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Parliament monsoon session Day 3: Lok Sabha session ends late at night as oppn targets govt over farmer suicides

india Updated: Jul 19, 2017 22:28 IST
HT Correspondent
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Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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A view of the Lok Sabha during the ongoing session in New Delhi on July 17.(PTI Photo)

Members of Opposition parties on Wednesday strongly raised the issues of mob lynching and agrarian crisis on the third day of the Monsoon Session in Parliament, with the Lok Sabha session running several hours overtime.

Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha witnessed noisy protests over the issues as both the Houses were adjourned once for brief periods.

The issues of Indian hostages in Mosul, cow vigilantism, Indian-China border standoff were also raised by lawmakers.

On Tuesday, both Houses witnessed repeated adjournments, with the opposition forcing a washout by creating pandemonium over various issues.

Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief Mayawati stormed out of the Rajya Sabha and threatened to resign if she was not allowed to speak in the House on alleged atrocities against the Dalits in Uttar Pradesh.

Here are the live updates:

10: 21pm: Minister concludes his reply, effectively ending discussion on agrarian situation. Lok Sabha adjourned till 11 am on July 20

10:18pm: Singh says any suicide is sad, not only farmer. “There is only one way to check this, through increasing farmer income”

10:08pm: Singh responds to Hooda’s allegations of cheating by crop insurance companies. Says government will investigate these claims. Request states to make their own Bima (Safal Bima Yojana) companies

9:48pm: Radha Mohan Singh says new model act decided on in agriculture ministers meeting. Says government is asking states to make a platform to implement the e-markets

9:35pm: Radha Mohan Singh says excessive use of green revolution implements led to an imbalance (in the industry), exacerbated by terrible state of the monsoon

9:30pm: Agriculture and farmers’ welfare minister Radha Mohan Singh replying to the debate

9:10pm: Congress’ Deepender S Hooda hits out at Modi-government’s GST. “Before GST, there was 0% tax on fertilisers, now it’s at 5%. Pesticides were at 0% now at 18%,” he says as house debated farmer suicides

9:05pm: “We discuss this (farmer suicides) every year. NITI Aayog should have farmers for policymaking,” says Chautala

9:01pm: INLD’s Dushyant Chautala calls for a consensus from states on the minimum support price, similar to GST

8:52pm: Wrong agricultural policies are pushing farmers to commit suicide, says AAP’s Bhagwant Mann. “Farmers who feed nation are sleeping hungry.”

8:40pm:
Jayaprakash Narayan Yadav of the RJD says farmers are the heartbeat and soul of the country

8:30pm:
Lok Sabha running overtime to complete discussion on agrarian situation in the country

7:54pm: Government promised implementation of Swaminathan recommendation of MSP of cost +50%. But 3 years on, nothing has been done, says Chaudhury

7:50pm: CPM leader Jitendra Chaudhury says the highest number of farmer suicides (7,723) have been reported from Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh, states where the ruling party is present

7:40pm: TRS’ leader Jithender Reddy says agri contribution to the GDP has come down from 50% in 1950 to less than 15% in 2015-16, making agriculture unviable for farmers

7:23pm: Lok Sabha passes Indian Institutes of Information Technology (Public-Private Partnership) Bill

7:16pm: Prataprao Jadhav of the Shiv Sena said farmers were fleeing the country because they are unable to pay back loans, while some commit suicide

6:54pm: V Sathyabama of the AIADMK calls for creating a national policy of rivers. Says interlinking of rivers is very important for irrigation and can solve drought.

6:51pm: Uproar breaks out in the house after Tomar’s comments. Speaker Sumitra Mahajan says none of the ruckus will be recorded

6:50pm: Rural development minister Tomar says there wasn’t a farmer’s agitation but a Congress agitation

6:40pm: BJP’s Narendra Singh Tomar says farmers in Madhya Pradesh don’t have a problem. It is the Congress which has provoked them, stoked fires and caused violence

6:20pm: In Lok Sabha, Bhartruhari Mahtab of the BJD says the current agriculture failure is because the government is unable to keep prices the same or higher than the market’s minimum support price

6:10pm: Rajya Sabha adjourned till 11 am on July 20

6:02pm: Lok Sabha sitting extended by two hours for discussion on agrarian crisis

6pm: House hearing special mentions

5:49pm: There is a criminal conspiracy to threaten minorities, which is contrary to the Constitution, says Memon

5:47pm: NCP’s Majeed Memon takes the floor. Says Constitution guarantees right to life. Calls on states to look into these murders (lynchings) which have been motivated to cause communal disharmony

