Parliament LIVE: Congress leader Anand Sharma on Wednesday demanded in Rajya Sabha restoration of the Special Protection Group cover to former prime minister Manmohan Singh and the Gandhi family. Raising the issue in the upper house, he said the cover should be “restored” going beyond “partisan politics”. The party has been raising the issue in both the Houses. Reacting to the charges, BJP’s JP Nadda said: “There is nothing political, security hasn’t been withdrawn. Home Ministry has a very set pattern and there is a protocol. It is not done by a politician, it is done by Home Ministry and according to threat perception the security is given and withdrawn.”
Meanwhile, Union Home Minister Amit Shah will today table a report in the Rajya Sabha on the President’s Rule in Maharashtra. The state was placed under President’s Rule on November 12 on Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari’s recommendation after a break-up between allies BJP and Shiv Sena plunged Maharashtra into a political crisis. The report will also be tabled on a day when the Congress and the NCP are set to meet to finalise the contours of their proposed alliance with the Shiv Sena.
The Rajya Sabha will take up two crucial bills — the The Surrogacy (Regulation) Bill, 2019 that was moved by Union minister Harsh Vardhan yesterday, and the The Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Bill, 2019.
The Surrogacy Bill will seek to constitute National Surrogacy Board, State Surrogacy Boards and appointment of appropriate authorities for regulation of the practice and process of surrogacy, as passed by Lok Sabha, be taken into consideration. On the other hand, the bill on transgenders that will be moved for passing by Thawaarchand Gehlot, seeks to provide for protection of rights of transgender persons and their welfare and for matters as passed by Lok Sabha, to be taken into consideration.