Parliament LIVE Updates: Violence on R-Day is 'undemocratic', but innocent protesters should not be implicated, says Ghulam Nabi Azad

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No BJP minister talked about dividing J&K before Modi govt: Ghulam Nabi Azad

Leader of Opposition in the Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad spoke about the situation in Jammu and Kashmir after the abrogation of Article 370.

"I have been listening to Atal Behari Vajpayee ji since I was in fifth standard. I have never heard him or any BJP minister (before this government) talking of breaking Jammu and Kashmir in two UTs," said Azad.

"There was a demand for UT in only one district of Ladakh (Leh), not Kargil," he added.

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Violence on R-Day is 'undemocratic', but innocent protesters should not be implicated: Ghulam Nabi Azad 

Congress MP Ghulam Nabi Azad on Wednesday condemned the violence that ensued during the farmers' tractor rally on Republic Day and said,"I would like to say that people who were not involved in the incident should not be implicated." 

"We all condemn what happened on January 26. It was against the democracy and law and order of country. But people and kisan leaders who are not guilty should not be punished. Action should only be taken against the people who went ahead and did violence there. We are nothing without these two sections of our society- jawan and kisan. We cannot reach to any conclusion or results, if we will have disputes with our farmers. The deadlock between farmers and government isn't new. Farmers have been fighting for different injustices since long," he said.

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Ghulam Nabi Azad invokes Mahatma Gandhi in speech on farm laws

Congress' Ghulam Nabi Azad invoked Indigo movement and Kheda satyagraha, both led by Mahatma Gandhi, while discussing farm laws in Rajya Sabha. "No strength is greater than farmers' strength," he said.

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Three AAP MPs suspended from Rajya Sabha for a day

"We expressed our dissent in the house, we want repeal of three farm laws because talks won't help. Three of us have been suspended for a day," said Sanjay Singh, AAP Rajya Sabha MP.

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RS members warned against recording videos

Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu on Wednesday warned members against recording videos using mobile phones inside the chambers of the Upper House and said, "such an action will lead to breach of privilege". 

He made the announcement after many members started using their mobile phones to portray what was happening in the house.

"There's a restriction on the usage of cellular phones within the Rajya Sabha chambers. It has been observed that some members are using their mobile phones to record proceedings of house while sitting in chamber. Such conduct is against parliamentary etiquette," Naidu said.

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Cong MP gives adjournment motion in LS over farm laws

Congress MP Manish Tewari on Wednesday gives adjournment motion notice in Lok Sabha to discuss the farmers' protest, reported ANI.

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Three AAP MPs suspended over sloganeering in RS

Rajya Sabha chairman Venkaiah Naidu Wednesday asked three members of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) – Sanjay Singh, ND Gupta, and Sushil Gupta – to withdraw from House amid sloganeering over new farm laws. 

The disruptions forced the first adjournment of the day.

Parliament LATEST Updates: Congress' Ghulam Nabi Azad invoked Indigo movement and Kheda satyagraha, both led by Mahatma Gandhi, while discussing farm laws in Rajya Sabha. 'No strength is greater than farmers' strength,' he said.

A high-decibel session is expected in both Houses of Parliament on Wednesday, with discussions over the new farm laws on the cards.

Three Aam Aadmi Party members were marshalled out of Rajya Sabha on Wednesday after Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu asked them to withdraw as they trooped into the Well of the House raising slogans against the new farm laws.

The government on Tuesday asserted in Lok Sabha that it was ready to discuss issues related to farmers both inside and outside Parliament amid vociferous protests by the Opposition which forced repeated adjournments of both the Houses.

Rajya Sabha was adjourned for the day on Tuesday without transacting substantial business as the Congress and other Opposition members created an uproar demanding discussion on the issue of farmers' protest over the three new farm laws.

Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar told Lok Sabha after the first adjournment that the Modi government is always committed to discuss the farmer issues.

"Government is ready to discuss issues related to farmers inside and outside Parliament," he said amid sloganeering by opposition members.

Tomar's reply came after Congress leader in Lok Sabha Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury claimed that 170 farmers have died during the ongoing agitation against the three contentious farm laws.

"Atrocities are being committed on farmers. Situation is similar to British rule," Chowdhury alleged.

Rajya Sabha was first adjourned for about 40 minutes till 10.30 am, then till 11.30 am and then to 12.30 pm.

After the President's Address to both Houses of Parliament on Friday and presentation of the Union Budget on Monday, Tuesday was the first regular sitting of Parliament.

When the upper house re-assembled at 12:30 pm, protesting members again trooped into the Well raising slogans, forcing Deputy Chairman Harivansh to adjourn proceedings for the day.

In Lok Sabha, opposition members mainly from the Congress, DMK and the Trinamool Congress rushed to the Well of the House demanding repeal of the three "black" laws.

Members of the Shiv Sena were seen raising slogans from the aisles. Former Union minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal of the Shiromani Akali Dal was also seen holding a poster demanding repeal of the contentious agriculture legislations.

Speaker Om Birla urged the members to return to their seats and follow the COVID-19 protocol. He said that in the ongoing Question Hour, questions related to farmers were listed and members can raise their issues at that time.

He also said during the debate on the Motion of Thanks to the president's address, members can raise these issues. But opposition members refused to relent.

The lower house was adjourned due to disruptions at around 4.10 pm, 5.00 pm and for the day a little after 7.00 pm.

In Rajya Sabha, four bills were listed for consideration and passing in the legislative business for the day. These were: The Major Port Authorities Bill, 2020; The National Institutes of Food Technology, Entrepreneurship and Management Bill, 2019; The Medical Termination of Pregnancy (Amendment) Bill, 2020; and The National Commission for Allied and Healthcare Professions Bill, 2020.

When Lok Sabha reassembled at 7 pm, Speaker Om Birla asked BJP member Locket Chatterjee to initiate the discussion on the Motion of Thanks to the President's address amid sloganeeering by the opposition members.

Chatterjee began her speech by praising the government for deciding to celebrate the birthday of Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose on 23 January as 'Parakram Diwas' every year. The member from the poll-bound state of West Bengal continued her address amid the din.

After repeated appeals by the speaker and Parliamentary Affairs Minister Pralhad Joshi failed to calm the agitated members, Birla adjourned the House for the day.

Joshi sad the debate on the Motion of Thanks has never seen disruptions and what the opposition was doing was "not fair".

In Rajya Sabha, Leader of the Opposition and senior Congress leader Ghulam Nabi Azad said the farmers have been camping on Delhi's borders for more than two months and the issue needs to be discussed.

Sukhendu Sekhar Roy (TMC) said the House is not aware of what is going on between the government and farmers and the House should discuss the issue separately from the Motion of Thanks.

"We want a discussion on a specific issue," he said.

While CPM leader Elamaram Kareem said water and electricity supplies to the farmer protest sites have been cut, DMK's Tiruchi Siva said farmers have been sitting on roads for over two months in the cold and the issue needs to be discussed separately.

Manoj Jha (RJD) said Parliament should at least discuss the issue.

However, Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu did not agree to their motion after which the members of Congress, Left parties, TMC, DMK and RJD staged a walkout.

Several farmers unions have been staging protests for over 70 days now on various border points of Delhi demanding the repeal of the farm laws.



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