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Parliament Winter Session 2021 Highlights: TRS to boycott Winter Session; Kharge blames govt for deadlock in Rajya Sabha

Parliament Highlights, Winter Session of Parliament 2021 Highlights: Leader of Opposition Mallikarjun Kharge also blamed the government for the deadlock in the House.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi |
Updated: December 7, 2021 9:13:51 pm
Suspended Rajya Sabha MP's protest demanding revocation, during the Winter Session of Parliament, in New Delhi, Friday. (PTI Photo)

Parliament Winter Session 2021 Highlights: Members of the Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) staged a walkout from both the Houses and protested outside the Parliament House on Tuesday. The TRS MPs, who have been demanding the Centre to procure rice from Telangana, said they are boycotting the entire Winter Session.

Shortly after it commenced, the Rajya Sabha was adjourned till 2 pm on Tuesday, as the Opposition demanded the revocation of the suspension of 12 MPs. Leader of Opposition Mallikarjun Kharge blamed the government for the deadlock in the House. “We have been meeting the chairman and the government and have stressed that they cannot suspend members like this. They have wrongly and undemocratically suspended 12 MPs for what has happened during the previous Monsoon session,” he said.

Meanwhile, speaking in the Lok Sabha, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi brought up the issue of compensating the kin of farmers who died during the year-long protest against the farm laws. Presenting a list of farmers in the House, Gandhi added, “So, if the PM is apologising and you are saying you don’t have the names, then here they are. I want them to be given compensation and jobs, which are their right.”

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21:12 (IST)07 Dec 2021
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21:11 (IST)07 Dec 2021
30 mins of business: In RS, standoff over MPs’ suspension continues

With a united Opposition seeking the revocation of the suspension of a dozen members, and the government unrelenting on its demand for an apology, the Rajya Sabha Tuesday saw barely any business being conducted.

The government stated it was unwilling to pass Bills in the Upper House amid a din. The Opposition leaders continued to protest the suspension, with the Leader of Opposition Mallikarjun Kharge calling the move undemocratic.

The 12 MPs were suspended over the chaotic scenes witnessed in the House on the last day of the Monsoon Session.

On Tuesday, the House functioned for a total of around 30 minutes and was adjourned twice before being adjourned for the day. Read the full report here

21:10 (IST)07 Dec 2021
Lok Sabha adjourned

Lok Sabha has been adjourned for the day.

17:24 (IST)07 Dec 2021
BSF jurisdiction extended to empower force: MoS Home Nityanand Rai

"The extension in the territorial jurisdiction of BSF in some states is aimed at empowering the BSF to discharge its border guarding duties more effectively in the wake of use of technology like drones," MoS Home Nityanand Rai told the Lok Sabha.

16:18 (IST)07 Dec 2021
Rs 20,353 cr undisclosed credits detected in Panama, Paradise paper leaks: Govt

The government on Tuesday said undisclosed credits amounting to Rs 20,353 crore have been detected with respect to 930 India-linked entities in the Panama and Paradise Paper Leaks. Replying to a question in the Rajya Sabha, Minister of State for Finance Pankaj Chaudhary also informed that taxes collected so far amount to Rs 153.88 crore in the Panama and Paradise Paper Leaks. (PTI)

15:39 (IST)07 Dec 2021
Rajya Sabha adjourned for the day

Amid Opposition protest, the Rajya Sabha has been adjourned for the day.

14:59 (IST)07 Dec 2021
Suspension of MPs is against Constitution and democracy: Mallikarjun Kharge

"Suspension of MPs is against Constitution and democracy. They would've done it(suspension) if earlier (Monsoon) session of House went for adjournment but punishing MPs in Winter Session for what they did in Monsoon sitting is wrong. They didn't even mention charges," LoP, Rajya Sabha, Mallikarjun Kharge told ANI on Tuesday.

14:47 (IST)07 Dec 2021
Rajya Sabha adjourned till 3 PM

Rajya Sabha has been adjourned till 3 PM

14:29 (IST)07 Dec 2021
Action of suspension not as per rules or Constitution: Leader of Opposition

Blaming the government for the deadlock in the Rajya Sabha, Leader of Opposition Mallikarjun Kharge said, "When the House is prorogued, the government has no right to suspend the members anymore for the previous session.Their action of suspension is neither as per rules nor per the Constitution.It seems the government's intention is clear of not allowing the House to function.Till the time their suspension is revoked, our fight will continue."

"We will not allow our voice to be throttled. This has no place in democracy and we will not allow any dictatorship. Modi ji wants to run Parliament with dictatorship. We will not allow this to happen," he added.

14:13 (IST)07 Dec 2021
Rahul Gandhi offers list of farmers who died during protests, asks for compensation to their kins

Senior Congress leader Rahul Gandhi Tuesday once again raised the issue of compensation to the families of the farmers who died during the year-long protest against the three contentious laws. Speaking in the Lok Sabha, Rahul said since the government doesn’t have data, he will provide a list of names of the deceased.

“The country knows that during the farmers’ movement, 700 farmers were martyred. The PM apologised to the farmers and accepted his mistake. The agriculture minister was asked about the number of farmers who were martyred during the movement and he had said he has no data,” Gandhi said during the Zero Hour. Read more

14:01 (IST)07 Dec 2021
Extension of jurisdiction to empower BSF against use of drones, curb cattle smuggling: Govt

Minister of State for Home Affairs Nityanand Rai told the Lok Sabha that the extension of BSF's jurisdiction will empower the force to discharge border guarding duties more effectively in the wake of use of technology like drones, Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV), etc by anti-national forces for surveillance and smuggling, ANI reported.

