Tribune News Service
New Delhi, September 20
The Rajya Sabha at present cleared two farm Bills amid bedlam as Opposition members charged in the direction of the Chairman’s podium, tore official papers and heckled Deputy Chairman Harivansh Narayan Singh whereas he was presiding over the proceedings. The safety workers needed to step in to stop any hurt to the presiding officer.
Opposition members entered the Well and raised slogans, resulting in adjournment of the House for 15 minutes. They additionally tried to tamper with the microphone on the Chairman’s desk.
No division of votes, oppn-sponsored motions negated by voice vote
- Four Oppn-sponsored motions to ship the
- two Bills to a House panel negated by voice vote; plea of Congress, TMC, CPM and DMK members for a division of vote turned down
- Opposition members additionally opposed the extension of House timing (for passage of Bills), arguing that this can’t be finished within the absence of consensus
The House is certain to see additional confrontation with 12 Opposition events giving a discover of no confidence within the Deputy Chairman and the federal government discussing a doable counter-motion towards MPs who “misbehaved” with the Chair. Ministers are learnt to have briefed the PM on the problem.
The Opposition discover signed by Ghulam Nabi Azad, Ahmed Patel, Derek O’Brien, Ram Gopal Yadav amongst others accuses the Deputy Chairman of “violating all canons of law, precedence, parliamentary practice and fair play”. It alleges the Deputy Chairman didn’t enable factors or order to be raised, didn’t enable many MPs opposing the “anti-farmer Bills” to even communicate; and purported to increase the RS past 1 pm with out searching for consensus of the House.
The authorities movement may search to call or censure Opposition MPs, together with TMC’s Derek O’Brien who was caught on digital camera attempting to tug off Chairman’s mic and tearing the rule ebook.
Protest erupted after the Chair turned down the Opposition’s suggestion of not extending the House timing to permit passage of the Bills. Leader of Opposition Ghulam Nabi Azad mentioned the extension needs to be allowed provided that there was a consensus.
Later, the Upper House handed the Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Bill-2020 and the Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement of Price Assurance and Farm Services Bill-2020 via voice vote. The amendments moved by the Opposition benches had been rejected.
Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar mentioned, “The Bills will emancipate farmers from the constraint of disposing of their produce at only designated ‘mandis’ under the APMC Acts of states.” He allayed apprehension concerning the MSP regime getting scrapped, saying PM Modi had already made an announcement in that regard. These Bills weren’t associated to MSP. The procurement would proceed and the “mandis” established beneath varied state APMC legal guidelines would proceed to operate, he mentioned.
Describing the Bills as historic, he mentioned these would revolutionise the agri-sector, deliver transparency and provides fillip to digital buying and selling.
Punjab Congress MP Partap Singh Bajwa mentioned the Bills had been “ill-conceived and ill-timed”.
SAD’s Naresh Gujral rejected the Bills of their current kind and urged that these be referred to the House’s choose committee. “Punjab people have historically fought against injustices in the past, including against the Congress, and would continue to do so against any anomaly,” he mentioned in Punjabi. He, nevertheless, mentioned the NDA had finished extra for farmers throughout its six years of rule than the Congress-led UPA.
Don’t signal Bills: SAD to Prez
Chandigarh: The SAD president, Sukhbir Singh Badal, on Sunday urged President Ram Nath Kovind to not accord approval to the 2 farm Bills handed by Parliament. “I beseech you to face by the beleaguered and toiling farmers, farm and mandi labourers and Dalits of their hour of want.
“They are facing exploitation and look up to you to exercise your discretion as the highest executive in the country and come to their rescue by not signing these Bills so that they do not become an Act, ” he mentioned.
Requesting the President to return the Bills for reconsideration, he sought an appointment with him. —TNS