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Parliament Today Highlights: Both Houses adjourned for the day as opposition protests fuel price hike

Parliament Today Highlights: Leader of Opposition Mallikarjun Kharge raised the issue of sharp rise in prices of petrol, diesel and LPG in Rajya Sabha on Monday, and demanded that the Upper House discuss this "burning subject" as people are suffering.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi |
Updated: March 8, 2021 8:01:15 pm
The Rajya Sabha was adjourned four times after Congress MP's started sloganeering to demand discussions on the rise in fuel prices. (PTI)

Parliament Highlights: Both the Houses of the Parliament were adjourned for the day as the Opposition leaders continued their sloganeering to demand discussions on the rise in fuel prices. Meanwhile, both Rajya Sabha and Lok Sabha will function as per usual timings existing before the Covid-19 situation from Tuesday.

Leader of Opposition Mallikarjun Kharge raised the issue of sharp rise in prices of petrol, diesel and LPG in Rajya Sabha on Monday, and demanded that the Upper House discuss this “burning subject” as people are suffering. Soon after the house was adjourned for the first time, Kharge said Congress MPs would continue their agitation once the Rajya Sabha reconvened.

Amid the high-voltage run-up to the Assembly elections in four states and a Union Territory, the month-long second leg of the Budget session began today. Trinamool Congress leaders in both houses of parliament, Sudip Bandyopadhyay and Derek O Brien, wrote letters to the Lok Sabha Speaker and Rajya Sabha Chairman respectively, calling for the adjournment of the session in view of the upcoming Assembly polls.

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Parliament Today Highlights: Rajya Sabha adjourned for the day amid opposition's outrage over fuel prices; Lok Sabha to convene at 4 PM. Follow the latest news and developments below

19:44 (IST)08 Mar 2021
Lok Sabha adjourned till Tuesday 11 am

Lok Sabha has been adjourned until Tuesday, 11 am as disruption by the opposition leaders continued. Although, Speaker Om Birla appealed to protesting members several times to let the House function so that women members can raise their issues on International Women's Day, they continued to protest over the rising fuel prices.

19:42 (IST)08 Mar 2021
RS members demand women reservation in Parliament, state assemblies

Several Rajya Sabha members on International Women's Day on Tuesday pushed for at least one-third reservation for women in Parliament and state assemblies, saying this will ensure they get adequate representation.
      
The demand comes in the backdrop of a bill which sought to give 33 per cent reservation to women in Lok Sabha and state assemblies lapsing a few years ago. 
    
Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu on the occasion appreciated the services rendered by women members of the House for the country's development and prosperity.
    
"We need to ensure an environment that allows women to express themselves to their full potential in the form of both words and deeds," he said and wished them more strength and power. The chairman also acknowledged the contribution of women citizens to the development of the nation. (PTI)

17:29 (IST)08 Mar 2021
Lok Sabha adjourned till 7 pm

Lok Sabha adjourned till 7 pm after opposition members disrupt proceedings over rising fuel prices.

16:23 (IST)08 Mar 2021
Budget session of Parliament likely to be cut short

Parliament’s Budget session is likely to be curtailed as members belonging to many parties are set to be busy with assembly elections, said sources on Monday. Read More

16:02 (IST)08 Mar 2021
Lok Sabha timings to be restored to normal hours from Tuesday

Lok Sabha to function as per usual timings of the House existing before the Covid-19 situation from Tuesday, sources were quoted as saying by PTI. As per the announcement, the lower house will function from 11 am onwards from Tuesday.

14:04 (IST)08 Mar 2021
Rajya Sabha timing restored to normal hours: RS Chair.

Rajya Sabha to function from 11 am to 6 pm, from tomorrow, VP Naidu announced today. The timing had earlier been altered to maintain social distancing amid the pandemic 

13:26 (IST)08 Mar 2021
House adjourned till 1:30 PM

Rajya Sabha adjourned till 1:30 pm as the Opposition continues to demand a discussion on the rising fuel prices.

13:10 (IST)08 Mar 2021
Rajya Sabha adjourned till 1:15 PM

Minutes after reconvening, the Rajya Sabha was adjourned for the third time until 1:15 PM. 

13:06 (IST)08 Mar 2021
'We will continue our agitation once Rajya Sabha reconvenes,' says Kharge

"We will continue our agitation (demanding a discussion on fuel price rise) when Rajay Sabha reconvenes at 1 pm," Leader of Opposition Mallikarjun Kharge said. 

11:48 (IST)08 Mar 2021
Attend Parliament, observe debates: RS Chairman to MPs

Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu on Monday said that members should make it a point to be present in the House to enhance understanding of parliamentary procedures and also use the library facility. On the first day of the second part of the Budget Session, Naidu said that he has been told that some members do not attend the proceedings even when they are in the national capital.

"Going to library is going to enhance your knowledge. Attending the session, not missing it, also enhances understanding of Parliament procedures. So I call upon members to please visit (Parliament) library, make use of the library...and also please attend Parliament," he said. He further said, "I am told they are in Delhi but they are not present in the House".

He, however, made it clear that he was not referring to any particular member or any party. "I appeal to all the members, please make it a point to be in the House and then observe debates, enrich your knowledge," he said. The Parliament Library is completing 100 years this year. It has a huge collection of about 14 lakh books including hundreds of journals in all languages. (PTI)

11:46 (IST)08 Mar 2021
Kharge raises fuel price issue in Rajya Sabha

Leader of Opposition Mallikarjun Kharge raised the issue of sharp rise in prices of petrol, diesel and LPG in Rajya Sabha on Monday, and demanded that the Upper House discuss this "burning subject" as people are suffering.
 
