Opposition members on Tuesday asked the government in Lok Sabha to shed its “arrogance” over the three new farm laws, even as BJP MPs hailed the Centre for its welfare and pro-farmer measures.
Speaking during the discussion on the motion of thanks to the President’s address, Congress’ Preneet Kaur dubbed the three Acts, which have triggered protests, as black laws and asked the government to repeal them.
She referred to “Khalistani” and “Maoists” barbs used by some people against a section of protesting farmers and said this was wrong while adding that a brother of a protester was a soldier who had laid down his life in the Galwan Valley clash with Chinese soldiers in Ladakh.
“This government is a real threat to our democracy not farmers,” she said, asking the government to shed its arrogance.
Participating in the debate, BJP member Nishikant Dubey challenged Congress leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury to prove his accusation that workers of the saffron party were behind the January 26 violence at the Red Fort in Delhi.
“He (Mr Chowdhury) said that BJP workers were involved in the January 26 violence. If it is proven, I will resign as an MP. Congress has a history of distortion. He should apologise for distorting the facts,” he said.
Shiromani Akali Dal’s Harsimrat Kaur Badal accused the government of committing atrocities on farmers agitating against the three agricultural laws at Delhi’s borders and criticised it for linking the peasants’ movement with terrorists and Khalistanis.
SAD was part of the ruling NDA till it quit the alliance in September 2020 to protest the three laws and Badal resigned as a minister from the Narendra Modi government.
Waving posters and photos of farmers, who died during the agitation, she said no sympathetic word has come from the government for them.
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There is a lot of interest among the members in discussing the Budget. My suggestion is that increase the time to debate the Budget from 10 hours to 12 hours: Congress MP Jairam Ramesh in Rajya Sabha
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi will lead the Congress attack during debate on the union budget and will be the first speaker from his party in the discussion likely to be taken up by Lok Sabha today.
The discussion on union budget 2021-22 is slated to be taken up after reply to the motion of thanks on the President’s Address by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
The Wayanad MP has been critical of the Union Budget presented by the Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman on February 1 and said that the budget proposals will adversely impact the common man.
He has slammed the government’s economic policies and has advocated direct cash transfers to the poorest sections to give a boost to the economy.
The Congress leader has also accused the government following policies which benefit a section of industrialists.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi to reply to the motion of thanks on the President’s address in the Lok Sabha today at 4 PM
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The discussion on General Budget is listed after consideration of Major Ports Bill in Rajya Sabha, today. In Lok Sabha, it is listed after the ongoing discussion on Motion of Thanks on the President’s address.
Normally, discussion on General Budget is taken up first in Lok Sabha. But in 1955, 1959, 1963, 1965 and 2002, discussion on Budget commenced first in Rajya Sabha. It’s likely that discussion on Budget starts first in Rajya Sabha for only the sixth time today.
Sitting past midnight, Lok Sabha members participated in the debate on Motion of Thanks to the President’s address.
After most of the participants had made their point, Speaker Om Birla adjourned the House at 1 am Wednesday.
Lok Sabha usually sits between 4 pm and 9 pm but the timing was increased as members were willing.
President addressed the joint sitting of Parliament on January 29 in the beginning of the Budget Session.
Akali Dal’s Harsimrat Kaur Badal — a former minister in Narendra Modi’s cabinet — today attacked the government over the farmers’ issue, alleging the Prime Minister had call them “parasites”. She also accused the government of targeting journalists over their coverage of the protest.
“The farmers are braving the cold at Delhi’s borders but the government’s “eyes and ears are shut”, she said in Lok Sabha, participating in the debate on the motion to thank the President’s address to the joint sitting of Parliament at the start of the Budget session.
“On Constitution Day (November 26), lathis and tear gas rained on unarmed farmers,” she said.