Parliament Budget Session Highlights: PM Modi Gets Emotional In Farewell Speech For Ghulam Nabi Azad

Budget Session Highlights: Lok Sabha resumed normal functioning on Monday after a week-long disruption over the three central farm laws.

Parliament Budget Session Highlights: PM Modi Gets Emotional In Farewell Speech For Ghulam Nabi Azad

Budget Session Updates: PM became emotional in parliament during a farewell to Ghulam Nabi Azad

New Delhi:

Rajya Sabha witnessed emotional scenes on Tuesday as Prime Minister Narendra Modi recalled the contribution of Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad to the country, the House and also his party.

An emotional Prime Minister Modi bid adieu to Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad, who is retiring from the House and recalled his long association with the senior leader.

Lauding the senior Congress leader's contribution to the causes dear to him, the Prime Minister said, "The person who will replace Ghulam Nabi ji (as Leader of Opposition) will have difficulty matching his work because he was not only concerned about his party but also about the country and the House."

Almost teary-eyed, the Prime Minister recalled an incident where Mr Azad's personal intervention led to the return of survivors and corpses of Gujarat residents who had faced a terrorist attack in Jammu and Kashmir.

"I will never forget Shri Azad's and Shri Pranab Mukherjee's efforts when people from Gujarat were stuck in Kashmir due to a terror attack. Ghulam Nabi Ji was constantly following up, he sounded as concerned as if those stuck were his own family members," the Prime Minister said, while members of the House listened intently.

This comes a day after he praised Mr Azad for his words on Jammu and Kashmir and local polls conducted recently.

Lok Sabha resumed normal functioning on Monday after a week-long disruption over the three central farm laws following an appeal by Mr Singh that it was a duty of every member to maintain the tradition of passing the Motion of Thanks to the President's Address.

The House is likely to take up a Short Duration Discussion on the farmers' issue in the second part of the Budget session beginning March 8.

Here are the Highlights on Parliament Budget Session 2021:

Feb 09, 2021 16:24 (IST)
DMK MP gives adjournment notice in LS over Sri Lankan Cabinet approval regarding Chinese energy project
Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) MP D Ravikumar has given an adjournment motion notice in Lok Sabha over "Sri Lankan Cabinet approval regarding Chinese energy project in three islands off Jaffna peninsula that are barely 50 km from the Tamil Nadu coast."

The ongoing Budget session of Parliament has been continuously witnessing uproar over the Opposition's demand for separate discussion on the new farm laws. Thousands of farmers have been protesting at several border points of the national capital since late November, demanding the withdrawal of the farm laws.

The Lok Sabha on Monday took up a discussion on the motion of thanks to the President''s address.

Feb 09, 2021 15:31 (IST)
Rajya Sabha Passes Bill To Regularise Unauthorised Colonies In Delhi

New Delhi, Feb 9 (PTI) The Upper House of Parliament on Tuesday passed the National Capital Territory of Delhi Laws (Special Provisions) Second (Amendment) Bill, 2021 to regularise unauthorised colonies in Delhi.

The bill replaces the National Capital Territory of Delhi Laws (Special Provisions) Second (Amendment) Ordinance, 2020 which was promulgated by President Ram Nath Kovind on December 30, 2020.

"1.35 crore people of Delhi, those living in unauthorised colonies, they will get their ownership right," Minister of State (Independent Charge) of Housing and Urban Affairs Hardeep Singh Puri said in Rajya Sabha.

He said that tenders have been floated for "Jahan Jhuggi Wahan Makaan".

"Delhi will not only benefit from the improvement in living condition of 1.35 crore people but the Central Vista project will also make Delhi one of the finest cities in the world," Mr Puri said.

The ordinance amended the National Capital Territory of Delhi Laws (Special Provisions) Second Act, 2011.

The 2011 Act was valid till December 31, 2020. The ordinance extended the deadline to December 31, 2023.

