Feb 7, 2018

Parliament Live Updates: Narendra Modi Makes Lok Sabha Speech Amid Sloganeering



The countries that gained independence after us have grown better than us. You have divided 'Bharat' but the nation was standing with you, Modi says.

After two days of disruptions, the Upper House had a productive morning session. It skipped the Question Hour and took up President address debate.

President is quoting Pandit Deendayal Upadyay, but the nation wants to know what was his great contribution to the country? Maybe he is important to those wearing kakhi pants, but for the nation, what has he done? The nation would have been happy had he not compared Deendayal Upadyay to Dr. Ambedkar.

The government claimed when it came to power that it will give ‘Maximum governance, minimum government’ but only government is happening, no governance. The BJP government has made the people who should have been engineers and doctors to sell pakodas.
RAJYA SABHA | 1:50 PM

Gulam Nabi Azad says that 5 minutes of his speech was not telecast on Rajya Sabha TV. “This is Rajya Sabha TV, do not make it BJP TV,” says Mr. Azad.

Mr. Raja refutes Mr. Modi’s take on the democracy by quoting Dr. Ambedkar. “This government has been working against the political democracy that has been enshrined in the Constitution. Emergence of surveillance state is threatening the freedom of people,” he says.

Ever since we won the independence, this is the first time the country is passing through such a crisis period, he says. There is crisis in economy, judiciary and every sphere of life. The government is not sending Bills to select committees, he says, referring to the Triple Talaaq Bill.

I was born in poverty, I work with the people in abject poverty, I represent them, says Mr. Raja. 29.9% of Indian people live below poverty line. The people in top 1% controlled 58% of the nation’s wealth in 2013. It is up to to 73 % now – is this what you mean by ‘Sabka Saath Sabka Vikaas’?

We cannot forget the way Gauri Lankesh was killed, Dabolkar was killed, Kalburgi was killed. The people who criticise the govt are slapped on with sedition charges – even against college students. This is what I mean by extraordinary circumstances in the government. The President’s address did not mention this. What about increasing the minimum wage? None of this is done.
LOK SABHA | 1:45 PM

“The nation’s army was fighting in Doklam but leaders of one party preferred to meet Chinese officials. The same party questions the army on surgical strikes.”

“The country is moving forward with a dream of ‘New India’. Discussions are the speciality of Democracy.”

“We have to create a new India. Let us work together to fulfil the dreams of the people.”

Mr. Modi ends the speech.
LOK SABHA | 1:40 PM

We renegotiated with Qatar and saved Rs. 8000 crore for the country, Mr. Modi says. We made similar renegotiations with Australia, he says.

LED bulbs were sold at Rs.300-350 then. It is sold at Rs. 40 now, he says. Solar power was sold at Rs. 13 per unit. Today, its Rs. 2 per unit, he says.
LOK SABHA | 1:35 PM

People are spreading lies on NPA. The previous government is responsible for the NPA crisis, Mr. Modi says.

I kept quiet keeping the country in mind. The loans disbursed during your regime is the cause of NPA. After the NDA government took over, not a single corporate loan has turned as NPA, Mr. Modi says.
LOK SABHA | 1:30 PM

Pro-poor initiatives

We are providing insurance for poor at premium of Re. 1 per month, Mr Modi says.

The Jan Dhan Yojana has brought self-respect to the poor. They are using RuPay debit cards now, he says.

The Ujawala scheme has benefitted many poor women. The Universal Account Number is a boon to employees, Mr. Modi tells in Lok Sabha.

We will not back out from bringing back money looted by corrupt people, Mr. Modi says.
LOK SABHA | 1:20 PM

People are making politics over plight of farmers, Mr. Modi says. The farm produce goes waste due to lack of proper supply-chain management. We are strengthening this sector in addition to food processing sector. He explains the landmark initiatives in animal husbandry and apiary.

