Opposition leaders protest at Mahatma Gandhi statue in Parliament premises over suspension of 12 MPs. (Express Photo by Anil Sharma)
Parliament Winter Session Highlights: The Opposition parties, including the Congress, DMK and National Conference, on Tuesday walked out from both Houses of Parliament, protesting against the suspension of 12 opposition MPs from the Upper House and boycotted the day’s proceedings in the Rajya Sabha after the Chairman asked them to apologise. In the Lok Sabha, the Opposition also pushed for debate over farmers’ issues.
Amid Opposition protests, both Houses have been adjourned for the day.
Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu rejected the request for the revocation of suspension of 12 MPs on Tuesday. He said that he was not considering Leader of the Opposition Mallikarjun Kharge’s appeal as the suspended MPs have not shown any remorse, but on the contrary, justified their acts.
After the walkout, opposition MPs demonstrated in front of Mahatma Gandhi’s statue inside Parliament complex, raising slogans against the government and its “dictatorial attitude”.
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Congress president Sonia Gandhi, senior party leader Rahul Gandhi and other Opposition leaders protest at Parliament House on Monday. (Express photo by Anil Sharma)
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 on Monday.
In Lok Sabha on Monday, 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.
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.
The Trinamool Congress neither attended the morning meeting of Opposition leaders convened by Kharge nor the one after the suspension of the 12 MPs though two among them are from the party.
Earlier in the day, Venkaiah Naidu referred to the incident of the last session. In his opening address, he said “bitter and unpleasant experiences” of the monsoon session “still continue to haunt most of us”.
“The treasury benches wanted a detailed inquiry into the conduct of some members during the final two days of the last turbulent session,” he said, adding that he had tried to reach out to leaders of various parties.
“Some of them made it clear that their members would not be a party to any such inquiry. Some leaders, however, expressed concern over the way the functioning of the House was derailed during the last session and condemned the unruly incidents,” Naidu said.
“On my part, I was expecting and waiting for the leading lights of this august House to take the lead in expressing their outrage over what had happened during the last session with assurances of introspection and spirited efforts to prevent recurrence of such incidents. Such assurances by all concerned would have helped me in appropriately handling the matter. But unfortunately, it was not to be,” he said, referring to unruly scenes in the House on August 11 during the passage of the General Insurance Business (Nationalisation) Amendment Bill.
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