Parliament session ends 8 days ahead of schedule

KT NEWS SERVICE. Dated: 9/24/2020 9:39:58 AM

NEW DELHI, Sep 23: The official announcement of closure of the monsoon session of Parliament, eight days ahead of the schedule to work up to October 1 without any Saturday, Sunday breaks, came in the Rajya Sabha on Wednesday from minister of state for parliamentary affairs V Muraleedharan (61) as soon as the day's sitting began.
The Lok Sabha is meeting only from 6 pm to faciliate the Rajya Sabha to have the full run to pass all pending government Bills instead of shutting down at 1 pm as a result of a close coordination between Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu and Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla acting in tandem during the monsoon session held in the unusual circumstances under the shadow of the Coronavirus pandemic.
Announcement of the Lok Sabha sitting on Wednesday only from 6 pm by the Speaker Tuesday night surprised everybody but it was an adjustment by the two presiding over the two Houses meeting in mornings and afternoons to enable use of the chambers of both the Houses necessitated to maintain safe distance of the MPs from each other.
The Opposition boycotted both the Houses even on Wednesday in protest of the way the government forced passage of the two controversial farm Bills in the Rajya Sabha, giving a free field to the ruling BJP, its allies and friendly parties to carry on the business as they liked.
The Rajya Sabha had nine hours before adjourning sine die. Muraleedharan laid out the business of as many hours for passing the Bills as cleared by the business advisory committee, including four hours for discussing three labour codes together and one hour to okay five official languages of Jammu and Kashmir.
Chairman Venkaiah Naidu mildly pulled him up for listing so many business and wanting the session to end on Wednesday itself. The government can recommend adjournment of the session, but better leave it for him to decide the sine die adjournment, he said.
Meanwhile, leaders of the opposition parties huddled together on Wednesday to discuss how to associate with the "Bharat Bandh" called by the farmers' organisations on Friday to protest against the farm bills. The organisations which jointly gave the Bandh call included Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) of Tikaits, All India Farmers Union, All-India Kisan Sangharsh Coordination Committee and All-India Kisan Mahasangh. The farmer organisations from Maharashtra, Karnataka and Tamil Nadu have also called for the Bandh on Friday.



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