Opposition To Meet President At 5 PM On Farm Bills Amid Parliament Boycott
As the opposition parties continue their protest against the controversial Farm Bills, which have cleared the parliament, Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad will meet President Ram Nath Kovind today at 5 PM. The meeting between Mr Azad, the leader of the opposition in the Rajya Sabha, and the President comes a day after the opposition parties boycotted the parliament.
The monsoon session of parliament – which started after nearly five months of indefinite adjournment — will conclude today, eight days ahead of schedule over Covid concerns; Rajya Sabha session concluded this afternoon. On Tuesday, opposition leaders boycotted the parliament in protest over the three bills related to the agriculture sector and the suspension of eight MPs over chaos and “unruly behaviour” in the Rajya Sabha on Sunday when two of the three bills were passed.
Yesterday, Rajya Sabha cleared seven bills in three-and-a-half hours in the absence of opposition parties. Mr Azad this afternoon wrote to Rajya Sabha Chairman Venkaiah Naidu, urging him to not pass the three controversial Labour Code Bills, stressing: “These bills affect the livelihood of crores of workers. It will be a great blot on democracy to have these bills passed unilaterally today.” The government has said the three Labour Code Bills, cleared by Rajya Sabha, will give a safe environment to workers.
Visuals showed opposition leaders protesting outside the parliament today with placards.
Amid high drama for the third day in a row over the Farm Bills, Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad on Tuesday had spelt out three demands linked to the minimum support price (MSP) of crops on behalf of the opposition. The opposition also demanded revocation of suspension of the eight Rajya Sabha members, including Trinamool Congress’s Derek O’Brien, Aam Aadmi Party’s Sanjay Singh, Congress’s Rajeev Satav and CPM’s KK Ragesh.
The suspended members continued their sit-in on the lawns of the parliament complex on Tuesday till about 11.30 AM after spending the night there in protest.
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