Parliament Highlights: 16th Lok Sabha adjourned sine die

By Moneycontrol News

Feb 13, 05:17 PM (IST)

The 16th Lok Sabha has been adjourned sine die.

Feb 13, 05:12 PM (IST)

Speaker Mahajan is thanking all MPs for the cooperation during the five years. She has also thanked the staff, officers, gardeners, marshals, police and security forces.

Feb 13, 05:02 PM (IST)

Speaker Mahajan is listing the 16th Lok Sabha’s performance and achievements.

Feb 13, 04:52 PM (IST)

Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan is now addressing the House.

Feb 13, 04:47 PM (IST)

Meanwhile, Rahul Gandhi has also reacted to Mulayam Singh Yadav's remark in Lok Sabha, “I disagree with him. But Mulayam Singh Yadav ji has a role in politics and I respect his opinion.”

Feb 13, 04:46 PM (IST)

Reacting to Mulayam Singh Yadav’s comment, PM Modi has thanked the Samajwadi Party supremo for “blessed us to carry forward the development agenda”.

Feb 13, 04:41 PM (IST)

Feb 13, 04:34 PM (IST)

PM Modi is listing the key bills passed by the 16th Lok Sabha.

Feb 13, 04:32 PM (IST)

India's self-confidence is at an all-time high. I consider this to be a very positive sign because such confidence gives an impetus to development: PM Modi

Feb 13, 04:31 PM (IST)

Most number of women MPs were in the 16th Lok Sabha. It is a matter of pride. It is also a matter of pride that we are at number 6 in the world when it comes to economy: PM Modi

Feb 13, 04:28 PM (IST)

Several sessions in this Lok Sabha had good productivity. This is a very good sign: PM Modi

Feb 13, 04:27 PM (IST)

PM Modi remembers Anant Kumar, who served as the Union Minister of Chemicals and Fertilizers and Parliamentary Affairs from 2014 till his death in 2018.

Feb 13, 04:23 PM (IST)

I want to appreciate the role of Speaker Sumitra Mahajan ji in conducting the proceedings of the House: PM Modi

Feb 13, 04:22 PM (IST)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is addressing the last sitting of the 16th Lok Sabha.

Feb 13, 04:12 PM (IST)

Feb 13, 03:09 PM (IST)

Members of Parliament (MPs) are now taking turns to speak about their experiences in the 16th Lok Sabha.

Feb 13, 03:04 PM (IST)

The Lok Sabha has convened.

Feb 13, 02:57 PM (IST)

The Lok Sabha will convene shortly. Remember, today is the last sitting of the 16th Lok Sabha.

Feb 13, 02:26 PM (IST)

SP members raise Akhilesh Yadav issue in Lok Sabha

Samajwadi Party today raised in the Lok Sabha the issue of Uttar Pradesh authorities preventing their chief Akhilesh Yadav from flying to Allahabad even as the Centre asserted that neither the government nor the BJP had any role.

After Yadav was stopped at Lucknow airport, SP workers clashed with police in several parts of Uttar Pradesh yesterday.

During the Zero Hour, Dharmendra Yadav and other SP members displayed placards to register their protest on the issue.

Yadav, whose forehead was bandaged, alleged that workers were lathi-charged by UP Police yesterday.

Feb 13, 02:17 PM (IST)

The Lok Sabha has been adjourned till 3.00 pm.

Feb 13, 02:15 PM (IST)

Lok Sabha passes bill to ban unregulated deposit schemes

The Lok Sabha today passed a bill to protect gullible investors from ponzi schemes, with Finance Minister Piyush Goyal saying the Government will ensure that no loophole is left while framing rules.

The Banning of Unregulated Deposit Schemes Bill, 2018, seeks to put in place a mechanism by which such depositors can be compensated. It has incorporated recommendations of the Standing Committee on Finance.

Replying to a discussion on the Bill, Goyal said out of the total 978 cases of unauthorised deposit schemes, 326 are from West Bengal, which is more than one-third of the total such schemes. (PTI)

Feb 13, 01:31 PM (IST)

The government is giving itself a clean chit. The CAG report has been written by the government. The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) will reject this report: Senior Congress leader Anand Sharma has said reacting to the CAG report on Rafale

Feb 13, 01:26 PM (IST)

The Lok Sabha is discussing The Jallianwala Bagh National Memorial (Amendment) Bill, 2018.

Feb 13, 01:22 PM (IST)

Feb 13, 12:48 PM (IST)

The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill, 2019 and The Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill, 2018 have lapsed.

