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Parliament Updates: Day 5 of Budget Session in LS near washout; House adjourned due to protest on farm laws

Parliament LIVE Updates: Lok Sabha has been adjourned for the day amid Opposition's protests and sloganeering. No legislative business was conducted today, but the Question Hour could be held for about 15 minutes. Some members also managed to lay papers on the table of the House amid din

FP Staff February 05, 2021 18:11:57 IST
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Parliament Updates: Day 5 of Budget Session in LS near washout; House adjourned due to protest on farm laws

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Feb 05, 2021 - 18:12 (IST)

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Lok Sabha adjourned for the day within 6 minutes of reconvening

Lok Sabha has been adjourned for the day amid Opposition's protests and sloganeering. No legislative business was conducted today, but the Question Hour could be held for about 15 minutes. Some members also managed to lay papers on the table of the House amid din

Feb 05, 2021 - 17:06 (IST)

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2021-22 Budget 'booster rocket' for economy, will make this decade 'Roaring 20s' for India: Sinha
 
Describing the 2021-22 Budget a "booster rocket" for the economy, BJP leader Jayant Sinha on Friday said it will place India on the path of non-inflationary growth and make this decade "Roaring 20s" for the country. This Budget has focused on supply-side investment and this is going to ensure that the country has a non-inflationary growth for very long period of time, Sinha, who chairs the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Finance, said.
 
"This budget is a booster rocket for the economy. The country is proceeding on a V-shaped recovery path and will immensely benefit from this booster rocket. It will firmly place the country on a non-inflationary growth trajectory, which is going to sustain for a very long period of time," he told PTI.

Feb 05, 2021 - 16:52 (IST)

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Rationalise both freight and passenger fares prudently: Parl panel to railways

A parliamentary panel has raised concerns over the losses incurred by the Indian Railways passenger services especially due to its social service obligation, and suggested that the national transporter rationalise both freight and passenger fares "prudently".

"The predicament of the railways is that the profits earned from freight business are utilised to compensate for the lossess incurred on passenger and other coaching services, thereby adversely affecting both freight and passenger business. It, therefore, becomes imperative that both freight and passenger fares are rationalised prudently," it said. 
 

Feb 05, 2021 - 16:45 (IST)

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COVID vaccines exported to 15 countries: Health Minister

BJP's Jagdambika Pal asked the Health Minister if India is exporting vaccines to its neighbours in keeping with its Neighbourhood First Policy. Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan said that vaccines have been exported to 15 countries so far. "A total of 22 countries have sought India's vaccines. In some nations, we have given vaccines in the form of grant. While 56 lakh does have been given as grants, 105 lakh doses have been supplied under contracts" 

Feb 05, 2021 - 16:32 (IST)

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LS adjourned within 15 minutes of convenin; to meet again at 6 pm

Lok Sabha was adjourned till 6 pm after members kept on with their protests and disrupted the question hour. 

Feb 05, 2021 - 16:09 (IST)

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Question Hour underway in Lok Sabha

Lok Sabha Om Speaker started the proceeding with Question Hour. Members raised questions related to the Health Ministry and Union Minister Harsh Vardhan provided responses. However, Opposition members continued their protest for the fourth straight day unabated. Slogans of "Take back black laws" and "Stop with the Dictatorship" kept echoing in the House. 

Feb 05, 2021 - 16:05 (IST)

Lok Sabha proceedings begin amid Opposition protests

Feb 05, 2021 - 15:50 (IST)

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Nails on roads for farmers will turn out to be nails in 'political coffin' of BJP: Jayant Chaudhary

Asserting that farmers will not settle for anything less than the repeal of the new farm laws, RLD vice president Jayant Chaudhary on Friday said the government's "strong arm tactics" will not work against the tillers and the nails being laid on roads for them would turn out to be the nails in the "political coffin" of the BJP.

Chaudhary, who has participated in a number of 'kisaan panchayats' in western Uttar Pradesh and is campaigning aggressively against the Centre's farm laws, said the government must immediately withdraw the legislations and draft them afresh after taking the consent of farmers.
In an interview with PTI, the Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) vice president alleged that the current leadership of the country is far removed from sentiments and is not perturbed by riots, deaths or big agitations as it is "cocooned" in its own bubble.
 
