Parliament began the day's proceeding in the ongoing Monsoon Session. (File photo)
Parliament continued its proceedings today till 11.59 pm in the ongoing Monsoon session. The Lower House or Lok Sabha discussed and vote on Demand for Grants under the Control of Ministry of Road Transport and Highways and Demand for Grants under Control of Ministries of Rural Development and Agriculture and Farmers Welfare for 2019-20. Meanwhile, the Upper House or Rajya Sabha will consider for passing bills including the New Delhi International Arbitration Centre Bill, 2019, the Airports Economic Regulatory Authority of India (Amendment) Bill, 2019 and the Central Universities (Amendment) Bill, 2019. On Monday, Lok Sabha deliberations went on till 11 pm. Last week, Rajya Sabha witnessed uproar over the Karnataka crisis with opposition Congress members storming the well of the House and raising slogans, leading to adjournment of proceedings for the day. On July 9, the House was adjourned within three minutes as ruckus prevailed. The Karnataka government crisis may take a new turn today as the Supreme Court takes up the case of 15 rebel lawmakers of the ruling Congress-Janata Dal Secular coalition who have petitioned against the Speaker for not accepting their resignation.
Here are the highlights from Parliament today:
The Lok Sabha sat till 11.59 pm today to conclude discussion on demands for grants for the agriculture and rural development ministries.
This is for the second time in less than a week that the Lower House conducted business late in the night to conclude a debate. On July 11, it had worked till 11.58 pm to conclude debate on the Railway Ministry.
Nearly 90 members participated in the debate which began around 2.45 pm.
Speaker Om Birla said there were "technical" reasons and he has to adjourn the House at midnight otherwise he would have preferred to run the business till 3 am.
Concerned over increasing number of farmers'' suicide and ''worsening'' agrarian situation, Opposition Members Tuesday suggested the government ensure adequate water, quality seeds and remunerative prices for farm produce in a bid to improve the plight of farmers.
While the Opposition members attacked the government for not doing enough for the agriculture sector, the members of the ruling party stressed that farmers are benefiting from the host of schemes launched by the Modi government in the last five years.
Priyanka Gandhi Vadra also expressed her condolences:
"I pray for the well-being of those trapped in the four-storey residential building that collapsed in Mumbai. My condolences to the bereaved families," Priyanka Gandhi Vadra tweeted in Hindi
"Congress workers must extend all support possible in the relief and rescue operations. This is the third such incident recently. Why wasn't action taken on time?" she said.
Rajya Sabha again adjourned for 30 minutes over demand for postal exam in Tamil language
Congress members walked out of the Lok Sabha after its leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury was not allowed to raise an issue in the House. Mr Chowdhury was urging Lok Sabha speaker Om Birla to allow him to raise an issue, but Mr Birla denied as Union Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari has started speaking on the demand for grants under his ministry.
Congress members then walked out of the House but later came back.