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Parliament Winter Session highlights: Rajya Sabha suspends 12 Opposition members over misconduct during last session

The suspended members include six from the Congress, two each from TMC and Shiv Sena, and one each from CPI and CPM. The members will be suspended for the rest of the current session.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi |
Updated: November 30, 2021 9:54:44 am
New Delhi: Opposition leaders stage a protest in Rajya Sabha during the Winter Session of Parliament, in New Delhi, Monday, Nov. 29, 2021. (PTI)

A Bill to repeal the three contentious agricultural laws, against which farmers have been protesting for over a year, was passed in both Houses of the Parliament without any discussion.

In Lok Sabha, the Opposition came to the Well of the House demanding a debate on the Bill and raised slogans and banners. Speaker Om Birla said he was ready to allow discussion on the Bill provided the protesting MPs go back to their seats and there is order in the House.

Earlier today, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, while speaking outside the Parliament ahead of the commencement of the Winter Session, said the government was ready to discuss and reply to queries about all issues. “The government is ready to debate any issue and answer any question. We should debate in Parliament and maintain the decorum of the proceedings,” Modi said.

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19:03 (IST)29 Nov 2021
Passage of Farm Laws Repeal Bill in Parliament 'real victory of democracy', says Mayawati 

Bahujan Samaj Party chief Mayawati on Monday termed the passage of a bill in Parliament to repeal the three farm laws a "real victory of democracy" but questioned the BJP-led Union government's "silence" over the demand for a legal guarantee for minimum support price (MSP).

"The repeal of the three contentious agriculture laws in both Houses of Parliament following a year-long intense agitation gave some relief to farmers and is a real victory for the country's democracy. This is a lesson for all governments to conduct themselves democratically, both in and out of the House," Mayawati said in a series of tweets in Hindi.

She also questioned the Union government's silence over the other demands of the farmers. (PTI)

17:53 (IST)29 Nov 2021
Opposition leaders condemn suspension of MPs

Leaders of the Opposition parties unitedly condemned the “unwarranted and undemocratic suspension” of the 12 members and said this was done in “violation of all the Rules of Procedure of Rajya Sabha”.

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16:04 (IST)29 Nov 2021
Suspension is simply unfair and unjust: RS MP Chhaya Verma

This suspension is simply unfair and unjust. There were other members from other parties who created a ruckus but the chairman suspended me. PM Modi is doing just as he wishes since he enjoys a brute majority: Chhaya Verma, Rajya Sabha member, INC. (ANI)

16:03 (IST)29 Nov 2021
'Our version wasn't taken,' says Shiv Sena MP Priyanka Chaturvedi on suspension

"From District Court to Supreme Court, an accused is heard even there, lawyers are provided for them too, sometimes Govt officials are sent to take their version. Here our version wasn't taken," Shiv Sena MP Priyanka Chaturvedi, who is amongst the 12 Rajya Sabha MPs suspended for this session, said.

"If you see the CCTV footage it has been recorded how male marshals were jostling female MPs. All of this on one side and your decision on the other? What kind of unparliamentary behaviour is this?" Chaturvedi told ANI.

16:00 (IST)29 Nov 2021
Govt repealed farm laws in fear of political loss: Asaduddin Owaisi

AIMIM MP Asaduddin Owaisi Monday said that the government has repealed the three farm laws "in fear of political loss" ahead of Assembly elections.  "A large group in the country is saying that CAA is a violation of Article 14 of the Constitution. We demand that the Centre should repeal Citizenship (Amendment) Act," he added.

15:40 (IST)29 Nov 2021
Rajya Sabha adjourns for the day

Following the suspension of a dozen Opposition members from the House, the Rajya Sabha was adjourned till tomorrow.

15:39 (IST)29 Nov 2021
Rajya Sabha suspends 12 Opposition members for their behaviour during last session

A dozen members of the Opposition have been suspended from the Rajya Sabha for the remaining part of the current session due to their behaviour on the last day of the Monsoon Session under Rule 256. The motion was introduced by Parliamentary Affairs Minister Prahlad Joshi, and it was passed by a voice vote in the Rajya Sabha. 

The suspended members include: Phulo Devi Netam, Chhaya Verma, Ripun Bora, Rajamani Patel, Syed Nasir Hussain and Akhilesh Prasad Singh of the Congress; Dola Sen, Shanta Chhetri of TMC; Priyanka Chaturvedi, Anil Desai of Shiv Sena; Elamaram Kareem of CPM; and Binoy Viswam of CPI.

15:24 (IST)29 Nov 2021
No proposal to recognise ‘Bitcoin’ as a currency in India: Nirmala Sitharaman

Responding to a question in the Lok Sabha, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Monday said that the government has no proposal to recognise Bitcoin as a currency in the country.  She also informed the Lok Sabha that the government does not collect data on Bitcoin transactions.

When asked whether the government has any proposal to recognise Bitcoin as a currency in the country, the Finance Minister replied, “No, sir”.

This development comes as the government plans to introduce the Cryptocurrency and Regulation of Official Digital Currency Bill 2021 in the ongoing Winter Session of Parliament. The Bill seeks to ban all but a few private cryptocurrencies to promote underlying technologies while allowing an official digital currency by RBI. More details here.

15:04 (IST)29 Nov 2021
In LS, BJP members greet PM with 'Bharat Mata Ki Jai'; Oppn shouts 'Jai Kisan' 

Prime Minister Narendra Modi was on Monday greeted by members of the BJP with thumping of desks and 'Bharat Mata Ki Jai' slogan as he entered the Lok Sabha chamber on the first day of the Winter Session of Parliament. 

