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Parliament Today Highlights: Both Houses adjourned till March 15 amid uproar by Opposition over farm laws

Parliament Today Highlights: With its eye on the upcoming Assembly election, the Congress-led the Opposition parties in demanding a discussion on the increase in fuel prices in a bid to score a political point against the BJP government.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi |
Updated: March 10, 2021 3:36:17 pm
New Delhi: Rajya Sabha Chairman Venkaiah Naidu conducts proceedings of the House during the ongoing Budget Session of Parliament, in New Delhi, Wednesday, March 10, 2021. (RSTV/PTI Photo)

Parliament Live Updates: Both the Rajya Sabha and Lok Sabha have been adjourned till March 15 after repeated disruptions by the Opposition over the contentious farm laws. Both Houses of Parliament were adjourned multiple times, as Opposition parties continued sloganeering in protest against the increase in fuel prices and demanded discussions on the ongoing farmers’ protests.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who wanted to make a statement in the Lok Sabha on the occasion of 75th Independence celebrations, will not be doing so due to a lack of consensus in the house. “PM Modi wanted to make a statement in the House on the 75th Independence celebrations ‘Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav’. But due to lack of consensus, the statement will not be made. It will happen when a consensus is reached,” Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi said.

Meanwhile, PM Modi addressed the Bharatiya Janata Party’s First Parliamentary party meeting since the coronavirus-induced lockdown last year. BJP MPs of both houses attended the meeting at GMC Balyogi Auditorium in the Parliamentary Library Building on Wednesday. “Addressing the parliamentary party meeting, PM Modi said that all the MPs and party workers should help eligible people get COVID-19 vaccines including helping them reach the vaccination centres,” Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi said.

In Rajya Sabha, Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad will move The Arbitration and Conciliation (Amendment) Bill, 2021, while Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar will move The National Institutes of Food Technology, Entrepreneurship and Management Bill, 2019. Lok Sabha, on the other hand, will see discussions on The National Capital Territory of Delhi Laws (Special Provisions) Second (Amendment) Bill, 2021 and The Constitution (Scheduled Castes) Order (Amendment) Bill, 2021

 

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15:14 (IST)10 Mar 2021
Lok Sabha adjourned till March 15

Lok Sabha adjourned for the day amid repeated disruptions by Opposition over farm laws. The lower house has also been adjourned till March 15.

14:09 (IST)10 Mar 2021
'Due to lack of consensus, PM Modi won't make statement in LS,' says Pralhad Joshi

"PM Modi wanted to make a statement in the House on the 75th Independence celebrations 'Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav'. But due to lack of consensus, the statement will not be made. It will happen when a consensus is reached": Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi in Lok Sabha

14:07 (IST)10 Mar 2021
Authorities shut down internet during tension, riots for maintaining peace: Govt

The government on Wednesday said authorities shut down the internet during tension and riots in the interest of maintaining law and order and in an emergency situation.

In a written reply to a question in the Rajya Sabha, Union Minister of State for Home G Kishan Reddy said the challenges posed by cyberspace are many, which flow from its vastness and borderless character and that information in cyberspace flows fast and has the potential of being misused.

"During tensions and riots, suspension of telecom services and internet shutdown is done by the appropriate authorities in the states and UTs concerned in the interest of maintaining public safety and averting public emergency, as per procedures defined in the Temporary Suspension of Telecom Services (Amendment) Rules, 2020," he said. (PTI)

14:06 (IST)10 Mar 2021
RS resumes amid sloganeering

Rajya Sabha resumed amid sloganeering by Opposition members. 

13:28 (IST)10 Mar 2021
LS adjourned till 2:30 PM

The Lok Sabha was adjourned till 2:30 PM. 

13:26 (IST)10 Mar 2021
LS passes the National Capital Territory of Delhi Laws (Special Provisions) Second (Amendment) Bill, 2021

Lok Sabha passed the National Capital Territory of Delhi Laws (Special Provisions) Second (Amendment) Bill, 2021

13:06 (IST)10 Mar 2021
National Capital Territory of Delhi Laws (Special Provisions) Second (Amendment) Bill, 2021 taken up for consideration in LS

Union Minister Hardeep Singh Puri moved for consideration and passing the National Capital Territory of Delhi Laws (Special Provisions) Second (Amendment) Bill.

