Rajya Sabha adjourned twice as opposition creates ruckus over farm laws
The third day of the budget session of Parliament saw the opposition walking out of the Rajya Sabha. When the session started, the Upper House was adjourned twice.
On Tuesday, the budget session started with a commotion in the house. When the Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu announced that discussion over farmers’ protest was going to be held on Wednesday, the opposition leaders staged a walkout.
The Rajya Sabha Chairman said, “President has referred to farmers’ agitation in his address. I wanted the discussion to start today but I was told that the discussion first starts in Lok Sabha. Keeping this in mind we have agreed to have a discussion on President’s address tomorrow.”
The opposition parties such as the Congress, Trinamool Congress and Left outfits had prepared to push an adjournment motion on the farm issue in Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha. They had asked for a discussion on President’s speech and farmers’ protest.
After the walkout of the opposition, the first adjournment took place till 10.30 am. The opposition’s continuous uproar lead to another adjournment till 11.30 am.
Naidu gave statement regarding the wrong impression of the passage of the three laws. He said, “I’ve repeated that there was discussion threadbare in the House on farm laws. It is a wrong impression being created that there was no discussion. With regard to voting, people may have their own arguments but every party had completed their part and made suggestions.”
While speaking to reporters on Sunday, Union Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi said that the government is ready to answer all questions of the opposition parties in the second half of the session. He said, “First half of the Budget session is for the Motion of Thanks on the President’s address and discussion. The second is for discussion over Budget and any urgent bill. In the remaining second half of the session, let them ask whatever they want to, the government is ready to answer.”
Till February 15, the first part of the budget session is scheduled and from March 8 to April 8, the second part of the session will be held.