Following a washed out first session, the second leg of the budget session of parliament kick-started today in New Delhi.

The first leg of the budget was thronged by the opposition lamenting the Modi government for their demonetisation drive.

Also Read: PM Modi hopes for ‘breakthrough’ on GST

The government will be hoping not to repeat the flop show and garner enough support to successfully pave way for the Goods and Services Tax (GST) to be rolled out by July this year.

Also Read: Rajya Sabha adjourned for the day after obituary references

The Finance Bill, Enemy Property bill is also expected to be raised during the second leg of the session that will continue till April 12.

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01: 52 PM | Lok Sabha adjourned till 2:40 PM

01: 20 PM | Saifullah’s (IS militant) father rejected his own son for the sake of patriotism, I salute father: Gulam Nabi Azab

01: 15 PM | High time India should intervene and protect Indians, and see to it that such incidents don’t repeat: AIADMK leader M Thambidurai.

01:00 PM | Earlier today, the Rajya Sabha was adjourned for the day on Thursday after paying homage to five of its members, one of them sitting, who have passed away.

Chairman Mohammad Hamid Ansari read out obituary references to former members Puttapaga Radhkrishna, P. Shiv Shankar, Syed Shabuddin, Rabi Ray and sitting member Haji Abdul Salam.

12: 40 PM | We will take steps to ensure that Indians in USA feel secure there. Government will make a detailed statement soon: Rajnath Singh in Lok Sabha

12: 30 PM | NIA will probe Lucknow encounter operation, says Home Minister Rajnath Singh in Lok Sabha.

12: 15 PM | Opposition attacks PM Narendra Modi’s for maintaining silence on the attack on the Indians staying in US.

12: 10 PM | The government is proud of Saifullah’s father: Rajnath Singh

12: 01 PM | Saifullah’s (ISIS militant) father said that he does not want to see the face of nations traitor. The government has all the sympathy with the family: Rajnath Singh

11:55 AM | Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh addresses the parliament, gives a statement on the Lucknow encounter in which an alleged ISIS militant was gun down by the UP ATS in an encounter that lasted for over 12 years.

11: 05 AM | Rajya sabha adjourned till tomorrow.

11: 01: AM | Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh said that the statement on the hate crime on the attacks on Indians in the United States will be given next week.

11: 02 AM | TMC protests in front of Gandhi statue at Parliament complex regarding the attack on Indians in USA.

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11:00 AM | Second leg of the budget session of Parliament begins

10: 50 AM | Addressing media before the second leg of the Budget session, PM Narendra Modi says that he is hoping to see a breakthrough on GST bill. “All parties and the states have shown a positive approach to the bill,” adds PM Modi.

10: 40 AM | I am confident that the level of debate and discussion will rise in the Parliament: PM Modi

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10: 30 AM | The Opposition party Congress has decided to rake up the issue of attacks on Indians in the US and the anti-terror operation in Lucknow, as well as the bomb blast in a train near Bhopal on the first day of the second-half of Budget Session.

“On Thursday, these issues will be raised. We will decide on other issues to be raised in rest of the session later,” said Congress leader in Lok Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge.

10: 25 AM | Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh is likely to make a statement in the Parliament on the killing of a suspected IS terrorist in a Lucknow gunfight and train blast in Madhya Pradesh.

Saifullah, a resident of Manohar Nagar in Kanpur was killed in a 12-hour long operation in Thakurganj’s Haji colony in Lucknow after UP Anti-Terrorism Squad (ATS) failed to convince him to surrender.

On Tuesday, a blast occurred in the general compartment of the 59320 Bhopal-Ujjain passenger train near Jabdi station in Madhya Pradesh’s Shajapur district, injuring 10 persons.

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