Parliament proceedings updates | November 29, 2021
Government afraid of discussion, says Rahul Gandhi after farm laws repealed in hurry; both Houses adjourned till Nov 30
The Farm Laws Repeal Bill, 2021, was passed in both Houses on the first day of the winter session of the Parliament on November 29.
After the bills were passed, the Houses were adjourned until 11:00 a.m. on November 30. Even though several Opposition members in both the Houses protested after tabling of the Bill, it was passed without any discussion. Twelve Opposition members in the Rajya Sabha were suspended for the remaining part of the winter session for their misconduct and unruly behaviour during the last session.
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, while addressing reporters at Vijay Chowk outside the Parliament, said his party had predicted that the government will have to take back the three "black farm laws". Mr. Gandhi also slammed the manner in which the farm laws were repealed and alleged the Central Government was "terrified" of having a discussion.
Earlier in the day, five newly elected MPs to the Rajya Sabha — Congress leader Rajni Ashokrao Patil, DMK's Kanimozhi N.V.N. Somu, K.R.N. Rajesh Kumar, and M.M. Abdullah, and TMC's Luizinho Faleiro — took oath as a member of the Upper House of the Parliament.
Here are the latest updates:
Rajya Sabha adjourned till Tuesday morning
Rajya Sabha is adjourned until 11:00 a.m. on November 30.
12 MPs suspended from Rajya Sabha
A motion to suspend several Members for the remainder of the winter session has been passed in Rajya Sabha.
The suspended MPs are: from Congress- Phulo Devi Netam, Ripun Bora, Rajamani Patel, Syed Nasir Hussain and Akhilesh Pratap Singh, from TMC: Dola Sen and Shanta Chetri, from Shiv Sena: Anil Desai and Priyanka Chaturvedi, and CPI(M)'s Elamaram Kareem and CPI's Binoy Viswam.
Rahul Gandhi addresses media outside Parliament
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, while addressing reporters at Vijay Chowk outside Parliament, said his party and he had already said that the government would have to take back the three "black farm laws". "We had said so because we know that the strength of 3-4 capitalists cannot stand in front of the power of the farmers of India," he said.
Mr. Gandhi also slammed the manner in which the Bills were repealed and alleged the Central Government of "running scared of a discussion".
"The discussion would have been on the farmers who died during the agitation, who was behind the laws. The discussion would also have been on Lakhimpur Kheri and the Minister of State for Home Affairs whose son is an accused," Mr. Gandhi added.
Rajya Sabha adjourned for 30 more minutes
Rajya Sabha proceedings have been adjourned until 3:09 p.m.
Lok Sabha adjourned till Tuesday morning
Lok Sabha is adjourned until 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday. BJP MP Rajendra Agrawal was presiding the proceedings. Some Opposition members were protesting over the manner in which the farm laws were repealed without a discussion.
Rajya Sabha adjourned for 30 minutes
Deputy Speaker Harivansh Narayan Singh adjourns the House until 2:38 p.m., amid chaos by Opposition members after their demand for a discussion on the Farm Laws Repeal Bill, 2021 was denied.
Rajya Sabha passes the Farm Laws Repeal Bill, 2021
The Farm Laws Repeal Bill, 2021 is passed by the Rajya Sabha with a voice vote. Deputy Speaker Harivansh Narayan Singh denies the Opposition's demand for a discussion.
The Farm Laws Repeal Bill, 2021 is introduced in Rajya Sabha.
Bill to repeal farm laws to be brought in Rajya Sabha today itself: Joshi
Bill to repeal the three farm laws will be brought in Rajya Sabha on Monday itself, Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi said.
He also urged the opposition to allow the passage of the bill without any "ruckus and disturbance" in the Upper House.
"We want to give a message to the farmers across the country," he said. Earlier in the day, the bill was passed in the Lok Sabha amid din. - PTI
Rajya Sabha adjourned until 2:00 p.m.
Rajya Sabha adjourned till 2 p.m. as Chariman Venkaiah Naidu refused to admit adjournment notices moved by Opposition leaders on varying issues from the farm agitation to the Tripura municipal poll.
The Vice President says that the house compliments health workers, workers in Anganwadis and other frontline workers in their efforts to curb the virus. He urges the members to ensure that everyone in their constituencies follow COVID-19 protocol. He takes note that fixed seating numbers have been given to members, in accordance with COVID-19 procotols.
Rajya Sabha resumes
Vice President welcomes everyone to the 255th session of Rajya Sabha. He notes that they are meeting at the 75th anniversary of Indian independence and hopes that members of the house would work while keeping the spirit of this momentous occassion.
Vice President emphasises the importance of the Constitution Day. He notes that the house ost 70% of its time due to disruptions and mentions that the session was 'forgettable'.
He says that he reached out to leaders of the parties after the disruptions in the last session. He informs the house that the department led Parliamentary Standing Committees of Rajya Sabha met for 39 hours 33 minutes.
Lok Sabha clears The Farm Laws Repeal Bill, 2021
Lok Sabha clears the Farm Laws Repeal Bill, 2021 without any discussion, amid protests by opposition. Speaker Om Birla adjourns the House till 2 p.m.
Dharmendra Pradan raises a motion for election of two members to the court of University of Allahabad. The motion passes by voice vote.
Lok Sabha resumes
Lok Sabha resumes. Om Birla announces that he has accepted the resignation of Suriyo Babul from the House wef October 22.
Papers are being laid on the table.
National Conference leader Farooq Abdullah and his party MPs staging a protest demonstration demanding probe in recent killing in Kashmir at Parliament House on Monday.
