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Parliament Winter Session Day 2 Highlights: Opposition walks out of both Houses, Naidu refuses to revoke suspension of MPs

Winter Session of Parliament Highlights: The TMC did not walk out or stage a protest in the Lok Sabha after Venkaiah Naidu rejected the request for the revocation of suspension of 12 MPs.

By: Express Web Desk |
Updated: November 30, 2021 7:19:01 pm
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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Parliament Winter Session 2021 Day 2 Highlights: Venkaiah Naidu rejects request for revocation of suspension of MPs, Oppn leaders stage walkout; 1,678 Kashmiri migrants return to Jammu and Kashmir post Article 370 abrogation, govt tells LS; Follow Live Updates

19:05 (IST)30 Nov 2021
Amid protests by TRS MPs, Lok Sabha functions for just 15 mins on Day 2

The Lok Sabha barely functioned on the second day of the Winter Session, as a few Opposition leaders demanded a discussion on farmers’ issues, but weren’t allowed the same. In the afternoon, barring a few members of TRS, almost all other Opposition members remained seated, but Speaker Om Birla, saying he can only hold discussions if the House is in order, adjourned it for the day.

At 3 pm, Birla was back in the Chair and gave Leader of Congress in the House Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury the opportunity to speak, who accused the government of creating obstruction for the House to function. He said, “We don’t come to the House to snack, not to picnic, but to discuss, to raise the issues of the common people.”

“But it is the government’s duty. If the government doesn’t want (the House to function), what can we do? We wanted to have discussions on farm laws, to discuss MSP. But the government didn’t allow it. The fault is not ours, but is the government’s.” He was then cut short. Read more

19:00 (IST)30 Nov 2021
Review portrayal of freedom fighters in school textbooks, include section on Vedas: House Panel

Stating that educational content for students should be “free of biases”, a Parliamentary committee on education has called for a review of the manner in which Indian freedom fighters are portrayed in school history textbooks and recommended that “ancient wisdom and knowledge” from the Vedas should be incorporated within the school curriculum.

“There is a need for discussing and reviewing, with leading historians, the manner in which Indian freedom fighters, from various regions/parts of the country and their contributions get place in History textbooks. This will result in a more balanced and judicious perception of the Indian freedom struggle. This will go a long way in giving due and proper space to the freedom fighters hitherto unknown and oblivious in the freedom movement. Review of representation of community identity based history as of Sikh and Maratha history and others and their adequate incorporation in the textbooks will help in a more judicious perspective of their contribution,” stated the report tabled in the Rajya Sabha on Tuesday. read more

18:44 (IST)30 Nov 2021
Expert groups considering scientific evidence on need for Covid booster dose: Govt to RS

Union Minister of State for Health Bharati Pravin Pawar in a written reply to Rajya Sabha on Tuesday said the National Technical Advisory Group on Immunization (NTAGI) and National Expert Group on Vaccine Administration for COVID-19 (NEGVAC) are deliberating and considering scientific evidence for the need and justification for booster dose against Covid-19.

18:34 (IST)30 Nov 2021
No case of Omicron in India yet, Health minister Mansukh Mandaviya tells Parliament

The new Covid-19 variant Omicron has not been reported in India yet, Union Health minister Mansukh Mandaviya informed Parliament on Tuesday. 

“The Omicron variant has been detected in 14 countries so far. There is no case of Omicron in India yet. We are immediately checking suspicious cases and conducting genome sequencing. We are also taking all possible precautions,” he said in the Rajya Sabha during the Winter Session of Parliament. Read more

18:17 (IST)30 Nov 2021
Bill seeking to clarify when SC, HC judges will get additional pension introduced in LS

The High Court and Supreme Court Judges (Salaries and Conditions of Service) Amendment Bill, 2021, which seeks to bring clarity on when Supreme Court and high court judges are entitled to an additional quantum of pension or family pension on attaining a certain age, was introduced in Lok Sabha on Tuesday by Law Minister Kiren Rijiju amid din by opposition over farmers' issues.

The Bill proposes to amend the High Court Judges (Salaries and Condition of Service) Act and the Supreme Court Judges (Salaries and Condition of Service) Act.

