Leader of the Opposition in the Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad today urged Prime Minster Narendra Modi to repeal the three farm laws, voicing the united stand of the opposition during a debate on the contentious laws that have trigged a massive agitation by farmers at Delhi's borders.
Earlier, the Rajya Sabha erupted in protests after Chairman Venkaiah Naidu announced that the discussion on various issues of the farmers would take place after the debate on the motion of thanks to the President's address to the joint sitting last Friday.
Three members of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) kept shouting slogans until they were ordered to leave the House for the day. The disruptions forced the first adjournment of the day.
The farmer protest is being discussed in parliament in a near 15-hour slot, after the government agreed for it in a breakthrough in its talks with the opposition. The discussion is taking place in the Rajya Sabha, where Question Hour has been suspended for two days.
The Parliament convened today a day after vociferous protests by the Opposition on issued related to farmers forced repeated adjournments of both the Houses.
Rajya Sabha was adjourned for the day on Tuesday without transacting substantial business as the Congress and other opposition members created an uproar demanding discussion on the issue of farmers' protest over the three new farm laws.
Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar told Lok Sabha after the first adjournment that the Modi government is always committed to discuss the farmer issues.
Here are the live updates on Parliament:
Lok Sabha adjourned till 7 pm amid uproar over farm laws.
Biju Janata Dal (BJD) Member of Parliament Dr Sasmit Patra raised a demand in Rajya Sabha on Wednesday for the passage of the Women's Reservation Bill.
During the Zero Hour, Dr Patra reiterated the long pending demand of his leader, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik for the passage of the Bill in the Parliament.
Speaking in his mother tongue Odia, Dr Patra stated that women's empowerment is extremely important in India, particularly in the context of economic, social and political empowerment.
The farmer protest is being discussed in parliament in a near 15-hour slot, after the government agreed for it in a breakthrough in its talks with the opposition. The discussion is taking place the Rajya Sabha, where Question Hour has been suspended for two days.
On the direction of Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla, LS Secretariat has rolled out "Parliamentary Research and Information Support to Members" (PRISM) to provide 24X7 round-the-clock research and information support to Members of Parliament (MPs).
According to the official release, the dedicated team of officers, PRISM will receive calls and messages from members round-the-clock and provide them the necessary support at the earliest possible time.
"Arrangements for receiving requests from MPs have been made, with two dedicated landline numbers, 011-23034654 and 011-23794236 and one mobile number 9711623767, on which MPs can call or text their Research and Information requirement anytime from anywhere," read the release.
The Lok Sabha is likely to resume discussion on the motion of thanks to the President's address on Wednesday on the third day of the Parliament's ongoing Budget Session.
The discussion was disrupted on Tuesday as the House faced repeated adjournments due to ruckus created by opposition parties.
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP Locket Chatterjee will resume her speech and move the motion of thanks to the President's address on January 29.
Several papers and reports of Standing Committees will be tabled during the third day of the Budget Session.
Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu today warned members against recording videos using mobile phones inside the chambers of the upper house, saying that such an action will lead to breach of privilege. Mr Naidu made the announcement after many members started using their mobile phones to portray what was happening in the house." itemprop="description
Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu on Wednesday reprimanded MPs for using mobile phones to record proceedings of the House, stating that such "unwarranted" activities inside the chamber are against "parliamentary etiquette".
"There is a restriction on the usage of cellular phones within Rajya Sabha chambers. It has been observed that some members are using their mobile phones to record proceedings of the house while sitting in the chamber such conduct is against parliamentary etiquette," said Mr Naidu.
He said that the members should desist from such "unwarranted" activities inside the chamber as its circulation on social media may lead to a breach of privilege and contempt of the house.