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Parliament Monsoon Session Highlights: Shashi Tharoor calls for SC judge-monitored probe into Pegasus allegations

Parliament Monsoon Session Today Highlights: The Parliament session witnessed stormy scenes on Monday after the Opposition raised slogans and placards on the Pegasus snooping row and farmers' issue. Both the Houses have been adjourned for the day.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi |
Updated: July 26, 2021 6:19:56 pm
monsoon session of parliament, tmc, opposition, congress, pm modi, indian express newsThe Monsoon Session of the Parliament will conclude on August 13.

Parliament Monsoon Session Highlights: Congress leader and Chairman of Parliamentary Standing committee on IT, Shashi Tharoor on Monday demanded a Supreme Court judge-monitored probe into the Pegasus snooping allegations and indicated that opposition parties would continue to disrupt Parliament’s proceedings until the government agrees to a debate on it.  He alleged that it appears that the government used public money for snooping for its “selfish political interests”.

Speaking to reporters in the Parliament complex after the Lok Sabha was adjourned, Tharoor said, “We want the government to agree to a debate on the issue, but it is not ready. What we are saying is that if you (government) do not agree to this and answer our questions, then why we should allow you to transact your business.”

The Parliament session witnessed stormy scenes on Monday after the Opposition raised slogans and placards on the Pegasus snooping row and farmers’ issue. Both the Houses have now been adjourned for the day.

In Rajya Sabha MPs belonging to the Congress, Trinamool Congress (TMC), and other opposition parties rushed into the well of the House raising slogans against the government. Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu said members are being prevented from raising issues of public importance. “We are becoming helpless day by day,” he said. Lok Sabha ran for nearly 30 minutes taking up some questions during the Question Hour when Speaker Om Birla adjourned the proceedings till 2 PM amid the continuous din.

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Parliament Monsoon Session Highlights: In Rajya Sabha MPs belonging to the Congress, Trinamool Congress (TMC), and other opposition parties rushed into the well of the House raising slogans against the government.

17:22 (IST)26 Jul 2021
Rajya Sabha adjourned for the day

Rajya Sabha adjourned till 11 am on Tuesday (ANI)

16:29 (IST)26 Jul 2021
Shashi Tharoor demands SC-monitored probe into Pegasus snooping allegations

Congress leader and Chairman of Parliamentary Standing committee on IT, Shashi Tharoor on Monday demanded a Supreme Court judge-monitored probe into the Pegasus snooping allegations and indicated that opposition parties would continue to disrupt Parliament's proceedings until the government agrees to a debate on it.  He alleged that it appears that the government used public money for snooping for its "selfish political interests".

Speaking to reporters in the Parliament complex after the Lok Sabha was adjourned, Tharoor said, “We want the government to agree to a debate on the issue, but it is not ready. What we are saying is that if you (government) do not agree to this and answer our questions, then why we should allow you to transact your business.”

16:22 (IST)26 Jul 2021
Rajya Sabha adjourned till 5 pm

Rajya Sabha further adjourned till 5 pm (ANI)

15:53 (IST)26 Jul 2021
Lok Sabha adjourned till 11 am on Tuesday

Lok Sabha adjourned till 11 am tomorrow amid uproar by opposition members

15:49 (IST)26 Jul 2021
Factoring Regulation (Amendment) Bill passed in LS

The Factoring Regulation (Amendment) Bill, 2021 has been passed in Lok Sabha

15:48 (IST)26 Jul 2021
Basic customs duty on lentils reduced from 10% to nil now: Nirmala Sitharaman in LS

“Govt reduced basic customs duty on Masur dal to nil & halved Agriculture infrastructure Development Cess on the lentil to 10%. Basic customs duty reduced from 10% to nil on lentils (Masur) originated in or exported from countries other than the USA,” says Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman in Lok Sabha.

She adds, “Basic customs duty has been reduced from 30% to 20% on lentils (Masur) originating in or exported from the USA. The Agriculture Infrastructure Development Cess on Lentils (Masur) has been reduced from the present rate of 20% to 10%.”

15:45 (IST)26 Jul 2021
Govt hasn't mentioned Pegasus in this week's agenda: Shashi Tharoor

Chairman of Parliamentary Standing Committee on IT, Shashi Tharoor, says, "Govt has not mentioned 'Pegasus' in this week's agenda items. Also, they don't want to speak in the Lok Sabha on COVID management, vaccine policy, and hike in fuel prices." (ANI)

15:44 (IST)26 Jul 2021
Rajya Sabha adjourned till 4 pm

Rajya Sabha has been adjourned till 4 pm.

15:43 (IST)26 Jul 2021
LS passes bill on food technology

The National Institute of Food Technology Entrepreneurship and Management Bill, 2021 passed in Lok Sabha

15:01 (IST)26 Jul 2021
Lok Sabha adjourned till 3 pm

Lok Sabha adjourned till 3 pm

14:08 (IST)26 Jul 2021
Lok Sabha adjourned till 2:45 pm

Lok Sabha adjourned till 2:45 pm amid uproar by opposition MPs over 'Pegasus Project' report

 
14:04 (IST)26 Jul 2021
Rajya Sabha adjourned till 3 pm

Rajya Sabha adjourned till 3 pm

12:53 (IST)26 Jul 2021
Randeep Surjewala, BV Srinivas detained after Congress' tractor ride

Congress leaders Randeep Surjewala and Youth Congress chief BV Srinivas along with a number of party leaders were detained by the Delhi Police outside Parliament and taken to Mandir marg police station. The detained Congress leaders raised slogans demanding the withdrawal of farm laws. "We will not be cowed down by such actions. This struggle will continue under the leadership of Rahul Gandhi and we will not allow the Modi government to hand over the rights of 62 crore farmers to three-four industrialists," Surjewala told reporters after he was detained. 

