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  • 6:44 PM IST

    Parliament LIVE: The Lok Sabha has also been adjourned.

  • 5:39 PM IST

    Parliament LIVE: Rajya Sabha has been adjourned for the day.

  • 4:29 PM IST

    Parliament LIVE: An issue over the Jammu and Kashmir National Highway being blocked for at least 100 to 150 days a year was raised in the Lok Sabha today by J&K National Conference MP Hasnain Masoodi. He also urged for an extension on the dates of on-campus recruitment from the NIT Srinagar, so that the students are not deprived because of the recent shutdown.

  • 3:06 PM IST

    Parliament LIVE: “On 27 Nov, during a discussion on Special Protection Group (Amendment) Bill, 2019, I did not call Nathuram Godse a ‘deshbhakt‘. I did not even mention his name. I apologise again if I have hurt any sentiments,” says Pragya Thakur in Lok Sabha apologising for the second time in 2 hours.

  • 2:49 PM IST

    Parliament LIVE: BJP MP Pragya Thakur has been asked to read an unconditional apology on the floor of Parliament following Speaker Om Birla’s meeting with Lok Sabha floor leaders.

  • 1:47 PM IST

    Parliament LIVE: Congress leader Rahul Gandhi reacts to BJP MP Nishikant Dubey bringing privilege motion against him in Lok Sabha to defend Pragya Thakur’s statement. He says, “Do it. Do whatever you want to. I have clarified my position.”

  • 1:35 PM IST

  • 1:33 PM IST

    Parliament LIVE: “You (LS Speaker) said that remarks (by BJP’s Pragya Thakur) aren’t in records. It’s an egregious breach, goes against the basic standard of conduct of a member. The member should categorically say that Godse isn’t a ‘deshbhakt‘, he’s a terrorist and murderer of Gandhi,” said AIMIM chief Owaisi amid uproar by the Opposition.

  • 1:30 PM IST

  • 1:30 PM IST

    Parliament LIVE: Uproar continues in the Lok Sabha over BJP MP Pragya Thakur’s remark, reportedly referring to Nathuram Godse as ‘deshbhakt’ in the House. Leader of Congress in Lok Sabha, Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury says “We just have one demand, we want unqualified apology.”

New Delhi: On the tenth day of the Winter Session of the Parliament on Friday, Lok Sabha was immersed in utter chaos that followed the huge uproar of last two days over BJP MP Sadhvi Pragya Thakur calling Mahatma Gandhi’s assassin Nathuram Godse a ‘deshbhakt‘. Pragya Thakur gave two apologies in the lower house, while at the same time accusing Congress leader Rahul Gandhi of calling her a ‘terrorist’.

The list of unfoldings in Lok Sabha today included Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman tabling the Taxation Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2019, to amend the Income Tax Act 1961 and Finance Act 2019. There was also going to be three reports from the Standing Committee on Labour that will be moved in the Lower House for consideration and passing.

The reports include – Demands for Grants (2019-20)) of the Ministry of Labour & Employment, Demands for Grants (2019-20) of the Ministry of Textiles, and Demands for Grants (2019-20) of the Ministry of Skill Development & Entrepreneurship.

In Rajya Sabha, discussions on Pragya Thakur’s remarks were flooded into today’s session as well. The Congress is likely to protest against the BJP MP from Bhopal even as the opposition party demanded a censure motion against the controversial BJP leader a day before.

Besides, the Data Protection Bill was also among the key discussions in today’s Parliament winter session. Yesterday, IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad, tabled the Data Protection Law for a discussion and said that the Supreme Court has upheld privacy as a fundamental right. Prasad had said that there is a need to balance “competing interest of privacy and security” of the nation.