Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha proceedings were adjourned for the day on Wednesday amid vociferous protests by the opposition over Pegasus snooping allegations and other issues.
In the lower house, Rajendra Agrawal, who was chairing the proceedings, took up the Coconut Development Board (Amendment) Bill, 2021, which was moved by Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar. Amid the din, Tomar moved the bill, saying the proposed legislation will benefit coconut farmers in different states. Soon thereafter, the bill was passed without debate even as the opposition objected to the hasty approval to the bill. The bill has already been approved by the Rajya Sabha.
As the opposition uproar continued, Agrawal adjourned the proceedings for the day. The House will meet again at 11 am on Thursday.
The Upper House passed the Airports Economic Regulatory Authority of India (Amendment) Bill, 2021, which seeks to encourage smaller airports to expand air connectivity to relatively remote and far-flung areas.
Deputy Chairman Harivansh Narayan Singh, who was in the chair, called members for debate on the bill. After a short debate and a brief reply from the Civil Aviation Minister Jyotiraditya Scindia, the Airports Economic Regulatory Authority of India (Amendment) Bill, 2021 was passed with a voice vote.
Amid opposition ruckus in the parliament’s monsoon session, Trinamool Congress MP Derek O’Brien stated that he will shave his head if Union Home Minister Amit Shah comes to Parliament on Wednesday and makes a statement on the Delhi rape case. Brien further accused the Home Minister of running away from Pegasus.
Brien clearly told India Today that 15-16 Opposition parties want a discussion in Parliament on several issues, they want to discuss and repeal farm laws, economy, jobs, price rise and inflation; and national security (Pegasus).
Here are the highlights from Parliament:
The Opposition has accused the NDA government of “bulldozing” Bills by denying them their legitimate right of discussion.
Bills that have been passed without much discussion in Parliament are- Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Amendment Bill, 2021, Factoring Amendment Bill, 2021, The General Insurance Business (Nationalisation) Amendment Bill, 2021, Tribunal Reforms Bill, 2021.
Congress issues notice on Pegasus.
Opposition leaders continue to protest on farm laws, demands justice for farmers.
Lok Sabha session begins amid opposition’s sloganeering.
Lok Sabha adjourned till 11:30 AM.
Lower House of the parliament adjourned till 12 PM
Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha adjourned till 2 pm.
TMC MPs suspended- Dola Sen, Nadimul Haque, Abir Ranjan Biswas, Shrimati Shanta Chhetri, Arpita Ghosh, and Mausam Noor.