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Jul 30, 2021

Parliament continues to face disruptions over Pegasus snooping, farm laws, other issues

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Both the Houses of Parliament continued to face disruptions over Pegasus snooping, farm laws and other issues. The Lok Sabha was adjourned for the day while the Rajya Sabha was adjourned till 2.30 PM.

Following the protests and sloganeering of Congress, DMK, TMC and other opposition parties over the issues the proceedings of the Lok Sabha disrupted on the 9th consecutive day of the Monsoon Session.

After the first adjournment when the Lok Sabha met at 12 noon agitating members of opposition parties again trooped in to the well over the issues. The Presiding Officer repeatedly urged the agitating members to return to their seats but in vain. He appealed to the members to let the House run as several issues like debate on Covid pandemic and discussion on important bill are listed in the business.

Amid pandemonium The Commission for Air Quality Management in National Capital Region and Adjoining Areas Bill 2021 and The General Insurance Business (Nationalisation) Amendment Bill 2021 were introduced. As protest by agitating members continued, the Presiding Officer adjourned the House for the day.

Earlier, when the Lok Sabha met for the day, Leader of Opposition Adhir Ranjan Chowdhary said that right from the beginning of the Monsoon session opposition members are demanding for discussion on important issues such as Pegasus snooping, farm laws and Covid-19. He alleged that the Government has adopted adamant approach and running away from discussion.

Mr. Chowdhary said the Government must change its stand and accept the demand of opposition.

After that members of Congress, DMK, TMC and other opposition parties trooped into the well of the House over the issues. Amid the din, Speaker Om Birla tried to run the Question Hour and some questions were taken.

Mr. Birla repeatedly urged the agitating members to return to their seats and let the House function. As the protest continued the House was adjourned till 12.00 noon.

When the Question Hour was underway Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi termed the approach of opposition is unfortunate as they are not allowing the House to function with their tactics.

Referring to agitation of Opposition members Mr. Joshi said these are totally non serious issues.

He said the opposition is not adhering to its promise and commitment made in the Business Advisory Committee (BAC).

In the Rajya Sabha, the scene was no different. When the House met after first adjournment at 12 noon, the Deputy Chairman Harivansh tried to run the Question Hour. Unrelenting opposition members trooped in the well and raised slogans over Pegasus snooping, farm laws and other issues. However, the House could take up few questions. Due to noisy scene nothing could be heard.

As the pandemonium continued the Deputy Chairman adjourned the House till 2.30 PM.

Earlier when the House met at 11 AM, the Rajya Sabha Chairman M. Venkaiah Naidu tried to conduct the Zero Hour. However, the opposition members tried to raise the issues and started sloganeering. Amid the din, Mr Naidu adjourned the House till 12 noon.

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