The legislative intent behind insertion of section 17B and section 16B respectively in the two acts, earlier, was to provide benefit of additional quantum of pension to a retired judge from the first day of the month in which he completes the age specified in the first column of the scale and not from the first day of his entering the age specified therein as so interpreted by the high courts, the Statement of Objects and Reasons of the Bill said. To clarify the matter further, an explanation is being inserted in the two laws, a government functionary explained. (PTI)

17:46 (IST)30 Nov 2021
40 civilians killed in Jammu and Kashmir in terror violence this year so far: Govt

The Centre on Tuesday said as many as 40 civilians were killed and 72 were injured in terror-related incidents in Jammu and Kashmir till this month in 2021. Union Minister of State for Home Nityanand Rai also said that a total of 348 security personnel and 195 civilians were killed in Jammu and Kashmir in last five years in terror-related incidents.

In 2021, till November 15, altogether 40 civilians were killed and 72 others were injured, he said in a written reply to a question. Rai said 40 civilians were killed in 2017, 39 each in 2018 and 2019 and 37 in 2020. (PTI)

17:29 (IST)30 Nov 2021
Here's all that happened in Parliament today

On the second day of the Winter Session of Parliament, Opposition parties walked out of both the Houses, protesting against Chairman Venkaiah Naidu’s refusal to revoke the suspension of 12 MPs. In the Lok Sabha, the Opposition demanded a debate over farmers’ demands, such as a law for MSP (minimum support price).

“The government wants to threaten the Opposition and suppress their voice by suspending its members in Rajya Sabha. We cannot keep quiet about the suspension of our members in the Rajya Sabha,” Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, Congress leader in Lok Sabha, said, adding that they will “oppose such dictatorial attitude of the government.”

In the Lower House, members of the TRS trooped into the Well demanding a law on MSP and compensation for the kin of farmers who lost their lives during their year-long agitation. Read more

17:14 (IST)30 Nov 2021
Suspended MPs to sit in dharna inside Parliament complex

TMC Derek O'Brien took to Twitter to state that from Wednesday onwards, the suspended MPs — comprising six of Congress, two each of Shiv Sena and TMC and one each from CPI and CPM — will be sitting in dharna in front of the Mahatma Gandhi statue.

17:11 (IST)30 Nov 2021
Opposition demands discussion over farmers' issues in Lok Sabha

Lok Sabha proceedings were disrupted for the second day in the ongoing Winter session as protests by Opposition parties over farmer issues led to repeated adjournments on Tuesday.

Soon after a new member took oath and the Question Hour began, members of the TRS trooped into the Well demanding a law on Minimum Support Price (MSP) as well as compensation for the families of farmers who lost their lives during the agitation against the farm laws.

 TRS members shouted slogans and displayed placards standing in the Well of the House while other Opposition members, including from the Congress and Left parties, sought to raise certain issues from their seats.

 After laying of papers by ministers and members, and introduction of The High Court and Supreme Court Judges (Salaries and Conditions of Service) Amendment Bill 2021 by Law Minister Kiren Rijiju, the Speaker adjourned the House for the day. (PTI)

16:04 (IST)30 Nov 2021
No proposal under consideration for creation of Vidarbha state: Govt to Lok Sabha

Replying to a question in the Lok Sabha on whether any step has been taken or proposed to be taken by the government to carve out a separate Vidarbha state out of Maharashtra, Union Minister of State for Home Nityanand Rai said, "No such proposal is under consideration with government."

"Creation of a new state has wide ramifications and has a direct bearing on the federal polity of our country. Government takes a decision on the matter of formation of new states after taking into consideration all relevant factors, and only when there is a broad consensus on the issue," he added, according to PTI.

15:58 (IST)30 Nov 2021
In Pics | MPs demand debate over farmers' issues in Lok Sabha

The Opposition MPs in the Lok Sabha on Tuesday held placards demanding a discussion over farmers' issues such as MSP.

MPs raise placards in Lok Sabha (PTI)
 Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla conducts proceedings in the House as an opposition leader holds a placard in protest (PTI)
15:35 (IST)30 Nov 2021
Apprehensions of Bengal, Punjab on BSF jurisdiction extension notification ill-founded: Govt

In a written reply to the Parliament the Centre called the apprehensions of the governments of West Bengal and Punjab over a notification extending the jurisdiction of the Border Security Force (BSF) in certain states, "ill-founded".

