A file photo of Opposition members protesting during the ongoing budget session of Parliament in the Lok Sabha, in New Delhi on Friday. Photo: PTI
A file photo of Opposition members protesting during the ongoing budget session of Parliament in the Lok Sabha, in New Delhi on Friday. Photo: PTI

Parliament Day 11 highlights: Lok Sabha, Rajya Sabha logjam continues

The proceedings of both Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha were disrupted for the 11th day due to opposition protests. Here are the main highlights

NEW DELHI : New Delhi: The Lok Sabha proceedings were disrupted for the 11th day on Monday as the Telugu Desam Party (TDP), YSR Congress, Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) and All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK) continued their noisy protests over various issues, including the banking scam and special status for Andhra Pradesh. Rajya Sabha was adjourned for the day without transacting any business after parties from Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh disrupted proceedings over their state specific demands. The first two weeks of the last phase of the budget session have been a virtual washout. Last week, the House had passed the Finance Bill and the appropriation bills without any discussion amid similar protestsHere are the major updates and developments from the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha:

19 Mar 2018, 05:05:00 PM IST

Private fuel retailers double petrol, diesel market share

Private fuel retailers like Rosneft-owned Essar Oil and Reliance Industries have doubled their market share in last three years, capturing close to 7% of petrol sales and over 8% of diesel sales. Oil minister Dharmendra Pradhan, in a written reply to a question put to him in the Lok Sabha, said private companies were allowed to sell petrol and diesel in March 2002. From April 2002, fuel pricing was also deregulated. Consequently, Reliance, Essar and Shell set up petrol pumps to directly compete with public sector giants like Indian Oil Corp (IOC). (PTI)

19 Mar 2018, 04:19:00 PM IST

Mecon to prepare feasibilitty report on steel plants in AP, Telangana

State-run consultancy firm Mecon will prepare a feasibility report on the possibility of steel plants in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, steel minister Vishnu Deo Sai said on Monday. As per the feasibility report submitted by SAIL in December 2014, setting up of steel plant is prima facie not financially viable. Subsequently, a task force was constituted in October 2016 comprising representatives from central and concerned state governments, SAIL, RINL, NMDC, Mecon, MSTC, to suggest a road map for setting up steel plants in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, the minister told the Lok Sabha. (PTI)

19 Mar 2018, 03:26:00 PM IST

No proposal to establish tribal university in Bastar, Chhattisgarh

The human resource development (HRD) ministry on Monday said there is no proposal under consideration to establish a new central tribal university in Chhattisgarh’s Bastar district. Minister of state for HRD Satya Pal Singh said replying to a written question in the Lok Sabha. (PTI)

19 Mar 2018, 02:56:00 PM IST

HRD Ministry rules out ranking of Kendriya Vidyalayas

The government on Monday ruled out any plan to rank Kendriya Vidyalayas (KVs) in the country on lines of universities and colleges. “No such proposal is under consideration at present to rank the Kendriya Vidyalayas,” Minister of State for HRD Upendra Kushwaha said in response to a written question in Lok Sabha. Read more

19 Mar 2018, 02:42:00 PM IST

Up to states to ‘adopt or adapt’ to plan to reduce NCERT curriculum: HRD ministry

The HRD Ministry has said that it is up to states to “adopt or adapt” to its plan to reduce NCERT curriculum in schools to lessen burden on students. Read more

19 Mar 2018, 02:34:00 PM IST

Not afraid of no-confidence motion, says Ram Madhav

19 Mar 2018, 01:16:00 PM IST

No-confidence motion not taken up; Govt says ready for discussion

The notices for no-confidence motion against the government could not be taken up today in the Lok Sabha as noisy protests by members from various parties disrupted proceedings, leading to adjournment of the House. Speaker Sumitra Mahajan said she was duty-bound to take up the notices for no-confidence motion but could not as the House was not in order. “Since the House is not in order, I will not be able to bring it... I am sorry,” she said before adjourning the proceedings for the day. (PTI)