Mr. Modi criticises those who criticised GST. He called GST a landmark reform.

“India’s middle class desires good education facilities, affordable housing, good infrastructure. They want ‘Ease of Living’ which we are committed to providing’,” Mr. Modi says narrating the reforms in personal income tax over the past three years.

We are providing insurance for poor at premium of Re. 1 per month, Mr Modi says.
LOK SABHA | 1:15 PM

“Even today, 20 crore people are living without electricity. We have made progress in electrification but we have miles to go.”

“We have increased the production. We have expanded the transmission network – 83% more than previous governements.”

“We have saved Rs. 15,000 crore on electricity bills by distributing LED lights,” he says.
LOK SABHA | 1:05 PM

We were the first to bring out a aviation policy. We have connected the Tier II and Tier III cities.

We are monitoring the programs using technology. The road laying works are monitored using drones, he says.

“You were skeptical if we would take forward Aadhaar project. When we scientifically used Aadhaar to plug leakages, you are questioning its implementation?”

“Even today, 20 crore people are living without electricity. We have made progress in electrification but we have miles to go.”

“We have increased the production. We have expanded the transmission network – 83% more than previous governements.”
LOK SABHA | 1:00 PM

You are giving data on unemployment. I will give you the data on employment. State governments of West Bengal, Karnataka, Odisha and Kerala have said one crore jobs have been created. Will you dispute them, Mr. Modi asks.

Over 70 lakh new applicants have joined the EPO. Would it be possible without new job creation, he asks. Ninety per cent workforce is from informal sector. We have made efforts to formalise the non-formal sector.

I ask IAS officers what their children are doing. They say their kids want to start their own start-ups. I can see the energy and enthusiasm in our youth. They want to do something on their own, they want to launch their own start-ups. Our Government is giving wings to the aspirations of India’s middle class, Mr. Modi says.

LOK SABHA | 12:50 PM

“The way people of Rajasthan were misled about the Barmer refinery was appalling. Just for votes, lies were said. It is in the last three years that the Government of India and the Rajasthan Government worked together to sort out the pending issues.” Mr. Modi says.
LOK SABHA | 12:40 PM

Mr. Modi lines his government’s achievements in infrastructure. “The NDA Government has changed the work culture in the nation,” he says.

“The NDA government is building more roads than the previous one. We have given a strong boost to the infrastructure sector across the nation,” he says.

You could send optical fibre network in only 59 villages. We could cover over one lakh villages in three years, he says.

After two days of disruptions, the Upper House had a productive morning session. It skipped the Question Hour and took up President address debate.

Live updates:
RAJYA SABHA | 2.05 PM

B. K. Hariprasad, INC, Karnataka

President is quoting Pandit Deendayal Upadyay, but the nation wants to know what was his great contribution to the country? Maybe he is important to those wearing kakhi pants, but for the nation, what has he done? The nation would have been happy had he not compared Deendayal Upadyay to Dr. Ambedkar.

The government claimed when it came to power that it will give ‘Maximum governance, minimum government’ but only government is happening, no governance. The BJP government has made the people who should have been engineers and doctors to sell pakodas.
RAJYA SABHA | 1:50 PM

Gulam Nabi Azad says that 5 minutes of his speech was not telecast on Rajya Sabha TV. “This is Rajya Sabha TV, do not make it BJP TV,” says Mr. Azad.


RAJYA SABHA | 1:55 PM

D. Raja, CPI, Tamil Nadu speaks

Mr. Raja refutes Mr. Modi’s take on the democracy by quoting Dr. Ambedkar. “This government has been working against the political democracy that has been enshrined in the Constitution. Emergence of surveillance state is threatening the freedom of people,” he says.

Ever since we won the independence, this is the first time the country is passing through such a crisis period, he says. There is crisis in economy, judiciary and every sphere of life. The government is not sending Bills to select committees, he says, referring to the Triple Talaaq Bill.

