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Saubhadra Chatterji is Deputy Political Editor at the Hindustan Times. He writes on both politics and policies.

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INDIA grouping eyes more key roles across standing committees

There are 16 department-related standing committees under the Lok Sabha and eight under the Rajya Sabha.

Congress MPs Mallikarjun Kharge and Rahul Gandhi during President Droupadi Murmu's address to the joint sitting of the Parliament, in New Delhi, Thursday, June 27, 2024. (PTI)
Updated on Jul 11, 2024 04:41 AM IST

Interview: Lawmakers’ duty to enhance people’s faith in Parliament, says Om Birla

Days after presiding over the first session of the 18th Lok Sabha, Speaker Om Birla speaks to HT about his priorities, expectations, quality of debates, challenges, etc

Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla. (ANI)
Updated on Jul 07, 2024 05:28 PM IST

Parliament session to begin July 22, Union Budget to be presented on July 23

Parliament's budget session to run from July 22 to August 12, featuring first full budget post-2024 elections, economic survey, and crucial legislative work.

The session will see the government presenting its first full budget after the 2024 Lok Sabha elections. (PTI)
Updated on Jul 07, 2024 04:29 AM IST
By, Bundi (rajasthan)

New faces in LS front row, INDIA likely to get 8 spots

Opposition parties to get eight front row seats in 18th Lok Sabha, reflecting relative strengths after BJP's reduced tally; Congress, allies gain prominence.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Union Ministers and NDA MPs in the Lok Sabha on Tuesday. (ANI)
Updated on Jul 05, 2024 04:43 AM IST

Modi makes a rare intervention in Parliament, top leaders weigh in

This was the first time that Modi intervened during any MP’s speech in the House during his tenure as Prime Minister from 2014 onwards.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi (ANI Photo/Sansad TV)
Updated on Jul 02, 2024 07:49 AM IST

Rahul Gandhi leads Opposition attack on BJP in Lok Sabha; PM Modi rebuts him

PM Modi took strong exception to Rahul Gandhi’s remarks that those who call themselves Hindus had engaged in “violence and hate”

Leader of Opposition in the Lok Sabha Rahul Gandhi speaks participating in the debate on the motion of thanks on the President’s Address (Sansad TV/ANI)
Updated on Jul 01, 2024 05:54 PM IST

Both Houses adjourned after NEET issue rocks Parliament

Opposition uproar over NEET irregularities in Parliament leads to adjournment, with Congress MP fainting. PM Modi set to address debate on Tuesday.

MPs in the Lok Sabha on the fifth day of the special session, on Friday. (ANI)
Updated on Jun 29, 2024 05:38 AM IST
By, New Delhi

Parliament adjourned till Monday amid uproar over discussion on NEET

Leader of Opposition Rahul Gandhi said the NEET issue is a very important issue for the whole country and they want a dedicated discussion in the House on the matter

With the opposition not relenting, the uproar continued and the Speaker subsequently adjourned the House till 12noon. (ANI photo)
Published on Jun 28, 2024 12:24 PM IST

Opposition to move adjournment motions on NEET row today

At a meeting of the INDIA bloc members at Congress chief Mallikarjun Kharge’s residence on Thursday, opposition leaders decided that the “NEET issue is of paramount importance and must be taken up separately,” a senior leader who attended the meeting said, seeking anonymity.

Opposition to move adjournment motions on NEET row today
Updated on Jun 28, 2024 07:26 AM IST
By, New Delhi

‘Emergency reference a travesty of Parliamentary traditions’: Congress to Birla

On Wednesday, Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla started his second stint in the top office pitching for a new vision and new resolve but also called the Emergency a “dark day in the history of India”

Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla (PTI Photo)
Published on Jun 27, 2024 04:01 PM IST

India expects Opposition to defend Constitution: Rahul

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday emphasised on the Opposition’s role in Parliament as the representative of the voice of India and hoped that Lok Sabha speaker Om Birla “will do his duty to defend the Constitution” by allowing the Opposition to speak, marking his first speech as Leader of the Opposition in the Lower House.