19 Mar 2018, 01:03:00 PM IST

AIADMK acting on behest of Modi govt, says Samajwadi Party’s Ramgopal Yadav

19 Mar 2018, 12:49:00 PM IST

They don’t know why they are bringing no-confidence motion: Jitendra Singh

19 Mar 2018, 12:46:00 PM IST

No-confidence motion has ended myth that Modi govt is unshakable: Shiv Sena

The TDP’s no-confidence motion has put an end to the “myth” that the BJP-led central government has an unshakable mandate for the next 25 years, the Shiv Sena said on Monday in an editorial in party mouthpiece ‘Saamana’. The Sena, however, alleged that the TDP’s move was driven by its own political compulsions, and said the no-confidence motion will be futile as the NDA government enjoys a majority. There is an environment of mistrust in the country against the government and next year there will be a “blast of resentment” that is prevailing among people, it said. (PTI)

19 Mar 2018, 12:16:00 PM IST

No confidence motion not introduced, Lok Sabha adjourns

Lok Sabha adjourns for the day amid noisy protests by members of various parties, PTI reports, with no confidence motion not introduced.

19 Mar 2018, 12:03:00 PM IST

We appeal for discussion on no-confidence motion: Rajnath Singh

19 Mar 2018, 11:48:00 AM IST

Rajya Sabha adjourns without transacting any business

Rajya Sabha was on Monday adjourned for the day without transacting any business after parties from Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh disrupted proceedings over their state specific demands. Andhra parties led by the TDP, and KVP Ramachandra Rao of the Congress trooped in the Well shouting slogans for special status for the state while Tamil Nadu parties—DMK and AIADMK—raised the Cauvery water issue. Chairman M. Venkaiah Naidu repeatedly asked members to allow the House to function and called for taking up listed zero hour mentions of issues of public importance. But with members refusing to budge from their positions in the Well, he adjourned the House till tomorrow within 10 minutes of the commence of proceedings. An upset Naidu said Parliament has become a laughing stock because of repeated adjournments due to protests from Well of the House. “This is not in the interest of the country, this is not in the interest of Parliament,” he said asking members to allow the House to function. (PTI)

19 Mar 2018, 11:33:00 AM IST

Lok Sabha disrupted for 11th day as protests continue

The Lok Sabha proceedings were disrupted for the 11th day on Monday as the TDP, YSR Congress, TRS and AIADMK continued their noisy protests over various issues, including the banking scam and special status for Andhra Pradesh. As soon as Speaker Sumitra Mahajan took up the Question Hour, members from these parties trooped into the Well holding placards. While members from the TDP, YSR Congress, TRS and AIADMK were in the Well raising slogans and holding placards, MPs from the TMC and Congress were seen standing at their seats. As the protests continued, the House was adjourned till noon. (PTI)

19 Mar 2018, 11:28:00 AM IST

Shiv Sena will abstain during no-confidence motion, says party MP Arvind Swant

19 Mar 2018, 11:15:00 AM IST

Lok Sabha adjourned till noon, Rajya Sabha for the day

The Lok Sabha has been adjourned till noon following uproar by several opposition parties over various issues, PTI reports. The Rajya Sabha, on the other hand, has been adjourned till tomorrow after Tamil Nadu and Andhra parties disrupt proceedings, it adds.

19 Mar 2018, 11:14:00 AM IST

Andhra parties give notices of no-confidence motion against Modi govt

The YSR Congress and the Telugu Desam Party (TDP) are going to push up their notices of no-confidence motion against the Narendra Modi government on Monday in the Lok Sabha even as there has been no sign of a let-up in the deadlock in Parliament proceedings. A no-confidence motion notice has to be supported by at least 50 MPs to be taken up in the House. The government has expressed confidence that the notices, even if they are admitted, will be defeated given its strength in the Lok Sabha. The current strength of the Lok Sabha is 539 and the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has 274 members, more than the majority mark of 270, and enjoys the support of several allies. With the 16-member TDP quitting the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA), the ruling alliance strength has reduced.

19 Mar 2018, 11:10:00 AM IST

Ready to face no-confidence; we have support in the House: Ananth Kumar

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