The Monsoon session of parliament began yesterday and had a marked beginning with Prime Minister Narendra Modi's statement regarding the importance of amicable discussions in both the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha. The prime minister went on to say that had confidence that the opposition parties would participate in a healthy debate an various issues.
The No Confidence motion filed by opposition parties including the Congress and TDP was accepted in the Lok Sabha yesterday with July 20 being set as the date for voting and discussion. Seven new MPs took the oath of office in Rajya Sabha on the monsoon session's first day and one MP, took the oath of office in Lok Sabha. The parliament sessions also witnessed protests in the Lok Sabha by TDP MPs who have been seeking special state status for Andhra Pradesh. Congress MP Shashi Tharoor also spoke in the parliament urging the Prime Minister to speak about the violence incidents and mob killings that have occurred across the country.
The current session of parliament will have 18 sittings which comes to 108 hours of potential work. Excluding the Question Hour and the Zero Hour, 62 hours will be available for government agenda.
Here are the Highlights from Day Two Of Monsoon Session of Parliament 2018:
Here are the highlights from the second day,
- The Lok Sabha discussed and passed the Fugitive Economic Offenders Bill 2018
- The Rajya Sabha discussed and passed The Prevention of Corruption Bill (Amendment), 2013.
- The Shiv Sena stated that they would be voting against the No-Confidence motion tomorrow after Amit Shah spoke with Uddhav Thackeray.
- Opposition parties staged a walkout in the Lok Sabha after Rajnath Singh's statement condemning mob violence incidents across the country. The opposition stated that the minister's statement was unsatisfactory.
BJP - 3 Hours 33 minutes
Congress - 38 minutes
AIADMK - 29 Minutes
TMC - 27 Minutes
BJD - 15 Minutes
Shiv Sena - 14 Minutes
Proceedings in the house have been suspended till 11 AM tomorrow.
The Lok Sabha has been debating the The Fugitive Economic Offenders Bill, 2018 and the Rajya Sabha has been discussing the The Prevention of Corruption Bill (Amendment), 2013.
I think there are intellectuals in opposition but they should've done it later. Because we have the numbers & our moral is also up. I haven't left BJP & party has't left me. As long as I'm in BJP,I'll support it & follow every whip: BJP MP Shatrughan Sinha on No-confidence motion pic.twitter.com/hDF0La1MHE-ANI (@ANI) July 19, 2018
He also said that all the provisions of the bill could be escaped by the fugitive if they sell their assets before leaving the country.
According to top party leaders of the BJP, the MPs from the party have been asked to have lunches and dinners together today and tomorrow to ensure that all are present for the no-confidence vote in the Lok Sabha tomorrow.
Pichhle 2 saalon mein itna paisa gaya hai desh ke bahar, jitna dashkon mein nahi gaya hai. In last 2 yrs money going to Swiss Banks has increased. You said money will be deposited into people's bank accounts but instead of that money went outside India:Anand Sharma in Rajya Sabha pic.twitter.com/egSskzxyOa-ANI (@ANI) July 19, 2018
The Home Minister's statement in Lok Sabha on mob lynching was not satisfactory at all, that is why we staged a walkout from the house. This is not a game of ping pong that states and Centre keep shifting responsibilities: Shashi Tharoor,Congress MP pic.twitter.com/Tn0BMCm1XA-ANI (@ANI) July 19, 2018
Sonia ji's maths is weak. They had calculated similarly in 1996. We know what happened then. Their calculation is wrong yet again. Modi govt has majority both inside & outside Parliament. NDA will vote against #NoConfidenceMotion. NDA+ will also support us: Union Min Ananth Kumar pic.twitter.com/R4D5IinNox-ANI (@ANI) July 19, 2018
These are unfortunate incidents.We had issued an advisory on this recently, and one in 2016 also. Social media being used to spread fake news and rumours is also a reason. We have asked social sites for regulation: HM Rajnath Singh in LS on mob lynching incidents-ANI (@ANI) July 19, 2018
Every Indian has the right to know the truth. The BJP believes the truth must be hidden from the people and they must not question people in power. The changes proposed to the RTI will make it a useless Act. They must be opposed by every Indian. #SaveRTIpic.twitter.com/4mjBTwQnYK-Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) July 19, 2018
In democracy, voice of the Opposition should be heard first even if it consists of one person. Even we (Shiv Sena) will speak when it is required. During voting, whatever Uddav Thakachey directs us, we will do: Sanjay Raut, Shiv Sena on #NoConfidence motion pic.twitter.com/rnAVQLwvfo-ANI (@ANI) July 19, 2018