Parliament Live: Rajya Sabha passes UAPA Bill; 147 MPs vote in favour, 42 against

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NEW DELHI: Amid massive uproar, the Rajya Sabha passed the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Amendment Bill on Friday. A total of 147 MPs vote in favour of it while 42 against it. Justifying the amendments seeking to declare individuals as terrorists, Home Minister Amit Shah noted that individuals go on to create new outfits after the ban. 

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02 August 2019
13:39 PM

Amid massive uproar, the Rajya Sabha passed the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Amendment Bill on Friday. A total of 147 MPs vote in favour of it while 42 against it. 

13:04 PM

Voting underway in Rajya Sabha for UAPA Amendments Bill.

13:03 PM

Justifying the UAPA amendments seeking to declare individuals as terrorists, HM Shah noted individuals create new organisations after being banned.

12:59 PM

Amit Shah in RS: "Terrorists have no religion. Laws should be amended along with time."

12:56 PM

HM Amit Shah: "Digvijaya Singh ji seems angry, it is natural, he just lost elections...he said 'in 3 cases of NIA no one was punished.' I will tell you why, because earlier in these cases political vendetta was done&attempt was made to link a particular religion to terror UAPA"

12:56 PM

HM Amit Shah in Rajya Sabha: "What happened during Emergency? All media was banned, all opposition leaders were jailed. There was no democracy for 19 months, and you are accusing us of misusing laws? Kindly look at your past." 

12:55 PM

Home Minister Amit Shah in Rajya Sabha: "Chidambaram ji asked why to name an individual as a terrorist when the organisation they are affiliated to is already banned. It is because we ban one organisation, another one comes up by the same individuals. Till when will we keep banning organisations?"

12:53 PM

Discussion on UAPA Bill underway in Rajya Sabha. YSRC supporting the Bill. PDP and Congress demanded to sent the Bill it to Select Committee.

12:50 PM

Chidambaram on UAPA Bill in RS:

"UAPA deals with two different kind of activities - unlawful activities and terrorist acts. They are not the same. They are defined separately. Even before this Amendment, individuals were covered under this Act, punishable under this Act. Individuals are covered in this Act, then why this amendment?

"What is the purpose of this Act. It gives an impression that the purpose is to empower the NIA. We are not opposing UAPA or empowering NIA or fight against terrorism.We are opposing the mischief  - to power to empower the Central government to name an individual. 

"If the Central government believes, it can name an individual without an FIR - no case, no charges framed, no conviction. The same power applies for terrorist organisation. You name an organisation, but do not name an individual. It is hopelessly unconstitutional. Refer it to select committee."

12:48 PM

"When it comes to fighting terrorism, Congress government and UPA government, made the act, amended the act. No one can point finger on Congress and UPA that we were soft on terrorism. We were strong on terrorism, hard on terrorists, we brought the law to book the terrorists," says Chidambaram. 

12:43 PM

P Chidambaram on UAPA in Rajya Sabha: UAPA has been amended for six times. Substantial amendment made in 2008 and 2013. When it comes to fighting terrorism - cong govt and upa govt - made the act, (Centre) amended the Act. 

11:10 AM

Congress Chief Whip in Lok Sabha K Suresh has given an adjournment motion notice on Unnao rape case.


11:09 AM

Delhi: Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan meets protesting doctors over National Medical Commission (NMC) Bill. Doctors have been protesting over various provisions of the bill. 

11:06 AM

The Trinamool Congress, for the fifth consecutive day, issued a three-line whip for all its Rajya Sabha MPs asking them to be present in the House and vote on Friday.


11:02 AM

Bills to be taken up in Rajya Sabha: 

1. The Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Amendment Bill, 2019: G Kishan Reddy, Minister of State, Home Affairs

2. The Repealing and Amending Bill, 2019: Ravi Shankar Prasad, Minister of Law and Justice

3. The Code on Wages, 2019: Santosh Gangwar, Minister of State (Independent Charge) for Labour and Employment

10:58 AM

Bills for consideration and passing in the Lok Sabha: 

1. The Jallianwala Bagh National Memorial (Amendment) Bill, 2019: Prahlad Singh Patel, Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism

2. The Dam Safety Bill, 2019: Gajendra Singh Shekhawat, Minister of Jal Shakti


10:57 AM

Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi on Thursday expressed hope that at least 23 out of 36 Bills will be passed in the two Houses by Friday.

"We want to pass all the Bills. I hope by the end of this session, on August 7, it will create new history in the passage of Bills and total working hours. The first session of 17th Lok Sabha will go down in history as (that with) highest productivity. It will create a new record," Joshi told ANI.