5:44pm: Chairperson Kurien says he has no ill-will against Mayawati, and asks that she reconsider her decision to quit the Rajya Sabha. “It is a simple matter of communication gap,” says Kurien

5:40pm: Upper house deputy chairman clarifies issue over ruckus created on Tuesday which led to Mayawati submitting her resignation

5:15pm: In Rajya Sabha Biju Janata Dal leader Dilip Tirkey cites an international report that India is the among the most intolerant countries in the world

5:10pm: Scindia says demonetisation is a man-made disaster

5:05pm: In Lok Sabha, Congress leader Jyotiraditya Scindia raises farmer suicides. Says inflation has hit farmers since fertilizers, seeds, and everything is costlier. Accuses the government of being “insensitive”

5pm: AIADMK’s Vijila Sathyananth, who earlier gave up her turn to speak to CPM’s Sitaram Yechury, gets combative for her turn after Derek O’Brien. Is eventually allowed to speak. Continues the lynching discussion

4:58pm: “There is a mandate that must work within a framework, but who has given the government the mandate to take away my privacy, to implement a GST that hurts farmers, not giving food to children without Aadhaar?... Who has given them the mandate?” questions Trinamool’s O’Brien

4:51pm: We were not for the government’s rushed implementation of GST, says O’Brien

4:50pm: These opposition parties will not bow down to your political terrorism. The government is manipulating the data to make the economy look good, accuses O’Brien

4:48pm: People who are not so marginalised are also being terrorised... This is lynching of a different kind

4:44pm: “We are not asking the right questions... Cow vigilante is a pretty term. The actual term is cow terrorism,” says Trinamool’s Derek O’Brien

4:35pm: In Lok Sabha, Union education minister Prakash Javadekar promises action on completion of buildings, filling vacancies, meeting reservation in recruitments as per laws. House takes up voting on IIIT Bill

4:31pm: Bharat is a secular democratic country and that is what is under attack today, says Yechury referring to the cow vigilante groups

4:27pm: These vigilante groups get their courage from the clash of ideologies of what kind of a country India should be, says Yechury

4:24pm: Citing examples from history such as the Ku Klux Klan, Yechury asks for a ban on vigilante groups and private armies that are taking the law into their own hands

4:19pm: CPI(M) leader Sitaram Yechury begins speaking. Continues discussion on lynching

4:15pm: Agarwal calls on Prime Minister Narendra Modi to condemn lynching and ensure that chief ministers make sure it doesn’t happen. Says lynching is giving the country a negative image

4:10pm: Samajwadi Party leader Naresh Agarwal raises the issue of lynching by cow vigilantes

4:08pm: Rajya Sabha deputy chairman Kurien says whatever has been expunged should not be reported by print or TV media. TMC leader Derek O’ Brien says remarks are already out on social media, and will be hard to control

4:05pm: Samajwadi Party leader Naresh Agarwal apologises for his statements

4pm: Rajya Sabha resumes

3:30pm: Ruckus in the Upper House of Parliament after Agarwal’s withdraws his remarks and Rajya Sabha expunges his statements.  

3:11pm: Rajya Sabha adjourned for 10 mins.

3:05pm: Ruckus in Rajya Sabha after Naresh Agarwal recites a couplet he claims was written by Ram-bhakts in prison. Some members say it has hurt the feelings of Hindu community.

2:59pm: The Constitution makers or freedom fighters never thought our country would face such issues: Samajwadi Party MP Naresh Agarwal.

2:51pm: The strong message of the Prime Minister on cow vigilantism to the state governments extend to all including the states where BJP is ruling: Naqvi.

2:47pm: BJP minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi says the incidents are heinous crime and shouldn't be communalised.

2:46pm: When your own house is weak, how can you fight the enemy... Stop the politics of vote: Azad.

2:41pm: From Kashmir to Kanya kumar, there’s not a single state where lynching hasn’t happened. I’m not saying it didn’t happened before. It used to happen before but was an isolated issue. But now, the people’s involved in the incidents are linked to the ruling party’s Sangh Pariwar. It isn’t a religious battle, it isn’t Hindu-Muslim or Dalits versus high castes... It is a battle of a Pariwar against everyone. There is an understanding between the ruling party and Sangh Parivar: Azad.

2:35pm: The way DSP Muhammad Ayub was lynched in Srinagar city is shameful: Azad.

2:25pm: The ruling party has created fear, terror in Jharkhand: Azad.

“There was not a single person to save Junaid on the train...” he says. He cites a story of hate crime in the US where Americans stood up against the it and asks “Who will bell the cat” in India.

