The monsoon session, which usually starts in July, had begun in September last year.
Lok Sabha proceedings has been adjourned till Thursday after the Opposition created a ruckus over various issues, including the Pegasus snooping controversy.
Opposition members, including from the Congress and the Trinamool, started raising slogans and showing placards to attack the government on the snooping issue as soon as the House met for the day at 11 am. The proceedings lasted for barely five minutes.
One of the placards read that while people are suffering from unemployment, the government is busy with "jasoosi" (spying). The slogan was in Hindi.
Trinamool Congress (TMC) members alleged that party MP Abhishek Banerjee's phone number was selected for surveillance. Abhishek Banerjee is the nephew of West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.
Since the pandemic began, three sessions of Parliament were curtailed while the winter session last year had to be cancelled.
The monsoon session, which usually starts in July, had begun in September last year due to the raging pandemic.
Here are the updates of Parliament Monsoon Session 2021:
Rajya Sabha adjourned till July 22.
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Lok Sabha proceedings adjourned till Thursday amid continuous disruption by opposition members.
Tamil Nadu had polls for 234 assembly seats in a day. West Bengal with 294 assembly seats had polls in 8 phases. Infection rate was 2.3% before polls but after 8 phases, it rose to 33%. Kudos to our CM, it has again come down below 1.8% now: TMC MP Dr Santanu Sen in Rajya Sabha.
I pay tribute to Covid warriors including doctors and paramedics. I salute people who helped others by running 'oxygen langer' in Delhi during second wave of COVID-19. I also want to salute plasma donors, who came out in support: Mallikarjun Kharge,Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha.
Lockdown was announced overnight, just like Demonatisation. Govt didn't prepare for it. There were no trains for people to go back home. Livelihood of people was impacted. Govt should be held accountable: Mallikarjun Kharge, Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha.
Government asked people to wear masks and maintain social distancing. But what were they doing, during the elections in different states? You are breaking your own rules. They should be given credit for flouting COVID-19 norms: Mallikarjun Kharge, Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha.
This pandemic has been a constant learning experience for us: BJP MP Swapan Dasgupta in Rajya Sabha. The House has been adjourned till 1.34 pm.
Rajya Sabha proceedings begin after uproar by opposition members over various issues including the Pegasus snooping issue.
The snooping row escalated on Monday as Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, poll strategist Prashant Kishor, and new IT Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw were among the big names revealed as potential targets of Israeli spyware. Soon after the big reveal, the Congress made a no-holds-barred attack on the government, demanding Home Minister Amit Shah's resignation.
Rajya Sabha proceedings were adjourned twice during the pre-lunch period today after uproar by opposition members over various issues including the Pegasus snooping issue.
Rajya Sabha adjourned till 12 noon after Opposition stalls proceedings over various issues including Pegasus snooping controversy.
Lok Sabha proceedings adjourned till 2 pm amid continuous disruption by opposition members.
Parliament Schedule For Today
Bills for consideration and passing
- The Factoring Regulation (Amendment) Bill, 2020
- The National Institutes of Food Technology
- Entrepreneurship and Management Bill, 2021
- Obituary references
- IT minister Ashwini Vaishnaw to make statement regarding compromise of phone data of some persons as reported in the media
Bills for consideration and passing
-The Marine Aids to Navigation Bill, 2021
"Sad with what happened yesterday. The newly-appointed ministers could not be introduced because of Opposition ruckus (in Rajya Sabha). This forum is to put forth views in line with House decorum. I urge all MPs to let the House run smoothly," said Ajay Bhatt, Union Minister of State for Defence & Tourism.
Four opposition parties - the Congress, the Trinamool Congress, Arvind Kejriwal's AAP, and the CPM - have given notices under rule 267 in Rajya Sabha demanding suspension of the scheduled business of the House to discuss the Pegasus spyware controversy.
"We will raise this (Pegasus) issue... Nobody is obstructing nation's development, it's them (BJP) who have obstructed it. They have earned lakhs and crores of money by imposing cess, hiking fuel price, wasting money on projects," Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha, Mallikarjun Kharge said.
BJP all-MP meeting concluded at Parliament.
Trinamool MPs To Stage Dharna Over Pegasus Snoopgate Issue
Trinamool MPs to stage dharna near Mahatma Gandhi statue in Parliament today at 10.30 am over Pegasus Snoopgate matter.
Samajwadi Party leader Akhilesh Yadav said, "Listening to people's personal talk by spying on the phone is a gross violation of the 'right to privacy'. If BJP is getting this work done then it is punishable and if BJP government says that it is not aware of it then it is its failure on national security. Phone spying is a democratic crime."
Congress MP Gaurav Gogoi has moved a motion of Adjournment of the business of the House to discuss over Pegasus issue.
Congress Lok Sabha members to meet at CPP Office today at 10.30 am to chalk out the floor strategy on the issue of 'Pegasus Project' media reports.
Electronics and Information Technology Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw to make a statement on 'Pegasus Project' issue in Rajya Sabha today.
Congress MP KC Venugopal has given a notice under rule 267 in Rajya Sabha to suspend the business and discuss the alleged usage of Pegasus spyware by the Government.
PM Modi and Union Home Minister Amit Shah arrive at the Parliament.
Congress MP Manickam Tagore has given Adjournment motion notice in Lok Sabha on 'Pegasus Project' media report issue.
Union Home Minister Amit Shah said disruptors and obstructers will not be able to derail India's development trajectory through their conspiracies.
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Union Law Minister Kiren Rijiju said he felt sad that the Opposition did not allow him the opportunity to be introduced in Parliament.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi is scheduled to meet floor leaders today.