12:55 (IST)10 Mar 2021
Shiv Sena's Vinayak Raut raises issue of MP Mohan Delkar's death; calls for action against officials

'Mohan Delkar, who sat in Parliament for 35 years, had to die by suicide because he was being harassed by the Administration & officers. If you read his suicide note, you'll find that he was harassed by Dadra & Nagar Haveli Administrator & officer': Vinayak Raut, Shiv Sena MP in Lok Sabha.

12:36 (IST)10 Mar 2021
LS reconvenes as sloganeering continues

The Lok Sabha has recovened amid sloganeering by Opposition leaders. 

12:07 (IST)10 Mar 2021
RS adjourned till 2 PM

Within minutes of reconvening, the Rajya Sabha was adjourned once again till 2 PM amid sloganeering by Opposition leaders. 

11:50 (IST)10 Mar 2021
No sitting of Rajya Sabha on March 12, says Rajya Sabha Secretariat

There will be no sitting of Rajya Sabha on March 12, according to the Rajya Sabha Secretariat. (ANI)

11:43 (IST)10 Mar 2021
Lok Sabha adjourned till 12:30 PM

Lok Sabha was adjourned till 12:30 PM amid disruption by the Opposition parties over rising fuel prices.

11:24 (IST)10 Mar 2021
RS adjourned till noon

Rajya Sabha was adjourned till noon after Opposition parties started sloganeering to demand a discussion on rising fuel prices and the ongoing farmer agitation. 

11:23 (IST)10 Mar 2021
RS Chairman denies request for discussion on fuel prices; sloganeering ensues

Ruckus ensued in Rajya Sabha after Chairman Venkaiah Naidu denied requests for discussion on the increase in fuel prices. Opposition parties, led by the Congress, immediately began sloganeering, some even proceeding towards the well. 

Naidu said that he would allow discussion on the ongoing farmers' protests. 

11:14 (IST)10 Mar 2021
In Parliamentary meeting, PM Modi urges party leaders to assist in vaccine rollout

"Addressing the parliamentary party meeting, PM Modi said that all the MPs and party workers should help eligible people get COVID-19 vaccines including helping them reach the vaccination centres," Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi said. (ANI)

11:05 (IST)10 Mar 2021
BJP parliament party meeting concludes
10:49 (IST)10 Mar 2021
Congress, DMK give adjournment notice in LS over farm laws

The Congress and DMK gave an adjournment motion notice in the Lok Sabha, demanding the repeal of the Centre's three contentious new farm laws. Meanwhile, the DMK,  CPI (M), Shiv Sena and BSP gave an adjournment motion notice in the lower house for a discussion on rising fuel prices. (ANI)

10:45 (IST)10 Mar 2021
Congress, RJD, DMK give suspension of business notice in RS over farmer protest

The Congress, RJD and DMK gave suspension of business notices in Rajya sabha over the 'situation arising due to farmers' protest against the farm laws across the country'. 

10:24 (IST)10 Mar 2021
PM Modi, other BJP leaders arrive for Parliamentary party meeting
10:22 (IST)10 Mar 2021
Hello and welcome to our Parliament Live blog!

Hello and welcome to our Parliament Live blog. Follow this space for the latest updates on the second leg of the Budget Session of Parliament. 

The Rajya Sabha and Lok Sabha were adjourned without transacting any substantial business as Opposition protests over rising fuel prices and the ongoing farmers’ agitation rocked Parliament for the second day on Tuesday. With its eye on the upcoming Assembly election, the Congress-led the Opposition parties in demanding a discussion on the increase in fuel prices in a bid to score a political point against the BJPgovernment. When their demand was turned down, ruckus ensued in both houses leading to multiple adjournments.

When Lok Sabha reconvened at 12 noon yesterday, various papers and reports were laid while the protests continued. Several Congress members were in the Well, demanding a rollback of the fuel price hikes. DMK members were seen standing at their seats while Trinamool Congress (TMC) members did not protest. Earlier in the day, Congress leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury raised an issue of what he called the “digital divide” in the house. Chowdhury alleged that the Lok Sabha television doesn’t show what the opposition says while only broadcasting the treasury benches’ statements. Speaker Birla asked him if he wanted the people in the country to see the slogan raising and disruptions. Chowdhury said protests were also part of parliamentary proceedings.

In Rajya Sabha, Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad was scheduled to move The Arbitration and Conciliation (Amendment) Bill, 2021 and Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar was to move The National Institutes of Food Technology, Entrepreneurship and Management Bill, 2019.

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