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Feb 21, 2020, 05.37 AM IST

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  • The new Parliament House will be built at an estimated cost of Rs 776 crore and the total built-up area in the Parliament complex after new construction will be more than double of what it is now.

    While Bihar Congress’ strength of 26 MLAs is short of the minimum 35 votes required to win a Rajya Sabha seat, the party wants RJD (with 82 MLAs and in a position to win two RS seats) to transfer its surplus votes to help Congress win a seat to the Upper House, it is learnt.

    According to PTI, the Congress could lose around nine of its 19 seats that are falling vacant due to its reduced strength in some states, amid speculation that the party is contemplating bringing in some bigwigs, including Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, Jyotiraditya Scindia and Randeep Surjewala, to the upper house.

    Of these, BJP currently has 18 MPs, while the Congress has 11. The rest of the seats belong to other parties. In all, BJP has 82 MPs in the Rajya Sabha, while the Congress has 46 MPs. The results of state elections will have some bearing on the party members that come to the Rajya Sabha.

    Congress leader Kumari Selja says states will lose around Rs 5,000 crore due to GST, demands compensation; BSP’s Veer Singh pushes for reservations in private sector jobs.

    The BJP has issued a three-line whip to all its MPs of Rajya Sabha asking them to be present in the House on Tuesday and support the stand of the government. Interestingly, the whip comes on the last day of the Budget session before it heads for a break. Some pointed out that this time the UCC may be taken up as an awe and shock measure.

    TMC MP Derek O'Brien was the leading questioner in the Rajya Sabha in first half of the budget session with 18 questions. O'Brien was the lead questioner with 18 to his credit, followed by YSRCP's Vemireddy Prabhakar Reddy with 17 and Independent MP Parimal Nathwani with 16 questions, the statement reads.

    The differences of opinion in Bengal BJP came out in the open after Swapan Dasgupta, said ideological issues must be supplemented by governance agenda. On the other hand, BJP state unit chief Dilip Ghosh advocated to carry on its aggressive strategy saying the party needs to stick to its ideological issues.

    Private member’s bills rarely proceed beyond discussion and it is unclear how Sena’s new allies Congress and NCP will view the subject of Desai’s bill and might be tempted to see the move in political terms as being intended to target Muslims more than other sections of the population.

    Trai's views assume significance as Bharti Airtel, earlier this month, made it clear that it will not buy 5G spectrum in the upcoming auction if its base price is fixed at Rs 492 crore per megahertz as recommended by the telecom regulator. Trai chairman RS Sharma said that it is up to the cos to participate in the auction.

    Minister of State for Labour Santosh Gangwar said the government is conducting a new Periodic Labour Force Survey with new parameters and bigger sample size, and its results cannot be compared with previous surveys in this regard. He asserted that it was an attempt to provide authentic data with the new survey conducted through the Ministry of Statistics.

    After whips were issued by political parties, there was speculation in a section of the media that the government may come up with an important legislation in the House.

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