The Lok Sabha is scheduled to continue its discussion on Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Bill, while the Rajya Sabha would take up the Finance Bill.
However, U.S. President Donald Trump’s offer to mediate the decades-long Kashmir dispute between India and Pakistan, saying Prime Minister Narendra Modi had asked him to, echoes in both Houses.
Here are the live updates:
Zero Hour in Lok Sabha. Manish Tewari (Congress) raises the issue of Trump’s claim. He reads out the transcript of what the U.S. President said.
He says Mr. Trump said it’s a terrible situation in Kashmir, there is bomb wherever you go. “The interaction was between the President and the Prime Minister. The Prime Minister must make a statement in the floor of the House,” he says. “PM should say President Trump is lying,” he says.
Sougata Roy (Trinamool) says Mr. Trump’s statement is a contradiction to India’s stand. The Prime Minister has compromised with the national security, he adds. Mr. Roy too insists on statement from the Prime Minister.
The Code of Wages Bill, 2019 is being introduced in Lok Sabha.
N.K. Premachandran (RSP) seeks to send the Bill to a parliamentary standing committee. Adhirranjan Chowdhury and Sougata Roy too agree with him.
Santosh Kumar Gangwar, Mos Labour and Employment, says his ministry has put in five years efforts on the Bill.
This code will effect changes in 13 Acts. Please send it to the Standing Committee, Mr. Premachandran requests again.
Mr. Roy says the Bill will not help workers but will benefit corporates.
The Bill is introduced.
Rajya Sabha reassembles. Opposition members raise slogans demanding statement from Prime Minister. Deputy Chairperson Harivansh is in the Chair. He proceeds with the Question Hour, despite sloganeering.
A couple of questions are taken up amid sloganeering. Mr. Harivansh requests the opposition members to stop sloganeering.
House is adjourned till 2 pm.
The question under consideration pertains to investment in food processing industry.
Hemant Patil, Shiv Sena, asks for cold storage facilities in Hingoli, Maharashtra.
Harsimrat Kaur Badal, Minister, Food Processing Industries, takes a dig at the earlier UPA government, calling it “corrupt”.
Question Hour concludes. Papers are laid on the table.
Ravi Kishan, BJP, says he never got any monetary incentive from the Mayawati government, refuting an earlier allegation of his having received Rs. 50,000.
Shashi Tharoor says India has 17% of the world’s cattle but only 2% of the world’s land. “Our government exports about 20 lakh tons of DORB and other farm residue to the global poultry indutry,” he says.
Giriraj Singh, Minister, Animal Husbandry, Dairy and Fisheries, says there is an existing scheme to get seeds to farmers.
The question under consideration is regarding to support to women farmers under MKSP.
Dr. Heena V. Gavit, BJP, says capacity-building scheme for women farmers is commendable but there exists a gap between the number of women trained and the number that participates in cultivation.
Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti, Minister for Rural Development, U.P. says agriculture is incomplete without women’s participation. “There is huge contribution from women in food processing sector,” she says.
Dr. Gavit reiterates her question on the training gap.
Narendra Singh Tomar, Minister for Rural Development, says under the MKSP over 34 lakh women have been benefited so far. “Capacity-building and training is an ongoing process and it will continue,” he says.
Mr. Tomar says aside from the skill-development ministry initiated by Narendra Modi, there is another scheme that is run by banks and rural development ministry.
The next question under consideration pertains to demand and supply of fertilisers.
Kapil Moreshwar Patil, BJP, says zero-budget farming does not require fertilisers, so if farmers are to enagage in it in the future, fertiliser subsidy should go directly to the farmers’ accounts.
D.V. Sadananda Gowda, Minister of Chemicals and Fertilisers, responds, saying minimum usage of fertilisers is being aimed at by this governement. “A committee has been formed to work out the modalities,” he says.
Mr. Gowda adds that the aim is to implement 100% indigenous production of fertilisers. Fertiliser factories in Gorakhpur and other places if revived will remove any external dependency where fertiliser is concerned, he says.
Rajya Sabha | 11.20 am
Jaishankar categorically denies Trump’s statement
External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar responds. No such request was made by the Prime Minister to the U.S. President, he says.
“I would like to reiterate that India’s position is that all issues with Pakistan will be discussed only bilaterally and no third party will be involved in mediation. Any engagement with Pakistan would require an end to cross border terrorism,” he says.
The Shimla Agreement and the Lahore Declaration provide the basis to resolve all issues between India and Pakistan bilaterally. “I hope there is no confusion in the mind of anybody,” he says.
Opposition insists on response from the Prime Minister. “Do you have more confidence on the American President than the Indian Prime Minister?” Chair asks Opposition Bench.
House is adjourned till 12 noon.
The same issue of Mr. Trump’s comments is raised in Rajya Sabha. Anand Sharma (Congress) takes up the issue. “This is a serious issue. We have always maintained Kashmir is a bilateral issue and no third party mediation will be entertained,” he says and demands the Prime Minister to answer.
This is a national issue, a sensitive issue. The country’s integrity and security is involved. We need to speak in one voice, the Chair says.
D. Raja (CPI) says he agrees with the Chair. Is there a change in the government’s stand on Kashmir, he asks. The denial by EAM official is not enough. The PM must clarify, he says.
Lok Sabha assembles. Congress raises slogans. Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury raises the issue of U.S. President Trump’s claims. “India has bowed before the U.S.,” he claims. We are not weak. The PM must reply, he says.
Speaker says he has received adjournment notice. He assures the members that it can be discussed during the Zero Hour.
Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi says the External Affairs Minister will make a statement. “We all know who took the issue to the United Nations,” he says in a veiled dig at former Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru.
There shouldn’t be any politics. This is a serious issue. We have to have a constructive debate. Let’s discuss this after Question Hour, the Speaker says.
Mr. Chowdhury insists the PM should reply. “Government will decide on who will reply,” the Chair says.
Rajya Sabha assembles. Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu is in the Chair. He begins the proceedings by congratulating Hima Das for winning four gold medals.
Even as the Ministry of External Affairs rejected the U.S. President’s offer to mediate in Kashmir issue, Congress member Kodikunnil Suresh has sought adjournment to discuss the issue.
He has given an adjournment notice in Lok Sabha over ‘US President Trump’s claim that PM Modi asked him to mediate on Kashmir’.
EAM S. Jaishankar to give a statement in both Houses of Parliament on US president Trump’s claims that PM Modi asked for mediation on the issue of Kashmir.
Parliament proceedings live |Rajya Sabha adjourned over Trump’s remarks on Kashmir mediation – The Hindu