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Parliament LIVE Updates: Rajya Sabha passes Essential Commodities (Amendment) Bill; 8 suspended MPs end protest

12:52 (IST)

Sharad  Pawar to observe fast in support of suspended MPs

NCP supremo Sharad Pawar said he stands with the eight MPs who were suspended by Rajya Sabha chairman M Venkaiah Naidu for unruly behaviour. The 79-year-old leader said he will fast for a day to show his support.

12:44 (IST)

Rajya Sabha Latest Updates

House passes Essential Commodities (Amendment) Bill

Ahead of the passage of the Bill, Minister of State for Consumer Affairs Danve Raosaheb Dadarao said the ordinance was brought in, in the midst of the lockdown so farmers had a way of selling their crops. The Minister said the Bill is in the interest of farmers and consumers.

12:35 (IST)

Rajya Sabha Latest Updates

House begins discussion on Essential Commodities (Amendment) Bill

AIADMK’s SR Balasubramoniyan said some decisive action is needed to check rise of food prices. He said Tamil Nadu’s PDS has historically been one worthy of imitation, adding that the model of Amma Canteens in the state is studied by various states.

BJD MP Amar Patnaik said the Bill supports the two farm Bills passed, adding that it settles the debate on MSP, but it should have been clearly stated in the two farm Bills. He said the Bill does not include man-made calamities and only refers to natural calamities. “What happens at the time of a man-made calamity?” he asked.

Patnaik further questioned the rationale for the stock limits that have been fixed and suggested that the government remove the storage component from the ambit of the Bill. Agriculture and market research is also necessary to ensure small and marginal farmers and share-croppers get the benefit of the value-chain transformation that would follow from the Bill, he said.

TDP’s Kanakamedala Ravindra Kumar said the Bill throws up an issue of cooperative federalism. “Agriculture is in the State List and hence the Centre should tread carefully on this sensitive issue,” he said.

12:22 (IST)

Lok Sabha Latest Updates

Congress calls meeting, AAP to address press conference

Congress has called a meeting of its Lok Sabha MPs before the commencement of the session of Lok Sabha at 3 pm.

Meanwhile, AAP MPs will address the press outside the Parliament Complex at 12.30 pm, according to CNN-News18.

12:20 (IST)

Rajya Sabha Latest Updates

House passes Indian Institutes of Information Technology Laws Bill

The Rajya Sabha passed the Indian Institutes of Information Technology Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2020, which amends Indian Institutes of Information Technology Act, 2014 and the Indian Institutes of Information Technology (Public-Private Partnership) Act, 2017.

The Bill seeks to declare five Indian Institutes of Information Technology (IIITs) set up under the Public-Private Partnership model in Surat, Bhopal, Bhagalpur, Agartala and Raichur as institutions of national importance.

12:18 (IST)

Lok Sabha Latest Updates

Opposition parties give adjournment notices ahead of session

  • Congress gave a notice demanding a discussion on the stand of the Government over the OBC reservation in the country. It gave another notice demanding discussion on border issues with neighbouring countries.
  • Trinamool Congress gave a notice concerning farmers’ protest against Government policy in farming sector.
  • YSRCP gave a notice demanding a CBI enquiry in alleged land scam perpetrated by Andhra Pradesh Capital Region Development Authority (APCRDA).
  • IUML gave a notice regarding violation of Human Rights allegedly committed by Delhi Police during Delhi riots.
  • CPM gave a notice concerning the government’s decision to privatise Indian Railways.
  • DMK gave a notice demanding a discussion on Environment Impact Assessment (EIA) and its impact on sustainable development.

12:15 (IST)

Rajya Sabha Latest Updates

Leaders of 18 parties urge President to not give assent to farm Bills

Leaders of 18 parties approached President Ram Nath Kovind on Monday, urging him to not give assent to two farm Bills, which have been at the centre of protests in both the Houses.

The parties said the Bills were passed in a “tyrannical manner unknown to our Constitution”. The parties have sought the President’s active and vocal intervention in the matter and told him that there was “absolute and total murder of democracy” in Parliament.

12:02 (IST)

Rajya Sabha Latest Updates

All Opposition parties will boycott remaining session: Congress MP

Congress MP Syed Nasir Hussain said that all Opposition parties have boycotted the rest of the Parliament session, as the Chairman was not ready to listen to any of their demands pertaining to the suspension of MPs and proper voting on farm bills. 

“They appealed to all the people who were sitting at the dharna to finish it and join them in boycotting the rest of the session. That is how we have ended this dharna,” he said.

