Parliament proceedings updates | Shantanu Sen suspended from Rajya Sabha

Members of Congress and its allies protest outside the Parliament seeking judicial probe into Pegasus report, on July 23, 2021.   | Photo Credit: Special Arrangement

Rajya Sabha suspended a Trinamool Congress MP for his unparliamentary behaviour the previous day.  Lok Sabha, after passing a series of customary motions to elect members for various committees, was adjourned till Monday.

The proceedings of both the Houses of Parliament remained paralysed in the first four days of Monsoon session as Opposition members protested over a number of issues including the Pegasus snooping controversy and made a fresh pitch to repeal the three controversial farm laws.

On Friday, the government is expected to move a motion seeking suspension of Trinamool Congress MP Shantanu Sen for snatching papers from Union Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw in the Rajya Sabha on Thursday. In Lok Sabha, two bills — Inland Vessels Bill, 2021 and Essential Defence Services Bill, 2021 — were introduced in the House amid the din.

Here are the latest updates:

Rajya Sabha | 2.30 pm

Rajya House reconvenes. Leader of Opposition Mallikarjun Kharge speaks about the Pegasus row. The Chair says the IT Minister has already made a statement.

Deputy Leader of the House Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi objects. He recalls the treatment given to the Minister when he was making the statement. Trinamool Congress members object.

House is adjourned for the day.

Lok Sabha | 12.15 pm

Motion for election of one member of Lok Sabha to the Committee on Public Undertakings (2021-22) moved by Minister of State Arjun Ram Meghwal. The House approves the motion.

Another motion for election of two members of Lok Sabha to the Committee on Public Accounts (2021-22) moved by Minister of State Satya Pal Singh passed by the House.

Motion for association of two members of the Rajya Sabha with the Committee on Public Accounts (2021-22) moved by Mr. Singh cleared by the House.

Motion for election of three members of Lok Sabha to the Committee on Welfare of Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes (2021-22) moved by member Tapir Gao also approved by the House.

Motion for election of two members of Lok Sabha to the Committee on Welfare of Other Backward Classes (2021-22) moved by member Rajesh Verma passed by the House.

Mr. Verma moves another motion for  association of two members of the Rajya Sabha with the Committee on Welfare of Other Backward Class (2021-22), the House clears it.

Lok Sabha adjourned till Monday.

Lok Sabha | 12.00 noon

Lok Sabha also resumes. So does sloganeering.

The Chair disallows the notices for adjournment motions, urges the protesting members to go back to their seats.

Ministers are tabling various statements pertaining to their ministries.

Rajya Sabha | 12.00 noon

Rajya Sabha reassembles. Shantanu Sen remains in the House. Trinamool Congress members support him. Deputy Chairperson Harivansh requests him to withdraw from the House.

House is adjourned till 2.30 pm.

Rajya Sabha | 11.20 am

Shantanu Sen suspended from Rajya Sabha

MoS Parliamentary Affairs V. Muraleedharan moves motion to suspend Trinamool Congress member Shantanu Sen for the remaining tenure of Monsoon Session for tearing the papers from Minister Vaishnaw.

The motion is adopted by voice vote and he is suspended.

Mr. Sen, please withdraw from the House, says the Chair.

Sukhendu Shekar Roy, floor leader of Trinamool Congress objects to the way the motion has been moved.

Derek O'Brien raises the issue of verbal feud after the House was adjourned. Mr. Naidu says anything that happens after the House was adjourned should have to be brought to my notice. "Noone told me. I came to know about it after reading newspaper," he says.

House is adjourned till 12 noon.

Lok Sabha | 11.10 am

We were not getting any response to global tenders by the State governments for procurement of Corona virus vaccines, because the required permission to the suppliers from the Centre were not there. I request the government to come up with a uniform guideline for facilitating the supplies directly to municipal corporation, says a Member.

The Minister's response is barely audible.

Mr. Birla requests the members to wear masks in the House, a discussion is under way on COVID vaccine....please follow COVID-appropriate behaviour, please go back to your seats, I will give you an opportunity to raise your issue.

Several Opposition members carrying placards are in the Well of the House.

Health Minister Mansukh Mandviya narrates the vaccine programme undertaken by the government. 

"Prime Minister had discussions with the Chief Ministers 20 times and based on the recommendations, steps are being taken. Health is a State subject, the States said they also wanted to buy vaccines directly and the Prime Minister decided that May 1 onwards, States could directly purchase 25% of the vaccines. The States said they would bring in global tenders for procurement, the Centre extended all support for that. However, most of the international vaccine manufacturers have now arrangements with the local players. Rest of the two manufacturers have been given approval to supply. There should not be any politics on this issue. When the States said they are not getting the vaccines. On July 21, as sought, the Prime Minister initiated a campaign to vaccinate 100% population."

