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  • 6:46 PM IST

    Parliament Winter Session Day 2 LIVE: Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha have been adjourned till tomorrow after proceedings of the day concluded.

  • 6:45 PM IST

    Parliament Winter Session Day 2 LIVE: “The state is that of a climate emergency – Delhi is the worst affected. The state can no longer get away with a gimmick like Odd-Even and banning construction sites. We need long term sustainable solutions&stop the blame game. It’s time to own up and act responsibly,” Gambhir adds.

  • 6:44 PM IST

    Parliament Winter Session Day 2 LIVE: Cricketer-turned BJP MLA Gautum Gambhir defends the Centre on allegations of negligence over pollution and says, “The topic of discussion is something that affects everyone irrespective of our caste, creed, age & religion. It’s affecting us while we stand&talk about it in Parliament. It’s high time we stop politicising this issue.”

  • 5:38 PM IST

    Parliament Winter Session Day 2 LIVE: The effects of climate change are visible not just in Delhi, but everywhere, says Shiv Sena MP Arvind Sawant. He says that never in the history did Maharashtra witness such an elongated monsoon. Not only did it rain a lot, but many low lying areas also got flooded, he claims.

  • 5:31 PM IST

  • 5:15 PM IST

    Parliament Winter Session Day 2 LIVE: ‘Swachh Hawa’ Not Swachh Bharat Campaign, Demands TMC

    Donning a pollution mask in the Lok Sabha and bashing the Lower House for its negligence over the pollution issue, TMC leader Kakoli Ghosh Dastadar says, “Out of the 10 most polluted cities in the world, 9 are in India. It is quite unnerving that a foreign Premier of a country who was on a visit to India made an adverse comment. I would like to draw govt’s attention towards it,” says Kakoli Ghosh Dastidar.”

    “When we have a ‘Swachh Bharat mission’, can’t we have a ‘Swachh hawa mission’? Shouldn’t we be ensured the right to breath clean air?…In Delhi we might be staring at a situation of mass asphyxia,” she adds.

  • 4:44 PM IST

    Parliament Winter Session Day 2 LIVE: BJP MP Parvesh Verma hits out at Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal for not taking sufficient measures to curb air pollution in Delhi. He slammed the AAP-led government saying instead of having a Rs 600 crore budget for advertisement, Kejriwal should have spent it on tackling air pollution. He further alleged that the AAP keeps on blaming the neighbouring states for stubble burning, but does not talk about toxic fumes emanating from vehicles, the biggest source of air pollution in Delhi.

  • 4:17 PM IST

    Parliament Winter Session Day 2 LIVE: Manish Tiwari slammed the Centre for not taking adequate action and said the pollution problem must be taken into account with the same importance given to the Committee on Public Undertaking, or the Estimates Committee.

  • 4:14 PM IST

    Parliament Winter Session Day 2 LIVE: “It’s important that today this House gives a message to the nation that this (House), comprising the people whom they chose as their representatives, is sensitive and serious about this issue. It’s not only about air pollution; our rivers are also polluted today,” Tiwari added.

  • 4:11 PM IST

    Parliament Winter Session Day 2 LIVE: “When the pollution issue occurs every year in Delhi then why is it that no voice is raised from govt & this House over this? Why do people need to knock the doors of the Supreme Court every yr over this issue? It is a matter of grave concern,” says Congress leader Manish Tiwari in Lok Sabha.

New Delhi: Members of Parliament (MPs) are expected to take up the issue of Delhi pollution in Lok Sabha on Day 2 of winter session. Besides, the lower House is also scheduled to consider and pass the Chit Fund (Amendment) Bill, 2019, on Tuesday. Stay tuned to India.com for fastest updates.

Earlier on Monday, on the opening day of the session, Lok Sabha witnessed a huge ruckus as Opposition leaders cornered the government over the situation in Jammu and Kashmir. They sought release of detained National Conference leader Farooq Abdullah and others. Bharatiya Janata Party’s former ally Shiv Sena was also among the protesting MPs, but they were protesting over farmers’ issue.

The protesting MPs started sloganeering as Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla invited Telugu Desam Party MP Kesineni Srinivas to pose the first question during the Question Hour.

On the other hand, Rajya Sabha MPs, held a special discussion on the occasion of the 250th session of the House. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, while speaking in the upper House asserted that RS gives importance to India’s federal structure.

Furthermore, he appreciated two political parties for strictly adhering to the Parliamentary norms of the House. “Today I want to appreciate two parties, the NCP and the BJD. These parties have strictly adhered to the Parliamentary norms. They have never gone into the well. Yet, they have raised their points very effectively. Other parties including mine can learn from them,” he added.

He also went on to say that the Rajya Sabha has seen many historic moments, it has made history also and has seen history being made as well.

Former Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh also addressed the Rajya Sabha on the occasion and slammed the Central government for revoking Article 370.  He said that the Rajya Sabha should have been consulted before taking any ‘drastic measures’ of converting a state into Union Territories and redrawing of its boundaries.

“The Rajya Sabha as the council of states should be given ‘greater respect by the executive,’ and should have been consulted before the ‘drastic measures’ were taken of converting a state into Union Territories and redrawing of its boundaries,” Manmohan Singh said  in a direct criticism of the government’s move to abrogate Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir.

Samajwadi Party leader Ram Gopal Yadav also highlighting the uniqueness of the upper House and urged that “whatever happens in Lok Sabha should not be imitated in Rajya Sabha.”

Notably, this is the second Parliament session of the BJP-led NDA government which stormed to power with a massive mandate in the recently concluded Lok Sabha elections.