11:57 (IST)

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Samajwadi Party joins Congress in boycotting session

Shortly after Congress and other Opposition MPs walked out of the Rajya Sabha over their demand of revocation of suspension of eight members, Samajwadi Party too joined the boycott. “I am a senior Member of Parliament. I have apologised for what happened in the House, but I didn’t get any response. I found this very insulting. My party has decided to boycott the entire session,” SP MP Ram Gopal Yadav said.

11:30 (IST)

Rajya Sabha LATEST Updates

Rajya Sabha dy chairman offers tea to protesting MPs; Modi says gesture shows his ‘big heart’

The sit-in protest by eight suspended MPs on Parliament premises continued for the second day on Tuesday, with Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman Harivansh Singh offering them tea in the morning.

The suspended parliamentarians spent the night in the lawns near Mahatma Gandhi’s statue, a first such overnight protest in the Parliament complex, old-timers said.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi said Harivansh Singh’s gesture was proof of his greatness.

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11:23 (IST)

Rajya Sabha LATEST Updates

Oppn to boycott rest of Monsoon session 

Congress MP and INC chief whip Jairam Ramesh listed seven reasons why the Opposition has decided to boycott rest of the Monsoon session of Rajya Sabha.

“The manner in which Bills have been bulldozed by the government; the manner in which eight MPs were suspended without being given a hearing and without division on suspension motion as per the rules; the manner in which Leader of Opposition has not been allowed to speak; the manner in which the Government has simply failed to accommodate views of the Opposition; the manner in which crucial Bills have not been referred to Standing or Select Committees, the manner in which division vote was not allowed on the 2 agricultural marketing Bills; the manner in which MSP was not made part of the agricultural marketing law and not made applicable to private trade,” tweeted the Congress leader. 

11:03 (IST)

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Bill to give impetus to education, employment in North East region: BJP leader

Speaking on the Indian Institutes of Information Technology Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2020, BJP leader Kamakhya Prasad said information technology will gain more importance in the post-COVID world. He said the Bill will give an impetus to education and employment in the Northeastern states.

gives an impetus to education and employment in the northeast region and supports the Bill.

10:48 (IST)

Rajya Sabha LATEST Updates

Education minister resumes speech on Indian Institutes of Information Technology Laws Bill

Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank resumes his speech on the Indian Institutes of Information Technology Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2020.

The Bill amends Indian Institutes of Information Technology Act, 2014 and the Indian Institutes of Information Technology (Public-Private Partnership) Act, 2017.

The Bill seeks to declare five Indian Institutes of Information Technology (IIITs) set up under the Public Private Partnership mode in Surat, Bhopal, Bhagalpur, Agartala, and Raichur as institutions of national importance.

10:44 (IST)

Rajya Sabha LATEST Updates

Will boycott session till govt accepts demand for another farm bill: Ghulam Nabi Azad

10:39 (IST)

Rajya Sabha Latest Updates

Govt not hellbent on keeping suspended MPs out of House: Pralhad Joshi

Pralhad Joshi said that the government was ready to hold discussion of Bills with the Opposition and said the Centre is not hellbent upon keeping the suspended MPs out of the House. “If they express regret, the government will look into it,” he said. 

“Is it not painful what happened in the Upper House? Is it a way to behave? If they express their regret, the government is not bent upon to run the business without them. We are ready to hold a discussion as we’re on a strong footing,” Joshi said.

10:23 (IST)

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Harivansh said 13 times that division can be done: Venkaiah Naidu

Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu said the Chair has been dragged into the matter, adding that Bills have been passed in din and members have been suspended before. “The rules clearly state that it should have been a no-confidence resolution and not a motion. I am not happy about the suspension of the members. The action has been taken on their conduct. We have nothing against any member,” he said.

He went on to say that all eight MPs who have been suspended have justified their conduct in news interviews. “Don’t try to put the blame on the Chair. The Deputy Chairman handled the situation in a very deft manner. I have asked the secretary general to get in touch with the Lok Sabha secretariat to take care of the protesting MPs,” the Chairman said.

Naidu also said that Harivansh Singh had said 13 times that if protesting members returned to their seats, a division will be held.

10:18 (IST)

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No division of votes is denial of basic right: Opposition MPs

Samajwadi Party leader Ram Gopal Yadav said he is “saddened” by what happened in the House. “When tempers run high, people lose control. I would request the Chair to revoke the suspension of the MPs,” he said, apologising on behalf of the eight MPs.

K. Keshava Rao of the TRS said that even the “three minutes time for division was not granted to us”, while DMK’s Tiruchi Siva said basic democratic rights were denied, “we were denied division”.

