cent
Feb 11, 2014
21:44 (IST)
Feb 11, 2014
21:41 (IST)
Rail budget: semi-high speed train, more premier trains likely
Busy giving finishing touches to the interim rail budget, Railway Minister Mallikarjun Kharge was today tight-lipped about the likely contours of the document which he is to present tomorrow in Parliament.
Feb 11, 2014
20:14 (IST)
Railway Minister likely to announce more trains, new lines in rail budget
Faced with a revenue shortfall, Railway Minister Mallikarjun Kharge will not bring about reduction in basic passenger fares in the interim budget tomorrow but is likely to make adjustment in fuel adjustment component so that impact on fares is minimum in an election year.
Feb 11, 2014
19:49 (IST)
Railway Mallikarjun Kharge giving final touches to the Rail Budget, to be presented in Parliament tomorrow
Feb 11, 2014
14:15 (IST)
Rajya Sabha adjourned for the day amidst din over Telangana issue: PTI
Feb 11, 2014
14:11 (IST)

Congress MPs who were disrupting proceedings over Telangana have been expelled. 

Feb 11, 2014
12:20 (IST)
Lok Sabha adjourned for the day, Rajya Sabha till 2 pm after uproar over Telangana and other issues: PTI

Feb 11, 2014
12:16 (IST)
MPs tear papers in Rajya Sabha despite being 'named and shamed'
Lawmakers in the Rajya Sabha tore papers and held up placards near chairman Hamid Ansari for the second day in a row.
Feb 11, 2014
11:15 (IST)
Both houses adjourned till noon.
Feb 11, 2014
11:12 (IST)
These 10 MPs have been named in Rajya Sabha bulletin for yesterday's disruption:

  1. Dr. K. V. P. Ramachandra Rao
  2. Y. S. Chowdary
  3. C. M. Ramesh
  4. Dr. V. Maitreyan
  5. A. W. Rabi Bernard
  6. K. R. Arjunan
  7. Dr. R. Lakshmanan
  8. Shrimati Kanimozhi
  9. T. M. Selvaganapathi
  10. S. Thangavelu

Feb 11, 2014
11:08 (IST)
Lok Sabha adjourned till noon after uproar over Telangana
Feb 11, 2014
11:04 (IST)
Uproar in Rajya Sabha over Telangana; house adjourned for 10 mins

Feb 10, 2014
14:04 (IST)
Rajya Sabha adjourned for the day after uproar over Telangana
Feb 10, 2014
12:34 (IST)
Rajya Sabha adjourned till 2 pm after MPs disrupt house over Telangana Bill
Feb 10, 2014
12:12 (IST)
Lok Sabha adjourned till tomorrow
Feb 10, 2014
12:11 (IST)
Telangana bill in Parliament tomorrow, government talks to BJP for support
The government is talking to the BJP to ensure the support of the main opposition party on the controversial bill that creates a new state of Telangana by bifurcating Andhra Pradesh, which will be introduced in the Rajya Sabha on Tuesday.
Feb 10, 2014
11:18 (IST)
Rajya Sabha adjourned till noon after uproar over Telangana Bill
Feb 10, 2014
11:06 (IST)
Lok Sabha adjourned till noon after chaos over Telangana Bill, Rajya Sabha adjourned for 10 minutes
Feb 07, 2014
14:45 (IST)
Rajya Sabha adjourned till Monday after uproar over Telangana
Feb 07, 2014
12:16 (IST)
Rajya Sabha adjourned till 2:30 pm after uproar over Telangana, Lok Sabha adjourned for the day
Feb 07, 2014
11:11 (IST)
Lok Sabha, Rajya Sabha adjourned till noon after uproar over Telangana issue, Tamil Nadu fishermen controversy
Feb 06, 2014
14:04 (IST)
Rajya Sabha adjourned for the day after uproar over Telangana.
Feb 06, 2014
12:13 (IST)
Lok Sabha adjourned for the day.
Feb 06, 2014
12:13 (IST)
Rajya Sabha adjourned till 2:00 pm after uproar over Telangana.
Feb 06, 2014
12:12 (IST)
Telangana row: Congress' Seemandhra MPs seek no trust vote against Prime Minister
In a huge embarrassment for the ruling Congress, its own MPs from Seemandhra have given notice for a non-confidence motion against Prime Minister Manmohan Singh over the plan to split Andhra Pradesh to create a separate Telangana state.
Feb 06, 2014
11:07 (IST)
Both houses of Parliament adjourned after uproar over Telangana.
Feb 05, 2014
23:46 (IST)
After fierce debate, anti-communal violence bill is dropped. Here's why.
The government was forced today to abandon plans to introduce a controversial new bill in parliament that outlines how communal violence must be combatted.
Feb 05, 2014
19:02 (IST)

Feb 05, 2014
18:32 (IST)
Telangana row: asked President to use his powers to keep Andhra Pradesh united, says Kiran Kumar Reddy
He urged President Pranab Mukherjee to "use his powers" to stop the bifurcation of his state to create a new Telangana state.
Feb 05, 2014
14:52 (IST)

Uproar over VIP chopper scam in Parliament

Feb 05, 2014
14:42 (IST)

Opposition scuttles introduction of Communal Violence Prevention Bill in Rajya Sabha