"It would also help in curbing the menace of cattle smuggling as smugglers take refuge in the interior areas outside the jurisdiction of BSF," he said.

13:41 (IST)07 Dec 2021
Govt responsible for obstruction in Rajya Sabha: Leader of Opposition

Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge stated the government is responsible for the obstructions arising in the Rajya Sabha today as it refused to revoke the suspension of the 12 MPs.

"We tried a lot to facilitate the functioning of the House, we met Leader of the House and Chairman repeatedly to put forth our views that MPs can be suspended only as per Rule 25. But they ignored the rules, wrongfully brought the events of the Monsoon Session to Winter Session, and suspended our 12 MPs," Kharge was quoted as saying by ANI.

13:38 (IST)07 Dec 2021
Congress, MP and DMK stage walkout in Lok Sabha over farmers' issues

Making a Zero Hour mention, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi slammed the Modi government for its inability to maintain data on the death of farmers during the year-long agitation and tabled in the House a list of farmers from Punjab and Haryana who died during the stir.

Congress members demanded a statement from the government on the issue and staged a walkout along with NCP and DMK members raising slogans against the government.

12:49 (IST)07 Dec 2021
PM Modi’s message to BJP MPs skipping Parliament: ‘If you don’t change there will be changes’

Taking a strong exception to the “absence of many (BJP) MPs inside the House”, Prime Minister Narendra Modi Tuesday warned his party leaders of “changes” beyond their control if they continue to skip Parliamentary proceedings. 

The Prime Minister made the remarks while addressing his party MPs for the first time this winter session.

Modi’s warning came in the midst of a fierce Opposition that has been protesting against the suspension of 12 MPs from the Rajya Sabha, where the BJP still doesn’t have majority. Read more

Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrives for the  BJP Parliamentary Party meeting, at Ambedkar International Centre, in New Delhi, Tuesday, Dec 7, 2021. (PTI Photo)
12:31 (IST)07 Dec 2021
In Pics | NCP chief Sharad Pawar, SP MP Jaya Bachchan join protesting MPs

NCP chief Sharad Pawar and Samajwadi Party MP Jaya Bachchan briefly joined the MPs protesting against their suspension in the Rajya Sabha. 

12:26 (IST)07 Dec 2021
Rahul Gandhi questions govt claim over no data on farmer deaths in Lok Sabha

Congress leader in the Lok Sabha asserted that 700 farmers had died during the agitation against farm laws.

"On (November) 30th the Agriculture Minister was asked a question: How many farmers died in the agitation? He said he doesn't have any data," Gandhi said.

"We found out that the Punjab Government has given Rs 5 Lakh compensation for around 400 farmers and also provided jobs for 152 of them. I have the list. We have made another list of 70 farmers from Haryana. Your government says that you don't have their names," he added.

12:06 (IST)07 Dec 2021
TRS to boycott entire Winter Session of Parliament, protest over paddy procurement

After staging a walk out from both the Houses, TRS MPs protested outside the Parliament House. The MPs said they are boycotting the entire Winter Session. The party MPs have been demanding the Centre to procure rice from Telangana.

11:32 (IST)07 Dec 2021
Watch | Opposition protests against suspension of Rajya Sabha MPs

Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge, Congress leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury and other MPs are protesting in support of the suspended MPs at the Gandhi statue in Parliament House. Slogans like "tanashahi nahi chalegi" (dictatorship won't be tolerated) and "Modi-shahi nahi chalegi" were raised during the protest.

11:19 (IST)07 Dec 2021
Rajya Sabha adjourns till 2

Rajya Sabha proceedings have been adjourned till 2 pm as the Opposition demanded the revocation of suspension of 12 MPs. 

10:52 (IST)07 Dec 2021
Ready to revoke suspension, if they say sorry, says Union Minister Pralhad Joshi

"If they (MPs) apologise even today, we're ready to withdraw the suspension," Union Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi was quoted as saying by ANI.

Following a BJP Parliamentary meet, the Minister said, "We explained why they had to be suspended. The country has witnessed whatever took place. It's on record."

Union Home Minister Amit Shah speaks on the Nagaland incident in the Lok Sabha during ongoing Winter Session of Parliament, in New Delhi, Monday, Dec. 6, 2021. (LSTV/PTI Photo)

A case of mistaken identity, says Amit Shah on Nagaland firing

Expressing regret over the incident in Nagaland in which civilians were killed by security personnel, Union Home Minister Amit Shah informed Parliament Monday that “a team of 21 para-commandos of Indian Army laid an ambush” for insurgents in Mon district on December 4 evening but “it turned out to be a case of mistaken identity”.

He said a Special Investigation Team (SIT) has been constituted and directed to complete the investigation within one month. The situation, he said, was “reviewed in detail to ensure that normalcy is restored at the earliest” and all agencies are being told to “ensure that no such unfortunate incident recurs in future while undertaking operations against insurgents”.

In identical statements in Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha, Shah said: “The Government of India sincerely regrets this unfortunate incident in Nagaland and expresses its deepest condolences to the families of those who have lost their lives.”

Govt moves to amend NDPS Act, Opposition calls it ‘bad law'

The Opposition objected to a Bill introduced by the Centre Monday to correct a drafting error in the existing Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act that rendered a key provision related to the punishment of those financing illicit trafficking inoperable.

Opposition MPs — including from the Congress, the Trinamool Congress, Biju Janata Dal and the Revolutionary Socialist Party (RSP) — asked the government to withdraw and redraft the amendments to the bill, saying that it violated the fundamental rights of a citizen as it provides retrospective effect to offences starting 2014.

They alleged that the bill was an “example of bad drafting” by the government, and that it was “not responsive nor sensitive” to Opposition’s objections.

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