Govt prepared to speak farm points, says Tomar as Lok Sabha adjourned until 7 pm

Tribune News Service
New Delhi, February 2

Lok Sabha was adjourned for the second time until 7 pm on Tuesday with the Opposition disrupting proceedings demanding repeal of farm laws even as the Government assured the members it was ready to debate the matter.

Agriculture Minister Narendra Tomar said the government was willing to discuss farmers issues inside and outside the Parliament but the Opposition was “wasting the time of the Parliament” by disrupting proceedings even when it could have discussed farmers welfare in question hour today.

“Today several questions related to farmers’ welfare had been listed in question hour. Had the opposition heeded, the issue would have been half discussed by now. But the opposition didn’t hear even Speaker’s appeals. Time is being wasted when the parliament has to enact several major bills for the welfare of the poor and the downtrodden and the houses have been called despite COVID,” Tomar said amid opposition MPs storming the well and raising slogans for farm law repeal.

Speaker adjourned the house till 7 pm after parliamentary standing committee reports for the day were laid.

An adamant opposition forced the first adjournment of Lok Sabha until 5 pm after Speaker Om Birla rejected the suspension of business notices moved by several parties to seek a discussion on farm issues and repeal of farm laws.

Earlier, Speaker Om Birla adjourned the house within 10 minutes of convening at 4 pm after the opposition MPs, including Congress, Left, TMC, NCP, Shiv Sena, Akali Dal and RLP, storming the well and raising “take back black laws” slogans.

Speaker’s assurances to the opposition that he would allow them to raise the issue once the question hour concluded did not cut ice.

The speaker also urged the opposition to participate in the question hour noting that there were questions related to farmer welfare to be taken up in the house.

“Last session when we did not have question hour you said democracy was being murdered. Today you are not participating in the question hour. Please leave sloganeering for outside the house,” said the Speaker, noting that the opposition could flag farmer issues during question hour which was “primarily about farmer welfare today.”

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