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Parliament will reverberate with Pegasus and farmer concerns

Parliament will reverberate with Pegasus and farmer concerns

There are plans for the Opposition to raise the Pegasus snooping issue and farmers’ issues on Thursday. The government, it is reported, has offered to hold a discussion on the latter in Lok Sabha, insisting that the controversial laws won’t be rolled back.

Key Summary

  • There are plans for the Opposition to raise the Pegasus snooping issue and farmers’ issues on Thursday.
  • The government, it is reported, has offered to hold a discussion on the latter in Lok Sabha, insisting that the controversial laws won’t be rolled back.
  • Opposition MPs, including those from the Congress, Trinamool Congress, CPI(M), and CPI, have submitted notices in both the Lok and Rajya Sabha on these issues.

The Opposition is reportedly preparing to raise the Pegasus snooping issue and farmers’ grievances in a raucous manner on Thursday, despite the fact that the government has consented to hold a discussion on the latter in the Lok Sabha while stressing that the contentious legislation would not be repealed.

Opposition MPs, including those from the Congress, Trinamool Congress, CPI(M), and CPI, are submitting notices in the Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha on both subjects, indicating that the day’s proceedings are likely to be disrupted.

Farmers began their demonstration near Parliament on Thursday, and numerous Opposition MPs will raise the subject in both Houses, pleading for the repeal of the problematic laws.

Agriculture Minister Narendra Singh Tomar contacted Congress Leader in the Lok Sabha Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury and volunteered to have a discussion on farmers’ issues in the Lower House on Thursday, according to sources. However, the Minister stated that the government is not in a position to overturn the legislation, as farmers have sought.

The government agreed on Tuesday to hold a Rajya Sabha debate on the Covid-19 scenario prior to Prime Minister Narendra Modi convening a meeting of floor leaders on Covid-19.

The Pegasus controversy will also continue to elicit protests from the Opposition in both Houses. The Trinamool Congress has already stated that it will not abandon the matter and will stage daily protests in Parliament following the appearance of General Secretary Abhishek Banerjee’s name as a possible target for monitoring.

Farmers will demonstrate near Parliament during the Monsoon Session.

Except for the discussion on Covid-19 in Rajya Sabha on Tuesday afternoon, neither the Lok Sabha nor the Rajya Sabha conducted business on Monday or Tuesday. Parliament did not meet on Wednesday in observance of Eid.

The written response to a Rajya Sabha inquiry that states reported no deaths due to oxygen scarcity during the second wave of Covid-19 will also reverberate in Parliament. Congress Member of Parliament K C Venugopal has already stated that he will file a privilege notice against the Minister for responding to his question in this manner.

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