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Parliament HIGHLIGHTS: Both Houses adjourned till tomorrow amid uproar over fuel prices

Parliament’s Budget session is likely to be curtailed as members belonging to many parties will be busy with Assembly elections, said sources

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi |
Updated: March 9, 2021 2:53:51 pm
Parliament Budget SessionRajya Sabha to convene at 9 am; Lok Sabha to convene at 11 am.

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.

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Parliament: Proceedings in both Houses adjourned till tomorrow amid ruckus over fuel prices.

14:53 (IST)09 Mar 2021
Lok Sabha adjourned till tomorrow

Rajya Sabha adjourned for the day amid opposition uproar over demand to discuss high petrol and diesel prices

14:07 (IST)09 Mar 2021
Lok Sabha adjourned till tomorrow

Lok Sabha adjourned till tomorrow amid uproar in the House over rising fuel prices.

13:03 (IST)09 Mar 2021
Opposition target govt over fuel prices in Lok Sabha

Lok Sabha proceedings were adjourned for the second time on Tuesday till 2 pm amid protests by Opposition members over the rising fuel prices. When the House 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.

As the protests continued, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) member Meenakshi Lekhi, who was in the Chair, adjourned the proceedings till 2 pm. Earlier, Speaker Om Birla had adjourned the House till 12 noon following protests over the rising fuel prices. During the Question Hour, Opposition members, mainly from the Congress, entered the Well and started raising slogans.

12:14 (IST)09 Mar 2021
Lok Sabha adjourned till 2 pm

Lok Sabha adjourned till 2 pm

12:07 (IST)09 Mar 2021
Rajya Sabha proceedings adjourned till noon over record high fuel prices

Rajya Sabha proceedings were on Tuesday adjourned for about 40 minutes after opposition parties led by the Congress insisted on a discussion on record high petrol and diesel prices. Opposition MPs, who had stalled proceedings in the House on the opening day of the second part of the Budget session on Monday, trooped into the well of the House and raised slogans, forcing the chair to adjourn the proceedings till noon. Soon after the listed official papers were laid on the table, MPs from the opposition Congress, DMK, Left, BSP and Shiv Sena were on their feet seeking setting aside of the business to take up a discussion on the increase in petrol and diesel prices.

Deputy Chairman Shri Harivansh, who was presiding, said notices under rule 267 have been received from Satish Chandra Mishra (BSP), Leader of the Opposition and senior Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge, DMK's Trucchi Siva and Shiv Sena's Priyanka Chaturvedi. But the Rajya Sabha chairman had already given his ruling, rejecting the notices under rule 267, and so his decision cannot be reopened, he said.

11:37 (IST)09 Mar 2021
First question taken up in Lok Sabha was on procurement of foodgrains

The first question taken up in Lok Sabha was on the procurement of foodgrains. Replying to the question Union Minister Piyush Goyal said the government has been working for the welfare of the farmers and that the farm laws brought in by the government are advantageous to them. 

11:23 (IST)09 Mar 2021
Lok Sabha adjourned till 12 pm

Lok Sabha adjourned till 12 pm amid uproar in the House by Opposition.

11:21 (IST)09 Mar 2021
Rajya Sabha adjourned till 12 pm

Rajya Sabha adjourned till 12 pm

11:20 (IST)09 Mar 2021
Dont 'black out' Opposition: Adhir Ranjan in Lok Sabha

In the Lok Sabha, Congress leader Adhir Ranjan asks that the camera focus on everyone in the House and not "black out" the Opposition voices. Lok Sabha Speaker asks the House to continue with Question Hour amid the sloganeering by Opposition parties.

11:17 (IST)09 Mar 2021
Opposition corners govt over fuel prices in Rajya Sabha

Rajya Sabha and Lok Sabha proceedings begin. This is the first time in a year that the Parliament sittings have resumed to pre-COVID timings.

11:04 (IST)09 Mar 2021
Rajya Sabha agenda today

Bills for consideration and passing:

  • The Arbitration and Conciliation (Amendment) Bill, 2021
  • The National Institutes of Food Technology, Entrepreneurship and Management Bill, 2019
11:03 (IST)09 Mar 2021
Lok Sabha agenda today

Bills for consideration and passing

  • The National Capital Territory of Delhi Laws (Special Provisions) Second (Amendment) Bill, 2021
  • The Constitution (Scheduled Castes) Order (Amendment) Bill, 2021
10:45 (IST)09 Mar 2021
Congress gives adjournment motion in Lok Sabha over fuel price hike

  • Congress MP Manish Tewari gives an adjournment of business motion in Lok Sabha to discuss rising prices of petrol, diesel, and LPG.
  • Congress MP K Suresh, AM Ariff of CPI (M), ET Mohammed Basheer of IUML, NK Premachandran of Revolutionary Socialist Party, BSP's Ritesh Pandey, DMK's Dayanidhi Maran have given adjournment motion in Lok Sabha on fuel price rise.

10:20 (IST)09 Mar 2021
Mallikarjun Kharge, Satish Chandra Mishra give suspension of business notice in Rajya Sabha over fuel price hike

  • BSP MP Satish Chandra Mishra gives suspension of business notice in Rajya Sabha over fuel price hike.
  • Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha, Mallikarjun Kharge gives suspension of business notice over rise in prices of petrol, diesel, LPG and essential commodities.

The second leg of the Budget session of Parliament began on a stormy note Monday with both Rajya Sabha and Lok Sabha witnessing sloganeering and protests by Opposition parties demanding an immediate discussion on the rise in fuel and cooking gas prices.

Amid the disruption, it was announced that both Houses will revert to the usual timing from Tuesday and commence their sitting from 11 am.

In both Houses, Opposition members had given notices demanding suspension of all business to take up a discussion on the increase in prices of petrol, diesel and LPG. With the presiding officers not accepting the notices, Opposition members staged protests, leading to multiple adjournments. In Rajya Sabha, the notice was given by Leader of the Opposition Mallikarjun Kharge. The House could not transact any business because of the protests.

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