Parliament Winter Session: What Happened Until Now?

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Parliament Winter Session Updates
2021 Winter Session Of Parliament: Updates

The Parliament is reconvening on the first day of the Winter Session after the Rajya Sabha and Lok Sabha were adjourned until 12.19 PM and 12.00 PM respectively. 


Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke to the media ahead of the Winter Session of Parliament, which had been adjourned until 12 PM, and said that the “government is ready to answer all questions” but also insisted that there should be decorum in the House.

Speaker Om Birla also expressed a similar sentiment in a series of tweets a day ahead of the Houses convening for the Winter Session that will continue until 23rd December.

Modi expressed hope that the current and future sessions of Parliament would be exemplary for the people of the country, and that Parliaments would be judged on the basis of what was achieved rather than who exerted the maximum force to stall it: “In future people will not see who disrupted and how loudly, but who intervened for constructive issues”

The proceedings began at 11 AM and the Opposition raised slogans of “Jai Jawan Jai Kisan”.

PM Skips All-Party Meet Yesterday, Farm Laws Repeal Bill On Agenda

PM Narendra Modi skipped the all-party meet convened by Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi, and it was chaired by Defence Minister Rajnath Singh instead. Joshi said that it is not “the norm” for the Prime Minister to attend this meet.

The most anticipated legislation in this Session will be the withdrawal of the three contentious farming laws through the Farm Laws Repeal Bill 2021. After the PM did not attend the meet, Mallikarjun Kharge, Rajya Sabha opposition leader, said that the opposition wants to know whether the farming laws will be reintroduced at a later date.

The government has put the bill that will cancel the farming laws on the Lok Sabha agenda today, but no hours have been decided in which the discussion will be taken up.

The explanatory note says that it is a “group of farmers’ who were opposed to it, but also said: “As we celebrate the 75th Year of Independence ‘Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav’, the need of the hour is to take everyone together on the path of inclusive growth and development”.

Opposition Protests lead To Adjournment Of House

The opposition began protesting on the issue of MSP and farm laws repeal when Question Hour began. Omar Abdullah and the MP’s from National Conference (NC) were also seen protesting and holding banners demanding a judicial probe into the recent Hyderpora ‘encounter’ in Kashmir.They also called for a rollback of the decision to scrape Article 370 pertaining to Kashmir akin to the farming laws' repeal. 

Similarly, Congress MP's also held a demonstration against the three ‘black’ farming laws before the session began.

New members also took oath in the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha. In the Lower House, Smt. Pratibha Singh (Mandi Parliamentary Constituency, Himachal Pradesh) and Shri Gyaneshwar Patil (Khandwa Parliamentary Constituency, Madhya Pradesh) took oath and Rajani Ashokrao Patil (Maharashtra), Shri M. Mohammad Abdullah (Tamil Nadu), K.R.N. Rajesh Kumar (Tamil Nadu) and Luizinho Faleiro (West Bengal) took oath in the Upper House.

Legislative Business And Other Issues:

The Legislative business listed for the Lok Sabha includes: The Farm Laws Repeal Bill, 2021 under ‘Bills To Be Introduced’; The Farm Laws Repeal Bill, 2021, and The Assisted Reproductive Technology (Regulation) Bill, 2020 under ‘Bills For Consideration And Passing’.

The Dam Safety Bill, 2019 has been listed for ‘Consideration And Passing’ for the Rajya Sabha.

The opposition is expected to up the ante against the government on a host of issues, including legislating guaranteed MSP, price rise, Chinese aggression and infiltration along the LAC, the Pegasus snooping spyware scandal, cancelling the contentious CAA (Citizenship Amendment Act), and the rollback of the BSF’s (Border Security Force) extended jurisdiction in border states.

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