The Rajya Sabha passed three bills on Wednesday as the opposition continued its protests against the government on its demands including probe into alleged surveillance through Pegasus spyware.
The Upper House passed the Limited Liability Partnership (Amendment) Bill, 2021, the Deposit Insurance and Credit Guarantee Corporation (Amendment) Bill, 2021 and Airports Economic Regulatory Authority (Amendment) Bill, 2021.
Lok Sabha, Rajya Sabha to meet again at 11 am on Thursday.
After Punjab Congress MP Ranveet Singh Bittu slammed Shiromani Akali Dal MP Harsimrat Kaur Badal for "doing drama" and showing "fake support" to the farmers' cause, Harsimrat hit back at the MP saying, "Congress is the same party who attacked Golden Temple in 1984 and slaughtered hundreds of Sikhs." She also slammed the Congress leaders for walking out while the farm bills were being passed in Parliament.
A Parliament Security Services (PSS) officer suffered minor injuries on Wednesday when Arpita Ghosh, one of the suspended Trinamool Congress (TMC) MPs, broke the glass pane of a wooden door of the Rajya Sabha by smashing her mobile phone in a bid to forcibly enter the Upper House of Parliament.
The incident took place when the six suspended TMC MPs tried to forcibly enter the Rajya Sabha chamber after the House was adjourned at 3:15 p.m.
According to a statement issued by the Parliament Security Service of the Rajya Sabha Secretariat, the six TMC MPs, who were suspended on Wednesday including Bola Sen, Md. Nadimul Haque, Abir Ranjan Biswas, Shanta Chhetri, Arpita Ghosh and Mausam Noor, continued to raise anti-government slogans standing outside the Rajya Sabha chamber surrounded by the security personnel who were preventing them from entering the House.
The Lok Sabha was on Thursday adjourned till 2 pm as Opposition Parliamentarians continued to create ruckus in the House over various issues.
Criticising opposition parties for stalling Parliament over the Pegasus spyware controversy and other issues, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday asserted that they cannot stop the country from marching forward.
These parties are trying to stop the transaction of business in Parliament, he said in a no-holds-barred attack on the Opposition.
The sole intention of the opposition parties is to create roadblocks on the path of development, the prime minister said, as he termed their action "anti national".
"Bharat chall padha hain (India is on the move)," the PM said as he listed the achievements of his government on various fronts.
Rajya Sabha on Thursday passed The Constitution (Scheduled Tribes) Order (Amendment) Bill, 2021, which seeks to amend the constitutional list of Scheduled Tribes as recommended by Arunachal Pradesh.
The bill was passed by voice vote amid protest by the opposition over issues of Pegasus, agri laws and others.
Tribal Affairs Minister Arjun Munda said, "This bill will justice to tribals. Please support and approve the bill." The bill was introduced in Rajya Sabha by Munda on August 2, 2021 At present, there are 18 communities with their synonyms appearing in the illustrative list of Scheduled Tribes in respect of the state of Arunachal Pradesh.
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