Members of the Opposition raised the 'Jai Kisan' slogan.

The prime minister reached the Lok Sabha minutes before the House met for the day. It is usual for BJP and its allies to greet the prime minister with slogans and thumping of benches when he enters the House on day one of the Parliament session. (PTI)

15:02 (IST)29 Nov 2021
This govt is scared of holding a discussion: Rahul Gandhi on farm laws repeal

"Earlier, we had said that the govt will have to withdraw the farm laws, and today these laws were repealed. It is unfortunate that the farm laws were repealed without discussion. This government is scared of holding a discussion," Congress MP Rahul Gandhi
was quoted as saying by ANI outside Parliament.

"The fact is that the Central government could not face the strength of the Indian people represented by farmers in this case. The upcoming State elections must have also played on their mind," Gandhi added.

14:22 (IST)29 Nov 2021
‘Bitter, unpleasant experiences of last session continue to haunt us’: Venkaiah Naidu

Amid indications that the Union government may push for the suspension of some of the Opposition members over the acrimonious scenes that were witnessed during the passage of the General Insurance Business (Nationalisation) Amendment Bill in the last session, Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu on Monday in his opening address touched upon the issue saying the “bitter and unpleasant experiences” of the last monsoon session “still continue to haunt most of us.”

Naidu said “the treasury benches wanted a detailed enquiry into the conduct of some members during the final two days of the last turbulent session” and added that he had tried to reach out to the leaders of various parties. Read More

14:14 (IST)29 Nov 2021
Farm Laws Repeal Bill passed in Rajya Sabha

The Farm Laws Repeal Bill, 2021, has been passed in the Rajya Sabha through voice vote without any discussion. The House has been adjourned for 30 minutes.

13:45 (IST)29 Nov 2021
Why is govt shying away from discussion on farm laws repeal bill, asks Cong

The Congress on Monday attacked the government over the passage of the farm laws repeal bill in the Lok Sabha without a discussion, charging that  all parliamentary norms have been "thrown to the wind".

Congress leader in the Lok Sabha Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury asked why the government was shying away from a discussion on the bill, when the opposition was supporting them. A bill to repeal the three contentious farm laws, against which farmers have been protesting for over a year, was passed by the Lok Sabha within minutes of introduction on Monday. The Congress has also demanded that there should be legal guarantee for the minimum support price to farmers and that compensation should be granted to farmers who suffered during the agitation and lost their lives, Chowdhury told reporters outside Parliament. (PTI)

13:25 (IST)29 Nov 2021
Wanted to discuss MSP, Lakhimpur Kheri: Mallikarjun Kharge

"We also wanted to discuss the MSP issue, compensation to farmers and the Lakhimpur Kheri incident," Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge said on the issue of no discussion in the Lok Sabha over the Farm Laws Repeal Bill.

13:10 (IST)29 Nov 2021
Govt has no proposal to recognise Bitcoin as currency: Finance ministry

In response to a question in Parliament, the finance ministry said, "The Government does not collect data on bitcoin transactions. The Government has no proposal to recognise bitcoin as a currency."

12:55 (IST)29 Nov 2021
Explained: What is the Farm Laws Repeal Bill, 2021?

The Lok Sabha on Monday passed the Farm Laws Repeal Bill, 2021 without any discussion. The Bill, which is aimed at repealing three farm laws, was introduced in the house by Union Minister of Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare Narendra Singh Tomar. Read More

12:49 (IST)29 Nov 2021
Farm laws passed without discussion, repealed without discussion: Congress

Congress leader Randeep Singh Surjewala tweeted, "The three anti-agriculture laws were passed in Parliament without discussion and have been repealed without discussion."

12:42 (IST)29 Nov 2021
Rajya Sabha adjourned till 2 pm amid Opposition sloganeering

"I think some people have come determined to not let the House function," Rajya Sabha chairperson Venkaiah Naidu said.

12:35 (IST)29 Nov 2021
Tribute to farmers who lost lives during protest: Rakesh Tikait

“This (Farm Laws Repeal Bill, 2021 passed by Lok Sabha) is a tribute to all 750 farmers who lost their lives during the agitation. The protest will continue as other issues including MSP are still pending,” BKU leader Rakesh Tikait told news agency ANI.

12:32 (IST)29 Nov 2021
Lok Sabha speaker urges Opposition to bring House in order

Speaker Om Birla had requested Opposition MPs to bring the House in order to allow any discussion before the Farm Laws Repeal Bill, 2021 was passed.

Vice President and Rajya Sabha Chairman Venkaiah Naidu chairs a meeting of floor leaders of all parties, a day before the beginning of the Winter Session, on Sunday. (Photo: PTI)

If any shortcomings in govt decisions, Opposition should suggest changes: Om Birla

Om Birla, the first-time Speaker, talks about the role of the Standing Committees and Opposition, addresses the absence of a deputy Speaker, reiterates the freedom of MPs to speak in House without fear of labels such as anti-national, and defends not telecasting protests inside Parliament.

“I hope there is enough discussion and debate in Parliament during the Winter Session. I urge all parties to participate in an orderly manner. I also hope Parliament sees more productivity this time,” he said. The Speaker added: “Every government, previous or present, irrespective of which party it belongs to, brings in Bills and laws for the benefit of people. No government elected for a five-year term wants to bring in a law that will not help people. The ideologies or perspectives might be different, but in my opinion, every government is driven by this motive.”

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