2:20pm: “Jharkhand has become an ‘akhara’ of lynching,” says Azad.

2:15pm: Nobody has the licence to kill: Congress MP Azad.

2:09pm: “This is an internal matter... Pakistan or China isn’t involved... we are discussing about lynching, Dalits and minorities...” Azad. “We have also ruled but such atrocities on Dalit haven’t happened. Crimes against Dalit on the rise.”

2:03pm: “The topic is a grave matter....this discussion is related to law and order..” MP Ghulam Nabi Azad on mob lynching. Manoj Sharma says the image of India has been marred across the world. The discussion is related to the environment of fear and the economic repercussions.

2:02pm: Lok Sabha resumes.

2 pm: Rajya Sabha resumes and takes up discussion on mob lynching.

1pm: Both Houses adjourned till 2 pm.

12:56pm: SWP MP Raju Shetti says the pertinent issues of farmers are loan waiver and demand of MSP for their crop. “Is it crime to ask for these demands.. Are they terrorist that they are being shot by police,” he asks.

12:49pm: BJD MP Bhartruhari Mahtab brings up the need for different time zones in the country during the Question hour. He says it will save electricity and ensure maximum utilisation of daylight hours.

12:39pm: Kerala MPs in Lok Sabha raise the condition of nurses in the state.

12:21pm: Mulayam Singh Yadav raises the issue of India-China border standoff in Lok Sabha

He claims, “We have been given the information that an atom bomb has been planted in Pakistani soil by China. China has done all the preparations to attack India.”

“ It is India’s responsibility to protect Bhutan and Sikkim. China is our enemy not Pakistan.”

12:20pm: Rajya Sabha adjourned for 10 mins after members raise slogans shouting “Killing in the name of cow protection won’t be allowed.”

12:17pm: Majeed Menon raises issue of mob lynching. “What is the status of the cases after FIR registration...What have you done for the victims...” he asks.

12:14pm: PM stated cow vigilantes shouldn’t take law in their hands, MHA issued advisory. Dragging BJP into this not right: MoS home H Ahir in Rajya Sabha.

12:10pm:

12:05pm: Mullikarjun Kharge raises issue of farmers’ plight.

12:02pm: Lok Sabha session resumes.

11:51am: MP Pratap Singh Bajwa raises the issue of 39 Indian hostages in Mosul. He says one youth from his district came alive and said the rest of captives were shot before him. Bajwa says the government said the Indians are now in a prison in Badush. “They are changing the goal post....It questions the credibility of the government... Don’t mislead the public...,” he says.

11:43am: CPIM’s Tapan Kumar Sen raises issue of selling of PSUs and privatisation of various sectors by the current government. He says it is “anti-national” to sell PSUs and ordinance factories.

11:37am: CPIM MP D Raja speaks on the issue of Central Institute of Classical Tamil being moved from Chennai and about questions related to autonomy of the institute being revoked which gave raise to speculations of government promoting certain language over others.

11:27am: JDU MP Ali Anwar Ansari speaks on manual scavenging and says most involved in the activity are Dalits. He cities government apathy towards the death of Dalit labourers.

11:18am: DMK MP Kanimozhi speaks on the issue of NEET exam in Tamil Nadu. Other MPs of the state also add to the discussion.

11:10am: Raising the issue, Sharad Yadav (JD-U) claims that 15-20 farmers were committing suicide every day.

11:08am: Speaker Sumitra Mahajan adjourns Lok Sabha amid Opposition uproar over the plight of farmers. To resume at 12 pm.

11:06am: Union ministerJitendra Singh speaks about ISRO’s activities amid shouting of slogans by the Opposition .

11:05am:

11am: Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha sessions begin.

10:44am: Lok Sabha TV reports that Sushma Swaraj briefed ministers about the recent foreign visits undertaken by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the BJP Parliamentary meeting. The issue of implementation of GST was also discussed.

10:41am: Congress protests in front of Gandhi statue at Parliament complex demanding special package for flood-affected Northeastern states.

10:01am: CPI(M)’s Sitaram Yechury gives adjournment motion notice in RS to discuss ‘communal polarisation in the name of cow protection’.

9:54am: Narendra Modi arrives for BJP Parliamentary meeting.

9.15am: Congress to raise mob lynching and farmers issue in Lok Sabha.

9:03am: Opposition leaders meeting in Parliament at 10.15 am, reports ANI.

(With inputs from agencies)

First Published: Jul 19, 2017 08:25 IST