Former prime minister HD Deve Gowda said that the government should come to an understanding. “Both the Opposition and the Government should sit together to help run the House. Democracy should work with cooperation,” he said.

10:08 (IST)

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Hope we don’t move towards one nation, one party: Ghulam Nabi Azad

Referring to ‘one nation, one market’ advertisements in newspapers on Tuesday following the passage of farm Bills, Leader of Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad said, “”The MSP announced yesterday should have been done before. Today, the government has issued an advertisement saying ‘one nation, one market’. Don’t go towards one nation, one party.”

He also said the government should bring a new Bill to make MSP mandatory on private companies. He also sought the revocation of suspension of eight Rajya Sabha MPs.

“Till our demands which include revocation of suspension of the eight MPs and government to bring another bill under which no private player can purchase below MSP are not met, the Opposition will boycott the session,” he concluded.

09:59 (IST)

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Oppn will boycott session till demands are met: Ghulam Nabi Azad

Leader of Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad said no one is happy with what transpired in the House over the past two days. “We fight for each minute in the House like it’s a fight at the border. If we go beyond time restrictions, things will be de-escalated 90 percent,” he said.

“Day before yesterday was the last straw that broke the camel’s back. Bills don’t go to standing committee or the select committee. I don’t approve of the fight – breaking the mics, standing on the tables. But it was the last straw,” he said.

He went on to speak on the denial of division of votes, adding that there were 18 parties on one side and NDA on one side.

Recalling late Arun Jaitley’s statement that the government becomes illegitimate if division of votes is denied, Azad said that the stature of the Leader of Opposition has been downgraded. “There would be no time constraints put on the LoP. We could speak freely,” he said.

09:45 (IST)

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Modi lauds Deputy Chairman’s visit to suspended MPs

Prime Minister Narendra Modi lauded deputy chairman Harivansh Singh for serving tea to “those who attacked and insulted him a few days ago as well as those sitting on Dharna”. “He has been blessed with a humble mind and a big heart. It shows his greatness. I join the people of India in congratulating Harivansh Ji,” he tweeted.

He went on to say, “For centuries, the great land of Bihar has been teaching us the values of democracy.”

09:37 (IST)

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Deputy Chairman Harivansh to observe one-day fast

Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman Harivansh will observe a one-day fast against the unruly behaviour with him in the House by Opposition MPs during the passing of agriculture Bills on 20 September.

09:31 (IST)

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Congress, BJP trade barbs over suspension of MPs

Former Rajasthan deputy chief minister Sachin Pilot said the Centre has passed anti-farmer bills in the Rajya Sabha by suppressing the voice of the Opposition but the Congress is standing with farmers and will continue their fight. Condemning the suspension of eight Rajya Sabha MPs, the Congress leader said it was symbolic of dictatorship.

BJP’s Manoj Tiwari demanded the arrest of eight Rajya Sabha members and registration of cases against them for creating ruckus and allegedly scuffling with a Marshal during the passage of farm bills on Sunday. He said strict action is needed against the members involved in “unruly behaviour” to prevent such incidents setting a “bad precedent” in Parliament.

09:13 (IST)

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Opposition leaders visit suspended MPs

Senior opposition leaders, including NC leader Farooq Abdullah, JD(S)’ HD Deve Gowda, Samajwadi Party’s Jaya Bachchan, Congress’ Ahmed Patel and NCP’s Praful Patel, paid a visit to the eight MPs who were suspended on Monday due to unruly behaviour. Congress’ Shashi Tharoor also visited the Rajya Sabha members, who sat in protest throught the night.

08:55 (IST)

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No one from govt inquired about us: Congress’ Ripun Bora

Among the eight protesting MPs, Congress’ Ripun Bora said the demonstration against Venkaiah Naidu’s decision of suspending eight lawmakers will continue. “Many Opposition leaders came to inquire about us and to show solidarity with us. But no one from the government has come to inquire about us,” he told ANI.

Bora added that deputy chairman Harivansh Singh “came to meet us as a colleague and not as Deputy Chairman of Rajya Sabha”. Singh brought tea and snacks for the MPs who have been staging a sit-in protest in the Parliament Complex since their suspension on Monday morning.

08:47 (IST)

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Harivansh Singh meets suspended MPs

Deputy Chairman of Rajya Sabha Harivansh Singh met the eight MPs, who were suspended for unruly behaviour during the debate on two farm bills on Sunday and have been protesting in the Parliament Complex since their suspension on Monday morning.

The MPs were suspended for snatching papers from the Chair, throwing the rule book at Singh and damaging the mics, apart from sloganeering and disrupting the House.