The tractor ride to Parliament was aimed at highlighting the cause of farmers and extend their support to them, party leaders said.

12:12 (IST)26 Jul 2021
Rajya Sabha adjourned till 2 pm

Rajya Sabha adjourned till 2 pm

12:10 (IST)26 Jul 2021
Only govt 'unconcerned' about snooping allegations is that of India: Chidambaram

Amid reports that French President Emmanuel Macron spoke with Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett on the Pegasus snooping allegations, senior Congress leader P Chidambaram on Monday attacked the Centre, saying the only government that is "unconcerned" over the issue is that of India.

Chidambaram tweeted, "President Macron of France called PM Bennett of Israel and demanded to know full information about alleged use of Pegasus spyware to hack phones in France, including the President's."

"The only government that is unconcerned is the Government of India!" Chidambaram said. Is it because the government was fully aware of the snooping and does not need any more information from Israel or the NSO Group, he asked.

12:00 (IST)26 Jul 2021
'Becoming helpless day by day': Naidu in Rajya Sabha

Rajya Sabha proceedings were on Monday adjourned for almost an hour after opposition parties continued their protests over various issues including snoop gate and farm laws. MPs belonging to the Congress, Trinamool Congress (TMC) and other opposition parties rushed into the well of the House raising slogans against the government. Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu said members are being prevented from raising issues of public importance. "We are becoming helpless day by day," he said before adjourning the proceedings till 12 noon.

11:28 (IST)26 Jul 2021
Lok Sabha adjourned till 2 pm

Proceedings of the Lok Sabha were adjourned till 2 PM on Monday after Opposition members trooped into the Well of the House raising slogans and placards on the Pegasus snooping row and farmers' issue. The House ran for nearly 30 minutes taking up some questions during the Question Hour when Speaker Om Birla adjourned the proceedings till 2 PM amid continuous din.

11:19 (IST)26 Jul 2021
SAD, BSP MPs protest against farm laws

MPs of Shiromani Akali Dal and Bahujan Samaj Party stage a protest at Parliament against the three agriculture laws

11:09 (IST)26 Jul 2021
Rajya Sabha adjourned till 12 pm

Rajya Sabha adjourned till 12 pm following sloganeering by Opposition MPs demanding a discussion on 'Pegasus Project' report

11:05 (IST)26 Jul 2021
Parliament congratulates Mirabai Chanu for winning silver at Tokyo Olympics

Both Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha congratulated Mirabai Chanu for the silver medal on Day 1 of the Tokyo Olympics 

The 26-year-old on Saturday bagged the silver for the country after she lifted 202kg (87kg+115kg) in the 49kg category to better Karnam Malleswari’s bronze in the 2000 Sydney Olympics. The medal comes as a great achievement to Mirabai, who had failed to log a single legitimate lift in Rio 2016 Olympics.

TMC MPs display placards as they stage a protest over the issue of surveillance during the Monsoon Session of Parliament (PTI)

On Monday morning, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi reached Parliament on a tractor, marking his protest against the three contentious farm laws. Talking to reporters outside Parliament, Rahul said, "I have brought farmers' message to Parliament. They (Govt) are suppressing voices of farmers and not letting a discussion take place in Parliament. They'll have to repeal these black laws. The entire country knows these laws favour 2-3 big businessmen."

In Lok Sabha, The Factoring Regulation (Amendment) Bill, 2020, The National Institutes of Food Technology, Entrepreneurship and Management Bill, 2021 are listed for discussion. Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman will also introduce The Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (Amendment) Bill, 2021. In Rajya Sabha, The Marine Aids to Navigation Bill, 2021 and The Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Amendment Bill, 2021 are listed in the business for the day.

PM must make statement in Parliament: Chidambaram on Pegasus row

Senior Congress leader P Chidambaram on Sunday said the government should either call for a joint parliamentary committee probe into the Pegasus snooping allegations or request the Supreme Court to appoint a sitting judge to investigate the matter, and demanded that Prime Minister Narendra Modi make a statement in Parliament clarifying whether there had been surveillance or not.

TMC MP is suspended, Naidu says his conduct assault on democracy

With the BJP Government not yielding to the demand for a discussion on the Pegasus spyware phone hacking scandal and the Opposition remaining firm on answers from it, Parliament remained stalled for the fourth day Friday. In the Rajya Sabha, Trinamool Congress MP Santanu Sen who tore IT Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw’s statement Thursday was suspended for the remaining part of the session, leading to more uproar.

Divided Opp shows up at Pegasus protest in Lok Sabha

Lok Sabha was adjourned without transacting any major business due to disruptions, largely over the Pegasus snooping allegations, for the fourth consecutive day on Friday. However, the opposition parties yet again remained disunited in their protests, failing to coordinate and build an offensive that may bring the Treasury benches under pressure.

 

 

 

 

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