Congress Leader of Opposition Rahul Gandhi. (ANI)
Updated on Jun 27, 2024 07:58 AM IST

Parliament set to write Amrit Kaal’s future under Om Birla: Modi

As India makes efforts to modernise and fulfill its aspirations, the Parliament under Om Birla’s leadership is ready to “write the future of Amrit Kaal”, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Wednesday as he congratulated the Rajasthan lawmaker on his election as the Lok Sabha Speaker for a second consecutive term.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla. (PTI)
Updated on Jun 27, 2024 07:52 AM IST
By, New Delhi

Lok Sabha elects Om Birla as Speaker by voice vote

Pro-tem Speaker B Mahtab made the announcement after the opposition, which had proposed Congress MP Kodikunnil Suresh as its candidate, did not press for votes to the motion

With this win, he became the first Speaker to retain the post in the Lower House in the past 39 years. (PTI photo)
Updated on Jun 26, 2024 12:14 PM IST

Om Birla likely to be Lok Sabha Speaker for 2nd time in a row

Birla, born in 1962, was a two-term MP when he was made the Lok Sabha Speaker in 2019, a position usually reserved for senior leaders

BJP MP Om Birla takes oath as a member of the 18th Lok Sabha on Tuesday. (ANI Photo)
Updated on Jun 26, 2024 09:39 AM IST

Rahul Gandhi chosen as Leader of Opposition in Lok Sabha

A larger section of the Opposition anticipated that Gandhi would take the Leader of the Opposition’s responsibilities after the Congress became eligible for the prestigious post for the first time in 10 years

Congress MP Rahul Gandhi shows a copy of the Constitution while taking oath as a member of the 18th Lok Sabha on Tuesday. (PTI Photo)
Published on Jun 26, 2024 09:26 AM IST

Ruling party is breaking the convention of Lok Sabha: Congress MP K Suresh

The Mavelikkara MP said the Opposition is “ready to withdraw” the nomination if the ruling coalition assures them of the Deputy Speaker post

Congress MP K Suresh at the Parliament House complex on Tuesday. (PTI Photo)
Published on Jun 26, 2024 09:19 AM IST

Rahul Gandhi chosen LoP in Lok Sabha after INDIA meeting

As the Leader of the Opposition, the Rae Bareli MP will lead a strong and diverse Opposition group against the Modi government.

New Delhi, Jun 25 (ANI): Congress MP Rahul Gandhi takes oath as a Member of the 18th Lok Sabha during its second day, at the Parliament, in New Delhi on Tuesday. (ANI Photo/SansadTV)
Updated on Jun 26, 2024 07:44 AM IST
By, New Delhi

Rare showdown for Speaker as NDA picks Om Birla again

India faces first Lok Sabha Speaker election in 50 years over deputy speaker post deadlock. NDA's Birla vs. INDIA's Suresh in major showdown.

The ruling National Democratic Alliance (NDA) picked 17th Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla who will likely become only the fourth man to get a second term helming the Lower House. (ANI)
Updated on Jun 26, 2024 04:24 AM IST

Constitution, NEET on Opposition’s agenda in Parliament

The Indian National Developmental Inclusive Alliance (INDIA) on Monday started off its fresh spell in Parliament by holding up copies of the Constitution and asserting that it will raise people’s issues, as Congress MP Rahul Gandhi targeted Prime Minister Narendra Modi for being “psychologically on the back foot” and trying to “save his government”.

Constitution, NEET on Opposition’s agenda in Parliament
Updated on Jun 25, 2024 07:06 AM IST

MPs with agricultural background a common theme in 18th Lok Sabha

148 newly elected MPs have stated agriculture as their profession while 13 declared themselves as farmers

Data shows that at least 316 MPs are graduates or postgraduates while four were not able to complete their matriculation. (ANI)
Updated on Jun 23, 2024 07:42 AM IST

Opposition panel members likely to stay away from assisting protem Speaker

The Opposition parties are unhappy with the BJP’s decision to overlook K Suresh, an eighth-term lawmaker, for the post of protem Speaker and make BJP leader Bhartruhari Mahtab the interim Speaker

