New Delhi: Parliament’s Monsoon session has commenced from Monday and the united opposition is all set to raise the heat on the government over issues like lynching incidents and vigilantism, the Kashmir situation and the border stand-off with China.
The session, which will continue till August 11, is also likely to witness heated debates on other key issues like the fallout of the GST, the agrarian crisis and the policy towards Pakistan. Some parties are likely to raise the issue of notification on the ban on cow slaughter and demand an explanation from the government on it.
The first day of the Monsoon session witnessed the Presidential affairs as the voting for the next President of India is underway. A total of 95 candidates filed nominations for the top Constitutional post, of which 93 were rejected on various grounds, leaving only Kovind and Opposition candidate Meira Kumar in the fray. While Kumar has the support of 17 opposition parties, Kovind is set to get nearly 70% of the electoral college votes.
Here are the LIVE updates of Presidential polls:
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6:00 pm: Voting for #presidential polls concludes at Parliament House, results to be announced on Thursday
5:50 pm: Lok Sabha speaker Sumitra Mahajan casts her vote in Parliament house
5:30 pm: All 175 MLA’s turn up for presidential elections Andhra Pradesh, CM Chandrababu Naidu the first to cast vote
4:50 pm: Voting concludes in Madhya Pradesh 228 legislators casting their votes in Madhya Pradesh legislative assembly
3:50 pm: 81 MLA’s of Jharkhand cast their vote to select the president
2:55 pm: West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee said this is a vote against injustice “For sake of the nation I urge not to support the BJP”
1:50 pm: On the day of Presidential polls, Himachal Pradesh recorded a voting percentage of 100% with all 67 MLAs casting their vote. The 68-member House has one vacant seat after the death of Congress MLA Karan Singh.
1:35 pm: Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar cast his vote for Presidential Elections in the first hour. Rajasthan CM Vasundhara Raje also cast her vote earlier in the day.
1:02 pm: Congress President Sonia Gandhi and Vice-President Rahul Gandhi after casting their vote in the Parliament.
1:00 pm: Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis cast his vote at Maharashtra Legislative Assembly in Mumbai.
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12:50 pm: NCP leader Praful Patel told reporters that Ram Nath Kovind’s victory is certain. Speaking to reporters in the Parliament House complex, Patel said, “There is no rocket science, Ram Nath Kovind will win today.” Patel went on to say that most party leaders follow party lines when voting. “Because all MPs don’t necessarily vote only according to conscience, they also vote according to party lines and party lines are divided somewhat on ideology, principles and political positioning,” he said.
12:40 pm: Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia cast their votes.
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12:25 pm: Meira Kumar on Monday said that the decision for the President will be in India’s favour. Speaking to reporters on the polling day, the former Lok Sabha speaker said, “We are fighting battle of ideologies. I had urged the collegium to listen to voice of their conscience. Decision will be taken in India’s favour.
12:13 pm: Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik on Monday casts his vote for the Presidential election at Odisha Assembly in Bhubanewsar, news agency ANI reported.
12:10 pm: Congress spokesperson Rajdeep Surjewala on Monday iterated that the Presidential elections is a contest of ideologies. Speaking to news agency ANI, Surjewala said “Desh ki rajneeti mein vicharon ke sangharsh aur loktantrik mulyon ko kaayam rakhne ki chunauti iss rashtrapati chunav mein hai.”
12:00 pm: Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh cast his vote. In a post on Twitter, the CM said that he feels a sense of responsibility while casting his vote. “Casting my vote to elect the 14th President of India. Feel a great sense of responsibility at being part of an important democratic process,” Singh wrote.
Casting my vote to elect the 14th President of India. Feel a great sense of responsibility at being part of an important democratic process. pic.twitter.com/K1sc90SaIW
— Capt.Amarinder Singh (@capt_amarinder) July 17, 2017
11:40 am: NCP leader Praful Patel said that all his party MPs and MLAs have voted for Meira Kumar.
11:30 am: The polling will end at 5 pm today. After the voting ends, the ballot boxes from the states would be flown to Delhi and stored in Parliament. The votes would be counted and results would be announced on July 20, five days before President Pranab Mukherjee’s Presidential term expires.