Kharge gave a notice under Section 267 to suspend the legislative business of the House and discuss the issue of rise in prices of petroleum products.
 
Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu did not accept the notice, and said the matter can be raised during the discussion on the appropriation bill. He said enough opportunities will be there to discuss this issue during this part of the Budget session.
However, Naidu allowed the Leader of Opposition to mention the issue in the House.
 
"This is very important issue and it is a burning subject. Throughout the country, people are agitated," Kharge said.
The senior Congress leader said petrol prices have touched nearly Rs 100 a litre while diesel rates are more than Rs 80 per litre and LPG prices have also increased.
 
Kharge said the government has collected Rs 21 lakh crore by putting excise duty and cess on petroleum products. He said farmers and people are suffering because of rise in prices.
 
Kharge pressed for holding a discussion on this issue, but the Chairman did not allow. (PTI)

11:19 (IST)08 Mar 2021
RS adjourned till 1 PM

As Congress MPs continued sloganeering to demand a discussion on fuel price rise, the Rajya Sabha was further adjourned till 1 PM. 

10:32 (IST)08 Mar 2021
"I don't want to take any drastic action on the first day," says Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu

"I don't want to take any drastic action on the first day," Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu said, after slogans were raised by Congress MPs demanding a discussion on rise in fuel prices. 

10:10 (IST)08 Mar 2021
Amid heavy sloganeering, Rajya Sabha adjourned till 11 AM

The Rajya Sabha has been adjourned until 11 AM as Congress MPs raised slogans demanding a discussion over the rise in fuel prices.

10:07 (IST)08 Mar 2021
'Entire country suffering due to high fuel prices,' says Mallikarjun Kharge

"Petrol & diesel prices are nearly Rs 100 per litre & Rs 80 per litre respectively. LPG prices have also gone up. Rs 21 lakh crores have been collected by putting excise duty/cess, because of this entire country including farmers are suffering," Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge said. 

09:50 (IST)08 Mar 2021
Women MPs speak on the occasion of Women's Day

Several women MP's spoke in Parliament on the occassion of International Women's day. 'Women have already been on the forefront in terms of service,' Dr Fauzia Khan of the NCP said. 'However, they have to get the opportunity to play a full role in shaping pivotal decisions. Sadly, the deep-seated historic, cultural, socio-economic barriers prevent women from taking their seat at the decision making table so that resources and power are more equitably distributed.' 

Meanwhile, the BJP's Sonal Mansingh said, 'if we celebrate women's day, we should also celebrate International men's day.' Chhattisgarh Congress MP Chhaya Verma said that while the government has pushed the slogan 'Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao', the high rate of crimes against women tells a different story. 

09:36 (IST)08 Mar 2021
'International Women's Day is day to celebrate social, economic, political contribution of women,' says Venkaiah Naidu

On the occasion of International Women's Day, Rajya Sabha chairman Venkaiah Naidu said: "International Women's Day is a day to celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political contributions & achievements of women across the globe and honour their indomitable spirit, resolute determination & efforts that underline their achievements." 

09:28 (IST)08 Mar 2021
TMC leaders write to Speaker for adjournment of Parliament session due to Assembly polls

In letters addressed to the Lok Sabha Speaker and Rajya Sabha Chairman respectively, Trinamool Congress leaders Sudip Bandyopadhyay and  Derek O'Brien called for the adjournment of the Parliament session in view of the upcoming Assembly polls in four states and one Union Territory. 

09:08 (IST)08 Mar 2021
Second phase of Budget session of Parliament commences

The second phase of the 2021 Budget session of the Parliament has commenced. The proceedings began with several newly-elected MPs taking oath. Among them were Former Bodoland People's Front (BPF) MP Biswajit Diamary, who took oath as a BJP MP today. Newly elected BJP MPs from Gujarat Rambhai Harjibhai Mokariya and Dineshchandra Anavadiya also took oath.

09:06 (IST)08 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. 

Parliament Budget Session The second part of the Budget Session concludes on April 8. (File photo)

During the second part of the session, the government will focus on getting demands of grants for the financial year 2021-22 passed along with the Finance Bill which carries various tax proposals. 

The bills listed by the government include the Pension Fund Regulatory and Development Authority (Amendment) Bill, National Bank for Financing Infrastructure and Development Bill, Electricity (Amendment) Bill and Cryptocurrency and Regulation of Official Digital Currency Bill.

It is to be seen whether the government brings a Bill in this session to revise the legal age of marriage for women.

Congress president Sonia Gandhi Sunday chaired a meeting with the party’s Parliament leaders to finalise the floor strategy. Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh too attended the virtual meeting.

“We will raise the issues of price rise, the continuing farmers’ agitation and the situation along the India-China border. Price rise is an important issue because the common people are suffering and facing immense hardships. We would demand discussions on all these issues,” Congress leader in Lok Sabha Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury told The Indian Express.

Besides Chowdhury, the meeting was attended by Leader of the Opposition in Rajya Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge, Congress deputy leader in Rajya Sabha Anand Sharma, senior leaders A K Antony, Manish Tewari, Jairam Ramesh and K C Venugopal and Congress chief whip in Lok Sabha Kodikunnil Suresh and whip Manickam Tagore.

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