Today in Parliament

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Today in Parliament, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman responded to criticism a day after she said her family “has little to do with onions”. In Rajya Sabha, FM Sitharaman said she was called an “elitist” and criticised for her remark without taking into consideration the context.

Meanwhile, Senior Congress leader P Chidambaram, who came out of Tihar jail after being granted bail in the INX Media money laundering case, reached Parliament today and said that the government cannot suppress his voice in the Parliament.

Here are the main highlights from the Parliament: 

  • The Rajya Sabha approved the Taxation Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2019, replacing ordinance used to slash corporate tax rate.

 

  • Responding to criticism a day after she said her family “has little to do with onions”, finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman, in the Rajya Sabha, said she was called an “elitist” and criticised for her remark without taking into consideration the context.

  • A day after coming out of the Tihar jail, former finance minister P Chidambaram reached Parliament on Thursday.

  • Former finance minister P Chidambaram reacted to present FM Nirmala Sitharaman’s comments on not eating onions. “Finance Minister said yesterday that she doesn’t eat onions. So what does she eat? Does she eat avocado?” he asked reporters in the Parliament premises.

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  • Several Congress leaders protested in the Parliament over the rising onion prices.

  • Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla on Thursday said the states should come up with an action plan to curb the rising incidents of digital banking frauds in the country after a Member of Parliament raised the issue in the House.

 

  • Speaking on rape cases in India, Rajya Sabha Chairman & Vice President, Venkaiah Naidu: What is needed, is not mere arrest in one case. We must send out a signal to the entire country & society that in such incidents action should be taken promptly, swiftly, and adequately, so these things are not repeated again.

  • HRD Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal told Parliament, in a written reply, on Thursday that the fee hike in JNU was effected in order to meet the increased expenditure on maintenance of hostels and to run those on a “no-profit-no-loss” basis.

 

  • BJP issued three-line whip to its Lok Sabha MPs for 9th to 11th December.

 

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