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Parliament Highlights: 16th Lok Sabha adjourned sine die

Feb 13, 2019 08:30 PM IST

Updates of Parliament's Budget Session.

Good morning! This LIVE blog will track the latest developments from Parliament.

The government is hoping to table the Comptroller and Auditor General of India’s (CAG) report that mentions the Rafale deal.

The CAG report will be tabled a day before the end of the present Lok Sabha session. This is the last session of the 16th Lok Sabha as the general elections are due in April-May.

Meanwhile, the BJP is aiming to push through the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill in the Rajya Sabha.

The Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha will convene at 11.00 am.

CAG report on Rafale deal

The government's decision to buy 36 Rafale fighter jets from French company Dassault has become a controversial political issue, with the main opposition party Congress levelling allegations of corruption and impropriety, and the ruling dispensation defending the move.

Former union minister and senior Congress leader Kapil Sibal on Sunday had alleged conflict of interest and asked the CAG Rajiv Mehrishi to recuse himself from auditing the deal as he was the finance secretary when the deal was negotiated.

Citizenship (Amendment) Bill

BJP has been pushing for The Citizenship (Amendment) Bill that seeks to amend the Citizenship Act, 1955 to make illegal immigrants (Hindus, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, Parsis and Christians from Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan) eligible for Indian citizenship.

The bill is facing widespread resistance in the north-eastern states. Passing of the bill in Lok Sabha in the Winter Session had forced one of its allies -- the Asom Gana Parishad -- to quit NDA. Other allies such as the National People’s Party (NPP) and Mizo National Front (MNF) continue to oppose the bill.

Triple Talaq Bill

February 13, 2019 / 05:17 PM IST

The 16th Lok Sabha has been adjourned sine die.

February 13, 2019 / 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.

February 13, 2019 / 05:02 PM IST

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

February 13, 2019 / 04:52 PM IST

LokSabhaSpeaker SumitraMahajanis now addressing the House.

February 13, 2019 / 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.”

February 13, 2019 / 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”.

February 13, 2019 / 04:41 PM IST

February 13, 2019 / 04:34 PM IST

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

February 13, 2019 / 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

February 13, 2019 / 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