Parliament’s Monsoon Session kicked-off with Prime Minister Narendra Modi stating that Centre is open for discussions on any issue. PM Modi said that he hopes that the Monsoon Sessions of Parliament function smoothly. He added that if there is any issue that Opposition wants to discuss, it can be done on the floor. Stating that they are open for suggestions from all the experienced members, Modi said that several crucial decisions will be taken in Monsoon Session 2018. The following session is expected to be power-packed with several opposition parties have already given no-trust motion in the Parliament. As per reports, Congress had been seeking support from other parties to present no-trust motion in the Parliament. The Monsoon Session will end on August 10.
The session started with Classical Dancer Sonal Mansingh, Author Rakesh Sinha and Sculptor Raghunath Mohapatra taking oath as nominated members of Rajya Sabha. Before the session started, YSR Congress MPs staged a protest at the Gandhi statue located in the Parliament and demanded a special status for Andhra Pradesh.
Here are the LIVE updates from Parliament’s Monsoon Session:
12:46 pm – The attack on my office wasn’t only an attack on constitutionally provided office but a larger attempt by the ruling party to destroy the idea of India&accepting pluralism. Swami Agnivesh was also attacked. We shouldn’t stand by as mob lynching & hooliganism rule democracy: Congress MP Shahi Tharoor in Lok Sabha
12:18 pm – Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan accepts the No Confidence Motion moved by opposition parties, including Congress and TDP.
12: 13 pm- Nominated Rajya Sabha MP, boxer MC Mary Kom arrived at Parliament ahead of Monsoon Session.
12:10 pm – Lok Sabha speaker Sumitra Mahajan has accepted no-confidence motion.
11: 55 am – Samajwadi Party and Telugu Desam Party (TDP) MPs staged a protest in Lok Sabha over different issues like mob lynching cases and demand for special status for Andhra Pradesh.
11:45 am – Moving no-confidence motion in the Parliament, Congress MP Jyotiraditya Scindia said in Lok Sabha that the govt has forced farmers to commit suicide and under their regime women are being raped every day.
11:30 am – The requests made by PM Modi for the smooth working of the Parliament seems to have gone in vain as Rajya Sabha has been adjourned till 12 pm after protests by TDP MPs over special status demand for Andhra Pradesh.