New Delhi: As expected, the second day of Parliament’s monsoon session began with noisy protests from the opposition benches, targeting the Narendra Modi government over farmers’ protests and mob lynching by cow vigilantes.
The monsoon session is crucial as the Modi government aims to push through several key legislations. Some of the key bills set to be introduced in Lok Sabha on Tuesday include The Requisitioning and Acquisition of Immovable Property (Amendment) Bill, 2017, Indian Institutes of Information Technology Act, 2014, The Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education (Amendment) Bill, 2017. Rajya Sabha has listed The Whistle Blowers Protection (Amendment) Bill, 2015 in its agenda for the day.
Here are the latest updates and developments related to the ongoing monsoon session of Parliament:
■ A bill providing for amendment to the regulations governing compensation amount payable at the time of acquisition of immovable property by the central government was introduced in the Lok Sabha on Tuesday. The ‘Requisitioning and Acquisition of Immovable Property (Amendment) Bill, 2017’ was introduced by minister of state for planning, programme Implementation and statistics Rao Inderjit Singh. It was originally to be introduced by M Venkaiah Naidu, who resigned as urban development minister yesterday after being nominated as a candidate for the vice presidential polls.
■Government is looking at introducing a new National Pharmaceuticals Policy and is already in the process of working out details, Parliament was informed today. “The government is contemplating to introduce a new National Pharmaceuticals Policy. The details are being worked out," Minister of State for Chemicals and Fertilisers Mansukh L Mandaviya told Lok Sabha in a written reply, reported PTI.
■The Centre has asked state governments to compulsorily register FIRs in all “untoward incidents" happening in the name of cow protection, the Lok Sabha was informed today. According to PTI, Minister of State for Home Hansraj Ahir said the responsibility to maintain law and order, protect life and property and incidents of attacks on cattle traders, beef eaters, Muslims, Dalits and dairy farmers rests primarily with the state governments.
An advisory with regard to untoward incidents over cattle, disturbance of law and order by miscreants in the name of cow protection, compulsory registration of an FIR for cognisable offences irrespective of territorial jurisdiction, and making available a copy of the FIR has been issued to states/UTs, he said replying to a written question.
■A bill providing for setting up of the Indian Institute of Petroleum and Energy in Andhra Pradesh was introduced in the Lok Sabha on Tuesday. The institute would be established in Visakhapatnam district in pursuance of the central government’s commitment for setting up a petroleum university under the Andhra Pradesh Reorganisation Act, 2014, according to the Objects and Reasons of the bill, PTI reported.
Under the bill, there is a provision for constituting a board of governors as well as general council for the institute.
■ Rajya Sabha adjourned till 3pm as Opposition protests continue.
■ Lok Sabha adjourned for the day after continued Opposition protests over several issues. Rajya Sabha adjourned till 2pm as Opposition protests continue.
■ “This is not the first time that I have come to the Rajya Sabha. I have fought elections and been a member of both houses and I have reached here because I raised the issues of my community. If I can’t raise the issues of my community in the House, I have no right to stay here... I am not afraid to resign and fight elections," a report in Firstpost.com quoted Mayawati as saying.
■ The opposition raked up several issues to target the government as soon as the House met for the day and took up the Question Hour. Members of the Congress, Trinamool Congress, Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) and the Left rushed into the well raising slogans and holding placards. While one of the placards read: “Gau mata toh bahana hai, karz maafi se dhyan hatana hai (Cow protection is a tool to divert attention from farm loan waiver)", another read “who allowed Vijay Mallya to leave the country."
As a vociferous opposition continued to raise slogans, BJP members from Karnataka were seen holding placards and standing at their benches asking the state government to protect honest officers.
According to PTI report, the protestors referred to the recent transfer of DIG (Prisons) D Roopa, who had reportedly exposed that AIADMK leader Sasikala Natrajan was provided special facilities and services inside prison.
Speaker Sumitra Mahajan’s repeated pleas fell on deaf ears and she adjourned the House till noon, about 15 minutes after it had assembled, amid continued bedlam.
■ As soon as the session began, Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) supremo Mayawati raised allegations of atrocities against Dalits in Rajya Sabha. Speaking about Sahranpur riots, Mayawati alleged that BJP is spreading communalism. The former Uttar Pradesh chief minister also threatened that she will resign if she was not allowed to finish her statement. Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders demanded that Mayawati should apologise for her “threatening" comments in Parliament.
■ “I will resign from Rajya Sabha," said Mayawati, after she was asked to wrap up her impromptu speech on Saharanpur anti-Dalit violence, says a PTI report. Mayawati, who was raising the issue of ‘atrocities against Dalits’ in the Rajya Sabha, lost her cool as the deputy chairman of Rajya Sabha P.J. Kurien asked her to cut her speech short.
■ Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad said that the government is controlling voices and gagging opposition parties. “We didn’t know that BJP has got majority for carrying massacres of minorities and Dalits," said Azad.