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Parliament Day 7 highlights: Lok Sabha adjourned after Opposition creates ruckus over suspension of MPs

Congress members stormed the Well and the ruckus continued during the Zero Hour in the afternoon, forcing an adjournment till 2.00 pm

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Parliament Day 7 highlights: Lok Sabha adjourned after Opposition creates ruckus over suspension of MPs

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09:56 (ist)

Lok Sabha's agenda for the day

In the Lok Sabha, Javadekar will move to pass another set of amendments to the Indian Institutes of Information Technology (Amendment) Bill, 2017 and the The Indian Institutes of Management Bill, 2017.

Union finance minister Arun Jaitley will move amendments to the Companies (Amendment) Bill, 2016 and The National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (Amendment) Bill, 2017.

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July 25, 2017 - 16:41 (IST)

Only 20 percent GDP comes from agriculture: Praful Patel, NCP

"Even though majority of the population is engaged in farming, only 20 percent of the GDP comes from farming. We have achieved bumper harvest. We are exporting sugar. We are largest producer of milk and wheat. This is only because of the farmers," he said.

July 25, 2017 - 16:34 (IST)

Watch Derek O'Brien's entire speech

July 25, 2017 - 16:29 (IST)

Prasanna Acharya of BJD says government is cheating the farmers

Acharya congratulated the government for 4.3% growth in agriculture but said, "If there is growth, why are farmers agitating or committing suicide? That is because the benefits of growth doesn't reach the farmers. The monsoon or nature has not cheated the farmers, it is the government that has cheated the farmers."

July 25, 2017 - 15:46 (IST)

Lok Sabha adjourned for the day

Lok Sabha has been adjourned for the day after slogans by Opposition over revocation of suspension of Congress MPs.

July 25, 2017 - 15:43 (IST)

Derek O'Brien urges other states to follow the West Bengal model of crop insurance

"The annual income of farmers from 2010 to 2016 in Bengal have moved up from Rs 91,000 to Rs 2,00,000. I request everyone to look at Bengal's model, which is working very well. What is unique in Bengal is that the state government gives the entire money and the rest comes from Central government. The farmer doesn't even pay one rupee. I urge states to follow this model," says Derek O'Brien.

July 25, 2017 - 15:24 (IST)

Digvijay Singh's entire speech

July 25, 2017 - 15:23 (IST)

Ruckus in Lok Sabha

July 25, 2017 - 14:49 (IST)

Prabhat Jha of BJP hits back at Digvijay, says Modi's vision is to make farmers self dependent  

Prabhat Jha said that unlike Congress, the BJP doesn't just quotes MS Swaminathan report. He said that Madhya Pradesh (a BJP-ruled state) is the first state to implement the report. 

"Kisano ki koi sabse hamdard party hai to BJP hai," the MP said. 

July 25, 2017 - 14:40 (IST)

BJP ministers powerless, seat of governance is PMO: Digvijay Singh

Digvijay Singh said that he has very little hope from the agriculture minister. He said that the minister is listening to his arguments but he wouldn't be able to do much as the seat of the power in the BJP-led central government is in the Prime Minister's Office. 

"And PM Modi, what do I say about him. He only believes in imposing his wishes. (Ye sarkar meri marzi ke usulo pe hi chal rahi hai,)" he said. 

July 25, 2017 - 14:28 (IST)

MSP should be announced three months before changes come in effect: Digvijay

Commenting on the excessive pulse produce this year, Congress leader Digvijay Singh said that the government has changed the minimum support price for pulses, which disappointed the farmers, who had planted the crop expecting a different price. 

He said that the government must start announcing the MSPs three month before they come in effect so that the farmers can plan the payoffs before planting the crops. 

Monday saw a stormy session in Parliament as six Congress members were suspended from the Lok Sabha for five days by Speaker Sumitra Mahajan for causing "grave disorder." However, the House proceedings went on for several hours before the Opposition stormed the Well, tore papers and threw them at the Chair, protesting lynchings.

Ordering their suspension amid noisy protests by Congress members and counter-slogans of "shame, shame" from the BJP benches, the Speaker said the conduct of Gaurav Gogoi, K Suresh, Adhir Rajan Chowdhury, Ranjeet Ranjan, Sushmita Dev and MK Raghavan was "highly unbecoming" and had undermined the Chair's dignity.

Members of the Congress and some other Opposition parties stormed the Well, raising slogans against the government and protesting lynching incidents in the name of cow protection almost since the House assembled in the morning and took up the Question Hour.

Parliament Day 7 highlights Lok Sabha adjourned after Opposition creates ruckus over suspension of MPs

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However, after some time, only the Congress members remained in the Well and the ruckus continued during the Zero Hour in the afternoon, forcing an adjournment till 2.00 pm.

Mahajan pronounced her order as soon as the House reassembled at 2.00 pm and once again adjourned it till 2.30 pm due to the protests by Congress members that followed. Congress chief Sonia Gandhi also in the House.

"The conduct of the members is highly unbecoming and in abuse of the rules of the House. It seeks to undermine the dignity of the House. These members were persistently and willfully obstructing the business of the House and have caused grave disorder," the Speaker said.

In her statement in the House, Mahajan said all this had happened despite her agreeing to a discussion under proper notice the issue of atrocities against Dalits and Muslims which was raised by leader of the Congress in Lok Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge and a few other members.

Parliamentary affairs minister Ananth Kumar had also agreed to a discussion on the issue, she said. Despite this, the members stormed the Well, she said, while pronouncing the order. They did not stop despite her repeated requests for them to return to their seats, she said.

Meanwhile, despite the din, finance minister Arun Jaitley introduced a bill in the Lok Sabha to authorise the RBI to direct banks to resolve the problem of stressed assets, which have reached "unacceptably high levels".

The Banking Regulation (Amendment) Bill, 2017, seeks to amend the Banking Regulation Act, 1949 and replace the Banking Regulation (Amendment) Ordinance, 2017, which was promulgated in May.

The measure allows the RBI to initiate insolvency resolution process on specific stressed assets. The RBI would also be empowered to issue other directions for resolution, appoint or approve for appointment, authorities or committees to advise the banking companies for stressed asset resolution.

The government also introduced a bill providing for allocation of about Rs 2,000 crore from Central Road Fund (CRF) for developing national waterways (NWs).

The Central Road Fund (Amendment) Bill, 2017 to further amend the Central Road Fund Act, 2000 was moved by Minister of State for Shipping Pon Radhakrishnan in absence of Shipping Minister Nitin Gadkari.

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