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Parliament Monsoon Session Highlights: Lok Sabha passes IBC (Amendment) Bill 2021, both Houses adjourned for the day

Parliament Monsoon Session Live: Sources in the Opposition camp claimed that the government side had indicated that it was ready for a discussion on any subject, barring the Pegasus revelations.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi |
Updated: July 29, 2021 9:14:07 am
Yesterday, Opposition MPs were seen holding placards and raising slogans as they gathered in the Well of the Lok Sabha, leading to a series of adjournments. 

Parliament Monsoon Session Highlights: Even as Opposition MPs continued to protest, the Lok Sabha passed the Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (Amendment) Bill 2021 on Wednesday. After resuming proceedings at 3 pm, the House also passed two appropriation bills.

As the standoff in Parliament continues, both the Rajya Sabha and Lok Sabha have been adjourned for the day and will resume 11 am, Thursday. The Opposition leaders have been protesting against the Pegasus snooping scandal, farm laws and other issues. Congress leader Rahul Gandhi denied that the Opposition was disturbing Parliament, insisting instead that they were merely “fulfilling our responsibility”.

Earlier today, leaders of Opposition parties held a meeting at Parliament to chalk out the future course of action on several issues in both the Houses. Gandhi also attended the meeting, which was chaired by Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha, Mallikarjun Kharge.

On Wednesday, sources said, all the opposition parties would give adjournment notices in the Lok Sabha on the Pegasus scandal. Sources in the Opposition camp have also claimed that the government side had indicated that it was ready for a discussion on any subject, barring the Pegasus revelations.

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Opposition parties to give adjournment notices in LS over Pegasus, sources say. Follow this space for the latest updates on Parliament's Monsoon Session.

18:27 (IST)28 Jul 2021
Jammu & Kashmir to be granted statehood at appropriate time: Govt reply to RS

In a written reply to Rajya Sabha, Minister of State for Home Affairs Nityanand Rai said, "statehood to Jammu and Kashmir would be granted at an appropriate time after normalcy is restored in Jammu and Kashmir."

"In view of the constitutional changes and bifurcation of the erstwhile state of the Jammu and Kashmir into Union territory of Jammu and Kashmir and Union territory of Ladakh, in national interest and also in the interest of security of J&K, temporary restrictions on various communication channels like internet and mobile services were resorted to in Jammu and Kashmir," he said.

18:17 (IST)28 Jul 2021
India has received 26 Rafale aircraft till date: Government in LS

India has so far received 26 Rafale aircraft out of the 36 it has ordered from Dassault Aviation, Minister of State for Defence Ajay Bhatt said Wednesday. "The delivery of 36 Rafale aircraft is proceeding as per schedule. As on date, a total of 26 aircraft have been accepted and ferried to India," Bhatt said in a written reply to a question in Lok Sabha. (PTI)

17:26 (IST)28 Jul 2021
Govt ready for discussion, oppn tearing statements 'not right for democracy': Union Minister Anurag Thakur

In a press briefing alongside Finance Minsiter Nirmala Sitharaman, Union Minister Anurag Thakur asserted that the Parliament is for discussing issues, and the government is ready to do that.

He said that Leader of the Opposition in Rajya Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge and Congress chief Sonia Gandhi had written to the prime minister before the House proceedings, demanding a discussion on Covid-19. "PM arranged a presentation in the presence of floor leaders. However, Congress and some other political parties did not turn up for that," Thakur was quoted as saying by ANI.

"Government is ready for a discussion. If Opposition snatches the statement from hands of Minister and tears it, and if they throw pieces of paper on the Speaker and a minister replying in the House, then this is not right for democracy," Thakur added.

17:17 (IST)28 Jul 2021
Parliamentary panel meeting to question govt officials on Pegasus postponed due to lack of quorum

A parliamentary panel meeting, which was to be held Wednesday to question government officials over the Pegasus row, was postponed due to lack of quorum.

The Parliamentary Standing Committee on Information and Technology, chaired by Congress MP Shashi Tharoor, sat in Parliament to discuss 'citizens' safety and data protection', PTI reported. However, BJP members of the panel who were present in the meeting room didn't sign the attendance register in protest leading to a lack of quorum required for holding the meeting.

16:04 (IST)28 Jul 2021
LS adjourned for the day

The Lok Sabha has been adjourned for the day. It will resume on Thursday, 11 am.

15:16 (IST)28 Jul 2021
LS adjourned till 4 pm

As the stand-off continues in the Parliament, the Lok Sabha has been adjourned till 4 pm.

15:13 (IST)28 Jul 2021
LS passes two appropriation bills amid din

Lok Sabha Wednesday passed the Supplementary Demands for Grants - First Batch and 2021-22 and the Demands for Excess Grants for 2017-18 bills amid sloganeering by the opposition members over Pegasus issue. 

15:03 (IST)28 Jul 2021
RS adjourned till 11am Thursday, passes Juvenile Justice Amendment Bill

The Rajya Sabha passed the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Amendment Bill, 2021 Wednesday and has been adjourned till 11am tomorrow, July 29, ANI reported. 

14:41 (IST)28 Jul 2021
LS adjourned till 3 PM

Lok Sabha was adjourned till 3 pm amid sloganeering by Opposition MPs over the 'Pegasus Project' report

14:23 (IST)28 Jul 2021
RS adjourned till 2:45 PM as Opposition MPs continued sloganeering

Rajya Sabha was adjourned till 2:45 pm for the third time today as Opposition MPs continued sloganeering and demanding a discussion on the 'Pegasus Project' report.