I was born in poverty, I work with the people in abject poverty, I represent them, says Mr. Raja. 29.9% of Indian people live below poverty line. The people in top 1% controlled 58% of the nation’s wealth in 2013. It is up to to 73 % now – is this what you mean by ‘Sabka Saath Sabka Vikaas’?

We cannot forget the way Gauri Lankesh was killed, Dabolkar was killed, Kalburgi was killed. The people who criticise the govt are slapped on with sedition charges – even against college students. This is what I mean by extraordinary circumstances in the government. The President’s address did not mention this. What about increasing the minimum wage? None of this is done.
LOK SABHA | 1:45 PM

“The nation’s army was fighting in Doklam but leaders of one party preferred to meet Chinese officials. The same party questions the army on surgical strikes.”

“The country is moving forward with a dream of ‘New India’. Discussions are the speciality of Democracy.”

“We have to create a new India. Let us work together to fulfil the dreams of the people.”

Mr. Modi ends the speech.
LOK SABHA | 1:40 PM

We renegotiated with Qatar and saved Rs. 8000 crore for the country, Mr. Modi says. We made similar renegotiations with Australia, he says.

LED bulbs were sold at Rs.300-350 then. It is sold at Rs. 40 now, he says. Solar power was sold at Rs. 13 per unit. Today, its Rs. 2 per unit, he says.
LOK SABHA | 1:35 PM

People are spreading lies on NPA. The previous government is responsible for the NPA crisis, Mr. Modi says.

I kept quiet keeping the country in mind. The loans disbursed during your regime is the cause of NPA. After the NDA government took over, not a single corporate loan has turned as NPA, Mr. Modi says.
LOK SABHA | 1:30 PM

Pro-poor initiatives

We are providing insurance for poor at premium of Re. 1 per month, Mr Modi says.

The Jan Dhan Yojana has brought self-respect to the poor. They are using RuPay debit cards now, he says.

The Ujawala scheme has benefitted many poor women. The Universal Account Number is a boon to employees, Mr. Modi tells in Lok Sabha.

We will not back out from bringing back money looted by corrupt people, Mr. Modi says.
LOK SABHA | 1:20 PM

People are making politics over plight of farmers, Mr. Modi says. The farm produce goes waste due to lack of proper supply-chain management. We are strengthening this sector in addition to food processing sector. He explains the landmark initiatives in animal husbandry and apiary.

Mr. Modi criticises those who criticised GST. He called GST a landmark reform.

“India’s middle class desires good education facilities, affordable housing, good infrastructure. They want ‘Ease of Living’ which we are committed to providing’,” Mr. Modi says narrating the reforms in personal income tax over the past three years.

We are providing insurance for poor at premium of Re. 1 per month, Mr Modi says.
LOK SABHA | 1:15 PM

“Even today, 20 crore people are living without electricity. We have made progress in electrification but we have miles to go.”

“We have increased the production. We have expanded the transmission network – 83% more than previous governements.”

“We have saved Rs. 15,000 crore on electricity bills by distributing LED lights,” he says.
LOK SABHA | 1:05 PM

We were the first to bring out a aviation policy. We have connected the Tier II and Tier III cities.

We are monitoring the programs using technology. The road laying works are monitored using drones, he says.

“You were skeptical if we would take forward Aadhaar project. When we scientifically used Aadhaar to plug leakages, you are questioning its implementation?”

“Even today, 20 crore people are living without electricity. We have made progress in electrification but we have miles to go.”

“We have increased the production. We have expanded the transmission network – 83% more than previous governements.”
LOK SABHA | 1:00 PM

You are giving data on unemployment. I will give you the data on employment. State governments of West Bengal, Karnataka, Odisha and Kerala have said one crore jobs have been created. Will you dispute them, Mr. Modi asks.

Over 70 lakh new applicants have joined the EPO. Would it be possible without new job creation, he asks. Ninety per cent workforce is from informal sector. We have made efforts to formalise the non-formal sector.

