Parliament highlights: Rajya Sabha second House, not secondary, says Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the first day of the Winter Session of Parliament in New Delhi. Photo: ANI
With disruptions in Rajya Sabha in the past hindering passage of crucial legislations, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday said the Upper House of Parliament was essential for checks and balance in democracy but a distinction needs to be drawn between checking and clogging.

Speaking on the occasion of the landmark 250th session of Rajya Sabha, he lauded Sharad Pawar's NCP and the Biju Janata Dal for never rushing to the well of the House to raise their issues and yet raising their points effectively.

"The Rajya Sabha is about checks and balances. This is absolutely essential for our democracy. Debates have to be many and effective. But, there is also a difference between checking and clogging (and between) balance and blocking," he said.

With some within the ruling party questioning the effectiveness of Rajya Sabha as crucial legislative work got stalled because NDA lacked majority in the House, Modi recalled the then Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee's words that the Upper House "may be the second house but no one should think of it as a secondary house." 

"Today, I echo the sentiments of Atal Ji and add that the Rajya Sabha must be a vibrant supportive House for national progress," he said, adding makers of the Constitution envisioned a bicameral legislative framework and this vision has enriched the democracy.

He, however, wanted the House to function and not disrupt work.

"Today I want to appreciate two parties - NCP and BJD. These parties have wonderfully adhered to Parliamentary norms. They have never ventured into the well. Yet, they have made their points very effectively. Much can be learnt from these practices," he said.

"Our Constitution inspires us to work for a Welfare State. It also motivates us to work for the welfare of states. The Rajya Sabha, as the Council of States, enables us to further the spirit of cooperative federalism," he said.

Recalling the work done by Rajya Sabha, Modi said none can forget the role of the House when Bills pertaining to Articles 370 and 35(A) were passed.

"This House has worked to further unity." 


3:01 PM IST The Rajya Sabha is about checks and balance. This is absolutely essential for our democracy. Debates have to be many and effective. But, there is also a difference between: Checking and clogging. Balance and blocking: PM @narendramodi — PMO India (@PMOIndia) November 18, 2019

2:53 PM IST PM Modi in Rajya Sabha: Today, I want to appreciate two parties, NCP and BJD. These parties have strictly adhered to parliamentary norms. They have never gone into the well. Yet, they have raised their points very effectively. Other parties including mine can learn from them.

2:46 PM IST PM Modi: In 2003, Atal ji had remarked that Rajya Sabha may be the second house but it should not be called a secondary house. Today, I agree with the thoughts of Atal ji and add that the Rajya Sabha must be an active supportive house for national development.

2:40 PM IST Rajya Sabha allows non-politicians to contribute to the nation, Modi said. “Babasaheb Ambedkar is a shining example of what leaders have given to our country through this House. He could not sit in the Lok Sabha for some reason, but it is this Rajya Sabha that recognised his work,” he said.

2:38 PM IST Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Rajya Sabha: Whenever it has been about good of the nation, Rajya Sabha has risen to the occasion. It was widely believed that Triple Talaq bill would not pass here but it did. Even GST became a reality after it was passed in this house.  

2:35 PM IST "Rajya Sabha is the place that values experience of those who excel in their respective professions without contesting elections," PM Modi adds.

2:33 PM IST Modi in Rajya Sabha during discussion on 250th session of the House: The Rajya Sabha gives an opportunity to people away from electoral politics to contribute to the country and its development. 

2:28 PM IST "It is a pride to be part of Rajya Sabha. I feel great to be here on the 250th session of Rajya Sabha. Lok Sabha is grounded but Rajya Sabha can look beyond and far. The Upper House sabha has witnessed some historical days," says PM Modi

2:27 PM IST PM Modi congratulates all the Members of Parliament for the 250th session of Rajya Sabha. "250th in itself is not just time but a journey," he says.

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Modi hails NCP and BJD for adhering to parliamentary norms

PM Modi in Rajya Sabha: Today, I want to appreciate two parties, NCP and BJD. These parties have strictly adhered to parliamentary norms. They have never gone into the well. Yet, they have raised their points very effectively. Other parties including mine can learn from them.

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PM Modi: In 2003, Atal ji had remarked that Rajya Sabha may be the second house but it should not be called a secondary house. Today, I agree with the thoughts of Atal ji and add that the Rajya Sabha must be an active supportive house for national development.

Rajya Sabha allows non-politicians to contribute to the nation, says Modi

Rajya Sabha allows non-politicians to contribute to the nation, Modi said. “Babasaheb Ambedkar is a shining example of what leaders have given to our country through this House. He could not sit in the Lok Sabha for some reason, but it is this Rajya Sabha that recognised his work,” he said.

