Sushma makes statement on Pakistan visit amid uproar

Sushma-hori_2648637gIndia has raised the issue of 26/11 and asked Pakistan to expedite the trial process, says External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj in the Rajya Sabha

Slogan-shouting Congress and BSP members forced four adjournments of Rajya Sabha in the pre-lunch session, demanding dismissal of SAD-BJP government in Punjab over alleged atrocities against Dalit youths.

Soon after a new member, Narendra Kumar Swain of the BJD, took oath and chairman Hamid Ansari read out the obituary reference for Sharad Anantrao Joshi, BSP supremo Mayawati was on her feet raising the issue of alleged chopping off of limbs of two dalit youth at a farmhouse in Abohar.

Sushma makes statement on Pak. visit

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj made a statement on her two-day visit to Pakistan amid Opposition uproar over various issues, including allegations of ‘politics of vendetta’ by the ruling-BJP.

Making a suo motu statement in Rajya Sabha on her last week’s visit of Islamabad and recent developments relating to ties between the two neighbours, Ms. Swaraj said Prime Minister Narendra Modi had discussed with his Pakistani counterpart Nawaz Sharif on the sidelines of the environment conference in Paris about “re-engaging with each other.”

She read out her statement as members of several Opposition parties were in the Well, vociferously raising slogans on several issues.

As time runs out for the passage of the Goods and Services Tax Bill in the ongoing winter session of Parliament, Union Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi told .

Live updates:

3:21 pm: Talks with Pakistan being re—started on the basis of trust, says External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj in Lok Sabha.

3:19 pm: There is a need to bridge the gulf in relations with Pakistan, hope that the dialogue will be uninterruptable, says Swaraj.

1:25 pm: Meeting between Venkaiah Naidu and Finance Minister Arun Jaitley with Congress’s Anand Sharma and Ghulam Nabi Azad is underway in Parliament.

12:40 pm: Rajya Sabha adjourned till 2 p.m.

12:27 pm: Members of the Congress, TMC and Left parties stage walkout in the Lok Sabha, protesting the exclusion of Kerala Chief Mininster Oomen Chandy from a function where Prime Minister Narendra Modi was to attend as the chief guest.

Photo: Sandeep Saxena


12:20 pm: Rajya Sabha adjourned till 12.30 p.m. after uproar over Punjab incident.

11:29 am: Rajya Sabha adjourned till noon following uproar over Punjab incident.

11:28 am: Lok Sabha adjourned till noon following Congress, AAP uproar over various issues, including “vendetta politics”.

11:24 am: Rajya Sabha adjourned till 11.30 am after Congress uproar over law and order situation in Punjab.

11:23 am: Continued estrangement of India-Pakistan was a hurdle to realisation of peace and prosperity in region: Sushma Swaraj

11:23 am: India, Pakistan to engage in a “comprehensive” dialogue on all issues including peace, security, Jammu and Kashmir: Sushma Swaraj

11:19 am: Congress members protest in Rajya Sabha over law and order situation in Punjab, demand dismissal of State Govt.

11:16 am: We raised the issue of 26/11 attacks probe and asked Pakistan to expedite the trial process: Sushma Swaraj in RS

11:08 am: Sushma Swaraj begins her statement on Pakistan visit, as uproar in Rajya Sabha continues.

11:02 am: “We will be raising the issue in Lok Sabha. We have moved an adjournment motion and will also take it up in the Zero Hour. Our friends in the TMC and JD(U) will do the same in Rajya Sabha since we don’t have any representation there,” said an AAP spokesperson.

10:31 am: TMC MP Trinamool Derek O’Brien tweets: “TMC gives notice in RS to bring up #ShakurBasti demolition in #parliament Will also join @AamAadmiParty outside Parliament at 10.30.”

10:15 am: Our Correspondent Nistula Hebbar reports:

BJP MP Poonam Mahajan is moving a private member’s Bill in the Lok Sabha seeking nomination of at least eight overseas Indians to the Lower House. She cites the Constitutional provision for providing representation for the Anglo-Indian community through a nomination by the President of India as a means to do this. More…

10:11 am: Union Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu likely to make statement in Parliament over Shakur Basti demolition issue.

10:09 am: External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj will make a statement in both Houses of Parliament on her two-day visit to Pakistan and the recent developments relating to bilateral ties.

10:06 am: TMC, JD(U) give adjournment notice in Lok Sabha.

Following is today’s schedule for both Houses of Parliament:

Lok Sabha:

Bills for consideration and passing:

— The Atomic Energy (Amendment) Bill, 2015.

Discussion and voting on the Supplementary

Demands for Grants (General) (Second Batch) for 2015—16.

Discussion on price rise.

Rajya Sabha:

Bills for consideration and passing:

— The Scheduled Castes and the Scheduled Tribes (Prevention of Atrocities) Amendment Bill, 2015.

— The Whistle Blowers Protection (Amendment) Bill, 2015.


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