I ask IAS officers what their children are doing. They say their kids want to start their own start-ups. I can see the energy and enthusiasm in our youth. They want to do something on their own, they want to launch their own start-ups. Our Government is giving wings to the aspirations of India’s middle class, Mr. Modi says.

LOK SABHA | 12:50 PM

“The way people of Rajasthan were misled about the Barmer refinery was appalling. Just for votes, lies were said. It is in the last three years that the Government of India and the Rajasthan Government worked together to sort out the pending issues.” Mr. Modi says.
LOK SABHA | 12:40 PM

Mr. Modi lines his government’s achievements in infrastructure. “The NDA Government has changed the work culture in the nation,” he says.

“The NDA government is building more roads than the previous one. We have given a strong boost to the infrastructure sector across the nation,” he says.

You could send optical fibre network in only 59 villages. We could cover over one lakh villages in three years, he says.

LOK SABHA | 12:35 PM

Mr. Modi invokes Kannada reformer Basavanna. He recalls how Bijjala dynasty allowed women in courtrooms. Democracy was in India since the 12th Century, he claims.

He recalls former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi ‘insulted’ the then Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Tantuguri Anjaiah and how actor N.T. Rama Rao floated the Telugu Desam unable to see his CM being insulted in public.

How did the Congress act in Kerala, how did they treat the Akali Dal in Punjab, how did they behave in Tamil Nadu? Why did Congress dismiss so many state governments at their will. This is no commitment to democracy, Mr. Modi says.

We cannot forget how the Congress insulted Shri Neelam Sanjiva Reddy, a proud son of Andhra Pradesh. Nobody in India needs lessons on democracy from the Congress, Mr. Modi says.

In December, did we witness an ‘election’ or coronation for the post of Congress president? Mr. Modi asks.
LOK SABHA | 12:25 PM

Mr. Modi takes pot shots at Mallikharjun Kharge’s speech. It could be Mr. Kharge’s farewell speech, Mr. Modi says.

The countries that gained independence after us have grown better than us. You have divided ‘Bharat’ but the nation was standing with you, Mr. Modi says. There was hardly any opposition then. The media was also in your favour. You had so many luxuries then. Noone would filed PILs then. It was your reign from Panchayat to Parliament. But you were signing about one family, Mr. Modi says.

Congress thinks there was no country before August 15, 1947, Mr. Modi says.
LOK SABHA | 12:15 PM

Prime Minister Narendra Modi speaks during the debate on thanking the President’s address. His speech is repeatedly interrupted by members seeking SCS to Andhra Pradesh.

As many as 34 members spoke during the debate. Some were for it, some were against. But the House saw a constructive debate, the Prime Minister says.

He recalls the Vajpayee-era where three states were created. The then government ensured the bifurcation was smooth, he says in a veiled attack at Congress. “You have divided the nation and the Indians are bearing the brunt,” he says.

“We were also in favour of Telangana. But this is the outcome of hurried-bifurcation keeping polls in mind,” he says.

LOK SABHA | 12:00 NOON

Question Hour ends in Lok Sabha. Paper being laid on the table.

Ruckus in Lok Sabha over Special Category Status to Andhra Pradesh. Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar assures the agitating MPs but in vain.

Congress MPs also join the issue.
RAJYA SABHA | 12:00 NOON

Naresh Agrawal suggests Question Hour can be skipped today and the motion to thank President’s Address be taken up. The Prime Minister is expected to reply in the House later in the day.

The Chair agrees. DMK MP R.S. Bharati rises to speak. He says Tamil Nadu has been neglected in the address. He explains how Tamil Nadu is a front-runner in establishing social justice. He also recalls of a resolution passed against NEET is sitting with the Central government.

