Asserting that the new agriculture laws were passed after extensive discussions in Parliament, the BJP Tuesday said in Rajya Sabha that doors are always open for farmers to resolve the issue through talks, and urged opposition parties to not make the farmers’ agitation another Shaheen Bagh. Moving the Motion of Thanks to the President’s address in the upper house, BJP member Bhubaneswar Kalita said the government respects farmers.
Meanwhile, Lok Sabha session was adjourned twice amid protests against farm bills by the Opposition.
A day after witnessing walkouts by the Opposition party leaders over farm laws, the government and Opposition parties in Rajya Sabha on Wednesday reportedly agreed to allocate five more hours to discuss Motion of Thanks and members can raise the farmers’ protest during the discussion.
The Upper House, which following COVID-19 protocols meets for five hours daily, will dispense with the scheduled Question Hour, Zero Hour and Private Member Business for the 15-hour discussion on the Motion of Thanks to the President’s Address beginning Wednesday, Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu said.
After Rajya Sabha proceedings resumed Wednesday, Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu warned members against the usage of mobile phones within the House. “There’s a restriction on usage of cellular phones within Rajya Sabha chambers. It has been observed that some members are using their mobile phones to record proceedings of house while sitting in chamber such conduct is against parliamentary etiquette,” he said.
Earlier in the day, Congress MPs Ghulam Nabi Azad and Anand Sharma gave suspension of business notice in Rajya Sabha over ongoing farmer agitation. BSP, CPI, All India Trinamool Congress , DMK, CPI(M) parties too gave suspension of business notice in Rajya Sabha over ongoing farmer agitation. Congress MP Rajeev Satav gave Zero Hour notice in the Upper House over demand for withdrawal of three farm laws.