Union Minister of State for Home Nityanand Rai added that the move would result in better and more effective control on trans-border crimes in conjunction and cooperation with state police, PTI reported.

15:23 (IST)30 Nov 2021
Lok Sabha adjourns for the day

Lok Sabha proceedings have been adjourned for the day amid Opposition protests.

15:17 (IST)30 Nov 2021
1,678 Kashmiri migrants return to Jammu and Kashmir post Article 370 abrogation: Govt tells LS

"As per the information provided by the government of Jammu and Kashmir, after abrogation of Article 370, a total of 1,678 migrants have returned to Kashmir for taking up the jobs under the Prime Minister's Development Package-2015," Union Minister of State for Home Nityanand Rai said in a written reply to the Lok Sabha.

He further said that the land of 150 applicants has been restored, adding that the government has taken various measures to restore ancestral properties to migrant Hindus. Under the Jammu and Kashmir Migrant Immovable Property (Preservation, Protection & Restraint on Distress Sales) Act, 1997, District Magistrates (DMs) of concerned Districts in Jammu and Kashmir are the legal custodians of the immovable properties of migrants, who take suo motto action on eviction proceedings in cases of encroachment.

15:11 (IST)30 Nov 2021
Rajya Sabha adjourned: Govt wants to discuss Dam Safety Bill in presence of Opposition

After the Opposition staged a walkout in the Upper House, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi urged Deputy Chairman Harivansh, who was in the Chair, to discuss the Dam Safety Bill, 2019 on Wednesday as the government wants the opposition parties to participate in it.

"As far as I know, they (Opposition parties) have walked out for the day... if they are coming tomorrow we can take up this Bill tomorrow. We want to run the House with opposition and (through) discussion. Our party is the most democratic. Our leader is also very democratic," Joshi was quoted as saying by PTI.

Since the Dam Safety Bill, 2019, was the only legislative business in the afternoon, the deputy chairman adjourned the House for the day.

15:08 (IST)30 Nov 2021
No caste-wise census, except of SCs, STs, since Independence: Govt

Union Minister of State for Home Nityanand Rai on Tuesday stated, "Government of India has not enumerated caste-wise population, other than SCs and STs, in Census since Independence," in a written reply to the Lok Sabha.

He was asked whether the government has formulated any scheme or policy for caste-based census, PTI reported. Rai said castes and tribes which are specifically notified as Scheduled Castes (SCs) and Scheduled Tribes (STs), as per the Constitution (Scheduled Castes) Order, 1950, and the Constitution (Scheduled Tribes) Order, 1950, as amended from time to time, are enumerated in the decadal Census. 

15:06 (IST)30 Nov 2021
No specific direction given to banks not to give loans to sensitive customers like police personnel: FM

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on Tuesday informed Parliament that the Centre has issued no specific directions to banks asking them not to give loans to 'sensitive customers' like police personnel.

Sitharaman, during Question Hour in the Rajya Sabha, said there is no 'official stated policy' directing banks not to give loans to certain categories of customers. "Banks make assessments based on KYC and other ratings like civil ratings. I don't think any specific instructions are given to banks -- please be careful not to lend to these people," she said in the Upper House while responding to a supplementary queries.

However, banks do exercise a certain level of discretion based on their available KYC (know your customer), she added. (PTI)

14:54 (IST)30 Nov 2021
Mallikarjun Kharge to write to Naidu over suspension of MPs

The Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge will write to Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu onver the suspension of 12 Opposition MPs. Earlier in the day, Naidu had rejected the request for the revocation of the suspension.

Following this, the Opposition leaders staged a walkout and boycotted the proceedings. The Upper House has been adjourned till tomorrow. 

14:50 (IST)30 Nov 2021
Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla calls for meeting to resolve deadlock

After the Opposition staged a walkout from the House, Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla has called a meeting of Floor Leaders of all parties to discuss and end the deadlock, ANI reported.

Lok Sabha proceedings have been adjourned till 3 pm amid Opposition protests over the government’s reluctance to debate farmers’ issues.

14:47 (IST)30 Nov 2021
Long live ‘debate-less’ parliamentary democracy: Chidambaram’s dig at govt

In a tweet, senior Congress leader P Chidambaram said that ahead of the Parliament session, the prime minister offered to debate ‘any issue’, and on the first day and on the first item of business, the farm bills were repealed without a debate. Read more

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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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