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Parliament HIGHLIGHTS: Lok Sabha adjourned for the day amid opposition over farm laws

Parliament HIGHLIGHTS: 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.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi |
Updated: February 3, 2021 2:29:17 pm
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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.

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Parliament HIGHLIGHTS: Ruckus in Rajya Sabha as Oppn parties walkout over farm laws; House adjourned till 9 am tomorrow; Follow latest updates here

19:33 (IST)02 Feb 2021
Lok Sabha adjourned for the day

Lok Sabha adjourned for the day amid opposition members' protests against farm laws.

18:38 (IST)02 Feb 2021
If farmers lose their land under new farm laws, I'll step down: MoS Agriculture

MoS Agriculture Kailash Choudhary says, "It's being falsely publicised that if Farm Laws are implemented farmers will lose their land...If there's any provision that'll lead to farmers losing even an inch of land, I'll step down as Minister and leave politics permanently."

17:12 (IST)02 Feb 2021
Lok Sabha postponed till 7 pm

Lok Sabha postponed till 7 pm.

17:08 (IST)02 Feb 2021
Lok Sabha resumes, and so does the sloganeering

After a break of 1 hour, the Lok Sabha has resumed. However, the Opposition leaders came into the well of the House and started sloganeering against the new farm laws. Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar urged the protesting leaders to let the operations of the House resume and assured the government was committed to addressing the issues of the farmers during their talks. 

16:52 (IST)02 Feb 2021
Opposition benches raise slogans against 'anti-farmer laws'

Lok Sabha adjourned minutes after it met on Tuesday as the opposition MPs stormed the well of the house raising slogans seeking the withdrawal of “anti-farmer laws”

Congress, DMK, TMC, and other MPs rushed to the well of the house as the speaker took his seat. “Today all of you seem to be in high spirits” Speaker Om Birla said.

The MPs from Congress started raising the slogans “vapas lo vapas lo kisan virodhi kanoon vapas lo”. Congress MPs led by Gurjeet Singh Aujla, Hibi Eden, Benny Behnan and Jothimani reached the well of the house and they soon joined by other MPs including seniors like Saugata Roy and Kalyan Banerjee.

Speaker Birla asked them to go back to their seats and attend the question hour. “There’s a question on farmer welfare. You can ask questions. And please do this sloganeering outside the house “ he said. However, the opposition MPs continued the slogan raising. Some of them were carrying banners too

SAD MP and former minister Harsimra Kaur were standing with a placard urging the government to withdraw “black law” joining the protests.

(input by Liz Mathew)

16:10 (IST)02 Feb 2021
Amid heavy sloganeering, Lok Sabha adjourned till 5 pm

Minutes after it resumed, the Lok Sabha has been adjourned till 5 pm amid heavy sloganeering from the Opposition benches, demanding the complete repeal of the three contentious farm laws.

16:01 (IST)02 Feb 2021
Lok Sabha session resumes

Loud sloganeering from the Opposition benches as the Lok Sabha resumes session.

15:33 (IST)02 Feb 2021
Covid-19 travel restrictions: Less than 3 mn foreign tourists visited India in 2020, says govt

Less than three million foreign tourists visited India in 2020, a dip of around 75 per cent as compared to the previous year, due to travel restrictions imposed to control the coronavirus pandemic, the government informed Parliament on Tuesday.

Tourism Minister Prahlad Patel said that while in 2019, the number of foreign tourist arrivals was 10.93 million, the number stood at 10.56 million in 2018. Last year, foreign tourist arrivals stood at 2.68 million and "no formal study has been instituted for assessment of loss of revenue in 2020", Patel said. 

"However, several rounds of discussions and brainstorming sessions with industry stakeholders indicate massive loss of revenue, foreign exchange and jobs. In view of the highly unorganised nature of the sector, the impact in numerical terms can only be ascertained in due course," the minister said. 

"With an aim to incentivize stakeholders in the tourism industry, the guidelines for the scheme of Market Development Assistance (MDA) for providing financial support to stakeholders for the promotion of domestic tourism have been modified to enhance the scope and reach of the scheme, so as to provide maximum benefits to the stakeholders," Patel told the House. (PTI)

13:38 (IST)02 Feb 2021
Four bills were listed for consideration and passing in Rajya Sabha today

Four bills were listed for consideration and passing in the legislative business for the day. They were: The Major Port Authorities Bill, 2020; The National Institutes of Food Technology, Entrepreneurship and Management Bill, 2019; The Medical Termination of Pregnancy (Amendment) Bill, 2020; and The National Commission for Allied and Healthcare Professions Bill, 2020. 

13:34 (IST)02 Feb 2021
27 bills passed earlier to be presented in Lok Sabha today

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.

