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Lok Sabha, Rajya Sabha Proceedings Adjourned for the Day Amid Ruckus by Oppn

During the nine sittings of these first two weeks, Rajya Sabha could have only 1 hour 38 minutes of Question Hour which is primarily meant for ensuring the accountability of the executive to the Parliament. (PTI)

During the nine sittings of these first two weeks, Rajya Sabha could have only 1 hour 38 minutes of Question Hour which is primarily meant for ensuring the accountability of the executive to the Parliament. (PTI)

Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha proceedings were adjourned for the day as opposition MPs continued to create ruckus, demanding a discussion on the 'Pegasus Project' media report.

Speaker Om Birla adjourned the Lok Sabha for the day as Opposition MPs continued to create ruckus, demanding a discussion on the ‘Pegasus Project’ media report on Monday. The Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha assembled on Monday to take up business after a week of a washout due to vociferous protests over the Pegasus spying row and the three new farm laws.

Before Ram Devi, who was in the Chair, adjourned the proceedings till Tuesday morning, the House passed the General Insurance Business (Nationalisation) Amendment Bill with voice-vote.

The House re-assembled at 3.30 PM but the opposition members continued their protest as Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said she wanted to respond to the concerns raised by the Leader of the Congress party, Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury. As the din continued, the minister sought passage of the bill, and the House approved it by a voice vote.

Rajya Sabha proceedings were adjourned for the day as Opposition MPs continued their protest over the Pegasus snooping row and other matters. When Rajya Sabha reassembled at 3.36 pm, the government moved two Bills for consideration, but Opposition members, some of them carrying placards, kept raising slogans in the Well of the House.

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Bhubaneswar Kalita, who was in the Chair, tried to pacify the protesting members, but in vain.

As sloganeering continued, he adjourned the proceedings for the day. The House will reconvene at 11 AM on Tuesday.

As the stalemate between the opposition and the government continued for two weeks, both Houses of parliament have witnessed little business except the government passing bills amid din without any proper discussion.

The flashpoint is the Pegasus project snooping controversy on which the opposition demands discussion but the government says that after IT Minister’s statement only clarification can be sought. Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi termed it a “non issue".

Amid the blame game, sources have said that both Houses of parliament could function for only 18 hours in 105 hours of scheduled sitting.

Here are the Highlights:

- Opposition Party floor leaders from Lok Sabha&Rajya Sabha to meet tomorrow in Delhi to discuss strategy for Monsoon session. Rahul Gandhi to attend the meet, few Opposition parties are of the view that a mock Parliament session should be convened, decision after the meet: News agency ANI quoted its sources.

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Members of Parliament from Rajasthan hold discussions on various developmental projects in the state.

- Lok Sabha adjourned till 2 pm amid uproar by Opposition MPs, demanding a discussion on the ‘Pegasus Project’ media report.

- Both the houses of the Parliament were adjourned till 12 noon over ruckus by Opposition MPs over various issues.

- Meanwhile, Speaker Om Birla at the Lok Sabha verbally felicitated PV Sindhu, saying “I am delighted to tell you that PV Sindhu won the bronze medal for India in badminton women’s singles at Olympic Games. This is her second consecutive Olympics medal. She is the first Indian woman to win two Olympic medals for individual events."

- Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu congratulated PV Sindhu for winning the Bronze medal in Tokyo Olympics. “With her spectacular performance, she has scripted history by becoming the first Indian woman to win two Olympics medals," he said.

- Mallikarjun Kharge added, “They want Parliament to go on just like this, that their Bills get passed just like that & issues like inflation, COVID, fuel prices hike, Rafale get hidden."

- Govt is responsible if the House isn’t functioning. Govt doesn’t want itself to get exposed. They’ll face challenges if there’s a discussion on ‘Pegasus’, they’ll lose their dignity. They say they’re ready for discussion but they don’t want it: Rajya Sabha LoP Mallikarjun Kharge

- Congress MP Deepender Singh Hooda gives suspension of business notice under Rule 267 in Rajya Sabha, to discuss Central Government’s three Farm Laws.

- CPI(M) MP Elamaram Kareem gives suspension of business notice under Rule 267 in Rajya Sabha, to discuss the ‘Pegasus Project’ media report.

- Congress MP Manickam Tagore gives an adjournment notice on Pegasus

- In the upper house, a proper debate was witnessed only on Covid while the Lok Sabha could not see any debate, though the government passed important legislations in both Houses of the parliament.

- In Rajya Sabha in approximately 11 hours of work, the government managed to pass amendments to Marine Aids Bill, Juvenile Justice Bill and Coconut Board Bill amongst others amid din.

- The Lok Sabha, on the other hand, passed the IBC Bill in 7 hours of work while both houses witnessed unruly scenes as TMC MP in the Rajya Sabha, Santanu Sen was suspended for tearing papers after snatching it from the IT Minister, while in the Lok Sabha, MPs from the opposition parties threw papers in the House.

- The principal opposition party, the Congress is blaming the government for the logjam. Jairam Ramesh said, “One of the foundational principles of parliamentary democracy is that while the Government has its way, the Opposition must have its say. But Modi Sarkar believes in ‘my way or highway’. That is why Parliament is unable to function."

- The government is saying that the Opposition is not interested and after repeated attempts the opposite side is not coming down from their demands. Pralhad Joshi and Piyush Goyal did meet opposition leaders, but no solution has been found yet.

- Pralhad Joshi said, “More than 315 members want the Question Hour. Despite that, opposition is behaving like this, it’s most unfortunate. The IT Minister has given detailed statement in both the Houses. This is totally non-serious issue."

- Due to continued disruptions by opposition parties, Rajya Sabha lost 40 of its 50 working hours and the productivity of the house fell to 13.70 per cent in the second week of the ongoing monsoon session, officials said.

- The Upper House clocked a productivity of 32.20 per cent during the first week and the overall productivity was 21.60 per cent for the first two weeks. Of the total 50 working hours available, 39 hours and 52 minutes were lost due to disruptions, the officials said.

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first published:August 02, 2021, 07:35 IST