Opposition MP seeks division in Rajya Sabha, but Antarctica Bill passed in din

Opposition MPs protest outside Parliament

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By Our Special Correspondent

New Delhi, August 1: The third week of the Monsoon session of the Parliament began on a stormy note even while the Lok Sabha began normal business in the second half of the day after the leader of the Congress in the House Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury expressed regret, which paved way for the revocation of the suspension of the four party MPs. The Rajya Sabha stayed on disruptive mode, with the House adjourning for the day as the din prevailed in the House.

In the Rajya Sabha, for the first time, the House sought to take up the division on the demand of an Opposition MP but it couldn’t be taken up since there was no order.

The Opposition MP John Brittas had sought the division while the House took up the Antarctica Bill for passage. The presiding officer Bhubaneswar Kalita had called for the division on the Antarctica Bill

But the Chair allowed the Bill to be passed by the House as the Opposition MPs stayed put in the well of the House, raising slogans.

The division is taken up only when the House is in order.

The Lok Sabha, however, took up the discussion under Rule 193 on the issue of price rise after the suspension of the four Congress MPs — Manickam Tagore, Ramya Haridas, TN Parthapan and S Jothimani — were revoked by the Speaker Om Birla.

The Speaker’s decision was in line with the outcome of the meeting called by the Chairman of the Rajya Sabha M. Venkaiah Naidu with the leader of the House, Union Ministers and the Opposition leaders to break the deadlock in both the Houses of Parliament.

The government representatives had told Naidu that since the Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman had recovered from her indispositions following return from Bali where she had gone to attend the meeting of the Finance Ministers of G20 the two Houses of the Parliament could take up discussions on the issue of price rise.

The Opposition had insisted that the two Houses of Parliament could discuss the issue of price rise after the suspension of the MPs in both the Houses is revoked.

The Opposition had rocked the two Houses of Parliament over the price rise issue following the GST Council in its meeting in Chandigarh decided to impose taxes on staple foods of daily usages.

The Rajya Sabha is also likely to take up the discussion on the issue of the price rise from Tuesday.


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