Parliament LIVE: Congress leader Anand Sharma on Wednesday demanded in Rajya Sabha restoration of the Special Protection Group cover to former prime minister Manmohan Singh and the Gandhi family. Raising the issue in the upper house, he said the cover should be “restored” going beyond “partisan politics”. The party has been raising the issue in both the Houses. Reacting to the charges, BJP’s JP Nadda said: “There is nothing political, security hasn’t been withdrawn. Home Ministry has a very set pattern and there is a protocol. It is not done by a politician, it is done by Home Ministry and according to threat perception the security is given and withdrawn.”
Meanwhile, Union Home Minister Amit Shah will today table a report in the Rajya Sabha on the President’s Rule in Maharashtra. The state was placed under President’s Rule on November 12 on Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari’s recommendation after a break-up between allies BJP and Shiv Sena plunged Maharashtra into a political crisis. The report will also be tabled on a day when the Congress and the NCP are set to meet to finalise the contours of their proposed alliance with the Shiv Sena.
A list of 27 bills proposed to be tabled in Parliament has been given by the government, but not one of them pertains to regularisation of unauthorised colonies. This means you (BJP) are cheating the people of Delhi, you are lying to them,” AAP legislator Sanjay Singh said. “We will try our best to ensure that a bill to this effect is passed in this session,” he said.
AAP MPs protest in the Parliament complex against the Centre for not listing a bill in the Winter Session to regularise unauthorised colonies in Delhi despite making an announcement to do so last month. The Aam Aadmi Party’s Rajya Sabha MPs — Sanjay Singh, N D Gupta and Sushil Gupta — and Lok Sabha MP Bhagwant Mann protested at the Gandhi statue. They held placards and raised slogans like “stop cheating people”.
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Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad on Wednesday said his ministry has requested all high courts to clear 10-year-old cases immediately to bring down pendency of cases. The government has taken various measures to improve the infrastructure of various courts across the country so that justice delivery is expedited, he said during Question Hour in Lok Sabha. The Modi government has already given 50 per cent amount for infrastructure improvement, he said, adding, the National Judicial Database is now in place. Besides, he said, the government has made 478 appointments in high courts and number of Supreme Court Judges has been increased.
WhatsApp believes it is likely that devices of approximately of 121 users in India may have been attempted to be reached,” says Ravi Shankar Prasad on the question on WhatsApp.
Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad responds in Lok Sabha to ‘Whether Govt has received prior intimation in this regard from social media owners like WhatsApp, Facebook?’, says, “On Sept 5, WhatsApp stated that while full extent of the attack may never be know,WhatsApp continued to review available info.”The Centre has written to all state governments on amendments needed in the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and Civil Procedure Code (CPC) to implement the amended Motor Vehicles Act as views of state governments are necessary before the two can be tweaked, Minister of State for Home G Kishan Reddy said in Rajya Sabha. He said, “The IPC and CPC are required to be amended. We have written to all state governments in this regard. I also invite suggestions from all members on this issue.” The implementation of provisions of the new Motor Vehicles Act lies with the state governments. “It is for the state government to implement it fully or partially,” he said.
Congress Raises SPG Cover Issue in Rajya Sabha | Rajya Sabha convenes for the day with debates opening over the removal of the SPG cover security for Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi after Congress gave a Suspension of Business Notice in Rajya Sabha under rule 267, over “withdrawal of Special Protection Group (SPG) cover of certain persons”.
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Leaders of the Congress, who have been furious with the government move, on Tuesday rushed to the well of the house in Lok Sabha, forcing an adjournment. They were accompanied by MPs from the National Conference. Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, the leader of the Congress in the lower house, said: “Sonia Gandhi ji and Rahul Gandhi ji are not normal protectees. Vajpayee ji had allowed Special Protection Group protection for the Gandhi family. From 1991-2019, NDA came to power twice but their SPG cover was never removed”.
hah to Speak on Issue of Removing SPG Cover for Gandhis | Home minister Amit Shah is likely to make a statement around 11.10am on the decision to remove Sonia and Rahul Gandhi’s SPG cover in Rajya Sabha. Earlier this month, the SPG (Special Protection Group) cover for the Gandhis were withdrawn and they were placed under the Z-plus category, which ensures security cover by around 100 personnel.
The rigmarole of government formation in Maharashtra made a sudden sully today morning after NCP’s Sharad Pawar said that he will meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi to discuss farmers’ issues. Pawar and Modi will meet at 12.30pm and later in the day, the NCP leader will lead a Maharashtra all-party delegation to meet the prime minister.
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While three MPs of BJP from Delhi used the opportunity to target Delhi government over its alleged inability to curb air pollution, former NDA ally and former union minister for heavy industries, Shiv Sena’s Arvind Sawant, used his time to criticise the BJP over cutting down of Arre forest trees. Danish Ali of the BSP too, took the opportunity to take a jibe at BJP MP Hema Malini, without taking her name, for advertising air purifiers while doing little to work for its eradication.
Recount of Yesterday’s Pollution Debate | In a discussion on the air pollution crisis, particularly in national capital Delhi, the MPs in the Lok Sabha yesterday appeared to agree on two points — first, everyone needs to rise above party politics, and second, that farmers should not be blamed for stubble burning. However, despite the severity of the crisis in most parts of northern India, only 115 of the total 534 MPs attended the session.
Closer Look at Surrogacy Bill | The Surrogacy (Regulation) Bill, 2019 tabled in Rajya Sabha prohibits commercial surrogacy. It permits surrogacy in five scenarios: (i) for intending couples who suffer from proven infertility; (ii) altruistic; (iii) not for commercial purposes; (iv) not for producing children for sale, prostitution or other forms of exploitation; and (v) for any condition or disease specified through regulations.
– The intending couple should have a ‘certificate of essentiality’ and a ‘certificate of eligibility’ issued by the appropriate authority. The surrogate mother has to be: (i) a close relative of the intending couple; (ii) a married woman having a child of her own; (iii) 25 to 35 years old; (iv) a surrogate only once in her lifetime; and (v) possess a certificate of medical and psychological fitness for surrogacy. Further, the surrogate mother cannot provide her own gametes for surrogacy.
Maha Drama in Rajya Sabha Today | Union Home Minister Amit Shah is also expected to table a report in the Rajya sabha today regarding the President’s rule in Maharashtra amid a prolonged political impasse that was necessitated after the victorious saffron allies, the BJP and Shiv Sena in an unprecedented set of events, ended their alliance in the state due to infighting.
— Maharashtra was placed under the President’s rule on November 12 after Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari recommended the same in a report submitted with the Home Ministry., stating there was no possibility of a stable government in Maharashtra given the current situation between the political parties.
– The Union Cabinet headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi had then considered the report of the governor to the President that was submitted on November 12.
– The Cabinet had recommended that President Ram Nath Kovind issues a proclamation under Article 356(1) of the Constitution imposing President’s rule in Maharashtra and keep the state legislative assembly under suspended animation.The Rajya Sabha will take up two crucial bills — the The Surrogacy (Regulation) Bill, 2019 that was moved by Union minister Harsh Vardhan yesterday, and the The Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Bill, 2019.
The Surrogacy Bill will seek to constitute National Surrogacy Board, State Surrogacy Boards and appointment of appropriate authorities for regulation of the practice and process of surrogacy, as passed by Lok Sabha, be taken into consideration. On the other hand, the bill on transgenders that will be moved for passing by Thawaarchand Gehlot, seeks to provide for protection of rights of transgender persons and their welfare and for matters as passed by Lok Sabha, to be taken into consideration.