Parliament Live: JNU row, Rohith Vemula case to be discussed today

Modi asks NDA constituents to remain aggressive in the face of the Opposition’s attack on the govt.’s handling of the JNU issue

Opposition MPs protest against the government's handling of the JNU issue, in Parliament on Wednesday. Photo: R.V. Moorthy

Opposition MPs protest against the government’s handling of the JNU issue, in Parliament on Wednesday. Photo: R.V. Moorthy

A discussion on higher education institutions, dealing with the suicide of Dalit scholar Rohith Vemula and the JNU sedition case, is expected to happen today, where the first showdown between the government and the Opposition is expected to take place.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday exhorted his party and National Democratic Alliance (NDA) constituents to remain united and aggressive in the face of the Opposition’s attack on the government’s handling of the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) issue, terming it an attempt to “distract” the government. More…

» Top sources who were present at the meeting said Mr. Modi praised the work of his own government, and said the JNU issue was being used as a “distraction” by the Opposition to attack it.
» Meenakshi Lekhi has moved a notice in the Lok Sabha to discuss the issue.
» Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the Opposition has shown “positive attitude” and he wished the session would be fruitful and has constructive criticism.
Today’s list of business: Lok Sabha; Rajya Sabha
Live updates:

11:19 am: Rajya Sabha adjourned for 10 minutes.

11:13 am: Uproar in the Rajya Sabha as BSP supremo Mayawati raises issue of Dalit students. She says, “Dalit students are targeted.”

11:12 am: Sources in the Congress say that some senior leaders have “briefed” party president Sonia Gandhi about the possibility of facing a blowback if they put the spotlight on the JNU row in Parliament. More…

11:08 am: Meanwhile, the Delhi HC has adjourned the hearing on Kanhaiya Kumar bail plea till February 29.

10:44 am: The meeting of senior Cabinet Ministers called by PM Modi begins in Parliament. Home Minister Rajnath Singh, Defence Minister Parrikar, EAM Sushma Swaraj are also present.

10:07 am: Congress Leader Mallikarjun Kharge gives adjournment motion notice in Lok Sabha on JNU and Rohith Vemula issue.

10:06 am: Apart from Bhupendra Yadav, Anil Dave and Tarun Vijay to take part in the discussion in Rajya Sabha on JNU issue.

10:05 am: Discussion in Rajya Sabha on JNU issue: Bhupendra Yadav to initiate, Home Minister and HRD Minister Smriti Irani to intervene.

9:42 am: All Left party MPs to protest in the Parliament premises over JNU issue.

9:15 am: High-powered committee on Jat reservation headed by Venkaiah Naidu to meet all Haryana MPs today to discuss the issue.

Following is today’s business in the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha:

Lok Sabha:

Bill to be introduced:

The Election Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2016.

Discussion to be initiated on Motion of Thanks on the President’s Address.

Rajya Sabha:

Short duration discussion on the situation arising in central institutions of higher education, with specific reference to JNU and University of Hyderabad.

Bills for consideration and passing:

The National Waterways Bill, 2015.

The Carriage by Air (Amendment) Bill 2015.

The Bureau of Indian Standards Bill, 2015.

The High Court and the Supreme Court Judges (Salaries and Conditions of Service) Amendment Bill, 2015.