A day after Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman presented Union Budget 2021-22, the Rajya Sabha and Lok Sabha witnessed dramatic scenes over the farm laws on Tuesday. Opposition parties including the Congress, Left, TMC and DMK on Tuesday staged a walkout four times from the Upper House after their demand for suspension of business of the day to take up a discussion on more than two-month-old farmers’ agitation was rejected by Chairman Venkaiah Naidu. This led to the adjournment of the House four times, and the proceeding will resume at 9 am on Wednesday now.
The Lower House too witnessed unruly scenes as the day’s business had to be suspended multiple times before adjourning for the day.
The opposition parties had given notice under rule 267 calling for the suspension of business of the day to take up discussion on the ongoing agitation by farmers on Delhi borders against three new farm laws.
When the House met for the day, Naidu said he has received notice under rule 267 from various members but the issue can be raised during the discussion on motion of thanks to the President’s address to the joint sitting of both House of Parliament. The President, he said, had referred to the farmer’s agitation in his address made at the start of the Budget session of Parliament last week.
On the second day of the Budget Session, 27 bills passed by the Houses of Parliament during the fourth session of the 17th Lok Sabha will be tabled in the Lower House on Tuesday. Today’s Lok Sabha session will also see various Standard Committee reports on Coal and Steel, Home Affairs, Health and Family Welfare, among others being presented. After the Lower House assembles at 4 pm, Secretary-General Utpal Kumar Singh will table 27 Bills passed by the Houses of Parliament during the Fourth Session of Seventeenth Lok Sabha and assented to by President Ram Nath Kovind.