14:08 (IST)28 Jul 2021
'17 of 30 members of standing committee on IT have told Speaker we don't trust Tharoor,' says BJP MP Nishikant Dubey

17 out of 30 members of the parliamentary standing committee on IT have written (to the Speaker) stating that we no longer trust him (Shashi Tharoor). There is no provision for the removal of the standing committee chairman: BJP MP Nishikant Dubey told ANI. 

14:00 (IST)28 Jul 2021
'Why is Opposition running away from discussions?' asks Union Minister Anurag Thakur

After Opposition leaders continued their protest in both the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha, Union Minister Anurag Thakur accused them of "running away from discussions." "Congress and TMC MPs tried not to let Parliament function today. They can register their protest but that too has a limit. They threw papers on Speaker, ministers & even at media gallery and showed placards," he said. 

13:51 (IST)28 Jul 2021
'Pegasus is a matter related to nationalism & treason,' Rahul Gandhi

Congress leader Rahul Gandhi said that the Opposition sees the Pegasus snooping scandal as a "matter related to nationalism and treason." 

"This weapon has been used against democracy. For me, it's not a matter of privacy. I see it as an anti-national act. Narendra Modi & Amit Shah Ji have attacked soul of India's democracy," he told reporters. 

"We want to ask just one question. Has the Govt of India bought Pegasus? Yes or No. Did the Govt use Pegasus weapon against its own people? We have been told clearly by the Govt that no discussion will take place on Pegasus in the House," he added. 

12:58 (IST)28 Jul 2021
Lok Sabha proceedings adjourned till 2 pm

Lok Sabha proceedings were adjourned till 2 pm as opposition protests continued over Pegasus, and other issues, PTI reported. 

12:51 (IST)28 Jul 2021
Congress members throw papers at Chair, Treasury benches while protesting in Lok Sabha

Congress members threw papers at the Chair and Treasury benches while protesting against the Pegasus snooping scandal, farm laws and several other issues in Lok Sabha on Wedneday. 

12:48 (IST)28 Jul 2021
RS adjourned till 2 PM

The Rajya Sabha was adjourned till 2 pm following uproar by Opposition MPs, who were demanding a discussion over the 'Pegasus Project' report.

12:27 (IST)28 Jul 2021
Privilege motion moved to remove Shashi Tharoor As IT Panel Chief

BJP MP Nishikant Dubey has a moved privilege motion against Congress MP Shashi Tharoor to remove him as IT Panel chief.

12:16 (IST)28 Jul 2021
LS adjourned till 12:30 PM amid sloganeering by Opposition MPs

The Lok Sabha has been adjourned till 1230 hours, amid sloganeering by Opposition MPs. 

11:38 (IST)28 Jul 2021
Rajya Sabha adjourned till noon

Rajya Sabha proceedings were adjourned for an hour until noon as opposition members tried to raise Pegasus, farm laws and other issues, ANI reported. 

11:13 (IST)28 Jul 2021
‘Don’t want to compromise on inflation, Pegasus, and farmers’ issues,’ says Rahul Gandhi

Soon after leaders of Opposition parties held a meeting at Parliament to chalk out the future course of action on several issues in both the Houses, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi said, "We don’t want to compromise on the issues of inflation, Pegasus, and farmers' issues. We want discussion in the House." 

House at a halt, PM says Cong behind it, tells MPs ‘expose’ Opp

A week after he termed the Congress as a party that has not been able to digest the BJP’s success, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday blamed the Opposition party for the continuing disruptions in Parliament.

According to sources in the BJP, Modi, while addressing the BJP MPs at the parliamentary party meeting, pointed out that the Congress has forgotten that the floor of the House is for discussion, not for slogan raising. He asked the BJP MPs to “expose the attitude of the Congress and some other Opposition parties” before the people.

Both the Houses have been witnessing ruckus and repeated adjournments during the monsoon session without any major legislative business or debates. The Opposition parties – the Congress-led UPA, TMC, SAD, SP and BSP – have been protesting against the alleged snooping by Pegasus spyware and contentious farm laws.

Day 6: LS, RS move on stop-start mode as adjournments drown out business

Protests by Opposition MPs over alleged snooping using the Pegasus spyware, as well as the farm laws, on Tuesday led to an abrupt adjournment of Lok Sabha for the sixth consecutive day.

The government blamed the Opposition for continuous disruptions that have blocked discussions and major legislative business.

Although Speaker Om Birla, who made repeated requests to members to return to their seats to discuss the issues, tried to take up the Question Hour, intense sloganeering by the Congress-led UPA members and Trinamool Congress MPs forced him to adjourn the proceedings till 11.45 am for the first time. It was followed by repeated adjournments.

Govt seeks 6-month extension to frame CAA rules

The government has sought six more months to frame rules for the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA). The Ministry of Home Affairs on Tuesday told the Lok Sabha that it has sought time till January 9, 2022 to frame the rules.

“The Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2019 (CAA) has been notified on 12.12.2019 and has come into force w.e.f. 10.01.2020. The Committees on Subordinate Legislation, Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha, have been requested to grant further extension of time upto 09.01.2022 to frame the rules under the Citizenship (Amendment) Act, 2019,” Minister of State for Home Nityanand Rai said in a written reply to a question.

Congress leader Gaurav Gogoi had asked whether the government was aware that it had missed the deadline for framing of rules.

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