13:06 (IST)02 Feb 2021
Congress, other oppn parties force adjournment of Rajya Sabha for the day

Congress and other opposition parties on Tuesday forced adjournment of Rajya Sabha proceedings for the day as they insisted on taking up a discussion on the issue of farmers' protest over the three new farm bills. The House was first adjourned for about 40 minutes till 10:30 am. As soon as the House met again, similar scenes were witnessed leading to another adjournment till 11:30 am. When the Upper House re-assembled at 11.30 am, the uproar continued as several protesting members trooped in Well prompting Deputy Chairman Harivansh to adjourn the proceedings till 12:30 pm. The Deputy Chairman appealed to the opposition members to return their seats and follow COVID-19 protocols. However, they did not heed to his requests. Following the continued uproar in the House again at 12:30, the Chairman adjourned the Upper House for the day. It will now start at 9 am tommorrow.

12:42 (IST)02 Feb 2021
Rajya Sabha adjourned till 9 am tomorrow.

The Rajya Sabha has been adjourned till 9 am tomorrow now. The House was adjourned four times today amid protests by Opposition parties over the farm laws and farmers' protests. 

12:41 (IST)02 Feb 2021
Adhir Ranjan Chaudhary, Koddikunil Suresh give adjournment notice in Lok Sabha

Leader of Congress Party in Lok Sabha, Adhir Ranjan Chaudhary and party Chief Whip in Lok Sabha Koddikunil Suresh have given adjournment motion notice in Lok Sabha over Farm Laws.

12:15 (IST)02 Feb 2021
RS chairman calls for disruption-free, orderly discussions in House

Keen to ensure orderly functioning of the Upper House of Parliament, Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu on Tuesday asked MPs to follow rules, maintain discipline and dignity while discussing issues of national and public importance in the House. Making a veiled reference to the ugly scenes witnessed in the House during the passage of farm bills in the last session, Naidu asked members to make the current budget session "more purposeful" where issues are discussed threadbare in "a peaceful, orderly and dignified manner."

"Last time some unfortunate incidents happened," he said without going into the details. In September last year, opposition MPs tore the rule book, climbed on the podium and created a ruckus during the passage of three farm sector reform bills. "It is binding on all of us to see that the House functions properly, members follow rules and regulations, maintain discipline and dignity and also participate in debates in a meaningful manner," Naidu said. 

11:35 (IST)02 Feb 2021
It is a wrong impression being created that there was no discussion: Venkaiah Naidu

Rajya Sabha Chairman Venkaiah Naidu says, "I've repeated that there was discussion threadbare in the House on farm laws. It is a wrong impression being created that there was no discussion. With regard to voting, people may have their own arguments but every party had completed their part & made suggestions."

11:34 (IST)02 Feb 2021
Oppn protest continues, Rajya Sabha adjourned till 12:30 noon

The protest by the Opposition party continues in the Rajya Sabha. The House is now adjourned till 12:20 noon.

11:32 (IST)02 Feb 2021
Rajya Sabha adjourned till 11:30 am

Rajya Sabha has been adjourned till 11:30 am amid protest by opposition members on new farm laws. It will again begin now.

11:23 (IST)02 Feb 2021
Oppn parties walk out of Rajya Sabha demanding discussion on farm laws

Opposition parties including the Congress, Left, TMC and DMK on Tuesday staged a walkout 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.

11:23 (IST)02 Feb 2021
Hello and welcome to our Parliament LIVE blog

Hello and welcome to our Parliament LIVE blog. A day after Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman presented Union Budget 2021-22, the Rajya Sabha witnessed dramatic scenes over the farm laws on Tuesday. Follow to get the latest updates here!

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Farmers have been camping on Delhi's border with Uttar Pradesh and Haryana for over two months now, protesting against three farm laws that they say would favour corporate entities and would bring down the curtain on minimum support price (MSP) based procurement by the government. The government has vehemently denied these allegations and stated that MSP will continue.

Naidu, however, allowed members who gave notices to make very brief mentions. Leader of the Opposition and senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad said the farmers have been camping for more than two months and the issue needs to be discussed.

Sukhendu Sekhar Roy (TMC) said the House is not aware of what is going on between the government and farmers and the House should discuss the issue separately from the Motion of Thanks. "We want a discussion on a specific issue," he said.

While CPI leader Elamaram Kareem said water and electricity supply to the protest sites has been cut, DMK's Tiruchi Siva said farmers have been sitting on roads for over two months in the bitter cold and the issue needs to be discussed separately. Manoj Jha (RJD) said Parliament should at least discuss the issue.

However, Naidu did not agree to their motion after which the members of Congress, Left, TMC, DMK and RJD staged a walkout.

"No one is stopping you from discussing the issue tomorrow. Tomorrow you will get an opportunity," he said. Naidu said 10 hours have been allocated for discussion on Motion of Thanks to the President's address and an equivalent amount given for discussion on the Budget. "Please take the opportunity tomorrow," he said.

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