The 2011 Act provided for the regularisation of the unauthorised colonies that existed in the national capital as on March 31, 2002 and where construction took place till June 1, 2014.
Feb 09, 2021 15:08 (IST)
Punjab Congress MPs To Move Private Member's Bill In Lok Saba To Repeal Farm Laws
Congress MPs from Punjab will move a private member's bill in Lok Sabha to repeal the three contentious new farm laws.

Congress leader and Lok Sabha member Manish Tewari told reporters that the Repealing and Amendment Bill 2021 will be moved in the Lower House by a group of party MPs from Punjab including himself, Preneet Kaur, Jasbir Singh Gill and Santokh Chaudhary.

Mr Tewari said they will seek the support of fellow MPs from other parties who have sympathies for the farmers and support their stand on the new legislations.

Asked whether a similar bill could be introduced in Rajya Sabha, he said they will request their counterparts in the Upper House to do so.

For over two months now, thousands of farmers have been protesting at Delhi borders against the three farm sector reform laws which were enacted in September last year.
Feb 09, 2021 14:32 (IST)
Rajya Sabha passes bill to regularise unauthorised colonies in Delhi, news agency PTI reported.
Feb 09, 2021 13:47 (IST)
Uttarakhand Government has stated that there is now no danger of flooding in the lower areas and water level is also receding. Electricity restored in most areas, BRO carrying out repair work of 5 damaged bridges: Union Home Minister Amit Shah in Rajya Sabha
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450 jawans of ITBP, 5 teams of NDRF, 8 teams of Indian Army, a Navy team and 5 IAF helicopters are engaged in search and rescue operation: Union Home Minister Amit Shah in Rajya Sabha on Uttarakhand glacier disaster

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Feb 09, 2021 13:03 (IST)
All concerned agencies of Centre and State are monitoring the situation: Union Home Minister on avalanche in Chamoli district of Uttarakhand, in Rajya Sabha

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Feb 09, 2021 13:01 (IST)
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"I Pray To God That Militancy Ends", Says Ghulam Nabi Azad
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Learnt From Atal Bihari Vajpayee On Running House, Says Ghulam Nabi Azad
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I am among those fortunate people who never went to Pakistan. When I read about circumstances in Pakistan, I feel proud to be a Hindustani Muslim: Congress MP Ghulam Nabi Azad in his retirement speech in Rajya Sabha
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Feb 09, 2021 12:34 (IST)
Jammu and Kashmir needs development. Appeal to the PM to give J&K special attention: PDP leader Nazir Ahmed Laway during his retirement speech in Rajya Sabha

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"True Friend": PM Gets Emotional In Farewell Speech For Ghulam Nabi Azad
Prime Minister Narendra Modi became emotional in parliament today during a farewell to Congress veteran Ghulam Nabi Azad in the Rajya Sabha.

"Posts come, high office comes, power comes and how to handle these, one must learn from Ghulam Nabi Azad Ji. I would consider him a true friend," PM Modi said.

He also remembered former President Pranab Mukherjee, another Congress veteran with whom he shared a strong rapport.

"I will never forget Shri Azad's efforts and Shri Pranab Mukherjee's efforts when people from Gujarat were stuck in Kashmir due to a terror attack. Ghulam Nabi Ji was constantly following up, he sounded as concerned as if those stuck were his own family members," said the PM.

"I have known Shri Ghulam Nabi Azad for years. We were Chief Ministers together. We had interacted even before I became CM, when Azad Sahab was very much in active politics. He has a passion not many know about - gardening," he shared.

This comes a day after he praised Mr Azad for his words on Jammu and Kashmir and local polls conducted recently.
Feb 09, 2021 10:53 (IST)
Feb 09, 2021 10:16 (IST)
In Ending Stalemate In Lok Sabha, Rajnath Singh's Role
The Lok Sabha, which saw repeated adjournments due to the disruption by opposition parties in the past few days, had not resumed the debate on the President's Budget session speech till Monday even as the Rajya Sabha had concluded the debate.

Opposition parties had insisted that there should first be a discussion on the ongoing farmers' protest against the contentious agricultural laws, resulting in week-long stand-off in the lower house of parliament.