As both the bills were passed by the Lok Sabha earlier, they were to lapse if not cleared by the Rajya Sabha today -- the last sitting of the 16th Lok Sabha.

Feb 13, 12:47 PM (IST)

Rajya Sabha Chairman and Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu has adjourned the House sine die.

The House sat in 18 sessions since June 2014, since the National Democratic Alliance (NDA)’s tenure began.

Feb 13, 12:32 PM (IST)

Feb 13, 12:31 PM (IST)

One of the first reactions from the Congress on the CAG report:

Former union minister and Congress leader Manish Tewari has told CNN-News18: I have not read the report but from what I have gathered, it is a very strange report. The CAG performs three kinds of audit. Perhaps this is the first report that has not gone into the pricing aspect. This report is not worth paper it is printed on.

Feb 13, 12:27 PM (IST)

With paper planes, Congress MPs protest outside Parliament over Rafale deal

Read the full story here

Feb 13, 12:23 PM (IST)

Prior to adjournment, the Rajya Sabha passed the Interim Budget 2019-20, Appropriation and Finance Bills without debate. It also passed the Motion of Thanks on the President's Address.

Feb 13, 12:19 PM (IST)

The Rajya Sabha has been adjourned till 12.30 pm amid ruckus from Opposition MPs.

Feb 13, 12:18 PM (IST)

The CAG report has said that the fly away price of the jet is same as agreed in the 2007 by the UPA government.

Feb 13, 12:13 PM (IST)

More from the CAG report mentioning the Rafale deal:

The report suggests that a Defence Ministry team in March 2015 had recommended scrapping of the 126 jet deal saying that Dassault Aviation was not the lowest bidder and EADS (European Aeronautic Defence & Space Company) was not fully compliant with the tender requirements.

It also suggests that the delivery schedule of the first 18 Rafale aircraft is better than what was proposed in the 126 aircraft deal, by five months.

Feb 13, 12:11 PM (IST)

The Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha have convened.

Feb 13, 11:56 AM (IST)

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has arrived at Parliament.

Feb 13, 11:53 AM (IST)

Union Minister Arun Jaitley has reacted to the CAG report that mentions the Rafale deal

Jaitley has said in a series of tweets: “Satyameva Jayate – the truth shall prevail. The CAG Report on Rafale reaffirms the dictum. 2016 vs. 2007 terms – Lower price, faster delivery, better maintenance, lower escalation. It cannot be that the Supreme Court is wrong, the CAG is wrong and only the dynast is right. How does democracy punish those who consistently lied to the nation? The lies of ‘Mahajhootbandhan’ stand exposed by the CAG Report.”

Feb 13, 11:49 AM (IST)

While the CAG report is around 140 pages long, around 30 are focused on the Rafale deal.

The report looks at 11 deals (five from the UPA era and six from the NDA era) -- all of which were signed between 2012 and 2017.

Prices had been redacted only in the Rafale report, media reports add.

Feb 13, 11:42 AM (IST)

India managed to save 17.08 percent money for the India Specific Enhancements in the 36 Rafale aircraft contract, as compared to the 126 aircraft deal proposed earlier, according to the CAG report.

Feb 13, 11:33 AM (IST)

The CAG, in the report, has observed that unnecessary India-specific enhancements were made in 2016, according to a report by News18.

Feb 13, 11:29 AM (IST)

Feb 13, 11:27 AM (IST)

According to a report by News18, the CAG report has said that the Rafale deal concluded in 2016 was 2.8 percent cheaper than the 2007 deal, and not 9 percent cheaper as claimed by the government.

Feb 13, 11:23 AM (IST)

The Rajya Sabha has also been adjourned till 12.00 pm.

Feb 13, 11:12 AM (IST)

Meanwhile, the Lok Sabha has been adjourned till 12.00 pm.

Feb 13, 11:09 AM (IST)

Pon Radhakrishnan has tabled the CAG report -- Air Force, Performance Audit on “Capital Acquisition in Indian Air Force”.

This is expected to mention the Rafale deal.

Feb 13, 11:01 AM (IST)

The Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha have convened.

Feb 13, 10:56 AM (IST)

Meanwhile, Congress President Rahul Gandhi would be addressing a press conference at 3.30 pm today.

Feb 13, 10:54 AM (IST)

The CAG report is likely to be tabled today in Parliament.

Feb 13, 10:18 AM (IST)