The Opposition parties alleged that the BJP didn’t follow the tradition of appointing the most experienced member of the Lok Sabha as protem Speaker. (File Photo)
Updated on Jun 22, 2024 01:06 PM IST

TMC and Congress set to join hands to take on BJP in Parliament

On Thursday, former Union minister P Chidambaram met Mamata Banerjee in a bid to improve the ties between the two sides

The upcoming Parliament session starts from June 24. (ANI)
Updated on Jun 22, 2024 01:30 AM IST

Rahul Gandhi keeps Rae Bareli; Priyanka to make electoral debut from Wayanad

Rahul Gandhi to retain Rae Bareli, Priyanka Gandhi Vadra to contest Wayanad. Nehru-Gandhi family trio in Parliament if Priyanka wins by-election.

Congress president Mallikarjun Kharge after a meeting with Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra at his residence in New Delhi on Monday. (HT Photo)
Updated on Jun 18, 2024 04:50 AM IST
By, New Delhi

Priyanka to make electoral debut from Wayanad, Rahul Gandhi retains Raebareli

The Congress party, however, didn’t disclose if Rahul Gandhi will be the Leader of the Opposition in the Lok Sabha

Congress leaders and brother-sister duo Rahul Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra share a hug after the announcement of Priyanka's candidature from the Wayanad Lok Sabha seat, in New Delhi on Monday. (Hindustan Times)
Updated on Jun 17, 2024 09:41 PM IST

Rahul Gandhi's dilemma: Rae Bareli or a seat in the south

HT edition of Feb 8, 1980, said: “Mrs Gandhi was given a tumultuous reception on her first visit to this town (Rae Bareli) after assuming office once again.."

Wayanad, Jun 12 (ANI): Congress leader Rahul Gandhi during a public meeting, in Wayanad on Wednesday. (ANI Photo)(Congress X)
Published on Jun 13, 2024 03:39 PM IST

After an impressive show in Lok Sabha polls, what lies ahead for Opposition?

The Congress party has improved its tally substantially from 52 in the last Lok Sabha to 99 in the 18th Lok Sabha

Senior Congress leaders Sonia Gandhi and Mallikarjun Kharge. (HT Photo)
Updated on Jun 11, 2024 09:26 AM IST

Political protests: Ride a bullock cart to Parl, switch off lights

Innovative protests in India have a history. In 1973, AB Vajpayee arrived at Parliament on a bullock cart to protest against the increase in fuel prices.

A 1973 photo of Atal Bihari Vajpayee arriving at Parliament House on a bullock cart to protest against the increase in petrol and kerosene prices. (HT File Photo)
Published on Jun 11, 2024 08:00 AM IST

How Mallikarjun Kharge, Sonia Gandhi made Congress battle ready for next 5 years

Sonia emphasised that Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his allies have “suffered political and moral defeat” in the 2024 Lok Sabha election

Both leaders spoke about the revival of the party. (ANI photo)
Published on Jun 10, 2024 10:52 AM IST

Oppn bloc must work cohesively inside and outside House: Kharge

Mallikarjun Kharge emphasized on the unity of the INDIA bloc with 236 lawmakers, acknowledging the need to function cohesively inside and outside Parliament.

Congress chief Mallikarjun Kharge with party leaders Rahul Gandhi, Sonia Gandhi and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra after Extended Congress Working Committee meeting in New Delhi, India, on Saturday. (Vipin Kumar/HT)
Updated on Jun 09, 2024 05:03 AM IST

No longer should House be bulldozed, says Sonia at CPP meet, takes on Modi

Sonia Gandhi attacks PM Modi, says he suffered a "political and moral defeat" in recent elections, calls for accountability in Parliament.

New Delhi, Jun 08 (ANI): Congress leader Sonia Gandhi re-elected as President of the Congress Parliamentary Party at the Congress Parliamentary Party (CPP) meeting comprising all newly elected Lok Sabha MPs & Rajya Sabha MPs, at Samvidhan Sadan (Old Parliament) in New Delhi on Saturday. (ANI Photo(Congress -X)
Updated on Jun 09, 2024 04:57 AM IST
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