Parliament updates live | In Rajya Sabha, Congress protests seeking JPC on Rafale

A day after being elected as the Deputy Chairperson of Rajya Sabha, Harivansh, is presiding over the business.

Here are the live updates:

Sukhendu Shekar Roy (TMC) seeks to know when the museum on Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose will be constructed in the Capital.

Puducherry member N. Gokulakrishnan talks about vacancy in JIPMER-Karaikal that needs to be filled up. Congress members raise slogans seeking JPC on Rafale deal. The member’s submission is barely audible.

Ram Gopal Yadav (SP) talks about atrocities against Dalits in Uttar Pradesh. He raises the issue of a Dalit boy harassed in a police station. He seeks probe into the incident.

Leader of Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad recalls there used to be at least two calling attention motion and one short duration discussion every week. But this session effectively ran only for 15 days. We have sought a discussion on Rafale, it has be considered. We have earlier instances of a JPC probe on serious allegations. It needs to be constituted in this case too, he adds.

Parliamentary Affairs Minister Vijay Goel says the allegations are false and the Opposition doesn’t have any proof. Such cases can’t be discussed in the House, says Mr. Goel.  Congress members protest.

Deputy Chairperson Harivansh in the Chair in Rajya Sabha on Friday.

Deputy Chairperson Harivansh in the Chair in Rajya Sabha on Friday.  
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In Rajya Sabha, Tiruchi Siva sings praise of former Tamil Nadu chief minister Karunanidhi. Recalling the landmark steps taken by the late politician, Mr. Siva requests government to confer Bharat Ratna to the DMK patriarch.  Many members associate.

Anand Sharma (Congress) seeks a discussion on Rafale Deal under Rule 267. The Chair declines it saying the Vice President hasn’t allowed the discussion. Members from both sides protest, accuses each other of corruption. After brief ruckus, all are seated.

In Lok Sabha questions are being raised on deaths of elephants in various parts of India. MoS for Forests Mahesh Sharma is responding. He says the government has increased the compensation to victims trampled by elephants to Rs. five lakhs. In consultation with the State governments, we are relocating families living near elephant sanctuaries.

Dinesh Trivedi asks if modern technology will be used to track the elephant movement, since many such mammals are dying on the tracks. Mr. Sharma agrees with Mr. Trivedi and says humans are encroaching elephant zones and not the other way.

Railways minister Piyush Goyal says trains slow down in demarcated zones. But elephants are using non-demarcated zones! He says he will consider the member’s suggestion of incorporating Google Earth.

The Congress members, including Sonia Gandhi protest outside the Parliament premises seeking a joint parliamentary committee probe into the alleged irregularities in awarding the Rafale deal to Anil Ambani-led firm.

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