Saturday, July 2News That Matters

Session ends 2 days ahead of schedule

Tribune News Service

New Delhi, August 11

Both Houses of Parliament were on Wednesday adjourned sine die, two days ahead of schedule, bringing to an end a tumultuous monsoon session that was disrupted by Opposition protests over the Pegasus snooping row and farm laws.

Recording a productivity of just 22 per cent, the Lok Sabha functioned only for 21.14 hours, the lowest in this term.

Since the start of the session on July 19, Opposition MPs rushed to the well of the Lok Sabha every day, raising slogans and displaying placards while demanding a debate on the Pegasus row and three farm laws.

Extremely hurt

I don’t have words to express my anguish over ruckus in LS… am extremely hurt. — Om Birla, Lok Sabha Speaker

Pegasus: Home, IT Secys skip meet, summoned

Speaker Om Birla is learnt to have summoned Home Secretary Ajay Bhalla, IT Secretary Ajay Sawhney and Telecom Secretary Anshu Prakash for skipping a House panel meeting on Pegasus issue.

Expressing anguish that the House could not function smoothly, Speaker Om Birla said Parliament functioned with “sahmati, samvad and charcha” (cooperation, dialogue and discussion) and its smooth conduct was the responsibility of all stakeholders.

Urging the Opposition to cooperate in future, Birla said people of the country wanted Parliament to function. “I share their pain as their issues could not be discussed,” he said.

The only time the Lok Sabha witnessed a debate in an orderly manner was on the constitutional amendment Bill on OBC list on Tuesday as the Opposition members put on hold their protest and voiced support for the legislation cutting across party lines.

However, majority of the 19 Bills were pushed through without discussion amid the din. The Rajya Sabha was adjourned after it passed three Bills, including the General Insurance Business (Nationalisation) Amendment Bill, 2021, which was strongly opposed by Opposition parties.

Leader of the House and Union Minister Piyush Goyal urged the Chairman to form a committee to look into incidents of “gross indiscipline” by Opposition members and demanded that strong action should be taken against them.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.