Highlights: No decision on curtailing monsoon session yet, says Pralhad Joshi
TMC MP Derek O’Brien was at the forefront of the opposition protests. Later, the opposition parties moved a no confidence motion against Rajya Sabha deputy chairman Harivansh Narayan Singh, accusing him of trying to get the bills passed in haste. Singh was elected last week for a second consecutive term as deputy chairman.
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Parliament’s ongoing monsoon session entered its second week on Monday. The two houses had convened on September 14 for the session after being adjourned in March due to the coronavirus pandemic. On Sunday, however, the Rajya Sabha witnessed dramatic scenes as Opposition MPs created a ruckus over the passage of two of the three contentious farm bills by voice vote, claiming that the deputy chairman was violating rules to help the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government in passing the bills.
However, six Union ministers, led by defence minister Rajnath Singh addressed a press conference later in the day, condemning the behaviour of the opposition MPs towards the deputy chairman Harivansh Narayan Singh. Rajnath called the ruckus in the Upper House as ‘unfortunate’ and ‘shameful.’ Besides Singh, other Union ministers present at the press conference were Piyush Goyal, Prakash Javadekar, Thawarchand Gehlot, Prahlad Joshi and Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi.
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8 suspended Rajya Sabha MPs’ protest stretches into the night
The eight members of Parliament (MPs), who were suspended by Rajya Sabha Chairman Venkaiah Naidu, have been protesting near the Gandhi statue in the premises.
Lok Sabha passes Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (Second Amendment) Bill 2020
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Lok Sabha passes the Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Amendment Bill, 2020
Lok Sabha passes amendments to FCRA that seek to make Aadhaar mandatory for NGOs to receive foreign funds.
BSP MP Ritesh Pandey rakes up Vikas Dubey case in Lok Sabha
"Vikas Dubey should've been punished via legal procedure. I urge home minister and law minister to take cognisance of this issue and make efforts to improve the system so that police can't be judge, jury and executioner," says BSP MP Ritesh Pandey.
BSP Lok Sabha MP Ritesh Pandey speaks on custodial deaths
"Incidents of murders in police custody area a threat to civil society and have lowered people's trust in police. Real culprits are not nabbed. Only Dalits, oppressed, OBCs and Muslims are nabbed," says BSP MP Ritesh Pandey
Opposition parties seek time to meet President Kovind
"12 parties have sought time to meet the President over the farm bills passed by the Rajya Sabha without voting yesterday. They have requested him to not give ascent to the bills," says Congress RS MP Shaktisinh Gohil.
Suspended RS MPs protest in Parliament premises
Delhi: TMC's Derek O'Brien & Dola Sen, AAP's Sanjay Singh, INC's Rajeev Satav, Ripun Bora & Syed Nasir Hussain, CPI(M)'s KK Ragesh & Elamaram Karim suspended for one week for unruly behaviour with the Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman yesterday, protest in Parliament premises pic.twitter.com/kKJlaZDNpe— ANI (@ANI) September 21, 2020
'Condemn this kind of expulsion': Cong's LS leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury
"I condemn this kind of expulsion of the Rajya Sabha members in such a brazen and undemocratic manner. We will protest to restore the status quo," says Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, Congress' leader in Lok Sabha.
Parliamentary affairs minister speaks on suspension of MPs
"When the Chairman names a member then that member has to leave the House. Never before a member defied the orders of the Chair. Eight suspended MPs had misbehaved, it was a type of goondaism," says parliamentary affairs minister Pralhad Joshi.
MPs of opposition parties, including suspended MPs, stage protest
Delhi: MPs of opposition parties, including the suspended MPs, hold protest in front of Gandhi statue in the Parliament premises, against the suspension of eight MPs by Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu today pic.twitter.com/m6x41cHc2t— ANI (@ANI) September 21, 2020
Rajya Sabha adjourned till 9am tomorrow
Amid pandemonium, Rajya Sabha adjourned till 9am tomorrow. In the chair, Bhubaneswar Kalita had requested the eight suspended MPs to leave the House.
Amid sloganeering by opposition, Rajya Sabha adjourned till 12pm
In the chair, Bhubaneshwar Kalita adjourns House till 12pm after eight suspended MPs refuse to leave and opposition continues sloganeering.
Congress LS MP gives adjournment motion on 'suppression of farmers' rights'
Congress MP Suresh Kodikunnil gives adjournment motion for discussing the suppression of rights of the farmers of the country.'
The role of Chair was ex-facie 'partisan': TMCP MP Sukhendu Ray
"Amendments of several members for referring the matter to Select Committee were not taken up fo disposal before passing of the farm bill by the so-called voice vote. The role of Chair in this context was ex facie ‘partisan’, unprecedented and unlawful," says TMC MP Sukhendu Shekhar Ray.
First published: Sep 21, 2020 08:26 IST