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Parliament LIVE updates: Rajya Sabha session begins

In an unprecedented move, as many as 12 Opposition parties came together on Sunday to submit a no-confidence resolution seeking the removal of Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman Harivansh.

The political confrontation between the BJP and the opposition is likely to escalate on Monday as the ruling party is considering to move a motion seeking strong action against those accused of unruly behaviour in the House during the passage of two farm bills yesterday. This came after at least 12 Opposition parties submitted a no-confidence resolution seeking the removal of Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman Harivansh.

The move followed uproar in the House over his decision to extend the session beyond the scheduled 1 pm while overruling Opposition pleas to continue discussions on the contentious farm Bills the next day. The House witnessed tumultuous scenes during the passage of the contentious farm bills as members from Opposition parties snatched and threw papers from the table and even broke the chairman’s mic.

Never unsure of its numbers in the Upper House, and given that many Opposition members have cited health reasons to stay away, the government, using its numerical strength, rejected the Opposition demand to refer the Bills — The Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Bill, 2020, and The Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement of Price Assurance and Farm Services Bill, 2020 — to a select committee for parliamentary scrutiny.

Monsoon Session of Parliament continues. Get latest updates here.

* Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Amendment Bill, 2020
* Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (Amendment) Ordinance, 2020
* Epidemic Diseases (Amendment) Bill, 2020
* Homoeopathy Central Council (Amendment) Bill, 2020
* Indian Medicine Central Council (Amendment) Bill, 2020
* Factoring Regulation (Amendment) Bill, 2020
* Indian Institutes of Information Technology Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2020
* Companies (Amendment) Bill, 2020
* Essential Commodities (Amendment) Bill, 2020
* Banking Regulation (Amendment) Bill, 2020
* Taxation and Other Laws (Relaxation and Amendment of Certain Provisions) Bill, 2020

Congress MP KC Venugopal today gave a Zero-Hour Notice in Rajya Sabha over the “refusal of banks to give loans”. TDP MP K Ravindra Kumar gave a similar notice in the House over the “need for stringent punishment for atrocities against Dalits”. BJD MP Prasanna Acharya gave a Zero-Hour Notice and has demanded to rename Paradip Port after former Odisha chief minister Biju Patnaik.

The session in the Rajya Sabha has begun.

The eighth day of Monsoon Session in Parliament will be held on Monday. While the session in the Rajya Sabha will be held from 9 am to 1 pm, proceedings in the Lok Sabha will begin at 3 pm. Follow our blog for all the latest updates.

TMC member Derek O’Brien attempts to tear the Rule Book during the ruckus in Rajya Sabha on Sunday. (Screengrab)

Dismissing Opposition objections and pleas, the government pushed through two key farm Bills in Rajya Sabha on Sunday amid unprecedented scenes of chaos, confusion, and ruckus. Agitated Opposition members, protesting the extension of the House sitting beyond the scheduled end at1 pm, tore copies of the Bills, broke microphones on the Chairman’s table, flung a copy of the Rule Book at the presiding officer, and then sat on a dharna in the House even after it was adjourned for the day.

Never unsure of its numbers in the Upper House, and given that many Opposition members have cited health reasons to stay away, the government, using its numerical strength, rejected the Opposition demand to refer the Bills — The Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Bill, 2020, and The Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement of Price Assurance and Farm Services Bill, 2020 — to a select committee for parliamentary scrutiny.

Already cleared by Lok Sabha, the Bills, passed by voice vote, will now go to the President for assent before becoming law. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in a series of tweets after the passage of the Bills in Rajya Sabha, described it as “a watershed moment in the history of Indian agriculture” while BJP members called it “historic… a big reform”.

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