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Monsoon Session of Parliament begins today; Both Houses adjourned for the day

The Monsoon session of Parliament today started on a stormy note. In Lok Sabha, Opposition parties disrupted its proceedings, causing repeated adjournments before the House was adjourned till tomorrow.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s attempt to introduce newly-inducted Ministers of his Government in Lok Sabha was also stalled by protesting Opposition members, prompting him to hit out at them.

The Prime Minister accused the Opposition of being unable to digest the fact that a large number of new Ministers are women, dalits, tribals and those from other backward classes.

Members from Congress and Trinamool Congress raised placards demanding the withdrawal of so called black laws on agriculture. Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi said the Prime Minister should be allowed to introduce the Ministers as per convention and the issues can be raised later.

The House also paid tributes to 40 former members who passed away in recent months.

As Speaker Birla started making obituary references, he asked opposition members to leave the Well and return to their seats at least during obituaries.  The members then returned to their seats.

The House also stood in silence for the departed former colleagues. Harsimrat Kaur Badal  of Shiromani Akali Dal and some Congress members said obituaries should also be paid to those agitating farmers who have died in the recent past.

As the disruptions continued despite Speaker Om Birla’s repeated pleas to maintain decorum, the House was adjourned after nearly 40 minutes till 2 PM.

Later, the proceedings of Lok Sabha were adjourned for the second time amid sloganeering by Opposition members over various issues, including those related to rising prices and the new farm laws.

Rajendra Agrawal, who was in the Chair, adjourned the House till 3:30 PM barely 10 minutes after proceedings began at 2 PM.

When the House met again, Agrawal urged members to go back to their seats and allow the House to function normally, but as protests continued, he adjourned the proceedings for the day.

Amid row over the snooping issue, Electronics, Communications and IT Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw made a statement in Lok Sabha and dismissed media reports on the use of Pegasus software to snoop on Indians, saying the allegations levelled just ahead of the Monsoon session of Parliament are aimed at maligning Indian democracy.

In a suo motu statement in Lok Sabha, Mr. Vaishnaw said that with several checks and balances being in place, any sort of illegal surveillance by unauthorised persons is not possible in India.
The statement assumes significance in the backdrop of Opposition parties raising the issue.

The Government, however, had dismissed allegations of any kind of surveillance on its part on specific people, saying it “has no concrete basis or truth associated with it whatsoever.

Ealier when Lok Sabha met at 11 AM, four new members who recently got elected in bypolls took oath as members. They are  Maddila Gurumoorthy (YSR Congress), Mangal Suresh Angadi (BJP), M P Abdussamad Samadani (IUML), Vijayakumar (Congress) — took oath as the House convened after a gap of nearly four months.

Rajya Sabha also witnessed repeated adjournments over various issues related to price rise, farmers and others .

When the House met this morning, it was adjourned for an hour till 12.24 P.M after paying obituary references to sitting members Dr. Raghunath Mohapatra and Rajeev Satav.  It also paid homage to ten of its former members including actor Dilip Kumar and former Union Minister Ajit Singh as well as the legendary track and field sprinter Milkha Singh. The Chairman introduced the new Leader of the House, Piyush Goyal. Newly elected member from Kerala, Abdul Wahab took oath.

When the House met, Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu, while making opening remarks, said the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic has tested us severely. He said the governments and all others concerned had to work overtime to address the bottlenecks in health infrastructure.  Mr Naidu said, despite best efforts, a good number of precious lives have been lost and the need of the hour is to learn from the experiences of the first and second waves so as to be better equipped for the possible fresh bouts of the pandemic that are being talked about.

The Chairman also said, people look up to Parliament in their quest for meeting their aspirations and alleviating their sufferings. They are living under the pandemic induced stress since last year and this Monsoon Session assumes enhanced significance in the context of the prevailing situation in the country.

Amid noisy scenes, the Prime Minister rose to introduce new Ministers in the Union Council of Ministers.  Mr. Modi expressed displeasure over the unruly scene in the House saying it is an occasion where women Ministers  and Ministers from SC and ST communities are being introduced but what is this mentality which can not see their glory.

When the House met at 3 PM, Leader of the Opposition,  Mallikarjun Kharge  tried to raise the issue  related to his adjournment motion on price rise which was disallowed by  Deputy   Chairman Harivansh Narayan Singh. Following this, members from Congress, TMC, Left and others came into the well shouting slogans against the government.  Amid noisy scene, the House took up the Marine Aids to Navigation Bill, 2021 for consideration and passing. The Deputy Chairman repeatedly asked for order in the House but in vain. As the uproar continued, the House was adjourned for the day.

When the House met post lunch, Sukhendu Sekhar Roy of TMC questioned the nationality of Minister of State for Home Nisith  Pramanik.  Leader of the Opposition, Mallikarjun Kharge  said, it is a serious matter. Responding to the issue, Leader of the House, Piyush Goyal rejected the allegation that Mr. Pramanik is a Bangladeshi national. He termed the allegation as baseless and demanded to expunge the accusation from the proceedings of the House. Deputy Chairman Harivansh  said the matter will be examined. TMC members came into the well raising slogans.

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