Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla has rejected suggestions that the suspension of 13 opposition members was linked to their protests over the recent security breach and recalled that the House had displayed exemplary solidarity and collective resolve when breaches had happened in the past. Birla said 13 opposition members have been suspended from the House "purely to uphold" its sanctity. "Accordingly, it is the Parliament's responsibility to formulate a detailed action plan on security measures in accordance with your suggestions, and thereafter, their implementation is also the responsibility of Parliament," he said.
Leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge has written to Chairman Jagdeep Dhankhar, urging him to revoke the suspension of Trinamool Congress MP Derek O'Brien. Kharge said the TMC leader was only demanding a statement by the Home Minister on the security breach issue in Parliament. "All he (O' Brien) was trying to do was to attract your attention so as to raise the collective demand of INDIA parties for a statement by the Minister of Home Affairs on the shocking incident that took place in Lok Sabha on December 13," the Congress leader said.
-Lawyer petitioner Abu Sohel has filed PIL through advocate Shruti Bist in the Supreme Court seeking a court-monitored investigation into the December 13 Parliament security breach.
-The plea seeks 'independent, credible and impartial Judicial investigation under Supervision of Retired Supreme Court Judge'.
-The Supreme Court is currently on a winter break till January 1.
-Delhi Police has written to Meta to access social media accounts of six accused arrested in the Parliament security breach case
-Police has asked the social media platform to provide details of the now-deleted Facebook page 'Bhagat Singh Fan Club', where the accused persons met each other
-Police will also check e-mail accounts attached with WhatsApp numbers of the accused to get chat backup
-Police have collected bank account details of all the accused to see if they received money for the incident
-'WhatsApp users need to attach an application with an e-mail address...this e-mail account is used to take backup of chats every 24 hours,' said a source privy to the investigation
Delhi Police has arrested six persons under UAPA so far -- Sagar Sharma, Manoranjan D, Amol Shinde, Neelam Devi, Lalit Jha and Mahesh Kumawat -- for their alleged involvement in the Parliament security breach case.
A total of 34 Opposition MPs, including -
Congress' Jairam Ramesh, K.C. Venugopal and Randeep Singh Surjewala
TMC's 1. Sukhendu Sekhar Ray and Santanu Sen;
RJD's Manoj Kumar Jha
have been suspended from the Rajya Sabha today for the remainder of the Session.
The matter of suspension of the other 11 Rajya Sabha MPs was referred to the Privilege Committee.
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Jagdeep Dhankhar suspended 36 MPs from the Upper House for the rest of the Winter Session through the voice vote.
11 more were suspended till the Privilege Committee submitted a report on them for 'continuously shouting slogans and raising placards'
Earlier, Derek O'Brien was suspended from the House for 'gross misconduct'
A total of 33 Opposition MPs, including Leader of Congress in Lok Sabha Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, were suspended from the Parliament today for the remainder of the Session.
Jagdeep Dhankhar calls the protests by Opposition members a 'crime against Bharat' as he adjourned the Upper House for the third time today.
The house will next meet at 4.30 pm.
Kalyan Banerjee, A. Raja, Dayanidhi Maran, Aparupa Poddar, Prasun Banerjee, E.T. Mohammed Basheer, G. Selvam, C.N. Annadurai, Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, Dr. T. Sumathy, K. Navaskani, Kalanidhi Veeraswamy, N.K. Premachandran, Saugata Roy, Satabdi Roy, Asit Kumar Mal, Kaushalendra Kumar, Anto Antony, S.S. Palanimanickam, Thirunavukkarasar, Pratima Mondal, Kakoli Ghosh Dastidar, K. Muraleedharan, Sunil Kumar Mondal, S. Ramalingam, K. Suresh, Amar Singh, Rajmohan Unnithan, Gaurav Gogoi, and T.R. Baalu
Prahlad Joshi had moved the motion for the suspension of these 30 members under Rule 374(2) for their “utter disregard to the House and the authority of the Chair”
Apart from them, three were suspended pending the report of the Privileges Committee.