11:18 am: Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N.Chandrababu Naidu cast his vote in Amaravati.
11:15 am: Former Lok Sabha Speaker Somnath Chatterjee express happiness over the majority of votes from West Bengal going in favour of Meira Kumar at said Kovind is likely to win the elections. “It seems NDA Presidential candidate will come through. I am happy that vast majority of votes from WB will go to Meira Kumar,” Chatterjee told ANI.
11:08 am: Shiv Sena MP Sanjay Raut, in a statement to media, slammed Congress for naming Gopalkrishna Gandhi as its vice-president candidate. “Madam ji(Sonia Gandhi)you elected Gopalkrishna Gandhi as VP candidate. He used all his power to save Yakub Memon from death penalty,” Raut told news agency ANI.
11:00 am: Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan arrived at Madhya Pradesh Assembly in Bhopal to cast his vote.
10: 42 am: DMK working President M K Stalin cast his vote at Tamil Nadu Assembly for Presidential poll. Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal also cast his vote at Assam Legislative Assembly.
10:40 am: UP CM Yogi Adityanath, while casting his vote in UP assembly said that Ram Nath Kovind is certain to win. “The polls to decide the next President has started. There is no doubt that Ram Nath Kovind will win,” the CM said.
10:30 am: Meanwhile, imprisoned NCP leaders Chhagan Bhujbal and Ramesh Kadam, who were both arrested in a corruptions case, will be brought to Maharashtra Assembly to cast their votes. The order to allow Kadam to vote was given by Bombay High Court on Friday. The court, in its order, had said that Kadam shall be brought back to jail after he casts his vote.
10:25 am: Uttar Pradesh CM Yogi Adityanath reached UP Assembly in Lok Sabha to cast his vote.
10: 18 am: On the day of Presidential polls, BSP Supremo Mayawati said that victory of either of the two candidates will mean a victory of the movement started by her party. “No matter who wins, President will be from Scheduled Caste. It is a huge victory for our movement & party,” Mayawati told reporters, according to news agency ANI.
10:13 am: Scenes from Madhya Pradesh Legislative Assembly where MLAs are queuing up to cast their votes to elect the next President of India.
10:10 am: Prime Minister Narendra Modi along with BJP President Amit Shah cast their votes at the Parliament. The Prime Minister earlier addressed the media after reaching the Parliament and spoke on the upcoming Monsoon session in the Parliament. “Today the Monsoon Session begins. Like the Monsoon brings hope, this session also brings same spirit of hope,” PM Modi said. “This session gives the country an opportunity to elect the president and the vice president,” he added.
The Lok Sabha, as well as the Rajya Sabha, has been adjourned on Monday due to the death of sitting members of both the Houses and proceedings are expected from Tuesday. Two Rajya Sabha members – former Union minister Anil Madhav Dave and Congress member Palvai Govardhan Reddy – passed away during the interregnum period after the budget session while sitting Gurdaspur Lok Sabha member Vinod Khanna also passed away.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government will be introducing 16 new Bills in Monsoon Session of the Parliament:
- The Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Sites and Remains (Amendment) Bill, 2017
- The Financial Resolution and Deposit Insurance (FRDI) Bill, 2017
- The Banking Regulation (Amendment) Bill, 2017
- The State Banks (Repeal and Amendment) Bill, 2017
- The Punjab Municipal Corporation Law (Extension To Chandigarh) Amendment Bill, 2017
- The Central Goods and Services Tax (Extension to Jammu and Kashmir) Bill, 2017
- The Integrated Goods and Services Tax (Extension to Jammu and Kashmir) Bill, 2017
- The Indian Institute of Petroleum and Energy (IIPE) Bill, 2017
- The Requisitioning and Acquisition of Immovable Property Amendment Bill, 2017
- The Public Premises (Eviction of Unauthorised Occupants) Amendment Bill, 2017
- The Consumer Protection Bill, 2017
- The National Investigation Agency (Amendment) Bill, 2017
- The Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (Amendment) Bill, 2017
- The Right of Children Free and Compulsory Education (Second Amendment) Bill, 2017
- Labour Code on wages
- The National Sports University Bill, 2017.