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THE WEEK IN PARLIAMENT

THE Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha were adjourned sine die on August 11. During the entire Monsoon Session, a united opposition protested over the Pegasus snooping, farm laws, fuel price hike and other issues. But following an understanding between the opposition and the government, the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha passed the Constitution (127th Amendment) Bill, 2021, or the OBC Bill, to allow states and union territories to prepare their own list of Other Backward Classes.

THE WEEK IN PARLIAMENT

THE monsoon session of parliament began on a stormy note on July 19 as a united opposition protested over several issues, including farm laws, fuel price hike and Pegasus snooping controversy. Due to this, PM Narendra Modi was even unable to introduce his new ministers to parliament as is customary after a reshuffle.

THE WEEK IN PARLIAMENT

IN Lok Sabha, CPI(M) member A M Ariff opposed the motion of thanks on president’s address to the joint sitting of parliament in the beginning of the budget session. The mover of the motion has done only “Modi-stuti” (glorification of Prime Minister Narendra Modi), nothing more than that. “That is why, I rise to oppose the contents of the motion of thanks. It is not so common for the opposition parties to boycott the president’s address as we witnessed this year. I believe the president is aware of the circumstances that led to such an unprecedented incident.

THE WEEK IN PARLIAMENT

THE budget session of parliament began with president Ram Nath Kovind’s address to a joint sitting of both the houses on January 29. The CPI(M) and other opposition parties boycotted the president’s address in solidarity with the farmers agitating against the centre’s three contentious farm laws. On February 1, finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman presented the union budget for 2021-22. The budget reflected pro-corporate economic policies of the government.

Monsoon Session: Left Resists Govt Efforts to Undermine Parliamentary Democracy

IN the monsoon session of Rajya Sabha, the Left parties led by the CPI(M) opposed the ordinance raj of the NDA regime, which is devoid of all decorum India has followed in parliamentary democracy. Despite being small in numbers, the CPI(M) has led the resistance in Rajya Sabha against the undemocratic, anti-farmer and anti-worker legislations brought in by the NDA regime.

The Week in Parliament

IN Lok Sabha, A M Ariff took part in the discussion on budget for the union territory of Jammu and Kashmir. The central government has presented an annual budget of Rs 1.01 lakh crore for the union territory for the financial year 2020- 21. By this decision of allocating this much of an amount of money for the UT, the government is giving a message to other states in the country that if every state became a union territory, then the development of the state and unemployment issues will be sorted out by the central government.

The Week in Parliament

THE CPI(M) has opposed the Direct Tax Vivad se Vishwas Bill, which was brought in to settle tax disputes between individual and the income tax department without any penalty or interest. Speaking against the bill in Rajya Sabha, CPI(M) member Elamaram Kareem said the scheme was highly discriminatory against honest tax payers. It is, like, regular tax payers got no relief but dubious persons against whom the government cannot impose what they preach.

THE WEEK IN PARLIAMENT

THE second part of the budget session of parliament started on March 3. On the first day itself, the CPI(M) and other opposition parties unitedly sought resignation of home minister Amit Shah and moved adjournment motion on the Delhi riots, which claimed over 50 lives, in both the houses. Due to uproar over the matter, proceedings were paralysed and both houses were adjourned.

The Week in Parliament

THE budget session of parliament began on January 31 with Ram Nath Kovind’s address to the joint sitting of both houses. On February 1, the union budget 2020-21 was presented by finance minister Nirmala Sitharaman. In the budget speech, one would hardly get any indication of either the economic slowdown or the unemployment rate, which is the highest in decades. But, the finance minister announced selling shares of LIC, the biggest financer of government schemes.

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