National Conference leader Farooq Abdullah and his party MPs staging a protest demonstration demanding probe in recent killing in Kashmir at parliament house on Monday. | Photo Credit: R.V. Moorthy
Rajya Sabha adjourned till 12:19 p.m.
Rajya Sabha proceedings have been adjourned till 12:19 p.m. as a mark of respect for Oscar Fernandes, a sitting member of the house who passed away.
Lok Sabha adjourned till 12:00 p.m.
Lok Sabha proceedings have been adjourned till 12:00 p.m. following protests by opposition on farm laws repeal and Minimum Support Price issues.
Mr. Birla appeals to Opposition members seeking to raise issues to not disrupt the proceedings, saying it is the first day of the winter session. - PTI
Question hour begins in the Lok Sabha. Opposition is raising slogans.
Speakers are giving obituary references.
Vice President Naidu gives obituary references to:
1. Shri Oscar Fernandes, sitting Member
2. Shri K. B. Shanappa, (ex-Member)
3. Dr. Chandan Mitra, (ex-Member)
4. Shri Hari Singh Nalwa (ex-Member)
5. Shrimati Monika Das (ex-Member) and
6. Shri Abani Roy (ex-Member).
Lok Sabha speaker Om Birla gives obituary references to:
1. Shri B. Senguttuvan (Member, Sixteenth Lok Sabha)
2. Shri Kalyan Singh (Member, Fourteenth and Fifteenth Lok Sabhas)
3. Shri Oscar Fernandes (Member, Seventh, Eighth, Ninth, Tenth and Eleventh Lok Sabhas)
4. Shri Godil Prasad Anuragi (Member, Seventh Lok Sabha)
5. Shri Shyam Sunder Somani (Member, Sixth Lok Sabha)
6. Shri Rajnarayan Budholiya (Member, Fourteenth Lok Sabha)
7. Shri Devwrat Singh (Member, Fourteenth Lok Sabha) and
8. Shri Hari Danve Pundlik (Member, Sixth and Ninth Lok Sabhas).
Vice President Venkaiah Naidu introduces the new secretary general P.C. Mody.
Newly elected members of Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha are taking oath.
Rajani Ashokrao Patil (Maharashtra), Shri M. Mohammad Abdullah (Tamil Nadu), K.R.N. Rajesh Kumar (Tamil Nadu) and Luizinho Faleiro (West Bengal) take oath in the Rajya Sabha.
Smt. Pratibha Singh (Mandi Parliamentary Constituency, Himachal Pradesh) and Shri Gyaneshwar Patil (Khandwa Parliamentary Constituency, Madhya Pradesh) take oath in the Lok Sabha.
Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha proceedings for the Winter Session begin
Opposition raises 'Jai Jawan Jai Kisan' slogans in Lok Sabha.
“Govt ready to discuss all issues”: PM Modi ahead of Winter Session
Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses the media ahead of the Winter Session of Parliament in New Delhi on November 29, 2021. | Photo Credit: R.V. Moorthy
In his customary remarks before the start of the Winter Session of Parliament, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that his government was willing to answer any questions, allow any debates in the House but that all parties should maintain the dignity of Parliament and the chair of the presiding officers.
He urged lawmakers to keep the common man at the center of its deliberations in the House. Referring to the recent observance of Constitution Day on Friday, Prime Minister Modi said that it had been observed in the spirit of the Constitution and a renewed resolution. “In this background and that of the Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav (75th anniversary celebrations of India’s freedom) everyone wants to that India’s Parliament keeps the spirit of freedom fighters alive by debating issues of national interest and further the country’s progress,” he said. “In future people will not see who disrupted and how loudly, but who intervened for constructive issues,” he added.
Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla hopes House will run smoothly in Winter Session of Parliament
Ahead of the start of the Winter Session of Parliament, Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla on Monday said there are many issues facing the country on which there is a need for a serious discussion and hoped that members will extend their support to ensure that the House runs smoothly and in an orderly manner.
In a series of tweets in Hindi, the Speaker expressed hope that members will maintain discipline during the proceedings. - PTI
Home Minister Amit Shah arriving to attend the Winter Session at Parliament House in New Delhi
Home Minister Amit Shah arriving to attend the winter session at parliament house in New Delhi on Monday. | Photo Credit: R.V. Moorthy
Government lists farm law repeal on House agenda on November 29
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on November 28 skipped the customary all-party meeting, convened by Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi, a day before the start of the winter session of Parliament that will take up the repeal of the three farm laws.
The government listed the Farm Laws Repeal Bill, 2021, in the Lok Sabha’s list of business for November 29 but no time for debate has been allotted as yet since the Business Advisory Committee (BAC) will take place only on November 29 morning.
In the explanatory note to the Repeal Bill, the government justified the farm laws and said only “a group of farmers” were protesting but added, “As we celebrate the 75th Year of Independence ‘Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav’, the need of the hour is to take everyone together on the path of inclusive growth and development”.
Rajya Sabha floor leaders express annoyance at Justice Ramana’s comment
Floor leaders of the Rajya Sabha at a meeting with Chairman Venkaiah Naidu ahead of the winter session of Parliament that begins on Monday, expressed concern over the Supreme Court Chief Justice’s recent remarks on disruptions in Parliament.
Chief Justice N.V. Ramana, speaking at the 75th Independence Day function organised by the Supreme Court Bar Association, complained about lack of debate in Parliament. He said it is a “sorry state of affairs” and that absence of quality debate leaves many aspects of the laws unclear, increasing the burden on the court.
The floor leaders said it is for the Presiding Officers to take appropriate action if the norms of functioning are being violated in the legislatures and other constitutional agencies should not comment adversely, sources said. They did not, however, name Justice Ramana.
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