He praises the fellow MP Navaneethakrishnan for pointing out the legal aspects in NEET. Mr. Bharati also condemns the Prime Minister for not meeting the agitating farmers of Tamil Nadu.
RAJYA SABHA | 11:50 AM

Sasikala Pushpa, the ousted AIADMK MP, wants Tamil to be the official language in the Madras High Court. this will be an ideal situation. The nation should move in this direction. there should be broad concensus, says Mr. Naidu.
LOK SABHA | 11:55 AM

Radheyshyam Vishwas, an Assam MP, asks about precautionary measures in case of earthquake. We have set up 102 seismological centres. Another 42 will be set up soon. As of today, earthquakes cannot be set up, Harsh Vardhan, Minister of Science, says.
LOK SABHA | 11:50 AM

What happens when Aadhaar data is breached? Law Minister Ravishankar Prasad says the Aadhaar Act ensures fines and imprisonment upto 3 years.

BJD’s Tathagath Satpathy asks if government will give opt out option from Aadhaar. Why are private entities collecting Aadhaar if it is meant for providing subsidy, he asks.

Majority of the people are trusting Aadhaar, the minister says. Absence of Aadhaar will not deny anyone from their benefits, he says.
RAJYA SABHA | 11:40 AM

Rajani Patel asks when the 33 per cent reservation for women be implemented?

Sanjay Singh, AAP MP, raisies the issue of closure of markets in Delhi.
LOK SABHA | 11:40 AM

Gopal Shetty, a Mumbai MP, asks what is the logic behind sharing of expenses between states and Central government while implementing big schemes like Swacch Bharat. The minister says the ratio varies from state to state.

Has the government taken any course correction in major schemes? NITI Aayog reviews the schemes periodically and we incorporate the changes, government says.
RAJYA SABHA | 11:30 AM

Manish Gupta of Trinamool Congress raises the issue of continuance of manual scavenging despite a law banning it. More than 400 people have died in the last few years. Not a single person is not punished, he says. Many members associate with him.
LOK SABHA | 11:25 AM

In Lok Sabha Statistics Minister Sadananda Gowda answers questions pertaining to revised estimates of GDP. Mr. Gowda says Goa and Delhi are in top for per capita income. Uttar Pradesh and Bihar are in the bottom of the table.
RAJYA SABHA | 11:25 AM

Sukhdev Singh Deo raises the issue of anti-Sikh riots of 1984. He cities a video aired in news channels purportedly showing a riots accused saying he killed “many Sikhs.” When will Sikhs get justice, he asks. Congress members object.
RAJYA SABHA | 11:20 AM

Andhra Pradesh MP Ramachandra Rao holds placard seeking “justice to Andhra Pradesh.” The Chair strongly objects to it. Even after repeated requests from Mr. Naidu, Mr. Rao refuses to go back to the seat.

The Chair invokes the powers and asks him to withdraw from the House for the day. Mr. Rao leaves.
RAJYA SABHA | 11:05 AM

Zero Hour in Rajya Sabha. Leader of Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad raises the issue of Srinagar attack. He suggests the House should have a discussion during the Budget session. “Yesterday’s incident is very unfortunate,” he says.

This is a first time such an incident has happened in recent years. It is one of the biggest hospital in the State. Wouldn’t the government provide adequate security to the militant? Why was he taken to a hospital where hundreds of out-patients visit daily, he says.

An Andhra MP shows placard in Rajya Sabha too. Mr. Azad says Congress does not approve the behaviour of the members.

Another Congress MP Vivek Tankha says the situation in J&K should be dealt with urgently as the internally displaced refugees such as Kashmiri Pandits also want to return.
LOK SABHA | 11:05 AM

Question Hour in Lok Sabha. Members asking questions on BSNL connectivity. Andhra Pradesh MPs raise slogans seeking special category status to their State.
11:00 AM

Both Houses convene. Speaker Sumitra Mahajan is in the Chair in Lok Sabha. Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu is chairing the proceedings in Upper House.
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