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Monsoon session Day 2 adjourned over opposition protest, Margaret Alva files VP nomination papers: Key points

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NEW DELHI: The

monsoon session

proceedings were adjourned for the second consecutive day on Tuesday as the opposition continued protests over various issues.

Both Lok Sabha and

Rajya Sabha

proceedings were adjourned on Tuesday amid protests by opposition members over imposition of GST on some new items and on price rise issue. In other events of the day, opposition Vice-President candidate

Margaret Alva

filed her nomination papers.

The monsoon session began on Monday, July 18 and is likely to continue till August 12.

Day 2 adjourned

Rajya Sabha proceedings on the second day of the monsoon session were adjourned as the opposition protested over various issues ranging from price rise to the Agnipath scheme on Tuesday.

Earlier, the morning session was adjourned till 2 pm. When the House reassembled, Deputy Chairman Harivansh asked External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar to move ‘Weapons of Mass Destruction and their Delivery Systems (Prohibition of Unlawful Activities) Amendment Bill, 2022.’

The minister introduced the bill amid huge uproar from various opposition parties that came together to raise slogans. When Harivansh’s efforts failed to bring order in the House, he adjourned the proceedings till Wednesday morning.

The House had witnessed similar disruptions on Monday, which was the day one of the monsoon session.

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Opposition VP candidate Margaret Alva files nomination papers

Accompanied by a host of leaders from various parties, joint opposition candidate Margaret Alva filed her nomination papers for the vice presidential election.

Soon after she filed her nomination papers, Alva said elections do not frighten her and winning and losing is a part of life but the trust of members of both houses of

Parliament

will help her bring people together, find common solutions and help build a strong and united India. Alva said the coming together of the opposition to support her candidature ‘is a metaphor of the reality that is India.’

Alva, 80, is pitted against NDA’s Jagdeep Dhankhar, who resigned as West Bengal governor after being nominated on Saturday evening.

“We come from various corners of this great country, speak different languages, and follow different religions and customs. Our unity, in our diversity, is our strength. We fight for what is important to us: to uphold the pillars of democracy, to strengthen our institutions, and for an India that is ‘ Saare Jahan se Accha‘, that belongs to each and every one of us. An India where there is respect for all,” she said.

Current VP M Venkaiah Naidu’s term ends on August 10.

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Rahul Gandhi joins opposition protest on inflation

Congress MP Rahul Gandhi joined the opposition protest in front of Mahatma Gandhi’s statue in Parliament over rising inflation and lashed out at the Centre over increasing prices of essential commodities.

Gandhi protested on Tuesday along with other Congress MPs including leader of opposition in Rajya Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge, KC Venugopal, Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury, and Shiv Sena MP Priyanka Chaturvedi.

Speaking on the protest, Kharge said that they will fight against price rise, inflation and GST rate hike of some essential commodities. “Today, opposition parties have come together to protest against price rise, inflation and GST rate hike of some essential commodities. We will fight against this,” he said at Parliament.

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Protests force PM Modi to discuss strategy with top leaders

Opposition parties were up in arms as they protested against the government on the issues of price rise, GST hike, Agnipath scheme and even forced adjournments in both the Houses of the Parliament, among other things.

Pre-packaged and labelled pulses, and cereals like rice, wheat, and flour (atta) now attracts 5 per cent GST when branded and packed in a unit container, whereas curd, lassi, and puffed rice would attract 5 per cent tax cent when pre-packaged and labelled.

Aam Aadmi Party MPs also held protests against the Centre in front of the Gandhi statue in Parliament against the delay in a nod for Singapore visit to Arvind Kejriwal.

Opposition leaders said they will keep up the pressure on the government on these issues. After the second day of monsoon session was also adjourned, Prime Minister Narendra Modi held discussions with his top ministers to formulate the government’s strategy in Parliament.

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Suspension of business notice

Aam Aadmi Party MP Raghav Chadha gave the suspension of business notice in Rajya Sabha over problems in the MSP Committee that was constituted for the welfare of farmers and demands discussion on it.

In the notice to the Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu, Chadha wrote, “I hereby give notice under Rule 267 of the Rules of Procedure and Conduct of Business in the Council of States (Rajya Sabha) of my intention to move the following motion for suspension of business listed for 19th July 2022: That this house suspends Zero Hour and other relevant rules relating to Question Hour and other businesses of the day to have a discussion on the Committee on MSP constituted by Government of India which is anti-farmer and violates the principles of federalism through non -representation of States, especially Punjab.”

“It is pertinent to note that most of the members of the above-mentioned committee had extended their support to the three draconian farm laws which were later withdrawn by the Government. Also, some of them are active members of the ruling political party. Therefore, one cannot expect them to do justice to the cause of farmers,” Chadha wrote.

The government on Monday formed a committee on Minimum Support Price (MSP), eight months after it promised to set up such a panel while withdrawing the three contentious farm laws. Former agriculture secretary Sanjay Agrawal will be the chairman of the committee.

DMK Rajya Sabha MP Tiruchi Siva gave a suspension of business on hike in the price of petroleum products, CPI(M) Rajya Sabha MP Elamaram Kareem sought suspension of business under rule 267 to discuss the issue of price rise and imposition of 5 per cent GST on essential items.

In the Lok Sabha, Congress MP Manickam Tagore filed an adjournment motion notice on imposition of 5 per cent GST on some items.

(With agency inputs)

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