Whenever it has been about good of the nation, Rajya Sabha has risen to the occasion, says Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Rajya Sabha: Whenever it has been about good of the nation, Rajya Sabha has risen to the occasion. It was widely believed that Triple Talaq bill would not pass here but it did. Even GST became a reality after it was passed in this house.
 

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"It is a pride to be part of Rajya Sabha. I feel great to be here on the 250th session of Rajya Sabha. Lok Sabha is grounded but Rajya Sabha can look beyond and far. The Upper House sabha has witnessed some historical days," says PM Modi
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The Rajya Sabha on Monday paid rich tributes to Jagannath Mishra, Arun Jaitley, Sukhdev Singh Libra, Ram Jethmalani and Gurudas Dasgupta, who served as lawmakers in the Upper House of the Parliament.
 
After Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu gave obituary references to its sitting and former members, MPs present in the House paid homage to the distinguished parliamentarians.

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PDP's Rajya Sabha MPs Nazir Ahmad Laway and Mir Mohammed Fayaz on Monday staged a protest outside Parliament over the issue of abrogation of Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir.
 
Ahmad and Fayaz were seen holding placards, which read "scrapping of Article 370 and 35 A is not acceptable, respect the special status of Jammu and Kashmir, bring back normalcy in Kashmir."
 
Another placard read, "restore statehood of Jammu and Kashmir, save our future (students), release all political prisoners, detention is not solution and respect state subjects of Jammu and Kashmir."

JNU students defy Section 144, march to Parliament

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"It's a way to appeal to lawmakers to fight on their behalf inside the floor of the house," says JNUSU.

As hundreds of students tried to march, barricades were put in place by Delhi Police and a massive deployment of personnel was reinforced around the JNU campus. Section 144 was imposed and prohibitory orders were also put in place.

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When asked to comment, Tiwari had a message for the Chief Minister of Delhi. "Save the environment and give clean water to Delhi, Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal."
 
Mandaviya said that cycling is good not just to keep fit but also to solve the pollution problem.
 
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The protest began soon after the House assembled for the day one of the winter session which will culminate on December 13.

Congress members raised slogans demanding a response from the Prime Minister. The members later came near the Speaker's podium raising slogans like "stop dividing the country".

Congress was joined by leaders of National Conference, Nationalist Congress Party, Revolutionary Socialist Party and Dravida Munetra Kazhgam.

The protesting MPs started sloganeering as Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla invited Telugu Desam Party MP Kesineni Srinivas to pose the first question during the Question Hour.

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Section 144 imposed near the Parliament ahead of the protest march by Jawaharlal Nehru University Students' Union
Section 144 imposed near the Parliament ahead of the protest march by Jawaharlal Nehru University Students' Union

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The second ordinance, also issued in September, banned sale, manufacture and storage of e-cigarettes and similar products.

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Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, Congress: It is incumbent upon the govt to run the House smoothly so that Opposition parties will be able to express their views, articulate their opinion in an appropriate manner. This is the essence of Parliamentary democracy. We also expect from the PM and the ruling party that all the issues concerning to the interest of the common people must be allowed to be discussed inside the Parliament. Parliament is meant for discussion, debate & dialogue.

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"When Parliament opens today, Congress must lead the Opposition to expose the utter mismanagement of the economy." "Which aspect of the economy is doing well? Not one," he said.
 
"The government seems knowledge proof and refuses to accept valid criticism and genuine advice."

Rajya Sabha MPs Nazir Ahmad Laway and Mir Mohammed Fayaz protest over J&K issue

Rajya Sabha MPs Nazir Ahmad Laway and Mir Mohammed Fayaz protest in the Parliament premises over Jammu and Kashmir issue.

Modi speaks ahead of the parliament's winter session

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Winter Session LIVE updates: Congress gives adjournment motion notice over Kashmir issue

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Amit Shah arrives for winter session of the Parliament

PM Modi speaks ahead of Parliament's Winter Session

We want frank discussions on all matter. It is important that there should be quality debates, there should be dialogues and discussions, everyone should contribute to enrich the discussions in the Parliament, says PM Modi. 

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Winter session : What's in store

After ensuring the passage of a record 30 Bills in the first session of the current Lok Sabha, the Narendra Modi government has listed 35 Bills in the Winter Session that begins today. Twenty-seven of these will be new Bills
 
Some of the new bills to be introduced are: 
 
Citizenship Amendment Bill
Personal Data Protection Bill
Companies Amendment Bill
Insolvency and Bankruptcy Amendment Bill
Mines and Minerals (Development and Regulation) Amendment Bill
Industrial Relations Code Bill
MSME Development (Amendment) Bill
International Financial Services Centres Authority Bill
Pesticides Management
Multi-State Cooperative Societies laws
 
-- compiled by Archis Mohan

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At the government-convened meeting attended by almost all major political parties, Prime Minister Modi said the most important job of the House is to discuss and debate and this session should also be as productive as the last one, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi told reporters.

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