"It is a totalitarian administration. They are not even listening to their own political people on the ground. If you speak to BJP MLAs or MPs off the record, they are not happy and they can feel the angst rising in the people of India, in the common man who voted for (Prime Minister Narendra) Modi," the former MP said.

Feb 05, 2021 - 15:36 (IST)

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What's on Lok Sabha's agenda today?

The Standing Committees on Social Justice will present its report in the Lok Sabha, while Union ministers including Smriti Iraani and Harsh Vardhan will lay papers on the table of the House. MoS Parliamentary Affairs Arjun Ram Meghwal is due to make a statement and the Lower House is also scheduled to deliberate on a number of private member pills. 

Feb 05, 2021 - 15:10 (IST)

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Opposition parties in RS demand repeal of farm laws

Various opposition parties like the Shiv Sena, SAD, NCP, Samajwadi Party and Left parties on Friday demanded in Rajya Sabha that the three new farm laws be repealed and fresh ones brought after wider consultations. Participating in the debate on the Motion of Thanks on the President's address, the members of opposition parties attacked the government for dubbing the farmers protesting against the farm laws as "anti-nationals" and for "defaming" their agitation.

Parliament LATEST News and Updates: Lok Sabha has been adjourned for the day amid Opposition's protests and sloganeering. No legislative business was conducted today, but the Question Hour could be held for about 15 minutes. Some members also managed to lay papers on the table of the House amid din.

Lok Sabha has reconvened amid loud sloganeering from Opposition members. Meanwhile, Union ministers laid papers on the table, including written responses to questions.

In a vociferous attack on the Centre, Congress leader Pratap Singh Bajwa on Friday compared the barricades set up at the farmers' protest site at Ghazipur with the Berlin Wall and concentration camps

The predicament of the railways is that the profits earned from freight business are utilised to compensate for the lossess incurred on passenger and other coaching services, thereby adversely affecting both freight and passenger business, the Standing Committee said.

Lok Sabha was adjourned till 6 pm after members kept on with their protests and disrupted the question hour.

Lok Sabha has started and so has the sloganeering by opposition members. Question Hour proceedings begin.

Rajya Sabha has been adjourned for the day and will reconvene at 9 am on Monday. The Lok Sabha, however, will begin session shortly

Rajya Sabha has concluded the discussion on Motion of Thanks to the President's Address. The Union Ministers will respond to all points raised by members related to their respective ministries on Monday.

BJP MPs Anil Jain and Neeraj Shekar began their addresses to the Rajya Sabha by hitting out at the boycott of President Ram Nath Kovind's address to a joint sitting of the Parliament.

Shekar urged farmers to understand the politics behind the Opposition supporting them, adding that these parties "want to rule Punjab and Haryana".

Congress' Akhilesh Prasad Singh warned while addressing the Lok Sabha that a government that doesn't respect farmers will not last long, adding that the Centre should not insult farmers.

Union agriculture minister Narendra Singh Tomar said that even though the government is ready to make amendments in the farm laws, there is nothing wrong in the legislations.

Trinamool Congress' Saugata Ray gave an adjournment motion notice in the Lok Sabha over the alleged "repression of farmers by police with the use of bar wires, spikes, trenches" at protest sites.

Hitting out at the Centre for imposing internet shutdowns in tense areas, with the latest in Haryana following violence during protests by farmers, Congress MP Anand Sharma said India has become the internet shutdown capital of the world.

Congress' Pratap Singh Bajwa sought a time-bound, Supreme Court-monitored inquiry into the change in the Republic Day tractor rally route. Bajwa also claimed in the Rajya Sabha that the farm Bills were passed in the House in an undemocratic manner and the Opposition was not given the chance to seek division

Satish Chandra Mishra of BSP hit out at the Centre for digging ditches and laying down spikes to stop the farmers' movement, adding that even the India-Pakistan border doesn't have such fortification.

