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Live Updates: LS, RS adjourned; Opposition leaders join farmers’ protest at Jantar Mantar

Parliament Monsoon Session Live Updates: The Opposition parties have been disrupting both houses of Parliament for two weeks, demanding a structured discussion on the Pegasus snooping issue, farmers' protest among other things.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi |
Updated: August 6, 2021 4:53:57 pm
Opposition leaders at Jantar Mantar on Friday. (ANI)

Parliament Monsoon Session Live Updates: As Parliament got adjourned for the day amid heavy sloganeering, leaders from Opposition parties reached Jantar Mantar in New Delhi to join farmers’ protest. Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, Mallikarjun Kharge, Shiv Sena’s Sanjay Raut, RJD’s Manoj Jha among others were seen holding placards in support of farmers and protesting alongside them.

Fourteen opposition party leaders met at Parliament House and then reached the nearby Jantar Mantar to participate in the Kisan Sansad, which began on July 22 to mark over seven months of the farmers’ protests at Delhi’s border points against the laws.

As Opposition protests continued in the house, the Taxation Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2021 was passed in Lok Sabha on Friday. Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman laid on the floor the Bill to further amend the Income-Tax Act, 1961, and the Finance Act, 2012.

Yesterday, five bills — 2 in Lok Sabha and 3 in Rajya Sabha — were passed in the Parliament on Thursday, making it the most productive day in terms of legislative business since the Monsoon Session began.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has criticized the Opposition parties for stalling Parliament and asserted that they cannot stop the country from marching forward. Modi accused them of shooting “self-goals” for political gains.

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Lok Sabha, Rajya Sabha adjourned for the day; LS passes Taxation Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2021. Opp reaches Jantar Mantar to join farmers' protest. Follow this space for the latest updates.

16:36 (IST)06 Aug 2021
Rs 5.05 crore approved for families of 101 journalists who succumbed to Covid: Govt

The government approved Rs 5.05 crore for granting Rs 5 lakh each as assistance to the families of 101 journalists who died due to COVID-19, Minister of State for Health Bharati Pravin Pawar informed Lok Sabha Friday. Responding to a question, Pawar said in a written reply the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting undertook a special drive for providing financial assistance to the families of such journalists. "On the basis of applications received by the Press Information Bureau, which fulfill the criteria laid under the Journalist Welfare Scheme (JWS) administered by Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, a sum of Rs 5.05 crore was approved during 2020 and 2021 for financial assistance at a rate of Rs 5 Lakh/family to each of 101 families of journalists who died due to COVID-19," Pawar said. --PTI

15:03 (IST)06 Aug 2021
Lok Sabha passes bill to end all retrospective taxation

A bill that aims to end all retrospective taxation imposed on indirect transfer of Indian assets was passed by the Lok Sabha on Friday amidst continuous protests by opposition over the alleged snooping through the Pegasus spyware and other issues. When the 'The Taxation Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2021' would be passed by Rajya Sabha too, all tax demands made on companies like Cairn Energy and Vodafone using a 2012 legislation on indirect transfer of Indian assets prior to May 28, 2012 will be withdrawn. --PTI

13:40 (IST)06 Aug 2021
Watch| Rahul Gandhi, other Opposition leaders raise slogans to support farmers

Opposition leaders reached Jantar Mantar to extend their support to the farmers after Parliament was adjourned for the day. Congress leade Rahul Gandhi, Mallikarjun Kharge among other raised slogans. 

13:37 (IST)06 Aug 2021
Save Farmers, Save India: Opp leaders raise slogans at Jantar Mantar

Congress Leader Rahul Gandhi and other Opposition leaders were seen raising slogans to support the farmers. The leaders held a placard saying, "Save Farmers, Save India."

13:29 (IST)06 Aug 2021
Watch| Opposition leaders raise slogans on their way to Jantar Mantar

On their way to protest against Centre's Farm Bills at Jantar Mantar on Friday, opposition leaders raised slogans against the farm laws and pegasus snooping issues. Slogans like “Kala Kanoon Band Karo, Pegasus pe Jaanch Karo' could be heard.

13:26 (IST)06 Aug 2021
Who all from Opposition joined farmers' protest today?

Congress leaders Rahul Gandhi Mallikarjun Kharge, Ambika Soni, Gaurav Gogoi, Shiv Sena's Sanjay Raut, RJD's Manoj Jha, DMK's T Siva and others board a bus from near Rakabganj Gurudwara for Jantar Mantar to join farmers in their protest against the Centre's farm laws.

13:22 (IST)06 Aug 2021
Opposition leaders reach Jantar Mantar to join farmers' protests

As Parliament got adjourned for the day amid heavy sloganeering, leaders from Opposition parties reached Jantar Mantar in New Delhi to join farmers' protest.