House is adjourned till 12 noon as disruptions continue.

Rajya Sabha | 11.00 am

Rajya Sabha mourns the death of two former members.

Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu expresses his deep anguish on the frequent disruption in the parliament. "I don't who gets benefited from such disruptions."

While lauding the discussion on COVID management, he hits out at the "unparliamentary behaviour" of members who snatched and tore the papers of IT Minister Ashwani Vaishnaw.

The spirit of Independence should not be marred by parliamentary disruptions... As the Chairman I am deeply disturbed, he says.

Members are tabling various committee reports. After a long statement by the Chairman, the House appears to be in order.

Lok Sabha | 11.00 am

Lok Sabha Speaker extends his best wishes to the Indian contingent taking part in the Tokyo Olympics. He then proceeds with Question Hour.

Arwind Sawant (Shiv Sena) poses a question on coastal regulation zone regulation. He speaks of the land acquisition for Mumbai Metro project.

Environment Minister Bhupender Yadav says the ministry has received the details from the Maharashtra government, it is being examined. We have received project plans related to coastal regulation for Mumbai and Mumbai Sub-Urban, we are yet to receive such plans from other States, he says.

Lok Sabha | 10.55 am

Bills for consideration and passing

The Factoring Regulation (Amendment) Bill, 2020

The National Institutes of Food Technology, Entrepreneurship and Management Bill, 2021

10.40 am

 

Congress, DMK and Shiv Sena MPs protested in front of Mahatma Gandhi statue inside Parliament complex against the Pegasus snooping row. Former Congress chief Rahul Gandhi, DMK's Kanimozhi, Arvind Sawant of Sena, Shashi Tharoor, Mallikarjun Kharge and Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury among those present

Mr Gandhi then spoke to the media outside Parliament complex.

Pegasus is classified by the Israeli state as a weapon and that weapon is supposed to be used against terrorists. The Prime Minister and Home Minister have used this against the Indian state and against our institutions, says Mr. Gandhi.

Pegasus is classified by the Israeli state as a weapon and that weapon is supposed to be used against terrorists. The Prime Minister and Home Minister have used this against the Indian state and against our institutions, he says.

10.30 am

Govt will move motion seeking suspension of TMC MP Shantanu Sen, say sources

The government will move a motion seeking suspension of Trinamool Congress MP Shantanu Sen for snatching papers from Union Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw in the Rajya Sabha on Thursday, sources said.

They said some opposition MPs "misbehaved" with the treasury bench members, including a minister, even after the House was adjourned.

Mr. Sen snatched papers from Vaishnaw after the TMC, Congress and other opposition party members, who had earlier forced two adjournments of the proceedings in the Rajya Sabha, rushed into the well of the House as the minister was called to make a statement on the Pegasus snooping row.

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10.15 am

House panel nod for Bill to club airports for privatisation

A Parliamentary Standing Committee has approved the The Airports Economic Regulatory Authority of India (Amendment) Bill, 2021, without any changes. The Standing Committee on Transport, Tourism and Culture tabled its report on the Bill in Rajya Sabha on Thursday.

The Bill proposes to amend the definition of “major airport” to include a group of airports. The amendment will allow The Airports Economic Regulatory Authority (AERA) to regulate tariff and other charges for aeronautical services for not just major airports with annual passenger traffic of more than 35 lakh, but also a group of airports.

Once the Bill is passed by Parliament, the government will be able to club profitable and non-profitable airports as a package for privatisation.

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10.00 am

Par panel asks textiles ministry to expedite incubator project under NIFT for employment generation

To encourage entrepreneurship and generate employment, a Parliamentary panel on Thursday recommended to the textiles ministry to expedite the Design Innovation Incubator Project under NIFT and operationalise it within the timelines.

Member of Parliament Bhola Singh presented the report of the Standing Committee of Labour on the functioning of the National Institute of Fashion Technology (NIFT), under the Ministry of Textiles, in the Lok Sabha on Thursday.

The committee is chaired by MP Bhartruhari Mahtab.

Developing cutting-edge technologies and gaining expertise as well as gaining super specialisation in intricate areas and aspects of the fashion would "undoubtedly" put the Indian fashion industry on a level playing field, said the report. - PTI

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