The three - K Jayakumar, Vijay Vasanth and Abdul Khaleque - had climbed onto the Speaker's podium to raise slogans.
A total of 46 MPs have been suspended from Lok Sabha.
Prahlad Joshi moved a motion to suspend even more MPs which was eventually passed by the Lower House via voice vote.
A total of 30 MPs including the leader of the Opposition in the Lower Houses have been suspended.
Earlier, 13 MPs were suspended from Lok Sabha
Quickly after the passage of Post Office Bill, 2023, amid uproar, the Lower House has been adjourned for 10 mins till 3 pm.
Lok Sabha adjourned, to meet at 2.45 pm
This is the 3rd adjournment of the day for both the Houses.
Unable to discuss the Bill, Jagdeep Dhankhar has again adjourned Rajya Sabha which will now meet at 4 pm.
Dhankhar has called a meeting with the Leader of the Opposition in the House - Mallikarjun Kharge.
“The security breach incident is a matter of collective concern... Incidents of such nature have occurred in the past,” he said while requesting the Opposition to quieten.
Before adjournment, Rajya Sabha passed the Government of Union Territories (Amendment) Bill, 2023 and J&K Reorganisation Second Amendment Bill, 2023 by voice vote
Rajya Sabha -
The Government of Union Territories (Amendment) Bill, 2023 which seeks to reserve 33% of seats in the Jammu and Kashmir, and Puducherry Assemblies for women.
The Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation (Second Amendment) Bill, 2023, which seeks to amend the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation Act, 2019.
Both legislations have already been passed in Lok Sabha last week.
Lok Sabha -
Lower house takes up for consideration and passing: The Post Office Bill, 2023
Meanwhile, the Opposition leaders in Parliament continued with their protests, with “Jawaab do, jawaab do” reverberating across the Houses.
Both Houses resume as chaos continues.
Opposition continues to demand a statement from PM Modi and Amit Shah in the Parliament on December 13 Parliament security breach.
Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Malliakrjun Kharge writes to Chairman Jagdeep Dhankhar to revoke the suspension of TMC MP Derek O'Brien
The Telecommunications Bill 2023 which aims to replace the 138-year-old Indian Telegraph Act has been introduced in Lok Sabha.
The Telegraph Act governs the telecom sector and the Cabinet had cleared the bill in August.
The draft Telecommunications Bill released in 2023 proposed bringing over-the-top or internet-based calling and messaging apps under the definition of telecommunications to enhance users' safety.
The bill had also proposed to curb the power of the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI)
15 minutes after the resumption, Rajendra Agarwal announced adjournment amid sloganeering by the Opposition MPs who were demanding a statement by PM Modi on the security lapse in the Parliament.
The House will resume at 2 pm now.
Within minutes of the resumption of the Upper House, Jagdeep Dhankhar again adjourned amid sloganeering by the Opposition MPs.
The House will resume at 2 pm now.
Chairman also warned MPs Jebi Mather and Binoy Viswam for disrupting House proceedings.
Protests by the Opposition demanding discussions on the security breach continued as Lok Sabha speaker Om Birla adjourned the Lower House till noon today while requesting members of the Lok Sabha to keep away from displaying placards.
LoP Lok Sabha Adhir Ranjan had requested Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla to revoke the suspension of the 13 MPs, reacting to which the Speaker said that he never wanted to do anything like that but he did so to “protect the Parliament tradition and its dignity”.
Amid protests demanding discussions and asking to allow the LoP Mallikarjun Kharge to speak in the House first, Jagdeep Dhankhar adjourned the Upper House till 11.30 am.
If the proceedings go ahead without any intervention, the government would likely table the Telecommunications Bill 2023 in Lok Sabha.
The Bill which was first introduced in August aims to replace the 138-year-old Indian Telegraph Act that governs the telecom sector.
The bill proposes to curb the power of the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI).
After protests by the INDIA bloc marred the Parliament proceedings on Thursday and Friday, the 2 Houses are set to resume today at 11 am.
We will bring you all updates of the day, so stay tuned.
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