Monsoon Session of Parliament continues; fresh ruckus in Rajya Sabha; 8 opposition MPs suspended

Monsoon Session of Parliament continues; fresh ruckus in Rajya Sabha; 8 opposition MPs suspended

Lok Sabha will take up a bill to amend the Factoring Regulation Acts

Lok Sabha will take up a bill to amend the Factoring Regulation Act seeking to help micro, small and medium enterprises by providing additional avenues for getting credit facility. The Factoring Regulation (Amendment) Bill was introduced in Lok Sabha on September 14. The Factoring Regulation Act, 2011, was enacted to provide for regulating the assignment of receivables to factors, registration of factors carrying on factoring business, and the rights and obligations of parties to the contract for assignment of receivables, PTI reported.

No regulation to attain a total ban of single-use plastic by 2022: YSRCP MP

Kotagiri Sridhar, YSRCP MP said that although PM Modi had talked about a total ban of single-use plastic till 2022, so far there is no regulation to reach there. Villages in India still extensively burn single-use plastic, and this, according to Sridhar, is a long term pandemic.

Help recover BSNL, MTNL from the crisis: Shiv Sena

Shiv Sena MP Arvind Sawant alleged that government did not keep the promise of starting 4G internet services for BSNL. He requested the government to help BSNL and MTNL to recover from their current crisis.

Lower House discusses matters of urgent public importance

After some obituary references by Lok Sabha speaker, the Lower House now discusses matters of urgent public importance.

Lok Sabha proceedings begin.

14:12 (IST)21 Sep 2020

Suspended Rajya Sabha MPs protest outside Gandhi Statue

Suspended Rajya Sabha MPs staged a protest outside Gandhi Statue this afternoon.

Opposition parties plan to meet President over Rajya Sabha standoff

The Rajya Sabha standoff continued on Monday afternoon with opposition parties planning to meet President Ramnath Kovind in this regard.

Mamata Banerjee slams BJP govt over the suspension of opposition MPs

Strongly reacting to the suspension of opposition MPs, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee tweeted: “Suspension of the 8 MPs who fought to protect farmers interests is unfortunate and reflective of this autocratic government’s mindset that doesn’t respect democratic norms and principles. We won’t bow down and we’ll fight this fascist govt in Parliament and on the streets.”

Rajya Sabha adjourned till Tuesday

The House was adjourned for the fifth time till Tuesday.

Bhubaneswar Kalita urges suspended MPs to leave House

Bhubaneswar Kalita, who is presiding over the session, once again urged the suspended opposition MPs to leave the premises.

Session in Rajya Sabha resumes.

Rajya Sabha adjourned for 4th time

Unable to convince the opposition to stop their protests, the House was adjourned till 12 pm.

Protests continue, opposition members, surround well of House

Chaotic scenes continued to be witnessed in the Upper House. Bhubaneswar Kalita took over the Chair to preside over the proceedings. Opposition leaders also surrounded the well of the House.

The session begins in Rajya Sabha

The session in the Rajya Sabha has resumed.

Rajya Sabha adjourned for the third time

Despite assurances from the Pokhriyal that the Leader of Opposition will be allowed to speak once the suspended MPs leave, the opposition leaders continued to protest. The House was adjourned for the third time, till 11.07 am.

Rajya Sabha session resumes

Session resumes at Rajya Sabha.

Rajya Sabha adjourned for the second time

Amid continuous protests, the Upper House was once again adjourned till 10:36 am.

Suspended MPs asked to leave Rajya Sabha

Education Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank, who is presiding over the Rajya Sabha, urged the suspended MPs to leave the premises, for further business in the House.
Rajya Sabha resumes

The session in the Upper House resumed at 10 am amid continuous protests against the suspension of the opposition MPs.

Rajya Sabha adjourned till 10 am

Amid strong protests by opposition parties, the House was adjourned till 10 am.

Muraleedharan moves a motion of suspension against 8 opposition MPs

Parliamentary Affairs Minister of State V. Muraleedharan moved the motion for the suspension of Derek O’Brien, Sanjay Singh, Rajeev Satav, K.K. Ragesh, Syed Naseer Hussain, Ripun Bora, Dola Sen, and Elamaram Kareem.

Eight opposition MPs suspended over Rajya Sabha ruckus

Taking note of the ruckus on Sunday.

The Chairman today announced the suspension of eight opposition MPs for a week — Derek O Brien, Sanjay Singh, Raju Satav, KK Ragesh, Ripun Bora, Dola Sen, Syed Nazir Hussain, and Elamaran Karim. ”

The notice period of 14 days is required. I rule that the motion by LoP and other members is not admissible,” Naidu said. Amid strong protests, Naidu said: “I order Mr Derek to leave the house.”
A no-confidence motion against Deputy Chairman rejected

He also rejected the no-confidence motion against Deputy Chairman Harivansh.

‘Bad day for Rajya Sabha’: Venkaiah Naidu on Sunday’s ruckus

The Speech on the ruckus yesterday, Rajya Sabha Chairman Venkaiah Naidu said: “I was pained yesterday. All social distancing and COVID protocols were violated yesterday. Whatever happened yesterday defied logic. It was a bad day for the Rajya Sabha. Some members came to the well of the House and threw papers. They damaged the mic of the deputy chairman and also threw papers at him. You have no right to obstruct the chair and the business in the House. It tarnishes the image of the House. Is it a Parliamentary standard? I suggest to the members to do some introspection. If marshals were not called on time, what would have happened? This should not be allowed. If you have any problem, the only way is to discuss it. The Deputy chairman was physically threatened. I was worried about his physical being. If the government wants, they can move a resolution. I have received a letter from the Opposition, urging no confidence against the deputy chairman.”

09:22 (IST)21 Sep 2020

The Bills for consideration today

* 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

Zero-Hour notices in Rajya Sabha

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.

Rajya Sabha session begins

The session in the Rajya Sabha has begun.

The eighth day of Monsoon Session today

The eighth day of the 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.

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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.

It has 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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