Modi invokes Rajiv Gandhi statement disapproving disruptions in Lok Sabha

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday addressed the Lok Sabha, replying to the Motion of Thanks to the President’s address. Earlier, the Congress moved adjournment motion in both the Houses of Parliament over Tamil Nadu Government’s move to release the seven convicts in the Rajiv Gandhi assassination case.

PM Narendra Modi

Amid the protests, Parliamentary Affairs Minister M. Venkaiah Naidu said the issue can be taken up after Question Hour.

Speaker Sumitra Mahajan allowed Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge to speak on the issue briefly during the Question Hour.

Mr. Kharge protested against the Tamil Nadu government’s decision, terming it as “very unfortunate”.

Here’s the latest from Parliament:

Mr. Modi replies on the Motion of Thanks to the President’s address in the Lok Sabha.

1:25 pm: All of us have to work together and think of increasing the accountability of the executive

1:19 pm: In 14 years, I have learned to live with criticism.

1:10 pm: The Opposition is concerned how the govt is doing better than it. Mr. Modi cites comparison in some sectors like Railways and MNREGA.

1:08 pm: One MP said Fasal Bima Yojana is only for few districts. I want to say that this scheme will be applicable everywhere.

12:59 pm: Khargeji said there is corruption in MNREGA and I agree with him. Look at the CAG report of 2012 and what observations were made.

12:57 pm: We would have not had the need for NREGA/MGNREGA If we had eliminated poverty.

12:55 pm: No one will deny that if Cong. would have helped the poor in 60 years, the poor wouldn’t still be facing trouble.

12:50 pm: In 1974, Indira Gandhiji said that we shouldnt portray our nation as weak.

12:46 pm: We are mocking things like ‘Make in India’. This is for the nation. If there are shortcomings it may be shared & discussed.

12:44 pm: There are so many MPs (in the Opposition itself) who have a lot to say but if they speak they will overshadow the others.

12:43 pm: Opposition doesn’t let us speak out of an inferiority complex, so that the nation can’t see our views and skills.

12:41 pm: We will have to focus on primary education. Similarly water conservation is key.

12:40 pm: Why can’t we have time set aside where only first time MPs can speak. This will bring a fresh perspective to proceedings.

12:38 pm: PM suggests that only women members should speak in Parliament on March 8, the International Day for Women.

12:35 pm: I want to share my thoughts, not as the PM but as someone who has entered Parliament for the first time.

12:33 pm: I’m saying all this because people must know that bills have been passed here but have been stopped thereafter.

12:32 pm: This was said by former Speaker of the Lok Sabha Somnath Chatterjee & has been repeated a lot.

12:31 pm: I appeal to entire opposition to help in the passage of important bills in both the Houses of Parliament.

12:29 pm: Hindering debate in the House is very counter-productive.

12:28 pm: This is not something I am saying, this has been said by former PM Rajiv Gandhi.

12:27 pm: Bills that are to be passed are for the people. They are for freeing the system from middlemen.

12:26 pm: We should follow the advice of the President on the functioning of Parliament.

12:25 pm: Parliament is a place where debates are to take place, but if boundaries are maintained during a debate then it is fruitful

12:24 pm: When Parliament sessions are not functional, the nation suffers and more than that the MPs suffer because they can’t discuss issues.

12:12 pm: Rajnath Singh says, “TN Govt’s letter on release of Rajiv Gandhi assassination convicts is being examined by our Govt.”

12:05 pm: I mentioned about ‘fair & lovely’ scheme, referring to thieves who have stolen money and are being allowed to change their black money to white: Rahul Gandhi

12:05 pm: I would request the Prime Minister to take back tax on EPF: Rahul Gandhi

11:34 am: TN govt’s letter to Centre on Rajiv Gandhi’s killers shouldn’t be entertained, they should not be released, says Mallikarjun Kharge (Cong) in Lok Sabha.

11:21 am: It’s up to the Govt. to decide, won’t say my personal opinion: Rahul Gandhi on TN Govt’s letter to Centre to release Rajiv Gandhi assassination convicts.

10:42 am: Congress Strategy Committee meeting starts discussion on Tamil Nadu Govt’s letter to Centre to release Rajiv Gandhi assassination convicts

10:42 am: Congress members protest at Gandhi statue in Parliament over MoS HRD Ram Shankar Katheria’s remarks.

10:40 am: Here’s a tweet from the PMO: “This afternoon, PM @narendramodi will speak in the discussion on the Motion of Thanks on the President’s Address in the Lok Sabha.”

10:37 am: Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s meeting with senior Ministers in Parliament gets under way.

10:25 am: Congress moves adjournment motion in both the Houses against Tamil Nadu Govt’s decision to give relief to Rajiv Gandhi assassins.

10:15 am: We will discuss it when matter comes to house: Mallikarjun Kharge on TN letter to Centre on Rajiv Gandhi’s killers.

10:00 am: Discussion on MoS for HRD Ram Shankar Katheria’s remarks to take place in Rajya Sabha today from 2 pm: HM Rajnath Singh

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

Lok Sabha:

Bill to be introduced:

The Aadhaar (Targeted Delivery of Financial and other Subsidies, Benefits and Services) Bill 2016.

Discussion on Motion of Thanks on the President’s Address.

Discussion on Budget (Railways) for 2016—17.

Rajya Sabha:

Calling Attention on the inflammatory speeches made by a Minister in the Union Government and elected representatives violating the Constitution and oath of office and the response of the Government thereto.

Discussion on Motion of Thanks on the President’s Address.

Discussion on Budget (Railways) for 2016—17.

Bill for withdrawal:

The National Identification Authority of India Bill, 2010.

Bills for consideration and passing:

The National Waterways Bill, 2015.

The Bureau of Indian Standards Bill, 2015.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday, March 3, addressed the Lok Sabha, during which he gave fresh proposals and said that in 14 years, he has learned to live with criticism. PM Modi took on Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi for taking a jibe at ‘Make In India’ scheme, while calling the scheme is meant for the people of India.

In an apparent attack over Rahul Gandhi, PM said, “some people grow in terms of age only and not in terms of their wisdom or understanding.” In a scathing attack at Congress, PM said, “No one will deny that if Congress would have helped the poor in 60 years, the poor wouldn’t still be facing trouble.” “When Parliament sessions are not functional, the nation suffers and more than that the MPs suffer because they can’t discuss issues”, PM Modi said. “House is a place where debates are to take place, but if boundaries are maintained during a debate then it is fruitful”, he said, while adding that this is not something I am saying, this has been said by former PM Rajiv Gandhi. While saying hindering debate in the House is very counter-productive, PM said, “Bills that are to be passed are for the people. They are for freeing the system from middlemen”, while referring to the former Speaker of the Lok Sabha Somnath Chatterjee. PM also appealed the Opposition to help pass important bills in both Houses of Parliament, while stressing on the passing of GST bill. “Saying all this because people must know that bills have been passed here but have been stopped thereafter”, he said. “Bills that are to be passed are for the people of the nation. They are for eliminating the middlemen”, he further stated.

“Opposition doesn’t let us speak out of an inferiority complex, so that the nation can’t see our views & skills”, Modi said. Two proposals that PM Modi gave were: 8th March is International Women’s Day & maybe that day only women members should speak in the Parliament. We can also set time where only first time MPs can speak. This will bring a fresh perspective to the proceedings.