Since the monsoon session of Parliament began on July 19, the proceedings of the House have been disrupted due to protests and deadlock by opposition parties. The opposition parties are adamant on the demand for discussion on the Pegasus espionage controversy and there is a deadlock over it. Parliament could not function properly for any day amid the uproar and the Monsoon session has entered the last week. There is no much hope even in the remaining days, the opposition is still attacking on this issue. At the same time, today the eye will also be on the bill related to OBC reservation.
Preparation for passing OBC reservation bill
The central government is going to present an important bill related to OBC reservation in the Lok Sabha today. After this bill is passed, the states will have the right to make their own OBC list. Article 342A(3) will be implemented through the 127th Constitutional Amendment Bill, through which the states will have the right to prepare the OBC list according to their own. In the month of May, the Supreme Court had said that only the central government has the right to prepare the OBC list, the state government cannot do so. The last week of the monsoon session is starting from today and the opposition parties have also come in support of this bill. In such a situation, the government has no problem in passing it. However, eyes are on the ruckus as the impasse on Pegasus continues so far. Six bills are set to be introduced by the government in the Lok Sabha today, including OBC Reservation Bill, Deposit Insurance Credit Guarantee Bill, Homeopathy Bill, Limited Liability Partnership Bill.
Opposition parties target PM by posting video
Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge tweeted, posting a video clip of various parties demanding discussion in the House and wrote that PM Narendra Modi seems to have lost his courage. Why is he not eager to answer questions in Parliament? The opposition parties are ready for discussion but the BJP government is stopping the proceedings so that the truth does not reach the people. Trinamool Congress MP Derek O’Brien retweeted the post and wrote Mr Modi, listen to us in Parliament. The video has been prepared from a clip from Rajya Sabha TV which contains statements made by opposition MPs in the Upper House and begins with words like farmer and pegasus. In this video, Congress’s Mallikarjun Kharge is seen saying in the House, “The discussion we have been demanding for the last 14 days, and we can discuss the future, you are not allowing it to happen.” You are passing that bill now. If you have the courage, start a discussion on the Pegasus controversy. In the video, Congress’s Deepender Hooda is seen saying that he would like to speak on the issue of farmers if his microphone is not switched off. The CPI(M) is seen accusing the government of stealing parliamentary democracy. Sukhendu Shekhar Rai of Trinamool Congress is seen raising the issue of freedom of speech in Parliament. It also has representation from other opposition parties like Samajwadi Party (SP), Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS), Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP).
Parliament session washout, opposition is seeing victory
Opposition unity is visible so far in the monsoon session, which was not visible till then. The entire opposition is working together to prepare a strategy to surround the government. Several meetings of opposition leaders have also been held outside the House in the midst of the monsoon session. Along with the Congress, the TMC is also looking aggressive in besieging the government. TMC is in a new mood after challenging and winning the West Bengal elections. The opposition also wants to show its strength through the Pegasus issue. TMC and Shiv Sena These parties say that the washout of Parliament is not new as the BJP did it on the 2G scam during the UPA regime. At the same time, the opposition parties also believe that this will strengthen their hand in future and the government will have to pay due attention to their demands.
60 hours 28 minutes wasted so far in Rajya Sabha
Due to the uproar in the Rajya Sabha for the third week, 21 hours 36 minutes of time has been wasted. According to the data, out of the total time of 78 hours 30 minutes, 60 hours 28 minutes have been wasted due to the ruckus since the start of the monsoon season. Officials said that during the last three weeks, a total of 17 hours 44 minutes have been worked in the House, out of which four hours 49 minutes were discussed on bills, three hours 19 minutes in Question Hour and four hours 37 minutes on Covid-19 related issues. .
[Attribution to NBT]