13:17 (IST)06 Aug 2021
Opposition leaders to join farmers' protest

As Parliament got adjourned for the day Opposition leaders including Congress leader Rahul Gandhi gathered at Gate No 1, Parliament for marching towards Jantar Mantar to lend their support to the farmers' protest.

12:40 (IST)06 Aug 2021
Lok Sabha adjourned till 11 am on Monday

After conducting some legislative business on Friday, Lok Sabha was adjourned till 11 am on Monday. Consistent protests by the opposition MPs who came at the well of the house contributed to this.

12:35 (IST)06 Aug 2021
Lok Sabha passes Taxation Laws (Amendment) Bill

Amid consistent sloganeering in the house, the Taxation Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2021 was passed in Lok Sabha on Friday. 

12:19 (IST)06 Aug 2021
Sitharaman moves Bill to amend Income-Tax, Finance Act

Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Friday moved a Bill to further amend the Income-Tax Act, 1961, and the Finance Act, 2012. 

11:26 (IST)06 Aug 2021
Rajya Sabha adjourned till 12 noon

Rajya Sabha managed to be in session for a short while, with a few speeches from floor members. However, as the sloganeering became profound, it was adjourned till 12 noon.

11:23 (IST)06 Aug 2021
Lok Sabha ajourned till 12 noon

Shortly after it came in session, Lok Sabha was adjourned till 12 noon, as opposition members came to the well of the house to protest against Pegsus snooping issue, farm bills among other things.

11:20 (IST)06 Aug 2021
Amid sloganeering, Lok Sabha in session for today

Lok Sabha resumed its session on Friday even as Opposition continued to raise slogans and protest on various issues. 

10:42 (IST)06 Aug 2021
Opposition leaders meet to discuss strategy for raising issues in Parliament 

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi and other Opposition leaders  on Friday met to discuss strategy for the remaining period of Parliament. 

10:34 (IST)06 Aug 2021
OBC list: In House next week, Bill to restore states’ powers

The Government will bring a Bill to Parliament next week to clarify “some provisions in the 102nd Constitutional amendment Bill” to restore the power of the states to identify backward classes — a demand made by a number of regional parties and even the ruling party’s own OBC leaders.

The Constitutional 127th Amendment Bill will amend Articles 342 A — clauses 1 and 2 — and will introduce clause 342 A (3) specifically authorising states to maintain their State List. There will be a consequential amendment in Articles 366(26C) and 338B (9). States will then be able to directly notify OBC and SEBCs without having to refer to the NCBC.

“There has been some confusion about what comprises a state and Central list, and this clause will clarify that,” said ministry sources.

10:32 (IST)06 Aug 2021
Rajya Sabha passes Bill for commission for air quality management in NCR

Parliament on Thursday approved a Bill that seeks to set up a commission for air quality management in the National Capital Region and its adjoining areas.

The Commission for Air Quality Management in National Capital Region and Adjoining Areas Bill, 2021 — introduced by Environment Minister Bhupender Yadav — was passed in Rajya Sabha with a voice vote as Opposition continued to protest. The Bill was passed by Lok Sabha on Wednesday.

Several MPs raised concerns over the clause on collection of environmental compensation, including those who have supported the Bill. Others pointed out that the commission should look at air pollution in other parts of the country as well.

Airports Economic Regulatory Authority Act A view of the Rajya Sabha during the Monsoon Session of Parliament, in New Delhi, Wednesday, August 4, 2021. (RSTV/PTI Photo)

Pegasus is a tool to silence people: Rahul Gandhi

Targetting Prime Minister Narendra Modi over the Pegasus snooping row, senior Congress leader Rahul Gandhi on Thursday said the Israeli spyware is a tool to silence people.

Addressing a ‘Sansad Gherao’ protest organised by the Indian Youth Congress, he said, “Your mobile phone is your voice. Narendra Modi has put the idea of Pegasus in the mobile phone of every youth, not just mine. This idea is that if you speak the truth, Narendra Modi and Pegasus are there in your phones,” he said. “Pegasus is a way to silence the voice of people.” He said the day the youth start speaking the truth, the BJP government will crumble.

Rajya Sabha passes Bill for commission for air quality management in NCR

Parliament on Thursday approved a Bill that seeks to set up a commission for air quality management in the National Capital Region and its adjoining areas.

The Commission for Air Quality Management in National Capital Region and Adjoining Areas Bill, 2021 — introduced by Environment Minister Bhupender Yadav — was passed in Rajya Sabha with a voice vote as Opposition continued to protest. The Bill was passed by Lok Sabha on Wednesday.

Several MPs raised concerns over the clause on collection of environmental compensation, including those who have supported the Bill. Others pointed out that the commission should look at air pollution in other parts of the country as well.

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