Both Rajya Sabha and Lok Sabha were adjourned till tomorrow amid protests by Opposition members over the rising fuel prices.
When Lok Sabha reconvened at 12 noon, 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. In Lok Sabha, The National Capital Territory of Delhi Laws (Special Provisions) Second (Amendment) Bill, 2021 and The Constitution (Scheduled Castes) Order (Amendment) Bill, 2021, were on the agenda
Meanwhile, the session is likely to be curtailed as members belonging to many parties will be busy with Assembly elections. In the Business Advisory Committee meeting, some leaders said that they would be busy with election campaign and therefore the budget session should be curtailed. According to sources, Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla, who held one-on-one meetings with various leaders, said he would take sense of the house before arriving at a final decision.