Lok Sabha proceedings were disrupted for the third consecutive day on Thursday as protests by Opposition members demanding a separate discussion on the three contentious farm laws created uproar, leading to repeated adjournments of the House.

The House was convened five times within the day but the session could only achieve only part of the business listed for the day.

The Lower House witnessed the introduction of The Arbitration and Conciliation (Amendment) 2021, two questions in the Question Hour, laying down of some papers, and roughly thirty minutes of discussion in the Zero Hour, all alongside fierce sloganeering from Opposition.

The Rajya Sabha, meanwhile, witnessed a fiery debate on the farmers' issue as members debated the Motion of Thanks to President's Address. Opposition parties assailed the government over its handling of the farmer protests, saying BJP ministers "believe in monologue and not dialogue".

Lok Sabha

As soon as the House assembled at 4 pm, members of the Opposition started shouting slogans against the Central Government and the three farm laws. Few questions related to the ministry of roads and highways were replied to by Union minister Nitin Gadkari. But the sloganeering continued.

"Question Hour is the right of MPs... This behaviour is not good and I again request you all to return to your seats so that the House proceedings run properly," said Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla.

"Shouting slogans and showing placards are against parliamentary tradition," he added.

But the Opposition members refused to relent forcing Birla to adjourn the House till 5 pm after about 20 minutes of proceedings. When the House reconvened at 5 pm, members of the Opposition again started raising slogans.

Some ministers and members laid papers on the table of the House, and Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad introduced the Arbitration and Conciliation Amendment Bill, 2021.

Meenakshi Lekhi, who was in the Chair, asked the members to return to their seats, but they continued with their protests. Soon, she adjourned the House till 6 pm after about 15 minutes of proceedings.

When House reassembled at 6 pm, the Opposition continued its protests shouting slogans and showing placards.

Rajendra Agrawal, who was in the chair, appealed to the members to go back to their seats so that the House can function normally.

"You have every right to raise any issue that you would like to. Please exercise this right. Please go to your seats, please don't show the placards. You can raise your issues through the discussion on the motion thanking the President for his address," he said.

However, the Opposition ignored his pleas and continued the protests, forcing Agrawal to adjourn the House till 7 pm after just 10 minutes of proceedings.

At 7 pm, it took less than five minutes for the House to be adjourned again, this time till 8.30 pm. However, the late evening leg of today's session was slightly more productive as the Zero Hour was held for roughly 30 minutes before the House had to be adjourned for the day.

The Opposition sloganeering continued uninterrupted for the entire duration that the House was in Session.

Rajya Sabha

Opposition parties on Thursday launched a vociferous attack on the Centre over its handling of the farmers' agitation, callings its dialogues with the protesters "monologues", even as the ruling BJP defended the new laws asserting that its government is committed to the welfare of peasants and increase their incomes.

Attacking the government, Opposition parties said trenches have been dug, barbed wires put up and spikes installed at the sites of farmers' protests, whereas bridges should have been built to win them over.

The BJP highlighted the farm welfare measures and slammed the Opposition for disrupting the House proceedings.

Participating in the debate on the Motion of Thanks to the President's Address, Congress MP Deepinder Singh Hooda said the government has no right to question the patriotism of farmers as they are the ones who have made the country self-sufficient in food. He hit out at the government saying it should show a big heart and accept the demands of farmers by repealing the farm laws.

"You talk about making (the country) self-sufficient. Let me warn you that a self-obsessed government cannot make Aatmanirbhar Bharat (self-sufficient India)," he said.

Hooda lamented that there has not been a single word of condolence from the government on 194 farmers who lost their lives during the ongoing agitation.
Resuming the discussion, Manoj Kumar Jha of the RJD said the government has lost the patience to hear, and any criticism is painted as anti-national.

He noted that one has not seen such an aggressive approach even towards the neighbouring nations who came into Indian territory.

"Patriotism is not be worn on sleeves but carried in heart," he said making use of poetry and sarcasm. Contesting the government's claim of having 11 rounds of dialogue with agitating farmers, he said its ministers "believe in monologue and not dialogue".

