Congress leader Rahul Gandhi today registered his protest against the farm laws by driving a tractor to Parliament. Dressed in shirt and trousers and with a face mask on, Gandhi said: “I’ve brought farmers’ message to Parliament. They (Government) are suppressing voices of farmers and not letting a discussion take place in Parliament. They’ll have to repeal these black laws. The entire country knows these laws favour 2-3 big businessmen.” “As per government, farmers are very happy and those (protesting farmers) sitting outside are terrorists. But in reality, farmers’ rights are being snatched away,” he added.
Pegasus Row: Congress on Monday intensified its attack on the government over the Pegasus espionage controversy and demanded a joint parliamentary committee inquiry into the matter. The Congress along with other opposition parties also disrupted proceedings in both the houses of Parliament raising the issue. Opposition members raised an uproar in both houses over allegations that journalists, politicians, ministers, judges and others were spying on Israeli Pegasus spyware and demanded a thorough investigation. Congress spokesperson Shaktisinh Gohil said that the government should clearly state whether it has purchased Pegasus spyware or not and a joint parliamentary inquiry should be conducted in this regard.
The social justice ministry will make three changes to Article 342A, which governs the process of identification of OBCs.
After two days of weekend off, Parliament is set to meet today again as issues like Pegasus snooping row, farm laws among others threaten to put the treasury and opposition benches for yet another stormy showdown.
Lok Sabha MP Manickam Tagore has already given an adjournment motion notice on the Israeli spyware Pegasus row.
Both Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha were adjourned on Friday following the ruckus by the opposition over a host of issues.
In Lok Sabha, ministers Bhupender Yadav, Rameswar Teli will lay papers on the Table for Ministry of Labour and Employment and for the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas.
The Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (Amendment) Bill, 2021 will be introduced by Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman. She will also present the Factoring Regulation (Amendment) Bill, 2020 for consideration and passing. Other bills that are likely to come up are The National Institutes of Food Technology, Entrepreneurship and Management Bill, 2021.
In the Rajya Sabha, the suspension of TMC MP Shantanu Sen led to the stiff protest from the Opposition leading to the adjournment of the House. With the proceedings for the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha resuming once again, the government hopes to get its parliamentary business done as much as possible.
As per the list of business, ministers Prahlad Joshi, Sarbananda Sonowal, Ashwini Kumar Choubey and Bishweswar Tudu are expected to lay papers on the table for the Ministry of Mines, Ministry of Shipping, Ministry of Environment and Ministry of Jal Shakti respectively.
The government is planning five ordinances in Parliament to convert them into laws — The Homoeopathy Central Council (Amendment) Ordinance, The Indian Medicine Central Council (Amendment) Ordinance, The Commission for Air Quality Management in National Capital Region and Adjoining Areas Ordinance, The Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (Amendment) Ordinance and The Essential Defence Services Ordinance.