There was no breakthrough despite Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi reaching out to the opposition parties last Friday. That's when government relied on Union Minister and senior parliamentarian Rajnath Singh.

Sources told NDTV that the stalemate in the Lok Sabha came to an end after Mr Singh, who is also the Deputy Leader Of Lok Sabha, reached out to opposition parties on Monday morning.

Mr Singh urged the opposition to cooperate for the smooth functioning of the Lok Sabha so that the debate on motion of thanks on President's speech can be resumed.
Feb 09, 2021 09:50 (IST)
Government Mulling Privilege Notice Against Trinamool's Mahua Moitra
The government is mulling a breach of privilege notice against Trinamool Congress (TMC) member of Parliament Mahua Moitra for making allegations against the judiciary.

Sources in the government said remarks of TMC MP will not be taken lightly and will be acted upon.

A senior minister in the government said her remarks were against the rules.

He said that Article 121  has rules on restriction on the discussion in Parliament and provides that no discussion shall take place in Parliament with respect to the conduct of any judge of Supreme Court or of High Court in the discharge of his duties except upon the motion for presenting an address to the President praying for the removal of the judge as hereinafter provided.  

Mahua Moitra, who was taking part in the motion of thanks on the President's Address on Monday, did not take any name but was apparently referring to a former CJI.
Feb 09, 2021 09:35 (IST)
Parliament Schedule:

LOK SABHA

-Motion of thanks on the President's address

Bills for consideration and passing

-The Arbitration and Conciliation (Amendment) Bill, 2021

RAJYA SABHA

-Obituary references

Bills for consideration and passing

-The National Capital Territory of Delhi Laws (Special
Provisions) Second (Amendment) Bill, 2021
Feb 09, 2021 09:17 (IST)
Amit Shah To Apprise Rajya Sabha About Rescue Operations In Uttarakhand
Union Home Minister Amit Shah will on Tuesday apprise the Rajya Sabha about the ongoing rescue operations in Uttarakhand in the wake of glacier burst.

The Minister is scheduled to make a statement in Rajya Sabha at 11:30 am over the avalanche in Chamoli district of Uttarakhand, government officials said.
Feb 09, 2021 09:15 (IST)
Congress MP Manish Tewari has given Adjournment Motion Notice in Lok Sabha over the three farm laws.
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Feb 09, 2021 09:08 (IST)
Congress MP KC Venugopal has given Zero Hour notice in Rajya Sabha demanding 'reduction of central excise duty and cess on petroleum products', news agency ANI reported.
Feb 09, 2021 08:54 (IST)
Samajwadi Party MP Ram Gopal Yadav has given Zero Hour notice in Rajya Sabha over 'direct recruitment for the post of joint secretary in Central government', news agency ANI reported.
Feb 09, 2021 08:42 (IST)
BJP MP Harnath Singh Yadav has given Zero Hour notice in Rajya Sabha over 'use of Hindi and other languages in Supreme Court and High Courts', news agency ANI reported.
Feb 09, 2021 08:36 (IST)
PM Modi Likely To Reply To President's Address In Lok Sabha On February 10
Prime Minister Narendra Modi is expected to reply to the motion of thanks to the President's address in the Lok Sabha on February 10, sources told ANI. Meanwhile, the Lok Sabha also accepted Union Minister of Parliamentary Affairs Pralhad Joshi's motion of dispensing with the Question Hour for the next two days (till Wednesday).

"Prime Minister Narendra Modi''s reply in Lok Sabha to the Motion of Thanks to the President''s address will be on February 10," said the sources.

Parliamentary proceedings continued till midnight to accommodate the long list of speakers participating in the Motion of Thanks to the President''s address.

Lok Sabha was adjourned till 4 pm Tuesday (February 9).
Feb 09, 2021 08:34 (IST)
DMK, CPI, AAP and Shiv Sena have given Suspension of Business Notice in Rajya Sabha under rule 267 over 'the plight of protesting farmers in Delhi', news agency ANI reported.