The winter session of the parliament enters fifth day today.
The Congress MPs held a protest against the issue of electoral bonds in the parliament on the 5th day ongoing Parliament session, demanding that Prime Minister Narendra Modi breaks his silence over it.
Among those who were seen protesting near the Gandhi statue were Congress leaders Shashi Tharoor, Karti Chidambaram and Manish Tewari among others.
The issue of electoral bonds has snowballed into a political flashpoint following reports that the Reserve Bank of India and the Election Commission had reservations against them, but were overruled by the Modi government.
The Rajya Sabha also witnessed an uproar when members took up JNU student protests and water pollution in Delhi with the Chairman issuing warnings to members not following the rules.
Here are Highlights of 5th day of Parliament winter session:
Lok Sabha Speaker Asks MPs To Take Pledge Against Single-Use Plastic
Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla today suggested that the members of Parliament should take a pledge to shun single-use plastic in a bid to encourage people for the same.
"This house represents 130 crore people of the country and I think the entire House will agree with the fact that single-use plastic should be stopped. If we (MPs) take a pledge then the message will be delivered to the people of the country. We should take a pledge in the session so that the message is delivered to the world that India''s Parliament has taken such a pledge," Mr Birla was quoted as saying by news agency PTI.
Lok Sabha will take up the proposed amendment to the Special Protection Group (SPG) Act next week, Union Minister Arjun Ram Meghwal said today. Elite SPG commandos protects the prime minister and his/her immediate family, former prime ministers and their immediate family for a certain period depending on the threat perception.
Left, BJP Clash Over JNU Fee Hike Protest
Members of Left parties and the BJP on Friday clashed in Rajya Sabha over the issue of Jawaharlal Nehru University students'' protest against a hike in hostel fees and a draft hostel manual which imposes dress codes and curfew timings.
Through a Zero Hour mention, KK Ragesh of the CPI(M) raised the matter and sought a judicial probe into police action against agitating students.
Arguments In Lok Sabha Over Bengal Teachers' Strike
The Lok Sabha witnessed heated arguments between treasury and opposition benches today when ruling BJP MPs from West Bengal raised the issue of para-teachers strike in the state, news agency PTI reported.
As soon as BJP MP Locket Chatterjee started speaking on the issue, TMC members rushed towards the well of the House and said she was misguiding the House.
Parateachers in West Bengal are sitting on an indefinite strike demanding an hike in their salaries
Bill To Ban Production, Sale Of E-cigarettes In Lok Sabha
A bill to ban production, import and sale of e-cigarettes and similar products was introduced in Lok Sabha today, news agency PTI reported.
The Prohibition of Electronic Cigarettes (Production, Manufacture, Import, Export, Transport, Sale, Distribution, Storage and Advertisement) Bill, 2019 seeks to replace an ordinance issued recently.
Uproar In Parliament Over JNU Protests
The Rajya Sabha today witnessed an uproar when members took up Jawaharlal Nehru University student protests and water pollution in Delhi on Friday with the Chairman issuing warnings to members not following the rules. An angry Chairman of the House Venkaiah Naidu told the members that Zero Hour is to raise serious and current critical issues. "When you don't follow the rules how can discussion over serious issues can happen," Mr Naidu said.
CPI member K.K. Ragesh raised the issue of JNU students allegedly being brutally beaten up police in Delhi when they were carrying out a march to Parliament from their campus.
Members of Left parties and the BJP today clashed in Rajya Sabha over the issue of Jawaharlal Nehru University students' protest against a hike in hostel fees and a draft hostel manual which imposes dress codes and curfew timings, news agency PTI reported.
Through a Zero Hour mention, K K Ragesh of the CPI(M) raised the matter and sought a judicial probe into police action against agitating students.
Immediately after this, Prabhat Jha of the BJP raised the issue of "defacement" of a yet-to-be-unveiled statue of Swami Vivekananda on the JNU campus.
Trinamool Congress (TMC) lawmaker Dola Sen on Friday gave a zero hour notice in the Rajya Sabha over "stop privatisation of profit-making Public Sector Undertakings (PSUs)", news agency ANI reported.
On Wednesday, the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) accorded ''in-principle'' approval for strategic disinvestment in five central public-sector enterprises including the Bharat Petroleum Corporation Ltd (BPCL).