Parliament proceedings updates | Both Houses stalled again over fuel price hikes

Congress member Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury speaks in the Lok Sabha on March 9, 2021. Photo: LSTV via PTI  

For the second consecutive day, both Houses of Parliament failed to function on Tuesday, with relentless protests from opposition members after their demand for a debate on the frequent hike in fuel prices was rejected. 

Rajya Sabha saw two adjournments before the House was adjourned for the day at 2.10 p.m. Tuesday was the first sitting of both Houses of Parliament as per the pre-COVID timings and seating arrangements, with members sitting in their respective chambers instead of being spread out in both Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha chambers.

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Here are the latest updates:

2.10 pm | Rajya  Sabha

Rajya Sabha takes up The Arbitration and Conciliation (Amendment) Bill, 2021. The Chair calls Congress member Vivek Tankha to speak. "How can I speak with the Leader of Opposition is standing?" Mr. Tankha urges the Chair to listen to Mr. Kharge first.

Mr. Kharge continues to press for discussion on fuel price hike. He demands bringing them back to 2014 rates.

The Chair calls Manoj Jha. The House is not in order, says Prof. Jha.

A BJP member raises to speak. Opposition starts raising slogans.

"It is an unfortunate thing that repeatedly the norms of this Parliament has been violated. When the opposition is raising an issue, the government should not try to introduce a new business without first settling the question raised by the opposition," says Anand Sharma.

House adjourned for the day.

2.00 pm | Lok Sabha

Lok Sabha adjourned for the day

As Lok Sabha reassembled at 2 pm, Rajendra Agarwal was in the Chair. He proceeds with Zero Hour. However, Opposition members insist on a discussion on fuel price hike.

House is adjourned for the day.

2.00 pm | Rajya Sabha

Rajya Sabha resumes for the third time since morning. So far, protests from opposition demanding a debate of hike in fuel prices has forced two adjournments.

Leader of Opposition Mallikarjun Kharge once again seeks discussion on LPG prices hike. Deputy Chairman Harivansh says he cannot go against the Chairman's directive.

12.15 pm | Rajya Sabha

Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman Harivansh adjourns the House till 2 p.m.

12 pm | Lok Sabha

Lok Sabha adjourned till 2 p.m.

Lok Sabha resumes proceedings.

Opposition Members continue raising slogans.

Meenakshi Lekhi, in the Chair, turns down the adjournment motions on various issues.

House adjourned till 2 p.m.

12.00 pm | Rajya Sabha

Question Hour continues amidst sloganeering

Rajya Sabha resumes proceedings.

The Question Hour continues amidst protests.

11.15 am | Rajya Sabha

Rajya Sabha adjourned till 12 p.m.

DMK MP Tiruchi Siva raises a point of order: "We agree with you that important issues are being discussed, but the hike in fuel prices is disturbing everyone. And a discussion can not happen in din. Kindly bring, the House in order."

Bhupender Yadav counters Mr. Siva's argument. "The Chairman has already given a ruling in this regard and it can't be revisited. The Opposition should let the house run."

Deputy Chairman Harivansh appeals to Leader of Opposition and Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge to bring the House in order.

Rajya Sabha adjourned till 12 p.m.

11.10 am | Lok Sabha

Lok Sabha adjourned till 12 p.m.

Question 201, on norms for procurement of foodgrains, is in progress. Opposition is still raising slogans. Manish Tewari responds to a question by Harsimrat Kaur Badal.

Opposition continues to raise slogans of "We want justice".

Questions 202, on schemes for enhancing fisheries production, is now being taken up.

Minister, Animal husbandry, Dairying and Fisheries, Giriraj Singh begins to respond.

House adjourned till 12 p.m.

11.05 am | Rajya Sabha

Deputy Chairman Harivansh says, "Members will be seated in Rajya Sabha chamber and the galleries. 142 seats are available in the chamber and the remaining Members will sit in galleries. Some of the Members sitting in the galleries will not have access to sound console."

This is a temporary arrangement for the remaining part of the Budget Session, he says.

Mr. Harivansh rejects the adjournment notices moved by Opposition parties including Leader of Opposition Mallikarjun Kharge.

He pleads with the Opposition to let the Zero Hour continue. But the Opposition has already started raising slogans.

11 am

Proceedings begin in both Houses

Rajya Sabha and Lok Sabha proceedings begin. This is the first time in a year that the Parliament sittings have resumed to pre-COVID timings.

In the Rajya Sabha, papers of various committees are laid before the House.

In the Lok Sabha, Congress leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury claims "digital discrimination" and asks that the camera focus on everyone in the House and not "black out" the Opposition voices. The House erupts in chaos as a Member asks, "What do you want to show the country? The disruptions?" Lok Sabha Speaker asks the House to continue with Question Hour amid the sloganeering by Opposition parties.

Legislative Business

Rajya Sabha

Bills for consideration and passing:

The Arbitration and Conciliation (Amendment) Bill, 2021

The National Institutes of Food Technology, Entrepreneurship and Management Bill, 2019

Lok Sabha

Bills for consideration and passing

The National Capital Territory of Delhi Laws (Special Provisions) Second (Amendment) Bill, 2021

The Constitution (Scheduled Castes) Order (Amendment) Bill, 2021

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