08:46 (IST)

Lok Sabha Latest Updates

Bill for consideration and passage

  • The Occupational Safety, Health And Working Conditions Code, 2020.
  • The Industrial Relations Code, 2020.
  • The Code On Social Security, 2020.
  • The Factoring Regulation (Amendment) Bill, 2020.

08:46 (IST)

Rajya Sabha Latest Updates

Bill for consideration and passage

  • The Indian Institutes of Information Technology Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2020.
  • The Essential Commodities (Amendment) Bill, 2020.
  • The Banking Regulation (Amendment) Bill, 2020.
  • The Companies (Amendment) Bill, 2020.
  • The National Forensic Sciences University Bill, 2020.
  • The Rashtriya Raksha University Bill, 2020.
  • The Taxation and Other Laws (Relaxation and Amendment of Certain Provisions) Bill, 2020.
  • The Appropriation (No.3) Bill, 2020- The Appropriation (No.4) Bill, 2020.

Parliament LATEST Updates: The Rajya Sabha passed the Essential Commodities (Amendment) Bill, with Minister of State for Consumer Affairs Danve Raosaheb Dadarao assuring the House that the Bill is in the interest of farmers and consumers.

The Rajya Sabha passed the Indian Institutes of Information Technology Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2020, which seeks to declare five Indian Institutes of Information Technology (IIITs) set up under the Public-Private Partnership model in Surat, Bhopal, Bhagalpur, Agartala and Raichur as institutions of national importance.

Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman Harivansh Singh is observing a one-day fast against the unruly behaviour with him in the House by Opposition MPs during the discussion on agriculture reform Bills on 20 September.

Parliamentary Affair minister Pralhad Joshi said many leaders have asked him to finish the proceedings of the House quickly, owing to the pandemic. He added, “The government is not hellbent upon keeping the suspended MPs out of the House. If they express regret, the government will look into it.”

Leader of Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad said no one is happy with what transpired in the House over the past two days. “We fight for each minute in the House like it’s a fight at the border. If we go beyond time restrictions, things will be de-escalated 90 percent,” he said.

Deputy Chairman of Rajya Sabha Harivansh Singh met the eight MPs, who were suspended for unruly behaviour during the debate on two farm bills on Sunday and have been protesting in the Parliament Complex.

The Rajya Sabha will continue discussion on the The Indian Institutes of Information Technology Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2020, which could not be conducted on Monday even as protests were witnessed in the Opposition Benches over the suspension of eight MPs.

The House will also see the introduction of The Essential Commodities (Amendment) Bill, 2020, a proposed legislation that has been in contention along with the two farm Bills that have led to protests in the PArliament ever since their introduction in the Lok Sabha last week.

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman will move motions for the consideration and passage of The Banking

Regulation (Amendment) Bill, 2020, The Companies (Amendment) Bill, 2020, The Taxation and Other Laws (Relaxation and Amendment of Certain Provisions) Bill, 2020, The Appropriation (No.3) Bill, 2020 and The Appropriation (No.4) Bill, 2020.

Other proposed legislations on the Rajya Sabha’s List of Business are The National Forensic Sciences University Bill, 2020 and The Rashtriya Raksha University Bill, 2020.

Meanwhile, according to Lok Sabha’s List of Business, consideration and passage of The Occupational Safety, Health And Working Conditions Code, 2020, The Industrial Relations Code, 2020, The Code On Social Security, 2020 and The Factoring Regulation (Amendment) Bill, 2020 are on the agenda.

The sit-in protest in front of the Parliament Complex’s Gandhi statue by eight suspended MPs on Monday continued past midnight. Senior opposition leaders, including NC leader Faroukh Abdullah, JD(S)’ HD Deve Gowda, Samajwadi Party’s Jaya Bachchan, Congress’ Ahmed Patel and NCP’s Praful Patel, paid a visit to the MPs.

After witnessing ruckus despite reconvening after the fifth adjournment for the day on Monday, the Rajya Sabha was adjourned till Tuesday, even as eight suspended MPs refused to leave the House. They were suspended by Chairman Venkaiah Naidu for unruly behaviour, who also dismissed the no-confidence motion against deputy chairman Harivansh Singh.

The Lok Sabha passed Homoeopathy Central Council (Amendment) Bill, 2020, and Indian Medicine Central Council (Amendment) Bill, 2020 in proceedings that continued past midnight.

These Bills were moved for passage after the House passed the Epidemic Diseases (Amendment) Bill, 2020 that seeks to bring a law that punishes those who attack health workers or doctors who are fighting the coronavirus outbreak or during any situation similar to the current COVID-19 pandemic. The Lower House also passed the FCRA Amendment Bill, 2020.

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