Digvijaya Singh of the Congress lashed out at the government, saying measures like demonetisation to the CAA were "blunders that hit the people hard". He said the void between the Modi government's promises and implementation was big and it could not win the hearts of people.

He said the prime minister had "lost their trust".

"You have got majority but dissent is the essence of democracy," Singh noted.

Former prime minister and JD(S) leader HD Deve Gowda called farmers the backbone of the country. He said miscreants and anti-social elements were behind the events on Republic Day and all political parties have condemned their actions and agree that they need to be punished.

"But the farmers' issue should not be mixed with it," he said and added that "the issue should be dealt with amicably".

However, Oil Minister Dharmendra Pradhan said the government is committed to farmers' welfare and will help increase their incomes. He said the Central Government will provide Rs 1 lakh crore additional income to farmers that will be generated by converting waste into energy.

The minister said the heap of waste at Ghazipur will also be cleaned soon to create energy. Pradhan also said the government has come up with a scheme to procure ethanol worth Rs 20,000 crore which will help increase farmer's income.

He attacked Congress for not bringing a law on MSP of crops despite being in power for long. "You question those working honestly for farmers' welfare farmers," he said.

"The Opposition Congress cannot appreciate such government efforts as it has never done except for hailing its dynasty," he said.

BJP member Jyotiraditya Scindia said the government has taken a host of steps in the last six years to increase their income.

Scindia attacked his former party Congress for changing its stand on the three legislations, saying that the Opposition party had favoured similar laws in its manifesto for the 2019 Lok Sabha election.

"Opposition parties will have to change their habit of going back on their words and wondered for how long they would continue to harm the interests of the country," he said.

Scindia said the opposition has insulted the President, the country, and the democracy by boycotting the President's address.

Swapan Dasgupta (nominated) stressed on the need for upgrading the farm sector. "If we can rise above this basic partisanship and welcome the Centre in the states and states with each other, I think we can be looking forward not merely to an 11 percent (GDP) growth but a growth which can be 15 percent which can be the envy of the whole world," he said.

Trinamool Congress MP Derek O'Brien pressed the government to repeal the three farm laws and offered a "Repealing Bill 2021" drafted by him for the purpose. He also demanded a proper inquiry into the death of a farmer during the tractor parade in Delhi on Republic Day. He claimed the government had failed the migrant workers and also India's federal structure.

"They have failed the media. You can intimidate and threaten media barons but not the young media persons (on the ground)," he said.

AAP MP Sanjay Singh said his party would continue to support the farmers protesting against three farm laws. He alleged that the current dispensation is just working for the benefit of some of the industrialists.

Highlighting the Centre's resolve to double farmer income by 2022, O'Brien said at the current rate this will not happen till 2028. "In Bengal, in TMC government, from 2011 to now, not doubled, farmer income has tripled in West Bengal," he said. The Trinamool MP said the farm laws were not sent to a select committee for scrutiny and accused the government of failing the sanctity of the Parliament.

CPM Rajya Sabha member Bikash Ranjan Bhattacharya asked the government to withdraw the three contentious farm laws and hold talks with the agitating farmers. He criticised the move to put barricades, cement blocks, concertina wires, and spikes at the farmer protest sites on Delhi's border points.

NR Elango of the DMK asked the government to withdraw the three farm laws.

Banda Prakash of the TRS asked the government to complete the project promised to Telangana during the reorganisation of Andhra Pradesh. Loktantrik Janata Dal (LJD) MP MV Shreyams Kumar on Thursday said the government has remained a mute spectator while democracy is being "butchered" just a few kilometers away from the Rashtrapati Bhavan.

Thousands of farmers, mostly from Punjab, Haryana and parts of Uttar Pradesh, have been protesting at Delhi's borders for over two months demanding rollback of the Farmers' Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Act, 2020, the Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services Act, 2020 and the Essential Commodities (Amendment) Act, 2020.

Earlier Minister of State for Home G Kishan Reddy introduced a new Bill - The Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation (Amendment) Bill, 2021.

With inputs from PTI

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