Live: Lok Sabha passes Companies Amendment Bill; Rajya Sabha adjourned for the day

Lok Sabha Speaker, after holding a meeting with Opposition parties' leaders, came to the conclusion that Azam Khan should apologise to BJP MP Rama Devi over his remarks.

By Zee Media Bureau | Last Updated: Friday, July 26, 2019 - 18:45

NEW DELHI: Lok Sabha on Friday passed the Companies (Amendment) Bill, 2019, which was moved by Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman. The bill aims to amend the 2013 Companies Act under which certain classes of public companies are required to issue shares in dematerialised form only.

Meanwhile, Rajya Sabha has been adjourned for the day. The proceedings of the Upper House will begin on Monday, July 29, at 11:00 am.

Lok Sabha on Friday witnessed uproarious scenes over Samajwadi Party's Azam Khan's alleged derogatory and sexist remark on BJP MP Rama Devi with lawmakers from across all parties demanding an unconditional apology from him. Khan had on Thursday triggered a political storm by commenting on BJP MP Rama Devi, when she was officiating as the Speaker.

Lok Sabha Speaker, after holding a meeting with Opposition parties' leaders, came to the conclusion that Azam Khan should apologise to BJP MP Rama Devi over his remarks.

The remarks made by Azam Khan did not go down well with Rama Devi, who said, “this is not the way to speak”. She directed that the Samajwadi Party leader’s remarks must be expunged. The SP leader, however, clarified that he considered Rama Devi his “sister” and did not intend any disrespect for her. On Friday, reacting to his statement, Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said that the least the SP leader from Uttar Pradesh could do was apologise before the House.

Several women MPs too condemned Azam Khan's statement and demanded an unconditional apology from him. Both houses of Parliament are expected to witness unruly scenes as the NDA government intends to ensure the passage of key legislations while the Congress-led opposition is pressing the government for debate on key issues, including US President Donald Trump's recent Kashmir claim and mob lynching.

In a big boost for the ruling coalition, the Lok Sabha on Thursday passed the controversial triple talaq amid the Opposition walkout and the government accusing the Congress of dragging its feet on the legislation and contending that it was for the dignity and respect of women. The Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Bill, 2019 that prohibits divorce by pronouncing talaq thrice in one go was passed with 303 votes in favour and 82 against.

Members of the Congress, the Trinamool Congress and several other parties staged a walkout over the Bill. The Janata Dal (United), a BJP ally, also opposed the Bill and walked out of the House saying it will create distrust among a particular community. The Bill will now be tabled in the Rajya Sabha, where the opposition is numerically stronger than the ruling alliance.

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26 July 2019, 18:45 PM

Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla appoints Meenakashi Lekhi as the Chairman of the Committee on Public Undertakings for the term 2019-2020. The committee consists of 15 Lok Sabha members and seven Rajya Sabha members, news agency ANI reported.

26 July 2019, 17:46 PM

Rajya Sabha has been adjourned for the day, will resume on Monday, July 29, at 11:00 am.

 

26 July 2019, 17:44 PM

BJP MP Rama Devi leaves to meet BJP MP Pralhad Joshi. According to Zee Media sources, Rama Devi will appeal that SP MP Azam Khan's membership as an MP is scrapped.

26 July 2019, 17:40 PM

Lok Sabha passes the Companies (Amendment) Bill, 2019, which was moved by Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman. The bill aims to amend the 2013 Companies Act under which certain classes of public companies are required to issue shares in dematerialised form only.

26 July 2019, 17:28 PM

Samajwadi Party MP Azam Khan will be asked to apologise to BJP MP Rama Devi in the House over his remarks. The development comes after Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla held a meeting with all the parties and arrived at this conclusion.

26 July 2019, 17:20 PM

Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla meets Opposition leaders Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, Jayadev Galla, Danish Ali, Supriya Sule, and others over Samajwadi Party MP Azam Khan's remark on BJP MP Rama Devi on Friday, news agency ANI reported.

 

26 July 2019, 14:54 PM

His statement is against the dignity of women, it is hurtful. It is highly condemnable, he should not only apologize to the Lok Sabha but also to all women: Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati on Azam Khan's remark against BJP MP Rama Devi.

26 July 2019, 13:39 PM

I condemn, I feel shame, offensive language is not accepted. If not corrected, it will set bad values for generations ahead. I urge to give very very strict instructions. We come here as professionals, not as me or women: NCP MP Supriya Sule on Azam Khan's sexist remark.

26 July 2019, 13:33 PM

I will call a meeting of leaders of all parties and then take a decision on this issue: Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla on Azam Khan.

 

26 July 2019, 13:08 PM

To politicise an issue related to women is outrageous, we have to stand together so why the hesitation in some? Why the dilemma? Why add riders? I am not naming anyone for people (pointing towards Congress MPs) to interrupt my speech: FM Nirmala Sitharaman.

26 July 2019, 13:07 PM

It is very encouraging to see everyone stand up and speak in one voice condemning what happened yesterday. We look towards you (LS Speaker) for an exemplary action against him: Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Azam Khan.

26 July 2019, 13:06 PM

Congress party is against the disrespect of women. There have been incidents when Sonia Gandhi Ji was called 'Italy ki Kathputli' etc. in the Parliament: Leader of Congress in Lok Sabha Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury on Azam Khan.

 

26 July 2019, 12:48 PM

Azam Khan should apologise or else he should be suspended from Lok Sabha, this is our demand: Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad in Lok Sabha.

 

26 July 2019, 12:46 PM

Nobody can stand in the Parliament and tell a woman "look into my eyes and talk." Speaker sir, all women here are expecting something big from you on this: TMC MP Mimi Chakraborty on Azam Khan in Lok Sabha.

26 July 2019, 12:45 PM

The entire nation watched yesterday what happened. This House passed the Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace Bill. I appeal to all to speak in one voice- You cannot misbehave with a woman and get away with it by just dramatizing it: Irani.

26 July 2019, 12:45 PM

Let us not reduce this to a problem of just women. This is a blot on all legislators including men. This is not a House where men come in and 'Kisi aurat ki aankhon mein jhanka jaye': BJP MP Smriti Irani on Azam Khan in Lok Sabha.

26 July 2019, 12:44 PM

If any unparliamentary words were used yesterday... if BJP MPs take back their words and if I have used any unparliamentary words, I will also take them back: Samajwadi Party leader, Akhilesh Yadav on Azam Khan's remark on BJP MP Rama Devi.

26 July 2019, 12:44 PM

He has never respected women, we all know what he had said about Jaya Prada Ji. He has no right to stay in Lok Sabha, I will request Speaker to dismiss him. Azam Khan must apologise Rama Devi, BJP MP on Azam Khan's remark on her.

26 July 2019, 09:51 AM

Samajwadi Party MP Ravi Prakash Verma has given Zero Hour notice in Rajya Sabha over 'need for legislation to prevent mob violence'.

26 July 2019, 09:51 AM

Samajwadi Party MP Jaya Bachchan has given Zero Hour notice in Rajya Sabha over 'plight of the entertainment industry in India.' 

26 July 2019, 09:50 AM

TMC MP Dola Sen has given Zero Hour notice in Rajya Sabha over 'demand to review the decision to privatise Indian ordnance factories.'