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Parliament adjourned indefinately in view of Coronavirus outbreak

Parliament: Even as the government is slated to bring the Finance Bill for consideration and passing in the Lok Sabha on Monday, few opposition parties have announced that their MPs will not attend Parliament.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: March 26, 2020 10:30:38 am
A worker sanitises the doors at the Parliament House (Express photo by Prem Nath Pandey)

Both the Houses of the Parliament have been adjourned indefinitely in the wake of coronavirus outbreak.  Lok Sabha on Monday passed Finance Bill 2020 by voice vote without any discussion. Soon after that, the House was adjourned for indefinite period in view of the coronavirus threat that has prompted the government to lock down the country.

Earlier in the day, Rajya Sabha Chairman Venkaiah Naidu had called for a meeting at 1.30 pm to take stock of the situation after voices from inside Parliament are growing louder to adjourn the House sine die. Both Trinamool Congress and Shiv Sena had announced that their party MPs would not attend the budget session of Parliament due to the coronavirus pandemic.

NCP chief Sharad Pawar urged his party MPs on Sunday to stay back in constituencies to help people combat Covid-19. “Request all MPs of NCP LS & RS not go back to Delhi, please stay where you are and assist Govt agencies help citizens to fight the #Coronavirus pandemic,” Pawar said in a post on microblogging site Twitter. Originally, the budget session is scheduled to last until April 3.

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Welcome to The Indian Express live blog on Parliament. Will the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha be adjourned today amid the coronavirus pandemic? Follow LIVE updates from Parliament

In Lok Sabha, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman will move the Finance Bill, 2020 for consideration and passing. She also move the Companies (Amendment) Bill, 2020 as well as the Banking Regulation (Amendment) Bill, 2020. Mansukh Mandaviya will move the Major Port Authorities Bill, 2020.

In Rajya Sabha, The Private Detective Agencies (Regulation) Bill, 2007 and The Pesticides Management Bill, 2008 are listed for withdrawal. Nirmala Sitharaman will move the Jammu and Kashmir Appropriation Bill, 2020 for consideration. The Medical Termination of Pregnancy (Amendment) Bill, 2020 and The Aircraft (Amendment) Bill, 2020 is also listed for today.

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